- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 13, 2008

Good Samaritan gets truck towed

JACKSON, Mich. — A Navy corpsman who stopped to calm a woman whose husband was having a heart attack — and helped an ambulance crew perform CPR on the man en route to a hospital — ended up with a $60 towing bill.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Tim Moore was driving on Interstate 94 near Jackson on April 2 when he saw an ambulance parked along the eastbound lane, the Jackson Citizen Patriot reported. He pulled over to try to help calm the woman, who was near the ambulance. When the rescuers learned of the corpsman’s medical training, they asked if he would help administer CPR on the way to Foote Hospital.

“I pulled over in a bit of a hurry,” said the corpsman, who since has returned to Camp Lejeune, N.C. “Of course, when they asked me to do CPR, I just locked the truck and didn’t really think about moving it.”

The man died in the emergency room.

When the corpsman returned to the side of the interstate two hours later, the truck was missing. It turns out the truck — parked partly over the white line marking the side of the road — was considered a travel hazard and towed.

German declines more Afghan help

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Germany’s foreign minister yesterday said the next U.S. administration should not expect significantly greater participation by the German army in Afghanistan.

“Obviously some would like us to do more. We have stretched ourselves quite a bit. Our resources are not unlimited,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a speech at Harvard University.

He was referring to any request by a future U.S. government for a bigger commitment by its European allies in Afghanistan to help fight Taliban militants who have regrouped since being overthrown shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

U.S., British, Canadian and Dutch troops do the bulk of the fighting in southern and eastern Afghanistan. Other NATO members, notably France and Germany, have resisted U.S. pressure to let their soldiers operate outside the safer northern part of the country. Germany has roughly 3,300 troops in Afghanistan.

23 sickened by salmonella

MINNEAPOLIS — At least 23 people in 14 states have been sickened by the same strain of salmonella found in two breakfast cereals recalled by Malt-O-Meal, the federal Food and Drug Administration said yesterday.

Officials in Minnesota are investigating whether a case in that state might be linked to the cereals produced by the Minneapolis-based company, the state health department said.

Malt-O-Meal voluntarily recalled its unsweetened Puffed Rice and Puffed Wheat cereals April 5 after finding salmonella contamination during routine testing. The affected bags were produced in the past 12 months in Northfield.

Base suspends weapons testing

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Army is suspending outdoor weapons testing at a northern New Jersey base after a wayward artillery shell fragment crashed through the roof of a home miles away, killing a pet cat, the base’s commanding officer said yesterday.

Picatinny Arsenal officials will investigate how a 2-pound piece of artillery fired from the base ended up crashing through the roof of a Jefferson Township home Friday afternoon, Brig. Gen. William N. Phillips said.

The hot metal landed on the bed of Cheryl Angle’s 10-year-old daughter. The girl wasn’t home, but the family cat was injured and had to be euthanized. Gen. Phillips said he visited the home Friday night and apologized.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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