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A body has been located near the entrance of Portofino Shores, a subdivision where a search has been underway for a missing man.


A body was found in front of a lake at Portofino Shores in St. Lucie County, possible that of missing man.




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FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Only minutes after the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office created a social media post Tuesday for 24-year-old John Kim, something was spotted in the Portofino Shores neighborhood, where Kim lived with his aunt and uncle.

“It was discovered there was a body found floating in the lake,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.        

Soon police tape surrounded the water.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the body had been officially identified as Kim.  

He was last seen about 1 a-m Monday morning by a security guard getting out of a cab and running into the neighborhood.  

A missing person report was filed in the afternoon.

All night Monday into Tuesday, friends and family members searched the entire community, even on horseback.

“He would always call his family and say he would be late, he wouldn’t be on time.  He would always check in,” said Indian River County School Board member Laura Zorc.

Kim was supposed to start a new job Monday.  His family owned a produce stand and Kim had been very active in local politics, losing a race for the Indian River County School Board last year.

“He was an intern with Congressman Posey, he was an intern with Indian River County, he was a volunteer to maintain campaign efforts, nonprofits,” said Indian River County Commissioner Tim Zorc.

Sheriff Ken Mascara will work with his counterpart in Indian River County to put all the pieces together, but at this point, it doesn’t appear there was any foul play.

“As we see it.. no.  We don’t see anything alarming right now,” said the Sheriff.

 

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St. Lucie County felony arrests: Sept. 18, 2017

Jessica Jane Leddington-Lopez, 46, 1600 block of Emerald Terrace, Fort Pierce; warrant for battery by detainee.

Jaysen C. Wisner, 35, 6600 block of Woods Island Circle, Port St. Lucie; warrant for failure to redeliver leased person’s property on Sept. 15.  

Jon Deontay Smith, 26, Wynne, Arkansas; aggravated battery – offender knew/should have known victim was pregnant; burglary of an occupied dwelling while unarmed.  

Cody Nicholas Willi Camburn, 24, 1700 block of Southwest Capehart Avenue, Port St. Lucie; carrying a concealed weapon.

Carlos Covarrubius, 21, 400 block of Northwest Concord Drive, Port St. Lucie; possession of marijuana over 20 grams; possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver.  

Marina Gates Baldassari, 39, 100 block of Carol Susan Lane, Fort Pierce; warrant for violation of probation, DUI impairment.

Kelsey Ann Vangorder, 20, 1800 block of 35th Avenue, Vero Beach; out-of-county warrants, Indian River County, battery on an elderly person, battery on a pregnant woman.  

Victoria Rose Krause, 19, 5700 block of Hickory Drive, Fort Pierce; possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

Dylan James Peterson, 6500 block of Pensacola Road, Fort Pierce; possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

Mathew Scott Cronin, 19, 5100 block of Northwest Wisk Fern Circle, Port St. Lucie; possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; possession of marijuana over 20 grams.

Nathaniel Jerome Boatwright, 41, 200 block of South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce; warrant for court order to revoke bond, sale, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver cocaine.  

Javier D. Quiles, 31, 31, 2000 block of Oleander Boulevard, Fort Pierce; battery – cause great bodily harm.

Joyce Ann Hendricks, 39, 5400 block of Northwest Moorhen Trail, Port St. Lucie; larceny/grand theft.

Charles Reginald Gibson, 24, 1300 block of Southwest Glastonberry Avenue, Port St. Lucie; warrant for violation of probation, burglary of a dwelling.

David Anthony Gabler, 36, Lakeland; warrant for violation of probation, robbery by sudden snatching.

Kenny Frantz Vaval, 28, 500 blcok of Southwest Halden Avenue, Port St. Lucie; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; property damage – criminal mischief.

Richard Edward Blanchard, 53, 1700 block of Southwest Morella Lane, Port St. Lucie; warrant for property damage – criminal mischief.

Levar Lavert Butler, 30, Fort Lauderdale; warrants for grand theft of a person over 65, burglary of a dwelling while armed with a firearm, petty theft.

Julio Cesar Ruiz, 28, 600 block of Ixoria Avenue, Fort Pierce; vehicle theft – grand theft of a motor vehicle (auto).

Jonathan Edward Kerr, 27, 7800 block of Hibiscus Road, Fort Pierce; commit domestic battery by strangulation.

Shonda Sherenl Shuman, 36, 6900 block of Northwest Jorgensen Road, Port St. Lucie; warrant for violation of probation, aggravated assault.

Witold Gerard Wojaczek, 62, 5100 block of Indrio Road, Fort Pierce; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

Amanda Jo Mcgraw, 33, 600 block of Southeast Starflower Avenue, Port St. Lucie; warrant for court order to revoke bond, giving false name to a pawnbroker, dealing in stolen property.

