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Agitated man jailed after HM hospital refuses admission



Published: Wed, January 5, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

Staff report

STRUTHERS

A man who police said became violent during an arrest was taken to the Mahoning County jail after his arraignment Monday.

Joseph A. Battisti, 24, spent the weekend in the city jail after his arrest Saturday morning at his home on Parkway Street.

Police were called to the home around 9:30 a.m. by his mother, who told them there was something wrong with her son, a police report says.

Two police officers went to the house. Battisti charged at them while gripping something in his hand, the report said. The object he was holding was later discovered to be a miniature baseball bat, the report said.

Battisti began fighting with one of the officers, and the other used pepper spray on him, the report says.

He kept fighting, and the fight moved to an enclosed porch. Battisti ended up putting his head through the metal bottom of a screen door, the report said.

He was handcuffed but still tried to resist arrest.

The report said Battisti’s mother and her boyfriend told police he woke up, came downstairs and began to yell for no apparent reason.

During his booking at the police station, Battisti was aggressive at times. He would cry then go into a rage, the report said.

He was dragged into his cell when he used his body as dead weight.

On Sunday, another inmate complained Battisti was behaving strangely, the report said. Police made an attempt to hospitalize him but were told by Humility of Mary Health Partners that it does not generally accept jail inmates as patients. Besides, the hospital had no beds, the report said.

At his arraignment Monday in Struthers Municipal Court, Battisti appeared barefoot, confused and disoriented.

The court appointed him an attorney because of indigence, and he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge.

He also is charged with aggravated menacing, a felony. No pleas are entered on felonies in the municipal courts.

Judge James Lanzo set his bond at $250, or 10 percent of $2,500, on the aggravated- menacing charge. His bond was set at $100, or 10 percent of $1,000, on the resisting- arrest charge.

He did not post bond and was transferred to the county jail, where he remained Tuesday.


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144509resident(46 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Yay struthers

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2Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I would like to counsel this individual. Here is my resume so you know I am serious.

Askmeificare job resume-

1984 to present:

Oil and tire pressure checker at the Shell Oil Company full service lane, McGuffey Plaza. My public relations efforts have kept many clientele extremely satisfied and I utilize strong collegiate skills for minimal debate and clientele awareness of recent additions and corporate improvements.

1980 to 1984:

Burger King parking lot attendant where I was responsible for enacting environmental policy and police action toward offenders of our liberal littering doctrine. Belmont Avenue.

1950 to 1980:

My parents basement, sanitation and custodial engineer. Responsibilities include pedestrian safety, organizing and labeling hazardous chemicals used primarily in the sanitation environment, engineering electrical wiring of public and private communication and sound systems.

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3steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I have a feeling this guy was having a xanax moment.
That explains the violence and the rages.
Unfortunatley I'v seen more of the effects of xanax abuse than I ever cared to.
Somebody check this guy for a benzo addiction or at least the abuse of them.

Xanax is a very overprescribed and very dangerous drug.
It's also very deadly when mixed even in small amounts with other medications especially opiates !!!!

Chances are he's not going to remember very much about his actions if he was under the influence of "Forget Me Nots"

I honestly wish I didn't know what I was talking about but I'v seen and lived with the madness and insanity of a benzo addict until it took his life.

Check this guy for benzos before it's to late!!!!!
Hopefully I'm wrong in this case!!

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4onastinks(7 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

so humility of mary health wont take jailed inmates as patients, and the hospital has no beds. sounds like the not for profit hospital is pretty pickey about who they will accept as patients.what a shame

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5onastinks(7 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

because their not for profit, they advertise of all the chairatable care they preform. they are not allowed to be pickey.

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6bucknut09(13 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

onastinks - I don't fault the hospital one bit. Do you remember the incident when an inmate escaped from St. Elizabeth's and fled to Columbus (I believe this happened about two years ago). I heard that the hospital is being sued over that incident. If they are being sued, I don't blame them for changing their policy.

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7onastinks(7 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

its illegal to refuse patients. their mission statement is to help all people. dont think for one moment they wont be sued for refusing someone and something happens to the pt. they refused to help.

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8bucknut09(13 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

onastinks - I think there are some key facts missing from the story. There are circumstances under which you can refuse a patient.

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9onastinks(7 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

no there isnt.legaly or morally.when i was a paramedic in youngstown st e's seemed to be on diversion alot. has that changed?

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10Cricketmab(4 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

INSTEAD OF SITTING IN JAIL, HE SHOULD'VE BEEN ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL. IF HE'S ACTING STRANGELY, THEY NEED TO TRY TO FIND OUT WHAT IS WRONG. COULDN'T ST. E'S RESTRAIN HIM, WHILE HE WAS BEING CHECKED. DID HE GO THROUGH EMERGENCY? DID THEY TRY NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL? SURE HOPE NOTHING HAPPENS TO HIM OR ANOTHER INMATE OR JAIL GUARD.

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11southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

WTH is the comment from Askmeificare; this is the second time I have seen this.

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