WPTV: Stuart doctor indicted on fraud charges; Sheetal Kanar Kumar, M.D., arraigned on 26 counts

“The indictment alleges that Dr. Kumar submitted or caused the fraudulent submission of claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance companies between January of 2014 and July of 2017. Those claims, for services that were not provided, exceeded $925,000, the U.S. Attorney said … Click here to read more

Senate passes water bill authorizing southern reservoir, Congressman Mast says

From WPTV: “The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that authorizes a planned EAA Reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, according to Congressman Brian Mast. He now says it will be sent to President Trump to sign into law … Click here to read more

Sex offender checks ahead of Halloween: Martin County Sheriff’s Office uses new technology

From WPTV: “It’s October, so that means the Martin County Sheriff’s Office was up early checking on sex offenders ahead of Halloween. … Click here to read more

Erin Brockovich coming to Treasure Coast Sunday

From WPTV: “Environmental activist Erin Brockovich will be on the Treasure Coast this Sunday. She has been vocal on social media about the ongoing algae crisis on both coasts of Florida … Click here to read more

Naked man in Stuart could face charges after neighbors complain

From WPTV: “A photo shows a man living in one north Stuart neighborhood washing a car in his front yard while completely naked. Some people who live nearby say they have called to report the behavior to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office but the man continues … Click here to read more

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast hopes new legislation will stop Lake Okeechobee discharges

From WPTV: “Speaking in Stuart Tuesday Congressman Brian Mast said he will introduce new legislation to address the algae issues on the Treasure Coast. It’s called the Stop Harmful Discharges Act … Click here to read more

Toxicity levels of blue-green algae more than 50 times higher than what is considered hazardous

From WPTV:  “People living along the St. Lucie River are desperate for answers after a new report released by the Department of Environmental Protection shows toxicity levels of blue-green algae more than 50 times higher than what is considered hazardous. … Click here to read more

Martin County to start removing algae from water next week

From WPTV: “The plan is to get contracted clean up crews on the water early next week, possibly by Tuesday. Even before declaring the state of emergency, county officials had been interviewing and researching companies with technology they say can clean up the algae, without creating more harm to the environment … Click here to read more

USACE, SFWMD present plans for storing water underground to prevent algae blooms in Martin

WPTV reports that leadership from the Army Corps of Engineers returned to Martin County Wednesday to tour areas impacted by algae with county leaders. They then met with the community to discuss plans to create more water storage opportunities to eliminate the toxic algae risks. Not everyone was on board with their idea … Click here to read more

Martin Health System implementing new questionnaire to track algae health impacts

From WPTV: “The Martin Health System is working to get a better idea of exactly how many people are getting sick because of blue-green algae exposure. Doctors have just started using a new questionnaire to help zero in on patients’ symptoms, and to help determine which ones are river-related … Click here to read more

Scientists say don’t eat fish caught near algae

From WPTV: “Scientists are warning the public not to eat fish caught near algae blooms because some species could have chemicals linked to Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease … Click here to read more