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Mount Carmel doc accused of leading 27 fentanyl deaths, families sue

Kelsey Lawrence

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Mount Carmel Health Systems released a statement Monday revealing that an intensive-care unit doctor, Dr.William Husel, was found to have administered potentially lethal doses of fentanyl to 27 near-death patients between 2015 and 2018.

Mount Carmel CEO Edward Lamb announced that these findings were a result of an investigation launched against Husel, the results of which have been turned over to authorities.

Husel has since been fired.

Additionally, 20 hospital staff members have been suspended while additional investigations continue.

News of the investigation came after a lawsuit was filed earlier that day against Husel, a nurse, and a pharmacist in the death of  79-year-old Janet Kavanaugh, who received a lethal dose of fentanyl from Husel in 2017.

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Another lawsuit was filed against Mount Carmel Health Systems, Dr. William Husel regarding the 2018 death of Bonnie Austin.

According to 10TV, the suit accuses Husel of ordering that 600 micrograms of fentanyl be administered to Austin after she was transported to Mount Carmel West hospital on September 30, 2018 for a collapsed lung.

Allegedly, he then told her husband that she was brain dead.

“This excessive dosage was grossly inappropriate given Bonnie Austin’s condition and was either ordered negligently and not properly reviewed or was intentionally prescribed by Dr. Husel for the purpose of ending Bonnie Austin’s life,” the lawsuit states, per 10TV.

Lamb states that Mount Carmel takes full responsibility for the fact that the procedures in place were insufficient for preventing these events from occurring and they are making sure to gain full understanding of these cases to ensure that they don’t happen again.

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Horny hoodlums snatch $2,000 worth of merchandise from adult store

Mike Thomas

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Columbus Police are seeking the public's help in identifying four individuals who stole lingerie and other, um, "goods" from the Lions Den store at 1144 Alum Creek Drive late Monday night:

https://twitter.com/ColumbusPolice/status/1163521235692740609

Staff at the store estimated the value of the stolen goods at around $2,000.

Is that a banana in your pocket, or did you just rip off a $600 "item" from Lion's Den? Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 614-645-2072, or to email [email protected]police.org.

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Crime Spree: Man accused of committing 12 crimes in 30 minutes

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In a criminal rampage worthy of the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, Columbus police say a local man racked up a dozen crimes in just 30 minutes earlier this month.

29-year-old Rodney Edward King, Jr. allegedly committed his sprint of misdeeds on Aug. 6 between 9:54 PM and 10:15 PM.

King allegedly robbed the residents of five different apartments before throwing a rock at a cab on the street. He then threatened a COTA bus driver with a screwdriver, striking him on the foot.

King faces 10 felony charges and 2 misdemeanors, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, aggravated menacing and Criminal Damaging or Endangering.

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Disturbing: Hundreds of animals seized from local pet shop, home

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In a scene that's being described as "disturbing," hundreds of animals, both dead and alive, were removed from a local pet store and residency Tuesday.

Columbus Humane agents seized about 100 reptiles, more than 90 dogs and puppies, and more than 50 livestock animals (turkeys, goats, pigs) from the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street and the owner’s residence on Demorest Road, reports 10TV.

The rescue and recover mission was the culmination of a months-long investigation into multiple complaints of improper caring of animals.

Columbus Humane will soon make available a list of supplies needed to care for the surviving animals.

Once the owner is in custody, charges will be filed.

https://www.facebook.com/columbushumane/posts/10157012717698591
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