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ROANOKE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – California-based Waterfield Enterprises has acquired the former American Specialty Insurance building complex in Roanoke. Financial details were not disclosed, but the company says it will relocate its headquarters from Los Angeles to the newly-acquired complex in the Huntington County town.

The historic buildings include about 24,000 square feet. Waterfield says it will remodel the street level into expanded retail and will maintain the second level for office space.

“We are very pleased to be a permanent part of the Roanoke community,” says Richard Waterfield, president of Waterfield Enterprises. “During the many years I spent in New York and LA I always thought of Indiana, where I was born and raised, as home. My wife and I are happy to be back raising our three young children amidst legendary Midwestern Values and Hoosier Hospitality. Roanoke is a beautiful example of both, complete with Joseph Decuis and Rex’s Barbershop. It is the quintessential American small town.”

Waterfield is a global holding company that serves more than 300 organizations in banking, finance, and insurance, among others. The company did not disclose a timeline for its relocation.

ROANOKE, Ind. (WANE) — A Fort Wayne pain management doctor was arrested Tuesday after federal drug enforcement agents raided homes and other properties in two counties on an apparent drug investigation.

Around 9 a.m., federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a search warrant at a home at 6533 Post Road, near West Hamilton Road and U.S. 24. Fort Wayne Police, the Internal Revenue Service, the Indiana Attorney General’s office, Indiana State Police, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, and a medicaid fraud unit could all be seen in and around the large home in the affluent neighborhood, some 30 vehicles in all.

Early Tuesday afternoon then, three miles away, agents made a subsequent raid at a home at 11678 N. 500 E. in Roanoke. Agents could also be seen traveling to an adjacent property on all-terrain vehicles as a helicopter circled overhead.F

The properties are all owned by Dr. Michael A. Cozzi, a local pain doctor, according to public records. Cozzi was booked into Allen County Lockup mid-afternoon Tuesday on preliminary narcotics charges.

Leo Hawkins, spokesman for the DEA in Chicago, told WISH-TV’s sister station WANE that the search warrant was for “a narcotics-related offense.” He would not divulge any other information and said the investigation is ongoing.

Hours after the raids, though, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a petition with the state’s Medical Licensing Board to suspend Cozzi’s medical license for alleged “dangerous controlled substance prescribing.”

In a press release, the attorney general’s office said Cozzi, the owner of FW Interventional Pain Management in Fort Wayne, prescribed more controlled substances than any other prescriber in Indiana between January 2014 and February 2016, including some 2 million doses of Oxycodone and 1.2 million doses of hydrocodone. From January to February 2016, he prescribed controlled substances to about 1,700 patients, and saws 90-100 patients a day.

A DEA investigation found that at least three of Cozzi’s patients died due to complications from the prescribed drug use, the attorney general’s office said. One victim received 50 prescriptions for controlled substances from six different providers in the last year, 35 written by Cozzi.

The Medical Licensing Board will to hear Zoeller’s emergency suspension petition at its hearing in Indianapolis on Thursday.

The attorney general’s investigation into the allegations is ongoing.

Cozzi was one of three doctors who used to work at Centers for Pain Relief who filed suit against much-embattled Dr. William Hedrick in 2012 after he was found to be over-prescribing painkillers mixing prescription drugs. Hedrick was arrested in January 2015.

Cozzi has a criminal past. In 2014, he was arrested on domestic battery and strangulation charges after police said he beat and strangled a woman over an argument about how the school system was “feminizing their son.” The charges were ultimately dropped.