It’s some 1,300 miles between Oxford, Mass. and Vero Beach, Fla., but police in both communities know who Lan Yun Mais: She allegedly manages “spas” that are really a front for prostitution, a ruthless business that preys on Chinese immigrants.Ma was arrested in Florida after Vero Beach police spent months tracking her movements and obtained a court order to secretly install a camera inside a spa where it operated for 41 days - capturing nine women being paid to have sex with 140 clients, court records show.To Oxford Police Chief Anthony Saad, the investigation in Florida was disturbingly similar to one his department and State Police conducted in 2011 into a “health center” in the Worcester County town that led to Ma’s arrest on human trafficking charges.“They just kind of shuffle the girls in and out. They move. They change their [business] names, their locations,’’ Saad said. “They are hard to keep track off.” Get … [Read more...] about Spa manager arrested in Vero Beach, Fla., also nabbed for human trafficking in Oxford, Ma.
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Earlier this month, Roger Stone, a longtime political adviser to President Donald Trump and self-described "dirty trickster," came to the Treasure Coast. It wasn't my first rodeo. During the 2018 election cycle, I went to plenty of campaign rallies and events for candidates on both sides of the aisle. But Stone was different, as he faced increased scrutiny over his role in the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta, and other Democrats have accused Stone of knowing about WikiLeaks receiving hacked emails from the Clinton campaign prior to their release. Stone has denied the allegations, but political analysts and reporters covering him expected him to be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller within the coming weeks. More: Top takeaways from the Roger Stone indictment More: Roger Stone said he wouldn't be indicted during Vero Beach appearance The event initially felt exactly the same as … [Read more...] about Vero Beach Roger Stone event a precursor to indictment
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of beer and wings, fine art or frog legs. Over the past 100 years, festivals have been something Vero Beach and its surrounding communities in the county have been known for, and every year, the list just seems to keep on growing. Almost every weekend, visitors and residents alike will find something that suits their fancy and their wallets. They can travel across the county to indulge in favorite foods or past times. From January through December with a brief pause during the summer, there’s no shortage of special events, and officials see that trend continuing to grow as the population of the county continues expanding over the next five years. More: Sleepy town of Vero becomes a city County Administrator Jason Brown said festivals are important to the quality of life for people in Indian River County. While Brown said he’s sure festivals increase the number of … [Read more...] about Centennial: For a century, people have anticipated the many festivals annually in Vero Beach area
VERO BEACH — Nearly 100 years after the city's first mayor registered to vote in 1916, his grandson filed paperwork to run for the City Council. Councilman Tony Young now enjoys looking across the chambers to where photographs of former mayors hang on the wall. He feels proud to see his grandfather's photo at the top. "The Young family has been here since before Vero Beach was created," said Tony Young, who lives in his grandfather's old home about five blocks from the former Indian River Memorial Hospital on 20th Street, where he was born. Anthony William (A.W.) Young died in 1947, seven years before his grandson Tony Young was born. His namesake carries on his political legacy. Tony Young was elected to the City Council in 2016. "There's just so much family connections throughout Indian River County and Vero," Young said. "It's motivational for me to say, 'How can I help the town that my family helped make?' " Facebook Twitter … [Read more...] about One hundred years of mayors: Grandson of the first Vero Beach leader leads centennial effort
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — There were six — yes SIX — failed attempts to dredge and open a waterway between Brevard and what was St. Lucie counties before the Sebastian Inlet opened in 1924. A mosquito control district was created here in 1925 — the first in the state. And did you know Indian River County had a sixth city planned? It was more than a concept. County records show it was mapped out with two community parks, streets named for universities and more than 1,200 home lots. Here's a hint: It's not Winter Beach, Wabasso, Gifford, Roseland or any other well-known unincorporated community. Each week through 2019, TCPalm will feature new centennial-related content See all centennial coverage at www.tcpalm.com/verobeachcentennial Book: 100 years of covering Vero Beach Timeline: Major events in last 100 years Press Journal: Covering local news since 1919 Greatest IRC residents: Submit your nominations I thought I … [Read more...] about Press Journal, TCPalm plan 15 months of Vero Beach centennial coverage, book