Showing posts with label Palm Bay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Palm Bay. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

$51,000 Fantasy 5 Ticket Sold In Palm Bay


PALM BAY, Florida — The Florida Lottery announced that four tickets matched all of the numbers drawn in Tuesday night’s Fantasy 5 jackpot. 

One of the winning tickets worth $51,126.13 each was sold at a Country Farms convenience store located at 2140 Port Malabar Road Northeast in Palm Bay, Florida.

The other winning tickets were sold at:

Publix located at 19390 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville.

Publix located at 23965 US Highway 27 in Lake Wales.

7-Eleven located at 4048 Forest Hill Boulevard in West Palm Beach.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Tuesday, February 27, 2018 are: 01-04-05-11-14.

The odds of picking all five winning Fantasy Five numbers are 1 in 376,992.

There were also 453 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $72.50.

Image credit: Florida Lottery

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Students Hold Gun Control Protest At Heritage High School


PALM BAY, Florida – Heritage High School students were marked ‘tardy’ for missing class in order to participate in a gun control protest that took place on Wednesday at the school’s campus in Palm Bay, Florida.

The Brevard County protest, organized by Heritage High School students Amya Mclean and Aniyah Smith, was held at the same time as other student protests took place across Florida following the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The Heritage High School protest lasted for 17 minutes to symbolize the 17 people killed in the Broward County, Florida school shooting. 

The students left during lunch period to gather on a plaza in front of the school’s administration building in the southeastern corner of the Palm Bay campus where they chanted, “Stop the violence.” 

“Today as a school we decided to walked out of class for 17 minutes,” said one Heritage High student. 

“We wanted one thing to be heard. We want the violence to stop and we want change. There is no reason 17 students should be dead. We need need gun control now not tomorrow.”

Heritage High School Student Protesters Disciplined

Although the protest took place on campus during school hours, the Brevard Public Schools’ administration characterized the gun-control rally as non-disruptive to the other students who did not participate in the walk-out.

A few hundred of the 1,800 students who attend Heritage High School participated in the protest. The students who did participate in the protest and arrived late at their next period received an unexcused tardy.

“Principals have discretion under our discipline plan to impose a range of discipline that’s appropriate for the situation,” said Brevard County Public Schools spokesman Matt Reed. 

“The students behaved peacefully without disrupting classes or anyone else’s education. An unexcused tardy seems like an appropriate sanction.”

Image credit: Heritage High School student

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stray Bullets Hit Stone Magnet Middle School


MELBOURNE, Florida – Parents are upset because they were not notified by Brevard Public Schools that bullets struck Stone Magnet Middle School while students were still on campus for extracurricular activities just after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2017.

Stone Middle School is located at 1101 East University Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida. The bullets are presumed to be strays from a shooting that occurred around the same time at Lizzy’s Restaurant which is located less than a quarter-of-a-mile from the school at 1301 East University Boulevard.

More than 50 rounds were fired at Lizzy’s without anyone being seriously injured, police say.

“Yes, bullets struck a school building at Stone Middle after school hours. No students or staff were affected,” Brevard Public Schools spokesman Matt Reed told Brevard Times

“The case is still under investigation by Melbourne P.D., So, I can’t provide further comment on it. However, we always recommend that parents share their concerns and seek answers directly with their school principals.”

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Palm Bay Police Officer Says McDonald’s Worker Refused To Serve Cops


PALM BAY, Florida – A Palm Bay police officer said that he was refused service on Friday at a McDonald’s located at 4705 Babcock Street Northeast because he was a cop .

According to a Facebook post by Palm Bay Police Lieutenant Tim Lancaster:

“I ordered my lunch, paid at the first window and moved up to the second window to pick up lunch. When I got to the window, the clerk looked at me with my drink in hand and stopped. For the record, I am in full uniform and an unmarked car. She handed my drink to another clerk and walked away in disgust.

I asked the other clerk what was wrong, she stayed that the other clerk refuses to serve cops. I was embarrassed and upset. After a while, I called the store and spoke to Omar, he identified himself as the general manager, and said he would address it.”

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

‘Next Generation’ Cumberland Farms Store Opening In Palm Bay


PALM BAY, Florida – Cumberland Farms, is officially opening the doors to its next generation store located at 105 Malabar Road NE in Palm Bay, Florida on Thursday, February 15, 2018. 

As part of Cumberland Farms’ extensive efforts to enhance customer experience and compete with fast-casual restaurants, the new 4,928 square foot store in Palm Bay will feature the brand’s latest innovative design, equipment, and food offerings.

