• Welcome Reception Scheduled for Fort Pierce Chief of Police

    Welcome Reception Scheduled for Fort Pierce Chief of Police

    The City of Fort Pierce invites members of the public to a Welcome Reception in honor of the new Fort Pierce Chief of Police, Diane Hobley-Burney.  The reception will be held on Monday, June 1st at 5:00 PM at City Hall, 100 North US 1. Chief Hobley-Burney will be sworn in at the City Commission […]

  • Crime Stoppers reward increased to $10,000 in shooting death of two-year-old Ma’Keila Burkes

    Crime Stoppers reward increased to $10,000 in shooting death of two-year-old Ma’Keila Burkes

    The Fort Pierce Police Department and Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers have partnered to increase the reward for information about the shooting death of two-year-old Ma’Keila Burkes.  The reward has been increased to $10,000 total.  That is a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for this crime […]

  • The Eight Crosses Benefit raised $10,181.91

    The Eight Crosses Benefit raised $10,181.91

    The Eight Crosses Benefit on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 raised $10,181.91. The money will go to the families of the victims from last month’s tragic crash and will be used for funeral and medical expenses. This was a great event that was well attended by all and show just how well this community can pull […]

  • Eight Crosses Benefit for the families of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God

    Eight Crosses Benefit for the families of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God

    Eight members of the Independent Haitian Assembly of God church in Fort Pierce died this week as they traveled home from a Palm Sunday revival held on the west side of the State. In addition to those killed in the horrific crash, ten members of the church were injured, some critically. As the sun rose […]

  • The Fort Pierce Police Department is Hosting a Lionfish Safari to Benefit the FPPD K-9 Program

    The Fort Pierce Police Department is Hosting a Lionfish Safari to Benefit the FPPD K-9 Program

    The Fort Pierce Police Department is hosting a Lionfish Safari June 13 and 14, 2015 at the Fort Pierce City Marina in Downtown Fort Pierce.  The Safari will be an open dive within the City of Fort Pierce to include the Indian River lagoon and the Fort Pierce City Marina.  Teams of up to four […]

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Police Athletic League will host a Practical Self-Defense class on April 22, 2015

• 03/12/2015
Police Athletic League will host a Practical Self-Defense class on April 22, 2015

The Fort Pierce Police Athletic League, 903 S 21st St, Fort Pierce, is hosting a Practical Self-Defense class on April 22, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This class is FREE to Women. Space is limited so you must register in advance by contacting Wendy Holcombe at 772-878-1131.

The class is sponsored by the 19th Judicial Circuit Victim Rights Coalition.

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Update 2: Fort Pierce Police Detectives Have Identified a Second Suspect in the Early Monday Morning Shooting.

• 03/06/2015
Update 2: Fort Pierce Police Detectives Have Identified a Second Suspect in the Early Monday Morning Shooting.

Yesterday, Fort Pierce Police Detective Samuel Cooper obtained arrest warrants for a second suspect, Janiecia Denise Briggs, 22, of Fort Pierce, for her involvement in the early Monday morning shooting that left the victim in critical condition.  Briggs has surrendered herself and is currently in custody at the Saint Lucie County Jail.  She is being held without bond.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Detective Cooper identified Janiecia Briggs as a second suspect in the shooting that left Tanya Oliver in critical condition.  The witness reported that he observed both Curtia Reed and Janiecia Briggs firing handguns from inside their vehicle at the victim.  The witness stated that after the shooting the suspects drove off.

Briggs was arrested at the St Lucie County Jail and charged with Attempted First Degree Homicide, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Shooting a Deadly Missile into an Occupied Vehicle.

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Updated: Fort Pierce Police Seek the Community’s Assistance in Locating an Attempted Murder Suspect

• 03/04/2015
Updated: Fort Pierce Police Seek the Community’s Assistance in Locating an Attempted Murder Suspect

Update:

Fort Pierce Police Department Detectives Arrest Wanted Suspect Curtia Reed

Today at about 3:00 pm, Curtia Reed was located with the assistance of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and arrested on outstanding warrants charging her with Attempted First Degree Homicide, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Shooting a Deadly Missile into an Occupied Vehicle.  Reed has been taken to the Saint Lucie County Jail and is being held without bond.

