Sunday, February 24, 2008

Weekly Toll: Death In The American Workplace

County officer dies in crash

IN - Lake County police are investigating a fatal one-car crash involving two of their fellow officers. The driver, Eric Forster, 29, of the 12000 block of Brookside Drive in Crown Point, died of blunt force trauma, according to the Lake County coroner's office. Passenger John Kitchen suffered minor injuries, Lake County Police Chief Marco Kuyachich. The coroner was dispatched at 6:59 a.m. to the accident site at the intersection of 123rd Avenue and Randolph Street in Crown Point. Kuyachich said Forster was driving his own car south on Randolph about 5:15 a.m. when he tried turning onto 123rd Avenue. The car overturned and went into a ditch.

Death toll rises to 11 in sugar refinery blast

GA - A worker wounded in an explosion early this month at a Georgia sugar refinery died Saturday night at a burn center, bringing the death toll to 11, hospital officials announced Sunday. The person, who has not been identified, is the third victim to die at The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, in Augusta, Georgia. Another worker died Friday. The hospital said 14 Imperial Sugar Co. workers injured in the explosion remain hospitalized -- 12 in critical condition, and two in serious condition.

Worker dies after fall at Sunnyvale Town Center project

CA - A San Jose man died Tuesday after falling from a parking structure he was helping construct at the Sunnyvale Town Center. According to Sunnyvale police, no one witnessed 40-year-old Ramon Ponce's fall. However, evidence indicates that Ponce was working on a handrail when the beam he was standing on failed. Police and fire personnel who arrived shortly after, about 7:30 a.m., pronounced Ponce dead at the scene. The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety has found no criminal intent in the fall, Capt. Doug Moretto said. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and Ponce's employer, Conco concrete contractors of Concord, are investigating the incident. Ponce, a father of four, "was always so happy, always trying to make people laugh," said his wife, Carmen Ponce. He had worked in construction for 21 years, and for Conco about three years, his wife said.

Worker dies after being pulled into paper-winding machine

WORCESTER, Mass.— Worcester police say a 24-year-old worker was killed when he was pulled into a paper-winding machine. David Gonzalez of Worcester and another employee of Creative Paper Company were operating the machine when the incident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Friday. Police say they have not yet determined how he was pulled into the machine. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating.

Officer Killed Guarding Clinton Motorcade

DALLAS, TX - A Dallas police officer (Senior Corporal Victor Lozada Tirado) guarding the Clinton motorcade was killed on Friday morning after getting into an accident just moments before Sen. Hillary Clinton passed by. The accident quickly overtook Clinton's visit here, rerouting news helicopters to the site on the highway where the officer's body lay, and the senator herself canceled a question-and-answer session with reporters in order to make a brief, solemn statement. She said she was "just heartsick" about the news of the officer's death. The officer lay crumpled, covered in blood, in the street, the crushed motorcycle on the side of the road, as Clinton and her entourage, including the national press corps, passed through. Clinton later called the Dallas police chief. The event "reminds us once again" of the work "men and women in uniform do every single day," Clinton said.

Construction worker dies while building warehouse

WA - A Puyallup construction worker was killed Thursday afternoon when he was pinned between a lift he was riding in and a metal beam, police said. David Rozario, 39, of Puyallup was helping to build a warehouse in the 1600 block of Industrial Parkway. The medical examiner’s office had not yet ruled on a cause and manner of death Thursday evening. Puyallup police secured the scene, but will be turning their investigation over to the state Department of Labor and Industries, said spokeswoman Lorri Ericson.

Nursing home worker dies after helping residents during fire

LOWELL, Mass. - An employee of a Lowell nursing home died after helping rescue six residents from a fire in the building. Deputy Fire Chief Patrick McCabe says 51-year-old Rawlene Lizotte, a nursing assistant at Fairhaven Healthcare Center, collapsed after moving the residents to safety early Thursday morning. Firefighters performed CPR on her, then she was taken to Lowell General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. McCabe says the cause of death is still under investigation.

Sunnyside worker dies in orchard accident

SUNNYSIDE -- A 39-year-old Sunnyside man was killed Thursday when he got hooked on equipment while digging a post hole in an orchard. Gabriel Farias Jr. was pronounced dead by the Benton County coroner, Benton County sheriff's Deputy Joe Lusignan said in a news release. Farias, who had worked at the orchard off and on for about four years, was using an auger to dig post holes at Esport Fischer Orchards in Sunnyside when his sleeve got caught in the machinery.

Teen Killed in Md. Forklift Accident

BEAVER CREEK, Md. - A teenager was killed after he became trapped under a forklift that overturned at the Beaver Creek Country Club, just outside of Hagerstown. Family members identified the victim as Nevin Petre of Mapleville. He was helping his father remove a tree from the golf course. Rod Steiner, a country club employee, says Petre was operating the forklift at about 1 p.m. on Thursday as his father, Samuel, sawed the tree. Steiner says the tree, which was rotten on the inside, fell sooner than expected, making the forklift turn over and pinning Nevin Petre underneath the cab. Mount Aetna Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Tony Veney says Nevin Petre was taken to Washington County Hospital.Rhonda Wardlaw, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health, says the agency is investigating the incident.

Gas station clerk killed in drive-by

HOUSTON, TX- A gas station employee was killed in a drive-by shooting early Friday morning. It happened at the Phillips 66 Hinna Mart in the 4000 block of Lockwood Drive. Police say the gunman fired several rounds at 45-year-old Adrian Jordan who was cleaning up outside of the store. Police got the call around 3:30 a.m. about the incident. They don't know who the suspect is, but they are looking for a Hyundai Elantra that fled westbound on Crane. HPD does not think the clerk was the intended target, however.

DM officer dies after apparent heart attack

IA - Des Moines police officer died this afternoon of an apparent heart attack while working out in the police department’s gym. Fellow officers rushed to aid Roger Hildreth, 48, after he fell off a treadmill, said police spokesman Vince Valdez, but were unable to revive him. Hildreth was a patrol officer on the department’s second “watch,” or shift, which operates between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hildreth began at the department on November 26, 1990. During the next two decades, he made a few appearances in the news. On the Friday after Thanksgiving 1993, Hildreth was struck in the face during a massive brawl at a Des Moines bar. Four years later, on March 13, 1997, he chased down a burglary suspect who drove into a Pleasant Hill subdivision and abandoned his car when the entrance was blocked. During a 2003 arrest, a suspect pulled a hunting knife on Hildreth, who with the help of three other officers managed to wrest the weapon from the suspect and detain him. Valdez said no funeral plans have yet been announced. Additional details about the circumstances surrounding Hildreth’s death were not available tonight.

