Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Brevard County Arrests January 23, 2018

Joshua Bryan Bangs
White/Male DOB:01/11/1976
Address:Palm Bay, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Cocoa
FTA Misdemeanor

Monday, January 22, 2018

Man Charged With Killing His Wife, Step-Son, Found Dead In Brevard County Jail

Edgard Fuentes

SHARPES, Florida - Edgard Fuentes, who was charged in the the double homicide of his estranged wife and step-son, was found dead from a suspected suicide in the Brevard County Jail.

65-year-old Fuentes was found dead at the Brevard County Jail shortly after midnight on Saturday, January 20, 2018. 

He was being held on First Degree Premeditated Murder charges stemming from a fire in Palm Bay, Florida that occurred on January 11, 2017, which killed his estranged wife, 61-year-old Daisy Tapia, and his step-son, 32-year-old Erik Montes.  

Sheriff's investigators say that Fuentes was housed in general population with a single cellmate. His cellmate left the cell for approximately 15 minutes on the morning of January 20, 2015. 

Upon returning to the cell, the cellmate observed Fuentes slumped forward with a sheet around his neck that was attached to the bed frame. 

The cellmate immediately alerted corrections deputies who responded to the cell and attempted to revive Fuentes without success.

Fuentes left notes concerning his intentions for final arrangements and belongings.

Deputy, Deceased Man Identified In Deputy-Involved Viera Shooting

VIERA, Florida - The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the deputy and deceased man involved in last night’s officer-involved shooting in Viera, Florida.

The decedent is identified as 46-year-old Ronald Jay Lawson of Cocoa, Florida. The deputy is identified as Corporal David Turbeville, a 3½ year veteran of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

During his employment with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, he has served in Patrol as a deputy, Field Training Officer and was promoted to his current position of Corporal in 2016. Prior to his employment with the Sheriff’s Office, Cpl. Turbeville was an officer with the Cocoa Beach Police Department for four years.

On January 21, 2018, a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop at approximately 6:11 p.m. in the area of Parkway Drive and U.S. Highway 1 in Melbourne, Florida.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver pulled away and began travelling north on U.S. 1. Deputies day that the vehicle continued without stopping and displayed a driving pattern consistent with that of an impaired driver.

Stop sticks were later deployed which successfully disabling three tires. However, Lawson continued northbound to the area of Viera Boulevard and US 1 where the vehicle was stopped.

When deputies made contact with Lawson, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, he allegedly displayed aggressive and overt actions that caused the deputy to respond with deadly force.

Lawson was later transported to a local hospital in serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

As is customary in officer involved shootings, Corporal Turbeville has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Baby Drowns In Bathtub After Allegedly Drunk Mom Falls Asleep

MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida - Rosa Regina Feeney was charged with manslaughter after her 10-month-old baby boy drowned in a bathtub when the allegedly drunk mom fell asleep.

During the early morning hours of December 6, 2017, Brevard County Sheriff's deputies responded to the Deangelo’s by the Sea hotel in Melbourne Beach, Florida regarding an unresponsive child.

When deputies arrived, they found Feeney performing CPR on her baby. The deputies continued life saving measures, eventually transferring the infant to the care of paramedics who transported the infant to the hospital. The baby was pronounced dead at the hospital later that morning.

Investigators believe that Feeney, who allegedly had been drinking the night of the incident, entered the bathtub while the child was playing on the bathroom floor.

While taking a bath, Feeney undressed the baby and placed him in the bathtub with her. Feeney then fell asleep, causing the infant to slip under the water.

When Feeney awoke, she found the baby unresponsive in the bathtub and ran to a neighboring room to summon help.

Investigators say that Feeney appeared to be inebriated during her contact with law enforcement and medical professionals that morning.

The 35-year-old mom was arrested on January 22, 2018 after a warrant was issued charging her with Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child and Child Neglect. 

The Florida woman was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex where she is being held on a $60,000 nond.

Anyone with information in reference to this investigation is asked to please call Agent Joe Martin of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 321-423-TIPS (8477).

Image credits: Wikicommons / BCSO

Portuguese Man-of-War Jellyfish Return To Cocoa Beach

Portuguese Man-of-War

COCOA BEACH, Florida - As of January 22, 2018, jellyfish, including Portuguese Man-of-War have re-appeared along Brevard County beaches over the last few days and are stinging unsuspecting beachgoers.

An extended period of easterly winds have been blowing the Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish onto the popular Florida beaches.

