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Friday
Jun152012

Buffalo Hospital Shooting: Surgeon on the Run but Not in Canada

ABC News(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The former Army Special Forces surgeon who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend to death at a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital has dodged a multi-agency manhunt apparently without crossing into Canada, authorities said on Thursday.

Dr. Timothy V. Jorden, 49, is wanted in connection to the death of his one-time lover, Jackie Wisniewski, 33, a nursing student who died Wednesday morning on the floor of the Erie County Medical Center.

Considered armed and dangerous, Jorden is the target of a hunt by local, state and federal authorities, including the U.S. Marshals and the FBI.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda initially said at a news conference on Thursday that "we know for a fact he did not cross the border," but later added, "to the best of my knowledge."

The hospital was partially locked down and evacuated again on Thursday after a woman discovered a bomb threat scribbled on a first-floor restroom wall and a suspicious device that turned out to be an amateurish hoax.  Authorities issued an all-clear within an hour and employees returned to work.

On Wednesday, officials took one Buffalo police officer into custody after he allegedly lifted money and a watch from the scene of the shooting.  The officer apparently lifted a gold Rolex watch and about $5,000 in cash when he responded to the shooting, police sources said.

Late Wednesday night, armed with a warrant and with ambulances ready, police used a robot to lead the way as they searched Jorden's Lakeview, N.Y., home.  The home was in the jurisdiction of the Hamburg Police Department, although the Erie County Sheriff's Department provided the special robot.  The law enforcement units and ambulances left the home after the search, ABC News affiliate WKBW reported.

The fatal drama at the hospital began around 8 a.m. Wednesday, when Jorden allegedly shot and killed Wisniewski, a woman identified as his former lover, according to sources familiar with the investigation.  She was found dead in a covered passageway joining the hospital's Kidney Center and another wing of the medical center, The Miller Building, WKBW reported.

Buffalo police, backed up by a New York State Police SWAT team, converged on the hospital and locked down the facility, treating the situation as an active shooter scenario.  The lockdown was lifted at noon, but no news emerged as to the circumstances of Jorden, who was officially described as a person of interest.

A decorated soldier, Jorden graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1996 and had a military career that spanned 18 years and two periods of service.  During his years of service, he earned numerous medals and commendations including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Master Parachute Badge Scuba Diver Badge Special Forces Tab.

Police have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting.

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Thursday
Jun142012

Buffalo Hospital Shooting: Surgeon at Large After Cops Search His Home

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A former Army Special Forces surgeon who allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend to death at a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital on Wednesday remains at large, despite a day-long police manhunt.

Dr. Timothy V. Jorden, 49, is wanted in connection to the death of his one-time lover, Jackie Wisniewski, 33, a nursing student who died Wednesday morning on the floor of the Erie County Medical Center.

Armed with a warrant and with ambulances ready, police on Wednesday evening used a robot to lead the way as they searched Jorden's Lakeview, N.Y., home.  The home was in the jurisdiction of the Hamburg Police Department, although the Erie County Sheriff's Department provided the special robot.  The law enforcement units and ambulances left the home after the search, ABC News affiliate WKBW reported.

The fatal drama at the hospital began around 8 a.m., when Jorden allegedly shot and killed Wisniewski, a woman identified as his former lover, according to sources familiar with the investigation.  She was found dead in a covered passageway joining the hospital's Kidney Center and another wing of the medical center, The Miller Building, WKBW reported.

Buffalo police, backed up by a New York State Police SWAT team, converged on the hospital and locked down the facility, treating the situation as an active shooter scenario.  The lockdown was lifted at noon, but no news emerged as to the circumstances of Jorden, who was officially described as a person of interest.

Police did not comment regarding the victim or a possible motive for the shooting.

Jorden had experienced emotional difficulties recently, according to officials, who did not elaborate.

Francisca Wellsbury, who was married to Jorden, but long divorced, told ABC News that she was shocked by the news that her ex-husband had become the suspect in a murder.

"We've lived separate lives for a long time," Wellsbury, who lives on the West Coast, told ABC News.  "I'm just as shocked as anyone.  It's traumatic."

She declined to go into further detail, but said: "This is not the person I knew.  I wish he would seek help."

