Showing posts with label Titusville. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Titusville. Show all posts

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lisa Turner of Titusville, Florida Killed In Orange County Crash


CHRISTMAS, Florida – A Brevard County woman died as a result of injuries she sustained in a vehicle crash that occurred near the intersection of West Christmas Road and Fort Christmas Road at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

54-year-old Robert Green of Titusville, Florida was driving a 1994 Mazda eastbound on Fort Christmas Road when, for an unknown reason, the Mazda left the roadway to the right. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Green over-corrected which caused the Mazda to travel across the westbound lanes and leave the roadway. 

47-year-old Lisa Turner, a passenger in the vehicle who was not wearing her seat belt, was ejected when the Mazda struck a tree. Turner was transported to Ovedio Medical Center.

Green was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition.

The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Two Winning Fantasy 5 Tickets Sold In Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida — The Florida Lottery announced that two winning tickets which matched all of the numbers drawn in last night’s Fantasy 5 jackpot were sold in Titusville, Florida.

One of the winning tickets worth $29,252.08 each was sold at a Publix supermarket located at 2000 Cheney Highway.

The other the winning ticket was a Quick Pick sold at a Winn-Dixie supermarket located at 1564 Harrison Street.

Five more winning tickets were sold in Sebastian, Palm Harbor, Sebring, Jacksonville, and Fort Lauderdale.

The winning Fantasy 5 numbers for Monday, March 5, 2018 are: 05-13-18-25-35.

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

There were also 307 tickets that matched 4 of 5 numbers for a payout of $107.50.

Image credit: Florida Lottery

Monday, February 26, 2018

Titusville Man Seriously Injured In Hit-and-Run Crash


TITUSVILLE, Florida – A Brevard County man is is hospitalized in serious condition due to injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash that occurred Sunday night in Titusville, Florida.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two white males were driving a stolen 2015 Nissan west on Cuyler Street around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Meanwhile, 32-year-old Eric Spears, of Titusville, Florida, was driving a 2018 Chevy pickup truck northbound on U.S. Highway 1.

According to FHP, the Nissan pulled out into the direct of of the Chevy. Spears swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash but the front of the Ford struck the front of the Nissan.

The occupants of the stolen Nissan then fled on foot after the crash.

Spears was later transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition. 

He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, according to FHP reports.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Paul Cadieux of Titusville, Florida Killed In Clearlake Road Crash


COCOA, Florida – 34-year-old Paul Cadieux of Titusville, Florida, did not survive the injuries he sustained after being struck by a vehicle on Clearlake Road in Cocoa, Florida.
21-year-old Luis Osoria of Opa Locka, Florida, was driving a 20014 GMC pickup truck northbound on Clearlake Road in the right, through lane near the intersection of Lake Road around 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2018.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Cadieux attempted to cross Clearlake Road from west to east and walked into the direct path of the GMC pickup truck. 

The front of the pickup then struck Cadieux. He was transported to Wuestoff Hospital in Rockledge, Florida where he was pronounced deceased.

Osoria was wearing his seat belt and was not under the influence of alcohol, according to FHP reports.

A toxicology report for Cadieux is pending.

The crash remains under investigation.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy Dies In I-95 Crash Near Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida – A Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy died as a result of injuries he sustained in a crash with his marked patrol car and a semi truck on I-95 just after 5 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Leo Smith, Jr. of Orlando, Florida, was driving a semi-truck partially loaded with car parts southbound on I-95 in the center lane near mile marker 217 just north of State Road 50.

Meanwhile, the deputy was driving his 2013 Ford Taurus patrol car southbound on I-95 in the left lane.

The semi-truck suffered tire separation to its front, left tire which caused the semi-truck to pull to the left and into the direct path of the patrol car. The left, front of the patrol car then collided with the right, rear of the semi-truck.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash.

The deputy has been identified by Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey as 32-year-old Field Training Officer Kevin Stanton.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and alcohol was not a factor.



