Accused gunman gets tables turned on him by his victim.

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FORT PIERCE — A man who police said was victimized during a cell phone deal turned the tables on his accused robber in an apparent sting stretching from Fort Pierce to Port St. Lucie, according to arrest affidavits.

Craig Dennis Zackery, 24, was arrested on three felony charges after the incidents that began Tuesday at Dreamland Park on South 25th Street in Fort Pierce and ended at Whispering Pines Park on Southwest Darwin Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.

More: Man charged with 6 counts of vehicle burglary in Port St. Lucie

The man identified as the victim told Fort Pierce police he found a seller on the OfferUp website named “Sheldon Curry” selling an iPhone 6s Plus. The victim said the seller instructed him to meet at Dreamland Park.

The victim said he got out of his vehicle after arriving. A man identified as Zackery approached (the victim) and told him to get into the vehicle to do the deal because he was ‘hot’ because he had drugs on him, according to arrest reports.

More: Police in Fort Pierce make 3 robbery arrests in less than 24 hours | Video

Inside the vehicle, Zackery told the victim to give him the money and he’d get the phone from someplace else.

The victim declined, and said Zackery pulled a gun and robbed him of $250 and his existing iPhone 6s Plus. Zackery fled, while the victim drove to his place of employment.

The victim used his employer’s phone to set up another deal with Mr. Zackery, who had posted on OfferUp to sell another iPhone, police reports show.

Zackery, unaware the victim was the buyer in the new deal, agreed to meet at Whispering Pines Park in Port St. Lucie.

The victim told Fort Pierce police of the new deal, and police in Port St. Lucie apprehended Zachery at Whispering Pines Park.

Investigators reported recovering a .380-caliber pistol with the serial number scratched off, and a phone matching the description of the victim’s phone.

Zackery declined to speak with police.

He was arrested on felony charges of carrying concealed weapon, alter identification of a weapon and robbery.

Zackery, who has addresses listed in Port St. Lucie and Coral Springs, was held Thursday in the St. Lucie County jail on $37,500 bail, according to affidavits and a jail official.

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St. Lucie mulls closing Old Dixie Highway at Taylor Creek in Fort Pierce

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FORT PIERCE — Motorists who travel on Old Dixie Highway at Taylor Creek may have to find a new route. 

The bridge over Taylor Creek sustained “significant damage” from Hurricane Irma in September, and continues to deteriorate, according to County Engineer Kimberly Graham. She is recommending that section of roadway be closed.

Most of the damage to the bridge is underneath the span. On the road surface, the edge of the roadway is crumbling and is marked with one traffic cone and barrier to warn motorists and pedestrians.

The county received more than 21 inches of rain from the Sept. 10 storm. Water levels in creeks and canals remained high for several days and began to corrode the bridge supports, officials said. 

“The rainfall amount for Fort Pierce was off the charts,” Graham said. “No one expected that amount of rainfall in a short amount of time.”

It will cost about $121,000 to repair the bridge, just a fraction of the nearly $7 million the county needs to repair more than two dozen roads damaged by Irma, according to county records.

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The county is using $500,000 for reserves to pay for design and permitting for the repairs.

Graham is working on a detour plan and a way for businesses and residents on Old Dixie to access their property.

But Tim Peregoy, who for eight years has operated a marine diesel engine repair shop on Old Dixie near Taylor Creek, said closing the road or the bridge would hurt his business.

More: Hurricane Irma caused nearly $7 million in damage to St. Lucie County roads

“That would just kill my business because most of my business comes from drive-by traffic,” he said.

Peregoy suggested a compromise: closing only the southbound lane of Old Dixie, which would force motorists to turn right at State Road A1A to get to U.S. 1, still allowing northbound U.S. 1 traffic to access the road.

“If it is in the interest of public safety, then I can see that happening,” Peregoy said. “But closing the road should only be done as a last resort.”

This is not the first time county officials have suggested traffic changes to Old Dixie at Taylor Creek.

