Sunday, March 13, 2005

Weekly Toll

Locust Grove resident is electrocuted

Tulsa, OK -- An employee of a Tulsa Port of Catoosa company was electrocuted Friday afternoon.

Jonathan Lee Graves, 30, of Locust Grove was doing repair work on the electrical panel of a crane when he was electrocuted at the Catoosa Fertilizer Terminal.

Larry Elkin, chief investigator for the Rogers County Sheriff's Office, said Graves was transported to a Tulsa hospital and pronounced dead.

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa Web site states that the Catoosa Fertilizer Terminal is owned by ConAgra Inc. and provides storage and distribution of fertilizer and other dry bulk products.

Birmingham teen charged in Radio Shack slaying

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A teenager fired from a job at a Radio Shack store has been charged with capital murder in the robbery and death of a worker at the store who was shot execution-style.

Police said Brandon Washington, 17, was charged in the killing of Justin Campbell, 20, at a Radio Shack store in Roebuck on Jan. 16 where he was working alone.

Fisherman dies after fire on boat

HYANNIS, Mass. -- A fisherman has died as a result of a fire on a boat east of Nantucket, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued four New Bedford fishermen from a life raft Tuesday night after the Enterprise, a 72-foot fishing boat, caught fire two miles off Nantucket, Coast Guard spokeswoman Kelly Newlin said.

One of the four, William Langisera, 45, later died at Cape Cod Hospital.

Trench Collapse Victim Leaves Large Family
Wife, Nine Children Remember Him As Cowboy At Heart

DuPONT, Ind. -- The worker killed in a Tri-state trench collapse Friday left nine children, one step daughter, five grandchildren and a grieving wife. The family of 48-year-old John Mefford describes him as a fun loving family man who was a cowboy at heart. Mefford lived here in DuPont, about 60 miles west of Cincinnati. His family was making funeral arrangements over the weekend. Mefford died working on a Lawrenceburg city sewer project behind the Dearborn County Hospital. He was in a 15-foot trench when the walls caved in. Co-workers dug frantically but couldn't save him It took the Hamilton County Urban Search and Rescue Team more than 12 hours to recover the body.

Fairfield jewelers killed in robbery

Fairfield, CT -- In a horrific crime that shocked this quiet community, the husband-and-wife owners of a downtown jewelry store were slain in a burst of gunfire during an apparent robbery Wednesday. The bandit escaped.

The double homicide occurred just before 6 p.m. at Donnelly Jewelry, 1438 Post Road.

Kimberly Ann Donnelly, 52, died at Bridgeport Hospital. Her husband, Timothy F. Donnelly, also 52, was pronounced dead at the store. They lived on Eaton Street in Bridgeport.

State and local police were investigating whether the Fairfield slayings were linked to earlier jewelry store robberies in Westchester, Rockland, and Nassau counties in New York. Police from those jurisdictions were headed to Fairfield late Wednesday.

Union City man found dead in ditch

UNION CITY, CA — The Alameda County Coroners Office is expected to perform an autopsy today on the body of a 36-year-old Union City man discovered over the weekend in a shallow ditch off Interstate 880 near the Hayward border. Pedestrians found the body of Robert Gonzales face down in about 2 feet of water just before 5 p.m. Saturday near the corner of Whipple Road and Dyer Street, Sgt. Mark Quindoy said Sunday. On most weekend afternoons, Gonzales, who was employed by a nearby furniture store, could be seen at the busy intersection listening to his Walkman and holding a giant arrow sign with the words Furniture Liquidation Mattress, co-workers said.

Cabby Killed in Stop at Convenience Store

Washington, DC -- Two Men Attack Eritrean Immigrant in Northeast Washington, Police Say The taxicab that Esayas Alazar rented was supposed to have been disabled, but on Friday night he drove it to his death. The 50-year-old Eritrean native was shot as he left a convenience store in the 4900 block of South Dakota Avenue NE about 9:30 p.m., D.C. police said.

Hills mourns public service worker who died on the job

Rochester, MI- An equipment operator for the city of Rochester Hills died March 1 while plowing a city street. William (Bill) Thurston, 60, collapsed while operating a road grader on Perrydale. Several residents told police he made one pass on the road, then pulled the grader over to the side around 1:30-1:40 p.m. They believed he was taking his lunch break. But when the grader hadn't moved by around 2:15 p.m., a resident went to check on the driver and found him slumped over the wheel. He was pronounced dead at 3:04 p.m. Heart disease is suspected as the cause of death. Thurston, of Utica, was a crew leader and heavy equipment operator and had been employed by the city's Department of Public Service for 27 years. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and making stained glass.

