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August 22, 2013
A Hagerstown pharmacist who previously pleaded guilty to fraudulently selling powerful pain killers and billing Medicare and Medicaid for nearly $200,000 was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to more than two years in prison. David Russo, 62, of Hagerstown was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Russo was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, restitution of $200,146 and forfeit $39,000 in cash seized during a search of his pharmacy in 2010, Rosenstein said in the release.
NEWS
May 29, 2012
A Hagerstown woman faces charges after police said she called a pharmacy and ordered a prescription for a patient who ultimately turned out to be her, according to court documents. Kelly Michelle Nally, 37, of 641 Knightsbridge Drive, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on one felony count of unauthorized practice of medicine and a felony count of computer fraud, according to court documents.   The counterfeit prescription for Tramadol, a pain medication, was reported April 17 by a pharmacist at the Spring Mills (W.Va.)
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | October 1, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com At the time of his arrest in January, a Hagerstown podiatrist had nearly weaned himself off painkillers he began taking for severe headaches about two years before his arrest, the podiatrist's attorney said in a plea hearing Tuesday. Bradley Scott Williams, 29, of 112 Bentley Court in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to three counts of obtaining illegal drugs with false prescriptions. Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright sentenced Williams to two years in prison, but freed him on the condition that Williams continue drug treatment and comply with restrictions imposed through a Pennsylvania licensing board.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2013
A Fairplay man who stole a neighbor's van, unsuccessfully tried to rob a pharmacy and then was caught by the son of the van's owner was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington Circuit Court to attempted robbery. Bradley Steven Lapp, 43, formerly of 8617 Sharpsburg Pike, also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary. In exchange for the plea, charges including theft, motor vehicle theft and assault were dismissed. On the morning of Oct. 13, 2012, Lapp entered the unlocked apartment of a neighbor and removed the keys to the van, Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen said, reading from the statement of facts in the case.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 26, 2012
A Hagerstown man who robbed a pharmacy last year using a note that claimed he had a weapon was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in state prison. William David McCullough, 46, of 155 Summit Ave., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty in December to armed robbery in the Aug. 19, 2011, holdup of the CVS on East Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown. At the time he entered the plea, Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen told Judge Donald E. Beachley that McCullough, who was not armed, was charged with armed robbery because he presented a note to the pharmacist that claimed he was armed.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | September 30, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A Washington County woman pleaded guilty Sept. 23 to a charge of obtaining a drug by fraud in connection with a fraudulent prescription presented at CVS/pharmacy on Dual Highway in June, according to court records. Elizabeth Kay Hurtman, 24, was sentenced to 18 months in jail, but Washington County District Judge Dana Moylan Wright suspended the sentence, according to court records. Hurtman, who was given three years probation, is to abstain from alcohol and abusive use of any drug, to submit to alcohol and drug testing, and to attend three self-help group meetings per week for 52 weeks, court records show.
NEWS
By BRYN MICKLE | September 8, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Maryland man has been charged with 31 counts of prescription fraud in Martinsburg, according to court records. Craig Ward, 47, of Corriganville, Md., was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and held on $30,000 bond in the Eastern Regional Jail. Four pharmacies in the Martinsburg area told police a man and a woman used a prescription scheme to illegally obtain painkillers, including the highly addictive Vicodin, according to court records.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | January 16, 2012
Behind the pharmacy counter, the familiar bags of medications are tagged and labeled alphabetically in plastic containers. Customers come and go - but not everyone is there to drop off or pick up a prescription. Some have come for an influenza or shingles vaccine. Others are there to have their blood pressure checked. And many arrive with questions. Will a certain over-the-counter medicine interact with their hypertension pills? What can they do to improve their cholesterol count?
OBITUARIES
May 24, 2012
William Charles Chatkin, 80, of Hagerstown, Md., died at Meritus Medical Center May 23, 2012. Born in Hagerstown on Feb. 25, 1932, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Evelyn L. Chatkin. He was of the Jewish faith. He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1950, Dickinson College in 1954 and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1957. He operated Chatkin's Pharmacy with his father until 1962. He owned and operated Chatkin's West-End Pharmacy until 1981. From 1981 to 1995, he was a pharmacist at Patterson's Drug Store in Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | February 22, 2004
Editor's note: This is the fourth of a five-part series featuring black men and women who are making a difference in their communities. waynesboro@herald-mail.com Francis Achampong has large windows in his second floor office in Penn State Mont Alto's Conklin Hall, but they aren't needed to brighten up the room - his broad, infectious smile does that. Achampong, 48, is Mont Alto's director of academic affairs, a job that puts him second in command of the 1,100-student campus behind David Gnage, the school's campus executive officer.
