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5 Accused Killers Charged with Beating Murder Suspect
  • Published: October 19, 2018

During the week ending Friday, October 5, 2018, five accused killers in the Indian River County jail in Florida now face additional battery charges after beating another inmate who was arrested during the summer. The inmate who was the victim is a 47 year old man who resides at the 4200 block of 26th Avenue. He was kicked and punched repeatedly by five inmates who went into his cell at the jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The attack was caught on camera and occurred just before 8 AM on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The deputies stated that the reason for the attack was revenge for the man killing another man who was shot on August 16 in the Gifford area. The man who committed the murder later turned himself in and claimed that he had acted in self-defense. The 47 year…Read More

Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Woman Outside of the Indian River County Main Library
  • Published: October 4, 2018

On Friday, September 21, 2018, police of the Vero Beach Police Precinct in Florida arrested a man after he sexually assaulted a woman just outside of the Indian River County Main Library. That Friday morning, a woman went to the police to report that she had been raped outside of the library building while she was sleeping in the area. Vero Beach police officers subsequently arrested the man, who was reported as being 44 years old but was later determined as being 45. The man resides on the 1500 block of 14th Avenue in Vero Beach, Florida. Upon his arrest, the police charged him with sexual battery. He was taken to the Indian River County Jail and held without bail until he was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  The man is now in need of…Read More

Victim’s Parents Sue Doctor in Fatal Hit-and-Run
  • Published: September 27, 2018

A Viera-based doctor is accused of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man on April 27, 2016. At the time of the alleged hit-and-run accident, the doctor was returning to her home in Sebastian after having dinner with her friend in Viera. Coming up to 104th Avenue after having exited Interstate 95, the doctor struck a 33-year master electrician who was walking home from work along County Road 512. In a taped statement to the state highway patrol in the immediate aftermath of the accident, the doctor indicated that she was under the belief that she had hit a road sign. That cam The highway patrolman investigating the accident claims that a check of the SUV, which was impounded after the accident, found damage to the headlight, fender, bumper and hood. If…Read More

Indian River Man Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Published: September 17, 2018

When on routine patrol at about 2:00 a.m., an Indian River County sheriff’s deputy discovered a pickup truck parked in a dark parking lot outside of a business named Estate Treasures in Vero Beach. The business had been closed for the day for several hours. The deputy spoke with the driver who said he was at that location to meet a man named “Bert” to find locations to pick palmetto berries. The man had no last name, address or phone number for “Bert.” He reportedly said that “Bert” lived in a nearby woods. A woman who was with the driver of the pickup truck confirmed that they were to meet “Bert,” but she gave a different location than Estate Treasures. When looking inside of the bed of the truck, the officer saw a “push rod and tube of a syringe”…Read More

18-year-old charged with lewd and lascivious molestation
  • Published: September 7, 2018

On Tuesday, August 29, 2018, in the Indian River County, Florida area, a teen from Gifford was arrested. According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the young man was taken into custody after being charged with engaging in sexual contact with a girl who was only 15 years old.  Based on the seriousness of these charges the man will require an Indian River County Criminal Defense Attorney. The young man, who is 18 years of age, resides at the 4200 block of 20th Avenue. He was formally charged by police with lewd and lascivious molestation. According to the young girl, the older teen visited her home in January 2018 and ended up giving her alcohol. According to the arrest affidavit, he subsequently forced her to have sex with him. Also according to the affidavit, the young girl reported that she…Read More

Acupuncturist Accused Of Fraud By Indian River County Officials
  • Published: August 29, 2018

A Vero Beach Acupuncturist is in need of an Indian River County criminal defense lawyer following her arrest on charges of fraud and racketeering. The arrest, which took place at a Vero Beach office, was the result of a two-year investigation into the billing practices of the 56-year-old acupuncturist after county officials became suspicious. The official charges that have been lodged against the woman are fraud for an amount more than $50,000, filing a false insurance claim for an amount more than $100,000, brokering patients, waiving co-pays and deductibles for patients illegally, and racketeering. The acupuncturist is currently in the Indian River County Jail where she is being held without bail. County officials say that a clinic owned by the woman collected more than $1.2 million dollars in claims from the county in 2016. This number earned the clinic the distinction of…Read More

Florida Man Arrested for DUI Tells Police He Was Only Drinking at Stop Signs
  • Published: August 16, 2018