Shooting in Shively leaves man dead; suspect sought

Shively, KY- Shively's first homicide in three years occurred early yesterday outside a nightclub on Dixie Highway, and police are looking for a suspect. Michael L. Teasley, 32, a security employee of Club 502, was shot multiple times and died at 4:14 a.m. at University Hospital, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley said. Teasley, who lived in the 1600 block of Moore Court, near Shively, was found in the parking lot of the club, 2509 Dixie Highway, at 3:43 a.m. by Shively police called to the scene. Police Chief Ralph Miller said the victim had evicted the assailant from the club earlier in the evening. The man returned near closing time and shot Teasley, who was escorting patrons to their cars, Miller said.

Hardeeville officer dies in cruiser crash early Sun. morning

Hardeeville, SC - A Hardeeville Police officer was killed after his cruiser flipped over and hit a tree on Interstate 95. Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls says 34-year-old Corporal Mark Jones of Hardeeville died instantly in the wreck shortly after 4:00 Sunday morning.

Man killed in Morristown factory accident

MORRISTOWN, KS -- A Jefferson City man was killed early Wednesday morning in an accident at a Morristown factory. Employees of Mountain Valley Recycling, 5501 Jeffery Lane in Morristown, say they discovered Juan Carlos Martinez was missing when the machinery he was operating stopped working. He was found dead inside the machinery at about 4:40 a.m.

Trucks collide, killing 1 driver, injuring another

Denver, CO -- A dump truck driver died and another was hurt when their vehicles collided at Stapleton on Monday.

Their names were not released.

At 8:30 a.m., one dump truck struck another, said Tom Gleason of Forest City Stapleton Inc. The trucks were hauling dirt on a construction road in preparation for building a new park in Stapleton.

One of the drivers, a 57-year-old man, died at the scene, and the other suffered serious injuries, Denver police Detective Teresa Garcia said. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center.

The Denver Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Dump Truck Driver Killed In Freight Train Crash

BUNNELL, Fla. -- A man was killed in a crash between a freight train and a dump truck in Flagler County. An engineer from the mile-long train suffered minor injuries Monday as a load of dirt from the truck scattered across the train in the rural town of Bunnell. The southbound train struck the truck behind the cab and dragged it about 300 feet down the tracks. The truck spun around as the train tore it apart. The truck's fill dirt, engine and driver were ejected, and the train continued for another 200 yards before it finally stopped.

Man killed in Port of Iberia accident

Port of Iberia, LA- Employee trapped when toolbox fell from forklift. A workplace accident early today killed an employee at Dynamic Industries at the Port of Iberia, Iberia sheriff’s deputies said. The early investigation indicates that the 48-year-old employee was killed just before 1 a.m. when a heavy toolbox fell from a forklift as the box was being unloaded from a truck. The toolbox pinned the man between the fork lifted and the trucks bed.

Pilot killed in W. Milford taught flying for 5 decades

West Milford, NJ--As a kid in upstate New York, Harold E. Botsford Jr.'s favorite haunt was the local airport. When he wasn't begging for rides with his pilot brother, he would wash down planes and study their controls. By 1941, the 16-year-old Botsford had his license to fly.On Sunday, the Cessna crashed within 100 feet of the auto body shop where De Groat works. "We can hear them whenever they come over," he said. "But I didn't hear any engine on this plane." Warden said it sounded like a stall. "Since that runway is built on a hilltop, it looks like they never really gained any altitude - they just went down after leaving the runway," he said.

Woman slain at South Side landscaping company, Another woman in custody

Tucson, AZ- Colleague's wife faces murder count A woman walked into an office Monday morning with a shotgun and pulled the trigger, according to witnesses and investigators. She didn't say a word until her husband, the victim's co-worker, ran inside and grabbed her. "What'd you do that for?" he asked, throwing the shotgun outside. A moment later, 38-year-old Dawn Wear gave herself up to Pima County sheriff's deputies, and paramedics tried in vain to revive 36-year-old Annette Lucas. She died at the scene.

