December 18, 2012

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

SALEM, N.H.

Six shoppers get into brawl over parking space at mall

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- six shoppers have been arrested after a brawl over a mall parking space in New Hampshire.

Police said the dispute happened on the second level of a parking garage Sunday at the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem.

Deputy Chief Shawn Patten told WMUR-TV that two groups were fighting over the parking space and multiple officers had to be called out to calm things down.

He said the six shoppers, all from Lawrence, Mass., were charged with disorderly conduct. They face arraignment Jan. 28.

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

Doctor given reprimand for feeding tube insertion error

A Providence doctor has been reprimanded and placed on probation after Rhode Island health officials determined she improperly inserted a feeding tube in a patient who developed a massive infection and died 13 days later.

The state Health Department said Tuesday that Dr. Rita Kurl improperly inserted the tube into the abdomen of an 89-year-old woman at Fatima Hospital in 2008. A consent order says Kurl ordered an X-ray to check its placement after the patient cried out in pain when the tube was flushed, but the doctor read the wrong film, which showed it was fine.

The patient later had to have feeding material removed from her abdomen and developed an infection.

A message was left for Kurl at Roger Williams Medical Center.

The probation is for five years.

EXETER, N.H.

Teen driver critically hurt when car rams school bus

A teen driver suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday when his car collided with a school bus in Exeter and caught fire, police said.

The bus was full of middle school students when the crash occurred Tuesday at 6:50 a.m. Bus driver Jennifer Call and two students were taken to Exeter Hospital as a precautionary measure.

The driver of the car, 18-year-old Jesse Godin of Exeter, crossed the center line while traveling north on Portsmouth Avenue and struck a van before hitting the front end of the school bus, state police said.

Godin was trapped inside his burning Volkswagen Jetta. A passerby used the fire extinguisher on the school bus to extinguish the flames while fire officials extricated Godin using a power tool, police said.

The driver backed her bus away from Godin's car to protect her students, police said.

Godin was in critical condition at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, police said. The driver of the van and a passenger were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Godin's speed appears to have been a factor in the crash, police said.

 

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