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

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

Hold on to your wallet: No fiscal boundaries in BCC sales tax plan

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “The Board of County Commissioners will engage in another discussion of the proposed 1% local sales tax surcharge this week. And while it is hard to imagine that the three Commissioners who support the proposal can make it any more fiscally irresponsible, taxpayers should hold on to their wallets … Click here to read more

PBPost: Sabal Trail, Florida SE Connection are now piping fuel to FPL’s Martin County plant

“Florida Southeast Connection, NextEra Energy’s 126-mile natural gas pipeline, began operations Wednesday morning. It is the 126-mile southernmost portion of a 685-mile pipeline that originates in Alabama. That tail end will go through Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties and end at FPL’s Martin County plant near Indiantown … Click here to read more

Public notice from MC Utilities, City of Stuart and SMRU: Chlorine maintenance begins July 2

“Martin County Utilities, City of Stuart and South Martin Regional Utility (SMRU) will temporarily change the method of chlorinating potable water to insure the future safety of the water. The Utility water users may notice an unusual chlorine taste or odor in their tap water during the period of July 2, 2017 – July 15, 2017 … Click here to read more