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North Carolina doctor arrested in ‘pill mill’ scheme
TABOR CITY, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have accused a North Carolina doctor of illegally distributing drugs in what is being described as a “pill mill” scheme.
Columbus County District Attorney Jon David told news outlets Dr. Jong Whan Kim prescribed numerous opioids and other drugs without a legitimate medical reason.
Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said an investigation also revealed Kim schemed with his office manager and girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Thompson, to distribute the drugs from Kim’s practice in Tabor City and other properties he owned.
Hatcher said Thompson sold high-grade marijuana, oxycodone, hydrocodone and other illegal substances to undercover agents on numerous occasions.
Kim is in the Columbus County jail under a $5,580,000 bond. Thompson is jailed on a $760,000 bond. It’s not known if either has an attorney.
PUBLIC HOUSING SHOOTING
Police: 12-year-old shot, killed at housing complex
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Police in North Carolina say a 12-year-old boy has been shot to death at a public housing complex.
The Asheville Police Department said on its Twitter page that officers responded just after 3 a.m. Sunday to a report of people suffering gunshot wounds at the complex near the downtown area.
The 12-year-old and an 18-year-old man were both taken to Mission Hospital in Asheville, where the younger shooting victim died. Police said the 18-year-old is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Neither shooting victim has been identified pending notification of relatives. So far, police have made no arrests in the case.
WOMAN’S BODY FOUND
Body of North Carolina woman found in South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Police in South Carolina say the body of a North Carolina woman has been found in a wooded area in Myrtle Beach.
Deputy coroner Michelle McSpadden said Sunday her office identified the woman as 41-year-old Jennifer Fitchett of Middlesex, North Carolina. According to McSpadden, Fitchett’s family said she was a mother of three who was expecting her first grandchild in a few weeks.
McSpadden said Fitchett’s body was found by a runner Saturday near a running path off Palmetto Pointe Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. She said the cause of death is not being released as part of an investigation.
North Carolina sheriff’s deputy shoots man wielding shotgun
SNOW HILL, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina sheriff says a deputy shot a man after he confronted them with a shotgun.
Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith told news outlets deputies went to the man’s house Friday for a welfare check. Smith said 71-year-old Robert Bigler called the sheriff’s office to complain about the government and said there would be a “showdown in his yard.”
The sheriff said as deputies talked to Bigler, he went inside his home and came back out with a shotgun. Smith said Bigler pointed the shotgun at deputies and told them to drop their weapons before one of the deputies shot him in the leg.
Smith said charges would be filed against Bigler when he gets out of the hospital. The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting.
DANCE STUDIO SHOOTING
Arrest in dance studio shooting that killed 1, wounded 6
SANFORD, N.C. (AP) – A Raleigh man is charged with murder after a shooting spree at a Sanford dance studio that also left six other people wounded last weekend.
Media reports cite Sanford officials as saying Saturday they’ve charged 20-year-old Dominique Williams with one count of first-degree murder.
The shooting exploded after a birthday party held at the Sanford Latin Dance Studio early on June 24. Authorities say partygoers were reaching the street when a fight and then the gunfire broke out.
A gunshot wound to the chest killed 27-year-old Travis Mclean of Sanford. Family members said Mclean was shot eight times.
Two women and four other men suffered gunshot wounds to their arms or legs. One man was shot in both legs.
Williams is scheduled in Lee County District Court on Monday.
Man fleeing trooper killed during high-speed chase
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina man is dead after a high-speed chase that ended with his vehicle crashing into a tree.
Media reports say 22-year-old Shonquelle Barrett of Aberdeen died at the scene between Aberdeen and Pinebluff on Friday night.
Highway Patrol spokesman Ray Pierce says a state trooper chased a Honda Accord that turned to avoid a police checkpoint and bumped the fleeing car. It’s not clear whether the pursuing trooper bumped the car accidentally or intentionally to end the chase before it reached high-traffic areas in Aberdeen.
Barrett lost control of the car, which crashed into a telephone pole and a tree.
Reports say speeds during the pursuit hit 80 miles an hour.
The trooper hasn’t been identified. The State Bureau of Investigation is studying the incident.
SC fireworks sales permits show rich market along NC border
(Information from: WYFF-TV, http://www.wyff4.com/index.html)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina fireworks dealers are seeing strong sales opportunities along the North Carolina border, which bans the sale of fireworks that leave the ground.
WYFF reports that more than half of the state-issued permits needed to sell fireworks in South Carolina are for businesses within 50 miles of the North Carolina border.
About a quarter of the permits allowing seasonal fireworks sales are in counties that touch the Tar Heel state.
Five of the counties with three or more annual permits are in the South Carolina Upstate.
Richland County has the most temporary permits with 60. Charleston County has the second-most with 42, followed by Greenville County with 38, Lexington County with 36 and both Anderson and Spartanburg counties with 31.
3 for-profit college campuses in NCarolina expected to close
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A for-profit company expects to shut down three college campuses in North Carolina before the end of the year.
Email obtained by The News & Observer of Raleigh show that Dream Center Education Holdings this week notified University of North Carolina officials the company will close the locations enrolling 3,000 students. The newspaper reports that the company says it will close South University in High Point and the Art Institutes in Durham and Charlotte.
UNC officials say in an email that the company will stop enrolling students for the upcoming term.
A company spokeswoman declined comment about closing plans.
Art Institute campuses offer classes in animation, design, film and audio production and fashion. South University offers programs in pharmacy, business, nursing, theology and arts and sciences.