Fort Pierce Police Detective Samuel Cooper has obtained arrest warrants for Curtia Shere Reed, 30, of Vero Beach, for her involvement in a shooting that left the female victim in critical condition.  The active arrest warrants charge Reed with Attempted First Degree Homicide, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Shooting a Deadly Missile into an Occupied Vehicle.

On March 2, 2015 at about 1:38 am, Fort Pierce Police Officers responded to 2408 Avenue M, The Elks Lodge, in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival officers discovered the victim, Tanya Oliver, 41, of Fort Pierce, had been shot, while inside a vehicle, in the rear parking lot adjacent to North 24th Street.  Oliver was transported to a local trauma center and remains in critical condition.  The investigation revealed there was a disturbance between two groups of women, which escalated in the club, resulting in their ejection form the club.  Once outside, the disturbance continued to escalate, resulting in gunfire.  The gunfire struck Oliver, critically injuring her.  Witnesses identified Reed as a shooter.

The Fort Pierce Police Department is requesting assistance from the community in solving this case and locating the suspect.  If you have any information regarding the suspect or the crime please contact Detective Samuel Cooper at 772-467-6897.  If you would like to remain anonymous please contact the Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers with any information that may lead to the identity of the suspects at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).  Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for reward money.

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10th annual Treasure Coast Police Officer’s Ball

• 03/04/2015
10th annual Treasure Coast Police Officer’s Ball

Come and join honorary Chairman, Saint Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara, and treasure coast law enforcement officers for an elegant evening celebrating a decade of Fort Pierce Police Athletic League’s accomplishments.

The Treasure Coast Police Officer’s Ball, open to the community, is a fund raiser to support the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League.  The mission of the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League is “Filling Playgrounds Not Prisons.”  This is accomplished by providing the youth in our community with a safe place where they can participate in a number of activates ranging from boxing and team sports to mentoring and tutoring.

 

All are invited to attend.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cocktails and Silent Auction start at 6:00 pm

Dinner and Live Auction start at 7:00 pm

Dancing until 11:00 pm

At the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League Center

903 South 21st Street, Fort Pierce, Florida

Entertainment provided by Mike James of 104.7 “The Flame”

Open Bar (Donations Accepted)

Dress is formal, black tie optional

For tickets and more information please contact the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League at 772-466-0606.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Fort Pierce Police Athletic League.

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Cold Weather Shelter Location and Safety Warning

• 02/19/2015
Cold Weather Shelter Location and Safety Warning

The Fort Pierce Police Department would like to remind its citizens that the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Alert due to expected freezing temperatures and high wind for the next several days.  Residents are warned to take measures to protect themselves and their property from the cold.  If you will be outdoors at night, be sure to dress appropriately.  Use extreme caution with space heaters. Keep heaters away from any combustible materials such as pillows, blankets and curtains.  Remember to bring animals indoors.

Anyone who needs temporary shelter from cold weather during this time should report to In the Image of Christ cold weather shelter located at the Buell L. Brown Center, 707 North 7th Street in Fort Pierce.  The shelter will be opening at 4:00 pm today and will remain open to 7:00 am on Monday.

For additional information, In the Image of Christ can be reached at 772-461-7788.

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Fort Pierce Police Officers Locate and Arrest Robbery Suspect Using the “Find My iPhone” App

• 02/18/2015
Fort Pierce Police Officers Locate and Arrest Robbery Suspect Using the “Find My iPhone” App

Last Saturday, Fort Pierce Police Officer, Nicholas McWillaims arrested Montavious Hayes, 25, of Fort Pierce, for armed robbery after the victim’s “Find My iPhone” app led officers to his location.  Hayes is currently located at the Saint Lucie County Jail and is being held on $19,500.00 bond.

On January 30, 2015, Fort Pierce Police officers responded to the parking lot of 2335 South US 1, Advance America Cash, for an armed robbery.  The victim, Jacquelyn Allen, told officers she was walking to her car with a friend, Anna Garcia, when they were confronted by a black male with a stun gun.  The male, who was covering his face with a white cloth, sparked the stun gun and pointed it at Allen.  The male removed the cloth from his face and demanded the victim hand over the bag with money.  The male then grabbed both of Allen’s bags, a purse which contained her iPhone 6 and a tote bag.  The male then fled the scene in the rear seat of a beige sedan with tinted windows.