Deputy Dies in Katy Car Accident

HOUSTON, TX - A Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy was killed in a car accident after another vehicle struck his, causing it to over turn Thursday evening in Katy. The on-duty deputy was traveling eastbound on the Katy Freeway near Mason Road when another truck pulled out of a private drive way and hit the deputy, FOX 26 reports. The deputy died at the scene but the other driver stayed at the scene. Sheriff's office officials are witholding the officer's name pending th notification of family but say the deputy worked as an undercover department so he was driving an unmarked truck. Deputies did not disclose whether any controlled substances could have caused the accident.

City Worker Killed In Missouri Trench Collaps, Crew Was Digging Sewer Main When Walls Collapsed

PERRY, Mo. - A trench in northeast Missouri collapses killing a city employee from Perry and injuring another worker. City officials said a crew was digging out a sewer main that was blocked when the two men entered the trench to fix the blockage on Tuesday night. The walls collapsed, burying 29-year-old Tim Epperson and trapping 19-year-old Tony Painter. Painter was dug out by hand several minutes after the collapse. But it took emergency crews about 25 minutes to remove Epperson.

Man killed at Everett construction site is identified

WA - A Snohomish man found dead at a construction site in Everett Thursday has been identified as Ralph Vantine, 61. Vantine died of a head injury after being run over by a 60-foot man-lift, said Carolyn Sanden, a spokeswoman for the Snohomish County Medical Examiner. His death was ruled an accident. An employee of contractor Atkinson-CH2M Hill was moving a piece of construction equipment in the work zone under Interstate 5 when he discovered Vantine's body under a blanket, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Man killed in apparent fall at Ameristeel plant, Worker was doing maintanence at Ameristeel plant

TN - A 59-year-old Alamo man died Wednesday after an apparent fall at the Gerdau Ameristeel plant on the north side of Jackson, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Office. Dennis D. Philyaw died after he "apparently fell from the platform ladder and sustained a fatal head injury," according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. The fall occurred after 7:30 a.m., officials said. The plant is on Ameristeel Drive, which is off North Highland Avenue north of Ashport Road. The company makes steel products such as angles, channels and flats and employs about 400 people. Tom Hohs, vice president and general manager for the plant, said Philyaw was doing "some maintenance work on a fixed ladder, and it appears he fell from a height less than 12 feet. "I've been here for five years, and we haven't

Man Crushed, Killed by Bale of Foam at Russellville Factory

KY - A Logan County man was killed on the job after being crushed by a 2,000-pound bale of scrap foam. The accident happened around 5:45 p.m. on Feb. 19 at E.R. Carpenter, a plant in Russellville that manufactures mattresses, pillows and other foam products. The Logan County Coroner says 48-year-old Robin Lee Carroll was operating a tow motor in the warehouse section of the plant. For some unknown reason, he stepped off the tow motor and was crushed by a bale of foam that fell from 12 to 15 feet above him. Carroll had only been on the job about six months. He died on impact.

Worker dies when 12,000-pound wall crushes him

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a subcontractor on a Palm Beach hotel construction site died after a 12,000-pound concrete wall fell on top of him. Palm Beach Fire-Rescue says Ricardo Meza fell 25 feet to the ground yesterday and then the wall fell on him. Rescue crews tried propping up the wall with air bags to pull Meza free. He later died at a hospital. The hotel developer is calling Meza's death a "freak accident." Officials say Meza was using a gas-powered concrete cutter on the wall when it fell.

Worker Killed in Accident

PA - A man dies in what police are calling an accident at a business in Lancaster. It happened just after 9:00 Tuesday morning at Yale Electric along the Manheim Pike. A manager identifies the victim as 52-year-old Bruce Wardrop. Police say several tow motor trucks were unloading in the back of the business when one of the back carriers fell on Wardrop crushing him. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Roll of steel crushes, kills Coshocton worker

COSHOCTON, Ohio — A worker was killed early today when he was crushed by a roll of steel at the AK Steel plant outside Coshocton. David Wentz, 38, of Coshocton, died in the accident at the plant along Rt. 16, according to a press release from Sheriff Timothy Rogers. Authorities were summoned to the mammoth plant, with 13 acres under roof, at 1:56 a.m. The plant processes flat rolled stainless steel. Other details were not immediately available. Coshocton is about 65 miles east of Columbus.

Worker killed at construction site identified as Blountville man

TN - A J.A. Street contractor was killed around 2 p.m. Monday when he attempted to exit a crane that had become entangled in a live power line, according to Kingsport Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Scott Boyd. "The victim was working on a crane to a boom truck. He got into the power lines...he tried to exit the vehicle and became electrocuted. According to J. A Street safety director Larry Clark, the victim was Charles Dewey Slagle, 47, of Blountville.

Police ID Worker Killed In Quarry Accident

SUGAR CREEK, Mo. - Sugar Creek police have identified a man who was killed Monday night at an industrial quarry when the truck he was driving tumbled down a ravine. Alfredo Santiago, 57, of Sugar Creek, backed up the 50-ton loading truck too far and lost control of the vehicle, according to their preliminary police investigation. The truck rolled several times and landed with Santiago trapped underneath. Santiago died in the fall, Sugar Creek police and fire officials said. The accident happened late Monday night at the 24-hour quarry operation at the Carefree Industrial Park on Missouri Highway 291 near East Kentucky

Family mourns shipyard worker: Kevin Batten, who died this week, was to enter the Apprentice School.

CA - Relatives described Kevin Batten as an ambitious, outgoing young man who was very close to his family, and a regular churchgoer with a bright future as a shipbuilder. The 19-year-old Newport News man had worked at the yard since July, and was recently accepted into Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Apprentice School, a competitive trade school that trains the yard's future leaders. Family members said he was proud of the accomplishment and excited to begin classes. Early Thursday morning, the North Carolina native was pronounced dead after search teams found his body in the James River. Just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Batten, a sheet metal worker, fell off the USS Carl Vinson and into the choppy, 48-degree water of the river at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard. It took a dive team 18 hours to find his body.