More: Hurricane Irma caused nearly $7 million in damage to St. Lucie County roads

A new configuration will be needed in 2020 when the new North Bridge opens, according to Florida Department of Transportation plans.

The new high span bridge would connect a Juanita Avenue instead of to State Road A1A, and go over the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. 

In 2014, Fort Pierce proposed a raised median on U.S. 1 at the Old Dixie Highway intersection to prevent motorists from turning south onto U.S. 1. The purpose was to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents, but the project died for lack of community support.

 

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Robbery victim turns tables on accused gunman in Fort Pierce

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FORT PIERCE — A man who police said was victimized during a cell phone deal turned the tables on his accused robber in an apparent sting stretching from Fort Pierce to Port St. Lucie, according to arrest affidavits.

Craig Dennis Zackery, 24, was arrested on three felony charges after the incidents that began Tuesday at Dreamland Park on South 25th Street in Fort Pierce and ended at Whispering Pines Park on Southwest Darwin Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.

More: Man charged with 6 counts of vehicle burglary in Port St. Lucie

The man identified as the victim told Fort Pierce police he found a seller on the OfferUp website named “Sheldon Curry” selling an iPhone 6s Plus. The victim said the seller instructed him to meet at Dreamland Park.

The victim said he got out of his vehicle after arriving. A man identified as Zackery approached (the victim) and told him to get into the vehicle to do the deal because he was ‘hot’ because he had drugs on him, according to arrest reports.

More: Police in Fort Pierce make 3 robbery arrests in less than 24 hours | Video

Inside the vehicle, Zackery told the victim to give him the money and he’d get the phone from someplace else.

The victim declined, and said Zackery pulled a gun and robbed him of $250 and his existing iPhone 6s Plus. Zackery fled, while the victim drove to his place of employment.

The victim used his employer’s phone to set up another deal with Mr. Zackery, who had posted on OfferUp to sell another iPhone, police reports show.

Zackery, unaware the victim was the buyer in the new deal, agreed to meet at Whispering Pines Park in Port St. Lucie.

The victim told Fort Pierce police of the new deal, and police in Port St. Lucie apprehended Zachery at Whispering Pines Park.

Investigators reported recovering a .380-caliber pistol with the serial number scratched off, and a phone matching the description of the victim’s phone.

Zackery declined to speak with police.

He was arrested on felony charges of carrying concealed weapon, alter identification of a weapon and robbery.

Zackery, who has addresses listed in Port St. Lucie and Coral Springs, was held Thursday in the St. Lucie County jail on $37,500 bail, according to affidavits and a jail official.

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Fort Pierce Westwood announces new football coach

Fort Pierce Westwood High School’s football program believes it has found the stability it has been looking for.

Westwood announced Thursday it has hired Chris Hutchings as its new football coach.

“He brings great leadership to the program,” Westwood principal Joe Lezeau said. “We’re super excited about what he’s done in the community and what he’s going to bring to Fort Pierce Westwood. He brings great leadership, charisma and a great winning attitude.”

The 47-year-old Hutchings coached at John Carroll Catholic the past two seasons and previously guided Fort Pierce Central to four district championships from 2005-2010. Hutchings is the first person to be the head coach at all three high schools in Fort Pierce.

“In all honesty, I was not looking for a coaching change at all,” Hutchings said. “But when that job came open I was really, really intrigued. In my opinion, some of the best athletes on the Treasure Coast are at Fort Pierce Westwood. And I don’t think a lot of the people realize the good things they’re doing academically at Westwood. All of those things combined made it a very appealing opportunity.

“I’m pumped about being the head football coach at Westwood.”

Hutchings has a 39-45 career record with five playoff appearances — including three regional semifinals — in eight seasons. He went 7-13 with one playoff appearance in two seasons at John Carroll.

“Obviously, he had a very successful run at Central, winning four district titles in six years,” Westwood athletic director Jill Willette said. “He lives in Fort Pierce, his address is Fort Pierce, he’s going to be here, and that’s the stability that we’ve talked about.”

