Sunday, June 13, 2010

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Officer Dies After Chasing Suspect

June 12, WHITE PLAINS, NY - 43 year old Michael Perry collapsed and died Saturday after a foot chase with a larceny suspect in downtown White Plains. Perry, a 7 1/2-year veteran of the White Plains police, began suffering chest pains and was rushed to White Plains Hospital Center after arresting Ricky Pryor, whom he chased from Macy's in the Galleria mall to Court and Main streets at 4:41 p.m. Perry collapsed en route to the ambulance, police said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:50 p.m.

Former ECC President Killed in Farm Accident

June 12, ROCKY MOUNT, NC - 67 year old Hartwell Fuller died after an accident involving a tractor at his Dortches farm on the 5900 block of Brake Road. Fuller was a longtime educator and former Edgecombe Community College president. Since the late 1960s, Fuller had remained a key figure in the community college. Relatives have said Fuller was attempting to change out lawn mower blades so he could mow the farm’s grass. It later was reported that his tractor was not secure and that it flipped over and fell on top him around 9:30 a.m.

Springfield Man Dies in Farm Accident

June 12, SPRINGFIELD, KS - 61 year old Mark Falkenstein died Thursday when his tractor overturned, pinning him underneath.Falkenstein was driving a tractor that was towing another tractor uphill about 4 p.m. when his tractor overturned, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.

Two Men Killed On The Job in Valley

June 12, VALLEY, AL - 53 year old Clemmie Dawsen and 43 year old Lorenzo Hodge of Opelika died while doing their jobs this morning. Dawson and Hodge work for a cleaning company out of Opelika, Top Notch Cleaning. They were at their last cleaning of the night at the O.D Alsobrook Center of East Alabama Mental Health. It is an outpatient counseling center. Valley Police said the two men were buffing the floors with machines that use propane gas. A worker found the men when she came into work this morning and immediately called 911. Both the worker and the police smelled gas when they walked in.

Idaho Truck Driver Dies of Heart Attack

June 11, CANNONVILLE, OR - A 59 year old Idaho man died following an apparent heart attack about 9:20 a.m. today while driving a commercial truck on Interstate 5 in the Canyonville area, Oregon State Police reported. The tractor-trailer rig, operated for Motorwest Inc. of Caldwell, Idaho, was found stopped and undamaged in the center median, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, a state police spokesman. Emergency responders gave CPR and took the man to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, where he died an hour later. His name was withheld pending notification of family. UPDATE: 59 year old Frank R. Forsythe of Marsing, ID died of a heart attack.

Bartlesville Man Killed in Semi Truck Accident

June 11, SKIATOOK, OK - 60 year old Lawrence E. Barham of Bartlesville was killed when the semi-trailer truck he was driving wrecked just west of the Skiatook city limits in Osage County at about 3:25 p.m. Thursday. Lawrence E. Barham, 60, was traveling southbound on Lenapah Street when his semi truck left the roadway for 106 feet, striking a cement culvert and overturning on its top.

Top Alcohol Funny Car Driver Was killed in Crash

June 11, OLD BRIDGE, NJ - 58 year old Neal Parker was on his way to a career best run. His 2005 Monte Carlo accelerated down the quarter mile track, crossing the finish line at Raceway Park in Old Bridge in less than 6 seconds at nearly 250 mph. But then things went terribly wrong. The race car’s parachute, used to slow the vehicle, failed to deploy, sending the vehicle and driver hurtling off the end of the track, shooting past a safety runoff area, through a gravel trap, breaching several safety nets and finally crashing into water-filled barrels, said Graham Light, National Hot Rod Association’s vice president of race operations.

CHP Officer Killed in Redlands Crash

June 11, REDLANDS, CA - Tom Coleman of Redlands, a motorcycle officer with the California Highway Patrol was killed early Friday in a crash at a Redlands intersection. The crash, which involved the officer's cycle and a big rig, occurred during a pursuit. Authorities said the pursuit began after the motorist committed a traffic violation and failed to yield to the officer. The suspect's vehicle made it through the intersection, but the officer collided with the big rig.

