Articles by Kantele Franko

16 More Alumni Sue Ohio State Over Abuse by Team Doctor

Sixteen more Ohio State University alumni have sued the university over how school officials dealt with a team doctor who an investigation recently concluded had sexually abused at least 177 young men between 1979 and 1997. The federal case filed …

Ohio Doctor Now Faces Murder Charges in Painkiller Overdose Deaths

A critical care doctor who is already accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of Ohio hospital patients has been charged with murder in 25 patient deaths, authorities said on June 5. A grand jury indicted now-fired Dr. William Husel …

1 Dead After Tornadoes Leave Trail of Destruction Across Indiana, Ohio

A swarm of apparent tornadoes so tightly packed that one crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes and blowing out windows. One person was killed and dozens were injured. The storms were among …

Ohio Hospital Settles 3 Excessive Dose Claim Lawsuits

The Ohio hospital system where an intensive care doctor is accused of ordering excessive doses of painkillers for dozens of patients who died is settling three resulting wrongful-death cases, while 24 more lawsuits are pending. The family of 78-year-old Lora …

Ohio Hospital Reports 48 Nurses, Pharmacists Over Dosages, Deaths

The Ohio hospital system where an intensive-care doctor is accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of patients has put more employees on leave and changed key leaders at the hospital where nearly all those deaths occurred. Mount Carmel Health …

Ohio Hospital Facing Excessive Dosage Lawsuits Tightens Drug Access, Rules

The Ohio hospital system that found a doctor ordered possibly fatal doses of powerful painkillers for dozens of patients has tightened policies and drug access to address problems in pharmaceutical services that jeopardized Medicare participation for two hospitals, according to …

New Suits Filed Over Pain Meds Given to Near-Death Patients in Ohio

An Ohio man said on Jan. 16 he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife’s hospital death last year was caused by a doctor’s order for a fatal dose of pain medication. David Austin said he called an …

Ex-Athletes: Ohio State Doc Groped, Ogled Men for Years

On paper, Richard Strauss was a well-regarded Ohio State University physician who examined young athletes for decades as a team doctor and sports-medicine researcher. Some former athletes recall him differently: Locker-room voyeur. Serial groper. “Dr. Jelly Paws.” In interviews with …

Jury Awards $5.5M to Family of Man Killed by Cleveland Cop

The family of a man fatally shot in the head by a Cleveland, Ohio, policeman was awarded $5.5 million by a federal jury in a civil case that found the officer liable for using excessive force. The decision comes more …

Ohio Measure Would Allow Workers’ Comp for Police PTSD

Ohio’s emergency responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits even if they don’t have physical injuries under proposed legislation a state Senate panel is considering. It would apply to police and other peace officers, …