Stuart mayor resigns following age discrimination investigation

From CBS12: “Stuart Mayor Tom Campenni resigned from his post Tuesday. This action comes following a complaint issued by the city of Stuart was filed just last week. The complaint came from a city worker Sam Amerson alleging Campenni discriminated against him because of his age when he applied for the city manager position … Click here to read more

Stuart dermatologist dies in windsurfing crash

From CBS: “68-year-old Dr. Thomas Connelly was severely injured on Friday and later died from his injuries. The collision happened about half a mile north of the Stuart causeway. According to his office’s website, he had treated over 80,000 cases of skin cancer … Click here to read more

WPEC: Gas leak closes Kanner Highway

“Martin County deputies closed Kanner Highway – near I-95 exit 101 – in nearly every direction after road crews who were expanding a turning lane broke a gas line. Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that this closure is causing very heavy traffic back-ups. Please avoid the area … Click here to read more

State issues ‘Stop Work Order’ to company involved in pest control poisoning of Palm City boy

From WPEC: “The Florida Department of Agriculture has issued a ‘Stop Work Order’ for Sunland Pest Control who is involved in the poisoning of a Palm City boy. 9-year-old Peyton McCaughey was hospitalized after his family’s Palm City home was fumigated … Click here to read more

WPEC video: Congressman Patrick Murphy is running for US Senate

“Congressman Patrick Murphy made it official on Monday morning. He is running for Marco Rubio’s US Senate seat in 2016. The Treasure Coast Democrat released this statement: ‘I’m a CPA and small businessman – not a career politician – who saw the dysfunction in Washington and decided to do something about it … Click here to read more

WPEC video: State of Emergency declared in Martin County due to erosion

From WPEC: “A state of emergency has been declared in Martin County due to erosion.The erosion is impacting the southern part of the beaches on Hutchinson Island, from Santa Lucea Beach to the St. Lucie Inlet … Click here to read more

WPEC: Flesh-eating bacteria in water infects Stuart resident

A Treasure Coast man is recovering from a flesh-eating bacterial infection that took over his leg in a constellation-like pattern starting with a cut he got on his ankle. He believes he contracted Vibro Vulnificus at the Stuart sandbar where he cut his foot. … Click here to read more

4th hit and run in a week: Stuart mother critically injured during morning walk as driver flees

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that investigators are searching for the hit and run driver who caused serious injuries to a Martin County woman Monday morning.The incident happened on Washington Street in the Coral Gardens subdivision just after 10:00 AM. … Click here to read more

WPEC: Residents and businesses mount protest to All Aboard Florida rail service

Train traffic is set to increase in 2015 with All Aboard Florida, a new high speed passenger rail to connect Orlando to South Florida. WPEC reports that the train doesn’t stop in Stuart, but more trains passing through, means boaters will have to wait longer to pass by the bridge that allows most Martin and St. Lucie County boaters to get to the ocean and back on the St. Lucie River. … Click here to read more

Parents and students outraged: MCHS teacher busted for drunk driving on New Years Eve

From WPEC: Deputies say Martin County High School teacher Colleen Monn was swerving along US-1 south of the Stuart city limits traveling 84 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. The teacher refused to take a breathalyzer test and shouted profanities at the arresting deputy. … Click here to read more

Third case of rabies in Martin County this year

From WPEC: A raccoon that bit a man on a private ranch off Kanner Highway has tested positive for rabies. The victim is receiving post exposure rabies treatment, county health officials said. This is the third case of rabies in Martin County this year. … Click here to read more