Coast Guard suspends search for snorkelers near Fort Pierce Jetty

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — After hours of searching, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for two snorkelers reported missing near the Fort Pierce Inlet North Jetty, pending collection of further information, a Coast Guard official said.

At about 7:30 a.m., the Coast Guard received a report from someone who said he saw two snorkelers holding a boogie board being pushed out to sea Saturday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard statement. The onlooker lost sight of them.

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The Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Miami Sector sent out an urgent marine information broadcast and also sent a helicopter crew to search for the pair. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the search, according to the report.

The Fort Pierce Coast Guard station also launched a response boat to assist in the search, according to the statement.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on why the search was ended.

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No sign of snorkelers reportedly swept out to sea near Fort Pierce; search suspended

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Investigation into snorkelers reported missing Saturday near Fort Pierce officially over

FORT PIERCE — The investigation into a reported disappearance of snorkelers Saturday near the Fort Pierce Inlet has ended, Coast Guard officials confirmed Tuesday.

“No investigation is ongoing,” said Marilyn Fajardo, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard’s Seventh District. ”The case is considered closed.”

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A man called the Coast Guard about 7:30 a.m. Saturday and said he saw two snorkelers holding a Boogie Board and being pushed out to sea near the inlet’s North Jetty, according to a news release.

He reportedly took a photo of the swimmers as they bobbed in the rough surf, and Coast Guard officials circulated the photo with the release.

The onlooker eventually lost sight of them. He never observed signs of distress, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Murray.

“The caller saw them being carried out to sea and kind of assumed,” Murray said. “They were never actually confirmed to be in danger.”

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Neither the Coast Guard nor the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office had received any missing person’s reports that might be connected as of Tuesday afternoon.

The Coast Guard sent out an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched helicopter and boat crews to search for the pair, with assistance from the Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The search was suspended several hours later at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Murray said.

“There was simply not enough information,” Fajardo said Tuesday.

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If the pair was snorkeling in the inlet at the time, the seas would have been rough.

The National Weather Service warned of high onshore winds, large breaking waves and a moderate risk of rip currents in the area Saturday.

At the time of the call, wind gusts in the area reached 20 mph and wave heights were 5 to 6 feet, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Pendergrast.

“The tide was still outgoing at that point,” Pendergrast said. “It would’ve been choppy seas for sure.”

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FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A ripped sink, broken doors and strange writing on a refrigerator are among the damage a Fort Pierce man is accused of causing to a motel room.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Tucker, 29, trashed a room at the German American Motel on Nov. 4. 

Tucker rented the room for two weeks along with a woman, an arrest report states. The motel manager said he asked Tucker and woman to leave because of problems with them. 

When the manager walked into the room after the two left, he said it was in disarray.

Tucker is accused of writing on the refrigerator, kicking in the rear door, damaging the kitchen cabinets, and tampering with electrical equipment in the room. He’s also accused of ripping off the bathroom sink and wall heater.

He tore off the bedroom and closet doors, broke a dresser mirror and stained and burned the mattress, the report states. Tucker’s mom told law enforcement he was on drugs and hallucinating when he trashed the room.

Deputies estimate the cost to repair the damage to be $1,250.

Deputies arrested Tucker on Nov. 7 and he is charged with criminal mischief. 

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Westwood falls to Bishop Moore in Region 4-5A quarterfinal

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Bishop Moore defeated Fort Pierce Westwood, 34-21, on Friday, Nov. 2017.
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FORT PIERCE – Fort Pierce Westwood running back Marques Burgess had a big night in his final game for the Panthers, but it wasn’t enough against a strong, well-disciplined Bishop Moore squad.

Burgess rushed for 154 yards and a score, but the visiting Hornets led from the start, defeating Westwood 34-21 in a Region 4-5A quarterfinal at Calvin R. Triplett Field at Lawnwood Stadium.

Westwood (6-3) trimmed a two-touchdown deficit to 14-7 in the second quarter, but the Panthers could never get closer as Bishop Moore (8-2) advanced to the regional semifinal against American Heritage-Plantation.

“We did a good job this year, and the kids worked hard. Bishop Moore’s a good team. They played hard, fast and disciplined,” said second-year Westwood coach Aaron Sheppard.

Burgess, a senior, tallied the team’s first touchdown after rushing scores by Trillion Coles — the son of former Florida State and NFL wide receiver Laveranues Coles — and Zac Suarez.

