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Sun Sentinel, January 16, 2014 / West Boca ice hockey dad charged with attacking teen player agrees to anger management
By Marc Freeman, Sun Sentinel

The referee called a five-minute penalty against the 14-year-old ice hockey player who elbowed Delray Beach chiropractor Matthew Supran's son during a game last October.

But Supran, 44, himself wound up spending nine hours in a different penalty box - a Palm Beach County Jail cell. The West Boca dad was charged with child abuse for coming on the ice and attacking the teen after the illegal hit on his boy.

On Thursday, Supran briefly appeared before Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp to resolve the criminal case through a pre-trial intervention agreement with the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

If Supran attends 12 hours of anger management classes and stays out of trouble, the charge will be dropped in as soon as one year. Supran, who did not admit guilt, had no prior arrests.

Prosecutor Jessica Kahn said the victim's family agreed with the resolution; the teen wasn't injured by Supran during the Oct 20 incident at Palm Beach Skate Zone, 8125 Lake Worth Road.

A report by Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Joey Joseph said Supran's 11-year-old son was elbowed by a player on the opposing team and fell face down on the ice. The referee later said it wasn't a "malicious" play.

Supran, who stands 6 foot 3 and weighs 230 pounds, is accused of running across the ice and striking the smaller victim, the player flagged for the elbowing.

"He then grabbed the child's face mask, slammed his head into the boards and fell on top of him," the arrest report stated.

But Supran's defense attorneys, Guy Fronstin and Arye P. Corbett, said after Thursday's hearing "the evidence was unequivocally clear that the allegations against Dr. Supran were grossly inaccurate."

Supran, in his service to several youth hockey teams, regularly goes on the ice to provide treatments to injured players, Fronstin and Corbett said. Their client agreed to the case outcome "as an opportunity to learn how he could have handled the situation better."

Palm Beach Post - March 25, 2014 / Authorities: Former South Palm Beach mayor Marty Millar killed himself at Lantana storage facility
Sonja Isger - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

In recent years, former South Palm Beach mayor Marty Millar led a tumultuous, headline-highlighted existence.

More than once, the retired cop, firefighter and Barney's salesman got into trouble, threw his "mayor" title around when it happened and then got into further trouble as a result.

His foibles included tales of flashlights and strippers and stolen orchids.

But that was only one chapter in 67 years of life, said Guy Fronstin, a friend who once represented Millar in court and said the man was trying to turn the page.

"He really did lead an exemplary life until the last couple of years, when he had some struggles, and I'd hope people could remember him for all the good that he did," Fronstin said Tuesday.

But before Millar could remake himself, he took his own life. On Sunday, authorities say Millar shot himself in the head at a storage facility in Lantana. He was found at the entrance to a unit he owned at Hypoluxo Storage by someone on the property, said Lantana Police Chief Sean Scheller.

Police were called to the unit at 455 Hypoluxo Road at about 4:40 p.m. Sunday. Millar did leave a note, the details of which were not released.

"He was upset," Scheller said.

South Palm Beach Mayor Don Clayman said Tuesdayt he had been notified of Millar's death.

"We have a town council meeting this evening," Clayman said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do, maybe a moment of silence. But that's about it."

Millar left South Palm Beach, a town that stretches just over half a mile along State Road A1A and packs about 1,500 residents, after resigning as mayor in 2010.

He moved to Wellington, where he had been volunteering, Fronstin said.

"He had a horse and he'd donate the horse to the children who were disabled so they could have therapy with the horse. He even had one girl competing and jumping with that horse," Fronstin said.

Millar's woes first became public in August of 2009, after an ill-fated excursion to Rachel's Adult Entertainment and Steakhouse. Police were called to the club after bouncers threw Millar out for shining a light on the dancers.

Once at home that night, Millar, invoking his title as mayor, asked an on-duty police officer for a ride to the hospital and home. In the end, paramedics drove him to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis. An officer, driving his private car, later took Millar from hospital to home.

By December 2010, the State Ethics Commission concluded that Millar had abused his title and ordered him to pay a $3,000 fine. He resigned in a one-sentence letter later that month.

In August 2012, Millar was back to tooting his own horn, but this time for good cause. He spoke to The Palm Beach Post to recount his failed but valiant attempt to revive a competitive ballroom dancer who collapsed near Millar's table at the Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan.

A month later, he was arrested and charged with assaulting a man at a Palm Beach Gardens night club. The arrest report indicated Millar was angered when the man left with Millar's girlfriend.

Two months after that, Millar was back in jail, this time facing charges that he punched his girlfriend, Anolan Dragitsch, founder of luxury lifestyle TV show "Luxe World." Witnesses told police Millar's temper flare after Dragitsch advised him to let go a roadside snub.

That same November, a Worth Avenue boutique owner caught an orchid thief snatching flowers from her store's outdoor display. She posted the photo for all to see and eventually Palm Beach Police fingered Millar as their suspect.

Michael Salnick, who had represented Millar in the Gardens assault, wrote the store owner a $150 check, noting the check was not an admission of guilt on anyone's part.

The store owner, Tatiana Van Zandt, said she had agreed not to prosecute if she was reimbursed. "I knew he had troubles, and I didn't want to burden him any more," she said.

"The trouble was just one facet of him. It wasn't the complete Marty," said Richie Flamburis, Millar's friend of several years. "He wanted to change. He tried. He had a great heart."