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Alleged threat to CVS store under investigation

New Albany police are investigating a threat to the CVS Pharmacy, 175 Main St.

Employees at the business reported receiving a call from someone who asked that $500 be wired to them in a prepaid Visa card within five minutes or someone would come into the business and start shooting.

The caller threatened not only the New Albany store, but also the Johnstown location, the police report said.

The call came in at 4:50 p.m. Oct. 14.

The manager did not see anyone outside but called police.

According to the report, similar incidents have occurred at CVS stores throughout the country.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* New Albany police are charging a 50-year-old man with misconduct at an emergency scene, a misdemeanor, following an Oct. 11 altercation with a Plain Township firefighter.

The incident took place in the 6000 block of New Albany Road East.

The man's wife was being transported to the emergency room at 6:05 p.m. Oct. 11 and the man was not allowed to ride in the medic unit with her, according to the police report.

Police Chief Greg Jones said the man shoved a firefighter but the firefighter was not injured.

The man also jumped on the back of the medic unit, according to the police report. He later got into a car and followed the medic unit to the hospital.

Plain Township Fire Chief John Hoovler said people are allowed to ride in the back of the medic unit only during emergency transport under specific circumstances.

"We permit people to ride in the medic if (the patient is) a minor," Hoovler said.

If someone is allowed to ride with a patient during transport, Hoovler said, the person is put in the front seat, where he or she can wear a seat belt, he said.

"You don't want somebody combative in the back when we're trying to take care of somebody," Hoovler said.

Jones said there is a felony charge associated with misconduct at an emergency situation but they decided to charge the man with the lesser offense.

* Police are investigating a burglary that occurred between 9:25 and 9:29 p.m. Sept. 29 in the 4000 block of Trumbo Court.

A person entered the residence by breaking a glass door and opening it. The burglar took $5,000 and a laptop computer from a desk, exiting through the same door, the police report said.

The laptop was found outside in the grass along with a white bank envelope, the report said.

The report also said a person in the residence was not injured.

* Police are investigating the theft of $3,515 taken between noon Oct. 4 and 10 p.m. Oct. 8 from a residence in the 4000 block of Holkham Drive.

The money and miscellaneous items were reported missing from a bathroom, according to the police report.

There was no sign of forced entry, the report said.

* Police arrested a 27-year-old man for OVI and speeding at 12:25 a.m. Oct. 20 on Harlem Road at Albany Station.

* Police arrested a 33-year-old woman for OVI, driving on a sidewalk and on a divided highway, obstructing an intersection and failure to register at 2:28 p.m. Oct. 13 on Market Street at Keswick Drive.