School district releases statement after Friday’s fight at Fort Pierce …

Fort Pierce Central High School football players are on the ground during an off-the-field incident in the third quarter Friday night's game against Fort Pierce Westwood at Lawnwood Stadium. (AIMEE FORD FOSTER/SPECIAL TO TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

By Andrew Atterbury of TCPalm

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — School officials won’t say how they might change policy or increase security at high school football games after fights broke out at a rivalry football game Friday night, forcing suspension of the game with nearly 21 minutes still left.

Five juveniles and two adults were arrested on charges including battery and resisting arrest stemming from fights that erupted in the third quarter of the game between Fort Pierce Westwood and Fort Pierce Central high schools at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce, officials said.

Asked Monday how the St. Lucie County School District would assure the safety of players and fans at football games, the district issued a prepared statement: “Upon careful analysis of the facts and input from agencies on-scene, we will determine what future measures need to be implemented to support a positive climate for spectators and participants alike.”

School officials declined to comment on the incident, but said approximately 3,700 people were in the stadium, which is owned by St. Lucie County. School events such as football games are managed and organized by the district, including law-enforcement staffing, officials said.

There are no security cameras at the stadium, officials said.

Witnesses at the game said it was wasn’t so much the fight that caused concern but the resulting chaos after rumors of gunshots. Pepper spray was used to break up the flights, but there were no gunshots, sheriff’s officials said.

There was a heavy law-enforcement presence at the game even before the fights, said Tim Glennon, a parent who was there. Police acted quickly once the fights started, but spectators overreacted and began running wildly as panic set in, he said.

“I thought (law enforcement) did as good of a job as they can,” Glennon said.

Games between the two Fort Pierce teams often are heated, but not usually to the degree of Friday’s,, said Bobbie Camp, another parent in attendance. Camp suggested the addition of metal detectors at the stadium to increase safety or moving the rivalry game to the daytime.

“If I didn’t have any (children) playing, I would not allow my kids to go to that game,” Camp said.

Spectator captures fans fleeing Showdown game

On Friday, Cleon Young, a spectator at the rivalry game between Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood captured video of fans fleeing the stadium and players laying down on the field. Viewer discretion is advised as the video contains some strong language.

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Fort Pierce police investigating possible child molestation at child care facility

FORT PIERCE, Fla. —

The Fort Pierce Police Department is investigating a possible child molestation case that involves a 3-year-old boy.

***Warning: Due to the nature of the incident, the following content may be too graphic for sensitive readers.***

Police said a mother contacted them Friday after her son reacted in a disturbing manner upon picking him up from his day care facility.

The mother told Detective C.M. Davis that she picked up her son Friday from The Toddler’s Place at 2802 Okeechobee Road. She said her son got in the car, and began crying and grabbed his genitalia.

When the mother asked the toddler why he was touching his genital, he repeatedly mentioned his new teacher’s name, police said.

The mother asked her son to show her what the teacher did and he grabbed his genitalia, twisted it, pulled it, and let it go, an incident report provided by the Police Department reads.

The mother also told police that her son had not been using the restroom lately. Instead, he would urinate on himself.

The woman told police that she removed her son from the day care facility and enrolled him at a new center. Upon talking with the other mothers at the new center, the mother heard similar claims from parents made by their children.

Authorities are investigating the case.

A copy of the full report will be given to Florida Department of Children and Families.

Stay tune for more information as the story develops.

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FHP: Fort Pierce man killed in ATV crash

A Fort Pierce man was killed early Sunday after an ATV with three occupants crashed in St. Lucie County, Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Renee K. Davis, 48, was driving a Polaris 800efi ATV just after 3 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curb at State Road 70 and South Brocksmith Road and crashed, according to a crash report.

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The ATV overturned in a grass median and Davis was killed immediately, FHP reports.

Harold A. Kessler, 59, and Crystal L. Krick, 33, both of Fort Pierce, were also ejected from the ATV. They were taken to Lawnwood Medical Center with minor injuries.

Investigators are looking into whether alcohol or drug impairment played a role in the crash.

