Monday, March 27, 2017

Palm Bay Man Seriously Injured In State Road 528 Crash

ORANGE COUNTY, Florida - The Florida Highway Patrol reported that an Brevard County man has suffered serious injuries in a four-vehicle fatal crash that occurred on State Road 528 near mile marker 25 just before 9 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017.

33-year-old Chris Vassas of Palm Bay, Florida was driving a 2016 Hyundai westbound on State Road 528. 

Meanwhile, three other vehicles were traveling westbound ahead of the Hyundai: a 2004 Pontiac with an unidentified driver; a 2017 Nissan SUV driven by 58-year-old Grace Barnes of Sanford, Florida; and a 2003 Ford SUV driven by 52-year-old Michael Sabia of Christmas, Florida.

According to FHP, the Pontiac, Nissan, and Ford were slowing down for slow traffic ahead but Vassas failed to also slow down the Hyundai.

The front of the Hyundai then struck the rear of the Pontiac, causing a chain reaction where the front of the Pontiac then struck the rear of the Nissan which caused the front of the Nissan to strike the rear of the Ford.

The driver of the Pontiac was transported to the hospital in critical condition where she was pronounced deceased. Her identity has not been released pending next-of-kin notification. 

Vassas and Barnes were transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where they are both listed in serious condition.

The drivers of the Nissan and Ford did not suffer any injuries.

All of the drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Image credits: Google / FHP

Cocoa Beach Police: Paintball Shooting Not Cause Of Downed Jogger

COCOA BEACH, Florida - Around 9 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, Cocoa Beach Police and Fire personnel responded to an area across from 20 South Orlando Avenue to assist a female jogger who had fallen on the sidewalk along the east side of the street. 

Initially, it was believed that the woman had been shot with a paintball, which caused her to fall to the ground and sustain minor injuries.  Several broken paintballs were observed in the area along with paint on the ground. 

It was later determined through evidence at the scene as well as victim/witness statements that the jogger just tripped and fell to the ground.  Police have concluded that the paintballs had been previously discharged and are unrelated to this incident. 

Anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter is asked to contact the Cocoa Beach Police Department at 321-868- 3251.

Image credit: Google

Florida Surfer Bitten By Shark In Volusia County

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida - A 58-year-old surfer was bitten in the foot by a shark Monday morning off of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, according to Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue.  

The surfer was bitten just before 10 a.m. when he was 30-40 yards out in the ocean. The injury was considered minor and the surfer was not transported to the hospital.

In 2016, Volusia County (Daytona Beach area) had the largest number (15) of unprovoked shark bites among Florida counties, nearly doubling Volusia's recent five-year average of eight attacks per year. 

University of Florida researchers say that the higher number of shark bites off the east coast of Central Florida is attributable to high aquatic recreational use by both Florida residents and tourists, including large numbers of surfers, and to the rich nature of its marine fauna.

Florida saw an increase in unprovoked shark attacks in 2016 and accounted for 60.4% of all shark attacks in the U.S. and 39.5% of the world’s total, according to the University of Florida International Shark Attack File.

How to avoid shark attacks: In addition to spotting the telltale 'JAWS' shark fins, fish jumping out of water or sea birds hovering at the surface of the water could indicate the presence of feeding sharks. Swim near a lifeguard area (their elevated position on a lifeguard tower is better for shark spotting) and pay attention to warning flags.

Traffic Crash On State Road 528 In Merritt Island

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida - A fatal crash occurred on the westbound lanes of State Road 528 (Beachline) Monday morning on Merritt Island, Florida.

Westbound lanes have been closed to allow medical rescue helicopters to land and for law enforcement to investigate the crash scene. Another subsequent, minor crash occurred on Sea Ray Drive when traffic was diverted off of State Road 528.

Motorists should use State Road 520 as an alternate westbound route.

Image credits: FDOT/Google.

Portuguese Man-of-War Invade Florida's Space Coast

COCOA BEACH, Florida - Purple flags are flying at lifeguard stands today because Portuguese Man-of-War have once again invaded Brevard County beaches over the weekend and are stinging unsuspecting Spring Breakers. 

An extended period of strong easterly winds have been blowing the Portuguese Man-of-War jelly fish (technically, Portuguese Man-of-War aren't jellyfish but are instead a colony of small organisms called Siphonophoraealong with heavy amounts of seaweed onto the popular tourist beaches during Spring Break 2017. 

Often, the Portuguese Man-of-War are entangled in the seaweed which makes it harder for beachgoers to see the stinging marine life before it is too late.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, prevailing easterly winds will continue for the next few days. So, there will be a strong chance that Portuguese Man-of-War will remain along Florida's Space Coast beaches through at least Thursday.

The Portuguese Man-of-War can be identified from other jellyfish in Florida by its translucent blue and purple gas-filled air sac that helps them travel long distances across the ocean by acting as a wind-driven sail.  

