Hospital nurse pleads guilty in Demerol case

A former Rome Memorial Hospital nurse admitted in City Court to mishandling the paperwork when ordering Demerol.

Allison Axe, 36, formerly of Glenville, pleaded guilty before Judge Daniel C. Wilson Thursday to second-degree falsifying business records, reduced from first-degree. A charge of using fraud to obtain a controlled substance was dismissed. Her case was adjourned for sentencing to Jan. 11.

Authorities said on June 18 and 19, Axe, a registered nurse at Rome Memorial Hospital, falsified information on patient medical administration records so that she could withdraw drugs from the automated medication dispensing unit. Authorities said Axe stole a quantity of the drug Demerol.

In a statement to investigators, the patient said Axe never gave him any Demerol. In her own statement, Axe said she simply never scanned the patient’s individual bar code when administering the medication because she was "frustrated" with the hospital’s bar code system and was pressed for time.

Also in City Court:

¿ Bail was set at $250 and was not immediately met Friday for Chrystina Sanfurd, 36, of 21 Meyers Road, Lee Center, who appeared before Judge John C. Gannon on a charge of petty larceny. Her case was adjourned to Nov. 26.

Police said at 1:57 p.m. July 13, Sanfurd stole cosmetics and groceries from Price Chopper on Black River Boulevard. Several witnesses reported seeing Sanfurd loading unbagged groceries into her vehicle in the parking lot.

¿ Dallas A. Sorrell, 23, of 611 W. Dominick St., was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $250 in court fees on a charge of second-degree contempt.

Police said at midnight on Oct. 16, Sorrell was in a domestic dispute with his female companion at his residence, despite being court-ordered to stay away from her.