Woman charged with meth possession inside sheriff’s headquarters

first_imgThe Audrain County Sheriff says he can’t make this stuff up.Matt Oller reports Mexico native Amanda Smith, 29, was arrested in his department’s lobby on Tuesday. Investigators say she drove there to bond her boyfriend out of jail, but she had a revoked license.Then, Oller says he saw her on video hiding a bag of meth she apparently brought with her to the department.Smith is facing felony charges for both the license and the drugs now.last_img

Just practice for German giants Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm.Even the most ardent of fans will not give India a chance against Bayern Munich. But that does not stop Bayern captain Philipp Lahm from giving respect to their rivals for Tuesday’s friendly match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.”We have come here to win. We want to play attractive football and show the kind of football a top European side plays,” he said.Lahm was honest enough to admit that he has no knowledge about football in this country. “We know cricket is the most popular sport here and the only time we have heard about Indian football is when Bhaichung Bhutia played for World XIs in friendly matches,” he said.His German teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger too is well aware of Bhutia’s standing for the Indian team. “I have just returned from a neck injury and hope that Bhaichung does not attack our half much often so that it makes my task more difficult,” he joked.When asked to predict the score-line, Schweinsteiger also said the same thing what his captain had to say about the match.”This is our last match before the second leg of the Bundesliga starts. So we are taking it very seriously. We want to show what we are capable of,” he said.While Bayern is so much upbeat about the match, India coach Savio Medeira was honest enough to admit his team’s shortcomings. “Everyone knows the difference of the standards between the two teams. For us, it will be about enjoying the match,” he said.advertisementAnd Bhaichung Bhutia, whose farewell match it is, said that though he can return from retirement, if needed, he doesn’t think the need will ever arise.”I am ready to come back from the retirement but with some talented youngsters in the side, I don’t think there will be any need for it,” he smiled.last_img read more

MSSA: Tanan D’Silva does a star turn for St Francis D’Assisi

first_imgSt Francis D’Assisi (Borivli) were more aggressive and showed a better offensive approach which enabled them to charge towards a comfortable 3-0 win against Orchid International School (Masjid Bunder) in a MSSA Cup boys’ under-10 quarter-final at Azad Maidan on Saturday. The heroes of St Francis D’Assisi’s victory was Tanan D’Silva, who scored the two goals and Hrithik Shetty with one strike, which ensured them a place in the semi-finals.Related News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Earlier, Holy Family (Andheri) got the better of Ramnivas Bajaj (Malad) 2-0 with strikers Shaun D’Souza, Aarya Gawane scoring a goal each. Arya Vidya Mandir Juhu proved too good as they blanked SVKM International School in the third match of the day by a convincing 6-0 margin. Krishang Dosani and Medhansh Agarwal played lead roles by contributing two goals each while Aaray Jain and Aryan Saran chipped in with a goal apiece. In the boys under-8 quarter-final matches, Cathedral & John Connon (Fort) scraped past Holy Family (Andheri) by a slender 1-0 scoreline. Mikhail Marshal netted Cathedral’s all-important winning goal to confirm his team’s place in tomorrow’s semi-final. In the second game, St Stanislaus (Bandra) defeated Don Bosco (Matunga) 3-1. Arhaan Sargaroh, Sharv Kamtekar and Nihaal Sylvia scored for St Stanislaus while Raj Kadam pulled a goal back for the Matunga side. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

Baker Mayfield Blasts NFL Analyst For What He Tweeted About Oklahoma

first_imgA closeup of Baker Mayfield without his helmet on.NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 15: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the Kansas State Wildcats October 15, 2016 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Kansas State 38-17. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption *** Baker Mayfield;Oklahoma’s football program has been incredibly blessed at the quarterback position over the past two years. The Sooners, of course, were led by Heisman Trophy-winning QB Baker Mayfield last season. This year, former five-star recruit Kyler Murray is under center.Murray has looked incredibly good through two-plus games. He’s thrown for nearly 300 yards and 3 touchdowns in the game against Iowa State today.NFL analyst Matt Miller weighed in on Murray’s recent success by asking a scout if there are now any concerns about Mayfield.“I text an area scout, ‘Does watching Kyler Murray make you wonder how much of Baker’s success was coaching?’ Reply: ‘I’d be shitting bricks right now.’”I text an area scout, “Does watching Kyler Murray make you wonder how much of Baker’s success was coaching?”Reply: “I’d be shitting bricks right now.”— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 15, 2018Mayfield saw this tweet. He responded.“Lincoln is the best coach in the country. But you’re ignorant if you think Kyler isn’t talented. Pure ignorance. Not your first take that shows your lack of actual knowledge,” he responded.Lincoln is the best coach in the country. But you’re ignorant if you think Kyler isn’t talented. Pure ignorance. Not your first take that shows your lack of actual knowledge.— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) September 15, 2018Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, looked good in the preseason for the Cleveland Browns. Hue Jackson is starting Tyrod Taylor behind center in the regular season, though.Oklahoma, meanwhile, is up 31-24 on Oklahoma midway through the third quarter.last_img read more