Safety officials advise that swimmers avoid these marine animals because their sting can be very intense, and may adversely affect sensitive individuals or those with underlying medical conditions with more severe reactions. 

Beachgoers should not touch or disturb any jellyfish even when found on the beach as they may remain potent after dying or drying out in the sun.

Most stings, although extremely intense, are relatively minor and will subside after a few minutes.  Sometimes, the tentacles will remain stuck to the skin and it will help to physically remove them as soon as possible from the victim with a gloved hand, towel, or dull edge of a plastic card.  Rinsing the area of the sting after removal of any sticking tentacles is advisable.

If you encounter a sting that results in fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain, scratchy throat, or hives that occur on skin in areas away from the site of the sting; These symptoms may be indicative of a more severe reaction. You should immediately call 911 and contact the nearest lifeguard if possible.

How To Identify Portuguese Man-of-War

The Portuguese Man-of-War can be identified from other jellyfish in Florida by its translucent blue, pink, green or purple gas-filled air sac that helps them travel long distances across the ocean by acting as a wind-driven sail (technically, Portuguese Man-of-War aren't jellyfish but are instead a colony of small organisms called Siphonophorae). 

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.

VIDEO: Surfers Save Pelican At Cocoa Beach Pier

Surfer saves pelican

COCOA BEACH, Florida - Surfers saved a Florida Brown Pelican that was entangled in fishing line near the Cocoa Beach Pier on Sunday.

One surfer attempted to bite the fishing line in order to free the sea bird without success.

A few moments later, another surfer paddled up to aid in the animal rescue and successfully broke the strong monofilament as onlookers watched the scene unfold from a tiki bar at the end of the Cocoa Beach Pier.

Tourists at Cocoa Beach Pier Tiki Bar

The surfer was able to untangle the pelican from the fishing line.  After taking a few minutes to realize that it was free, the pelican flew away.

The pelicans themselves are a tourist attraction, gracing thousands of selfies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that are taken by people visiting Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The brown pelican was removed from the Endangers Species List in 1985.

I-95 Re-Opened After Vehicle Fire In Brevard County

UPDATE: All southbound lanes have re-opened on I-95. Also, the off-ramp from State Road 528 to I-95 southbound remains closed.

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida - All southbound lanes are shut down on I-95 due to a vehicle fire that occurred around 6 a.m. just south of the State Road 528 interchange.

The State Road 528 on-ramp and off-ramp to I-95 southbound is also closed as Brevard County Fire Rescue crews battle the blaze.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a semi-truck struck a barrier and became fully engulfed in flames.

The driver was transported by Brevard County Fire Rescue to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida.

Brevard County Arrests January 22, 2018

White/Male DOB:04/07/1952
Address:Titusville, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Titusville
Child Abuse WO Great Harm as Agg Asslt
Battery Domestic Viol

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Brevard County Arrests January 21, 2018

Angelie Rochelle Blesse Zakaluzny
White/Female DOB:03/17/1956
Address:Merritt Island, FLORIDA
Arrest Location:, Merritt Island
VOP Felony

Brevard County Arrest Mug Shots January 20, 2018

Rashanae Sherice Allen
Black of African American/Female DOB:10/09/1993
Arrest Location: Titusville
Retail Theft

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Titusville Police Ask Public To Help Identifying Metro PCS Burglars

TITUSVILLE, Florida - The Titusville Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying burglary suspects who stole merchandise from a Metro PCS store and adjoining stores on Garden Street in Titusville, Florida.

The masked burglars wearing hoodies smashed through a store front window to gain entry into the businesses and were able to steal electronics and a safe during the heist.

According to Titusville police, the suspects used a dark-colored crossover SUV that was similar in size to a Hyundai Santa Fe or Ford Edge during the burglary.

If you have any information regarding this burglary, Titusville police ask that you call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

Titusville Man Charged With Stabbing Mother, Step-Father

TITUSVILLE, Florida - A Brevard County man is in jail after he allegedly stabbed his own mother and stepfather on Saturday.

The stabbing occurred just before 5 a.m. at the Intercoastal Estates Mobile Home and RV Park located at 1481 North U.S. Highway 1 in unincorporated Brevard County near Titusville, Florida.

When Brevard County Sheriff's deputies arrived, Hamm had left the residence. 

A perimeter was established and several streets in the area were blocked off as BCSO deputies and Titusville police searched for Hamm with the assistance of the BCSO STAR helicopter.