Off-Duty MD Trooper Working Security Shot and Killed

June 11, FORESTVILLE, MD - 24 year old Wesley Brown escorted a disorderly customer from an Applebee's on Thursday evening and when he left the restaurant around 12:40 a.m. Friday, State Police Superintendent Col. Terrence Sheridan said that customer shot him. Brown, who was wearing a jacket that clearly identified him as a police officer on the back, was talking on the phone in the restaurant's parking lot when he was shot, Sheridan said. Covered in blood, Brown made it back inside the restaurant and passed out, police said. Brown was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Many troopers do security work as part-time jobs, but it must be approved by the state police command, he said.

2 CareFlite pilots killed in helicopter crash

June 11, GRAPEVINE, TX - 44 year old Guy del Guidice and 23 year old Stephen Durler of Dallas were killed in a post-maintenance helicopter crash June 2. Their helicopter went down about 10 minutes after taking off on a test flight from a hangar in Grand Prairie. Pieces of the chopper were spread across a field near Midlothian. The National Transportation Safety Board has not released a cause for the crash.

Inmate Worker Dies in Accident

June 10, GULFPORT, MS - 33 year old Mireyel Scott of Leflore County died Thursday of a mowing accident. Scott was working for a city beautification crew and workers had to bring in a machine to lift the mower off the inmate. Authorities say the inmate was on a mower when it overturned, pinning the inmate underneath in a ditch with water in it. The incident occurred along the Clower-Thornton Nature Area.

Worker Dies in Tree Trimming Accident

June 10, CORPUS CRISTI, TX - a man in his 50's was killed today while working in the 100 block of Pearse Street. Just after noon, neighbors noticed him laying motionless on the ground and called 911. Police believe the victim fell off a ladder from a height of at least 10 feet. The victim is said to be a Hispanic man in his 50's.

Driver Killed When Cement Truck Rolls

June 10, CHICAGO, IL - 59 year old Jose Ruiz of the 5100 block of South Winchester Avenue died when the cement truck he was driving rolled over as it exited the Bishop Ford Expressway on the Far South Side this afternoon, authorities said. The Ozinga Brothers, Inc., mixer, which was carrying a full load of concrete, was exiting the southbound Bishop Ford (Interstate Highway 94) to westbound 111th Street when it collided with a compact van and rolled over about 12:44 p.m., Illinois State Police said. It appeared Ruiz was driving too fast for conditions, police said.

Councilman Dies After Collapse in Office

June 10, LOUISVILLE, KY - 67 year old George Unseld has died following a collapse in his office earlier this afternoon. The 67-year-old city lawmaker was found by Councilwoman Madonna Flood, D-24, and Democratic caucus spokesman Tony Hyatt, who heard the councilman fall and calling for help. Unseld was alone in his office when he collapsed. Behind the councilman’s desk and by the office door were a pools of blood. After calling EMS, Councilwoman Vicki Welch, D-13, who is a registered nurse, administered CPR until the ambulance arrived. Once EMS arrived Unseld was unresponsive, says Hyatt.

Accident Kills One at AG Equipment Plant

June 10, NEWTON, IL - 48 year old James Humphres of Hildago is dead after an apparent accident at a plant that makes agricultural equipment. Jasper County Coroner Jason Meyer says Humphres died Monday at GSI Group plant in Newton. Hidalgo is 75 miles south of Champaign and Newton is about 10 miles farther south. Few details are available, but Meyer says an autopsy found that Humphres suffered multiple cranial fractures due to blunt force trauma.

Two Die in Separate But Related Semi Truck Accidents

June 10, ESSEX, CA - 35 year old Sergio German Preciado of Hinkley struck the rear of another tractor trailer rig which was parked in the #1 lane of eastbound Interstate 40 east of mile marker 102 in Rural Essex due to another accident which was blocking the freeway ahead of them. Emergency personnel responded and Preciado was pronounced dead at the scene.
Then 61 year old David Mark Flores of Victorville struck the rear of another tractor trailer rig which was parked in the #1 lane of eastbound Interstate 40 east of mile marker 101 in Rural Essex due to now yet another accident which was blocking the freeway ahead of them. Emergency personnel responded and Flores was pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

