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Police: Woman steals ambulance, crashes into apartment complex

Posted on 16 October 2013 by wyoskibum


A 84-year-old woman is in the hospital after police say someone stole an ambulance and crashed into her apartment.

The Wilson Police Department says it happened at 8:25 a.m. on Sunday. Police they received a call about a car accident on the 2100 block of Glendale Drive. Police say when they got there a Johnston Ambulance Service truck had run off the road, hit an apartment building and four cars in the parking lot.

Police say they believe a 43-year-old woman stole the ambulance for the Wilson Medical Center before the accident. Officers say following the crash the woman took off into the woods, where she police arrested her. Officers say the suspect is currently under an involuntary commitment order and will be served with warrants following her release.

Police say the 84-year-old woman injured during the incident is currently at Vidant Medical Center and is in stable condition.



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Local paramedic claims city building made her sick

Posted on 04 October 2013 by wyoskibum

METROPOLIS, Ill. – An attorney for paramedic Rhonda Riley filed suit against the city of Metropolis and now is asking a Massac County judge to rule on an injunction.
The injunction would require the city or Massac Memorial Hospital to stop any cleanup of mold that may be in the ambulance service building. Riley’s attorney wants experts to come in and perform tests on any contaminants.
Pictures provided to Local 6 show a black substance on pipes as well as a black substance on a portion of a ceiling.
The lawsuit says the city of Metropolis failed to maintain the property on North Avenue and allowed mold, mildew, water, and other contaminants to collect over time.
“The purpose is just to get it cleaned up,” said Linda Cantrell, attorney for Rhonda Riley.
Cantrell said Riley’s filed a workman’s comp claim because of illness from the mold. The goal of the civil action is to get the city to clean up the place.
“Since I’ve filed the civil suit, there have been numerous, numerous paramedics contact me saying it’s become a hostile work environment,” she said.
Cantrell said of the 17 paramedics on staff, more than half have expressed interest to her in filing their own civil suits against the city.
She claims last week either the city or the hospital tried to vacuum air ducts or paint over mold while paramedics were inside.
“It’s just stirring up more mold, and when they leave they’re requiring paramedics to clean up the building,” she said.
Local 6 reached out to Massac Memorial Hospital on Wednesday. An administrative assistant told us the CEO was not in, and the hospital had no comment on the lawsuit.
The attorney for the city of Metropolis can’t work the case because of a conflict of interest.
As of news time Wednesday evening, Local 6 had not heard back from the attorney the city has hired.
A hearing on the injunction is scheduled for Monday, September 30th at 11 a.m.


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2 dead, 6 hurt in ambulance crash, police car crash and shooting in Newark

Posted on 23 November 2012 by wyoskibum

NEWARK, NJ — A fatal ambulance crash, a fatal shooting and then a collision between police cruisers left two people dead and six injured during a chaotic 45 minutes in Newark’s West Ward this morning.

Although the first crash was unrelated to the other incidents, the police car collision involved officers heading to the scene of the shooting.

The mayhem began around 11 a.m. when a Chrysler Pacifica crashed into an ambulance at South Orange Avenue and South 9th Street, sparking a chain-reaction car wreck that also involved a food truck and a county transportation bus, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

The crash killed 30-year-old Montclair resident Keith Chipepo, an employee of the private ambulance company, and left three others suffering from non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Murray said the circumstances of the crash were under investigation but declined to comment further. State Troopers were apparently searching for the Chrysler Pacifica involved in the incident, according to Attorney General’s Office spokesman Paul Loriquet, who said his agency is reviewing the State Police’s involvement in the wreck.

The carnage from the collision was still evident on South Orange Avenue early Monday afternoon, as dozens of police surrounded the wrecked ambulance. The vehicle lay on its side in the middle of the roadway, while the food truck sat at the base of a lamppost where it had spun to after the crash.