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Enforcement starting for Ft. Pierce downtown 2-hour parking

Downtown Fort Pierce will no longer be on the honor system when it comes to parking (ERIC HASERT/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

By Keona Gardner of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — Parking will no longer be on the honor system in downtown Fort Pierce.

Starting Thursday, city code-enforcement and police officers will make the rounds in downtown, chalking tires and issuing $20 tickets to vehicles parked in the same space for more than two hours.

The City Commission on Sept. 19 is to consider raising the ticket price to $50, city spokeswoman Shyanne Helms said in an email Monday. However, the city website this week already showed the parking fine as $50 until Treasure Coast Newspapers inquired Monday about the higher fine. The $50 fine was quickly removed from the site.

The new enforcement effort is intended to create more parking for customers of downtown businesses. It will be the first time the city has issued parking tickets.

Violators will have 30 days to pay the fine before being slapped with an $18 late fee and issued a summons to appear before the city magistrate, according to new city law.

Earlier this month, the city installed two-hour-parking signs along Second Street north of Citrus Avenue, south to Seaway Drive; Orange Avenue east of U.S. 1 to Melody Lane; Indian River Drive from Citrus to Seaway; and Avenue A east of U. S. 1 to the marina.

Since the signs went up, downtown business owners and managers said, they have seen a slight increase in customers.

“It has been a tick, but this is the summer, when things typically slow down,” said Bonnie Turk, co-owner of The Taco Dive restaurant on Second Street. “But I think we will see more of an impact when the season starts.”

Chandra Williams, an employee at Chaney’s House O’Flowers on Second Street, said she doesn’t mind parking in the City Hall garage on Avenue A and walking a half- block to work.

“It is not far, and it frees up a space for our customers,” Williams said.

Enforcing the two-hour limit is a start, but the city should consider longer parking, said Lesly Hodgson, manager of Sunrise Cafe on Orange Avenue.

“Maybe the first two hours can be free, but any time more than that you have to pay,” said Hodgson. “I’m thinking of the ladies who go to the salons downtown. Sometimes it takes more than two hours.”

Downtown has nearly 1,100 parking spaces, including on-street spots, the city hall and courthouse garages and vacant lots, a city parking consultant found.

Unlimited parking is allowed in the City Hall garage, the county garage on Second Street across from the courthouse and at an unpaved lot on Second Street across from the former H.D. King Power Plant.

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How will St. Lucie schools keep football games safe?

Fort Pierce Central High School football players are on the ground during an off-the-field incident in the third quarter Friday night's game against Fort Pierce Westwood at Lawnwood Stadium. (AIMEE FORD FOSTER/SPECIAL TO TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

By Andrew Atterbury of TCPalm

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — School officials won’t say how they might change policy or increase security at high school football games after fights broke out at a rivalry football game Friday night, forcing suspension of the game with nearly 21 minutes still left.

Five juveniles and two adults were arrested on charges including battery and resisting arrest stemming from fights that erupted in the third quarter of the game between Fort Pierce Westwood and Fort Pierce Central high schools at Lawnwood Stadium in Fort Pierce, officials said.

Asked Monday how the St. Lucie County School District would assure the safety of players and fans at football games, the district issued a prepared statement: “Upon careful analysis of the facts and input from agencies on-scene, we will determine what future measures need to be implemented to support a positive climate for spectators and participants alike.”

School officials declined to comment on the incident, but said approximately 3,700 people were in the stadium, which is owned by St. Lucie County. School events such as football games are managed and organized by the district, including law-enforcement staffing, officials said.

There are no security cameras at the stadium, officials said.

Witnesses at the game said it was wasn’t so much the fight that caused concern but the resulting chaos after rumors of gunshots. Pepper spray was used to break up the flights, but there were no gunshots, sheriff’s officials said.

There was a heavy law-enforcement presence at the game even before the fights, said Tim Glennon, a parent who was there. Police acted quickly once the fights started, but spectators overreacted and began running wildly as panic set in, he said.

“I thought (law enforcement) did as good of a job as they can,” Glennon said.

Games between the two Fort Pierce teams often are heated, but not usually to the degree of Friday’s,, said Bobbie Camp, another parent in attendance. Camp suggested the addition of metal detectors at the stadium to increase safety or moving the rivalry game to the daytime.

