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Body of female found in Martin County

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says it is treating the discovery of a female's body Friday morning as a homicide. It was found by a landscaping crew on Bridge Rd east of I-95.


Martin County Fair celebrates 60 years before moving

STUART, Fla. (CBS12) — The end of an era. Saturday, Feb.16, is the last day for the Martin County Fair. It’s been at the same spot, across from Witham Field on Dixie Highway, for the last 60 years.


2 Dead, 2 Wounded From Shooting at Florida Basketball Court

Authorities says two people were killed and two others were wounded from a gun fight at an outdoor basketball court in Florida. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office tweeted Friday that multiple people started shooting at each other Thursday night at a basketball court in a city park.


Deputies investigating body found in Hobe Sound

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (CBS12) — Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies are currently investigating the scene were a body was found Friday morning. The body was found east of I-95 on Bridge Road.


Florida man got $980k tax refund, but he shouldn't have, feds say

A Florida man received a huge IRS refund by falsely claiming he paid $1 million in taxes, authorities said Friday. The IRS has recouped much of the $980,000 refund from Tampa resident Ramon Christopher Blanchett, who federal prosecutors said told a seven-digit lie on his 2016 income tax returns.


Above average rainfall forecast for March, Army Corps monitoring situation

The National Weather Service is forecasting above average rainfall for the coming months. Meanwhile the gates at the St. Lucie Lock are closed. “We don’t need them opened up,” said Tom Nolin at Riverland Marina in Stuart.


Florida reacts to Trump’s national emergency on border security

President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border and said he plans to divert $8 billion to build a barrier and “the wall” between the United States and Mexico.


Ethan Crawford and David Fleming: Stuart fishermen free shark from rope tied around neck

STUART, Fla. — Two fishermen in Stuart were in the right place to help a shark, struggling with a rope tied tightly around its neck, cutting into its gills. Cellphone video captured the moments when David Fleming and Ethan Crawford came to the shark’s aid near Sandsprit Park Tuesday.


Florida couple accused of starving newborn

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A Florida couple has been accused of starving their baby. According to WESH 2 News, police saw the son of 20-year-old Julia French and 31-year-old Robert Buskey with sunken eyes, loose skin and ribs and other bones showing.


El Niño is here, what it means to Florida

El Niño spent the fall and early winter flirting with the Earth, warming up the equatorial Pacific but not making the connection with the atmosphere above. The coupling, however, is now complete, and the Climate Prediction Center declared Thursday that the global pattern often responsible for wetter


Martin County water advisories have been lifted

Martin County, Fl- The water advisories in Martin County have been lifted for the waters near the Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart and Leighton Park in Palm City. A series of samples have shown levels of enteric bacteria have fallen back into the acceptable range.


Large 'fireball' over Central Florida was meteor

MELBOURNE, Fla. - That mysterious flashing light? Turns out, it was a meteor, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. The meteor that streaked across the skies of Central Florida on Tuesday was a "large fireball" that likely exploded over the Atlantic Ocean with the energy of a tenth of a kiloton — o


Sheriff's Office looking for missing Martin County teen

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) — Martin County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for clues into the whereabouts of a 15-year old boy. Caleb Allen was last seen around 9 p.m. Tuesday night. He was walking near Seminole Road near the Palm Beach/Martin County Line.


Wild police chase caught on dash-cam at Florida golf course

One of the worst drives of 2019 was caught on camera in Lady Lake, Florida earlier this week. The driver was unable to get away with it. Jessie Webb, 29, led Lady Lake policemen on a wild car chase across Orange Blossom Hills Golf and Country Club Sunday morning, even forcing some golfers to swerve


Port St. Lucie police officer thanks Martin County lifeguards for heroic rescue

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. -- Along Jensen Beach Thursday, Martin County Ocean Rescue held a rescue demonstration. Ian Albertson and Ian Montgelas were two of the lifeguards. Among the crowd watching was Sgt. Teresa Dennis with the Port St. Lucie Police Department.


Camping in Florida: 8 of the best camp sites in South Florida and beyond

Temperatures in Florida are comfortable for camping right now, and you don’t want to be left out without a camping site this winter. Most sites are already booked on the weekends, but if your boss is cool with you taking a few days off, there should be plenty of availability in the middle of the wee


Pedestrian killed in Martin County

A pedestrian from West Palm Beach has died in Martin County after being struck by a pickup truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. It happened Saturday at 10:15 p.m. on U.S. 1 south of Lillian Court, FHP said.


Hickey on girl's neck leads to arrest of South Florida man

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A man accused of inappropriately touching a teenage girl at a South Florida park last summer, giving her a hickey, was arrested on Valentine's Day. Terrence Wilkins, 28, faces a charge of lewd or lascivious battery on a 13-year-old girl.


Florida woman accused of stealing $82K by altering paychecks

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A 73-year-old Florida woman is accused of defrauding $82,000 from a company she worked for by altering her paychecks, WTVT reported. Patricia A. Smart, of St. Petersburg, was arrested Tuesday and charged with a scheme to defraud over $300, according to the Pasco County Sherif


Conservative fiscal policies have made Florida a haven for high-tax refugees

Back in the day, my native New York State feasted on the iconic I(heart)NY ad campaign, enticing Americans to drop in and spend their dollars in the Big Apple. But now, we’re being treated to the spectacle of that state’s governor selling … not New York, but Florida!