 Image credit: Florida 511 / FOX 35

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

FWC Prohibits Feeding Florida’s Wild Monkeys


A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rule prohibiting the feeding of wild monkeys in Florida went into effect on February 11, 2018. 

As the population of wild monkeys has increased across the Sunshine State, public health and safety concerns have also increased due to public contact with these invasive species. Currently, there are three established species of breeding wild monkeys in Florida: 

Squirrel monkey populations in Brevard, Broward, and Marion Counties after being released from tourist attractions in the 1970’s.

Over 120 Vervet monkeys live in Broward County after they were released from tourist attractions in the 1950’s through 1970’s.

Rhesus Macaques can be found throughout Marion, Lake, and Seminole Counties after being released in the 1930’s in Silver Springs State Park.

Rhesus macaques can carry herpes B, a potentially fatal disease in humans if not treated immediately. 

While there are no documented cases of free-roaming macaques transmitting herpes B to humans in the wild in Florida, FWC officials are concerned that the risk for exposure will continue to grow as public contact with these animals increases.

FWC notes that, when these animals are fed by humans, they often develop a dependency on humans as a source of food and become territorial over the area where feeding occurs. 

This dependency can lead to increased aggression, which may result in injuries and spread of disease to humans.

“The health and safety of the public is the Commission’s number one priority. Feeding wild monkeys creates an elevated risk to human health because it brings them into closer contact with people,” said Dr. Thomas Eason, Assistant Executive Director of the FWC. 

Image credit: Wikicommons / Charlesjsharp

Thursday, February 8, 2018

VIDEO: Firefighters Help Boy Stuck In Claw Toy Vending Machine

boy stuck in a claw toy vending machine

TITUSVILE, Florida – An off-duty firefighter was able to rescue a boy stuck in a claw toy vending machine at a Beef O’ Brady’s restaurant in Titusville, Florida.

While dining with his mother Wednesday evening, Mason decided that he wanted a stuffed animal so badly that he decided to crawl into the game to get one.

Fortunately, Titusville an off-duty firefighter lieutenant was in the restaurant when the boy became trapped.

The lieutenant and a Titusville fire rescue crew from Engine 10 were able to rescue the boy with ‘minimal damage’ to the claw game, the Titusville Fire Department reported.

Mason got a stuffed animal after he escaped the claw machine.

Photo credit: Titusville Fire Department. Video credit: Amanda Evans via Facebook.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Man Shot On Gilbert Street In Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida – A man is in serious condition after he was shot during a dispute early Wednesday morning in Titusville, Florida.

According to the Titusville Police Department, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 900 block of Gilbert Street around 3:30 a.m. on February 7, 2018.

Titusville Police say that the shooting appears to have arisen from a dispute between the suspect and the victim who were known to each other.

The suspect is still at large.

Investigators are working on leads and are encouraging anyone with information to contact police or they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by contacting Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Falcon Heavy Countdown and Launch

SpaceX Falcon Heavy Demonstration Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – SpaceX is poised to make space history once again with the launch its Falcon 9 Heavy rocket carrying a midnight cherry Tesla roadster into a Martian solar orbit.

The most powerful rocket since the Saturn V lunar missions is scheduled to liftoff at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch was pushed back from 1:30 p.m. due to high winds.

The launch window remains open until 4 p.m.

Launch Weather 80% ‘GO’

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 80% chance of favorable weather for the launch. The primary concerns are liftoff winds and thick clouds.

Booster Rockets Ground Landing, Double Sonic Booms

After first booster separation from the core, SpaceX will attempt to land two Falcon Heavy booster rockets on land at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Landing Zones 1 and 2.

Landing Zones 1 and 2 are built on the former site of Space Launch Complex 13, a Cold War-Era U.S. Air Force rocket and missile testing range last used in 1978.

Residents of the communities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Mims, Port Canaveral, Port St. John, Rockledge, Scottsmoor, Sharpes, and Titusville, Florida, are most likely to hear a sonic boom, although what Brevard County residents experience will depend on weather conditions and other factors.

