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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administra tor, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a trans former linking the main air conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, sending temperatures soaring . Hashish said the attorneys don't yet know what specific charges would be, but he expected those would likely entail some form of manslaughter offense. Twelve deaths at the cen ter had been ruled homi cides. Police have been inves tigating the deaths for nearly two years but no charges have been filed thus far. A voice message and email left by the AP for Hollywood Police were not immediately returned Sunday. Hashish said his client and the others are merely scape goats. "The real crime is that the state is looking to blame self less caregivers and the evi dence will show that no crime was committed," he said in a telephone interview, His co counsel, Ilham Soffan, told the AP that their client was turning herself in Monday. The attorneys said they didn't have any further details about expected charges and planned to nego tiate a bond agreement before an expected hearing Monday morning. Patients began dying at the rehabilitation center days after the devastating hurri cane struck Florida amid widespread power outages. Investigators said the center did not evacuate patients as temperatures inside began rising, even though a fully functional hospital was across the street. The home's license was suspended days after the storm and it was later shuttered. Paramedic Craig Wohlitka and other paramedics from Hollywood Fire Rescue testi fied last year that he was haunted by the deaths of patients there. Fire Lt. Amy Parrinello said one of the female patients had a tem perature of 107.5 degrees, the highest she had ever seen in his 12 year career. Later that morning, she said, another patient topped that with a temperature so high it couldn't be measured. Wohlitka further testified that the crew decided to start checking other patients who hadn't been reported as ill. He said they saw a woman in a room who appeared sick, though a nursing home employee said they had just checked her and she was fine. In the aftermath of Irma, the deaths made national headlines and sparked a political backlash. Months afterward, lawmakers passed a bill requiring backup power sources in Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The legislation requires such facilities to have a generator capable of keeping nursing homes and assisted living facilities at 81 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for at least four days. Hashish declined to iden tify his client by name, but said she was works as a full time nurse at another facility and was just picking up a shift that day in September 2017. "They called her. They said, 'can you come and help? We're short handed,' and look what she walked into," he said. TIMES-UNION August 26, 2019 WARSAW, IN - $1 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 202 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Nation Arkansas, home to supremacist groups, weighs hate crimes law. Page 8A Opinion Must the show go on? Signs point to ... Page 4A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Low 68 High 79 Sports QB Luck makes tough decision, stuns fans. Page 1B, 4B Few showers tonight and Tuesday. TIMES UNION $0.50 8 5 32320 00001 Monday IN OUR 165th YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY $1 The man who suffered fatal injuries in an industrial accident Friday has been identified as Cedric T. Barnett, 31, Elkhart. Warsaw Police Department officers and emergency personnel were dispatched at 11:52 a.m. Friday to 2001 W. Winona Ave., a staging area for the pipe laying compa ny Meade. Meade employees were contracted by NIPSCO to do work in the area, police said. Barnett was hit by a front end loader that was operat ing in reverse and it caused him to suffer a "catastrophic head injury," according to police. Thomas P. Lanham, 54, Leesburg, was identified by police Friday as the employee driving the front end loader. Investigators believe this to be an accidental death, however, Occupational Safety and Health Administration personnel are conducting an investigation. BY AMANDA BRIDGMAN TIMES-UNION Staff Writer abridgman@timesuniononline.com Industrial Accident Victim Identified As Elkhart Man Joe Walsh, a former Illinois congressman and tea party favorite turned radio talk show host, announced a challenge Sunday to President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, saying the incum bent is unfit for office and must be denied a second term. "He's nuts. He's erratic. He's cruel. He stokes bigotry. He's incompetent. He doesn't know what he's doing," Walsh told ABC's "This Week." The longshot por trayed himself as a legitimate alternative in party where he said many are opposed to Trump but are "scared to death" of saying so publicly. His campaign slogan: "Be brave." Polls shows Trump is backed by most Republican voters, and the lone rival already in the race is