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Hospital nurse pleads guilty to stealing drugs

September 27, 2012
Salem News

LISBON - Robin L. Fankhauser-Bufwack, 50, of Leavittsburg, was sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court Friday to a five-year treatment plan after pleading guilty to theft, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and illegal processing of drug documents.

Court documents state between March 2011 and July 1, 2011, Fankhauser-Bufwack, a registered nurse at Salem Community Hospital, took dangerous drugs of morphine and dilaudid by altering information in the hospital's records.

Roger D. Brown, 56, Washington Street, Washingtonville, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison and had his license suspended for six months for illegal processing of drug documents. Earlier this year Brown was found in violation of his probation. Court documents state in 2007 at the Giant Eagle Pharmacy in Salem, Brown presented a prescription form for Ativan, which he knew had been altered to approve five refills.

Christopher L. Meyer, 22, Bayard Road, Minerva, was sentenced to 12 months in prison with credit for 60 days served after pleading guilty Monday to burglary. The new sentence is being served concurrently with a jail sentence Meyer is already serving in Stark County.

Court documents claim Meyer on April 20, 2011 trespassed into a home owned by William Strahler on Bayard Road, along with a co-defendant William G. Moore Jr. While inside, they took miscellaneous automobile parts, a firearm, an iPod, tools, a crossbow and solar cells. Moore was sentenced for burglary in April.

Jeremaine Lewis, 26, address unknown, pleaded guilty Monday to burglary for entering the home of Sherman Street, Lisbon home of Cora Lewis to steal money to buy cigarettes in November. He was sentenced to nine months in prison, but credited with 10 months already served.

Shawn L. Paulin, 33, Lisbon, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of misuse of credit cards. He was sentenced to six months in prison consecutive to any sentence he may receive for charges pending in Mahoning County.

Court documents state Paulin on Nov. 5 and 6 had in his possession two credit cards belonging to Sue Cole, which were used twice including once at Circle K in Salem.



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