A Florida woman is facing a life-sentence after she killed a teen who she believed molested her daughter several years prior.43-year-old Connie Serbu was convicted Thursday for the 2016 murder of 18-year-old Xavier Sierra.According to the report, Serbu contacted the teen and asked him if he wanted to make money by assembling bunk beds.Serbu then met up the with teen and confronted him about allegations that her young daughter made about Sierra touching her inappropriately when the girl was about five-years-old and he was 12 or 13.Serbu and her brother, 29-year-old John Vargas armed with two stun guns, two handguns, an ice pick and a potato to silence the gun, then drove the teen to an undeveloped area near the Naples airport where he was then killed.Vargas was fatally wounded in a struggle for one of the guns as the teen attempted to escape. Serbu then fatally shot the teen in the chest.During a police interview, Serbu confessed to wanting to kill the teen because her daughter told a babysitter that Sierra inappropriately touched her.Serbu has been found guilty of second-degree murder and now faces a possible life sentence. Her next hearing is set for Jan. 3rd.It is unclear if the child’s allegations are true.
The pay raise will impact more than 101,000 current teachers, according to the governor’s office.“That’s something that will have a really meaningful impact in terms of recruiting and retaining folks,” DeSantis said.There’s an additional $300 million for the Florida Classroom Teacher and Principal Bonus Program, scrapping Florida’s Best and Brightest program.The governor says the back-to-school sales tax and disaster preparedness holidays will remain.DeSantis also called for more $625 million in funding for Everglades restoration, water quality improvements, springs restoration, and to combat the harmful effects of algal blooms and red tide.Florida’s growing opioid epidemic is targeted with more than $54 million in funding and an additional $17 million for new mental health and substance abuse funding.The proposed budget invests $18.2 million to complete two state nursing homes, one in St. Lucie County, DeSantis said.There are also millions for transportation and economic development, hurricane disaster recovery, public safety and elections security. Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out his proposed $91 billion state budget on Monday and it’s big news for teachers.It includes $603 million to bring the minimum annual salary for all teachers in Florida to $47,500, making Florida second in the nation for teacher salaries, DeSantis said.Florida Gov. DeSantis targets Georgia’s governor with a joke while discussing funding to help clean up the Everglades. https://t.co/CJwuUvvXBu pic.twitter.com/VYSZwj41Yg— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) November 18, 2019
Two Palm Beach County high school students are facing charges, after they were found carrying firearms.The Riviera Beach Police Department says it received information just before 3 p.m. Friday that one of the students, who attends William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, was on a school bus headed to Riviera Beach.The Riviera Beach Police Tactical Unit located the school bus before it arrived at the scheduled drop off stop, detained the student, and confiscated the firearm.“I’m thankful for the student who told administration that two other students were armed. I’m also grateful to School District Police and Riviera Beach Police for their immediate reaction and safe intervention,” says Dwyer High School Principal Corey Brooks.The student and firearm were then turned over to school district police.It is unknown where the second student, who also attends Dwyer High School, was arrested.Each student faces a charge of possession of a firearm as well as disciplinary actions, as outlined in the district’s student code of conduct.
A Florida brewery is raising awareness by putting shelter dogs on beer cans to help them get adopted.Motorworks Brewing in Florida in Bradenton, Florida teamed up with a local shelter and started featuring adoptable dogs on their beer cans in efforts to find the dogs a home.Hans Wohlgefahrt, the Manatee County Animal Service outreach and event specialist says the gesture has been a huge help since the shelter is extremely overcrowded. “It has been a constant problem, being the county’s only open-admission shelter, we take in nearly 15-20 animals every day,” said Wohlgefahrt.Elwonger says all of the proceeds are going to help build a new shelter.Photo Courtesy of Motorworks Brewing
A Riviera Beach funeral home is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit, after a family claims the business failed to preserve an 11-year-old girl’s body.The family of Re’Asia Washington claims they noticed her body was decomposed and nearly unrecognizable leading up to her memorial service.“My daughter was deteriorated beyond recognition, her skin has come off her body,” says Ebony Morgan, Re’Asia’s mother.The fifth-grader died on Jan. 22 after suffering an asthma attack while in Georgia.Morgan hired Shawn Johnson Funeral and Cremation Services to handle the arrangements.However, “When I saw her face, it looked like someone had threw acid on her face, or she was pushed into a fire and just left to burn,” Morgan explains. She adds that her daughter’s scalp appeared to be coming off the girl’s head.In the lawsuit, which was filed by Tayson Gaines with the Palm Beach County-based Gaines Firm, the family alleges a breach of contract with the funeral home, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, deceptive and unfair trade practices, and conspiracy.The family has also filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services, according to Pierre Ifill, Re’Asia’s uncle and an attorney who is helping Gaines with the lawsuit.