Friday, December 21, 2012

TITUSVILLE, Florida -- Friday, December 21st is a furlough day for all city employees employed by the City of Titusville,  with the exception of solid waste, police and fire....furlough days were enacted by the Titusville City Council due to financial constraints and budgetary difficulties.  


City employees are also off on December 24th (Monday) and Xmas Day as well.  City Hall will reopen on Wednesday, December 26th.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Coming To Titusville


TITUSVILLE, Florida -- The Valiant Air Command announced that its 2013 TICO Air Show will include for the first time, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.  


This announcement was made by Colonel Terry Yon, Public Relations Director of the Valiant Air Command, located at Space Coast Regional Airport.


The air show takes place March 22, 23, 24.  With this major announcement, organizers say that attendance should break all previous records.  


PHOTO ABOVE: U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 jets fly in formation past the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.


Image credit: U.S. Air Force/TSgt. Justin D. Pyle

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Woman, 24, Charged With Titusville Murder




Amanda Lee Blair
TITUSVILLE, Florida --The Titusville Police Department received a request for a well-being check the morning of December 12, 2012 on Cherrywood Lane in Titusville, Florida.  Upon arrival, the victim, 62-year-old Benjamin Wojenski, was discovered deceased in his residence.



On December 13, 2012, the victim’s vehicle was discovered by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was occupied by Amanda Lee Blair, age 24, who was arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated charges. 


Benjamin Wojenski
Subsequently, a warrant was issued in Brevard County for the arrest of Blair for 2nd Degree Murder and Grand Theft.  Blair is currently at the Flagler County Jail and was arrested on that warrant at approximately 6 p.m. 

The Titusville Police Department believes that there are people out there with information pertinent to this investigation. The investigation remains ongoing.

The Titusville Police Department requests that anyone with information about the death of Benjamin Wojenski contact the Titusville Police Department at 321-264-7800. Callers can also provide anonymous tips to Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.



 






Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Titusville Police Seek Help In Suspicious Death

Benjamin Wojenski

 TITUSVILLE, Florida -- A suspicious death is currently being investigated by Titusvile Police that occurred on Cherrywood Lane in Titusville, Florida.  

 
The Titusville Police Department received a request for a well-being check the morning of December 12, 2012.  Upon arrival, the victim, Benjamin Wojenski, was discovered deceased in his residence. The death is considered as suspicious and is being investigated by Titusville Police Detectives. The next of kin has been notified.
 

The Titusville Police Department requests that anyone with information about the death of Benjamin Wojenski contact the Titusville Police Department at 321-264-7800. Callers can also provide anonymous tips to Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS.
 
 
A portion of Cherrywood Lane was cordoned off with crime scene tape on Wednesday while police conducted their investigation.






City of Titusville Furloughs Employees

CITY OF TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA BEGINS FURLOUGHING EMPLOYEES......

Titusville City Council decided to begin furloughing all employees two days a month beginning with the start of this fiscal year....but decided to hold off the furlough until the end of November and then again on December 7th.  This furlough was due to severe budget issues.  The city is also negotiating with 4 unions at this time....all negotiating has gone to impasse....

I have had an e-mail interview with Mark Ryan, City Manager of Titusville...interview reflects my questions and his answers:

Q..What was the cause of the furloughs?
A..The FY 2013 budget was balanced takiing into account approximately $2 million in recurring savings through implementation of pension reform.  To date, the city's efforts to reach collective bargaining agreements with its unions that include pensions and health care reform have been unsuccessful.  In the absense of needed pension savings, we must implement city-wide furloughs as a method to keep the budget balanced as required by law.

Q..What affect financially are the furloughs having on the City of Titusville?
A..Implementing furloughs has allowed the city to keep its budget balanced in accordance with the FY 2013 adopted budget levels enacted by council.

Q..What affect are the furloughs having on the employees affected?
A..Implementing the furloughs results in a 10% reduction in the salaries for city employees.

Q..What departments are affected?
A..All departments have been required to participate in the furlough program.  Individual department heads have been tasked with oversight of their respective department's compliance in achieving targeted furlough savings.

Q..How have the furloughs affected the general public in doing business with the city on furlough days?
A..City Hall, Public Works, Water Resources, Police and Fire administrative and support offices are closed on alternative Fridays.  Operational and shift personnel, such as plant operators and police/fire have furlough savings implemented based on operational requirements as determined by their respective department heads.  Citizens will be unable to conduct routine business with the city such as visiting customer service to pay utility bills or working with planning & building personnel on furlough days as those offices will be closed to the public.  Public Safety operations and Solid waste collection schedules will continue as scheduled.

Q..What are the furlough days?
A..Generally speaking, a furlough day is an unpaid day off equal to 8 hours of work.  However, individual departments are managing the furlough program based on operational issues.

Q..How long do you expect the furloughs to continue?
A..We are in Collective Bargaining with the various labor unions to implement meaningful pension reform.  When we achieve sufficient pension reform to meet the cost savings within the adopted budget the furlough program can be eliminated.

Titusville Police Investigate Suspicious Death


TITUSVILLE, Florida -- A suspicious death is currently being investigated by Titusvile Police Crime Scene Investigation units on Cherrywood Lane in Titusville, Florida.


UPDATE: Titusville Police Seek Help In Suspicious Death 



Neighbors say that an older man's body was discovered in his home.  A portion of Cherrywood Lane is cordoned off with crime scene tape while police continue to conduct their investigation.

Armed Standoff In Titusville Ends With Gunshot


TITUSVILLE, Florida -- A 13-hour SWAT standoff on 3220 Melody Lane in Titusville, Florida has ended with a 19-year-old man hospitalized from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 


The incident began around 7:00 p.m. last night when a confrontation occurred between the teen and his father who is a former volunteer firefighter.  Police say that the teen has a history of trouble with the law and that the confrontation erupted when the father told his son to leave his house.   The son allegedly threatened the father - but the father was able to leave the house while the son remained inside. 


Titusville police initially responded to the scene for a suicide threat.  The Titusville Police Department’s Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT along with the Brevard County Sheriff's bomb Squad was eventually called out because the son still refused to come out of the house.



The teen did not engage in any conversation with members of the Crisis Negotiation Team so additional efforts were made by using the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Robot Team to establish lines of communication.  Police say that all efforts at communication with the teen were unsuccessful. 



The SWAT team eventually made entry into the residence and prior to getting to him, the teen shot himself. Immediate medical attention was available by a SWAT medic at the scene.  The teen was then transported by ambulance to nearby Madison Middle School where he was airlifted by a medical helicopter with life threatening injuries.