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Former hospital employee charged with murder

A Pfafftown man accused of embezzling money from Baptist Hospital has been taken into custody on a charge of murder.

A warrant returned on March 7 alleges that Steven Byron Tisdale, 44, allegedly murdered Robert Bowie Tisdale on Jan. 30. The two men lived together at 6000 Fairfield Oaks Lane outside of Winston-Salem. Steven Tisdale is scheduled to make his first appearance in Forsyth County Court for the murder charge on April 4.

Steven Tisdale is also charged with felony embezzlement for a string of alleged crimes from January 2011 through March 2012 totaling $114,002.

A warrant alleges that Tisdale, a former employee with Baptist Hospital’s commercial insurance division, took 219 checks intended for patients with the intent of converting them to his own use, forcing the hospital to reimburse the patients for the funds. Steven Tisdale is scheduled to appear in superior court on March 25 for the fraud charges.

The hospital discovered the embezzlement in early April 2012, and fired Tisdale days later. The hospital reissued the 219 checks affected by the fraud and all patients received their refunds, according to a media statement issued last year by the hospital, which also stated that Baptist Hospital strengthened its internal controls following the discovery.

A magistrate ordered the defendant held without bond on the murder charge. The court appointed Kimberly Stevens to represent Tisdale on a provisional basis. Judge Camille Banks-Payne signed an order on March 8 finding that Tisdale “is not financially able to provide the necessary expenses of legal representation,” declaring him indigent.

— JG

Triad by the numbers

460,963: The dollar amount of money the city of Greensboro expects to lose next fiscal year in workforce development and housing funds due to federal sequester cuts. A memo from Budget and Evaluation Director Larry Davis said the city is anticipating the 5 percent cut to four housing and urban development grant programs reaching $157,147 and $303,816 from three workforce development grants next year. The workforce grants include money for dislocated workers and youth services. The housing programs fund an array of things including homeless prevention and emergency shelters, tenant-based rental assistance and housing opportunities for people with AIDS.

97,000: The minium number of people drawn to the Greensboro Coliseum over a five-day stretch last week. The coliseum reported the high attendance rates March 5-10 thanks in large part to the ACC women’s basketball tournament and a solid turnout from several other sporting events as well as a comedy tour.

5,000: The dollar amount of grant money Downtown Greensboro Inc. awarded to the Biltmore Hotel for “replacing the awning entrance lights and carpeting of the front steps” and several other repairs. Last fiscal year, the agency gave a total of $20,000 in four grants to improve facades of downtown businesses.

1: The number of 400-year old trees that fell down last week. Tanglewood Park staff reported that the “Wedding Tree,” which was 19 feet around and estimated to be about four centuries old, was felled by strong winds. The Forsyth County parks and recreation staff said it was mourning the loss of a dear friend and had taken for granted “the awesome, picturesque beauty, and overall massive size that the Oak possessed.”

— EG