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Plane Crashes into Australian Shopping Mall

Plane Crashes into Australian Shopping Mall

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian pilot and four American tourists were killed when a light plane crashed into a shopping mall shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.

The five were on board a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air.

The plane crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was scheduled to open to the public, Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra confirmed that four victims were U.S. citizens. 

The pilot was Max Quartermain, owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel.

The plane had taken off from Melbourne’s second-biggest airport at Essendon for a golfing trip to King Island, 255 kilometers (160 miles) to the south, officials said.

The mall adjoins the airport.

Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said no one outside the plane was injured.

“Looking at the fireball, it is incredibly lucky that no one was at the back of those stores or in the car park of the stores, that no one was even hurt,” Leane said.

The pilot reported a “catastrophic engine failure” moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall, police said.

Police and paramedics rushed to the crash site, where firefighters doused the flames.

A witness who gave his name as Jason told Australian Broadcasting Corp. he was passing the mall in a taxi when the plane crashed.

“I saw this plane coming in really low and fast. I couldn’t see the impact but when it hit the building there was a massive fireball,” he said.

“I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel — it looked like a plane wheel — bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along,” he said.

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Patient Attacks EMTS and Smashes Ambulance Windows

Patient Attacks EMTS and Smashes Ambulance Windows

A man is facing assault charges after he became combative with EMTs and smashed an ambulance’s windows over the weekend.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — The intoxicated man was picked up by the San Bernardino County Fire Medic Ambulance #305, which was forced to pull over when the EMTs feared for their safety.

“They [the EMTs] were able to get themselves out and lock the doors and lock him inside until we got here. He was throwing stuff around inside, then took a pair of scissors and that’s when he broke the windows out,” Victorville Sgt. Mark Smith told Victor Valley News.

“He started acting violent and combative with the EMTs in the back, they grew concerned about their safety and called us,” said Sgt. Mark Smith.

Deputies used pepper spray after several attempts to calm the patient down. The patient was transported to the hospital, but is expected to be booked on assault and vandalism charges.

EMTs suffered minor injuries during the assault; the ambulance was placed out of service.

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Man Gets 20 Years For Attacking Paramedic

Man Gets 20 Years For Attacking Paramedic

George Hosey was in jail when he assaulted the paramedic who came to treat him.

GOLIAD COUNTY, Texas — George Hosey, 47, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 for the March 2014 assault of a paramedic.

Hosey was in the Goliad County Jail in March 2014, charged with retaliation, a third-degree felony that is still pending. This charge was in connection of a 1985 shooting of a game warden.

During Hosey’s stay in the Goliad County Jail, he complained of pain and a head injury, so a jail employee called a paramedic to treat him, said Assistant District Attorney Reid Manning.

Hosey then struck the paramedic three times in the head with his hands.

Throughout the trial, the jury heard about Hosey’s lengthy criminal history. He faced one of his most serious charges when he was 15.

At that age, he and his father, Amos Hosey, were charged with shooting Velton Williams, a game warden in Goliad County, on Sept. 28, 1985.

In 1990, George’s father, Amos Hosey, was convicted of attempted capital murder of Williams and sentenced to life in prison. In 2013, he died in prison.

The prosecution, meanwhile, dismissed the attempted capital murder of Williams charge against George Hosey. The younger Hosey instead pleaded guilty to burglary of a vehicle and was sentenced to 10 years probation. During this probation, however, he left the state and lived under the alias Jerry Malone. He was extradited to Texas in 2004.

The assault of a public servant charge Hosey was on trial for this week in Goliad is a third-degree felony, which carries a punishment of two to 10 years in prison. But, because of his prior convictions, the punishment range was enhanced to two to 20 years in prison.

Manning and Assistant District Attorney Tim Poynter prosecuted the case.

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