Palm Beach County

Law enforcement has been cracking down on corruption in South Florida’s drug treatment industry. State and federal officials have arrested more than 30 people for running scams in rehab centers or sober homes in the past year.

But the facilities are often filled with recovering drug users from out-of-state. And when the homes shut down, the residents frequently wind up on the street.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission hosted the National Beep Baseball Association's World Series this past weekend, which brought between 400 and 500 blind and visually impaired athletes from across the U.S. as well as Canada, the Dominican Republic and Taiwan to Wellington, Florida.

Addiction treatment is big business in Palm Beach County.

According to research conducted by the Palm Beach Post, it brings in more than $1 billion a year, making addiction treatment the county’s fourth largest industry – only behind tourism, construction and agriculture.

Florida officials announced a new locally transmitted Zika case Wednesday—this time in Palm Beach County. It’s the second case stemming from local mosquitos in the county, but officials say the two cases aren’t connected.

TB Hospital Buyer Seeks Refund Over Land Estimate

Jul 29, 2015
Associated Press

A development company that acquired the site of the former A.G. Holley state tuberculosis hospital last year in Palm Beach County wants a $1.29 million refund from the state because the property has less land than advertised.

However, state officials contend that while the advertised acreage was an estimate, the Lantana property was sold under "as is, where is" terms.

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet will be asked next Wednesday to decide whether to approve the requested refund for Lantana Development LLC.

More rules and licensing requirements could be coming for in-home caregivers in Palm Beach County, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. 

Florida doesn't require licensing or certification for care aides who aren't providing medical care, but as the need for home aides grows, elder advocates say more regulations are needed to protect seniors even on the local level, the Sun Sentinel reports. 

Jupiter’s Scripps Research Institute is considering partnering with the University of Southern California, but says it won’t affect its research center in Florida, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A partnership is being considered between the region's biggest hospital system, Baptist Health South Florida, and Palm Beach County's Bethesda Health network, according to the Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal.

Three more potential victims have surfaced in the case of an HIV-positive police officer who was charged last week on two counts of criminal transmission of HIV, a first-degree felony.

Two people are dead and a third is hospitalized following a shooting at a West Palm Beach medical office. The suspected gunman had a meeting at Doctor’s Choice Medical Center Thursday, when he got angry, shot a woman and a man, who died, the Palm Beach Post reports. The gunman also shot and killed himself. This is the fifth homicide in Palm Beach County since Monday.

 

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

A Delray Beach man convicted of scamming the elderly out of thousands of dollars will remain free a little longer -- until his antibiotic-resistant infection has healed, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. One of the con man’s attorneys persuaded a judge it would be a hazard, since his client occasionally has pus seeping from his fingers.

A soldier who threw a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy around may have been afflicted with “excited delirium,” a rare brain disorder.  It took at least six officers and two sets of handcuffs to hold Stephen D. Hauss, who was exhibiting “superhuman strength,” according to the Palm Beach Post.

In a move perceived as a victory for several Palm Beach County medical facilities, a state administrative law judge has recommended against Tenet Healthcare’s application to build a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens, the Palm Beach Post reports.  Judge James H. Paterson III says there are already too many empty beds in the area.

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, the sheriff in Palm Beach County wants to launch a violence-prevention unit that includes a hotline staffed by deputies and mental health personnel, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg says he’s never heard of someone running a scheme like this one. Police say Suzanne Kraus used the name of her dead dog as the “patient” at the pharmacy to get painkillers, the Palm Beach Post reports.  

 

A Palm Beach County nonprofit run by a former hospice nurse has a warehouse full of used medical equipment that those in need can have for free.

The Palm Beach County Health Care District defended the $5,000-per-day rate but conceded it had not followed its own rules.