Pipeline worker crushed to death west of Columbus

COLUMBUS, WI - A Michigan man working on a 321-mile oil pipeline project died on Saturday when the trackhoe he was operating overturned and crushed him west of Columbus, authorities said. James Green, 39, was pronounced dead about a quarter mile north of Highway K, west of Wendt Road. A spokeswoman with Houston-based Enbridge Energy, which is building the pipeline, said work at the site was halted until OSHA officials can investigate. Denise Hamshire said they are expected to be on site on Monday. At the time of the accident, Green was using the trackhoe to move a concrete weight that is used to stabilize pipeline in wetland areas. It wasn't clear on Saturday night what caused the trackhoe to tip over. It took several hours to extricate Green and emergency workers were on the scene from about 1:45 a.m. to 6 a.m.

Cab driver shot, killed

BROCKTON - A taxi cab driver was shot and killed early this morning on Galen Street, according to police. The district attorney's office identified the man as Ed Conley, 56, of Bridgewater. A dispatcher at the Cowen's Taxi Co. in Brockton said he'd worked there for just three months. The shooting was reported to police just before 1 a.m. Neighbors said the cab was seen driving wildly down the street, hitting three cars parked in driveways, totalling two, and also smashed through a picket fence.

Deadly Industrial Accident at Landfill

PA - A man is killed at a landfill and investigators are trying to piece together how it happened. At Modern Landfill, just 8 miles east of York City, a man dropping off garbage was run over by his own tractor trailer around 1:00 Friday afternoon. The unidentified man just dumped his load and something was wrong with his truck, so he went underneath the rig to check it out and was run over. Police are unsure how it exactly happened. The general manager of the landfill says it's a muddy mess up there because of the wet weather and all of the hauling activity that goes on. The landfill closed early Friday and will reopen on Saturday.

Man dies after fall from roof at construction site

BRASELTON, Ga. - Federal job safety officials are looking into the death of a construction worker who fell off a roof. The accident happened around 2 p.m. Thursday at a building under construction, Braselton Assistant Police Chief Lou Solis said. The victim's name has not been released. "He was working on the roof putting decking on and he fell off and hit his head," Solis said. The man died at the construction site. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed the work site Thursday and Friday, and is expected to interview witnesses on Tuesday, Solis said.

Former Rocky Flats Worker Dies Before Being Paid

DENVER, CO ― A one-time employee of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant near Golden is being remembered as a positive person who never complained, despite disfiguring brain tumors that would eventually kill him. Douglas DelForge died Sunday at the age of 46. He worked at Rocky Flats for 21 years, using glove boxes to work on radioactive materials, and later, taking part in decontamination work at the site. He died 6 days after receiving a check from the U.S. Department of Labor for permanent disability, but before ever receiving federal aid to cover lost wages. DelForge had applied for aid six years ago, and was approved just 14 months ago. His death means the Labor Department will never have to cut the check.

Propex Worker Dies In Accident At Ringgold Plant

TX - Jason Wolfe, a worker at Propex's Ringgold plant, died after suffering injuries on Saturday at the plant. Propex and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident at our Ringgold plant that has resulted in the death of Jason Wolfe, one of our team members,” said Joe Dana, president of Propex. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jason’s family and friends during this painful time.

Employee killed in accident at Sunset Hill Shooting Range

PA - The victim of this morning's fatal shooting accident at the Sunset Hills Shooting Range in Pocono Township has been identified as employee Russell Stephens Jr., 38, of Delaware Water Gap, police said. The accident happened at 9:40 a.m. Stephens was in the process of removing firearms from an overnight storage safe to take out to the range when one of the guns, a 9-mm Uzi, went off into his face, police said. No one knows why the gun was loaded when it wasn't supposed to be, range owner Anton Bonificic said. Stephens was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by the Lehigh County Coroner's Office.

Man found dead at construction site in Everett, Road equipment may have struck his body

WA - A man believed to have been homeless was found dead Thursday morning at a state Transportation Department construction site, and officials are trying to determine if his death was caused by construction work. Everett Police Sgt. Jerry Streick said officers were called about 1 a.m. to the 2700 block of 36th Street, under Interstate 5. "Witnesses told responding officers that a piece of construction equipment struck a transient male," he said. "The male was laying under a blanket at the time." A Transportation Department spokesman said an employee of contractor Atkinson CH2M Hill found the 61-year- old man when moving a piece of equipment. He did not appear to be alive when the worker found him.

Missing construction foreman found dead near Inner Harbor

MD - A construction foreman missing since Wednesday afternoon was found dead yesterday morning at the bottom of a shaft inside the Constellation Energy Group headquarters near Baltimore's Inner Harbor, authorities said. The man, Wayne Kerr, 55, of Glen Burnie, was a longtime employee of Centerline Construction Co. He was working at the Constellation building when he apparently fell from the ninth floor to the fourth floor in the 6-by-6-foot metal construction shaft. The building is at 750 E. Pratt St. "Wayne Kerr had a lot of long-time friends here," said Mark Green, the president of Centerline Construction. "We are upset about what happened."

Gas Station Clerk Fatally Shot After Handing Over Money

Titusville police are looking for any leads in a fatal robbery at the Shell gas station on Harrison Street, about a mile west of US-1. Two masked men wearing hoodies shot one of the clerks inside Friday morning, even after he handed over the money. "'Give me the money! Give me the money,'" said co-worker MD Hasan, who dropped to the floor by the back freezer and hid when two crooks walked into the Shell and demanded money. Hasan's co-worker and roommate was alone behind the counter. Just after the clerk gave them money from the register, Hasan said he heard a gunshot. "I don't know why they kill him. He gave him all the money, but still they shoot him. I don't believe it," he said. Hasan came out from hiding when he was sure the crooks were gone and a customer came in the store. "Whenever I, as I was going back to the register and I saw him. He was just lying to the floor," Hasan said. Shortly after the store opened Friday morning, Titusville detectives showed up to get a copy of the receipts from the hour before the shooting. There are at least four cameras inside the store, but it may be tough to make the two men out.

Worker Killed At Durham Business; Police Investigating

DURHAM, NC - An employee of Brinley's Grading Services, Inc. appears to have died accidentally at work Thursday, police said. Police were dispatched to Brinley's, 819 Ellis Road, at 7:23 a.m. where 36-year-old Michael Wayne Paul, Jr. Cary resident suffered major head injuries and died at the scene. Authorities said Paul died after he was accidentally crushed between a truck and a construction trailer.

