- - Wednesday, October 3, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Health officials say a rare meningitis outbreak has sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections for back pain. Four people have died.

Eighteen of the cases — and two deaths — are in Tennessee where a Nashville clinic received the largest shipment of the steroid suspected in the outbreak. A health official says the steroid came from a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the other cases are in Virginia, Maryland, Florida and North Carolina. Virginia and Maryland had one death each.

Health officials said Wednesday that more new cases are almost certain to appear.

MICHIGAN

‘Batman’ arrested after interfering at crime scene

PETOSKEY — State police arrested Mark Wayne Williams for refusing to leave an accident scene after showing up Saturday night wearing a Batman outfit.

“He wouldn’t clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent,” State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno said.

The 33-year-old man was arrested last year after police received a report of a man dressed as Batman on the roof of a Petoskey business.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months of probation during which he was forbidden to wear costumes, including his Batman get-up.

COLORADO

Grandfather of Aurora victim asks burglar to return photos

DENVER — The grandfather of a 6-year-old girl killed during the Aurora theater shootings wants a thief to return pictures of the child that were stolen from his home in a burglary this week.

“They’re the last photos I have of her,” said Robert Sullivan, grandfather of Veronica Moser-Sullivan, the youngest person slain in the July 20 attack.

Mr. Sullivan said Wednesday that four cameras were stolen, including one that had a memory card with more than 40 photos of Veronica.

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