Saturday, May 28, 2016

National Hurricane Center: Tropical Storm Bonnie Projected Path Update

National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Bonnie Projected Path

CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed and is projected to make landfall on the coast of South Carolina, according to NOAA's National Hurricane Center storm tracker.


Tropical Storm Bonnie Projected Path Update


As of 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016, Tropical Storm Bonnie is located over the Atlantic Ocean about 125 south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and is moving toward the northwest at 10 mph - this general direction is expected to continue through Saturday night. The tropical cyclone is forecast to make landfall on the South Carolina coast on Sunday.


After making landfall, Bonnie is expected to weaken back to Tropical Depression 2 on Memorial Day as the storm makes a turn to the northeast and travels up the South Carolina coastline. Tropical Depression 2 is then expected to continue northeastward into eastern North Carolina on Tuesday before exiting back out to the Atlantic on Thursday.


Tropical Storm Bonnie Strength


Tropical Storm Bonnie has maximum sustained winds at 40 mph, with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the storm's center, mainly to the northwest. Some additional strengthening is possible tonight as Bonnie moves over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Gradual weakening is forecast on Sunday after Bonnie makes landfall.


Tropical Storm Bonnie Warnings and Advisories


TROPICAL STORM WARNING: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Savannah River to Little River Inlet South Carolina. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the South Carolina coast within the warning area later tonight or early Sunday.

RAINFALL: Bonnie is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches with maximum totals of 5 inches from eastern South Carolina through southeastern North Carolina.

STORM SURGE: Storm surge inundation of 1 to 2 feet above ground level is possible within the tropical storm warning area during the next high tide on Sunday morning.

SURF: Bonnie is expected to produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along portions of the southeastern United States coast through Memorial Day weekend.  

TORNADOES: Isolated tornadoes are possible late tonight and early Sunday over the immediate coastal region from central South Carolina through southern North Carolina.



Tropical Storm Bonnie Spaghetti Models



Tropical Storm Bonnie Spaghetti Models

Spaghetti models are in good agreement that Bonnie will gradually turn toward the north-northwest as it moves around the west side of a deep-layer ridge, and moving onshore between Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina, in about 18-24 hours.  

The NHC model forecasts that Bonnie will stall or meander along the coastal region of South Carolina in 24-36 hours before drifting off to the east or northeast by 48 hours. The NHC forecast track is similar to the previous advisory track and closely follows a blend of GFS and ECMWF models.

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots May 28, 2016


Marcos Alejando Arbelo
White/Male DOB:12/19/1979
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
DUI Property Damage/Personal Injury
DUI >0.15 2nd Offense OR DUI W Pers <18 in Veh 2nd Offense

Friday, May 27, 2016

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots May 27, 2016


 
Brandon Phillip Bauler
White/Male DOB:09/21/1990
Address:Merritt Island, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Merritt Island
MDMA - Trafficking 10 Gr or more
Possess Listed Chemical W Intent Mft Control Subst

NHC: Tropical Storm Bonnie May Form Today, Projected Path Update

Invest 91L NOAA GOES Satellite Image

MIAMI, Florida -- At 7:45 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, NOAA's National Hurricane Center storm tracker in Miami, Florida predicts a high (90%) chance of an area of low pressure becoming a tropical cyclone by the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.

According to NHC, shower activity associated with a low pressure area located between Bermuda and the Bahamas continues to show signs of organization, and the circulation of the low has become a little better defined overnight. 


Environmental conditions are generally conducive for a tropical or subtropical cyclone to form later today or Saturday while this system moves west-northwestward to northwestward toward the southeastern United States coast, according to NOAA. 

All interests along the southeast coast from Georgia through North Carolina should monitor the progress of this low. 

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this afternoon. 

If a tropical storm does form, the next name on the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Names list is Tropical Storm Bonnie.


INVEST 91L SPAGHETTI MODELS



Most spaghetti model forecasts are in general agreement that this system, named Invest 91L, will move near the South Carolina or Georgia coasts by the weekend while remaining off of Florida's east coast. 

TROPICAL STORM BONNIE BEACH AND MARINE IMPACT


Regardless of tropical storm formation, Florida and the rest of the Southeastern United States will see increased wave heights for the surfers and an increased risk of rip current for beachgoers. Boaters will experience rougher seas and should monitor their local National Weather Service for the latest marine advisories.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Palm Bay Woman Involved In 2 Separate Fatal Crashes Charged With DUI Manslaughter

Annette Marie Soto Diaz of Palm Bay, Florida

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - A Palm Bay woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter in the fiery I-95 crash that left 10 injured and one person dead around 4 a.m. on November 1, 2015.

