CRIME & SAFETY
Man found guilty of manslaughter in deadly West Melbourne bar shooting over spilled beer
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A jury on Thursday found a man guilty of manslaughter in a deadly 2021 shooting over spilled beer. Gregory Barr II was arrested after the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Andre Hutchinas, a football player and recent Melbourne High School graduate. He initially was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury found him guilty on a lesser charge of manslaughter.
Two killed in separate fatal crashes in Brevard
Police are investigating after two fatal crashes occurred on Thursday in Brevard. West Melbourne Police reported a fatal crash on Thursday morning on Minton Rd. that occurred just south of Wingate Boulevard. The crash involved a motorcycle and a school bus. The Florida Highway Patrol is also investigating another incident...
Ex-Brevard deputy who was shot in line of duty to challenge Sheriff Ivey in GOP primary
Former Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Potters has announced plans to challenge three-term incumbent Sheriff Wayne Ivey in a Republican primary in 2024. Potters was shot in the line of duty in August 2021 in an ambush-style shooting during a traffic stop along U.S. 192 near West Melbourne. The suspect in the shooting, 38-year-old Paris Wilder of Cocoa, was shot dead by another deputy who responded to the incident, Tyler Thoman. According to a dashcam video released at...
Melbourne Man Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulently Obtaining Social Security Benefits
Orlando, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg recently announced that Tommy Mendez, a 42-year-old resident of Melbourne, has been sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison for theft of government funds. U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza presided over the case and also ordered an additional forfeiture of $173,125, representing the ill-gotten proceeds of the theft of government funds. Mendez's sentencing follows his guilty plea on July 3, 2023.
Arrests In Brevard County: September 28, 2023 – Suspects Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The suspects below were arrested by various law enforcement agencies on the Space Coast. PLEASE NOTE: All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The mugshots and arrest records published on SpaceCoastDaily.com are not an indication of guilt, or evidence that an actual crime has been committed.
Accused in Palm Bay Compound murder appears before judge
Three weeks post capture in Alabama, 28-year-old murder suspect, Robert Lanning, now faces the judge. Held in custody for the Palm Bay Compound murder, watch as the chilling courtroom proceedings unfold.
Suspects in Brevard County murder point fingers at each other, according to documents
Uncover the shocking revelations from documents showing suspects in a Brevard County murder case pointing fingers at each other. Dive into this tangled web of blame and deceit in our latest report. Subscribe to WESH on YouTube for more gripping stories.
Florida sheriff posts snarky ‘Drug Dealing for Dummies’ after suspect allegedly hides fentanyl in odd place
The story of a Florida woman accused of hiding drugs in an unusual place was used in a Brevard County Sheriff's Office post, "Drug Dealing for Dummies."
Florida women lured by mild-mannered NASA engineer; He was a blood-thirsty "Vampire"
Disclaimer: This story was written for informational purposes only. My journey to explore all facets continues - especially beyond tourism in Florida. Let's stroll through the winding backroads of theSunshine State.
Police department orders 34 Ford Explorers for 2023
Residents in Palm Bay may soon notice some new police vehicles on the highway. The Palm Bay Police Department (PBPD) has ordered 34 marked Ford Explorer SUV vehicles, according to PBPD public information officer Lt. Michael Roberts, in an e-mail to Hometown News. Roberts stated last week that four will...
Melbourne code enforcement cracks down on illegal signs
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Illegal advertisements dotting many intersections in Melbourne — known as "snipe signs" — are being targeted by code enforcement, which is cracking down on a flurry of them being placed throughout the city. What You Need To Know. Code enforcement in Melbourne has started...
Neighbors demand safety improvements after deaf man dies in Brevard County crash
A tragic incident in Brevard County has left the community in shock as a deaf man loses his life in a car crash near his residence. Distraught neighbors are now calling for urgent safety improvements to prevent future accidents.
Brevard County Man Arrested by Deputies After Found With Over 10,000 Rounds of Ammunition, Ballistic Vests
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Thanks to our citizens “seeing something and saying something,” our partnership with the State Attorney’s Office, and the great work of our Special Investigations Unit, Dana Hunter Calley is once again off our streets and safely behind bars where he can’t be a threat to our citizens and neighborhoods.
WHEEL OF FUGITIVE: Brevard Sheriff’s Office Names Joseph Chestnut ‘Fugitive of the Week’
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has named 44-year-old Joseph Chestnut BCSO’s Fugitive of the Week in this week’s edition of “Wheel of Fugitive.”. Chestnut is wanted for Bench Warrant Failure to Appear for Early Resolution reference Possession of Fentanyl, Use or...
High-speed chase involving stolen vehicle leads to crash, arrest
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A 22-year-old Titusville man was jailed after deputies said he led law enforcement officials on a two-county chase in a vehicle stolen out of Brevard County. The man, Carlmel Joshua Butler, drove through a resident’s front yard before crashing the 2020 Lexus in the tree-line along Vero Isles Drive, officials said.
FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Highlights For Cases In Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week but does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. ■ Officer St. Martin was working in Sebastian Inlet State Park...
Brevard couple scammed in ‘Puppies for Sale’ ripoff
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Connie Bolen of Brevard County will never forget the day her 10-year-old Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix was put down. The loving dog they named Buddy had been diagnosed with diabetes, and there was no alternative. “I was heartbroken,” Bolen told News 6. “Just to make me feel...
15+ Arrested, Illicit Berries Seized Amid Saw Palmetto Season Crackdown
With support from the Sebastian Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office reported that over 15 people have been arrested, and hundreds of pounds of illicit berries have been seized since the onset of the saw palmetto berry season. The...
Torres: Perplexing, periodical puzzles prohibited in prison
Gary Bennett has not received his FLORIDA TODAY newspaper in nearly four weeks, apparently meaning efforts to bust him out of prison have been thwarted. Puzzled? So was I. Just keep reading. You may remember Bennett as the subject of the first season of our award-winning podcast "Murder on the...
Weekly Safety Report: Deadly Crash and Home Invasion Shake West Melbourne
Two incidents occurred in West Melbourne, Florida this week. The first incident involved a deadly crash between a motorcycle and a Brevard County Public school bus. The motorcyclist died, but none of the 28 children on the bus were injured. The second incident was a botched home invasion, where an armed homeowner shot and killed one intruder while injuring two others.