Monday, December 11, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots December 11, 2017

John Christopher Aughinbaugh
White/Male DOB:12/31/1960
Address:Barefoot Bay, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Grant Valkaria

Friday, December 8, 2017

Traffic Backed Up Due To Crash On I-95 Near Eau Gallie Boulevard

MELBOURNE, Florida - As of 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18, 2017, a crash in Brevard County on northbound I-95 at Exit 183 with State Road 518 (Eau Gallie Boulevard) has caused traffic to be backed up until mile marker 181. The left shoulder is also blocked.

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots December 8, 2017

White/Female DOB:02/20/1983
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
Battery LEO Firefighter EMT Etc.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Brevard Times Person of The Year: Patrick Air Force Base Tech. Sgt. Shaun Hartman

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida - U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shaun Hartman may go down in Brevard County history as the most unsung hero of all time. That's because we in local media repaid Hartman for going above and beyond the call of duty by failing to thoroughly do our own jobs to identify the true hero of the day.

While surf fishing off the beach at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Tech. Sgt. Shaun Hartman risked his life to save eight people who were caught in rip currents on April 14, 2017.

Heading into Easter weekend, at the height of Florida's Spring Break, 31-year-old Hartman,of Rockledge, Florida, took his family to enjoy some beach time on Good Friday. Just after casting his fishing line at approximately 6 p.m., Hartman noticed a distressed man in the water.

“It sounds like he’s yelling for help,” said Hartman turning to a distracted woman who appeared to be with the man. “Hey, he’s going to drown. I gotta go get him!” said Hartman as he handed the woman his fishing rod and directed her to reel it in if she got a bite while he dove into the surf after the man.

“It just sucked me in,” said Hartman. Despite the strong current, he fought to swim toward the man. Noticing the man was visibly panicked, Hartman tried calming him while instructing him on how to break free of the rip current.

“I put my hand under his armpit and we were fighting against the current. It was pretty intense.” Hartman’s wife and two young kids were cheering him on from the sand as Hartman and his rescuee struggled toward land, exhausted.

After a celebratory pause, the Hartman family resumed their beach time, but soon afterward a bus full of Junior Air Force ROTC cadets on Spring break from their high school in Georgia arrived to the beach.

Hartman, who served as an Air Force firefighter 10 years earlier, thought to himself, "I guess I’m not fishing anymore.”

Before Hartman had the opportunity to warn the students about the strong current, the students were already in the water. He kept his eye on the situation, but it didn’t take long before things turned for the worse.

“Like a toilet bowl, it was like ‘fulmp, fulmp,’ and one at a time they were get sucked in,” said Hartman of the strong rip current. Within seconds there were at least 10 people out there in trouble, he said.

Hartman said he was overwhelmed because there were so many of them. He ran over and yelled, “Everyone out of the water! Everyone out!”

He spotted one of the bigger kids who was on the south side of the rip current trucking through 4-foot waves putting kids on is back to get them out of the current, but he also noticed that his Herculean efforts were wearing on him.

Hartman said everything was happening so fast. He noticed what looked to be the ROTC instructor headed out to try and help and that’s when he told the kids to call 911. It occurred to Hartman that he was at risk for losing his own life if he went out there to save those kids, but he pushed that thought aside and said, “I’m going in!” thinking to himself, "it’s on!" as he dashed into the water.

“I felt the rip current and was able to walk in chest deep and not get sucked in,” he said.

He went to work pulling kids straight out of the rip current, but more were farther out in deeper water. He said someone yelled, "save him he’s drowning!" He yelled back, “I’m coming, don’t worry!” Hartman went back out 5-6 times, but there was one last kid farther out than all the rest had been. “All you see is hands at the top of the water doing that wave thing.” So Hartman swam back out.

“I just reached and grabbed his hands then we both got sucked under water. I hooked my arm under the kid’s armpit and said ‘relax, I’m going to get you in.'” He said the kid just went limp.

According to Hartman, as he swam toward shore, he saw a guy with a red flotation device burst over the sand dunes like he was storming the beaches of Normandy. He was followed by a Patrick AFB security forces Airmen running at full speed dressed in full military gear and combat boots. The Airmen removed his flack vest and rifle as he bolted right into the surf with his combat boots on to give him assistance.

“I never witnessed so much tenacity,” said Hartman. The two pitched in and helped Hartman in as his energy dwindled. When they made it to shore, the Patrick Air Force Base Fire Department was ready and waiting with oxygen bottles and medical gear to ensure everyone was breathing.

“My adrenaline was through the roof,” said Hartman who was having trouble comprehending how he had the energy to get all those kids to safety.

Everyone pitched in he said, his 9-year-old son was on the phone giving 911 directions. His wife was coordinating triage on beach ensuring everyone was away from the water’s edge and his daughter was offering comfort.

He was relieved to see Brevard Fire and Rescue arrive and take over the scene.

“I really think there was divine intervention as to why I was there and how I was able to help. I am in good shape, but not a PJ (pararescueman),” he said.

Three weeks after that harrowing day, and the local news cycle had grown stale before Hartma was ever recognized, Vice Wing Commander Col. Brett Howard, presented Hartman with the wing commander’s coin for his heroics at the 308th Rescue Squadron where Hartman serves as a medical logistics technician.

“Once again one of our Citizen Airmen stepped up and epitomized our Rescue motto, 'These things we do, that others may live'. We are honored and proud he is a member of our wing,” said Howard.

During this Holiday Season, the families of eight people saved by Hartma can rejoice and count their blessings rather than mourn because of his heroics.

