Sunday’s triple murder in Jupiter sparks mother’s plea for justice

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Roberta Donahue’s son and a woman were murdered three years ago in Limestone Creek. Donahue was holding this sign as she stood Thursday afternoon in front of the Jupiter River Estates house where the triple murders occurred on Sunday in Jupiter. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Roberta Donahue, whose son Teddy Donohue Jr. and a woman were found murdered in a vehicle parked in the area of Limestone Creek in suburban Jupiter three years ago, stood at the scene of Sunday’s triple murder holding a picture of her son.

The 67-year-old wants justice.

“I hope this tragedy will convince someone to come forward with information. Not just in my son’s murder but for these three young people who were killed,” said Donahue, 67, who used to live in the Jupiter River Estates neighborhood where Sunday’s murders occurred.

Samantha McKenna and Teddy Donohue Jr. were found murdered in a vehicle parked in the area of Limestone Creek in suburban Jupiter on April 14, 2014.

“Someone must have heard something through the grapevine. If you see something, say something. Please come forward and tell police,” said Donahue, who was carrying a CrimeStoppers Reward for $1,000 poster for information about her son’s and McKenna’s murder.

McKenna, 34, of Palm Beach Gardens, and Donohue, 45, of Hobe Sound, were found in a red Toyota Matrix parked at the far end of the 6600 block of Fourth Street.

Both victims were found with multiple gunshot wounds.

No arrests were made.

Jupiter police can be reached at (561) 746-6201.

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Latest update: Jupiter triple-murder

 

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(Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officials, with sniffing dogs, are here Wednesday morning at the scene in Jupiter of the triple murders that happened Sunday night after the Super Bowl in Jupiter River Estates.
The crime scene on Mohawk Street, lined in yellow tape, will be cleared today, Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow said in a press conference Tuesday night.
For up-to-date information on the shootings:http://www.palmbeachpost.com/…/upda…/NFnZWEiOubBQWk3SZQEZzJ/

Benefit planned Thursday for families of Jupiter shootings

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Proceeds from auction will go to victims’ families

Proceeds from an auction planned Thursday at 7 pm at a Jupiter restaurant will go to the families of the three shooting victims.
The auction is planned at Craft Bar Kitchen in Burt Reynolds Plaza on the north side of Indiantown Rd, just west of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.
Kelli J. Doherty, 20, worked last summer at the restaurant as a server, said General Manager Kelly Dakis.
“This really hit us close to home. We really want to do something,” Dakis said.
Dates with about 10 local men and women will be auctioned off at the event.
There will be a $10 admission charge.

For Full coverage in The Palm Beach Post:

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/…/jupi…/9bINqMfElNi7uwkPhXkXiO/

Jupiter shooting: “I thought it was a Super Bowl celebration”

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Many longtime residents of Jupiter River Estates — known by locals as the neighborhood with roads named after Native Americans — were stunned to find out Monday morning that their neighborhood was the scene of a triple murder Sunday night.

“This is a nice middle class neighborhood. It’s very family friendly. We know each other, go trick-or-treating to each other’s houses. I never thought we’d see anything like this,” said Jennifer Foster, who grew up in the neighborhood and has lived on Suwannee Avenue for about 13 years.

Read the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

 

Monday night is candidate’s night in north county

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Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens elections are March 14. (Photo/Melanie Bell)

Candidates for Jupiter town council and Palm Beach Gardens city council are scheduled to attend a candidates night Monday, Feb. 6 at the Abacoa Country Club, 105 Barbados Dr., starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by Palm Beach County Tea Party.

The election is March 14.

The candidates will be invited to speak for up to 10 minutes each.

Discussion about the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump from those who attended the festivities in Washington, DC. is also planned.

There is no charge to attend the meeting. Reservations are required.

To make a reservation, go to palmbeachcountyteaparty.org

 

 

Bar fight results in demotion, suspension for Jupiter cop

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Officer Amy Walling (left) demoted after altercation with fellow officer

A lover’s spat between two police sergeants that erupted in front of a Jupiter waterfront restaurant has resulted in two internal affairs investigations, a demotion in rank and a 30-day suspension within the Jupiter Police Department, according to documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post.

Amy Walling was reduced in rank from sergeant to officer and given a 30-day suspension without pay after an internal affairs investigation determined she bit a fellow officer and another person and struck another officer during an April 2016 fight with Jupiter police Sgt. Jason Vansteenburgh, according to the investigation. The two had been involved in a long-running romantic relationship.

