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Doctor with former Thomson office charged with violating Controlled Substances Act
Dr. Patka worked part-time at Thomson Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at 306 Mt. Pleasant Road.
The U.S Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced the “largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force” on July 13.
The action involved 412 defendants across 41 federal districts. One hundred and fifteen doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals were charged for their involvement in fraud schemes totaling approximately $1.3 billion in false billing. One hundred and twenty defendants, including some with an office located in Thomson were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opiods and other narcotics.




Governor appoints McDuffie sheriff to panel to investigate Walton County sheriff
Logan Marshall
McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall is among three law enforcement officials investigating misconduct charges against the Walton County sheriff stemming from a fight in Florida last year.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order July 12 appointing Sheriffs Logan Marshall of McDuffie County and Gerald Couch of Hall County to the panel, which by statute also will include Attorney General Chris Carr, to investigate Chapman and the actions leading to his May 26, 2016, arrest in Carrabelle, Florida.




Kaye Willoughby granted $400,000 bond
Kaye Ivie Willoughby
Brenda Kaye Ivie, also known as Kaye Ivie Willoughby, who was arrested for the November 2012 murder of her then husband Ronald A. Willoughby, has been granted bond.
Willoughby, 61, was granted a $400,000 bond during a July 6 hearing before Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond. The judge set restrictions to include the surrender of her passport, and she must wear an electronic monitoring device.
The bond was set after arguments from Toombs Judicial Circuit Court District Attorney Bill Doupe´ and Willoughby’s attorney Shawn Merzlak presented the case to the court. Testimony was provided by GBI Special Agent Wendell Goodman who detailed the investigation since the murder occurred Nov. 11, 2012.
Immediately after Hammond set the bond, Willoughby was arraigned and she pleaded not guilty to charges of malice murder and felony murder which includes aggravated assault, in the shooting death of her then husband, Ronald A. Willoughby, of Thomson and the owner of The Ron Mart in Harlem.




LOCAL NEWS
Man charged with statutory rape following GBI investigation
Thomson High School registration set for July 24-27
Precision Waste sells to Advanced Disposal
Wheeler Ace Hardware hosts ribbon cutting
Technical colleges speak on campus carry bill
TPD arrests second robbery suspect

McDuffie County
SPORTS
Tournament honoring Widener a huge success
INFECTION 2 to become viral in CSRA
Hunting and fishing license fees increased July 1
Tournament to celebrate Drake Widener’s legacy
Sapp camp helps improve diamond skills
Local community coach remembered for caring spirit



LIFESTYLES
Augusta Warrior Project offers help to local veterans
Clinic returns to provide free dental care to Thomson-McDuffie citizens
Dive Pirates gives all divers chance to experience sport
Garden gives a wide variety of opportunities for seniors
McDuffie Co. teachers attend Georgia DOE STEM Academy
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