Southside man charges for allegedly punching paramedic in the face

A 36-year-old South Williamsport man faces assault-related charges after attacking two paramedics who were trying to treat him in his home for a panic attack, borough police alleged in court papers.

Michael Sheilds, of 339 Hastings St., sucker punched one of the paramedics in the face shortly after an ambulance crew arrived at his house about 9 p.m. on Nov. 23, police alleged.

Police were then called to the property to help control the combative patient. However, the paramedics already had Sheilds restrained on the floor when an officer arrived on the scene.

The paramedics took action to restrain Sheilds so that he would not harm other family members in the house, police said, adding that he was “highly intoxicated and very combative.”

Charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment, Sheilds was initially jailed, but is now free on $200,000.

In another case in which an intoxicated patient became combative, Barbara Orwig, 56, of 91 O’dell Road, Muncy, “took a swing” at an emergency medical technician, but missed as the technician was attempting to treat her after she apparently fell in the 300 block of Broad Street in Montoursville about 7:15 p.m. Monday, Montoursville police said.

When an officer arrested her, Orwig kicked him twice as he was attempting to put her in the back of a police cruiser, according to an affidavit.

Arraigned before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of aggravated and simple assault, public drunkenness and harassment, Orwig remains jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $35,000 bail.


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