A violet-colored stinging tentacle cluster mass under the body can have tentacles that may extend up to ten or fifteen feet. These stinging, venom-filled tentacles are designed to paralyze small fish but can also deliver a powerful sting to humans who wade into the water or play on the beach.

Study: You're Treating Jellyfish Stings All Wrong

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots March 27, 2017

Sean Thomas Anderson
White/Male DOB:06/04/1986
Address:Cape Canaveral, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cape Canaveral
Cocaine - Possession
Controlled Substance - Poss WO Prescription
Poss Drug Paraphernalia/Equipment

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Teen Crashes Car Into Titusville Dollar General

TITUSVILLE, Florida - A Titusville teenager crashed a car into a Dollar General Store on Sunday afternoon in Titusville, Florida.

Titusville Police Officers responded to a traffic crash at the Dollar General Store, located at 1400 North Singleton Avenue, on Sunday March 26th 2017 at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Police that an unlicensed 17-year-old driver crashed a 2016 Nissan Altima through the front glass doors and came to a stop inside of the store.

The juvenile driver and the adult passenger were not injured in the crash.

No one inside the Dollar General Store was injured.

Image credit: Google

Cocoa Beach Jellyfish Report March 2017

Portuguese Man-of-War

COCOA BEACH, Florida - As of March 26, 2017, Jellyfish, including Portuguese Man-of-War have re-appeared along Brevard County beaches over the last few days and are stinging unsuspecting Spring Breakers. 

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots March 26, 2017

Sean Michael Arnold
White/Male DOB:04/08/1997
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cocoa
VOP Felony

Rip Currents For Brevard County

COCOA BEACH, Florida - The National Weather Service in Melbourne has issued a Rip Current Statement for all of Central Florida's coastal counties. A High Rip Current risk has also been issued that remains in effect through Sunday evening.

Building surf will make entering the ocean dangerous today.

The surf can knock you down or push you off a sandbar and into deeper water, making you susceptible to being pulled out by a rip current.

Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from shore which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as jetties and piers. Heed the advice of lifeguards, beach patrol flags, and signs.

Always swim near a lifeguard.  Remain calm if you are caught in a rip current. Don`t fight the current. Instead, swim in a direction following the shoreline. If you are unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help. If you are tired, float or tread water until you are out of the rip current.

Top image: Brevard County Ocean Rescue lifeguards search for a missing swimmer caught in a rip current. Credit: BCFR

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots March 25, 2017

Harry David Acker
White/Male DOB:04/15/1963
Address:Palm Bay, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
DWLS Habitual Offender

Florida Man Steals From Walmart, Uses Shopping Cart As Getaway Car

PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida - A Florida man allegedly stole merchandise and used a Walmart shopping cart as his getaway car on March 16 in Seminole, Florida.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, the 40 to 50-year-old Florida man stole approximately $650 worth of merchandise including, a large tote bucket, laundry detergent, snow crab, king crab, smoked salmon, various meats, and a closet organizer.

According to detectives, the Florida man walked into the store, placed the various items in his shopping cart, and then made his way toward the front of the store.

Surveillance video shows the man calmly walking past a closed cashier counter and out the front door of Walmart. Once the man exited the store, he dashed away by skating on the cart to an older model white pickup truck in the parking lot.

The suspect is described as a white male with short brown/gray hair, and he appeared to have a medium complexion. The suspect was wearing a blue long-sleeve shirt with light blue jeans and wearing dark sunglasses on top of his head.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Burglary/Pawn Unit Detective R. Weil at 727-582-6337. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or

Photo and video credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

Friday, March 24, 2017

Truck Crashes Into U.S. Post Office In Titusville

TITUSVILLE, Florida - An elderly man accidentally crashed into the Titusville Post Office on Friday.

At approximately 11:45 a.m., Titusville Police Officers responded to reports of a traffic crash at the United States Post Office located at 2503 South Washington Avenue in Titusville, Florida.

According to the Titusville Police Department, the preliminary investigation has revealed that Gordon Eugene Brown, 82, of Titusville, inadvertently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake as he was attempting to park his 2015 Nissan Frontier truck in a designated parking spot. The truck crashed through the front glass doors and came to a stop in the lobby of the post office.

Brown was not injured in the crash.

No one inside the post office was injured.

Photo credit: Titusville Police Department

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots March 24, 2017

White/Male DOB:06/25/1962
Address:Cape Canaveral, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cape Canaveral
Cocaine - Possession

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Severe Thunderstorm Warning For Northern Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida, has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning that will remain in effect until 8:45 .m. that will remain in effect until 8:45 a.m. for northern Brevard County, Florida on March 23, 2017.

At 7:58 a.m. EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, or 7 miles northeast of Titusville Airport, moving south at 10 mph.

HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include... Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Sharpes, Port Saint John and Port Canaveral.