Police arrested a nurse/supervisor at Letcher Manor Nursing Home early Saturday morning and charged him with assault for allegedly sticking another employee with an insulin needle intentionally.
Police said they do not know if the needle was clean or dirty, or if it contained any drug. The victim was kept in Whitesburg Hospital for observation because of the lack of trustworthy information.
William Lacy Stanley, 65, of 442 Racking Rock Rd., Clintwood, Va., is charged with second-degree assault, a felony, and tampering with physical evidence. Stanley is a nurse and shift supervisor at the nursing home. The incident occurred about 11 p.m. October 5, and Stanley was arrested about three hours later. He has since been released from jail and placed on home incarceration pending further action by the court.
According to a citation, Stanley was “presenting himself in a rude manner,” when Constable Austin Johnson arrived, but admitted to “playing around” and sticking Bethany Collins with an insulin needle.
Johnson wrote in the citation that Stanley said the needle was not used, and that Stanley had disposed of it after the incident. Johnson, who is the District 2 constable, was filling in to help Whitesburg Police, who was shorthanded.
Assistant Whitesburg Police Chief Justin Hunsucker said police are still trying to determine if there was anything in the needle, but it can’t be located because it was disposed of before police arrived.
If the needle had already been used on someone else, or if it had medicine in it, charges could be much more serious. Federal inves- tigators are looking into a number of murders committed at a veterans hospital in West Virginia that were committed by giving insulin to patients who were not diabetic during the late night hours when there were fewer people working.
There is no indication so far that the needle used to poke the nurse aide here had anything in it, or had been used on anyone else.