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Bloody trail leads police to Florida man suspected in 8 car burglaries

A Florida man was arrested Thursday in connection with eight car burglaries after leaving a trail of blood in a Palm Beach neighborhood, police said.

Tyler Longwell, 33, of West Palm Beach faces charges of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief in the string of burglaries that happened in August, according to the Palm Beach Police Department.

Police officers responded on the morning of Aug. 11 after a woman reported that the front window of her car was smashed, and her Gucci sunglasses and Sunpass were stolen, according to the Palm Beach Post report.

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The crime scene matched seven other car burglaries in the same neighborhood — including three in which Longwell was caught on surveillance video, and two in which blood was found inside the vehicles, the arrest report states.

Surveillance video from the homes showed Longwell wearing a light-colored hoodie, light-colored shorts, sneakers and dark socks. Investigators collected blood samples from the two cars, and testing revealed the presence of Longwell’s DNA.

Officers went to Longwell’s home in West Palm Beach on Sept. 21 with a search warrant and questioned him, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Longwell told officers that he did not recall the burglaries because of his “excessive drug use,” the police report stated. When asked about the blood in the two vehicles, Longwell said “he must have been the one responsible” but still did not recall the incidents. He also said any items he took were sold to drug dealers in exchange for drugs.

Longwell remains at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $49,000 bail, according to jail records.

VIDEO: Doctor kicks patient out of Florida clinic after she complains of long wait

A video being widely shared on Facebook shows a Florida doctor yelling at a woman to get out of a Gainesville clinic after she complained of a long wait.

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Jessica Stipe said in a post on Facebook that she had an appointment for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Gainesville After Hours Clinic. She said the clinic had taken a urine sample, but by 7:45 p.m., she was still waiting to be seen.

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Stipe said in the post that she was trying to get her co-pay back so she could go home, go to bed and be seen by another doctor the next day. She said at that point, she was in "severe pain and throwing up in the trash can."

“If you go to CareSpot, you’re waiting for three hours. Go to the ER and wait for nine hours,” the doctor said in the video. “Get the [expletive] out of my office.”

The Gainesville Sun reports that the Gainesville Police Department said the doctor in the video, Peter Gallogly, is now under criminal investigation.

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Stipe said her daughter recorded the incident and that the doctor shoved her daughter and took her phone.

WGFL in Gainesville reported that a representative at Gainesville After Hours said she had no comment on the matter but would forward calls to a manager.

Florida man sets himself on fire after Cowboys lose to Packers, deputies say

An agreement to burn a losing team’s jersey went horribly wrong when a drunken Florida man tried to put the jersey on, deputies say.

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A husband and wife were watching the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers game inside their Vero Beach home when the husband’s team lost and he went outside to incinerate his jersey, according to the Sebastian Daily.

>> On PalmBeachPost.com: Woman shot dead after running over Florida cop

“He was set on fire after losing a bet on the Cowboys game. … Skin was hanging off his arm and back,” a witness told Sebastian Daily.

Family members quickly took off the jersey and took him to Indian River Medical Center with with second- and third-degree burns to his back, right arm and hand, the report said. 

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The 27-year-old man said he was drunk, deputies said.

Read more at Sebastian Daily

Cops: Burglar says 'Naruto' books were 'teaching him how to be a ninja'

Some thieves steal money. Others steal jewelry.

And then there are those who steal “Naruto” books to learn how to “be a ninja and ... enter secured areas,” Dunwoody police said in a Facebook post Monday.

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Christopher Zahyeer Atkins, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, was arrested about 1 a.m. as he was burglarizing a Target store in the 100 block of Perimeter Center Place, according to a police report. 

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“The alarm company observed a suspect on camera making forced entry into the business,” Dunwoody police wrote in the Facebook post. “Officers quickly arrived on scene and checked the area. One of our officers observed a suspect walking away from the business matching the suspect description seen on camera.”

Atkins admitted to police during an interview that he broke into the store “because he was reading the book Naruto, Volume 5,” which was teaching him how to be a ninja, the post said. “Naruto” is a Japanese comic that follows an adolescent ninja. 

Atkins stole 10 books, 10 DVDs, an ONN DVD player, a Samsung tablet, Bluetooth headphones, a clock, money and a book bag, according to the report. 

Police booked Atkins into the DeKalb County Jail on a first-degree burglary charge.

