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Garrard EMS worker fired

Posted on 02 December 2009 by wyoskibum

LANCASTER — The employee charged with stealing morphine from the Garrard County ambulance service was suspended and eventually fired after allegedly admitting to theft of narcotics, according to letters sent from Judge-Executive John Wilson.

Thomas Shelton, 37, of Lancaster was charged with 21 counts of theft of a controlled substance on Nov. 18. Shelton allegedly stole morphine from ambulance service supplies 21 times between February 2008 and August 2009.

Wilson said on Monday that ambulance service Director Colby Arnold alerted him to the situation during the first part of September, after which Wilson immediately contacted state police.

Wilson sent a letter to Shelton on Sept. 14 informing him he had been suspended.

“Your department head has requested your suspension due to your alleged misconduct in being responsible for theft of drugs from EMS,” the letter reads. “It is my understanding that you have confessed responsibility for this to both Director Colby Arnold and to state police Detective Bill Collins.”

Wilson said Arnold also filed a complaint with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, informing it of the misconduct. Terri DeAtley, a legal assistant with KBEMS, confirmed a complaint was filed Sept. 14 and there is an ongoing investigation. The case will come before the board for review whenever it meets again, she said, though there is no official date for a meeting set.

Wilson sent a second letter to Shelton on Oct. 13 informing him he had been fired. Wilson wrote in the letter that Shelton was being fired for theft of narcotics and stated again that Shelton admitted the theft to both Collins and Arnold.

Deputy Judge-Executive James Bushnell said Tuesday that Wilson received no replies to either letter.

Shelton has a pre-trial conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 18 in Garrard County Circuit Court. Each of the 21 charges against him is a Class D felony, which carries a sentence of at least one but not more than five years in prison.

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