State drops battery, disorderly conduct charges against Tequesta woman

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Denise Yates

Editor’s note: Court records show that prosecutors dropped charges of disorderly intoxication, battery and resisting without violence after Denise Yates entered a pre-trial diversion program following her January 2016 arrest.  She completed community service and the case was closed in August.

Jan. 28 story: As Denise Yates attempted to ride her bicycle in Tequesta on Tuesday afternoon, her struggles to maintain her balance caught the attention of passersby and eventually village police.

Yates told a police officer she had a hair appointment and attempted to stagger away, according to an arrest report made public Wednesday. But instead of making her appointment, the 49-year-old Tequesta woman ended up getting arrested on a disorderly intoxication charge.

Police also charged Yates with battery on a law enforcement officer and obstruction without violence. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday night on her recognizance.

According to the arrest report, officers responded to the area of Tequesta Drive and Mars Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday after callers reported that a woman kept falling off a bicycle. An officer arrived to see the woman, later identified as Yates, staggering and struggling to maintain her balance as she walked along Tequesta Drive. She began to stagger toward traffic and fell onto the grass beside the road. The report doesn’t mention where Yates’ bike was when she was met by police.

Yates became “belligerent” while telling the officer she had an appointment, the report said. When told she was not free to leave, Yates allegedly grabbed the officer’s wrist and pushed him back toward the road.

After being arrested, Yates attempted to pull away from officers repeatedly stating “I’m leaving,” the report said. She reportedly told paramedics later that she had three vodka and cranberry drinks prior to leaving her house.

Police: Boca man hits boss with bar because paycheck was late

Gutierrez
Gutierrez

A fight over an overdue paycheck left both employer and employee bruised after the disagreement turned physical, Boca Raton police said.

Jose Gutierrez of Boca Raton told city police he hit his boss in the arm with a metal bar Wednesday night, leading police to arrest him on aggravated battery charges. The fight began, the 22-year-old told police, because he wanted to be paid.

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The boss, who told police he worked in car sales, had bruising on his left forearm, according to a police report. Gutierrez, who told police he currently was unemployed, was bruised on his knee and knuckle.

Gutierrez originally told police the fight escalated when his boss pushed him. The two were wrestling on the ground, he said, when the boss grabbed a metal bar and hit him on the knee and knuckle.

His boss fled the scene, Gutierrez said, but returned to tell city police his side of the story. His employee threatened to “(expletive) me up,” the boss told police, so the boss grabbed the metal bar for self defense.

Gutierrez eventually took the bar from him, he said, and hit the boss twice on the arm.

Gutierrez later said his boss’ version of the story is what happened.

When police arrested the 22-year-old they found a glass pipe in his pocket with marijuana residue in it, so police also charged him with having drug paraphernalia.

Gutierrez was taken to Boca Raton Regional Hospital before being taken to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he is being held on a $6,000 bond, according to court records.

Face-biting slayings: Neighbor tells 911 dispatchers about incident, his own stabbing

A neighbor, gasping for breath, called 911 after trying to stop a deadly attack in Jupiter River Estates, according to a recording of the call made Monday night.

The neighbor, who was not identified, told Martin County 911 dispatchers that a young man was beating up a woman across the street from his home in the same neighborhood.

Police said Austin Harrouff, 19, was responsible for the deaths of John Stephens III and Michelle Mishcon on Monday night.

Authorities on Tuesday morning were at the home in Jupiter River Estates where two people were found dead late Monday. (Olivia Hitchcock / The Palm Beach Post)
Authorities on Tuesday morning were at the home in Jupiter River Estates where two people were found dead late Monday. (Olivia Hitchcock / The Palm Beach Post)

The neighbor told dispatchers he was bleeding profusely, and that he was stabbed in the back. He said, “I believe he had a knife.”

Later during the call, as he was telling police he didn’t see the knife, the neighbor’s wife said he had three puncture wounds “in the back, in the neck, in the head.”

Dispatchers told the neighbor and his wife that deputies had to secure the scene before fire-rescue workers could move in and take care of him.

Later, his wife told dispatchers that, “He’d better secure (the scene), or I’m going to ki — ” before stopping herself.