New Injury Update For Texas QB Sam Ehlinger

first_imgSam Ehlinger of Texas attempts to throw a passDALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger injured his shoulder two weeks ago. The Longhorns were on a bye this weekend, so he hasn’t missed any games yet. Here’s the latest on his status.Head coach Tom Herman provided an update on Ehlinger today. It’s a promising one.Ehlinger is on schedule with his recovery, according to Herman, and it’s possible he’ll be able to play this weekend. Texas is set to take on Oklahoma State.“I think we’re on track,” Herman told reporters. “We got to see if we continue to stay that way. It’s one thing to throw a football 30 times in a training room to a trainer. It’s another thing to go out there and let the ball rip and roar around the field during a practice.”Ehlinger suffered a shoulder sprain during Texas’ win over Baylor on Oct. 13.Texas is set to practice in pads on Tuesday. We’ll know more about Ehlinger’s status then.The Longhorns and the Cowboys are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday. The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

37 Bahri Ships to Fly Saudi Arabias Flag

first_imgzoom National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) revealed plans to re-flag 32 of its very large crude tankers (VLCCs) and five of its mid-size carriers under the domestic flag by the end of 2017.The move comes amid a positive shift the country’s transport sector has witnessed. In addition, the initiative is another achievement of the Public Transport Authority under the national transformation program, according to Bahri.Ibrahim bin Abdul Rahman Al Omar, Bahri’s CEO, explained that the registration of the company’s 37 VLCCs under Saudi Arabian flag is aimed at enhancing the Kingdom’s position in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) global rank lists and at increasing the size and efficiency of the Saudi Arabia’s fleet.The company said it continues to implement the plan to register the remaining 18 tankers in its fleet under the domestic flag.Oil tanker Amjad was the last VLCC to join Bahri’s VLCC fleet. The 300,000 dwt vessel was handed over to the company in February 2017 and registered under the Saudi Arabian flag.Image Courtesy: BahriWorld Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Board Examines Complaint of Discrimination Against Michelin

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry will begin hearing testimony Tuesday, Feb. 28, in a complaint of disability discrimination against Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Dexter Halliday of Bridgewater complained to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 2002 that he was terminated from his job at the Michelin plant in Bridgewater because of a disability. Mr. Halliday alleges that Michelin did not accommodate his anxiety disorder when applying its absentee policy. Mr. Halliday was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in January 2000 and prescribed medication by his doctor. Because of complications with his medication, Mr. Halliday was placed on leave until July 2000. When he returned to work, Mr. Halliday provided a note from his doctor indicating that a steady shift schedule would be required for a successful return to work. Mr. Halliday claims that Michelin never responded to his request and failed to accommodate him in the succeeding months. He received several warning letters from plant management about attendance and was dismissed in June 2001. The independent board is being chaired by Gilles Deveau. The hearing will begin Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 9:30 a.m. at the Wandlynn Inn, 50 North St., Bridgewater. The hearing is scheduled to continue on Wednesday, March 1, Thursday, March 2, and Friday, March 3. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.last_img read more

British Prime Minister May announces resignation

first_imgLondon: Theresa May Friday announced that she is quitting as UK Conservative leader on June 7, sparking a contest for Britain’s new Prime Minister. She stepped down after failing to win over her ministers with a revised strategy over her plans for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. It is expected that May, 62, will stay on in Downing Street as caretaker Prime Minister to oversee the state visit of US President Donald Trump, planned for early June, with a new Tory leader expected to be in place by the end of July. “Our politics may be under strain but there is so much that is good about this country. So much to be proud of. So much to be optimistic about,” she said. May said it has been the honour of my life to be the second female prime minister, but certainly not the last. Her voice cracked as she said it has been an honour to have the opportunity to serve the country she loves.last_img read more

Imran Khan to visit Russia to attend EEF

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will travel to Russia in September to attend the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), sources said. Khan has accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation, which was extended last month in a conversation between the two leaders on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Bishkek. “PM Khan has accepted the invitation,” sources said. The EEF is scheduled to be held from September 4 to 6 in Vladivostok. President Putin has also invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the main guest at the EEF in Vladivostok and he warmly accepted the invitation. Several world leaders are expected to attend the event which is held annually since 2015 in the same city. Launched by Russia, the EEF serves as a platform for discussion on important issues in global economy, regional integration and development.last_img read more

