Man arrested for raping teen girl after DNA evidence links him to child, police say

A 48-year-old man was arrested Thursday on a sexual battery charge after DNA evidence linked him to the child of the 17-year-old victim, police said.

George Simms Jr. was taken into custody by U.S. marshals Thursday morning in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. He faces one count of sexual battery.

According to a Boynton Beach police report, the teenage girl told police that she was raped by Simms in February 2016. She told police that she was at a party in Boynton Beach, had a glass of liquor and felt a bit “tipsy” when she left with a friend to go to a store.

After the friend left, Simms started kissing the girl, she told police. She told him “no” as he proceeded to take off their pants and rape her, the report said.

In April 2016, the girl learned that she was pregnant. When police questioned Simms about the alleged incident in May 2016, he denied having any sexual relationship with the teen and agreed to provide a sample of his DNA, the report said.

After the teen gave birth in October 2016, police obtained consent to collect DNA from the newborn baby. The DNA evidence was sent to a laboratory for testing, and the results came back last month.

The DNA report indicated that Simms cannot “be excluded as the biological father,” police said. It determined that the “odds are 150 billion times more likely” that Simms is the father instead of someone else, police said.

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Suspect arrested in shooting outside health department in Belle Glade

An 18-year-old man faces attempted murder charges after he opened fire outside the health department in Belle Glade and was shot by one of his intended victims in self-defense, deputies said.

Randolph Jackson, 18, was arrested early Tuesday morning on four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Jackson was riding home on a Palm Tran bus Monday after a meeting with his probation officer in West Palm Beach when he got into a dispute with another passenger on the bus.

The argument continued when Randolph and the other man arrived in Belle Glade.

According to the report, surveillance video shows four people walking toward their vehicles outside the C.L. Brumback Glades Health Center when Jackson began shooting at them. The victims can be seen on the video running and ducking for cover.

One of the four victims grabbed a gun from his vehicle and returned gunfire in self-defense, deputies said, wounding Jackson.

Deputies followed a trail of blood from the parking lot to the health center to find Jackson with a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh. Deputies said a pistol was found nearby.

Jackson was taken to Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, where he was treated for his gunshot wound. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.

According to the arrest report, one of the victims was shot in the left thigh and another was shot in the buttocks.

While he was interviewed in the hospital, Jackson admitted to being on the bus and arguing with one of the victims, but he denied any involvement in the shooting.

Jackson was being held without bond in a Palm Beach County jail.

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3 people shot outside health department in Belle Glade

Three people were shot Monday outside a Florida Department of Health center in Belle Glade, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies who were called to the C.L. Brumback Glades Health Center found three victims outside the building.

The victims were taken to a local hospital. Although their conditions are unknown, deputies said their injuries were not life-threatening. 

The building was placed on lockdown while deputies searched for a shooter.

Deputies said everyone involved in the shooting has been accounted for, but the shooting remains under investigation.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

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2 people shot outside Belle Glade Health Department, police say

Two people were shot outside the Belle Glade Health Department on Monday afternoon.Police responding to the scene found three victims outside the building. The victims have been transported to a local hospital, although their conditions are unknown.Rep…

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David’s Bridal steps in to help brides panicked by Alfred Angelo closures

David’s Bridal is helping out brides who are in a panic after Alfred Angelo unexpectedly closed its stores on Thursday.

“We know how much goes into planning a wedding, and we want to ensure that everyone affected by this news can still have the day of their dreams,” David’s Bridal posted on its website. “If you recently purchased a wedding dress or bridesmaid dress from an Alfred Angelo retail store and did not receive it, we are offering a discount on a replacement dress of your choice.”

Customers can visit any David’s Bridal in the U.S. to receive the discount as long as they have their receipt from Alfred Angelo.

“The wedding day is the most important day of a woman’s life, and this can certainly upset the bride,” Laura Arango, store manager of the David’s Bridal in Coral Gables, said. 

The bridal retailer is offering 30 percent off wedding dresses, 20 percent off bridesmaid dresses and is offering to waive rush fees for alterations needed to meet event dates.

The discount includes current promotions and clearance prices.

Employees were spotted leaving Alfred Angelo’s corporate headquarters this week in Delray Beach with boxes.

A woman, who did not want to be named, told Local 10 News on Thursday that she had to rush to pick up her bridal party dress before the store she purchased it from closed.

“They called me. I’m in this wedding, and they said if you want the dress for the wedding, you have to come today, because the store is closing, and we just found out today. All the employees found out today,” she said.

Alfred Angelo Piccione and Edythe Vincent Piccione co-founded the company in 1933 and sold their dresses and merchandise at 4,000 retailers worldwide. The company was running about 60 Alfred Angelo Bridal Signature stores in the U.S.

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