Thursday, June 13, 2002

Convicted nurse arrested in Mich.




By Janice Morse, jmorse@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Already convicted of stealing drugs from a Hamilton hospital, a nurse anesthetist has landed in more trouble in Michigan, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

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        John Meehan, 43, is being held in the Saginaw County Jail on charges of assault on a police officer and larceny from a building, officials said. He was arrested in Bridgeport, Mich., on Tuesday, the same day he was supposed to begin serving a six-month sentence in a Warren County drug rehabilitation center.

        Mr. Meehan pleaded guilty to theft of drugs from Fort Hamilton Hospital. Butler County Judge Patricia Oney sentenced Mr. Meehan to the Warren County Correctional Center on Monday, but she delayed the sentence's imposition until Tuesday so he could handle personal business. However, Mr. Meehan failed to report as ordered Tuesday morning to the Butler jail for transport to Warren County.

        On Wednesday, Assistant Prosecutor David Kash said he had learned that Mr. Meehan was jailed in Michigan. As a result, Mr. Kash said he was working to place a “holder” on Mr. Meehan that would order Michigan authorities to keep him locked up because of the Butler County conviction and his failure to begin serving his sentence.

        Judge Oney had warned Mr. Meehan that he would be subject to a 17-month prison term if he failed to complete the Warren County drug program.

        John Burke, commander of the Warren County Drug Task Force, said his agency had been investigating Mr. Meehan for about two years, beginning while Mr. Meehan was a Springboro resident.

        Authorities in Michigan declined to disclose information Wednesday.

        Detective Sgt. Don Rauschenberger of the Michigan State Police's Bridgeport Post wouldn't discuss specifics of the case but said, “We're investigating the unauthorized removal of drugs from a medical facility and an assault on one of our officers.”

        Earlier this month, Mr. Meehan was charged in connection with theft of drugs from Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House said Fayette County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Alan Witherspoon.

       



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