A-ROD COUSIN SET TO PLEAD GUILTY IN FLORIDA STEROIDS CASE
A guilty plea is set for a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in the federal investigation into performance-enhancing drugs illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic. U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga scheduled a Friday afternoon plea hearing for Yuri Sucart, the last remaining defendant in the Biogenesis of America case. Seven others, including former Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch, have previously pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from probation to four years in prison.
INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEE AT AREA CONFERENCE HAD MEASLES
State health officials say an international attendee at a conference in central Florida last week was infected with measles. The Florida Department of Heath said Thursday that the person stayed at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center on March 16 and 17, but also visited Miami-Dade, Orange and Sarasota counties between March 14 and 20 while infectious.
FORMER POLICE CHIEF GETS PROBATION AFTER DRUG BUST
A former police chief in northeast Florida has received five years’ probation after pleading guilty to possessing illegal steroids and evidence tampering. A Duval County judge also ordered 50-year-old former Atlantic Beach Police Chief Michael Classey to undergo random drug tests. Classey resigned last September after his house was raided by state investigators, who found steroids and other pills. He says his behavior was fueled by alcoholism.
STEPMOM OF DEAD SOUTH FLORIDA BOY HELD ON $230,000 BOND
A judge said the bond for the stepmother of a dead 3-year-old South Florida boy should remain at $230,000 and ordered her to have no contact with her husband. Analiz Rodezno Osceola wore a suicide prevention suit and wept during the Thursday hearing. She is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter, child neglect and providing police with false information. Ahizya Osceola was found dead in his home hour after being reported missing on March 19. The boy’s father Nelson Osceola was released from jail on a $50,000 bond. He’s charged with child neglect with great bodily harm.
CENTRAL FLORIDA MAN FACES LIFE IN PRISON FOR ARMED ROBBERY
A central Florida man faces a life sentence after a jury found him guilty of breaking into a home and terrorizing a couple at gunpoint. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports 23-year-old Kenneth Curry was convicted Wednesday. Prosecutors say he was looking for prescription pills when he broke into the Orange City home in April 2013. Curry only found over-the-counter medicine at the home. He pointed a handgun at the 82-year-old resident and ordered the man’s wife out of the house. She called 911 from a neighbor’s house.