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Hospitalized man in Gainesville dies of Legionnaires' disease

GAINESVILLE

Hospitalized man dies of Legionnaires'

Hospital officials say a patient here has died of Legionnaires' disease.

University of Florida Shands Cancer Center officials said 56-year-old Ryan Sigman died Saturday. They believe he was exposed to the Legionella bacteria in his hospital room.

Legionnaires' disease is a bacterial infection that can cause potentially deadly pneumonia. It spreads in contaminated mist or vapor, not from person to person.

Hospital officials say the facility's water system has been cleaned, and they believe the center is safe for patients.

MIAMI

Grandmother charged in baby's death in car

A grandmother has been arrested in connection to the death of a 3-month-old baby who was found Thursday inside a hot car.

According to an arrest affidavit, readings showed temperatures in the car reached over 100 degrees. Authorities say the baby's grandmother, Miriam Oliveras, left the child in the car at about 8:30 a.m., until about 12:40 p.m. The baby died at the scene.

Oliveras has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child.

MIAMI

Manatee rescued from cold to be released

Ilya, the manatee rescued from a waterway between northern New Jersey and Staten Island, N.Y., is scheduled to be released in South Florida waters next week.

Ilya was found huddling near an outfall pipe at a refinery. The water temperature was 53 degrees — well below the 68 degrees manatees need to survive.

Ilya has migrated in the summer as far north as Massachusetts in the last decade, but dithered in New Jersey too long this year.

MARIANNA

Man gets four life terms in family killings

A Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to four life terms after being convicted of murdering a 19-year-old woman and her three children.

Wesley Williams was sentenced Friday in the March 2005 slayings of Danielle Baker and her three sons, ages 3 weeks to 3 years. Williams was the father of two of the boys. Baker was found shot to death in her apartment, and her children suffocated after being bound with duct tape.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Developers charged in political graft case

Two Broward County developers face bribery and other charges for allegedly paying golf membership fees for a corrupt politician.

Prosecutors say Bruce Chait, president of Prestige Homes, and his son, Shawn Chait, paid a $3,200 golf membership fee for former Broward County Commissioner Josephus Eggelletion, then lied about it to investigators. Eggelletion pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal corruption case.

Times wires

Hospitalized man in Gainesville dies of Legionnaires' disease 12/11/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 11, 2009 9:47pm]

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