UN SecretaryGeneral calls for immediate Gaza ceasefire by all sides

The UN chief echoed previous statements in saying that rocket fire from Gaza into Israel was “unacceptable,” while also noting that an Israeli ground invasion of the Palestinian enclave would mark a “dangerous escalation” that must be avoided.Mr. Ban delivered his comments at a pair of news conferences in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, following separate meetings there with the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil Elaraby, and the Egyptian Prime Minister, Hisham Mohamed Qandil.He spoke as media reports, citing Egyptian and Palestinian officials, said a ceasefire in the conflict was “imminent,” and that Israel had put its plans for a land invasion on hold, though it had made no official comment.Mr. Ban is currently in Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders.“My message is clear: all sides must stop fire,” Mr. Ban said during his press conference with Mr. Qandil. “Further escalating the situation will only result in more tragedy, and puts the entire region at risk. That is why a ground operation must be avoided. That is why it is urgent to contain the present crisis.”In Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, added her concerns about Palestinian and Israeli civilians caught up in the ongoing crisis, which has seen continued rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes on targets in the territory.“She is dismayed by the marked surge in the number of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, killed and injured over the past 48 hours as a result of Israeli military action,” said a spokesperson for Ms. Pillay, according to a press release from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right (OHCHR).“According to information gathered by OHCHR monitors on the ground, the civilian death toll has more than doubled during this period,” the spokesperson added, noting that available information on Tuesday morning showed that at least 57 civilians, including 18 children, had been killed, and hundreds injured since Israel launched its military operation on 14 November.At his joint press encounter with Mr. Elaraby, the UN chief said he and his Arab League counterpart shared a “deep concern” about the “appalling rising cost in human lives.”“A new cycle of bloodshed will make neither Israelis nor Palestinians more secure,” Mr. Ban told reporters. “Nor will bloodshed open the door to negotiations that could achieve the two-state solution necessary to end the occupation and such violence permanently,” he added, citing an end goal that would see Israel and an independent Palestinian exist peacefully side by side.Mr. Ban said that when he meets with Israeli leaders, he will “firmly reiterate that Israel must respect its obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law.”While he also highlighted that Israel had “legitimate security concerns that must be respected in accordance with international law,” he added that a “ground invasion would be a dangerous escalation.”Mr. Ban is also scheduled to travel to Ramallah in the West Bank to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He said the Palestinian leader’s efforts at finding a “long-overdue two-state solution” were now “more crucial than ever.”Gaza is run by the Palestinian group Hamas, which seized control of the territory a year after winning elections there in 2007.“I am deeply worried that efforts to facilitate renewed negotiations to achieve a two-state solution have failed to produce a breakthrough,” the Secretary-General said about the stalled Middle East peace process in his news conference with Mr. Qandil. “Yet, the present crisis proves again that the status quo is unsustainable and that a negotiated two-state solution ending a prolonged occupation is more urgent than ever.”In addition, Mr. Ban recalled travelling to the region under “similar circumstances” in early 2009, after Israeli forces entered Gaza amid rocket attacks from the enclave into Israel. “It is extremely painful for me to be back for the same reason, for the same situation, and to see that the parties are no closer to ending their hostilities,” he said. read more

Where will Irelands new TV station be located

first_imgI am delighted that we have secured the ground floor for UTV Ireland, which enables us to keep all of UTV’s Dublin-based broadcasting teams under one roof. Source: MARK MAXWELL via Maxwell Photography“We have seen how beneficial this location is, in terms of surrounding amenities and transport links.The building will now be our Group Irish headquarters with more than 200 staff located at the premises.McCann also added that while the UTV headquarters will be in Dublin – the group is looking at regional news bureaux in Cork, Galway and Limerick, to facilitate their national news team.UTV Ireland’s broadcast centre will consist of two studios, edit suites, corporate offices and news, administration, finance and sales areas.More than 80 people will be based at the new ground-floor facility.They will be working across programming, news, sales, operations and corporate functions.Read: UTV Ireland’s schedule is starting to take shape…> UTV IRELAND SIGNED a contract to secure a property for their new TV station today.The entire ground floor of Macken House, Dublin 1, will be transformed into the new channel’s broadcast centre.UTV Media plc is no stranger to the building – with FM104 on the first floor and Q102, UTV Radio Solutions and UTV Sales based on the second floor.Group Chief Executive of UTV Media plc, John McCann, said: “Macken House has been a great success for UTV since we first moved into the building five years ago.last_img read more