City Employee Charged With Murder In Slayings

LOS ANGELES, CA -- A Los Angeles city employee accused of using an assault rifle to kill a supervisor and co-worker at a maintenance yard last week was charged Tuesday with capital murder. Thomas Sampson, 25, is to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on two counts of murder and one count of possession of an assault weapon -- an SKS rifle with a detached magazine. The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murders. Prosecutors have not yet decided if they will seek the death penalty. Sampson is accused of fatally shooting his 54-year-old supervisor, Rene Flores, and 49-year-old co-worker Ricardo Garris, last Thursday afternoon at the city street maintenance yard at 2474 E. Olympic Blvd., where all three worked.

Worker Slain in Aspen Hill Holdup

Washington DC- Syed Rizvi did what he was told. When a man demanded money in the snack shop of the Mobil gas station in Aspen Hill yesterday afternoon, the 55-year-old clerk handed over the cash. The gesture was not enough. With no apparent provocation, the man then shot Rizvi in the head as several employees and customers stood in the shop. Rizvi died about 90 minutes later at a Baltimore hospital.

Man dies in trench collapse

SUN CITY HILTON HEAD, SC- A construction worker died Tuesday after a trench collapsed in Sun City. Delfino Martinez, 39, of Rincon, Ga., was working for a subcontractor, Construction Projects Group of Dallas, when the accident happened shortly after 3 p.m., said Beaufort County death investigator Bob Bromage. Martinez, a native of Mexico, was installing irrigation when the trench collapsed on him. He was pulled out and rushed to Coastal Carolina Medical Center in Hardeeville where he was declared dead a short time later.

Martinez was working for Dallas-based Construction Projects Group, Bromage said. An autopsy is scheduled for today at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.

Worker Found Dead in Tube

Philadelphia, PA— New Castle County paramedics say a 46-year-old man died this morning after he was swept away on a conveyer belt and lodged in a three-foot-diameter tube at a plant in New Castle. Authorities say it happened around 5 a-m at the Clean Earth plant on Pyles Lane. The company says Rick Miller may have suffered a heart attack. Paramedics say Miller was missing for about 45 minutes when co-workers found him in the tube. They say he may have suffocated. New Castle County Police are investigating the accident. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Family seeking answers in son's death

Sterling,CO- Two Sterling parents plan to bury their son here, after he fell 180 feet to his death Friday from a cellular phone tower outside Yuma. The man's father said Tuesday he wants to know why the accident happened. Rich Ballasch also said he wants cell phone users to recognize the perils of high-tower work, like his 35-year-old son Stephan Ballasch faced. His parents plan a memorial here for the Wray father of three daughters, who also is survived by his wife, Lori. "It's a very dangerous job," Ballasch's father said. "I know he was using his safety equipment, his safety harness," he added, saying he recently talked with his son's co-workers at Viaero Wireless.

Pottstown man dies in fall at construction site

Pottstown,PA-- A Pottstown man fell to his death Saturday while working at the construction site of the Shannondell complex, police said. The accident occurred just after 8 a.m. Saturday at the Audubon site, according to Lower Providence Township Police Chief Francis L. Carroll. Jimmer B. Burbank, 21, who had been working as a roofer, was in the bucket of a lift unit when the mechanism tipped, police reports state. The victim fell approximately 50 feet to the ground and suffered multiple injuries to his body, Carroll said.

Worker killed in partial collapse of trench

CLAYTON TWP., MI- A worker laying sewer lines for a new subdivision was killed Wednesday when a frozen chunk of earth broke loose from a trench wall and hit him. Robert Orr, 52, of Flint was working in a 12-foot-deep trench when the chunk rolled down the wall and pushed him against the cement pipeline, township Police Chief Chuck Melki said.

Vallery Arrested

LAFAYETTE, La. - A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in the hotel where she worked was arrested Thursday in Theriot. Acting on a tip, police called the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office to tell them Vallery was at the home of a friend in the community of Theriot, along Bayou Dularge. Vallery was arrested without incident, Police said. Jennifer Herring, 30, of Scott, died at a hospital early Wednesday afternoon after a man walked into the lobby of the Microtel Inn and Suites in Lafayette and shot her repeatedly.

