‘Just difficult to process:’ Victim’s family, attorney holds news conference amid Viera High hazing investigation
The family and attorney of the student targeted in a hazing incident within Viera High School’s football team last month held a news conference Wednesday afternoon at the Fiske Boulevard Church of Christ in Rockledge.
⛳Free Brevard County summer golf camp teaches kids skills, life lessons
Parents, you may still be looking for a program that will get your kids out of the house this summer. There’s an option in Brevard County that will have your kids walking on to the green, but leaving with life lessons and new skills. It’s a free golf camp open for all kids ages 10 to 17 with a nearly 30-year history of mentorship that’s right on par.
Woman shot during robbery in Rockledge, police say
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A woman was shot during a robbery early Monday morning, according to the Rockledge Police Department. Cash was taken during the robbery at about 3:50 a.m. and the victim was shot in the hand, records show. AdThe 25-year-old victim, Tatyana Perry, owns the salon. Dispatchers said Perry reported that the suspect was a white male with a gun and that she was pushed over. Police said investigators didn’t know why Perry was at the store at 3 a.m.Dispatchers relayed she drove herself to the hospital.
Driver who injured West Melbourne officer caught after crashing Jeep during chase, police say
A man suspected of injuring a West Melbourne police officer flipped a Jeep while fleeing from authorities in Rockledge. WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. – Police in West Melbourne say a 32-year-old man driving a stolen Jeep accused of injuring an officer was captured Friday afternoon in Rockledge after he crashed fleeing authorities. West Melbourne Sgt. While running from officers, Blake was holding a bag and continued to reach into it, alarming officers, according to the West Melbourne Police Department. Wanted: West Melbourne police are seeking this man and the Jeep he was driving.
Brevard County gives away more PPE to small businesses
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – Brevard County handed out pallets of masks, gloves and hand sanitizer on Wednesday to small businesses in need of personal protective equipment. The county has been holding these kinds of giveaways for months since millions in federal relief money came in, and then the county commission approved handing out the small business kits. Even if a small business owner has taken advantage of this service before, they’re still welcome to come back again and take more. Joyce Brekke, the owner of the Cocoa Brevard Paper Company, said she wanted to feel safe around the office. The county said it will continue the free giveaways as long as the supplies last.
Scrap vehicles catch fire at Brevard County recycling plant
PALM BAY, Fla. – About two dozen scrap vehicles caught on fire Tuesday night at a recycling plant in the Rockledge area and after more than an hour, it’s been contained. Brevard County Fire Rescue said the fire was reported on Ansin Road shortly after 7 p.m.[TRENDING: Hundreds line up for free turkeys | COVID-19 vaccine FAQs | 11 things to be thankful for during pandemic]About 30 minutes later, firefighters said they were using foam to attempt to extinguish the flames. Then at 7:45 p.m., they said the situation was upgraded to a two-alarm fire. The fire was said to be under control around 8:30 p.m.No further details were immediately available. Check back for more updates on this developing story.
‘You’re trying to do everything you can:’ COVID nurse shares how the pandemic is impacting her
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – More than seven months into the coronavirus pandemic in Florida and a local nurse is sharing how COVID-19 is impacting her. Deanna Morgan is a nurse clinical manager at Rockledge Regional Medical Center. She has spent the last several months treating patients on the COVID-19 floor at the hospital. She said not only do nurses help patients get better, but they also serve as their emotional support which can be draining. Morgan said even though the days are long, seeing her patients be discharged from the hospital is what keeps her going.
Missing toddler dies after being found in lake, Brevard deputies say
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A missing 3-year-old boy died Tuesday after being found in a lake, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the child wandered away from an apartment complex on Mission Bay Circle around 2:45 p.m. and ended up in the water. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. [TRENDING: Donald Trump wins Florida | US presidential race results | Floridians vote to raise minimum wage to $15/hour]No other details were immediately available. Check back for more updates on this developing story.
