Report: SWAT Teams Responding to Possible Naked Sniper Situation in Lake Worth UPDATED

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Update 3: According to PBSO spokesman Eric Davis, the man has surrendered and is in custody.

Update 2: According to PBSO spokesman Eric Davis, police are negotiating with the man to surrender his weapon and come down off the roof. No one has been harmed, and there are no hostages.

Update: SWAT is working with PBSO to try to breach the building. The man is threatening to kill anyone who comes near him.

Original story:
There's apparently a naked man on a building rooftop on a sniper perch, with a gun. This according to a Facebook and Twitter account called Palm Beach County Alerts.

According to the alert, numerous Palm Beach Sheriff's Office and Palm Beach Fire Rescue units are surrounding the area of 1700 S. Federal Highway in Lake Worth. That is the address for the Shangri-La Hotel. The area has been evacuated, according to the report.


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BSO Deputy Arrested for Drunken Drive-By Shooting From a Prius

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PBSO has not released Stepelton's mug shot, so we can only assume he looks something like this.

Remember those wild and crazy BSO deputies who were suspected of leaving a West Palm Beach strip club and then shooting at a nearby Walgreens? Well, one of those deputies has turned himself in on charges of "discharging a firearm from a vehicle" -- a second-degree felony.

Deputy Norman Stepelton, a 26-year-old member of the BSO force for about one year, was on paid administrative leave for more than three weeks before he decided to walk into PBSO headquarters on the evening of January 28 and turn himself in for his involvement in the January 5 shooting. He was released the next day without having to pay any bail, according to PBSO arrest records. BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright tells us he's now on unpaid administrative leave.


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Double D Strip Club Can Serve Food When It Opens, Palm Beach Commissioners Say

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King of Diamonds in Miami

Chins up, strip club aficionados. Because thanks to the Palm Beach County Commission, you can now get a steak with your lap dances. On Thursday morning, commissioners approved a zoning change that will allow the Double D Ranch and Saloon strip club to serve food.

Despite some Palm Beach residents opposing the measure, commissioners voted to approve the zoning change for the strip club, which is under construction on Southern Boulevard, west of the turnpike.

Earlier this month, residents voiced their displeasure through emails, asking commissioners to block any of the proposed changes. Specifically, some residents are troubled over the how the strip club might bring crime and put a hurting on home values.

See also: Palm Beach Commissioners' Tentative Agreement to Let Strip Clubs Serve Food Has Some Residents Peeved


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Off-Duty PBSO Cop Who Shot and Killed Son Being Investigated as On-Duty Cop

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It might be several months before the autopsy results of Khamis Shatara, the 21-year-old shot and killed by his off-duty PBSO deputy father on Christmas Eve, are released to the public. That's because the death is being investigated as an "officer-involved shooting" even though the elder Shatara was at home and off-duty when he pulled the trigger.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's office told New Times the status of the case when we attempted to get a copy of the autopsy results, which are considered public records.

"It's an officer-involved shooting, and the case is still under investigation," the records clerk said, adding that it might be before April the records are releasable, after having gone through the District Attorney's Office, which is the norm for all shootings involving on-duty police officers.

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Christopher Glenn, Military Contractor from West Palm Beach, Pleads Guilty to Hacking Top Secret Military Files

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This week in federal court, a Palm Beach County man tied to a strange case of international espionage pleaded guilty to the rack of criminal charges he was facing. Rather than fight his case, Christopher Glenn admitted he hacked into classified computer files while working as a private contractor at a U.S. air base in Honduras. The 34-year-old's guilty plea closes the door on a bizarre case that includes accusations of sex trafficking, computer hacking, and misdeeds across the globe, from Latin America to Iraq.


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All 38 Cities in Palm Beach County, Ranked From Worst to Best

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Hello, Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach County is massive.

Housing more than a million people, it's the third most populous county in Florida. It spreads from the beautiful beaches of the east coast all the way to the shores of Lake Okeechobee.

And it has been keeping Botox in business since the '80s.

Join us now as we carefully examine the innards of this county and decide once and for all what's the best and what's the worst.

See also: All 30 Cities in Broward County, Ranked From Worst to Best

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Billionaire Jeff Greene Tells Other Billionaires That Poor People Want Too Many Things

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In two short news stories, there was so much shade thrown at Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, the former U.S. Senate candidate might have to invest a few hundred million in solar power just to believe sunlight still exists.

Greene was over in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, where rich people talk to other filthy-rich elites about how to fix the world. And Greene's solution? Americans need to live more simply, want less stuff, and change their lives "so we have less things and a smaller, better existence," he said, according to Bloomberg.

The irony of a billionaire telling other billionaires that the less fortunate should want less (and, in effect, be happy with paltry wages as they slave away in hotels owned by the likes of Greene) wasn't lost on reporters.

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Student Stabbed at Polo Park Middle in Wellington

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An eighth-grade student at Polo Park Middle School was stabbed by another student Thursday morning.

The student, a female, was transported by helicopter to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach with what reports say were minor injuries and released.

According to WPBF, the girl was stabbed by a fellow student, a boy, though it's still unclear what he used to stab her. Police were called to Polo Park, located at 11901 Lake Worth Road in Wellington, Thursday morning shortly after 9 a.m.


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National Geographic TV Host James Currie Arrested for Defending Man in Superman Costume; Is Suing Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

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James Currie, the birding expert and host of National Geographic Wild's Aerial Assassins, was apparently arrested for trying to defend Superman from cops after a multicar accident, and now the TV host is suing the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for wrongfully arresting him.

OK, let's back up.

Currie, a longtime Lake Worth resident, was involved in a car accident in June 2013. According to the police report, alcohol was apparently involved. And a man in a Superman costume -- later identified as Currie's brother-in-law -- was riding with Currie. Police believe Superman was the one driving the vehicle, though Currie disputed that. When police arrived to investigate, Superman ran away while Currie stayed at the scene of the accident.

Superman was eventually arrested, and when Currie tried to stick up for the Man of Steel, he was arrested too. But Currie claims it was a wrongful arrest and has filed a suit claiming that his reputation was "greatly injured."

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West Palm Beach Officials Wrote Letters Requesting Murderer Be Freed From Prison

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An unconscious Brooke Lennon was lying on the ground, his head a massive bloody wound. Lennon's young wife, Michelle, had smashed a baseball bat across his head. Her live-in boyfriend, Robert Tomassi, stood a short distance away, coaching Michelle on how to properly hold a bat for a more accurate strike.

Brooke had been drunk, so cracking him over the skull had been easy. The hard part was killing him. And the blood. All of the blood.

Tomassi instructed Michelle to cover Brooke's head with a plastic bag. That would keep the blood from seeping onto the floor. To keep the bag in place, Michelle tightened it with a telephone cord, wrapping it around the dying man's neck. She then squatted over her husband's limp, bloody body and sat on his chest. She punched and slapped his face, telling him to die already. She then stood up and kicked him in the testicles and kept shouting at him to die.

Michelle and Robert were eventually arrested and charged with murder. And in a tale that can unravel only in Florida, Palm Beach commissioners tried to get Michelle free by writing several letters to the New York state parole board.

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