Fort Pierce Utilities Authority narrows search for new director to four candidates

FORT PIERCE — Ever since Bill Thiess, director of utilities for the Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, announced his upcoming retirement last May, the company has been seeking candidates to fill the position before his retirement becomes official in March.

Full story available to subscribers only.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Activate

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/franchise/shaping-our-future/fort-pierce-utilities-authority-narrows-search-for-new-director-to-four-candidates_01568139

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Man who exchanged gunfire with Fort Pierce deputies still at large

A man involved in an exchange of gunfire with deputies Wednesday night in Fort Pierce remained at large Thursday, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s office.

Two men were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly fired shots from a vehicle during a pursuit by St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies. Javan Miguel Best, 28, of Fort Pierce is facing two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and eluding officers at high speed. He remained in custody at the St. Lucie County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $80,000 bail.

Man who exchanged gunfire with Fort Pierce deputies still at large photo

Christopher Jerome Hernandez, 25, also of Fort Pierce is facing two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.

A third suspect fled Wednesday night and deputies were still trying to locate him Thursday evening.

According to the sheriff’s office, the incident began at about 8 p.m. Wednesday when deputies in a marked patrol car tried to pull of over a speeding 2005 Toyota Avalon in the 1900 block of Canal Terrace. The car sped away and several shots were fired from the car at deputies moments later.

Man who exchanged gunfire with Fort Pierce deputies still at large photo

The suspects sped along Canal Terrace, then turned at Orange Avenue, running several stop signs in the process. The car stopped at North 14th Street and Delaware Avenue and someone inside the car began shooting at deputies, the sheriff’s office said.

The deputies returned fire, but no one was injured during the exchange.

Hernandez jumped out of the car and fled on foot. A deputy and his K9 partner tracked Hernandez to the front porch of a home in the 800 block of Boston Avenue. Best was still in the car and was arrested.

The third suspect was described as having dreadlocks and he was wearing dark clothes, the sheriff’s office said.

Article source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/man-who-exchanged-gunfire-with-fort-pierce-deputie/njCH5/

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Fort Pierce man charged with sexual assault

FORT PIERCE — A Fort Pierce man was charged with sexually assaulting a woman Sunday.

Full story available to subscribers only.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Activate

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/local-news/st-lucie-county/crime/fort-pierce-man-charged-with-sexual-assault_10610573

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Fort Pierce man found guilty of duping senior citizens out of money

FORT PIERCE — A man who claimed to be a pastor looking for investors in a funeral home was convicted Wednesday of exploitation of the elderly of more than $100,000.

Full story available to subscribers only.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Activate

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/local-news/crime/fort-pierce-man-found-guilty-of-duping-senior-citizen-out-of-money_75774435

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Man killed Monday night in Fort Pierce identified

FORT PIERCE — Gunfire on North 17th Street overnight Monday led to the city’s 10 homicide case this year and its 13th death, according to police records.

About 9:45 p.m., police found 45-year-old Fort Pierce resident Antonio Rodriguez dead of at least one gunshot wound in a field by his residence in the 100 block of North 17th Street.

Detectives are trying to determine who shot Rodriguez and the circumstances that led up to it.

The shooting was in the city’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, which has been the scene of three other gunfire injuries this month — all within a mile of each other. Most were along North 17th and 18th streets.

In an incident last week, a 27-year-old Fort Pierce resident was driving along North 18th Street, in the Lincoln Park subdivision, about 11 a.m. Wednesday when gunfire hit his leg. He attempted to drive away, but his Toyota 4Runner shut off, so he ran to Avenue D to call 911. He described his assailant as being a young male dressed in black.

The weekend before that, another 27-year-old man was shot in the leg about 8 p.m. near the Friendly Meat Mart in the 1700 block of North 17th Street.

And on Nov. 2, a 26-year-old man was injured by gunfire while walking along Avenue P. He was fired upon by a man who got out of a gray utility vehicle. Within a week, police arrested Roman White, 26, of the 1100 block of North 17th Street, on charges of attempted murder.

The Fort Pierce Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in solving Monday’s death. Anyone with information should call Detective Ludmila Quintao at 772-467-6862. Or call the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for reward money.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/local-news/st-lucie-county/man-killed-monday-night-in-fort-pierce-identified_60763280

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

FSU student from Fort Pierce witnesses campus shooting

A Fort Pierce native and student at Florida State University said he thought he was going to die when a gunman stormed through the campus library during an overnight shooting rampage.