Teens, 16 and 19, charged in fatal Brevard County shooting
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – An adult and a teen have been charged in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Daniel Ramos, according to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. The Sheriff’s Office said the victim went to Mission Bay Apartments in the early hours of July 4 to sell marijuana to the 16-year-old. The Sheriff’s Office said investigators found the gun used in the shooting in a stolen vehicle Ramos-Figueroa was a passenger in on July 7. Ramos-Figueroa and Sugar are both in the Brevard County Jail on a bond of $500,000. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 321-633-8413.
Golfview Elementary to remain closed for another week due to COVID-19 cases
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Golfview Elementary Magnet School’s campus will remain closed for at least one more week due to COVID-19 cases reported at the school, according to officials with Brevard Public Schools. In Monday’s update, school district officials said they made the decision to keep campus closed another week so that those infected with the virus can make a full recovery. The initial three-day closure announced last week came after multiple cases of the coronavirus were reported on campus, school officials said. School officials did not disclose how many cases have been reported, only saying it was a “low number,” but it could impact many classrooms. COVID-19 cases reported in Central Florida’s schools can be monitored using this database.
Brevard teacher rewarded for turning over backpack full of cash
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. A Rockledge middle school teacher who made sure a backpack filled with thousands of dollars in cash was returned to its rightful owner has been rewarded for his honesty. Kennedy Middle School Spanish teacher Leo Nicaragua found the backpack Thursday shortly after classes dismissed for the day. Rockledge middle school teacher finds backpack filled with thousands of dollars in cash, turns it in to police, police locate the rightful owner. As it turns out, the backpack belonged to a local business owner and the money inside was meant to pay his employees. Since he owns a used car dealership, he also offered to fix a broken light on Nicaraguas car, saving the teacher $400.
Teacher turns in $6,000 cash, $15,000 check discovered in backpack near school
But no students or drivers removed it from the crosswalk at Kennedy Middle School, so Nicaragua took a closer look. Rockledge police said the bag contained $6,000 in cash, a $15,000 check, three vehicle titles, a box of medical masks, a box of latex gloves and Lysol wipes. Rockledge middle school teacher finds backpack filled with thousands of dollars in cash, turns it in to police, police locate the rightful owner. The minute I saw the money, I thought someone lost this money and someone needs to get their money back, Nicaragua continued. The owner of the money told News 6 that hes going to call Nicaragua and offer him a reward for doing the right thing.
Pallets of PPE being delivered to Brevard County schools this week
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. Brevard Public Schools shared pictures inside its supply warehouse with pallets of masks, gloves, wipes, hand sanitizer and more personal protective equipment that the district said is headed to every school by Friday. The district said to this point, all schools have at least received some of the personal protective equipment and supplies theyve ordered. Fearing the district's supplies might not have made it before the first day, the Brevard County teachers union said it ordered its own PPE for teachers. "Because our teachers need it now," Brevard Federation of Teachers Second Vice President Jonathan Hilliard said. pic.twitter.com/8ayhUwp0Ig Brevard Schools (@BrevardSchools) August 18, 2020Sealed with their names, inside envelopes at the union's offices in Rockledge were 500 masks for teachers like Lucha Hunt.
First look at Brevard County classrooms as teachers return to school
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. A new video from Rockledge High School shows what the teachers union calls the ideal classroom for the start of the new year. The Brevard Federation of Teachers video showed hand sanitizer, wipes, masks, Plexiglas, and spacing between desks. The union said the classroom makes them feel confident about teachers safely coming back to schools Monday and their students in another two weeks. The teachers union does not think every classroom will meet the guidelines as well as the one in its video does. School board members will meet Tuesday morning to discuss creating standards for judging how to know if schools are staying safe.
19-year-old found dead in car in Brevard, deputies say
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A 19-year-old man was found dead Saturday evening in a vehicle in Brevard County, according to sheriff’s officials. On Monday, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dive team searched a pond near where the victim’s body was found. Brevard sheriff’s deputies wait for dive team to arrive to Viera apartments to search a pond for evidence next to the parking spot where deputies say a teenager’s body was found in a car on July 4. "Our goal with the task force is get to these kids before they get to these situations that are taking their lives," Ivey said. The sheriff said that since the announcement of the task force, teams are getting involved with different youth organizations and camps.
