Vero Beach, FL

Crime Blotter: Aug. 17

Kenneth Jerome Holmes II, 24, of the 1500 block of 15th Circle, Vero Beach; Status: Released Thursday on $20,500 bond; Charge(s): felony fleeing and eluding, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana under 20 grams. Timothy Patrick Sposato, 44, Vero Beach; Status: Held on $2,500 bond; Charge(s): driving with...
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In Memory: Aug. 18

Arthur Learoyd Adamson, III, 79, passed away August 17, 2022 in Vero Beach. A full obituary is forthcoming. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of ARTHUR LEAROYD ADAMSON, III, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. From Cox-Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home & Crematory. John Roger King, 88. March 13,...

Vero Beach breaks daily heat record Wednesday

VERO BEACH — The temperature remained scorching hot throughout the city this week, breaking the daily heat record last set more than 30 years ago. The heat climbed to 98 degrees on Wednesday in Vero Beach, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne. The high temperature surpassed the previous record of 95 degrees set in 1987.

Ms. T. gets a vehicle

You may remember the photo above at an event where Driving Success was able to provide a vehicle to Ms. T. and her daughter. Ms. T. was referred to the Driving Success program from our Agency Partner United Against Poverty in Vero Beach. Through the referral from UP, Ms. T. completed the Driving Success application and met all of the programs qualifications. Driving Success was proud and honored to award Ms. T. a “new to her” 2009 Hyundai Accent. Receiving a vehicle has alleviated travel time from Ms. T’s commute allowing her more time in her day. Before having her vehicle the bus ride to work was 45 minutes to an hour one way. Her commute by car is now 6 minutes. Since receiving her car Ms. T. has been able to increase her employability to full-time. In addition, her daughter was able to participate in summer camp because Ms. T. had the means to drop her off and pick her up. These are all very meaningful steps forward. Congratulations Ms. T.

Brightline construction brings more crossing closures and reroutes for Indian River County

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Brightline construction will cause more crossing closures and detours here for the next month as the railroad builds its passenger-rail service through the Treasure Coast. As part of its $2.7 billion expansion of higher-speed rail from West Palm Beach to Orlando, Brightline plans to upgrade 32 railroad crossings in Indian River...

IRC Commissioner released from hospital two days after being hit by truck

VERO BEACH — Indian River County Commissioner Laura Moss was released from the hospital Wednesday after she was hit by a pickup truck two days prior, Vero Beach police spokesperson Master Officer Darrell Rivers said. Moss, a former Vero Beach mayor, suffered a concussion after being knocked to the ground by the truck.

Fatal crash near 45th Street in Indian River County

A 25-year-old Vero Beach man died in a crash Wednesday near 45th Street in Indian River County. The Florida Highway Patrol told Sebastian Daily that the traffic accident occurred near the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and 45th Street. Troopers say that a van, driven by a 63-year-old Vero Beach...

Gifford leader seeks independent probe of Black teen’s shooting

A longtime Gifford community leader is questioning the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office’s in-house investigation of the June 11 shooting of a 19-year-old Black man who deputies say grabbed a handgun and ran from a traffic stop in a residential neighborhood. “There’s no way I cannot question it,”...

Woman charged with trafficking methamphetamine

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 59-year-old woman was jailed after deputies found more than 70 grams of methamphetamine hidden in her purse during a traffic stop Tuesday, officials said. Bridges Avery Grossi, of the 7300 block of 20th Street, Vero Beach, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine. Grossi was held...

Central Beach charmer ‘located where you want to be’

Vero Beach native Dr. Allyson Blandford, D.V.M., was thrilled when her husband, Dr. Alexander Blandford, an ophthalmologist who specializes in oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery, joined the Center for Advanced Eye Care. It meant she would be close to her family again. “My whole family lives in Vero. My grandmother...

Crime Blotter: Aug. 16

Bridges Avery Grossi, 59, of the 7300 block of 20th Street, Vero Beach; Status: Held without bond; Charge(s): trafficking a controlled substance, felony trafficking methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. Gloria Isabel Lopez Urbano, 45, of the 2500 block of Langrove Lane, Vero Beach; Status: Released Tuesday on $50,000 bond; Charge(s):...

Local agencies say 911 response times not affected by number of officers on staff

As law enforcement agencies across the country fight staffing struggles affecting their emergency response times, current 2022 statistics from local departments are trending on track to mirror previous years. The Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff's Office both agree their emergency response times have not been affected by the...

FDOT hears public questions, concerns about construction of I-95 interchange at Oslo Road

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — As the Florida Department of Transportation prepares for an Interstate 95 interchange at Oslo Road, about 20 residents gathered at a public meeting Wednesday to ask questions and raise their concerns about the project.  The long-awaited, $85.4 million project, slated to break ground next summer, would provide quicker access to I-95 for the southern...

Vero Beach budget takes shape

VERO BEACH - The Vero Beach budget will not be finalized until public hearings in September. But, based on the conversation at the Aug. 3 city council meeting, the budget is starting to take shape. The most visible issue for many city taxpayers is the millage rate, as that determines...