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Some charges dropped against North Belle Vernon man accused of assaulting medics

Kristopher Waldrum

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Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:46 a.m.

The most serious charges against a North Belle Vernon man accused of assaulting ambulance personnel were withdrawn.

Kristopher Waldrum, 27, of 526 Henry St. appeared before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing.

Two felony charges of aggravated assault and one felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance were withdrawn.

He waived his right to a hearing on one felony count of flight to avoid apprehension and six misdemeanor counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of criminal mischief-damage property.

Waldrum was arrested following a traffic stop by Charleroi Regional Police Officer Michael Leasure 7 p.m. April 12 in the 300 block of McKean Avenue in Charleroi.

Waldrum, a passenger in the backseat of a vehicle driven by Kelly Walker, allegedly had two empty stamp bags commonly used to package heroin under his leg, according to a criminal complaint.

Waldrum allegedly denied the heroin was his and asked police to take him to the hospital.

While at Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township, Waldrum allegedly fled from the facility. Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services paramedic Michael Cain told police that as Waldrum first ran, the suspect fell, got up, and then “took a swing” at Cain and emergency medical technician Michael Forbes. Waldrum then allegedly ran down the hill and into the woods behind the hospital. He was trying to hit Cain and Forbes as he ran, the complaint states. Another emergency personnel employee, Paul Schmidt, joined the chase and helped Cain stop Waldrum in the woods.

Cain injured his hand during the pursuit. All of the men were covered in mud when they returned Waldrum to the hospital, the complaint states. Cain's uniform was torn and stained with Waldrum's blood.

Waldrum was returned to the Washington County Correctional Facility Thursday after Hopkins reduced his bond from $50,000 straight cash to $10,000 straight cash.

He is also jailed on a parole violation warrant.



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