Hutchings replaces Aaron Sheppard, who left Westwood last month after two seasons to become the head coach at Ocoee. Westwood went 6-3 this past season, won the District 15-5A title — its first since 2010 — and reached the Region 5-4A playoffs.

Willette said approximately 50 coaches applied for the position.

Hutchings is Westwood’s seventh coach since 2007. The program had eight coaches from its inception in 1978 to 2007. The last coach to hold the position for more than three seasons was Kevin McMahon (1997-2007).

“For me, my No. 1 factor in looking at the next coach is how we can ground-and-pound stability here,” Lezeau said. “Our students deserve and need that. There’s been issues with trust. When our students start to trust someone, that person leaves. We need someone who’s going to be here, and Mr. Hutchings brings that characteristic with him to the table.

Hutchings said coaching at Westwood is a “long-term situation” for him, and he expects to be on campus full time in February.

“My wife has roots here, my kids do,” he said. “Plus, I’m excited about coaching the kids at Westwood. It’s a perfect opportunity. For me, it’s not a springboard to something else. I’m not looking to be here for a year and then go to Georgia or something. It was truly the opportunity to coach good athletes at a school I think is going in the right direction.”

Hutchings now will experience the Central-Westwood rivalry from a different perspective. Hutchings was Central’s coach in Showdown 31 in 2010, when undefeated Westwood beat previously undefeated Central 22-21 before a crowd of more than 8,000 at Lawnwood Stadium.

“I don’t have a clear answer there on what it will be like to be on the other side,” Hutchings said. “That’s one thing that has crossed my mind. That’s been a great rivalry long before I got here. I’m looking forward to that. That’s always a great game for the community. I probably won’t know what it will feel like until we get closer to that game.”

Article source: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/high-school/football/2018/01/18/fort-pierce-westwood-announces-new-football-coach/1044031001/

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252 take to the roads, bridges for Lions Fort Pierce Half Marathon and 5K


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With a resounding ‘GO,’ the second annual Lions Fort Pierce Half Marathon and 5K got off to a roaring start on Jan. 14.

The collaborative effort of the St. Lucie West and Fort Pierce Lions Clubs drew 252 participants and more than 100 volunteers out to the pre-dawn charity race.

Starting from Marina Square, runners and walkers traveled a plotted course through historical areas of the city including Old Fort Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, thanks to the efforts of the Fort Pierce Lions Club and the City of Fort Pierce, the park also is recognized as part of the Florida Historical Marker Program.

Participants experienced a plethora of picturesque scenes, including a spectacular sunrise, as they whisked their way over the South Bridge to Hutchinson Island. There, 5K competitors turned back while the half marathoners continued to points south along State Road A1A, past Archie’s Seabreeze and on to Jaycee Park and beachside neighborhoods before looping back.

Top male and female winners of the half marathon were Kurt Barnhill of Stuart and Jamie Rogers of Palm Beach Gardens.  Both 5K winners, Elsie Torresan and Sebastien Tremblay hale from Lachine QC, Canada.

Lions Club Presidents Matt Samuel, Fort Pierce and Roger Messer, St. Lucie West understand the benefit of working together.

“Our race helps chosen local charities like Mustard Seed Ministries, the HANDS/VIM Clinic and the Martin Luther King Commemorative Committee and others,” said Samuel. “It’s important because it also provides funds for our service projects like eye exams and glasses for the uninsured.”

“We work very closely with the Fort Pierce Lions,” added Messer. “At last year’s St. Lucie County Fair, together we provided over 600 blood glucose exams and screened approximately 100 people for diabetic retinopathy.”

Platinum Sponsors for the event were The Law Offices of Messer Messer, Sunrise Ford, Archie’s Seabreeze. Gold Sponsors were Law Firm of Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd Lloyd, and Carr, Riggs, Ingram CPAs.

For more information, visit StLucieWestFl.LionWAP.org or E-Clubhouse.org/Sites/FtPierce.

