CRIME & SAFETY
Restaurant server uses food delivery apps to collect $7K in fake tips
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A restaurant employee was jailed Tuesday after deputies said she collected nearly $7,000 in tips she sent to herself from orders made through food delivery apps. The Hurricane Grill & Wings waitress used a tab in the eatery’s computer system to add tips from Uber Eats and DoorDash orders.
Florida Attorney General Names Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody named Sebastian Police Department Corporal Ritchie Revis the 2022 Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Attorney General Moody also recognized seven other officers for going above and beyond the call of duty. “I’m honored to present the 2022 Law Enforcement Officer of...
34-Year-Old Apprehended in Barcode Scam at Sebastian Walmart
The police have apprehended a 34-year-old man from Vero Beach after stealing merchandise from the Walmart store in Sebastian. The incident occurred on Friday around 10:00 p.m. when a store loss prevention officer alerted the Sebastian Police Department about a man tampering with barcodes on items, resulting in him paying only $1.00 for each product.
IRCSO, DEA arrest 2 in drug selling operation; overdose death investigated
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The death of a 37-year-old man in a suspected fentanyl mix-up led to the arrest of a 24-year-old Fort Pierce woman who detectives said dropped baggies of narcotics in stores and restaurants, according to reports from a Sheriff’s Office and DEA investigation. Niyah Hewitt,...
IRC Sheriff’s Office Participates in First Responders Appreciation Awards
Hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers across South Florida gathered on Thursday to attend the prestigious First Responders Appreciation Foundation (FRAF) LEO Awards ceremony. The First Responders Appreciation Foundation pays tribute to those who have dedicated much of their lives to serving as first responders. Lifetime achievement awards are bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated unwavering commitment, often spanning decades of service. These recipients serve as inspiring examples of selflessness, resilience, and steadfast dedication to their chosen profession.
Elderly Man’s Aggressive Outburst Leads to Arrest at Sebastian Dispensary
A man was arrested at the Trulieve marijuana dispensary in Sebastian after causing a disturbance and engaging in aggressive behavior due to long wait times. Witnesses reported that Glen Burr, a 71-year-old from Vero Beach, became agitated, screaming, and cursing at the staff and fellow patients in the waiting room.
Crime Blotter: May 25
Patrick Wassner Desmond, 39, of the 1300 block of 26th Avenue, Vero Beach; Status: Held without bond; Charge(s): burglary of dwelling/structure/conveyance with assault and battery, resisting arrest without violence. Dustin Allan Register, 27, Hollywood; Status: Held on $62,500 bond; Charge(s): false imprisonment, commit domestic battery by strangulation, battery domestic violence,...
Barefoot Bay Resident Sentenced to 15 Years for Fentanyl Distribution Network
Christopher Jon Bauer, a 46-year-old resident of Barefoot Bay, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine. U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon handed down the sentence in this case. The investigation began when the Sebastian Police Department (SPD) received a...
IRC Sheriff Deputies, Pursuing Suspects, Attacked by a Swarm of Bees
Indian River County - Wednesday May 24, 2023: Indian River County Sheriff's Office Deputies were attacked by an angry swarm of bees last week as they chased three suspects into a dense woods near mile marker 11 on State Road 60. The suspects and K-9 Mako also got stung. The...
Who is YNW Melly? 24-year-old rapper awaiting trial in 2018 murder case
Jury selection is entering its fourth week for the double murder trial in Broward County for Jamell Demons, the Gifford rapper known as YNW Melly. Demons, and his childhood friend and recording partner Cortlen Henry - YNW Bortlen - now both 24, are from Gifford and are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm in the 2018 shooting deaths of friends Anthony Williams, 21 — aka YNW Sakchaser — and Christopher Thomas Jr., 19 — aka YNW Juvy.
Indian River County deputies honored for helping to save life of woman trapped in car
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In honor of law enforcement awareness week, WPTV is going beyond the headlines for the law enforcement side of the story. The first involves two Indian River County Sheriff's Office deputies who are nominated for the First Responders Appreciation Foundation's LEO Awards. Deputy Tony...
Hit-and-run victim finds & confronts Vero Beach, FL woman responsible “it hit me,” she claims in front of a LEO & despite security footage
“I thought maybe you hit me,” the Vero Beach woman claimed. A Vero Beach, FL woman has a court date to get ready for after she was caught by a home security camera sideswiping an SUV, driving off, and coming back to collect the evidence before driving off again.
Treasure Coast Sheriffs: Methamphetamine is making a problematic comeback
MARTIN/INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — Though fentanyl has grabbed many of the drug related headlines, Treasure Coast law enforcement agencies say methamphetamine is unfortunately making a comeback. “In my 20 or so years with this sheriff’s office, this is the highest level of meth use that I have...
Man killed, 90-year-old mother injured in Sebastian house fire
A family is grieving the loss of their loved one after a fire ripped through a home in Sebastian, killing one man and injuring his 90-year-old mother.
Crime Blotter: May 18
Benjamin Thomas Bashton III, 67, of the 2200 block of 88th Court, Vero Beach; Status: Released Friday on $50,000 bond; Charge(s): criminal conspiracy. Alfonso Guerrero, 35, of the 800 block of 16th Avenue, Vero Beach; Status: Held on $220,000 bond; Charge(s): sale/delivery/possession with intent to sell or deliver fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a two-way communications device, trafficking a controlled substance.
Threat leads to brief security increase at Indian River County Courthouse
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY − A vague threat aimed at the Indian River County courthouse and reported to police led to a brief increase in security at the facility Friday morning. Ultimately, police deemed it unfounded following an investigation. Precaution: What was described as a tip of a vague threat...
Man, 60, dead in Sebastian house fire; Woman, 90, taken to hospital
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY −Sebastian police called to a house fire Monday night helped a 90-year-old woman out of a smoke-filled home but later found a man, 60, and a dog dead in the residence, a police official said. The woman was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne...
Florida Cold Case: 5 Years After Going Missing, Assunta “Susy” Tomassi’s Remains Identified
Police in Florida need your help in a missing person’s case that is now being...
Vero Beach Preschool Worker Arrested For Hitting Child With Croc-Style Shoe
25-year old Olivia Tyree claims she didn't strike the child and was trying to scare them.
Crime Blotter: May 16
Herbert L. Mackey, 65, of the 1500 block of 21st Avenue, Vero Beach; Status: Released Wednesday on $10,000 bond; Charge(s): grand theft, organized fraud under $20,000. Dequavis Shanauri Tippins, 26, of the 1800 block of Woodland Circle, Vero Beach; Status: Held without bond; Charge(s): auto burglary, threat against public servant, violation of probation.
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