West Melbourne school teacher struck, killed on sidewalk when pickup truck loses control, officials say
A 25-year-old woman who taught at a charter school in West Melbourne was killed in a crash when a pickup truck lost control and struck her and another pedestrian on a sidewalk, according to officials.
17-year-old dies after found shot in Orlando neighborhood, police say
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A 17-year-old man has died from a gunshot wound, Orlando Police Department said. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 5 Orlando Domi-Fitch Court homicide (WFTV)According to the release, a caller had said they heard gunshots and saw a vehicle parked on Domino Drive. Read: Police: West Melbourne officer involved in Orlando crash charged with DUIOrlando Fire Department tended to the victim, who was then transported to Orlando Medical Center and died. The source of the gunfire that killed the victim and the reason for the shooting is unclear. Read: Officer injured, suspects in custody after shooting at Melbourne hotelAnyone with any information is asked to contact the Orlando Police Department at 321-235-1000.wftv.com
Police: West Melbourne officer involved in Orlando crash charged with DUI
ORLANDO, Fla. — A West Melbourne police officer was placed on administrative leave after being arrested on DUI charges following an early morning crash in Orlando on Friday. Records show Officer Joshua Perez-Lopez was in his personal vehicle when he was involved in a crash along John Young Parkway near L.B. According to a report, Perez-Lopez’s breath “had the obvious odor of the impurities of alcoholic beverages” and he refused a breathalyzer test when asked by investigators. Read: Officer injured, suspects in custody after shooting at Melbourne hotelThe report also states Perez-Lopez “appeared to have fallen asleep and was making noises consistent with snoring” during questioning. Read: Registered sex offender who impersonated police officer now facing theft charges in Lake CountyPerez-Lopez was booked into the Orange County jail on DUI with property damage and released on a $1,000 bond.wftv.com
Brevard County man wins $1 million after lucky lottery scratch-off win
ORLANDO, Fla. — A Brevard County man wins one million dollars in Florida Lottery scratch-off win. Robert Shipley claimed a $1 million prize from the 500X THE CASH scratch-off game after purchasing his winning ticket from the Sunshine Food Mart on West New Haven Avenue in Melbourne. The 61-year-old West Melbourne man chose to receive his winning as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $820,000.00. The store that sold the winning ticket will receive a $2,000 bonus commission. Read: Here’s when Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor ComplexThe $50 game features a top prize of $25 million, the largest ever offered on a Florida Scratch-Off game.wftv.com
Police searching for 2 people who tried to steal ATM from West Melbourne bank
Attempted ATM theft West Melbourne police are searching for two people whom they say tried to use a stolen truck to steal an ATM from a local bank. (West Melbourne Police Department)WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. — West Melbourne police are searching for two people they say tried to use a stolen truck to steal an ATM from a local bank. Officers found an empty Ford F-250 and an ATM in a grassy area just north of the Chase Bank on Palm Bay Road. READ: Man sentenced after committing sex act in front of sleeping stepdaughterPolice said the F-250 was recently reported stolen out of Ocoee. Anyone with information about this incident or the individuals involved is asked to contact the West Melbourne Police Department or remain anonymous by contacting Crimeline at 1800-423-TIPS.wftv.com
4 people accused of failing to report child abuse just days before 3-year-old boy died
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Four more people are now facing charges in the death of a Brevard County boy. READ: Arrest made in suspicious death of 3-year-old in West MelbourneThey are both facing charges, including first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse. Police said Jameson was brought to his day care, Health First Center for Child Development on Sheridan Road, nine days before he died. Even though Jameson told workers a similar story about the duck, there were inconsistencies in his version of how it happened. The three day care workers have been arrested and bonded out of jail.wftv.com
Brevard day care workers accused of failing to report abuse that led to 3-year-old’s death
Three day care employees were arrested, and one other is under investigation, for failing to report child abuse that ultimately led to the death of a 3-year-old boy in West Melbourne last June, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
1 hospitalized after small plane crash in West Melbourne
West Melbourne plane crash One person was hospitalized following a small plane crash in West Melbourne on Tuesday, police said. (WFTV.com News Staff)WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. — One person was hospitalized following a small plane crash in West Melbourne on Tuesday, police said. The crash was reported off Silver Sands Drive around 2:45 p.m.Police said no one was killed in the crash. Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for updates. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Orange County deputy arrested, accused of driving under the influence
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — An Orange County deputy is accused of driving under the influence over the weekend. The sheriff’s office said deputy Zachary Erickson, 29, was arrested by West Melbourne police. West Melbourne police said they can not release additional information regarding the case due to the ongoing investigation. The sheriff’s office said Erikson was hired in November 2016 and worked in the Uniform Patrol Division. The department said he has been relieved of all law enforcement duties and reassigned to administrative duties while the criminal case is underway.wftv.com
Health First puts halt on ‘non-emergency’ surgeries that require overnight hospital stay
Health First is suspending all "non-emergency" surgeries that require an overnight hospital stay for at least the next two weeks, as a result of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the community and increasing hospitalizations.
