October 17, 2017

** Pennsylvania man charged with pointing gun at medics

** Vermont woman charged in EMT’s 2015 driving death, charged again with assaulting inmate

UNITED STATES NEWS

** A Houtzdale, Pennsylvania man has been arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at an EMT after he felt EMS took too long to respond to his ill son October 20th. Nexstar Broadcasting (October 31) said bail has been set at $100,000 for Lewis Mikel Bumbarger, 66, in relation to the incident. According to the news site, Bumbarger called the ambulance for his son Lewis, 42, after he found him unresponsive and without a pulse. After waiting 20 minutes for EMTs, he became agitated and brandished his gun when he was told a life support unit had to come in from Clearfield. The EMT said the weapon was pointed directly at medics. Bumbarger denied this, saying he only waived the gun around. There is no word yet on his next court date or the current condition of Bumbarger’s son.

** A Vermont woman, already charged with killing an EMT during a botched suicide attempt, is now facing new charges after being accused of assaulting a fellow inmate. That is the word from The Washington Times (AP/November 1) which said Karri Benoir, 24, has pleaded not guilty to simple assault in the punching incident. Benoir has resided at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility since November 2015 after breaching her release conditions that dictated she reside with her mother. She had been placed at the jail after being charged in the July 30, 2015 death of Richmond EMT Brendon Cousino, 30. Cousino died after being hit by Benoir’s car. She has pleaded not guilty in that case to second-degree murder and grossly negligent driving with death resulting. Cousino left a wife and three daughters behind.

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