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Ocean Ridge: Vice Mayor Lucibella arrested on shooting charges

Offense-Incident Report

By Dan Moffett

  Ocean Ridge Vice Mayor Richard Lucibella is facing possible felony charges following a Saturday night shooting incident at his oceanfront home that left him in handcuffs and bloodied from a scuffle with police officers.

  Police say alcohol played a role in the incident on Beachway North, and Lucibella’s neighbors said they heard about five shots. Police Chief Hal Hutchins said his officers responded to a call at 9:13 p.m. reporting gunshots fired near 5700 Old Ocean Blvd.

 “Initial investigation led the officers to the rear of 5 Beachway North,” Hutchins said in a statement, “where officers encountered persons in the rear yard of the residence and observed evidence of spent bullet shell casings.”

 Hutchins said further investigation “resulted in the discovery of a Glock 40 caliber pistol with a partially loaded magazine.”

  Officers arrested Lucibella, and he was booked into Palm Beach County Jail early Sunday morning on charges of resisting an officer with violence, firing a weapon in a residential area, and use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

  This isn’t Lucibella’s first run-in with the town’s Police Department. In 2014, he got into a heated dispute with then-Chief Chris Yannuzzi that ultimately forced his resignation the next year.

 The clash began when Lucibella found a stolen credit card on his patio deck. The two men argued over whether Lucibella was required to turn the card over to police. After Yannuzzi recorded a telephone conversation with Lucibella without his knowledge,  town commissioners decided to force the chief out of the job and replace him with Hutchins.

 Lucibella, 63, first won election to the commission in 2014, and commissioners unanimously approved his appointment as vice mayor in April. He has been an outspoken advocate for greater security on the town’s beaches, claiming the town hadn’t done enough to keep non-residents from creating problems along the oceanfront.

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Comment by eileen r pettus on October 27, 2016 at 11:41am
One would think that Mr. Lucibella would have the presence of mind to resign his office. I am still shocked by his lawyer's comments about aggressive arresting officers, overlooking the fact that his client was firing a weapon in a residential neighborhood! How do we mount a campaign to rid Mr. Lucibella of his town duties?
Comment by Scott Koedel on October 23, 2016 at 1:45pm
I think I speak for many residents when I say... holy freaking cow.
Comment by eileen r pettus on October 23, 2016 at 1:40pm

this fellow has got to GO! I, for one, don't approve of his weilding a dangerous weapon in an Ocean Ridge neighborhood, and still am appaled that we have to be his legal fees for a suit against the town.

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