Fort Pierce woman injured in boating hit-and-run while snorkeling in Gulf of Mexico

HOMOSASSA, Fla. – A Fort Pierce woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a boat Friday, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.

Investigators said Samantha Saunier, 27, was snorkeling in the Homosassa Bay on the Gulf Coast.

As she was swimming back to her vessel, she was hit by a passing boat, which didn’t stop.

Saunier’s father was able to flag down another vessel that transported her to a boat ramp. She was taken to Bayonett Point Medical Center in Hudson, Fla., with a spiral cut from her lower back to her knee and a fractured pelvic bone.

The FWC is asking help from the public in identifying the vessel that struck Saunier.

Anyone with information can call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Vero Beach man indicted on 1st-degree murder charge in Fort …


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By Elliott Jones of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — A grand jury indicted a 25-year-old Vero Beach man on a first-degree murder charge, opening the door for a trial in which prosecutors will seek life imprisonment, according to the state attorney’s office.

Since February, Jimmy Reed III has been in the St. Lucie County Jail on murder charges in the late-night shooting of a 30-year-old Fort Pierce man outside a convenience store in north Fort Pierce on Feb. 4. Prosecutors don’t proceed with first-degree murder charges until a grand jury indictment, which was issued in St. Lucie County on Tuesday.

The jury also indicted Reed, of the 4600 block of 38th Court, Vero Beach, on charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon. He had a prior conviction for cocaine possession, records show.

He still is being held in the St. Lucie County Jail without bail.

According to an arrest affidavit, Reed shot through the door of a parked car, killing Laborious Works. A surveillance camera, at a nearby police substation, shows Reed going to and from the shooting scene outside the Lucky 7 Food Market in the 500 block of North 13th Street.

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Reports: Fort Pierce teacher found guilty of molestation of teen girls

A Fort Pierce Westwood High School teacher has been found guilty of inappropriately touching several female students, a jury ruled Thursday, according to news reports.

Dan Allen Hussan, 70, was found guilty of seven charges of lewd conduct with a victim under age 18, and nine counts of lewd molestation with a victim age 12 to 16.

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Hussan faces 15 years in prison on each of the 16 counts.

Hussan, of Vero Beach, taught English at the school. The victims were eight girls ages 13 to 15 who were attending Westwood.

He was arrested in 2014 after he was accused of touching students in the thighs, shoulders, arms and hands. He made sexual comments to each, telling two of them, “I can’t wait until you’re 18.”

He also persuaded some of the students to go to dinner, the mall and sporting events with him in his car, where the talk and the touching would continue, the arrest report said.

The victims also said Hussan asked them to sit close to his desk, under which police found a mirror directed toward the students. The school district did not authorize installation of the mirror, the report said.

According to the probable-cause statement, Hussan’s “conduct went well beyond a casual or friendly contact and was for a lewd and lascivious purpose.”

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Fort Pierce woman injured in boating hit-and-run while snorkeling in …

HOMOSASSA, Fla. – A Fort Pierce woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a boat Friday, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.

Investigators said Samantha Saunier, 27, was snorkeling in the Homosassa Bay on the Gulf Coast.

As she was swimming back to her vessel, she was hit by a passing boat, which didn’t stop.

Saunier’s father was able to flag down another vessel that transported her to a boat ramp. She was taken to Bayonett Point Medical Center in Hudson, Fla., with a spiral cut from her lower back to her knee and a fractured pelvic bone.

The FWC is asking help from the public in identifying the vessel that struck Saunier.

Anyone with information can call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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Second drug bust within days at Fort Pierce drug house – wptv.com

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – NewsChannel 5 was in the process of interviewing the St. Lucie County sheriff outside a house Tuesday, where a drug raid occurred on Friday, when law enforcement happened to roll up for another drug raid.

An ice cream truck drove by at the scene of one of the raids, signifying these busts were happening in the middle of a neighborhood.

The first house was located on North 24th Street.  It was already busted on Friday after a two month undercover drug investigation.  Detectives located meth, crack cocaine and pill capsules and made more than two dozen arrests

“There was individuals here already back in business from Friday night and we walked right in on them,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara. 

