Saturday, April 14, 2018

Judge rejects nurse’s plea for lower bond in opioid patch case

An Illinois judge has refused to lower the bond for a nurse suspected of stealing painkilling opioid patches from patients at two local nursing homes. James Rellihan’s lawyer asked the judge to release his client on his own recognizance, while prosecutors requested a doubling of his $50,000 bond because a grand jury filed residential burglary charges against him. The judge did not change Rellihan’s bail.

Rellilan worked at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He allegedly went there on his day off and took three fentanyl patches off a terminally ill patient’s body. Two days later, he removed a fentanyl patch from a dementia patient.