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Police forced to isolate after virus exposure at hotel

An incident at a Queensland quarantine hotel has led to almost a dozen officers being forced into isolation after potentially being exposed to COVID-19.

Some 11 police officers have been asked to isolate in hotels or at home after a returned traveller tried to flee their hotel, a Queensland Police spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au.

A police source told 7 News the returned traveller, 41, was suffering from psychosis when they tried to leave the Rydges Hotel Southbank. The man was stopped by police given a medical assessment.

Police later took him back to his hotel, and the man later tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.

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The officers involved have been told to self isolate. Some are quarantining in their homes and others are in the Rydges Hotel Southbank.

A Queensland Police spokesperson said the officers were wearing personal protective equipment at the time of the incident.

“The 11 officers remain in isolation and as of today, all have returned negative tests,” the spokesperson said.

“The Queensland Police Service is conducting welfare checks on the members each day and has been able to make arrangements to ensure adequate staffing is in place while they are isolating.”

Meanwhile, traces of coronavirus have been detected in wastewater in far north Queensland, despite the state celebrating more than 70 days without transmission.

Viral fragments were found in samples of wastewater collected in Cairns last Tuesday, in sewers servicing quarantine hotels and Cairns Hospital, according to reports.

A spokesperson for Queensland Health told The Cairns Post the discovery could mean there are undetected cases in the area.

“People shouldn’t be alarmed but they shouldn’t be complacent either, if you are sick with symptoms which could be due to COVID-19 go and get tested and then stay home until you get your results,” the spokesman said.

He added the detection of the virus in the wastewater did not necessarily indicate there was a positive case in the community.

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Queensland police officers forced to isolate after contact with Covid-infected man at hotel | Queensland

Almost a dozen Queensland police officers have been forced into Covid-19 isolation after they came into close contact with an infected man in hotel quarantine.

The incident happened at the Rydges Hotel in South Brisbane on Sunday when police were called to check on a 41-year-old-man’s welfare, police say.

The man was later tested for the virus and returned a positive result, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

All 11 officers are in either home isolation or hotel quarantine and have tested negative for the virus.

The officers were wearing personal protective equipment when they interacted with the man.

Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases on Thursday. There are currently 14 active cases in the state.

Meanwhile, Tasmania will keep its border closed to South Australia in the short term amid new coronavirus cases linked to an Adelaide cluster.

The outbreak grew to 31 on Thursday after a high school student and man in his 40s tested positive.

The Tasmanian premier, Peter Gutwein, said border restrictions would remain in place for SA arrivals, but an update would be provided in coming days.

“As it stands, the medium-risk arrangements will remain in place,” he said.

The state’s public health director, Mark Veitch, said it was important to take a cautious approach to avoid “flip-flopping” on quarantine requirements.

Gutwein confirmed a “mercy flight” to repatriate Australians stranded overseas would touch down on the island state on 6 December.

The charter plane from Delhi is part of Tasmania’s pledge to host 450 returning international travellers across three flights.

They will be tested before leaving India and must have a negative test before being allowed out of two weeks isolation in Hobart.

Gutwein said police would manage and supervise hotel quarantine, and private security would only be used to monitor doors and exits.

Tasmania will also welcome 150 workers from Timor Leste in early December to help out with fruit picking.

They will be required to quarantine for a fortnight before beginning work.

About 6,000 Tasmanians have signed up for the summer work, about two times the usual figure.

Tasmania will drop border restrictions with Victoria on Friday for the first time in eight months, meaning it will be open to all states and territories bar SA.

Victoria is one day away from a significant milestone in the fight against Covid-19 – the official elimination of the virus from the community. But another unexpected wastewater find in Geelong’s north has prompted a testing push.

The state reached 27 days without a new case on Thursday, having posted no positive results from 12,862 tests.

Health authorities say 28 days with no new cases means the virus has been eliminated from the community, given that period represents two 14-day incubation periods.

The last Covid-19 patient in a Victorian hospital was discharged on Monday, leaving the state without an active case.

Despite this, more virus fragments have been found as part of its wastewater surveillance testing program.

The fragments were found in a sample from a treatment plant

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Police: New Kensington woman charged after firing gun into occupied hotel room in Harmar

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Police arrested a New Kensington woman at a Harmar hotel last week after,she fired a gun inside her hotel room during an argument and a bullet went into another occupied hotel room, according to a criminal complaint.

Angelia Anderina Waszkiewicz, 30, remained in the Allegheny County Jail on Monday afternoon after failing to post $20,000 bond, according to online court records.

She has been charged with one felony count of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and one misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, according to court records. She had no attorney listed.

