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Counts gets supervised probation for taking patient medications

FARMINGTON – A Farmington woman has been placed on probation for taking prescription medications from a local nursing home.

Circuit Court Judge Kenneth W. Pratte placed Glenda Counts, 48, on five years of supervised probation for stealing and possession of a controlled substance.

According to court records, officers searched Counts’ residence on Nov. 28, 2003, as part of an unrelated investigation and found medications that were prescribed to patients in a local nursing home where Counts was employed as a nurse.

Counts said the medications had been discontinued for the patients. The policy at the nursing home was to destroy discontinued prescriptions in the presence of another nurse but she said she took the medications home to use for her back pain.

Officers found prescription oxycontin, percocet, darvecet, vicodin, and lorazapam.

In other cases, a St. Louis woman pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana with intent to give it to her son who was incarcerated at a prison.

Sharon Stegall, 65, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

A presentence investigation report was ordered to be compiled by the State Board of Probation and Parole and sentencing was set for Oct. 21. She could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison.

Timon Stephan, 37, of French Village, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation he received for possession of meth.

Karie Smith, 32, of Bonne Terre, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation she received for possession of meth. The judge will consider releasing her on probation after she completes a 120-day drug treatment program.

Rodger Lee Kinnard Jr., 41, of Park Hills, was sentenced to two years in prison for violating the probation he received for failure to support a child.

Gary Williams Jr., 25, of Farmington, was sentenced to five years in prison for violating the probation he received for two counts of passing a bad check.

Placed on five years of supervised probation were Eric Spengler, 23, of Doe Run, for failure to support a child; Paul Edward Price, 29, of Berkley, for failure to support a child; Shawn Militzer, 27, of Park Hills, for failure to support a child; Darryl P. Phelps, 42, of Farmington, for failure to support a child; Ward Anders Williams, 18, of Farmington, for possession of cocaine; Tammy Blake, 47, of Ste. Genevieve, for possession of meth; Danny Hedrick, 31, of Desloge, for stealing; Bruce Cann, 49, of Farmington, for driving while intoxicated; April Chambers, 33, of Park Hills, for two counts of stealing; Reginald Hafley, 41, of Farmington, for failure to support a child; and Fred Brown, 22, of Festus, for two counts of passing a bad check.

Several other individuals pleaded guilty to felony charges. Their sentencing will be held in October.

Joshua Wood, 23, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. Carolyn Helms, 38, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to possession of diazepam. Amber Thornton, 22, of Imperial, pleaded guilty to forgery.

Justin Moser, 21, of Farmington, pleaded guilty to first-degree property damage. Terry Hunter, 53, an inmate, pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana in the Farmington Correctional Center. Wilma Burnia, 45, of Desloge, pleaded guilty to possession of meth. Steven Demay, 39, of DeSoto, pleaded guilty to failure to support a child.

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