Aggravated manslaughter charges were announced Monday night against the driver of the Chrysler, James A. Sterling, 29, of Elizabeth, officials said. He faces charges of eluding, aggravated assault and driving with a suspended license and causing death and bodily injury, they said. When released from hospitalization, he will be held on $300,000 bail, officials said.

Less than 30 minutes after the wreck that killed Chipepo, Newark resident Joel Evans, 31, was shot and killed near the corner of Springfield Avenue and South 19th Street, officials said.

City Police Director Samuel DeMaio described the incident as a “targeted shooting,” but did not explain a motive for the killing.

Five minutes after that, DeMaio said, two Newark police cruisers crashed near the intersection of 15th Avenue and South 7th Street, injuring three officers who were heading to the scene of Evans’ death. The officers suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to DeMaio, who said one of the officers involved in the crash was Capt. Steven Yablonsky — the captain of the precinct that patrols most of the West Ward.

“Officers were out there doing what they’re supposed to do, responding for calls for help from citizens,” said James Stewart Jr., president of Newark’s Fraternal Order of Police. “Unfortunately this is one of the dangers they face every day.”

The attack continued a bloody 72 hours in the state’s largest city. Evans was the third person killed in as many days in Newark, and three other people were wounded by gunfire in the city Sunday night.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about today’s shooting to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-847-7432.



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13 Ambulances Taken Off the Road for Having No A/C

Posted on 02 July 2012 by wyoskibum

FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) — As we approach the warmest temperatures in years, the last thing a sick elderly patient needs is a stifling hot ambulance ride.

But that’s the health andsafety concern regarding one area first responder firm — recently ordered to take much of its fleet off the road.’s Randy Yohe investigates a troubling hot topic. Questcare operates a private ambulance company that serves Floyd, Pike, Magoffin and Johnson counties in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) tells that all of Questcare’s county licenses are under investigation for alleged regulatory violations.

Earlier this month a KBEMS inspector ordered 13 Questcare ambulances off the road for failing to meet requirements for internal temperature controls or other mechanical failures. Reliable sources tell that some units were transporting patients in100-plus-degree heat with no air conditioning.

One former Questcare ambulance team says they left a company that they say often put pure profit before patient health and safety.

Starlie Driskill and John Cruse say, “It doesn’t matter if the ambulance has air conditioning, brakes that work, tires, a faulty engine.
There’s a set protocol from KBEMS that I have to down that vehicle. And they told me if I did that, I would be jobless.”

Questcare employees refused to comment.

Company President Kevin Fairlie told Yohe over the phone that there was a recent inspection. Firlie said there were ambulance air conditioning issues, he did not know how many. He said it was all routine, though.

“We pull it off the road, fix it and put it back on,” Fairlie said, referring to when something breaks.

KBEMS says in mid June, three Questcare ambulances were returned to service after passing a follow up air conditioning test. That leaves 10 still sidelined

The Kentucky EMS board says sidelining 13 ambulances is a large number. They tell us the formal complaint into Questcare stems from a variety of sources.



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Patient steals ambulance

Posted on 23 May 2012 by wyoskibum

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 37-year-old woman is facing some serious charges after taking off with a Rural Metro Ambulance and crashing it into a parking lot wall in Amherst early Sunday morning.

“It was quite exciting for 6:30 in the morning,” says Paul Vanderbush, a witness to the crash.

Rural Metro says the ambulance involved in the crash looks like it may be a total loss.

“I was on my way for coffee, I stopped at the intersection of Harlem and Wehrle and there were a bunch of police cars coming into the intersection and ambulances are all over the place,” says Vanderbush.

A bizarre morning when officials say a drunk 37-year-old woman waiting to be admitted at ECMC takes off with an ambulance on the hospital ramp, speeding through town, until crashing at the round-a-bout at Kensington and Harlem.

“The entire front of the ambulance was pretty well smashed in. She came through the landscaping and broke a big pot and from the damage going into the intersection it looked like she had jumped the beginning of it,” says Vanderbush.

The flower bed in the round-a-bout was freshly planted just the other day.

“The town did a lot of work on it and they have some volunteers that help out and they just put in top soil and the flowers and trimmed the plants and cleaned it up so nice,” says Vanderbush.

Vanderbush says it’s a good thing it was a Sunday Morning.

“If this had been a week day it would have been terrible someone would have got hit.”

By the afternoon the mess was mostly cleaned up, but for anyone who saw it, it won’t be easily forgotten.

“There was no other traffic on this street there was no one else around and all the sudden this parade of police cars and ambulances and all that and they tied up the intersection for quite some time until they cleaned the mess up. But I hope the lady is alright,” says Vanderbush.

The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, is being charged with reckless endangerment, grand larceny, criminal possession of a stolen vehicle and other charges.



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8 hurt in ambulance crash

Posted on 15 February 2012 by wyoskibum

LEXINGTON, KY – They’re usually the ones taking people to the hospital. Saturday, an ambulance crew and several others needed emergency help.

Around 12:30 Saturday afternoon, Nicholasville police say a truck crashed into an ambulance at the intersection of Highways 27 and 169.

Police tell WKYT the ambulance did have its lights and sirens on as they were transporting a patient when the accident happened. The crash caused the ambulance to spin out, smashing into two other cars.

Police say eight people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, including two EMS workers.

No charges have been filed, but police say they continue to investigate what led up to the crash.


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Elderly man pulls gun on paramedic

Posted on 23 February 2011 by wyoskibum

SAN ANTONIO, TX — A man is in jail after threatening to shoot a paramedic who was treating him, police said. Authorities arrested 68-year-old James Edward Moore for aggravated assault on a public servant.

According to an arrest warrant Moore called city paramedics to his home on Timber Lodge near Culebra and Tezel on the northwest side. The warrant says Moore was cussing and angry at the treatment he was receiving.

The paramedics said Moore needed to go to the hospital because of his condition.  They told police that Moore pulled out a handgun and told them that he was not going to the hospital.

The warrant says the paramedics left the home and called police.  Negotiators were called to the scene and able to get Moore out of his house.  He was taken to University Hospital where he was treated and held on emergency detention.

Moore is in the Bexar County Jail on a $50,000 bond.


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Problems revealed with Detroit EMS

Posted on 29 January 2011 by wyoskibum

DETROIT, MI – Mismanagement — not money — is to blame for much of the slow response times of ambulances in Detroit, the City Council said Monday.

At a hearing on the matter, public safety officials revealed serious problems with the city’s Emergency Medical Services.

EMS hasn’t filled 57 vacancies for paramedics and emergency medical technicians, even though the money has been available for months. The reason, EMS officials said, is because they can’t get enough people to apply for the positions.

“With today’s unemployment rate, it seems like we should be able to find qualified candidates,” Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown countered.

With inadequate staff, paramedics often are delayed 30 minutes or more before responding to grave emergencies, such as heart attacks and car crashes, said paramedic Wisam Zeineh.

“People are dying needlessly,” Zeineh said.

Complicating matters are dispatchers who send ambulances to non-emergencies, the department’s top brass and Deputy Mayor Saul Green told the council. In some cases, ambulances rush to the homes of residents who call 911 dozens of times a year for minor medical problems, while people with real emergencies are waiting for help, EMS officials said.

Also revealed was that only 19 of the city’s 46 EMS rigs were in service Monday because the others needed repairs or maintenance. On average, the city needs 21 EMS rigs a day to adequately respond to emergencies, officials said.

The problem: The department primarily uses one repair shop instead of multiple shops, EMS Chief Jerald James said.

“We cannot lose lives because we have vehicles out of service,” Councilwoman Brenda Jones said. “How long are we going to continue to talk about these problems before something is done?”

EMS officials said they’ll explore ways to get the rigs back on the road faster.

After the meeting, James said: “We promise we will address the problems that are affecting citizens.”


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Garner Rescue chief quits amid sex assault probe

Posted on 15 September 2010 by wyoskibum

arner, N.C. — The chief of Garner Rescue Squad resigned Tuesday, six days after a department employee was accused of a sexual assault.

