Nurse Charged With Stealing Pain Pills From Nursing Home Residents

A nurse at a New London, N.H., nursing home has been charged with stealing pain pills from residents.

Thirty-six-year-old Dawn Ash of Charlestown was indicted last month on two counts of possession of a controlled drug and two misdemeanor theft charges. Investigators suspect her of stealing Percocet and Vicodin from residents at the William P. Clough Center. It's a 58-bed nursing home attached to New London Hospital.

Through a lawyer, Ash denied the charges.

Last April, shortly before she was hired at the Clough Center, the state of Vermont suspended Ash's nursing license. She was accused in Vermont of illegally obtaining regulated substances with false prescriptions.