Category Archives: — PITT COUNTY

Feds uncover massive Medicaid fraud to tune of $6 million

Crook threatened to kill witness. Judge slaps culprit with 20-year sentence. PITT COUNTY – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced this week in a Wilmington, N.C. federal court, that Terry Lamont Speller, 39, of Winterville, North Carolina, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release following his prior guilty plea to Health Care Fraud, and Engaging in Monetary Transactions in Criminally Derived Property. Spellers was also ordered to make restitution of almost $6 million to the victims of the o…

Good drug fights too much of bad drug

GREENVILLE — Trillium Health Resources, through the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, will donate 100 nasal naloxone kits to both the Jacksonville Police Department (75 kits) and the Manteo Police Department (25 kits). In addition, Trillium plans to make a $15,000 donation to the NC Harm Reduction Coalition to expand opioid overdose reversal kit distribution efforts to people at risk of overdose, their relatives, and organizations that interact with individuals who use legal and illegal opioids. Robert Childs, Executive Director of NCHRC stated, “NCHRC is excite…

McCrory to Obama: ‘No more Syrian refugees’

RALEIGH – Many North Carolinians applauded Gov. Pat McCrory this week for asking President Obama and the federal government to stop sending Syrian refugees to North Carolina. “The brutal murder of people in Paris reminds us that, sadly, terrorists can hide among the innocent,” said Francis De Luca, president of the Raleigh-based Civitas Institute, a nonprofit that espouses a variety of policy solutions from the conservative perspective. “It is vital to halt the influx of Syrians and others from the Middle East until we can ensure none are threats to the people of North Carolina…

ObamaCare’s troubled waters make smooth sailing difficult for Vidant

By Betty Murphy GREENVILLE — Recent media reports of declining revenue, lagging patient volume and reduced operating surplus have not slowed Vidant Health from plunging ahead with plans for numerous acquisitions, mergers and/or joint ventures. However, to accomplish these goals Vidant needs a major infusion of capital. Continued warnings by all three major bond ratings agencies (Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor) predict a negative financial outlook for non-profit hospitals in 2015, including Vidant. This is primarily due to reduced Medicare/Medicaid reimburseme…

Three convicted, sentenced in December ’13 Oriental bank robbery

Khiry Terrel Jones BANK ROBBERY DEFENDANTS SENTENCED GREENVILLE – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that DAVID McARTHUR KING, 24, of New Bern, THOMAS LEE CUTHBERTSON, JR., 24, of Vanceboro, and KHIRY TERREL JONES, 24, of Oriental, were each sentenced resulting from their earlier guilty pleas to bank robbery and firearms charges. The charges stem from the December 2, 2013 robbery of First Citizens Bank in Oriental, and the November 22, 2013 robbery of TD Bank in Easley, South Carolina. On December 10, 2014, Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced KI…

Red wolf foes gain momentum

By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer GREENVILLE – Red wolf foes took advantage of the largest football crowd in the history of East Carolina University to display an airplane-pulled banner Saturday afternoon, minutes before the Pirates’ 70 to 41 pummeling of the UNC-CH Tar Heels. There’s no telling how many of the 51,000 fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium fans pulled out smart phones to ‘Google’ the phrase “Red Wolf Restoration Scandal.” Those who did would have seen dozens of links tons to publicity and documents decrying a multi-million dollar federal effort, originally begun in…

Ouch! Obamacare hurts, says Vidant Health

(Click on Map to Enlarge) By Beth Anne Atkins | Special to the County Compass   GREENVILLE — As Vidant Health continues to be challenged by significant reductions in government reimbursements due to the Affordable Care Act, its Board of Directors approved the Fiscal Year 2015 operational plan this week, which provides the strategic direction and financial resources needed to guide and fund the health system during the next year.  The health care system, which has seen significant reductions to the amounts reimbursed by both Medicare and Medicaid, is predicting an operating…

‘Shark Tank’ casting call heads to Greenville

Special to the County Compass GREENVILLE, N.C. — ‘Shark Tank,’ the popular TV show, which introduces aspiring entrepreneurs to rich, successful business people, will hold casting calls in Greenville on July 24 as the Emmy-nominated production enters its sixth season. According to U.S. Cellular, one of the show’s sponsors, the day-long session has been scheduled for The Martinsborough, located at 330 S. Evans Street. Aspiring businesspersons can begin arriving at 9 a.m. to receive a wristband, with interviews beginning at 10 a.m. The first 500 entrepreneurs who show up at…

Red Wolf program disaster for our state

By Jett Ferebee | Special to the County Compass A trail cam captured this image of a collared Red Wolf on Mr. Ferebee’s farm, which is adjacent to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Each year I sit down and make sometimes painful economic decisions regarding the wildlife conservation efforts on my farm. With prime farm land values approaching $6,000 per acre and farm rents exceeding $200 per acre, the decision to take acres out of production in order to create much needed filter strips, fallow fields, wind breaks, perennial food plots, warm season grasses for nesting, etc. bec…

Coyote-wolf hybrids plague landowner

Special to the County Compass Open Letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Attention: Leopoldo Miranda Assistant Regional Director Atlanta, Georgia Dear Leo: There is no doubt that you have pushed the Red Wolf issues in NC to the forefront as I have made my concerns known to you specifically. For this I am grateful. Your biologists have now trapped extensively on my farm in Tyrrell County at your direction, but the problem has become increasingly worse. Please see the attached 12 pictures from the night of December 15th.  USFWS has ruined my farm!!!!  As I have stressed to you, I wou…
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