Newport News shipyard worker who fell overboard presumed dead

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Crews were searching Wednesday for the body of a Northrop Grumman shipyard worker who fell overboard from an aircraft carrier into the James River. The 19-year-old sheet metal worker from Newport News fell from the USS Carl Vinson, which is being overhauled at the shipyard, at about 8:10 a.m, the shipyard said in a statement. The worker’s name was not released. Two sailors aboard the George H. W. Bush, a carrier under construction next to the Carl Vinson, immediately jumped into the river but were unable to find the worker, the shipyard said.

Construction worker killed at building

BALTIMORE, MD - The property manager of a downtown Baltimore office building says a construction worker has been killed in what she calls a construction accident. However, the manager, Terri Gavin, is denying an earlier broadcast report that the worker was killed in a fall down an elevator shaft. However, she gave no further details. WJZ-TV reports the accident occurred about 7:45 a.m. Thursday at the building at 750 E. Pratt Street. Gavin would only confirm the accident occurred Thursday morning.

Pawn manager killed; Cash America puts price tag on information leader to suspect's arrest, indictment

TX - Cash America International is offering a $20,000 reward to help find the person who robbed and killed the assistant manager of a local pawn shop Monday morning. Longview Police Sgt. Shaun Pendleton said he was not aware of any connection between the robbery that left Melvin Brad Mitchell dead and three other robberies that were committed in Kilgore and Lakeport between Saturday and early Monday. However, he said detectives would investigate any similarities. Mitchell, 56, of Longview, was pronounced dead at 10:08 a.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Medical Center, about an hour after the robbery, Pendleton reported. The robbery occurred under an awning attached to Cash America Pawn at 1709 S. High St.

Wilson man dies, co-worker burned

PA - The men, repairing a barn in Forks, hit a power line with a pole. A Wilson man was electrocuted and a co-worker jolted and burned when an aluminum pole they were erecting near an old barn in Forks Township touched an overhead power line Tuesday, township police said. Neighbors ran to help Gary Rinker, 43, of the 100 block of S. 18th Street and began CPR, but their attempts to revive him failed. The accident happened about 10:45 a.m. at the barn at 4110 Richmond Road. Rinker was pronounced dead about noon at Easton Hospital, said Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek.

Shop worker dies after stairs fall

NE - An investigation is under way after a shop worker died after falling down a staircase at a department store. The 38-year-old woman was taken to hospital after falling down the stairs in the accident at Debenhams in Argyle Street, Glasgow. She died at the city's Royal Infirmary a short time later.

Man killed by falling lumber in Yaphank

NY - Suffolk detectives are investigating the death of a man at a Yaphank lumberyard this morning. Suffolk County police were called to BlueLinx, a wholesale lumber distribution company, in Yaphank Wednesday morning. Alberto Orlando Henry, 27, of Pikesville, Md., was delivering lumber when he was crushed under a load of beams during the unloading of his truck. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (O.S.H.A.) is also investigating the incident. Representatives of the Suffolk medical examiner's officer were at work at the business through the morning, and yellow police tape marked off one end of the enclosed yard, which contains stacks of wrapped lumber and crates.

Man butchers Manhattan psychologist to death, sets off manhunt

NEW YORK - Police hunted Wednesday for a man who entered a Manhattan therapist's office with a bag of knives and a meat cleaver and went on a bloody rampage, hacking a psychologist to death and seriously injuring a colleague who responded to the victim's screams. Three knives were recovered at the scene, including a 9-inch knife and a meat cleaver apparently bent from use in the attack, police said. The therapist's office was in shambles: Furniture was overturned, shades torn and blood was sprayed on the walls and pooled on the floor. The victim suffered 15 stab wounds, including a gash to her head believed to be from the meat cleaver, police said. "The condition of the room was that of a fierce struggle," said chief police spokesman Paul Browne. Investigators have not identified the suspect in the deadly attack on Kathryn Faughey, and were still trying to determine if he was a patient at the clinic.

Man killed in Lakeside was carnival employee

LAKESIDE, CA A 28-year-old man who was shot and killed after leaving a Lakeside bar Monday night was a carnival worker who had spent the day helping to set up The Family Show amusement park a block away. Mark Vogler worked for the carnival from February to November last year, said Buddy Reynolds, a ride superintendent for Escondido-based Christiansen Amusements. Reynolds said Vogler spent the winter living with a girlfriend and her children near Eugene, Ore.

Bull kills Southampton man

PA - A Southampton Township farmer died Monday afternoon following an apparent attack by a 2,200 pound Holstein bull at his farm in the 1100 block of Baltimore Road. Trooper Bryan Henneman of state police at Carlisle says family members told him Nelson D. Byers, 57, left the house about 2 p.m. and was discovered in a pasture after he failed to show up to milk at 3:30 p.m. Jeff Grove, a Franklin County farmer and friend of the Byers family, called the Byers family a soft-spoken family who participated in the agricultural community.

A Chemist Found Dead at a Merck Plant

NJ - A Merck chemist was found dead this weekend, apparently after swallowing “a bit of white powder from one beaker and some liquid from another,” the Star-Ledger reports. A co-worker came across the 47-year-old man on sprawled on the floor of the research library at a company plant in Rahway, N.J. The beakers were found near his body. A hazmat team said the substances smelled of “bitter almonds and chlorine,” according to the article. Cyanide can smell of bitter almonds, but officials have yet to determine the chemicals involved in this case. Police are investigating the possibility of a suicide, and a Merck spokesman told the paper that the death wasn’t work-related. The man’s name hasn’t been released, and police wouldn’t say whether he left a note.

Man dies at ethanol plant

A 56-year-old Austin man was killed in a work-related accident Sunday morning at an ethanol plant near Lyle, according to Mitchell County Sheriff authorities. Kenneth Sterling was pronounced dead at the scene by Lyle First Responders, according the Mitchell County Sheriff Curt Younker, who said the call to his office came at 9:42 a.m. Younker said Sterling had been caught between a manlift and a beam somewhere in the facility, though he didn’t know the exact location of the accident or the extent of injuries. “There’s no witnesses that I know of,” he added. An employee of Fagen Engineering L.L.C., a Granite Falls, Minn., company, Sterling was part of a building project at Absolute Energy, according to Absolute Energy president Rick Schwarck. A Fagen representative, who asked not to be named, said his company is withholding details until investigations by Fagen and the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration conclude. “I do want to respect the investigation before we make a comment,” he said. “It was an unfortunate accident.” According to its Web site, Fagen Engineering is a consulting firm specializing in agri-industry, energy and food-processing plants.