Gardaí on breath test scandal Its not collective responsibility its a management

first_img Image: Sam Boal By Michelle Hennessy 36 Comments Want our daily report from the Disclosures Tribunal straight to your inbox? Sign up here: http://jrnl.ie/3356367 Short URL Share21 Tweet Email Image: Sam Boalcenter_img THE ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING rank-and-file gardaí has said the breath test scandal is a management issue and blame should not fall on its members.Speaking ahead of the Garda Representative Association’s (GRA) annual delegate conference in Salthill, Co Galway, president Ciaran O’Neill said his organisation has not been asked to get involved in the current investigation into how almost a million breath tests that never happened ended up on the Pulse system.“But this is a management issue – they’re the ones that come up with the statistics, they’re the ones that set up the checkpoints, they’re the ones that are sending people out every day to do the checkpoints,” he told reporters.He said the role of managers is to “ensure the job is done”.Their role is to make sure checkpoints are set up and their role is to make sure we are being properly supervised.In March, garda management revealed that over a five year period, some two million breath tests were recorded on the force’s internal system. A review of these figures found almost a million of these tests never actually happened.At the same time, they confirmed an error meant 146,856 summonses were wrongly issued to drivers.An internal investigation into the phantom breath tests is currently ongoing and Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has said at best it was “incompetence, at worst deception”.O’Neill rejected O’Sullivan’s comments that there was responsibility for this at every level, from bottom to top.“How could it be a collective responsibility when we don’t know and we’ve no part to say whether we have been involved or haven’t been involved. We haven’t been part of the investigation at that level.”He said if there was deception or dishonesty, there are discipline regulations to deal with that, though he added these regulations had not yet been invoked.O’Neill also said he thinks recent scandals will give fuel to people “whose mindset would be against An Garda Síochána”.“But the majority realise it’s not the guards on the job, not the guard on the frontline – the issues lie with senior management”.For live updates from the conference in Galway over the next three days, follow @michellehetweet.Read: Terrorism, assaults and the right to grow beards will be debated by rank-and-file gardaí>Read: Commissioner to sergeants and inspectors: ‘You’re the supervisors – so what happened?’> Monday 24 Apr 2017, 6:34 PM Gardaí on breath test scandal: ‘It’s not collective responsibility, it’s a management issue’ The head of the Garda Representative Association said the role of managers is to ensure lower ranks are properly supervised. Apr 24th 2017, 6:34 PM 13,930 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pleasant update Graham Linehans cancer has gone

first_img Short URL Friday 29 Jun 2018, 9:07 AM By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No chemo! Can’t believe it! NO CHEMO! Have been organising my life around the idea that the next three months were just gone!The happy news comes just weeks after Linehan said that plans for a Father Ted musical, Pope Ted, are close to completion.Good stuff all round. Pleasant update – Graham Linehan’s cancer has gone The Father Ted co-writer had revealed earlier this week that he had been undergoing treatment for testicular cancer and would need to undergo chemotherapy. Jun 29th 2018, 9:07 AM center_img http://jrnl.ie/4098615 Graham Linehan Source: PA ImagesCO-CREATOR OF Father Ted Graham Linehan says that his cancer is clear, just two days after declaring that he would need to undergo chemotherapy.Linehan, who co-wrote the seminal clerical priestcom with regular writing partner Arthur Mathews, revealed earlier this week that he had been undergoing treatment for testicular cancer.He stated that, following diagnosis, the cancer was gotten rid of “pretty quickly”, but that a course of chemotherapy would be necessary in order to make sure the disease didn’t recur.He has now updated the situation via his prolific Twitter feed to say that, in fact, the disease has cleared.“Well holy shit. I just saw my oncologist. Everything’s clear,” he wrote. 19,767 Views 37 Comments Share155 Tweet Email last_img read more

