Transportation Sector

. August 11, WIBC 93.1 FM Indianapolis – (Indiana) Semi explosion kills driver in Boone County. A three-vehicle crash August 11 in a Boone County, Indiana construction zone killed a semi driver and shut down a stretch of the interstate. Indiana State Police said the crash happened about 3:45 am, in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65, near the US 52 exit. Police said the driver who was killed was southbound in a semi and crashed into a semi stopped in construction traffic. It is not immediately clear why he failed to stop. The impact of the crash triggered a chain-reaction crash into a third semi. The crash sparked a fire and explosion in two box trailers being pulled by the middle semi. The fire was tough to extinguish because the trailers were loaded with barrels of petroleum and paint. State highway engineers said the fire did not cause permanent damage to the interstate. Source:

. August 10, WTVT 13 Tampa – (Florida) School bus crashes into pond. Authorities said a bus full of central Florida students crashed into a pond in Melbourne on the way to school. The Florida Highway Patrol reported the 67-year-old bus driver was transporting 26 students to Viera High School August 10 when he apparently experienced some kind of medical episode and lost consciousness. The Brevard County school bus veered off the road and into a retention pond. The front end of the bus went several feet underwater, but the back end remained on land. The students exited the rear emergency door. Rescue workers responded and took the driver to a nearby hospital, where he was in stable condition. The crash remains under investigation. No charges were immediately filed. Source: 08102011 For more stories, see items 2, 27, and 37

Postal and Shipping Sector

. August 10, WGHP 8 Sophia – (North Carolina) Woman used fake checks to buy over $12,000 in stamps. A Gastonia, North Carolina, woman has been charged with using fraudulent checks to buy over $12,000 worth of stamps across the Piedmont. The woman allegedly asked for 50 coils of stamps August 8 at the Thomasville, North Carolina, branch of the U.S. Post Office. When employees attempted to verify the check, police said workers discovered the account number belonged to a business in Greensboro, North Carolina. Officers with the Thomasville Police Department responded to the scene and arrested the woman. Officers searched the woman’s car and found numerous postage stamps, receipts and two more fraudulent checks. Police said the postage stamps were worth $12,388.90, and were bought from post offices in Greensboro using fraudulent checks. She has been charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretenses. She received a $15,000 secured bond and has an August 25 court date. Thomasville police are also working with the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office in the investigation. Source: 110810,0,2392680.story

Emergency Services Sector

. August 10, Ansonia Valley Independent Sentinel – (Connecticut) Guns stolen from Ansonia fire chief’s office. Ansonia, Connecticut’s fire chief has been placed on administrative leave after two of his guns were stolen from the fire chief’s office, the mayor said. The fire chief’s office is city property. The guns were stored there without permission, the mayor said in a prepared statement August 10. The guns — a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a Smith and Wesson 5.56 caliber rifle — were among several items stolen. The office is located at the public works complex off North Division Street. The burglary was reported at 7:54 a.m. August 9, when public works employees arrived at the building and noticed a back door had been forced open. The building is shared by the public works department (DPW) and five Ansonia Fire Department chiefs. Nothing was reported missing from the DPW. In addition to the two guns, $6,000 worth of fire equipment was stolen including a Scott air pack, five scanners, a portable radio charger, five sets of earmuffs, and five sets of safety glasses. Source: onia_fire_chiefs_office

. August 10, National Journal – (National) FCC may create standards for emergency text programs. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman has long said he wants the public to be able to contact emergency officials by text message, and August 10 he announced plans to establish technical standards that could govern these programs. The agency will launch a rulemaking proceeding next month to create technical standards for wireless companies and public safety agencies who offer socalled “Next Generation 911” services. The goal is to enable the public to contact emergency officials through their cell phones, sending texts, photos, and video. Efforts to make that possible are occurring on a piecemeal basis in communities across the country. The FCC thinks it can speed that process and make it safer by examining possible technical standards for wireless carriers and emergency agencies who launch these services. Some communities have set up trial programs. The Durham Emergency Communication Center in North Carolina already accepts 911 text messages from Verizon Wireless customers. The FCC said the services could be available across the country in 5 to 10 years. Source: e.php

. August 10, Northwest Cable News – (National) Washington among first states to receive Homeland Response Force. Washington National Guard’s new Homeland Response Force is training crews for a certification evaluation the week of August 8. The training is held at the Spokane Readiness Center. The force consists of 560 citizensoldiers and airmen trained in responding to the effects of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events. Training includes detection and decontamination, medical assistance, search and extraction, command and control, and security operations. The new force added 60 full-time positions within the state’s National Guard. The soldiers will be able to respond within 6 to 12 hours of receiving an order from the governor. The force will be able to respond to major events in other states if called upon by the Washington governor or the U.S. President. Washington State and Ohio are the first states in the nation to field Homeland Response Forces. Source:

. August 10, WTVT 13 Tampa – (Colorado; Florida; Georgia) Sibling suspects nabbed following Colorado chase. A week-long nationwide manhunt for three fugitive siblings from Pasco County, Florida ended along a remote stretch of Colorado interstate after the trio was arrested at the end of a chase. Colorado State Patrol troopers took the three siblings into custody after car chase and crash in the town of Walsenburg. The trio is suspected of shooting at a Zephyrhills, Florida police officer during a high-speed chase August 2, and later robbing a bank in Valdosta, Georgia. The trio did not surrender peacefully August 10. They were reported to be at a campground in Colorado City, but when deputies caught up with them at a nearby gas station, they sped off. The subsequent chase continued for about 20 miles on southbound Interstate 25 until troopers deployed “stop sticks” and the vehicle crashed. The trio fired guns at their pursuers during the chase, officials said, and continued to flee even after their wrecked car came to rest atop a guardrail. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a gun at a Walsenburg officer as she ran. The officer fired one shot at her, hitting her in the leg. Another sibling took off running and was caught about 10 minutes later. No law enforcement officers were hurt during the chase or the arrests. Source: suspects-arrest-081011

. August 10, WTVT 13 Tampa – (Florida) Deputy suspended for letting suspect escape. A Tampa Bay, Florida-area sheriff’s deputy has accepted a 5-day suspension for allowing a DUI suspect to escape from her patrol car and drive off, eventually killing a motorcyclist. A report released August 9 recommends that the Pasco County deputy be suspended for violating prisoner custody and transport regulations. The report said the 23-year-old deputy left a window of her patrol car down while the suspect was in custody in the back seat after a May 10 traffic stop. Deputies said the 21-year-old suspect got one hand free of her cuffs and escaped, speeding off in her pickup truck and injuring the deputy when she tried to stop her. Deputies said the suspect drove through a red light at an intersection and killed a man riding a motorcycle. She is now charged with his murder. Source: for-letting-suspect-escape-081011

. August 10, WVEC 13 Norfolk – (Virginia) Spotty 911 service for some Eastern Shore Verizon customers. Some Virginia Eastern Shore Verizon customers had no 911 service August 10. A spokesman with Eastern Shore of Virginia 911 said the sporadic problems in Northampton and Accomack counties occurred in the early morning hours. “The problems Verizon is experiencing with 9-1-1 service is impacting wire-line and wireless 9-1-1 calls,” he told In Williamsburg, an e-mail from the city said a Verizon outage on the DSL line affected the Prince George Street parking garage. That took down the automated payment system, so parking was free in that garage until repairs were made. Verizon said the problem was fixed later August 10. Source: 127442973.html

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