State Attorney on Corey Jones case: Decision in ‘near future’

Corey Jones. Photo provided by Family of Corey Jones.
Corey Jones. Photo provided by Family of Corey Jones.

 

While at a press conference in Boynton Beach on Wednesday talking about prescription drug abuse, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg spoke for a few minutes about the Corey Jones shooting investigation.

Here’s what he said:

“We’re compiling all the data and we know this is of great importance to the community so we’re going to keep turning over every detail and making sure we have every bit of evidence before we make a decision.”

Aronberg said he’s had “good communication” with Jones’ family and community and religious leaders. He said he is limited in what he can say because it is an open investigation.

“We are moving ahead diligently and you can expect something in the near future,” Aronberg said.

He said most officer-involved shooting investigations take eight to nine months.

It’s been about five months since Jones was killed by former Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Nouman Raja on Oct. 18.

“We’re going to do justice at the end of the day,” he said.

Incumbent concedes, newcomer claims Boynton mayor seat

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Steven Grant, 33, is the new Boynton Beach mayor.

When reached by phone Tuesday night, Jerry Taylor, 80, said: “It’s over. He won.”

Taylor, who was seeking his sixth term as mayor, said he doesn’t plan to run again.

“I was honored to serve the city for 13 years. I did my best and I hope the city moves forward,” he said.

Grant, when reached by phone, was celebrating at the Twisted Fish.

“A lot of people didn’t give me any sort of chance in the beginning and I was able to prove them all wrong,” Grant said.

As of 9 p.m. Grant had 2,538 votes and Taylor had 1,906.

Check back for more information on this breaking news story.

Political newcomer has lead over incumbent in Boynton Beach

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It’s early in the night but so far Steven Grant has a lead over incumbent Jerry Taylor, 80, in the race for the Boynton Beach mayor’s seat.

Grant, 33, has 1,808 votes compared to Taylor’s 1,513.

This update is from numbers posted at about 8 p.m.

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Tequesta teen foundation to pay for safe-boating classes this weekend

Austin Stephanos holding a cobia
Austin Stephanos holding a cobia

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 36 and the parents of Austin Stephanos, one of the two Tequesta teens lost at sea last July, are teaming up to help boaters.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 36 is hosting a safe-boating class Saturday, April 2, at Spanish River Park.

The class is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and topics include boating terminology, boat handling, navigation rules, aids to navigation, federal and state regulations, and safety equipment.

Everyone who completes the class is given a certificate and will be sent a Florida Boating ID card. The class is normally $35, but is being funded by the AustinBlu Foundation, and is held in the headquarters building of the park, 3939 N. Ocean Blvd.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch. For information or to RSVP, email or email fso-pe@cgauxboca.org or call 561-391-3600.

 

Free health screenings, cooking demos at this Boynton-area event

Handout: Mandel JCC
Handout: Mandel JCC

The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches will host its 16th Health Fair on Thursday.

The free event is at the JCC in suburban Boynton Beach at 8500 Jog Rd. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It includes health screenings, cooking demonstrations and free access to the fitness center and exercise classes.

“We are thrilled to continue our popular Health Fair this year,” Shawn McDougall, Health and Wellness Director at the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches, said in a statement. “Serving the community is fundamental to the JCC’s mission and we are delighted to provide a valuable opportunity for guests to take an active role in managing their health during this lighthearted and engaging event.”

For information, contact Shawn McDougall at shawnm@jcconline.com or 561-259-3016.

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Want to party like it’s 1989? Here’s an event for you

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It’s time to party like its 1989!

The Mandel JCC in suburban Boynton Beach is hosting a 80’s party Saturday at The Loft at Congress in Boca Raton.

The event is the second Saturday Night @ the J. It starts at 7 p.m.

“This evening of fun will feature 80’s hits, big hair, lots of neon, food and drink pairing stations, a raffle, wish list and silent auction,” according to a news release.

Wearing 80’s attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $70. Money raised at the event will go to children’s and family programming and scholarships at the Mandel JCC.

The Loft is at 530 Northwest 77th St.

For information and sponsorship details, contact Leah Rosenberg at leahr@jcconline.com, or 561-712-5235.

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Thursday is the opening night for this Boynton Beach cocktail bar

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060512 (Brandon Kruse/The Palm Beach Post) – BOYNTON BEACH – Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boynton Beach.

The time has come!

Saxon, Sweetwater’s newest cocktail bar, is opening Thursday night in Las Ventanas in Boynton Beach.

Co-owner Sean Iglehart, who owns both places with Clint Reed, described Saxon to The Palm Beach Post in January as: an “old world” style cocktail bar.

Saxon will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the plaza at Federal Highway and Woolbright Road from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

There will be an archway between Saxon and Sweetwater where customers will be able to walk. Each space will have a bar, and will share one kitchen.

The new space will also have French, Spanish and Italian wines, a rotation of light and dark beers and drinks will be served in antique glassware.

Iglehart offers this description: “It will be a different drinking experience. It will be another room to a house.”

Read more about Saxon here: After five years, popular Boynton Beach cocktail bar expanding

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Coast guard offers safe-boating class this weekend in Boynton

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 has a new sign outside their building.

 

New to boating or just want to brush up on some tips?

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 54 is holding a safe-boating class Saturday at Harvey Oyer Park on Federal Highway just south of Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach.

The PowerPoint class runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and costs $40.

The course encompasses boat handling, seamanship, necessary safety equipment, docking, line handling and knot-tying, heavy weather running conditions, rules of the road, elementary navigation, and new federal and state laws, according to a news release.

Each student will be given a certificate of completion and the information will be forwarded to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a safe boating card.

To enroll, call Sandy Meridy at 561-704-7440 or 561-734-2244. The Flotilla number is 561-331-2429.

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PBSO: Thieves are targeting women with purses in parking lots

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Ladies, hold on to your purses!

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two groups who are targeting women in parking lots and taking their purses from them, mainly in the suburban Boynton Beach area. A sheriff’s deputy told the public about the incidents at Wednesday’s Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations meeting at Valencia Lakes.

There are two groups of people who have been doing this in the District 6 area, which is the suburban Boynton area.

They drive through Walmart and Publix parking lots and snatch the purses from the women.

It’s happened three times in the area. One group has been arrested.

The sheriff’s deputy at the COBWRA meeting encouraged women to hold their purses “like a football” while having it hang on your shoulder.

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Could a boat-storage facility be coming to Boynton Beach?

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About 6.9 acres of green space adjacent to southbound Interstate 95 just before Woolbright Road in Boynton Beach could turn into a 92,000-square-foot storage facility for RVs and boats.

The city’s planning and development board on Tuesday night approved the developer’s plan with a few conditions. The board’s approval serves as a guide to the city commissioners, who will vote on the project in April.

Some residents who live in the neighborhoods near the proposed facility are against the project. Their main concern is the access to the property which will be through Ocean Drive. They would prefer a more southern entry. They also said they are worried about children who play in the area.

Check back later today for a full story on this. 

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