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2003-06-04 more news
Stolen hospital equipment found with nurse
Leigh Ann Ward
MOREHEAD Medical supplies and medicine found in the possession of a Saint Claire's Medical Center nurse in Magoffin County have officially been found to be stolen from the hospital.

Magoffin County Sheriff Bob Jordan said officials at the hospital conducted an investigation into the origin of the various items found in the possession of Jamie Lynn Wireman Rupe of West Liberty and discovered that the items had been stolen from the hospital.

The items included syringes with trace amounts of morphine in them, empty vials, cotton balls, tourniquets and other supplies.

Jordan said Tuesday that he expects to meet with hospital officials today, Wednesday, to file charges against Rupe in addition to the charges already filed by the sheriff's office.

According to Jordan, Rupe had already been under suspicion at the hospital for various other items that had been taken over a time period. Rupe, whom Jordan said only had her nurse's license for six months, resigned from her position at the hospital last month after being arrested by Jordan following the report of a drug transaction in the parking lot of Family Dollar on Rt. 114 the night of May 6.

Jordan stopped Rupe's vehicle after he watched it weave from side to side on the road. She was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jordan said Tuesday that since Rupe's resignation, she had returned to the hospital and was escorted off the property. Jordan said that last week that Rupe entered the emergency room of Saint Claire's and asked attendants for several syringes. Rupe told emergency room staff that the syringes were for a shot she needed to give her dog, Jordan said. Jordan said Tuesday that Rupe was denied the syringes and was then escorted off hospital property.

Rupe is scheduled to be arraigned on the May 6 charges in Magoffin District Court Monday, June 9, at 9 a.m.

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