Two dead after fire at ADM plant in Decatur

DECATUR, Ill. - The Macon County coroner says the deaths of 2 long-time Archer Daniels Midland employees are still "undetermined" following autopsies. Coroner Michael Day says the official ruling can't be made until the results of laboratory tests. But he says neither man had significant injuries or trauma, and both had symptoms of "significant" carbon monoxide inhalation. Forty-6-year-old Jeffrey Miller and 55-year-old Charles Newgard both died after the weekend accident at the corn processing plant. ADM says a fire broke out in an air handling unit at the plant Sunday night. Miller was a 17-year employee and Newgard worked there for 33 years.

Worker killed at Lyle-area ethanol plant

MN - An employee of a Minnesota-based engineering company was killed Sunday while on a work site at Absolute Energy, an ethanol plant under construction near Mona, Iowa, according to an Occupational Safety and Health official in Iowa. “Yes, there was a fatality,” administrator Mary Bryant said. “It’s really at a point where I can’t say details.” Bryant would confirm that a male working for Fagen Engineering L.L.C., based in Granite Falls, Minn., died some time Sunday while

Dead Ship Worker Identified

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- A worker who died in a fall into the hold of a ship at a New Orleans wharf has been identified as Ramon Villalobos. Villalobos was from Mexico, but was living and working in New Orleans. Harbor Police said Villalobos was descending a ladder into the hold of the Thor Horizon Saturday. He was switching from that ladder to another ladder when he lost his balance and fell about 40 feet. He suffered head and internal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Villalobos worked for Coastal Cargo Company.

Wal-Mart employee dies in fall

OH - A 68-year-old man who was employed at the Wal-Mart Super Center in Streetsboro died this morning at University Hospital Bedford Medical Center from injuries sustained in an apparent fall from a ladder at the store. Leslie Reynolds of Streetsboro was found lying on the floor in the automotive department by coworkers shortly after 7:30 a.m. today. He apparently had fallen between 8 and 15 feet from a ladder. Coworkers administered CPR. Paramedics arrived at 7:40 a.m. and initiated advanced life support. The man was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died.

Worker Killed At Propex Plant In Ringgold, GA

GA - A young worker at a textile plant in Ringgold has been killed in what witnesses say was an industrial accident. It happened yesterday afternoon at the Propex plant at 428 Rollins Industrial Boulevard. Jason Wolfe was working near a large piece of equipment, when he was pulled into the machine and fatally injured. He was taken to Hutcheson Medical Center where he died.

Job accident kills crane operator in east Harris County

TX - An unidentified man operating a crane died Saturday morning after his load fell and crushed him in east Harris County, officials said. The unidentified man was guiding a load into a cargo hold of a ship in the 14000 block of Industrial Road. The front of the crane broke and the load fell, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. John Martin.

Cabbie shot, killed in Manassas

VA - Manassas City police are looking for a taxi driver's murderer, who could be limping as a result of the cab's crash into a town house late Friday night. Khawaja Ahmed, 48, was shot and killed in the driver's seat of his cab just after dropping off a fare on Landgreen Street, just off Liberia Avenue, about 11:45 p.m., police said. When he was shot, he pushed the cab's accelerator and the car drove through a parking lot, up a curb, across a yard and into the wall of a town house.

Accident claims life of local farmer

SEGUIN, TX — A prominent local farmer was killed Friday morning in a Kingsbury Street collision. Seguin Police Detective Lt. Johnny San Miguel said Howard A. Altenhof died just after the 7:30 a.m. accident in which his Pontiac was struck in the driver’s side door by a Dodge pickup. Altenhof, 78, has been heavily involved in the county’s agriculture industry since he was a small child. His father, Louis Altenhof, was instrumental in the early years of the Guadalupe County youth show, and the family has been involved, as well, in the Guadalupe County Fair Association, said youth show Secretary Sylvia Kelso, who has also served on the fair association’s board.

Smoke Shop employee shot and killed in Chandler

AZ - Chandler police are looking for who fatally shot a 26-year-old smoke shop employee. Police have no motives or suspects in the shooting of Shawn Michael Foote, but they are searching for a dark gray or silver 1990s Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis. Detective Frank Mendoza, Chandler police spokesman, said the car was seen parked in front of Smoke N Stuff, 411 S. Arizona Ave., around the time of a 911 call and seen leaving northbound. The driver was described as a male with dark, curly hair, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds.

Worker dies from fall injuries

SUMMERHILL, PA — A construction worker from Bedford died Saturday, two days after he fell 20 feet from a roof while he was on the job in Summerhill. A strong gust of wind lifted a 51-foot-long piece of tin sheeting that knocked Jesse Dunn, 24, off the garage roof that he and two other workers were replacing, said Jeffrey Lees, Cambria County chief deputy coroner. Dunn, who died of severe head injuries, was transported to Memorial Medical Center’s intensive care unit in Johnstown, where he was pronounced dead around 6:30 Saturday evening, Lees said.

Train strikes and kills NJ Transit employee

NJ - A NJ Transit employee was killed this morning in Bergen County after he was struck by a train, a transit spokeswoman said. Simplicio Nino, of Clifton, was fatally struck while he stood on the tracks east of the Ridgewood Station about 8:15 a.m., said NJ Transit spokeswoman Penny Bassett Hackett. Nino, 58, was a welder with 36 years of railroad experience, she said.

Industrial accident kills man in Harris County

TX - A man was killed in an industrial accident in east Harris County Saturday morning, authorities said. Some type of load fell on the man, whose identity is pending verification by the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office, around 10:40 a.m. in the 14000 block of Industrial Road, said Capt. John Martin, a Sheriff's Office spokesman. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sole Survivor of Suburban Chicago Store Shooting Releases Statement

TINLEY PARK, Ill. — Suburban Chicago police released a statement Wednesday from the only survivor who pretended to be dead during an apparent store robbery that left five people dead. The gunman remained on the loose after the Saturday attack at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, Ill. Police say the suspect "fondled" one victim but there was no other sexual contact. The survivor, whose identity is not being released and is under protective custody, called the event "an unspeakable tragedy" in a statement directed towards the victims' families...The victims, including at least one employee, were killed at the clothing store at the Brookside Marketplace.

