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Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

A partial list of workplace fatalities over the past few weeks.

Man, woman killed in murder-suicide at pharmacy


PHOENIX, AZ -- A man and a woman were killed Thursday afternoon in an apparent murder-suicide inside a Phoenix pharmacy, a fire department spokesman said. Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Mike Sandulak said a worker at a CVS pharmacy in midtown Phoenix saw an ex-boyfriend of her co-worker walk into the store. The co-worker and her ex-boyfriend went into a break room, where the sound of shots rang out. The man and the woman were not immediately identified. Both died at the store, Sandulak said. Norma Chavez, who went to the pharmacy with her three children to fill a prescription for her son, said she walked in and heard one shot. "Everybody was screaming and everybody was running and I just grabbed the kids and started to run," said Chavez, who was standing across the street from the drug store. Officials with CVS didn't immediately return calls Thursday afternoon from The Associated Press seeking comment.


Construction worker dies in 30-foot fall

Mandeville, LA - A Pearl River construction worker died Friday after he fell 30 feet from the roof of a two-story building in Mandeville, authorities said. Brian Trosclair, 43, was walking backward while rolling out tar paper Friday afternoon when he fell off the roof of the Pontchartrain Yacht Club under construction at Lakeshore Drive and Jackson Avenue, authorities said Wednesday. Trosclair was taken to Lakeview Regional Medical Center near Mandeville, where he died several hours later, said Mark Lombard, chief investigator for the St. Tammany Parish coroner's office.Lombard said Trosclair died of trauma to his head and chest and internal injuries after falling face down in a mound of clay. The yacht club is being rebuilt after it was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.


Worker dies when trench collapses

KANSAS CITY, MO- A 51-year-old construction worker died yesterday when a 10-foot-deep trench in which he was working caved in, authorities said. The death of John Anderson was confirmed to relatives late yesterday afternoon when emergency crews located his body under several feet of heavy, muddy soil. The narrow trench, in a housing development being built in northern Kansas City, had collapsed about 12:30 p.m. Firefighters, who received the emergency call around 12:40 p.m., were still working late last night to retrieve the body, Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Vitale said. "The trench is so narrow that they can’t work shoulder to shoulder. Only two individuals can work in there at a time, face to face," Vitale said. Anderson had been working alone in the trench, which appeared to be intended for a sewer or utility line, Vitale said. "He appeared to see the wall coming in," Vitale said. "And he took a step to avoid it, but it caught him." Other workers at the site tried frantically to free Anderson but made little headway in what Vitale described as 5 feet of compacted soil. Vitale said crews were careful during the recovery process to shore up the trench walls and prevent another cave-in.


St. Louis Police Officer Dies After Finishing Fitness Test

St. Louis, MO - A longtime St. Louis police officer died after collapsing while on-duty early Wednesday. The sergeant had just finished a mandatory fitness test. Officer Stephen Jerabek, 60, of Imperial, collapsed in the Police Academy gymnasium about 11 a.m. He was pronounced dead at St. Louis University Hospital of an apparent heart attack. Since last year, St. Louis police officers have been required to take a fitness test. No one is saying the fitness test is in any way to blame for the death, though everyone agrees the test is rigorous.


N.C. officer dies in wreck on way to assist another officer

DURHAM, NC — A Durham police officer was killed early Saturday morning after losing control of his patrol car and slamming into an overpass support. Charles Callemyn, 33, was heading west on Holloway Street about 3 a.m., en route to assist another officer with a traffic stop. He swerved out of control and struck a concrete column supporting the U.S. 70 overpass, police said. It was the second serious accident involving a Triangle police officer responding to a call in two days. A Raleigh police officer remains hospitalized after he lost control of his car and hit a stand of trees early Thursday morning.


Daughter of DPD officer dies in fire training

DENVER, CO - The daughter of a Denver Police Officer has died during firefighter training in Maryland. Racheal Wilson, 29, was the mother of two children and the daughter of Officer Ambrose Slaughter and his wife Virginia. Wilson was a Baltimore firefighter and she was killed in a training fire on Feb. 9. A funeral for Wilson will be held locally Thursday at the Macedonia Baptist Church located at 3240 Adams St. A burial will follow at the Fairmont Cemetery located at 430 S. Quebec St. Following the burial, a reception will be held at the Denver Fire Department Station 26 located at 7934 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.


Officer dies from wreck injuries

ALEXANDRIA, La. -- An Alexandria police officer has died from injuries sustained in a vehicle crash while responding to another officer's call for help. Brian Coleman, 35, was involved in the accident about 8 p.m. Tuesday and died Wednesday. The wreck came four years to the day after a shootout involving Alexandria police killed two officers. Police said Coleman had been driving with his blue lights on while responding to a call for help in catching shoplifters in the area of a mall. His vehicle went into a slide and hit a bridge on the driver's side, investigators said. Coleman had been with the department for seven years. The wreck came four years to the day after a shootout involving Alexandria police killed two officers.


Employee dies in snowblower accident at Hunter Mountain

CATSKILL, N.Y. -- A worker at Hunter Mountain ski center died when he was pulled into the blades of a snowblower last night. State police say 64-year-old Walter Rion was trying to close an overhead garage door while standing between the door and a running six-foot-wide snowblower. Rion's clothes were caught in the moving blades and he was pulled into the machine.