The sheriff said there were more drugs located and another person was taken into custody.  Sheriff Mascara said that person was caught on camera doing a drug deal with someone undercover.

“They made one arrest for someone they had a warrant for that man there,” said Mascara.

Children were also seen inside the home.

“These kids are in poor, poor shape. They’re dirty,” said Mascara . “It looks like they haven’t had a bath in a week and we see other drug users here at the house.”

The sheriff described the process as a double layer of security.  He said there were two fences — a chain link and wooden one.  Mascara said the deals were done inside the privacy fence, if the person looking to make a deal made it in there.

“It looks like a fast food restaurant,” said Mascara. “It’s non-stop traffic walking up and driving up to buy drugs.”

The team also hit a second house on 18th Street in Fort Pierce.  Detectives said they found more drugs, an assault rifle and children inside. The Sheriff said another person was taken into custody with an arrest warrant associated with the 24th Street drug house.

I asked the sheriff if he was surprised at how quickly selling happened again at the 24th Street location.

“Oh, it’s very surprising but you know what? Our drug guys knew this was going to happen,” he said. 
“We will keep hitting until they’re all in jail.”

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Can a federal program help Fort Pierce’s police?

Fort Pierce hasn’t received major national attention over police fatally shooting citizens, but the police department still wants help from the federal government on its strategies, according to TCPalm.

Fatal police shootings around the country have fixed a spotlight on the use of force between police departments and communities and the trust issues that ensue. The Department of Justice developed the Collaborative Reform Initiative to try to heal those rifts between the police and the communities they serve.

In June, police chief Diane Hobley-Burney invited a DOJ official to meet privately with community leaders about the community’s relationship with the police department, according to TCPalm.

The April shooting of 21-year-old Demarcus Semer during a traffic stop sparked marches and discussions about the transparency of Fort Pierce’s police department. Police initially refused to name the officers involved in the shooting, but released names in May after pressure from the community, TCPalm reported.

Before the April shooting, Hobley-Burney invited the DOJ to bring the Collaborative Reform Initiative to Fort Pierce.

If the DOJ works with the city, it won’t cost Fort Pierce anything. Experts will study the public engagement policies of police and make recommendations; police would figure out how best to implement them.

Many of the police departments that have taken part in the Collaborative Reform Initiative include Baltimore, North Charleston, S.C. and St. Louis County in Missouri, where the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer sparked incidents in Ferguson.

Palm Beach County has also faced scrutiny for police-involved shootings. In October 2015, former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja shot and killed Corey Jones after stopping him in an unmarked vehicle. Raja currently faces charges of manslaughter and attempted first-degree murder.

A joint investigation into police shootings by the Palm Beach Post and WPTV found that the majority of police officers who kill citizens never face repercussions, much less criminal charges.

Wray said his office will decide by the end of the summer to bring Fort Pierce into the program.

Read more at TCPalm.

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Fort Pierce experiences fourth gunfire incident since July 17

By Elliott Jones of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — Early morning gunfire left eight holes in the pavement of North 23rd Street and one vehicle punctured, according to police.

At about 2:47 a.m. Tuesday police investigated the gunfire that was near Avenue G. So far there are no suspects or known injuries, according to a police report.

This is the fourth gunfire incidence in the city since the afternoon of July 17 when two people exchanged gunfire, sending bullets through the crowded Dreamland Park. No one was injured.

On Friday at 5 p.m., gunfire by multiple shooters hit two houses and a car in the area of Avenue G between 20th and 23rd streets, police said. There were no injuries.

Then at 1 a.m. Sunday a 19-year-old man showed up at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute, Fort Pierce, with two small-caliber gunshot wounds to the back. He was treated and released as investigators checked the crime scene: the 500 block of North 19th Street. Around the corner, in the area of Avenue E, police found shell casings from several types of guns, Cunningham said.

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Second drug bust within days at Fort Pierce drug house

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – NewsChannel 5 was in the process of interviewing the St. Lucie County sheriff outside a house Tuesday, where a drug raid occurred on Friday, when law enforcement happened to roll up for another drug raid.

An ice cream truck drove by at the scene of one of the raids, signifying these busts were happening in the middle of a neighborhood.

