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December 3, 2012

Local and state briefs 12/4/2012


Med tech in hep C case pleads not guilty

CONCORD, N.H. – A traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes  pleaded not guilty to the charges in New Hampshire federal court on Monday.

The man worked in Pittsburgh for a time.

David Kwiatkowski, whom prosecutors describe as a “serial infector,” was indicted last week on multiple charges of tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining drugs.

Until May, Kwiatkowski worked as a cardiac technologist at Exeter Hospital, where 32 patients were diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. Before that, he worked in 18 hospitals in seven states.

Patients in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan and New York have since been tested for hepatitis C.

Kwiatkowski had a temporary job at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Pres­byterian in 2008.

Town’s Nativity moves to private property

ELLWOOD CITY – A Nativity display is up outside a former church in this western Pennsylvania community after a lawsuit threat prompted the town to remove the display from public property.

Ellwood City’s Nativity scene was put in place Sunday. A local attorney paid for the new display and set it up outside the former church.

Mayor Anthony Court said the new creche in the new location “doesn’t sit well” with him. He said city council should have stood up to the complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.


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