Jaguar kills zookeeper in Denver

DENVER, CO -- A male jaguar killed a zookeeper at the Denver Zoo on Saturday and employees put the animal down, police said. "I can confirm that a female worker was killed and we're still conducting an investigation," Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. According to a statement posted on the zoo's Web site (www.denverzoo.org), the 6-year-old jaguar attacked the unidentified worker inside its enclosure late Saturday morning. Armed employees entered the enclosure to retrieve the injured woman when the cat threatened them. "The jaguar approached staff trying to assist the zookeeper and it was shot and killed," the statement said


Injured police officer dies

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- A Winston-Salem police sergeant died late Friday from gunshot injuries sustained during a shooting on Jonestown Road. Sgt. Howard J. Plouff was shot while trying to help other officers break up fights that spilled into the street outside of the Red Rooster Lounge on Jonestown Road around 2 a.m. "It was several fights in the club and then it led outside and all I know is I heard gunshots," said Shawn Rhoden, a witness who was at the Red Rooster. It was supposed to be a chance to take a break from their studies. Instead, hundreds of students from Winston-Salem State University who were hanging out at the Red Rooster found themselves dodging bullets.


Delaware County Auto Shop Owner Found Dead

COLLINGDALE, PA - According to authorities, a man was found dead in a Norwood, Delaware County Auto Shop, Saturday night. The victim, 24 year-old Thomas Lennox, was discovered around 7 p.m. in the auto shop located at 652 Chester Pike. The employee came to show a car for sale when he made the discovery. According to authorities, Lennox was last seen one hour prior to his death by his brother. Police said Lennox, the owner of the V.I.P. Detailing Shop, appeared to have blunt trauma to the head. Lennox's vehicle, an Acura Integra, was reported missing and was later stopped by Collingdale's Police at 9:56 p.m. Detectives questioned the two men and the woman who were inside the vehicle. The two men, 27 year-old Shawn Johnson and 24 year-old Matthew Zarzycki were detained and both charged with theft.


Construction worker killed on high-rise project

Yonkers, NY – A 40-year-old construction worker was killed Monday in an accident at a condominium high-rise that is under construction at 66 Main Street in the City of Yonkers. City Police said the man, who they did not immediately identify, was maneuvering a large concrete slab on the eighth floor of the structure about 9:30 a.m., when something went wrong, causing the slab to fall, landing on similar slabs on lower floors, until they pancaked to the ground. The worker rode the slab on the eighth floor to the third level, when he sustained severe head injuries. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. When completed, the building is expected to be 15-stories tall.


Driver fatally stricken in truck cab

Indianapolis, IN - A truck driver from Greencastle died this morning after police say he apparently suffered a heart attack and lost control of his semi-tractor trailer on the Northside. Phillip Noland, 51, 5100 block of East county Road 600 South, Greencastle, died at St. Vincent Hospital at 1:48 a.m., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Doug Scheffel said. Police say the semi-tractor trailer was traveling south on Zionsville Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle near 71st Street at 1:26 a.m. The vehicle left the road and traveled through several yards before striking a utility pole, police said. Noland had a dog in the cab with him, Scheffel said.


Trucker killed on wet road

PRESCOTT, AR - A gas truck released more than 1,000 gallons of gas after an accident on Highway 371 left the driver of the tanker truck dead at the scene. The accident occurred shortly after noon on Saturday and area residents were evacuated due to fumes and the possibility of an explosion. Patrick D. Sloan, 34, of Shreveport, La., was the driver of the 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer. Sloan was pronounced dead at the scene, according to information from the Arkansas State Police. Nevada County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Cross said there was no indication of the cause of the wreck. "It was a relatively straight area and it looked like he just veered off the road," Cross said in a telephone interview Monday. Nevada County Sheriff Bobby Carlton said county deputy Robert Henninger was the first on the scene and that Henninger reported the driver was lying in gasoline when the officer arrived. Carlton said there was no indication that the driver was alive at that point.


Authorities Identify Worker Killed, Man Falls While Repairing Power Lines

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Authorities have released the name of a worker who fell to his death while repairing iced-damaged transmission lines near Cedar Rapids. The Linn County Sheriff's Office said 34-year-old Eric Jones, of Burlington, Wis., fell about 90 feet Monday afternoon from a basket of a utility truck. Officials said he fell as a result of equipment failure. Jones was an employee of Hooper Corp. of Madison, Wis. Alliant Energy had contracted the company to repair utility lines after the weekend snow storm left thousands without electricity. The sheriff's office said a piece of equipment on the truck malfunctioned, causing the basket and Jones to fall.


Barbershop employee fatally shot

BEAR, Del. - Authorities say a 29-year-old employee of a Bear barbershop was shot and killed outside the business today. State police are investigating the shooting, which happened around 2 p-m at Monks Barber and Hair Salon on Old Baltimore Pike. Police say the victim stepped outside and got into an argument with a man, who pulled a handgun and fired one shot. The shooter fled in an S-U-V with Pennsylvania tags. A spokeswoman for New Castle County paramedics says the victim was shot once in the upper torso. He was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he died.


Two Women Found Shot To Death

TX - A bizarre love triangle turns deadly after a wife, allegedly upset over her husband's cheating heart, takes matters into her own hands. Tonight a man's wife and lover are dead following a murder suicide in the parking lot of The Best Little Warehouse in Texas. At around 11 o'clock police were called out to the Southbound 281, between Eldora and Sioux road after the bodies of two Edinburg women were found in two separate cars. Both women had been fatally shot. Pharr police say 58 year old Gloria Garza Diaz, an employee of the storage company, was allegedly having an affair with another woman's estranged husband. So this morning, the wife 55 year old Alma Calzontzint came here and shot Diaz then took the gun and shot herself in the heart.


