5 Things to Know in Florida for March 7

Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

POLICE: PROFESSOR HAD GIVEN EX-CONVICT $37K BEFORE KILLING

Police say a retired University of Florida professor was killed by an ex-convict to whom he’d given $37,000 in recent years. An autopsy on the professor, 75-year-old Thomas Oakland, found that he’d been fatally struck in the head and body and was likely already dead when fire consumed his Gainesville home on Wednesday. Police opened a homicide investigation and began searching for a man whom the professor had been helping financially for the past few years.

NURSE ARRESTED ON FRAUD CHARGES

A southwest Florida home health nurse is accused of opening fraudulent credit accounts in the names of at least eight of her patients. Lee County Sheriff’s officials said Friday that Lynn Schlosser became a suspect after they received a complaint about identity theft and credit card fraud in January. She was working as a registered nurse providing home health care to patients. Investigators obtained her client list and discovered she’d opened accounts in the names of eight patients, ranging in age from 65 to 92.

INMATE COMMITS SUICIDE AT NORTH FLORIDA DETENTION CENTER

A deputy found an inmate hanging from his cell door at the Hernando County Detention Facility. Crews responded immediately Thursday afternoon but 59-year-old Bruno Paul Mirabella was pronounced dead at the scene. Hernando County Sheriff’s officials say that a review of the facility’s video equipment found that one of the jail’s cameras captured Mirabella approaching the door and taking his own life some 15 minutes before he was found.

EX-MIAMI PITCHING COACH TO PLEAD GUILTY IN STEROIDS CASE

The attorney for a former University of Miami pitching coach says he will plead guilty to lesser charges in the baseball steroid investigation. Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped the more serious steroid distribution counts against Lazaro “Laser” Collazo in favor of simple testosterone possession charges, each punishable by a year in prison. Defense attorney Frank Quintero confirmed in a statement that Collazo will plead guilty to the misdemeanor charges. A plea hearing is set for March 16.

1 MONTH PRISON, HOUSE ARREST IN SMUGGLING OF DODGERS’ PUIG

A South Florida businessman has been sentenced to a month in prison plus 5 months’ house arrest for his role in the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on Friday gave Gilberto Suarez less than the one-year maximum partly because his smuggling role was limited to getting Puig to the Mexico-Texas border in 2012. Suarez was one of the Miami-based financiers of the venture in which Puig was taken by boat from Cuba to Mexico.

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