Sunday, April 1, 2018

Cocoa Beach Man Catches, Cooks Baby Manatee

COCOA BEACH, Florida - Fed up with manatees eating all the sea grass and pooping in his canal, one Cocoa Beach, Florida man has taken measures into his own hands to save the Indian River Lagoon by catching and cooking a baby manatee.

Many anglers and waterfront property owners have taken to social media to blame the lagoon's plight on the record number of manatees and the unnatural manatee migration patterns caused by the warm water discharges from the FPL power plant in Port Saint John. An environmental group filed a lawsuit in 2014 which contends that such thermal pollution is harmful to the environment. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection estimates that manatees are responsible for 1.7% to 6.7% of the total nitrogen loads and 0.7% to 3.0% of the total phosphorus loads entering the Indian River Lagoon system.

"As you know, over the past week some blow-hards here have stated they would make a donation to the Save the Manatee Club every time someone here mentioned manatee as being a potential cause of the Banana River decline," said Bill Geiger, Jr. 

An 800 to 1,200-pound adult manatee can eat up 10% to 15% of its body weight daily in aquatic vegetation which mostly consists of seagrass.  According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Manatee Recovery Plan, manatees sometime graze on seagrass which leaves the possibility for regrowth - but manatees also "root" seagrass - meaning the entire plant is pulled and the underwater sediment is disturbed.  Based on those consumption rates, an average manatee can consume and/or destroy around 3 acres of seagrass a year, depending on the density of the seagrass per acre.

"I do hereby commit to catch, cook and eat a manatee each time someone threatens to make a donation to the SMC," Geiger said. "Being a man of my word, I have made the first catch today. I went for a baby, thinking the meat may be more tender, (as veal is with a calf). It was actually easier than I thought to catch! Even the babies are heavy!"

Geiger's only complaint about catching and cooking the baby manatee was that his grill was not large enough.

"However, I have a problem. I'm going to need a larger grill," said Geiger who landed his first catch on April 1st (April Fool's Day). "I have it on ice right now, but need to get it cooked pretty soon. Does anyone have a rotisserie I can borrow to cook it over an open fire? I'll repay you with some GOOD meat!"

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Brevard County Arrests March 15, 2018

Kathryn Lynn Barrow
White/Female DOB:08/20/1970
Arrest Location:, Palm Bay
Controlled Substance - Poss WO Prescription
Poss Drug Paraphernalia/Equipment W Residue

Florida Man Steals Cable Truck, Knocks Out Service For Thousands

COCOA, Florida - A Florida man knocked out cable service for thousands of customers when he allegedly stole a cable truck that workers were using to feed new fiber optic cables lines in a neighborhood in Cocoa, Florida.

According to police, a worker was performing repair work inside a trailer attached to the truck parked on the side of South Fiske Boulevard when he felt the trailer start to rock and move. The worker then jumped out of the trailer and watched the truck speed away with the trailer. 

As the truck traveled southbound, the cable that was being fed from the trailer was yanked off of the utility pole, causing over $10,000 in damage to the fiber optic lines and knocking out service for 7,000 customers, including the Rockledge and Cocoa Police Departments.

Several minutes later, 25-year-old Shane Edward Younger of Melbourne, Florida allegedly parked the truck in front of the restaurant so as to prevent other customers from being able to park. A chef in the restaurant asked Younger to move the truck but Younger denied that the truck was his.

Younger also allegedly told his waitress that people were trying to kill him. 

The Denny's employees then called the Brevard County Sheriff's Office who later notified the Cocoa Police Department that the truck had been located at a Denny's in Merritt Island, Florida.

Younger was arrested and charged with Grand Theft, Felony Criminal Mischief, Driving While License Suspended, and Violation of Probation.

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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Brevard County Arrests March 14, 2018

White/Female DOB:07/17/1991
Address:Merritt Island, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Merritt Island
Grand Theft Mtr Veh
Resist Officer WO Viol
Cocaine - Possession
DWLS W/Knowledge 1st Offense
Intro Contraband into Prison-Control Subst
Controlled Substance - Poss WO Prescription

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Brevard County Arrests March 13, 2018

Ryan Barrial
White/Male DOB:09/09/1985
Address:Cocoa, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cocoa
VOP On Site

Monday, March 12, 2018

Lake Wind Advisory For East Central Florida

The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Wind Advisory for Volusia, Lake, Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Osceola, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, and Martin counties that will remain in effect from noon today until 8 p.m. tonight.

West winds will increase to 20 to 25 mph by mid-to-late afternoon with gusts to around 35 mph as scattered showers and isolated lighting storms develop out ahead of a strong cold front.

Cells will move rapidly from the west to the east at 45 to 55 mph. This will take activity quickly off of the east coast and across the intracoastal and near shore Atlantic waters.

The greatest threats this morning will be north of I-4 and also further south across Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast. Threats from the strongest cells include occasional lightning strike, brief heavy downpours, and gusty winds of 35 to 45 mph.

The gusty winds will create choppy conditions across inland lakes. Boaters should exercise caution and always wear a life jacket on the water.

