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Man’s Death After Confrontation With Police Ruled a Homicide

July 31, 2013

The Victory Centre of Park Forest
Saturday’s death of a 95-year-old nursing home resident who was shocked by a Taser and struck with bean bag rounds during a confrontation with police has been ruled a homicide by officials in the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

An autopsy showed John Warna died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen from being hit with the bean bags.

Officials at the Victory Centre of Park Forest, the south suburban home where Warna lived, said the man was displaying “unusually aggressive behavior” on Friday evening. When police arrived, they said Warna was threatening paramedics and staff with a cane and a metal shoehorn.

Police said they struck him with a Taser and bean bag rounds after he threatened officers with a 12-inch butcher knife.
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Man’s Death After Confrontation With Police Ruled a Homicide

Son of Nursing Home Homicide Victims Learns Details of Hs Mother’s Death in the Newspaper!

May 6, 2013

The son of a Carbon County nursing home resident who was fatally pushed by another resident April 20 said he learned of the homicide investigation in Thursday’s edition of the Standard-Speaker.
Guardian Elder Care, the owner of Weatherwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, said in a statement Thursday that Margaret Lechleitner, 85, “fell and hit her head after being pushed by another resident.”

Weatherly police and the Carbon County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the death.

Bruce Lechleitner of Summit Hill said the nursing home called him around 7:25 p.m. April 20 and indicated his mother was rushed to Hazleton General Hospital by first responders. She passed away about six hours after she arrived at the hospital. He did not know the circumstances of her death until he read about the homicide Thursday. She had been a resident in the nursing home since July 2012, he said.

Multiple calls to Guardian Elder Care and Weatherwood administration this week seeking comment on the investigation were not returned. Guardian Elder Care purchased Weatherwood from Carbon County in July 2010.

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Homicide Victim’s Son Learned Details of  Death in Newspaper