 

Article source: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/luminaries/st-lucie-county/2018/01/17/252-take-roads-bridges-lions-fort-pierce-half-marathon-and-5-k/1040753001/

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Fort Pierce development will wait for public discussion on downtown power-plant site

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FORT PIERCE — City officials want to hear from the public before choosing a developer to transform the site of the former H.D. King power plant into a mixed-use commercial/residential project.

The Community Redevelopment Advisory Committee took no action Wednesday on the proposals to redevelop the 7.1-acre site in the heart of downtown into a destination spot.

Instead, the committee delayed a vote until after an April 11 public workshop, when three developers would be available to answer questions about their projects. A time and location for the workshop will be announced later.

Last month, the city received proposals from the Framework Group, of Tampa; Redevelopment Management Associates, of Pompano Beach; and Keith Kite, of Vero Beach, to build a development with a hotel, restauran and, shops to generate foot traffic and a parking garage which also would serve other businesses and handle tourism.

The Framework Group and RMA include apartments and townhomes in their proposals.

MORE: St. Lucie mulls closing Old Dixie Highway at Taylor Creek in Fort Pierce

The developers now have until March 21 to submit more-detailed plans of their proposed developments, said Shyanne Helms, city spokeswoman.

A five-member city evaluation team will rank the proposals and send that information, along with the CRA recommendation, to the Fort Pierce Redevelopment Agency, which comprises the City Commission, to pick which developer would build the project.

Real Estate Agent Mark Tierney, who attended Wednesday’s meeting, said he would like to see the project include a high-end hotel, such as Marriott, possibly with a rooftop bar similar to Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

“It would help make the hotel more of a destination, and we could attract people from all over,” Tierney said.

MORE: Hurricane Irma caused nearly $7 million in damage to St. Lucie County roads

Making downtown a destination spot is good, but it won’t work without having residential development, said CRA member Allan Reed.

“I lived in downtown for many years and there are all these wonderful, beautiful businesses. But guess what happens at 5 p.m.? It is quiet, a ghost town,” Reed said. ”All of those businesses have closed and it is dead. I don’t want to see that happen to Fort Pierce.”

Committee member Hoyt C. Murphy Jr. said a hotel and residential component are needed to create a thriving downtown.

“If we had 10 more Renaissance (a high-rise condo building in downtown), the area would be so much better because you have created foot traffic for local businesses,” said Murphy, who has more than 30 years real estate experience in Fort Pierce. “A hotel would bring in tourism and the conferences.”

The power plant was razed in 2008, but the soil contained toxic chemicals such as arsenic, lead and petroleum, as well as polychlorinated biphenyl, once used in electrical transformers but now known as a carcinogen.

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority and the city have spent more than $4.2 million removing more than 34,000 tons of contaminated soil. Environmental cleanup has been completed, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.  

The proposals

The Framework Group: a three-story, 200-unit apartment complex; six-story, 120-room hotel; 34,000-square-foot conference center; 1,500-square-foot-coffee shop; a 6,500-square-foot restaurant with outside dining; and a four-level parking garage.

Keith Kite: Peachtree Hotel Group, of Atlanta; and Proctor Construction, of Vero Beach: King Station, a restaurant, shops, a four-story hotel and parking garages.

Redevelopment Management Associates, of Pompano Beach: Marina Village, a craft brewery, 84-room hotel, 95 apartments, about 40 townhomes and parking garages.

 

Article source: https://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/shaping-our-future/growth/2018/01/17/fort-pierce-development-wait-public-discussion-downmore-time-needed-find-developer-h-d-king-site-dow/1037779001/

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‘Fort Pierce Works’ is city’s new citizen reporting tool

FORT PIERCE — The City of Fort Pierce is using a new platform called “Fort Pierce Works” to allow citizens to report quality-of-life issues and request city services.

With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, Fort Pierce citizens may provide city staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions, and more — valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently.

In addition, the platform provides officials with a centralized issue management system to manage issues from creation to resolution — engaging Fort Pierce citizens throughout the process.