Police: Florida man threatens youths with air rifle, claims he 'runs street'

A 53-year-old Florida man wielded an air rifle Thursday while threatening an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old he claims were rummaging through trash he left at the curb, police said.

James Joyce allegedly told the youths, "I run this street, not the cops. Go ahead, call the cops, this is my street and I will protect it. 

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RELATED: Florida couple accused of beating woman over Snapchat post

The youths ran home and told their parents, who told police they saw Joyce with the gun yelling: "Keep your kids inside, go ahead and call the cops," according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

When  deputies arrived, Joyce was uncooperative, FLKeysNews.com reported. They took him into custody after allegedly finding an air rifle inside his house.

MORE WEIRD FLORIDA: Florida man arrested after posing for picture on deputy’s car 

Joyce was charged with aggravated assault and resisting a law enforcement officer. He was released Saturday morning after spending the night in jail.

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Florida man’s security cameras film weeks of drug deals

Juan Dejesus Cabral wanted to know who was coming and going from his Stuart home, so he set up six cameras around the house.

Martin County sheriff’s authorities did, too.

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The 26-year-old alleged drug dealer was arrested this week at his home on Southeast Norfolk Boulevard, just east of South Kanner Highway, on multiple drug-related charges.

While performing a court-approved search of the home, sheriff’s narcotics and SWAT officers found the cameras mounted throughout the property. Cabral said he was afraid of being robbed.

Authorities gathered weeks worth of footage from those cameras, or in the sheriff’s office’s words, “weeks worth of customers.”

“Cabral had excellent taste in video cameras, providing detectives with high-quality video evidence of his illegal activity, plus bonus footage,” the sheriff’s office wrote on its Facebook page. “Detectives will now go through the footage to see who will be featured in future booking photos.”

Cabral’s girlfriend, who was at the home when authorities raided it, was arrested on drug possession charges.

Julie Rembert, 20, and Cabral were transported to the Martin County Jail.

Too sexy? High school dance team's costumes spark controversy

A South Florida high school team is going viral, and it’s not because of their dance moves

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The Miami Northwestern Senior High School’s dance team’s costumes have been stirring up some controversy because some believe they’re too sexy for the young students.

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Several videos of the teens dancing have been posted online, which sparked the debate. 

Some social media users don’t see a problem with the costumes and say people should be focusing on their dancing, not what they’re wearing.

Others thought the outfits looked more like lingerie and were not appropriate for girls 18 and younger. 

However, parents and guardians of the students approved of the costumes and don’t see an issue. 

“If they're dancers, they're entertainers,” one grandparent, Debbie Frasier, told WPLG. “So if you have the same problem, you have the problem with Beyonce or young child stars who dress that way on national television.”

Florida woman pulls gun, uses racial slur in road rage incident

Florida authorities have charged a 22-year-old woman in a road rage incident earlier this month.

Savanah Huffman is accused of pulling out a gun, pointing it at another driver in traffic and using a racial slur to tell the other driver she would kill her, according to Palm Beach County deputies.

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On Sept. 13, Huffman was driving in suburban West Palm Beach, when she allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the driver of a Toyota Tacoma. The driver of the truck, a 52-year-old woman, later told investigators she had no idea why the woman pulled the gun out and pointed it or said she would kill her, using a racial slur.

According to the report, Huffman admitted to the road rage incident but gave no reason for singling out the woman.

Another driver who witnessed the incident called 911 and followed Huffman to her house to get her tag number.

When deputies arrived at the home, Huffman let deputies search her vehicle. Inside, they found an unloaded 9 mm pistol under the passenger seat, according to the report.

>> Related: 18-wheeler and SUV caught on camera in road-rage incident

Huffman was arrested on charges of of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm.

She was jailed in Palm Beach County and later released on $15,000 bond.

Deputies: Men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Roberto Augustin had just finished making a food delivery for Uber on Saturday night when he became lost inside a neighborhood in unincorporated Delray Beach, Florida.

As Augustin tried to find his way out, he was approached by two armed men riding in a golf cart.

“Get out of the car, or we’re going to kill you,” Augustin heard as his body froze in fear.

The men, pointing handguns at his head, ordered Augustin to get on his knees and put his hands in the air. One of the men then fired a warning shot into the air that Augustin said whizzed past his head.