Also charged in connection to the incident is Leo Vance Phillipps, 37, who faces firearms violations.

Harmar police said they were called to TownePlace Suites by Marriott Pittsburgh Harmarville about 9:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 for a report of shots fired.

When they arrived, a hotel employee informed them that multiple people heard a gunshot come from a hotel room. The officers went to the hotel room and saw a bullet exit hole coming from the room, the complaint said.

Police spoke with a woman who had been staying in the room. The woman told police four people had been staying in the room, including Waszkiewicz and Phillipps.

The woman told police that she wasn’t in the room at the time of the shooting, but Waszkiewicz and Phillipps had been in the room. Phillipps is Waszkiewicz’s boyfriend.

Police made contact with both Phillipps and Waszkiewicz, who agreed to talk with them.

Police said Phillipps at first denied being in the room when the gun went off, but later admitted he and Waszkiewicz had been in the room, according to the complaint.

Phillipps told police he and Waszkiewicz had gotten into an argument, and Waszkiewicz picked up his gun that had been laying on a table and put it to her head.

Phillipps said he took the gun from Waszkiewicz and put it back on the table, but Waszkiewicz picked it up again and discharged a round through the hotel room’s front entry door.

Phillipps told police he recently bought the gun off the streets in New Kensington and brought it to the hotel room. Police said Phillipps is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess a gun.

Phillipps told police he hid the gun behind a tree at a KFC. Police took Phillipps there to retrieve the gun: a silver Taurus Firearm 9mm. Police said the gun had one live round in the chamber and five live rounds in the magazine.

Waszkiewicz also spoke with police and admitted she fired the gun.

Police said the bullet went through the hotel room’s front entry door and into another hotel room, coming to rest in the door frame. A woman had been staying in the room where the bullet entered at the time of the incident, police said.

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Install LHMS App while going out on vacation, Vijayawada police urge denizens- The New Indian Express

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VIJAYAWADA: With the number of crimes, particularly house burglaries, on the rise, the Vijayawada city police are advising the denizens to use the Locked House Monitoring System (LHMS) mobile application to secure their houses while going out on vacation.

The city police launched the LHMS App in 2017 to prevent burglaries when the owners are out of town, particularly during the vacation. The LHMS App has been used by only 184 people this year, compared to 1,772 people in 2019, and 28,505 in 2018.

“The year it was launched, we received just 451 applications from the public through the app, but later we started  getting a good response. However, due to lack of awareness, people are not utilising the service,” said Police Commissioner Bathini Sreenivasulu. The LHMS App can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, and one can use it to tell the police on which dates the house will be unoccupied. Users will have to register 24 hours before they leave the house, so the police can install surveillance cameras.

After receiving a request, personnel from the police station concerned visit the house and install a wireless motion camera, UPS and wi-fi modem. “Suspicious movements in the locked houses are communicated to the control room and the information is passed on to the ground-level personnel, who will rush to the house in less than 10 minutes. The same  will be sent to the owner’s phone,” Sreenivasulu explained. 

He also advised the public to keep their valuables in bank lockers before going on vacation. “We are going to start awareness campaigns and conduct seminars in all police station limits to raise awareness among the public on the LHMS App,” Sreenivasulu said.

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Pa. adds travel restrictions, but police won’t be pulling over out-of-state drivers

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine issued an order Tuesday that outlined new rules for travelers and strengthened the state’s existing mask mandate to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The latest mitigation efforts include a travel test, requiring travelers to be tested within 72 hours before entering Pennsylvania. Masking orders now call for wearing a face covering indoors at all times away from home, and outdoors if you can’t keep 6 feet from people outside your household.

There was no mention of enforcement of these new requirements, and Levine acknowledged that officials will continue to rely on voluntary compliance and an honor system among residents.

Here’s what we know regarding any potential enforcement:


The secretary said no one will stop travelers to ask about testing as they get off an airplane.

THE FACTS: Lehigh Valley International Airport posted the secretary’s order on its website Wednesday. Section 2 states the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 20, and will remain in effect until further notice. It states, “Individuals traveling into and returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any other State or Commonwealth or an international location, must produce evidence of a negative SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) test from a specimen collected within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth, or quarantine for 14 days upon entering.”

Colin Riccobon, spokesman for the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority, referenced Levine’s statement that travelers would not be stopped in the airport. He said an official statement on the travel advisory is expected later Wednesday.


The secretary said the travel-test order also applies to Pennsylvanians who drive out of the state and return, excluding commutes for work. But don’t expect state or local police to target out-of-state drivers.