The first house was located on North 24th Street.  It was already busted on Friday after a two month undercover drug investigation.  Detectives located meth, crack cocaine and pill capsules and made more than two dozen arrests

“There was individuals here already back in business from Friday night and we walked right in on them,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara. 

The sheriff said there were more drugs located and another person was taken into custody.  Sheriff Mascara said that person was caught on camera doing a drug deal with someone undercover.

“They made one arrest for someone they had a warrant for that man there,” said Mascara.

Children were also seen inside the home.

“These kids are in poor, poor shape. They’re dirty,” said Mascara . “It looks like they haven’t had a bath in a week and we see other drug users here at the house.”

The sheriff described the process as a double layer of security.  He said there were two fences — a chain link and wooden one.  Mascara said the deals were done inside the privacy fence, if the person looking to make a deal made it in there.

“It looks like a fast food restaurant,” said Mascara. “It’s non-stop traffic walking up and driving up to buy drugs.”

The team also hit a second house on 18th Street in Fort Pierce.  Detectives said they found more drugs, an assault rifle and children inside. The Sheriff said another person was taken into custody with an arrest warrant associated with the 24th Street drug house.

I asked the sheriff if he was surprised at how quickly selling happened again at the 24th Street location.

“Oh, it’s very surprising but you know what? Our drug guys knew this was going to happen,” he said. 
“We will keep hitting until they’re all in jail.”

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Second drug bust within days at Ft. Pierce drug house

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – WPTV NewsChannel 5 was in the process of interviewing the St. Lucie County Sheriff outside a house where a drug raid occurred on Friday, when law enforcement happened to roll up for another drug raid.

An ice cream truck drove by at the scene of one of the raids, signifying these busts were happening in the middle of a neighborhood.

The first house was located on north 24th street.  It was already busted on Friday after a two month undercover drug investigation.  Detective located meth, crack cocaine and pill capsules and made more than two dozen arrests

“There was individuals here already back in business from Friday night and we walked right in on them,” said Sheriff Ken Mascara. 

The sheriff said there were more drugs located and another person was taken into custody.  Mascara said that person was caught on camera doing a drug deal with someone undercover.

“They made one arrest for someone they had a warrant for that man there,” said Mascara.

Children were also seen inside the home.

“These kids are in poor, poor shape. They’re dirty,” said Mascara . “It looks like they haven’t had a bath in a week and we see other drug users here at the house.”

The sheriff described the process as a double layer of security.  He said there were two fences- a chain link and wooden one.  Mascara said the deals were done inside the privacy fence, if the person looking to make a deal made it in there.

“It looks like a fast food restaurant,” said Mascara. “It’s non stop traffic walking up and driving up to buy drugs.”

The team also hit a second house on 18th street in Ft. Pierce.  Detectives said they found more drugs, an assault rifle, and children inside. The Sheriff said another person was taken into custody with an arrest warrant associated with the 24th street drug house.

I asked the Sheriff if he was surprised at how quickly selling happened again at the 24 street location.

“Oh it’s very surprising but you know what our drug guys knew this was gonna happen,” he said. 
“We will keep hitting until they’re all in jail.”

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Fort Pierce has four gunfire incidents since July 17

By Elliott Jones of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — Early morning gunfire left eight holes in the pavement of North 23rd Street and one vehicle punctured, according to police.

At about 2:47 a.m. Tuesday police investigated the gunfire that was near Avenue G. So far there are no suspects or known injuries, according to a police report.

This is the fourth gunfire incidence in the city since the afternoon of July 17 when two people exchanged gunfire, sending bullets through the crowded Dreamland Park. No one was injured.

On Friday at 5 p.m., gunfire by multiple shooters hit two houses and a car in the area of Avenue G between 20th and 23rd streets, police said. There were no injuries.

Then at 1 a.m. Sunday a 19-year-old man showed up at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute, Fort Pierce, with two small-caliber gunshot wounds to the back. He was treated and released as investigators checked the crime scene: the 500 block of North 19th Street. Around the corner, in the area of Avenue E, police found shell casings from several types of guns, Cunningham said.

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