COOKEVILLE TN Nov 10 2010 — A Walnut Avenue man was arrested late Friday night after he was found allegedly prowling the halls of the city hospital while intoxicated.
Shannon Dale Kelly, 28, is charged with public intoxication, theft, and simple possession of pills in the case, according to warrants on file.
Cookeville Police Officer Jamey McCurry said he was dispatched to the 5th floor of Cookeville Regional Medical Center just after midnight Friday to investigate a report of “a suspicious male.”
The officer said hospital security officers had found the man inside the 5th floor locker room.
“The security guard handed me a bag of pills,” the officer’s report says. “He stated that the male subject was shoving them in his pants when they found him.”
The suspicious man was identified as Shannon Dale Kelly, who allegedly told the officers that he “was planning on taking the pills,” the report says.
Kelly smelled of alcohol, but denied that he had been drinking. He admitted having taken two Xanax pills, the officer said.
“He stated that he was just looking around,” the report says.
McCurry arrested Kelly for public intoxication and upon searching him, found a roll of blue duct tape and two dry erase markers in his pockets. The tape and the markers belong to the hospital.
“He also had a wallet with $12 cash inside and multiple cards. He said the wallet was his.”
Warrants on file in the case say that Kelly was “prowling the hallways of the hospital” before being detained by a security guard.
“The defendant’s actions were an annoyance to the patients and the staff at the hospital,” one warrant says.
Kelly was booked into the Putnam jail at 1:38 a.m. Saturday and posted bond and was released later that day. He has a Dec. 10 court date.
MONROE NC Nov 10 2010 - A WalMart employee was pepper-sprayed as two men made off with laptops from the Union County superstore, according to Monroe Police.
According to a police report given to WBTV, two men robbed the WalMart on the 2400 block of West Roosevelt Boulevard around 1:00 a.m. Monday morning.
Police say two black men in their early 20s, approached a sales associate in the electronics department and asked to look at two Dell laptop computers.
When the employee got the computers out of a locked case, she had to place them on the floor to lock the case back.
One man grabbed the computers and placed them into a shopping cart, while the other man left the area.
The first man began to leave the electronics section, and according to police “picked up speed” as the Wal-Mart employee followed behind him. She told the man that he needed to pay for the two laptops in her section, but he increased his speed.
A Customer Service manager stopped the man near the grocery side entrance by grabbing the end of the shopping cart.
That’s when police say the man turned around, pulled out a canister of pepper spray and sprayed the manager in the face and head.
The man then grabbed the two boxes containing the laptops from the cart and ran outside, where he got into the passenger side of a sedan and drove off, police said.
No arrests have been made in the robbery.
Nashville TN Nov 10 2010
Reported crimes of violence in America’s hospitals have doubled in the last three years with women healthcare employees among the most frequent victims of violence in the nation’s workplaces. At the same time, experts tell us these attacks are greatly under-reported and come from a wide variety of sources: they are attacked by patients, co-workers, strangers off the street and an attacker lurking in garages – the trend goes unabated.
These women caregivers don’t have an exclusive corner on the violence; patients and their male counterparts are vulnerable to both inside and outside attacks. The looming depressed economic environment has further stressed an already financially stressed industry. Serial reductions of staff create additional pressure on an already anxious and difficult workplace. While decision makers are always tempted to look at cost centers for cuts, reduction of safety and security elements within the organization may look reasonable but in reality have undeniable consequences.
Important human resources functions, degraded hiring practices with little regard to past performance and criminal background of applicants place all stakeholders at risk and the lack of national level reporting and loss of the two-decades-old healthcare-offenders list has added to the insider threat.
The healthcare’s increased practice of “outsourcing” important and sensitive administrative and clinical functions has resulted in loss of direct control of many of these areas. Essential functions are left to the trust of contractors in hiring practices in general and low wage positions in particular. These workers often have access to areas where supervision is weak and sensitive patient information is there for the taking.
In addition, the “just in time” practice has greatly increased vendor activity within the system and has introduced an increase of ‘in-house” traffic with the assumption that your vendors are taking due diligence in their own hiring practices, multiplying the potential for wrongdoing.
Recent in-hospital shooter events were covered in an earlier article but it is worth mentioning again. The industry brushed it off as a novel event. A gun in the hands of malcontents in hospitals is not a recent phenomenon; there is a long history death and injury in these settings. The issue of whether hospital security should be armed has a long and contentious history.
Up to this point we have assumed that the threat is of a non-terrorist nature. We do not want to minimize violence against healthcare stakeholders from any source. The loss of property and sensitive documents by theft is of concern; however, weaknesses in existing practices also give rise to other insider and outsider terrorist activities.