“The City of Fort Pierce strives to utilize all available forms of technology to enhance communications with the public,” said City Manager Nick Mimms. “The launch provides a more convenient method for our community to engage with local government. Appropriately named Fort Pierce Works, this mobile app provides immediate connectivity and generates operational accountability.”

This partnership not only allows Fort Pierce citizens to report problems, but also to view, comment on, and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors.

Citizens can even create their own “watch areas” to receive notifications about all the issues reported in their community, enabling them to follow the progress of all service requests — not just the ones they report.

The Fort Pierce Works mobile app is available for download on Android (http://bit.ly/1SFITP3) and iPhone (http://apple.co/1kvaEJk).

In addition to the mobile app, citizens can send reports to the City of Fort Pierce’s website (http://cityoffortpierce.com/707/Report-an-Issue).

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/your-news/st-lucie-county/reader-submitted/2018/01/16/fort-pierce-works-citys-new-citizen-reporting-tool/1036993001/

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Old Dixie Highway in Fort Pierce could close after Hurricane Irma …

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FORT PIERCE — Motorists who travel on Old Dixie Highway at Taylor Creek may have to find a new route. 

The bridge over Taylor Creek sustained “significant damage” from Hurricane Irma in September, and continues to deteriorate, according to County Engineer Kimberly Graham. She is recommending that section of roadway be closed.

Most of the damage to the bridge is underneath the span. On the road surface, the edge of the roadway is crumbling and is marked with one traffic cone and barrier to warn motorists and pedestrians.

The county received more than 21 inches of rain from the Sept. 10 storm. Water levels in creeks and canals remained high for several days and began to corrode the bridge supports, officials said. 

“The rainfall amount for Fort Pierce was off the charts,” Graham said. “No one expected that amount of rainfall in a short amount of time.”

It will cost about $121,000 to repair the bridge, just a fraction of the nearly $7 million the county needs to repair more than two dozen roads damaged by Irma, according to county records.

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The county is using $500,000 for reserves to pay for design and permitting for the repairs.

Graham is working on a detour plan and a way for businesses and residents on Old Dixie to access their property.

But Tim Peregoy, who for eight years has operated a marine diesel engine repair shop on Old Dixie near Taylor Creek, said closing the road or the bridge would hurt his business.

More: Hurricane Irma caused nearly $7 million in damage to St. Lucie County roads

“That would just kill my business because most of my business comes from drive-by traffic,” he said.

Peregoy suggested a compromise: closing only the southbound lane of Old Dixie, which would force motorists to turn right at State Road A1A to get to U.S. 1, still allowing northbound U.S. 1 traffic to access the road.

“If it is in the interest of public safety, then I can see that happening,” Peregoy said. “But closing the road should only be done as a last resort.”

This is not the first time county officials have suggested traffic changes to Old Dixie at Taylor Creek.

More: Hurricane Irma caused nearly $7 million in damage to St. Lucie County roads

A new configuration will be needed in 2020 when the new North Bridge opens, according to Florida Department of Transportation plans.

The new high span bridge would connect a Juanita Avenue instead of to State Road A1A, and go over the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. 

In 2014, Fort Pierce proposed a raised median on U.S. 1 at the Old Dixie Highway intersection to prevent motorists from turning south onto U.S. 1. The purpose was to improve traffic flow and reduce accidents, but the project died for lack of community support.

 

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St. Lucie County felony arrests: Jan. 16, 2018

Roy Edwin Ahrens, 70, 6500 block of Zapote Court, Fort Pierce; warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Jan. 10.

Stephen Thomas Riselvato, 51, 2400 block of Southeast Shipping Road, Port St. Lucie; warrants for grand theft, burglary of a conveyance, petty theft, grand theft of a motor vehicle, criminal use of personal I.D. information, possession of a stolen debit or credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card.  

Courtney Terrell English, 30, 2600 block of Mohawk Avenue, Fort Pierce; warrant for tampering with a witness, victim or informant (domestic violence) on Jan. 15.

Tafari Husani Knight, 22, Kissimmee; warrant for violation of probation, burglary of a conveyance.

