Court blocks doctors' license suspensions
By Times wire
Published February 1, 2005
TALLAHASSEE - An appellate court has blocked the license suspensions of two North Florida doctors accused of ordering unapproved neurotoxin to use as an antiwrinkle treatment.
The material is similar to Botox, an approved wrinkle treatment, but could be dangerous, although health officials say they unaware of any injuries resulting from its alleged purchase by either physician.
The 1st District Court of Appeal lifted the suspensions Friday, but ordered Dr. Norman Cohen of Jacksonville and Dr. Daniel C. Daube Jr. of Panama City to immediately stop using Stabilized Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A and administer only Botox for wrinkle reduction.
The court did not immediately explain its decision overruling the state Health Department, writing that it would issue a written opinion later.
The suspensions were ordered two weeks ago in the midst of a state-federal investigation of an underground network that allegedly used raw botulinum toxin in South Florida instead of costlier Botox. Four people who received the knockoff drug were paralyzed.
U.S. drops prosecution of allegedly tipsy pilots
MIAMI - Federal prosecutors last week dropped criminal charges against two fired America West pilots, less than three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed state prosecutors to pursue their own case.
The decision leaves the pilots facing one trial instead of two.
Pilot Thomas Cloyd of Peoria, Ariz., and co-pilot Christopher Hughes of Leander, Texas, backed their Airbus, carrying 124 passengers, out of a Miami International Airport gate for a flight to Phoenix in July 2002. The plane was ordered back to the terminal after airport security reported smelling alcohol on the pilots' breath. Blood-alcohol tests showed both had readings above 0.08 percent, the level at which Florida law presumes someone is unable to safely drive a motor vehicle, but below the federal standard of 0.10 percent.
In state court, they face charges of operating an aircraft while intoxicated and culpable negligence. Trial is tentatively set for May 4.
Both pilots lost their commercial licenses shortly after their arrests and are barred from any flying as a condition of bail.
Police: Man kills wife, her daughters, shoots self
PEMBROKE PINES - Police think a man killed his wife and her two daughters before driving to a hotel and attempting suicide.
Police found the mother, Shanette Jones, 33, and the girls, ages 10 and 12, dead at their home Sunday night when they went to investigate Adolph Jones' suicide attempt, said Pembroke Pines police Cmdr. David Golt. The girls' identities were not released.
Adolph Jones, 57, shot himself Sunday in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn in Doral. He was listed in critical condition Monday at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Golt said investigators think Jones killed his wife and her two daughters from a previous marriage. Golt declined to discuss how they were killed, pending autopsies.
Pembroke Pines is a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.
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