Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Man arrested for wreck that killed cab driver

February 4, Anchorage, Alaska - Anchorage police arrested a man Thursday night charging him with manslaughter and DWI after a fatal collision this past weekend that killed an Anchorage cab driver. The accident happened Saturday morning at the intersection of Fireweed Lane and Arctic Boulevard. APD arrested Lawrence Brewer for the death of Yellow Cab driver Dale Polkarney. Witnesses say Brewer ran a red light and hit Polkarney.

Ohio State Trooper Killed In Crash

February 4, Carey, Ohio - A state highway patrol cruiser responding to a call rolled over on the side of a roadway Thursday evening, killing one trooper and injuring another. The crash occurred just outside Carey, a village of about 4,000 residents in the northwest part of the state. Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge, who was driving, and Trooper Mark McLaughlin, a passenger, were responding to an aid call from a Wyandot County sheriff's deputy when their car went off the right side of the roadway and rolled several times, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Both troopers appear to have been wearing seat belts, it said. Baldridge, who was 25 years old and had graduated from the highway patrol academy in December, died in the crash. McLaughlin, 33 and a highway patrol veteran, was injured and was hospitalized in fair condition.

Jewelry Store Worker Killed In New York City Robbery

February 4, New York City, New York - A jewelry store worker was shot dead on Wednesday in a daylight robbery in New York City. The jewelry store named R. S. Durant is situated in the posh Madison Avenue. At the time of the robbery two people were working at the store, when a cool and calm well dressed middle aged man came into the store. The man was wearing a sunglasses, a blue overcoat, scarf and gray slacks. He soon announced that he was robbing the place and ordered the two jewelry store workers to fill two canvas bags which the gunman brought. The workers refused to comply and the suspect brought out a semi automatic pistol and said “You think I’m kidding? This is real” before firing a shot at one of the workers- According to NYPD sposkeman Paul J Brown. One of the jewelry store workers, Henry Menahem aged 71 was hit on the chest and succumbed to his injuries almost immediately. The gunman refused to allow the second jewelry worker, 49 to call 911 immediately.

Construction worker dies in Flagler County fall

February 3, Flagler County, Florida - A construction worker died this morning after falling about 25 feet from the roof of a construction job in Palm Coast, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Daniel Vance Caldwell, 40, of Jacksonville was working on a new movie theater on Central Avenue when he fell shortly after 10 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The general contractor is North Carolina-based Edifice, and Caldwell worked for subcontractor Palatka Welding, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Officials with Palatka Welding declined to comment Wednesday afternoon.

Worker killed in fall from cell phone tower

February 3, Little Rock, Arizona — A man with more than three decades experience working on towers died this morning when he fell about 100 feet from a cell phone tower in Saline County. Terry Thompson, 51, of Lucedale, Miss., was pronounced dead at the scene, a tower on Old 88 Road near Highway 70. Officials say he died on impact about 10:30 a.m. Deputies with the Saline County sheriff's office and officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating how the fall occurred. Foul play is not suspected. The tower, which is owned by Stafford, Texas-based American Tower, was being dismantled by Little Rock company Dynamic Wireless. Thompson was reportedly working as a subcontractor.

Local man dies while working on billboard

February 3, Winfield, Pennsylvania - A local Lamar Advertising employee was killed Tuesday morning while working here, said company spokesman Hal Kilshaw. The unidentified man, whom Kilshaw said was stationed at the company's South Williamsport office, was working above ground on a billboard when he died. His name has not been released pending notification of family. Union Township deputy fire Chief Steve Anderson said he was notified around 7:40 a.m. and responded to the billboard near the intersection of Route 15 and Seven Kitchens Road.

Demolition Worker Dies After Pa. Church Accident

February 2, Shenandoah, Pennsylvania ― A Pennsylvania man is dead after falling from a lift at the demolition site of a church. Schuylkill County Deputy Coroner Andrew Szczyglak says 53-year-old John Martz of Oneida died Monday after the accident at St. George Roman Catholic Church in Shenandoah. Officials say Martz fell about 60 feet when he and another worker were shoring up a part of the church's steeple on Monday morning. The other worker was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Man Crushed To Death By Horse

February 2, Hillsborough County, Florida - A man was crushed to death by a horse at Tampa Bay Downs Monday morning, according to deputies. At around 8 a.m., a 60-year-old trainer was on the track exercising one of the horses when the animal got spooked and fell, landing on the man, investigators said. The trainer was transported to the hospital, but died from the injuries. "We're all a family here. It hurts. It hurts. I didn't know him, but it could have been me," said Lance Hie, a horse groomer at Tampa Bay Downs. "It could have been my friend."