Trucker crushed to death by pallet

Queens, NY- A Canadian trucker loading a big rig in Queens was killed yesterday when a pallet of glass fell and crushed him, police said. The 54-year-old driver and another worker were standing near the truck about 12:20 p.m. in College Point when the casing around the large pallet gave way, police said. "It could have been any one of us," said a trucker at Empire Architectural Metal & Glass Corp. who asked not to be identified. Empire makes storefront and interior glass displays.

Barbershop employee shot, killed after argument

Houston, TX -- Homicide detectives are investigation the overnight shooting that apparently involved an employee of a barbershop on Avenue F in Houston's east side. Detectives say that according to witnesses, there was an argument in front of the barbershop at around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. They say the employee then ran down Avenue F and was struck at least seven times by a high-caliber weapon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Boy, 14, Charged With Killing School Bus Driver

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. -- A 14-year-old boy was charged with fatally shooting a school bus driver as she drove her morning route Wednesday. A relative of the driver said she had reported the boy a day earlier for using smokeless tobacco on the bus.

Northrop Grumman worker shot at coast shipyard dies.

PASCAGOULA, LA — A Northrop Grumman Ship Systems employee shot last week at the company's Gulf Coast shipyard died Thursday, officials said. Donald Ray Eddins, 53, was pronounced dead at 3:20 p.m. at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, hospital officials told The Associated Press. "He was a valued co-worker and a friend to many in Northrop Grumman, and in his community," the company said in a statement. "We, as a company, join all who knew him in mourning his death, and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and co-workers as, together, we work through these tragic times." Eddins, of Theodore, Ala., died 10 days after he and a co-worker were allegedly shot by another employee on Feb. 21. None of the 24 students on the bus, ranging from kindergarten to the 12th grade, was hurt, even though the bus crashed into a utility pole after driver Joyce Gregory was shot.

Forklift accident kills landscaper in Bluffton, Second workplace fatality this week

BLUFFTON, SC -- A 21-year-old landscaper died Thursday morning when he was run over by a forklift in Berkeley Hall, the Beaufort County Coroner's Office said. The 8:30 a.m. accident on Hopsewee Drive was the second workplace fatality in Bluffton this week involving a Mexican-born laborer. It was the third such incident in southern Beaufort County in the past six months and comes at a time when the state labor board is pushing safety measures on the job. Coroner Curt Copeland identified the man killed Thursday as Silvero Pacheo Esteban of Beaufort.

West Sac man crushed on job beneath iron

Woodland,CA- A man was crushed under a 3,000-pound piece of iron in West Sacramento last week. James Gomez, 45, of Los Angeles, died at 6:22 p.m. on Feb. 28 of multiple blunt force injuries due to compression beneath the weight, Yolo County Deputy Coroner Robert LaBrash said Wednesday.

Funeral set for man killed in well accident

MARSHALL, TX – Services for Michael Wayne Knighton, 19, who died in a drilling accident Wednesday, are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pirtle Cemetery under the direction of Rader Funeral Home. The Overton resident was killed and three people were injured in the accident at a well site in Woodlawn, north of Marshall. State and federal agencies on Wednesday completed an investigation into the incident, but a spokesman for Mercer Well Services said the company is not ready to release their findings.

Atlantic City officer dies after being struck by bus

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- A 28-year-old patrolman who hails from a family of policemen and firefighters died Friday of injuries suffered when he was struck by a tour bus while directing traffic. Officer Thomas McMeekin Jr., 28, a five-year veteran of the Atlantic City Police Department, was diverting traffic from an accident scene a block from the casino strip about 5 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by an empty bus.

Kissimmee manager killed during robbery on tourist strip

Orlando, FL- Relatives and friends of a manager gunned down at her job at a Checkers restaurant were mourning Thursday as investigators tried to find the man who killed her. The shooting happened Wednesday at Old Town, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex on the U.S. Highway 192 tourist strip, about 11:50 p.m., said Capt. July Rivers, an Osceola County sheriff's spokesman. Manager Betty Jane Wise, 56, was shot about an hour before closing.

DHL driver killed in crash

Westchester, NY — A delivery truck driver died yesterday after he collided with another truck, then struck a concrete pillar beneath the New York State Thruway overpass along Route 59. The 2:50 p.m. accident ripped open the front end of the 15-foot DHL Worldwide Express vehicle and crumpled the cab, Orangetown police said. The driver was found unconscious on the glass-covered ground near the yellow truck. A doctor driving by stopped and tried to resuscitate him, Sgt. Sean Russo said. The man was taken to Nyack Hospital by the Nyack Community Ambulance Corps. Rockland Paramedic Services responded as well.

