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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 20, 2000

Fake doctor dispensed prescriptions, police say

DELRAY BEACH -- A man who told his girlfriend he was a doctor has been charged with prescribing drugs without a license to her sister and father, who was made seriously ill by the medication, police said.

David Glatt, 31, is charged with two counts of practicing medicine and giving out prescription drugs without a license and one count of culpable negligence for allegedly injuring Therese Felth's father, Lars.

Angelina Felth told investigators Glatt claimed to be a neurosurgeon when he began dating her sister, Therese. Lars Felth told police Glatt gave him a business card saying he was a neurosurgeon at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. Police said Glatt gave Angelina Felth more than 200 Prozac pills, saying they were sleeping pills. Prozac is a prescription drug used to treat patients with depression.

Lars Felth said Glatt gave him pills that made him violently ill. The pills were a prescription drug that triggers vomiting, hyperventilation and vertigo if someone taking it drinks alcohol.

Lars Felth, a recovering alcoholic, hired a private investigator, who discovered that Glatt was unlicensed and didn't have a medical degree from the University of Miami as he claimed. Lars Felth then called state authorities.

Woman suffers leg cuts in fall from boat at Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA -- An 80-year-old woman was hospitalized after falling while getting off Walt Disney World's Splash Mountain log flume ride and cutting her legs Monday afternoon.

Estelle Renkoff of Pembroke Pines fell into the water surrounding the log-shaped boat of the ride found in the Magic Kingdom section of the park.

Renkoff was admitted to Orlando Regional Medical Center because of her advanced age and the severity of one of the cuts, hospital spokesman Joe Brown said.

Disney shut down the ride after the incident and reopened it about two hours later. No fault was found with the ride, Warren said.

In November, a 37-year-old St. Petersburg man was killed on Splash Mountain. William Pollock died of blunt force trauma to the chest after climbing out of his boat partway through the ride and being struck by another boat.

Warehouse owner going to prison for tainted juice

ORLANDO -- A Cape Canaveral warehouse owner received almost six years in prison Tuesday for his role in shipping contaminated juice across the nation.

Patrick Lee, who owns Mid-Florida Freezer Warehouses, was convicted in June of a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Customs Service and to ship adulterated fruit juice in interstate commerce.

The company was accused of keeping a secret inventory of contaminated juice, using it to refill damaged drums, repairing the drums and then shipping them.

Thousands of gallons of fruit juice sold nationwide from 1981 to 1995 may have been contaminated.

Lee was sentenced to five years, 11 months in prison, fined $96,450 and ordered to forfeit $1.5-million.

Mid-Florida, a co-defendant, agreed to forfeit $1.5-million and was fined $500,000.

Warehouse manager Jeffrey Allen was sentenced earlier this year to two years, six months in prison and fined $6,000.

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