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May 11, 2012

Man threatens to blow up Jameson; hospital locked down after shooting

NEW CASTLE — An East Side man threatened to blow up Jameson Hospital while he was being treated there, police said.

He is now behind bars.

New Castle police arrested Zane Reza Fustos, 21, of 417 E. Lutton St., at the hospital.

He had been taken there after a disturbance around 9:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of South Jefferson Street. Fustos told officers he had a lump on the back of his head and a concussion as a result of the incident.

Officers said they placed him in the back of a police car and asked if someone was at his home to care for him, and he became combative, so they called for an ambulance.

Fustos told the ambulance crew the officers had caused his injuries, according to police.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was combative, doctors told police, and threatened to return with a bomb and blow up the facility.

As police put him into the cruiser again, Fustos lit a cigarette and started smoking it, they said.

He later told police he was only joking about the threat against the hospital.

Upon searching him, officers found a plastic container of marijuana in his pocket.

Fustos is charged with terroristic threats to use weapons of mass destruction, terroristic threats, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned before District Judge Melissa A. Amodie and is lodged in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Shooting results in hospital lockdown

Jameson Hospital’s emergency room was on lockdown Thursday night after a man entered with a gunshot wound.

New Castle police said Melvin Dorseypace, 19, of 332 Halco Drive had been shot in the right calf.

The shooting occurred before 9:30 p.m., and police were called to the hospital to investigate it. A hospital spokeswoman estimated the lockdown, standard procedure, lasted an hour.

Dorseypace told officers he had been walking near a convenience store on Highland Avenue on the North Hill when he noticed an older-model black Pontiac sedan with tinted windows following him.

He said that at one point, he had turned and looked at the car and saw the driver point a handgun in his direction. He broke into a run, heard several gunshots, felt a burning on the back of his leg and knew he had been shot, he told police.

Dorseypace said he hid from the car and heard it drive away. He added he had noticed there were four men in the car.

He told police he had flagged down a brown pickup truck and the driver took him to the hospital, dropped him off, then drove away.

A clerk in the convenience store told police she had been working around 9:30 p.m., but did not hear any gunshots or disturbance.

Calls to 911 reported a lockdown at the hospital pertaining to a shooting around 9:30 p.m., about the time Dorseypace had been shot.

The county 911 center received an anonymous call around 9:10 p.m. regarding five or six gunshots on Maryland Avenue on the East Side, but police did not find any evidence of it.

They said Friday morning they do not know if the two incidents are related.

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