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Joins practice: Dr. Kaitlyn Pitchok has joined the dental practice of Dr. Thomas R. Brown in Wintersville.

Pitchok was born in Steubenville and is a resident of Weirton, where she attended Weir High. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bethany College where she played four years of NCAA softball. She earned her doctorate in dental surgery at West Virginia University School of Dentistry. She is the daughter of Ken and Karen (Bodo) Pitchok.

Brown said he was happy to add her to the professional staff, adding her local ties are important.

Brown has been in practice for 40 years and has been a faculty member at Allegheny General Hospital in training the residency program for several decades. The practice provides a wide range of dental services including endodontics, implantology temporomandibular disorders and many other areas.

Information about the dental practice is available online at www.tbrowndds.com.

NEW HIRE: A new realtor has started work at Cedar One Realty in the Wintersville office.

Mike Randazzo said he believes that if you set goals, work hard, are trustworthy, honest and give selflessly to others, that you can achieve anything.

Living in Jefferson County since 2012, Randazzo said he has embraced living in an environment where people are welcoming and friendly. Randazzo resides with his wife, Kayla, daughter, Sofia, and stepson, Maddin.

Randazzo can be reached at the Wintersville office at (724) 264-7131 or by e-mail at mrandazzo@cedar-one.com.

Long Sentence: A Florida health care executive was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for orchestrating what prosecutors described as a massive $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola imposed the sentence on Philip Esformes, 50, in one of the biggest such cases in U.S. history.

Trial testimony showed the wealthy Miami Beach businessman operated a network of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in South Florida that jurors found used kickbacks and bribes to gain business.

Esformes was convicted by a jury in April of 20 charges including money laundering, receiving health care kickbacks, bribery conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

RECALL: Ford is recalling more than 300,000 of its 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles because of a sharp seat frame edge.

The automaker said Friday that there have been 31 reports of hand injuries.

Ford Motor Co. said users could come in contact with the sharp edges when reaching between the power front seat and center console. The vehicles were made at a Chicago plant from Feb. 13, 2016 to Oct. 25, 2017.

It is recalling 311,907 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 23,380 in Canada and 3,045 in Mexico.

Dealers will install flocked tape to the exposed edge and tab on the inboard side of the power seat frames.

Family can sue: A federal appeals court in New York has revived a lawsuit alleging Fox News exploited the killing of a Democratic National Committee employee.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Friday that the parents of the employee killed in 2016 had sufficient stated claims to let the case proceed toward trial.

The court said the lawsuit properly stated claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Joel and Mary Rich, of Omaha, Nebraska, claimed Fox News exploited their son’s slaying as a “political football.”

The parents said Fox News, a reporter and a guest commentator used “lies, misrepresentations and half-truths” in a 2017 article claiming their son Seth Rich leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

From staff and wire reports


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