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Mooresville Man Accused of Assaulting Officer & Paramedic - North Carolina

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  28-year-old Jamar Reshon Howard of Colonial Ridge Circle in Mooresville was arrested by Iredell Co. Sheriff’s Officers on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on emergency personnel and resisting a public officer.

On February 27, Sheriff’s Officers stopped a Pontiac Sunfire driven by Howard on North Broad Street in Mooresville for a traffic violation. While speaking to Howard, the Officer noticed him gripping a clear plastic bag in his hand. When questioned about the bag, Howard reached under the seat with his other hand. At that time a physical altercation ensued between the Officer and the suspect.

Other units arrived to assist as Howard continued to resist arrest. A taser was eventually used to bring Howard under control. During the struggle, Howard dropped a bag of cocaine in the parking lot. Officers later learned that Howard had ingested another bag of cocaine during the traffic stop. While E.M.S. attempted to treat him, Howard assaulted a paramedic, spraining the female paramedic’s hand. 

Howard was transported to Lake Norman Regional Medical Center for an evaluation and then taken to the Iredell County Detention Center. He was jailed under a $7,000 secured bond. District Court appearances were scheduled for March 6 and March 27.

Howard was already out on bond for damage to personal property and resisting arrest. He is a convicted felon with a prior history of drug possession. 



Paramedic Killed At Scene Of Multiple Vehicle Crashes - Pennsylvania

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A paramedic who responded to vehicle crashes on a western Pennsylvania highway has been struck and killed at the scene by a coal truck.

Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski says the female paramedic from West End Ambulance Services in Johnstown was killed Monday on Route 271.

Emergency crews say there were at least three separate crashes, apparently related to icy conditions, on the highway in Upper Yoder Township. The township borders Johnstown, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The paramedic was responding to one of the crashes when she was reportedly hit by the truck, which also crashed as it drove toward the other crash scenes.

The series of crashes were reported late Monday morning.

Calls to the ambulance service were not immediately answered.

A state police accident reconstructionist was being called to the scene. 



Two first responders injured when ambulance overturns - North Carolina

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  SNOW HILL, N.C. - Two first responders suffered injuries after their ambulance overturned in Snow Hill on Sunday. 

Officials at the Snow Hill Fire Department said the accident happened at 7:45 a.m. on Highway 258 North and Newell Road.

According to the Pink Hill Fire and Rescue, the ambulance was on its way back from dropping off a patient in Greenville when the accident occurred. 

Emergency crews said when they arrived at the accident, they found an overturned Wayne County ambulance with two injured first responders inside. The driver and passenger were taken to Vidant Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

According to Pink Hill Fire and Rescue, one of the people injured was one of its officers. The department's Facebook page said he's suffering from a broken C1 in the neck and three broken ribs. 

Fire officials said he should be out of the hospital in the next few days.  




Tuesday, March 3, 2015  We regret to pass on to you that a Paramedic was killed in the Line of Duty while operating at the scene of a crash in Cambria County. It happened along Menoher Boulevard in Upper Yoder Township. 

38-year-old West End Ambulance Paramedic Janice Livingston, of Johnstown was working the scene after two earlier crashes when a coal truck came around a curve on an icy road and essentially ran through the crash scene---PM Livingston died of multiple traumatic injuries.

Apparently there were three different crashes, and in the third one, Paramedic Livingston was killed in the Line of Duty when a coal truck slammed into her.

We'll post more as it becomes available. Our condolences to all affected. RIP. 



Man attacks EMT after stabbing wife - Georgia

Monday, March 2, 2015  The Daily Citizen

DALTON, Ga. — The Dalton Police Department arrested a man Thursday for apparently stabbing his wife then fighting with emergency medical technicians outside of his home, where the snow-covered driveway was streaked with blood.

Police were dispatched to 1603 Elaine Way at 12:20 p.m. Thursday to a report of a stabbing at the residence. EMTs staged near the scene waiting for police officers to arrive saw David Dyer, 48, bleeding outside the residence.

Dyer attacked and fought with one of the EMTs and was arrested by responding officers. The EMT was taken to Hamilton Medical Center with minor injuries.

Dyer was transported with what appeared to be self-inflicted cuts to his wrists. Inside, officers found his wife, Glenda Dyer, with apparent stab wounds. She was taken to the hospital and was reportedly in stable condition.

As of late Thursday afternoon, David Dyer was hospitalized. Police had taken out a warrant on Dyer for aggravated assault on his wife. Other charges against him are pending.

