Category: Crime


30a6a0f4-fbdc-4ba1-9281-504a0504ecf5-medium16x9_snoenforcement.transfer_frame_0(WLOS News 13)  Two local sheriffs have joined several others across the state in saying they will not enforce Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay home order.

The Polk County Sheriff Timothy L. Wright said while deputies have the responsibility to respond to complaints, they will not be charging any individual, business or religious organization that violates the order.

Graham County Sheriff Joseph W. Jones also said he will not enforce the order, saying in part, “This is an effort to help some of our folks to recover and give our citizens an opportunity to go eat inside while sitting with family, friends and/or coworkers.”

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spp6wa6dtbbjll2lgdgwpqd2wa(Raleigh News & Observer)  Raleigh’s police chief says the department is considering criminal charges against people who carried weapons through downtown in recent organized events — including a Saturday incident that left a Raleigh family fearful.

State law prohibits possessing a weapon while participating in or watching a protest, but nothing bars people from walking on a city sidewalk displaying firearms, Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said in a statement released by the Police Department this week.

The gathering was organized and promoted on Facebook by a group called Blue Igloo, a likely nod to the word Boogaloo.  Boogaloo and other variations have become shorthand for a future civil war or violence against the government among some militia groups, white supremacists and fringe online organizations, according to the Anti-Defamation League and Network Contagion Research Institute, which released a report earlier this year about the term.

At least two demonstrators were wearing Hawaiian shirts — another Boogaloo symbol, according to multiple online sites — and one used the name “Duncan Lemp.” Lemp was a 21-year-old right-wing activist who was fatally shot by police in his home in Maryland in March. Anti-lockdown protesters in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan, Tennessee and others have also given Lemp as their name, according to The Daily Beast.

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medicare-logo(Asheville Citizen-Times) A local laboratory company allegedly tested patients’ feces unnecessarily and billed the federal government, leading to charges of Medicare fraud. Now, they’ll pay between $17-43 million to settle those allegations and others, according to the Department of Justice. A spokesperson for Genova Diagnostics Inc. said the company denied any guilt or wrongdoing and settled the suit “to avoid considerable distraction and expense.”

Genova allegedly violated the False Claims Act, a Civil War-era law that outlines punishments for businesses that defraud the government.  A lawsuit filed in federal court alleged Genova improperly submitted claims to Medicare, TRICARE (the government health care program for service members and their families) and the federal employee health program for tests that weren’t medically necessary.

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636108390688545055-hoodtalkforum-0013(Asheville Citizen-Times) The chief deputy at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office is accused of stealing a firearm from a local firearms store, according to the State Bureau of Investigation. No charges have been filed to date, an SBI representative said.

Don Eberhardt serves as second-in-command under Buncombe County Sheriff Quentin Miller, according to a command structure provided on the BCSO website.

The larceny allegedly occurred on April 9, according to the SBI’s Angie Grube. On April 21, Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams requested the SBI investigate the incident, she said.

Eberhardt was placed on paid administrative leave effective April 24, the BCSO said. “The Sherriff’s Office will have no further comment pending the conclusion of this investigation,” according to an April 25 release.

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