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Police: Woman Takes Off In Stolen Ambulance

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

HASTINGS (WWJ/AP), MI - Authorities in western Michigan say a woman swiped an ambulance while its crew was picking up a patient.

Barry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nick Seifert said deputies stopped the LifeCare ambulance around 1:43 a.m. Wednesday after it was stolen from Battle Creek Health Systems Hospital.

The 53-year-old woman told officers she took the ambulance because she wanted to “get home to Southfield.” She was arrested and turned over to Battle Creek police, according to Mlive.com.

Seifert said the woman, whose identity was not released, did not appear to be under the influence of drug

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Ambulance chase stopped before reaching Nashville

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) - A man stole an ambulance in Lakeland Sunday, and was headed toward Nashville, but was stopped short when a Georgia State Trooper performed a PIT maneuver on the vehicle between Ray City and Nashville.
The criminal was severely injured in the wreck when the ambulance rolled over and broke in two, and was air-lifted to a hospital in Tallahassee.

Just three weeks ago, two people were killed and their sibling severely injured when Tift County deputies chased a fleeing felony suspect into Nashville. That tragedy caused an out-cry in Nashville and Tifton.

The trooper said he made the decision to run the ambulance off the road to prevent the chase from getting to Nashville. He said it was traveling “at a high rate  of speed.”

Warrants are being taken for the man whom authorities refused to identify. He will be brought to Georgia and put in the Berrien County jail.

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Two Tazewell County EMS workers charged

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

Wytheville, VA – Two local rescue squad members were indicted in Tazewell County  recently for their unauthorized incursion into the local law enforcement radio system. Carlos Darnell Baker  of Berwind, WV. and Nathaniel Layne Dunford of Cedar Bluff, Va. were both charged with Use of Computer to Convert Property/Program of Another (Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office) and Maliciously make an Unauthorized Copy of Property/Program of Another, they are Class 5 and Class 6 felonies respectively. These charges stem from an investigation into the unauthorized use and copying of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office channels on their rescue squad radios. It has since been learned through the investigation they also programmed Tazewell Police Department, Russell County Fire and EMS, as well as Virginia State Police channels into their radios. Charges from Russell County and  the Virginia State Police are pending.

Both Dunford and Baker were afforded the opportunity to pay for the reprogramming of all of the Law Enforcement radios in the county via a certified letter and avoid prosecution. Our office was advised via their attorney the cost ($4,700) was too much and they weren’t going to be able to pay that amount prior to November 1st. It was offered that they could make payments on this amount, but no contact was made regarding this matter after the final phone conversation with their attorney. Both were indicted on November 12th with the above mentioned charges.

It is important to note that while the frequencies to the Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies are available online from the FCC, the encryption keys used to secure those radio transmissions are proprietary and you can only have that information if you have the expressed written permission of the Sheriff of Tazewell County. The Sheriff’s Office went to encrypted radio frequencies in September of 2011 in an attempt to keep criminals from listening in on scanner. This was becoming a very serious officer safety problem as many criminals would invest $50-$80 into a scanner and could keep tabs on local law enforcement.

It should also be noted these two individuals admitted to their part in these crimes, the Tazewell County Sheriff, Brian Hieatt stated, “We felt compelled to offer these two men the opportunity to pay for the reprogramming of these radios prior to charging them. The problem is the cost, reprogramming is high because, every law enforcement radio in the county will have to be handled in order to reprogram them. I don’t feel the citizen of this county should be responsible for paying to reprogram the encryptions, but that the men charged should be responsible for the cost. The radio company has also had to reprogram each repeater site as well as notifying all of the surrounding agencies of our changes. We take the theft of our encryption keys very serious and will follow through with charges if they are tampered with again in the future.” Possible charges could be seen in the future as the investigation continues into other agencies whose programming was copied and distributed.

Dunford was served on November 17th and released on an unsecured bond, Baker was served on November 18th and released on a $1,000 secured bond after being booked into the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority, Tazewell.

Baker is scheduled to be in circuit court Feb. 3 of 2014 and Dunford is on the docket for Jan. 16. Baker was employed by Tazewell County Fire and Rescue on an as needed basis and has since been suspend from those duties.

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Sentencing delayed for South Bend paramedic accused of stealing drugs

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

South Bend, Ind. Sentencing for a South Bend paramedic who allegedly stole drugs from the fire department has been pushed back.

The investigation into Timothy Greenlee, 39, came after the drug fentanyl, usually found on ambulances, went missing from an ambulance safe.

Greenlee pleaded guilty to one count of theft and one count of official misconduct.

Both are class D felonies.

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Woman Bit Paramedic Treating Her Injury

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

WEST HAVEN, CT —  West Haven police have arrested a 30-year-old local woman accused of punching and smashing a car window, hitting a 13-year-old who tried to intervene in a dispute and biting the paramedic who was trying to help her.