Car wash employee hit by vehicle

February 1, Albuquerque, New Mexico- Albuquerque police have identified a car wash employee who was killed when she was struck by a vehicle being driving out of the car wash by another employee. Officer Nadine Hamby identifies her as 30-year-old Floridalia Astorga of Albuquerque. Hamby says Astorga was hit Saturday when another employee was driving a Jeep Cherokee away from the conveyer belt that takes vehicles through the car wash, and swerved to avoid a vehicle that was in the way. She says the Jeep pinned Astorga against a pole.

One worker dies after burns from Angleton explosion

January 31, Angleton, Texas - The Medical Examiner is now awaiting autopsy results to determine how a plant worker in Angleton died. They told us Mark Blevins, 56, died Saturday in a hospital. Blevins and two other workers were injured last week in an explosion at the Thermal Polymer Systems plant. Blevins suffered second and third degree burns over most of his body. The company says the men were burned in a flash fire while rolling on primer for lining in a tank truck.

Hundreds mourn sanitation worker Frank Justich, killed by truck last week

February 1, Queens, New York - Hundreds of the city's Strongest turned out Monday morning in their green uniforms to mourn a beloved colleague who died in the line of duty last week. Frank Justich's badge number, 11444, will be retired in his honor and Queens West 1 Garage, where he worked, will eventually be named after him, Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty told the throngs at St. Luke's Church in Whitestone, Queens. Justich, 41, was killed last Tuesday when a milk delivery truck struck him as he worked in Astoria.

Man killed on job in Jones County

January 30, Jones County, Mississippi - A logging skidder operator in Jones County was killed this morning when the skidder ran over and crushed him. The incident happened at a logging site off of Sandersville-To-Eucutta road about 9:30a.m. The photo shows the piece of equipment the victim was operating. Authorities believe he may have gotten off the machine to check a mechanical problem, when one of the tires rolled over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Worker Dies At Nebraska City Plant

January 30, Omaha, Nebraska - The Otoe County Attorney said a man died in a workplace accident in Nebraska City early Saturday. Nebraska City police and and emergency crews responded to a rescue call at Excel Specialty Products, Cargill at 3:59 a.m. involving a workplace injury. The injured worker, identified as 49-year-old Timothy L. Wilson of Nebraska City, was transported to St. Mary's Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:31 a.m. The preliminary investigation indicates that Wilson suffered internal injuries as a result of a fall when the hydraulic lift he was on toppled over.

Worker dies after fall from NJ bridge

January 30, Hackensack River, New Jersey - A bridge worker who fell about 50 feet into the frigid Hackensack River has died from his injuries. Jersey City police say 55-year-old Robert Fitzgerald of North Arlington was working for the CSX rail line when he fell from the Wittpenn Bridge around 4:30 a.m. Friday. Fitzgerald made his way to some pilings but lost consciousness due to hypothermia, police said. Emergency service workers soon hoisted him to the bridge in a basket and took him to Jersey City Medical Center, where he died several hours later.

Man who died in avalanche near Fairfield was well-known

January 30, Fairfield, Idaho - A 44-year-old well-known farmer and businessman from Fairfield is Idaho's latest avalanche victim. That deadly avalanche happened at around 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the Chimney Creek area about 12 miles northwest of Fairfield. The Camas County Sheriff has identified the victim as Shannon Wolf. He was riding a snowmobile and buried under six-feet of snow. Life Flight was dispatched as three fellow riders worked to get their friend out. They tried CPR, but were unable to revive him.

50 officers gave chase in Phoenix officer killing

January 30, Gilbert, Arizona - With a police lieutenant mortally wounded and his alleged assailants fleeing in a work truck, more than 50 law officers sped after them in a wild midnight pursuit from the Phoenix suburbs into the nearby mountains...Authorities said the two men were initially pulled over by Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler, 42, near the southeast Phoenix suburb of Gilbert at about 11 p.m. on Thursday. Shuhandler, a 16-year veteran, was shot in the face as he walked back toward the pickup after finding the passenger had an arrest warrant, said Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino. Shuhandler, the father of two girls, was rushed to a hospital, where he died shortly before midnight.

