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Pilot in Deadly SoCal Plane Crash Had Fake Cop ID

Authorities investigating a plane crash that killed five people and destroyed a suburban California home earlier this month say the pilot was in possession of fake papers indicating he was a retired Chicago police officer. Pilot Antonio Pastini, 75, who owned a sushi restaurant in Carson City, Nevada, and a number of other restaurants, departed Fullerton Municipal Airport on Feb. 3 and flew about 10 miles when his Cessna 41A broke apart and burst into flames in the air. Parts of the airplane were scattered across four blocks of a Yorba Linda neighborhood, but the largest part of the plane ... Read More

Nurse arrested for sexual abuse of nursing home patient who gave birth

Phoenix police arrested a licensed nurse on preliminary charges of sexual abuse and abuse of a vulnerable adult following an investigation into the unexpected birth of a baby last month to a woman in a persistent vegetative state. The woman is a patient of Hacienda HealthCare, the nursing home where the man, Nathan Sutherland, worked as her caregiver. He was compelled by court order to provide a DNA sample. Crime lab technicians determined his DNA matched the baby’s. The nursing home issued a statement that it was “troubled beyond words to think that a … nurse could be capable of ... Read More

Comatose nursing home patient may have suffered during childbirth

The woman in a decade-long persistent vegetative state who gave birth to a healthy baby boy last month to the surprise of her family and the staff at the Phoenix, Arizona nursing home where she lived, may have suffered great pain during labor and delivery, a maternal fetal medicine expert told CNN. “I can tell you that to go through labor and deliver a baby with absolutely no analgesic is difficult, but I can’t speculate as to what this patient felt, if she felt any pain, if she knew it was happening,” said Dr. Deborah Feldman, director of maternal fetal ... Read More

Nursing facility CEO resigns after patient in vegetative state gives birth

The chief executive officer of the Phoenix, Arizona nursing home where a patient in a long-time persistent vegetative state gave birth, launching an investigation into sexual abuse at the facility, has resigned amid emerging reports of previous abuse cases. Bill Timmons resigned from Hacienda HealthCare just days after news broke that on Dec. 29, a 29-year-old Native American woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Staff allegedly had no idea that the patient, who had been in a vegetative state for 14 years after suffering a near-drowning, was pregnant. Staff reportedly discovered the woman was in labor when she ... Read More

Sex abuse investigation launched after nursing home patient gives birth

A young patient in a Phoenix, Arizona nursing home who has been in a persistent vegetative state for at least a decade gave birth to a baby on Dec. 29, launching an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department into possible sexual abuse. The woman had been a patient at Hacienda Healthcare since a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state several years ago. She needed around-the-clock care and was unable to communicate. Many people had access to her room throughout the day and night. Investigators from several agencies are keeping mum about the details, but according to staff accounts ... Read More

Trucking Firm Involved in Deadly Greyhound Bus Crash Had Other Recent Crashes

The trucking company whose tractor-trailer collided with a Greyhound bus in New Mexico last week has a history of crashes and safety violations, a pair of lawsuits filed by survivors of the deadly crash contend. According to CBS News, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs suing JAG Transportation of Fresno, California, says federal safety data shows the company’s commercial trucks were involved in three crashes in the last two years. The previous two crashes resulted in two injuries but no fatalities, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration data indicates. Investigators say the Aug. 30 crash occurred when the tractor-trailer experienced a tire ... Read More

Greyhound-Tractor Trailer Crash Kills Seven on New Mexico Highway

At least seven people are dead and several others injured after a tractor-trailer plowed into a Greyhound bus head-on on I-40 in western New Mexico Thursday morning. The deadly collision occurred in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the town of Thoreau, New Mexico, about 100 miles west of Albuquerque and near the Arizona border. New Mexico authorities investigating the crash said that a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound crossed the median and collided with the bus head-on. They said it appears the driver of the tractor-trailer lost control of the vehicle after a tire blowout. Aerial footage of the crash site ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

Whistleblower Sues Arizona Cancer Center For Alleged Medicare Fraud

A whistleblower complaint alleging an Arizona cancer treatment company cheated Medicare and other federal health care programs out of millions of dollars is moving ahead after a federal judge rejected the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case. The Republic/Arizona Central reports that the whistleblower suit alleges the Arizona Center for Cancer Care and its principals engaged in schemes to double-bill the government, overcharge for testing and treatments, and bill for medical services that patients didn’t need. The lawsuit claims these practices helped AZCCC improperly collect more than $8 million since 2011. Based in the Phoenix metro area, AZCCC operates 35 ... Read More

Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash Claims Two More Lives

Two of the British tourists who initially survived a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon earlier this month have died from their crash injuries. Their deaths bring the toll of the tragic crash to five. Eleanor (Milward) Udall, a newlywed who was on her honeymoon with husband Jonathan Udall, died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas Sunday, Feb. 25. Her death came just three days after Mr. Udall succumbed to his injuries. On Thursday, Feb. 22. Mr. Udall was the fourth British national to die from injuries suffered in the helicopter crash. Both Mr. and Mrs. Udall died of ... Read More