JUST IN: 15-year-old girl missing from Fort Pierce since December

Idalyiz “Nena” Vasquez was last seen December 29 at Maravilla Park, just south of Virginia Avenue and west of U.S. 1.

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Fort Pierce woman charged with slashing, stabbing and firing gun at man

Crimes investigated by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office rose overall in 2016 compared to the year before.

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Fort Pierce Westwood boys soccer continues record start in win over rival Central

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Leave it to the Fort Pierce Westwood High School boys soccer team’s defense to get the Panthers going Wednesday.

Jose Villalta stopped a penalty kick and Gabriel Guerrier scored the first of his three goals late in the first half as the Panthers topped rival Fort Pierce Central 3-1 at Central.

Guerrier scored on an assist from Gassendy Etienne for a 1-0 halftime lead, then added another goal 10 minutes into the second half.

Villalta made six saves for Fort Pierce Westwood (8-1-2), which continued the best start in the program’s 34-year history.

Coach Rob Recor praised his team’s play on defense, singling out Paulson Luxamar.

Reuben Harrison scored on an assist from Mark Allen for Fort Pierce Central (5-5-3). Daniel Banuelos had five saves and Yordy Palacios had two.

Fort Pierce Westwood plays Friday at Bayside.

Martin County 4, Suncoast 1: Alexis Barba had one goal and one assist as the Tigers won a District 13-4A game at Martin County.

Delroy Anderson, Malcolm Brantley and Juan Villatoro had the other goals for Martin County (5-4-3, 2-3-2 district).

Gabe Robert had two assists. Miguel Aguilar had the other.

Chris Franco made six saves.

Suncoast is 7-2-3.

Martin County hosts John Carroll Catholic at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Jensen Beach 3, Wellington 3: Kobe Swope had one goal and one assist to help the Falcons tie the Wolverines at Jensen Beach.

Josh Palmer and Dennis Hernandez scored the other goals for Jensen Beach (4-5-3).

Andrew Zeblisky made six saves.

Jensen Beach plays Tuesday at Lincoln Park Academy.

North Broward Prep 3, South Fork 1: Dominique Jadusingh scored on an assist from Emmanuel Andres in the Bulldogs’ loss at South Fork.

Alex Barker made five saves for South Fori (9-2-1), which had a six-game winning streak ended.

North Broward Prep (11-1) won its 11th consecutive game.

Girls soccer

St. Edward’s 8, The Pine School 0: Carter Cooper and Elizabeth Zoltak had three goals and two assists apiece in the Pirates’ win at Hobe Sound.

Ally Ediemueller had two goals and one assist for St. Edward’s (5-4).

Lauren Savage made four saves.

Sophia Martin had nine saves for Pine School.

St. Edward’s hosts Fort Pierce Central at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Vero Beach 8, Palm Beach Gardens 0: Kate Hassell scored one goal and assisted on three others as the Fighting Indians won at the Citrus Bowl.

Madelaine Rhodes scored two goals while Emma Romans, Devon Stanley, Isabela Alamanza, Kylie Matheny and Cara Westenberger had one goal apeice for Vero Beach (11-3-1).

Lauren Barkett had two assists. Morgan Emmons and Brie D’Elia had an assist apiece, while goalkeepers Mallory Padgett and Lindsey Barkett had two saves apiece.

Vero Beach hosts Heritage on Thursday.

Jupiter 9, St. Lucie West Centennial 1: Emily Farnham scored the goal for the Eagles (1-10-1).

Heather Sceiczina had eight saves.

Centennial plays Tuesday at Jensen Beach.

Suncoast 4, Martin County 0: Alyanah Walker scored on an assist from Neve Duston in the Tigers’ District 13-4A loss in Stuart.

Grace Haner made seven saves for Martin County (8-4-2, 3-4 district).

Suncoast is 13-2-1, 6-1.

Martin County hosts Cardinal Newman at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Heritage 3, Sebastian River 0: Jahn’na Watts scored two goals and Victoria Vida had two assists as the Panthers won a District 6-4A game.

Heritage is 4-6-2. Sebastian River is 5-6.

Boys basketball

Sebastian River 56, Okeechobee 49: Corbin Gibson had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Sharks won a District 13-7A game at Sebastian.

Devare Parks had 12 points and seven rebounds for Sebastian River (7-9, 2-0 district).

Okeechobee (8-5, 0-1) lost its fourth consecutive game.

Sebastian River plays Friday at Jensen Beach.

Fort Pierce Central 41, P.K. Yonge 36: Darvion Blackshear had 15 points and five rebounds as the Cobras won in front of the Fort Pierce Central student body.

Vincent Ventulan added 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds for Fort Pierce Central (10-4). Dylan Torello had eight points and eight rebounds.