THE FACTS: Allentown police Chief Glenn Granitz Jr. said,” Secretary Levine acknowledged that officials are relying on voluntary compliance. Allentown police will not be stopping out-of-state vehicles to inquire about testing.”

Bethlehem police will be taking the same approach.

“Bethlehem police will not be doing anything different than we have been since the start of the pandemic,” said Capt. Keane Knappenberger. “There will not be checkpoints for out-of-state travelers, or door-to-door canvassing to check for gatherings. If we are called to a location, we will be educating the public about social distancing and mask wearing as we have been doing since the beginning.”

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State police have played a role in enforcement of COVID-19 mitigation requirements, but it’s been limited.

THE FACTS: State Police Liquor Control Enforcement officers continue to visit licensed liquor establishments to ensure businesses are abiding by mitigation requirements that include social distancing, masking and other health and safety requirements of the liquor code. They continue to write warnings and notices of violation, and more information is available on the enforcement page of the state police COVID-19 portal.

While travel is not recommended in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, state police patrols are not stopping vehicles coming from out of state.

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Drunk Steelers fan with credit card woes sleeps in the hotel lobby: Strongsville Police Blotter


Suspicious situation, Royalton Road: On Nov. 9, a Royalton Road hotel employee observed a drunk woman wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey and jean shorts, as well as holding an open beer, sleeping in the lobby.

An arriving officer talked to the woman, who it turned out earlier in the evening had been dropped off by the Middleburg Heights Police Department to the hotel.

When her credit card was declined, the woman passed out in the lobby. She was advised to leave the premises.

Assault assistance, Royalton Road: On Nov. 9, a Cleveland resident came to the police station seeking some advice and assistance regarding an assault that took place outside of Strongsville.

Lost wallet, Pearl Road: On Nov. 9, a Strongsville resident came to the police station to report she lost her wallet while shopping at Walmart on Pearl Road.

The woman thinks the wallet came out in the shopping cart when she went to the parking lot.

Property theft, Ordner Drive: On Nov. 9. an Ordner Drive resident called police after discovering at some point in the last week someone entered her detached garage and stole various items.

The woman said she was missing a leaf blower and small air compressor. The resident also questioned whether her son took the items.

The officer provided the woman with advice on how to better secure the garage door.

Suspicious situation, Fetzer Drive: On Nov. 9, a Fetzer Drive resident called police regarding a go-kart and dirt bike driving up and down the street.

An arriving officer was unable to find the suspects.

Suspicious situation, Ordner Drive: On Nov. 9, an Ordner Drive resident called police about a suspicious package — that she didn’t order — left next to her mailbox.

The woman said the package, which didn’t have a name or address, was making her “nervous.”

She asked if an officer could move the package. The resident also noted she was hearing “banging” coming from a nearby neighborhood.

An arriving officer located the package and a nearby sticker containing the woman’s name and address.


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Hotel employees come to rescue of woman restrained by former boyfriend: Beachwood police blotter

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Disorderly conduct: Park East Drive

At 4 p.m. Nov. 16, police arrested for disorderly conduct a Kentwood, Mich. man, 21. While at the Hotel Indigo, 3581 Park East Drive, the man attempted to physically restrain his former girlfriend, 19, of Willoughby.

The man was holding the woman as he tried to force her out of the building. Two male hotel employees saw what was happening, grabbed the man and called police.

Fraud: Chagrin Boulevard

At 5:50 p.m. Nov. 11, a Solon woman, 65, reported that she had been the victim of a telephone fraud in which she lost $500. The woman told police that she received a call from a person claiming to be an Apple representative who said that her computer’s security had been compromised.

The caller instructed the woman to purchase $500 worth of gift cards and to give the caller the cards’ numbers.

Family offense: Richmond Road

At 7:20 p.m. Nov. 11, police were called to a residence where two adult brothers, age 32, of Beachwood, and 30, of Pepper Pike, were involved in a physical altercation. The fight began when one of the brothers spoke ill of their mother. No one was arrested.

Warrant arrest: Cedar Road

At 1:55 p.m. Nov. 12, two Cleveland women, 38 and 50, who had been banned from Beachwood Place, 26300 Cedar Road, because of prior theft offenses, returned to the mall. Both were cited for trespassing, while the older woman was arrested on a Beachwood police warrant.

Receiving stolen property: Cedar Road

At 3:05 p.m. Nov. 12, police arrested a Lakewood man, 41, after he was caught stealing a watch valued at $98 from Dillard’s at Beachwood Place. In addition to theft, the man was charged with receiving stolen property when he was found to be in possession of merchandise stolen from mall stores Hype and American Eagle valued at a total of $378.85.