A woman reported to Garner police that she was assaulted on Sept. 1 in the former offices of Garner EMS & Rescue Squad on Seventh Avenue by a Garner Rescue employee, Lt. Chris Hagwood of the Garner Police Department said Wednesday.

Rescue Squad Chief  Bill Frederick resigned Tuesday, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the move was linked to the assault allegation.

Ralph Smith, the chairman of Garner Rescue’s board of directors, said Frederick didn’t provide a reason for stepping down, other than saying it was “a personal matter.”

Fourteen years ago, Frederick resigned from the Sanford Police Department amid allegations that he traded leniency on criminal charges for sexual favors. He was later convicted of attempted obstruction of justice and was placed on probation.

Frederick couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Smith said no other Garner Rescue employees have resigned or been fired.

“Personally, I really regretted it. He has great experience. He’s done a good job for the Garner EMS operationally for years,” he said.

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said the situation has left him frustrated.

“There are so many good things happening in Garner. To hear about something like this (is difficult),” Williams said. “I’m borderline angry, but I stopped at frustration. Probably the longer I think about it, the more angry I will become.”

The assault allegation is the latest problem for the troubled rescue squad, which was formerly known as Garner EMS & Rescue. Wake County EMS took over emergency medical services in Garner in May because of Garner EMS’ mounting financial difficulties.

The squad continues to provide rescue services to Garner and non-emergency ambulance services, which operates as Garner Medical Transport, under a one-year, $280,000 contract with the town.


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State investigating some Suffolk EMS personnel

Posted on 16 April 2010 by wyoskibum

SUFFOLK, VA – The Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services is investigating a complaint it received against some members of the Suffolk Department of Fire and Rescue, a spokesman for the state office confirmed Wednesday.

“We received a complaint that there were questions of validity of qualifications that were performed by students in the field,” said Michael Berg, manager for the regulation and compliance division of the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. The office is part of the Virginia Department of Health.

The complaint, Berg said, accused “multiple people that to our knowledge are firefighters with the city of Suffolk” who were students in the paramedic program.

“These were individuals who were in an accredited training program who were upgrading their certifications,” Berg said. The students would have been upgrading certifications, for example, from EMT-Intermediate to EMT-Paramedic, which would have allowed them to perform more advanced skills on patients in the field.

Because his office is currently investigating the complaint, Berg would not give any further details, but said he hopes to close the investigation within the next 30 days.

City spokeswoman Debbie George said the city’s Department of Fire and Rescue is not a target of the investigation.

Berg said such investigations are infrequent, but they do happen.

“This is not the first time we’ve received a complaint like this,” Berg said. “In the past year or two years, I think we have investigated four, maybe five different complaints [statewide] where allegations of not completing course requirements or falsification of course requirements may have occurred.”

If the investigation reveals the complaint is founded, the Office of Emergency Medical Services can take several enforcement actions.

“Each case is weighed on its own merit,” Berg said.

The office can issue a written notification that the problem needs to be corrected, Berg said. Such a notification is kept on file in his office, but is not posted on the office’s Web site for public viewing.

The next level would involve the issuance of a citation, which is posted for public viewing.

The state office also can issue a correction order, which outlines certain activities that need to occur within a defined time period to correct the problem. A correction order can be issued in conjunction with a written notification or with a citation.

Lastly, the state office can suspend or permanently revoke an individual’s certification. Such actions must go through due process hearings, during which both sides can present evidence and be heard and an adjudication officer will decide the outcome.


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Charges Dropped Against Petersburg Ambulance Driver

Posted on 09 April 2010 by wyoskibum

ETERSBURG, VA – Charges are dropped against a Petersburg ambulance driver who helped stop a police chase.

Petersburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Cassandra Conover went to court Thursday afternoon to get the reckless driving charge against Mark Talbott dropped.

Talbott was charged after stopping his ambulance in the path of a driver who was running from police last week.