Pepsi driver killed in accident

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A 50-year-old driver for the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Salisbury apparently drove his truck off the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel as he was heading north toward Maryland, and home. Howard Hannah, a Salisbury resident, was the driver, a Pepsi official said. Bridge authorities said Hannah's tractor-trailer was traveling in the northbound lanes at around 3:40 a.m. Friday when it overran 240 feet of guardrail on the right-hand side, left the road and plunged into the water. Paige Addison of the bridge's public relations office said a motorist had reported seeing a "fireball" on the bridge at that time in a call to a toll plaza. The Virginian-Pilot reported that Coast Guard search teams recovered the body from the water at about 12:40 p.m. Friday, floating near Fishermans Island at the north end of the bridge.

Prosecutor's staffer slain on Westside

Indianapolis, IN-Police today were investigating the killing of a paralegal in Marion County prosecutor's office during a robbery at his Westside apartment. Joseph L. Johnson, 40, was shot twice in the chest on the 3200 block of Tara Court East at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Indianapolis Police Sgt. Gary King said. After he was shot, Johnson called 911 to report it, King said. When police arrived, Johnson was on the floor. He was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Woman Dead After Cingular Call Center Shooting

Lubbock, TX- A 20-year-old Lubbock woman is dead and her boyfriend is charged with murder. 22-year-old Raymon Montelongo Jr. was arrested just minutes after turning himself into police and is being held at the Lubbock County Jail.. Montelongo allegedly shot Erica Perez in the Cingular call center parking lot where she worked around 1:05pm Friday afternoon. About 1:38pm, Montelongo came to LPD with information regarding the shooting. His black Monte Carlo match the vehicle description of the car on scene. Police processed the car and found a semi-automatic pistol. Perez died two hours later at University Medical Center.

Hermosa shooting kills 1 brother, injures another

Hermosa Beach, CA -- Two brothers are gunned down at their construction job behind the Rocky Cola Cafe. The gunman apparently approached the pair as they arrived for work and then escaped. Two brothers were shot and one was killed in a shooting Saturday morning behind a popular Hermosa Beach restaurant filled with customers, authorities said. The men -- both construction workers -- were shot just after 9 a.m. behind Rocky Cola Cafe, where 10th Street dead ends just west of Pacific Coast Highway. The assailant apparently approached the workers as they arrived for work at a residential construction site near the restaurant, said Hermosa Beach police Sgt. Paul Wolcott.

Clerk shot to death during robbery

Middletown, NY- An employee at a grocery store in the City of Newburgh was killed yesterday during an apparent robbery attempt, police said last night. Jose Morales, 68, of Newburgh, was shot to death just before 4 p.m. while working as a clerk at the Latin Grocery at 193 Broadway, police said. No description of the killer was available at press time.

Lawrence police officer dies in crash

Lawrence, IN- A Lawrence police officer was killed shortly before midnight Saturday when his patrol car was struck by a minivan pursued by police. The officer, whose name was not immediately released, was moving slowly along Franklin Road, near 46th Street, awaiting the approaching minivan, said Lawrence police Capt. Don Deputy.

Oklahoma City Police Identify Slain Convenience Store Owner

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-Oklahoma City police are identifying the man fatally shot inside a southwest metro convenience store Friday night as 37 year old Thanh Nguyen. Nguyen -- the store owner -- was shot at the Union Market at 1700 South McKinley about 11 pm Friday during a robbery. Police say two men described as white or Hispanic and in their 30s entered the store and tied up Nguyen and another employee in the robbery attempt. One employee managed to escape and run for help. As the employee fled the store, shots rang out that left Nguyen dead.

Employee dies at Waubonsee

Chicago, IL- A maintenance worker at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove died there Saturday evening, police say. Robert J. Odenbach, 39, of Plano was pronounced dead after police and paramedics were called to the college's maintenance building on the south end of campus just before 7 p.m., according to the Kane County Sheriff's Office. "There's no evidence whatsoever of foul play or trauma," Kane County Coroner Chuck West said Sunday. "We're looking for natural causes." An autopsy is set for today. Waubonsee officials were unavailable for comment Sunday. The college's Web site listed Odenbach as employed as a mechanic at the school. Kane County sheriff's police, the Sugar Grove Fire Department and Waubonsee police responded to the scene.