Melissa C. Sanchez, 26, no listed street address, Fort Pierce; larceny/grand theft.  

Catalino Calderon, 49, 1600 block of Florida Avenue, Fort Pierce; commit domestic battery by strangulation.

Fauslaine Innocent Jordonne, 33, 1400 block of Avenue M, Fort Pierce; warrant for grand theft on Sept. 16. Arrested in Indian River County.

Kelsey Ann Vangorder, 20, 1800 block of 35th Avenue, Vero Beach; out-of-county warrant, Indian River County, battery on an elderly person, , battery on a pregnant woman.  Arrested in St. Lucie County.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/crime/st-lucie-county/2017/09/18/st-lucie-county-felony-arrests-sept-18-2017/679210001/

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Hurricane Irma inundated roads and neighborhoods, rendering some virtually unrecognizable. LISA BROADT/TCPALM
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Fort Pierce police use MRAPS to help people in flooded areas


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Fort Pierce police brought out military style vehicles to pick up residents in flooded areas. Police drove its MRAPS into deep water at Sabal Chase Apartments to get residents to dry ground.




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Families had until Thursday night to leave homes





Homes Condemned in Ft. Pierce


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Homes condemned in Ft. Pierce


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FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Time has run out for more than one hundred families in Fort Pierce.

The city condemned 144 units at Sabal Chase Apartments because of severe flooding caused by Hurricane Irma. The residents had two days to quickly vacate their apartments and that deadline was reached on Thursday evening.

Click here to read our previous story.

Luckily, the residents are not alone. Volunteers from churches, St. Lucie County, the city of Fort Pierce and even law enforcement showed up in droves to help move belongings out of the units and into U-Hauls.

RELATED: GALLERY – Irma strikes FloridaLatest Power Outage Numbers | Power Lines Still Down In West Palm | Crews across U.S. helping FPL |  Prevent Fire Once Power Restored

Disabled veteran Robert Randolph is thankful for the help from countless volunteers.
 
“It’s been remarkable, I thank everyone for that,” he said. “They’re God sent, honestly, they’re God sent. I thank God for them helping out.”

About 50 volunteers from Christ Fellowship worked tirelessly on Thursday helping to move furniture and boxes out of the homes of Randolph and his neighbors.

“We’re just trying to help in any way we can honestly. Every building that’s here, the first floor was flooded. We had lots of residents who hadn’t even begun to pack,” said Travis O’Neal, a pastor at the Christ Fellowship’s Port St. Lucie campus.

The church also provided food and water for residents. A Red Cross tent has been set up under a pavilion on the apartment property to help process evacuees into shelters and other housing options.

“This is the time where we can come, provide hope and encouragement to the residents,” said O’Neal.

Randolph’s carpet in his unit is still soaked with flood water, leaving behind the potential for dangerous mold to form.

“I wish it hadn’t of done what it did because I’ve lived here a long time and I love my little cubby hole,” he said. “Like I said, it is what it is.”
 
Besides dealing with Irma’s aftermath, Randolph is also battling cancer but his spirit is still strong.
 
“They diagnosed me with lung cancer. What am I crying about? My book of life was written before I was born, I can’t go up to heaven and erase anything,” he told WPTV. “I have one more treatment of radiation, one more! But I try my best, with what I’ve been through, I try my best to keep a positive attitude. Because there’s no need to cry, no need to be sad. It could’ve been worse.”

Randolph plans to go back to his home once restoration is complete. Fow now, he will be staying in an assisted living facility.
 
“Until FEMA or someone finds me somewhere to go,” he said. “Is there devastation? Yeah. But we have to get over that. Everyone has to move on and move on.”
 
His neighbor Jenice Faneite was too busy helping others before helping herself through the flood. Volunteers spent all day Thursday quickly helping her move her salvageable belongings out before the deadline. 
 
“We have people who are on chemo, people who are in wheel chairs. A lot of disabled here. I was like no, no, no — I gotta help them,” she said.

Faneite planned for one disaster but said she didn’t plan for two.

“I just opened up a beauty salon in the Orange Business Center and I didn’t expect that to get flooded. And I didn’t expect my home to get flooded. But you know what, you don’t hold on to material things, you stay in the moment and you’re grateful for the life you have,” she said. “If you stay positive, positive is going to be productive. If you stay negative, it’s going to be destructive.”

The apartment complex promised to give $500, a pro-rated rent check and their security deposits back to residents who had to vacate their units. So far, neighbors told WPTV that promise is being upheld as they figure out the next step.
 
“I think they’re doing the best they can because this was unexpected to them as well. They have been in real good spirits,” said Faneite.
 
