Submerged car recovered at White City Park in Fort Pierce

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has recovered a 2013 four-door Lexus sedan that was submerged in the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.

Members of the Underwater Search and Recovery Team determined that no one was inside the vehicle and removed it from the river, placing it onto the boat ramp at White City Park.

Sheriff’s detectives will investigate to determine the car’s owner and how it wound up submerged in the river.

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/submerged-car-recovered-at-white-city-park-in-fort-pierce

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100-Pound Tarpon, Snook 35-40 Inches in Surf at Fort Pierce

Surf fishermen around Fort Pierce Inlet are releasing tarpon up to 100 pounds and snook 35-40 inches, reports Capt. Adam White at the Fishing Center of St. Lucie.

White said the bite has been consistent for the past week on incoming tides or at first and last light.

Tarpon and snook are chasing glass minnows, and will hit Storm’s 3- or 4-inch paddletail swim-baits (pearl or chartreuse).

White (www.stlucieflatsfishing.com) said to cast near big black clouds of minnows at the water’s edge.

“If you find one of those, you’ve got a 99.99 percent chance of finding fish feeding on them,” White said. “It’s just a staple here every summer.”

Juvenile tarpon 20-60 pounds are also in the turning basin during the day. Anglers are sight-casting D.O.A. TerrorEyz (root beer) or drifting small live bait of any kind. Use a split shot on live bait to get it down 10-15 feet.

White has also been catching kingfish up to 30-40 pounds on the reef bump-trolling small blue runners or sardines in 80-100 feet.

“We hooked a 40-pounder and a bull shark took it from us,” he said.

 


Article source: http://fishology.blogs.theledger.com/16511/100-pound-tarpon-snook-35-40-inches-in-surf-at-fort-pierce/

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Fort Pierce Little League wins State Championship

A team of local youngsters making history on the baseball diamond. But they don’t have much time to revel in their success.

 

On Gina Wagner’s front porch, four Fort Pierce little leaguers look out at Tuesday’s torrential downpours.

 

Just an hour earlier, these nine and ten year-old All-Stars were doing what they do best out on the field.

 

On Sunday, they were the best, winning the Florida State Little League Championship.

 

“They came together the first day of practice even though they had been playing against each other all year,” said Coach Curtis Boyd.

 

“I’m just glad to be on this team, we’ve come so far,” added pitcher Stel Gately. 

 

It had been 52 years since any team in Fort Pierce could declare themselves State Champions. But there’s little time to celebrate.

 

While older little leaguers get to play in Williamsport, this is the first year that a 9 and 10 year-old regional championship is being played.

 

It’s in North Carolina this weekend. For these kids, baseball is more than a summertime diversion.

 

“Because it helps me stay out of trouble a lot,” said outfielder Zack Estep.

 

Zack moved here from Kentucky and his house has become a home away from home for his baseball buddies.

 

“I have so many kids at my house sometimes in the morning that I have to have my friend come in her minivan to chauffeur the bat bags to the field,” said Gina Wagner.

 

“The five nights a week they are here, if the kids aren’t playing, they’re at the baseball field. Off the streets, doing something really good in the community,” said Courtney Purnell with the Fort Pierce Little League.

 

The team is hoping to raise some money to defray some of their travel costs.  If you want to help, click here .

 

 

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/fort-pierce-ll-wins-state-championship

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Fort Pierce gives Westwood grad Khalil Mack key to the city | Photos

FORT PIERCE — Oakland Raiders rookie linebacker Khalil Mack said life has been surreal the past few months.

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Fort Pierce gives Westwood grad Khalil Mack key to the city | Photos

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Fort Pierce police arrest a Most Wanted suspect

One of Fort Pierce Police’s Most Wanted suspects was arrested today in Georgia, according to a news release from the police department.

Jaspah Simmons, 20, was wanted for attempted murder. He is a suspect in a Sept. 23 shooting, according to the release.

Police received a tip that Simmons was in Vidalia, Ga., and U.S. Marshals took him into custody.

Article source: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/fort-pierce-police-arrest-a-most-wanted-suspect/ngkr6/

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Fort Pierce police arrest a Most Wanted suspect

One of Fort Pierce Police’s Most Wanted suspects was arrested today in Georgia, according to a news release from the police department.

Jaspah Simmons, 20, was wanted for attempted murder. He is a suspect in a Sept. 23 shooting, according to the release.

Police received a tip that Simmons was in Vidalia, Ga., and U.S. Marshals took him into custody.

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Review: Harborcove Bar and Grill, Fort Pierce, Florida

I recently had lunch at Harborcove Bar and Grill in Fort Pierce, Florida with my husband, daughter and my daughter’s friend. We were celebrating the girls completing surf camp on a nearby beach.

The restaurant is right on the waterfront. There are tables both inside and out. We opted for inside since it was a very hot day. We were the only ones inside.

The girls were starving and shared a shrimp cocktail to start. I had a cup of clam chowder. The girls liked the shrift and the chowder was okay. Not the best I’ve had, but certainly not the worst.

For our main courses, my husband had a burger, one of the girls had blackened mahi, the other had a turkey club sandwich and I had the fish and chips. My fish was made with a thin mahi fillet fried to perfection. It came with cole slaw, crispy fries and a small watermelon wedge as garnish.

