National senior news in brief

Two new cases of Legionnaires’ found

BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials are worried an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a suburban Chicago retirement home appears to be spreading with two new cases in the nearby community.

Legionnaire’s is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled. The elderly and people with weakened immune systems can be particularly susceptible.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 12 cases at Covenant Assisted Living in Batavia through August. The two new cases were reported in recent days.

State officials say the retirement home plans to clean its water systems, including cooling towers that release water drops into the air.

Police: Elderly man carjacks an SUV

BOSTON (AP) — Police say a 72-year-old man forced several people out of a sport utility vehicle and drove off before crashing into several vehicles in Boston.

Massachusetts State Police say multiple 911 callers reported the carjacking on the Bowker Overpass over Storrow Drive shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

Officials say the Hyannis man drove the wrong way and struck numerous other vehicles before the SUV crashed and rolled over.

No serious injuries were reported.

Officials say responding troopers restrained the man, who was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. His name has not been released.

Manager allegedly stole tenant money

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A property manager at a northern New Jersey apartment complex stands accused of stealing more than $120,000 from an elderly tenant’s bank account to pay for lavish vacations and designer clothes.

Union County prosecutors say 33-year-old Natalia Calderon-Diaz, of Elizabeth, is charged with theft. It’s not known if she’s retained an attorney.

Authorities say the now 89-year-old victim lives alone at the Linden Arms complex in Elizabeth and has no immediate family.

Calderon-Diaz allegedly withdrew $122,482 from the victim’s account without her knowledge or permission. She allegedly spent the money on trips to destinations such as Las Vegas and Florida, high-end designer clothing and other items.

Authorities say the thefts occurred from December 2017 through June 2019.

Calderon-Diaz could face up to 10 years in prison if she’s convicted.

By Kerry Minor

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