Saturday, October 21, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots October 21, 2017

Fernando Alvarez-Boyso
Hispanic or Latino/Male DOB:09/19/1992
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
VOP On Site
Poss Alcohol in Public

Friday, October 20, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots October 20, 2017

Jessica Marie Antonelli
White/Female DOB:02/12/1983
Address:Palm Bay, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
Pass Forged Altered Instrument
Forgery/Alter Bank Bill Note Check Draft

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Campus Charter School In Port St. John To Close October 27

PORT SAINT JOHN, Florida - Campus Charter School announced that it will close in the middle of the Fall 2017 semester, which means that over 100 Brevard County school students will have to find another school to finish out the semester and school year.

The school had been open for 15 years in Port St. John, Florida, but dismissed its management company due to mismanagement of funds in 2014 and suffered subsequent financial difficulty and possible closure.

"We opened this school year with high hopes of a great year ahead and peace about our future. We were expecting high enrollment and the start of our VPK program," the school wrote in a letter to parents. "Unfortunately, we have found that our enrollment at Campus has declined instead of increasing as expected."

Campus Charter School's most recent State of Florida school grade was a 'C'.

"Brevard Public Schools’ staff and administrators are available to help families with this transition and answer any questions," Brevard Public Schools spokesperson Jennifer Wolfinger wrote in a statement in response to the news of the closure.

Image credit: Google

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.

Study: Alligators Eat Sharks, And Sharks Eat Alligators

Alligator versus Shark

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida - Alligators will eat sharks if given the opportunity and vice-versa, according to a recently released study.

James Nifong, a postdoctoral researcher at Kansas State University, and Russell Lowers, a wildlife biologist with Integrated Mission Support Services at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, published a study documenting that American alligators on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are eating small sharks and stingrays. This is the first scientific documentation of a widespread interaction between the two predators.

"In the article, we documented alligators consuming three new species of sharks and one species of stingray," Nifong said. "Before this, there have only been a few observations from an island off the Georgia coast, but the new findings document the occurrence of these interactions from the Atlantic coast of Georgia around the Florida peninsula to the Gulf Coast and Florida panhandle."

Despite the freshwater and saltwater differences, Nifong said it is fairly common for sharks and rays to share the water with alligators. Many sharks and rays can swim into freshwater where opportunistic alligators can't pass up a good meal. Although alligators don't have salt glands like true crocodiles, they are resourceful as they travel between freshwater and marine habitats.

"Alligators seek out fresh water in high-salinity environments," Nifong said. "When it rains really hard, they can actually sip fresh water off the surface of the salt water. That can prolong the time they can stay in a saltwater environment."

Alligators are opportunistic predators with an indiscriminate appetite that includes fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and even fruit. Because of their predatory nature, alligators may target people, pets and livestock as foodNifong said sharks can also end up on the menu.

"The frequency of one predator eating the other is really about size dynamic," Nifong said "If a small shark swims by an alligator and the alligator feels like it can take the shark down, it will, but we also reviewed some old stories about larger sharks eating smaller alligators."

Nifong dug into history and found news reports from the late 1800's that described battles of large masses of sharks and alligators after flooding and high tides washed the predators together near Jupiter, Florida. One particular historical incident included in the journal article described how the sharks were attracted to blood from alligators feeding on fish. When the alligators were washed out to sea, the sharks attacked.

ABOVE PHOTO: An Alligator feeds on a nurse shark at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Issues New Driver's License

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) expanded its issuance of a new, more secure Florida driver license and ID card.

The new design includes nearly double the fraud protection measures compared to the previous design and provides the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today. Security features on the new credential include redundant data, ultraviolet (UV) ink and optically variable features.

“We understand our customers’ credential is the most valuable item in their wallet,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “Through coordination with law enforcement, tax collectors and our statewide partners, Florida’s new credential is the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today, delivering enhanced security features, up-to-date technology, convenient designations and a design unique to the Sunshine State.”

Along with critical anti-fraud features, the new design incorporates designations for lifetime sportsman’s, boater, freshwater, saltwater and hunting licenses, as well as designations for veteran, organ donor, deaf/hard of hearing and developmentally disabled. A list of documentation required to obtain designations is available on the DHSMV website.

By the end of 2017, the new credential will be available at all service centers throughout Florida and online. Individuals will only need to renew their driver license or identification card upon its expiration or if a required change is needed, such as a name or address change. To find out more about Florida’s new driver license and ID card and when the new credential will be available locally, visit

Though previous driver license and identification cards will still be in use alongside the new credential until they are replaced or phased out, all credentials issued after January 1, 2018, will have the new look and security features.