The Palm Bay next generation store is complete with an interior high-top bar counter and outdoor patio seating for convenient, in-store dining, 33 parking spaces, and 6 fueling stations. 

The food menu has also expanded to feature a variety of specialty items, including ciabatta sandwiches, frittatas, melts, and macaroni & cheese, all of which can now be ordered quickly and easily on self-service ordering screens. 

Cumberland Farms is also offering several new beverages, like smoothies, frozen espresso and milkshakes, as well as specialty coffee drinks including espresso, cappuccino, and lattes.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Florida Teacher Who Bit Student Allowed To Continue Teaching


PALM BAY, Florida – A Florida teacher who made national headlines for biting a special needs student was punished with a two-year paid vacation from Brevard Public Schools, a $1,000 fine from the Florida Department of Education, and seven months of probation from the courts.

58-year-old Karen Renee Williams will now be able to continue to teach in the Sunshine State after the Florida Department of Education gave her a Letter of Reprimand rather than revoking her teaching certificate in a Final Administrative Order filed in December 2017.

Williams was charged with Felony Child Abuse after she bit one of her third grade students at Columbia Elementary in Palm Bay, Florida.

She was later found guilty of a lesser misdemeanor charge of ‘culpable negligence inflicting bodily harm’ as a result of a plea agreement in January 2017.

The special needs student told Department of Children and Families investigators that Williams placed him in a bear hug and that he bit Williams’ hand in an attempt to free himself. The student said that the teacher retaliated by biting the third-grader in the back “for like a minute.”

Witnesses said that the student could be heard screaming hysterically, crying, and saying, “my back, my back!”

Williams denied biting the student when questioned by her supervisor despite there being a noticeable adult-sized bite mark below the child’s left shoulder blade, according to the arrest affidavit.

Paid Vacation, Probation, Condemnation

Although Williams was placed on administrative leave immediately after her arrest in December 2015, she continued to collect her teacher’s salary and benefits from Brevard Public Schools without working for two years. Williams was finally terminated from BPS two months after she was convicted in January 2017.

Williams was also sentenced to one year of probation by the 18th Judicial Circuit Court which allowed for early termination if she completed a 4-hour anger management course. Williams’ probation was terminated less than seven months later because she filed a certificate of completion of the 4-hour course.

After her criminal case was closed, the Florida Department of Education moved forward with an administrative complaint against Williams’ teaching certificate.

The original administrative complaint sought the suspension, revocation, or permanent revocation of Williams’ Florida educator certificate.

However, her case was later settled for the lesser punishment of a Letter of Reprimand and a $1,000 fine.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Brevard Public Schools: Teacher Made Sexual Gesture To Principal In Front Of Students

Riveria Elementary Elementary School

PALM BAY, Florida – A Brevard County Public Schools teacher was recently suspended after he allegedly made an “inappropriate sexual gesture” towards the Principal at Riveria Elementary Elementary School located at 351 Riviera Drive Northeast in Palm Bay, Florida.

Phillip Wachsler of Satellite Beach, Florida, allegedly made the sexual gesture behind the back of Riveria Elementary Principal Kori Hurst as she was walking out of his sixth-grade classroom on October 26, 2017.

According to documents filed with the Brevard Public School Board, several students in his classroom witnessed the sexual gesture.


When Principal Hurst summoned Wachsler to her office on November 14, 2017, to provide a written statement regarding the October 26th incident, Wachsler allegedly demonstrated the sexual gesture.


Wachsler also received a letter of reprimand on November 17, 2017, for allegedly using inappropriate language and calling student names.

After investigating the incident, the Brevard County School Board suspended Wachsler for one day without pay on January 16, 2018.

Image credit: Google

Monday, January 22, 2018

Man Charged With Killing His Wife, Step-Son, Found Dead In Brevard County Jail

Edgard Fuentes

SHARPES, Florida – Edgard Fuentes, who was charged in the the double homicide of his estranged wife and step-son, was found dead from a suspected suicide in the Brevard County Jail.

65-year-old Fuentes was found dead at the Brevard County Jail shortly after midnight on Saturday, January 20, 2018. 

He was being held on First Degree Premeditated Murder charges stemming from a fire in Palm Bay, Florida that occurred on January 11, 2017, which killed his estranged wife, 61-year-old Daisy Tapia, and his step-son, 32-year-old Erik Montes.  

