RUMFORD – A Rumford woman accused of stealing a prescription pad from a clinic and writing her own pharmaceutical orders spent the night in a Paris jail and was released Thursday.

Ashley Nicole Lewis, 22, of 133 Rumford Ave., was arrested at about 5 p.m. Wednesday after police said she tried to get the narcotic painkiller Vicodin from the Hannaford pharmacy in Rumford.

“We got a call that a female had a prescription that looked suspicious,” investigating Officer Scott Mills said Thursday afternoon.

“After investigating, it was determined that she had committed prescription fraud … She had a prescription pad that she stole from the Swift River clinic. Incidental to the arrest, we found more blank prescription forms in her possession,” Mills said.

He subsequently charged Lewis with attempting to acquire drugs by deception, theft, forgery and receiving stolen property. The crimes are misdemeanors.

On Thursday, an Oxford County District Court judge freed Lewis on personal recognizance. She will be arraigned June 3 in Rumford District Court.

In other recent police matters, icy roads continue to claim more vehicles.

Deborah Gauvin, 37, of Rumford, complained of neck pain on April 4 after the 2002 Chevy Blazer she was driving slid off Wyman Hill Road and rolled over. Damage in the 4:10 p.m. accident was estimated at $5,000.

Hitting a patch of ice on South Rumford Road at 6:20 p.m. on March 29 sent a 1999 Jeep SUV driven by Delores Christiansen, 43, of Milton Township, off the road. Christiansen wasn’t injured but the Jeep sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage.

Police are continuing to investigate a March 25 identity theft complaint. A Rumford woman told police she got a phone call that day from a DirectTV worker about an account that was opened under her deceased husband’s Social Security number.


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