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Fort Pierce Police Department Makes Arrest in Saturday’s Shooting

• 12/10/2014
Fort Pierce Police Department Makes Arrest in Saturday’s Shooting

This afternoon, Fort Pierce Police Detective Jesse Streeter arrested Cornelius Ivory, 16, of Fort Pierce, on an Order to Take Into Custody for his involvement in the December 6, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 2900 block of Avenue K.  Ivory is currently located at the Saint Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

On Saturday, December 4, 2014, officers responded to the 2900 block of Avenue K after hearing multiple gunshots. When officers arrived at the scene, they received information that two victims, a 17 year old male and a 5 year old male were taken to a local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries.  The investigation revealed that Ivory and another male rode down North 29th Street and fired multiple shot down Avenue K towards the victims.  The shots struck the 17 year old male in a lower extremity.  It is unclear if the 5 year old was injured from gunfire or from falling during the incident.

Detective Streeter followed up on a number of leads which resulted in the identification of Cornelius Ivory as one of the shooters.  Detective Streeter obtained an Order to Take Into Custody charging Ivory with three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder.

The investigation into this case is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Jesse Streeter at 772-467-6911. 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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Update: Fort Pierce Police Detectives Have Arrested Both Suspects in Child Sexual Abuse and Pornography Case

• 11/06/2014
Update: Fort Pierce Police Detectives Have Arrested Both Suspects in Child Sexual Abuse and Pornography Case

Fort Pierce Police Detective Samuel Cooper arrested Willie Jackson, 35, of Fort Pierce and obtained arrest warrants for Cedric Heard, 43, of Huston Texas, for the sexual abuse of a teen. Jackson was taken to the Saint Lucie County Jail and released on over $48,000 bond.  Heard has active arrest warrants and is currently sought by authorities.

On October 28, 2014, Willie Jackson came to the Fort Pierce Police Department to report that he discovered his former partner had saved child pornography on his computer. The pornography depicted Heard sexually abusing a teen victim.  Detective Cooper was able to identify the victim in the photos.  His investigation revealed that Jackson was also involved in sexually abusing the victim.  The victim told Detective Cooper that Jackson threatened to harm him and his family if he talked to the police.  Jackson was located and arrested for his part in the abuse, but Heard left the state and is currently believed to be in Texas.

Jackson was arrested and charged with Sexual Battery Victim 16 or 17, Possession of Material Depicting Child Sexual Conduct, and Tampering With a Victim. Heard has active arrest warrants charging him with two counts of Sexual Battery Victim 16 or 17, Promoting Sexual Performance  By a Child, and Travel To Meet After Using a Computer to Lure Child.

UPDATE:

Cedric Heard has been arrested and charged with Promoting Sexual Performance by a Child, Traveling to Meet a Minor for unlawful Sexual Activity, and two counts of Sexual Activity With a Minor.  He is currently located at the St Lucie County Jail and is being held on $220,000 bond.

 

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Information from the CDC on how Ebola is spread and tips on the prevention of transmission.

• 11/03/2014
Information from the CDC on how Ebola is spread and tips on the prevention of transmission.

Information from the CDC on how Ebola is spread and tips on the prevention of transmission. Take a minute and read through it. Please share this with friends and family.

 

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Fort Pierce Police Officers and Detectives Arrest a Fort Pierce Man for Attempted Homicide

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Officers and Detectives Arrest a Fort Pierce Man for Attempted Homicide

Fort Pierce Police Department officers and detectives arrested Angel Roberts, 17, of Fort Pierce for attempted homicide and possession of a handgun. Roberts is currently located at the Saint Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

On October 29, 2014 at about 12:10 pm, Fort Pierce Police officers responded to shooting activity in the area of 1300 North 16th Court.  Officers quickly determined that Roberts was involved in a disturbance that resulted in gunfire.  Further investigation revealed that Roberts sent Tasha Smith a picture of himself, pointing a handgun, to her over Facebook the night before.  That morning, Roberts approached Tasha in front of her apartment, pointed a handgun at her and threatened her life.  Later that day, Tasha and her husband, Jordan Ewing, saw Roberts walking in front of their apartment, 1310 North 16th Court.  Jordan confronted Roberts and the two began fighting.  During the fight, Roberts pulled out a handgun and began firing at Jordan.  Jordan was able to escape without being injured by the gunfire.

Roberts was arrested and charged with Attempted First Degree Homicide and Possession of Firearm by an Adjudicated Florida Delinquent.

The investigation into this case is ongoing. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Gary Eason at 772-467-6869. 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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Fort Pierce Police Detectives Make Arrest in the October 7, 2014 Attempted Homicide of a Fort Pierce Man

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Detectives Make Arrest in the October 7, 2014 Attempted Homicide of a Fort Pierce Man

On October 27,2014, Fort Pierce Police Detective arrest Traneal Loggins, 17 of Port Saint Lucie, for the attempted Murder of Keith Rodgers.  Loggins is currently booked into the Saint Lucie County jail and is being held without bond.

Fort Pierce Police Detective Ludmila Quintao obtained arrest warrant for the October 7, 2014 shooting that occurred in the 3000 block of Avenue D.  The investigation revealed that the victim, Keith Rodgers, was shot at least one time in the head during a drug transaction.  Rodgers was transported to a local trauma center for treatment of his injuries.

Loggins was arrested and charged with Attempted First Degree Murder.