Alabama Coal Miner Killed in Surface Explosion
June 10, PARRISH, AL - 38 year old Phillip W. Gustofson became the 37th coal miner to die on the job this year in the United States. Gustafson died in an explosion at Taft Coal Sales & Associates Inc.’s Choctaw Mine, a surface operation near Parrish, in Walker County, Ala., northwest of Birmingham. Gustafson was a service truck operator with about seven years experience. According to a report: The operator was in the process of fueling the drill rig when an ignition/explosion erupted into a fire, engulfing him in flames. He was airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Farmer Killed As Antique Tractor Overturns

June 10, ROCHESTER, IL - 73 year old Henry Spengler died Wednesday, one day shy of his 74th birthday, from injuries he suffered when an antique tractor he was driving overturned on him. Authorities estimated Spengler had been pinned under the tractor between 60 and 90 minutes, said Spengler’s sister, Delores Hobbs of Edinburg. Spengler was trying to pull a piece of old culvert on an incline when the tractor overturned, Hobbs said.

Waste Collection Worker Dies After Being Hit By Car

June 10, RAISIN TWP., MI - 28 year old Scott Terrance Cousino of Toledo was working a route Thursday morning for Countryside Disposal of Ottawa Lake when he stopped to pick up some garbage at a residence on Sutton Road between Raisin Center and Rogers highway, Raisin Township Police Chief Scott Lambka said. “He had just stepped out of his truck to cross the westbound lane to get to the garbage,” Lambka said. Cousino was headed east on Sutton, and the stop was a few hundred feet west of the crest of a hill. He was hit by a westbound Mercury Mariner SUV driven by Laura Kathleen Hubbard, 40, of Britton shortly after it cleared the top of the hill. Cousino’s truck was being followed by another Countryside Disposal truck driven by his older brother, Mike. Both Cousinos live in Toledo, Lambka said. Mike Cousino, 31, had apparently finished his route and was following his brother as he finished his route.

Former Calhoun officer dies in Afghanistan

June 9, CHATTANOOGA, TN - 44 year old Wayne Willard, a former Calhoun, GA police officer died in a Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan on Monday while working for DynCorp, a private security company. Willard spent his free time in the war zone finding coats for Afghan children, his former boss said. Mr. Willard is survived by his, wife, Liz Willard, and two teenage children, police said.

TECO Worker After Contact With Electric Line

June 9, TAMPA, FL - 39 year old John Hudson was shocked Monday while working on a power line in the Tampa Palms area. Hudson, 39, was in a bucket truck working on an overhead line about 10:20 a.m. Monday when he came into contact with a live 7,620-volt power line, Tampa police said.

Providence City Worker Dies

June 9, PROVIDENCE, RI - 45 year old Anthony Bento died when the vehicle he was driving overturned. Parks Superintendent Robert McMahon says Bento was transporting dirt into a greenhouse at the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park when the vehicle overturned at about 10 a.m. Tuesday. The John Deere hauler is described as similar to a golf cart. Bento was taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where he died a short time later.

Two Workers Killed in Second Natural Gas Explosion

June 9, HOUSTON, TX - 32 year old Steven Douglas Odell and 44 year old Johnnie Mike Renner were killed when a natural gas pipeline exploded. The blast near the small town of Darrouzett in Lipscomb County, a few miles from the Oklahoma border, was the second deadly blast in two days in Texas involving workers who accidentally hit natural gas lines. A crew working for a dirt-contracting company was removing clay from a pit Tuesday afternoon when the bulldozer hit the gas pipeline and cause it to explode.

Exeter Man Electrocuted

June 8, EXETER, NE - 45 year old Jay Luzum died early Tuesday after apparently being shocked by the power cord of a grain auger, according to Fillmore County Sheriff William Burgess. Investigators believe Luzum was using a grain auger to transfer grain from a bin into a truck when the auger malfunctioned. Luzum tried to unplug the auger's power cord and was shocked, Burgess said in a release. The incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. on a farm near Milligan, about six miles south of Exeter in eastern Fillmore County.

Lawrence County man dies from injuries

June 8, ASHLAND, KY - 29 year old Chaunchey Neal of State Route 243 near Deering was injured Tuesday while cleaning an ice machine at Tri City Ice in Ashland, Ky., where he was employed. The 29-year-old died Saturday at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Neal’s mother, Brenda Neal, said her son was cleaning the machine when a bolt came loose, causing the machine to fall on him. The machine knocked him into a puddle of water. “His face was in that water and he didn’t have any oxygen going to his brain,” Neal said.

