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Two store clerks killed in separate robberies in Palm Beach, Martin counties


Two store clerks killed in separate thefts; 2 arrested

Two convenience store clerks were fatally shot during a rampage across Palm Beach and Martin counties.

Police say Circle K employees Ralson Mueller and Michael Dean Bennett were killed Friday night in Greenacres. In separate robberies, three suspects shot and injured a clerk in Boynton Beach, robbed a gas station in Jupiter, then opened fire on a police officer in Stuart.

Police have arrested two men, 23-year-old Reginald Cornelius Gibson and 20-year-old Luke Tafari Bowen.

Both men have so far been charged with attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer with a firearm and robbery with a firearm. Gibson faces an additional charge of aggravated battery.

Authorities are still searching for the third suspect.


Grandparents take in boy left in New York

A 3-year-old Florida boy dropped off at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York late last month is back with his paternal grandparents in Land O'Lakes for the time being.

A judge in Flagler County on Friday determined it was in Nathaniel Fons' best interests to stay with his grandparents, Donald and Frieda Fons, while the court decides custody issues. Both of the boy's parents currently are in jail.

Nathaniel was found by security guards at the cathedral with a note in his hand bearing the name and number of a Florida detective.

His mother, Erin Comeau, was arrested in Flagler County on counterfeit charges and said her friends had been traveling with Nathaniel.


Teacher recorded stealing from lockers

A high school student's cell phone secretly recorded a teacher accused of swiping cash from lockers.

Steven Simmons, 49, was arrested Thursday on a grand theft charge.

North Marion High students had complained for years that someone was stealing out of their lockers. To catch the culprit, a student put his phone in one of the lockers in an otherwise empty locker room.

The Sheriff's Office said Simmons, a physical education teacher, admitted stealing for years, taking $400 so far this year.

Associated Press

Two store clerks killed in separate robberies in Palm Beach, Martin counties 05/02/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 2, 2010 10:48pm]
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