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By TIMES WIRES
Published August 25, 2006


FLORIDA BRIEFLY

Dad pays for getting lost by delivering his new son

MIAMI - A husband helped his wife deliver their baby after they got stuck in rush-hour traffic and then got lost on the way to the hospital.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic delayed Lilliam and Gerardo Miranda's trip to Jackson Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning. Gerardo said he was so nervous he made a wrong turn about a mile from his destination.

"She said, 'Stop, stop, stop. There's no more time,' " he said.

He pulled their car over near the Orange Bowl while his wife called 911. The dispatcher guided Miranda, telling him to use his shoelaces to tie off the umbilical cord.

About a half hour after the couple left their Kendall home, 7-pound, 5-ounce Fabio was born. He is the couple's third child.

Mom and baby finally arrived at the hospital in good condition.

"This didn't happen with our other children," Lilliam Miranda said.

School official charged with stealing McKay funds

JACKSONVILLE - A private school administrator was arrested after investigators found evidence her school fraudulently received more than $400,000 in scholarship funds meant for disabled children, a sheriff's report said.

Chavon Peoples, 36, who worked for Success Academy in Jacksonville, was charged with grand theft Wednesday.

Peoples took some of the fraudulently obtained funds, deposited them into school bank accounts, withdrew some of the money by writing checks to herself or to her husband and used a debit card to make personal purchases, authorities said.

It was not clear how much she may have used for personal purchases, but they included purchases at Best Buy, Hilton Hotels, Lane Bryant and the Designer Divas, the report said.

Success Academy received scholarship money from the state's McKay Scholarship program, which benefits certain students with learning disabilities. The school got scholarship money for students who were actually attending public schools at the time, the report said.

Jury awards $8.25-million for botched plastic surgery

NAPLES - A jury awarded $8.25-million to a Lee County woman who lost both breasts because of botched plastic surgery, her attorney said.

Christy Allis was awarded the money this week as part of a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to her attorney, Jeff Garvin.

Allis was 28 when she had a breast lift and augmentation in 2003 by Naples surgeon Luciano Boemi. During surgery at the Bonita Bay Surgical Center in Bonita Springs, blood supply to Allis was cut off, resulting in breast tissue turning black, hard and dry, Garvin said. He said 13 surgeries were needed to repair open wounds and try to reshape some of the remaining tissue.

An attorney for Boemi said there were five issues raised in the lawsuit and that four of them were decided in the doctor's favor.

Couple allegedly starve her mother to death

BOCA RATON - A husband and wife starved the woman's 89-year-old mother to death, authorities charge.

Toby Fenn, 47, and Kerstin Fenn, 50, were charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and aggravated abuse of an elderly person. Elly Lorey weighed just 60 pounds when she died Sept. 18, 2005, said Palm Beach County sheriff's Detective Ada Tyz.

It was not clear why it took so long to file charges or what led to the investigation.

During the last year of Lorey's life, the Fenns forced her to live in a room strewn with feces with no electricity, Tyz said. She slept on a soiled mattress and was often tied to a rocking chair when the Fenns went to work, detectives said.

Tyz said Kerstin Fenn told detectives her mother would not eat. "The daughter said they tried their best," Tyz said. "They didn't think they were doing anything wrong."

Toby Fenn's mother, Patricia Fenn, called the charges unjustified. She said her son and daughter-in-law could not afford full-time care for the woman and thought they did a good job of caring for her.

"The woman was out of her mind. They had to go to Austria to rescue her," Patricia Fenn said.

Fight is sort of a variation on rock, paper, scissors

FRUIT COVE - The supervisor went for a bat. The employee whipped out a weed trimmer. Another worker used a hammer to break it up.

That's the scene St. Johns County authorities described after a lawn service supervisor criticized one of his workers' grass-cutting skills, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Lance Tywan Wamley, 26, of Hollywood, is charged with threatening several men with a 34-inch baseball bat and hitting one man in the chest.

The worker, Eric J. Torres, 23, defended himself with a weed trimmer, authorities said.

Another worker, armed with a hammer, broke up the scuffle, they said.

Torres was treated at a hospital. Wamley was charged with felony assault and battery.