Former Florida deputy of the year arrested, fired after 'disgusting' discovery

Published: Friday, March 09, 2018 @ 12:50 AM

Former Deputy Of The Year In Florida Fired After Discovery In Home

A Florida sheriff’s deputy who won statewide honors for bravery in 2016 was fired and arrested on charges that include child neglect and possession of cocaine, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Nick Worthy, named the Florida deputy of the year in 2016 and Brevard County’s top deputy in 2015, was arrested Thursday morning along with his girlfriend, identified as Rachel Trexler. 

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office responded Wednesday night to a complaint about gunfire and a woman screaming. There was no answer at the door, and deputies were unable to make contact with anyone at the house after repeated attempts at communication.

A search warrant was issued Thursday, and deputies found Worthy, Trexler, their 2-year-old child and three dogs, deputies said.

"We got a bang on the door, and it was another police officer advising that we should leave the house because a SWAT team was coming," neighbor Joe Passos said.

In a news conference, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said what was found inside was "extremely disgusting" and "deplorable." He described a house in complete disarray with dog feces, two loaded and unsecured firearms, ammunition, trash, food, plus a small amount of marijuana and cocaine.

There also was evidence inside of gunshots that were consistent with what the neighbors had reported, Ivey said.

Worthy and Trexler were were arrested and face charges of child neglect, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana (under 20 grams) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Worthy was fired after his arrest. The child is in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families, and the dogs were taken by animal services, deputies said.

Ivey said Worthy had been employed by Brevard County for six years. Worthy was awarded a Medal of Valor and a Life Saving Award during two separate incidents in 2015.

Ivey said Thursday that Worthy, a former U.S. Army Ranger sergeant, was involved in previous internal investigations at the sheriff's office, but did not provide any details. Worthy posted bond and has not commented on the arrest, deputies said.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued: Accumulating snow, high winds expected

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Here is the latest look at timing and totals of the snow.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for entire region from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Stray shower through the afternoon and breezy
  • Rain changes to snow from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Accumulating snow and gusty winds through Wednesday morning

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>>UPDATING: School and business delays and closings


TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for the entire region starting at 8 p.m. tonight. 

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High temperatures will reach around 40 degrees this afternoon and will fall into the lower 30s by evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

Some passing showers, mainly cold rain, through the rest of the day but some could see sleet. 

The next round of precipitation will start around the evening commute, but closer to sunset, Zontini said. Snow will be widespread and will accumulate through the overnight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s with wind gusts between 25 and 35 mph. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

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WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. 

Overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 3 to 4-inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 4 to 6-inches, Zontini said. 

Snow will taper off around noon but it’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Maryland school shooting: Gunman killed, 2 injured at Great Mills High School

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

VIDEO: Shooting Reported At Maryland High School

A student who opened fire on a classmate at Maryland’s Great Mills High School died Tuesday morning after injuring two people, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a news conference.

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Austin explosions: 2nd suspicious package found after blast at Texas FedEx facility

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

A package destined for Austin exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground delivery facility in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, according to federal authorities.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told the Austin American-Statesman that a second suspicious package was found at the facility and taken by authorities for further investigation.

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Centerville rezones church property to become new Sinclair location

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM

Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.
Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.

Centerville City Council has approved the rezoning of a local church to be used as a new learning center for a Dayton community college.

Far Hills Church on Clyo Road has been rezoned to allow for it to become a new Sinclair Community College location. The college has been seeking to purchase the church and the nearly 40 acres it sits on since July.

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Sinclair officials had said they hoped to close on the property by the end of March but due to a 30-day period and a few more things to finalize, the school may not officially close on the property until sometime in April, spokesman Adam Murka told this news organization.

Centerville Deputy Mayor Belinda Kenley tweeted a photo of Sinclair president Steve Johnson speaking to Centerville City Council on Monday evening. Johnson later replied on Twitter by saying “Thank you so much. We will work to make you proud!!!”

“We are excited about the potential to increase our presence in the southern Montgomery corridor,” Murka said on Tuesday. “There’s still some stages to go before the project becomes final but we appreciate the support of centervile City Council.”

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In January, the state controlling board approved Sinclair’s request to spend more than $9.6 million on the church.

The church, located at 5800 Clyo Road, is a 100,000-square-foot facility that already has around 20 classrooms already, Sinclair officials have said.

The building, less than a mile from I-675 and near Wilmington Pike, also includes a childcare facility, a coffee shop and cafe area, a kitchen, two gymnasiums and an auditorium that seats 1,500 people, according to documents provided by Sinclair.

The new learning center will likely have most general education classes and possibly other offerings, officials have said.

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