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Suspect in Lockport hospital holdup was former patient of Dr. Gosy

LOCKPORT – A man who robbed a Lockport hospital and made off with drugs Saturday was a former a patient of Dr. Eugene J. Gosy, the Amherst pain doctor indicted and forced to surrender his license to prescribe painkillers.

The city was put on high alert when the man went into the Eastern Niagara Hospital emergency room at 5 a.m. Saturday with what appeared to be guns and a bomb and demanded drugs.

Adam D. Kibler, 24, of Levan Avenue, City of Lockport, was charged with first-degree robbery Monday when he appeared before Judge William J. Watson in City Court. He was remanded to Niagara County Jail on $250,000 bail. A return court date was set for June 6, but he is expected to return sooner to seek a reduction in bail if he can be placed in an addiction treatment facility.

Watson has agreed to work with Kibler’s family and his attorney, Barry N. Covert, of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria in Buffalo, and will consider a reduction in bail if an addiction treatment plan is in place.

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Gosy was charged last month with unlawfully providing prescription narcotics to patients.

The area’s three major health insurers, in statements issued Monday, took differing positions regarding Gosy and his practice.

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York declared, “Gosy & Associates and their affiliated physicians are no longer participating providers in all networks.”

Independent Health said that it was taking action only on Gosy.

“The removal of Dr. Gosy from our network does not affect the other practicing physician in Dr. Gosy’s office,” a spokesman said.

Univera Healthcare’s statement said simply, “At this time, we have not taken any actions.”

BlueCross BlueShield said that it would help its members find “alternative solutions to accessing pain management care within our network,” advising them to call the customer service number on their membership ID cards.

After the doctor’s arrest, emergency rooms also announced new guidelines for prescribing opioids. Hospitals report that patients from Gosy’s practice, who were given no advance notice, began visiting emergency rooms looking for help. Dr. Robert F. McCormack, chief of service for emergency medicine at Kaleida Health, told The Buffalo News last week that Gosy’s patients were a major concern for the hospital system.

After the court session, Covert said that Kibler was a former patient of Gosy but that it was not something he could discuss.

Kibler is accused of going into the emergency room at Eastern Niagara Hospital just before 5 a.m. Saturday and demanding drugs. He carried two rifles and wore a backpack that he told the hospital contained a bomb. Police later determined the bomb was an “inert” device and the guns also were reportedly fake.

The hospital gave the thief a small amount of an unnamed drug. Radio transmissions indicated that the drug was six doses of the opioid Dilaudid in intravenous form. A nurse called the city Police Department, and officers quickly responded and noticed Kibler as he was leaving the emergency room. He dropped the weapons and backpack.

“The State Police Bomb Squad was called, and the device in the man’s backpack turned out to be inert,” city Police Chief Michael F. Niethe told reporters Saturday. Niethe said that one of the officers fired at the suspect but that he was not hit.

Police locked down the hospital and surrounding neighborhood until 10 a.m.

Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, police charged Kibler, whose Levan Avenue home is nearly across the street from the hospital.

email: nfischer@buffnews.com