THOMASVILLE -- A Thomasville woman, Kim Rowe, was arrested Oct. 13 at Ripley County Health Care in Doniphan on two counts of stealing a controlled substance.
Rowe, 48, posted a $30,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Howell County Associate Circuit Court Oct. 30 for a plea hearing.
The Howell County Sheriff's Office in West Plains said Rowe, a registered nurse, was working in August and September of this year when she stole the drugs Alfentinal, Fentanyl and Demerol from the West Plains Ambulatory Surgery Center in West Plains where she was employed.
Rowe is also alleged to have stolen Demerol between July 1 and Sept. 20, 2004, when she was employed by Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains.
A clinical nurse manager at the Ambulatory Surgery Center said there was a theft of some narcotics and an internal investigation pointed to Rowe as the suspect.
Howell County detective Roger Hayes attempted to interview Rowe, but she refused to talk to him on the advice of her attorney. Hayes said he received a report from Mike Boeger, administrator for the Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, who said there was evidence to link Rowe to the thefts at both the surgical center and OMC
Hayes also said in his report that OMC officials reported that Rowe had been dispensed 11,100 milligrams of Demerol for patients, but only 1,257 milligrams of the drug could be accounted for.