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October 10, 2012

McDougall fights ban from Town Hall

Town official arraigned in obstruction case


McDougall is also prohibited from visiting the Fire Department after a confrontation with Fire Chief Kevin Breen in August. McDougall showed up at Central Station and demanded to speak with Breen, violating an order July 13 that he refrain from contacting police or fire personnel.

That order by Grosky was issued after McDougall refused to allow firefighters to transport his wife, Jane, by ambulance after she called to complain about a severe headache June 26.

When McDougall became argumentative, firefighters called for a Fire Department supervisor and police support. While McDougall argued with firefighters, his wife made a second 911 call, saying she desperately needed an ambulance because of a migraine headache triggered by a sinus infection.

Jane McDougall finally agreed to have her husband drive her to the hospital and signed a waiver, saying she was refused treatment.

Patrick McDougall later said he didn’t want his wife transported by ambulance because they could not afford the potential $800 bill, but would not jeopardize his family’s health.

Jane McDougall and her mother have accompanied Patrick McDougall in court. When his name was called in court July 30, the McDougalls starting walking to the front of courtroom together. But a bailiff said only Patrick McDougall could approach the bench, prompting his wife to return to her seat.

A clerk asked McDougall how he intended to plead.

“My wife and I simply refused an ambulance ride, so I plead not guilty,” he said.

More trouble transpired in the case when a Salem police officer went to the McDougalls’ Tiffany Road apartment nearly a month later. Officer Matt Mackenzie was serving a subpoena to Jane McDougall because she was to serve as a witness for the prosecution at her husband’s trial.

But Patrick McDougall “became very upset” and told Mackenzie the subpoena should go to his lawyer, not his wife, according to a police affidavit.

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