One Killed in I-91 Crash

June 8, Littleton, MA - 25 year old Ryan Murphy was killed when a tractor-trailer struck a disabled big rig parked on the side of Interstate 91 in North Haven on Tuesday morning, according to state police. Murphy, a mechanic was working on the disabled 18-wheeler when the crash happened. was with the service truck called to aid the tractor-trailer driver, police said.

Tractor Trailer Driver Killed

June 8, JEFFERSON CITY, TN - an unidentified tractor trailer driver was killed in a fiery crash Tuesday morning at the I-40/I-81 split in Jefferson County. The driver's name hasn't been released. The tractor-trailer was hauling watermelons from Alabama on I-81 when it ran off the road, caught fire and became lodged in the I-40 overpass.

Truck Driver Dies in Crash

June 8, HOPE TOWNSHIP, NJ - 65 year old Barbara Feather, of Valencia, PA died Tuesday in a one vehicle roll over on Interstate 80. Feather was driving a 2006 Freightliner on I-80 West when she tried to exit the highway at the Hope/Blairstown exit, police reported today. The rig overturned on the exit ramp, slid left and ended up on its side with the cab atop a guardrail, police said. Feather had to be cut out of the rig after the 3:13 p.m. crash. She was pronounced dead an hour later at the scene, police said.

Farming Accident Claims One

June 8, STROMSBERG, NE - Phillip Sundberg was killed in a weekend farming accident. Sheriff Dwaine Ladwig says Sundberg was farming Sunday near Stromsburg and was trying to unhook a planter from his tractor when the tractor slipped into gear. Sundberg became caught in the planter and died at a hospital.

Collision Kills Tractor Driver

June 8, CARLISLE, NY - 56 year old David Huse of Warnerville died after his farm tractor was hit by a car on a rural upstate New York road. Troopers say Mr. Huse of Warnerville was driving the tractor with an attached mower on a road in Schoharie (skoh-HAYR'-ee) County Monday evening. They say a car driven by 20-year-old Courtney Chichester of Carlisle crossed into the oncoming lane and hit the front of Huse's tractor, flipping it backward onto him. Huse was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wantage farmer is found dead in tractor accident

June 8, WANTAGE, NJ - 45 year old Raymond Hamming died after he was pinned under a tractor, which sat on a steeply graded portion of a Turner Road field at about 6:20 p.m. Monday. Authorities believe Hamming had been working in the field on the tractor when the machine’s tire dipped into a hole and the tractor overturned.

Man killed in crop duster crash

June 8, KNOBEL, AR - 34 year old Jason Scott Rotton of Lake Village is dead after his crop duster crashed in a rice feild off Clay County Road 250. According to Clay County Sheriff Gerald McClung, Rotton was spraying a rice field and as he was banking, he went over to a field and crashed.

Gunman's rage over estranged wife leaves 5 dead at Hialeah restaurant

June 8, HIALEAH, FL - The estranged husband of a waitress showed up at Yoyito Cafe-Restaurant in Hialeah just as his estranged wife was ending her waitress shift, her second day on the job. Armed with a .45-caliber pistol that he owned, he pulled the trigger nine times, killing Molina, three co-workers and himself. He also wounded three others in a shooting spree that was described by witnesses as total mayhem. 24 year old Liazan Molina, wife of the gunman was killed along with her co-workers 32 year old Maysel Figuero and 56 year old Zaida Castillo.

Security Officer Killed by Drunk Driver

June 8, MEMPHIS, TN - 29 year old Raphael Wilson was killed outside a used car lot on Covington Pike, working as a security guard, when his Mercury Mystique was slammed into from behind. Police say both the driver and his passenger were drunk when their van slammed into and killed Wilson. Wilson’s family says he worked weekend nights as a security guard, so he could spend his days taking classes toward his college degree.

