PITTSBURGH, Ambridge Police Chief Mark Romutis tested positive for the virus weeks prior to his death. According to his wife Renee Romutis, he appeared to be recovering.
"He put everybody first," said Renee Romutis, who is hoping to help doctors understand her husband's death.
Romutis said her husband had been in quarantine for weeks, and the day after it was to be lifted, he was rushed to Allegheny General Hospital.
"That Friday morning, the world just turned upside down for us," said Romutis. "When he got up, he could just not catch his breath, and then he looked at me and he said, 'I can't feel my left side.'"
"That is a mystery of this case," said Allegheny Health Network neuroradiologist Dr. Michael Goldberg.
Goldberg said Mark Romutis' case is similar to that of other COVID-19 patients now being studied. He has submitted Romutis' case to the American Journal of Neurology.
"This is just adding to the literature, the body of evidence, that there is an association," said Goldberg.
Ambridge Police Chief Mark Romutis died from a stroke which Doctors believe is connected to the Novel Virus Covid-19.
Brooklyn, NY- An East Flatbush man who was in jail on an rape charge almost raped another woman after he was released from Rikers Island.
On Saturday around 5:45 a.m., Police responded to a 911 call on East New York Ave., and found Robert Pondexter, 57, and his crackpipe.
Pondexter had allegedly been walking across the street from the Concern Heights Apartments building, when he grabbed a woman by the collar and pulled her into a school parking lot.
The victim, 58, was a stranger to Pondexter. The woman told police that Pondexter choked her and forced her to perform oral sex before demanding she take off her pants, but she was able to kick Pondexter away.
Pondexter was detained in Rikers on a prior rape charge on a different woman. He was released on April 15 over coronavirus fears, and just 10 days later attacked another victim.
The woman was transported to a hospital and Pondexter was arrested at the scene and faces charges for attempted rape and sexual assault, among others.
Enfield, Nova Scotia-A 51-year-old man went on a shooting rampage on Sunday killing at lease 10 people, including a police officer.
The suspect, identified as Gabriel Wortman, was found by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia. Authorities said the suspect is also dead.
“In excess of 10 people have been killed,” RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said. “We believe it to be one person who is responsible for all the killings and that he alone moved across the northern part of the province and committed what appears to be several homicides.”
Brian Sauvé, President of National Police Federation union, said a police officer was among those killed in a shooting and another was injured. “Countless families are in mourning today,” Assistant RCMP Commissioner Lee Begerman said.
The officer has been identified as Const. Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two, and a 23-year-old veteran of the force.
The incident began in a small, rural town of Portapique. Residents were advised to lock their homes and stay in the basement. Several buildings fires were also reported by residents. A motive has not yet been provided.
“This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.
Cpl. Lisa Croteau, a spokeswoman with the provincial force, said police received a call about “a person with firearms” at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the investigation “evolved into an active shooting investigation.”
“My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.
Tampa, FL-A week after a Florida man was released from jail due to the coronavirus spread, he was arrested on murder charges.
Joseph Edward Williams was released on March 19 following the issuance of an administrative order aimed at lowering the risk of COVID-19 spread. Williams, 26, was being held at the Hillsborough Count Jail on a $2,500 bond for felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
A week later, Williams shot and killed someone in Tampa. Williams was arrested April 13 for second-degree murder, resisting an officer with violence, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, authorities said. A judge set bail at $250,000.
"There is no question Joseph Williams took advantage of this health emergency to commit crimes while he was out of jail awaiting resolution of a low-level, non-violent offense," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. "Judges, prosecutors, and Sheriffs around the country are facing difficult decisions during this health crisis with respect to balancing public health and public safety. Sheriffs in Florida and throughout our country have released non-violent, low-level offenders to protect our deputies and the jail population from an outbreak."
Police said Williams has a long criminal history that includes felony burglary and drug convictions.
San Marcos, TX-A San Marcos police officer and a suspect are both dead after a shooting Saturday evening.
At approximately 6:05 p.m police responded to a domestic disturbance call at Twin Lakes Villas Apartments at 2917 Hunter Road.
According to authorities, the officers were ambushed by the suspect with a rife.
One of the officers was fatally shot, and the other two officers were shot and transported to a local hospital with they underwent surgery
Police say the suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We are heartbroken to make this announcement,” Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said in a statement. “We ask for your support for our fellow officers and their families as we try to cope with yet another tragic event in our San Marcos police family.”
The names of the officers and suspect have not yet been released.
A Florida man called in more than a dozen New Jersey restaurants and placed large ordered who he claimed were for local police departments, but he never paid for or picked up the food.
The South Brunswick Township Police Department said the scheme costs the businesses several thousand dollars.
Sudeep Khetani, 34, called pizzerias and restaurants in three New Jersey counties. During a press release, authorities said, “each time he indicated he would pick up the order or it was intended for local police.”
"In several of the follow-up calls the pizzerias made to the phone number that placed the order, Khetani would make statements about Italians and wished they would be affected with the coronavirus," police said.
Authorizes said Khetani used a voice override service to mask his real phone numbers, but detectives were able to identify him.
Police believe Khetani is currently in the Orlando, Florida area, where he is on probation for selling fake Disney World tickets.
“It is incomprehensible that a suspect would play on the goodwill of so many during these difficult times," South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement. "We have had several residents send us food, which I appreciate tremendously, but this suspect has gone to a new low."
“Our businesses are all struggling and every dollar matters. I will not tolerate someone trying to take advantage of our community in these difficult days," he said.
Khetani has been charged with theft, and authorities are considering whether the crimes could also be biased in nature or constitute cyber harassment.
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