New Allegiant flights to Nashville, Pittsburgh, Concord celebrated at Melbourne airport
Just before 11 a.m. Thursday, Allegiant Flight 2430 from the Charlotte, North Carolina, metropolitan area touched down in Melbourne — launching a new route for the Space Coast’s first low-cost airline since Spirit canceled operations after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
OMNI Healthcare offering child COVID-19 vaccines at pediatrics offices, walk-in clinic
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — OMNI Healthcare announced Thursday that they’ve received a substantial supply of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. The medical group is now administering the vaccine at its pediatrics offices throughout Brevard County by appointment and at its Melbourne vaccination clinic on a walk-in basis. Anyone interested in having their child receive the vaccine should bring a state-issued ID and their insurance card. READ: Orange County offering child COVID-19 vaccines this weekend: How to sign upThe vaccine is provided at no cost to the patient. The Pfizer vaccine is a two-dose vaccine, with shots recommended to be given 21 days (or up to six weeks) apart.wftv.com
Brevard recreation supervisor rearrested on additional child pornography charges, sheriff says
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A recreation supervisor for the city of West Melbourne was arrested again Saturday after bonding out of jail over child pornography charges, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Daniel Hatcher was originally arrested Friday on multiple child pornography charges and suspended without pay by the city. Deputies said Hatcher bonded out of the Brevard County Jail early Saturday afternoon on a $175,000 bond. WATCH: Man caught on camera setting fire to Pulse memorial wallDeputies said even more child pornography was discovered while examining the evidence they collected. Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office at 321-633-8419.wftv.com
West Melbourne recreation supervisor arrested on multiple counts of child pornography charges, city
West Melbourne propane tank The city of West Melbourne’s Board of Adjustment is considering a request for a conditional use permit that would allow a 1,200 square-foot office and 30,000 gallon propane fueling tank on a two-acre site (WFTV.com News Staff)WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. — A recreation supervisor was arrested Friday on multiple child pornography charges, the city of West Melbourne said in a news release. Daniel Hatcher was suspended Friday morning without pay, ordered to stay off city property and had his employee access to city facilities revoked until the city completes its own administrative investigation. “Until yesterday evening, when Brevard County Sheriff’s Office personnel requested City property that might assist in the Sheriff’s investigation, the City was unaware of any allegations of this nature,” the city stated in a news release. A background screening conducted by the city “did not turn up any indication of the kind of behavior that is alleged in his arrest warrant,” the city said in a news release. “The seriousness of the charges cannot be overstated,” the city continued in the news release.wftv.com
Four officers hospitalized after struggle to pull man from burning car in West Melbourne
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. — Officers in West Melbourne were injured Thursday after struggling to pull a man from a burning vehicle. Video shows the car full of smoke as officers from the West Melbourne and Palm Bay police departments work to get the man out. Due to the heavy smoke, officers were forced to break windows to get the man out. WATCH: Sheriff: Discarded beer cans lead to arrest in 1996 cold case murderVideo shows the man confused as officers work to rescue him. During the rescue, two West Melbourne police officers and two Palm Bay police officers were injured by smoke inhalation and taken to a hospital for treatment.wftv.com
Fire destroys West Melbourne home Saturday
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A home in West Melbourne was severely damaged by fire on Saturday, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue. Firefighters responded to a home on John Carrol Lane after receiving calls about an active fire. Crews from the Melbourne Fire Department assisted Brevard County Fire Rescue to fight the fire. READ: Pedestrian hit and killed by car in Brevard County, troopers sayMajor damage was seen to the home after crews got the blaze under control. READ: Woman found dead after shooting inside Brevard County home Friday morning, deputies sayDespite the damage, firefighters said the people who live at the home will not need Red Cross assistance.wftv.com
Brevard Sheriff releases video of ambush shooting that left gunman dead, deputy shot
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. — The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office released dashcam video Thursday of an ambush shooting that ended with the gunmen dead and a deputy shot. Investigators said that on Aug. 30, a deputy pulled over a car on West New Haven Avenue, west of Interstate 95. READ: Gunman killed, Brevard County deputy shot in leg during traffic stop near West MelbourneAs deputies were speaking to people inside of the car, a third man jumped out of the backseat and opened fire on the deputies. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey identified the suspect as a “career criminal” who was out on bond. Video released by the sheriff’s office shows the chaotic scene, and shots rang out from the gunman and deputies.wftv.com
Brevard County deputy injured in deputy-involved shooting near West Melbourne
Carjacker in Orange County causes deadly crash on I-95 near Daytona Beach, troopers sayBREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A deputy was injured in a deputy-involved shooting Monday afternoon near West Melbourne, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said. The shooting was reported near Interstate 95 and West New Haven Avenue. Photos: Hurricane Ida pummels LouisianaChannel 9 has multiple crews on the way to the scene to gather more information. Check back and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News, beginning at 4 p.m., for live updates to this breaking story. Read: McDonald’s, other restaurants closing dining rooms amid surging caseloadsClick here to download the free WFTV news app to be notified about updates to this story.wftv.com
