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Ali Schmitz


Barcelona, CT, Spain

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Past articles by Ali:

Mar-a-Lago arrest: How security works at Trump club breached by Chinese woman with malware

The Secret Service blamed Mar-a-Lago staff for security breach by Yujing Zhan, a Chinese woman packing malware. → Read More

Woman with 2 passports, malware arrested at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida

Yujing Zhang was charged with making false statements toward federal law enforcement agents & unlawfully entering restricted building or grounds → Read More

Chinese woman with 2 passports, malware arrested at Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club

Yujing Zhang was charged with making false statements toward federal law enforcement agents & unlawfully entering restricted building or grounds → Read More

Gov. Ron DeSantis to make 'major' environmental announcement in West Palm Beach

The governor is scheduled to appear at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium alongside DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein at 11 a.m. today. → Read More

Federal water project grants could increase under Rep. Brian Mast, Rep. Angie Craig bill

The bill reauthorizes and increases funding for an EPA grant program that focuses on pollution from runoff. → Read More

Human trafficking bill now includes 10-day mandatory sentence for all 'johns'

The Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the bill, HB 219, Tuesday morning. → Read More

Lawmakers proposing 10 day mandatory sentence for 'johns' as part of sex trafficking bill

HB 219 called for those who were convicted of soliciting prostitution from a victim of human trafficking to receive mandatory 30 day jail sentences. → Read More

Florida Forever, land-buying funding battle looms in the Legislature

The Florida Senate proposed providing $45 million for the program, while the Florida House proposed $20 million for the program. → Read More

Florida Sen. Debbie Mayfield septic tank, wastewater bill amended

Mayfield has amended her bill that would have moved oversight of septic tanks from the Department of Health to the Department of Environmental Protection. → Read More

Former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham said environment needs to be prioritized statewide

Graham talked about statewide water policy during an interview with TCPalm in Stuart. → Read More

Florida House committee amends biosolids bill to strengthen state biosolid regulations

The original text of the bill would have banned biosolids in the upper St. Johns River watershed. → Read More

Kolter Homes President Richard Covell charged with soliciting prostitution

Richard Covell, 55, of Singer Island, was arrested Monday, and charged with solicitation of prostitution and use of a structure for prostitution. → Read More

Sen. Debbie Mayfield wants state to change septic tank oversight, fund conversion projects

Florida Sen. Debbie Mayfield wants the state to overhaul how they handle leaky septic tanks along Florida waterways. → Read More

Gov. Ron DeSantis focuses on water, environment during State of the State address

Gov. Ron DeSantis reviewed some of his environmental policy goals during the speech Tuesday, mentioning water policy before any other topic. → Read More

Visiting deacon at Vero Beach Catholic church arrested in human trafficking sting

Peter McBride, a visiting deacon at St. Helen's Catholic Church, was arrested last week after he allegedly went to East Spa and solicited sex. → Read More

Benefactor Kenneth Wessel, arrested as part of Florida human trafficking sting, resigns from John's Island board

Kenneth Wessel, 75, of Indian River Shores, was charged with soliciting prostitution. He was president of the organization's board. → Read More

Billionaire John Childs, charged with soliciting prostitution in human trafficking investigation, resigns from equity firm

J.W. Childs Associates, the firm John Childs founded, announced his "retirement" Monday in a press release. → Read More

Human trafficking ring: Ex-Citigroup Pres. John Havens charged with soliciting prostitution

Havens, 62, is accused soliciting prostitution at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, according to Jupiter Police Department. → Read More

Indian River spas connected to human trafficking arrests opened within past two years

Vero Beach Police are also investigating East Spa & Massage in Winter Park and Rainbow Spa in Orlando. → Read More

Florida legislators file bills to address school safety, guns after Parkland shooting

Florida legislators are proposing more changes in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. → Read More