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March 28, 2014

Nurse accused of drug theft gets ARD

NEW CASTLE — A nurse accused of stealing drugs from a hospital maternity ward was accepted into an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program Thursday.

Toni Fortuna, 41, of 216 Sunset Drive, Neshannock Township, also will serve two years of probation, according to assistant public defender Dennis Elisco, who represented her.

That was the outcome of a hearing before Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge J. Craig Cox.

Fortuna was charged by New Castle police in September, after a year-long investigation into allegations she had been stealing drugs from Jameson Hospital.

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

She had been charged with a felony count of illegal acquisition.

Assistant district attorney William Flannery was prosecuting the case.

ARD is a pre-trial intervention program for nonviolent offenders with no prior record, to rehabilitate the accused with early intervention.

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