Nation Digest: EMTs suspended for allegedly refusing to help pregnant woman

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


EMTs suspended for alleged denial of help

Two emergency medical technicians were suspended Monday, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg criticized them, after they were accused of refusing to help a pregnant woman who collapsed in the coffee shop where they were taking a break.

Witnesses said the EMTs told employees at the eatery in downtown Brooklyn to call 911 and then left when they were asked to help Eutisha Revee Rennix, an employee who had collapsed. An ambulance was called, and Rennix, 25, was taken to Long Island College Hospital, where she died a short time later. Her baby girl was too premature to survive.

The New York City Fire Department suspended Jason Green, a six-year veteran, and Melissa Jackson, a four-year veteran, without pay while the Dec. 9 incident is investigated, spokesman Steve Ritea said.

-- Associated Press

Astor's son sentenced to prison: The 85-year-old son of philanthropist Brooke Astor was sentenced Monday to as many as three years in prison for exploiting Astor's mental frailty to plunder her millions. Anthony Marshall showed little emotion as state Supreme Court Justice A. Kirke Bartley Jr. sentenced him to one to three years in prison -- the minimum term his conviction required -- for looting the fortune of his mother. Marshall will remain free for at least the next month as his defense attorneys try to persuade an appeals court to let Marshall remain free on bail while his planned appeal plays out.

Obama signs bill for defense, jobless benefits: President Obama signed into law Monday a bill that combines another round of war spending with help for the unemployed. The $626 billion defense bill contains $128 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and a 3.4 percent pay raise for the military. Lawmakers also wrapped unrelated economic help into the legislation.

Oral Roberts remembered as charismatic leader: At Oral Roberts's namesake university in Tulsa, about 4,000 people packed a campus arena Monday to pay final tribute to the charismatic leader who rose from poverty and humble tent revivals to build a multimillion-dollar ministry. The guest list included a who's-who of TV evangelists -- most of whom tie their success to Roberts -- and some arrived in the six stretch limousines, two Jaguars, Cadillacs and a Mercedes-Benz parked curbside.

-- From news services

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