Farm worker killed

Santa Maria, CA - An industrial accident that killed a farm worker on a Sisquoc farm this morning is still being investigated. The man — who is believed to be in his mid-20s and from the Santa Maria area — was working for Agro-Jal Farms Inc. in a field around 7 a.m. It is still unclear how the man died, but officials say the man was somehow fatally struck with a harvesting machine backing toward him. His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives in Mexico.


Ohio Officer Shot, Killed While Chasing Suspect, Funeral Information Below

NORTH TOLEDO, Ohio-- An early morning shooting has claimed the life of a Toledo Police vice detective. It happened in the 1400th block of Ontario, near Bush, in north Toledo. In a Wednesday morning news conference, Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre says 35-year-old Detective Keith Dressel, officer Todd Miller, and detective William Bragg stopped two people on Ontario Street around 2:00am. The preliminary investigation shows the officers may have interrupted some kind of drug deal. Navarre says both suspects appeared young, and the officers at first thought they were dealing with curfew violators. As the officers got out of their car and identified themselves, Navarre says the two suspects ran away. One, a 19-year-old man, was taken into custody right away. Dressel chased the other, believed to be a 15-year-old male. Navarre says Dressel confronted the boy, and shots were exchanged. A single bullet hit Dressel in the chest. Navarre says other police units rushed to the scene almost instantly, and started giving Dressel first aid. Rescuers took him to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead at 2:36am.


Two workers die in grain elevator

CARROLLTON, MO - Two men (William Lee Mace, 28, of Carrollton, and David Gene Hamblen Jr., 30, of Malta Bend)were killed yesterday when a grain elevator collapsed, burying them in 10 to 20 feet of corn, officials in this northwest Missouri town said. Firefighters were called to the Ray-Carroll County Growers elevator at 11:30 a.m. and began digging by hand and with heavy equipment, Fire Chief Curtis Shields said. After more equipment was brought in to shore up the collapsed structure and hold back the grain, the digging resumed, and the men’s bodies were recovered at 2:50 p.m., Shields said. The victims’ names and the type of work they were doing when the elevator collapsed had not been released yesterday evening. Shields said it was too early to speculate on the cause of the collapse.


Marina del Rey: Tugboat crewmember killed in accident offshore; another crewmember injured

Los Angeles, CA - Tugboat crewmember Piper Cameron, 26, was killed Tuesday, February 20th, in a tugboat accident a couple of miles off Marina del Rey, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide detective Robert Harris. Piper's co-worker, Scott Dekraii, 38, was also injured aboard the Emma Foss in his attempt to help her, said Harris. Two other crewmembers were on board but were not injured. All four were employees of Foss Maritime Company. The tugboat accident occurred at about 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, February 20th, and was described by Harris as a "very, very tragic accident." The crewmembers on the tug were towing a barge, and as they were attempting to release the barge, one of the towlines that ran between the tugboat and barge became "taut, like a whip," said Harris. "It snapped her [Cameron] into the railing of the ship."


Two killed in accident near Garberville

EUREKA, CA -- A Eureka man and a man from Manteca were killed early Wednesday morning as a result of a head-on collision between a pickup truck and big rig carrying a load of steel rods. Neither man was identified by press time. The California Highway Patrol said that at about 6 a.m. the Eureka man was driving a 2004 Dodge pickup southbound on U.S. Hwy 101 near Bell Springs Road at an undetermined speed. The driver of the 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer was northbound, also driving at an undetermined speed. The CHP said that the driver of the pickup allowed his truck to drift to the left and cross the double yellow centerline of US 101. The left front of the 2004 Dodge pickup struck the left front of the 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer. The C HP said the driver of the pickup was wearing a seatbelt and was killed on impact. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not wearing a seatbelt. The impact opened up the left side of the 1996 Freightliner's cab and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.


LI man killed in underground explosion

WATERBURY, Conn. -- Waterbury police have identified the electrical contractor killed in an underground transformer explosion Wednesday afternoon. The victim was 34-year-old Elias Anchundia of Long Island. A second worker sustained minor injuries. The men were contractors performing maintenance work for Connecticut Light and Power. The blast knocked out power to several business in the downtown and streets there were expected to be closed overnight, city police say.


Friends, Family Remember Victim Of Lago Vista Plane Crash

Lago Vista, TX. - The pilot of a single-engine plane that crashed in Lago Vista reported a problem with the aircraft before it went down. Derrich Pollock, 45 of Austin died in the crash. On Tuesday, investigators said Pollock took off from the Lago Vista airport then turned around and tried to land there. His Cessna plane went down in a wooded area near the airport.


Driver believed killed in fire as propane truck and train collide, Blaze keeps workers from finding body

Lacon, AL. - Firefighters late Monday were still trying to douse the fiery wreckage of a propane delivery truck that collided with a train Monday morning in Morgan County. The wife of an AmeriGas employee said a company official told her Monday evening that the body of her husband was beneath the truck but firefighters could not get to it. "He is dead; he was trapped up under the truck," said Lisa Vinson, tears rolling down her face. "They won't be able to get to the body until they can deal with the gas." Eric Vinson, 31, of Jasper was the only one of AmeriGas' employees unaccounted for after the collision, Lisa Vinson said. Authorities were not confirming that anyone was in the burning propane truck. Firefighters had been unable to get within 200 feet to 300 feet of the extremely hot fire.


