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HEATHER LOBDELL

A 25-year-old Great Bend woman is in jail after allegedly assaulting an emergency medical technician who was trying to assist her.

According to court records, state police responded to an emergency call around 7:15 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the area of Bacontown Road in Nicholson Borough about a woman, later identified as Heather Cortland Lobdell, who was curled up and laying near the roadway.

EMT Carol Ainey, 55, of Hop Bottom, told police that as she and others were trying to help Lobdell, who became combative and struck Ainey in the leg several times, one of which caused physical pain.

Court records note that State Trooper Keith Roman arrived on the scene and approached Lobdell, whom he said was “crying and twitching, in an altered state of mind.”

He acknowledged that she did not initially respond to his verbal commands.

Lobdell told authorities she had been “sleeping by the bridge” and before that had stayed at an unidentified male’s house in Hop Bottom after having been kicked out of her grandparents’ house two weeks earlier.

Lobdell also said she recently had used methamphetamine but didn’t believe she has a problem and “can be clean on her own.”

Lobdell had a preliminary arraignment Feb. 25 before on-call Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith who told her she was facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment. He set bail at $10,000, and unable to post it, she was remanded to the county jail.

She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge David Plummer on March 21.