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Wells EMS director facing 76 charges

July 24, 2012

    Now-suspended Wells County Emergency Medical Services CEO Tina Crouse is facing 76 Class D felony counts for allegedly stealing pain medication.
    Crouse, 49, a onetime Decatur resident, was arrested at her near-Craigville home last weekend and jailed under a $380,000 bond. She was suspended with pay by the Wells County EMS board.
    The 49-year-old Crouse surrendered peacefully to the Indiana State Police, according to the Bluffton News-Banner.
    An investigation which led to the arrest of Crouse began June 18 after the Wells County Crime Stoppers received an anonymous tip that Crouse was ordering the pain medication, Nubain, through her position.
    According to investigators, Wells EMS had used Nubain in the past, but was ordered to discontinue its use in May of 2010. They said that the medication had been ordered 31 times since the order was given to discontinue using it.
    It is alleged that Crouse, in charge of ordering medications for EMS thoughout the county, would distribute the meds but keep the Nubain for herself.
    The Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency also received anonymous trips about the ordering of the Nubain, investigators said.
    Crouse has admitted no wrongdoing, investigators added.
    She is a critical-care paramedic who has been with Wells EMS since 1990.

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