Then 22-year-old Annette Marie Soto Diaz was driving a 2013 Mercedes C250 southbound on Interstate 95 in the inside lane. Meanwhile, Cynthia Tzoc of Rhode Island was driving a 2014 Toyota Camry ahead of the Mercedes.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Mercedez was gaining on the Camry and ultimately struck the vehicle from behind. Following the collision, the Mercedez was redirected to the left and struck the center dividing wall of southbound I-95. 


Both the Mercedez and Camry came to a final rest in the inside southbound lane in a dark area of the roadway. The right front passenger in the Mercedez, 24-year-old Llasmyna Iris Rios of Palm Bay, then opened the door and attempted to exit. As she was trying to exit the vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Dart driven by 25-year-old Karthik Raju of Melbourne, Florida came along in the same lane. 

Raju saw the crash in the roadway and took evasive action by applying the brakes and steering to his right, but was unable to avoid a collision. That's when the front of the Dodge struck the right side of the Mercedes. 

Following this collision, the Dodge traveled to the right shoulder and came to rest facing in a southwesterly direction. After coming to final rest, the Dodge caught fire. But all of the occupants were able to safely exit the Dodge. 

After several months of investigation into the crash, FHP troopers arrested Annette Marie Soto Diaz on May 25, 2016 and charged her with DUI manslaughter, five counts of DUI with property damage or personal injury, vehicular manslaughter, and reckless driving. She was booked into the Brevard County Jail where she is being held on a $63,500.00 bond, according to court records.

Soto Diaz was a driver in another fatal crash that occurred earlier on the day of her arrest (May 25, 2016). According to FHP, she was not under the influence when yesterday's fatal crash occurred.

Delayed arrests have allowed many Florida drunk drivers who kill people to flee the Sunshine State or commit other crimes, an investigative report found.

West Melbourne Police: Imagine School Father Not A Threat

Imagine School in West Melbourne, Florida

UPDATE:  West Melbourne Police were able to speak with the father and later determined that he is not a threat.

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WEST MELBOURNE, Florida - The West Melbourne Police Department is attempting to locate the father of one of the students that attends Imagine School located at 3355 Imagine Way in West Melbourne, Florida.

Just after 4 p.m. on Monday, the father arrived to pick up his child and was told that the school had not been notified that he was authorized to pick the child up. 

"The mother failed to put him on the list. This enraged the father into making a scene and becoming trespassed from the school," West Melbourne Police Sergeant Eric Rothery told Brevard Times.

The student’s mother contacted the West Melbourne Police Department to apologize for the misunderstanding involving her estranged husband and to report that he made comments threatening to do harm to the principal and possibly the school.   

Acting out of an abundance of caution, the West Melbourne Police Department will have extra patrols on and around campus today.  Police say that attempts to locate the father have been unsuccessful so far.  No direct threats to the school or any school employee have been made to this point, police say.

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots May 26, 2016


Anthony Michael Barnett
White/Male DOB:06/16/1987
Address:Melbourne, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Melbourne
VOP On Site

$3 Million Florida Lotto Winning Ticket Sold In Satellite Beach



SATELLITE BEACH, Florida -- The Florida Lottery announced that the sole winning ticket drawn in Saturday night's Florida Lotto jackpot worth $3 million was sold at a Krishna Food Mart located at 1107 South Patrick Drive in Satellite Beach, Florida.


The winning numbers for the FLORIDA LOTTO May 25, 2016 drawing are:


18-23-31-41-44-47 XTRA: 04

The overall odds to win the Florida Lotto jackpot are 1 in 22,957,480.

Players may choose to receive their portion of the FLORIDA LOTTO jackpots in a one-time Cash Option payment or in 30 annual payments. The Cash Option payment is the amount required on the day of the drawing (or if the drawing is held on a Saturday or holiday, the business day prior to the drawing) to fund the applicable jackpot prize paid over 30 years, less applicable taxes. FLORIDA LOTTO jackpot winners who want to receive a single Cash Option payment must claim their prizes within the first 60 days of the 180-day redemption period. Applicable federal income taxes will be withheld from both Cash Option and annual payments at the time payments are made.

You can always view the latest and past winning number results for all Florida Lottery games HERE.