Kevin Michael Bollig, 23, New Port Richey; warrant for violation of community control, burglary of a dwelling, dealing in stolen property.

Sally Ivelisse Rodriguez Correa, 51, Lake Worth; warrant for failure to appear, grand theft.

James Henry Robinson, 34, 100 block of Blue Grotto Drive, Fort Pierce; driving while license suspended, third or subsequent offense.

George Bernard Naujokas, 29, Pasco; possession of MDMA; possession of MDMA with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; trafficking in MDMA.

Vinson Edward Gonzalez, 45, 1600 block of Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce; commit domestic battery by strangulation.

Craig Allen Harris, 40, 1200 block of Ormond Avenue, Fort Pierce; driving while license suspended, habitual offender.

Clifford Jermane Cooper, 40, West Columbia, South Carolina; Georgia governor’s warrant extradition, aggravated assault.

Christopher William Campos, 51, 1900 block of Avenue D, Fort Pierce; driving while license suspended, habitual offender.

Benjamin Mark Cumings, 36, Neenah, Wisconsin; warrant for violation of probation, possession of cocaine. 

Dontay Lashard Macon, 23, 900 block of Rock Road, Fort Pierce; warrant for violation of probation, child abuse without great harm. 

Anna Lee Williamson, 50, 300 block of North 11th Street, Fort Pierce; warrant for violation of pretrial detention and termination of pretrial supervision, driving while license suspended.

Jared Douglas Morsberger, 31, 1700 block of Southeast Carvalho Street, Port St. Lucie; larceny/grand theft; giving false ownership information on pawned items; giving false statement/verification of ownership of regulated metals.

Raine Russell Rivero, 23, 4200 block of 61st Avenue, Vero Beach; warrant for violation of probation, dealing in stolen property, carrying a concealed weapon.

Elena Rose Atlas, 33, Coral Springs; possession of cocaine; possession of a controlled substance (diazepam) without a prescription.

Thiago Rodriguez, 21, 200 block of Southwest North Quick Circle, Port St. Lucie; destroying, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. 

Angel Daniel Diaz, 36, 3200 block of South Seventh Street, Fort Pierce; burglary of an unoccupied dwelling.

Edgar Adalbarto, 24, no listed street address, Fort Pierce; burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. 

Rodney Alex Poliard, 28, Fort Lauderdale; out-of county warrant, Broward County, possession of cocaine.

Gillian Faye Ward, 18, 1000 block of Southwest Euclid Lane, Port St. Lucie; warrants for battery on an officer, battery on an emergency medical service provider on Jan. 8.

Martin Latier Risden, 50, 6100 block of Southeast Michael Drive, Stuart; battery – second or subsequent offense; kidnapping – false imprisonment of an adult. 

Angel Michelle Juarez, 33, no listed street address, Fort Pierce; commit domestic battery by strangulation. 

Samilia Moniqueka Hill, 24, Fort Lauderdale; warrants for fraudulent use of a credit card, criminal use of personal I.D. information, organized fraud, possession of a stolen credit or debit card.  

Keon Devon Rhynes, 26, 1300 block of North 32nd Street, Fort Pierce; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; grand theft of a motor vehicle; kidnapping – false imprisonment of an adult; trafficking in a controlled substance (MDMA). 

Alexander Moye, 31, 1400 block of North 35th Street, Fort Pierce; commit battery by strangulation; escape; obstruction of justice – tampering in a third-degree felony proceeding; driving while license suspended, third or subsequent offense; grand theft of a motor vehicle. 

Joshua Alan Oakley, 27, 900 block of North 10th Street, Fort Pierce; battery; obstruction of justice – tampering in a misdemeanor proceeding.

Sammy Lee Johnson, 52, 100 block of Hilton Drive, Fort Pierce; commit domestic battery by strangulation.

Sarah C. Double, 27, 300 block of East Weatherbee Road, Fort Pierce; possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a prescription.

Angel Montalvo, 46, 5200 block of Northwest Meg Court, Fort Pierce; warrant for failure of a sex offender to report vacating residence.  

