Plane crash in St. Lucie County kills one
St. Lucie County Sheriff deputies respond to a fatal place crash west of Port St. Lucie at 9 a.m. on April 14.
According to reports, the single-engine airplane crashed nose down just west of Range Line Road near the entrance to Treasure Coast Air Park, and the pilot, John D. Schoonover, 62, of Davie, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
Man arrested for firing gun by wife's feet
On April 6, Jack Walter Favorite was arrested when he fired a gun into the ground at his wife's feet.
According to reports, the wife was on their way to the Port St. Lucie Police Station to report threats from Mr. Favorite, which were made through text and voice mail.
Mr. Favorite fled the area after the shooting, and later turned himself in. He states he dismantled the gun and disposed of it along Indian River Drive.
Phone thief caught selling phone
The Port St. Lucie Police Department arrested Billy Simplice, 19, for grand theft and dealing in stolen property for allegedly stealing a cell phone while at Treasure Coast High School.
According to reports, the victim reported the theft to the school resource officer, and suspected Mr. Simplice. Using a friend's Facebook page, Mr. Simplice was contacted about buying a phone, and he corresponded with the victim to arrange to buy the phone.
The school resource officer went to the arranged meeting, recovered the phone and arrested Mr. Simplice.
Man arrested for road rage
On April 8, Port St. Lucie police arrested Dean Bair for pulling a gun on another motorist after he was cut off in traffic.
According to reports, the victims stated they accidentally cut the suspect off while traveling on Port St. Lucie Boulevard. When they reached a light, they tried to apologize, but was met with the suspect pointing a gun and yelling racial slurs at them.
The victims called 9-1-1 with the suspects tag number and followed him into a parking lot, where the suspect was assaulting by a man exiting a store.
The Florida Highway Patrol arrived and made the arrests. A search of the suspect's truck revealed an AR15 rifle and a Glock .40.
Operation Dry Spring protects youth
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has concluded a five-week operation aimed at protecting youth from purchasing and using alcohol, tobacco and various forms of synthetic drugs.
From March 22 to 27, deputies targeted underage youth in possession of alcohol, tobacco or synthetic drugs as well as businesses selling these substances to underage youth.
This operation resulted in 48 arrests: 42 for underage alcohol sales, two for possession of alcohol by a minor, one for possession of tobacco by a minor, two for possession of marijuana by a minor and one for possession of drug paraphernalia by a minor.
"Our undercover teams targeted areas such as convenience stores, grocery stores and drug stores," said Sheriff Ken Mascara.
The alcohol sales compliance rate was 72 percent, down from 86 percent last November. Deputies checked 157 stores and made 42 arrests. Tobacco compliance was 100 percent after deputies checked 91 stores.
In addition, St. Lucie County undercover teams checked 68 stores for synthetic drug sales and there were no violations.
Tour de Force rides through county
The 16th annual Tour de Force kicked off in North Miami Beach on April 14 and rode through the county on April 16.
The five-day, 270-mile charity bike ride up Florida's east coast will raise money for five law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year, and concluded on April 18 in Daytona Beach.
On April 16, the bikers started the St. Lucie County trek at the Denny's in Port St. Lucie, and rode north.
The campaign will end at the annual Florida Law Enforcement Memorial Service on May 5 in Tallahassee.
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies are investigating two overnight shootings that occurred in northern St. Lucie County in the Sheraton Plaza neighborhood.
The first shooting took place at 8 p.m. April 6 on Kingsley Drive. The second shooting took place at about 2 a.m. April 7 at 42nd Street.
According to reports, the victims of the first shooting, two men and a woman were in a driveway when the occupants of two vehicles firing at them. Their injuries were not fatal.
In the second shooting, a car and home were hit. There were no injuries.
-- Information gathered from police and fire rescue reports