- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014
Medics who left dying patient under investigation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Paramedics attended to a man who was bleeding from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, then left him to be taken to the morgue, saying his injuries were “not compatible with life,” according to police documents.

They were called back to the scene more than an hour later, and this time they took the victim to a hospital.

Another eight hours passed before 32-year-old Antonio Foster was pronounced dead. Eight firefighters and paramedics who responded were placed on leave while the Nashville Fire Department investigates.

Fire Department Medical Director Corey Slovis said Thursday that paramedics used the wrong procedure for evaluating the victim.

According to a police report and other documents, the response Wednesday unfolded like this:

- 3:02 a.m.: The victim’s roommate called 911, saying Foster had shot himself. Paramedics arrived at the town house 6 minutes later and began resuscitation efforts.


VA chief to visit Memphis hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is scheduled to visit with employees and leadership at the Memphis VA hospital.

McDonald’s visit to the hospital on Thursday comes a day after he spoke at the American Veterans national convention in downtown Memphis.

The VA has been shaken by reports that some veterans have died while waiting a long time for appointments and treatment at VA facilities. The scandal led to the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and last month’s appointment of McDonald, a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger.

A VA inspector general’s report released last year said three patients of the Memphis VA hospital had received substandard care and died. The hospital says it has fixed the problems that led to the deaths.


Tennessee Supreme Court elects Lee chief justice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Justice Sharon Lee has been elected chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Lee was among the three Democratic state Supreme Court justices who withstood a conservative effort in last week’s state election to oust them from the bench.

The campaign turned the normally routine yes-no “retention” ballot question for justices into a political gambit that featured a blitz of TV ads and Republican-led fundraising seeking to sway the makeup of the court.

Lee has been a member of the high court since 2008. Her new role takes effect Sept. 1.


OSHA cites Allman film company in Ga. train crash

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A production company formed to make a biographical film about singer Greg Allman was cited by federal regulators Thursday for workplace safety violations stemming from a train crash in rural Georgia that killed a camera assistant and injured six others.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed $74,900 in fines against Film Allman LLC, a company incorporated in 2013 to make the movie “Midnight Rider.” The company was cited for two safety violations saying it willfully put workers in danger of being struck by a live train and put them at risk of falling off a railroad bridge where they were shooting a scene.

Filming had just begun on “Midnight Rider” when a freight train plowed into the crew Feb. 20 on a railroad trestle spanning the Altamaha River in rural Wayne County southwest of Savannah. The collision killed 27-year-old Sarah Jones. Investigators say fellow crew members were injured either by the train itself or flying shrapnel from a bed that had been placed across the tracks as a movie prop.

“It is unacceptable that Film Allman LLC knowingly exposed their crew to moving trains while filming on a live track and railroad trestle,” David Michaels, the assistant labor secretary who heads OSHA, said in a statement.

The citations don’t name any individual officers associated with Film Allman LLC. The company’s incorporation papers list the same Pasadena, California, address as Unclaimed Freight Productions, which is owned by “Midnight Rider” director Randall Miller and his wife, Jody Savin. Their attorney, Don Samuel, declined to comment.

Film Allman has 15 business days to contest OSHA’s findings and proposed penalty.



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