“I thought it was my last day,” said Augustin, 32.

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According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the gunmen weren’t robbers but a pair of community watch members on patrol. The incident took place just before midnight.

Dustyn Brandon Jenkins, 36, and Micah Paul Mercer, 41, told deputies they saw Augustin driving around the Country Club Acres neighborhood — just west of Military Trail and south of Atlantic Avenue — in a “suspicious manner” and that when they approached him, Augustin became aggressive and charged at them. That caused them to draw their weapons and point them at Augustin, they said.

Jenkins admitted firing a warning shot to keep Augustin from fleeing, the report said.

Augustin told deputies he thought Jenkins and Mercer were out to rob him because neither man was wearing any identification and both were in plain clothes.

Augustin said he has been working as an Uber driver for less than six months and was not familiar with the area. Augustin said he was struggling to find a way out when Jenkins and Mercer came at him.

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The arrest report shows the incident took place in front of Mercer’s home in the 15100 block of Hayes Road. Country Club Acres’ Facebook page describes it as a community of more than 500 single-family homes established in 1958.

“I was so scared,” said Augustin, who is originally from Haiti. “I didn’t know what they were after. I thought I was going to die.”

Jenkins and Mercer are each facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jenkins is also facing a charge of firing a weapon in public.

Jenkins and Mercer were released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday after posting $3,000 bonds. The men were ordered during a court appearance Sunday not to have any contact either with each other or Augustin or to possess any weapons.

Navy hospital employee accused of mishandling newborn babies: 'Sorry for offending'

Employees at Florida's Naval Hospital Jacksonville who reportedly posted a viral video of newborn babies “dancing” will likely face criminal charges.

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The newborns were referred as “mini Satans” by the employees. 

When the employees posted the pictures of the baby’s face, that alone is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Navy hospital apologizes for staff's 'inappropriate' photos of newborns

Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson says the employees could be charged with more than a HIPPA violation. Carson said he believes this is a case of child abuse.

In the video, rap music from 50 Cent can be heard in the background as a staff member from Naval Hospital Jacksonville is seen making a newborn baby dance to the music. 

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The woman who sent Action News Jax the Snapchat video also sent text messages detailing a conversation between her and the U.S. Navy employee.

The employee said: "We were being stupid and bored. Sorry for offending.”

But some parents were angry over the video. 

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“That baby could have been seriously injured … all because she wanted to be popular on social media,” parent Regina Wortmann said. 

A photo was also posted showing a staff member making an obscene hand gesture and saying that was how she felt about the “mini Satans.” 

"She'll receive demerits and be punished in some way," Carson said.

Naval Hospital Jacksonville posted an apology via Facebook, calling the posts “outrageous.” 

>> Navy hospital apologizes for staff's 'inappropriate' photos of newborns

“We have identified the staff members involved,” the hospital said. “They have removed from patient care and they will be handled by the legal system and military justice.” 

Carson says the incident could be very costly. 

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“It’s clearly a HIPPA violation and probably the U.S. Navy and their medical system at NAS Jax can be sued over this,” Carson said. 

Action News Jax contacted the hospital for more information. Officials sent the station an email saying the public information officer is “attempting to respond to all requests in a timely matter.” 

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Deputies: Couple cuts, steals $5K in powerlines from Florida neighborhood

A man and a woman were arrested Saturday on charges of stealing powerlines in a Florida neighborhood, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to an arrest report, the pair, identified as Charles Mahoy, 41, and Andrea Foster, 45, were in residents’ yards cutting down powerlines, and neighbors said they repeatedly asked the couple to leave.

The report said that when a deputy asked Mahoy about the situation, he replied that he was “just cutting up some of the powerline that was laying on the ground.”

Neighbors told deputies that Mahoy and Foster were loading the cut powerlines into a white truck, which authorities said they found parked near the homes.

Mahoy told deputies that the truck was his, authorities said.

Spools of powerline wire were loaded in the bed of the truck, deputies said.

>> Related: Stolen power pole on SUV catches police attention, 2 arrested

The report stated that Mahoy was “intentionally depriving the owner of the wire (Duke Energy) to their usage of the property in order to appropriate the property to his own use,” and that the “theft was facilitated by conditions created from Hurricane Irma.”

Mahoy said his house was damaged in the hurricane and he was cutting the wire because he needed money, and that he didn’t think it was stealing because the lines were on the ground, the report said.

