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A former Charlotte Fire Department captain accused of stealing painkillers from a disabled man is facing a new charge.
Channel 9 was the only news crew at the Iredell County Magistrate Office Wednesday when Charlie Morris turned himself in on a felony charge.
Investigators told Eyewitness News the doctor shopped for pain pills by visiting two different doctors to get numerous prescriptions but the physicians didn't know.
Police said Morris filled the scripts at several pharmacies.
Eyewitness News reported the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation into Morris when it started in late August.
Officers said the captain was on a fire truck responding to help a patient at a north Charlotte home when Morris stole seven pain pills.
Fire Chief Jon Hannan said then that Morris admitted to the crime.
"He readily confessed to this," Hannan said in August. "He was very remorseful. He knows the damage he has done to the Fire Department, himself and his family."
After his misdemeanor charge, Morris resigned from the CFD, ending his 20-plus year career.
If he's convicted of the felony in Iredell County, he could spend up to 15 months in jail.
Eyewitness News spoke to the mother of the disabled man in Charlotte whose pills were stolen and informed her of the new charge against Morris.
She said she was thankful she had the strength to come forward.
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For the first time, Charlotte health officials will have to deal with enterovirus D-68 -- the same time it treats people for the flu.
The virus could become more widespread this flu season, according to Novant Medical Director Dr. Charles Bregier.
“It is conceivable if you get the flu you might be more susceptible to get enterovirus and vice versa if you get the flu, you might be more susceptible to get enterovirus,” he said.
The reason is that viruses suppress your immune system which can make it easier for you get contract another illness, like enterovirus D-68.
Already, Novant Urgent Care has seen positive flu cases in the Charlotte area.
Flu cases this early in the season is rare and because of that health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Bregier also said the high number of enterovirus D-68 cases could be an indicator of a severe flu season as well.
Thousands of people likely have enterovirus D-68 but simply think they have a bad cold.
"Many of the cold symptoms and cold syndromes people are coming into the doctor with are the enterovirus," Bregier said.
Hundreds of people have already contracted the dangerous respiratory illness in 41 states.
In North Carolina, six patients under the age of 10 have tested positive.
People Eyewitness News spoke with are mixed about whether they plan to change their habits and get a flu shot just because of enterovirus D-68.
Tamara McNeill said she always gets vaccinated and because of that isn’t concerned about enterovirus D-68.
“Is it on my priority list?” said Gwen Tanyi, a mother of four. “Probably not, but I think I would advise parents to get it done.”
There is no known cure for enterovirus D-68.
North Carolina Health and Human Services officials said it is not concerned about a flu vaccine shortage this season.
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Got a speeding ticket recently? A new study shows your lead foot might not be the only thing to blame.
A study by insurance comparison site Insurance.com found the specific car you're driving could be part of the reason for those flashing lights.
The Subaru WRX is the most ticketed car driven in the U.S. –– with one in three drivers receiving a traffic citation recently.
Right on the WRX's tail, in second place, came the Pontiac GTO, with about 32 percent of drivers receiving traffic citations.
Although the insurance website says more than 550,000 insurance quotes were analyzed, we're talking about correlation, not causation here. No explanation was given as to why the WRX is the most ticketed.
For the sake of our speculation, we first have to narrow down what specific "traffic citation" could be the most dependent on a car. The popular car comparison site Edmunds.com polled police agencies and independent traffic experts to create this list of the most likely reasons for being pulled over. Those top five? Speeding, illegal cellphone use, hazardous driving, equipment violations, tailgating and improper lane changes.
With the exception of equipment violations, the other four reasons could all be classified as "risky driving behaviors." One possible hypothesis is that drivers choose a car they believe is capable of letting them exercise their already-established dangerous behavior.
The missing link could be "rally racing," a relatively new type of racing that combines drifting and quick turns on off-road courses –– a setting that, unlike a race track, can be mimicked by an average citizen. In this video the Subaru WRX is actually presented as an ideal rally vehicle. (Video via G4 / "Attack of the Show")
And Subaru's own website shows the WRX is the model the company uses and promotes for professionalrally car racing.
Rally racing recently was picked up as an event by ESPN's X Games.
And as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, the summer X-Games average the youngest viewers out of any sporting event.
And as one of many reports on young drivers puts it, "We know that young beginners are more likely than older drivers to perform risky driving behaviors such as speeding, close following, and smaller gap acceptance."
So you could argue the disproportionately high ticketing of WRX drivers might be related to its use as a race car in events many young drivers are watching. Maybe if rally racers start using Priuses, we can better test this hypothesis.
But Chris Bruce, a writer for AutoBlog, casts some doubt on the findings, saying: "These facts are almost useless because the list isn't based on percentages from the whole pool. ... All we know about the sample size for each model is that it's higher than 50."Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:07:08 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories