The doctor is not in

Patients arriving at Dr. Donald Austrian’s Trumbull office Friday found a locked door and a simple handwritten sign explaining that the office was closed for a family emergency.

Austrian, a physician for 30 years, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 18 counts of illegally selling and dispensing prescriptions for powerful painkillers.

He is free on $50,000 bond pending arraignment in Superior Court.

Jim Shay