Small Craft Advisories are also in effect for the local coastal waters for the increasing winds and building seas. A Gale Warning will go into effect this afternoon for offshore marine legs north of Sebastian Inlet, as frequent gusts to gale force are forecast. Seas will build through late tonight up to 8 to 11 feet over the Gulf Stream.

Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.

Brevard County Arrests March 12, 2018

White/Female DOB:09/27/1987
Address:Mims, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Mims
VOP Misdemeanor

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Brevard County Arrests March 11, 2018

Guerold Barthelmy
Black of African American/Male DOB:04/02/1991
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Palm Bay
Viol Injunction Protection Domestic Viol

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Brevard County Arrests March 10, 2018

Kenrick Lorenzo Bacon
Black of African American/Male DOB:01/11/1972
Address:Merritt Island, FLORIDA
Remanded on Felony Charges

Friday, March 9, 2018

Florida Governor Signs Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act

TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law which permits arming non-classroom teacher school employees, raises the age to buy all types of firearms from 18 to 21, bans bump-stocks, and provides funding for school resource officers and youth mental health counseling.

The law also creates “Risk Protection Orders” which allows a court to prohibit a violent or mentally ill individual from purchasing or possessing a firearm or any other weapon.

It also allows law enforcement to seize firearms when a person has been detained under the “Baker Act” and prohibits a person who has been “adjudicated mentally defective” or who has been “committed to a mental institution” from owning or possessing a firearm.

Criminal penalties for individuals who make threats to schools, such as social media threats of shootings or bombings were also enhanced under the new law.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act also provides $99 million for school hardening measures such as metal detectors, bulletproof glass, steel doors and upgraded locks.  

The Brevard Public Schools administration applauded the action taken by Governor Rick Scott.

“I’m proud of our state leaders’ courage to consider recommendations from both sides of the aisle for the greater good,” said BPS Superintendent Desmond Blackburn.

Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Blackburn announced their intention to arm school employees before the act was passed. With the exception of Volusia County, all other Central Florida school districts are opposed to arming school employees.

Free Recycled Paint In Brevard County March 31

Paint can

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. -- Recycled paint will be available to residents of Brevard County at five Richard Paint stores and one Ace Hardware store beginning Saturday, March 31, 2018.

The paint is free to homeowners in limited quantities only. Homeowners will be able to receive up to 10 gallons of one color for the shell of the house, up to three gallons of a second color for trim.

Paint will be available on a first come first served basis only. Proof of home ownership will be required in order to obtain paint (i.e. valid driver’s license with the current residential address or property tax notice). The recycled paint is available in five colors and one floor paint.


Off white
Light Beige
Dark Beige
Texture floor paint

Available at the following locations only – Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Richard’s Paint

2900 Post Road, Melbourne
1510 Cheney Highway, Titusville
1950 Viera Boulevard, Viera
5000 Stack Road, Suite A-1, Palm Bay
230 East Merritt Island Causeway (520) Merritt Island

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware/Beach Discount Plumbing/Supply, 866 North Highway A1A, Indialantic

For more information regarding the recycled paint call 633-1888, 633-2042 or visit

Image Credit: English Wikipedia / Daniel Case

Brevard County Arrests March 9, 2018

Black of African American/Female DOB:07/12/1994
Address:GIBSONTON, Florida
Arrest Location:, Merritt Island
Battery Domestic Viol

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Daylight Savings Time 2018: Spring Forward Time Change

Change Clockds During Daylight Savings Time 2018

If you are asking, "When does Daylights Savings time start in 2018 in the U.S.A.?" The answer is the date that Daylight Savings Time (DST) will begin for Florida is at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Daylight Savings Time 2017 begins before Easter (or Resurrection Sunday) when days become longer and longer heading closer to the Spring Equinox.

The rest of the United States will also turn their clocks forward on March 11, 2017 with the exception of Hawaii and Arizona because those states do not practice Daylight Savings Time.

This means that we lose (not gain) an hour when we turn our clocks ahead an hour to 3:00 a.m. when our clocks reach 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

A helpful way to remember whether to set our clocks ahead or behind one hour during the Daylight Saving Time change for Spring 2018 is to "Fall Back" and "Spring Ahead."

Daylight Saving Time will end again on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

Why was Daylight Saving Time Created?

Benjamin Franklin did not propose Daylight Saving Time. This misconception grew out of the  proverb "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise" that was published in Franklin's Poor Richards' Alamanac.

Daylight Savings Time actually started in Europe during World War I as a way to economize fuel usage. The United States started Daylight Savings Time a year after WWI in 1918.

What was the first country to institute Daylight Saving Time?

Germany and Austria-Hungary, also known as the Axis Powers in World War I, first instituted Daylight Saving Time nationwide in 1916 in order to economize energy usage during the war.

Correct Spelling of Daylight Savings Time

Is it "Daylight Savings Time 2018" or "Daylight Saving Time 2018"?  The correct term is without the "s" but the added "s" has become widely used in the United States.

Image credit: Wiki commons

Brevard County Arrests March 8, 2018

Kelli Marie Arrington
White/Female DOB:10/30/1988
Address:Titusville, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cocoa
FTA Felony