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Ala. doctor guilty in drugs for sex scheme

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Fairhope doctor has pleaded guilty to trading prescription drugs for sex with patients. reported Wednesday that 60-year-old Joseph Ndolo pleaded guilty to three federal drug charges and is expected to be sentenced on Aug. 22.

Federal prosecutors in Mobile say Ndolo ran a pill mill from his clinic between 2008 and 2013, and will have to surrender his medical license.

Authorities say Ndolo also traded drugs for graphic pictures from several patients.

Prosecutors say former his employee and patient, Madonna Reed, has also pleaded guilty to drug charges for selling prescription pills to a drug dealer for $5 each. She was sentenced to three years of probation.


Man accused of stalking singer John Rich warned

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge has issued a stern warning to a man accused of stalking country music singer John Rich.

The Tennessean reports the judge on Wednesday told Mark "Chris" Sevier to stop "playing games" with the court or go to jail.

Sevier faces two counts of aggravated stalking and one count of criminal impersonation after being accused of stalking Rich at a Nashville coffee shop. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond awaiting trial.

A prosecutor asked that Sevier's bond be revoked, saying he sent an email in April to court officials just before midnight on a Friday saying he was "moving" to New York that weekend. The judge warned Sevier but didn't revoke the bond.

Rich was part of the duo Big & Rich, who had the hit, "Comin' to Your City."


Ala. deputy arrested for synthetic marijuana

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - A Russell County Sheriff's deputy is accused of participating in a drug trafficking operation.

The man was arrested Wednesday after police found 1.5 pounds of synthetic marijuana, or spice, in his Lee County apartment.

The deputy has been with the sheriff's department for about two months where he worked in the traffic division. He previously worked as a police officer in Phenix City, Ala.

It's unclear if charges have officially been filed in the case. A call to the sheriff's office wasn't immediately returned.


Photos explore dynamics of youths' sexual identity

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - For many, it's difficult to understand Foster Noone's sexual identity. The 17-year-old uses labels of bisexual, trans and gender neutral all at once.

A photography exhibit opening Wednesday at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute puts a face on such young people while exploring the difficult dynamics of family acceptance of their identities in the South.

The exhibit "Family Matters" features images of a dozen lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer youth ages 15 to 23 photographed by Carolyn Sherer. She previously exhibited photographs of lesbians for a 2012 show, "Living in Limbo."

Sherer says she didn't have any trouble finding enough subjects for the projects, even though living openly as a LGBTQ person can be difficult in Alabama and many other places.


La. company settles Medicare fraud allegations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Louisiana-based home healthcare company will pay $150 million to settle allegations that it submitted false bills to the federal Medicare program.

Federal prosecutors in Birmingham said Wednesday that the settlement was in response to allegations that Amedisys, Inc. and its affiliates billed Medicare for nursing and therapy sessions provided to ineligible patients, pressured employees to provide those sessions and made improper payments to doctor for referring patients.

Seven whistleblower lawsuits will be resolved under the settlement, including one in Georgia and six in Pennsylvania. Federal prosecutors say that the whistleblowers pursuing those suits will split about $26 million.


Ala. county using landfill gas to produce power

COLLINSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama county is using gas produced by its landfill to produce electricity.

WAAY reports that Dekalb County is converting methane gas collected in wells at the landfill as trash decomposes into electricity.

The electricity then is sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority to help power almost 3,000 homes in the county.


Ala. man sentenced to life in assault, robbery

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A south Alabama man has been sentenced to life in prison for attacking a man with a baseball bat during a robbery.

Kahlif Cooper was sentenced on charges of attempted murder and armed robbery Wednesday in Houston County Circuit Court.

The Dothan Eagle reports 34-year-old Cooper was also sentenced to 20 years for breaking and entering into a motor vehicle.

District Attorney Doug Valeska told jurors that Cooper used an aluminum baseball bat in the September 2013 assault on the 32-year-old victim. The victim suffered a broken leg and Valeska says Cooper stole $100 from the man's wallet and his cellphone from his car.

Cooper's attorney Christopher Williams says his client was enrolled at Troy University at the time, and isn't the career criminal prosecutors accused him of being.

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