Construction worker killed after accident involving forklift

January 29, Phoenix, Arizona – A man is dead after an accident involving a forklift at a construction site. 3TV has learned a construction worker was killed after an accident involving a forklift on Friday morning while working on a construction project at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix. The investigation into his death continues and details involving what led up to the accident.

Security guard dies after trying to detain suspect

January 25, Honolulu, Hawaii - Police are investigating the death of a security guard at DFS Galleria Waikiki following a struggle with a shoplifting suspect yesterday morning. The victim was identified by family members as Frank Rodrigues, 46, an 18-year employee of the company and an Army veteran. Police classified the case as an unattended death pending the outcome of an autopsy. Police said Rodrigues and another loss prevention officer confronted a 27-year-old man in the store at about 9:10 a.m. yesterday about a theft at the store Wednesday. A struggle ensued and police said the suspect assaulted the other guard.

Employee shot behind Ingleside Village Pizza

January 28, Macon, Georgia - An Ingleside Village Pizza employee was shot outside the restaurant Tuesday night after the employee confronted a man who was breaking into a friend’s car, police said. Eric Marcus, 39, was shot in the shoulder just after 9:30 p.m., according to police. Marcus went out the back door of the restaurant, located at 2395 Ingleside Ave., to smoke, and he noticed a man acting suspiciously around a friend’s car. When Marcus confronted the man, the man pulled a small-caliber handgun and demanded that Marcus hand over his wallet, according to police. The man forced Marcus to get on the ground face down and took the wallet. The robber then tried to make Marcus leave the parking lot with him, according to a police report.

Jewelry Store Worker Killed in Upper East Side Robbery

January 26, New York, New York - A 71-year-old worker at a jewelry store on the Upper East Side was shot and killed in a brazen daytime robbery on Wednesday, the police said. Detectives and a phalanx of uniformed officers were searching the neighborhood for an armed man — who may have been working with others — who escaped after the robbery and shooting, which occurred at 12:25 p.m. The details were still unfolding, but the police said that someone entered the store at 962 Madison Avenue, between East 75th and 76th Streets, and that somehow in the ensuing moments, the worker was shot. It was not immediately known if the worker was the owner or an employee.

Truck driver dead at wheel while partner asleep in cab

January 26, Knoxville, Tennessee - The driver of a tractor-trailer rig sat dead this morning behind the wheel at the intersection of Merchants Drive and Central Avenue Pike as his partner slept in the cab. "The driver had indicated earlier in the morning that he was not feeling well when he pulled off the roadway and parked his vehicle," said Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk. DeBusk did not say when the driver, identified as Tommy Wilson, 71, of Missouri City, Texas, pulled over, but an employee of the Pilot Corp. store, 100 Merchants Drive, said videotape revealed the driver first came into the business at 4 a.m. and bought bottled water.

Two Metro workers struck and killed by track equipment

January 26, Rockville, Washington - Two Metro employees were killed early Tuesday morning while working on the tracks between Shady Grove and Rockville Stations on the Red line in Rockville, MD on Tuesday January 26, 2010. Andrew Harnik/Examiner (Examiner) Metro resumed service at two Red Line stations midday Tuesday, but the investigation continues into the track accident that killed two veteran track workers. Jeff Garrard, 49, and Sung Oh, 68, both of Montgomery County, were killed after they were hit by a Metro truck along the outbound Red Line tracks outside of the Rockville station. The men, both automatic train control technicians, were replacing track equipment that ensures the safety of trains when a special high-rail truck equipped to travel on tracks struck them around 1:45 a.m.

Welder killed when equipment drops

January 28, Anchor Point, Alaska - A Homer man was killed on the job when the bucket of a front-end loader fell and crushed him, Alaska State Troopers said Monday. Josiah Tholberg, 29, was killed Thursday afternoon while working on the rig in Anchor Point, troopers said. Troopers say they were called to East Road Services about 2:45 p.m. to a report that Tholberg had suffered life-threatening injuries while repairing the loader. It appeared he had been welding the bucket when it apparently fell on him, troopers said.

Construction worker dies from injuries in a fall on the Big Island

January 25, Pahoa, Hawaii - A 34-year-old construction worker died Friday from injuries suffered in an 18-foot fall from a building under construction near Pahoa on the Big Island. He was identified as Jeremy Rose, a Sure Steel employee from Idaho, who sustained a severe head injury. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center and subsequently flown to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. He was pronounced dead on at 11:13 a.m. Friday. The cause of death remains under investigation. Hawaii Fire Department rescue personnel and Puna patrol officers responded to the call about 7 a.m. Thursday.