A decorated soldier, Jorden graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1996 and had a military career that spanned 18 years and two periods of service.  During his years of service, he earned numerous medals and commendations including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Master Parachute Badge Scuba Diver Badge Special Forces Tab.

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Wednesday
Jun132012

Ex-Army Surgeon Wanted in Hospital Shooting

Erie County Medical Center(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A woman who was shot dead at a Buffalo, N.Y. hospital was a nursing student who sources familiar with the investigation say was the ex-girlfriend of Dr. Timothy Jorden, the special forces captain and surgeon who is believed to have killed her with a single gunshot.

Authorities described the woman, who has not been identified, as a nursing student who lived in West Seneca, New York. They described Jorden, 49, has having exhibited odd behavior during the relationship with her.

Francisca Wellsbury, who was married to Timothy Jorden, but long divorced, told ABC News exclusively that she was shocked by the news that her ex-husband had become the suspect in a murder.

"We've lived separate lives for a long time," said Wellsbury, who lives on the West Coast. "I'm just as shocked as anyone. It's traumatic.”

Wellsbury declined to go into further detail about Jorden's military service or behavior, except to say, "This is not the person I knew. I wish he would seek help."

The victim was gunned down in a covered passageway connecting the hospital's Kidney Center and the Miller Building, ABC News' affiliate WKBW reported.

A SWAT team locked down the hospital to ensure a gunman was not on the loose. It was lifted shortly after noon, with the exception of the area where Jorden could be hiding.

"The ECMC Health Campus has reopened, except for the DK Miller Office Building which is closed at this time," the hospital said in a statement. "All employees scheduled to work today should report at their regularly scheduled time. ECMC is no longer on emergency room diversion and has resumed all regular operations. Anyone that needs patient or employee information should call 898-5500."

A SWAT team was parked outside Jorden's home this afternoon, looking for any sign of the doctor.

Jorden had recently been experiencing "emotional problems," sources told the Buffalo Daily News.

A career soldier, Jorden graduated from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1996.

"I've wanted to be a doctor since early in my military career as a medic," Jorden told the newspaper in a 1996 profile.

Police did not comment regarding the victim or a possible motive for the shooting.

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Tuesday
Apr032012

Dick Cheney Released from Hospital After Heart Transplant Surgery

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital on Tuesday, 10 days after receiving heart transplant surgery, according to a written statement released by his office. 

The surgery was performed at Inova Fairvax Hospital in Virgina.

“He would like to thank the physicians at Inova Fairfax and George Washington University Hospitals for the outstanding care they have provided.  He and his family are also grateful to the ICU nursing staff at the Heart and Vascular Institute,” according to the statement.  “As he leaves the hospital, the former Vice President and his family want to again express their deep gratitude to the donor and the donor’s family for this remarkable gift.”

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Monday
Mar262012

Psych Patient Charged with Murder After Roommate Dies

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- Charges against a psychiatric patient who allegedly stabbed his hospital roommate have been upgraded to murder after the victim died of his injuries.

Robert King, 53, died Saturday, a week after he was found bloody at the County of San Diego Hospital. His body was found at about 2 p.m. March 17 when Bart Schafer, 32, told hospital staff that King had fallen and hurt himself. Staff called paramedics, but while EMS staff treated him, King went into cardiac arrest, said Lt. Kevin Rooney of the San Diego Police Department.

“They got him to the trauma center as fast as they could,” said Rooney. “Shortly after, the psychiatric hospital staff called police and requested officers evaluate Mr. King’s injuries, and we realized that it wasn’t an accident and it was more likely that he had been assaulted.”

Police arrested Schafer the same day King was brought to the hospital, Rooney said. He was initially charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, but King died Saturday of his injuries. Schafer’s charge was bumped up to murder.

Rooney said the two patients were roommates, but likely did not know each other well. The average time a patient stays in the hospital is two weeks, according to county officials.  It is unclear how long either man was in the hospital.

“Police have requested a search warrant to access King’s medical records,” said Rooney. “We know very little about King or Schafer.”

Hospital staff and the county of San Diego declined to comment because the case is pending investigation.

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Friday
Mar092012

Pittsburgh Hospital Shooting Victim Was Second Gun Death in Family

WTAE(PITTSBURGH) -- The victim of the Pittsburgh hospital shooting was identified as employee Michael Schaab, a 25-year-old who lost his sister to gun violence in 2010.

