Jill Roberts looks at issues of interest to the Treasure Coast. 

Tania Ortega-Cowan

A simple idea and swift action by two soccer moms is about to help a lot of kids in Puerto Rico.

LR: “I had this idea because both my kids – I have 6-year-old twins (who) play soccer at IRSA”

That’s Vero Beach native Laura Radocaj talking about the Indian River Soccer Association. She and fellow soccer mom Stephanie Dilella are collecting and about to ship an over-abundance of soccer uniforms to Puerto Rico, where hundreds of children who want to play soccer are ready to receive them!

Three-year-old Preslie is in stable condition after being shot in the head early Sunday morning during a road rage incident.  Police are looking for a dark sedan, possibly a BMW in connection with this incident.  There is a five thousand dollar reward.  To pass on a tip, call Port St. Lucie Police Detective Aisha Hardison at 772-871-7324 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS (8477).

Jill Roberts talks with Dr. Dina Rose, a sociologist who is author of the book, "It's Not About the Broccoli:  Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Health Eating," about dealing with the sugar rush that comes from Halloween candy.

Tania Ortega-Cowan

The Haunting Season is Here!   Halloween… Día de los Muertos… All Souls Day...  Spirits… the Afterlife…

So, when our own WQCS News Director Jill Roberts recently came across a sign promoting an Indian River Hauntings Ghost Tour… naturally, we had to find out more!

This led straight to Larry Lawson ---

“My name’s Larry Lawson, I am a former police officer. I’ve got 38 ½ almost 39 years. And I still am. I am a reserve out here in the City of Fellsmere.”

Vice President Mike Pence spent about two hours in Vero Beach Thursday evening.  He attended a fundraiser for Rick Scott's senate campaign.

There are lots of amendments on the ballot for the November 6 election.  Amendment 13 is phrased like this: Ends Dog Racing Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.

The 14th annual Ghosts of Ft. Pierce's Past Walking Tour features new faces.  Main Street Ft. Pierce brings the past to life Oct. 24 & 25.  Find out who will be featured and how you can make your reservation by clicking HERE. OR CALL 772-466-3880.

Gifford Middle School Students Explore "Genes in Space!"

Oct 17, 2018
Tania Ortega-Cowan

So… over at Gifford Middle School in Indian River County? There is a powerhouse of young scientists pioneering into the final frontier of…. Space!

“Being a scientist is like being a detective. It’s always trying to figure out something. It doesn’t matter what the field of science is, you’re investigating. You’re trying to find answers for questions.”

That’s Melissa Sleeper, the science instructor at Gifford Middle leading the way.

MS: “I am a Solar System Ambassador for NASA JPL….”

Making Strides on the Treasure Coast

Oct 11, 2018
Tania Ortega-Cowan

To learn more, click here.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this means a wave of pink tutus and bejeweled brassieres will be rolling through the Treasure Coast for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer annual fundraising walk.

“It is an awareness walk. It’s a family event. It is not competitive. It is truly a celebration.”

The new body cameras worn by Ft. Pierce Police officers will be automatically activated when a weapon is drawn.  The action will active the cameras worn by all officers who are in the general area of the incident.

Dads, stepdads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, foster fathers and all male role models are encouraged to take children to school Wednesday, Sept. 26.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

Heat indexes on the Treasure Coast have topped the 100 degree mark all week.  Here's some advice on keeping cool and a reminder to always "look before you lock."  For more information on dealing with hot weather click HERE.  To find out more about children and vehicle safety from Kids and Cars click HERE.

Voters in November will decide if St. Lucie County can add a half-cent to the sales tax to be used for roads, sidewalks and water quality.  It would sunset after 10 years.

 Find out more by clicking HERE.

Information meetings will be held Wed. Sept. 26 at the Fenn Center in Ft. Pierce or Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Port St. Lucie Community Center.  Both meetings are from 5-8 p.m..

St. Lucie County residents can be notified by email if paperwork with their name or address is  filed at the Clerk of Courts Office.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

Christopher Williams is accused of selling homes that he did not actually own.  If you have had dealings with Williams or his companies; Rocking and Rolling Investments, Ocean View Investment Capital or Faith and Deliverance Church Academy, contact the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office at 772-462-3230.