2009-10-28 / Community

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Bainbridge -A Bainbridge Memorial Hospital registered nurse has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of acquiring controlled substance by fraud. Marjorie D. Smith was arrested by BPS Investigator Mark Esquivel.

Investigator Mark Esquivel was notified by Bainbridge Memorial and Manor Risk Manager Jan Bennett regarding a fraudulent prescription last Wednesday. He reported that Wal-Mart Pharmacy had called Dr. Ovidiu Popa's office regarding their concern of the validity of a controlled substance prescription for 21-year-old Tiffany Smith.

Investigator Esquivel received a statement from Dr. Ovidiu Popa stating that neither Marjorie Smith nor her daughter Tiffany Smith had ever been patients of Dr. Popa. Dr. Popa also stated he has never written a prescription for either of them and that the handwriting and the signature on the prescriptions were not his.

Inv. Esquivel viewed Wal-Mart surveillance video of Marjorie Smith dropping off the prescription and picking up the prescriptions at Wal-Mart.

Inv. Esquivel checked other Bainbridge pharmacies and learned that there had recently been 10 similar prescriptions filled and obtained by Marjorie Smith. All 10 prescriptions were for Roxicet 5/325 which is an oxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic.

On Monday, Marjorie D Smith, 57, of 11987 Delwood Road, Camilla, was arrested at Bainbridge Memorial Hospital and transported to Bainbridge Public Safety where she was processed on 10 counts of Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud. Smith was then transported to the Decatur County Jail.

Blounstown - The elderly Bristol man who survived a home invasion robbery back in July and wound up killing the intruder has died.

Bradley Harvell, 82, passed away Monday night at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. According to his nephew, Kenny Stewart, Harvell suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and has been hospitalized ever since. He underwent surgery and, either during or after, had a stroke that ultimately took his life.

Harvell owned the Slip 'N Slice bar, and his home was adjacent. He shot and killed Octavius Barnes, 23, when he tried to rob him over the summer.

Camilla - The Camilla Police Department received a call on July 19 in regards to a robbery in the Harvey's Parking lot.

At 12:43 a.m. the victim stated that she pulled in the parking lot to get a drink from the drink machine.

Two black men approached money. The mugging victim was pushed down, and one of the men took her pocketbook out of her car.

Authorities were later contacted by the victim after she had seen her assailant's picture in an article entitled "Robbers of Deacons apprehended" in the October 7 edition of the Camilla Enterprise.

The Camilla Police Department took this information and after an investigation arrested 24-year-old Travis Donaldson who was one of the men arrested in the robbery of Camilla's First Baptist Church.

Donaldson was charged with entering an auto, battery, and robbery. He is currently being housed in the Mitchell County Jail.

Donalsonville - As the result of an undercover drug investigation conducted by the Pataula Drug Task Force agents, two persons were arrested in Donalsonville for the sale of illegal drugs.

Gregory Turner, black male, approximately 44 years of age, was arrested on Wednesday, October 14, for the sale of crack cocaine. Christopher Hopkins, black male, approximately 30 years of age, was arrested Thursday, October 15, for the sale of marijuana. Both were booked and turned over to the Seminole County Jail.

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