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    © St. Petersburg Times, published August 17, 2000


    Man accused of dropping girlfriend's toddler

    TAMPA -- A Brandon man faces aggravated child abuse charges after investigators said he dropped his girlfriend's toddler to the floor, breaking the child's leg.

    Sheriff's spokesman Rod Reder said Gustavo Rivera, 20, of 974 Summit Ridge Drive was caring for the 11/2-year-old child when he jerked the toddler by his arm and then dropped him to the floor.

    The boy was treated for a fractured leg and multiple bruises.

    Rivera has a history of domestic violence and was on probation for attacking his brother with a baseball bat, Reder said.

    He faces two counts of felony aggravated child abuse, and remained in jail Tuesday.

    The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the child and an infant brother, said DCF spokesman Tom Jones.

    Tampa developer charged with federal tax evasion

    TAMPA -- C. Hayward Chapman, a Tampa developer indicted in the Tampa Housing Authority scandal in May, has been charged with federal income tax evasion, according to court papers unsealed Wednesday.

    An indictment says Chapman failed to pay federal income taxes of $843,957 on actual income in 1997 of more than $2.16-million.

    Chapman, 63, along with Tampa Housing Authority Executive Director Audley Evans and Tampa physician Dr. Patrick Watson, face charges of conspiracy, bribery and money laundering involving the Housing Authority's bidding process.

    Prosecutors say Chapman and Watson used corporate disguises to gain business from the Housing Authority, then paid kickbacks to Evans.

    Two companies set up by Chapman, Bradley & Bradley Development Group and Concorde Inc., were awarded projects by the Housing Authority from 1995 through 1997 worth $5.25-million. In return, Chapman paid three bribes to Evans totaling $125,000 in 1997, according to the original indictments.

    The income tax evasion charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $100,000.

    Chapman, Evans and Watson have pleaded not guilty to the federal charges and remain free on bond. Their trial is set for January.

    Circus owner on probation for mishandling animals

    TAMPA -- A circus owner whose sister was stomped to death by an elephant has been sentenced to probation for improperly handling the animal.

    Under terms of a plea agreement, Manuel Ramos, owner of the Oscarian Brothers Circus, will be on probation for a year. He also must do community service, pay investigative costs and cooperate with state and federal wildlife officers, Hillsborough County prosecutors said.

    Ramos was to be tried this week on misdemeanor charges of keeping animals in cages that were too small and of not properly handling the 4,500-pound African elephant, Kenya.

    Kenya broke loose from a tether at the family's Riverview compound in January and killed Ramos' sister, Teresa Ramos-Caballero, 52.

    Kenya was found dead in her paddock area nine days later. A necropsy showed the elephant died of heart disease, state officials said.

    Last month, Ramos struck a deal with federal officials. He neither admitted nor denied any violation, but agreed to sell his animals and give up his license.

    Board will hear testimony on chelation therapy

    The Florida Board of Medicine will hold a public hearing on the merits of chelation therapy on Friday morning in Tampa.

    The board's quality assurance committee is seeking testimony from people who have undergone chelation therapy, as well as doctors who are familiar with it. The board is trying to determine if chelation, which is heavily advertised as a cure for all sorts of illnesses, poses a public health risk. Chelation therapy involves a series of intravenous infusions. It is commonly used to remove lead or other heavy metals from the blood, but some doctors -- and their patients -- swear it also cures a variety of other serious health problems, including heart disease.

    But many doctors say it's dangerous because people undergoing chelation therapy may forgo proven treatment for their ills.

    The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport, 4400 W Cypress St., Tampa. For directions, call (813) 873-8675.

    Circus owner receives probation in plea deal

    TAMPA -- A circus owner whose sister was stomped to death by an elephant has been sentenced to probation for improperly handling the animal.

    Under terms of a plea agreement, Manuel Ramos, owner of the Oscarian Brothers Circus, will be on probation for a year. He also must do community service, pay investigative costs and cooperate with state and federal wildlife officers, Hillsborough County prosecutors said.

    Ramos was to be tried on misdemeanor charges of keeping animals in cages that were too small and of not properly handling the African elephant, Kenya.

    Kenya broke loose from a tether at the family's Riverview compound in January and killed Ramos' sister, Teresa Ramos-Caballero, 52. In his plea deal, Ramos neither admitted nor denied any violation but agreed to sell his animals and give up his license.

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