Thursday, December 19, 2013
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Trash hauler localizes office

Waste Management, which holds the city's trash and recycling pickup contract, has moved its customer service call center from Broward County to its Rockland Key facility.

Customers may call the same number, 305-296-8297, but employees who answer the calls will be in the Keys, city staff said Wednesday.

"The city requested this move," said Will Thompson, the city's Solid Waste Coordinator, who helped lead a major change in trash pickup this year. Waste Management said the local office will help the company respond quickly to any missed collections.


Inmate loses his second appeal

A man serving more than 20 years in prison for bank robbery and attempted murder lost his second appeal Wednesday.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal affirmed circuit Judge Mark Jones' 15-year sentence against Charlain St. Charles for attempted murder. The appeals court denied Charles' request to clarify its previous order in July that also affirmed the conviction.

Charles was sentenced in 2011 to 15 years for attempted second-degree murder after trying to throw a female corrections officer over a second-floor railing at the Stock Island jail. He was in jail for robbing the Keys Federal Credit Union branch office in the Overseas Market shopping center, for which he's also serving time.


Walk-in vaccinations offered

The Monroe County Health Department encourages adults age 19 and over to get a TdaP vaccination, for protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The latter can make infants gravely ill, so the best way to protect them is by vaccinating all adults, who can at anytime come in contact with babies.

The department holds walk-in TdaP vaccination clinics 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St. Or appointments may be scheduled by calling 305-809-5603.

Shots will be given regardless of ability to pay, but bring an insurance card or proof of income if possible.