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Road rage leads to York's 15th homicide this year

YORK – A man was killed Sunday in what police say started with a car crash, and the York County Coroner’s Office calls it a road rage shooting.

It happened shortly after 4 p.m. at the intersection of East Philadelphia and North Pine streets in York. Flashing police lights, evidence markers and police tape surrounded the intersection hours later. Police say 29-year-old Jaime Weimert of York is York’s 15th homicide victim of the year.

“Now (Sunday), we have another incident. The details are still coming in, but this violence is too much for us to be living in,” Mayor-elect Michael Helfrich (D) said.

Helfrich and the community are in a state of disbelief.

“A red car came up behind it and hit the back of it,” said Christopher Horseman, who lives nearby.

Horseman says he saw what happened as children stood around and watched.

“The guy in the gray car, he stopped and jumped out, turned around, ran across the street to the dude in the red car. He starts swinging on him, and the other dude pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest,” Horseman said.

Police Captain Troy Bankert says Weimert was shot at least once and died on his way to York Hospital. Police questioned and released a 27-year-old man who’s also from York.

Helfrich says he has a plan to tackle gun violence when he takes office in January.

“We’re going to take action,” Helfrich said. “We’re going to build up the neighborhood block watches. We’re going to have block captains. We’re going to have the police working more in the neighborhoods.”

“They pretty much did this for no reason. Just over someone hitting a car,” Horseman said.

Horseman stays in his house and tries to avoid going out on the streets, even during daylight hours, because of the recent gun violence plaguing the city.

This is the latest in a string of deadly shootings in the city. The last one happened just days ago.

“We have to make sure that we aggressively reduce this violence so that our true nature can come out, and people can see what a beautiful vibrant city York is,” Helfrich said.

The homicide remains under investigation by the York City Police Department and the York County District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the York City Police Department at 717-846-1234, text tips to 847-411, or download the York City PD App. Those who text tips can remain anonymous.

Study suggests women less likely to get CPR from bystanders

Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman’s chest might be one reason.

Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men, and men were 23 percent more likely to survive, the study found.

It involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.

“It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman’s chest” and some people may fear they are hurting her, said Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study.

Rescuers also may worry about moving a woman’s clothing to get better access, or touching breasts to do CPR, but doing it properly “shouldn’t entail that,” said another study leader, U Penn’s Dr. Benjamin Abella. “You put your hands on the sternum, which is the middle of the chest. In theory, you’re touching in between the breasts.”

The study was discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim, California

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping, usually because of a rhythm problem. More than 350,000 Americans each year suffer one in settings other than a hospital. About 90 percent of them die, but CPR can double or triple survival odds.

“This is not a time to be squeamish because it’s a life and death situation,” Abella said.

Researchers had no information on rescuers or why they may have been less likely to help women. But no gender difference was seen in CPR rates for people who were stricken at home, where a rescuer is more likely to know the person needing help.

The findings suggest that CPR training may need to be improved. Even that may be subtly biased toward males — practice mannequins (they’re not called “woman-nequins”) are usually male torsos, Blewer said.

“All of us are going to have to take a closer look at this” gender issue, said the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Roger White, who co-directs the paramedic program for the city of Rochester, Minnesota. He said he has long worried that large breasts may impede proper placement of defibrillator pads if women need a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.

The Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health funded the study.

Men did not have a gender advantage in a second study discussed on Sunday. It found the odds of suffering cardiac arrest during or soon after sex are very low, but higher for men than women.

Previous studies have looked at sex and heart attacks, but those are caused by a clot suddenly restricting blood flow, and people usually have time to get to a hospital and be treated, said Dr. Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. He and other researchers wanted to know how sex affected the odds of cardiac arrest, a different problem that’s more often fatal.

They studied records on more than 4,500 cardiac arrests over 13 years in the Portland area. Only 34 were during or within an hour of having sex, and 32 of those were in men. Most already were on medicines for heart conditions, so their risk was elevated to start with.

“It’s a very awkward situation, and a very horrifying situation to be one of the two people who survives,” but more would survive if CPR rates were higher, Chugh said.

Results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

PennDOT prepares for winter, expects small ice storms

HARRISBURG – Driving in snow and ice are not exactly pleasant thoughts, but PennDOT is preparing for predictions of lots of small, annoying ice storms this winter.

PennDOT representatives say they’re already well stocked with salt because last winter was not too severe.

“I think we probably have around 60 to 80,000 tons. We have about 78 stockpiles that are spread out through our eight-county area. We replenish salt through the season as we go, but we started off in a pretty good position,” PennDOT spokesman Greg Penny said.

Last year’s winter snow budget was $23.1 million for PennDOT District 8, but only $22 million was spent. District 8 includes Perry, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, York, Adams and Franklin counties.

Plow drivers will be conditioning equipment and doing dry runs of their routes. All drivers will go through a snow academy.

Two major road construction projects are expected to shut down for the winter in early December. Those include Interstate 81 in Cumberland County between Exit 59/Route 581 and Exit 57/Route 114. The other is along I-81 in Dauphin County between Exit 70/the split with Interstate 83 and Exit 72/Mountain Road.

PennDOT encourages you to make sure your vehicle is in good shape for the winter weather and keep an emergency supply ready.