Worker crushed to death at Lowell business

LOWELL, MI - A worker was crushed to death Friday morning at Michigan Wire, a long-time Lowell business on Water Street. Vince Heinze, 49, was inside a 3,400 pound slinky of coil. He apparently snapped a band, and when he released it, the coil came undone and squeezed him to death. Heinze, a supervisor with the company, was not found for about 30 minutes, sometime after 11 a.m. The banding on the coil was done correctly, and it's unclear why Heinze, who'd worked for Michigan Wire for eight months, did what he did.

Roofing company fined for deadly safety violation

PA - A Coraopolis roofing company was ordered yesterday to pay a $25,000 fine for willfully violating a federal safety regulation, leading to an employee's death. Zeke & Son Roofing and Siding Specialist pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count in August. On March 10, 2006, Regis Williams, 25, of Neville, was electrocuted while repairing a roof near energized power lines. Mr. Williams was working on a house in Aliquippa near where a Duquesne Light Co. crew was trying to restore a downed power line.

Social worker slain; client charged, Suspect also stabbed self, police say

NORTH ANDOVER, NY - When social worker Diruhi Mattian got an urgent call Wednesday afternoon that her 19-year-old client, Thomas Belanger, was arguing with his younger sister, she rushed to the apartment to help. Belanger, a troubled man who filed restraining orders last year against neighbors he believed wanted to hurt him, turned on his 53-year-old therapist, police said yesterday. He fatally stabbed her in the back, police said, and then tried to take his own life by slashing his neck with a knife. Rushed to Lawrence General Hospital, he survived, but Mattian, mother of two women in their 20s, was pronounced dead. Yesterday, her daughters, who were too distraught to comment, were preparing to bury the Armenian immigrant, as Belanger was charged with murder as he lay sedated in a hospital bed.

Refinery Fire's Toll Rises to at Least 8

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. - A week after a deadly sugar refinery explosion, the death toll rose to at least eight Thursday and dozens of firefighters continued to battle the obstinate blaze. Michael Kelly Fields, 40, died early Thursday at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, spokeswoman Beth Frits said. Sixteen other workers remained hospitalized there, 14 of them in critical condition, she said. Seven other people have been found dead in the rubble at the at the Imperial Sugar Co. plant in Port Wentworth, and one worker remained missing. Sugar dust is thought to be the cause of the Feb. 7 blast. Emergency crews were able to snuff out the fire at the plant's main building Wednesday, but the blaze persisted at the refinery's 80-foot silos.
Local authorities and the company have withheld the names of other victims. But The Savannah Morning News said funeral homes have released the names of four: Earl Quarterman Sr., 55, and Eric Barnes, 56, both of Savannah; Earl Johnson, 56, of Garden City; and Byron Singleton, 26, of Ellabell.

In addition to the recovery efforts, Metro detectives have identified 40 victims injured in the blast. Following is a list of the injured, which does not include deaths. The names of the deceased will be released when recovery efforts conclude and all of the families have been notified. In addition to the recovery efforts, Metro detectives have identified 40 victims injured in the blast. Following is a list of the injured, which does not include deaths. The names of the deceased will be released when recovery efforts conclude and all of the families have been notified: Paul Seckinger, Mckinley Habersham, Darien Brown, James Ferguson, Michael Sansale, Lawrence Manker, Gene Bryan, Malcolm Frasier, Matthew Freeman, David Mayes, Justin Pernel, Shameir Frasier, Lorne Gilbert, Kenneth Wynn, James Butler, Troy Bacon, Rachel Islas, Patricia Grant-Singleton, Darien Brown, John Butler, Walter Maxwell, Steven Way, Johnny Hickman, David Byrnes, Calvin Bryant, Refugio Garcia, Donald Farmer, Nakishya Hill, Amiel Foster, Alphonso Fields, Kijuanus Wright, Tomas Ordaz, Tomas Gratalez, Hilton Smith, Raquel Garcia, Patricia Proctor, Derrick Bing, Antonio Washington, 7 Luis Trujillo

Woman dies in unusual car accident

MASON, OH — A 26-year-old employee of the Brazenhead Irish Pub was killed Thursday in an accident in the parking lot behind the business, according to a news release from Mason police. Police and fire units were called to the pub at 9:37 p.m. Thursday on a report of an accident with injuries, and when they arrived they found the woman, whose name was not released, dead at the scene. Witnesses said the woman had come outside the building to warm up her car in the parking lot. The emergency crews found the standard transmission car was in gear and may have started rolling with the victim only partially inside the car. She was found trapped between the car and an electrical box behind the pub. The accident remains under investigation.

Mourning a hero killed in the Los Angeles shooting

CA - Before you ever heard of him, slain LAPD Officer Randal Simmons was already a hero. Killed early Thursday in a gunfight that also severely injured Officer James Veenstra as police tried to end a standoff with a gunman, Simmons was admired by family, friends and others for his work as a police officer, minister and volunteer. From mentoring gang members and playing Santa Claus for needy kids at Christmas, to being a member of the department's elite SWAT team for more than 20 years, the solidly built, married father of a teenage son and daughter found a way to be all things to all people, his admirers said. "If I had a kid and he told me he wanted to be an officer, I would have told him this is someone you should aspire to be like," said LAPD Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell, who knew Simmons for 15 years.

Assemblyman Calls For Outside Probe Into Con Ed Worker's Death

NY A local lawmaker is calling for an independent investigation into the death yesterday of a Con Edison worker. Con Ed says the 44-year-old contractor was excavating and installing cable yesterday afternoon at an Astoria sub-station when he was electrocuted. He was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Con Ed says it appears the worker touched an energized cable. Yesterday, the utility said it would conduct an investigation into the incident, but that isn't sitting well with Queens Assemblyman Michael Gianaris. He says he doesn't think the utility can be impartial.