Disputes at nightclubs lead to two slayings, one injury

Dallas, TX - Adan Sanchez, a club security guard working in the 1400 block of North Industrial Boulevard, died Sunday. He was shot in a parking lot between two clubs, Los Tiburones Club and the Dolphin Lounge, police said. An unknown suspect fled in a black pickup truck. Mr. Sanchez, 19, was taken by private vehicle to Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead early Sunday, police said.


Medical examiners identify maintenance worker shot dead

San Antonio,TX - Medical examiners have identified a maintenance worker shot dead Monday at a West Side bar. Eleasar Gutierrez, 47, suffered gunshots to the cheek and torso, a police report said. Witnesses told police they saw two men enter Zuniga’s Bar in the 6400 block of Elmer Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. Four gunshots rang out, and the men fled in a white vehicle, the report said. No arrests have been made in the slaying.


Verizon workers protest in L.B.CA, Picketers say job quotas too high, endanger employees.

CA - Gibson said workers and union members want management to address issues about an increased daily quota of jobs completed by technicians, which he said has been forcing older workers into early retirement and causing health issues among those who remain with the company. "Verizon's a good company but the people on the lower level of (leadership) manage brutally," Gibson said. "The productivity (measure requirements) is pushing it too far. It's literally killing people." Monday's protest came a week after the death of Verizon Bixby Yard technician Gerry DeCou, a 30-year employee who had a heart attack in the middle of a job at a customer's home.



Colleagues remember officer killed in bus wreck

Oxford, AL. - Oxford Police Lt. Dexter Holcomb, 46, who was killed by an out-of-control school bus, is being remembered by his colleagues as a compassionate man who loved law enforcement work. Holcomb, who died Friday, is the first Oxford police officer to die in the line of duty since 1977, Capt. Bill Partridge said. "He was a friend to everyone," Partridge said. Holcomb, 46, had been an Oxford police officer for more than 20 years. He also worked with children at the SAFE Schools after-school program, served as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Piedmont, and worked off-duty security at a department store.


Worker killed at Martin Marietta quarry, Worker killed, 1 hurt when truck, rail car collide

MONROE, NC. - A dump truck and a rail car collided at a Monroe quarry Monday, killing one worker and injuring another. The collision, which police described as an industrial accident, occurred just after 11 a.m. at Martin Marietta Aggregates Bakers Quarry on Rocky River Road, near Old Charlotte Highway. The accident occurred as a worker manned the external brake system on a pair of connected boxcars as they moved down sloped tracks on the quarry property, Monroe Fire Chief Ron Fowler said. One of the rock-filled cars struck a dump truck crossing the tracks, trapping the brake operator, Fowler said. The worker, Billy C. Wallace, 50, of Jefferson, S.C., died en route to Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe, according to a news release from the Monroe Police Department. The truck driver, whose name was not released, was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Fowler said. Monroe police and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration are investigating.


Man Charged With Murder Of Bridgeton Motel Clerk

Bridgetown, MO. - A former Bridgeton resident is now charged with second-degree murder following the fatal beating of a motel clerk. Henry Carmical, 35, is accused of beating Martin Taveggia, a clerk at the Economy Inn & Suites.Police were called to the motel at about 10:20 p.m. Monday by co-workers after Taveggia did not show up for his shift.Hotel general manager Abu Subhanee said Taveggia was "a very disciplined, very conscientious worker." Taveggia was also a resident of the motel, located in the 12400 block of St. Charles Rock Road. His death is Bridgeton's first homicide of 2007. Carmical is being held at the Bridgeton Police Department in lieu of $250,000 bond.


Truck driver killed in wreck that tied up I-40 for hours

Lenoir City, TN. - The driver of a tractor-trailer truck died Monday when his truck flipped over on Interstate 40 in Loudon County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Irvin W. Wright, 64, of Hermitage, was driving eastbound on I-40 when he apparently lost control and struck a guardrail on the right side of the road about 11:08 a.m., said a report filed by THP Trooper Cory Russell. The truck then flipped onto its right side and skidded about 300 feet, Russell's report said. There were no indications of drug or alcohol use and Wright was wearing a seat belt, the report said. Eastbound traffic was diverted through Lenoir City for more than seven hours after the wreck, according to a THP dispatcher.


Worker found dead with gunshot wounds

San Antonio, TX - Two workers at a West Side bar found a 40-year-old employee on the floor dead with gunshot wounds Monday evening, authorities said. Police dispatchers received a call about the fatality at 5:30 p.m. from Zuniga's Bar in the 6400 block of Elmer Boulevard, said San Antonio police Sgt. Rudy Lopez. The unidentified man was shot a couple of times in the torso, Lopez said. Workers told police they left the man for five minutes and that when they returned he was dead. Lopez said the bar was closed for the day and that nothing was taken from the scene. The victim had worked at the bar for four days, cleaning floors and tables, Lopez said. Passers-by told officers they saw two men get into a white minivan and flee the scene, Lopez said. The man's identity was withheld until family members could be notified.


Quik Stop clerk killed

MODESTO CA. - A masked gunman shot and killed Randeep Singh, 29, in the Sisk Road Quik Stop gas station about 1:35 a.m. Friday, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department reported. Sheriff's deputy Royjindar Singh said two masked men entered the store to rob it. One of them reportedly shot Randeep Singh. The deputy, who is not related to the victim, said Saturday night that there were no new developments in the case, but detectives were following up on leads. There is no description of a getaway car or detailed description of the two robbers


Lowell man dies after falling into grain bin

Lowell, MI - A Lowell man died Tuesday afternoon after being trapped in a two-story grain bin filled with corn at an area farm. Russell Emery Fisk, 65, was using an auger to load shelled corn from a 10,000-bushel grain bin into his semi-truck at about 10 a.m. at Kosten Farms, located at 9292 Holland Lake Road. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office said Fisk was attempting to break ice from the top of the bin when he fell inside. Fisk was pulled to the bottom of the bin and suffocated. Farm Owner Dave Kosten and other workers noticed Fisk missing at 10 a.m. and began looking for him. They called the sheriff’s office at 10:27 a.m.