Police responded to 254 Main Street around 11 p.m. on Sunday for an assault complaint and said Jessica Rosario, of the same address, had just smashed the window of a vehicle.

Investigators also learned that Rosario had struck a 13-year-old who had tried to intervene in the dispute that Rosario was having with a male.

As paramedics treated Rosario for a cut she sustained while punching the window, she bit a medical provider on the arm, police said.

Rosario was transported to the hospital for treatment and she was then held at the West Haven Police Department.

She was charged with breach of peace in the second degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree, interfering with an officer/resisting arrest, assault on a public safety/emergency medical personnel and risk of injury to a child.

Bond was set at $25,000.

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Paramedic arrested for stealing narcotics

Posted on 17 November 2013 by wyoskibum

RICE LAKE, Wis. (RELEASE) – On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at approximately 4:18 pm, Rice Lake Police were called to the Lakeview Medical Center (LMC) for a theft of narcotics complaint.

Upon arrival, officers were advised to LMC administrators that a 29-year-old male, who was employed by LMC as a paramedic, was suspected of stealing narcotics based on the discovery of discrepancies on an audit of the ambulance service administration records.

Following the initial findings, LMC immediately contacted the Rice Lake Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. A subsequent investigation revealed numerous incidents of alleged forgery involving narcotics transfers and the diversion of medication from the hospital.

On Friday, November 8, 2013, the subject, Maxwell Bauer, of Chippewa Falls was arrested without incident and was incarcerated in Barron County jail pending numerous formal charges from the barroom County District Attorney’s Office which were filed Wednesday.

Nothing has indicated any compromise to patient safety or lack of quality patient service and the ambulance continues to provide safe and uninterrupted paramedic level service.

LMC is fully cooperative with the Rice Lake Police Department an the case which remains under investigation.

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Man struggles with ambulance crew, trooper

Posted on 17 November 2013 by wyoskibum

ROOT, NY – A 40-year-old Fort Plain man fought with an ambulance crew inside the vehicle on the way to a hospital Friday and a Taser was used to subdue him, state troopers said Saturday.

State Police responded to an ambulance stopped on Route 5S and noticed the back door was open and St. Johnsville Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel were inside wrestling with an allegedly combative Jeremy J. Harrington.

When a trooper went to their aid, Harrington allegedly punched him in the side of the head. A Taser was then used on Harrington and he was restrained on the gurney for the rest of the trip to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam for unspecified medical treatment.

After treatment, Harrington was arraigned in Root Town Court on charges of third-degree attempted assault and disorderly conduct and sent to the Montgomery County Jail on $1,500 bail.

The trooper was not injured.

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Cadiz EMS struggles with fewer volunteers

Posted on 19 October 2013 by wyoskibum

CADIZ , OH – A shortage of volunteers has meant the Cadiz EMS service has been unable to respond to local calls, and that issue was updated during Wednesday’s Harrison County Commission meeting.

Doug Crabtree, president of Harrison County’s EMS Association, updated the board on finding a solution.

The county supplies EMS vehicles and equipment to each of the 10 qualifying fire departments, but the problem is not equipment, but rather the lack of volunteers.

New Athens EMS has been covering Cadiz, as well as Harrison Community Hospital’s paid service, which has also been handling the calls.

“It takes a lot of time and money to get certified, but we have classes starting in November,” Crabtree stated. “It takes 139 hours for your basic EMT certification, and we have four (people) from New Athens, four from Harrisville, two from Deersville, three from Tappan, four from Unionvale and one from Hopedale beginning classes in a few weeks.”

He added four volunteers from Cadiz and six from Hopedale would begin their 40-hour certification classes for first responders certification on Nov. 6.

Cadiz and Hopedale EMS services are unable to respond currently because there are no EMTS Crabtree added, “If an EMT is on scene, then a firefighter can drive the squad to a call, but in order to transport we need one EMT and one first responder.”

“Unfortunately we could not predict this shortage and it takes time to train replacements, but we continue working toward a solution,” Crabtree said. He also notified the board that the monthly Firefighters Association meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today at the firehouse in Cadiz. The next county EMS meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 in Piedmont.

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McKinney squad accuses Stanford EMS of ‘hostile takeover’ attempt

Posted on 16 October 2013 by wyoskibum

McKINNEY. KY — Stanford EMS has proposed taking over operation of McKinney Area Rescue Squad’s ambulances, while also requesting a hearing where it could argue against the need for the McKinney ambulance service to regain its license.

The move, which a McKinney board member characterizes as a “hostile takeover,” adds another twist to the story for the embattled McKinney organization, which ceased 911-response operations and lost its ambulance license in May. Auditor findings showed the ambulance service lost more than $200,000 over three years and called into question the actions of the squad’s ex-director.