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots October 19, 2017

Matthew Edward Abaloz
White/Male DOB:11/19/1975
Address:Merritt Island, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Merritt Island
FTA Misdemeanor

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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots October 18, 2017

White/Male DOB:11/13/1964
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Palm Bay
DUI Property Damage/Personal Injury
Resist Officer WO Viol

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.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency For White Nationalist Richard Spencer's Speech

GAINESVILLE, Florida - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency on Monday for Alachua County ahead of a speech by white nationalist leader Richard Spencer at the University of Florida on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

The Governor's declaration comes following a request from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell to assist local law enforcement’s response to rallies and counter-demonstrations planned on the University of Florida campus.

Scott's Executive Order activates Florida’s Mutual Aid Plan which allows the state and Sheriff Darnell to quickly coordinate resources from other state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion, however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority," said Governor Scott. 

"I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”

"BREAKING: Hurricane Ricardo expected to hit Gainesville this Thursday," Spencer tweeted in response to the State of Emergency which are more commonly declared when a hurricane approaches the Sunshine State.

“I urge our campus community to join together, respect one another and promote positive speech, while allowing for differing opinions," said University of Florida W. Kent Fuchs. "It is up to every student, faculty member, staff member, and myself to demonstrate our university values of respect and inclusion in all that we do. We have an opportunity to lead the way.”

A Facebook event called "No Nazis at UF" is expected to counter-demonstrate Thursday's speech and rally. 

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots October 17, 2017

Ernest Karl Boost
White/Male DOB:01/02/1992
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
Battery Domestic Viol

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pay For Most Brevard County Public Schools Teachers Could Grow More Than 4%

VIERA, Florida - Teachers rated “highly effective” could see their pay jump by an average of $1,975 for 2017-2018 at Brevard Public Schools. Teachers rated “effective” could receive $1,431 more in pay, on average.

Those increases of 4.1 percent and 3 percent, respectively, would come from a combination of a proposed salary raise and annual bonuses funded for three years by the Florida Legislature.

The school district proposed the raise as its “best and final” offer at a bargaining session with the Brevard Federation of Teachers on Monday, October 16, 2017. However, the union did not accept that and other terms and declared an impasse.

Although smaller than the 5 percent raise the BFT once called for in negotiations, the proposed 1.5 percent average salary increase would be the fifth straight annual raise for teachers. The trend:

2013-14:  4.53% raise
2014-15:  2.12%
2015-16:  5.1%
2016-17: 1.3%
2017-18:  1.5%

Today, the average BPS teacher salary is $47,723  a year or $4,772.30 per month based on a 10-month contract.

The raise proposed by the school district would have to be ratified by the BFT membership and approved by the five-member School Board.

"The Board gave us an awful salary proposal," said Brevard Federation of Teachers President, Dan Bennett. "They know last year’s raise was paltry and they agreed to make a plan to do better this year. Somehow they did worse."

Teacher Pay Compared To All Brevard Workers And Retirees

The average annual salary for all 200,000 workers in Brevard County is $46,520. But because most adults work 12 months a year, that only amounts to $3,876.66 a month for the average worker in Brevard. In 2016, wages for all workers in Brevard grew an average of 1.6%.

The raises given and offered by the BPS administration to teachers over the last five years are also triple the rate that 158,000 retired and disabled Brevard County residents have received with their COLA increases during the same time period.

Teacher Evaluations Heavily Skewed Towards 'Highly Effective'

On average, the estimated 4,436 teachers rated “highly effective” on evaluations (about 90 percent of all faculty) would receive an average annual raise of $775.  In addition, highly effective teachers will receive state bonuses of $1,200 each.

The estimated 478 teachers rated “effective” (10 percent of faculty) would receive an average annual raise of $631.  Effective teachers also will receive state bonuses of $800. The bonuses are funded by the Florida Legislature for the next three years.

Teachers rated “needs improvement” (less than 1 percent of faculty) would receive a cost-of-living raise of $200 but are not eligible for bonuses.

"The matter of [annual contract teachers'] job security is just as egregious. No, I will not just trust the district – and every principal in the district – to do the right thing and recommend teachers who have good evaluations," Bennett said.

"Back before we had any protections, I saw dozens of highly effective and effective annual contract teachers simply let go at the end of the school year. Some were sick. Some were pregnant. Some were just told they “didn’t fit.” Often no explanation was offered .... The world of annual contract teachers certainly improved when we got the protections currently in our contract. There’s no good reason the district cannot help us on this matter. And yet, they expect me just to trust the district and not make waves."

BPS Administration Budget Priorities

The District says that the proposed 1.5 percent raise comes in a year when all “new” operating dollars at the Board’s disposal come from budget cuts to administration and support divisions, not from growth in property taxes or money from the Legislature.