This isn’t the first time police have been called to the home.

In August 2014, Dyer barricaded himself in his house while police officers and first responders waited outside. Earlier that day Dyer had been involved in a minor traffic accident.

Officers arrived at Dyer’s home at about 6 that evening. An officer knocked on the door and Dyer’s daughter and grandchild answered, telling the officer Dyer had a gun. His daughter said Dyer never pointed the gun at her or the child, or threatened them, according to the incident report. She told police Dyer has a substance abuse problem with prescription pills and had recently been released from rehab.

The officer asked them to leave the house, and contact was made with Dyer. He agreed to come outside but after officers heard several loud bangs coming from the garage they couldn’t get him on the phone for several hours, the report said.

Officers got a search warrant and at about 9:30 p.m. an officer went into the garage and found Dyer face down on the garage floor with a “frothy substance” coming from his mouth. He was taken to Hamilton Medical Center. Police returned to the home and seized a handgun and two magazines. Dyer was charged then with several crimes. 



McDowell man arrested on DUI after crashing into ambulance - West Virginia

Monday, March 2, 2015  PREMIER — A McDowell County man who told a state trooper that he was out to pick up a pack of cigarettes for a female friend, was arrested for DUI and reckless driving after crashing into an ambulance that was transporting a patient.

William Carson Runyon, 41, of Premier, was traveling north on U.S. Route 52 last weekend when he entered a left curve, spun out in his 2012 Nissan Pathfinder, crashed into a McDowell County Ambulance Authority vehicle that was transporting a patient, and drove the ambulance into the guard rail.

“He said he was heading to Roderfield to pick up a pack of cigarettes for a woman,” Senior Trooper J.C. Mann of the Welch Detachment, West Virginia State Police, said. “The ambulance was torn up pretty bad, but I don’t think either of the workers were injured. Another ambulance came out, continued transporting the patient and took the two workers with them.”

According to Mann, Runyon registered a 0.088 on a breath analyzer, where 0.08 is over the legal limit. The wreck occurred at about 2:15 p.m., on Feb. 21. Mann said that he arrested Runyon for DUI and reckless driving. He added that he did not consider weather to have been a factor in the crash. 



Car Crashes into Firehouse in Northeast Philadelphia

Monday, March 2, 2015  NORTHEAST -- A driver failed to navigate a turn properly causing his vehicle to crash into a firehouse in Northeast Philadelphia early Friday morning.

FOX 29's Steve Keeley was the first on the scene this morning at Engine 52 located on the corner of Van Kirk Street and Harbison Avenue.

Just before 2 a.m. Friday morning, the car crashed into the firehouse doors, hitting an ambulance parked inside. The impact was so strong it sent the ambulance 10 feet back into a row of steel lockers. The 40-year-old driver of the car says that he fell asleep at the wheel.

Battalion Chief Charles Lepre of the Philadelphia Fire Department said that an employee in the radio room at Engine 52 heard the crash and alerted the other firefighters on duty as well as their lieutenant. They came out and helped the driver of the vehicle.

“He thinks he fell asleep,” Lepre said of the driver.

The driver of the car sustained minor injuries in the crash. 



Ambulance, Jeep collide on Vestal Parkway - New York

Friday, February 27, 2015  By Steve Miller
By Anna Norris

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One person was sent to the hospital after a Jeep and an ambulance collided on the Vestal Parkway.

It happened at the intersection of Route 434 and Arlington Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

No one in the ambulance was injured, but the driver and sole occupant of the Jeep was sent to the hospital with unknown injuries.

A portion of 434 east was brought down to one lane while crews worked to clear the scene. 



'Delusional' man steals ambulance from Silver Cross Hospital - Illinois

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  A Manhattan resident escaped by stealing an ambulance early Sunday from Silver Cross Hospital where he had been involuntarily committed after a standoff at a house with Manhattan police and the Will County sheriff's police tactical team, authorities said. 

Ross Crampton, 30, called police about 11:30 p.m. Saturday to report his truck stolen from a Manhattan residence, but when officers arrived they found the truck at the home and Crampton making threats against the supposed thief, Police Chief Joseph Wazny said.

"The truck was not stolen, but he was delusional," Wazny said. "It just spiraled from there."

He said Crampton returned to the house and refused to come out, pointing a gun at police at one point. Police called in the sheriff's police tactical team and its armored vehicle.

After nearly three hours of negotiation, Crampton came out of the house peacefully about 2:30 a.m., Will County Deputy Chief Tom Budde said.

