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2 sheriff's employees charged in case of missing evidence

Jul. 2, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two former Sedgwick County Sheriff’s employees have been arrested and charged with theft and other counts, authorities said, after an audit uncovered nearly $150,000 missing from the department’s property and evidence holdings. Former property and evidence technician...

Ohio county reports 1-year spike in fatal drug overdoses

Jul. 1, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Overdose deaths in the county that includes Ohio's capital city jumped significantly the first three months of the year compared to last year, a coroner reported Wednesday. Overdoses driven by the synthetic painkiller fentanyl jumped 55% for the first three months of the year compared...

Today in History

Jul. 1, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 183rd day of 2020. There are 183 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1863, the pivotal, three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, resulting in a Union victory, began in Pennsylvania. On this date: In 1867, Canada became a...

West Virginia doctor sentenced in pain pill case

Jun. 30, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia doctor has been sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison for illegally distributing prescription opioid medications. Muhammed Samer Nasher-Alneam, 48, of Charleston also agreed to forfeit $150,000 and a sport utility vehicle and will surrender his...

Parents charged after infant overdoses on fentanyl

Jun. 29, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Two parents were charged after an infant overdosed on fentanyl and was revived with Narcan at a hospital, police said Monday. Matthew Mcleod, 30, and Valene St. Onge, 29, were charged with furnishing drugs, and St. Onge was also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, police...

Tennessee man gets 20 years in heroin-fentanyl overdose

Jun. 29, 2020 4:11 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee drug dealer has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl to a man who died of an overdose, federal prosecutors said. Dwayne Tullous, 57, pleaded guilty in March to causing the death of Larry House by selling heroin and fentanyl to...

Opioid crisis in Colorado could get worse amid pandemic

Jun. 28, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic overshadowed a long list of other problems that suddenly seemed less urgent in the wake of a deadly virus and its economic destruction. Included at the top of that list: the opioid epidemic. That crisis is still raging in Colorado and predicted to get even worse...

Georgia pharmacist gets prison for illegal opioid handling

Jun. 27, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A pharmacist from southern Georgia is heading to federal prison after pleading guilty to a crime involving fraud and illegal distribution of opioids. Ray Ashley Dixon, 42, of Baxley was sentenced to four years in prison by a U.S. District Court judge Friday. Dixon owned Fulghum...

2nd arrest after overdose death of woman pregnant with twins

Jun. 26, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — A second person has been charged in connection with the drug overdose death of a woman who was pregnant with twins, police in New Hampshire said. Amber Brusco, 36, has been arrested in Claremont on charges of sales of a substance recognized to be fentanyl and heroin in connection...

Iowa nurse accused of taking drugs from patients sentenced

Jun. 26, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids nurse accused of taking painkillers from hospital patients’ intravenous lines and injecting herself has been sentenced to four months in federal prison. Kelly Postel, 43, of Anamosa, was sentenced Friday to the prison term and fined $5500, federal...