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Chatham 911 dispatchers face drug charges

Posted December 30, 2009

— State agents on Tuesday arrested two Chatham County 911 dispatchers on prescription drug charges, authorities said Wednesday.

Stephen Todd Oldham, 37, was charged with seven counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and trafficking in opium. Bradley Jason Howard, 30, was charged with five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Oldham and Howard were placed on paid leave by Chatham County Emergency Management, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, authorities said.

The arrests followed an investigation by the prescription drug diversion unit of the State Bureau of Investigation. The Chatham County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrests.


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  • NancyDrew Dec 30, 2009

    As someone who use to work for state government, you can't just terminate someone or put them on unpaid leave on the spot. There is a process involved that usually has a hearing and then a decision, no matter what the offense. It was a pain, but that was the process.

  • just my2cents Dec 30, 2009

    Smart folks.....geez

  • Brogden Dec 30, 2009

    "innocent until proven guilty" - ABSOLUTELY!
    "paid until proven innocent or guilty" - WHY?

  • RTPMedic Dec 30, 2009

    Innocent until proven guilty...


  • holmesap Dec 30, 2009

    If they had enough evidence to arrest them, then why are they placed on paid leave. Terminate them ! Sounds like another 911 communication center I know . Someone does something wrong and they slap them on the wrist and send them to another shift.

  • IzzMad2016 Dec 30, 2009

    Paid Leave? Are you kidding me?

  • Brogden Dec 30, 2009

    "placed on paid leave" ??????? So they get paid by the taxpayers while waiting for the "investigation" to be completed?

  • ruttroww Dec 30, 2009

    At least they knew the folks that arrested them!! Looks like everyone else there is going to be drug tested.