PBSO: Night of drinking ends with rifle, car chase, arrest

What started as a domestic dispute ended in a 15-minute chase early Sunday through Lake Worth, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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Juan

Deputies say 20-year-old Edgar Francisco Juan fled his Lake Worth home after pulling a rifle on a friend who wanted to keep drinking.

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When a sheriff’s deputy approached the home after reports of a domestic dispute, Juan sped away in gray Ford work van while two women screamed, “Run, run, he has a gun!” according to a deputy’s report.

Juan is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $38,500 bond, according to court records, on charges of aggravated assault, possessing a weapon as a convicted felon and battery.

According to court records, Juan was convicted of burglary and grand theft in November.

Witnesses said Juan had been drinking with friends before coming home. When his friend wanted to keep drinking Juan grabbed a rifle and threatened to kill him, according to a sheriff’s office report.

The two entered the residence, where the victim locked himself in a room, according to the sheriff’s office report. When he left the room, Juan repeatedly punched him in the face and continued threats to kill him.

When law enforcement arrived, Juan led them on a 15-minute chase through the city of Lake Worth with “no regard for other driver’s safety,” according to a sheriff’s office report. The chase ended at the home just east of Interstate 95 in Lake Worth.

PBSO: Boynton-area teen stole checks, credit cards in separate thefts

Straw
Straw

A suburban Boynton Beach teenager is accused of stealing a check worth about $2,500 from one car and a wallet containing credit cards from another, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Shaki Straw, 18, was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday afternoon after posting $30,000 bail. He faces charges of vehicle burglary, grand theft and fraudulent use of checks and credit cards.

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Both thefts took place in suburban Boynton Beach, west of Florida’s Turnpike near Boynton Beach Boulevard.

According to a probable-cause affidavit made public Thursday, Straw is alleged to have taken the wallet in early June from a man’s car. The 42-year-old victim canceled his cards and notified deputies, but not before Shaw apparently charged more than $300 on the cards at Chik-Fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, the H&M clothing store and a local smoke shop, the affidavit said.

Through surveillance footage, deputies saw Straw using the stolen cards to by himself and his friends food. When confronted with the evidence, Straw admitted stealing the cards and making purchases with them, and was charged $21,000 for  vehicular burglary, grand theft and five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

In the other theft, a stack of checks went missing in November after the owner of a Delray Beach restaurant left them in her car overnight. She reviewed her banking statements two days later and noticed that someone had tried to deposit one of the stolen checks at an ATM in Miami within 24 hours of the theft, the affidavit said. Investigators discovered the $2,463.37 check was deposited into an account for a company, V-Tech, the affidavit said.

In March, deputies received a search warrant to search Straw’s bedroom and found the stolen restaurant checks stashed under his mattress and in his dresser drawers.

Straw has no previous felonies, according to court records.

Orlando nightclub attack is 13th mass shooting in Florida this year

The Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12 marks the 66th mass shooting in Florida since 2013, according to shootingtracker.com.

That site defines a mass shooting as a shooting in which four or more people, not including the shooter(s), are killed or injured.

Law enforcement officials work at the Pulse nightclub following a fatal shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Law enforcement officials work at the Pulse nightclub following a fatal shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

In 2016, there have been 13 mass shootings in the state — including the shooting at Pulse nightclub — according to shootingtracker.com’s methodology.

Credit: Palm Beach Post analysis of data from shootingtracker.com.

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Delray police: Man steps into running rental car, steals it

A Delray Beach man on probation was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole a rental car, according to an arrest report.

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Mulberry

Guy James Mulberry is facing charges of vehicle grand theft, grand theft between $300 and $5,000 and resisting an officer without violence. Mulberry is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $14,000 bail.

The operator of the rental vehicle, a 2016 Ford Expedition, told Delray Beach police he parked in front of a laundromat at 718 George Bush Blvd. and left the vehicle running. The man said he stepped into the business briefly to ask about an item he had lost, the report said.

While the man was inside, surveillance video captures Mulberry allegedly running up to the Expedition, jumping in and quickly backing out, the report said.