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Bishop Moore defeated Fort Pierce Westwood, 34-21, on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
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Westwood sliced the lead in half when quarterback Coy Gray and Burgess entered the game after missing the first two series. The pair gave the Panthers an immediate spark.

With Westwood scrimmaging at their own 6-yard line after Oliver Spann recovered a fumble, Burgess ripped off runs of 3, 16, 60 and finally 13 yards to make it 14-7 with 7:46 remaining in the first half.

The Hornets made it a two-possession game on the next series, going 70 yards in eight plays and 3:21, which was capped by a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Keanu Kong to receiver Caleb McMillian.


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Gray, a junior, tossed a pair of touchdowns to senior Khalil Hayes in the second half — from 17 and 38 yards — but the Panthers could never get closer than the final 13-point margin.

“For it to be our first playoff game at home, it meant a lot to us,” Burgess said. “I told our guys it would be a dogfight, but we fought to the end.”

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Deputies say the man caused $1,250 worth of damage






Michael Tucker








FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A ripped sink, broken doors and strange writing on a refrigerator are among the damage a Fort Pierce man is accused of causing to a motel room.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says Michael Tucker, 29, trashed a room at the German American Motel on Nov. 4. 

Tucker rented the room for two weeks along with a woman, an arrest report states. The motel manager said he asked Tucker and woman to leave because of problems with them. 

When the manager walked into the room after the two left, he said it was in disarray.

Tucker is accused of writing on the refrigerator, kicking in the rear door, damaging the kitchen cabinets, and tampering with electrical equipment in the room. He’s also accused of ripping off the bathroom sink and wall heater.

He tore off the bedroom and closet doors, broke a dresser mirror and stained and burned the mattress, the report states. Tucker’s mom told law enforcement he was on drugs and hallucinating when he trashed the room.

Deputies estimate the cost to repair the damage to be $1,250.

Deputies arrested Tucker on Nov. 7 and he is charged with criminal mischief. 

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No sign of snorkelers reportedly swept out to sea near Fort Pierce, search suspended

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Search Is On For Two Missing Snorkelers In Florida

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) – Authorities are searching for two snorkelers who may have been swept out to sea off Florida’s east coast.

Local news outlets reported Saturday that a person contacted the Coast Guard after seeing two snorkelers holding a boogie board being pushed away from the Fort Pierce Inlet.

The Coast Guard is searching with a helicopter and a boat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office are also involved in the search.

There was no immediate information on the identities of the snorkelers.

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Larry Peavy: Man with roots on Treasure Coast wanted by police for rape and murder


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There’s an all out search for Larry Peavy. He has deep roots in our area and is a suspect in a Orlando sexual assault and murder.


U.S. Marshals and law enforcement from across the state are searching for 35-year-old Larry Peavy, and they believe it’s possible, even likely, he’s hiding out in Fort Pierce. Investigators started their local search in the 2700 block of Walker Drive in Fort Pierce. That’s where they going the suspect’s care but no sign of him. Law enforcement believes he has family around the area.






FORT PIERCE, Fla. – U.S. marshals and law enforcement from across the state are searching for 35-year-old Larry Peavy, and they believe it’s possible, even likely, he’s hiding out in Fort Pierce. 

Investigators started their local search in the 2700 block of Walker Dr. in Fort Pierce. That’s where they located the suspect’s car, but found no sign of him. Law enforcement says he has family in the Fort Pierce area. 

People who live near Peavy’s sister’s home, where his car was located, are keeping their eyes peeled.

“It isn’t really good for someone to kill someone and still be somewhere out there,” said neighbor Hartavies Grant. He’s hoping Peavy will be located and arrested. “I’ll feel safer.”

Detectives in Sumter County say Peavy sexually assaulted two 16-year-old girls in Bushnell, after taking them to a party on Saturday. One of them, Aleaya Marie Jackson, was killed. Her mother said Peavy was a good family friend.

“She called him Uncle Larry. They had a song together. They were just cool with each other,” said Nicole Jackson, the victim’s mother. 

Peavy is wanted on charges including first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault. His criminal history is a long one, with 16 arrests, including several in St. Lucie County, according the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.  

As the manhunt continues, the victim’s family held a vigil on Wednesday in northern Florida. They can’t figure out why this happened. 

“Aliyah loved him,” said her mother. 

U.S. marshals say Peavy may have cut off his dreadlocks. They warn that anyone who is helping him avoid arrest will be arrested themselves.  

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