Martin County judge rules TV interview with alleged face eating murder suspect can be released

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From NBC: “A Martin County judge ruled Wednesday that an interview with a college student who allegedly killed a couple inside their home and ate part of a victim’s face can be given to the media … Click here to read more

Witham Field in Stuart getting more traffic with Palm Beach County flight restrictions

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“There’s more air traffic going into a Stuart airport thanks to Presidential Temporary Flight Restrictions in place whenever President Donald Trump comes to town,” according to WPTV. “Witham Field Airport Manager George Stokus says with the TFR in place in Palm Beach County, he estimates his airport is getting at least 100 more aircraft than normal this time of year … Click here to read more

Incident at Martin County Fair: Witnesses claim tiger escape panic, protest planned

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From WPTV: “Did a tiger get loose at the Martin County Fair? Some people who watched Wednesday night’s tiger show say ‘yes’ and shared their fear on Facebook. But the tiger’s trainer denies … Click here to read more

Brush fires in Martin County: IRSC closed, power failures, visibility impaired

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From WPTV: “Martin County firefighters were dispatched to four brush fires Wednesday afternoon. As of 3:30 p.m. one had burned 45 acres near Kanner Highway & Pratt Whitney Road, according to the Florida Forest Service. Firefighters were also sent … Click here to read more

Sugar farmers balk at selling land for reservoir

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From WPTV: “Sugar farmers who own land in an area targeted by Senate President Joe Negron for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee said Monday they won’t be ‘willing sellers’ to the state … Click here to read more

Martin County encouraging tourism despite some bad press

Old Colorado Inn, downtown Stuart

“Martin County’s tourism office is working hard to curb negative reactions to negative news and promote the area’s positive attributes,” according to WPTV. “From the algae crisis to a murder that made worldwide headlines, and Stuart’s now-former mayor referring to a police officer as a pig, local tourism officials say they’ve had a lot of bad press to confront … Click here to read more

WPTV: Eula Clarke steps down as Stuart mayor

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“Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke said she is stepping down from the position after a comment she made earlier this month.Walking into a convenience store where a police officer was present she said, ‘I didn’t know we were serving pig tonight.’ … Click here to read more

Senate president Joe Negron of Stuart steps down from job at law firm

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WPTV reports that Senate President Joe Negron says he is resigning from his law firm to make sure he has no potential conflicts of interest. Negron has been working at the Gunster law firm, a large corporate firm that lobbies the Florida Legislature … Click here to read more

Palm City 9-year-old girl lands role in box office hit ‘Hidden Figures’

Lidya Jewett of Palm City (Source: Twitter)

From WPTV: “However, the movie itself is only part of why this is truly an inspiring story. Lidya was born in Ethiopia, adopted by her Palm City family when she was four years old … Click here to read more

Narcotics investigation: Suspect in Stuart deputy-involved shooting ID’d

The suspect in the Stuart deputy-involved shooting has been identified as 23-year-old Horace Edmond Brown, of Riviera Beach, officials say.  (Source: WPTV)

From WPTV: “There was a Martin County Sheriff’s Office deputy-involved shooting along Lost River Road near Kanner Highway and I-95 Tuesday afternoon. At a late-afternoon news conference Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said the shooting happened on the east side of a Marriott hotel during a felony narcotics investigation … Click here to read more

Homeless man found beaten in Stuart

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From WPTV: “A homeless man was found severely beaten in Stuart Thursday morning, according to police. He was discovered in a wooded area in the 3800 block of SE Federal Highway … Click here to read more