A Vero Beach man who claimed that he only drank when his vehicle was not moving was recently taken into custody by local police authorities and charged with driving while under the influence. He and anyone facing DUI charges will need the services of an Indian River County DUI defense lawyer. This type of assistance is available from the Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland. The Vero Beach motorist was stopped after a woman reported that he had repeatedly bumped into her car. Smelling of alcohol and seated next to a bottle of bourbon, he did not deny that he had been drinking. However, he claimed to only be taking sips while halted at stop signs or lights, and thus not actually “drinking while driving.” His blood alcohol level was found to be nearly twice that allowed under Florida law. In…Read More

Indian River County Recent Criminal Arrest
  • Published: August 9, 2018

On July 30, members of Indian River County law enforcement made 18 felony arrests of individuals who ranged in ages from 19 to 59. The scope of the crimes saw 11 of the 18 arrested for drug-related offenses and four others brought in on charges connected to battery of an individual. With the drug offenses, all 11 of those arrested were brought in for possession-related matters. Four were connected to cocaine, while four others related to aspects of THC. In the latter instances, one arrest was for simple THC possession, while two others were for possession of THC oil and wax, respectively. In the case of a 27-year-old woman from Palm Bay, she was also charged with resisting arrest with violence. Two other drug arrests involved a 34-year-old man and 39-year-old woman who each were possessing methamphetamine. Finally, one arrest came when a…Read More

Bahamian Not Guilty of Lewd Computer Solicitation and Attempted L&L Battery Based on Entrapment
  • Published: August 8, 2018

A St. Lucie County jury found Lane Reynolds (not his real name) not guilty of lewd computer solicitation and attempted lewd and lascivious battery on August 1, 2018. The same jury found Reynolds guilty of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. This inconsistent verdict was, Attorney Jeffrey Garland believes, based upon government entrapment and jury instruction error. The conviction was set aside due to the jury instruction error on 8/6/18. At that time, Reynolds pled no contest to the unlawful use of a two-way communication device, which is a non-sex offender charge, receiving time served and probation in return. The evidence and testimony showed that St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO) investigators posted an “advertisement” on Craigs List, Treasure Coast Personals, in the Consensual Encounters chatroom. The undisputed evidence showed that anyone entering Consensual Encounters had to certify that they…Read More

Suspected Cocaine Dealers Arrested by Indian River County Sheriff’s Office
  • Published: July 24, 2018

Two men in the Indian River County area of Florida, who were suspected of being cocaine dealers, were arrested over the weekend. According to the arrest records, the two were nabbed by police during separate events during the weekend of Friday, July 13, 2018. The first man was arrested during a traffic stop that Friday. Detectives had obtained a search warrant to search the man’s home, which is located at the 1800 block of 41st Avenue in Indian River County. When police searched the man, who is 51 years old, they also found that he was in possession of 260 grams of cocaine that he was keeping in a plastic cup. The suspect explained to the police that he was actually in the process of pouring the substance into the cup at the time when they pulled him over. As…Read More

Twins Charged After Drugs Found During Raid of Vero Beach Apartments
  • Published: July 16, 2018

Twin brothers from Vero Beach are facing an assortment of drug charges pursuant to police raids on their apartments late last week. Arrest records indicate that police discovered cocaine and at least a dozen marijuana plants. The brothers lived next door to each other on the 2200 block of 11th Avenue.  Following this arrest, they will require the services of a Indian River drug trafficking lawyer. Inside one apartment, police allegedly found 60 grams of cocaine, more than 12 marijuana plants and 41 grams of marijuana. The occupant of that unit allegedly told police that the cocaine was a diet supplement that was given to him by a cocaine dealer. In a search of the other brother’s apartment, police discovered 11 marijuana plants that were about a foot tall and 105 grams of marijuana. One of the brothers was charged with cocaine trafficking.…Read More

Dog Left in Hot Car Dies, Owner Arrested
  • Published: July 9, 2018

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s office, a 64-year-old Fellsmere man was arrested after leaving his dog in his car for almost 4 hours. The man arrived at a bar on Indian River Drive around noon. He partially rolled down the windows of the car, and then left to spend the afternoon in the bar. Apparently, he spoke with other customers at the bar, revealing he had left the dog in the vehicle. An argument ensued between the man and some of the bar patrons. Indian River authorities were called around 4 p.m. with complaints about a disturbance at the bar. Meanwhile, the other customers removed the dog from the hot car in an attempt to save it. After being brought into an air-conditioned restroom, the dog eventually died. The man was noted as saying the dog was elderly…Read More

Indian River Resident Will Not Face Charges in Shooting Death
  • Published: June 29, 2018