MOBILE/TABLET USERS: Watch the Interview

“Never in my life before have I feared for my life until that moment,” Daniel Morales told WPBF 25 News’ Chris McGrath by phone Thursday morning.

Morales, a 2014 Lincoln Park Academy graduate, said he was getting a head start on homework when chaos erupted on the first floor of the library.

“We saw a man running down the hall of the library,” Morales recounted. “And he’s like someone has a gun. Run!”

Initially, Morales thought the man was joking, but quickly realized there was a man downstairs shooting students.

“Then I see a crowd of people with pure terror in their faces just sprinting behind him and there’s girls crying but running,” Morales said. “At this point I realized this is not a joke.”

Morales and a group of students joined others at the opposite end of the library, using tables and chairs to block a stairway door leading to the first floor.

Morales said he managed to call his step-father and text message his girlfriend, who told him she heard the shots from her dorm room nearby.

Police eventually cleared the library room by room in full riot gear, moving students to a nearby classroom building, Morales said.

They were released several hours later. The gunman wounded three students before police shot and killed him.

“It felt surreal because for once in my life I felt today I might die, and I’ve never felt that before,” Morales said.

Article source: http://www.wpbf.com/news/fsu-student-from-fort-pierce-recounts-scary-scene-on-campus/29838328

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Local Fort Pierce student witnesses FSU campus shooting

No email address was supplied by
.
To complete your registration on this site, please supply an address.

Please confirm or modify the email address to which you will have subscription offers sent.


Article source: http://www.wpbf.com/news/daniel-morales-local-fort-pierce-student-witnesses-fsu-campus-shooting/29840424

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Fort Pierce man, FSU student recounts campus shooting

TALLAHASSEE — Daniel Morales remembered taking part in drills at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce in case of a school shooting.

Full story available to subscribers only.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Activate

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/local-news/crime/fort-pierce-man-fsu-student-recounts-campus-shooting_57209961

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Shots fired at St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies during traffic stop

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — Two people are in custody and one person is still being sought after St. Lucie County sheriff’s deputies were involved in a chase, which included gunfire Wednesday night in Fort Pierce.

The chase began after deputies stopped a vehicle for reckless driving at 8:08 p.m. near 14th Street and Delaware Avenue in Fort Pierce, according to Sheriff Ken Mascara.

As a deputy approached the car, one of the suspects exited the vehicle, firing five to six shots, Mascara said.

As deputies returned fire, the suspects attempted to flee in the vehicle, heading east down Delaware Avenue in Fort Pierce. The vehicle was stopped at 10th Street and Delaware Avenue.

The suspected gunman ran on foot to a residential neighborhood on Citrus Avenue and Delaware Avenue, while the two other suspects remained in the vehicle and were arrested, Mascara said. They were taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning.

Residents in the area called police to report a man running on top of their roofs, Mascara said.

Deputies later found a semi-automatic weapon on the roof of a nearby home, Mascara said.

Javan Miguel Best, 28, of Fort Pierce, is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and one count of fleeing and eluding officers at high speed.  Bond is set at $80,000. Police said he was the driver of the Blue 2005 Toyota Camry and was arrested in the driver seat of the car by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies.

Christopher Jerome Hernandez, 25, of Fort Pierce, is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, total bond $60,000. He was arrested by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies less than a block from where the car was stopped.

Both will be held on bond pending a hearing Friday morning, said the sheriff’s office.

Authorities are still searching for one other person, who is described as a black male dressed in all black, wearing a hoodie.

No deputies were injured during the chase, Mascara said.

This is the second incident in the past five days involving a suspect pointing a gun at a sheriff’s deputy.

Anyone with information is being asked to call or Crime Stoppers at 800-273-TIPS.

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/shots-fired-at-deputies-in-st-lucie-county

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off

Waterfront tiki bar planned for Fort Pierce Inlet | Map, videos

FORT PIERCE — The owner of a popular Jupiter bar and restaurant is looking to replicate its success on a Treasure Coast inlet.

Full story available to subscribers only.
Subscribe
Already a subscriber? Activate

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/franchise/tcpalm-social/waterfront-tiki-bar-planned-for-fort-pierce-inlet_34396830

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off