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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Several changes at Medicap follow investigation

  • While law enforcement authorities remain mum concerning the July 31 investigation at Medicap Pharmacy in Harrisburg, documents filed at the courthouse and in Springfield show major changes for the Patton family and their pharmacy.
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  • While law enforcement authorities remain mum concerning the July 31 investigation at Medicap Pharmacy in Harrisburg, documents filed at the courthouse and in Springfield show major changes for the Patton family and their pharmacy.
    The U.S. Attorney's Office at Fairview Heights said the July investigation was to "check compliance with all of the DEA diversion requirements" for controlled substances through execution of an administrative inspection warrant. It involved agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
    Eight days later on Aug. 8, Linda Sue Patton changed the corporate agent to Robert C. Wilson as well as the name of the corporation that owned the pharmacy. What was the Patton Family Pharmacy is now Ellet Pharmacy Inc. Both operate under the Medicap name.
    Last Thursday Linda Sue Patton filed for divorce against her husband Larry Steven Patton. Both had been licensed registered pharmacists with the state since July 27, 1973, four months after they had married in Fairview Heights earlier that year on March 31.
    He is no longer associated with the pharmacy and his name has been removed off the front door.
    The petition for divorce makes no direct reference to the business or issues surrounding July investigation other than noting that "without cause or provocation on the part of the plaintiff, the Defendant (Steve Patton) has been guilty of extreme and repeated acts of mental cruelty toward the Plaintiff."
    The petition calls for the judge to issue an order dissolving the marriage, awarding the plaintiff her non-marital personal property; assigning, dividing and allocating the marital personal properties, real estate and marital debts; and barring maintenance.
    Murphysboro attorney Edward J. Heller of Reed, Heller, Mansfield & Gross is representing Linda Sue Patton. A summons has been issued to Steve Patton calling for him to respond to his wife's petition for divorce.
    The couple has two adult children.
    They had originally incorporated their business on Dec. 19, 1996.
    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's website shows Steve Patton's license as still active. A spokesperson for the agency said she could not comment on whether or not a complaint for disciplinary action had been filed. Under state law, she said, she can provide details only if and when disciplinary action has been taken.
    When reached Friday afternoon Steve Patton declined comment as well.

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