Police Department Reacts to Fired Dispatcher

May 05, 2004--Posted at 5:00 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT--Newport Police Department dispatcher Tabitha Rothe was arrested after Newport Police found illegal drugs in her home.

During a separate investigation earlier, the department received information saying that an employee of the police department may have illegal drugs.

After authorities conducted an extensive search of Rothe's home, they charged her with possession of crystal meth and drug paraphernalia.

The police chief said this is a terrible embarrassment to the police department, but the situation is being taken care of.

"She has been terminated. She's been charged, and we're moving on," said Newport Police Chief, Michael Scudder.

The chief said there is no reason for anyone in the community to lose faith in the police department.

"I still have confidence in our department. Full confidence,"said the chief.