Where theres life theres hope

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As a beautiful sunrise spread across the Canberra landscape on Thursday, Federal MP Maria Vamvakinou joined the nation’s political leaders for a sombre candlelit vigil at Parliament House to protest the Indonesian government’s planned execution of convicted Bali drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.Speaking later to Neos Kosmos, Ms Vamvakinou said the vigil was intended to show the solidarity of the Australian parliament on what she described as a “tragic” situation.“It’s a case of while there’s life there’s hope,” she said.Ms Vamvakinou said that her overpowering emotion was one of sadness.“Ten years ago we were in a similar situation with the Singapore government over Van Tuong Nguyen.“I was a new member then and I made a speech about it. I just found it unbelievable in this day and age that the death penalty was still being used.“I believe in transformation and I believe in rehabilitation. I don’t believe in state sanctioned death.”Asked if the Australian government had done all it could to save the two men’s lives, the Member for Calwell said: “We are talking about a sovereign country that has very clearly articulated laws and penalties and I think the government has done what it can within the constraints.”Ms Vamvakinou added that if the executions are carried out as planned, she did not believe withdrawing Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia would be an appropriate or helpful response by the government.“I can’t see how it helps or changes anything. It’s more constructive to try and change situations so they don’t happen again,” she said.Meanwhile, the AFP faces bitter recriminations over its involvement in the original arrests of the nine individuals who attempted to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin out of Indonesia.In 2005 the Indonesian police were tipped off by their Australian counterparts, who sent them most of the names and the flight details of the Bali Nine. Asked to comment on the AFP’s role in the fate of Chan and Sukumaran, Ms Vamakinou said:“I think the whole situation is tragic. I would like to think we could learn from this. There’s enough to reflect on and learn from.”last_img read more

Talks coming on 4 Snake River dams

first_imgSPOKANE — A federal judge is forcing discussion of a radical step to save endangered salmon: taking out four dams on the Lower Snake River.The public will get a chance to weigh in at meetings throughout the Northwest starting next month.“Scientists tell us that removing the four Lower Snake dams is the single most important action we could take to restore salmon in the entire Columbia-Snake river basin,” said Sam Mace of Save Our Wild Salmon.The four dams produce about 5 percent of the Northwest’s hydroelectric power. They allow barges to ship goods between Lewiston and Portland. But they also hamper salmon migration to some of the best remaining fish habitat.Commercial interests have long opposed removing the Lower Snake dams.“We think those dams need to stay in place because of the multiple benefits they provide,” said Terry Flores, executive director of Northwest River Partners, which represents public utilities, port districts and farm groups.“They provide clean, carbon-free energy … We think they’re an important part of the Northwest economy and the environment,” she said.Three federal agencies will hold public hearings across the region this fall to discuss the creation of a new salmon plan.Plan ordered in MayBack in May, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon sided with fishing groups, environmentalists, the state of Oregon and the Nez Perce Tribe, finding that the latest of five federal plans for protecting the fish wasn’t adequate. He ordered the agencies to prepare a new one by early 2018.last_img read more

LGBT Community Center to host 13th Annual HIV Fundraiser Throughout County

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Restaurants around the county will participate in Dining Out for Life Thursday to raise funds for HIV prevention services and programs at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.More than 70 restaurants and bars will participate in the 13th iteration of the fundraiser by donating 25 percent or more of their proceeds to the LGBT Community Center. Residents will have the chance to participate throughout the day when they go out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or drinks.“We are so proud that Dining Out for Life has a diversity of locations throughout San Diego that are supporting this important community driven fundraiser,” said Ian Johnson, the LBGT Community Center’s director of development. “We are grateful to all that local restaurants and bar owners for providing San Diegans so many great places to dine out to help end HIV.”A full list of participating restaurants can be found here. Residents can also sign up to volunteer with the LGBT Community Center for Dining Out for Life by contacting Cheli Mohamed at 619-692-2077, ext. 202. Posted: May 2, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:37 AM LGBT Community Center to host 13th Annual HIV Fundraiser Throughout Countycenter_img May 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

City weighs own ambulance contract

first_imgVancouver fire department takes the heatVaried calls fill firefighters’ daySince 1992, Vancouver has contracted with Emergency Medical Services District 2 for ambulance services, and the current contract expires next year. On March 4, the Vancouver City Council said it was interested in a new arrangement.The Board of Clark County Commissioners is the governing body of EMS District 2, and in 1992, the city only accounted for 21 percent of EMS District 2’s population. Now, the city accounts for 64 percent of EMS District 2’s population and 70 percent of service calls, and councilors are concerned that they don’t have any authority over the district. Councilors told Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina to plan on letting the contract with EMS District 2 expire and then the city could contract directly with a private ambulance company. Currently American Medical Response has the contract for EMS District 2, and they would be able to bid.Councilors said that while the city doesn’t pay for ambulance services — AMR gets money from user fees, and Medicare payments, which make up approximately 40 percent of its funding — they would like to work directly with the ambulance company. EMS District 2 could enter into an agreement with the city, which would mean the same ambulance company would cover most of the county. The only change would be that the Vancouver City Council, and not the Clark County commissioners, would be in charge of the city service area. Having sole governance, Molina told the council, would maximize the city’s flexibility regarding service levels and facilitate a close relationship with the ambulance service provider.Currently, AMR responds to all calls in the county except in Camas and Washougal and the area serviced by North Country EMS.last_img read more