Melbourne PD: Homeless Man Brutally Attacked, Robbed Victim

Michael Brandon Dudley-Palmer


MELBOURNE, Florida - A homeless man has been arrested after brutally attacking and robbing the victim, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

Just after midnight on Thursday, Melbourne police responded to the 800 Block of East Fee Avenue following a report of  a person with extensive facial injuries. Police interviewed the victim and determined that he had suffered a brutal attack and his money and phone were stolen.


The victim gave police a detailed description of the suspected robber. Police were then able to locate a man in the immediate area matching the description.

Police arrested 24-year-old Michael Brandon Dudley-Palmer  after they discovered that he had the victim’s phone, money and blood on his pants. 

Police say that during an interview, Dudley-Palmer made admissions implicating him as the person that robbed the victim. 

The victim is currently being treated for substantial facial injuries. 

Dudley-Palmer was recently released from jail for felony battery, criminal mischief and felony petit theft, according to Melbourne police.

National Hurricane Center: Tropical Storm May Form Off Florida By Memorial Day Weekend

Tropical Storm Bonnie Projected Path

MIAMI, Florida -- NOAA's National Hurricane Center storm tracker in Miami, Florida has issued a Tropical Weather Outlook which predicts a high (70%) chance of an area of low pressure becoming a tropical cyclone by the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.

Cloudiness and showers located over the western Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas that are associated with an area of low pressure are becoming better organized, according to satellite and surface observations.





NOAA says that environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for development, and a tropical or subtropical cyclone could form on Friday or Saturday. The low is forecast to move slowly west-northwestward or northwestward and approach the southeastern United States over Memorial Day weekend.

If a tropical storm does form, the next name on the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Names list is Tropical Storm Bonnie.


INVEST 91L SPAGHETTI MODELS

Invest 91L Spaghetti Models


Most spaghetti models forecast that this system, named Invest 91L, will move near the South Carolina or North Carolina coasts by the weekend while staying far off Florida's east coast. 

TROPICAL STORM BONNIE BEACH AND MARINE IMPACT

Tropical Storm Bonnie Wave Model

Regardless of tropical storm formation, Florida and the rest of the Southeastern United States will likely see increased wave heights for the surfers and an increased risk of rip current for beachgoers. Boaters will experience rougher seas and should monitor their local National Weather Service for the latest marine advisories.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Titusville Man Killed In Volusia County Crash On U.S. 1


UPDATE: FHP has released the identity of the deceased man as 54-year-old Donald Carpenter.

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida - The Florida Highway Patrol reported that an Brevard County, Florida man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a crash that occurred on U.S. 1 in Volusia County on Tuesday.


The 54-year-old Titusville, Florida man was driving a 1993 Nissan southbound on U.S. Highway 1 just north of the Volusia County / Brevard County line. For an unknown reason, the Nissan left the roadway and struck a cuvlert on the shoulder near Cedar Grove Road. The vehicle continued on the shoulder where it struck several trees.

Another driver later discovered the man and the wreckage but FHP troopers have not determined the time of the crash.
The man was not wearing his seatbelt. His identiy has not been released pending next-of-kin notification.

The crash remains under investigation.

Brevard County Man Killed In State Road 528 Crash


ORANGE COUNTY, Florida - The Florida Highway Patrol reported that an Brevard County, Florida man died as a result of injuries he sustained in a crash that occurred on State Road 528 near mile marker 34 at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday.


22-year-old Annette Soto Diaz of Palm Bay, Florida was driving a 2012 BMW westbound on State Road 528 in a heavy rain. Diaz told FHP troopers that the BMW started to hydroplane, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The BMW left the roadway onto the north shoulder and then struck a tree.

A passenger in the BMW, 24-year-old Alex Santiago, was killed in the crash. Another passenger, 26-year-old Vassell Ewar, suffered serious injuries. Diaz did not have any injuries. All three are from Palm Bay, Florida

The crash remains under investigation.

Annette Soto Diaz was later arrested later that day for another fatal crash where she was a driver that occurred on November 1, 2015.

Delayed arrests have allowed many Florida drunk drivers who kill people to flee the Sunshine State or commit other crimes, an investigative report found.

