A Uintah Basin Medical Center nurse is accused of sexually abusing a female surgery patient.
Joshua Platte Shumway, 26, was charged Monday in 8th District Court with three counts of forcible sexual abuse, object rape, forcible sodomy, threat of violence and three counts of tampering with a witness. All but one of the charges are felonies, and if convicted of forcible sodomy, he could face up to life in prison.
On April 16, a woman was at the Roosevelt hospital for surgery and stayed the night to recover. During the night, a male nurse came into her room and allegedly sexually assaulted her on five occasions.
The male nurse gave her medication and placed her hand on her automatic morphine injector pump to activate it, according to the charges. She had stopped using the pump herself because it was making her feel sick.
The woman described to investigators how the nurse abused her, left, then returned and abused her four more times that night. During the fourth encounter, he had a syringe and told her that he could use it to put her in cardiac arrest, then later told her that he knew where she lived and to keep her mouth shut, according to the charges.
The woman tried looking for the nurse call button to summon help, but could not find it; she was also trying to say “please no” but her words sounded “squeaky and stupid,” the charges add.
The woman sought therapy after that night, and by Dec. 4, one of her medical doctors told someone at the hospital. By then, Shumway had left Uintah Basin Medical Center and his Facebook profile stated that he was working at St. Marks’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Investigators determined that Shumway had been working that night and, based on a medication log, administered a drug to the victim.
Shumway was arrested and booked into the Duchesne County jail, with a bail set at $500,000. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Dec. 19.
Shumway was hired at the Roosevelt hospital on June 4, 2012, having passed a background check. He left on Oct. 5 of this year to move back to the Wasatch Front, said Maigen Zobell, spokeswoman for Uintah Basin Medical Center. It is common for nurses from urban areas to gain some work experience at rural hospitals for a short time before moving back, Zobell said.
A story is circulating around the Internet that suggests Russia has known about alien civilizations for many decades.
Part of this fantastic tale involves a UFO that allegedly crashed in 1969, was recovered by Russian military (see image below) and a dead alien that was reportedly autopsied, according to TheVoiceofRussia.com.
If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s probably because of the most fabled and legendary story involving an alleged crashed UFO and the subsequent autopsy of its alien crew: Roswell, N.M., where those events supposedly occurred in 1947.
Despite official explanations that it was a secret military spy balloon that came down in New Mexico, the Roswell crash has kept the public enthralled for decades.
Not to be outdone, the nearly identical story emerged from the Soviet Union about an unknown craft that crashed near the former district of Sverdlovsk in 1969.
Maybe it’s just easier to pronounce Roswell vs. Sverdlovsk.
But before we get all excited about the Soviet UFO-autopsy story, it should be pointed out that it’s not new. The twist in this storyline is why the Russian event is suddenly getting more media attention than it has in the past.
This entire alleged incident was actually reported on a 1998 TNT special, “The Secret KGB UFO Files,” and hosted by former James Bond actor Roger Moore. The program showed startling filmed segments of the alleged UFO crash — as well as several minutes of the supposed autopsy of the dead alien.
CAUTION: Whether or not the autopsy is real, the following video is quite graphic.
Most serious UFO researchers consider this story to be a complete hoax.
In his 1998 review of “The Secret KGB UFO Files,” NBC News space consultant, former rocket scientist and UFO skeptic James Oberg pointed out how a disclaimer at the beginning of the program said: “What you are about to see may or may not be true.”
“And at the end,” Oberg writes, “two screens full of warning messages were even more to the point. One paragraph read: ‘The Producers disclaim and do not guarantee the accuracy or truthfulness [of] any of the documentation or materials that have been provided by any source … The materials and opinion presented on this program, including documents, film, photo, or video footage come from the sources and are not the responsibility of the Producers.’
“They couldn’t have been more explicit in their announcement that the whole series of episodes about the recovery of a crashed flying saucer in 1969 near Sverdlovsk, and a subsequent autopsy … was a made-up story with posed footage,” Oberg wrote.