"They're going through what no family should ever have to go through," Tom Fitzgerald, a spokesperson for the Schaab family, told ABC affiliate WTAE. "This is the second time within two years that they have to go through this, and it's very, very difficult on them."

Schaab's family saw the shooting at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic on the news, but thought he was safe since it took place on the first floor and he worked on an upper floor in the geriatric unit.

Michael's mother Mary Schaab lost her only other child, Nancy, who was the victim in a domestic dispute two years ago.

Michael Schaab was gearing up to start graduate school and was planning his March 2013 wedding while balancing his work at the clinic.

"It was clear that Michael was truly a leader among our staff, and he was beloved by the geriatric patients whom he cared for every day," Claudia Roth, CEO of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, said. "He will be greatly missed."

Police are still trying to identify the shooter who killed Schaab and wounded seven others before being killed by police.

The gunman, who was armed with two guns, was carrying no identification and his fingerprints did not match a federal database.

He proceeded to open fire on the first floor, wounding five staff members, Roth said.

A University of Pittsburgh police officer was also grazed in the leg.

The names of the wounded have not been released.

All five of the hospitalized victims are expected to survive, however two were listed in serious condition.

Jeffrey Romoff, CEO of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, praised the "work, professionalism and prompt response" of first responders.

"[We are] deeply, deeply saddened by today's events," he said. "I want to express our deepest sympathies to the victims."

Immediately after the shooting, SWAT teams from Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, the Port Authority and state police rushed to the scene, bringing along bomb-sniffing dogs.

The 289 patients in the hospital were not evacuated.

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Sunday
Mar042012

Bear Camps on Hospital Wall

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) -- A bear was evaluated before being sent back to the woods Saturday after it was captured on the wall of an Asheville, N.C., hospital.

The 50-lb bear hopped up on the wall of the Mission Hospital Cancer Center Friday morning and quickly drew a crowd of gawkers. The bear didn’t seem to mind the attention, curling up and sleeping through part of the day. It also ignored pastries set out to lure the bear off the wall for capture.

The bear was finally snagged Friday evening and was held for examination before being released back in the wild.

It was the third bear sighting in the city this week, but it wasn’t clear if there were several bears that have been seen or if the bear caught Friday was a repeat offender.

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Sunday
Feb262012

Surveillance Video Shows RFK’s Son in Scuffle With Nurses

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Surveillance video shows Douglas Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, who was arrested on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and harassment relating to a Jan. 7 scuffle in the maternity unit of Northern Westchester Hospital, in a violent scuffle with two nurses.

Two nurses allege Kennedy twisted one’s wrist and kicked the other while they tried to prevent him from taking his two-day old son outside.

Kennedy says he was trying to take his son, Beau, out for some fresh air, when nurses tried to stop him.

On the surveillance video, you see Kennedy lift his leg and a nurse fall backwards on the floor.

In court documents obtained by ABC News, nurse Cari Luciano claims Kennedy attacked her.

“As my hand touched the shoulders of the baby, Douglas Kennedy, raised his right foot, and with tremendous force, kicked me in the left side of my pelvic area,” Luciano said, according to the documents.

The nurse claims she called two alerts: code pink, child abduction in progress, and code purple, a combative party.

“These charges are absurd,” Kennedy and his wife, Molly said in a statement. “It is sickening to think that our simple desire to take our son outside for fresh air has been warped into a charge of child endangerment.”

Kennedy was accompanied by a family friend, Dr. Timothy Haydock, who was also an on-duty doctor at the hospital, during the Jan. 7 skirmish.

“I witnessed the incident and I can state unequivocally that the nurses were the only aggressors,” Haydock said.

The two men stopped by the nurses’ station with Kennedy’s newborn son, who was bundled in blankets and wearing a hat, before heading toward the elevators, where the incident was captured on surveillance video.

“Everything was calm and civil. He didn’t run out with the baby,” Kennedy’s attorney, Robert Gottlieb, told ABCNews.com.

Gottlieb said a nurse came onto the scene “acting aggressively” and “yelling.” She prevented Kennedy from using the elevator, so he headed toward the stairs and tried to open the door while holding his baby.

“Another other nurse now lunges to grab the child from his arms. Douglas lifts his knee and pushes her away, only to protect his newborn son and to prevent her from grabbing the child from him,” Gottlieb said.