“What we got was a mummified body that was not presentable for a service. What we got was excuses,” Ifill says. “That’s not acceptable.”On Jan. 24, an employee of the funeral home transported Re’Asia’s body to Florida from Georgia without embalming or refrigerating it.The funeral home also lacked the disposition permit that is required by Georgia law to move a body across state lines.On Jan. 31, Shawn Johnson allegedly refused to allow Ebony Morgan to see her daughter’s body. Johnson refused again on Feb. 5 and 6.However, Morgan paid Johnson $3,055 on Feb 4.After Johnson refused to allow Morgan to see the body on Feb. 6, Morgan contacted state officials to inquire about her rights to see her daughter’s body at the funeral home, and was told she could.Later that day, Morgan visited the funeral home with a police escort. A few hours later, Johnson returned to the funeral home and rolled Re’Asia’s body into the office. She allowed Morgan and her sister to only see the girl’s face and hand.When Morgan’s sister began taking photos of the body, Johnson reportedly threatened to sue if she showed them to other people.On Feb. 7, Morgan informed Johnson that she was planning to pick up the body. Johnson claimed that it was in a Fort Lauderdale morgue. However, the morgue claims that it does not have a contract with the funeral home.“We have not heard one apology” from the funeral home or anyone associated with the business, Ifill states.The family says it had to cancel Re’Asia’s viewing due to what happened.Morgan and Re’Asia’s father, Reginald Washington, are now seeking $10 million in damages from the funeral home, its three managers — Shandelrio “Shawn” Johnson, Ronald Warnecke and Alterraon Phillips — and the funeral home’s embalmer, Adrienne Leger.
RED BANK – At times, some of the homeless people in theTwo River area camp out in empty buildings, bus stop shelters or underneath therailway bridge over the Navesink. Homeless Connect Incold winter months they might pass the night sitting in emergency rooms andpolice station lobbies. During times of severe weather, when a Code Blue alertis declared by the county Office of Emergency Management, they now have theoption of sleeping in a warming center in either Red Bank or Asbury Park. Thecounty’s Homeless Connect event is timed to complement the national 2019 Point-In-Timesurvey, a census of all persons in sheltering programs (emergency shelter,transitional housing and safe haven programs), as well as the unshelteredpopulation identified on the night of the count. Warming Centers Othersites included St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen in Keansburg, Jersey Shore RescueMission in Asbury Park and New Beginnings Agape Christian Center in Freehold. Thewarming center is currently only open to men. Homeless women seeking shelterfrom the cold are offered transportation to a facility in Asbury Park. Wheninside, guests are provided hygiene packages and can take a shower in one oftwo washing areas. They can also change out of wet clothing. Butthe Rev. Darlene Wilson, Pilgrim Baptist’s community outreach minister, hasnoticed fewer people coming to Homeless Connect. Weirsaid about 30 homeless or underprivileged adults ventured to the PilgrimBaptist Church seeking food, clothing and various services like free healthscreenings and employment assistance. Later that afternoon, even more stopped in. “Wehad a lot less people join us today than in previous years,” said Wilson. “In aperfect world, if we saw nobody walk through these doors it would be awonderful thing, because it would mean there are no homeless people. But on theother hand, given the state the country is in right now, it pains my heart toeven think it’s a possibility that someone may be scared to come through thesedoors.” Accordingto the Jan. 23, 2018 count, a total of 228 households, including 335 individuals,were experiencing homelessness in Monmouth County on that day. She believes some members of the at-risk population had sent friends or family in their place to collect donated goods. “Imet a man today who came in for some warm clothes and blankets. When I askedwhere he was staying, he told me he had a sleeping bag that he sets up in acemetery nearby,” said Kathleen Weir, the director of Monmouth County Divisionof Social Services. “These people are out there living among us and they needour help.” OnWednesday, Jan. 23, Weir and others were trying to meet, document and helphomeless people at the annual Project Homeless Connect event at Pilgrim BaptistChurch on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank. NJ Counts!Point-In-Time Survey InNovember, Monmouth County established a new warming center next door to PilgrimBaptist Church at 172 Shrewsbury Ave., in partnership with JBJ Soul Kitchen,Lunch Break and with support from the county’s Dept. of Human Services duringincidences of severe cold weather, also known as “Code Blue” events. This hasallowed social services to connect better with people experiencinghomelessness, and will affect future counts. Onhand to provide care and information were representatives from the MentalHealth Association, Red Bank Resource Network, Monmouth Cares, Monmouth CountyDivision of Social Services, the County Office of Aging, the County Division ofVeterans and Disabilities Services, the Visiting Nurse Association and LunchBreak. The2018 totals showed an increase over 2017. In that survey, 184 households and299 individuals were experiencing homelessness. “Ourunderprivileged people may not be coming out to this event like they used to,but when I see nine people coming to the warming center last night, you knowthese people are out there. That’s just nine men. How many more do we not evenknow about? It’s our mission to reach them. And if this event doesn’t work,we’ll find another way.”
