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Nurse pleads innocent to drug charges



Published: Wed, August 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



WARREN -- A nurse faces a pretrial hearing later this month in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on numerous drug charges.

Laurie Claire Judson, 26, of Foreman Road, Austinburg, who formerly worked for Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital, pleaded innocent Tuesday to a 10-count indictment at her arraignment.

Judson faces three counts of theft of drugs, two counts of illegal processing of drug documents, and two counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. She also faces single counts of illegal processing of drug documents, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and aggravated possession of drugs.

All of the charges are fourth- and fifth-degree felonies, which carry penalities ranging from six to 18 months in prison.

Atty. Tom Letson, who represented Judson for her arraignment, said the court set a $2,500 personal recognizance bond. Judson, who surrendered to police, cooperated with authorities in the investigation, and the county prosecutor's office had no objection to the bond, Letson said.

Authorities have accused Judson of using blank prescription forms to obtain controlled painkillers. This spring, the indictment says, Judson made false statements on prescriptions and obtained uncompleted pre-printed prescription blanks for painkillers Hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin ES) and Oxycodone (Percocet).

Atty. Stuart Douglas will represent Judson during her trial. A pre-trial is set for Aug. 25 in Judge John Stuard's courtroom.




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