Infrastructure Daily News 10.12.11

Transportation Sector

. October 10, Associated Press – (Washington) TSA finds loaded gun at Seattle airport for the second time in a week. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said officers found a loaded handgun at security checkpoint at Seattle-Tacoma International for the second time in a week, according to the Associated Press October 10. A TSA spokeswoman said the first handgun was found October 1 during routine carry-on baggage screening. Officers found another loaded handgun in a carry-on bag October 5. Both passengers were arrested. Passengers are prohibited from carrying firearms or ammunition in carry-on baggage. Source: html

. October 8, NY1 News – (New York) JFK passenger busted for carrying weapons cache. An Egyptian man was facing charges after security agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, found a cache of weapons in his carry-on bag. Authorities said the passenger was headed to Paris, France, when he was stopped October 4. The Transportation Security Administration said the items in his bag included two stun guns, a sword, and four pairs of brass knuckles. The passenger was charged with nine misdemeanor counts of criminal weapons possession. Source: weapons-cache

. October 7, KDKA 2 Pittsburgh; Associated Press; CBS – (Pennsylvania) Thieves steal 50-foot bridge in Western Pa. Pennsylvania State Police said thieves snuck away with a 50-foot steel bridge. A state police spokesman said in a report filed October 6 that the bridge in North Beaver Township was stolen sometime between September 27-October 5. According to CBS affiliate KDKA, the 20-foot wide bridge was in a wooded area along a railroad line, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Police said it was made out of corrugated steel and valued at about $100,000. The thieves used a blowtorch to cut the bridge apart. They presumably aim to sell it for scrap metal. Source: For more stories, see items 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 23, 37, and 56

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. October 11, North Andover Eagle-Tribune – (New Hampshire) Atkinson police station still source of air quality woes. One dispatcher at the Atkinson, New Hampshire police department said she has had breathing problems since she starting working at the police station. She said some of her coworkers have experienced similar problems. The department’s air quality issues were addressed in the recently released municipal resources report, an independent analysis of the department. The cause of the problems is water damage from a roof leaking over the years, the study said. Selectmen said they are committed to fixing the problem. The town planned to tear out and replace the duct work over the summer, but delayed the project because of the police chief’s health problems. The project will take at least 3 days, the selectman said, so the department has to vacate the building. The board is still trying to work out a schedule with the contractor. Source: still-source-of-air-quality-woes

. October 10, WCMH 4 Columbus – (Ohio) Woman found sleeping in stolen Columbus police vehicle. A woman is in custody, accused of stealing an unmarked police vehicle during an incident October 10. Columbus, Ohio police arrested her at a rest area along Interstate 71 north, south of Route 36/37 in Delaware County at 8:49 a.m. She was being sought after allegedly stealing the police vehicle from a parking lot at 2 a.m. According to police, she managed to get behind the wheel and allegedly sped off. She is facing charges of aggravated robbery, grand theft, and failure to comply with a police order. According to police, the suspect was found asleep in the vehicle at the rest stop. Columbus police took her into custody. Two officers were injured during the initial incident. One of the officers was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released. Source: police-vehicle-ar-779163/

. October 10, WFPL 89.3 FM Louisville – (Kentucky) City-wide alert system should be functional by Oct. 26. The city-wide alert system to warn Louisville, Kentucky, residents of emergencies should be functional in about 2 weeks. The Florida-based Emergency Communications Network is finished hooking the city into its nationwide network. Metro Government began looking into the possibility of an alert system after an accident in the Rubbertown neighborhood released chemicals and killed two workers. Area residents did not know whether they should evacuate or stay where they were. The new system will alert people about accidents or weather emergencies in their neighborhoods — as long as they have signed up on the city’s Web site. The system was originally intended to provide alerts about chemical releases, but now it does much more, including weather notifications. The president of Emergency Communications Network said the technology uses home addresses, so it only sends alerts to residents in the path of a storm. The system setup is complete, and he said Metro Government staff will be trained to use the technology in the next few weeks. He said the system should be entirely functional by October 26. The system will cost $150,000 a year for the first 3 years; after that, the contract will be renegotiated. Source: oct-26/

. October 9, Associated Press – (Iowa) Center reports 911 outages in 3 Iowa communities. The center that handles 911 calls for three central Iowa communities said October 9 it has been experiencing intermittent outages. A release from the Westcom Emergency Communications Center said the outages affected 911 calls made in Clive, Urbandale, and West Des Moines October 8 and 9. The center said the phone technicians located the source of the problem and believed they had corrected the issue as of the afternoon of October 9. Source:,0,5547470.story For another story, see item 49

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