WPB firefighter in bizarre business dispute - Fox29 WFLX TV, West Palm Beach, FL-news & weather

WPB firefighter in bizarre business dispute

  • Fox 29 Daily HeadlinesMore>>

  • Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:31 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:31:41 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 9:26 PM EDT2018-07-19 01:26:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. Trump says he meant the opposite when he said in Helsink...

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>

    Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the U.S. president sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error.

    More >>
  • Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Marriott hotels eliminating plastic straws by 2019

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:25:22 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:47 AM EDT2018-07-18 14:47:09 GMT
    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019. (Source: Pixabay, File)

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>

    The world's largest hotel company said the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

    More >>
  • Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

    Amazon's Prime Day runs into early snags

    Monday, July 16 2018 3:25 AM EDT2018-07-16 07:25:22 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:41 AM EDT2018-07-17 13:41:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File). FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Myrtice Harris applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than...(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File). FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Myrtice Harris applies tape to a package before shipment at an Amazon fulfillment center in Baltimore. Amazon's Prime Day starts July 16, 2018, and will be six hours longer than...

    This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.

    More >>

    This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.

    More >>

By Lindsay Cohen
Posted by Rachel Leigh

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The hoses were cut, the vacuums stolen, and the money removed.

Andrea Harper knew someone had been vandalizing her West Palm Beach car wash; what she didn't expect, though, was that it would be her own business partner - who also happens to be a local firefighter.

"If he owns the property outright then it would be okay," Harper said. "But I own the property, as well, and it's hurting me and affecting my livelihood. I can't make a living."

Harper says the proof is in surveillance video - taken four times over the past three months at Kingdom Car Wash on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. In the video, a man is seen cutting hoses, removing lock boxes, and emptying change from the machines before driving away.

That man, in addition to being Harper's business partner, is West Palm Beach Fire Lieutenant Donnell Williams. In one of the videos Williams is wearing a West Palm Beach Fire Rescue t-shirt.

"[The city] really needs to take some kind of look into [it]," Harper said. "He's a lieutenant in the West Palm Beach [fire] department. I don't believe they condone this."

Police say they consider the issue a civil matter, and not a criminal one, because both parties are legal partners in the business.

"We're aware of [the situation]," said city spokesman Peter Robbins. "I'm sure [Williams'] superiors are aware of it, but, at this point, it doesn't appear he's done anything illegal."

Meantime, Williams defends his action, saying that as part-owner, he has every right to do what he wants at the car wash. But, he says, Harper forced his hand after she stole money from the company, he alleges.

"She wants to rape and pillage," Williams said. "I have tax consequences."

He also maintains that she's withholding important tax documents from him.

Harper says she won't hand over the tax documents until Williams pays what he owes. She also denies the allegations that she's stolen any money from the business, and says Williams walked away from the company in October because the company wasn't turning a profit. Williams says that's not true.

Harper argues that regardless of the situation, there's no reason to sabotage the business. She believes the two should settle the matter in court.

"I can't work; I can't pay my bills, because this guy is vandalizing my business," she said.

Kingdom Car Wash opened in February 2007. Harper said it cost about $1.3 million to purchase the land and build the facility.

Powered by Frankly

1100 Banyan Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.