After other personnel arrived, Kennedy returned the baby to his room.

Gottlieb said his client received a letter from a lawyer on Jan. 23.

“It’s clear what this is all about. They’re looking to cash in,” he said. “Now we’ll deal with the criminal charges.”

Kennedy was arrested Thursday by Mount Kisco, N.Y., police.

A message left for Northern Westchester Hospital and the nurses’ lawyer was not returned.

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Tuesday
Oct112011

Obama Personally Awards Purple Heart to Wounded Marine

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Cpl. Justin Crabbe, 22, received a special visitor in his hospital room at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., becoming one of the few service members to personally receive the Purple Heart from President Obama.

In a video posted to YouTube by the Crabbe family, the president, clad in hospital scrubs, is seen greeting the Marine, who lost parts of both legs while fighting in Afghanistan.

“This is a testimony to the high regard and honor the entire country feels towards you,” the president told Cpl. Crabbe Monday as he bestowed the military decoration awarded to those who have been wounded in combat.

President Obama met with 38 wounded troops and awarded four Purple Hearts on his 11th visit to meet with injured service members at the military hospital Monday. According to the Pentagon, 46,542 troops have been wounded in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Sunday
Sep042011

Florida Teen Charged With Impersonating Physician's Assistant

Comstock/Thinkstock(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) -- A 17 year old is facing felony charges for his real-life "Catch Me If You Can"-style prank that could have put lives in danger.

Matthew Scheidt was arrested Friday, accused of impersonating a physician's assistant for five days at a central Florida hospital.

According to police, the untrained teen spent time in the operating room and emergency room, where he conducted exams, provided patient care and accessed restricted patient information.

It all started on Aug. 24, when Scheidt allegedly went to the human resources office at the Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla., and requested a new hospital badge, according to the police report.

He allegedly said he was a physician's assistant in a program at Nova Southeastern University and he needed to replace his old badge, which had out of date information. Police said that though he gave two different explanations to two different people in the HR department, he was given a badge with his name and picture, stating that he was a P.A.

That week, Scheidt repeatedly presented himself as a P.A. in the emergency room, according to police.

Physicians on duty told the police Scheidt wore scrubs, a lab coat and his badge, and helped restrain a combative patient, cleaned and dressed wounds and removed an IV for a patient who was being discharged.

Scheidt also performed patient interviews and physical exams on disrobed male patients and accessed patient charts with personal and medical information, the police report said.

On just his second night as a "physician's assistant," he allegedly did chest compressions for about five minutes on a patient in cardiac arrest.

He told hospital staff he was 23 years old, claimed his mother was an executive with the corporation that owns the hospital and bragged he had been deputized with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, the police report said.

Scheidt allegedly played doctor for six days before emergency room staff contacted human resources because they thought there was something suspicious about him, police said. The ER staff began questioning his qualifications when he continually requested access to restricted areas of the hospital, according to the report.

The HR department contacted the Surgical Management Group, where Scheidt said he was a P.A., and found that though the teen worked there, it was as a part-time billing clerk, not a P.A. Scheidt was fired from that job and had to return his P.A. ID card.

When the Surgical Management Group's practice manager confronted him about his claims that he had been deputized by the Sheriff's Department, he said his status was "top-secret" and the department wouldn't verify his employment because of his undercover status, the police report said.

Again, it appears, the teen was allegedly stretching the truth. Scheidt had been in the Sheriff's Explorer Program, but was removed for "over-stepping his explorer duties," by attempting to mislead people into the belief that he was a deputy, according to the police report.

When an officer from the Kissimmee Police Department showed up at Scheidt's front door to retrieve an ID card he had not turned in when he was fired from the hospital, the teen cried and said he had simply been shadowing as a records clerk, which he is allowed to do, and not acting as a P.A.

He said the HR department at the hospital was making up lies about him to "cover their butts," the police report said. He allegedly stuck with that story and told the officer to check with the emergency room P.A., who would back up his story.

On Sept. 2, Scheidt was arrested, and charged with five counts of impersonating a physician assistant, a third degree felony.

The Osceola Regional Medical Center issued a statement saying that patients treated in the ER during the time Scheidt was there received the medical care they needed, and that they are reviewing hospital practices to ensure this does not happen again.

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