Wazny said police restrained Crampton and took him by ambulance to Silver Cross, where he was committed involuntarily and transferred to hospital staff.

About 6 a.m., Crampton walked out of the hospital and stole an ambulance from the emergency bay, according to New Lenox Deputy Police Chief April Di Sandro.

"He just walked out," Di Sandro said. "He wasn't handcuffed there."

New Lenox police used the ambulance's GPS unit to locate Crampton and the ambulance at a home in the 200 block of Locust Street in New Lenox, according to police.

Crampton had entered the home of an acquaintance there, Di Sandro said, and when officers arrived they heard cries for help from inside the house and found Crampton placing a man in a headlock.

She said police broke through the door, and Crampton released the man and fled through the back door but was quickly apprehended.

Crampton was charged by New Lenox police with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and remained in the county jail as of Monday evening, according to Mallory Hewlett, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.

Wazny said Crampton had not been charged by Manhattan police as of Monday night, but charges were pending.

Silver Cross Hospital spokeswoman Tracy Simons said the hospital cannot comment on whether its staff used restraints on Crampton because of patient confidentiality.

Erin Gallagher is a freelance reporter.



Police ID 3 people killed in crash involving ambulance in Battle Creek - Michigan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  By Rex Hall Jr. | 

BATTLE CREEK, MI - Three people killed early Tuesday when a vehicle ran through a flashing red light and struck an ambulance that had its lights and sirens activated have been identified by Battle Creek police.

Police said the crash was reported at about 1 a.m. at North and Garfield avenues after a car driven by Shirley Ann Stokes, 61, of Battle Creek, struck the northbound ambulance. Inside the ambulance was David Lynn Simpson, 74, of Battle Creek, who was a cardiac-arrest patient.

Stokes and a passenger in her vehicle, James Earl Stokes, 54, of Battle Creek, were killed on impact, police said.

Simpson was transferred to another ambulance after the crash and taken to Battle Creek Bronson Hospital. Police said Simpson died moments after arriving at the hospital.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash. Investigators said earlier Tuesday that speed and alcohol are both possible causes for the crash. 



Driver who hit ambulance got license back Monday - Michigan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  By Leon Hendrix and 24 Hour News 8 web staff

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The driver who was killed after hitting an ambulance early Tuesday had her license reinstated Monday after having it suspended in 2009, according to the Secretary of State.

Battle Creek police said a LifeCare Ambulance was traveling north on North Avenue with running lights and the siren going with a cardiac arrest patient in the back. A westbound passenger vehicle on Garfield ran the flashing red light and hit the ambulance around 1 a.m. about three blocks away from Battle Creek Bronson Hospital.

The driver of the passenger vehicle, 61-year-old Shirley Ann Stokes, was killed on impact. Her passenger, 54-year-old James Earl Stokes, died on scene, according to police.

The patient, 74-year-old David Lynn Simpson, was transferred to another ambulance and taken to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital emergency room, where he died moments later.

His wife Beverly Simpson said that when she was informed of her husband’s death, she was not told that something had gone wrong during the ambulance’s trip to the hospital.

“Why didn’t somebody tell us or tell me that he was in that ambulance?” Simpson questioned. “To think that he was in that ambulance, and whether he could have been saved, I don’t know. That’s another thing: Could he have been saved?”

Police say a mishap communication is to blame for Simpson not being informed of the crash. They were told she had been notified of the death at the hospital and didn’t realize she was not told about the crash.

Simpson said she and her husband of 30 years “did everything together.”

“I don’t know how to explain him. He was Dave,” Simpson said.

They had a small argument on Monday, she said, but settled everything before going to bed.

“He said, ‘I’m sorry I yelled at you today.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m sorry I yelled at you, too.’ And off we went to sleep,” Simpson recalled.

Mark Devriendt, an apparent Battle Creek firefighter who was injured in the crash, wrote the following statement on his Facebook page:

“I would like to thank my fellow firefighters, life care ambulance personnel and supervisor, My Fire Chief and Battalion Chief and our police officers for your support early this morning. We all made it out OK with some bumps and bruises but we’re OK. Thank you all so much.”

The Battle Creek Police Department accident reconstruction team was called to the scene to take over the investigation.

Police said speed and alcohol may have played a role in the crash.

“It makes me angry,” Beverly Simpson said.

The at-fault driver, Shirley Stokes, had a number of violations on her driving record, but none appear to have involved alcohol. Her license had been suspended since 2009 before being reinstated on Monday, according to the Secretary of  State’s Office. 