DuPont Statement on Workers Death

January 26, DuPont officials, through Dave Hastings, director of public affairs issued the following statement concerning the death of employee Carl Fish, who died from exposure to phosgene. At the time of the accident, the line was thought to be inactive. Flags at the plant were lowered to half mast: "Carl 'Dan' Fish, 58, of Gallagher, passed away at Charleston Area Medical Center hospital. Dan was a 32-year DuPont employee who worked as an operator at the Belle site. "He was an integral part of the Site Emergency Response team for much of his career as well."

Employee dies at work

January 25, Portland, Oregon - Police say a USM employee was found dead in her cubicle in Luther Bonney Hall at around midnight on Monday, Jan. 4 by a custodian on their evening rounds. Ann Brushwein, 59 of Portland, was a software support specialist for Computing Services. She had worked at USM since 1999. Her brother, Carlton Gardner of Greene, said Brushwein died of a cardiac arrest. Cpt. Ted Ross of the Portland Police Department said Brushwein had underlying medical conditions that most likely contributed to her death. He would not disclose the nature of her health problems. Police are awaiting test results from the Medical Examiner's office in Augusta.

Man allegedly shot, killed Livingston teacher

January 22, Demopolis, Alabama — A police chase following a shooting at a Livingston school came to an abrupt halt in Demopolis when the suspect’s SUV crashed into the rear of a stopped tractor-trailer at the intersection of U.S. Highway 80 and Walnut Avenue on Wednesday. Telvin Gray, 32, of Forkland is a suspect in the shooting of his wife, Satarrick Gray, as she was leaving her job as a special education teacher at Livingston High School. According to Sumter County Schools superintendent Dr. Fred Primm Jr., Satarrick Gray had worked in the school system for seven years and at the high school for two or three years.

CT construction worker killed by forklift

January 15, Hamden, Connecticut – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) www.osha.gov investigates a tragic accident which occurred on York Hill campus when a construction worker was killed by a forklift, Friday, January 15, 2010, according to The Quinnipiac Chronicle. Hamden County police arrived at the scene soon after the incident to investigate. Police conducted a prior investigation and discovered that the O&G Industries employee was walking up a hill near the Crescent residence hall, when he was struck by a forklift. The forklift had been rolling down the hill backwards when it struck and critically injured the worker at 9:15 a.m.

Man crushed to death at Con-Way Freight in Pasco

January 18, Pasco, Washington - Con-Way Freight in Pasco is providing employees with on-site counselors to help them cope with the death of a fellow employee. 43 year-old Randall Johnston died Friday morning after a large pallet fell on him at work. A spokesman from Con-Way says Johnston was helping another employee unload a trailer when the pallet was dislodged and fell. Con-Way Freight is working with the Department of Labor and Industries to investigate the accident.

Man killed after getting pinned under golf cart

January 18, Port Orange, Florida - A Port Orange man was killed Monday morning when the beverage cart he was working on slid off a lift and pinned him underneath. The Flagler Count Sheriff’s Office says Terry Currey, 56, a mechanic at Cypress Knolls Golf Course in Palm Coast, as working on the cart and it slipped off the lift pinning him underneath. Currey was pronounced dead at the scene by Flagler County Fire Rescue personnel. Sheriff’s deputies said the man was found inside the golf courses maintenance garage by another employee who tried unsuccessfully to free the victim.

Dixie deputy dies in Cross City shooting

January 16, Cross City, Florida - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating how a chase across four counties for the suspect in the shootings of four women — including two who died — came to a tragic end Thursday evening with a shootout at a Cross City gas station and the death of Dixie County Sheriff’s Capt. Chad Reed. Reed, whose funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Cross City, leaves behind a wife and two young sons. Visitation is Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City. The 33-year-old officer was a trained paramedic, emergency service manager and graduate of the FBI Academy.

ODOT worker found dead near Mosier after apparent fall from Interstate 84

January 16, Mosier, Oregon - An Oregon Department of Transportation employee was found dead this morning in a creek bed near Mosier after apparently falling through a gap between east and westbound lanes of the Interstate 84, according to police said. There was no indication that Paul E. Ewers, 55 of Mosier, was the victim of a crime, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, an Oregon State Police spokesman. At about 4:30 a.m., an ODOT employee found an agency vehicle parked in a construction zone in the right eastbound lane of Interstate 84 near milepost 69, Hastings said. He said the door was open and the rotating yellow beacon light was activated, but there was no sign of the Ewers.

