Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about in Florida today.
A-Rod cousin gets 7 months in prison in steroids case
A cousin of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star’s longtime personal assistant was sentenced Thursday to seven months in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges stemming from baseball’s South Florida steroids scandal. U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga also sentenced Yuri Sucart to serve six months of house arrest after his release from prison and imposed a $5,000 fine. He could later be deported to his native Dominican Republic. Sucart, 53, is the last of eight people to plead guilty for roles in providing steroids to Rodriguez and other athletes through the Biogenesis of America clinic owned by Anthony Bosch. Bosch, who falsely posed as licensed physician “Dr. T,” got the longest prison term at four years.
Feds: Florida doc gave cancer patients unapproved drugs
A Florida oncologist has been charged with giving cancer patients medications from other countries that were not approved by the federal government. Federal health officials said patients at East Lake Oncology in Palm Harbor were unaware that for the past six years Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs, and her staff were giving them cheaper, misbranded drugs, including chemotherapy drugs, that weren’t approved for use in the United States. According to the indictment, she billed the taxpayer-funded Medicare program and private insurance companies for the illegal prescriptions, claiming that she was actually using the Food and Drug Administration-approved versions.
Man charged with breaking into plane at Keys airport
A homeless man was arrested in the Florida Keys after airline employees reported finding him asleep in the cargo area of a passenger plane. Jamie Crabtree told officials he jumped the Key West Airport’s barbed wire fence and entered the Delta plane, where he fell asleep until employees found him this morning. The 32-year-old said he intended to stow away on the plane because he wanted to leave the country. Crabtree was arrested and charged with burglary and trespassing on posted airport property.
Canadian gets 10+ years’ prison in Florida sex tourism case
A Canadian man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in U.S. prison after admitting he traveled to Florida to have sex with someone he believed was an underage boy. A Miami federal judge also ordered Thursday that Rene Roberge of Sherbrooke, Quebec, be placed on probation for life after his release from prison. He previously pleaded guilty to four federal sex offenses. Authorities say Roberge flew to Fort Lauderdale after making online contact with undercover investigators posing as a 14-year-old boy and his father to arrange a sexual encounter.
House poised to vote down Senate’s Medicaid expansion bill
Despite a lengthy defense of a Senate bill that would let a half million people use billions in federal dollars to buy private health insurance, House Republicans argued that the plan is still essentially Medicaid expansion and seemed poised to vote it down. During a tense few hours Thursday, House Republicans agreed the Senate plan was a government entitlement program that would increase the federal deficit. They could vote on the bill Friday.