Aricle Source and Photo credit: PAFB

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots December 7, 2017

 Ian Norman Asser
Black of African American/Male DOB:12/27/1985
Address:Palm Bay, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Palm Bay
Battery Domestic Viol

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots December 6, 2017

White/Male DOB:04/09/1971
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Palm Bay
Child Abuse WO Great Harm-Misc

2017 Merritt Island Christmas Parade Winners

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida – The Central Area of Brevard County Parks and Recreation announced the winners of the 2017 Merritt Island Holiday Parade, which was held on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Dr. Fair’s Office

1ST PLACE: MILA Elementary
2ND PLACE: Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School Dance Team
3RD PLACE: Merritt Island Christian School Showstoppers

1ST PLACE: Merritt Island High & Edgewood Jr./ Sr.  High School Marching Bands
2ND PLACE: Jefferson Middle & Merritt Island High School Orchestras
3RD PLACE: No Entry

1ST PLACE: YMCA Adventure Maidens
2ND PLACE: Merritt Island Rotary Club
3RD PLACE: Teen Missions International

1ST PLACE: Girl Scouts Sparkling Rivers
2ND PLACE: Cub Scout Pack 701
3RD PLACE: Merritt Island Pop Warner Youth Cheer

1ST PLACE: Mini's of Brevard
2ND PLACE: Space Coast Seafarers Ministry
3RD PLACE: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation

1ST PLACE: Dussich Dance Studio
2ND PLACE: Trinnity Fitness Merritt Island
3RD PLACE: DJ Gene & Karaoke Machine

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots December 3, 2017

 Edward Agin
White/Male DOB:09/20/1960
Address:Cocoa, FLORIDA
Remanded on Felony Charges

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots December 2, 2017

Irving Joseph Braithwaite
Black of African American/Male DOB:10/07/1993
Address:Cocoa, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cocoa
Grand Theft Other Larceny >100K
DWLS With Knowledge

Friday, December 1, 2017

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots December 1, 2017

Black of African American/Male DOB:10/08/1966
Arrest Location:, Port Canaveral
Battery Domestic Viol

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Brevard County Optician, Missionary Charged With Child Porn Possession

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office arrested 56-year-old David Allen Bressette, of Satellite Beach, Florida, on Wednesday and charged him with felony possession of child pornography.

Bressette is an optician at Seacreast Optical in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Bressette used his optician skills in missionary work for children in Nicaragua.

In March 2015, Bressette traveled to Nicaragua with several other members of the First Christian Church of Cocoa Beach organization, "Through Eyes of Children."

The trip was headed by FLORIDA TODAY north Brevard County watchdog reporter R. Norman Moody.

According to police reports, Bressette was in possession of five images and five videos depicting prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

Bressette was booked into the Brevard County Jail under a $350,000 bond.

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots November 30, 2017

Brian Leonard Ables
Black of African American/Male DOB:11/14/1990
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
Resist Officer WO Viol

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Homeless Man Sexually Batters Teenage Girl Lured From Melbourne Square Mall

WEST MELBOURNE, Florida - A homeless man was arrested for allegedly sexually battering a teenager girl he met at the Melbourne Square Mall.

On Monday, November 27, 2017, West Melbourne police officers interviewed the 14-year-old female who identified the male suspect as 67-year-old Raul Martinez-Sanchez.

The teen told police that she was walking down West New Haven Avenue when Martinez-Sanchez made contact with her and befriended her. He was ultimately able to convince the girl into coming back to a garage he was purportedly living in at 44 McClain Drive in West Melbourne, Florida.

Once at the location, Martinez-Sanchez allegedly gave the teen several beers and ultimately committed a forcible sexual battery. The victim told police that she was able to get loose and punched Martinez-Sanchez several times before fleeing the residence. She then called 911 and her family.

Police say that Martinez-Sanchez is homeless and had moved into the garage for several months. The property owner told police that Martinez-Sanchez was hired for the clean-up of rental properties and was unaware he had moved into this garage used for storage.

Police served Martinez-Sanchez with an arrest warrant and also served a search warrant at 44 McClain Drive where investigators were able to recover several of the teen's items.

Martinez-Sanchez was booked into the Brevard County Jail on a $210,000 bond. He was charged with Sexual Battery on a Person 14 to 16 Years of Age, False Imprisonment, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

Superintendent Dr. Brian Binggeli Abruptly Resigns From Plano School District

Superintendent Dr. Brian Binggeli abruptly and mysteriously resigned from the Plano School District on Tuesday, just two years after he had left Brevard Public Schools in the wake of a multi-million dollar software purchasing scandal.

Bingelli's resignation in Plano comes just days after BPS and the software contractor announced a settlement encompassing the scandal.

Binggeli's resignation also coincided with another surprise resignation by Plano School District board member Greg Myer. A spokesperson for the Plano School District told the Dallas Morning News that "the only thing [the resignations had] in common is the timing."

Binggeli's termination agreement from the Plano School District discharges him from "... any and all claims, actions and causes of action of any nature whatsoever related to Binggeli’s employment with District..."

The agreement defines claims as " ....  any and all theories or recovery of whatsoever nature which each Party may have asserted, or could have asserted, against the other Party, regarding any issues related to Binggeli’s  employment with District, whether known or now unknown ...."

Despite announcing a resignation in the middle of the school year, the Plano School District will pay Binggeli $307,000 in accrued vacation time plus nine months salary, CBSDFW reported.

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots November 29, 2017

Keena Lamar Bacon
Black of African American/Male DOB:01/09/1988
Address:Merritt Island, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cocoa
Attempted Murder
Poss Firearm/Weapon/Ammo by Convicted Felon