Friday, April 17, 2015

Brevard County News Weekly Roundup April 17


Here are the stories in that made headlines this past week in Brevard County, Florida.




CAPE CANAVERAL

Archeologists uncover 1,200-year-old articfacts in Cape Canaveral, reports CFNEWS 13.

COCOA

A burglary suspect who stripped down and showered with a garden hose at a home in Cocoa, Florida remains on the loose, WKMG 6 reports.

A 9-foot alligator was killed after lurking outside a McDonald's in Cocoa, reports FOX 35.


WKMG has video as a house that was destroyed by fire in Cocoa early Thursday morning.

COCOA BEACH

Some pet owners are pushing for a dog friendly beach in south Cocoa Beach, according to CFNEWS 13

A developer shows FOX 35 the details of a 36-hole put put golf course that will be built in the tourist district of Cocoa Beach. The project received the green light from the city officials in February.

An 81-year-old bicyclist is in stable condition following a crash with a City of Cocoa Beach Public Works vehicle on Tuesday.
 

MERRITT ISLAND

A Merritt Island man was arrested after allegedly trying to sell counterfeit money on Craigslist.
 
Merritt Island High School track teams sweep District, reports Florida Today.


MELBOURNE

The City of Melbourne grabbed national media attention after a man suspected of being under the influence of a new street drug called "Flakka" allegedly claimed that he was God, had sex with a tree, and stabbed a Melbourne police officer with his own badge on Friday.  WESH 2 has the details.

On Sunday, police had to warn a man to stop hunting and stalking squirrels in a Melbourne neighborhood, reports WKMG 6.

WESH 2 explains why a driver won't be charged after a woman was hit and killed by a car Wednesday evening in Melbourne, Florida.

A house in Melbourne was struck by lighting after storms rolled through Brevard County Thursday afternoon, WESH 2 reports.

On Monday, City of Melbourne officials abandoned a plan to build a stadium for the Brevard County Manatees minor league baseball team, CFNEWS 13 has the story.


PALM BAY

CFNEWS 13 reports that the Palm Bay City Commissioners voted unanimously to re-name a field after the three children who were allegedly murdered by their mother in Palm Bay, Florida.  FOX 35 has an exclusive interview with the father of two of the three children.

A Brevard County Public Schools bus with twenty-eight schoolchildren on board crashed with a pickup truck in Palm Bay on Monday.

There have been more sitings of bobcats in Brevard County after the famous 'bobcat eats shark' photo at Sebastian Inlet State Park, WKMG 6 has the story.

SPACE

Blue Origin, the aerospace company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is considering a location on the Space Coast, reports CFNEWS 13.

On Wednesday, SpaceX released high definition video of a Falcon 9 rocket landing and exploding on a drone ship following its launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Tuesday.  Part of the Falcon 9 payload delivered to the International Space Station was an espresso machine.


POLITICS

CFNEWS 13 reports that Port Canaveral is continuing with its plan to build a rail through Merritt Island prompting some residents to organize against the plan.

Members of a Brevard County teachers union rallied for less work and more pay outside the Brevard County Public School Board building, WFTV 9 reports.

Like many local governments across the U.S., Brevard County overbuilt golf courses and taxpayers are now losing money.  Officials are proposing to lease some golf courses to private companies as a way to trim losses, according to Florida Today.

Florida Today investigates why a TICO board member is paying less than the market value for rent of a hangar on the airport.

Former Port Commissioner Frank Sullivan, who lost re-election to Coast Guard Rear Adm. (Ret.) Wayne Justice, is legally challenging Justice's residency, writes Florida Today.