The anti-terrorism community was shocked by the notion that physicians could be numbered among suicide bombers. The terrorist ranks have been populated by physicians for some time, indeed, Osama bin Laden’s second in command is an Egyptian pediatrician. Known for their suicide-bomber recruiting prowess and getting others to “blow themselves up”, and engaging in such activity themselves seemed counter intuitive. The evidence that they were willing to do so adds strength to the argument
that ideology is a strong driving force in the terrorist movement and away from those who believe suicide bombers have little to lose or feel socially alienated.
Keeping this in mind, the United Kingdom’s experience with physicians and super-scientists participation in acts of terrorism including suicide-bombing, should give us pause, especially as the ranks of our hospitals are filled with thousands of International Medical Graduates (IMGs).
Here is why:
Shortly after recognition that physicians within the U.K. National Health System were active terrorists, the international healthcare and security organizations engaged in a “deep look-back” at the world-wide International Medical Graduate (IMG) community. They reviewed member documentation associated with acceptance by various national authorities to practice in country and while there is little open source information available, investigators were stunned by the level of unverifiable information on many applications.
According to recent reports from the Department of Homeland Security, the lack of integrity in the U. S. visa system is a danger to all the nation’s work-sites.
Approximately one-fourth of the nation’s physician workforce is populated with IMGs.
New demands placed on the U.S. Healthcare system by passage of healthcare reform legislation will probably add tens of thousands of IMGs to America’s healthcare delivery system.
One needs only to “Google visa legal sites” to appreciate the intense competition for IMGs to fill existing positions in the nation’s federal and non-federal healthcare workforce.
Post 9/11 many within and outside the profession have sounded the alarm for better safety and security in the nation’s healthcare delivery system. The U.K. Experience should act as a “wake-up” call to the Industry. There has been little official attention paid to this potential source of terrorism.
A careful reading of Jihad and American Medicine by Adam Frederic Dorin, M.D. will provide the reader with an excellent look into the potential for terrorism within today’s healthcare community and also provides an insightful look into the systems “self-inflicted world of “treatment acquired infections and other treatment errors” which millions face as they navigate through the healthcare system.
Doctor Dorin does not stand alone in his call for increased safety and security in the healthcare workplace in general and hospitals in particular. Doctor Robin McFee, a physician, medical toxicologist and widely accepted expert on Weapons of Mass Destruction, has written extensively on the potential danger posed by radicalized Islamist physicians and super-scientists. In her four part Exclusive: Doctor Evil? Physicians and Scientists-Terrorists and Murderers in an Era of Global Terrorism, she asks and answers her question “why” and “how” could a healer become a killer?’. FSM
We have written extensively about the vulnerabilities associated with the handoff of important and sensitive security functions from one administration to another. Transfer of these activities is fraught with danger even if it stays in the same political party. Transfer of these functions to another political party requires even more vigilance. This is particularly the case if the new administration is perceived as less well prepared and does not view the threat in traditional terrorism terms.
The Department of Homeland Security has shown little appetite to push the industry to a higher level of preparedness. The introduction of women into the suicide bomber mix has greatly increased the threat in industries with women employees. Inquiries into what countermeasures may be needed to address this were met with silence. The same weaknesses in safety and security which allows dangerous non-terrorist events also promote a rich opportunity for terrorist to become part of the healthcare landscape.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributor Dr. James Blair, DPA, MHA, FACHE, FABCHS, is president and CEO of the Center for HealthCare Emergency Readiness. This article was adapted from excerpts from Blair’s book, Unready: To Err is Human: TheOther Neglected Side of Hospital Safety and Security, which was published in June. He is also a career-retired army colonel with 28 years of active service. Among his private sector experiences, he served as VP of Hospital Corporation of America, Middle East Limited and as an independent consultant to Joint Commission International.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov 10 2010 — A court officer was shot in the hand Tuesday morning at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Nashville.
It happened inside the building located at 801 Broadway just before 8 a.m.
Police said a 59-year-old security officer for the U.S. Marshals was handling his gun in a restroom when he accidentally shot himself.
The man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police have not released the man’s name. The incident is under investigation.
The guard, Kimberly, who asked Channel 4 News not to identify her by her last name, is bruised and in a lot of pain.
Kimberly was working security at McDonald’s at 12th Avenue and Broadway on Sunday. She asked a driver to move his car that was blocking the drive-through lane. The car was also backing up traffic on 12th Avenue.