William Banks scored 13 points for P.K. Yonge (6-7).

Fort Pierce Central plays Friday at Centennial.

Girls basketball

Fort Pierce Central 55, P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) 45: Maryanne Logsdon had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists as the Cobras won in Fort Pierce.

Denvia Morgan scored 11 points and Larissa Jennings had 10 for Fort Pierce Central (8-5).

Mya McGraw scored a game-high 18 points for P.K. Yonge (9-3).

Fort Pierce Central hosts Martin County at 6 p.m. Friday.

Jensen Beach 46, Martin County 40: Kiara Turgeon had a career-best 26 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Falcons at Jensen Beach.

Jakiya Taylor added eight points and six rebounds for Jensen Beach (8-4). Hope Donow had six points, eight rebounds and three assists while Natalie Thurlow had six rebounds, four blocked shots and two assists.

Ja’shya Christie had five rebounds.

Martin County is 4-8.

Jensen Beach plays Jan. 17 against John Carroll Catholic.

Vero Beach 48, Treasure Coast 33: The Fighting Indians are 8-4, 3-2 in District 8-9A. Treasure Coast drops to 8-7, 0-5.

Jupiter 53, Fort Pierce Westwood 30: Aayden Ghee scored 15 points as the Warriors won in Fort Pierce.

Jupiter is 12-2. Fort Pierce Westwood is 5-8.

Okeechobee 75, South Fork 50 (Tuesday): Katelyn Aguirre scored 16 points and Rodasha Clemon had 13 in the Bulldogs’ District 13-7A loss.

Okeechobee (7-2, 3-1 district) outscored South Fork (1-11, 0-3) 46-25 in the second half.

South Fork plays Friday at Sebastian River.




P.K. Yonge: Speer 1 0-0 3, Wilcox 1 0-0 2, Mavin 2 0-0 5, Banks 5 3-6 13, Griffin 2 0-0 6, Brd 1 0-0 2, McNeigh 1 0-0 2, Small 0 4-6 4. Totals 13 7-12 36.

Fort Pierce Central: Dotson 3 0-1 7, ventulan 3 2-3 11, Lindsey 0 0-2 0, Torello 2 3-5 8, Blackshear 5 4-4 15. Totals 14 9-13 41.

P.K. Yonge    8    6    12    10—36

Fort Pierce Central    5    10    16    10—41

3-point goals: P.K. Yonge 3 (Brown, Mavin, Griffin), Fort Pierce Central 4 (Blackshear, Dostson, Ventulan, Torello). Records: Fort Pierce Central 10-4, P.K. Yonge 6-7



P.K. Yonge: McGraw 8 2-4 18, Sampson 2 4-4 9, saucer 2 1-2 6, Robinsono 2 0-3 5, Thomas 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2, Cassidy 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 8-13 45.

Fort Pierce Central: Logsdon 5 3-8 16, Morgan 3 3-4 11, Jennings 4 2-4 10, Rasmussen 4 0-0 8, harmon 1 1-2 4, Belizaire 0 3-5 5, Lezeau 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 13-25 55.

3-point goals: P.K. Yonge 3 (Saucer 1, Robinson 1, Sampson 1), Fort Pierce Central 6 (Logsdon 3, Morgan 2, Harmon 1). Records: Fort Pierce Central 8-5, P.K. Yonge 9-3.

Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/01/10/fort-pierce-westwood-boys-soccer-continues-record-start-win-over-rival-central/1016590001/

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High School Wrestling: Fort Pierce Central, Wellington, Jupiter, RPB

High School Wrestling: Fort Pierce Central, Wellington, Jupiter, RPB

Fort Pierce Central’s Luckas Antoine (top) is twisted up by Wellington’s Jesse Weinberg during the night’s final 113-pound match Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Fort Pierce Central High School. Royal Palm Beach and Jupiter were eliminated earlier in the meet as the teams vied for one of the Region 3 berths in Class 3A at the inaugural Florida High School Dual Wrestling State Championships next week.

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Wellington denies Fort Pierce Central wrestlers spot in state duals

Despite two previous losses to Wellington, Fort Pierce Central High School’s wrestling team thought it had closed the gap heading into the Region 3-3A Duals.

Instead, the Wolverines dealt a decisive blow to the Cobras’ bid to advance to the inaugural Florida High School Athletic Association dual-meet state tournament.

Wellington got pins in five of the first six weight classes Thursday and rolled to a 51-22 win to earn a berth in next week’s Class 3A state tournament at Kissimmee.

Jesse Weinberg (113), Robert Saldarriag (126), Justin Henry (132), Jarad Abramson (138) and Cameryn Townsend (145) had the pins as Wellington (25-1) built a 30-6 lead.

