Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Nurse indicted on cocaine charge

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A nurse who was questioned by police about the disappearance of drugs at a Mason nursing home was charged with tampering with evidence for allegedly tainting her urine sample with water.

        A Warren County grand jury also indicted Renau Amburgy, 41, of Lebanon, with felony cocaine possession after a second test was positive for cocaine, authorities said.

        Ms. Amburgy faces up to six years in prison if convicted.

        The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Warren County Drug Task Force in December at the Mason Mental Health Center, where Ms. Amburgy was employed.

        Task force commander John Burke said Ms. Amburgy was not charged involving the missing drugs at the nursing home.

        He said it was the first time Warren County drug agents had sought a charge of cocaine possession involving a drug screen.

        State law allows the possession charge if a person knowingly obtains, possesses or uses the controlled substance.

        • In other indictments, two men who had been labeled sex offenders were charged with failing to register their new addresses with authorities.

        Warren County sheriff's officials received anonymous tips that Larry Wright, 33, of the 2400 block of Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason, and Christopher M. Derrico, 29, of the 200 block of Bridge Street, Franklin, were no longer living at their registered addresses.

        Mr. Wright, who served two years in prison on a conviction for gross sexual imposition in Butler County, was located and jailed.

        Mr. Derrico, a truck driver who spent time in a Louisiana prison for sex acts with a juvenile and previously lived in Clermont County, remains at large.

        The state's version of “Megan's Law” requires sex offenders to register with authorities where they live. Those who fail to register face up to one year in prison.

        The law was named for a New Jersey child who was raped and killed in 1994 by a convicted sex offender.


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