Week in Review: Mergers, arrests, and violence

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – This past week saw a lot of news headlines come out of the East, country and world.

Starting in the East, Vidant Medical Group and ECU Physicians announced they were planning to merge to form a third group that hadn’t been named yet.

“Doing it together provides better service to the people that are being served,” said Mike Waldrum, the CEO of Vidant Health.

WNCT sat down with leaders on both sides for an exclusive interview. Both agree that merging would benefit patients in the East by providing more experts under one roof and better access to care.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office also announced their operation “Casual Encounter.” The investigation netted 36 arrests of prostitutes, “johns” and people who agreed to meet children.

“The initial goal was to target specifically individuals trying to harm our children,” said Sgt. Ken Adams with the Street Crimes Unit.

In Morehead City, David Godwin returned after being arrested in Oregon. Morehead City Police believe Godwin murdered and dismembered a Carteret County woman.

In national news, Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump officially introduced his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. This comes just in time for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Also, the popular Pokemon Go game took off, leading to numerous injuries from people who lost track of their surroundings. The game was also the target of hackers Saturday, as it was scheduled to be released worldwide.

And across the world, violence broke out in Europe, as more than 80 were killed in Nice, France, after a truck drove through crowds of people on Bastille Day. Some injured were American, and one student studying abroad from California is still missing.

Meanwhile in Turkey, thousands tried to overthrow the government, leading to hundreds of deaths, and thousands of arrests.

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