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September 26, 2013

Nurse waives hearing on drug charge

NEW CASTLE — A nurse accused of stealing narcotics from Jameson Hospital’s maternity ward has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

Charges against Toni Fortuna, 41, of 216 Sunset Drive have been held for court. She was charged following an investigation by New Castle police that spanned more than a year.

Police said Fortuna was taking narcotic painkillers Dilaudid and Fentanyl from a dispenser in the hospital’s maternity ward. Fortuna allegedly told police she had started taking the drugs from the hospital around March or April 2012.

She is charged with a felony count of illegal acquisition and is out of jail on a nonmonetary bond, pending proceedings in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Last week, a hospital spokeswoman declined to say whether Fortuna is still employed at the hospital.

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