Do you recognize him? Police search for man believed to be involved in death of 3-year-old boy
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — West Melbourne police are searching for a man who they believe was involved in the death of a 3-year-old boy. Police said they are looking for Joshua Manns, 25, who is a person of interest in the death of Jameson Nance. They said Manns left the house where the 3-year-old was found dead on June 11 and has fled law enforcement since then. READ: Orlando rapper with known gang affiliation arrested, charged with racketeering, court records showJameson Nance (West Melbourne Police Department)Manns has an active warrant for his arrest on charges of child neglect with great bodily harm. Police said Manns weighs about 200 pounds, has brown hair that is possibly pulled back into a bun and usually wears glasses.wftv.com
Suspicious death of 3-year-old under investigation in West Melbourne
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — West Melbourne police said they are investigating the suspicious death of a 3-year-old that happened last week. Police around 7:20 p.m. on Friday were called to an undisclosed residence where the toddler was located. READ: 16-year-old, 24-year-old dropped off at hospitals after being shotAutopsy results are needed to determine the child’s cause of death, police said. No further information was available. READ: Florida man fatally shoots father of underage girl he was dating, officials say©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Police issued rifle stolen in West Melbourne car burglary
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. — West Melbourne police are investigating a series of car burglaries in which a police rifle was stolen. READ: 21-year-old man killed in deadly shooting in Cocoa, police sayAccording to Melbourne police, a detective’s unmarked car was parked outside a home in the Timber Ridge Subdivision Saturday when it was broken into. Police say during the burglary the detective’s department-issued rifle was taken. West Melbourne police are investigating the stolen rifle along with several other car burglaries that happened at the same time. Download the WFTV news app and watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live updates on thisdeveloping story, or click here to have updates sent straight to your inbox.wftv.com
Florida reports 5,900 new virus infections, state begins administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine
A full list of vaccine sites throughout Central Florida can be found here. Ad[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Vaccine eligibility expands as Florida reports 6,144 new COVID-19 cases]Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on March 5. CasesThe Florida Department of Health reported 5,941 new cases on Friday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,936,207 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020. HospitalizationsAs of Friday afternoon, there were currently 3,419 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. VaccinationsThe Florida Department of Health began releasing a daily report in December on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
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.
Woman left newborn babies in car alone while she shopped at Kohl’s, police say
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. – A woman left two newborn babies and another small child alone in a car while she shopped for makeup, underwear and other items at Kohl’s, according to the West Melbourne Police Department. Police said they found the three children in a silver Volkswagen Jetta that was running with its doors locked around 2:40 p.m. Saturday. She said the small child, whose age was not released, had the keys and was able to unlock the car if needed, according the affidavit. Records show Hulme said it was “a lapse in judgement” to leave the children unattended in the car alone. Police said Hulme was inside Kohl’s from 2:42 p.m. to 2:58 p.m. and purchased adult shoes, underwear, makeup and slippers.
Employees at 4 more Brevard Publix locations test positive for COVID-19
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. New coronavirus cases have been reported among employees at several Brevard County Publix locations in the past week, according to a corporate spokesperson for the company, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. Four additional stores in Satellite Beach, Suntree, Cocoa and Melbourne have reported having employees test positive for the novel coronavirus since June 22. This brings the total to nine separate locations with reported cases among employees. Employees who test positive are given paid leave for 14 days and required to quarantine until they test negative for the coronavirus. Publix also requires quarantine and paid leave for up to 14 days for associates who have been in close contact with an associate who tests positive.
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.
Sheriff Ivey talks transparency on Edwards case but actions tell another story
The Florida Attorney General, however, had ruled in previous cases that medical records had to be made by a health care practitioner. The photographs were taken by a BCSO employee and maintained by the Sheriff’s Office. The State Attorney’s Office and the medical examiner’s office are independent from the Sheriff’s Office. In August 2019, Alex Fischback, now a commander of the BCSO’s eastern precinct, was head of administrative services for the sheriff’s office. Bracey: I don't know if the use of force report is in here or not.
West Melbourne officer receives threats after edited arrest video goes viral, memo says
The West Melbourne Police Department was the arresting agency. Hours later, Edwards was found in a jail cell unresponsive after a confrontation with corrections deputies in the Brevard County Jail. "The video makes it appear that Mr. Edwards death was the direct result of his arrest and restraint by West Melbourne police officers.That is not the case," said the memo by West Melbourne's City Attorney, Morris Richardson. Richardson sent the memo to city officials to address what he called misinformation being spread on social media, which he said, has provoked threats to a West Melbourne officer and his family. No examples were provided. Kathleen Edwards and several community leaders have called for the jail video to be made public or at least shown to family members.