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NEWS
August 22, 2013
A Hagerstown pharmacist who previously pleaded guilty to fraudulently selling powerful pain killers and billing Medicare and Medicaid for nearly $200,000 was sentenced in federal court on Thursday to more than two years in prison. David Russo, 62, of Hagerstown was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. Russo was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine, restitution of $200,146 and forfeit $39,000 in cash seized during a search of his pharmacy in 2010, Rosenstein said in the release.
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NEWS
June 14, 2013
A Hagerstown pharmacist pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Baltimore to fraudulently selling powerful pain killers and billing Medicare and Medicaid for nearly $200,000 of the cost, the U.S. Department of Justice said. David Russo, 62, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to health care fraud, according to a Justice Department news release issued Friday afternoon. Russo admitted that he filed prescriptions for oxycodone, methadone and benzodiazepines that he knew were “outside of the legitimate medical course,” and billed Medicare and Medicaid, authorities said.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2013
A Fairplay man who stole a neighbor's van, unsuccessfully tried to rob a pharmacy and then was caught by the son of the van's owner was sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty Thursday in Washington Circuit Court to attempted robbery. Bradley Steven Lapp, 43, formerly of 8617 Sharpsburg Pike, also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary. In exchange for the plea, charges including theft, motor vehicle theft and assault were dismissed. On the morning of Oct. 13, 2012, Lapp entered the unlocked apartment of a neighbor and removed the keys to the van, Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen said, reading from the statement of facts in the case.
NEWS
May 29, 2012
A Hagerstown woman faces charges after police said she called a pharmacy and ordered a prescription for a patient who ultimately turned out to be her, according to court documents. Kelly Michelle Nally, 37, of 641 Knightsbridge Drive, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on one felony count of unauthorized practice of medicine and a felony count of computer fraud, according to court documents.   The counterfeit prescription for Tramadol, a pain medication, was reported April 17 by a pharmacist at the Spring Mills (W.Va.)
OBITUARIES
May 24, 2012
William Charles Chatkin, 80, of Hagerstown, Md., died at Meritus Medical Center May 23, 2012. Born in Hagerstown on Feb. 25, 1932, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Evelyn L. Chatkin. He was of the Jewish faith. He graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1950, Dickinson College in 1954 and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1957. He operated Chatkin's Pharmacy with his father until 1962. He owned and operated Chatkin's West-End Pharmacy until 1981. From 1981 to 1995, he was a pharmacist at Patterson's Drug Store in Martinsburg, W.Va.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 26, 2012
A Hagerstown man who robbed a pharmacy last year using a note that claimed he had a weapon was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in state prison. William David McCullough, 46, of 155 Summit Ave., Apt. 2, pleaded guilty in December to armed robbery in the Aug. 19, 2011, holdup of the CVS on East Wilson Boulevard in Hagerstown. At the time he entered the plea, Assistant State's Attorney Michele Hansen told Judge Donald E. Beachley that McCullough, who was not armed, was charged with armed robbery because he presented a note to the pharmacist that claimed he was armed.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | January 16, 2012
Behind the pharmacy counter, the familiar bags of medications are tagged and labeled alphabetically in plastic containers. Customers come and go - but not everyone is there to drop off or pick up a prescription. Some have come for an influenza or shingles vaccine. Others are there to have their blood pressure checked. And many arrive with questions. Will a certain over-the-counter medicine interact with their hypertension pills? What can they do to improve their cholesterol count?
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 27, 2011
What is written in a holdup note matters. At least that was the case for William David McCullough, who pleaded guilty to armed robbery Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court - although the only evidence of a weapon reportedly was in the note he gave to a pharmacist at the CVS on East Wilson Boulevard. McCullough, 46, of 155 Summit Ave., Apt. 2, was charged by Hagerstown police with armed robbery, robbery, theft of less than $1,000 and second-degree assault in the Aug. 19 incident, in which he handed the pharmacist a note demanding Dilaudid tablets and syringes.
LIFESTYLE
June 24, 2011
Linda Smith, adjunct instructor at Hagerstown Community College, was recently appointed as a board member of the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP).  Formed in 1969, ASCP's mission is to manage and improve drug therapy, as well as improve the quality of life of geriatric patients and other individuals in both public and private care. Currently, ASCP has more than 7,000 professional members and more than 4,500 student members in pharmacy, pre-pharmacy, and pharmacy technician programs throughout the United States and Canada.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | March 17, 2011
A Hagerstown pharmacist has been prohibited from dispensing drugs classified as controlled dangerous substances following allegations that he filled thousands of prescriptions for Oxycodone, OxyContin, methadone and other powerful painkillers written by two physicians whose licenses were subsequently suspended. The Maryland Board of Pharmacy voted on Dec. 22, 2010, to summarily suspend the license of David Russo, owner of Russo's Rx at 25 N. Cannon Ave. "There has since been a consent agreement by which my license has been restored, but I cannot dispense controlled dangerous substances," Russo said Tuesday.
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