Sean Harris (120) and Cameron Golden (285) had first-period pins for Fort Pierce Central (14-5), which previously had lost to Wellington by 12 and six points.

This time, there was no stopping the Wolverines, who finished with nine first takedowns.

Wellington’s only loss is to Jensen Beach in December. Jensen Beach won twice Wednesday in the Region 4-2A duals at Palm Bay to advance to state.

No other area team advanced beyond the district duals.

Wellington reached the final with 52-21 win against Jupiter (21-10). 

Fort Pierce Central (14-5) defeated Royal Palm Beach 66-9 in the other first-round dual.

Harris, Danarius Yearby (132), Dwayne Yearby (138) and Steve Krantz (195) had first-period pins for the Cobras, who won 11 consecutive matches after trailing 3-0.

The individual postseason, which has existed since 1965, begins with district tournaments in February.



At Fort Pierce Central

106: Sean Mahermann (RPB) d. Marco Castillo, 14-7; 113: Luckas Antoine (FPC) d. Winnie Cajuste, 3-2; 120: Sean Harris (FPC) p. Xavier Agosto, :52; 126: Lance Harris (FPC) p. Jonathan Thomas, 5:36; 132: Danarius Yearby (FPC) p. Christine Cherenfant, :53; 138: Dwayne Yearby (FPC) p. Cameron Sapp, :58; 145: Anthony Gibson (FPC) p. Connor Ward, 4:48; 152: Zaine Parlor (FPC) d. Ben Asher, 14-11; 160: Jared Fleitas (FPC) forfeit; 170: Joshua Westberry (FPC) forfeit; 182: Darien Romero (FPC) p. Adrian Gilbert, 3:12; 195: Steve Krantz (FPC) p. Michael Quinn, 1:40; 220: Bryan Canedo (RPB) p. Alex St. Jean, 4:52; 285: Cameron Golden (FPC) def. Brian Ornsby by injury default.

Records: Fort Pierce Central 14-4, Royal Palm Beach 8-3.


At Fort Pierce Central

106: Chris DiFiore (W) p. Marco Castillo, 3:32; 113: Jesse Weinberg (W) p. Luckas Antoine, 4:59; 120: Sean Harris (FPC) p. Tony Widrig, 1:20; 126: Robert Salderriag (W) p. Lance Harris, 1:56; 132: Justin Henry (W) p. Danarius Yearby, 2:22; 138: Jarad Abramson (W) p. Dwayne Yearby, 3:35; 145: Cameryn Townsend (W) p. Anthony Gibson, 1:42; 152: Zaine Parlor (FPC) d. Angelo Tizol, 10-7; 160: Jared Fleitas (FPC) d. Ryhan Montes, 13-5; 170: Joshua Westberry (FPC) d. John Barry, 9-2; 182: Jake Polat (W) d. Darien Romero, 9-6; 195: Eric Saber (W) p. Steve Krantz, 1:27; 220: Elijah Green (WP) p. Alex St. Jean, 1:36; 285: Cameron Golden (FPC) p. Mason Powell, 1:59.

Note: The dual began with the 113-pound match.

Records: Wellington 25-1, Fort Pierce Central 14-5


Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/01/12/wellington-denies-fort-pierce-central-wrestlers-spot-state-duals/1021377001/

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Fly the Whale completes first flight from Tallahassee to Treasure Coast International Airport


The St. Lucie County Commission is a bipartisan, five-member board is responsible for setting county policy. KEONA GARDNER/TCPALM

ST. LUCIE COUNTY —  There was no in-flight movie or dinner, but the passengers on board the first commercial flight in decades to land at the Fort Pierce airport gave the trip two thumbs up.

Fly the Whale, a New York-based commuter airline, made history about 6 p.m. Friday when it landed at Treasure Coast International Airport after taking off at 4:15 p.m. from Tallahassee International Airport.

The eight-passenger Cessna Caravan carried six passengers: state Reps. Larry Lee Jr, D-Port St. Lucie, Mary Lynn Magar, R-Tequesta, Matt Willhite, D- Royal Palm Beach, and Katie Edwards-Walpole, D-Sunrise; Kurt Holden, airline director of operations; and marketing executive Trish Hickey Jones.

“The flight was great and smooth, especially when considering the weather,” Magar said. “It is great to be able to do this. I can get home early enough and have dinner with my family.”

During the flight, Holden pointed out the sights, such as Disney World and various lakes in Central Florida.

“It was a super experience,” Lee said. “The flight was better than I expected. I had never been on a small plane before.”

Previously: Airline service returns to Fort Pierce with new flights to Tallahassee

Fort Pierce-to-Tallahassee flights on Fly the Whale airline ready to debut

Magar said she used the hour-and-40-minute flight to read over legislative bills.

“When I had to drive from Tallahassee to home, I couldn’t get any work done,” Magar said.  

