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How a rehab boss exploited the drug epidemic – with impunity
A North Carolina rehab program has been sending people with addictions to work without pay as caregivers for elderly and disabled patients. A new investigation from Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting finds that the results often were disastrous. That’s based on government documents and interviews with former attendees and employees.
Rehab participants at Recovery Connections Community bathed patients, changed diapers and sometimes dispensed the same drugs that sent them spiraling into addiction.
Rather than getting treatment, they worked 16-hour days at adult care homes, with little training or sleep. Workers were accused of sexually assaulting disabled patients. The founder of the program has exploited it for her personal gain, and state regulators looked the other way. Founder Jennifer Warren defended the program, saying it offers help for people with nowhere else to turn.
CAR INTO RESTAURANT-DEATHS
Man faces murder charges in restaurant crash that killed kin
BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) – Families were eating a relaxed weekend lunch at the Surf and Turf Lodge when suddenly there was a loud boom and the splintering crash of a vehicle plowing into the restaurant.
Police say a man intentionally rammed a vehicle into the steak and seafood eatery shortly after midday Sunday in Bessemer City, leaving his 26-year-old daughter and his daughter-in-law dead and injuring his son, wife and granddaughter. The vehicle’s driver, Roger Self, was immediately arrested. Jail records show he’s been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Authorities say the preliminary evidence indicates he purposely drove all the way into the restaurant.
Caleb Martin, a 14-year-old who identified himself as a busboy at the restaurant, told WSOC-TV he saw the crash and heard a “loud boom.”
CAR INTO RESTAURANT-DEATHS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Man faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowing
(Information from: WSOC-TV, http://www.wsoctv.com)
BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) – A man has been accused of intentionally plowing his Jeep into a table where his family was sitting and eating inside a North Carolina restaurant, killing his daughter and his daughter-in-law.
The Gaston Gazette reports that many people in Gaston County’s law enforcement community have long considered 62-year-old Roger Self a friend. Now they are questioning why he allegedly he drove through a Bessemer City restaurant Sunday, killing two family members and injuring three others.
District Attorney Locke Bell says he has known Self for more than 30 years and that the prominent local businessman will face two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his daughter, County Sheriff’s deputy Katelyn Self, and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Self, a nurse. Amanda Self was the wife of Gaston County Police Officer Josh Self, who also was seriously injured, along with Roger Self’s wife, Diane, and the 13-year-old daughter of Josh and Amanda Self.
It is unclear if Self has a lawyer.
N Carolina officials assess damage from fatal mudslides
(Information from: Times-News, http://www.blueridgenow.com)
SALUDA, N.C. (AP) – Officials in one North Carolina county are assessing damage from floods and mudslides in hopes of qualifying for federal disaster aid.
The Times-News of Hendersonville reports Polk County crews and engineers with the state Transportation Department were assessing damage to homes, roads and bridges.
One person died in the storms, which dumped up to 6 inches of rain in three hours Friday night.
Authorities say a couple was trying to escape their home when the mudslide occurred. The husband survived being swept away while the wife was trapped between the house and a carport.
Her body was recovered Saturday morning. Officials haven’t released their names.
Duke Energy had reported several hundred power outages in Polk, Henderson and Rutherford counties. By Sunday afternoon, power had been restored to all but eight customers.
N Carolina sends emergency, fire officials to help in Hawaii
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina officials say 10 emergency managers and fire service officials will work in Hawaii on the response to the erupting Kilauea volcano.
The state Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the 10 left Saturday after Hawaii’s state emergency management agency requested help.
The North Carolina team will work in Hilo and will support the Hawaii County Civil Defense agency.
Team members come from emergency management agencies in Bladen, Gates, Lee, McDowell, Moore and Onslow counties; fire departments in Cary, Charlotte and Greensboro and from N.C. Emergency Management.
The volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes and forced people to flee. It has gotten more hazardous in recent days, with flying lava causing the first major injury.
OUTER BANKS-SPEED LIMITS
Seasonal speed limits in effect in some parts of Outer Banks
RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) – It’s the time of year when drivers must slow down along some parts of the Outer Banks or risk a speeding ticket.
The state Transportation Department says in a news release that it has temporarily lowered the speed limit along N.C. Highway 12 in several areas of Currituck and Dare counties.
The speed limits in areas through Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo and Frisco on Hatteras Island, along with Duck and Corolla, are now 35 mph instead of 45 mph. The lower limit is imposed because of more vehicle traffic and more pedestrians during the summer months.
The seasonal speed limits remain in effect until Sept. 15.
OUTER BANKS-POWER OUTAGE
Money promised for losses in Outer Banks power outage
(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com)
SALVO, N.C. (AP) – Attorneys say checks are coming to people who suffered financial losses from an eight-day power outage on the Outer Banks last summer.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports that attorney Dennis Rose told about 15 people at a meeting in Salvo last week that claims are being paid now.
The money is part of a $10 million settlement reached in March with PCL Civil Constructors. The company denied wrongdoing in the power outage, which occurred when workers building the Bonner Bridge accidentally cut the only electricity line serving the region.
People are supposed to seek compensation by filling out a form available here soon.
Reimbursement payments go to three classes: business, vacationer and resident. A federal judge accepted the terms early this month. The claim deadline is Oct. 15.
82ND AIRBORNE MUSEUM
Terrorism exhibit now part of 82nd Airborne Division museum
(Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum has reopened its main gallery with new exhibits that cover the division’s operations against terrorism.
The Fayetteville Observer reports the main exhibit gallery was closed for nearly two years. The four-year, $2.8 million project was the first major renovation of the museum since 1994.
The renovations are complete just in time for the annual All American Week, which starts Monday. The week typically brings hundreds of veterans and thousands of visitors onto Fort Bragg.
The Global War on Terrorism exhibit includes weapons captured from Iraqi and Taliban forces, and Iraqi election ballots.
Museum director John Aarsen says other Army museums have it easy. He says few units are as involved in changing and making history as the 82nd Airborne Division.