Kerry says there continues to be some great days for fishing. Here’s what’s on tap for December.Kootenay Lake: After spending every second day on the water during the month of November, it has become apparent that the fish are definitely heavier than they were in the spring. While it may be a double edged sword compromising our Kokanee stocks, the Rainbows and Bull Trout have definitely been feeding. This has provided us with some great days of fishing. Lots of days consist of catching 12 – 20 fish each day. So, there is still no lack of action for our customers. Rainbows between 2 – 6 pounds have been caught lately and Bull Trout between 2 – 8 pounds have been coming in. Nice sized fish for the barbecue. Our latest trip saw a group of locals join us for their year end staff outing. The morning started out a bit windy and rough, but we managed to find some calmer waters to enjoy our day. And even though the boat has a heated cabin, I noticed most of the guys were spending most of the time outside because of the excitement. The day started off with a bang! We only managed to get two lines in the water before the first fish hit. And within five minutes, the second fish hit! I thought this was going to be a busy morning. But then, the switch turned off. So, for the next couple hours, we spent most time inside the cabin of the boat playing cards and sharing stories. Until it was time to light the barbecue. And, as expected, just when we were all eating lunch, the switch turned on again! Six more fish within the next half hour made for a lot of excitement, and a lot of food and drinks being spilled, but that’s secondary. And throughout the rest of the afternoon, the fish would consistently bite about every 15 minutes. So, an average day turned into an amazing day of fishing.And that’s why we keep going. You just never know! Now that winter is here and the snow is coming, we expect to see the usual influx of tourists and skiers, which will keep us busy throughout the winter months. Looking forward to teaming up with the resorts to offer some extraordinary packages. Skiing and Fishing during the same holiday has enticed a lot of new comers to our area. In fact, one of my groups from Colorado who book an annual ski trip each year to different destinations, said this year they chose Nelson because they found out that they could spend a day on the lake fishing also. Just another perk about living in the West Koots. Looking forward to the next couple months on the lake.Columbia River: We did manage to spend a few days on the river this past month also. The water levels were low and the fish were congregated. This made for some great action on the fly rods and centerpins. A couple of days we averaged 15 – 20 hook-ups. Thats pretty good for fall/winter fishing on the river. And then a couple other days managed to hook into 6 – 10 fish, which is still a pretty good day. Any days a good day when you’re on the water. Most fish were between 2 – 4 pounds, although, we did have one fish battle us on a 6wt fly rod for about 10 minutes until he decided to shake to hook. Probably a double digit fish. Just keeps us coming back. Hoping to get a few trips during December when the weather allows. This is definitely a year round fishery. Stay tuned…………What are they biting on??On the main lake, we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the surface on bucktail flies. Also getting a bunch of Rainbows on the down rigger between 100 – 130 feet on the usual Flasher/Hoochie set up, or my latest favorite is the Highliner flasher with the Skinny G spoons. The hot colors for flies on our boat have been #204, 214, 215, 221, 234. Or common colors of Black/white, grey/white, with coloured mylar in green or rainbow colors. The best flashers of late have been the Gibbs Highliner flashers in my favourite colors of Lemon Lime, or the Green Striper, combined with the G-force spoons in common patterns of ‘Trap Shack’, ‘Irish Cream’, and ‘No Bananas’. And, on the river we have been catching on a few different set-ups. Fly fishing with a sink tip line and a woolly bugger has been quite productive. Also float fishing with bait, or bottom fishing with bait is producing a lot of fish as well. Looking forward to catching some of the biggest fish the river has to offer throughout the winter months. Hope this helps with your next adventure.Tight lines………………. Kerry Reed Reel Adventureswww.reeladventuresfishing.com It’s time for the best fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing.