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Woman charged with taking meds from nursing home

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By Linda Ireland

A New Haven woman was charged May 29 with possession of controlled substance and theft by unlawful taking.
According to court records, Mary Vanessa Obryan, 57, had rented a house in Hodgenville. When she vacated, she allegedly took a butcher block valued at $850 and landscaping valued at $322.57 from the residence. She also is accused of refusing to return the house key which cost the property owner $140 to gain entrance.
The court records also state that medications prescribed to other persons were found inside the house after she moved.
Kentucky State Trooper Dennis Oldham, who is investigating the case, said the drugs were in sleeve packs and appeared to have been taken from a nursing home where Obryan is employed. The names of patients had been marked through on the packs, he said.
Obryan is licensed to work as an LPN, according to the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.
Obryan was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $9,500 cash bond.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges May 30 in LaRue District Court.
A preliminary hearing is set for June 13 to determine if the case will be heard by a grand jury.