Brevard County Arrest Mugshots May 25, 2016


 
Loammi Sheba Alexis
Black of African American/Male DOB:10/28/1992
Address:Palm Bay, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Palm Bay
No Driver License-Never Had One

Paterakis Arrested, Zielger Threatens To Eject Everyone At School Board Meeting


BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - Brevard County School Board candidate Dean Paterakis was arrested at Tuesday's School Board meeting after the School Board Chairman, Andy Ziegler, cut Paterakis' speaking time short upon hearing Paterakis utter the words "erect penis."

The controversial agenda item that drew a large audience and heated debate was a proposal to schedule a hearing in July on implementing a non-discrimination policy for transgender students.

Before the public speakers began, Ziegler laid down some ground rules on civility.

"Please be reminded that profane, abusive, or slanderous speech is not permitted. To clarify, we consider this Board Room an extension of the school environment and therefore, if it is not an appropriate conversation in a school, we don't consider it appropriate conversation here."

"The reason why I am here now is that we are not putting children's safety first," Paterakis said during his public speaking time. "When you say what we need to use language that is appropriate in what we do in our schools should be what we have here. Would it be O.K. now if I showed a picture of my penis to you guys? Because that's what happened..."

"Let's keep it civil please," Ziegler interrupted.

"We have a teacher who put his phone onto the big screen and showed, what the students say, was his erect penis," Paterakis continued, referring to a 2014 incident where a BPS teacher was only suspended for 10 days for showing students a picture of his penis.

Upon hearing the penis statement, School Board member Amy Kneesy then turned to Ziegler. Ziegler then said, "That's enough, Dean. That's enough. It's not appropriate. No, sorry that's not appropriate."

"What? Are you kidding me?" Paterakis asked Ziegler. 

"No," Ziegler replied.
A school security officer then approached Paterakis at the speaking podium and pushed down the microphone with one hand while grabbing Paterakis' shoulder with the other hand.


The security officer then began to push Paterakis away from the podium and grabbed Paterakis' arm with both hands. Paterakis pulled his arm away from the security officer's grip and shouted, "I have a right. I have a right to free speech."

Paterakis turned to Ziegler and said, "I have a right to three minutes of free speech."

"No, Dean. I asked you to be civil," Ziegler replied as two Brevard County Sheriff's deputies closed in on Paterakis.

Shouts of support for Paterakis came from the audience with the chant, "Let him speak."

Paterakis then dropped to the floor and crossed his legs and arms - a common form of civil disobedience used by protesters in the 1960's when confronted by police.

Four additional deputies poured into the School Board meeting from various entrances and four of the six total deputies carried Paterakis out of the meeting with his arms and legs still crossed.

As Paterakis was removed, Ziegler turned his attention to the audience.

"I think it was a fair request to ask him to be civil," Ziegler said to the crowd that was still chanting "Let him speak."

"We will not allow slanderous, abusive, or profane speech in the meeting," said Ziegler over the cries from the audience.

"We can clear the room right now," Ziegler threatened.

An audience member shouted back, "This is a public meeting!"

"Oh it's public, you don't have to be in attendance," Ziegler responded.

Paterakis was charged with disturbing a school function and resisting arrest without violence. He was booked into the Brevard County Jail and released on $750 bond.

In 2014, Dean Paterakis caught Andy Ziegler stealing campaign signs. Although the police discovered campaign signs in Ziegler's trunk that did not belong to him, he was not arrested.




Video credit: BPSTV

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Faster Internet Coming To Brevard Public Schools


BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - Students and teachers will experience faster internet speeds when they return to Brevard County Public Schools in Fall 2016.

Two teachers, who were running for leadership positions in the Brevard Federation of Teachers union, raised concerns about slow internet disrupting classroom instruction in a FLORIDA TODAY article that was published on the union's election day. 


However, Brevard Public Schools had already completed plans and contracts to improve the District's network infrastructure and increase internet speeds that will be up and running by July 2016, according to BPS Information Technology Director, Thomas Fitzgerald.

Currently, high schools have speeds of 100 mbps but are often at 90% capacity because the District's Wide Area Network (WAN), which includes all 83 schools, is saturated with streaming video and other online classroom instructional materials, online testing, grade uploads to Edline, and thousands of teachers and students accessing the network with their smartphones.

But thanks in part to the half-cent sales tax, the network equipment and wiring is being upgraded at the schools and the District's entire network have an increased capacity from 3 gigabits to 5 gigabits. The District is also taking advantage of the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate program that subsidized 40% of the costs with federal funding.

The current upgrades underway are intended to have capacity for the next 20 years as bandwidth capacity grows in the industry.