The families of patients in the palliative care unit at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital are in shock after the hospital discovered a nurse has been stealing a pain killer for the past two-and-a-half years.
Providence Care issued a news release yesterday saying police are investigating after it learned last month a nurse on the palliative care unit has removed the drug…hydromorphone. The internal investigation found patients may not have received their proper pain medication.
Providence Care says the investigation is trying to determine how much of the pain medication was stolen and how the nurse managed to remove it from the palliative care unit.
A special toll free phone number has been set up to handle inquiries from the families of patients.
Kingston Police are still investigating and say they haven’t laid charges yet.
Scott – Environmental Fines
A Kingston entrepreneur who sold his environmental company after being charged by the Ministry of Environment says he’s paying the fines himself after pleading guilty to environmental charges.
George Scott was in court yesterday and was fined $10,000 and his former company was fined $120,000 for storing industrial waste at its Fortune Crescent facility for longer than 180 days.
Scott Environmental was bought by Tomlinson Environmental Services last August.
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Kingston and the surrounding area for today and tomorrow.
Daytime highs are expected to be above 30 degrees.
It says the heat will ease up a bit on Thursday.
The warning advises people to stay well hydrated, check on elderly friends or family members to make sure they’re all right and make sure not to leave pets in vehicles.
Kingston Police will go to court to request a peace bond for a sexual predator that lured girls into sex acts over the Internet. 29 year old Mark Bedford will be released from a Kingston area prison next month. He told a parole hearing he plans to live with his parents.
Police have confirmed they will be going to court to seek specific conditions to limit Bedford’s access to the Internet when he’s released. They won’t be releasing a picture of Bedford because they don’t consider him to be a threat to commit a crime in public places.
A nasty homophobic Facebook post has resulted in the end of the teaching career for a full time professor at the St. Lawrence College Kingston campus.
The college issued a two sentence news release about Rick Coupland’s employment yesterday.
It says…As a result of complaints about comments made on social media that were brought forward to the College this matter was investigated internally. Mr. Coupland is no longer an employee at St. Lawrence College.
St. Lawrence spokesperson Kelly Wiley says the college will not make any further comment.
Wagar – Additional Charge
A Stone Mills township man has been charged with fraud after an 81 year old woman failed to get interest on more than half a million dollars of investments.
The OPP says the woman invested the money with Kevin Wagar between 2010 and 2012.
Wagar has been charged with fraud over $5,000.
It’s the second charge of fraud against Wagar.
A news release from the OPP says Wagar met the 81 year old woman when worked for the Royal Bank. Police say he also worked for Edward Jones before opening his own investment business…The Wagar Financial Group.
The cause of a fire in a vacant house in Kingston is under investigation.
Kingston Fire and Rescue says the fire was discovered around ten last night in the house at 482 Division Street – near Stephen Street.
Firefighters decided not to enter the house because of concerns about what might be inside the vacant building.
They were on the scene for about four hours but no further information has been released.
Offender – No Photo
Kingston Police say a decision not to release the picture of sex offender was made after they decided he’d be more likely to re-offend if he was identified in public.
56 year old Alexander Casselman is living at a residence on Montreal Street. He was released on Friday after serving a 20 year sentence for rape. Casselman has agreed to a peace bond and is under strict conditions that will be monitored for two years by Kingston Police.
Kingston Police spokesperson, Constable Steve Koopman, says they weighed all of the options and decided Casselman would be under significant stress and more likely to re-offend if his personal information and picture were released.