About two hours later, Delray Beach police located the Expedition heading westbound on West Atlantic Avenue. The vehicle stopped at a convenience store and a passenger  got out and walked toward the store.

Police ordered Mulberry out of the Expedition but he did not respond, forcing officers to extract him from the vehicle, the report said.

Jordan Rodriguez, the passenger, was arrested for trespassing. Rodriguez told police he did not know the vehicle was stolen. Rodriguez was released on his own recognizance.

Records show that Mulberry is on probation until Nov. 12, 2018, after he was convicted in 2013 on two counts of burglary of an occupied structure. Records also show that Mulberry has been sentenced to jail or prison six times since 1984, mostly on grand theft and burglary charges.

MMA world reacts to fighter Jordan Parsons’ death in Delray Beach

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Jordan Parsons (https://www.gofundme.com/JordanParsons)

A tight-knit community was rocked Wednesday by news that Mixed Martial Arts fighter Jordan Parsons, 25, died in the hospital following a hit-and-run crash in Delray Beach.

Parsons, a Bellator featherweight, had his right leg amputated and was comatose after he was struck Sunday morning by a 2012 or 2013 silver Range Rover at the intersection of Federal Highway and Lindell Boulevard. The driver of the damaged Range Rover has yet to be caught.

Parsons was prepping for a bout in Bellator 154 on May 14, said manager Glenn Robinson.

Fans, friends and fellow fighters have poured support for Parsons and his family into social media and a GoFundMe account, which has amassed an impressive $35,000 in just three days.

Meanwhile, the MMA world has turned to Twitter and Instagram to mourn the fallen talent.

Some big-name professional mixed martial artists have also spoken out in support.

Delray Beach Police are asking anyone with information on the crash or vehicle to contact Officer Dan Cramer at (561) 243-7800 or to report anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at (800) 458-TIPS, online at http://www.crimestopperspbc.com or by texting tips@cspbs.com.

PBSO: Glades man suspected in shooting fought deputies over DNA sample

MacKenson Jeanbaptiste
MacKenson Jeanbaptiste

When four deputies showed up to a Belle Glade man’s home Wednesday with a warrant for his DNA, he fought and threatened to kill the law enforcement officers, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports.

MacKenson Jean Baptiste, 26, faces four charges of battery on law enforcement officers, six charges of harming a public servant and an obstruction of justice charge.

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While in the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday morning, Jean Baptiste still hadn’t agreed to give up a DNA sample, court records show. Circuit Judge Joseph Marx made it a condition of Jean Baptiste’s release on bond from jail that he provide the sample to law enforcement, as well as pay $15,000 in bail.

The deputies obtained a warrant for Jean Baptiste’s DNA because he is suspected in a recent Glades shooting, the arrest report says.

Jean Baptiste kicked and spat at deputies when they served the warrant, the report says. He pushed one officer to the ground and kicked another repeatedly as they tried to restrain him.

During the struggle, Jean Baptiste said: “I am going to kill you all. I see how it is,” the report says.

He threatened to do “Voodoo” on the officers, they said in the report.

Jean Baptiste remained in county jail as of Thursday afternoon.

Boca police: Woman calls 911 eight times when she can’t find car

Lisa Michele Makris
Lisa Michele Makris

A Boca Raton woman who was reportedly extremely intoxicated called 911 eight times early Monday when she had trouble finding her car, city police report.

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Dispatchers repeatedly told Lisa Makris, 45, that the telephone line was reserved for emergencies, but she kept calling between 4:54 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., the arrest report said.

She told the dispatcher that she thought she blacked out earlier from drinking too much alcohol and wasn’t sure where her car was parked.

The call was traced to Makris’ apartment on North Federal Highway, where an officer found the door wide-open. Makris was lying in bed, police say.

She told officers she used an inactivated phone to dial 911 because that was the only call that would go through. Her phone was locked inside her car, which she couldn’t find, she told the officer.

She also told the officer that repeatedly calling 911 was “not a big deal,” the report said.

The 911 calls tied up the dispatch center, interfering with other calls for service, the report said.

Makris was arrested and faces a 911 misuse charge. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail late Monday on her own recognizance.