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Medic charged with drug theft waives probable cause

Court officials in 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, received on Monday a request for a waiver of a probable cause hearing from the attorney for Jeremy Bouchard, the paramedic and former Peterborough Ambulance Service clinical director accused of stealing narcotic drugs from Peterborough Fire Department ambulances.

While a ruling to accept the request had not been issued prior to press deadline, a court staffer said the probable cause hearing scheduled for today was not likely to be held. It was unclear as of Monday whether the next step in the court proceedings would be a hearing in 8th Circuit Court or if the case would be moved to the Superior Court level.

Bouchard, 34, was arrested on Aug. 3 by Peterborough police and charged with theft of narcotic drugs and possession of narcotic drugs. The Antrim resident allegedly took fentanyl and morphine that had been documented by Monadnock Community Hospital as resupplies for Peterborough’s ambulances. The alleged thefts took place between August 2012 and August 2013, when Bouchard was working as an ambulance medic.

Bouchard has since resigned his position as clinical director.

Bouchard was released on $50,000 personal recognizance, following his arrest. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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