The School Board's priorities call for spending about half of that $6.73 million on raises for teachers who have been rated effective or highly effective, one-third on raises for support personnel, and the remainder on strategic initiatives to improve service to students and families.

Those strategic initiatives include suicide-prevention programs, reopening an elementary school in Titusville, and new busing for students to choice programs.

Additional Benefits For Teachers

The additional pay isn’t the only benefit Brevard teachers have received through agreements between the School Board and BFT. Outside of this year’s collective-bargaining, the parties have agreed to:

Eliminate time-consuming “professional grown plan” portions of evaluations to give teachers more time for instruction or planning.

More flexibility to carry-over unused “comp time” from year to year.

In addition, BPS this year opened three health clinics where teachers and staff can receive free primary and urgent care.

Teachers also received an entire paid week off due to Hurricane Irma because BPS will not have any make-up days at the end of this school year.

"Morale in the workplace is important. Being able to pay bills is important too. And no, “not making up hurricane days” does not count as a raise," said Bennett.

Image and video credit: BPS

Florida Tech Homecoming 2017 Offers Music, Sports, a Gala and More

Florida Institute of Technology Cheerleaders

MELBOURNE, Florida - The theme for Florida Institute of Technology’s 2017 Homecoming is “Old Hollywood,” a fitting focus given the action, drama, laughs and thrills the multi-day celebration promises to provide.

Running Nov. 1-4, the annual gathering of alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members from the Space Coast and points beyond will feature a carnival, live sporting events, a free concert, an awards gala and much more.

It all starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Homecoming Kickoff sponsored by Greek Life. The two-hour event, happening at Crawford Green on the Florida Tech campus, will offer food and giveaways, the introduction of the Homecoming King and Queen, and other activities and games.

Here’s a look at other Homecoming highlights:

Thursday, Nov. 2

6 p.m.: Meg O’Malley’s presents the FIT Homecoming 5K Walk/Run in downtown Melbourne. Features T-shirts, goody bags and a post-race party at Meg’s. Visit to register and for more information.

7 p.m.: You’ve just shown your talent for running. Now see what talents Florida Tech students have as they put on a talent show at Clemente Center.

Friday, Nov. 3

6 p.m.-midnight: Homecoming Fest in downtown Melbourne. The Florida Tech Alumni Association has joined forces with Melbourne Mainstreet to offer a memorable evening featuring street vendors, food, drinks and free music from the Scottish rock band The Fratellis. Visit for more details.

Saturday, Nov. 4

11 a.m.: Tailgate party on campus.

1-4 p.m.: Homecoming football game: Panthers vs. the University of West Georgia Wolves at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. The Homecoming King and Queen will be presented at halftime. More information and tickets at

6-10 p.m.: Homecoming Awards Gala, Clemente Center. Dinner and awards, including the presentation of the Jerome P. Keuper Distinguished Alumni Award, followed by dancing and live music. Registration at

6-10 p.m. Carnival at Crawford Green. This fun event will include food trucks and carnival games amid the Old Hollywood theme.

Photo credit: FIT

Retired Brevard County Judge Alli Majeed to Speak on First Amendment Oct. 24 at Florida Tech

MELBOURNE, Florida - Alli Majeed, who was Brevard County’s longest serving county court judge before his 2016 retirement, is the keynote speaker at Florida Institute of Technology’s Nathan Bisk College of Business Center for Ethics and Leadership Breakfast Seminar on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

The free event runs from 7:45-9:30 a.m. in the Hartley Room on the second floor of the Denius Student Center on Florida Tech’s Melbourne campus, 150 W. University Boulevard. A continental breakfast will be served.

Majeed will speak about the rights and responsibilities associated with the First Amendment, best known for enshrining the freedoms of religion, speech and the press.

Serving as county court judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit for 24 years after his 1993 appointment by then-Florida Governor Lawton Chiles, Majeed has been guided by his belief that public service is a privilege. He is equally well known for his enthusiasm and tirelessness in carrying out what he considers his civic duty: talking to fellow citizens about the judicial system and their rights and responsibilities as U.S. citizens, and sharing share his deep and abiding respect for the U.S. Constitution.

A graduate of Howard University and the Catholic University of America Columbus Law School, Majeed previously worked as a criminal attorney, assistant public defender and assistant state attorney.

Majeed was awarded the Harvey Ford Award by The Conference of County Court Judges of Florida. The Harvey Ford Award recognizes a county court judge who has demonstrated the highest level of profound service to the community, legal profession, and to Florida’s judiciary.

As seating is limited, guests are asked to RSVP to Patti Macy at [email protected] by 5 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2017.