Under the written proposal faxed to McKinney Rescue Squad last week, Stanford EMS would provide ambulance service for the McKinney area; take ownership of McKinney’s ambulances and medical supplies; receive all billing revenues that would have come to McKinney; and enter into a yearly lease to use the McKinney Rescue Squad building.

Stanford EMS would also take on McKinney’s debts, which board members have estimated at about $20,000, and possibly allow the appointment of a McKinney board member to the Stanford EMS board.

McKinney board members would be barred from operating a separate ground ambulance service for 10 years, according to the preliminary proposal.

“This is NOT an official offer,” the faxed proposal sent from Stanford EMS attorney Jonathan Baker reads. “I am providing this as a written proposal as was requested.”

Baker declined to provide a copy of the proposal to The Interior Journal, issuing a statement that reads, “At this time, Stanford EMS does not feel it is appropriate to release the proposed terms of the negotiations or proposals. Stanford EMS hopes to reach an agreement with McKinney Area Rescue Squad that will provide the best possible emergency medical care for the citizens of McKinney and Lincoln County.”

But The Interior Journal was faxed a copy of the proposal from McKinney Rescue Squad.

The proposal includes stipulations concerning McKinney Rescue Squad’s application for a certificate of need.

McKinney Rescue Squad board members have been applying for the certificate of need as a prerequisite for regaining their license to operate as an ambulance service.

On Oct. 3, Baker submitted a request to the state for a formal hearing where Stanford EMS could argue against awarding McKinney its certificate of need.

Baker said Stanford doesn’t necessarily intend to go forward with the hearing but had to request it before the Oct. 4 deadline to keep it available as an option.

“If they did not file (the request), then they lost that opportunity to have a hearing,” Baker said. “They wanted to reserve that capability to have a hearing if they want to.”

Baker confirmed that if the hearing were to happen, Stanford EMS would be arguing there is no need for McKinney Rescue Squad to regain its license.

The proposal from Stanford includes stipulations that McKinney Rescue Squad would withdraw its request for a certificate of need and Stanford EMS would withdraw its request for a hearing to argue against the certificate of need.

“It’s a hostile takeover,” McKinney board member Greg Snow said. “They’re blackmailing us. If we don’t accept their proposal then they’re going to try to take us to a hearing and block our (certificate of need).”

Snow said he and other board members felt “blind-sided” when Stanford EMS representatives first brought up the idea of taking over McKinney’s ambulance operations last month.

McKinney board members had thought Stanford EMS was supportive of their effort to regain their state license, but now it appears Stanford wants them to fail, Snow said.

“That’s pretty low,” he said. “It’s bringing up bad blood and putting a bad taste in everybody’s mouth.”

Snow said if he meets Stanford EMS board chairman TJ Hill or another board member, he plans to let him know just how he feels about the proposal.

“I’m going to rip it up right in front of him,” he said. “He ought to be embarrassed to send us something like this.”

Hill said the move to ask for a hearing was just what Stanford EMS had to do to protect itself while it works things out with McKinney.

“We’re a professional business. They’re a professional business — maybe not so professional that they run their business,” he said. “The bottom line is we’ve got to take our interest first and foremost on everything.”

Hill said if negotiations work out with McKinney Rescue Squad, there won’t be any need for the hearing.

“Depending on how things go, if we work out things with them, if it goes well, we can withdraw (the request for a hearing) if we need to,” he said.

But the McKinney board will likely not make any counter-offers or negoatiate with Stanford, Snow said.

“I guess we’ll fight them in Frankfort,” he said, referencing the certificate-of-need hearing. “We’ve fought this long. We’re not giving up now.”

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Man accused of stealing ambulance

Posted on 13 October 2013 by wyoskibum

SAN ANTONIO, TX — A 44-year-old man is being questioned in the theft of a San Antonio Fire Department ambulance.

Police say the ambulance was stolen around midday Wednesday from outside a motel in northeastern San Antonio, where paramedics were treating a patient.

Police Sgt. Javier Salazar officers used GPS technology to track the vehicle for four miles. He says it rammed two patrol cars before it slammed into a third and stopped just before noon. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and taken into custody. No other injuries were reported.

Salazar says the man was reported to be upset over his eviction from an apartment.

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N.Y. EMS Group Recommends Narcan for BLS Units

Posted on 12 October 2013 by wyoskibum

WATERTOWN, NY — The state Emergency Medical Services advisory committee has given the green light to a proposal to allow basic life support emergency medical services agencies and certified first responders to carry a new version of the overdose reversal drug naloxone hydrochloride, marketed under the name Narcan.