The next morning, Allen contacted Officer McWilliams and reported that she was able to locate her iPhone through the “Find My iPhone” app.  The app showed the phone was located at 3101 Avenue F.  Officers responded to the address and received a consent to search from the resident.  Officers Taryn Doukas, James Ippolito and Frank Incorvaia searched the residence and located Allen’s purse in one of the bedrooms.  Officers then discovered Montavious Hayes hiding in the bedroom closet.  Officers also found a loaded handgun, a stun gun and the victims tote in the closet with Hayes.

Montavious Hayes was arrested and charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching with Weapon, Grand Theft, Resisting an Officer.  Hayes was also arrested on outstanding warrants for Grand Theft, Giving False information to Pawn Broker, and Dealing in Stolen Property.

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Fort Pierce Police Officers Arrest Two People for Possession of Marijuana, Methamphetamine and Two Handguns During a Traffic Stop

• 02/18/2015
Fort Pierce Police Officers Arrest Two People for Possession of Marijuana, Methamphetamine and Two Handguns During a Traffic Stop

 Fort Pierce Police Officers James Ippolito and Jacob Blazsyk arrested Christopher Williams, 21, of Fort Pierce and Damon White, 17, of Fort Pierce for possession of marijuana, methamphetamine and handguns during a traffic stop last Saturday. Williams was taken to the Saint Lucie County Jail and released on $37,500.00 bond. White was taken to the Saint Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

On January 24, 2015, about 4:50 pm, officers made a traffic stop on a four door Dodge in the 1300 block of North 25th Street. During the stop, officers notice a strong smell of marijuana coming from the car. While officers were speaking to the occupants, the rear passengers, Williams and White, were reaching around in the back seat, even after officers ordered them to show their hands. The officers removed the two from the vehicle and checked them for weapons. One of the officers spotted a clear plastic baggie sticking out Williams’ front pocket. The officer seized the baggie and found that it contained marijuana and methamphetamine. The drugs were packaged for distribution. When Williams and White got out of the rear seat, officers saw the rear seat armrest flop forward and the cover to the rear seat storage compartment was ajar. Officer Cory Collier searched the rear seat storage compartment behind the armrest and found two loaded handguns and a backpack that contained marijuana and a scale. The two handguns, a revolver and a semi-auto pistol, five grams of methamphetamine and over two ounces of marijuana were seized. During the arrest, Williams told officers that the driver did not have knowledge of the contraband. White told officers that the handguns and the backpack were his.   The driver of the car was not charged.

Christopher Williams was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana With Intent to Sell, and Possession of Methamphetamine with intent to sell. Damon White was arrested and charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Minor, Possession With Intent to Sell A Schedule 1, Possession of Drug Equipment and Resisting an Officer for giving a false name during the arrest.

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Fort Pierce Police Officer Make Arrest of Car Burglary Suspect Caught on Video

• 01/13/2015
Fort Pierce Police Officer Make Arrest of Car Burglary Suspect Caught on Video

Yesterday morning, Fort Pierce Police Officer Nicholes Lentz arrested Michael Gacel, 40, of Fort Pierce, for the burglary of a vehicle in a church parking lot after attending a function at the same church.  Gecel is currently located at the Saint Lucie County Jail and is being held on $4,500.00 bond.

On January 12, 2015 at about 10:30 am, officers met with the victim, Sandra Isles, at 217 N US 1, the Notre Dame Catholic Mission.  Sandra reported her purse was stolen from her car while she was working inside the church.  She had left her purse inside the car but left her car unlocked.  As officers investigated, they located her purse on the ground several feet away.  The purse was missing her work cell phone and $20.00.   Officers reviewed the church’s security camera footage that captured the burglary.  The pastor recognized Gacel and said that he attended a church function that morning.  The pastor led officers to Gacel’s residence where he was arrested.  During the arrest, the stolen cell phone was located under Gacel’s bed.

Gacel was arrested and charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance and Petit Theft.

The Fort Pierce Police Department would like to remind everyone that suspects often see exposed valuables and unlocked vehicles as easy opportunities to commit crime.  By remembering to lock your vehicles and not leave valuables inside and exposed to view, you can drastically reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

 

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