Kimberly said when she approached the driver a second time, things quickly got out of control.
“The passenger in the back seat reached out of the window, pulled my jacket and tried to pull me into the car, and rolled the window up on my right arm. It was like a blackout moment. All of a sudden, the next thing I knew, I was in the middle of the street, said Kimberly.
Joey Craig also provided security that night at McDonald’s. Craig quickly came to Kimberly’s aid.
“I struck the back window with my baton and shattered the glass,” said Craig.
He said the man in the car holding Kimberly’s arm finally let go; however, Kimberly found herself in the middle of busy Broadway underneath the car.
“If I didn’t roll away from the car, the vehicle that was dragging me would have run me over,” said Kimberly. “(I have) a lot of soreness, back pain, neck pain, migraines, arms very sore and bruised, a lot of sore muscles right now.”
Metro police are looking for a champagne-colored Toyota with a broken window on the rear passenger side.
PALMER PARK, MD.Nov 10 2010 — Four additional Prince George’s County police officers have been suspended following an incident in which an officer hit a college student while moonlighting as a security guard.
Police say the four officers were also moonlighting at the party in Beltsville on Oct. 30.
Officer Dominique Richardson, who’s accused of punching College of Southern Maryland student Steven Morals, had already been suspended.
Police spokesman Maj. Andrew Ellis declined to identify the four additional officers and says investigators “are trying to sort out who did what.” He says the officers are suspended pending an investigation to determine whether they saw and failed to report misconduct by another officer.
Source: Washington Examiner
Pittsburgh PA Nov 10 2010 Two Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies are being credited with saving a McKeesport police officer’s life after he went into cardiac arrest in the County Courthouse.
Deputies Anthony Fratto and Scott McCarthy were in the family court building across the street about 11 a.m. Monday when an emergency call went out for an officer down in the stairwell of the courthouse.
The two men grabbed medical gear from the family court building and ran over. They found the 43-year-old McKeesport officer on the landing between the first and second floors.
He had a bloody gash in the back of his head; he had no pulse and was not breathing, Deputy Fratto said.
“He had real poor color,” he said.
The men started CPR immediately, with Deputy Fratto ventilating and Deputy McCarthy performing compressions.
Within a few minutes, another deputy brought an automated external defibrillator to the scene, and Deputy Fratto used it on the officer.
“He actually started coming around,” Deputy Fratto said. “He was pinking up.”
By the time medics got on scene, the officer again had a pulse and was breathing. He even tried to fight the medics to take his oxygen mask off.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was in stable condition at UPMC Mercy, said Allegheny County Sheriff William Mullen.
The officer was dressed in a jacket and tie and was only identified as law enforcement because he was wearing an empty holster.
He had been on the fifth floor of the courthouse on an assault case, and had to leave, Sheriff Mullen said, when he started sweating profusely.
The defibrillator used by the sheriff’s deputies was bought with a grant about two years ago.
Deputy Fratto, who has been with the sheriff’s office 11 years, was a paramedic for eight years and teaches an emergency responder class at the Allegheny County police training academy.
“We’re real happy with how the situation ended up,” he said. “It makes the day a little better.”
It was a violent afternoon in Omaha. One person was shot and killed at 30th and Meredith. Police officers cuff a man not long after the deadly shooting.
KMTV Action 3 News watches as police take him in for questioning. One witness who was heading into Aldi’s Food Market hears the gunshots and then watches a security guard leap into action. “His eyes got real big and there was a pop and I didn’t know what it was but he knew it was a gunshot,” said witness Doug Pike.
At the same time, a sergeant in the neighborhood spots a man running down the street with a gun. Then the security guard sees a man trying to hide in neighbors backyards. “The man took off running down those main houses but he didn’t come out on Larimore Street so the security guard was in the median over there trying to flag down police cars,” said Pike.
The security guard points police in the right direction. Within seconds, officers surround the area, bringing K-9 units to flush out the man hiding in the bushes. “I think the security guard is the one that needs the pat on the back. He put it all together for them,” said Pike.
The shooting victim didn’t make it. The name of the man arrested and the victim have not been released.
The courier made cash pickups at several stores in the mall and was returning to his truck near the west entrance to the mall around 2:45 p.m. when he was approached by two males, said Sgt. Chris Purvis of the Hyattsville Police Department.
One of the men put a gun to the courier’s head and the two escorted him away from his truck, handcuffed him, took the bag of money and fled in the direction of East West Highway, Purvis said.
There was no struggle and the courier, who was not armed, was not injured, Purvis said.
Police did not know how much money was taken, Purvis said.