Palm Beach County
A total of 452 employees at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach super luxury hotel are being laid off. The Ritz-Carlton, which is a Marriott International company, has fired managers of the hotel. The job terminations are effective June 30. The hotel will be renamed the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa.
Jeffrey Steven Telsey, 56, of Delray Beach has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for selling counterfeit Gillette razor blades. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents discovered the supposed Mach 3 blades in 2008. An investigation led them to Telsey’s company, JCA Enterprises, based in Boca Raton. He was convicted of buying more than three million blades from China through a New Jersey importer and then relabeling them. They were sold to distributors and major retailers around the country.
South Florida DJ and Haitian immigrant James T. Leger, 37, is facing deportation. Ledger is a DJ on 1600 WHTY-AM in Lake Worth, where he hosts The Morning Show with James Leger. He is also known for helping actor Sean Penn with his humanitarian causes and relief efforts in Haiti. When he attempted to renew his passport, an investigation found numerous problems. He has been arrested and charged with passport fraud, identity theft and lying to U.S. citizenship officials. He is facing up to 17 years in prison. Officials allege he has avoided arrest warrants and ignored deportation orders for the past 12 years by using the name Wilbert Carn to obtain passports and other documents. Ledger has convictions for suspended license, marijuana possession, bounced checks and more. He was a high-profile resident and radio personality and it’s amazing how he was able to avoid detention for more than a decade. Book ’em Danno!
Eric Chelly, 40, of Boca Raton was arrested for allegedly failing to take his daughter to the doctor. The child required at least bi-monthly treatment for Crohn’s Disease and other life-threatening ailments. According to police, Chelly said his insurance company dropped them after his daughter had a 65-day hospital stay in 2011 and he was unaware that her condition was life threatening. He said that he has been trying to buy new health insurance, without success.
The former owners of Choice Environmental, a Pompano Beach-based waste handling firm, have filed a fraud and deceptive trade practices lawsuit against Swisher Hygiene, the company that purchased it. Also named in the lawsuit are Swisher’s former chairman H. Wayne Huizenga, former CEO Steven Berrard and former chief financial officer Michael Kipp. The purchase deal included stock that was worth $5.89 per share at the time. But a short time later, in March 2012, Swisher stock collapsed to 94 cents per share.
George Malden, 73, has been arrested on drug and attempted bribery charges. According to the police report, Malden was arrested for selling, distribution and possession of dilaudid, oxycodone, xanax, clonazepam, cocaine and marijuana. He sold $5,600 worth of pills to an undercover detective, then offered a $100,000 bribe in cash and jewelry to Sgt. Andy Pallen in exchange to let him go, the report said. He repeated his offer several time while undergoing questioning at the police station, according to the report. It was all captured on video.
A judge set bail for Jabari Shahid Kemp, 21, of Florida City at $150,000. He must also wear an ankle monitoring bracelet. Kemp was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in an April 13 accident in Riviera Beach in which five people were killed. The Florida Highway Patrol said Kemp was driving his Mercedes Benz at 120 mph on Interstate 95, ran a red light at an exit ramp at 12:30 a.m. and hit another vehicle. In addition to alcohol, he tested positive for marijuana, the FHP said.
LIL’ WAYNE SETTLES
Rapper Lil’ Wayne has paid off a $3.4 million judgment against him that was owed to Quincy Jones III, son of music producer Quincy Jones. Jones sued the rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, in a breach of contract lawsuit related to a planned documentary about Carter’s life. Jones, who would have been the producer, was about to enforce the judgment by selling the rapper’s $11.6 million mansion on La Gorce Island off Miami Beach.
Ervens Prudent of North Miami, aka DJ AOL, was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter and two counts of vehicular homicide. Coral Gables police said Prudent rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped at a traffic light at Southwest Eighth Street and Douglas Road. The occupants of the vehicle, Maria Martinez, 44, and Marlon Gutierrez, 34, both from
Sweetwater, were killed in the crash.
Authorities said blood tests showed he was under the influence of drugs, as well. The charges against him could be upgraded.
Monroe County is facing a racial discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Hispanic firefighter, Mario Romera, who alleges he suffered discrimination for complaining about abusive treatment at the hands of his white co-workers and supervisors. Monroe County Fire-Rescue Chief James Callahan contends Romera, 34, was dismissed in June 2012 for driving county emergency vehicles for more than six months while his driver’s license was suspended. In court papers, Romera acknowledged his license was suspended for failing to pay tolls but said he was unaware that his SunPass device was not working properly. He also alleges his white co-workers committed worse offenses, including DUI, while driving county vehicles but were not fired.
On Jan. 2, 1908, Henry Flagler started construction on the Florida East Coast Railway which was to span from Jacksonville to Key West. Crews worked 24 hours a day so Flagler could realize his dream and he succeeded. On New Year’s Day 1912, the project finished a year ahead of schedule. A tiny island named Pigeon Key played a critical role in that success. Even though it is mostly coral rock, had no trees and was covered with pigeons, more than 500 workers set up temporary housing on the tiny island, instead of being transported back to the more habitable islands each night. The island recently has been opened up for tours.