Law enforcement located Hamm about two hours later less than a mile away from the residence near the intersection of Jay Jay Road and Snowy Egret Drive.

Hamm was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder domestic violence. He was booked into the Brevard County Jail on a no bond status.

The mother and step-father are hospitalized in serious, but stable condition.

Image credit: BCSO.  Map credit: Google

Facebook To Ask Users To Rank Trustworthiness Of News Sources

Facebook will ask its users in a survey about the trustworthiness of news sources that they are familiar with, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday.

"We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective," Zuckerberg stated.

'Facebook Trusted Sources' To Start Next Week

Facebook will ask people whether they're familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source. 

"The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don't follow them directly (We eliminate from the sample those who aren't familiar with a source, so the output is a ratio of those who trust the source to those who are familiar with it.)," Zuckerberg wrote. 

Facebook will then prioritize news that is trustworthy, informative, and local. And we're starting next week with trusted sources.

"There's too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world today. Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don't specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them," Zuckerberg continued. "That's why it's important that News Feed promotes high quality news that helps build a sense of common ground.

Zuckerberg noted that the Facebook Trusted Sources update will not change the amount of news users see on Facebook. It will only shift the balance of news users see towards sources that are determined to be trusted by the community.

Brevard Public Schools Rewards FLORIDA TODAY's Matt Reed For Fake News

FPL Customers Won't See Hurricane Irma Surcharge Thanks To Trump Tax Plan

President Donald Trump

Florida Power & Light customers will not pay a surcharge for Hurricane Irma restoration as previously expected because of savings the company will realize under President Donald Trump's tax plan. 

FPL said that it plans to apply federal tax savings toward the $1.3 billion cost of Hurricane Irma restoration, which will save each of FPL's 4.9 million customers an average of approximately $250.

FPL also stated that it may be able to use future federal tax savings to continue operating under the current base rate agreement beyond the initial term, which covers through 2020, for up to two additional years.

"The timing of federal tax reform, coming on the heels of the most expensive hurricane in Florida history, created an unusual and unprecedented opportunity," said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. 

"We believe the plan we've outlined is the fastest way to begin passing tax savings along to our customers and the most appropriate approach to keeping rates low and stable for years to come." 

Hurricane Irma was one of the largest, most powerful storms to ever hit Florida, and FPL's response was unprecedented both in scale and the speed of power restoration. The company had previously announced its intention to begin recovering the $1.3 billion restoration cost by implementing a surcharge on customer bills through 2020.

The ability to leverage the federal tax savings in this way is afforded by FPL's current base rate agreement, which was negotiated with the Office of Public Counsel and other customer groups and approved unanimously by the Florida Public Service Commission in 2016. The agreement set parameters for base rates and storm surcharges from 2017 through at least 2020.

"Our current rate agreement provides the ability to use federal tax savings to entirely offset Hurricane Irma restoration costs, which delivers an immediate benefit to customers, and also the potential opportunity to avoid a general base rate increase for up to an additional two years," Silagy said.

Photo credit: Trump campaign

Friday, January 19, 2018

Melbourne Woman Charged With Murdering Her Mother

MELBOURNE, Florida - Stefanie Dobson of Melbourne, Florida, has been charged with murdering her own mother.

On January 13, 2018, patrol officers responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive female covered in blood at 675 Short Hills Lane, in Melbourne, Florida.

When police arrived, they met with 38-year-old Stefanie Dobson and her daughter in front of the apartment building. Dobson told police that she had just returned from an outing with her daughter when she discovered her mother, Susan Dobson, lying on the living room floor.

Crime Scene Investigators noted that there was no sign of forced entry into the apartment. The victim had what appeared to be defensive wounds and injuries that appeared to be the result of blunt force trauma. 

Investigators also noted several partial bloody footprints that had appeared to have dried hours before police arrived. 

During an interview, Stefanie Dobson told police that she made the footprints after discovering the body. However, investigators determined that blood splatter occurred on top of the dried footprints, indicating that the footprints were made during the commission of the murder.

Investigators believe that an ornamental elephant statue was used as the murder weapon, which would be the second time within a year that an elephant statute was used as a weapon in a Melbourne homicide.

Police also obtained a third-party witness statement that Stefanie Dobson allegedly asked a friend to kill her mother a week prior to the murder taking place.

After police completed their investigation, Stefanie Dobson was charged with Second Degree Murder for the alleged matricide and booked into the Brevard County Jail on January 18.