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10 hospitalized after getting insulin shots instead of flu shots

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (WISH) — An alarming medical mishap recently sent 10 people to the hospital in Oklahoma.

Police say the patients were accidentally given insulin injections instead of the flu shot.

According to news affiliate KTUL, Bartlesville police were called to Jacquelyn House on reports of an unresponsive person. Jacquelyn House is a facility for people with intellectual disabilities.

Police say when they arrived, the scene was chaotic.

“All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can’t communicate what they need,” said Bartlesville Police Department Chief Tracy Roles.

Investigators learned a pharmacist of 40 years was contracted to give the patients flu shots but somehow the syringes were filled with insulin.

Everyone is OK, but officials say the patients will have to stay at the hospital for a few days.

Police are working to learn what caused the mistake.

CNN Newsource contributed to this report.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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