The upstairs apartments are not condemned. Property management said they went door to door and inspected every unit on the second and third floor for water damage and mold, and said they have no concern over those units being unsafe.

Faneite said even those residents living above her have been stepping up to the plate to help.

“We had a big crew of people who lived upstairs on the third floor — one woman whose husband had a heart attack, another woman whose about to give birth. They were out here helping us load trucks,” she said.

Sabal Chase is already working with four different restoration contractors — which were out on the property Thursday —  to return begin work on the units. A St. Lucie County commissioner said the restoration process in the units could take anywhere from two to three months.

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Families had until Thursday night to leave homes





Homes Condemned in Ft. Pierce


Homes Condemned in Ft. Pierce


Homes condemned in Ft. Pierce


Homes condemned in Ft. Pierce











FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Time has run out for more than one hundred families in Fort Pierce.

The city condemned 144 units at Sabal Chase Apartments because of severe flooding caused by Hurricane Irma. The residents had two days to quickly vacate their apartments and that deadline was reached on Thursday evening.

Click here to read our previous story.

Luckily, the residents are not alone. Volunteers from churches, St. Lucie County, the city of Fort Pierce and even law enforcement showed up in droves to help move belongings out of the units and into U-Hauls.

RELATED: GALLERY – Irma strikes FloridaLatest Power Outage Numbers | Power Lines Still Down In West Palm | Crews across U.S. helping FPL |  Prevent Fire Once Power Restored

Disabled veteran Robert Randolph is thankful for the help from countless volunteers.
 
“It’s been remarkable, I thank everyone for that,” he said. “They’re God sent, honestly, they’re God sent. I thank God for them helping out.”

About 50 volunteers from Christ Fellowship worked tirelessly on Thursday helping to move furniture and boxes out of the homes of Randolph and his neighbors.

“We’re just trying to help in any way we can honestly. Every building that’s here, the first floor was flooded. We had lots of residents who hadn’t even begun to pack,” said Travis O’Neal, a pastor at the Christ Fellowship’s Port St. Lucie campus.

The church also provided food and water for residents. A Red Cross tent has been set up under a pavilion on the apartment property to help process evacuees into shelters and other housing options.

“This is the time where we can come, provide hope and encouragement to the residents,” said O’Neal.

Randolph’s carpet in his unit is still soaked with flood water, leaving behind the potential for dangerous mold to form.

“I wish it hadn’t of done what it did because I’ve lived here a long time and I love my little cubby hole,” he said. “Like I said, it is what it is.”
 
Besides dealing with Irma’s aftermath, Randolph is also battling cancer but his spirit is still strong.
 
“They diagnosed me with lung cancer. What am I crying about? My book of life was written before I was born, I can’t go up to heaven and erase anything,” he told WPTV. “I have one more treatment of radiation, one more! But I try my best, with what I’ve been through, I try my best to keep a positive attitude. Because there’s no need to cry, no need to be sad. It could’ve been worse.”

Randolph plans to go back to his home once restoration is complete. Fow now, he will be staying in an assisted living facility.
 
“Until FEMA or someone finds me somewhere to go,” he said. “Is there devastation? Yeah. But we have to get over that. Everyone has to move on and move on.”
 
His neighbor Jenice Faneite was too busy helping others before helping herself through the flood. Volunteers spent all day Thursday quickly helping her move her salvageable belongings out before the deadline. 
 
“We have people who are on chemo, people who are in wheel chairs. A lot of disabled here. I was like no, no, no — I gotta help them,” she said.

Faneite planned for one disaster but said she didn’t plan for two.

“I just opened up a beauty salon in the Orange Business Center and I didn’t expect that to get flooded. And I didn’t expect my home to get flooded. But you know what, you don’t hold on to material things, you stay in the moment and you’re grateful for the life you have,” she said. “If you stay positive, positive is going to be productive. If you stay negative, it’s going to be destructive.”

The apartment complex promised to give $500, a pro-rated rent check and their security deposits back to residents who had to vacate their units. So far, neighbors told WPTV that promise is being upheld as they figure out the next step.
 
“I think they’re doing the best they can because this was unexpected to them as well. They have been in real good spirits,” said Faneite.
 
The upstairs apartments are not condemned. Property management said they went door to door and inspected every unit on the second and third floor for water damage and mold, and said they have no concern over those units being unsafe.

Faneite said even those residents living above her have been stepping up to the plate to help.

“We had a big crew of people who lived upstairs on the third floor — one woman whose husband had a heart attack, another woman whose about to give birth. They were out here helping us load trucks,” she said.

Sabal Chase is already working with four different restoration contractors — which were out on the property Thursday —  to return begin work on the units. A St. Lucie County commissioner said the restoration process in the units could take anywhere from two to three months.

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