Woman sues Forum Health



Woman suesForum Health
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Florida woman is suing Forum Health, saying she was exposed to a patient with tuberculosis last year. Tracy L. Phillips of Cape Coral, Fla., is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.
The suit, filed Wednesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, says Phillips was exposed to the disease when she worked as a registered nurse at Forum Health Northside Medical Center in August 2003. It says Forum did not "follow accepted medical standards" in dealing with a TB-infected patient.
Forum Health officials had not seen the suit and would not comment.
Phillips' attorney, Ilan Wexler, said Phillips subsequently tested positive for TB herself and has undergone treatment. Wexler said Phillips no longer works for Forum.
Lawsuit dismissed
YOUNGSTOWN -- A Girard woman has dismissed her lawsuit against Cardinal Mooney High School and the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown over injuries her son suffered in a fall at the school.
The suit, filed in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in 2000, said Stephen Ambrosio was hurt when he fell in the gymnasium bleachers at Mooney in December 1998. His mother, Janet, sued on his behalf.
Documents filed Wednesday in common pleas court said the case has been settled and the complaint is voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiffs. Terms of the settlement were not included in the court papers.
Gunshot wounds
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two teen-age boys are recovering from gunshot wounds they sustained Wednesday night while handling a loaded revolver at a home on the city's south side.
Rodney Smith, 14, of Benington Avenue, was in stable condition at St. Elizabeth Health Center this morning and Kevin Crocket, 16, of Parkcliff Avenue, was treated and released.
According to police, the boys were in the dining room of a home in the 600 block of Mable Street with two men when Smith accidentally discharged a gun.
A bullet from the revolver passed through a finger on Smith's left hand, grazed his upper thigh and struck Crocket in the right foot.
No charges have been filed. Police are investigating.
Yard Sales Days
NORTH JACKSON -- The North Jackson Citizens' Association will hold Community Wide Yard Sales Days beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday. More than 100 yard sales are slated to be held throughout the community. Maps to the yard sales will be available Friday and Saturday at local businesses and at 11349 Mahoning Ave.
Grand-jury indictment
YOUNGSTOWN -- A federal grand jury indicted a 28-year-old Youngstown man Wednesday with illegal possession of a loaded weapon. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Antjuan Adkins of East Avondale Avenue was charged with having a loaded Glock .45-caliber pistol Feb. 28, after being twice convicted of felonies. Adkins was convicted in 1999 of felonious assault and in 1995 of aggravated trafficking in drugs, the attorney's office said.
Accused of rape
YOUNGSTOWN -- Police are investigating a 39-year-old Fairgreen Avenue man accused of raping his daughter.
According to a police report, the daughter, now an adult, told police that her father raped her repeatedly between 1999 and 2001, while she was a teenager. The woman also told police that her father told her no one would believe her if she said anything.
Zoning decision
LIBERTY -- Township trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to rezone land on a 90-acre parcel off state Route 304.
In agreeing with the recommendation of the township zoning commission, trustees rezoned 60 acres from residential to commercial use while 30 acres will remain residential.
There will be a 100-foot buffer zone between an adjacent residential development in addition to the 30 acres that will remain residential.
Builder Robert Walley of Liberty had originally sought for the entire 90 acres to be rezoned from residential to industrial.
Festival parking donations
HUBBARD -- The National Guard Family Support Group will accept donations for parking during the St. Patrick Parish Festival that begins tonight and runs through Sunday.
The group will be at a parking lot at 718 N. Main St., across from Kelley and Robb Funeral Home. Proceeds go to support the deployed soldiers and families of C Company, 216th Engineer Battalion based in Austintown.
The 216th has about 136 soldiers in Iraq. They began their deployment Jan. 3 and are expected to return July 4.

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