Mother, daughter injured in Fort Pierce stabbing

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Police said a mother and daughter were injured in a double stabbing overnight in Fort Pierce.

The incident occurred in the 4000 block of Gator Trace.

The victims have been transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Police say a male teen stabbed the pair who were described as his ex-girlfriend and her mom. He is in custody.

The younger woman is in stable but critical condition, and her mother is in stable condition, according to police who say both are expected to survive.

 

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A port in the storm: What area marinas are doing in advance of Erika

FORT PIERCE — Don’t blame Fort Pierce City Marina dockmaster Dean Kubitschek if he’s a little harried the next few days. After all, he has a big job to do, all while trying to fight off the flashbacks.

On the night of Sept. 4, 2004, Kubitschek’s charge was converted from a well-appointed rest stop for traveling boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway into the iconic image of property loss and destruction wrought during the landfall of Hurricane Frances.

It has taken Kubitschek and the city of Fort Pierce nearly 11 years to rebuild. Boulder-lined man-made islands now protect the marina’s outer harborage. High-tech construction materials and state of the art design features offer further resiliency should Erika or the next storm buffet the Treasure Coast like Frances and Jeanne did that fateful year.

However, in his opinion, and the opinion of other area marina managers, whenever the next storm comes, it will be too soon.

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES

Kubitschek said his staff has been busy all week getting ready for Erika whether it comes ashore in South Florida, or remains out at sea.

“We’re doing our due diligence to make sure there is nothing that will be loose and become a flying object,” he said Thursday afternoon. “We’ll have better handle on what the storm is doing Friday morning, but until then we’re working hard.”

The grand opening of the re-expanded Fort Pierce City Marina was celebrated on the western shore of the Indian River Lagoon in downtown Fort Pierce in June. The $30 million rebuild was largely funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency because of the damage sustained from the “Twin Sister Storms” of 2004. 

Then, a double-digit storm surge in the lagoon caused the floating docks and concrete pilings to fail, resulting in tens of millions of dollars of lost vessels whose owners had remained tied up at the docks. Cleanup took years. 

Now, 12 islands created from 93,500 tons of rock and 100,000 cubic yards of sand make up a shield for the marina of more than 21 acres. Waters still will rise with tides and storm surge — if there is one — but the materials used to make the pilings should not fail, Kubitschek said.

Thursday, many of the vessels that occupied the 137 slips east of the main bulkhead had either been hauled out at an area boatyard for storm protection, or went to a “hurricane hole” to ride out what storm conditions come.

“We recommended for boaters to leave and haul out, and many did,” he said, counting 32 boats that were still in the outer basin Thursday, with an estimated 90 or so still occupying slips in the inner basin. “We have been turning away calls to come here for protection, though. We will take care of boats that are here and can’t go anywhere else, but we cannot accept any new boats until after the storm passes.”

‘ON THE HARD’

Area boatyards filled up quickly this week. Cracker Boy in Fort Pierce, A J Boatworks and Whiticar Marine in Port Salerno and American Custom Yachts in Tropical Farms all had hauled out their respective allotment of boats being stored “on the hard,” as it is called.

When hurricanes or tropical storms approach, one method of vessel protection that is preferred by owners of larger trawlers, sportfishers and more is to store them on land. A receptionist at ACY said the facility can add would-be customers seeking hurricane storage to a waiting list, but not for this storm.

BRING IT ON

Tim Grabenbauer, harbormaster of the Vero Beach Municipal Marina, knows what it’s like to be popular. The past two days, he is receiving numerous phone calls and inquiries about space available to moor boats in the event Erika becomes a problem for Treasure Coast mariners.

“We have a total of 57 mooring buoys and for boaters who are able to, it’s first come, first serve,” Grabenbauer said.

The marina, situated on the eastern shore of the lagoon in Vero Beach, north of the Merrill Barber Bridge and behind the rather large Fritz Island, offers protected anchorage during storms. Grabenbauer said his staff has been turning away boaters who wish to dock in the 108 wet slips there, and the facility already has a 96 percent occupancy rate for its inside storage building.