Another controversial shooting incident in Indian River County, Florida has intensified the debate over some states’ laws regarding the right to self defense. These controversial statutes, known as stand-your-ground laws, have been dominating the media in recent years, especially since the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012. Zimmerman was later acquitted at trial. Last November, an unarmed 38-year-old man, Preston Ruiz, was shot and killed during a bout of road rage with another driver at a traffic light. According to investigators, Ruiz was driving erratically, which prompted the other driver, 29-year-old Travis Sparks, to roll down his window and voice his concern with Ruiz’s driving. Sparks told investigators that at this point Ruiz began threatening him, so he rolled up his vehicle’s windows and locked the doors. Then, Sparks…Read More

Accused Gunman in Indian River Boulevard Shooting Arrested
  • Published: June 20, 2018

Authorities in Vero Beach arrested a 20-year-old man involved in a drug-related shooting last week. The man shot another 28-year-old man after the drug deal went bad, according to Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Greenway Trail and Indian River Blvd around 11 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. The shooting victim allegedly got into shooter’s vehicle to purchase marijuana. After the transaction, the man was shot in the back after exiting the vehicle, according to deputies. The victim is expected to survive. The shooter is being held on first-degree murder charges at the Indian River County Jail. His bond is $1 million. No additional details are available regarding the shooter’s background or the shooting incident. Indian River County criminal lawyer Jeffrey Garland handles a variety of criminal cases. He and his firm have successfully…Read More

28 Arrested in Indian River County Traffic Detail Over Memorial Day Weekend
  • Published: June 14, 2018

A special DUI detail that was conducted over the Memorial Day holiday netted 28 arrests in Indian River County. Participating in the detail were the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Indian River Shores Public Safety Department and officers from the Sebastian Police Department and Fellsmere Police Department. More than 150 traffic citations were issued by the detail during the holiday weekend, and 28 arrests were made. Those included 17 traffic arrests, seven DUI arrests and four drug arrests. Deputies took one 44-year-old man into custody on an outstanding warrant. He was wanted on charges of domestic battery, assaulting a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of crack cocaine and possession of controlled substances. At the time of being taken into custody, the man was allegedly in possession…Read More

Man Faces Multiple Felony Drug Charges After Vero Beach Arrest
  • Published: May 30, 2018

A 32-year-old man has been charged with at least five felony drug charges after an encounter with Vero Beach Police earlier this week. A police department spokesman reports that a K9 officer and a bicycle officer were on patrol near 1900 9th Avenue around 9:00 p.m. when they came upon the man. A search of the man revealed that he was in possession large quantities of oxycodone and morphine along with cocaine, MDMA and marijuana. He has been charged with felony trafficking of a controlled substance, felony possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, felony possession of MDMA (ecstasy), felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell and misdemeanor possession of marijuana weighing less than 20 grams. The man had been released on bond on an earlier battery charge. That bond was revoked, and he’s presently being held…Read More

Indian River Country Sheriff’s Office Nets 21 Arrests
  • Published: May 22, 2018

After two weeks of undercover work, the Indian County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit took 21 people into custody recently in a warrant sweep. Of those, 18 were nabbed for selling drugs. A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office reported that it had been involved in a number of undercover drug purchases, “and it was just time to do a sweep.” The agency’s vice unit participated in the sweep. “They just wanted to grab everybody at the same time.” The drugs reportedly seized included methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, prescription medications and marijuana. Don’t Be Put Behind Bars A representative of the Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit that handles drug and prostitution cases along with anything else that requires undercover work remarked that it spends more time on drug cases than anything else. He said that the unit is working “every day to try and…Read More

Fort Pierce Cops Catch Serial Car Theif
  • Published: May 9, 2018

A string of auto thefts has just come to a close as Fort Pierce police finally arrested someone for the crime and brought him into custody. He is now in jail on a bail of more than $50,000. According to sources, the gentlemen allegedly stole a luxury car and several other vehicles over a period of about five weeks. He also reportedly seized and removed some valuable items from the vehicles such as a woman’s purse, computers, sports equipment and the like. Police searched the accused person’s home in late April after the judge signed an arrest warrant. They found many of the items that had been reported as stolen from the vehicle. The young man who allegedly committed these crimes is going to need the services of the Port Saint Lucie vehicle theft attorney. He is facing several charges…Read More

Accused Cocaine Dealer at Port St. Lucie Bar Busted with AR-15
  • Published: May 2, 2018

A 31-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested on charges of selling cocaine out of 3 Olives Liquor and Lounge. John Brown, an “established cocaine dealer” as described by police, was arrested on several cocaine charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and intent to deliver. He was also charged as a felon in possession of weapons and driving on a suspended license. These are serious charges and the man will require a qualified Saint Lucie County Criminal Lawyer. Police say they are glad to see a drug dealer like Brown off the street. Especially since he was selling drugs right out of a local bar. That is a huge deal. According to police, cocaine purchases had been made from Brown over a two month period. The suspect was apprehended by police around 2 a.m. as he attempted to leave the bar location at…Read More