The wire that was in the truck was valued at about $5,000, deputies said.

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The arrest report said deputies found what looked like methamphetamine and marijuana inside the truck. The drugs were located inside a Play-Doh container in the center-front storage compartment of the vehicle, deputies said.

A deputy also found a glass smoking pipe and a small amount of loose marijuana inside a purse in the vehicle, according to the report.

The pair also face drug and felony trespassing charges.

Mahoy had been out on bail on other trespassing charges when the arrest happened, authorities said.

Deputies said they are requesting that Mahoy’s bond be revoked and that he be placed on a no-bond status.

Authorities said that if released, they will formally request Mahoy be fitted with a GPS monitoring system due to his habitual and repeat violations of theft and burglaries.

Hulk Hogan calls Hurricane Irma victims complaining about no power, water 'crybabies'

In two since-deleted tweets, Hulk Hogan called Hurricane Irma survivors who are complaining about the loss of water and power “crybabies."

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On Thursday, the professional wrestling star wrote: “No water, no power, crybabies, everyone’s complaining, these people have no clue how bad it could be. Praying for those that got hit hard, lost homes, lives, businesses, lost everything, thank you God for helping those with divine highly blessings, God speed only love.”

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Hogan rode out the storm at his home in Clearwater, Florida — a city on the west coast of the state. His tweets sparked a firestorm on social media, with many criticizing Hogan. While still a larger-than-life celebrity in the professional wrestling circuit, the star returned to fame a few years ago when he effectively put gossip and news website Gawker out of business.

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The tweets have been taken down but were captured by The Washington Post before they were deleted. Hogan has not returned requests for comment on the statements.

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Hogan also noted on Twitter that he spent Friday with linemen restoring power to Orlando, which was ravaged by Irma.

Florida man's parents traveled from India to help him beat 'disobedient' wife, deputies say

Sheriff's deputies in Hillsborough County, Florida, arrested a man and his parents for allegedly holding his wife against her will and beating her for “disobedience” in their home in Riverview.

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According to the Tampa Bay Times, Devbir Kalsi, 33, and parents Jasbir, 67, and Bhupinder Kalsi, 61, were arrested after Silky Gaind’s mother called police and asked them to check on her. Gaind and her 1-year-old-child are now safe. Deputies said Gaind was “badly beaten and bruised over her entire body” when they met her.

Gaind had recently told her mother in India about the alleged abuse; her mother then called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Times reported.

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When deputies arrived at the house for a welfare check, an initial knock went unanswered, authorities said. Eventually, Gaind opened the door and screamed for help, deputies said. Kalsi allegedly tried to force the door closed before deputies could enter, but they overpowered and arrested him.

Also arrested were Kalsi’s parents, who deputies say flew to Florida from India for the express purpose of disciplining Gaind, who had grown “disobedient.”

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Deputies said that just days before she was rescued, a fight between Gaind and the Kalsis ended in beatings from all three family members and a knife held to Gaind’s throat by her husband. Her husband or his family allegedly took her cellphone away to prevent her from calling 911.

Devbir Kalsi is charged with felony battery, false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911; Bhupinder Kalsi is charged with battery domestic violence and failure to report child abuse; and Jasbir Kalsi is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, child abuse and denying access to 911.

If convicted, all three — who are foreign nationals — could be deported.

‘Cash Me Outside’ troubled teen now rapping under name ‘Bhad Bhabie’

Troubled Florida teenager Danielle Bregoli, who first gained fame for her “Cash Me Outside” catchphrase, is branching into rap. How bow dah?

The 14-year-old from Boynton Beach announced the release of her first single on Instagram on Friday, boasting, “Now da whole game scared,” and adding a link on her account to a 30-second sample of the song called “These Heaux.”

Bregoli goes by the stage name “Bhad Bhabie,” which has been her Instagram account name since her catchphrase caught fire.

A warning here that the new song, whose title is predictably pronounced “hoes,” contains graphic lyrics and language.

Bregoli was scheduled to appear in Fort Lauderdale as part of her “summer tour,” but that performance in July, which was expected to include the teen lip-syncing and rapping to songs, and a live Q & A with the audience, was canceled.