Earth Fare to close all stores, including those in Florida
Earth Fare had 14 total stores in Florida, including locations near Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne and Tallahassee. Earth Fare, an organic grocery store, is closing. According to the press release, Earth Fare has begun inventory liquidation sales of all its merchandise, including store fixtures. "As a result, Earth Fare is not in a financial position to continue to operate on a go-forward basis. Earth Fare has 50 stores across the southeast and mid-west, including 14 in Florida.dailycommercial.com
Earth Fare to close all stores, including those in Florida
Earth Fare had 14 total stores in Florida, including locations near Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne and Tallahassee. Earth Fare, an organic grocery store, is closing. According to the press release, Earth Fare has begun inventory liquidation sales of all its merchandise, including store fixtures. "As a result, Earth Fare is not in a financial position to continue to operate on a go-forward basis. Earth Fare has 50 stores across the southeast and mid-west, including 14 in Florida.news-journalonline.com
Earth Fare to close all stores, including those in Florida
Earth Fare had 14 total stores in Florida, including locations near Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Ocala, Tampa, Orlando, Melbourne and Tallahassee. Earth Fare, an organic grocery store, is closing. According to the press release, Earth Fare has begun inventory liquidation sales of all its merchandise, including store fixtures. "As a result, Earth Fare is not in a financial position to continue to operate on a go-forward basis. Earth Fare has 50 stores across the southeast and mid-west, including 14 in Florida.ocala.com
Melbourne City Council votes 4-3 to keep fluoridating drinking water supply
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Melbourne will continue to fluoridate drinking water for customers across roughly 100 square miles of southern Brevard County. The City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to do so, according to our news partner Florida Today. In addition to customers within city limits, Melbourne provides drinking water for Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Palm Shores, Satellite Beach, West Melbourne and unincorporated Brevard County south of the Pineda Causeway. During Tuesday's meeting, West Melbourne City Council members Daniel Batcheldor, Pat Bentley and John Dittmore spoke in favor of fluoride. There was not one council member that was supportive of the city of Melbourne discontinuing optimal fluoridation of the drinking water," City Manager Scott Morgan told Melbourne officials.
Melbourne officer shoots burglary suspect in car driving toward him
MELBOURNE, Fla. - A Melbourne police officer shot one of five burglary suspects in a car that was driving straight toward him during a pursuit, authorities said. The suspects then got back into their vehicle and fled as officers pursued, according to a news release. Stop sticks were deployed and deflated the suspect vehicle's tires, but the car continued driving to a parking lot at 1279 Houston St., where an officer exited his vehicle and gave commands for the driver to stop, records show. Police said the vehicle kept driving directly toward the officer, so he fired his weapon, shooting a person in the front passenger seat. The officer, who has worked with the department for nine months, has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Brevard schools report A/C problems as heat index soars on first day
All Brevard schools are expected to open and operate normally Tuesday. ***ORIGINAL***As the heat index soared, at least five Brevard County schools reported problems with air conditioning on the first day of class. Problems were corrected at both Meadowlane schools, Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary and Pinewood Elementary by 1:30 p.m., Hensley said. Dismissal times were not affected at any of the schools, Hensley said. Repairs were recently made at Building 1 at Robert Louis Stevenson, but the three affected classrooms were in Building 2.
Melbourne's latest test finds drinking water free of algae toxins
Blue-green algae coated waters near the banks of Lake Washington Monday (7/29/2019), where signs warn of potentially toxic algae. The city's water issues have been complicated by poor conditions in Lake Washington this summer. Those concentrations are below the guidelines some states and other countries have set for saxitoxin: Oregon, Brazil and Australia have a 3 ppb guideline for drinking water. Saxitoxin and many other blue-green algae toxins are not federally regulated in drinking water. More than 200 of the city's water customers attended a town hall discussion Tuesday about the city's water, led by Rep. Randy Fine.
Rep. Randy Fine to hold town hall meeting on Melbourne water situation
(Photo: Jim Waymer/Florida Today)MELBOURNE, Fla. - Rep. Randy Fine plans to clear the air about Melbourne's drinking water, which some customers say smells strange, lately, like mold. The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Melbourne City Council Chambers, 900 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Rep. Randy Fine will hold a meeting at Melbourne City Hall 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 to discuss recent issues with the city's drinking water. The St. Johns River Water Management District also will discuss the water quality in Lake Washington, the city's main source of drinking water. "My constituents asked me to fix the problem," Fine said of why he's getting involved with Melbourne's drinking water issues.