Sheriff’s investigators say that Fuentes was housed in general population with a single cellmate. His cellmate left the cell for approximately 15 minutes on the morning of January 20, 2015. 

Upon returning to the cell, the cellmate observed Fuentes slumped forward with a sheet around his neck that was attached to the bed frame. 

The cellmate immediately alerted corrections deputies who responded to the cell and attempted to revive Fuentes without success.

Fuentes left notes concerning his intentions for final arrangements and belongings.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Palm Bay Peeping Tom Suspect Arrested


PALM BAY, Florida – Palm Bay police arrested a man after he was allegedly seen crouching down and looking inside a woman’s window in Palm Bay, Florida.

According to Palm Bay police, the woman heard someone trying to open the rear door of her closed porch on Thursday, January 11, 2018. The woman then called her father who lives only a few blocks away from the residence.

When the father arrived at the residence on Finola Avenue Southeast, he observed a suspicious vehicle parked around the corner of the house. The father then came around the side of the house and observed a man crouching down near a window and looking inside the residence.  The father then challenged the suspected Peeping Tom and the man fled on foot.

The father then returned to the suspicious vehicle and took a photograph of the license plate while calling the police. The father walked around the residence again in search of the suspect and returned to where the vehicle was parked only to find that the vehicle was gone.

Palm Bay police ran the license tag of the vehicle and determined that it was associated with a residence where Robert Sanchez, Jr. lived. Police say that Sanchez, Jr. matched the physical description of the prowler that the father had provided.

The father was later able to positively identify Sanchez, Jr. as the man he saw at the window.

Sanchez, Jr. was arrested and charged with voyeurism and burglary to an occupied dwelling.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Palm Bay Couple Found Dead On Brocksmith Street


PALM BAY, Florida – Two people found dead in their home located in the 900 block of  Brocksmith Street Southeast in Palm Bay, Florida on Tuesday.


The deceased couple were discovered by their son, who called police around 12:30 p.m. today.

Palm Bay Police have cordoned off the area and a Major Crime Scene Investigative Unit is processing the residence.

UPDATE: The couple has been identified as 61-year-old Charles Lawrence and 68-year-old Jennifer Lawrence.

Monday, December 18, 2017

New Hooters To Open In Palm Bay, Free Wings For A Year For First 10 Guests

Hooters Girls

PALM BAY, Florida – Hooters will open a new restaurant at 4 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, in Palm Bay, Florida.

To help celebrate, Hooters is giving away free wings for a year to the first 10 guests in line on opening day.


The company said in a release that the Hooters of Palm Bay is the latest ground-up, new prototype building for Hooters, which features 7,372 square feet of space and is located at 695 Palm Bay Road.

The new location features a 1,600 square-foot outdoor patio and offers guests front row seats to cheer on their favorite sports teams while enjoying Hooters original and smoked chicken wings.

“Just last week we celebrated our 200th corporate-owned restaurant opening in Kissimmee East, and now with another new Florida location opening up, we are certainly experiencing great momentum in this state,” said Mark Whittle, chief development officer, Hooters of America. “Our unique blend of crave-able menu items along with our fun atmosphere and unrivaled Hooters Girl hospitality makes Hooters a sports-viewing dining destination our fans can always rely on.”

Hooters Palm Bay

Hooters of Palm Bay incorporates the latest design features that deliver the familiar, fun-loving loving persona of the Hooters brand along with newly contemporized elements that combine to deliver a one-of-a-kind guest experience.

From a centrally located bar featuring 32 draught beers and a wide array of cocktails and craft beers, to comfortable seating options, localized murals and table tops, and a top-of-the-line AV package perfect for watching all the games, the new Florida location has it all.

Photo credit: Hooters

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

West Melbourne Police Arrest Suspected Shooter


WEST MELBOURNE, Florida – West Melbourne police have arrested a man on Tuesday who is suspected of shooting at one of their officers Monday night.


Police received information that Joseph Alan Bellinger was in a residence at 180 District Street SE in the City of Palm Bay. Detectives with the West Melbourne Police Department and Palm Bay Police Department’s Special Investigations Division maintained surveillance most of the day while probable cause was established.

After conducting multiple interviews, executing search warrants, and examining physical evidence, detectives say that they developed probable cause for the arrest of Joseph Alan Bellinger.

An arrest warrant was subsequently issued, charging Bellinger with attempted felony murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and discharging a firearm in public.