My meal was delicious, but I was the only one happy. My husband described his burger as a “hockey puck.” They forgot to put cheese on it, so they brought him a container of shredded cheese instead of offering to make another.

When the waiter cleared his plate, he spilled the cheese. We found a trail of cheese shreds on our way out.

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Roaches found at several restaurants in Fort Pierce; owners blame old building …

WEST PALM BEACH – You’ll find every flavor to fit your taste buds from Thai to Italian in downtown Fort Pierce. Roaches are finding the foods appetizing too.

“I’m real upset about it,” Lorenzo Romano said.

Romano owns Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant Pizzeria, and is fired up state inspectors temporarily shut down his pizza shop.

“She came in with a flashlight. An inspector that turned into a bug lady,” explained Romano.

The bugs were first found munching next door to Lorenzo’s at Thai Pepper in February. They’ve now spread down the street too.

Rinelli’s Yellow Tail was shut down just days after Lorenzo’s.

“There is definitely a situation with the building that we are trying to correct. We’ve even spoken with the landlord,” explained Don Rinelli.

However, other restaurants said it’s their responsibility to do pest control and not the landlord.

“It is but we also have a ceiling that is adjoined throughout this whole building,” explained Rinelli.

Yellow Tail said it’s stepping up pest control, and throwing away boxes more quickly since roaches often come in delivery boxes. Both restaurant owners said roaches follow the food.

“If anyone in a restaurant tells you they don’t have roaches they are lying through their face. Everyone has roaches,” explained Romano.

Both restaurants were only temporarily closed, which is normal protocol.

An inspector found dead roaches at Lorenzo’s again on Friday, but the state report also shows the pizza shop just had a pest control treatment the day before.

Romano said the roaches were old, dead ones under a table. The restaurant stayed open and will be re-inspected Tuesday.

Click here to see what inspectors found at your favorite restaurant .

 

Article source: http://www.wptv.com/money/consumer/roaches-found-at-several-restaurants-in-ft-pierce-owners-blame-old-building-and-rain

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Violent teen offenders get second chance at Ft. Pierce cadet academy

Story by Jana Eschbach / CBS 12 NEWS

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Police say the gun violence is at a crisis level in Fort Pierce tonight how retired military and police are fighting to reform the violent teens, 8 young men at a time. 133 shootings last year. More than 60 now this year in  Fort Pierce.

How do we stop it? A new program says working with the most violent teens to reform the offenders. These academy leaders say they truly think jail is not the answer, but only hardens the teens and makes the teens worse.

“We are having some serious problems in Fort Pierce with a lot of  gang violence and shootings,” Fort Pierce City Commissioner Reggie Sessions said, “but it’s not hopeless because there’s some good in every child. It’s just when we place them in an environment that is not conducive to the positive, we get the end result. And that’s what we’re seeing in the streets of Fort Pierce right now.”

Sessions is helping lead the pilot program for the Second Chance Cadet Academy, a 8-hour daily, 4-week program that stresses physical activity, respect, manners and career skills. The program takes teens that many won’t chance working with, and gives the young men a second chance.

“I am a firm believer. There’s no bad child. But it’s just a challenge for us to intervene now. If there’s ever a place that needs intervention, it’s certainly this one,” Sessions said, “if we don’t concentrate on the bad kids, that cancer is going to spread and it’s going to be widespread.”

The group of 8 young men meet every morning on Avenue D early, and train until dinner.

“They want some direction. And that’s what this program is all about, trying to give them that,” Sessions said, who in only 2 weeks has seen some offenders turn from gang members, into wanting to join sports at school. So many of the teens are the same ones involved in the multiple weekly shooting in Fort Pierce.

“It’s not the adults. it’s the children. 14,15,16,17 years old walking around with weapons.”

Who are these teens? Marquis Francis is the cadet captain.

“I grew up around fighting, gun play, burglaries, everything, I didn’t got a job before. I was shot at. Everything,” Marquis said,  “when he put me in this, at first I didn’t want to come to this academy. I did not want to come at all. Next morning–no Dad I am not going.”

“I like how they teach us about respect. To become men in life.” What’s their other option? “You die or I will be back on the streets.”

We talked with Christian Davis, 14, with an ankle monitor, mandated by a judge to attend the academy after admitting to being in a gang.

Is that even possible for Christian to stay straight if he goes home? Are they going to make him be in a gang again?

“I can’t get out. I’m there for life.” Christian said, “the best I can do is avoid it, stay away from the bad stuff and people. Stay inside at home.”
And what happens to Christian if he gets in trouble again? “I go back to jail,” Christian said, who has been locked up 6 times this year.

Now in the academy, he’s talking about going to school, and planning a future. “It helps me see life in a better way,” Christian said.
 
Christian and the young men know..they must complete the 4-week rigorous program..and then be adopted by a mentor until they are adults. If they don’t succeed here, they tell CBS 12, they will be dead or in jail.

The problem for so many of these young men–they are beaten into gangs at age 12, and then members for life. 

They face retaliation against their families if they break free.

The Second Chance Cadet Academy is in its pilot program now, funded by the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League, and will trace these young men’s progress through their adoptive mentors to see if this is more effective than jail time. Jail, so far, has not worked for Christian.
Violent teen offenders get second chance at Ft. Pierce cadet academy

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