“If I didn’t have any (children) playing, I would not allow my kids to go to that game,” Camp said.

Spectator captures fans fleeing Showdown game

On Friday, Cleon Young, a spectator at the rivalry game between Fort Pierce Central and Fort Pierce Westwood captured video of fans fleeing the stadium and players laying down on the field. Viewer discretion is advised as the video contains some strong language.

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Facebook conversation ends with fatal shooting

Ashlyn Salomon

By Elliott Jones of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — The city’s sixth homicide of the year started because of jealousy over a Facebook post, according to police reports.

Ashlyn Salomon, 25, of Fort Pierce, remained in the St. Lucie County Jail Sunday without bail on a charge of second degree murder, a charge that means he didn’t initially plan to shoot the victim, Jonathan Maciel, 34, of Fort Pierre, police said.

Before the shooting, Maciel angered his live-in girlfriend by talking with another woman through Facebook, according to an arrest affidavit. They began arguing outside an apartment complex in the 2900 block of Avenue D the night of Aug. 23.

The woman’s daughter joined in, defending her mother, and she called her boyfriend, Salomon, who lives in the same complex. He left work and drove there while listening to the ongoing argument on his phone, according to reports. Upon his arrival, he jumped out of his car to confront Maciel. When the two men began fighting, the mother and daughter intervened, separating them.

Maciel went into his apartment and came out and appeared to be holding something — which Salomon assumed meant Maciel was armed, according to the arrest affidavit.

Salomon’s girlfriend yelled, “Please don’t do it” as Salomon opened fire with a handgun he had in his car. Maciel collapsed on the pavement.

Maciel was shot seven times in the back and once in the face, the affidavitsaid. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No handgun was found on Maciel, police reports show.

Salomon has a concealed gun permit, police said.

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A Fort Pierce man was killed early Sunday after an ATV with three occupants crashed in St. Lucie County, Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Renee K. Davis, 48, was driving a Polaris 800efi ATV just after 3 a.m. when he failed to negotiate a curb at State Road 70 and South Brocksmith Road and crashed, according to a crash report.

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The ATV overturned in a grass median and Davis was killed immediately, FHP reports.

Harold A. Kessler, 59, and Crystal L. Krick, 33, both of Fort Pierce, were also ejected from the ATV. They were taken to Lawnwood Medical Center with minor injuries.

Investigators are looking into whether alcohol or drug impairment played a role in the crash.

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ATV accident kills one, injures two in SLC

By Elliott Jones of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — One person died and two others were taken to a hospital after an ATV overturned about 3:21 a.m. Sunday near South Brocksmith Road and Okeechobee Road, according to the St. Lucie County Fire District.

Killed in the accident was Renee Davis, 48, of Fort Pierce. Harold Kessler, 59, and Crystal Krick, 33, also of Fort Pierce, received minor injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The four-seat Polar ATV was going west on a sidewalk, north of Okeechobee Road, when Davis lost control going around a curve. The ATV overturned, throwing everyone in the grass. Davis was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the FHP.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Five arrested in Friday brawl at football stadium in FP

By Nicholas Samuel of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — Five people were arrested Friday evening in connection with multiple fights that broke out at a high-school football game, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s officials said.

The five juveniles, all involved in the beginning of the fights, were arrested at the scene and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice Assessment Center in Fort Pierce. Sheriff’s officials said three boys and to girls were involved.

The multiple brawls stemmed from two juveniles fighting at the concession stand on the west side of Lawnwood Stadium during a football game between Fort Pierce Westwood High School and Fort Pierce Central, sheriff’s officials said. The cause of the initial fight is still unclear. Sheriff’s officials said charges include battery, resisting arrest with and without violence and inciting a riot.

The two schools were competing in a rivalry game at the stadium, in the 1300 block of Virginia Avenue, when the fights began during the third quarter about 9:40 p.m.

No confirmed gunshots were reported, but a few people were pepper sprayed by law enforcement, sheriff’s officials said. The pepper spray was used to stop the fight.