>> Related: “Cash Me Outside’ teen sentenced to five years probation

The teen was sentenced to five years probation last month, until she’s 19-years-old, after pleading guilty to juvenile charges stemming from four separate arrests, the most recent of which happened in April.

She was found in a car with marijuana, according to the state attorney’s office.

“I was with a friend I shouldn’t have been with, a friend from my past … ” Bregoli said. “I regret it very much.”

On three separate occasions last year, Bregoli allegedly stole her mother’s purse, stole her mother’s car and called the police to falsely report that her mother had been using heroin, officials with the state attorney’s office said.

Two additional charges were dismissed by the state attorney’s office in June.

  >> Related: Danielle ‘Cash Me Outside’ Bregoli’s father is sick of his child support funding the ‘downward spiral’

Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.

Headless body found in trash after woman killed, decapitated by nephew

Police arrested a Miami man in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found decapitated at a garbage dump in Hialeah. 

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Employees at a waste removal plant discovered the headless and decomposing body on Monday and called police. 

Officers arrested Edwin Ramirez-Mejia on Thursday on charges of second-degree murder and abuse of a dead body, the Miami Herald reported. Police said the woman, identified as Silvia Karina Castillo-Castillo, was Ramirez-Mejia’s aunt. 

Ramirez-Mejia told officers that he met with his aunt at his Miami apartment on Friday to discuss a business they owned in Guatemala “until something went terribly wrong,” according to the Herald.

After giving investigators conflicting statements, Ramirez-Mejia later confessed to taking a large kitchen knife, cutting off his aunt’s head, and placing it in a bag.

>> Related: Video: Florida man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time

He then put both the head and the rest of her body in a trash container outside his apartment, the Herald reported. 

The suspect told police that he and his aunt fought over her boyfriend and that she attacked Ramirez-Mejia with a knife. A struggle ensued, and Ramirez-Mejia said he cut her several times, took her to the bathroom “and started to cut her neck,” WPLG-TV reported

Ramirez-Mejia is currently jailed without bond. 

‘I just want to go to school’ preschooler cries as driver ODs behind wheel

A Florida preschooler sat in the back of a van Monday morning crying as the driver slumped over in the front seat, apparently overdosing on opiates, authorities said.

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“I just want to go to school,” the child cried when police arrived at the scene in Boca Raton.

Someone saw the 5-year-old child child and the Boca Raton woman in the van, with its windows rolled up and the ignition turned off, shortly after 8:30 a.m., and called 911.

The driver, Colleen Nichols, 30, was unconscious in the front seat when emergency units arrived. Boca Raton Fire Rescue crews used Narcan to revive her, indicating she had used opiates.

Authorities found a prescription bottle of the drug klonopin — used to treat seizures, panic disorders and anxiety — in the van. The bottle was filled Sunday with 30 pills. By Monday there were only two.

Nichols denied using heroin. She told authorities she wasn’t sure where the child was, claiming, “I must have blacked out. I’m under a lot of stress.”

Nichols was arrested on a child-neglect charge. She was released Tuesday afternoon from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $1,000 surety bond.

>> Related: Two kids left alone in hot car, Florida woman arrested

ested on a charge of child neglect with great bodily harm in September 2015. She completed a pre-trial intervention on that charge.

The details of that arrest were not immediately available.

Florida toddler drowns in family pool while father sleeps inside, state investigating

Florida state officials are investigating the drowning death of a 3-year-old Palm Beach County boy earlier this month while his father was allegedly asleep inside the family’s home.

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The boy was home with his father while his mother was at work on Thursday, Aug. 10, documents from the Florida Department of Children and Families show. 

The father fell asleep — state records emphasize that it’s unknown whether that was intentional — and when he woke up, the 3-year-old was missing.

A search of the house was unsuccessful, so the father asked a neighbor to help him look for the boy, state officials said.

More than 30 minutes passed before the father contacted the boy’s mother, who then called law enforcement, DCF records show. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office then responded to the scene.

>> Related: Brother, sister drown in hotel pool during church trip

Authorities immediately found the boy floating in the family’s swimming pool. They rushed him to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he was pronounced dead.

Read more here.

Mar-a-Lago dumped, more event cancellations after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach and an ovarian cancer group are the latest nonprofits to cancel charity events at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.

The Preservation Foundation, which celebrates and protects the architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, planned to host a dance in March at the club, which has long been an oasis for charities and their patrons during Palm Beach’s winter charity season.

