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Former Tenn. EMT indicted for stealing drugs from ambulance

The EMT failed a drug test after an unspecified amount of Demerol went missing from an ambulance

The Knoxville News-Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A former Grainger County EMT has been indicted for allegedly stealing a prescription painkiller from an ambulance.

Joshua Paul Valentine, 33, of Newport, Tenn., turned himself in at the Grainger County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon, after being indicted May 12 on one count of prescription fraud, and one count of theft under $500, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Valentine was released after posting $2,500 bond.

The TBI launched an investigation into Valentine at the request of District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn in September 2013. Earlier the same month, Valentine, an EMT with the Grainger County Ambulance Authority, failed a drug test the authority administered after an unspecified amount of Demerol went missing from an ambulance.

More details as they develop online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel.


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