Accused Uber driver takes the stand in his defense

An Uber driver accused of raping a passenger he picked up at SunFest last year took the stand Wednesday in his own defense.

On Tuesday, his accuser told the jury the brutal assault started in the car and then Gary Kitchings forced his way into her home where he allegedly raped her.

During Wednesday’s trial, Kitchings testified the sex was consensual.  He said the woman started flirting with him in the car and invited him into her home.

"After she asked me if I was married, she took her elbow and kind of nudged me and she asked me if I cheat. So, the first time she touched me was kind of bumping me with her elbow in a playful way," Kitchings said on the stand.

Kitchings will be back on the stand Thursday for the state to question him.

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Documents about accused teen stabber released

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Palm Beach County School District has documented incidents going back four years involving the 17-year-old accused of stabbing three people and killing one this week in Palm Beach Gardens. 

These school reports reveal that on several occasions students and even the principal of Dwyer High School spoke up about Corey Johnson. 

From threats that he allegedly made to other students on social media, to hateful comments students say he openly made in class, one of his classmates told police they could not take it anymore.

The reports start in 2014 when Johnson was a student at Independence Middle School in Jupiter. School records show a student came forward and told police Johnson was taking unwanted pictures of her while on the school bus and used several social media accounts to get in contact with her,…

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Migrants, suspected smuggler stopped off Jupiter, Coast Guard says

Five migrants and a suspected smuggler are in custody after the Coast Guard says it spotted them about 15 miles east of Jupiter Saturday.

From the air, a Coast Guard crew detected a boat with its lights out around 5 a.m.

A cutter from Lake Worth was dispatched and interdicted the group.

They were taken ashore and handed over to investigators with U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security.

 

 

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Winn-Dixie parent company closing 4 stores in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast

Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of Winn-Dixie, announced Thursday it will close 94 stores in seven states, including three in Palm Beach County and one in Martin County.

Florida(Winn-Dixie stores unless otherwise noted)

Apollo Beach, 6180 Us Highway 41 NBonita Springs, 10026 Coconut Rd.Bradenton, 3500 53rd Ave. WestCooper City, 2581 North Hiatus RoadDeland, 2701 S. Woodland Blvd.Fort Myers, 18731 Three Oaks ParkwayFort Myers, 8650 Gladiolus DriveGainesville, 2002 SW 34th St Jacksonville, 3000 Dunn Avenue (Harveys)Jacksonville, 1012 Edgewood Ave. N (Harveys)Jacksonville, 9866 Baymeadows RoadJupiter, 6707 West Indiantown RoadJupiter, 3757 Military TrailKissimmee, 1347 E Vine StLand O' Lakes, 2126 Collier ParkwayMiramar, 6301 County Line Rd.Ocala, 4417 Nw Blitchton RoadOcala, 8445 Sw Hwy 200, Ste #131Orange Park, 248 Blanding Blv…

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Stand your ground defense denied for Jupiter hate crime suspect

A Palm Beach County judge denied the stand your ground defense for a Jupiter man charged with murdering a Guatemalan man in an alleged hate crime.

Judge Samantha Schosberg-Feuer denied David Harris’s motion to dismiss charges against him based on the “stand your ground” defense.

Officials say Harris, along with his brother Jesse Harris and another person, Austin Taggart, killed Onesimo Marcelino Lopez-Ramos outside a Jupiter home after a fight on April 18, 2015.

Schosberg-Feuer said in a 15-page ruling Friday that she denied him immunity from charges because she found the state showed his use of force during the 2015 fight was not justifiable.

In the ruling, Schosberg-Feuer said she believes the new change in Florida law that shifts the burden of proof from the defendant to the state applies retroactively and applies to thi…

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