Archive | November, 2009

Lee EMS lieutenant busted in prostitution sting retires

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

LEE COUNTY, FL - A Lee County EMS lieutenant that police say tried to pick up a prostitute has retired.

On July 25th Lieutenant Bradley Cooner was one of 11 people arrested during an undercover sting in Fort Myers.

The operation was held in the area of Palm Beach Boulevard and Oleander Avenue after numerous complaints about prostitution activity.

Police say Cooner was off duty when he approached an undercover officer and asked her if she wanted a ride.

Reports said the conversation escalated from there.
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Cooner was placed on leave after police arrested him.

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Woman Steals Ambulance, Police Fire Shots

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

MOBILE, Alabama – The Mobile Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after at least one officer fired shots at a runaway ambulance during a bizarre chase through downtown Mobile.

Brent Becker, a Mobile firefighter, responded to a call on Forrest Circle around 4:30 Saturday morning. While Becker and his partner were inside a house tending to a patient, a woman jumped in the driver’s seat of their ambulance and drove away.

“My partners was like did you put the truck in gear?” said Becker, who flagged down a nearby police officer. “The lights were on. She didn’t know how to turn it off.”

Police chased the stolen ambulance onto Interstate ten, then through a maze of city streets. Police Chief Lester Hargrove confirmed shots were fired during the chase, but he refused to release any more information. A spokesperson for the department also refused to give News Five a copy of the department’s policy regarding when officers are authorized to fire shots.

The chase ended when the thief crashed into a fire hydrant at the corner of Tuttle Avenue and Dublin Street.

Josephine Armstead, 40, is charged with theft and alluding police. A beer can was found in the front seat of the ambulance after the crash, but Armstead is not charged with any alcohol related offenses.

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EMS chief, 77, dies at crash scene near Pittsburgh

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

UQUESNE, Pa.—The 77-year-old chief of emergency medical services in a Pittsburgh suburb has died while responding to a car crash.

Duquesne (DOO’-kayn) EMS chief Harry Moore died shortly after he responded to a multiple vehicle crash on Thompson Run Bridge near the Kennywood Park amusement complex Sunday night.

Mayor Phil Krivacek (KRIH’-va-chek) says Moore had heart problems and it’s believed he had a heart attack about 7:30 p.m. He died a short time later at UPMC Braddock hospital.

Two people were hurt in the three-vehicle accident, but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Police say Moore died after walking to the crash scene. Duquesne is about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

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Drunk driver crashes into Grainger Co. ambulance in North Knoxville

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

KNOXVILLE, TN – A drunk driver slammed head-on into an ambulance Friday night in North Knoxville.

Police said no one was hurt and the Grainger County ambulance and car involved suffered some minor damage.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. while the ambulance was traveling south on N. Broadway. It had just stopped in the turn lane to continue onto Mineral Springs Avenue when a black Chevrolet Impala headed north crossed the center line and ran head-on into it.

Officers confirmed the driver of the Impala was drunk. He was arrested for several charges including fourth offense DUI, driving on a revoked license, refusing to take a field sobriety test, failure to maintain his lane, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

His female passenger was also arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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Police Nab EMT, Charge Him With Theft From Patients

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

Kentucky – Owensboro police arrested a Yellow Ambulance Service emergency medical technician Friday night in an undercover investigation into theft of money from patients. Lt. Tim Clothier, head of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Owensboro Police Department, said David Michael Herron, 42, of Corydon was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking of more than $500 — a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

But he said more charges are likely.

“The evidence shows that he has possibly done this seven other times,” Clothier said.

“It’s bad that someone took advantage of a position of trust like this,” he said. “But this shouldn’t be a negative on the ambulance service. As soon as they suspected something, they contacted us and worked with us in the investigation.”

Clothier said the ambulance service contacted police Wednesday, saying it had a potential problem with one of its EMTs. So police set up a sting.

“We didn’t want to put the public at risk by having an ambulance run with lights and sirens,” Clothier said. “But we didn’t want him to have an opportunity to do it again either.”

So, police found a local Realtor to lend them a furnished house for the sting.

Undercover officers were hidden in the house and video cameras were set up in the rooms.

Clothier said Herron was dispatched to the house during his first 30 minutes on the job Friday, on a regular run to assist a bed-ridden patient who had allegedly fallen out of bed.

He said Herron was caught on camera removing $700 of the $800 that was in the “patient’s” wallet on a coffee table in another room.

The “patient” was working undercover with police and the money was city property.

Clothier said Herron was arrested when he returned to Yellow Ambulance Services’ headquarters on Friday.

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Medic injured in Libertyville ambulance crash

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

LIBERTYVILLE, IL – A Gurnee medic was hospitalized after the ambulance he was in collided with a car Wednesday afternoon in Libertyville, according to the Libertyville Fire Department.

Both vehicles were southbound on Milwaukee Avenue when the crash occurred about 4 p.m. at 1501 N. Milwaukee Rd., Libertyville Battalion Chief Bob Key said.