Glendale officer dies after gun battle

Tucson, AZ, - Anthony Holly, 24, of Peoria died Monday afternoon after he was shot earlier in the day during a traffic stop. Holly is the first officer killed in the line of duty in Glendale in more than 20 years. Holly and another officer were shot at during a traffic stop about 8 a.m. Monday at Oregon Avenue, northwest of Camelback Road. Police spokesman Matt Barnett said the officers were driving separate cars when they stopped a man. Gunfire erupted when police realized the man was driving with outstanding warrants. Holly and the driver exchanged gunfire. The other officer was injured.


One dead in trench collapse

Dallas TX. - One worker died and a second was injured when a trench collapsed Friday afternoon along a light rail line under construction, officials said. The trench collapsed in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas while two workers were helping reset a water line along a planned rail route, said Dallas Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Morgan Lyons. Firefighters dug through the rubble to find one victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was taken to Baylor University Medical Center. Neither victim's name was released. Lyons said that both men worked for a subcontractor handling utility work along the line.


2 People Killed When Airport Buses Collide Two Others Critically Injured

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Two people were killed after a pair of shuttle buses crashed head-on at the Fort Lauderdale, FL. airport. Authorities said the driver of one bus (George Pitter) and a passenger in the other were killed. A total of eight people are hurt, including two critically. The collision happened late Sunday night on a road that circles the airport. Investigators said they believe the driver who was killed was heading east, when a bus going west crossed into his lane. An airport spokesman said the shuttle buses often take workers to and from their cars. He said it's believed some of those on the buses are airport employees, but it's unclear how many are.


Gas Station Worker Dies in Shooting

Milwaukee, WI. - Milwaukee police say a 33-year-old employee of a B-P Gas Station is dead from multiple gunshot wounds. But a second employee survived a gunshot wound to the side. Authorities say it's not yet clear whether the two were shot in an apparent robbery. Police say there were no outside witnesses and no customers inside the store when the men were shot before about 8 last night.


3 killed in van crash identified

FORT WORTH, TX – Authorities have identified three people killed in a van that crashed on Interstate 20 in southeast Fort Worth Tuesday morning. Stephanie Howard, 21, Monica Woods, 24, and William Howe, 59, died in the crash, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. A fourth person was critically injured. Howard and Woods were employees of EduCare -- a statewide organization that provides residential, therapeutic, job-training and educational support to people with mental and physical disabilities.


Loveland construction worker dies from injuries suffered in fall

WINDSOR, CO ­ A 39-year-old Loveland man who died after falling 25 feet off a roofing plank Tuesday is being remembered by family and co-workers as "a wonderful person, a true professional" and someone "with an infectious personality." Brian Hartman, of J.N.C. Contractors Inc., of LaPorte, was working at a new home construction site, 5506 Fairmont Drive, when he lost his balance on a scaffolding plank and fell about three stories to the ground at about 12:44 p.m. Tuesday, according to Windsor Police Chief John Michaels.


Worker Killed When Clothes Get Caught In Farm Equipment

OLATHE, Colo. -- Montrose County investigators are still trying to figure out how a farm worker's clothes got caught up in a truck's power take-off shaft, pulling him in and killing him. Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield said 57-year-old Catarino Roman died in the accident Tuesday morning. Emergency crews, including the Olathe Volunteer Fire Department, responded to the scene -- but were unable to help the man. Sheriff Rick Dunlap said the Roman had only been working on the farm for about a month. Roman was unloading corn at Seymour Farms at the time of the accident. The owner of the property found his employee about 11:15, and called 911.


Spartanburg County sheriff's deputy killed

Spartanburg, SC — Kevin Carper worked second shift Tuesday, the ninth anniversary of his graduation from the police academy. The Spartanburg County sheriff’s deputy was supposed to get off at midnight, when the 39-year-old husband and father of three girls would have returned to his family at their Moore home. But Mr. Carper’s shift ended at 10 p..m. with a bullet to the chest, shot by a man who fled from a traffic stop near Wellford. The state Legislature adjourned in his honor Wednesday. The flag flying in front of the Sheriff’s Office lowered to half-staff. Wreaths of white and blue flowers popped up at law enforcement agencies and the county courthouse. At the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Carper’s colleagues continued their work with red, weary eyes and exhausted faces. They pinned blue ribbons to their uniforms in memory of the first officer to die in the line of duty in Spartanburg County since 1967.


Feds Join Probe Of Deadly Yonkers Collapse

Younkers, NY - The U-S Occupational Safety and Health Administration has joined the investigation of a deadly collapse at a luxury condo construction project in Yonkers. OSHA investigators and city officials will investigate what caused a floor slab to collapse, sending a worker to his death. The city building inspector has shut down the project while the investigation is underway. The accident Monday at 66 Main Street claimed the life of Gregory Brensen of Pennsylvania, 40, according to Deputy Fire Chief John Flynn.


