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Plane Lands Safely at PBIA With Engine Problems

WEST PALM BEACH — A commercial airplane landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport with engine problems Monday afternoon, the Delray Beach Tribune has learned.

The Southwest Airlines  737 flight reported that an engine was out, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

Ninety-one people were on board the plane when it landed shortly after 1:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

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4 Injured in Collision With bus

 DELRAY BEACH – Four people were injured in a chain crash involving a sports utility vehicle, a pickup truck and a Palm Tran bus Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. along Federal Highway north of Linton Boulevard.

Delray Beach Fire-Rescue officials say that the SUV rear-ended the large pickup truck causing it to crash into the rear of a Palm Tran bus.

The drivers of both the SUV and pickup truck and two passengers on the bus were transported to local hospitals in stable condition, Fire-Rescue personnel said.


Head-on Crash Sends 1 to Hospital

DELRAY BEACH – A head-on crash sent one driver to an area hospital Thursday, authorities said.

The crash occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on South Dixie Highway, just south of Lindell Boulevard.

One vehicle crossed the center line and was struck by another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, Delray Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Kevin Saxton said.

One driver was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The other driver was treated at the scene.

Delray Beach police are investigating the cause.


VP Biden: Country on Cusp of Mental Health Changes

BOSTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the country is on the cusp of what he called “remarkable changes” in the treatment of mental illness.

Speaking at a forum on mental health to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act, Biden said the human brain is the new frontier for exploration in 2013.

He said science is on the verge of “astounding discoveries” that could change how society cares for those with mental illness.

“It’s truly amazing what we don’t know and it’s truly amazing what we might learn,” Biden said during a kickoff of the two-day forum at the Kennedy presidential library. “Imagine when we are able to identify the biomarkers for mental illness.”

Biden said that ongoing research also holds promise for returning veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress. And as a result of President Barack Obama’s health care law, he said, more people have access to care for mental illness because the law bars insurance companies from denying coverage due to preexisting conditions like bipolar disorder.

Still, too many people suffering from mental illness fail to seek help even when there is treatment available, he said.

Biden was joined at the forum by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island.

58f40cf7d93e1123410f6a706700141cSebelius said work remains to be done to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness and its barrier to treatment. She said 60 percent of Americans with mental health challenges and nine out of 10 Americans battling substance abuse aren’t receiving care.

“Imagine what it would mean if people felt as comfortable saying they were going for counseling as they were going for a flu shot,” she said.

Sebelius also touted the benefits of the health care law, but didn’t directly address the problems plaguing the rollout of the health care website — intended to make it easier for the uninsured to sign up for health care plans.

Patrick, the late president’s nephew and a longtime mental health advocate, said 48fcfb57d93f1123410f6a706700dfe1(2)he also hopes the forum will help remove lingering prejudices surrounding mental illness.

“This is the civil rights movement of our time,” Kennedy said. “Together we’re going to ensure not only quality treatment but equality of treatment.”

Brandon Marshall, who’s been treated for a personality disorder, also spoke at the event. Chelsea Clinton, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will moderate a conference panel Thursday on public health and community approaches to addressing behavioral health disorders.

The law signed by Kennedy in 1963 aimed to build mental health centers accessible to all Americans so that those with mental illness could be treated while working and living at home, rather than being kept in state institutions that sometimes were neglectful or abusive.

Recent deadly mass shootings, including at the Washington Navy Yard and a Colorado movie theater, have been perpetrated by men who were apparently not being adequately treated for serious mental illnesses.

Those tragedies have renewed public attention to the mental health system and areas where Kennedy’s hopes for the treatment and care of those with mental illness were never realized.


Delray CRA to Hear Redevelopment Presentations for West Atlantic Avenue

Three Development Teams Compete for 6.23 Acres

The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Board of Commissioners will hear presentations from three development groups vying for a chance to redevelop land along the West Atlantic Avenue Corridor at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The presentations will be given during the regular CRA Board meeting, which will take place in the City Commission Chambers at Delray Beach City Hall, 100 NW 1st Avenue.

In August, the CRA received three responses to a Request for Proposals for 6.23 acres of land, between SW 6th and 9th Avenues. The proposals call for a variety of mixed-used buildings, including residential units, Class A office space, retail, and other community service businesses. The developers scheduled to present include Equity Enterprises USA; Jones New Urban Delray; and Prime Investors & Developers, the developers of the Fairfield Inn hotel in the 900-block of West Atlantic Avenue as a result of a 2010 CRA-issued RFP.

In September, the CRA previously heard a financial analysis of the three proposals. The board is expected to make a decision on the RFP at the meeting scheduled for Oct. 24. The CRA will allow members of the public to give their opinions about the development proposals at both October meetings.

Copies of all three developer proposals, along with a copy of the RFP and supporting documents, are available for review and download on the CRA website at http://bit.ly/eQpjH7. For more information about the Delray Beach CRA, call the CRA office at 561-276-8640. To learn more about the CRA, its programs and initiatives, visit the CRA website at www.delraycra.org.

 


Police Seek Witnesses to Crash Near ICW

DELRAY BEACH – Police are seeking witnesses to a crash on Atlantic Avenue near the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday night.

The crash occurred around 8:30 p.m., as the driver of a red pickup truck was eastbound on Atlantic Avenue.

As he crossed the ICW Bridge, he lost control of his truck. The car spun out and jumped a curb, striking a pedestrian, police said. The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was transported to Delray Medical Center as a trauma alert.

The truck came to final rest against a tree, just a few feet from the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway.
The investigation is ongoing; therefore no charges have been filed. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Traffic Homicide Investigator Daniel Cramer at 561-243-7800.


Suspect Wanted for Robbery to Florida Community Bank

BOCA RATON – Authorities are looking for a man who robbed a bank on Sept. 16.

The man entered the Florida Community Bank, 11431 Palmetto Park Road, at 1:20 pm, and showed the teller a note that read, “Don’t give me the dye pack”.

The teller placed her cash drawer on the counter and removed numerous bills and the bait money dbt Bank robbery1which set off the bank alarm. The suspect grabbed the money and fled on foot.

If anyone can identify this suspect they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.