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Local woman accused of trying to infect first responders with HIV


Authorities are reporting at a 22-year-old woman intentionally tried to inflict first responders with HIV.
On September 4th, around 3:00 p.m officials were called to a halfway house in the 400 block of Northeast 33rd Street after one of the residents appeared to be overdosing.
When authorities arrived, they discovered the woman identified as Jacqueline Bednarczyk, sitting in a lawn chair on the front porch, barely breathing with her eyes rolled in the back of her head.
Paramedics started treating Bednarczyk but she began cursing at them and fighting them.
Bednarczyk continued fighting officials inside the fire rescue vehicle and began spitting on them.
Once at the hospital, Bednarczyk told officers and medical staff that she is HIV positive and that she hopes she infected all of them.
Several firefighters reported that they got spittle in their eyes and mouth and at least one said that they had an open cut on their hand.
Bednarczyk has been charged with five counts of criminal transmission of HIV and five of battery on a law enforcement officer or firefighter.