Sunset Bay Marina dockmaster Sam Portolese and staff have also been going through their checklist. They met with customers Tuesday and laid out the terms for what will happen if a named storm makes landfall near Stuart.

“If they want to stay, whether in the marina or on the mooring they have to be tied up properly,” Portolese said. “So we showed them how to do it. We also instructed everyone to take anything from their boats that can blow away and secure them properly.”

Portolese said vessel customers who will remain moored on the 69 mooring buoys in the St. Lucie River are required to double their lines. Friday, those customers must also secure their dinghies to their vessels. Marina staff will transport them from their boats back to shore.

THE CLUB

At Sebastian Inlet Marina in Micco, owner T.P. Kennedy said the facility’s hurricane club has worked very well. All 18 members have their vessels safely secured inside the marina’s state of the art indoor storage facility rated to withstand 140 mph winds.

“If we receive tropical storm warnings, we’ll haul out the remaining wet slip customers and store them inside, too, so we have no boats in the water when a storm comes,” Kennedy said.

He said boaters have been calling to inquire if they can “just tie up alongside our facility.”

“They say to me, ‘You don’t have to worry about my boat,’” Kennedy explained. “I say, ‘I’m not worried about your boat; I’m worried about how much damage to our marina your boat will cause.’”

Kennedy said the hurricane club has been invaluable to his customers’ peace of mind.

“Sign up early, because spots fill up fast,” he said.

ERIKA PREP: TIPS FOR BOATERS

Know your lines: “Have enough scope (length of anchor lines) for mooring or anchoring properly, and be sure to place chafe gear in the right position based on anticipated rise and fall of water levels.” Tim Grabenbauer, Vero Beach Municipal Marina

Clear scuppers: “Be sure to scuppers are free and clear of any debris if leaving a boat in the water prior to a storm,” said Dean Kubitschek of Fort Pierce City Marina. “If scuppers get plugged, and boat fills with water, it begins a chain reaction that could result in the boat sinking.”

Read the fine print: “Get out your boat insurance policy and understand it before the storm comes,” said T.P. Kennedy of Sebastian Inlet Marina. “Since the hurricanes of 2004-05, most policies won’t cover a boat if left on a boat lift behind a waterfront home. You could be out of luck.”

Fuel up: “Our fuel dock will remain open 22 hours a day,” said Kubitschek, of Fort Pierce City Marina, to assist boaters traveling to get out of harm’s way.

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Fort Pierce man charged with possession of child pornography

A Fort Pierce man was arrested Tuesday after St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at his home and found child pornography on his computer, according to an arrest affidavit.

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Fort Pierce stabbing victim out of hospital

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Anthony Westbury: Case against Fort Pierce Police Department fascinating …

A “driven” young female sergeant in the Fort Pierce Police Department stumbled in her career after she alleged sexual discrimination by fellow officers and supervisors, she testified in U.S. District Court last week.

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New York Mets’ David Wright scores big with Fort Pierce family

Sixteen seconds can make a difference.

That’s how long it took New York Mets third baseman David Wright to record his get well wishes and text them to Charlie Nardi, whose grandson Ryan underwent a heart transplant earlier this month.

“People knock ball players all the time,” Nardi said. “But David Wright’s been a real stand up guy.”

Ryan Williams of Fort Pierce may have the body of an eight-year-old but he was born 14 years ago with a missing heart valve. He had three open heart surgeries in the first five years of his life. He developed protein-losing enteropathy, an ominous disease which robs the body’s ability to absorb protein. As his condition worsened, Ryan became IV dependent. The best treatment option was a heart transplant.

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Football: Fort Pierce Westwood rolls early in 31-14 win over Centennial

PORT ST. LUCIE — Fort Pierce Westwood scored the first four touchdowns of the game — three on big plays — and held on for a 31-14 win against St. Lucie West Centennial in a Kickoff Classic preseason game at South County Stadium.

