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Stuart man accused of beating his father and torching his home ruled incompetent in court
STUART — A Stuart man arrested in December after being accused of beating his 69-year-old father with a metal pipe and setting fire to his home was ruled incompetent to proceed with the prosecution, a judge ruled Tuesday. Circuit Judge William Roby on Tuesday ordered Reginald Chapman Jr., 49,...
Teacher, baseball coach arrested in St. Lucie County
A teacher and high school baseball coach in St. Lucie County was arrested Monday after the sheriff's office said he engaged in lewd conduct with a student. Sheriff Ken Mascara announced Tuesday that Christopher Ward Hixon, 45, of Port St. Lucie faces felony charges of an authority figure soliciting/engaging in lewd conduct with a 17-year-old student.
New Martin County school superintendent selected
During a Tuesday evening meeting, the Martin County School Board voted unanimously for Michael Maine to become the next superintendent of schools.
Crime Blotter: March 20
Jennifer Jay Dice, 37, Fort Pierce; Status: Released on own recognizance; Charge(s): violation of probation felony offense, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of contraband into a detention facility, driving while license suspended/revoked/canceled. Travessa Eugene Merricks, 38, Fort Pierce; Status: Held on $100,000...
Deputies digging, using K9s to search for evidence in Fort Pierce after tip about missing person's case
ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — St. Lucie County deputies are searching for evidence in a missing persons case after receiving a tip. Sheriff Ken Mascara said the investigation began on March 13 and deputies used ground-penetrating radar and K9s to search near Palmetto Drive in Fort Pierce. Deputies also dug and sifted excavated.
MCSO: Two Teens Arrested Following Burglary Spree Causing Thousands of Dollars in Damage
Martin County - Tuesday March 21, 2023: Martin County Sheriff Detectives have charged two teenagers with 23 felonies following reports that more than 20 vehicles had been broken into and burglarized last Wednesday night in Stuart. The pair are accused of using a 'window-punch' to break the windows of cars...
Duplex fire in Stuart displaces 8 people and a dog
STUART, Fla. (CBS12) — Eight people and a dog were displaced for their duplex following a fire in Stuart. Martin County Fire Rescue said crew responded to SE Evergreen Avenue and SE Bonita Street on Friday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in regards to a fire at a duplex.
Port St. Lucie family of 6 loses everything in fast moving house fire
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The LaForte family just moved to Port Saint Lucie eight months ago when the unthinkable happened. "It was just so fast I mean the color of the fire and the smoke, I’ve never seen that before, maybe just on TV," Jaimeelee LaForte said, describing the moments a fast moving fast fire ripped through her Dabney court home.
SLCSO: Four Convicted Felons Arrested on Drug and Weapon Charges; Drug House Shut Down
Fort Pierce - Tuesday March 21, 2022: St. Lucie County Sheriff Deputies have arrested four men accused of selling drugs from a home 3200 block of South 7th Street in Fort Pierce. Detectives executed a search warrant at the home shortly after 2 p.m. last Friday. Inside they seized 371...
MCSO: Suspect Arrested Following Chase and Crash
Martin County - Monday March 20, 2023: Martin County Sheriff Deputies arrested 33-year old Travis Wallen Shearer of Port St. Lucie on Saturday after a high speed chase that began at Westmorland Boulevard and NW Federal Highway in Stuart. Shearer, who was already on probation for fraud, is accused of...
Stuart Main Street is Florida Main Street Program of the Month
FLORIDA – Stuart Main Street Association, in Stuart, Martin County, has been designated the March 2023 Florida Main Street Program of the Month. “Stuart Main Street endeavors to maintain a sense of place and community connectivity that are vital to preserving local history and traditions. Dedicated to nurturing the next generation, they are blending an appreciation for the past with planning for the future,” said Secretary of State Cord Byrd.
'Horrible' or 'shocking:' Parents chime in on Martin County book ban
The topic of book bans brought out parents, educators and advocates on both sides to the Martin County School Board meeting Tuesday night.
Water Safety for Kids of all Ages
Does your child know how to swim properly without assistance? Do they know how to put themselves into a back float until help arrives? Accidents happen! If your child falls into the pool unsupervised, are they able to get themselves to the side of the pool and climb out of the water? These are all lifesaving skills that are crucial for everyone, especially in the Sunshine State!
Rural lifestyle land use violates Martin County's Comprehensive Plan, judge says in ruling
MARTIN COUNTY — A controversial land use that would facilitate more intense development on agricultural lands violates the county’s in-house guidelines for growth, according to a judge who oversaw a challenge of the land use. In a 28-page ruling Friday, Judge Francine Ffolkes, of the state Division of Administrative Hearings, said the county’s...
Fort Pierce MLK Day Shooting Suspect in Custody
Fort Pierce - Monday March 20, 2023: St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara has announced that a suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of 29-year-old Nikkitia Bryant who was killed at Ilous Ellis Park in Fort Pierce on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this past January 16. The...
VIDEO: 2nd Alarm Fire at Hog Technologies in Stuart
Stuart - Monday March 20, 2023: Stuart Fire and Rescue with the help of Martin County Fire and Rescue battled a 2nd alarm at Hog Technologies in Stuart Friday night. Authorities say the fire broke out around 9 p.m. inside the company's commercial structure at Southeast Commerce Avenue and Southeast Market Place.
Citizens Insurance policyholders face flood insurance mandate
Big changes are coming to Citizens Insurance, Florida's insurer of last resort. Lauren Cool ended up with Citizens, where in time, she'll be required to add on flood insurance.
Martin County Single-Family Home Pending Sales Rise Year over Year
MIAMI — Martin County single-family home pending sales rose year as condo new listings increased, according to February 2023 statistics released today by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. “Stuart and Martin County real estate features one of the best small towns...
Man Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnapping, Rape in Alleged Palm City Abduction
A man pleaded not guilty at the South Bay Courthouse in Chula Vista on Tuesday to forceable rape and kidnapping charges after being accused of abducting a woman, holding her captive, raping her, and demanding the woman help him dismember a corpse. Rafael Reyes Banda, 44, is accused of abducting...
Fire burns industrial-cleaning firm's Stuart warehouse; no one hurt
STUART — The Hog Technologies logo visible from Southeast Commerce Avenue appeared unscathed. But broken windows, caution tape, police and firefighters exiting and entering the area with employees standing watch on the situation showed the gravity of the wreckage left by an overnight fire at the Stuart industrial-cleaning company. The air reeked of...
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