Police Academy in Jupiter for kids starts June 12


Jupiter police officers Trisha Heuser and Rob Volpe are instructors at the Jupiter Police Department Junior Police Academy. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Crime scene evidence, K-9 unit and beach patrol are parts of the training planned for students of the Jupiter Police Department’s Junior Police Academy starting June 12.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.


What should Jupiter do with 2 vacant acres near the high school?


Jupiter has finalized the $2.8 million deal to buy two acres next to Jupiter High School — and the next step is what to do with the vacant property.

Got any suggestions?

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.


Harbourside developer: “We fully support Tiger”


Harbourside Place developer Nick Mastroianni

Nick Mastroianni, the developer of Harbourside Place where The Woods restaurant is located, issued the following statement Tuesday morning:

“We fully support Tiger in his quest to work thorough his recovery following the many surgeries he has undergone in an effort to resume his extraordinary golfing career.  He is an extremely driven person in all of his business’s and golfing career. His endeavor into the restaurant business has been highly successful and we are very pleased to have his office and restaurant as a major tenant in Harbourside.  We wish him the best in dealing with the current situation.  He has always carried himself as a gentlemen and a professional at all times that we interact with him at Harbourside. Unfortunately what has happened to him could have happened to anyone, and no one would give it a second look.” – Nick Mastroianni.

Woods, 41, was arrested Monday on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and cited for improper stopping, standing or parking in an illegal place, according to Palm Beach County court records.

Woods’s headquarters for his business is located in Harbourside Place.

Read the latest news about the arrest of Tiger Woods in Jupiter in the Palm Beach Post.


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Tiger Woods

Annual Jupiter Police Awards ceremony planned Wednesday


The Jupiter Light Masonic Lodge plans to the Community Service Award to Master Police Officer Demetrius Fauntleroy of the Jupiter Police Department on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jupiter Community Center.

This annual Police Community Service Awards Ceremony recognizes officers who have gone above and beyond the normal realm of their duties, who have aided or assisted, or who have become a part of an organization, project, or event in which they have given unselfishly of their time and experience for the betterment of the community and its citizens.

North county officers being recognized at this event are from Jupiter Police Department, Tequesta Police Department, Juno Beach Police Department, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, and the Palm Beach County School District Police.

The event also raises money to support local youth groups in the area.



Jupiter: Heroin-related deaths increasing


The latest news and numbers about heroin-related overdoses is bad in Jupiter — and getting worse, according to a report released from the Jupiter Police Department:

– Seventeen Jupiter residents died since 2014, including three this year.

Read the full story in the Palm Beach Post.



Storage units robbed in Jupiter and around Palm Beach County



Two recent burglaries at public storage facilities in Jupiter are among the several hundred throughout Palm Beach County that have been burglarized since February.

Burglaries were reported in Jupiter at Public Storage in the 5100 block of Military Trail on March 27 and in the 900 block of Military Trail on April 5.

The burglaries follow a similar pattern, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office office said.

See Olivia Hitchcock’s story in The Palm Beach Post.

Most of the burglaries happen between midnight and 5 a.m. at indoor storage units.

A storage facility on Okeechobee Boulevard, just east of Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach, was a recent target, the sheriff’s office said.

It’s unclear exactly what the thieves took, but the sheriff’s office is urging residents not to leave weapons, ammunition or valuables such as jewelry in storage units.

Authorities encouraged those who use storage units to ensure the facilities have working security cameras and gates. They also recommended using a round lock, which cannot be picked and is harder to cut, to secure units.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact Jupiter Police Department at 561-746-6201 or to Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).

Admiral’s Cove top cop wins award from Palm Beach County police chiefs

Admiral’s Cove Director of Security Jay Alpert (left) and Chief Executive Officer Peter Moore in front of television monitors in the Admiral’s Cove security office (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Jay Alpert, Director of Security for the Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, was named the Palm Beach County 2016 Private Security Officer of the Year by the the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police.

“(Alpert’s) original goal of opening a dialogue in order to maximize efforts and prevent a problem, rather than respond to one, has been fulfilled and indeed surpassed. This program may well serve as a regional model,” Palm Beach Gardens Police Department Chief Stephen J. Stepp wrote in his letter recommending Alpert.

The county Police Chiefs Association gives the award to a private security officer every year. The 2015 Security Officer of the Year was David Fleisch with G4S Security in Jupiter.

The association also gives annual awards to the police officer of the year and the civilian police department employee of the year.

The  waterfront community off Alt. A1A in February was named the first private development in Florida to be designated Storm Ready by the National Weather Service.

When Albert took the position two years ago in the 900-resident gated community off Alt. A1A in Jupiter, he started regular meetings with local police agencies, including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The meetings have expanded and now are held on the first Tuesday of every month. They take place at different communities in the northern end of the county. Three dozen agencies regularly attend.

Guest speakers have included Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, Palm Beach County Director of Emergency Management Bill Johnson and Robert Molleda, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The next meeting on May 2 will feature a guest speaker from the Internal Revenue Service who plans to discuss identity fraud.

“I get speakers with important information that the different departments can share. That encourages cooperation between police departments,” said Alpert.

Admiral’s Cove Director of Security Jay Alpert (center) accepts award from Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Stephen Stepp  (left) and North Palm Beach Police Chief Rick Jenkins at April 20 awards ceremony (Photo provided)

Delaney wins race for Jupiter town council against Klug

Ron Delaney

Ron Delaney narrowly has won the race to in Tuesday’s runoff election for the Jupiter Town Council Second District seat against Ben Klug.

Delaney has about 51 percent compared to Klug’s 49 percent, according to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office.

Jupiter residents complain alot, but will they vote on Tuesday?

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Indiantown Road traffic is one of many issues facing Jupiter (Photo/Lannis Waters)

“Complaining on Facebook is easy. We live in such a lovely place. Too many people take it for granted,” said Jupiter resident Cheryl Schneider, one of many locals who want a big turnout in Tuesday’s runoff Jupiter town council election between Ron Delaney and Ben Klug..

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.


$20,000 reward by FBI offered in Jupiter shootings


A reward up to  $20,000 is offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of any additional individuals responsible for the triple homicide which occurred on February 5 on Mohawk Street in Jupiter.

Jupiter Police Department officers responded to 911 calls of gunshots fired in the 1100 block of Mohawk Street at about 10:30 p.m.

Officers were directed to the backyard of 1105 Mohawk Street where three victims were located; Sean Henry, 26, Brandi El-Salhy, 24, and Kelli Dougherty, 20.

All three victims had been shot to death.

Jupiter Police Department detectives on March 20 arrested Christopher Vasata, 24, on three counts of first degree murder with a firearm, one count of attempted first degree murder with a firearm, and a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

The investigation and evidence associated indicate there may be another suspect involved in the triple homicide.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Jupiter Police Department at (561) 741-2410 or the FBI at (754) 703-2000.