Nurse Steals Medications for Personal Use
A nurse at the Ellwood City Hospital was accused of stealing narcotic medications. According to the criminal complaint, an internal investigation by the hospital staff indicated someone was tampering with morphine, meperidine and hydrocodone medications. Hospital officials conducted state investigators with evidence indicating Tenelle O Goss, 40, of Ellwood City, was the most likely suspect. When interviewed by state investigators in February, Goss admitted to an addiction problem and that she had been signing out medication under patients’ names for her own use. Goss subsequently replaced the medication with saline solution. She was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by subterfuge, reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and theft.
According to the criminal complaint, on June 25 an officer observed a vehicle driving erratically. The officer conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Alyssa Marie Pacella, 22, of Ellwood City, who appeared intoxicated. After failing field sobriety tests, she was taken to the Ellwood City Hospital and charged with a DUI.