State police say they filed charges because Talbott put his life and the lives of others at risk, even though he was trying to help. Prosecutors say when they took a closer look at the case and the circumstances surrounding it they decided to drop the charge.

Talbott says he’s happy the charge has been dropped. He told us today he’s received an outpouring of support since the police chase happened. Talbott also says he has no hard feelings towards State Police for citing him.


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Portland EMS employee facing drug charge

Posted on 10 March 2010 by wyoskibum

PORTLAND, IN — An employee of Jay County Emergency Medical Service has been arrested on drug-related allegations. Zachary R. Gaskill, 25, 522 E. Main St., Portland, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony carrying a standard 18-month prison term. A trial date has not yet been set in Jay Superior Court.

Authorities allege Gaskill had an anti-anxiety medication in his belongings at the Dunkirk JCEMS station that he did not have a prescription for.

Gaskill was released from the Jay County jail Friday after posting a $5,000 bond. He has been suspended without pay pending resolution of the criminal allegations.


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Paramedic in Fort Pierce ambulance crash has leg amputated

Posted on 10 March 2010 by wyoskibum

FORT PIERCE, FL - A paramedic seriously injured when an SUV slammed into the side of an ambulance in which he was a passenger has had to have his leg amputated.

Christopher Doyle said he has no recollection of the late Tuesday afternoon crash, which bashed in the passenger side of the ambulance, but he said he is glad to be alive.

Witnesses said a Port St. Lucie woman was speeding before the crash that killed her and injured two others when she crashed into the ambulance at a Fort Pierce intersection.

The crash happened shortly after 6 p.m. at Virginia Avenue and 25th Street, according to Fort Pierce police spokeswoman Audria Moore.

An ambulance, driven by St. Lucie County Firefighter William Hines, was at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and 25th Street to make a left turn onto 25th Street, when a Nissan SUV, driven by Germaine Lindor, 63, of the 2600 block of NW Hatches Harbor Road, Port St. Lucie, entered the intersection and collided with the passenger side of the ambulance, according to Moore.

The impact tipped the ambulance over on its driver side and caused it to spin around and skid on its side for about 50 feet. The SUV continued traveling north on 25th Street until it came to a stop.

Witness William Kelly said Lindor’s SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash.

“This is a 45 [mph zone] and it was doing twice that, no problem at all. Ninety, easy,” Kelly said. “I saw her 50 feet away from the intersection. I couldn’t believe that she wasn’t slowing down. … Hit that hump, it seemed like her truck left the ground and jumped up in the air and hit the ambulance.”

Lindor was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her family members wept at the sight of her crumpled vehicle.


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Ambulance Crew Under Review After Child’s Death

Posted on 04 March 2010 by wyoskibum

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An ambulance crew has been suspended after refusing to take a child to the hospital. The child died several hours later.

Two-year-old Stephanie Stephens of Southeast was buried Tuesday. The hours and events leading up to her death are now at the heart of an investigation into the actions of the ambulance crew that was first called to help her.

According to D.C. Fire and EMS, just before 5 a.m. on February 10, Medic 33 and Engine 33 responded to Stephens apartment on Southern Avenue because Stephanie was having trouble breathing. Her mother tells ABC 7 News that the paramedic told her to put Stephanie in the bathroom and to run the shower so the humidity could help her breathe. The fire department confirms the medic unit did not take the two-year-old to the hospital.Around 1:45 p.m. officials say there was another 911 call from the apartment for “abnormal breathing.” The same ambulance but different crew arrived and they transported Stephanie to the hospital where hours later she was pronounced dead.

Multiple sources confirm that the first responding paramedic advised the mother that Stephanie did not need to go to hospital and to put her bathroom with the shower running. As a strict rule, paramedics and firefighters are not supposed to diagnose patients.

The paramedic and another employee are now “…in a non patient contact status until a review is completed by the Office of the Medical Director for DC Fire and EMS.”

At the end of medical review, several things could happen, depending on what investigators find. The paramedic and EMT could be sent for more training or there could be disciplinary action.


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