Infrastructure Daily News 12.13.11

Transportation Sector

. December 12, Chicago Tribune – (Illinois) Chicago police fatally shoot man at train station. Chicago police shot and killed a man at an ‘L’ station December 11 when he pointed two pistols at officers. A spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) said it appeared a gunman may have committed “suicide by cop.” The incident began with officers responding to calls of a man with a gun at the Western/Cermak Pink Line station at about 8 p.m., according to a police and FOP spokesman. When officers from the Monroe District arrived, they found the man holding a gun to his own head, he said. The officers tried calming the man, but he pulled a second handgun and pointed both at officers. The officers, put in a “defensive posture,” fired their weapons, striking the man. He was later pronounced dead, the spokesman said. The shooting is being investigated by the independent police review authority, which investigates all policeinvolved shootings. Source: station

. December 12, Associated Press – (National) Occupy protesters blocking gates at West Coast ports, halt operations at some. Hundreds of Wall Street protesters blocked gates at some of the West Coast’s busiest ports December 12, causing the partial shutdown of several in a day of demonstrations they hope will cut into the profits of the corporations that run the docks. The closures affected some of the terminals at the ports in Oakland, California, Portland, Oregon, and Longview, Washington, though it was not immediately clear how much the shutdowns would affect operations and what the economic loss would be. From California to as far away as Vancouver, British Columbia, protesters picketed gates, beating drums, carrying signs such as “Shutdown Wall St. on the Waterfront” and causing longer wait times for trucks. There were a handful of arrests by the late afternoon, but no major clashes with police. While the demonstrations were largely peaceful and isolated to a few gates at each port, local officials in the union that represents longshoremen and, in some cases, port officials, determined the conditions were unsafe for workers. In Oakland, shipping companies and the longshoremen’s union agreed to send home about 150 workers, essentially halting operations at two terminals, and leaving a long line of big rigs outside one of the entrances. In Portland, authorities shuttered two terminals after protestors blocked semitrailers from making deliveries, and arrested arresting two people who were carrying weapons. And in Longview, workers were sent home out of concerns for their “health and safety.” Port officials erected fences and told workers to stay home, a port spokesman said. Source: west-coast-ports-despite-rejection-by-longshoreunion/ 2011/12/12/gIQA3zP3oO_story.html

. December 12, Boston Business Journal – (Massachusetts; New York; Connecticut) Amtrak suspends service between New York and Boston. Amtrak canceled Acela and Northeast Regional trains between Boston and New York City, December 12. Amtrak suspended its service between New York and Boston after a tree fell at about 8 a.m. on overhead wires near Guilford, Connecticut, cutting electric power to the train tracks. Work was underway to remove the tree, according to an Amtrak news release. However, Amtrak had no time estimate for a restoration of service. Amtrak was issuing refunds to ticketed travelers, and offering the ability to rebook without fee or penalty. Service from New York to Washington D.C. was not affected, Amtrak said. Source: canceled.html

. December 12, Associated Press – (Wisconsin) Wis. man suspected in drunken crash that injured 6. Columbia County, Wisconsin authorities said a suspected drunken driver slammed into a bridge, causing major damage to the structure, and sending six passengers to a hospital. The sheriff’s office said the single-vehicle crash was reported December 11 about 1:15 a.m. in the Town of Lodi. Deputies said the car struck the bridge and flipped over. Some of the occupants were thrown from the vehicle. None of the passengers were wearing a seatbelt. The driver was arrested and jailed on six tentative charges of first-offense drunken driving causing injury. Source:, 0,1684643.story

. December 11, WAGA 5 Atlanta – (Georgia) Gun discharges at Atlanta’s airport. A gun found in the carry-on luggage of a passenger attempting to make it past the main security checkpoint at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport December 11, accidentally discharged on authorities investigating the incident. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson said the gun was discovered around 9 a.m. while going through X-ray screening. TSA officials alerted the Atlanta Police Department to the gun being found. A small caliber round described as “snake shot” was discharged inside the carry-on bag while officers were handling it. TSA officials said the shot was contained to the carry-on bag. Atlanta police took the gun and the unidentified passenger into custody. Source: E2%80%99s-airport-20111211-tm

