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Sept. 11 memorial taking shape
PORT ST. LUCIE - By removing a tree and laying some pavers, the beginning of the new Sept. 11 memorial, featuring an 11-foot piece of steel from the World Trade Center, is on its path to completion in front of the Port St. Lucie Civic Center. "The team is hard at work," said Gregory Oravec, Port St. Lucie c...
Races divided between primary, general elections
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - In what has turned out to be a very busy political season in St. Lucie County, after the qualifying period ended in early June, more than three dozen people are vying for more than 17 seats throughout St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie. But the eventual winners of these seat...
Future science teachers experience research first-hand
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - For six weeks, Indian River State College students studying to be middle-school science teachers worked side-by-side with actual scientists in the field to learn first-hand about scientific research and discovery. They were part of the research experience for pre-service teachers program,...
Summer cleanup crew
John Fife of Fort Pierce falls back into the Fort Pierce Inlet to dive along the jetty to retrieve garbage and debris that had either been thrown or fallen into the water Saturday, June 23. The once-a-year event allows divers to be eco-adventurists with the Marine Cleanup Initiative and Fort Pierce Authentic Tou...
City updates sidewalk ordinances
FORT PIERCE - Fort Pierce City Commissioners voted unanimously to revise its sidewalk ordinance, which hadn't been updated in 25 years. "There are substantial revisions that bring the sidewalk ordinance up to the 21st century," David Carlin, assistant planning director, told the commission. The new ordinance ...
Men accused of having counterfeit money
PORT ST. LUCIE - Two suspects found with counterfeit money in Wal-Mart last week claimed someone in West Palm Beach gave them the phony cash. That claim, however, did not stop Port St. Lucie Police from arresting the man and juvenile male and charging them with possession of 10 or more counterfeit bills. ...
DNA test results in burglary arrest
PORT ST. LUCIE - In 2009, a police officer investigated a burglary at a Port St. Lucie house. The officer discovered a DVD-player was stolen and someone left bloodstains on hanging curtains in the house after breaking a rear sliding door behind the curtains. About three years later, Port St. Lucie Police ...
New police chief accepts job offer
PORT ST. LUCIE - Besides Port St. Lucie having a new police chief, the big news this week may be that nothing has changed. After a tumultuous week in which it appeared that Port St. Lucie would have to conduct another search for a new police chief, a candidate finally accepted the job. Craig R. Novick, th...
Authorities investigate deliveries to warehouse
PORT ST. LUCIE - Authorities were investigating last week why shipments of thousands worth of goods, including airplane-related items, were being delivered to a vacant warehouse, an arrest affidavit said. Sameer Shouman, 36, 8510 N.W. Seventh St., Hollywood, who showed up at the time of one of the deliver...
Making the right calls
Referee John Burdette of Port Saint Lucie calls the beach volleyball match at South Beach in Vero Beach during the 2012 Florida Police and Fire Games last Friday. Vero Beach Police Officer Matt Monaco goes for a save during the best-of-three match with firefighters from Orlando International Airport. Officer Monaco...
New dispatch system to replace antiquated one
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - An upgraded, computer-aided dispatch system will improve communications between law enforcement agencies in St. Lucie County, a county official said recently. Tiffany Bennett, public safety manager for St. Lucie County, said the upgraded system should be in place by September. "The curr...
Law library is not just for lawyers
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - When a homeless woman who lived out of her car had her vehicle impounded, she couldn't afford a lawyer. She ended up turning to the Rupert J. Smith Law Library of St. Lucie County where she got information to help her get her car back. Nora Everlove, librarian of the law library since 1...
Political races at a glance
Races taking place on the Aug. 14 primary election: . Tax collector . County Commissioner, District 1, Republican race . County Commissioner, District 5 . Port St. Lucie City Council, District 4 . Fort Pierce mayor . Fort Pierce City Commission, District 1, Seat 3 Races taking place on the Nov. 6 general ...
Beach residents to be part of special assessment
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - For years, the beaches on South Hutchinson Island have slowly been eroding away, and both residents on the island and county staff have been looking for a way to afford restoring them. At the St. Lucie County Erosion District meeting, county staff presented a restoration project that used...
A colorful intruder
Bob Hickerson shows Michael Jenkins, both of Fort Pierce, his catch of a lionfish along the jetty in Fort Pierce Saturday, June 23. The lionfish is a nuisance to area reefs because they have no natural predators and females can lay 2 million eggs a year....

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