Attempted Core Rocket Landing On Drone Ship

Following stage separation, the core rocket of the Falcon Heavy will attempt a landing on the Of Course I Still Love You autonomous drone ship downrange in the Atlantic Ocean.

Image and video credit: SpaceX

WATCH THE FALCON HEAVY LAUNCH COUNTDOWN LIVE:

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Titusville Police Ask Public To Help Identifying Metro PCS Burglars


TITUSVILLE, Florida – The Titusville Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying burglary suspects who stole merchandise from a Metro PCS store and adjoining stores on Garden Street in Titusville, Florida.

The masked burglars wearing hoodies smashed through a store front window to gain entry into the businesses and were able to steal electronics and a safe during the heist.

According to Titusville police, the suspects used a dark-colored crossover SUV that was similar in size to a Hyundai Santa Fe or Ford Edge during the burglary.

If you have any information regarding this burglary, Titusville police ask that you call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Titusville Man Charged With Stabbing Mother, Step-Father


TITUSVILLE, Florida – A Brevard County man is in jail after he allegedly stabbed his own mother and stepfather on Saturday.

The stabbing occurred just before 5 a.m. at the Intercoastal Estates Mobile Home and RV Park located at 1481 North U.S. Highway 1 in unincorporated Brevard County near Titusville, Florida.

When Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Hamm had left the residence. 

A perimeter was established and several streets in the area were blocked off as BCSO deputies and Titusville police searched for Hamm with the assistance of the BCSO STAR helicopter.

Law enforcement located Hamm about two hours later less than a mile away from the residence near the intersection of Jay Jay Road and Snowy Egret Drive.

Hamm was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder domestic violence. He was booked into the Brevard County Jail on a no bond status.

The mother and step-father are hospitalized in serious, but stable condition.

Image credit: BCSO.  Map credit: Google

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Astronaut High School Bans Students From Buying Outside Food

President Donald Trump Eating McDonald's Fries

TITUSVILLE, Florida – Astronaut High School is clamping down on students bringing in fast food or ordering pizza instead of buying meals from its school cafeteria.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Astronaut High School cited State of Florida policy as the reason for enforcing the ban:

“This is a very important announcement regarding policy related to food being brought or delivered to school by students and families. State of Florida policy prohibits bringing outside meals from vendors into the school that does not meet nutritional regulations. This would include pizza deliveries, fast food such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s, and other restaurants. 

If food is brought or delivered for a student, the meal will be kept in the front office until the end of the day. The student may pick it up when the bell rings for dismissal. Students may purchase their lunch in our Five Star rated cafeteria or bring nutritional lunches to school that have been prepared at home. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we follow state and district food and nutrition policies! GOOOOO War Eagles!!!”

Students Quickly Point Out School Hypocrisy

Astronaut High School student were quick to point out on social media that, when it comes to making a buck for themselves, school administrators and teachers throw the nutritional concerns for students out the window during fundraisers on campus and off-campus partnerships such as McTeacher’s night.

The funds raised by schools with the profits from selling the fast food to students are known as “enterprise funds” that are highly sought after by the Brevard County School District because enterprise funds come without statutory restrictions.

The enterprise funds can be spent on whatever school administrators choose, such as outside pizza ordered for faculty parties, political campaigns to increase school taxes, and even Orlando Magic basketball tickets where artery-clogging quick-service foods are served.

Some students have expressed on social media that they would show their disdain for any such fundraisers in the future because of the enforcement of the outside food ban.

Policies Likely To Change In The Near Future

Although Astronaut High School did not cite the specific state policies, the Brevard County School District and State of Florida policies currently in place were promulgated in recent years as a result of federal guidelines under former President Barack Obama’s Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act.

“As parents, we try to prepare decent meals, limit how much junk food our kids eat, and ensure they have a reasonably balanced diet,” First Lady Michelle Obama said in 2012. “And when we’re putting in all that effort the last thing we want is for our hard work to be undone each day in the school cafeteria. When we send our kids to school, we expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we try to keep them from eating at home.”