Local farmer killed in Pike Twp. forklift accident

OH — A local man was killed Wednesday night in Pike Twp. after he was crushed by a forklift. Robert L. Bishop, 59, was killed when a forklift fell on him in the 9200 block of Stott Road, said Clark County Sheriff's Sgt. Dusty White. Detectives were called to the scene and were still investigating the accident Wednesday night. Bishop was pronounced dead at the scene, White said. Bishop worked as a farmer for many years, suffered trauma to the chest. The forklift was not a traditional forklift, White said, but was a type that was attached to the back of a John Deere tractor and used as a hydraulic lift.

Miami Beach Police Identify Victims In Fatal CVS Shootings

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Miami Beach authorities have identified the man they say fatally shot a CVS employee before turning the gun on himself. Police say 29-year-old Ernest Heape walked out of a CVS store Wednesday night without paying for a pair of shorts, a notebook and a pen. When he was confronted outside by a loss-prevention employee, police say Heape shot the man three times in the chest. Heape then fled. Several officers approached him behind a gas station. That's where police say he turned the gun on himself. The employee, identified as 39-year-old John Ruiz, died at the hospital. Authorities say Heape was wanted in Volusia County for home robbery invasion and for shooting someone in the arm.

Swift worker dies from fall

C0 - While federal investigators continue to look into the case, a JBS-Swift packing plant employee died early Wednesday at North Colorado Medical Center. Richard Rodgers, 57, was working alone about 3 a.m. last Friday when he fell about 20 feet from an area in a storage room of the plant. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration began an investigation of the incident Monday, while Rodgers still lay in a coma at the hospital. Swift officials also said they are investigating the accident.

Queens worker dies after scaffold fall

NY - Less than a week after the commissioners of the Department of Buildings (DOB) and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) trumpeted the accomplishments of the city’s Scaffold Worker Safety Task Force, a Queens man plummeted 12 stories to his death while working on a scaffold in Brooklyn. Jose Palacios, 43, a father of three whose family lives in Mexico, died on Wednesday, January 30 from injuries he suffered after a high gust of wind caused him to fall from the scaffolding on Clinton Avenue. “He was practically like a father to me,” said his niece, Jasmine Solis, whom Palacios lived with in Astoria for three years. “He was always happy, and he helped everyone who needed it.”

Chicago construction worker dies in Lakeview fall

NORTH SIDE, IL - A Chicago construction worker fell to his death Wednesday morning at a building under construction in the Lakeview neighborhood on the city's North Side, police said. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. in the 400 block of West Briar Place, Officer John Mirabelli said. The victim, Yenstakhiy Havrylyak, 56, of the 2400 block of North Lockwood Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 p.m., said a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

Man electrocuted on work site in Jerome

ID - A Kimberly man was killed Tuesday morning by electrocution while working near the Jerome City Waste Management plant. A co-worker on a project for Allstate Construction is lucky to be alive. Kenneth Donald "Ken" Lahn, 38, was pronounced dead at 10:25 a.m. at St. Benedicts Family Medical Center. Police believe Lahn was guiding the cables of a crane operated by Ryan Parton about 200 feet southwest of 819 North Ironwood Drive when Lahn swung the cables two feet sideways into a live power line. The electrical currents shot through the cables and the crane before it grounded through an outrigger, wrote Jerome Police Officer Patrick Wilson in a police affidavit. Parton, who was not injured, said he did not see Lahn get electrocuted because he was watching sparks burst out of the left-rear outrigger - one of four that stabilize the crane. Idaho Power crews told police the power line was undamaged but had burn marks where it came into contact with the cables. "We don't know exactly what happened," said Jerome Police Capt. Dean Larsen, who supervised the investigation. "We kind of have an idea that's what happened. The boom itself was two feet away. And the guy who was operating it said he didn't move it."

Electrocution kills farmer

KS - A Kingman County farmer died Wednesday when he was electrocuted while working about 9 miles southwest of Kingman. Frederick A. Tiesmeyer, 56, was operating a motorized agricultural sprayer when one of the booms, or elevated arms of the sprayer, came into contact with a power line, said Kingman County Sheriff Randy Hill.

Relatives, co-workers cope with deaths of air ambulance crew

HARLINGEN, TX — Gusty winds ruffled red and white roses Wednesday on the helicopter pad where pilot Robert Goss took off in the Valley AirCare helicopter for the last time just a few hours before. “We’re still in shock,” paramedic Arnold Maldonado said as a florist delivered a bouquet of flowers Wednesday morning. “We’re in disbelief that it happened,” he said. “We’re one big family. We’re just trying to deal with it and continue doing our job.” Goss, nurse Michael Sanchez and paramedic Raul Garcia made up the second crew killed in an AirCare crash in 10 years. “They were veterans — a well seasoned pilot and a well seasoned nurse and paramedic — and my friends,” said Rene Perez, the agency’s director of transport services. “They were very dedicated to what they do. They sacrificed their life to save another.”

Man charged in deadly restaurant shooting

WA - A man accused of killing the owner of a Central District sandwich shop and wounding a customer on an alleged shooting spree last week now faces five criminal charges that could put him in prison for more than 100 years. Rey Alberto Davis-Bell, 23, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of Degene Berecha Dashasa, a 31- year-old Ethiopian immigrant who owned the Philadelphia Cheese Steak restaurant. Davis-Bell faces two attempted-murder charges for allegedly shooting customer Yo S. Lee, seriously wounding him, and firing at a restaurant worker who escaped injury by running out the back door. Lee remains in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center.

Three Dead At DSC Logistics

Memphis, TN - A Hickory Hill warehouse was among the buildings hardest hit by the storm. Three people died at DSC Logistics on Challenge Drive. Rescuers feverishly worked to get trapped workers out from under debris that fell when the roof gave way. 12 people were taken to the hospital, two in critical condition. At midnight, 3 had been confirmed dead and rescuers were still searching for one person. A worker who says he was among those rescued told us people in the building knew the storm was coming and they took shelter but then things caved in.

Worker crushed in San Diego shipyard

SAN DIEGO, CA - Authorities say a shipyard machinist has died after he was crushed while working on a dry dock near the Broadway Pier in San Diego. Orlando Heredia, 36, of San Diego, died Saturday when he was crushed between a heavy lift crane and a metal beam, San Diego Harbor Police Corporal Mario Martinez said. No one else was injured, and the accident is under investigation.