If, indeed, this was all a staged hoax, why would The Voice of Russia — which currently broadcasts to 109 million listeners in 160 countries and is considered one of the top five radio broadcasters in the world — suddenly circulate this story again now?
Here is more 1969 footage of the alleged crashed UFO from Russia.
The Voice of Russia also includes references to unconfirmed reports that a UFO crashed or was shot down near the city of Prohlandnyi, in the USSR on Aug. 10, 1989. Like the previous story, this one included alleged alien bodies.
Those aren’t the only dubious stories involving UFOs and aliens to originate in Russia without any major media fanfare in the U.S. or anywhere else.
Earlier this year, the Russian Internet newspaper, Pravda.ru, suggested that a group of scientists had been in contact with extraterrestrials.
According to Pravda, a retired Ministry of Defense official, Alexey Savin, revealed to journalists that “in the late 1980s, a group of researchers from the Expert Management Unit of General Staff managed to make a contact with representatives of another civilization.”
The Pravda story reported how the Ministry of Defense, in the mid 1980s, “organized a large-scale study of paranormal phenomena. The military training site was not a random choice. Experts have long come to the conclusion that UFOs inevitably appear in places where military equipment and weapons are tested.”
Vasily Yeremenko, a member of the Academy of Security, Defense and Law Enforcement — and formerly with the Soviet Union’s security agency, the KGB — was quoted by Pravda as saying that “the UFO topic today is ubiquitous. Precisely because of its scandalous nature, serious scientists are not willing to identify their position on this issue.”
Aside from the question of why the 1969 crashed UFO-ET autopsy is making the rounds again, is it a surprise that mainstream U.S. media hasn’t paid more attention to these stories over the years?
The ax attack occurred at a McDonald’s near Paris around 2 a.m. Sunday. The late-night diner bashed in the drive-thru window with the weapon, Le Parisien reports.
He then threw the ax inside the fast-food restaurant and drove off. Police caught up to him shortly after and took the 26-year-old man into custody, according to local reports.
It’s not the first time a McDonald’s customer has apparently become enraged over a subpar order. Last year, two Tennessee men returned to a McDonald’s after throwing back some beers and hurled bricks at the establishment. At the time, the men admitted to police that they were upset because McDonald’s had “messed up” their cheeseburgers.
MP Mohammed Bugais, who made the allegations to the Bahraini parliament yesterday, is calling for more awareness of ‘witchcraft’ which he argued is tearing families apart, reports the Gulf Daly News.
“I studied in school for 12 years and worked as a teacher for 15 years, but never came across any subject that addresses sorcery or witchcraft,” he claimed.
“This means the government is failing to raise awareness.
“There are families that have been broken apart because of those acts.
“There is one case of a Bahraini wife who went to someone because she wanted her husband to be obedient.
“He (the witch) told her to mix her period blood with his food, which eventually caused her husband paralysis. He has been in that state for the past seven years.”
Mr Bugais called on the authorities to round up alleged practitioners and witches, who he claims charge clients large amounts of money for their supernatural services.
“Most people committing those acts ask for 1,000 Bahraini Dinars (€1,927), but there are some known people who remain untouched,” he said.
However, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowment Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa responded by saying authorities would investigate any such complaint.
He also claimed religious leaders should do more to tackle to problem, accusing them of getting too caught up in politics and neglecting their duty to the community.
“When people have low faith in religion they tend to turn to witchcraft and sorcery,” he said.
“It should be the role of clergymen to speak about the wrongs of following such superstitions.
“The problem is that clergymen are so busy with politics that they forget to raise awareness about these acts among others.
“But people can contact us and we will take legal action immediately against those committing such acts.”
A dozen residents of a central Chinese city protested the demolition of their homes by drinking pesticide in Beijing in a desperate bid for attention that underscores the failures of a decades-old petitioning system.
The 12 survived the protest Tuesday near a historic watchtower in the heart of China’s capital after police sent them to a hospital, where they were being treated Wednesday for poisoning, said Wang Yuping, one of the residents.