Cop Driving Wrong Way Dies in Wreck

Powder Springs, GA - A 55-year-old Powder Springs police officer driving south in the northbound lanes of I-75/85 died early Friday when his vehicle struck an ambulance head-on just south of Fulton Street. A female patient and two crew members inside the ambulance were injured. The ambulance from Clayton County was en route to Grady Memorial Hospital when the accident took place about 2:50 a.m. The ambulance crew was taken to Southern Reginal Hospital in Clayton County for treatment. The female patient was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening. The wrong-way driver was identified as Billy Morgan, authorities said. Morgan was driving a Cadillac Escalade at the time of the wreck.


Construction worker electrocuted at site in Granite City

GRANITE CITY, IL -- A 46-year-old Okaville, Ill. man was killed today while working for a masonry contractor on a Granite City construction site. About 1:15 p.m., John L. Mueller Jr. was putting rebar into concrete. While Mueller was lifting a piece of rebar, the top hit a high voltage line above his head, according to information released by the Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn. Those on the scene immediately began CPR, and the Granite City Fire Department transported Mueller to Gateway Regional Medical Center. After finding no signs of life, emergency room physician Dr. Chennaiah Nadindla pronounced Mueller dead at 2 p.m., according to Nonn.


Second rider dies of injuries suffered at Mototown USA: Friends, family remember Phillip Tenerowicz of Enfield

WINDSOR, CT - For the second time in less than a month, an accident at Mototown USA has resulted in a rider's death. The latest rider to die of injuries suffered at Mototown, the world's largest indoor motocross facility, is Phillip Tenerowicz, 36, of Enfield, who suffered critical injuries that would result in his death during his first visit to Mototown on Feb. 20. Tenerowicz died Tuesday at Hartford Hospital a week after his accident and just three days after his birthday. Tenerowicz's death comes just 19 days after the death of Joseph Cappola, 39, of Darien, who was killed at Mototown on Feb. 8 after his bike hit a bump on the children's track, causing him to be ejected from his motorcycle, authorities have said.


AK Steel contractor killed on the job

Middletown, OH - A man(Rodolfo "Rudy" Guzman, 52, of Lebanon) working for a contractor at AK Steel Corp.'s Middletown Works was killed instantly this morning while changing a tire on a semi truck. The Butler County Coroner's Office and AK Steel spokesman Alan McCoy confirmed the death of the employee of RMB Enterprises of Fostoria, Ohio, a contractor of the steelmaker. Jeff Beck, general manager of RMB, declined to release the name of the employee pending the notification of families. "The accident is under investigation and we'll be cooperating fully with the investigation," Beck said. McCoy indicated it was not a member of the company's temporary replacement worker team, which have been operating the mill since the company locked out its hourly union March 1, 2006.


Newark Sergeant Killed in Car Crash

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A veteran sergeant of the Newark Police Department died Saturday morning after his patrol car flipped over during a high-speed chase, authorities said. Sgt. Tommaso Popolizio, 33, a husband and father of four children, joined a chase involving several patrol cars around 4 a.m. "Sergeant Popolizio was a highly respected and decorated 12-year veteran of the Newark Police Department who was known for his bravery and dedication to the job," Newark Police Director Gary McCarthy said in statement. Police had responded to a report of drag racing on Doremus Avenue and stopped one of the vehicles attempting to flee.


Mechanic killed by fallen vehicle

Chesapeake, VA - OSHA began investigating a fatal accident at a Chesapeake car dealership Friday. Rescuers were called to the First Team Dodge near Chesapeake Square Mall after a car fell off a lift and killed a mechanic. At 8:15 Friday morning, a 5000 pound Dodge Durango fell and crushed the mechanic underneath. The First Team Dodge President Gerry Reust said that the worker was experienced and had been there over one and a half years. OSHA investigators have not determined the cause. Loss of hydrolic pressure was not an issue according to Reust. He said the Durango may not have been secured properly on the lift, or a shift in weight may have caused the car to fall.


Police: Couple Arrested In Fatal Road Rage Crash

DALLAS, TX -- A construction worker was hit and killed in what state troopers called a case of road rage between a couple having an argument, NBC 5 reported. The crash happened at about 11 p.m. Friday on a ramp at the President George Bush Turnpike and Dallas North Tollway. Authorities said Justin Perry, 25, and Holly Perry, 26, had been arguing and where intoxicated when Holly's car bumped her husband's SUV and sent it crashing into a construction zone. "A construction worker was working and (the SUV) struck the construction worker," said Texas DPS Sgt. Robert Bernard Jr. The worker, Jose Santos Guardiola-Ruilas, 29, was taken by Careflight to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, where he died, troopers said.


Business owner shot to death in southwest Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A Little Rock man who'd previously been shot during a break-in at his business was found dead inside his store Friday, police said. Richard Doug White was found shot to death at the Razorback Air Filter store in southwest Little Rock, police said. Officials said White died of two gunshot wounds but declined to give further details. Former employee and friend Neil Bell said White had been shot before during a break-in. That time, the bullet grazed the left side of White's chest, Bell said. "We had been trying to get in touch with him all day," Bell said, adding that when he drove by the business Friday afternoon he found the store locked up.

Teenager dies in farm accident

ENID Okla. -- A 17-year-old maintenance worker at a hog farm was fatally injured when he was hit by a cap that blew off a sewer line, an attorney for the farm said.

Julio Adrian Gonzalez-Chavez, 17, and another employee were removing the cap, which was under pressure, when the accident occurred on Jan. 4 at Hanor Farms' operation in Ames, said attorney Brad Gungoll. Gonzalez-Chavez died the next day.