. December 10, Associated Press – (Indiana; Kentucky) FHA: Inspectors misjudged Sherman Minton cracks. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has determined that cracks in a key weight-bearing beam on the Sherman Minton Bridge between Indiana and Kentucky were improperly classified by inspectors for years before the span carrying Interstate 64 traffic over the Ohio River was ordered closed in September, a report said December 10. An FHA memo updated within the past week said cracks in welded areas were detected at least 30 years ago and should have been deemed “critical” in inspection findings, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. Also, the most recent company hired to inspect the bridge gave Indiana “incorrect advice” about the cracks’ condition, the newspaper quoted the memo as saying. Indiana and federal officials said the cracks were not severe enough to warrant closing the bridge. But the discovery the cracks were “critical” — a trigger for additional inspections or other immediate action — prompted the work that found a separate, hidden crack on the bridge, resulting in its September 9 closure. The memo said the cracks were caused by hydrogen being caught in the metal during welding. Previously, inspectors believed the cracks developed from fatigue, a FHA administrator said. Officials closed the nearly 50-year-old bridge in September after a crack was found in a steel support beam, leading to traffic delays as about 80,000 vehicles that used the span each day were funneled onto the area’s two other Ohio River bridges. Source:, 0,7348285.story

. December 9, Federal Aviation Administration – (National) FAA proposes $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprop aircraft on 49,870 flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleged Horizon installed new external lighting systems on the aircraft, but did not conduct required tests for radio frequency and electromagnetic interference before returning the aircraft to service. Horizon operated the aircraft between October 19, 2009 and March 17, 2010, before the FAA discovered the compliance problems during routine surveillance. Horizon immediately completed tests and inspections of all 32 aircraft before further flights. Horizon Air has 30 days from receipt of the civil penalty letter to respond. Source: For more stories, see items 1 and 5

Postal and Shipping Sector
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Emergency Services Sector

. December 12, WPMT 43 York – (Pennsylvania) Police: Man charged after calling Cumberland County 911 over 15 times. A Cumberland County, Pennsylvania man is charged with disorderly conduct after placing more than 15 non-emergency calls to 911 dispatchers. Police said the man repeatedly called Carlisle Police and Cumberland County 911 November 10 and 11. It is unclear what he said to emergency workers during the phone calls. However, officers did go to his house to check on his welfare. Investigators warned him to stop calling after they determined there was no emergency taking place. Despite the warnings, the man continued to harass emergency workers. Source: times,0,2766686.story?track=rss

. December 12, Softpedia – (National) Major US law enforcement Website shut down after data breach. The official website of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail ( has been shut down after hackers supporting the AntiSec movement managed to obtain access to thousands of account details, leaking them all online. A hacker called Exphin1ty is responsible for this latest operation against a government institution. He states this is a form of retaliation against the “American law enforcement’s inhumane treatments of occupiers.” Identification numbers, the dates when accounts were created, names, titles, agency names, addresses, cities, states, zip codes, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and hashed passwords were posted online by the hacker. Exphin1ty claims military and law enforcement personnel, federal agents, security companies, and even large corporations such as Microsoft may be affected by the breach. The CLEAR USA Web site is now displaying a message that states the “account has been suspended”, which means that its owners are working on fixing the security issues that left it vulnerable. Source: Down-After-Data-Breach-239859.shtml

. December 8, Los Angeles Times – (California) FBI seeking bomber who tossed Molotov cocktails into police post. The FBI is offering $5,000 for help in finding and prosecuting the person who authorities said threw two Molotov cocktails at a police outpost near the University of California (UC), Santa Barbara in November and left taunting graffiti messages. A surveillance video released by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department December 8 showed a suspect hurling two projectiles at the Isla Vista foot patrol building about 7:45 p.m. November 15. The devices did not injure anyone. But they caused damage to the exterior of the building, and caused a windshield on a nearby patrol vehicle to shatter, authorities said. A witness reported seeing a lone person, dressed in black, running south from the scene. On the next day, graffiti containing references to the attack was found on and around Snidecor Hall, located on the UC Santa Barbara campus about 500 yards from the bombing site, Santa Barbara sheriff’s deputies said. The markings included the words “Crazy Irish,” possibly the suspect’s moniker, officials said. Source: santa-barbara-firebombing.html For another story, see item 48


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