Morning Juice: West Palm Cop Earns Modest Legal Victory; Boyfriend a Suspect in Disappearance of Boynton Woman

A look at what's news this morning in South Florida:

  • Doctors tried to bring 15-year-old beating victim Josie Lou Ratley out of coma Monday but had to abandon the effort as the girl developed a fever. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Former West Palm Beach Police Officer William McCray won a bittersweet victory in his race discrimination suit against the city. A jury found that he was the victim of racial discrimination, but a judge ruled that the jurors didn't fully understand the financial damages, so McCray stands to receive only a $3,000 reward for lost wages. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Gov. Charlie Crist suspended two Coral Springs commissioners for allegedly violating the Sunshine Statutes by meeting privately with representatives of the police union. Vincent Boccard and Tom Powers were allegedly shown on surveillance video at Bru's Room in Coconut Creek. The Broward State Attorney's Office may file misdemeanor charges. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Brian K. Williamson is a person of interest in the disappearance one year ago of Tina Lurie of Boynton Beach. Police say that Williamson's story, that he last saw Lurie when she left to go to Target, doesn't check out. Lurie's parents believe she's dead. [Palm Beach Post]
  • Taxi mogul Jesse Gaddis is asking police and the public for help locating his 25-year-old son, John, who's bipolar and has been missing for more than three days. [WPLG-5]
  • A tornado touched down Monday morning in Oakland Park. Fortunately, it didn't cause any injuries -- just damaged a building and some trees. [WSVN-7]

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