Read the full story in the Palm Beach Post.

Jupiter Police Chief could be named interim town manager in Jupiter

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Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow

Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow is under consideration to be interim town manager if current Town Manager Andrew Lukasik leaves the position.

Lukasik is one of three finalists to be the new village manager in North Palm Beach. Lukasik has been Jupiter town manager since 2004.

“I support our current town manager. If he leaves, I would be willing to serve in any position the town asks me to,” said Kitzerow.

North Palm Beach is seeking applicants to replace Village Manager Jim Kelly, who left in November.

The interim North Palm Beach village manager is the village’s Finance Director Semia Janjua.

The village council expects to conduct interviews and name a new manager in the next few weeks.

The Jupiter town council met Wednesday night to discuss the possible exit of Lukasik.

“We want somebody who is familiar with emergency management,” said Vice Mayor Ilan Kaufer, who said he would support Kitzerow’s appointment.

The police department in Jupiter has 116 sworn officers and a $20 million annual budget.

Other candidates mentioned were Jupiter Assistant Town Manager Lori Bonino and former Jupiter Assistant Town Manager Tod Mowery.

North Palm Beach is about five square miles and has about 13,000 residents.

Jupiter is about 22 square miles and has about 60,000 residents.

North Palm Beach’s annual budget is about $18 million; Jupiter’s is about $80 million.

Kelly’s salary was about $140,000. Lukasik earns about $180,000 in Jupiter.

To view a video of the meeting, go to jupiter.fl.us

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Jupiter Town Manager Andrew Lukasik

Free fire truck rides and a visit from Santa in Tequesta on Saturday

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Kids get rides on fire trucks (Photo/Bruce Bennett)

Santa will be stopping by the Tequesta Fire Rescue Station building, 357 Tequesta Drive, Saturday morning, December 10.

Not only that, but visitors can have a special holiday breakfast, take a station tour, enjoy a fire-truck ride for kids, watch equipment demonstrations and more at the event hosted by the Tequesta Firefighters and Police.

Visitors should bring a small gift for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program.

The event is free and open to the public between 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

For information, go to tequesta.org.

 

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State crime report released: Here’s numbers for Jupiter

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Jupiter Police on patrol on Loxahatchee River (Photo/ Meghan McCarthy)

Larceny, robbery, motor vehicle thefts and aggravated assaults in the first six months of this year increased compared to the first six months of last year in Jupiter, according to statistics released by Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

“This is a wake up call. We live in a very desirable community. Jupiter is mostly non-gated. Our residents must be vigilant,” said Mayor Todd Wodraska.

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Meanwhile, the number of murders, rapes, and burglaries decreased, according to the state crime statistics.

The town paid about $181,000 for the 24-foot outboard boat, Ford F-250 truck, trailer and communication equipment. Four more police officers were recently hired. The annual Jupiter police budget this year is about $20 million.

Jupiter’s 32 percent overall crime index increase this year is the third largest boost in Palm Beach County in reported crimes during the six-month period. The number of reported crimes in Jupiter increased from 561 to 741, according to the crime statistics.

For the last two years, Jupiter has had decreasing crime rates.

Reported crimes in 2014 were 4.9 percent less than in 2013. That follows a 7.3 decrease in reported crimes in 2013 compared to 2012, according to statistics from the U.S. Census and Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement.

First half of 2016:

http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/FSAC/UCR/2016/2016SA_CM_Offenses.aspx#page=52

First half of 2015:

http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/FSAC/UCR/2015/2015SA_CM_Offenses.aspx#page=52

The following communities had more reported crimes than Jupiter:

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office: (7,796)

West Palm Beach: (3,150)

Boynton Beach: (1,953)

Delray Beach: (1,591)

Boca Raton: (1,325)

Lake Worth: (1,224)

While the number of overall crimes across the state went down in the first six months of the year compared to the first six months of 2015, Palm Beach County’s crime statistics went up slightly, according to state statistics released Monday.

The county had a 3.7 percent increase in overall crimes, according to the crime report.

Statewide, there was a 3.4 percent decrease. The state saw decreases in the number of robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries and larcenies, while murders were up by more than 15 percent, rapes were up by nearly 2 percent and motor vehicle thefts were up by more than 4 percent.