List of Brevard restaurants, bars closed due to uptick in coronavirus cases
After briefly reopening, several Brevard restaurants and bars have had to close up shop because of the coronavirus pandemic. The following Brevard restaurants have closed because of COVID-19 or matters COVID-related, according to News 6 partner Florida Today. “Therefore, we have decided that all of our staff must be tested and receive negative test results before returning to work. Crying Monk, 333 King St. Cocoa: After “one confirmed positive result within the reach of our establishment,” the relatively new bar and restaurant was temporarily closed. Irashiai 2 Japanese Bistro, 4870 Babcock St. NE, Palm Bay: The respected ramen specialist, having required all employees to be tested for coronavirus, is temporarily closed.
At least one dead, one seriously hurt following graduation party shooting in Rockledge
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – One person was killed and another seriously wounded in a shooting that took place late Saturday where a number of teens turned out for a graduation party in Rockledge, police reported. Sometime around 11:30 p.m. things went way south and they had a shooting,” Seyferth said. Police said CPR was used in an attempt to revive one of the shooting victims. Friday, Brevard County sheriff’s deputies were called to a shooting that left one man dead on Friday in Central Brevard County west of Cocoa. The investigation into the Rockledge shooting is ongoing.
Woman accused of swerving car at Rockledge police officer charged with attempted murder
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A woman fleeing the scene of an attempted drug arrest is accused of nearly hitting a Rockledge police officer with a car leading to an officer-involved shooting, according to Rockledge Police Department officials. Meanwhile, the woman in the car, later identified as Amanda Johnson, 21, got into the driver’s seat and pulled the car into the road, police said. The officer described Johnson driving the car toward him and swerving at him in an attempt to strike him. According to the arrest report, Johnson and the man in the vehicle have been involved in multiple incidents and are known the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson was arrested Saturday on a warrant for attempted murder and aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer.
Arrest made in shooting death of 28-year-old man in Rockledge
Arrest made in shooting death of 28-year-old man in RockledgePublished: February 17, 2020, 5:33 pmRockledge police have arrested a suspect in the Feb. 7 killing of Tyler Chapple Jr. near Georgia Avenue and Brightman Street, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.
Helicopters, K-9s search for burglary suspect in Rockledge
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A heavy police presence was reported in Rockledge near Barton Avenue Wednesday morning after a reported burglary at an apartment complex, reports News 6 partner Florida Today. Deputy Chief Donna Seyferth with Rockledge Police Department said the situation was ongoing as law enforcement helicopters and dogs were scouring the area west of U.S. 1 around 10:30 a.m.No suspect information or details on the burglary were immediately released as police continued to look for the person. Check back for updates on this developing story.
Racist video, ‘vulgar’ graffiti at Rockledge High prompt letter to parents
ROCKLEDGE, Fla. – A pair of apparently unrelated incidents last week at Rockledge High School involving students using racist language and “vulgar” graffiti prompted the principal to reach out to parents, reports News 6 partner Florida Today. The graffiti included "vulgar" imagery and derogatory statements toward school staff, Clark said. Earlier video depicts students using racist languageThe vandalism came three days after the school became aware of a video posted to social media depicting several students using racist language. Suspensions are allowed under School Board policy when a student's actions are illegal or violate board policy or school rules. In his statement to parents, Clark condemned the language in the video.
Fatal crash involving tractor-trailer causing delays on I-95 near Rockledge
Published: November 22, 2019, 10:55 am Updated: May 19, 2020, 3:08 pmROCKLEDGE, Fla. – State troopers reported a fatal crash on Interstate 95 near Rockledge involving a U.S. mail tractor-trailer and a passenger van. Lt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol said the van rear-ended a tractor-trailer shortly before 9 a.m. Friday. Both vehicles were traveling northbound on I-95. The crash happened near milemarker 196 midway between State Road 520 or West King Street and Barnes Boulevard. Traffic Alert Brevard County: Fatal crash on I-95 northbound at MM 198.