Livery driver shot to death in NY

June 8, BRONX, NY - 48 year old Santos Cesar, a livery driver who worked seven days a week to support his family became the first hack killed this year - after two men he picked up shot him after an argument. Santos fought for his life after the passengers plugged him in the stomach Sunday afternoon. Santos - a married father of three children, two stepkids and two grandchildren - died at St. Barnabas Hospital just before 9:30 p.m.

California worker dies in wood chipper accident

June 8, WATSONVILLE, CA - 60 year old Henry Lira, a Santa Cruz County maintenance worker who died when he was pulled into a wood chipper had been an employee of the county for more than 40 years. According to sheriff's reports, Lira was part of a four-person crew that was clearing brush on a rural road outside Watsonville on Monday morning when the accident happened. Lira was pronounced dead at the scene.

BIA officer dies while responding to call on Utah reservation

June 7, ROOSEVELT, UT - 33 year old Joshua Yazzie, A police officer for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs was killed in a car accident while responding to an incident near Bottle Hollow Reservoir Monday evening. Yazzie was responding to assist ambulance personnel with an incident involving an intoxicated person who was becoming violent. Yazzie was just a couple miles from the incident near U.S. 40. UHP troopers believe Yazzie was going just a little too fast when he entered a curve and lost control, overcorrected and rolled the Ford Crown Victoria patrol car. Yazzie was ejected from the car and killed instantly. UHP Sgt. Ted Tingey said Yazzie was not wearing a seat belt. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

McAllen man electrocuted

June 7, MCALLEN, TX - an unidentified 46 year old worker died Saturday after being electrocuted while working on a water heater. Investigators told Action 4 News the man was working on a water heater at an apartment complex on the 500 Block of East Camelia Avenue when it happened. Police said fellow workers called in the report around 11:21 a.m. Saturday.

Barnegat man dies while working underwater at N.Y. nuclear plant

June 7, BUCHANAN, N.Y - 47 year old Lloyd Beare of Barnegat an employee of Dryden Diving Co. of Woolwich, Gloucester County, N.J. was working as a diver at the Indian Point nuclear power plant died Monday after losing consciousness underwater while preparing to repair a wall at the facility, a spokesman said. He was about 14 feet deep in the Hudson River near the wall to the Indian Point discharge canal when colleagues realized he was not responding to routine communications checks at about 9:25 a.m., said Indian Point spokesman Jerry Nappi. Beare had entered the water about 10 minutes earlier and was tethered to a dock. A co-worker pulled Beare out and an emergency medical technician who was at the dive site began CPR. Beare was then taken by ambulance to Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m.

Man Killed in CA Gold Mine Explosion

June 7, KERN, CA - 62 year old James Steiner Bennett of Kern died after a recent explosion at a gold mine in a remote area of California's Siskiyou County. On May 28, Bennett and another worker were checking on explosives they thought had already detonated at the Know Nothing Mine when the explosives went off, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

Oklahoma Truck Driver Killed in Texas Accident

June 7, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - 27 year old Ryan Lively of Sharon was killed when his semi rolled over as he was trying to merge onto a highway near Canadian, Texas. The agency says Lively's semi was traveling at a speed greater than he could control when he tried to merge from U.S. 60 onto U.S. 83. Authorities say the vehicle overturned, ejecting Lively.

Man Killed in Tractor Accident

June 7, EASTON, KS - 62 year old James Crum of Leveanworth was killed Saturday in a tractor accident at a rural Easton farm, according to Sheriff’s Office officials. Crum had left his residence in Leavenworth to mow grass at a family farm. After his wife had not heard from him for a period of hours, she began calling his cell phone. He didn’t answer, according to the report. She went to the farm to check on him and found him dead.

One Worker Killed in Gas Explosion

June 6, DALLAS, TX - A work crew digging a ditch accidentally struck a natural gas line on Monday, causing a giant explosion in a rural area near Cleburne, about 50 miles southwest of Dallas. Brian Fine, the Hood County emergency management coordinator, told The Associated Press that one worker’s body was found Monday night some distance from the blast site. The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Oklahoma resident James Robert Neece. Thirteen other workers were accounted for, and Capt. Jerry East with the county sheriff’s office said that six people were taken to a hospital and that four of them had been released. He did not know the status of the others.

