Man charged with assaulting paramedics, soldiers responding to overdose call outside Hempfield Casino


A man treated by Mutual Aid Ambulance late Saturday outside Live! The Pittsburgh Casino in Hempfield is accused of assaulting paramedics and soldiers, court records show.

Cameron Vaughn Starr, 28, of Manor, is being held in the county jail on two counts of aggravated assault and other charges of criminal mischief, harassment, public drunkenness, resisting arrest, common assault and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, the soldiers said. .

When troopers responded to a report of a man overdosing at the casino around 11:40 p.m., they said Starr was in the back of the ambulance ‘being aggressive’ and verbally threatening and shouting obscenities at the casino security personnel and paramedics. Soldiers said they observed “white powder” around his nose and he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

Police allege Starr then kicked a soldier in the groin area and damaged equipment inside the ambulance while he was being treated. Soldiers said he needed to be restrained before being taken to Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg.

Once at the hospital, soldiers allege Starr kicked a paramedic in the chin, causing him to be physically restrained while hospital staff examined him.

During a search of Starr, soldiers reported confiscating a small plastic bag containing white powder from his wallet. Police said Starr told them it contained ketamine, which is sometimes used as an anesthetic and pain reliever.

After being treated at the hospital, Starr was arraigned and sentenced to county jail after failing to post $100,000 bond pending a July 22 preliminary hearing.

He did not have a lawyer listed in court documents.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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