This measure, if approved by the director of the state’s EMS bureau and the commissioner of the Department of Health, will allow Jefferson County’s five BLS ambulance agencies and 21 certified first-responder agencies to carry an intranasal form of Narcan that is sprayed into the nostrils instead of injected into the body.

Narcan reverses the respiratory depression that can result in death caused by an overdose of opioid-based drugs such as prescription painkillers and heroin.

In the past two years, overdose deaths have risen dramatically in Jefferson County, with 18 in 2011 and 16 in 2012.

The deaths have been split evenly among the city of Watertown and other areas of the county, according to data provided to county legislators by Jefferson County Public Health Director Ginger B. Hall and Public Health Planner Stephen A. Jennings.

Ambulance companies in Alexandria Bay, Natural Bridge, Redwood, Wellesley Island and Sackets Harbor would be able to carry and administer Narcan, as would 21 of the county’s 44 fire departments, according to Charles F. Brenon III, director of Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services.

The Wellesley Island and Sackets Harbor companies recently downgraded to BLS agencies, Mr. Brenon said.

They were previously two of the county’s 13 advanced life support EMS agencies.

Mrs. Hall said the commissioner of the state Department of Health, Dr. Nirav R. Shah, likely would look favorably upon the measure, based on past support he has given to the initiative.

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Ambulance stolen from outside Boston Medical Center

Posted on 12 October 2013 by wyoskibum

BOSTON,MA — Boston police are investigating the early morning theft of an ambulance from Boston Medical Center.

Investigators tell FOX 25 the ambulance was stolen just before 5:30 a.m. as paramedics were transferring a patient from the emergency vehicle into the hospital.

The ambulance was later recovered near a supermarket.

Police are looking for the person who stole the vehicle. No arrests were made Saturday.

Two hours earlier, police say a 37-year-old South Boston man stole a police cruiser and ran an officer down after investigators responded to reports of a person breaking into a car. Wilfredo Rodriguez faces several charges, including larceny of a motor vehicle and assault and battery on a police officer.

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Polk paramedic arrested on child porn charges

Posted on 12 October 2013 by wyoskibum

TAMPA, FL — A Polk County paramedic is in jail after deputies say they found on his cellphone child pornography and video of him following young girls.

Polk County officials fired 44-year-old Gregg Craft after his arrest.

Craft had been arrested Sept. 21 after security officers at a Kissimmee Wal-Mart said they saw him expose and touch himself. Osceola County sheriff’s detectives say they found on his phone more than 10 pictures of child pornography and video Craft took of himself following girls in the store.

Detectives say Craft apologized after he was confronted, according to the Ledger newspaper.

Craft was being held Friday at the Polk County Jail with bail set at $250,000 on child pornography and exposure charges.

It couldn’t be determined early Friday if he has a lawyer.

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Paramedic who worked throughout region accused of burglarizing homes of those he helped

Posted on 04 October 2013 by wyoskibum

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. — A paramedic who has worked for ambulance squads across the Hudson Valley has been accused of burglarizing the homes of some of those whom he was sent to help.

German A. Lobation, 48, who recently moved to Spring Glen from Dutchess County, was arrested by state police late Tuesday and charged with one felony count of burglary,four felony counts of possession of stolen property and four misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a weapon for the burglary of an Ellenville home, police said.

State police Senior Investigator Stanley O’Dell said Lobation has been linked to two additional burglaries in the area and authorities believe he may be responsible for many more in the Hudson Valley region.

“He’s lived and worked throughout the Hudson Valley and he’s worked for multiple ambulance companies throughout the area on both sides of the river, so my concern is there could be other victims out there,” said O’Dell.

O’Dell declined to identify the ambulance company Lobation was employed by, however he said the company is cooperating with the police investigation.

O’Dell said police were called after a homeowner reported their house had been burglarized while they were in the hospital. It was the third burglary in the area reported to police in the past two months, O’Dell said, and when investigators began looking at the circumstances surrounding the three they realized the “common denominator” was that Lobation had responded to ambulance calls at all three residences.

He said a search of Lobation’s home uncovered more than $10,000 worth of jewelry, guns and cash that had been taken from the home most recent burglarized, along with items reported stolen in the prior two thefts. He said police found a significant amount of other property authorities believe Lobation stole in other burglaries. “We recovered a lot of property,” said O’Dell. “We’re not even sure where it came from.”

“He’s a predator preying on the health of victims he’s supposed to be taking care of,” said O’Dell. “He was taking advantage of people at a really tough time, you calling 911 for help because of a medical emergency and the people who are there to help you end up turning around and hurting you.

O’Dell said police believe that Lobation was working alone in burglarizing the victims’ homes.

Lobation was arraigned in Wawarsing Town Court and sent to Ulster County Jail in lieu of $50,000.

Police are asking anyone who may have been victimized by Lobation to contact the state police at Warwarsing Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (845) 626-2800.

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