Worker killed in construction accident in Fort Valley

Macon, GA -- A construction worker was killed on a job site early this morning after a backhoe backed over him, police said.

Willie Joe Williams of Garrison Construction was pronounced dead upon arrival at the Peach Regional Medical Center, said Fort Valley police Capt. Joe Saxon. Williams was bent over when he was struck by the backhoe driven by Eugene Maxwell, 22, the officer said. "It just got him," Saxon said.


Man killed in accident at construction site

NORTH PLATTE Neb. -- A Wallace man died Tuesday in a construction accident south of this central Nebraska city. Douglas Lockwood, 49, was killed at the construction site, where he was working as a subcontractor, Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said.

Kramer said Lockwood was operating a high lift forklift at the site of a new home when he got too close to an embankment, tipping the forklift backward. Kramer said Lockwood was thrown from the forklift, which then rolled on top of him.


Contractor dies in Marcus Hook work accident

Philadelphia, PA -- A contractor was killed on the job at Peco's Marcus Hook facility early yesterday morning, a spokesman for the company confirmed. The man, whose name officials were not releasing at the request of his family, was readying part of the building for demolition when the accident occurred.

Further details - including the exact type of work the man was doing at the time of his death, his employer, and how the accident occurred, are not yet available, said Michael Wood, a Peco spokesman. Wood did say that the death was likely a result of "electrical contact" and that Peco and the contractor have launched a formal probe into the death.


Longtime Dixonville rancher dies in tractor accident

Dixonville, OR -- Longtime rancher Ross Dallas Bennett died Friday in a farm tractor accident on his Dixonville ranch. A passer-by found Bennett, 65, not breathing next to a tractor on Bennett’s property at 966 Brumbach Road shortly before 5 p.m., according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office report.

Bennett’s shirt tail had become caught in the Ford 5000 tractor’s power take-off drive shaft, causing him to choke to death, an investigation revealed.


N.O. metropolitan area cabbies fear for safety after taxi driver murder

New Orleans, LA -- The Jan. 4 murder of cab driver Monier Gindy in Marrero was not an isolated incident, said Terry Tunstall, dispatcher for A Service Cab Co. in Metairie. Cabbies have become frequent targets of the crack dealers and "baby gangstas" terrorizing the New Orleans metropolitan area since Hurricane Katrina.

"You're taking your own life in your hands any time you make a pickup now," Tunstall said. "There is so much money for the cab drivers to be made out there right now. And believe me, the little street thugs know this. Crime is running rampant, and the drivers are basically out there on their own. "


3 arrested in slaying of clerks

Madison, TN -- Metro police say a 16-year-old girl was the second shooter in the deaths of two clerks killed during an attempted robbery in Madison Tuesday night. Police arrested Rokisha Alderson of Curdwood Boulevard late Wednesday night, just hours after charging Joshua Lee Brown, 20, in the slayings. Robin Betts II, 18, who police believe drove the getaway car, was also arrested. All three were to be charged with two counts of criminal homicide. Police say Brown and Alderson entered the AM & PM Discount Tobacco store on Gallatin Pike about 9:30 Tuesday night, both armed and wearing ski masks, and tried to rob the store. After reviewing the surveillance videotape, police determined that Brown was armed with a shotgun and shot Salama Estfanous, 23, almost immediately after entering the store, Aaron said.

The pair tried to get into the cash register, but the tapes show they were unsuccessful. Store employee Bishouy Hanna, 24, and customer James Lee Rayburn, 55, of La Vergne, were shot while they lay on the floor as the would-be robbers left, Aaron said. Hanna and Estfanous were pronounced dead at the scene. Television reports said the two men had emigrated from Egypt in recent years, looking for a better life in America.


Worker shot during robbery of Korean grocery store dies

Oklahoma, OK -- A grocery store worker who was shot during a robbery in south Oklahoma City on Saturday died at the hospital, police said. The worker, identified by his wife as Mike Lee, 44, of Oklahoma City, was shot at the Korean Oriental Foods Store at 4250 S Bryant Ave.

The store was robbed about 7 p.m. Saturday by a black man wearing black clothing, Phillips said. The man demanded money and shot Lee before fleeing, Phillips said.


Fumes kill carpenter working in Plymouth's Pinehills

Quincy, MA -- A man died after he was overcome by carbon monoxide inside a construction storage trailer in the Pinehills housing development in Plymouth, police and firefighters said. Admont J. Znotin, 43, of Buzzards Bay was using a generator that produced the odorless, poisonous fumes, Plymouth police Capt. Michael Belmont said.


Huntsville barber slain outside shop

HUNTSVILLE Ala. -- A Huntsville barber answered a cell phone call, stepped outside and was shot multiple times, police said. Police Sgt. Ed Cain said the victim, Christopher Byrd, 32, was shot and killed about 6 p.m. Friday behind the Better Days Barber Shop on Bronco Circle, just west of Jordan Lane.


Driver Killed By Own Transport Truck In Duarte

DUARTE, Calif. --The driver of a transport truck was killed Wednesday when he was run over by his own vehicle, authorities said. The driver had just gotten out of the truck to talk on his cell phone while walking to the office to do some paperwork when he was hit, Deputy Don Moses said. The driver's partner was backing up the truck and apparently did not see the driver.


Wal-Mart driver killed after being hit by truck

GEORGETOWN, CO – The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the death of a Wal-Mart truck driver after he was killed Sunday morning. Troopers say 50-year-old Bruce Kay of Loveland was outside the truck in the chain-up area at mile marker 228 on eastbound I-70 just outside of Georgetown when he was killed. The driver of a red 1995 Nissan Pathfinder lost control and hit and killed Kay, according to the state patrol.


