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Sheriff Sergeant Arrested and Fired for Drug Theft


A Montgomery County Sheriff's Office employee found himself as a jail inmate for the evening of Friday, February 21, 2003. Sergeant Timothy Vaughn Powell was arrested for drug theft from the jail pharmacy (ORC 2913.02A3dF4), a fourth degree felony. Powell was accused of stealing Vicodin, an addictive narcotic that requires a prescription. The drug had not been prescribed to Powell. It appears that Powell may have become addicted to the pain killer as a result of laser eye surgery.

Timothy Powell (DOB: 3/19/71) of 2416 Alvarado Dr. in Kettering had been promoted to sergeant in 2002. Powell served as a deputy with the Sheriff's Office since 1996. His last posting was within the jail.

Despite an arrest and criminal charges, Powell was placed on paid administrative leave by Major Steve Rigler. Powell was fired a few days later.

Medic Heidi M. Sippel of 226 Inverness Avenue in Vandalia (Phone: 937-454-5571) may also be subject to discipline for misconduct. Sippel apparently dispensed drugs to Sheriff staff (including Powell) without a prescription. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has not stated whether Sippel will receive lenience for providing statements that led to the arrest of Powell.

Click here to view the documentInternal Affairs Investigation Report
Click here to view the documentInternal Affairs Investigation Supplemental Report #1
Click here to view the documentInternal Affairs Investigation Supplemental Report #2

Further information regarding this case is available at the Montgomery County Clerk of Courts (Case # 2003 CR 00615)

Powell was represented by attorney Jay Carter of Smiley, Carter & Associates, 118 W 1st St., Dayton, OH 45402. Telephone: 937-222-1366. Powell was scheduled to appear before Judge Barbara Pugliese Gorman.