For nearly 25 years, Thomas Faleskie served in the United States Marine Corps before retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. During that time he served in Vietnam and was awarded with several medals, including the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
But a burglary at the veteran’s home last year resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of items — including his military medals, ribbons and pilot’s wings, according to the sheriff’s office in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
The loss hit home with Det. Frank Corona, who worked on the case, because he also served in the Marines. Corona quickly identified suspects in the burglary cases and recovered several of the stolen items at
BOSTON (Reuters) – Two former heads of a Massachusetts veterans home have been indicted on criminal neglect charges for their roles in handling a COVID-19 outbreak that killed 76 people, the state’s attorney general said on Friday.
Massachusetts Attorney Maura Healey said the criminal case against the former officials at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home was believed to be the first yet linked to an outbreak at a U.S. nursing facility during the pandemic.
The case against former Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton stemmed from a March decision to consolidate two dementia units, putting COVID-19 positive residents within feet of ones without symptoms, Healey said.
In a tribute to the victims,
Two Charged For Handling Of Coronavirus At Veteran’s Home, Believed To Be First Criminal Case Over Nursing Home Deaths
Two former leaders of a Massachusetts home for aging veterans, where nearly 80 people have died from Covid-19, have been charged for their handling of the outbreak, the state’s attorney general said Friday, in what she says is believed to be the first U.S. criminal case brought nursing home staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury, Attorney General Maura Healey told reporters.
Each is charged with 10 counts, five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury, and have yet to comment on the charges.
The charges come three months after a scathing independent report said “utterly baffling” decisions made by Walsh and other administrators allowed the
The Holyoke Soldiers Home in Holyoke, Mass., on March 31, 2020.
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Two former leaders of a Massachusetts home for aging veterans where nearly 80 people sickened by the coronavirus died have been criminally charged for their handling of the outbreak, the state’s attorney general said Friday.
It’s believed to be the first criminal case in the country brought against nursing home officials for actions taken during the pandemic, Attorney General Maura Healey said.
Former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury on charges stemming from their decision to combine two dementia units in March, packing residents who were COVID-19 positive into the same room with those who had no symptoms, Healey said.
Walsh and Clinton could each face prison time if convicted of charges of causing or permitting