A patient — who was secured on a cot in the ambulance, and was not injured from the accident — and a medic were inside the Gurnee Fire Department ambulance. Both were hospitalized at Advocate Condell Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, Key said.

Further details were not available immediately.

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Authorities investigate possible missing narcotics from Seminole ambulance service

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the possibility that narcotics are missing from the ambulance service Medicus in Seminole.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says an investigation was opened Tuesday after the agency received a tip about possible misuse of drugs at Medicus. Woodward said he could not comment further.

Seminole mayor and Medicus medical director Dr. Chayne Fisher declined comment. Calls to Medicus director Josh Hair were not returned. City Manager Steve Saxon said he and Police Chief Ed Smith called state drug agents to investigate, but would not comment further. Saxon says the city has owned an ambulance service since the 1970s.

State Health Department medical services director Shawn Rogers says said he received a complaint Tuesday about Medicus’ storage of drugs, but also declined to elaborate.

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Ambulance Crashes while En Route to Accident, 3 Hurt

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A Cabell County EMS ambulance has been involved in accident on the way to another accident.

The EMS involved accident happened at the intersection of 5th Street and 9th Avenue.

The EMS crew and the driver of the car were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

At the time of the crash, the EMS squad and other emergency personnel were headed to an accident on Miller Road in Huntington.

We’re told two cars were involved in Miller Road accident. One person was taken to the hospital.

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Lehigh Township police investigating ambulance accident

Posted on 24 November 2009 by wyoskibum

LEHIGH TOWNSHIP, PA – Lehigh Township police are investigating a crash this morning between a Northampton Regional EMS ambulance and a pickup truck.

The wreck occurred at Blue Mountain and Wood drives at 11:04 while the ambulance was responding to an emergency call in the 1400 block of Blue Mountain Drive, according to police. The ambulance, headed north on Blue Mountain Drive, had activated its emergency lights and siren. The F150 truck, driven by Bryan C. Snyder, 34, of Nazareth, was traveling west on Wood Drive, according to police.

A news release from police does not indicate whether the truck failed to yield to the ambulance, and an investigation continues.

The ambulance was driven by Steven Bear, 34, of Northampton. Bear and emergency personnel Maria Wesco, 43, of Northampton, and Melissa Sutliff, 38, of Northampton, were taken to by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township. Snyder was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill.

Township police were assisted by the Lehigh and Allen township fire companies, the Walnutport and Northampton fire companies and Northern Valley, Bethlehem Township and Cetronia EMS units.

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Spencer man arrested for EMS building burglary

Posted on 19 November 2009 by wyoskibum

SPARTA, TN – Sparta police charged Tony Jason Sullivan, 33, of Spencer, with burglary, on Nov. 16, after he was found inside an ambulance parked at White County Emergency Medical Services building.

According to Police Chief Jeff Guth, Officer Brent Copeland was dispatched at approximately 1:18 p.m., to the EMS building on Medic Drive, about a burglary in progress.

Guth stated an employee of the ambulance service saw a person inside one of the ambulances, sitting on a cot facing a narcotics box wearing a surgical mask.

Sullivan was reportedly unable to supply an adequate answer to why he was there. The report also states Sullivan’s vehicle was parked some distance away from the ambulance service.

Copeland arrested Sullivan for burglary. He was taken to White County Justice Center under a $2,500 bond.

Sullivan’s first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 20.

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Ambulance en route to school-bus accident is involved in crash

Posted on 19 November 2009 by wyoskibum

ROCHESTER, MN РAn accident involving an ambulance headed to another crash site sent two people to the hospital this evening.

The accident happened shortly after 5 p.m. when a Gold Cross Ambulance was responding to a crash in north Rochester.

According to Rochester Police Sgt. Jim Evenson, the ambulance was traveling westbound on Second Street Southwest when it collided with a car headed northbound on Third Avenue Southwest. The ambulance and car then crashed into two vehicles in the eastbound lane of Second Street.

Evenson said firefighters had to extricate two injured victims — each in different vehicles.

Robert DeBerg, of Iowa, was the driver of one of the cars waiting in the eastbound lane for the light to turn green. He was on his way to a sleep study appointment. He said he suddenly saw the ambulance and car collide in the intersection and head towards his car and the one in front of him.

“I’m very fortunate,” he said.

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Woman pleads guilty, stole from ambulance service

Posted on 19 November 2009 by wyoskibum

DEER LODGE, MT – A 31-year-old Deer Lodge woman has pleaded guilty to forgery for stealing about $160,000 from the Powell County Ambulance Service while she worked as treasurer.

Michelle Boese pleaded guilty Tuesday before District Judge Ray Dayton. As part of the plea agreement, an embezzlement charge will be dropped. A sentencing date has not been set.

Boese was accused of forging checks totaling nearly $157,000 and charging $3,700 worth of gasoline to the ambulance company’s fuel account.

