WPTV: Raccoon that attacked dog in Palm City tests positive for rabies

“The Florida Department of Health says a raccoon that attacked a dog in Palm City has tested positive for rabies. It is the second case of rabies in the county this year … Click here to read more

Crime spree: Stuart teen cousins steal car, 9mm handgun, ‘anything of value,’ break into vehicles

“Two teen cousins looking for ‘anything of value’ were charged with multiple felonies after stealing a car and breaking into a number of vehicles. One of the ‘items of value’ stolen during that crime spree, was a 9mm gun and three magazines … Click here to read more

Sex trafficking arrest of suspect who solicited victims at local bars through social media

“When 31- year old Christopher Alexander Koeper tried to recruit what he thought was a 16-year old girl into a life of human sex trafficking, he had no idea that the ‘teenager’ was an undercover Martin County Sheriff’s detective … Click here to read more

Outside agency’s investigation into former Stuart Mayor Tom Campenni complete

From WPTV: “Some employees of the city of Stuart consider Commissioner and former Mayor Tom Campenni to be a ‘bully.’ Others say he abuses his power and intimidates employees. These are some of the findings in an 11-page investigative report … Click here to read more

Treasure Coast’s US Rep. Brian Mast, Brightline exec clash over public money for railroad

From Florida Politics: “The Treasure Coast’s U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and a key railroad executive behind the proposed Brightline high-speed train clashed in Congress Thursday with Mast contending the company is getting public tax dollar subsidies despite claims to the contrary. The broader picture is of a battle … Click here to read more

Miss Stuart Sailfish Regatta bikini contestant cited for battery with high heel on another contestant

From ABC10 Miami: “Never let anyone downplay the stakes up for grabs at the Miss Sailfish Regatta Bikini Contest. The little known pageant up in Stuart is so tension-filled, a contestant was cited for knocking another contestant on the head with a high heel … Click here to read more

Traveling thief in Martin County jail, in possession of stolen and counterfeit credit cards, skimmer

“An Orlando man on an out of town mission to victimize Martin County citizens couldn’t have picked a better place or time to drive erratically along Kanner Highway and Jack James Drive. That’s because the vehicle he soared by was driven by an MCSO Criminal Investigations Lieutenant and his division Detective … Click here to read more

WPTV: Austin Harrouff heard making odd noises in most recent jailhouse calls

“Harrouff is the teenager accused of ambushing and killing Martin County couple John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon last year. Deputies found him chewing on the flesh of one of the victims … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post’s Martin County blotter reveals domestic battery, home burglary, fraud, DUI

“A woman in the 2800 block of Southwest Murphy Road in Palm City told a deputy that her boyfriend had accused her of stealing pills from him. He slapped her in the face, then locked her in the bathroom. She managed to escape and went into a bedroom. He broke the door down to get to her, she said … Click here to read more

Fentanyl, meth, heroin, crack cocaine concealed in soda cans inside Tequesta man’s car

From MCSO: “A suspicious vehicle parked near a local business early this morning caught the attention of a midnight shift deputy performing a routine check in his zone. That suspicion led to the seizure of fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine, Clonazepam and Xanax, much of which was concealed in fake soda cans … Click here to read more

Gov. Rick Scott To Connecticut: ‘Give Up, Capitulate’ And Move To Florida

“Florida Gov. Rick Scott came to Connecticut Monday with a simple message for business owners: ‘give up’ on a state that has raised the income tax twice in the last six years and continues to face billions of dollars in deficits,” according to The Hartford Courant. “‘My pitch is you should go ahead and give up … capitulate, and come to Florida and make it easier on yourselves … Click here to read more