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St. Lucie County’s top stories of 2018: Lake Okeechobee discharges, mega-yachts, Brightline

Florida — and the Treasure Coast — again were at the forefront … These stories, and many others, were the biggest ones of 2018 that shaped the lives of residents in Indian River, St. Lucie and Marti…
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Army Corps to suspend flows from Lake Okeechobee

  1. Army Corps to suspend flows from Lake Okeechobee  Fox 4
  2. Lake Okeechobee discharges suspension extended  wflx
  3. Corps to suspend flows from Lake Okeechobee  WPBF West Palm Beach
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Lake Okeechobee discharges begin to St. Lucie River, increase to Caloosahatchee River

  1. Lake Okeechobee discharges begin to St. Lucie River, increase to Caloosahatchee River  TCPalm
  2. Lake Okeechobee discharges to begin Friday  wflx
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Fort Pierce boy killed in Lake County crash on Florida’s Turnpike

LAKE COUNTY — A 7-year-old Fort Pierce boy was killed in a traffic crash on Florida’s Turnpike early Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

The collision happened between a semi-truck and a minivan carrying the boy, Adrian Perez, and five others, troopers said. Both were traveling north in Lake County at mile marker 290.

About 1:15 a.m., the semi rear-ended the Dodge Grand Caravan, causing it to collide with a guardrail and overturn, troopers said.

Adrian was taken to a hospital in Leesberg, where he died, FHP said. 

Four other people in the minivan, including the driver, Natalia Ramirez Martin, 31, of Fort Pierce, were treated for serious injuries at Orlando Regional Medical Center. 

The other adult passenger, Salvador Hernandez, 32, of Fort Pierce suffered minor injuries. 

The other children inside the minivan — Elbia Perez, 9, Kayla Perez, 6, and Avelino Perez, 4 — were being treated for their injuries at ORMC. All are from Fort Pierce.

Everyone in the minivan was wearing seat belts, FHP said. 

The semi driver was identified as William Irvin Anderson Jr., 51, of West Park.

The investigation is ongoing.

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