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Former Paramedic Faces Charges in Man’s Death

September 23, 1986

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A former Fire Department paramedic accused of turning his back twice on a dying, partially paralyzed alcoholic who pleaded to be taken to a hospital faces two felony charges and 20 misdemeanor counts.

The charges against Robert Dougherty of Guerneville stem from the September 1985 death of Melvin Wagner, 42, of Wilmington.

Dougherty, 48, was charged Monday with two felony counts of filing a false Fire Department report about the incident and 20 misdemeanor counts of negligence, incompetence and filing false reports, said district attorney’s spokesman Al Albergate.

According to authorities, Dougherty was twice called to Wagner’s apartment and both times refused to examine him or take him to the hospital.

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