Archive | November, 2013

Ambulance involved in Norfolk crash

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – An ambulance was involved in a crash in Norfolk early Friday morning.

Dispatchers told WAVY.com around 1 a.m. the crash occurred near the intersection of Newtown Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard.

There was an entrapment, according to dispatchers, but they could not confirm if the entrapment involved the ambulance. One person in the ambulance was taken to the hospital, but it remains unknown at this time if it was a patient or and EMS worker.

Further information was not released.
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Ambulance crashes into Reading row homes, two hurt

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

READING, PA – Two people were injured Friday in a crash that sent an ambulance careening into a city row home.

According to Reading Fire Acting Chief Gary A. Mogel, the crash happened just before 9:20 a.m. at Perkiomen Avenue and 16th Street. A vehicle collided with an out-of-town ambulance, which then crashed into two row homes in the 1600 block of Perkiomen Avenue.

Mogel said the ambulance was an “out of town transport,” but he did not know exactly where it was from.

The ambulance knocked out the supports for the porches of both homes, and then crashed partially through the basement wall of the second home, 1616 Perkiomen Avenue.

The house at 1616 Perkiomen Avenue is not currently occupied, Mogel said. A family does live at the other house, he said, but was not home at the time of the crash.

The drivers of both vehicles were transported to Reading Hospital. Mogel did not know their names, and officials from the Reading Police Department did not provide any information on the crash Friday.

The drivers’ conditions were not immediately available.

Mogel said city codes officials were called to the scene to make sure the two homes were secure.

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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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Ambulance wrecks into creek

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

POWELLTON, W.Va. – A Jan-Care ambulance crew was treated and released from Charleston Area Medical Center Tuesday morning following a traffic accident in Fayette County.

The two-person crew was responding to a medical call along Elkridge Road in Powellton when the driver lost control of the ambulance sending it over an embankment into Armstrong Creek.

Jan-Care Director of Operations Paul Seamann said neither worker was seriously injured. He said another Jan-Care ambulance completed the medical run and transported the patient.

An investigation into what happened is underway.

The ambulance crew involved works out of Jan-Care’s Valley Division in the Montgomery-Gauley Bridge area.

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Ambulance, 2 vehicles collide in West Tuckerton

Posted on 30 November 2013 by wyoskibum

WEST TUCKERTON, N.J. – November 25, 2013 (WPVI) – First responders were on the scene of a multi-vehicle crash involving an ambulance in West Tuckerton, Ocean County.

It happened before 8:00 a.m. Monday at Center Street and Oak Lane.

Police say three vehicles including an ambulance collided at the intersection.

One person was airlifted to an area hospital with unspecified injuries.

A police investigation is underway

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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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Driver speeds away after crashing into ambulance

Posted on 28 November 2013 by wyoskibum

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The driver of a pickup truck sped away after slamming into an ambulance at an intersection in northern Harris County, deputies said.

The crash was reported shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday at Aldine Mail Route Road east of the Hardy Toll Road.

A Harris County Emergency Corp Ambulance was traveling southbound on Chrisman with a green light when a white pickup truck traveling westbound on Aldine Mail ran the red light and smashed into the front end of the ambulance, spinning it around.

The pickup truck was apparently not heavily damaged and managed to keep going.

No injuries were reported.

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Authorities say ambulance crashes in Lincoln

Posted on 28 November 2013 by wyoskibum

LINCOLN, NE – Authorities say a private ambulance with an 88-year-old patient inside has been involved in a crash in Lincoln, though injuries are not life-threatening.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a Midwest Medical Transport Co. ambulance was taking the patient from a hospital to her home Thursday when the crash occurred on a part of Nebraska Highway 2. The ambulance driver encountered slick roads and lost control of the vehicle.

The ambulance ended up on its side, and traffic was detoured for about an hour. The three people in the ambulance were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, and they have been released.

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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 Arrested After Crash Involving Ambulance

Posted on 17 November 2013 by wyoskibum

A man has been arrested after allegedly driving into an Arlington medic unit and fleeing the scene.

The incident happened around 11:00 Sunday night. Arlington Medic 109 was exiting a parking lot onto the 2400 block of S. Glebe Road, with lights and sirens blaring and a medical patient on board, when the driver observed a car approaching at a high rate of speed. The ambulance stopped but the driver of the approaching vehicle did not, and the car broadsided the ambulance, according to Arlington County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Bill Shelton.

The driver of the car then fled on foot, Shelton said. He was later apprehended by police and transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.

The patient on Medic 109 was taken to the hospital by another ambulance, apparently unhurt by the collision, according to Shelton. The two paramedics were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, also uninjured.

“They were very lucky in that respect,” Shelton told ARLnow.com. “It was a very substantial impact.”

A police spokesman could not be reached to confirm which charges are being filed against the alleged hit-and-run driver. Until repairs can be made, Medic 109 will be replaced by a reserve medic unit from the fire department’s fleet.

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Ambulance crash injures 4

Posted on 17 November 2013 by wyoskibum

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Fire Department said Sunday an ambulance was involved in a crash that injured four people.

It happened about 4:30 a.m. Sunday at Illinois and Columbus in Streeterville.

At least fice people were hurt, but ABC7 Eyewitness News is told the injuries were non-life threatening. It’s unclear if there was a patient in the Lurie Children’s hospital ambulance.

The driver of the Jeep that was going the wrong way was cited.

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