Boese was treasurer for the ambulance service from December 2007 to September 2009.

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Cape Girardeau ambulance involved in hit & run

Posted on 19 November 2009 by wyoskibum

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO  РAn ambulance crew finds themselves in the middle of a hit and run crash.

It happened around 3 a.m. Sunday in 2000 block of New Madrid Street in Cape Girardeau.

“I couldn’t believe it. Who’d actually hit an ambulance and then take off? I didn’t see that happening,” said Taylor Busch who lives across from where the crash happened.

He might not believe it, but video and sound from an ambulance camera gives you an idea of how it all took place.

“If it had occurred 30 seconds later, the ambulance crew would have been at the back unloading the stretcher,” said Dr. John Russell who owns Cape County Private Ambulance.

He says his crew had just pulled up and parked behind a fire truck to take care of a medical emergency, when someone slammed into them.

“They are surprised, a little angry that it happened, and that the person left the scene. As I understand it, the vehicle hit the ambulance, backed up and made a turn down a side street out of the view of my two crew people,” he says.

“Their lights were on. I don’t see how they missed the ambulance,” Busch said.

Neighbors are also shocked the driver of the suspect vehicle took off right in front of a police car.

Dr. Russell says he’s just glad no one was hurt.

The ambulance, the newest in his fleet, will be out of service until he gets it repaired.

As for the crash itself, Russell says he isn’t really surprised.

“If they’re inclined to leave the scene, I don’t know if it makes any difference if it’s an ambulance or a mailbox,” he said.

Russell estimates the ambulance suffered several hundred dollars in damages.

Another ambulance crew responded to take away the patient at that home on New Madrid Street.

In the meantime, Cape Girardeau Police are looking for the driver of a light colored truck that may have some damage on its front.

Call them if you have any information you think would help.

Dr. Russell says taking the ambulance out of service will not affect the district, because there are other ambulances to be used in place of the one that was damaged.

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The Garfield County ambulance service saga continues

Posted on 19 November 2009 by wyoskibum

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado — Emergency management officials are continuing to hammer out the details for providing an emergency ambulance system for the area around Silt and New Castle next year.

In fact, officials are working on two new ambulance services, created to fill an impending vacuum with the demise of West Care, the area’s existing ambulance service.

One service, operated by the Burning Mountains fire district, will handle 911 calls to get the injured or the ill to the hospital.

Another, private service has been approached to take patients from one hospital to another, officials say.

What appears increasingly unlikely, however, is a county-wide ambulance district, which was once suggested as an answer to Garfield County’s need for general ambulance services.

The county-wide district idea was floated by emergency services officials from the Silt and New Castle areas last July, in the midst of discussions about what would happen to the West Care ambulance service.

West Care, which has been operating as an “enterprise fund” within the Silt town government, has been providing ambulance service to the towns of Silt and New Castle — and the surrounding countryside — for several years.

But Silt recently decided it wants out of the ambulance business, and West Care, which has operated with a combination of paid employees and volunteers, is about to be folded into the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, which is almost all volunteers.

Around July 1, 2010, or before if it can be worked out, the fire district will begin handling 911 calls within the district boundaries. Fire Chief Brit McLin has pledged to maintain current service levels, without raising taxes.

No county-wide ambulance district

And the county-wide ambulance district idea? It has all but disappeared, according to Dale Hancock, an administrator with Garfield County.

The Garfield County Commissioners instructed Hancock, director of the county’s general services agency, to take the idea to a meeting of the county’s Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council, which oversees the licensing procedures for ambulance services.

But at the EMTAC meeting, Hancock said on Thursday, area fire officials essentially rejected the idea.

‚ÄúBasically, we said, ‚ÄòWhat’s broke?’‚Äù recalled Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Mike Piper, explaining that once Burning Mountains assumes 911 service in its district, all of the fire departments in the county ‚Äî including Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Parachute ‚Äî will be running their own 911 ambulance services.

Creating a new, county-wide district, he said, ‚Äúwould be a duplication of services‚Äù unless the fire districts agreed to disband their ambulance services, ‚Äúand that’s not going to happen.‚Äù

What about inter-facility transports?

The only remaining question, Piper said, is how to be sure that there will be an “inter-facility transport” (IFT) system for moving patients from one hospital to another — a critical component of emergency services that has been handled for years by West Care.

But as of Jan. 1, according to several officials interviewed for this story, West Care will be out of the IFT business.

There have been reports that a Montrose-based ambulance service, Transcare, is scheduled to take over the IFT function, which Hancock confirmed on Thursday.

He said the service is preparing to undergo the necessary permitting, inspections and other procedural requirements in the next month and a half, and should be ready to roll by the Jan. 1 deadline.

Deb Weipking, at Valley View Hospital, confirmed on Friday that she has been talking with Transcare, but said no agreement has been signed.

Dustin Dodson, an administrator with Grand River Hospital District, said he has been discussing IFT with Transcare, as well as with “some other potential providers … for quite some time.”

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