Daughter of Alabama man slain at shipyard recalls his love

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Bonnie Schneider's last words to her father were "I love you." Schneider, of Pascagoula, always ended conversations with Donald Ray "Bubba" Eddins of Theodore, Ala., that way. "I'd call my dad at work at least once a week to tell him I loved him and that I was thinking about him," she told The Mississippi Press newspaper on Sunday. "I know that's the last words we spoke to each other." Eddins, 53, died Thursday afternoon at Singing River Hospital, 10 days after he and another Northrop Grumman quality assurance supervisor, Ben Gaffney, were shot by a co-worker during a meeting at the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula.

Gas station clerk killed in apparent holdup attempt

St. Lewis, MO- A clerk at a gas station at North Broadway and Riverview Drive was shot to death in an apparent holdup attempt shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, St. Louis police said. Anne Youngermann, 61, was fatally shot in the head as she stood behind the counter of the Speedie Gas gas station and convenience store at 8880 North Broadway, in the Baden neighborhood. Another employee who was in back room when he heard a single gunshot, came out to see the gunman run out of the store and south on Broadway.

Worker Dies After Being Burned Over 70 Percent Of Body, Man Burned After Explosion At U.S. Casting Company

CANTON, Ohio -- The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating an accident at a casting company plant in Canton two weeks ago after an injured worker died on Sunday. William Dorn, 47, of Barberton died of burns he received over 70 percent of his body when a metal-melting furnace exploded at the U.S. Casting Company. Firefighters said the explosion early on the morning of Feb. 22 occurred in the furnace control box when a cooling coil leaked, causing a reaction.

Fort Pierce Hispanics easy crime targets

Palm Beach, FL-...a month ago, Adan Beltran, a 23-year-old who worked at Azteca, was killed during a robbery attempt behind the store, one of the most recent victims of a crime pattern in Fort Pierce that has also surfaced in predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods throughout South Florida. "We always knew people were getting robbed because we heard it from out customers," said Erica Serrano, whose family owns Azteca and a neighboring bakery. "But it's changed a lot. Now it's kids doing (the robberies)." Five teens tried to rob Beltran at gunpoint while he was cutting boxes behind Azteca the afternoon of Feb. 9. Beltran, who was born with one arm, had worked at Azteca for more than five years and often gave most of his money to his mother, his family said. One of the teens shot at Beltran several times, wounding him in the chest and stomach and later telling police he and his friends wanted to rob some "amigos," investigators said.

Truck Driver Killed Tuesday

Sallisaw, OK,- A Joplin, Mo., truck driver died Tuesday after his truck ran off an Interstate 40 westbound lane and traveled over 600 feet into a heavily wooded area on the north side of the interstate. The accident occurred at the 316 mile marker on the interstate, directly north of the eastbound rest area between Sallisaw and Muldrow. Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) Trooper Dewayne Walters said Tuesday evening that Troy Daniel Walker, 58, was unconscious when found by rescue workers, and died later at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.

Truck crash kills area man

CHAMPAIGN. IN – A Danville truck driver was killed as a result of his flatbed truck crashing into a Champaign apartment building Tuesday evening. John Henderson Jr., 58, was pronounced dead at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Champaign County coroner's office. The circumstances surrounding his death are still under investigation and an autopsy was to be conducted today. At 5:15 p.m., the truck driven east by Mr. Henderson crashed into a four-story, wood-frame apartment building at 407 E. University Ave., C, according to Dena Schumacher, spokeswoman for the Champaign Fire Department. The crash caused a fireball explosion, she said.

Lariat death being investigated

Clovis, NM- The work-related death of a grain inspector Friday in Lariat is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a company official said. Johnny Torres, 38, of Farwell was killed when he slipped and fell under a train, according to Bill Prince, owner of Farwell Grain and Inspection. Torres worked for the company about 15 years, Prince said. He was also a manager for the company.

Three killed in I-80 pileup

McCook, Nebraska- Firefighters examine the burned out remains of the cab of one of five trucks involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 80 near North Platte on Thursday. Smoke and blowing dust, below, obscure the scene of carnage. The accident closed the highway for several hours. The Nebraska state patrol identified the dead as John Latham, 70, of Springfield, the driver of one of the trucks, Jeanne Kerechanin, 54, and Pamela Hartman, 46, both of Manitou Springs, Colo., who were traveling in a car.

