Alex Olgin

Health Reporter
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

A CMPD officer has been arrested and charged with seven counts of shoplifting at a south Charlotte Harris Teeter. 

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

As Garry McFadden gets ready to take over the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, a spokesman for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a warning for him. If McFadden follows through on a campaign promise to end the county’s participation in the controversial 287(g) program, there could be ramped up activity on the part of ICE.

Jessa O'Connor / WFAE

Challenger Mark Harris defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Pittenger by a margin of 814 votes.

Atrium Health

Atrium Health says an ad campaign by its former anesthesiology contractor is causing it to lose patients. The health system added this new allegation to its lawsuit against Mednax, which still employs doctors that work at Atrium through the end of June.  

Charlotte Fire Department's Twitter

Charlotte's new Fire Chief Reginald Johnson was sworn into office Monday morning. Johnson comes from Fairfax, Virginia, where he was the assistant fire chief.

More than 600 people have died from flu-related illnesses in the Carolinas, according to state health department reports. The flu season officially runs through the end of May. 

Atrium Health

Atrium Health is releasing some doctors from their non-compete restrictions so they can form a standalone practice following a lawsuit over the agreements.

Gwendolyn Glenn/ WFAE

Students are planning to walk out of at least 10 schools in the Charlotte metro area Friday as thousands of others are doing so nationwide. They are demanding legislative action to prevent school shootings on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre that left 13 victims dead.  

Atrium Health

Doctors trying to separate from Atrium Health say the health care system is intentionally misleading patients to have them stay in the system, instead of following their doctors. They filed a complaint with the North Carolina Medical Board Monday. It alleges Atrium is violating board directives and intentionally interfering with patient choice.

DAVID BORAKS / WFAE

Researchers still don’t know what is causing cases of a rare eye cancer in Huntersville. This comes after a year-long study tracking where 23 patients in northern Mecklenburg County lived, worked and went to school.   

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