Coast Guard says 7 divers reported missing near Jupiter Inlet found alive

The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that seven divers reported missing near Jupiter have been found alive.

A tweet from the Coast Guard said the divers were reported missing five miles east of the Jupiter Inlet.

Another tweet a few minutes later said two divers were found by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office marine unit, while the other five were found by a good Samaritan.

No injuries were reported.

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Robbery suspect in custody after barricading himself on Boca Raton roof

A robbery suspect has been taken into custody after barricading himself on the roof of a Boca Raton building.

Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Boca Raton police were trying to apprehend the man, who was on the roof of 3 Royal Palm Way.

Deputies said the man was suspected of robbing a Taco Bell on North Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach shortly before noon Monday.

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Coast Guard searches for Delray Beach woman missing at sea

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Delray Beach woman who disappeared during a sailing trip near the Bahamas.

Isabella Hellmann was last seen about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The Coast Guard said Hellmann’s husband, Lewis Bennett, was rescued from a life raft about 30 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas.

Bennett said he was on his 37-foot catamaran, “Surf into Summer,” when it struck an unknown object, causing it to take on water. The 41-year-old man told the Coast Guard that he abandoned the catamaran and couldn’t find his wife.

The catamaran was later found overturned in the Florida Straits.

Hellmann is a real estate agent at Signature International Real Estate in Delray Beach.

A Coast Guard news release said rescue crews have searched more than 3,400 square miles by air and boat as of Tuesday morning.

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Broward County teachers accused of beating girl at Boynton Beach home

Two Broward County public school teachers were arrested Monday for beating a child at a Boynton Beach home, police said.

According to an arrest report, a woman picked up the 9-year-old girl Monday night from after-school care and noticed that the girl had marks on her legs.

Police said the child told the woman that Delvin Randolph, 36, and Stephanie Garcia, 33, had beaten her the night before at Randolph’s home.

The woman took the girl to her mother’s house, where she further examined the injuries, noticing bruising on the front of both of the girl’s legs.

Police said the woman brought the child to the police station to file a report.

Officers photographed the child’s injuries, and said that she had bruises and marks on her thighs.

Police went to the couple’s home to question them about the beating.

Police said Randolph spoke for himself and Garcia after they were read their rights and said that they would not make any statements to detectives until he speaks to an attorney. 

Randolph and Garcia were taken to jail on a child abuse charge. Authorities have not released the relationship between all of the adults mentioned in the case and the child.

Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Cathleen Brennan said in an email to Local 10 News that Randolph was first hired in October 2005 as a substitute teacher and currently works as a social sciences teacher at Everglades High School.

She said Garcia was hired in August 2005 as a temporary teacher at various locations and is currently an exceptional student education teacher at South Plantation High School.

Brennan said the teachers’ employment statuses have not changed “pending final adjudication.”

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2 new Brightline trains arrive in West Palm Beach

Two new Brightline trains arrived Thursday in South Florida.

The new high-speed passenger rail trains arrived in West Palm Beach after a cross-country trek from Sacramento, where they were built.

“This is a new alternative mode of transportation, the kind of thing people have been talking about for decades,” Michael Reininger, president of Brightline, told Local 10 News.

The express train is years in the making, and it’ll be a matter of months before it takes passengers from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

 

Reininger spoke to Local 10 News a few months ago during a sneak peek of the new trains.

The final touches are being put on the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. The Miami station will be finished this summer.

“Initially, the trains will be comprised of two locomotives, one at each end, and four custom coaches in between the locomotives that’ll carry 240 passengers,” Reininger said.

Prices haven’t been announced.

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Man robs 2 South Florida banks, says he needs $40,000 for sick grandson, FBI says

A man accused of robbing two South Florida banks claimed that he needed the money because of a sick relative, according to the FBI.

“My grandson is sick. I need $40,000 now, ” Abraham Maghen told a teller Tuesday at a TD Bank on West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton, according to a federal criminal affidavit. 

After handing the teller a note, Maghen yelled, “Hurry up. He’s going to die,” the affidavit said.

The teller gave Maghen, 26, about $1,800, which included a GPS anti-theft locating device, Special Agent Joseph Oliver wrote in the affidavit.

FBI agents tracked Maghen to a home in the 2600 block of North 66th Avenue in Hollywood. Maghen told agents that he drove to Boca Raton to start a graffiti removal company, Oliver wrote.

When agents searched his home, they found a police scanner and two pairs of ear buds believed to have been used in a May 2 robbery at a Chase Bank branch in Pembroke Pines, the affidavit said.

Agents also noticed that Maghen had a news story about a bank robbery on an open internet browser on his computer, the affidavit said.

The landlord at Maghen’s home told Local 10 News reporter Terrell Forney that he recently moved to South Florida from New York and was only supposed to stay with her for a month as a favor to a friend.

Andrea Itzkowitz-Martinez said Maghen ended up staying at her home for two months and asked to borrow her car before the Boca Raton robbery was reported.

“He said he didn’t want to put mileage on because it’s a lease,” she said.

Itzkowitz-Martinez said she helped get Maghen a job in the loan department at a bank, but he ended up getting fired.

“He was always in and out,” she said.

“OK. Did he tell you why he got fired?” Forney asked.

“He was late to work all the time,” Itzkowitz-Martinez said.

Less than an hour after the May 2 robbery in Pembroke Pines, Maghen spent $2,755 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, the FBI said.

During a search of Maghen’s room, agents found a mask resembling an old man, which they believe was used during both robberies, the affidavit said.

Maghen was arrested Tuseday and is in federal custody in connection with the robberies.

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