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News Cast for April 2nd:

Several structures damaged by winds

No injuries were reported after strong winds hit Okeechobee and caused some damage on Dark Hammock Road Thursday afternoon.

The Okeechobee County Sheriffs Office said some parked tractor trailers were turned over, some homes damaged, and at least one agriculture operation lost part of their barn.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne said no tornadoes actually touched down.  The official term used for the windy conditions are straight winds.

Okeechobee man charged in boat theft

Martin County Sheriff Deputies said a finger print from a can of diet root beer tied an Okeechobee man to several crimes.

Cory Pethybridge, 31, was charged with burglary to an occupied structure, grand theft, and burglary to a conveyance.

It is alleged that Pethybridge stole a boat docked on the St. Lucie River near Stuart, burglarized a mobile home on Route 76, and stole a second boat located in Okeechobee.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission contributed to the investigation.

The arrest affadivt said Martin County investigators found the can of soda and a lighter on the ground at one of the crime scenes and tied it to Pethybridge.

Pethybridge was arrested last May in Hardee County after he was accused of running over a person and injuring two others near Wauchula.

He also has an arrest on his record from Marion County.

He is currently in the Martin County Jail to await a court appearance.

Truck runs stop sign causes serious crash

A tractor trailer failed to stop at the stop sign causing a crash in Western Glades County in Muse, the Florida Highway Patrol said Thursday.

The 47 year old LaBelle man who was operating the truck was cited by troopers for disregarding the stop sign.

Troopers said the truck pulled into the path of an east bound pickup truck at the intersection of Fernwood Lane and Loblolly Bay Road around 7:30 am.

The injured person was a 49 year old Naples man. 

He was listed in serious condition after being transported to a hospital by Glades County EMS.