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Florida man arrested after burning large pile of marijuana in backyard, deputies say

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - A Florida man was arrested after deputies were led to his location by billowing smoke and the overpowering aroma of marijuana burning in his backyard, investigators said.


Fire burns 20 cars at salvage yard in Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CBS12) — About 20 cars burned in a fire at a salvage yard in Fort Pierce. According to the St. Lucie Fire District, the fire started around 4 p.m. on Thursday at AC Salvage on U.S. 1.


Mother of three finds 57 lbs. of cocaine on the beach

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CBS12) — Earlier this week, 32-year-old Amanda Gervais called St. Lucie County deputies, and told them that she found 57 pounds of cocaine floating in the water at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.


Florida Stepson Killed Pregnant Mother of Six, Called 911 at Cemetery: Police

Authorities in Florida say a 21-year-old man strangled his pregnant stepmother and called 911 from a cemetery to confess to killing her. Police officers found Ian Anselmo in Sue Ellen Anselmo's SUV on March 13. The 39-year-old mother of six was bleeding and unconscious in the driver's seat, a cord w


Viral Video Shows Florida Woman Hosing 'Loser' Man for Fishing in Waters She Claims to Own: 'You're Going to Jail'

Footage of a Florida woman berating a fisherman for being in water she claimed to own has gone viral—and a protest is being planned in the same area for tomorrow. The incident took place at Vero Beach last Thursday and footage was later uploaded to social media by fisherman Jose Ortiz, under the acc


Look inside Tropicana plant reveals manufacturing operation with precise processes, staggering numbers

One of the main sources of Tropicana orange juice — one of the most widely recognized orange juice brands in the world — comes from a plant in Bradenton. But for the most part that facility, which, along with a smaller plant in Fort Pierce service all of North America with Tropicana OJ, does its wor


57 pounds of cocaine found floating in Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CBS12) — Fifty-seven pounds of cocaine. That's what deputies found floating near shore at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, after receiving a call of a suspicious package.


Caught on Cam: Squirrel goes nuts, attacks Florida man

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA/NBC News) - A domesticated squirrel is being blamed for a series of attacks in a Florida neighborhood. The offending rodent has gone after four people, using its claws and teeth to injure his victims.


Ron DeSantis Announces Funds for Infrastructure Projects Across North Florida

“Florida’s economy is strong but there is still work to be done in some of our hardworking, resilient North Florida communities,” said DeSantis when he announced the grants on Wednesday. “The development of infrastructure is critical for the economic development of these rural communities.”


Missing Child Alert issued for Florida toddler, Brodi Zuniga

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Missing Child Alert for a two-year-old boy from Southwest Florida. The FDLE said Brodi Zuniga was last seen in the 10000 block of East Terry Street in Bonita Springs.


Why Cops Really Want to Release Robert Kraft’s Asian Spa Sex Tapes (Video)

The cops are trying to get Kraft to admit he is guilty. The way they are trying to do it is by threatening to release the sex tapes. Check out how the sheriff is subtly threatening Kraft.


Weather for Fish Joyce’s Dock in Vero Beach

SEBASTIAN – For all those people going to Fish Joyce’s Dock tomorrow in Vero Beach, the weather should be amazing in the public waters. Expect sunny skies with a high near 75 on Saturday. Make sure you wear some sunscreen because it will be hot.


Burning marijuana plants draws attention to Indian River County home

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Indian River County sheriff's deputies went to David Fredrick Ellis home in Fellsmere. The 64-year-old man drew attention to himself when he allegedly was "open burning" a pile of pot leaves.


City of Okeechobee’s Town Hall meeting well received; city residents complain about double taxation

OKEECHOBEE — “I’ve been waiting for this meeting for 50 years,” said Sandra Pearce of the City Council’s Town Hall Meeting held on Tuesday, March 19. Although her comment was said with humor, the general consensus in the room was that the meeting was long overdue, and many thanked the council for ta


Sheriff expects Kraft video to be released, eventually

Law enforcement officials in Florida seem to be intent on releasing to the public a very private and sensitive video involving Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Via NBCSportsBoston.com, Martin County, Florida sheriff William Snyder believes that the videos created when Kraft and other men visited a day s


There’s still time to comment on Lake Okeechobee level changes

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still accepting public comments as input on the development for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual. The public comment period has been extended to April 22.


Teens learn the importance of being drug free in St. Lucie County

Middle and high school students in St. Lucie County learned about the dangers of drugs and alcohol Thursday. A 'farfromdruggen' event was held in Fort Pierce. Using the hashtag "Not a lab rat," teens were told to warn their peers about the harmful effects of popular products like Juul, the "E-cigare


Crime Blotter: March 20

Sean Austin Casey, 22, 5555 53rd Ave., Vero Beach; Arrest Location: Same; Arresting Agency: Indian River County Sheriff’s Office; Status: Held on $17,500; Charge(s): Scheme to defraud financial institution, Felony Organized fraud under $20,000, Felony Deposit with intent to defraud, and Felony Utter


Public safety concerns prompts longer hours at city beaches

VERO BEACH — The city’s three beaches will have extended hours this summer after officials noted most residents flock to the beaches after work hours. “When we leave the beaches at 5 p.m., there are still hundreds of people there,” said Erik Toomsoo, president of the Vero Beach Lifeguard Association


Backus and Butcher: Inspired pairing of landscape legends

The works of two iconic Florida landscape artists, painter A.E. Backus and photographer Clyde Butcher, hanging side by side at the A.E. Backus Museum in Fort Pierce, are a fascinating study in contrasts: the jubilant hues of Backus’ billowing clouds and cypress trees compared with the starkly ominou