former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, the 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee who is regarded as fiscally conservative but socially lib eral. Undeterred from pressing ahead with his candidacy, Walsh said, "I think this thing ... will catch on like wildfire." The former Trump booster added: "I'm a conservative. And I think there's a decent chance to present to Republican voters a conser vative without all the bag gage." The one word response from Trump's campaign to Walsh's entry: "Whatever." Walsh narrowly won a House seat from suburban Chicago in the 2010 tea party Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh Making Longshot GOP Challenge To Trump ASSOCIATED PRESS See WALSH- Page 2A In this Nov. 15, 2011, photo former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., ges- tures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo by As ociated Pres In this Sept. 13, 2017, photo, a woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma in Hollywood, Fla. Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 elderly patients died after the complex lost power and was engulfed by sweltering heat during a powerful 2017 hurricane. Photo by As ociated Pres Attorneys: Charges Expected In Florida Nursing Home Deaths LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County deputy lied when he said he was shot in the shoulder while standing in a sheriff's station parking lot last week and will face a criminal investigation, authorities said. "The reported sniper assault was fabricat ed" by Deputy Angel Reinosa, Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said at a news confer ence late Saturday. Reinosa, 21, made a frantic radio call Wednesday claiming he'd been shot by some one in a nearby building as he walked to his car outside the Lancaster station, prompting a huge police response. Deputies set up a perimeter and SWAT officers went door to door inside a sprawling building complex to search for the shooter. At the time, investigators believed Reinosa's bulletproof vest saved his life but that a bullet grazed him. A department state ment the next day said a single round hit the top of Reinosa's shoulder, damaging his uni form shirt but failing to penetrate his flesh. But no bullets were recovered from the scene and detectives saw "no visible injuries," Capt. Kent Wegener said Saturday night. Much of the young deputy's statement "was self serving and didn't make a whole lot of sense," Wegener said. "There were many things that didn't add up." Reinosa eventually admitted making up the story and using a knife to cut the two holes in his shirt, Wegener said. Reinosa has been relieved of his duties and could face charges for filing a false report about a crime, officials said. He didn't explain his motive for the fabrication, Wegener said. Reinosa had been with the LA County Sheriff's Department for a year and joined the Lancaster station in May for patrol train ing. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday he had been informed by sheriff's officials that Reinosa had been struggling in his first year in the field - a probationary training period that all deputies must complete before becoming full fledged deputies. Sheriff's officials wouldn't immediately confirm that account. "He was not advancing through the train ing program at an adequate pace," Parris told the newspaper. "There had been a lot of attention on him." Parris declined to elaborate further on Reinosa's performance but said the deputy was scheduled to be transferred from the Lancaster station and speculated that he had been unhappy about the pending move. The mayor visited Reinosa in the hospital and then gave a press conference on the inci dent Wednesday night detailing the ongoing investigation. Authorities: Los Angeles Deputy Lied About Sniper Assault See LIED - Page 2A People dressed in World War II era clothes take part in the celebrations of the liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation 75 years ago, in Paris, Sunday. Enthusiasts are retracing the entry of French and U.S. tanks into the city on Aug. 25, 1944. Photo by As ociated Pres PARIS (AP) - Paris cele brated the American soldiers, French Resistance fighters and others who liberated the City of Light from Nazi occu pation exactly 75 years ago on Sunday, unleashing an eruption of kissing, dancing, tears and gratitude. Firefighters unfurled a huge French flag from the Eiffel Tower, recreating the moment when a French tri color stitched together from sheets was hoisted atop the monument 75 years ago to replace the swastika flag that had flown for four years. Dozens of World War II era jeeps, armored vehicles, motorcycles and trucks and people dressed in wartime uniforms and dresses parad ed through southern Paris, retracing the entry of French and U.S. tanks into the city on Aug. 25, 1944 . Among those watching the parade was Roger Acher, 96, one of the few surviving veterans, who entered Paris with Gen. Philippe Leclerc de Paris Celebrates Its Liberation From Nazis, 75 Years On See PARIS - Page 2A

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