One injured in crash with ambulance in Newhall - California

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  By Jim Holt

A motorist who allegedly rear-ended an ambulance in Newhall on Tuesday was injured and taken to the hospital by a California Highway Patrol officer before being charged, a CHP spokesman said.

The injured driver, whose identity has not been disclosed, is expected to be charged in connection with the two-car collision, the CHP officer said.

The ambulance driver, an employee of the American Medical Response company, was not injured in the crash, said AMR spokesman Jason Sorrick.

“There were no injuries,” he said, referring to the AMR driver. “There were no patients on board and the vehicle was out of service at the time.”

Shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the crash on Sierra Highway near the Newhall Avenue on-ramp to Highway 14, said Fire Department Inspector Randall Wright. 



Paramedic pulls another from burning ambulance after they crash on I-16 in Bibb - Georgia

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Two paramedics were hospitalized early Tuesday morning after one pulled the other from a burning ambulance following a crash on I-16 in Bibb County. And deputies said one of the men blacked out and caused the crash that landed them both of them in the hospital and caused the roadway to be blocked for almost an hour.

The incident, which involved two Medixx ambulances from Soperton, happened at 4:12 a.m. on the east bound side of the interstate, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. It's unclear where the ambulances were heading or how fast they were going when they crashed. It's also unclear if they were responding to an emergency.

Investigators said the ambulances were following each other in the far right lane of I-16 when the crash occurred. Paramedic Michael Hanner, who was driving the second ambulance, would later tell deputies he was feeling ill and blacked out, the sheriff's spokesman Lt. Sean DeFoe said. Hanner's ambulance struck the ambulance that he was following and Hanner’s ambulance caught on fire, DeFoe said.

Paramedic John Cleaves, who was driving the first ambulance, helped Hanner to escape the burning ambulance, DeFoe said. Both paramedics were taken to a local hospital for complaints, he said. They were listed to be in stable condition, deputies said. The two paramedics were the only ones in the ambulances and no one else was injured during this accident, DeFoe said. He did not provide any information on the paramedics' injuries. The results of the crash was cleared from the roadway around 5:10 a.m., deputies said. 



Crash involving Life Care ambulance kills 3 - Michigan

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Three people are dead after a vehicle smashed into a Life Care ambulance Tuesday morning. A firefighter was also injured in the crash. 

It happened at North Avenue and Garfield, just down the down the street from Bronson Battle Creek, which is where the ambulance was headed when it was hit. 

Battle Creek police tell us the ambulance was running with its lights and sirens on, transporting a patient in full cardiac arrest.

The ambulance was hit by the car which had run through a red light. 

A woman and a man in the car were killed on impact. The patient in the ambulance was put in another ambulance and continued on to Bronson, but he was pronounced dead there.


The man in the ambulance has been identified as 74-year-old David Simpson. The driver of the car was 61-year-old Shirley Stokes and her passenger was 54-year-old James Stokes. 

A firefighter who was performing CPR on the patient in the back of the ambulance was also taken to the hospital with what we now know was a concussion, and an elbow injury.

Police tell us it appears Stokes was speeding and possibly under the influence of alcohol when the crash happened.

"Upon initial investigation it appears the vehicle traveling westbound on Garfield, ran the flashing red light and struck the ambulance with a severe impact," said Sgt. Todd Madsen of BCPD. 

The Battle Creek firefighter involved, Mark Devriendt, posted this on Facebook Tuesday: "I would like to thank my fellow firefighters, Life Care Ambulance personnel and supervisor, my fire chief and battalion chief and our police officers for your support early this morning. We all made it out ok with some bumps and bruises but we're ok. Thank you all so much."

Police say the investigation into what caused the crash is going to take weeks and they are waiting on toxicology reports on the driver.




Ambulance crashes, catches fire in Macon - Georgia

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  By R Loyd Price

Two ambulances crashed Tuesday morning at about 4:12 a.m. at the Spring Street exit on Interstate 16.

The vehicles, which were from Soperton, were following each other when one of the drivers blacked out, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

Paramedic Michael Hanner of Medixx was following the ambulance driven by paramedic John Cleaves when Hanner began feeling ill, the news release states.

Hanner's ambulance struck the ambulance in front of him and caught fire. Cleaves helped Hanner get out of the burning vehicle, according to the news release.

Cleaves and Hanner were the only occupants in the ambulances. Both were listed in stable condition at the hospital.

Traffic was blocked at the intersection for about an hour. 



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