Chinese petitioners sometimes are driven to extreme measures as their frustration boils over after years of unresolved grievances and routine beatings by local authorities.
Wang, 40, and the others had traveled to Beijing from a district in Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei province, to draw attention to their complaints. Wang described the protest as a group suicide attempt.
“We have been petitioning for so many years, but either we have been dragged back home or locked in secret jails and beaten, and no one has been willing to help us,” Wang said by telephone. “We felt like there was no hope left.”
Each petitioner drank about 50 milliliters (1.7 ounces) of pesticide, Wang said, then lay down on the ground until police bundled them into vehicles and drove them to a hospital.
“I felt dizzy and nauseous,” he said from a hospital in the southwestern Fengtai district.
Wang said the petitioners have been unsuccessfully seeking redress since 2010 for the razing of their homes by local authorities who provided little or no compensation.
Local government and police offices in Wuhan could not be reached by phone.
Every year in China, millions of complaints are filed about what petitioners see as injustice or incompetence by local officials in issues such as land expropriation, forced home demolitions and labor disputes, or the failure of local authorities to prosecute crimes.
The system is criticized as ineffective and being prone to abuse. Petitioners are often met with violence when they attempt to take their cases to Beijing, with local governments sending “interceptors” to stop them — with force — and keep them in informal “black jails” until they can be sent home.
Last month, Chinese officials announced steps to reform the petitioning system by diverting cases to courts and improving ways for complaints to be lodged online. But critics say the measures are unlikely to help as long as the judiciary is controlled by the Communist Party.
Liu Feiyue, a Wuhan-based veteran activist who runs a rights monitoring network, said he receives reports about petitioners hurting themselves or attempting to take their lives at least once a month. Some have jumped off buildings, cut themselves or self-immolated.
In some cases like Tuesday’s protest, the petitioners are treading a thin line between a suicide attempt and a desperate plea for help, Liu said.
“They have been petitioning for so many years, and the authorities either don’t pay attention or they lie to them or deny any responsibility,” Liu said by phone. “The petitioners end up taking extreme measures because they hope it will attract the attention of some officials who might solve their problems. This is definitely one of their considerations.”
In August, state media reported that more than 10 people drank pesticide in an apparent group suicide bid in northeastern Beijing. The reports carried few details, though overseas news websites said they were parents of military veterans from the northeastern city of Harbin who had been petitioning unsuccessfully for years to get the city’s railway bureau to hire their children.
Elizabethtown police say a man was accidentally shot in the leg while using a restaurant bathroom in the central Kentucky city.
Police Sgt. David Neary told The News-Enterprise that the man left his pistol on the toilet paper dispenser while using the restroom on Sunday at the Fazoli’s restaurant. Neary says the pistol slipped off the dispenser and shot the man in the leg.
Neary says evidence, including the bullet trajectory, supported the man’s description of events.
He says the man was taken to an area hospital with a non-life threatening injury.
Police say the man had a concealed carry permit.
State police in Hazleton today arrested Emmanuel Paulino, 29, of North 4th Street, West Hazleton, after they were dispatched to an apartment at 701 W. 24th St. just after 4:30 this morning.
According to arrest papers:
Troopers found a woman lying in a fetal position on the floor of the apartment bleeding profusely from her torso. They also encountered Paulino.
The victim told an emergency medical technician called to the scene that Paulino inserted a closed fist into her. She indicated she did not want this to happen, and that Paulino had pulled something out of her, court papers state.
The Times Leader does not identify victims of sexual assault.
The victim was transported to Hazleton General Hospital and flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Trooper Chris Bonin told District Judge James Dixon during Paulino’s arraignment that the victim was undergoing surgery and police did not yet know if she survived.
Prior to her surgery, the victim told police that she and Paulino were going to engage in consensual sex, when Paulino “freaked out,” grabbed her by the neck and started choking her. While still choking her, he inserted his fist into her anus. She indicated she was screaming through the assault and told Paulino to “get out,” but the attack did not stop until one of her minor children walked into the bedroom after the child heard her screaming, court papers state.