Domestic violence: Eaton Boulevard

At 9 p.m. Nov. 13, a Cleveland man, 29, was arrested for striking in the face and neck the mother of his child, a Cleveland woman, 34. The couple had argued when the man threw the woman’s clothing into the hallway of the Aloft Hotel, 1010 Eaton Blvd.

Police charged the man with domestic violence.

Theft: Chagrin Boulevard

At 7:25 a.m. Nov. 14, police arrested a Cleveland man, 38, for stealing goods valued at $35.94 from Giant Eagle, 24601 Chagrin Blvd.

OVI: Richmond Road

At 6 p.m. Nov. 15, police investigated a two-car crash and found that one of the drivers, a Cleveland man, 41, was intoxicated. The man, who refused to take a breath test, was charged with OVI and refusing to take a breath test with a prior OVI conviction on his record. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license.

Reckless operation: Cedar Road

At 5:55 p.m. Nov. 16, Beachwood Place security told a man to move his car, which was parked in a service dock area as he waited to pick up his

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Texas A&M police investigating sexual assault at local hotel

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Texas A&M University police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred at a local hotel.

According to police, the survivor and her friend met a group of men at Northgate last Thursday night and then walked with them back to the hotel they were staying at.

The survivor says she entered the suspect’s hotel room and does not remember anything after entering the room.  She woke up to injuries indicating sexual assault, according to police.

UPD has identified the suspect and believes he is from out of state.

The victim has chosen to participate in the pseudonym program and no further information will be released at this time.

This case has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.  Anyone having information pertaining to this or other incidents is encouraged to contact the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345.

Additional messaging from Texas A&M Police:

Sexual assault is not the fault of the survivor.  Only a perpetrator can prevent sexual assault.  While a university is required under the Clery Act to notify the public of such reports, it is also our responsibility to provide information regarding protective measures.

Sexual predators often exhibit danger signals, including:

  • Individuals who exhibit controlling behaviors
  • Individuals who become angry when personal limits regarding physical intimacy are set
  • Individuals who ignore personal limits set by others
  • Individuals who deliberately and repeatedly ignore personal limits set by others and continue to make sexual advances
  • Individual who disrespect others who are intoxicated

For more information on resources, support services and reporting options please visit: titleix.tamu.edu

No one has to do everything but everyone has to do something, Step in and Stand Up Against Sexual Violence.  http://stepinstandup.tamu.edu/

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2 injured in Downtown crash involving squad car heading to weapons call at hotel, Madison police say | Crime

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An officer and another person were injured in a three-vehicle crash Downtown Thursday night involving a squad car heading to a weapons call, Madison police reported.

The crash happened about 10:15 p.m. at North Park Street and West Johnson Street as the officer was heading to the Best Western East Towne, 4801 Annamark Drive, Lt. Kipp Hartman said in a statement.

After the crash, one person was transported to a local hospital for treatment and the officer who was driving the squad car was treated for a minor injury at a hospital, Hartman said.

UW police took several witness statements and an internal investigation will be conducted as to the cause of the crash, Hartman said.

No further details on the crash were released.

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Meanwhile, three people were arrested in the weapons violation at the hotel, where police were called shortly after 10 p.m. on an initial report of a disturbance inside a room, Hartman said in a separate statement.

Arriving officers were met by Brooks, who was described as “extremely hostile” and attempted to physically engage with officers, who disengaged and attempted to retreat from the room, Hartman said.

But an officer’s foot became lodged under the door as Brooks continually attempted to slam it shut. Officers then heard what they believed to be a gunshot from inside of the room, Hartman said.

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Police: People shot outside Salt Lake area hotel shot each other

MIDVALE — Unified police now say two people shot outside a Midvale hotel on Friday, resulting in one woman’s death, shot each other using the same gun.

Teresa Marie Alires, 39, of Salt Lake City, was fatally wounded outside a hotel near 6962 S. Bingham Junction Blvd. on Friday. Another man, 36, who was shot ran into a nearby Winco store where he received help, police said.

Police identified that man on Tuesday as 36-year-old Tyler Wade Shirreffs. He was initially taken to the hospital but has since been released and taken to the Utah State Prison on a parole violation.

Unified police now believe that Alires shot Shirreffs, though it was still unclear Tuesday what their confrontation was about. The two then fought over the gun, which Shirreffs took control of and fatally shot Alires, said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Cutler.

Shirreffs was a parole fugitive at the time of the shooting.

Police were still looking Monday for two people as possible witnesses, a man and woman who were seen by witnesses leaving the area, as well as a white Cadillac, believed to be a 2005 model.

Anyone who has information about what happened, or to report sightings of the vehicle or persons of interest, is encouraged to call 801-743-7000.

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