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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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Local Fort Pierce student witnesses FSU campus shooting

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Black Hawk helicopter arrives at new home: Fort Pierce’s UDT-SEAL Museum

FORT PIERCE — Two Black Hawk helicopters arrived Wednesday morning at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, and one will make North Hutchinson Island its permanent home for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“We’re always trying to increase our collection and keep it fresh,” said museum spokesman Rolf Snyder.

Members of the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as Night Stalkers, flew the Sikorsky UH-60 helicopters from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and landed at the museum in Fort Pierce about 9:30 a.m., Snyder said.

“How cool is it that they’re taking it and they’re flying it here, landing it on the lawn?” Snyder said. “That is freaking awesome. That just doesn’t happen.”

The helicopter staying on the Treasure Coast was decommissioned Wednesday so it could be taken apart and made safe for public display next week, Snyder said. The Night Stalkers are expected to return to Fort Campbell after they take the next couple of days removing the helicopter’s communications gear and classified equipment, drain its fuel, and oil and unload its guns.

Although much of the operational history of the museum’s new Black Hawk remains classified, museum officials were able to confirm it was used in the Jan. 25, 2012, Navy SEAL rescue mission of aid workers Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted from Somalia.

“After flying for 22 years, that thing has been involved with probably every major conflict,” said museum Executive Director Rick Kaiser, a retired Navy SEAL. “It’s a great bird. I’ve flown on it myself in action.”

Kaiser moved to Florida in October 2012 after 34 years in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to take the top job at the world’s only museum dedicated to Navy SEALs. He explained SEALs executive missions as part of teams, and Army aviation units play a “huge part” in special operations.

He said the new addition is the centerpiece of the museum’s $2 million redesign that includes interactive projects such as an obstacle course for kids.

“Once this is all complete, it’s going to totally transform this place into a first-class military museum,” Kaiser said. “We’re trying to change the face of this place to make it more family-oriented — more related to everyday life — rather than come here and just looking at weapons.”

The helicopter will be housed in the museum’s main exhibit hall next to the Maersk Alabama lifeboat where Capt. Richard Phillips was held hostage by Somali pirates for five days before he was rescued April 12, 2009.

“This (Black Hawk) is probably one of the most iconic pieces of equipment in the U.S. military,” Snyder said. “For the community to have this kind of a deal, it’s just amazing.”

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Fort Pierce City Commission gives initial approval to revised noise ordinance

FORT PIERCE — City commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to give initial approval to a revised city noise ordinance they say will better restrict excessive noise from businesses into residential areas.

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