Truck driver killed in Randolph County accident

June 6, WEDOWEE, AL - 45 year old Kenneth Wayne Sparks of Midway has been killed in a one-vehicle crash in Randolph County.

Police Trooper hit and killed

June 6, HOWELL, NJ - 29 year old State Trooper Mark K. Castellano was struck and killed by a car Sunday morning while searching for two occupants of an abandoned vehicle on Interstate 195. The driver of the abandoned vehicle, which was found in the same location but was not the vehicle which struck Castellano, was found hiding in the bushes of this heavily wooded area a short time later. Diana Hoffman, 30, of Blackwood, Camden County, was arrested and charges are pending. Authorities are questioning the validity of Hoffman's claim that an unidentified man was a passenger in her vehicle. A search of the area for that suspect, described as a bald black man, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans, was suspended Sunday night, State Police said. State Police revealed few details as to why Castellano was involved in the search for Hoffman, why she abandoned the car and apparently was fleeing, and how the chase began. Castellano leaves behind a wife and two children.

Tractor Trailor Wreck Kills One

June 5, ROCKWOOD, TN - 41 year old Tony McMahan of Knoxville, TN Friday night when his tractor trailer collided with another tractor trailer on Interstate 40 in Roane County. was driving west on Interstate 40 when his tractor trailer struck the rear of a tractor trailer driven by Jennifer Murray, 50, of St. Petersburg, Fla., according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report. McMahan’s truck caught on fire and he was killed. Murray was injured in the accident.

Trucker killed in Highway 44 wreck identified

June 5, REDDING, CA - 44 year old David Delany died Saturday morning in a solo wreck on Highway 44. Delaney was driving a combination tractor-trailer west on the highway at an undetermined speed when the crash occurred on a curve about two miles east of Viola at roughly 8:45 a.m. Saturday. He lost control of the tractor-trailer, which drifted into the eastbound lane. The trailer flipped onto its left side and the big rig went down a steep embankment, the CHP said.

Worker killed in trench collapse

June 5, KNOX COUNTY, NE/SD border - 48 year old Galen Jueden, a Lewis and Clark Rural Water District employee died Friday after a trench collapsed around him in northern Knox County, near the Nebraska/South Dakota border. Jueden and another worker were replacing water lines in the trench, about 5 or 6 feet deep, when it collapsed around Jueden at about 11 a.m. Friday, Sheriff's Capt. Ernest Ibach said. "He was only really buried about up to his waist," Ibach said. Telephone workers in the area pulled him from the trench and performed CPR, but neither they nor rescue workers could revive him. Jueden was pronounced dead at the scene. "We're thinking it was internal injuries," Ibach said.

Longshore Worker Dies After Being Pinned

June 4, HOUSTON, TX - 55 year old Deborah McAlister, a member of ILA Local 28 died on the job earlier this week while working for Maersk-Sealand. She was pinned between her own truck and the truck in front of her, which backed up without realizing she was adjusting her numbers.

Jackson VA Employee Dies After Falling From Truck In Texas

June 4, JACKSON, MS - 40 year old Amy Joette Wheat was killed when she fell out of a truck in Texas, police said. WFAA in Dallas reported that two men and a woman were in a Ford F-250 truck owned by the federal government on Wednesday at about 11:30 p.m. A witness told police that a woman, who was later identified as Wheat,fell out of the truck and hit her head on a pole. The two men put the woman back in the truck and said they were taking her to a hospital, police said. Wheat was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where she was declared dead, police said. Neighbors said Wheat was a single mother with a young daughter. Wheat worked as a nurse recruiter at the VA Medical Center, officials said.

Maintenance worker killed

June 3, LAS VEGAS, NV - 47 year old Adrian Arego-Gonzalez was shot and killed while on the job last week at an east valley apartment complex Las Vegas police said Abrego-Gonzalez was one of two maintenance men fixing a window around noon at the Village at Karen Apartments on Sahara Avenue, between Lamb and Nellis Boulevards. The workers encountered a group of five men who were in the middle of what appeared to be a burglary. Police said the maintenance workers had a "verbal altercation" with the five men. One of the five confronted the complex employees with a pistol and shot the men.