Cox Communications worker is killed in fall

OK - A Cox Communications worker died Tuesday afternoon when he fell from a ladder. The worker, who was in his early 30s, was dead when EMSA medics, firefighters and police officers arrived about 1:45 p.m. at 7546 S. Evanston Ave., police reported. His name was not released Tuesday. The man was part of Cox Communications' preventive maintenance group, said Christine Martin, director of communications for the company.

Suspect jailed in slaying of cab driver

BROOKSIDE VILLAGE, TX — Brookside Village police charged a Houston man with murder Tuesday after court documents show he admitted to shooting and killing a cab driver three days earlier. Jackson Martinez, 19, was charged with murder in connection with the late Saturday shooting death of Alassane Toure, 30, Brookside Village Police Chief Ray Trevino said. Pearland police arrested Martinez at 4:30 a.m. Sunday on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of marijuana. Those charges were unrelated to the murder investigation.

State Trooper Killed In Crash

A veteran Arkansas State Police patrol sergeant, admired for guiding younger officers and commended for courage, was killed Monday when his patrol vehicle collided with a tractor trailer. Sgt. Richard C. LeBow, a 51-year-old Ozark resident, who served with the State Police for 27 years, died at approximately 10:25 a.m. Monday on Interstate 40, according to a news release issued by Bill Sadler, a public information officer with the State Police. “It’s one of the worst losses we could have suffered,” said Sgt. Bryan Davis with Troop H of the State Police. “I would venture to say Rick LeBow was one of the finest field supervisors we had.”

OSHA proposes $7,500 fine after man buried in snow

Fargo, ND - The government is proposing a $7,500 fine for a Fargo, North Dakota, company after investigating the death of a man who was buried in snow last month. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Reile's Transfer and Delivery Inc., for three serious violations. Reile's has 15 business days to contest the fines. Rescue workers pulled 19-year-old Christopher Volk of Glyndon (Glin'-duhn), Minnesota, from the snow last month. A co-worker reported that Volk had jumped from a roof of Reile's warehouse as it was caving in. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Fargo's MeritCare hospital.

Tree Worker Killed

TOLLAND, IL- A Waterbury man working for a tree-cutting company was killed early Saturday while working to clear branches from power lines along Slater Road, state police said. Gary Grella, 47, suffered a head wound when a tree struck him, police said. A medical helicopter was summoned to the scene, near 189 Slater Road, where Grella was pronounced dead. Grella worked for Davey Tree Service, which was working as a subcontractor for Connecticut Light & Power Co. A tree crew was working to clean up damage caused by high winds Friday evening and early Saturday, said Mitch Gross, a CL&P spokesman.

Tractor-trailer driver dies after crashing into a line of vehicles on State Road 33
Flames halt rescue attempts on State Road 33

GROVELAND, FL - On a rural stretch of State Road 33 in the middle of the Green Swamp, the trapped driver screamed "I'm dying! I'm dying!" as flames quickly spread inside the cab of his truck Monday. Using fire extinguishers, trucker Tom Jimerson and other drivers tried to put out the blaze and pull out Johnny Price Jr., 57, who was pinned inside his truck. "He was screaming, 'I'm going today! Today is the day I'm dying!' " said Jimerson, tears welling in his eyes. "We kept trying to get him out of there." Moments earlier, Jimerson, 47, of Polk City and the others watched in horror as Price's Mack truck, pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with 70,000 pounds of concrete blocks, smashed full speed into a line of four vehicles stopped at a construction site.

Man arrested in death of video store worker

MD - State police have arrested a Westminster man in connection to the recent killing of a Finksburg video store employee. Michael Ryan Anderson, 26, of the first block of Winchester Ave. was arrested late Saturday and charged with first- and second-degree murder, robbery and theft early yesterday, according to a news release from the state police. Anderson was charged in connection with the killing of Gary L. Hatfield, 54, of the 3300 block of Oak St. in Manchester. Hatfield was found dead inside H and D Movie Sales in Finksburg on Jan. 26. The cause of Hatfield's death is under investigation.

Newspaper deliveryman killed in accident

SAN DIEGO, Ca – A 19-year-old El Cajon man died yesterday when he apparently fell asleep while driving and his pickup plunged off state Route 52 near Genesee Avenue. Alejandro Catalan was delivering newspapers for The San Diego Union-Tribune when the accident occurred about 4:30 a.m. The crash triggered two more traffic accidents in the same area minutes later. Catalan was heading west on Route 52 when his Dodge Ram drifted to the left, said California Highway Patrol Officer Brad Baehr. The pickup went over the guardrail between the freeway's east and west overpasses. It soared past an embankment and onto Genesee Avenue at the border of the University City and Clairemont neighborhoods. Catalan's relatives said he usually called his family after finishing his route. By 7 a.m., family members hadn't heard from him and assumed Catalan had started his second job as a cook at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. His parents, Juanita and Simplicio Catalan, work there as dishwashers.

Construction worker killed during wall collapse

LEE COUNTY, FL - A wall collapsed at a Bonita Springs construction site Sunday evening, killing one and injuring several others. Contractors said that they were behind schedule on a project at Bonita Beach Road and U.S. 41 in Lee County. Sunday, they decided they would attempt to finish the job. Sources said that the workers were putting up a wall around 7 p.m. when the wall fell onto one of the men -killing him instantly. The name of the victim has yet to be released, but we are told that he was a Hispanic male in his 20s. No other information is available at this time.....The victim’s name is Audiel Antonio, 24, address unavailable, said John Sheehan, a Lee County sheriff’s spokesman.

Restaurant manager is killed during robbery

MURFREESBORO, TN — The parking lot of the Memorial Boulevard O'Charley's restaurant was full as it is most Sundays at 2 p.m. They belonged to employees of the local store and the Nashville corporate office, who gathered for a memorial service for manager Nader Bahmanziari, killed during a robbery at midnight Sunday. On what likely would have been a busy day, the restaurant was closed. Police said Bahmanziari, 41, of Murfreesboro suffered at least one gunshot wound to the abdomen in the holdup, which happened as restaurant employees were closing for the night. Kyle Evans, spokesman for the Murfreesboro Police Department, said Bahmanziari was married and had children. Job accident kills crane operator in east Harris County
An unidentified man operating a crane died Saturday morning after his load fell and crushed him in east Harris County, officials said.

The unidentified man was guiding a load into a cargo hold of a ship in the 14000 block of Industrial Road. The front of the crane broke and the load fell, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. John Martin.

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