St. Lucie County Sheriff Makes Arrest in Alleged 2017 Rape
  • Published: April 25, 2018

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a man accused of committing a sexual assault in 2017. An investigation of 48-year-old John Edward Reese began in early 2018 when a woman happened upon a newspaper notice regarding the man’s January 9 arrest for allegedly violating a curfew. Upon spotting the arrest notice, the woman contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report that she had previously been raped by Reese, and that his recent arrest and incarceration had given her the courage to come forward. Officials from the Sheriff’s Office stated that Reese had committed multiple prior offenses, including two that occurred in Martin County and dated back to 1997. The victims in those incidents were aged 55 and 69, respectively. Following conviction, Reese was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Reese secured release on December 21 of…Read More

Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide, DUI in Connection with September Crash
  • Published: April 16, 2018

Investigators in the Fort Pierce area of Florida stated that a man who was driving drunk was going at a speed of 71 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood when he hit and killed a woman in September 2017. On Monday, March 19, 2018, police arrested the man, who is 39 years old and resides in the 2000 block of North 45th Street in Fort Pierce. They subsequently charged him with vehicular homicide, DUI with property damage, DUI with serious bodily harm and driving under the influence manslaughter. The victim, a 55-year-old woman, was killed on September 1, 2017 when she was struck during the collision, which took place at North 23rd Street and Avenue P, according to the Fort Pierce police. The man was driving a Chevrolet Impala at the time of the incident. He was traveling east…Read More

Two Men Face Battery Charges in Fort Pierce
  • Published: April 10, 2018

Two men are facing battery charges after they allegedly attacked a man in Fort Pierce. Police say the men both attacked another man who ended up unconscious from the altercation. The man suffered serious injuries. Police say that the men allegedly knocked the victim to the ground and then punched him. They say the men used a baseball bat to hit the victim’s head. They say that after the attack, the men hid in the bushes and went to buy beer. The men did not face immediate arrest. Instead, the police used warrants to bring the men into custody. When the police believe that a crime has occurred, they’re able to take someone into custody immediately. However, the police can also wait for state officials to review the charges and authorize a warrant. After the police take someone into custody, it’s up…Read More

Woman drove drunk with child, 4 flat tires in Port St. Lucie
  • Published: April 3, 2018

Port St. Lucie police recently arrested a 39-year-old woman who is alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol with four flat tires and a child in the back seat of her car. Police reported that the woman was observed driving at about 10 mph in a 40 mph zone. She had a long line of cars behind her. Upon pulling the woman over, police detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. As per the four flat tires, the woman reportedly stated that there was nothing wrong with her vehicle. A Circle K employee had called 911 after the same woman came into the store and was apparently drunk. The driver was taken into custody after reportedly failing field sobriety tests. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and child neglect and released…Read More

Man Arrested on 44 counts of child Pornography
  • Published: March 23, 2018

The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland has a great deal of experience in criminal defense for crimes involving the use of computers. When individuals are considering an attorney to handle their defense, it is imperative these individuals choose someone with the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done. Computer crimes, sex crimes and allegations of these crimes are somewhat foreign to the majority of lawyers, in a technical sense. Only with extensive and long-term experience and knowledge can one get a solid grasp on what is necessary when defending a case like this. Earlier this Tuesday, March 29, 2018, Michael Flatley, 22, was arrested on 44 counts of possessing child pornographers and another 44 counts of transmission of child pornography. Currently, he is being held on a whopping $880,000.00 bond at the St. Lucie County Jail. For a…Read More

Palmetto Man Charged in Fort Pierce Gas station Burglary
  • Published: March 14, 2018

Recently, a 41-year-old man from southwest Florida was arrested in connection to a Fort Pierce gas station burglary which occurred on February 25, 2018. The suspect who lives in Palmetto, was charged with non-residential burglary and grand theft. The suspect was recognized by a Fort Pierce police detective who reviewed the surveillance video taken by the gas station’s security cameras. According to the arrest affidavit, the police recognized the suspect because he was arrested in relation to a second gas station burglary that occurred on the 25th of February. According to the police, the suspect used a brick to break out a window and then climb into the building. The building is located on the 2800 block of U.S. Highway 1. According to police, the suspect placed over eight cartons of cigarettes and a plastic bag case into a box…Read More

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