South Florida murder suspect argued with woman about daughter’s ‘bad attitude’

A South Florida man accused of fatally shooting a woman and her 11-year-old daughter had been arguing with the woman about her daughter earlier in the day, police said.

Marlin Joseph, 26, of West Palm Beach, was taken into custody Tuesday. He had been sought on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 28 deaths of Kaladaa Crowell, 36, and her daughter, Kyra Inglett.

According to a West Palm Beach police probable cause affidavit, Joseph and Crowell “had been arguing during the day about the fact that Kyra Inglett had a bad attitude and was not getting along with the other children who lived in the home.”

Police said Joseph’s brother was in his room when he heard a gunshot and found Crowell on the ground.

“Please call 911,” Crowell asked Joseph’s brother, according to the report.

Joseph’s brother told police he ran out of the house and saw his other brother wrestling with Joseph.

The other brother told police that he had seen Joseph running out of the house behind Kyra. Police said Joseph “had a gun in his hand” and “was firing the gun” at the girl.

Another family member told police that he watched Joseph shoot Kyra and then run back into the house before hearing two more gunshots. He said Joseph then came back outside and drove away.

Joseph appeared before a Palm Beach County judge Wednesday morning. He was being held in jail without bond and was ordered not to have contact with the victim’s family or witnesses.

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FAU employee accused of pretending to be student to collect class refunds

A 27-year-old Florida Atlantic University employee is accused of pretending to be a student and receiving almost $30,000 worth of fraudulent checks.

Denise Keaton was booked into the main Palm Beach County last Thursday on a charge of organized scheme to defraud. Keaton had been incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee.

According to an FAU police report, Keaton registered to take classes five times in June 2014 as “Elizebeth Denise Keaton” and paid $54,008.16 using fraudulent online checks.

The arrest report said Keaton, who worked at FAU’s controller’s office, canceled the classes and received refunds for three of the five classes in the amount of $29,883.44. 

FAU disbursed the funds before finding out that the account tied to the student was nonexistent and stopped payment on the remaining refunds.

Police said Keaton had forged academic transcripts from Colorado State University Pueblo.

According to the report, information from someone named “Mona Wilson” submitted to FAU’s admissions office “contained similar information” submitted by Denise Keaton and Elizebeth Keaton. A Colorado State University Pueblo official provided a sworn statement that no transcripts for either Keaton or Wilson existed.

Police said the Social Security number provided for Wilson belonged to a Kansas woman who died in 2012, while the Social Security number for Elizebeth Keaton belonged to a 48-year-old Florida woman.

FAU later determined that Elizebeth Keaton and Denise Keaton had the same date of birth.

Keaton, who is representing herself, wrote a Palm Beach County judge in November asking to dismiss the felony charge, saying that she is currently serving a 46-month federal prison sentence. The motion was denied.

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Scott, Trump to discuss hurricane recovery efforts at Mar-a-Lago

Gov. Rick Scott will discuss hurricane recovery efforts Sunday with President Donald Trump over lunch at the president’s Mar-A-Lago resort in South Florida, the White House said.

According to the White House, Trump and Scott will discuss Florida’s efforts to rebound from Hurricane Irma, which struck the state in September. Scott intends to focus on repairs to the Lake Okeechobee’s Herbert Hoover Dike and how to help the state’s ailing citrus industry.

Originally constructed in the 1920s, the aging dike held when Hurricane Irma made landfall. The dike was already undergoing repairs when the storm hit. To prevent flooding, officials discharged excess water from the lake into the St. Lucie River, but the discharges have negatively affected the river’s water quality.

Scott has already proposed $50 million in the coming state budget to speed up repairs to the dike. 

Irma also caused major damage to Florida’s citrus industry, flooding orange groves and destroying trees. The state estimated the storm destroyed 70 percent of Florida’s orange crop and caused $760 million in damage to farms.

Also on the agenda are plans for Congress to fund improvements to the country’s aging infrastructure.

Trump has spent the past two weeks at the Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, celebrating the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The club, a frequent site of presidential business, is affectionately known as the “Winter White House.”

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‘Real Housewives’ star Luann De Lesseps to go to rehab after arrest

“Real Housewives” star Luann De Lesseps has said she will seek treatment for alcohol abuse after she was arrested in Palm Beach last week.

“After the events of last Saturday night in Palm Beach, I am truly embarrassed. I have decided to seek professional guidance and will be voluntarily checking into an alcohol treatment center,” De Lesseps said on Twitter Friday. “I intend to turn this unfortunate incident into a positive life changing event.”

De Lesseps, known as “The Countess” on the New York edition of the Bravo reality TV show, faces charges of disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and threatening a public servant.

According to a Palm Beach police report, De Lesseps was trespassing in another guest’s room at the Colony Hotel and refused to leave, locking herself in the bathroom.

Police said De Lesseps was slurring her speech and “appeared to be highly intoxicated.” Police said she shoved an officer and slipped out of her handcuffs while in the back of his patrol car.

“I’m going to f—ing kill you,” De Lesseps told the officer, according to the report.

De Lesseps, 52, was married to French Count Alexandre de Lesseps from 1993 to 2009, granting her the courtesy title of “countess.” 

She forfeited the title when she married SmartSource CEO Thomas D’Agostino on Dec. 31, 2016, in Palm Beach. They announced their divorce in August. 

D’Agostino owns a home in Palm Beach County. 

On Sunday, De Lesseps apologized on Twitter for her behavior. 

“This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding and being here brought up buried emotions. I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018,” she said.

De Lesseps has appeared on the “Real Housewives of New York City,” which chronicles the travails of some of the city’s wealthy socialites, since its premiere in 2008. She is a former model and released a pop single called “Money Can’t Buy You Class” in 2010.

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Brightline to launch service between Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach in January

Brightline will launch service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach the week of Jan. 8, the company announced Thursday in a news release.

“Brightline continues to make progress toward operational readiness by training our teammates and testing our equipment,” Brightline said in a statement.

The express intercity passenger rail service will eventually travel between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

The service is expected to ease the stress of traffic and “foster new opportunities to explore more of Southeast Florida.”

Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the U.S. 

It’s unclear when the rail service will be fully operational. 

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Brightline to launch service between Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach in January

Brightline will launch service between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach the week of Jan. 8, the company announced Thursday in a news release.

“Brightline continues to make progress toward operational readiness by training our teammates and testing our equipment,” Brightline said in a statement.

The express intercity passenger rail service will eventually travel between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

The service is expected to ease the stress of traffic and “foster new opportunities to explore more of Southeast Florida.”

Brightline is the only privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail system in the U.S. 

It’s unclear when the rail service will be fully operational. 

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