In Tallahassee, Lee acted as airline spokesman by spreading the word to legislators who needed a quick, last-minute flight home. Willhite and Edwards-Walpole were sold on his pitch, booked flights and had rides waiting for them when they arrived.

The inaugural flight was to be Monday — the start of the legislative session — but was rescheduled for Thursday, when airline officials learned legislators drove their belongings to Tallahassee.

The change to a southbound flight Friday was made late Wednesday when officials learned the Legislature would stay in session an extra day, Holden said.

Though Friday’s flight was mostly legislators, Holden said the public has made inquiries.

A round-trip ticket cost $650.86.

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Regularly scheduled flights to Tallahassee will be 8 a.m. Mondays with a 4 p.m. return to Fort Pierce, and 3 p.m. Thursdays with a 5:30 p.m. return, according to Fly the Whale’s website.

Fly the Whale is subleasing a 10,000-square-foot hangar at the airport.

The county plans to use the success of the airline to entice other aviation companies to the airport, said Peter Jones, county business navigator, whose wife, Hickey Jones, was on the flight.

“It is the perfect size of air service to get things started for us,” Jones said. “We can grow together.”

Treasure Coast International Airport Business Park, northwest of downtown Fort Pierce, sits on more than 3,600 acres and has 130 tenants, including 50 operating businesses and 80 individuals or businesses that rent hangars to store personal aircraft.

Tickets can be booked at www.flythewhale.com or by calling 212-221-1203.

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Fort Pierce business owner high bidder for four lots in growing area

FORT PIERCE— A Fort Pierce resident and business owner was the high bidder Thursday for four coterminous lots on the northwest corner of Delaware Avenue and 18th Street.

The buyer, who did not want to be identified by name, agreed to pay $275,000, including the customary 10 percent buyer’s premium, for the four lots that total about 1.8 acres.,

He also must pay $55,000 by March 19 to prevent the county from selling the properties for back taxes, said Stuart-based auctioneer Elliot Paul, who conducted the auction.

The back taxes had been due by Jan. 22, which would have required the buyer to close the purchase within five days of the auction and pay the taxes to prevent the county from auctioning the property in a tax sale.

Paul said the date of the tax deed sale was moved back to March 19, so the buyer has the usual 30 days to close the property sale.

The buyer’s attorney, Rudy Blanco of Miami Lakes, said his client likes the location.

“It’s a very good intersection,” Blanco said. “Fort Pierce is growing. The whole pier area on the east side is going to grow, too.”

Blanco said the buyer has not decided what he will do with the property.

“He will take a while to think about it,” Blanco said, adding that the buyer wants to develop the site and “the whole gamut” is under consideration.

The auction was completed much more quickly than expected. Typically, Paul will auction each of the lots individually and then offer the package to any bidder willing to pay at least the total of the four high bids.

“We took a poll before the auction, and everybody wanted to buy it all,” Paul said.

The largest of the lots, one acre at the corner of 17th Street, has a 7,700-square-foot building built in 1977 that was the Guadalajara restaurant and nightclub until it closed recently.

The two lots immediately to the west along Delaware each have a three-unit apartment building. The larger of those two lots is one-third acre and also has a garage. The fourth lot, one-third acre also zoned residential, is vacant.

All six apartments are fully rented, generating about $3,000 per month in income. Leasing the restaurant building could double that, Paul said.

The sellers, Miguel and Bertha Rico, bought the restaurant lot for $350,000 in April 2000, and purchased the other lots since then, but have gone into bankruptcy.


Article source: http://www.tcpalm.com/story/news/local/st-lucie-county/2018/01/12/fort-pierce-business-owner-high-bidder-four-lots-growing-area/1028918001/

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Fort Pierce police searching for missing 15-year-old girl

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Idalyiz ”Nena” Vasquez was last seen on December 29 at Maravilla Park on Oleander Ave.

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Fort Pierce police are searching for a missing 15-year-old girl.

Idalyiz ”Nena” Vasquez was last seen on December 29 at Maravilla Park on Oleander Ave. 

She is described as approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds.

Idalyiz was last seen wearing a black t-shirt “Siggno” and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

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Burger almost cost Boca Raton couple $1,500 after stop at Fort …


Matt Cureton, who works at Wendy’s on Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, has received lots of media coverage after he found a purse with $1,500 in it. The purse was returned to its owner. WILL GREENLEE / TCPALM

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.


Chris Berg, manager of a Wendy’s on Okeechobee Road by the Florida Turnpike, describes how an employee helped return a purse to a woman who left it behind. WILL GREENLEE/TCPALM

“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.”


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

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.”

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Idalyiz Vazquez reported missing in Fort Pierce, police say

People can call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers to leave anonymous tips.

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