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Football kickoff 2015: Fort Pierce Westwood is area’s No. 12 team

FORT PIERCE WESTWOOD

Coach: John Lima (third year)

2014: 1-8 (0-6 District 14-6A)

BIG QUESTION: Does Westwood have the mentality it takes to become a winning team?

The Panthers have not reached the postseason since 2010 and have endured four consecutive one-win seasons. Westwood returns almost all of its starters from last season, but Lima said those players have to learn to respond appropriately when they face adversity.

“They have to believe in themselves in key moments,” Lima said.

One big positive for the Panthers is their experience. Lima said this is the first season where he doesn’t feel like he has to start from scratch. Players know the system and the expectations of the coaching staff, which should make a difference this fall.

KEYS TO THE SEASON

  1. Stay healthy. Westwood will have approximately 30 players on its varsity roster, which means all players will go both ways. If even one player is injured, Lima said it will mean losing depth on offense, defense and special teams.
  2. Develop linemen. The Panthers have a solid core of seniors – Ramadrae Adams, Zach Brown, Rashard Rucker and Jonathan Tucker – but still are looking for depth from the underclassmen. The coaching staff is hoping to build depth by the second half of the season.
  3. Get production from its receivers. Westwood’s receiving corps could be its best since 2010. Jaharie Scarborough, the team’s leading receiver from 2014, returns as do Tarek Reaves, Dontavious Williams and Antravious Martin. Westwood averaged 4.1 yards per pass last year, but are expecting more big plays this season.

 

GET YOUR TICKET

Fort Pierce Westwood vs. Fort Pierce Central, Aug. 28: Westwood opens the regular season against rival Central in Showdown 36. The Panthers have struggled against the Cobras the past four years, but this will give Westwood’s coaching staff an early barometer for where the team is in the rebuilding process.

Fort Pierce Westwood at Suncoast, Oct. 16: In a three-team district, each game essentially amounts to a playoff game. Westwood opens District 15-3A play against Suncoast. The Chargers went 1-9 in 2014, but return three-star quarterback Matt Dame, who has offers from Miami, Central Florida and others. A win against Suncoast would put Westwood in the driver’s seat for a playoff spot.

Fort Pierce Westwood vs. Port St. Lucie, Oct. 29: In a perfect world (for fans on the Treasure Coast), this Thursday night game will be for the District 15-3A championship. Port St. Lucie beat Westwood 10-7 in 2014 – the lone win of the season for the Jaguars. Westwood was driving late in the fourth quarter, but had a pass intercepted at the Jaguars’ 10-yard line with 38 seconds remaining.

KNOW THESE NAMES

Raheem Lewis, quarterback. The big question is how the dual-threat senior’s ankle will hold up after a scary-looking injury suffered in the spring game. Lewis accounted for five of the Panthers’ nine touchdowns in 2014 and much of the offense will revolve around him in 2015.

Tarek Reaves, wide receiver/defensive back. Westwood will look to get Reaves involved in the offense any way they can, evidenced by the career-best 65 rushing yards he had against Port St. Lucie last season. Defensively, Reaves is instinctive and looks to make plays when the ball is in the air.

Dontavious Williams, wide receiver/defensive back. Williams averaged 6.7 yards per reception and was fifth on the team in tackles in 2014. Westwood’s coaches believe the 5-foot-11 senior can be a difference maker both at cornerback and safety this season.

Jonathan Tucker, defensive end/tight end. The senior is a jack-of-all-trades for the Panthers. Tucker led Westwood with two sacks last season and was second on the team in tackles (28), receptions (5) and tackles for loss (2).

SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 28 vs. Fort Pierce Central
  • Sept. 4 vs. Martin County
  • Sept. 11 at Jensen Beach
  • Sept. 18 vs. Jupiter
  • Sept. 25 vs. Treasure Coast
  • Oct. 9 at Okeechobee
  • Oct. 16 vs. Suncoast*
  • Oct. 29 vs. Port St. Lucie*
  • Nov. 6 at Somerset Academy

* District 15-5A game

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Mother, daughter recovering after attack in Fort Pierce

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