Infrastructure Daily News 01.25.11

Transportation Sector

. January 24, Aviation Week – (Texas) ST Aerospace comes under fire. Just as ST Aerospace faces a $1.025-million civil penalty proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against its subsidiary in San Antonio, Texas, the maintenance, repair, and overhaul giant finds itself the subject of a television expose questioning its business practices. The FAA alleged January 20 that ST Aerospace violated U.S. Transportation Department Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing program procedures between March 27, 2007, and May 8, 2008. During this 14-month period, FAA charges, the subsidiary brought 90 employees on board without properly testing them for drug and alcohol use and let more than a quarter of them perform safety-sensitive tasks before receiving the results of any tests. Source:; headline=ST Aerospace Comes Under Fire&channel=mro

. January 24, Associated Press – (New Jersey; New York) Engine trouble stalls Amtrak train. A disabled Amtrak train caused delays along the Northeast Corridor in New Jersey January 24. An Amtrak spokesman said the train broke down because of engine problems in West Windsor. He said 50 passengers were transferred to another train. The breakdown caused delays for New Jersey Transit trains in and out of New York City. Source: 1.2632519

. January 24, Associated Press – (International) London-bound flight diverted after threat. British authorities said a Heathrow Airport-bound flight from Abu Dhabi was diverted and given a fighter escort after a passenger began making threats. Britain’s military said two Royal Air Force jets were scrambled to accompany the Etihad flight as it was diverted to Stansted airport, north of London. Police said a 37-year-old British man was arrested January 24, but gave no further details. Source: content/article/2011/01/24/AR2011012401947.html?nav=ft_world

. January 24, Albany Times-Union – (National) Cold freezes Amtrak service. Frigid temperatures caused Amtrak to temporarily suspend all trains running in both directions between New York City and Albany, New York. An Amtrak spokesperson said frozen pieces of equipment and parts of the track prompted the rail service to cancel all of its trains running between Albany and New York City beginning January 24.The Amtrak spokesperson said the service will be suspended until further notice, but said Amtrak hoped to have at least limited service back up by later the afternoon of January 24. Amtrak offered alternate bus service in New York City and Albany. Any customers who purchased a ticket for a suspended rail can either take a bus free of charge or wait for a later train. Source: 974181.php

. January 24,; Reuters; NBC News; Associated Press – (International) Officials: 35 dead in Moscow bomb blast. An explosion ripped through the arrivals hall at Domodedovo airport in Moscow, Russia, January 24, killing 35 people and wounding about 130, officials said. An analyst told NBC News the blast was “almost certainly” the work of Islamist militants from Russia’s North Caucasus region. The state-run news agency RIA Novosti said preliminary reports suggest a bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber as people emerged from the international arrivals zone. The bomb was packed with metal objects to cause maximum damage, according to law enforcement authorities. Planes from London, Brussels, Greece, Ukraine and Egypt had landed in the 30 minutes before the attack, RIA Novosti reported. Russian investigators told the Associated Press that two British citizens were among the dead. The Russian Emergency Ministry said 51 people were hospitalized after the blast with 35 of those in serious condition, NBC News reported. International flights continued to arrive at Domodedovo after the blast at first, but were later diverted to Sheremetyevo airport, Interfax reported. Moscow police were checking the city’s subway and other places where large numbers of people gather to try to avert possible follow-on attacks, the news agency said. Interfax also said security had been stepped up at Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports. Domodedovo is generally regarded as Moscow’s most up-to-date airport, but its security procedures have been called into question. Source: For more stories, see items 4, 5, 8, 27, and 34

Postal and Shipping Sector

. January 23, WLS 7 Chicago – (Illinois) Threatening letter sent to driver’s license office. Police are investigating a threatening letter sent to employees at an Illinois Secretary of State’s driver’s license office. The unsigned letter was sent January 10 to the Chicago Heights Secretary of State’s Office. Investigators said the writer threatened to do harm to those who work at the facility, but did not single anyone out by name. Source:

. January 23, WPVI 6 Philadelphia – (Pennsylvania) Powder prompts hazmat at state police barracks. Hazmat crews, along with police and fire officials, were called out to the state police narracks in the Wynnefield Heights section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 23. According to police sources, a Pennsylvania State Trooper opened up a threatening letter at the Troop K barracks on Belmont Avenue. Also inside the envelope was a white powder. At 1 p.m., hazmat crews were called to the barracks to identify the powder. The investigation determined the powder to be cornstarch. There is no word on if police plan to press charges against anyone. Source:

Emergency Services Sector

. January 24, Latin American Herald Tribune – (International) One dead, 7 injured in Mexico explosions. A police commander was killed, and seven others – four officers and three teenage boys – were injured in two separate explosions in different parts of Mexico, officials said January 22. The three boys were injured by a grenade hurled during a clash between army soldiers and suspected cartel hit men in the northern industrial city of Monterrey. The gun battle erupted when a military convoy came upon several SUVs carrying at least five armed men. The clash left one gunman dead and two soldiers wounded, officials said. The other four suspected cartel enforcers were wounded but managed to flee on foot. Separately, a car exploded January 22 in the central town of Tula. That state’s public safety secretariat, which is still investigating the blast, said the police were alerted to the presence of an abandoned vehicle and that it exploded upon their arrival. A police commander died of injuries suffered in the blast at a hospital in Hidalgo’s capital, Pachuca. Four other officers were wounded in the blast, but their injuries are not serious. Source:

. January 23, New York Times – (Michigan) Four Detroit police injured in department shootout. Four police officers were slightly wounded and their assailant killed January 23, after a man walked into the 6th police precinct in Detroit, Michigan, and “began shooting indiscriminately,” a spokeswoman for the mayor said. She said the incident began about 4:30 p.m. when the man opened fire with a pistol-grip shotgun. The man was able to shoot four officers before one or more officers returned fire, killing him. The most seriously injured police officer was the precinct’s commander, who was hit in the lower back, she said. He underwent surgery at Sinai Grace Hospital January 23. “His condition is critical, but he is expected to pull through,” the spokeswoman said. Two other male officers were hospitalized but expected to be released January 24. A female officer was hit in the chest, but the bulletproof vest she was wearing prevented her from being injured. Police said it was unclear whether the gunman had previous contact with the precinct or was targeting any specific officers. The police station is one of the department’s eight district offices. Members of the public who enter the station do not pass through metal detectors or otherwise undergo a security screening. Source:

. January 22, KFOX 14 El Paso – (Texas) Explosive brought to police regional command. The El Paso, Texas bomb squad was called out to a police command center January 22 after someone brought in an explosive device. Police said while clearing out a storage unit, a resident discovered a grenade with a pin still in it and took it to the Pebble Hills station. Police immediately secured the scene and the resident’s car that still had the explosive inside. Authorities said they were glad the person turned the grenade in. An El Paso police spokesperson said, “Our best practice is to simply leave the device, secure the area, and notify the police department right away.” Police closed down operations at the Pebble Hills station until the bomb squad arrived and disposed of the device. Police advise residents to never try and handle an explosive themselves. Source: For more stories, see items 33 and 43

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