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The Preservation Foundation posted a statement on Facebook and Twitter Saturday announcing it had cancelled the dance at Mar-a-Lago. 

“Given the current environment surrounding Mar-a-Lago, we have made the decision to move our annual dinner dance,” organization officials said.

The event has been rescheduled at a private residence on March 9, Preservation Foundation Executive Director Amanda Skier said. 

Later Saturday, the group Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper, or H.O.W., posted a statement on its Facebook page announcing the cancellation of its event at Mar-a-Lago. 

“After careful consideration, H.O.W., ‘Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper,’ has changed its venue for our annual ‘Time is of the Essence Luncheon’ from Mar-a-Lago with a return to our roots at the historically beautiful Flagler Museum.

“For us, this event is about raising money for research, educational programs, and financial assistance for women undergoing treatment. We are committed to our mission therefore, this is not a political statement made by H.O.W.”

The move by the two organizations Saturday brings to 10 the number of nonprofits that have cancelled planned events at Mar-a-Lago since the president’s controversial news conference Tuesday at Trump Tower on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend.

On Friday, five additional philanthropic organizations — Susan G. Komen, the International Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Autism Association of Palm Beach County and Big Dog Ranch — moved events from Mar-a-Lago.

The Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society and the American Friends of Magen David Adom, an organization supporting Israel disaster relief programs, also have changed venues for their events.

>> Related: Here’s a list of who’s leaving Mar a Lago

The Raymond F. Kravis Center board is planning next week to discuss possibly moving the Palm Beach Wine Auction from Mar-a-Lago.

“We have received concerns about this event being at Mar-a-Lago,” Judith Mitchell, the Kravis CEO, said in an email to The Palm Beach Post. 

“We have a process to address such issues and we are currently engaged in that process. We are contacting our board leadership and anticipate our organization making a decision about the location of this event in the next few business days.”

School under fire after PTSA offers students ‘front of lunch line’ passes for $100

Students and parents in Lakeland, Florida, were gearing up for another school year when they received a letter from Lawton Chiles Middle Academy saying that for $100, students would be able to skip the lunch line. Some parents were outraged at the letter and felt that it was promoting elitism.

>> Watch the news report here

The letter asked for donations from the families, but the school claims that it was a mistake and never meant to be sent out. Principal Brian Andrews told WBRC, “Nobody’s a second-class citizen here. ... This definitely hits home for me, and I am very upset about it.”

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The Parent Teacher Student Association took the blame for the letter, saying that it was a “clerical error” and that no such program will be implemented this school year. They claimed that the piece was accidentally put in the orientation packets and noted that Andrews never signed off on the documents. In a statement to WFTS, the PTSA wrote:

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"This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored but we decided not to implement. Due to a clerical error, the form was inadvertently included in the Orientation packets. Our families have been notified this program is not being offered."

According to the its Facebook page, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy is a public school.

Day care driver involved in toddler’s hot car death arrested, charged

The Florida day care worker accused of leaving a 3-year-old boy in a hot van for nearly 12 hours has been arrested.

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Suspect Deborah St. Charles, 51, is facing aggravated manslaughter charges, Orlando police said.

St. Charles was a child care personnel/school readiness employee at Little Miracles Academy in Orlando, officials with the state Department of Children and Families said. but she was not an “approved” driver.

The boy, identified as Myles Hill, was found dead Monday evening inside a van at the center. Hill died from hyperthermia due to environmental exposure, authorities said, and the manner of death was listed as an accident.

Police said the boy was picked up Monday morning at one of the academy’s locations.

When the van arrived at a second facility around 9 a.m., St. Charles failed to do a headcount, police said.

>> Related: Heartbroken loved ones mourn death of toddler in hot van at day care Orlando day care center 

Investigators said the boy's guardian eventually realized the child was not at home and first called the day care around 8 Monday night, and then called 911. Police found Myles' body in the van 30 minutes later.

Temperatures inside the van were as high as 144 degrees at 3 p.m., investigators said.

Day care owner Audrey Thornton told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday that she was sorry and that the boy's death was a mistake.

"I'm so sorry. I took care of my kids. I did what I could do to provide for them and teach them every day," said Thornton.

>>Related: Watch: day care owner apologizes for boy’s death

Authorities have closed down two Little Miracles Academy locations.

Read more here.

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