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Fort Pierce Police Make Arrest in June 3, 2014 Homicide of Clifford Lott

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Make Arrest in June 3, 2014 Homicide of Clifford Lott

On October 27, 2014, agents with the United State Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Erskin Johnson, 25, of Fort Pierce, for the June 3, 2014 homicide of Clifford Lott.  Johnson is currently located in the Hillsborough County Jail and is being held without bond.

On October 17, 2014, Fort Pierce Police Detective Tyrone Campbell obtained arrest warrants for the June 3, 2014 home invasion robbery that left victim, Cliffird Lott shot one or more times.  At the time of the incident, Lott was transported to a local trauma center for treatment.  Lott later died on June 14, 2014 from complications of those injuries.  Lott’s death was ruled a homicide by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Erskin Johnson was arrested and charged with Homicide While Engaged in Certain Felony Offenses, Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill, Burglary With Assault or Battery and Possession of a Weapon By Convicted Florida Felon. Chief Amandro said, “Johnson’s arrest is the culmination of some great police work and cooperation of our citizens. It demonstrates the police department’s commitment to Protecting our Community!

The investigation into this case is ongoing.  If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Detective Tyrone Campbell at 772-467-6829. 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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Fort Pierce Police Officers Seize Three Handguns Over the Weekend

• 10/30/2014
Fort Pierce Police Officers Seize Three Handguns Over the Weekend

Fort Pierce Police Officers seize three handguns and arrest two Saint Lucie County men in separate investigations over the weekend. On Saturday officers arrested Devonte Davis, 16, of Port Saint Lucie, for possession of a handgun, Marijuana and Paraphernalia.  Davis is currently located at the Saint Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center.  On Sunday officers arrested Amos Moss, 29, of Fort Pierce, for possession of a handgun and resisting arrest.  Davis was booked into the Saint Lucie County jail and released on $15750.00 bond.

On October 25, 2014 at about 2:30 am, Fort Pierce Police Officer Kyle MacCarthy and Officer Corey Collier responded the area of North 16th Street and Avenue E after receiving a call of shooting activity.  A subject was located in the area that closely matched the description of a suspect given to officers.  Officers stopped out with the subject and conducted a pat down for weapons but did not find any.  A few feet away, the officers located a handgun that had been tossed on the ground.  The handgun was seized.  This investigation into this incident is ongoing.

On October 25, 2014 at about 3:40 pm, Fort Pierce Police Sergeant Rodney Nieves spotted Davis in the 900 block of North 12th Street.  Davis closely matched the description of a person of interest in connection to a previous crime.  Sergeant Nieves called for additional officers to assist him and Officer James Ippolito and Officer Taryn Doukas responded.  As Sergeant Nieves attempted to stop Davis, he immediately began running.  Davis ran behind a house located at 1201 Avenue L where Officer Ippolito saw Davis pull a black handgun from his pants.  Davis was quickly arrested on the other side of the house and the handgun was seized.  Officers also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia after Davis was searched.

Davis was arrested and charged with Possession of Firearm by an Adjudicated Florida Delinquent, Possession of Not More Than 20 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Equipment, and Resisting an Officer Without Violence.

On October 26, 2014 at about 5:50 pm, Fort Pierce Police Officer Justin Rahn and Officer Joshua Kirkus made a traffic stop on a blue Toyota sedan in the area of 2504 Avenue I after receiving information that the vehicle was possibly involved in a shooting incident in the area of North 29th Street and Avenue M.  As the officers approached the blue sedan, the passenger, Amos Moss, jumped out of the car and ran.  Officer Rahn chased Moss and quickly arrested him.  The driver of the sedan then fled.  Officers followed the sedan and until the driver abandoned the sedan in the 3100 block of Avenue T.  The sedan was searched and officers found a semi-automatic handgun under the front passenger’s seat. Physical evidence on the handgun confirmed that the handgun was in the possession of Moss.  This investigation into this incident is ongoing.

Moss was arrested and charged with Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Florida Felon and Resisting Arrest Without Violence.

The investigations into these cases are ongoing. If you have any information regarding these incidents please contact Detective Tad Lindstadt at 772-467-6873. 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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The Fort Pierce Police Department and the Saint Lucie Chapter of the NAACP announce their successful partnership hiring minority police officers

• 10/30/2014
The Fort Pierce Police Department and the Saint Lucie Chapter of the NAACP announce their successful partnership hiring minority police officers

On October 24, 2014, Fort Pierce Police Interim Chief Frank Amandro presented a $500 award to NAACP Saint Lucie County Chapter President Tony Barnes and NAACP Saint Lucie County Chapter Minority Recruiter and Legal Redress Anthony Valicenti for the Associations efforts in recruiting minority officer candidates. The partnership with the NAACP is part of the Police Department’s extended Minority Recruitment Program. The program encourages the NAACP, Caribbean American Cultural Group, Frontline, and Save Our Children to participate in the recruitment of minority police officer candidates. The department benefits from the program by expanding its recruiting efforts to find qualified candidates within the community. The organizations benefit by receiving a $500 award upon their candidates successful completion of the hiring process and field training program. These awards allow the civic organizations to provide scholarships to aid future candidates.

The first candidate to enter the program was Officer Denesh Mathura. He was hired as a Fort Pierce Police Officer on June 22, 2014, and successfully completed his training on October 3, 2014. Officer Mathura was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where his father worked as a police officer. Officer Mathura moved to the United States as a young child. He grew up in Fort Pierce, and is a graduate of Lincoln Park Academy. Officer Mathura attended the night Police Academy at Indian River State College, May 20, 2013 to May 9, 2014, while working during the day.

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