Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bomb Squad in Satellite Beach


SATELLITE BEACH---  The Brevard County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad was called to the corner of Norwood and Thyme Avenue this afternoon to investigate a suspicious object.  The item was located by a Satellite Beach Public Works employee in a field he was mowing adjacent to the Satellite Beach Police Department headquarters, and identified as a possible pipe bomb.
Bomb squad officers were able to  safely detonate the item according to protocol.
The discovery and detonation disrupted dismissal at Surfside Elementary, located one block south.  Thyme Road and Cinnamon Road were closed to all traffic, and pedestrians were re-routed.  The investigation is ongoing.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Viera High School Football Coach Arrested for Soliciting Underage Girl


SATELLITE BEACH, Florida -- A Viera High School assistant football coach, 32-year-old Kevin Christopher Verpaele, was arrested at 190 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach on three counts of Computer Solicitation of a Minor - which is a third degree felony.
Brevard County deputies say that Verpaele used a cell phone with an internet service (in this case G-mail) to solicit the unidentified underage girl whom deputies say he had personal knowledge was under the age of 18. 
The conversations between the Viera High School assistant coach and the underage girl allegedly occurred on November 2, 7, and 8, 2012.
Deputies describe the conversations as sexually explicit in nature, and consisted of sexual content where Verpaele described sexual acts he wanted to perform on the underage girl which would constitute unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
The arrest affidavit alleges that the evidence of this crime is supported through the statment of the victim and electronic documentation from the G-mail account and additional evidence gathered throughout the investigation.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Obama Supporter Run Over in Satellite Beach


SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA--- A disagreement over a political yard sign on Trinidad Drive has left one Satellite Beach woman injured and another facing criminal charges.  The victim, unidentified until SBPD completes their investigation, did not answer her door yesterday when her neighbor (another woman, also unidentified pending investigation) reportedly knocked on her door to discuss the Obama/Biden sign in her yard.  The victim allegedly observed her neighbor removing the sign and riding away on her motorized scooter.  Consequently, the victim came out of her house.  The neighbor rode her scooter around the block, and then returned to the home, throwing the sign at the victim's feet.  A heated conversation ensued, at which point the neighbor allegedly hit the throttle and ran the woman over in her doorway, resulting in cuts, bruises and tire tread marks.  The alleged perpetrator then told the woman "you're okay" and left the premises on her scooter.  The victim called 911 and was able to identify the neighbor's house based on the fact that she had seen the scooter for sale on the driveway for several weeks.

Although the investigation is still pending and the Police Report is not yet released, Brevard Times has learned that the woman will likely face charges of battery and theft.  She has already received a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.  

Monday, November 5, 2012

First Lady Rallies Crowd at Last Campaign Stop in Florida

Tonight at Orlando's Southport Park, First Lady Michelle Obama rallied supporters and encouraged them to get out the vote, and leave no chance for regret on Wednesday morning.  Senator Bill Nelson and Grammy-award winner Ricky Martin also addressed the crowd about the importance of finishing the campaign strong.
Senator Bill Nelson rallies crowd on Election Eve in Orlando

 Never mentioning Mitt Romney by name, the First Lady drilled home the tightness of the race in Florida and other swing states.  She reminded voters that in the 2008 presidential election, Florida was decided by 236,000 votes, equivalent to about 36 voters in every precinct going Obama's way.

Singer Ricky Martin addressed audience in English and Spanish
First Lady amidst chants of "4 More Years"

Saturday, November 3, 2012

First Lady to Visit Orlando Monday Afternoon

First Lady Michelle Obama will make a stop in Orlando on Monday, November 5th.  The free grassroots event will take place at Southport Park (3407 East Landstreet Road  Orlando, FL 32827).  Tickets to the event are available, on a first come first serve basis, at http://OFA.BO/orlando.  Doors open at 3:00pm.  Grammy-award winner, Ricky Martin, is also scheduled to appear.