Sheriff’s officials said the multiple brawls all took place by the concession stand and no fights happened out on the field or in the stands.

Football players at the game were taken to the locker room during the brawl.

The game was called off and the stadium was cleared. Fort Pierce Central, which was leading the game 24-0 before the fights, were declared the winners.

St. Lucie County Fire Rescue took three men, who had minor and non-life-threatening injuries, by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, said Jim Hall, Fire Rescue district chief.

St. Lucie County Public Schools Officials could not be reached for comment.

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Islamorada Beer Co. opening Friday in Fort Pierce

Jose Herrera, co-founder and director of sales and marketing at Islamorada Beer Company, walks through the brewery's new 25,000-square-foot facility at 3200 St. Lucie Blvd. near the Treasure Coast International Airport and Business Park in Fort Pierce. The brewery outgrew it's operation in the Florida Keys and looked for more space, eventually deciding on Fort Pierce. (PATRICK DOVE/TREASURE COAST NEWSPAPERS)

By Kelly Tyko of TCPalm

FORT PIERCE — Islamorada Beer Co. is bringing the Florida Keys to Fort Pierce.

The brewery will have a two-day grand opening celebration starting noon Friday at its second location and production facility at 3200 St. Lucie Blvd.

“This is our second home,” said co-founder Tyrone Bradley. “I’m very happy that we picked Fort Pierce because it reminds me a lot of the Keys.”

Bradley along with college friends Jose Herrera, Chris Trentine and Nik Schroth started the beer company in May 2014.

Instead of taking a typical approach of launching on a small system and growing from there, the friends gave their recipes to a contract brewery in Virginia.

“Our first batch was a 30 barrel batch, which is quite a bit of beer to start off with for a company that didn’t have a bricks and mortar brewery and was not well known,” said Herrera, a co-founder and director of sales and marketing. “Our consultant told us it would take us six months to sell all that beer packaged and draft. We sold it in three weeks.”

In October 2014, they opened a small brewery in downtown Islamorada and continued to brew with out-of-state contract breweries.

With the Fort Pierce brewery, which is the largest on the Treasure Coast, they’ll no longer have to contract brew and will produce 10 times more beer and grow their distribution, Herrera said. The Keys location will remain open.

“It will allow us to create more beer so we can expand our distribution, which will open doors to having the full Publix and Winn-Dixie scale,” Herrera said. “We’ll be opening full state distribution by the end of the year.”

The brewery is working with several distributors including Fort Pierce-based Southern Eagle Distributing and its beer is currently sold in more than 1,500 locations including 127 Treasure Coast bars, restaurants and stores.

“We’re distributing to the West Coast from Sarasota to Naples and from Port Canaveral to Key West,” Herrera said. “We wanted to strategically locate where it was easy for our distributors to come pick up beer and there’s nothing easier than Fort Pierce.”

They will be bottling and canning their beers from the 25,000-square-foot location, which has a tasting room that will be open daily and room to grow.

In April 2015, the friends purchased the two building 50,000-square-foot Runways End Commerce Center in the Airport Industrial Park and are leasing out the other building until they need it for future expansion.

There will be live entertainment on weekends and the tasting room will be both kid- and dog-friendly, Bradley said.

And drinking the beers with names like Sandbar Sunday, Sun Burn and No Tanlines will make you think of the sun and fun of the Keys.

“In this heat, this is the kind of beer that you want to have,” said Patrick Byrne, head brewer of the Fort Pierce location.

ISLAMORADA BEER CO.

Address: 3200 St. Lucie Blvd., Fort Pierce
Grand opening: Aug. 19-20
Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. daily
Phone: 305-508-9093
Online: www.islamoradabeerco.com; Facebook.com/islamoradabeercompany

ISLAMORADA BREWS

The brewery makes 15 different beers. Here are some of the most popular ones:

  • Sandbar Sunday: The American hop varieties impart a mild spice note and a subtle island citrus character in this American Wheat Ale.
  • Channel Marker IPA: An India Pale Ale with hop citrus flavors and bitterness to go with the maltiness.
  • Islamorada Ale: An American Island Ale beer with a fruity and citrus character.

 

 

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