Farm Worker Killed in Accident

June 3, CORNING, CA - 38 year old Manuel Jose Rameriz fell to his death early Tuesday morning in an accident at the Sobarea Ranch northwest of Corning, the Red Bluff Daily News reported. Ramirez fell into the hay baler sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., at the farm located on Gyle Road. Ramirez's body was discovered by the ranch's owner around 7:15 a.m. t was not clear why Ramirez climbed into the bailer, but authorities think it may have been to clear an obstruction or blockage.

OSHA probing electrocution in Milford

June 3, MILFORD, CT - 33 year old Victor Larranaga-Marquez of Bridgeport was killed Tuesday evening when an aluminum ladder he and his uncle were using came in contact with an electrical wire, police said. According to police, Larranaga-Marquez and his uncle, Gerrardo Marquez-Hernandez, 45, also of Bridgeport, were working at 65 Point Beach Drive and were maneuvering the ladder at the front of the home when it came in contact with the power line, which was not insulated. Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and police are investigating the incident.

Death at Madison County Landfill

June 3, LINCOLN, NY - 30 year old Vincent R. Unczur of Frankfort was in the process of emptying the garbage from the 10-wheel truck he was operating when the upright, hydraulic-controlled box fell on top of him. A nearby commercial hauler rushed to the man’s aid while a county employee called 911. The county employee then used a backhoe to raise the box off his body. The accident happened on the working face of the landfill where solid waste is dumped. County Administrator Paul Miller said Wednesday’s death was the first that has happened at the county’s Buyea Road landfill.

Postal Worker Dies After Apparent Dog Attack

June 3, OCEANSIDE, CA - 33 year old Hao Yun "Eddie" Lin has died after a Rottweiler lunged at him along his route in Oceanside, causing him to fall and suffer a fatal head injury, a postal official said Friday. According to postal inspector Slivia Torres, Lin encountered the dog while delivering mail May 25 in the 500 block of Stanley Street. Some details of the incident are unclear, but someone called Oceanside police about 4:13 p.m. May 25 to report the attack. Lin was found lying in the street with a severe head injury and was transported to Tri-City Medical Center.

Two Killed in Tractor Trailer Crash

June 2, New BRAUNFELS, TX - 62 year old Richard Hardacre, of Ferndale, MI and 53 year old Richard Gallagher of Southfield, MI died after their 18-wheeler drove off of northbound Interstate 35, crashed and became fully engulfed in flames. The men were employed by Troy-based Point Dedicated Services, which also owned the truck, police said. According to police, the truck was loaded with automotive parts being taken from Laredo, Texas to Kansas City, Mo. Wells said it’s unclear who was driving or what caused the truck to veer from the road, causing the one-vehicle crash. He said there was a substantial about of fuel spilled on the roadway, as well as where the truck came to rest.

Two Dead After Tractor Trailer Fire

June 1, VIRGINIA - Two people are dead after the tractor-trailer they were riding in caught fire during a crash this afternoon. About 2:45 p.m., the tractor-trailer’s left, front axle malfunctioned, causing it to swerve off the road, strike several trees and catch on fire, said Sgt. Michelle Cotten, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman. The vehicle was engulfed in fire and the two passengers suffered severe burns, so it will take awhile to identify them and notify their families, she said.

Convenience Store Clerk Shot in Robbery Attempt

May 30, ARLINGTON, TX - 54 year old Prem Sharma of Arlington died during the robbery of a convenience store in the 4500 block of South Bowen Road. Customers found the clerk in the store after the robbery and called police and paramedics. Sharma died at the scene.

Firefighter Dies at Fire Station

May 30, BELLEVILLE, WIS - 63 year old Donald A. Schneider Jr of Belleville died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at one of his treasured spots, the Belleville Fire Station, of an apparent heart attack. He was a 38-year member of the Belleville Fire Department serving more than 20 years as fire inspector.

Restaurant employee murdered

May 28, OLIVE BRANCH, MS - 39 year old Alejandro Gonzales of Memphis and assistant manager of the Mi Pueblo restaurant at 8230 Camp Creek has died after being shot in a robbery attempt at the restaurant. Olive Branch Asst. Police Chief Mark Kimbell said Gonzalez was married, and Kimbell thought Gonzalez had either two or three children.

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