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Dr. Oscar Stokes Jr.

Dr. Oscar Stokes Jr.

Two doctors are facing charges after being accused of running “pill mills.”

The case involves multiple states, jurisdictions and arrests.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents interviewed patients of the pain management clinic in Alpharetta to learn more about the alleged pill mill.

Agents had the patients sit outside the clinic during the raid.

One patient said “I see some people come in here, you have a lot of meth addicts and stuff”,

Dr. Oscar Stokes Jr. is facing federal drug conspiracy charges in connection with prescriptions written at that clinic.

Sean Herrell said he saw the doctor only once and he had been going to the clinic since May. “Even sometimes I knew just sitting there, like it was a matter of time,” he said.

Another patient said he saw people with Kentucky license plates going to the clinic.

DEA agents also arrested Dr. Romie Roland in the case. He faces federal charges for running an alleged pill mill called Atlanta Pain Rehab.

Investigators said Anthony Licata is also a key player. Licata since has been charged with the same federal charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the cases. 

An unsealed indictment reveals how doctors involved in an alleged metro area pill mill scheme

 operated in multiple states and recruited patients to bring in more profits.

Another patient, says he was never even examined by the doctor at The Innovative Pain Management before being prescribed several strong medications.

“He just rushed me through the office,” said Richard Williams. “He didn’t ask me any questions. He didn’t get any exams. I didn’t fill out any paperwork. The only thing the doctor asked me for was my name and a picture ID,” said Williams

WSB TV crews were there wen agents raided the clinic and interviewed the witnesses on Upper Hembree Road and arrested the doctor in charge, Dr. Oscar Stokes Jr.

Stokes’ clinic is one of three clinics in the metro area raided by the DEA. The others included Atlanta Pain Rehabilitation, which is located right next to a day care in southwest Atlanta.

The indictment also names Dr. Romie Roland and seven (7)  others in a scheme that involved prescribing oxycodone, morphine pills, and other drugs “without a legitimate medical purposed for prescribing them.”

According to federal investigators, several people would “sponsor patients” for multiple visits. The prescribed pain pills were re-sold for profits.

The indictment says, “Specifically, they would contact the clinics and schedule visits for multiple patients. These defendants would supervise visits, financing the costs of both seeing the doctor, as well as filling the prescriptions. The goal of this sponsorship was to procure multiple prescriptions for controlled substances.”

Both doctors entered not guilty pleas and were released on bond.

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First Presbyterian Church to hold Old Fashion Hymn Sing

 

On Sunday, August 24th, First Presbyterian Church of Griffin at 1349 Macon Road will sponsor an “old fashion hymn sing” in their sanctuary from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. The community is invited to come join the congregation in singing the hymns that remind us of our heritage. The only requirement is that you will join in raising your voice in praise and join us for fellowship afterwards.

During the service, a love offering will be taken for the benevolent fund for police officer Kevin Jordan who was killed in the line of duty. This money will be used to fund Kevin’s House, a ministry serving youth in the community.

Any questions should be directed to the church office at 770-227-2055. We look forward to welcoming everyone to sing with us at First Presbyterian Church.

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The Spalding County Office of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Spalding County Fire Department will be hosting Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) emergency preparedness training, to promote efforts between emergency services and the people they serve. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations for citizens who may be on their own during the initial moments of a disaster. Knowing the right actions to take can make a difference. Through CERT training, citizens can learn to:
 Manage utilities and put out small fires;
 Cope with the three life-threatening injuries by
o Opening airways,
o Controlling bleeding
o and Treating for shock;
 Provide basic medical aid;
 Search for and rescue victims safely; and
 Be better prepared for emergency events.
CERT training classes are scheduled to begin on September 9th, 2014, anyone interested in participating in these classes should contact:
Spalding County Office of Homeland Security
(770) 228-2129
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Starting on Monday, August 18th, City of Griffin utility customers will be able to select the date that their utility statement will be due. This program is only available to customers who have City provided electric and/or water. Customers with County water service will not qualify.“The reason we can now offer this service is the completion of our automated metering projects for both electric and water,” Electric Director Bill Bosch explained. “In the past, electric and water meters were read manually, and had to be read by specific routes for efficiency. Our AMI/AMR electric and water meters give us the ability to read the meters on demand, eliminating the need for routes based on meter location.”

Four different due dates are being offered; the 3rd, 10th, 17th or 23 of the month, with the goal being to help the due date coincide with the customer’s income stream. These due dates will be adjusted slightly as necessary to accommodate weekends and holidays. “We realize that many individuals receive only one income check per month,” Bosch said. “By timing the due date with the income check, we are hoping that this will help our customers avoid late fees and possible disconnection of service.”

To assist customers in selecting the most advantageous due date, the City recommends that customers make an appointment to come in and meet with a customer service representative. The representative will review a calendar that illustrates the billing date and the due date, which is the last date to pay before delinquent charges apply. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 770-229-6403. For customers who are unable to come into the office during business hours, an application that can be completed and returned to the City will be available for download on the City of Griffin web site. A customer service representative will call to verify the information before the change is made in the billing system.

Depending on the customer’s present due date and the new due date selected, it may be possible that the customer will receive two utility statements in the month the change takes place, or the number of days of service may be longer that first month. Once a change is requested, the new due date must remain in effect for a twelve month period.

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The Macon Vet Center will be at the Georgia Department of Labor 9 am until 1:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  The Mobile Vet Center is an outreach service of the Macon Vet Center and provides counseling services to combat veterans and serves as a information and referral source for veterans and their families. For more information contact the Atlanta Vet Center 1800 Phoenix Boulevard, College Park, GA  30349  or call 404-321-6111 ext. 5910

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Cowan Road Elementary will be hosting a community yard sale and bazaar this fall.  If you need to clean out your closets and make money, this is the sale for you!  Not only will Cowan Road Elementary have yard sale booths, they will also have Bazaar booths, crafters, artisans, food and drinks, and activities for children.  The yard sale will take place rain or shine on September 13, 2014.  We invite small business owners to come alongside our teachers and students and sell their merchandise by renting a booth.  We also invite other fundraisers to sell at our event! If you have a Girl or Boy Scout Group, Church Group, Sports Team or other organization that would like to rent a booth to sell merchandise, this is a great opportunity for you! Please contact Cowan Road Elementary at 770-229-3790 to rent a booth for your small business, yard sale items, or to sell your crafts and more! All spaces are $10. This is an event that you do not want to miss!  Cowan Road Elementary looks forward to seeing you and your families in September!  For more information, please send an email to carolyn.wiley@gscs.org  or mandy.colwell@gscs.org.  You can also pick up a flyer in the front office of Cowan Road Elementary School.  We hope to see you there!