West Melbourne Police then partnered with the Palm Bay Police Department’s SWAT Team to serve a search warrant at 180 District Street SE to affect Bellinger’s arrest.

Bellinger was taken into custody without incident.

Bellinger will be incarcerated at the Brevard County Jail with no bond. He will go before a judge tomorrow at 1:15 pm. Additional charges are pending.

West Melbourne police say that there is no reason to believe Amanda Peacock was involved. She has cooperated with investigators.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Man Arrested For Videoing Children In Walgreen’s Restroom


PALM BAY, Florida – The Palm Bay Police Department have arrested a man for allegedly videoing children inside the women’s restroom at a Walgreen’s located on Babcock Street in Palm Bay, Florida.

20-year-old Jonathan Kelvin Montaque of Palm Bay, Florida, was taken into custody and is being processed at the Palm Bay Police station.

Montaque allegedly remained inside the women’s restroom and videoed a 5 and 9-year-old with a smart phone on Friday, December 8, 2017.

After the children told their mother, and the mother notified Walgreen’s employees, Montaque was confronted by the employees and left the store.


Photo and video credit: Palm Bay Police Department

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Palm Bay Teacher Charged With Molestation


PALM BAY, Florida – 41-year-old Kenneth Woodard, an elementary school teacher in Palm Bay, Florida, has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under twelve years of age.

Records show that Woodard taught fifth grade at the Odyssey Preparatory Academy located at 1350 Wyoming Drive Southeast.

According to the arrest report, Woodard repeatedly placed his hand down the pants of an 11-year-old male student during class on Monday, November 20, 2017. Upon witnessing these acts, another student yelled, “Oh, Mr. Woodard is gay!” 


After the student filed a report with the school counselor, several students were interviewed when they returned from Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 27. Several students stated that they witnessed Woodard repeatedly touching the male student’s buttocks.

After conducting more interviews with other teachers on Monday, Palm Bay police arrested Woodard Monday night.

Prior to transferring to the Wyoming campus last year, Woodard taught fourth grade at Odyssey Charter School located at 1755 Eldron Boulevard in Palm Bay.

Jail records show that Woodard, who resides in Melbourne, Florida, was arrested by Palm Bay police Monday night and booked into the Brevard County Jail.

A bond amount has not been set in his case.

Woodard is among a growing list of school employees in Brevard County who have been charged with sexual offenses related to children in recent years.

In October 2017, a former Astronaut High School JROTC teacher, was arrested for allegedly having sex with a student when she was in 9th grade.

Also in October 2017, a Palm Bay teacher’s aide was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a victim 12-16 years of age and distributing obscene material to a minor.

In August 2017, a Brevard County Public Schools teacher was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 10 years of probation after he traveled to a prearranged location in Brevard County to meet what he thought was a teenage girl for the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship.

In July 2017, a former BPS bus driver and substitute teacher was arrested on allegations of child molestation.

Also in July 2017, a Satellite High School teacher was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct and promotion of sexual performance of a child under 16 years of age.

In June 2016, a Spessard Holland Elementary School principal was arrested for possession of child pornography.

In May 2016, an Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School teacher plead guilty to having sex with a 15-year-old student.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Palm Bay Police Searching For Hurricane Irma Pawn Shop Burglary Suspect

Anthony Chris Johnson

PALM BAY, Florida – The Palm Bay Police Department is searching for 26-year-old Anthony Chris Johnson of Palm Bay, Florida, who police say is a suspect in the “Blue Diamond” pawn shop burglary which occurred on September 11, 2017 during Hurricane Irma.


Police say that numerous firearms were stolen during the burglary.

Johnson has an active arrest warrant for armed burglary along with other charges. Police say that Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous.

His brother, 21-year-old Dangelo T. Johnson  was arrested and charged with armed burglary for the same burglary. He is currently in The Brevard County Detention Center on $44,000.00 bond.

The Palm Bay Police Department is asking that anyone who knows the whereabouts of Anthony Chris Johnson to please call 911, CRIMELINE at 1-800-TIPS or CRIMELINE.ORG.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2017 Palm Bay Christmas Parade Route, Date, Start Time


PALM BAY, Florida – The 2017 Health First Palm Bay Hospital Holiday Light Parade, presented by the City of Palm Bay, is scheduled for Saturday, December 2 at 6:30 pm.  


This year’s theme is “Light up the Night in Palm Bay Holiday Spirit”.  Organizers say that they are looking for lots of lights this year.  