1 dead, 1 wounded in restaurant shooting; employee is suspect

January 16, Buffalo, New York - One man is dead and another man wounded following a late morning shooting inside Merge restaurant on Delaware Avenue, authorities confirmed this afternoon. Police had a suspect in custody near the scene almost immediately. The alleged shooter and the two victims were employees of the restaurant. An initial call reporting a double shooting came in around 11:41 a.m. Three ambulances, a fire truck and about a dozen police vehicles responded, blocking northbound traffic on Delaware between Virginia and Edward streets.

Penn Township farmer dies after fall while loading grain

January 16, Bernville, Pennsylvania A Penn Township farmer was killed when he fell from the back of a tractor-trailer that he was filling with grain, a fire official said Friday. The victim, Nevin H. Rutt, 52, suffered a severe head injury when he struck a concrete slab Thursday morning, said Bernville Fire Company Chief Larry L. Rentschler. The accident occurred shortly after 7 at Rutt's farm in the 500 block of North Garfield Road, Rentschler said. Rutt died in Reading Hospital, and his death was ruled accidental due to head trauma, according to the Berks County coroner's office.

Tioga Center Firefighter killed responding to call

January 15, Tioga, New York – A Tioga firefighter was responding to a call when he struck a recycling truck, which claimed his life, around 6 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2010, according to WBNG.com. Police and emergency medical services (EMS) rushed to the scene of the motor vehicle accident in Tioga County. Officials arrived at the scene on State Route 17-C at the intersection of Schoonover Road. The two-vehicle crash delayed traffic for hours while police investigated and the crash scene was cleaned up. The volunteer firefighter was identified as 81-year-old Leroy Kemp. He volunteered at Tioga Center Fire Department. Tragically, Kemp’s injuries proved fatal and he was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Kemp, a former chief, was to be remembered as a “nice and energetic man,” stated officials.

Pilot dies in North Manatee plane crash

January 14, North Manatee, Florida — Sheriff’s deputy Tim Eason was getting gas Thursday afternoon at the Manatee County jail when he noticed the small plane flying overhead. It made a few loops over Airport Manatee while Eason stood chatting with jail employee Ron Gardner, then disappeared. “He noticed the plane didn’t come back up so I thought I’d head over to the field to see if it landed,” said Eason, a member of the sheriff’s agricultural crimes unit. Then he saw black smoke. After wading through muddy terrain and high grass about a half-mile from the airport, he discovered the wreckage of an ultralight aircraft. The blue-and-white 2002 Challenger crashed at 2:20 p.m. just outside a wooded area near a tomato field southwest of the airport.

PA Trooper Killed in the Line of Duty

January 14, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania - Flags are being flown at half-staff in honor of a Pennsylvania state trooper who was killed in the line of duty Wednesday. Just after noon, two officers were checking on a woman who hadn't shown up to work in several days. As they approached her home in Cranberry Township, Trooper Paul Richey was shot and killed. Several area schools were then put on lockdown until authorities could confirm the shots had come from inside the home. Authorities believe the shooter, Michael Smith killed his wife, and then shot himself. The 40-year-old Richey had been on the force for 16 years. He's the 93rd member of the state police to be killed in the line of duty.


January 14, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Coroner Barry Henderson has confirmed that a Chattanooga County man died Wednesday morning on Freeman Ferry Road near Canard Road, in a work-related accident. Floyd County Police said that the man identified as 39 year old William Britt Hunt, of a Summerville address was an AT&T worker. Offices reportedly drove up on the scene, just before 11:00am Wednesday they said it appeared that Hunt had become entangled in some wires as his trucks spindle was rolling up the wire. The spindle was still running when police arrived; one of the officers turned off the truck as the other called for rescue personnel. Coroner Henderson pronounced the man dead at 11:13am. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration was called to the scene, and Freeman Ferry Road was closed most of the morning the body will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for further examination. (Rome News Tribune)

Man falls from scaffold, dies

January 14, McPherson, Kansas - A man working for an out-of-state company at the McPherson National Cooperative Refinery Association died after he fell approximately 27 feet from a scaffold. The Monday accident is under investigation by the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, NCRA and an independent company, Scaffolding Rental and Erection Services, based in Port Allen, La., McPherson County Sheriff Larry Powell said.

