Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row also hosted an “Armed Forces Appreciation Day” on March 29.

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Whiskey Row restaurant, after controversy, gives money to veterans

The new Gilbert restaurant and entertainment venue that was criticized for its refusal to admit a Marine veteran with a neck tattoo has made a $10,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row also hosted an “Armed Forces Appreciation Day” on March 29.

Whiskey Row also has lifted its policy against neck tattoos, which initially was intended to keep out gang members. The controversy went viral because the Marine who was not admitted has a “22’’ neck tattoo in recognition of the number of veterans a day who commit suicide. Whiskey Row also has apologized to the veteran.

 

Chandler drug manufacturer accused in prescription drug scandal

INSYS Therapeutics is accused of paying a former physician assistant more than $40,000 to write more than 700 prescriptions for one of its products.

INSYS makes a fast-acting form of fentanyl, a pain-relief medication, that is sprayed under the tongue.

Prosecutors say Christopher Clough of Dover, New Hampshire, was arrested and has been charged with conspiracy and the receipt of kickbacks for writing fentanyl prescriptions.

Clough was paid to speak about the spray at more than 40 programs at about $1,000 per event.

 

EAST VALLEY CRIME ROUNDUP

  • A Chandler man has been arrested and accused of a “sextortion” scheme. Police say Devon Raj Sharma, 22, used fake Facebook profiles to contact a woman he worked with beginning in November 2013. One of the profiles requested photos and eventually asked for pictures of the victim performing sex acts. In December 2016, the victim received a Facebook message from Sharma saying he found the pictures posted on the "Dark Web" and offered to remove them for a large sum of money. Sharma then used his profile and the fake profile to persuade the woman to make videos of herself having sex with Sharma. After a series of videos, the woman noticed that a message sent to the fake profile went to Sharma’s phone. Chandler police were contacted, the connection was made, and Sharma was arrested March 21. He’s been charged with computer tampering and theft by extortion.

  • A wrong-way driver hit one vehicle after missing 11 others on Loop 202 in Tempe on March 26. Jahine Gregg, 19, faces charges of aggravated DUI, multiple counts of endangerment and criminal damage. According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Gregg rear-ended three vehicles on the Center Parkway overpass before fleeing from the scene eastbound on the westbound lanes of Loop 202. Eleven drivers then contacted 911 shortly before 2 a.m. claiming a silver SUV had almost hit them. DPS said Gregg, who had a passenger in his vehicle, then collided head-on with a victim in another vehicle just east of McClintock Drive. All three were injured.

  • A woman was arrested and accused of attempting to drive over her husband with a minivan that had her five children inside. On March 2, Vikiann Pikakiokalan Solomon, 31, got into an argument with her husband as she was going to work, Tempe police say. She got out of a minivan, struggled with her husband, and got back in the vehicle. She then attempted to hit him with the minivan, police say. Solomon's been charged with attempted aggravated assault.

  • A 15-year-old student at Dobson High was hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle outside the Mesa school on March 22. Police say the student was on his bike when he was struck in the 1500 block of West Guadalupe Road. Speed and impairment are not suspected to be a factor.

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