In an interview with police, Paulino said he put his hand inside the victim “and pulled something out. I pulled out something sticky that stuck to my hand,” according to court papers.
Bonin told Dixon that a search warrant was secured and that forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross identified the tissue as stomach tissue.
In court papers, police also said Paulino admitted to taking six of the drug known as Molly.
According to the website drugfree.org, Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy, and has been a popular drug at music festivals this year.
Molly, short for molecule, is considered to be pure MDMA, unlike Ecstasy, which generally is laced with other ingredients, such as caffeine or methamphetamine. It also comes in pill form.
The drug has gained popularity recently. Miley Cyrus and some other singers have been criticized for glorifying it in some of their songs and statements.
Paulino was charged with rape, two counts of aggravated assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, two counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault and simple assault.
While walking to Dixon’s courtroom, Paulino indicated he wasn’t worried because he has Jesus on his side.
Dixon told Paulino that “after hearing remarks from the trooper and also looking at the charges, I believe you may pose a danger to our community” and set his bail at $250,000. He set Paulino’s preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 27.
The young woman lay stiff on the porch in the piercing cold of a subzero morning. Her bare hands were pale white and swollen to three times their normal size, skin split from palm to finger. She was breathing. She was shaking. She was not conscious when a passer-by spotted her and came to her aid.
College student Alyssa Jo Lommel apparently had survived outside overnight in temperatures that dipped to 17 below early Saturday morning near the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, police said. She wore UGG boots, jeans, a sweater and a medium-weight jacket.
Lommel was flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she was in critical condition on Tuesday. Lommel’s parents, Jay and Teri Lommel of St. Cloud, told the St. Cloud Times their daughter suffered significant damage to her hands and feet and could lose one or more of them.
It still isn’t clear exactly why she ended up Saturday at the house next door to her own.
According to a police report released Tuesday, Lommel, a 19-year-old sophomore, had been out with friends Friday evening. She got home from work about 5:30 p.m. or a little later, ate a bagel for dinner and poured herself a drink, her roommate told police. About 10:30, she and a roommate got a ride to a friend’s house, where they played a drinking game with cards called “ride the bus.” Lommel lost several rounds and had to take a shot.
Friends told police that Lommel’s drink of choice was tequila. A Friday afternoon update on her Twitter account said “tequila shots tonight.” A roommate later told police that Lommel had been taking medication daily.
Sometime after 11 p.m., the group went to another party, the report said, but Lommel soon told her roommate she was leaving.
The roommate stayed at the party while friends picked up Lommel, drove her to the front of her house on Woodland Avenue near campus, unlocked the doors and watched her get out. She was buzzed but not intoxicated, friends told police. She was talking and walking.
They drove away without watching Lommel go inside. It was about midnight.
Windchills reached 36 below overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Two of Lommel’s roommates arrived home without noticing anything amiss, one a few hours later, another in the daylight of the morning.
A woman riding down the street with her boyfriend about 9:30 a.m. Saturday happened to spot Lommel. She called police, telling them she’d found an unconscious young woman outside on a porch.
Authorities arrived to find Lommel lying on her right side, “extremely cold and hypothermic,” the police report said. The house was empty, its occupants out of town.
As authorities looked for blankets to cover Lommel while awaiting an ambulance, police found her wallet and keys and noticed tracks from her boots in the snow around the house. The tracks wound to a garage, around a parked car and a deck in back. Some tracks were “up near the house as if to use the house as a crutch to hold onto. They then had impressions as if the person was falling down, getting back up and crawled around the southwest corner facing Woodland Avenue,” the police report said.
Authorities found Lommel’s cellphone on the back deck.
“We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers for our daughter,” Jay and Teri Lommel said Tuesday, while also requesting privacy “so that we may focus on her healing.”
In a statement, university officials encouraged students to contact campus health services for counseling. They urged caution in the extreme cold by traveling in groups, checking in with others and dressing in layers.
“Our hearts are with Alyssa and her family in these difficult times,” the statement said.