Manitowoc, OSHA probe death after fall at Shady Grove plant

January 12, Shady Grove, Pennsylvania - The Manitowoc Co. and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration said they are looking into what caused an accident that resulted in the death of an employee. Jeffrey L. Cowan, 41, Chambersburg, died Sunday as the result of injuries sustained in the Jan. 4 accident. Dennis Rooney, the company's vice president of human resources for the Americas region, said it is still unclear what caused Cowan to fall from the deck of a crane.

NOPD officer dies from injuries; driver to be booked with vehicular homicide

January 12, New Orleans, Louisiana - New Orleans Police are mourning the loss of one of their own. On Monday night, 54-year-old Officer Alfred Celestain died from injuries he sustained when a pick-up truck hit his police cruiser, while on duty early Saturday morning. Police say the driver, 24-year-old Gino Ray, Jr., was driving under the influence at the time of the crash. Investigators say Ray ran through a red light at the intersection of St. Charles Avenue and St. Joseph, and his pick-up truck plowed into the New Orleans police car.

2 Dead in Shooting at Georgia Business

January 12,Kennesaw, Georgia - Police arrived quickly on the scene of the deadly shooting -- a Penske truck rental on Barrett Lakes Boulevard -- and apprehended a suspect, a former employee according to the Penske corporation. The truck rental group also said that of the five people shot, four were employees and one was a customer. Police said the shooting in suburban Kennesaw happened inside the business Tuesday afternoon, just before 2 pm. Conflicting reports initially emerged on the number of people killed in the incident, although officer Joe Hernandez with the Cobb County police confirmed that the injured were airlifted to local hospitals, including Grady Memorial Hospital and Atlanta Medical Center.

Domino's employee dies after attack

January 12, Knightdale, North Carolina - Knightdale authorities are trying to track down an armed robber who critically injured the assistant manager of a Domino's Pizza restaurant Friday. Kenny Ring, 24, died at WakeMed around 5 p.m. Monday. Doctors say he suffered a head trauma following the attack. Now, his father is speaking out in hope of catching the suspect. "There's no justification for what was done," said Dan Ring, Kenny's father. Ring said he had all the hope in the world that his son would recover from his head trauma injuries and continue living.

BREAKING NEWS: Industrial accident leaves one dead

January 11, Glasscock County, Texas - Officials are continuing to investigate after an industrial accident left a 65-year-old man dead Monday and three others in the hospital. Johnny Mills, 65, died just before noon Monday after he was exposed to hydrogen sulfide while working in an oil field, said Glasscock County Sheriff Keith Burnett. Mills and Steven Waters, 27, were on top of a tank battery around 9:20 a.m. Monday near Farm-to-Market Road 461 about 15 miles north of Garden City when they went to open a valve and were exposed to hydrogen sulfide gas, Burnett said.

Crane operator killed at Erie GE plant

January 12, Erie County, Pennsylvania - Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook identified the victim of Monday's accident as William D. Huff, 46, who resided on East 28th Street in Erie. Cook described Huff as an experienced crane operator for the company. Huff, who worked in Building 6 at GE Transportation, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:30 p.m. Monday by Deputy Erie County Coroner Dennis Suscheck, Cook said.

Store Owner Shot, Killed During Robbery

January 10. Orange County, Florida - A robber shot a gas station owner in the arm and the injury killed him. In newly-released surveillance video, the killer was dressed in black from head to toe. He's running into the Citgo store on Edgewater Drive near Mott Avenue (see map Sunday night. The video also shows the owner walking around and talking after he was shot.

Szuba memorial set up outside Mishawaka police headquarters

January 11, Mishawaka, Indiana - The car stationed outside the police station isn't the one that Mishawaka Police Cpl. Jim Szuba actually drove with his faithful K-9 partner, Ricky. That's because all that was left of Szuba’s patrol car following Saturday night’s deadly crash was wreckage. But the car in front of the Mishawaka Police Department’s headquarters on Church Street is there to honor Szuba, and the community has shown an outpouring of love and concern as people leave tokens of sympathy at the vehicle. One couple, a Mishawaka police officer and his wife, knew Szuba and brought mementos. But others who didn’t know the man felt they needed to come, too.

Milwaukee construction worker dies in fall

January 11, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - A man died Monday morning after falling 30 feet from the top of an elevator shaft on a construction site in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. The man was clearing snow from the top of the shaft above the roof of the under-construction Jackson Square apartment project at 159 N. Jackson St., said Tiffany Wynn, Milwaukee Fire Department spokeswoman. Milwaukee Police Department and Fire Department officials did not release the man’s name or employer before deadline Monday. According to an e-mail attributed to Anne Schwartz, Police Department spokeswoman, the man was 46 years old.