However, President Donald Trump’s administration is moving in a direction to repeal those stringent guidelines, vowing to ‘Make School Lunches Great Again.‘ Currently, the USDA is re-evaluating how each food item is nutritionally credited into a meal for the National School Lunch Program.

Brevard County School District Policy 8400 (last revised 2014)

(C)(3) Competitive Foods

No food or beverages, other than those associated with the District’s food service program, are to be sold during the school day unless allowed by State or Federal procedures.

State of Florida Competitive Food Rule 5P-1.003 (last revised 2014)

(2) Each district school board shall have the following responsibilities:

(c) To control the sale of food and beverage items in competition with the district approved food service program in accordance with 7 CFR 210.11 (6/28/13) … Competitive food and beverage items sold to students during the school day must meet the nutrition standards for competitive food as defined and required in 7 CFR 210.11 …. Each district school board is permitted to grant a special exemption from the standards for competitive foods as specified above for the purpose of conducting infrequent school-sponsored fundraisers…

Photo credit: Donald Trump Campaign

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Two Men Shot On Milton Street In Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida – Two men were shot during a dispute between several people late Friday night at 1155 Milton Street in Titusville, Florida. 

One of the men was pronounced deceased at a local hospital and the second man was airlifted to a trauma center.

According to Titusville police, officers responded to a report of a shooting at 1155 Milton Street where they found a gunshot victim in the driveway just before 11 p.m. Officers attempted to save the victim by performing CPR until fire rescue crews arrived, but the victim was pronounced deceased later at the hospital. 

The second gunshot victim, believed to be related to the shooting on Milton Street, arrived at the hospital a short time later. He was transported to a trauma center by a medical helicopter for life-threatening injuries.

Police say that the preliminary investigation reveals what appears to have been a dispute between several people that are known to each other. 

Investigators are working on leads and are encouraging anyone with information to contact police.

Callers with information leading to an arrest in this case may remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $5000.00 by calling CRIMELINE at 800-423-TIPS.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending notifications to family members.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Snow Reported In Titusville, Florida

Snow In Florida
Photo credit: NorthEscambia.com
TITUSVILLE, Florida – Snow was reported falling in north Brevard County, Florida overnight on Monday, January 1, 2018.


A viewer also submitted a photo of the snow flurries in Titusville to WFTV Channel 9’s meteorologist Brian Shields who posted the photo on Twitter.


Can it snow when local temperatures are above freezing?

Yes, it can. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center:

“Whether winter storms produce snow relies heavily on temperature, but not necessarily the temperature we feel here on the ground. Snow forms when the atmospheric temperature is at or below freezing (0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit) and there is a minimum amount of moisture in the air. If the ground temperature is at or below freezing, the snow will reach the ground. However, the snow can still reach the ground when the ground temperature is above freezing if the conditions are just right.”

North Brevard County Weather Forecast

Wednesday Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 34. Wind chill values as low as 27. West northwest wind around 15 mph.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Body Found Believed to be Missing Titusville Woman

Lori Lynn Upthegrove

TITUSVILLE, Florida – Just after 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Detectives located a body believed to be that of the missing 51-year-old Titusville woman, Lori Lynn Upthegrove.


Lori had been reported missing by family members on December 19th. Using information provided by her husband early this morning, police located the body in a wooded area off of Bobbi Lane in Titusville, Florida.

Based on evidence found both in her home vehicle, detectives believed early in the investigation that Lori had been the victim of a violent crime. Her husband, 53-year-old Timothy Upthegrove was arrested on obstruction of justice charges last Tuesday after he allegedly made false statements to police.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Man Exchanges Gun Fire With Titusville Police


TITUSVILLE, Florida – A man is in jail after he exchanged gunfire with Titusville Police at and apartment complex located on Mayfair Way around 5 a.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Investigators say that officers briefly exchanged gunfire with 22-year-old Harland Ramon Johnson,  of Titusville, who discharged his handgun. Johnson was quickly taken into custody.

