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A man from Virginia is facing charges after a Florida officer allegedly found him napping in his underpants inside his vehicle, which reportedly contained marijuana, on the side of the Interstate.

Just before midnight on September 14, a Highway Patrol officer saw a car parked on the side of the road on Interstate 95 with the emergency flashers turned on.

As the officer approached the vehicle it was reported that the man inside was asleep and wearing nothing but a pair of underwear.

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An Irvine man has been accused of entering two hospitals on several different occasions over a six-week period where he allegedly pretended that he was a physician.

Starting at the end of April and extending to the beginning of May, the University of California Irvine Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County reported that a man had entered their facilities and claimed that he was a doctor working on the premises eight times, and had issued a diagnosis to a patient at the university on one occasion.

The man allegedly told the university that he was a doctor but that he had misplaced his identification badge. The suspect also reportedly asked them to call the Children’s Hospital, with whom they are affiliated, in order to vouch for him and grant him access to their facility as well.

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From July 2011 through July 2014 a Lynwood physician allegedly prescribed narcotic prescriptions in large amounts and accepted cash payments for the transactions. The patients receiving the medication did not receive regular examinations and it is suspected that many of them did not have a medical need for the pills. He is accused of using his practice to make illegal drug deals.

Dr. Edward Ridgill has been accused of prescribing and selling considerable amounts of Norco, Xanax and Soma pills, which are dubbed the “trinity” by drug users due to the high achieved by consuming the opiate, sedative and muscle relaxer at the same time. It is reported that he handed out over 21,000 prescriptions during a three year period.

A DEA task force began an investigation on Ridgill employing anonymous sources who made appointments with the doctor and were fitted with surveillance cameras hidden inside of cups, buttons, hats and purses prior to their visits. The collected videos depicted the visits of the undercover mock patients where Ridgill prescribed and accepted cash payment for the drugs, and in some cases no examination was performed. Expert review of the videos and patient files raised enough suspicion to warrant charging 65-year-old Ridgill with several counts of illegal distribution.

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Authorities announced Tuesday, that 68-year old Dr. Michael Popkin was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting several female patients during their exams over the last 15 years.

According to investigators, these alleged sexual assaults took place in his office on Balboa Blvd between 2001 and 2016. Two woman have reported incidents that are said to have taken place in 2014 and 2016.

One of the woman said to reporters after being questioned Tuesday morning about having reservations of coming forward, “At the very beginning? Yes. But once I started, I was angry, and this is my way of venting out what I need to vent out. Because this is not right.”