Livery Cab Driver Shot, Killed In Queens

January 9, Queens, New York - Police were searching Saturday for two men who allegedly shot and killed a livery cab driver in Long Island City, Queens late Friday. Authorities say officers answered a call of a man shot on 11th Street in Long Island City around 11:30 p.m. Friday When officers arrived, they found Brooklyn resident Jaroslaw Bielawski, 62, shot once in his car. Bielawski was pronounced dead at Cornell Medical Center

Worker Fixing Leak Dies After Hit Power Line

January 8, Seminole County, Florida - A worker fixing an underground leak Friday was killed when he hit an underground Progress Energy power line. At one point Friday afternoon, there were nearly 1,000 customers without power in the Heathrow area because of the accident. Doctors were not able to revive the worker; the sheriff's office is not yet releasing his name until they reach his loved ones. Eyewitness News learned, from the start, his chances were not good. His heart had stopped and he was not conscious. The worker, in his early 30s, suffered cardiac arrest after making contact with the underground power line. He was not a Progress Energy employee.

Man shot in W-B; no suspect in custody

January 8, Wilkes-Barre — One man has been taken to the hospital after being shot in the chest on East Union Street, police said Friday afternoon. Police do not have a suspect in custody and would only say the shooting happened around 32 East Union Street, where the Luzerne County Career Link building is located. Wilkes-Barre Police Lt. Steve Olshefski said the victim was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Police briefly set up crime scene tape outside the building on 32 Union St., but refused to answer questions when they took it down.

One dead, Four hurt in steel mill explosion

January 8, Portage, Indiana - A steam explosion at a northwest Indiana steel mill killed one man and injured four others Thursday night. Crews were sent to Beta Steel Corporation's Melt Shop Facility at 6500 S. Boundary Road in Portage at about 7 p.m. Thursday on a report of an explosion, according to a Portage police dispatcher. One male employee was dead on the scene, Portage Fire Department Division Chief Jason Bush said. Michael Kies, 35, of 175th in Hammond, was pronounced dead on the scene at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. A Friday autopsy revealed he died of blunt force trauma to the head, Porter County Coroner Victoria Deppe said.

La Quinta man convicted of murdering cab driver sentenced to death

January 8, La Quinta, California - A La Quinta man was sentenced to death today for fatally shooting an Indio cabbie in the head during a robbery that netted $80. Christopher Guy Jasso, 37, was convicted Dec. 1 of first-degree murder for gunning down Carlos Rafael Cuellar Cardona, 30, on Sept. 7, 2003. The cab driver was found with two bullet wounds to the head on Aztec Street about 12:30 that morning.

City Employee Dies in Fire

January 7, Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Tuscaloosa City workers are mourning the loss of one of their own, after a house fire claimed the life of Tuscaloosa 311 employee Shonta Richey-Madison. Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue responded to the call at Madison-Richey's residence on 32nd Avenue East just after midnight Thursday. Deputy Chief Ken Horst with Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue says they believe the fire originated in the front living room of the home. They also believe the fire was accidental.

UPDATE: Brother of deputy killed knew shooting suspect

January 6, Beaver, Utah — Two suspects linked to Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Millard County sheriff’s deputy Josie Greathouse Fox, 37, were apprehended after being found asleep inside a shed in the Mountain View Trailer Park in Beaver. Roberto Miramontes Roman, 37, the alleged shooter, and Ruben Chavez Reyes, 36, a person of interest in the case, were taken into custody at approximately 7:45 a.m., Wednesday. The two men were fugitives highly profiled and sought after following Fox’s death.

One Dead From Tire Shop Shooting

January 6, Las Vegas, Nevada - There has been a shooting and attempted robbery inside of a tire shop at the intersection at Craig and Lamb. One person was transported to UMC Trauma Unit but later died of his injuries. Police are looking for two shooting suspects who have not been apprehended. The shooting suspects are being described as two Hispanic, adult males. One suspect is wearing a grey sweatshirt and blue jeans while the other is wearing a brown sweatshirt and blue jeans.

4 Dead after Helicopter Crashed in Madera County

January6, Fresno, California - Smoldering wreckage is all that remains of the helicopter. The victims are identified as Kevin O'Conner and Clu Cotter, both wildlife biologists from Fresno. Scientific Assistant, 31 year old Tom Stolberg, was a Fresno County resident. The pilot Dennis Donovan, was from Palm Springs. The chopper, a Bell Jet Ranger, went down after hitting one of a tangle of power lines coming from the power plant at Redinger Lake. The crash occurred at around noon on Tuesday.

