Infrastructure Daily News 09.18.12

Transportation Sector

14. September 14, KTLA 5 Los Angeles – (California) Montebello bus plunges off 110 freeway overpass. A Montebello transit bus plunged off a bridge over the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles September 14. The bus broke through a barrier on the 6th Street bridge and landed on the 110 North at the 3rd Street off-ramp. A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said the bus was parked when its brakes gave out causing it to break through the guard rail and plunge to the road below. No one was on the bus at the time. The 6th Street bridge was closed, as was the 3rd Street ramp while a heavy tow truck was brought in. Source:,0,5277480.story For more stories, see items 10, 15, 17, 46, and 49

Postal and Shipping Sector

15. September 17, North County Times – (California) Bomb squad explodes suspicious device. Authorities received a call about a suspicious device found in a mailbox September 17 in Encinitas, California, said a police spokesman. An investigation of the suspected pipe bomb prompted authorities to close La Costa Avenue, causing a traffic mess for morning commuters. An anonymous caller told authorities about the device. The device, later determined to be a fake, was described as about 12 inches long and one inch think with black tape at the end and a “realistic looking timer.” A bomb squad exploded the device. Source: pipe-bomb/article_fa31a6f2-9350-5e8d-87bd- 50c009c36d78.html?comment_form=true

Emergency Services Sector

26. September 16, Waco Tribune-Herald – (Texas) Bosque County sheriff moves dispatch center after 2 fall ill. The Bosque County Sheriff’s Department closed down the room holding its dispatch center in Meridian, Texas, September 15 after two employees called in sick with conditions that may relate to air quality in the room, the chief deputy sheriff said. Authorities moved the dispatch operations to the county’s emergency operations center with the permission of the county emergency management coordinator. He said the sheriff’s administrative lines have been forwarded to the emergency center, which cannot receive 9-1-1 calls. Calls to 9-1-1 were being forwarded to Hill County, which notifies Bosque County immediately. The chief deputy sheriff said the building, which also houses the jail, has had problems for some time with sewage backing up. He said no inmates have reported illnesses that might be related to the sewage backups. Source:

27. September 15, Associated Press – (National) Safety regulators looking at Ford police cars. Government safety regulators are investigating Ford’s Crown Victoria police cars due to complaints about defective steering columns, the Associated Press reported September 15. The probe affects about 195,000 cars from the 2005 through 2008 model years. The government has received three complaints that part of the steering column can separate and cause loss of steering control. No crashes or injuries were reported, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted September 15 on its Web site. Investigators will determine if the cars have a safety defect and whether a recall is needed. So far the vehicles have not been recalled. A Ford spokeswoman said that the company is aware of the investigation and is cooperating. The investigation only affects police versions of the Crown Victoria, she said. The Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department said earlier the week of September 10 it was inspecting its 324 Crown Victorias because of a steering problem with its cruisers. Police in Tucson, Arizona also recently began inspecting its fleet of Crown Victorias. The police officer union says that at least six vehicles were found to be deficient and in need of repair. Source:

28. September 15, Toledo Blade – (Ohio) Ohio fire station closed due to safety concerns. The fire chief ordered a Toledo, Ohio fire station closed September 13 after crews discovered the floor had cracked and shifted. Crews and equipment from Station 3 were moved to East Toledo’s Station 13, with concerns that the floor could collapse as a fire engine would back into the apparatus bay, said the fire lieutenant. Fire officials do not expect the change in stations to impact calls for service very much, if at all. Other stations will help pick up calls for service. Station 3 crews will stay at Station 13 until a temporary garage next to the Bush Street location is built so the engine can be stored there. From there, officials will look at permanent solutions. Source: concerns

29. September 14, WSPA 7 Spartanburg – (South Carolina) South Carolina inmates with illegal phones guide officer rescue. The South Carolina Department of Corrections still does not know yet exactly what led to a hostage situation at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville September 13 because investigators have not interviewed the officer who was taken hostage. After being rescued, he was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The incident started in one of the dorms at Lee. The department’s Rapid Response Team was able to get the situation under control 5 hours later, and find the officer handcuffed in a broom closet. Inmates using illegal cell phones called prison officials and led them to the officer’s location. Source: prison-ar-4539350/

30. September 13, KOIN 6 Portland – (Oregon) Report: Portland police using excessive force against mentally ill. Portland, Oregon police officers use excessive force against people with mental illnesses, a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report has found. The DOJ presented its findings at a press conference September 13 The investigation, which began in June 2011, determined that the “Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has engaged in an unconstitutional pattern or practice of excessive force against people with mental illness,” said a press release. The joint investigation by the Civil Rights Division Special Litigation Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon focused heavily on police response to mental health situations. At the September 13 press conference, the assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division said that over the last 3 years, Portland police have used deadly force 12 times, 10 of which involved people with mental health issues. A preliminary agreement has since been reached to make changes to PPB officer training, practices and supervision, the DOJ said. Source: excessive-force/FvH7faP4jkqYZnnoNS5fvQ.cspx


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