James Sylvester Lawson, 51, 800 block of Dundas Court, Fort Pierce; warrant for violation of probation, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer with violence, battery.

Jovaris Kelsey Andrews, 32, 1000 block of North 32nd Street, Fort Pierce; possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) without a prescription.

 

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/crime/st-lucie-county/2018/01/16/st-lucie-county-felony-arrests-jan-16-2018/1037448001/

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Bite to eat almost cost Boca Raton couple $1500 after stop at Fort Pierce Wendy’s

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FORT PIERCE — It’s nice to get some recognition for a job well done.

And in the case of 19-year-old Matt Cureton, who works at a Wendy’s on Okeechobee Road in Fort Pierce, the recognition included national media attention.

All over a returned purse with $1,500 cash inside.

“I was very surprised that people would make such a big deal out of the story,” Cureton said Thursday afternoon. “I certainly would hope that everyone would do what I did.”

The story began Monday as Francis Humanick, 74, and his 71-year-old wife, Margaret Humanick, traveled back to Boca Raton from Orlando, where they had watched their granddaughter in a soccer tournament.

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They stopped at the Wendy’s between Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike and had a hamburger and some chili.

“We got in the car, got down here to Boca, started unloading the car, my wife realized that she had forgotten her pocketbook,” Francis Humanick said Thursday.

Humanick said he got online and found the Wendy’s. He called the manager and learned it had the purse.

Standing in the eatery Thursday, manager Chris Berg said Cureton found the purse as he cleaned the dining room. Cureton was working the register, and part of his duties include ensuring the dining room is clean.

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“He turned it in to the manager, and the manager put it in the office because our policy is … if there is a purse or something missing, put it back there so no one can touch it,” Berg said.

Back in Boca Raton, Humanick said it was almost 8 p.m., and he said he asked how late the store stays open.

“They said until 1 (a.m.),” Humanick said. “We got back in our car, we drove 87 miles back to Fort Pierce.”

Humanick said his wife explained what the purse looked like, and said store employees hadn’t even opened it.

“All my wife’s credit cards were in there,” he said. “Her driver’s license, and also we had $1,500 in cash.”

Humanick, a seasonal resident, said he worked part time at a golf course in New York and put some of the money away for work on his home in Boca Raton and to have his car shipped to New York.

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“She came back to get it and opened it, and there was a lot of money in it,” Berg said. “We hadn’t touched it. … It wasn’t ours to touch.”

Humanick said his wife gave Cureton $100, and they thanked him for his honesty, prompting Cureton to begin “breaking down a little bit.”

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Margaret Humanick, of Boca Raton, stopped by a Fort Pierce Wendy’s with her husband, Francis, but forgot her pocketbook.
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Honesty deserves kudos

Humanick said Wendy’s was honest, and he thought the staff deserved kudos.

Humanick said he contacted the Sun Sentinel and was interviewed Tuesday. Other media representatives followed suit on Wednesday. By Thursday, it was on Fox News.

“You hear a lot of bad things nowadays in the paper, mudslides, and fires and bombings and people killing,” Humanick said. “You very rarely hear anything good.”

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He said everything was in the purse just as they left it.

“They were really shocked that no one looked through it,” Cureton said. ”They were so grateful they gave me $100 reward, which was more than surprising.”

Cureton said he is saving up for college, and said it’s the first purse he’s recovered here.

Berg said Cureton has worked there for about six months.

“He’s a good employee, nice guy,” Berg said. “Always does his job, shows up on time; he’s shy.”

Berg, who has worked for Wendy’s for 24 years, said he didn’t think this would generate media attention.

“I’ve probably dealt with 50, 60 purses — one a week give or take — and no one but this lady called the news, and now it’s (generating national news),” he said.

“We just did our jobs, we did what we thought was right which is what we do every day, and suddenly it’s exploded.”

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/st-lucie-county/2018/01/11/bite-eat-almost-cost-boca-raton-couple-1-500-after-stop-fort-pierce-wendys/1023951001/

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