Farm accident kills Madison man


Sioux Falls, SD -- A Madison man died Saturday after becoming tangled in a piece of farming equipment on a farm near Flandreau. Joseph Bergheim, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene according to a news release from the Moody County Sheriff's Office. Flandreau police, the Moody County Sheriff's Office, ambulance and fire crews responded.


Fort Mill store owner killed in robbery

FORT MILL S.C. -- A Fort Mill store owner who put off retirement and kept working to put his son through college has been killed in a robbery. Mahendrabhai Gordham Omar Patel, 48, was found dead around 8:45 p.m. Thursday by a customer entering the Sunoco Petro Mart on state Highway 160, Fort Mill Police Capt. Bryan Zachary said.

Patel was shot, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast, who would not say where he was shot or how many times.


Hopewell truck driver dies in King William accident

Richmond, VA -- A Hopewell truck driver was killed Tuesday night when his tractor-trailer crashed into another tractor-trailer backing into a private driveway in King William County, state police said.

According to police, Richard Lee Givin Jr., 63, was driving north on state Route 30 about 9:25 p.m. when he ran into the other truck's trailer just north of state Route 627 near St. John's Episcopal Church.


63-year-old electrician dies after falling six stories

CALVERT CITY Ky. -- A 63-year-old man was killed after falling six stories from a lift he was using to change light bulbs at a metal plant in western Kentucky, officials said Wednesday. James Bains died from blunt force trauma Tuesday, Marshall County Coroner Mitchell Lee said. Bains worked as an electrician at C.C. Metals and Alloys in Paducah, where he also lived.


Construction worker dies after fall in Oakville

OAKVILLE Iowa -- A 37-year-old man died Tuesday while working at a contruction site, officials said. The man, whose identity has not been released, died at about 2:15 p.m. after a fall, according to a statement issued Tuesday night by the Louisa County Sheriff's Department.


Bedford County supervisor killed in farm accident

Shock and sadness spread across Bedford County today as the news spread that County Supervisor Bobby Pollard was killed in a farming accident at his home. It happened early this afternoon at Pollard's farm on Shadow Mountain Lane near Blue Ridge.

County administrator Kathleen Guzi says Pollard was feeding his cattle when his tractor flipped over, killing him. Pollard was finishing his second four-year term as the District Six supervisor; he'd also served on the board during the 1980s.


All lanes open on I-64 after deadly crash

York County , VA -- All lanes are now open on Interstate 64 remains in York County after a deadly crash that claimed the life of a truck driver. Virginia State Police say it happened around midnight near the Busch Gardens exit.

The truck, which was hauling produce, flipped over, blocking the lanes and killing the driver.


Identity of driver killed in Hwy. 97 truck-semi crash released

Bend, OR -- Deputies have released the name of the driver killed in this morning’s crash on Highway 97 near milepost 158, and say that they now believe that icy road conditions may have caused the head-on accident between a flat-bed pickup and semi-truck. The deceased has been identified as Layne J. Fugate, 34, of La Pine, Oregon. His name was earlier withheld pending notification of family members.

Fugate died at the scene of the accident early Monday when his flatbed pickup crossed the centerline and crashed head-on into a semi-truck south of Bend on Highway 97, Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies said.


Fatal Farm Accident

WAUSAU, Wis -- A 66-year-old man is dead after falling off a ledge at a dairy farm in the town of Maine. The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says Stanley Skalecke fell off a ledge about 15 to 20 feet high in the barn area of the farm. The Mosinee man owned a heating and cooling business and was doing work at the Van Der Geest dairy farm on Wednesday when the accident happened. A report by the sheriff's office says a pipe that had served as a railing on the ledge was loose.



Work site accident kills man

CHURCHVILLE, VA -- A Churchville man died Thursday from head injuries he received when he fell off a roof at a construction site in Georgia on Jan. 5. Vasily Bondaruk, 48, owner of Bondaruk Construction of Churchville was working on a restaurant in Georgia when he fell off the roof and landed on his head, his daughter Veronika Levshyn said.


Business owner's death brings charge

Grand Rapids, MI -- A man was charged with manslaughter in the death of a Grand Rapids restaurant owner who died more than two weeks after being assaulted outside his business.
Brian C. Williams, 34, surrendered to police Friday, one day after Cheuk Wong died of complications from a skull fracture suffered Dec. 23, police said in a news release.


Highway patrol trooper killed during traffic stop

LAKE PLACID Fla.-- A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was fatally shot Friday while attempting to make a traffic stop in central Florida, authorities said. Sgt. Nicholas G. Sottile II, 48, was shot in Highlands County just north of the city of Lake Placid at 3:22 p.m. Authorities were searching for two occupants of a light colored "Toyota Camry type vehicle," who were last seen leaving the area, one on foot and the other in the vehicle, the FHP said in a statement. One of the two occupants shot Sottile once, the FHP said.

Sottile had worked for the FHP for nearly 24 years. He leaves behind a wife, Elizabeth; a daughter, Heather, of Orlando; and a son Nicholas, of Tampa, who also works for the FHP.


Highway patrol officer killed during traffic stop

FORT MYERS Fla. -- A Florida Highway Patrol officer was fatally shot Friday while attempting to make a traffic stop in central Florida, authorities said. The shooting occurred in Highlands County just north of Lake Placid at 3:15 p.m., and authorities were searching for two suspects who were last seen heading north, The News-Sun in Sebring reported.