Taxi driver killed, passenger injured in crash off I-95

Baltimore, MD- A taxi driver was killed last night when his vehicle left northbound Interstate 95 near Halethorpe and crashed into several trees, then burst into flames, state police said. A passenger suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

County judge, court reporter and deputy killed in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta and Georgia state police Friday were conducting a massive manhunt for the suspect in a shocking shooting spree that left a Fulton County judge, deputy and court reporter dead and another deputy wounded. Police were seeking Brian Nichols, 33, this afternoon. Several Atlanta, Forsyth and DeKalb schools were secured or locked down during the manhunt. Deputies at the Fulton County Courthouse told reporters that Fulton Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes was killed, along with a court reporter, identified as Julie Ann Brandau, 43, of Snellville.

City employee killed in crash

Wichita, KS -- A Wichita city employee died after being hit by a dump truck Friday afternoon. The accident happened between 21st Street and K-96 on West Street. A dump truck carrying a load of sand crossed the centerline hitting the city truck head on. The city employee was pronounced dead at the scene. The dump truck driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Investigators say the driver of the dump truck may have suffered a heart attack before the accident. Witnesses say they saw him slumped over the steering wheel and went off the highway before he hit the city employee. Names of the both drivers have not been released.

Contractor's death third construction death at medical center

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) -- A construction worker putting up scaffolding died after falling 50 feet in the atrium of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Roy Castorena's death Thursday was the third fatal accident at a construction site around the hospital's north tower in nine years, reports show. Investigators say they aren't sure if Castorena's harness failed to secure him or whether his support collapsed beneath him to cause his fall.

Washington and Lee employee died from fall, authorities say

Roanoke, VA- Michael Gorman, director of the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts, was preparing for a symphony concert when he fell. A Washington and Lee University employee died from a fall, apparently while working on stage lights in a campus performance hall, authorities said Friday.

Forest Service helicopter crashes, killing 3

SHELBYVILLE, TX — Three people were killed Thursday when a helicopter under contract to the U.S. Forest Service crashed during prescribed burning operations in the Sabine National Forest, officials said. The victims were identified as pilot Jose Victor Gonzales, John Greeno and Charles Edgar, said Heather Crustner, a dispatcher with the Texas Department of Public Safety in Lufkin.

Suspects Arrested In Exotic Dancer's Death

Rockville, MD - Two men were arrested Friday night in the disappearance and death of an exotic dancer, Montgomery County (website - news) police said. Antoine Levelle Gatewood, 33, of Largo, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Emily Cagal, 24. The second suspect was expected to be charged as an accessory, but his name was withheld pending charges, police spokeswoman Lucille Bauer said. Cagal, who danced at parties as part of her job with the for the "Touch Too Much" entertainment service, was reported missing March 5 after she failed to show up to meet relatives in Florida.

Tow truck driver killed in Clinton County crash

LOGANTON, Pa. - A Clinton County tow truck operator was struck and killed on westbound Interstate 80 as he tried to assist a motorist, state police said. Donald Eugene Snook, 47, an employee of Bressler's Garage, was killed instantly in the 6:45 a.m. Friday accident, according to John Hanna, the county's chief deputy coroner.

Two U.S. contractors killed in Iraq

BAGHDAD -- Two U.S. contractors have died in an ambush south of the Iraqi capital. A third was injured. The contractors worked for Blackwater Security Consulting. The company’s Web site says it helps provide diplomatic security for State Department officials in Iraq. Yesterday’s attack involved a homemade bomb that exploded next to the workers’ vehicle. Last year, four Blackwater employees were killed in Fallujah and two of the corpses were hung from a bridge. The Brookings Institution says at least 232 American civilian security and reconstruction contractors were killed in Iraq up to the end of 2004.

Officer killed by van recalled as quiet, dedicated

Work and travel along Pendleton Pike paused Friday in honor of a fallen police officer whose life had followed the same highway.

The funeral procession for Lawrence Police Department Officer Craig Herbert wound its way from Lawrence to Pendleton after services at Calvary Temple Church on the Far Eastside.

Herbert, 34, died in Lawrence when a stolen van being chased by another officer slammed into his car March 5.