There were no injuries as a result of the gun battle.

Johnson was arrested and charged with Discharge of a Firearm from a Vehicle, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Tampering with Evidence, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphilia.

Johnson was booked into the Brevard County Jail without bond.

In compliance with Titusville Police Department policy, an Internal Investigation is currently being conducted.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

U.S. Coast Guard Saves Titusville Boaters On Indian River Lagoon


TITUSVILLE, Florida – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters Wednesday night after their vessel caught fire on the Indian River near Titusville, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders were notified via VHF-FM marine-band radio channel 16 at 10:09 p.m. from two boaters who stated that they were awakened by smoke and their 48-foot catamaran was on fire.

A 29-foot Response Boat – Small (RBS) crew launched from Port Canaveral, Florida at 10:10 p.m. While the RBS crew was en route, the boaters radioed that they were abandoning ship and evacuating into their dinghy.

The RBS crew arrived on scene at about 10:25 p.m. and transferred the boaters to Marina Park where Titusville Fire Rescue crews were waiting.

The boaters were taken to Parrish Medical Center by fire rescue crews and were listed in stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Person Stabbed In Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida – Titusville Police responded to an aggravated battery at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at Blue’s Market near the 600 block of South Deleon Avenue.

Investigators say that a medical call for service was received at 8:07 a.m. in reference to a victim who was bleeding. Police responded to the scene and discovered that the victim was possibly stabbed in the torso.


The victim was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.

Police say that there is no suspect information at this time.

Police believe that this is an isolated incident and an active ongoing investigation osbeing conducted by Titusville Police detectives.

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Titusville Police Department at (321) 264-7800, or they can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by contacting Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Titusville Daycare Worker Charged With Shaken Baby Syndrome


TITUSVILLE, Florida – Titusville Police have arrested a woman who is suspected of aggravated child abuse of an infant in her care.

Dawn Michelle Garcia, 47, of Titusville, was arrested on Saturday, October 14, 2017, and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, a first degree felony. 


On August 8, 2017, police responded to a report by hospital administration and the Florida Department of Children and Families in reference to the possible abuse of an infant.

The baby had just been picked up by a family member from an in-home unlicensed daycare facilitated by Garcia.

The investigation has revealed that the suspect caused great bodily harm to the victim. 

Investigators say that evidence shows the baby’s injuries are consistent with abusive head trauma, also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome.  

Garcia was booked into Brevard County Jail with a $25,000 bond.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Astronaut High School JROTC Teacher Charged With Child Molestation

 Dodd A. Mitchell

TITUSVILLE, Florida – Dodd A. Mitchell, a former Astronaut High School JROTC teacher, was arrested for allegedly having sex with a student beginning in April 2014 when she was in 9th grade. 

The student alleged that she had sexual intercourse with Dodd over 50 times throughout Brevard County over the course of two years until June 2016.


Investigators say that the 55-year-old became emotionally distraught when the sexual relationship with the student ended and that he sent multiple emails to the student where he admitted to having sex with her.

An arrest warrant was issued by Brevard County Circuit Court Judge Charles Roberts on October 9, 2017 for Dodd. He was arrested by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, October 10, 2017, and booked into the Brevard County Jail under a $250,000 bond.

According to Brevard County Public School records, Dodd was a JROTC instructor up until the 2016-2017 school year at Astronaut High in Titusville, Florida.

“Brevard Public Schools won’t stand for any kind of predatory or sexual behavior toward students by its employees,” said Matt Reed, assistant superintendent for government and community relations.

“When students or parents come forward to report potentially criminal behavior, we act — including calling the police or sheriff’s office to investigate. Today, we are saddened and infuriated to learn of the arrest of a former JROTC instructor at Astronaut High. If the principal or other school staff were aware of the off-campus relationship, they would have acted to stop it and remove the teacher from campus immediately.”

Dodd is among a long list of Brevard Public School employees who have been charged with sexual offenses related to children in recent years.


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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.