Castaic man crushed to death by 5,000 pounds of granite

January 6, Los Angeles, California - A man who was crushed to death by at least 5,000 pounds of granite slabs he was unloading from a truck trailer was identified today as Jacob Israel Margalit, 44, of Castaic. Margalit was killed Monday night in the 29000 block of Avenue Sherman in Valencia in what Sgt. Bill Marsh of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department homicide bureau said was a “tragic work accident.” Margalit, the owner of Golden West Tile and Stone, and several employees were trying to unload the 12-by-8-foot slabs of stone tile from a trailer when the material fell on him, Marsh said.

Man Killed by Fallen Tile Slabs in Valencia

January 5, Valencia, California - Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was buried by slabs of tile at a warehouse in the Valencia area. The accident occurred around 7:45 p.m. Monday at at Avenue Sherman and Witherspoon Parkway, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. The accident reportedly took place in an area outside a building in an industrial park. The man, said to have been 44-years-old, was apparently crushed by some 1,000 slabs of tile, which fell on top of him. Further details of the accident were not immediately disclosed.

Man dies fighting blaze

January 5, Rutherford, Tennessee - A Rutherford County man killed in a house fire on Double Springs Road got his family out of their home but apparently re-entered to try to battle the fire, a Rutherford County Sheriff's detective said. Family members and a friend later tried to drag 49-year-old Michael A. Bingham out of the burning home at 722 Double Springs Road early Monday morning, but they were unsuccessful, according to Rutherford County Sheriff's Detective Randy Groce. "He was at the back door trying to get through a window when his wife, one of her cousins and neighbor tried to help drag him out. They were forced back due to heat and smoke from the fire," Groce said. "There was just no way they could have gotten him out."

Man identified in industrial mishap

January 5, A Battle Creek man, John Barlow, 52, was killed this morning in an industrial accident at Hi-Lex Corp., 5200 Wayne Road. Battle Creek police said Barlow, a 25-year employee, was operating a fork lift about 10:45 a.m. when he was either knocked off or was ducking after several large plastic containers began to topple onto the machine. Investigators said the man's leg became caught and he was dragged by the fork lift and crushed between the machine and other containers. He was pronounced dead at the

Earl B. Farley Jr., former Clinton Township dairy farmer, has died

January 4, Lopatcong Township, New Jersey — Earl B. Farley Jr. died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at the Lopatcong Care Center. He was 75. He was born Jan. 19, 1934 in the Round Valley section of Clinton Township and had lived there most of his life, living a short time in Washington before moving to Lopatcong in 2004. He was the son of Earl B. Farley Sr. and Carrie M. Pickel Farley.

Funeral for Nepalese clerk killed in Boston

January 14, Cambridge, Massachusetts - Today was an emotional day for relatives of the Boston convenience store clerk, who was murdered on the job, just one day after Christmas. A Hindu funeral service took place today in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for Surendra Dangol. He had been working in the United States, trying to save money with the hopes of one day bringing his family overseas. It is a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking sound -- the wailing of a wife, who has lost her husband. This is the first time Kalpana Dangol and her nine-year-old daughter have been to the U.S. They have come to a chapel not their own -- at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. It was for a funeral Mass for 39-year-old Surendra Dangol, the Nepal native who was shot and killed late last month during a robbery at the Tedeschi convenience store in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where he was a clerk.

Grant County officer dies…

January 14, Grant County, Alabama - A Grant County Sheriff’s Department deputy has died. Around 7:20 p.m. deputy John Bernard of Moses Lake rolled his car while on a routine patrol. He was declared dead at the scene. Bernard was 52-years-old. He was a four year veteran of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and had previously served as a Grant County Corrections Officer from 1997 to 2002.

Alabama Officer Dies 16 Years After Shooting

January 14, Guntersville, Alabama - A Guntersville officer paralyzed by a gunshot 16 years ago died on Jan. 1 and was buried yesterday, according to The Huntsville Times. Officer Tommy Bishop, 63, suffered health issues and constant pain from the wound sustained in a domestic disturbance call in July 1993 after he was shot by Cecil Eugene Looney, who also shot his wife. Dozens of police officers filled up a third of Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel during his funeral service. The officer wasn't wearing his bulletproof vest at the time of the shooting and following the incident said he had worn it "religiously" until the Velcro straps wore out.

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