2017 Palm Bay Christmas Parade Route

Thousands of spectators will line the 2.5-mile parade route which will leave the Palm Bay Campus of Eastern Florida State College and turn north on to San Filippo Drive and then turn west on to Malabar Road.  The parade will end in front of City Hall at Minton Road.  Brevard County’s premiere holiday parade will feature over 80 entries, delighting the crowd and ushering in the holiday season.

Road Closures

New this year, beginning at 5:00 p.m., Malabar Road will be completely closed, in both directions, from San Filippo Drive to Minton, and Minton Road will be closed between Malabar and Jupiter Boulevard.  

The estimated time of the parade ending is 9:30 p.m.  The roads will re-open as soon as barriers and pedestrians are cleared from the roadway.  All traffic exiting Interstate 95, both Southbound and Northbound, will be directed East on Malabar Road.  Motorists are asked to use Palm Bay Road or Babcock Street as an alternate route during the parade. The advantage of the new traffic pattern this year is that Malabar Road will shut down later and re-open sooner.  There will also be additional safe viewing areas for the public in the median of Malabar Road.

Image credit: City of Palm Bay

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Palm Bay Police Arrest CVS Robbery Suspect


UPDATE: Palm Bay police have arrested 30-year-old Edwin Cruz-Flores.

PALM BAY, Florida – The Palm Bay Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect in the above photo and below video. 


Around 4 a.m. on Sunday, the suspect robbed a CVS store located at Palm Bay Road and Babcock Street in Palm Bay, Florida. 

Police say that the man implied a weapon to the clerk during the robbery. 

If you have information regarding the suspect or the robbery, police ask that you please call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS or visit CRIMELINE.ORG.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Palm Bay Teacher’s Aide Charged With Molesting Student


PALM BAY, Florida – A Palm Bay teacher’s aide has been arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a victim 12-16 years of age and distributing obscene material to a minor.


According to Palm Bay police, 35-year-old Alana L. Chasky had a relationship with a student from Riverdale Country Day School, a  separate Day School that has a contract with Brevard Public Schools but is owned and operated by Behavioral Education Services under the umbrella of Universal Health Services.

According to investigators, the student’s mother became concerned that Chasky and her son were having an inappropriate relationship after she caught Chasky dropping her son off after school and learned that Chasky was also seen by other witnesses picking up the boy from his bus stop.

Palm Bay police initially investigated the mother’s concerns in July 2017, but did not have enough evidence to corroborate a sexual relationship.

In September, the mother told police that she finally had evidence of the relationship and presented text messages between Chasky and her son that referred to sex between the two.

Police were also given video of the two in Chasky’s bed and another still photo of the two together in their underwear.

The student told investigators that the sexual relationship lasted from February 2017 through September 2017.

Chasky was booked into the Brevard County Jail under a $65,000 bond.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Police Search For Palm Bay Sunoco Robbery Suspect


PALM BAY, Florida – The Palm Bay Police Department is requesting assistance with identifying a robbery suspect.

At approximately 6:30 p.m.  Sunday, September 17th, 2017, the suspect entered the Sunoco gas station located at 1210 Malabar Road SE in Palm Bay, Florida.

Police say that the suspect demanded the cashier to give him all the cash. The suspect was described as a white male approximately 5’8″ 150 lbs., wearing a camouflage bandana with a black neoprene style half ski mask, a large green camouflage army style jacket, black or camouflage shorts and white tennis shoes with black socks.

According to police, the suspect he also kept his right hand inside his jacket implying he had a firearm during the robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS or CRIMELINE.ORG.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

U.S. Air Force To Simulate Gunfire In Palm Bay


PALM BAY, Florida – Security Forces Airmen from the 920th Rescue wing will be simulating gunfire Aug. 21-25, 2017, at the Malabar Annex located in Palm Bay, Florida, as part of their required annual and pre-deployment training.

The training will involve squad movements, urban training scenarios and land navigation training, which may be heard around the surrounding neighborhoods, according to Tech. Sgt. Roger Drew, exercise lead from the 920th Security Forces Squadron.


“Security Forces Airmen have been training for over 6 months in a classroom based setting and are looking forward to testing their knowledge in the field at Malabar Annex,” said Drew. “This training will allow them to hone their skills before applying these tactics in a deployed environment.”

The training will be held at Malabar Annex because of its wooded terrain and since the location is close to Patrick Air Force Base, will decrease cost associated to traveling to a training location, Drew added.

Image credit: USAF