I have three pictures side by side in my house: John L. Lewis, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Jesus. I draw Social Security on account of FDR. I draw a pension on account of John L. Lewis, and I'm going to Heaven because of Jesus.
-- Jack McReynolds, 70, retired miner, West Frankfort, KY
This is the regular Confined Space listing of workers killed over the past two weeks. Because we didn't get some reports in on time, this week's also includes fatalities going back as far as mid-August. Keep in mind, however, that because this list is based on media reports, it only represents a minority of actual workplace deaths.
Trench collapse probed
BUENA VISTA, VA — The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is conducting an investigation into what went wrong in a trench collapse that killed two Buena Vista city employees Wednesday. The victims, Roger Coleman and David "Peewee" Carter, were installing a sewer line behind a commercial building under construction at Magnolia Avenue and 15th Street about 9 a.m. when the walls caved in, according to City Manager Scott Dadson.
Gaston man killed on Indiana highway
FRANKFORT, Ind. - More than one vehicle might have struck a North Carolina truck driver who was killed while walking along Interstate 65 in the pre-dawn darkness Thursday, police said. Raymond Earl Davis, 65, of Gaston County was hit along the highway's northbound lanes near the Clinton-Boone county line about 20 miles southeast of Lafayette.
Missing Valley H-E-B worker found dead in the Rio Grande
BROWNSVILLE, TX — Right around the time family members and friends were crossing the border to distribute fliers in Matamoros about a missing loved one, Brownsville firefighters spotted a body floating in the Rio Grande. It was Juan Carlos "Charlie" Ramos, a 24-year-old checkout manager at an H-E-B here who had been missing since Saturday morning. It wasn't the kind of news family members had expected to hear.
Construction worker dies in accident - Death is second in three months
Hillsborough, NC- A Hillsborough man was killed early Thursday morning while working near a campus construction site. According to University police reports, David Roy Phillips, 58, an employee of Chandler Concrete in Burlington, parked his concrete truck in the left lane of Pittsboro Street to check his load. He did not set the parking brake or close the driver’s side door. The truck began to roll backwards, and the door caught Phillips, dragging him 65 feet, reports state. He died shortly after being pinned between the truck and a fence at the McCauley Street intersection. Paramedics made unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate Phillips, who had worked with the company for nine and a half years.
Holcombe man dies in industrial accident
Ladysmith, Wi -- A 19-year-old Holcombe man died after an apparent industrial accident in Ladysmith about 2 a.m. Wednesday. Harley J. Hattamer was found trapped under two large bundles of lumber at Weather Shield Manufacturing Co. Ladysmith Police said Hattamer was extracted from the lumber and taken to Rusk County Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
OSHA investigating fatal accident
Glenview, IL - Investigators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the circumstances that left one worker dead and another injured as they worked on the new city parking garage Friday. The men, carpenters for Chicago-based W.E. O'Neil Construction Co., were working near the top of the new garage that is to reach 12 stories, said James A. Sikich, vice president for the company. The men were removing a preassembled concrete form called a gang form on the southwest core of the building, he said, when the form fell to the sixth floor, the building's current height. Paramedics rushed the men to St. Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Ave. Frank Meenaghan, 43, of Stickney, was pronounced dead of his injuries. Another worker, Juan Ramirez, 36, of Chicago, was treated and later released.
AXED WORKER IS CRUSHED UNDER TRUCK
New York, NY -- After losing his job at a Brooklyn tile company, Nikolai Radchenko went back to his old workplace drunk and sat down beneath one of its trucks — then died when it ran over him, police and colleagues said yesterday. Radchenko, 48, was fired on Tuesday from his job as a shipper for Merola Tile, an East New York firm that makes and markets household ceramic tiles, colleagues said. Later that evening, he went back to Merola, at 819 Williams Ave. "He wanted his job back; that's why he returned," said Mike Demitri, who makes deliveries to the firm.
Farmer dies in tractor accident
ANAMOSA, Iowa - An eastern Iowa dairy farmer has died of injuries suffered in a tractor accident. The Jones County sheriff's office says 39-year-old Eric Ulferts of rural Anamosa was injured on Thursday when his tractor, which was pulling a manure spreader, rolled and pinned him in a creek bed. Authorities say Ulferts was driving across the side of a hill when the tractor lost traction, slid downhill and rolled. Ulferts was taken to a Cedar Rapids hospital, then transferred to University Hospitals in Iowa City. He died yesterday.
Motel Worker In Waldorf Shot, Killed
WALDORF, Md. -- Detectives with the Charles County Sheriff's Office are trying to figure out why an employee at a Days Inn was shot and killed Friday afternoon near the motel's front desk. Someone walked into the motel in the 11300 block of Days Court just before 3 p.m., shot Jerry Alan Wills III, and then fled, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kristen Adkins. Wills, 19, had moved to Waldorf in January from Chambersburg, Pa., she said.
Restaurant reopens after double murder- Patrons come out to support Frankie's owners
Chicago, IL - Frankie Santoro sat, a pained expression on his face, filling out shift schedules Saturday morning. Four names were missing — two employees dead, two others charged with killing them. Frankie's Beef & Pasta reopened Saturday, eight days after two workers at the popular Oak Lawn fast-food joint were gunned down by an employee angry, a prosecutor said, over not being promoted to head fryer. Killed were head fryer Carlos Flores-Lopez, 27, of Alsip, and Jose Alberto Rodriguez, 21, of Worth. More than 1,000 people attended their wake Tuesday.
Spirit Lake, IA - highway worker was killed Thursday afternoon in Spirit Lake, Iowa, when a construction truck hit her as she directed traffic. Joyce Wachter, 49, of Akron, Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Spirit Lake police. The truck was owned by Rohlin Construction, which is working on a resurfacing project on Highways 9 and 71 in Spirit Lake. An investigation is continuing.
Victim of construction accident identified as Mesa man
SCOTTSDALE - A 23-year-old Mesa man has been identified as the worker killed Monday in a construction accident at Scottsdale's $250 million Waterfront project. David Junior Schmidt and another man were handling a 6-inch pipe at about 8 a.m. when Schmidt tumbled from a 6- 8-foot ladder, authorities said. A 180-pound pipe then fell and struck Schmidt in the head. He was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn, where he died.
Worker Dies On Ship In Dry Dock
SEATTLE, WA -- A man working on a ship in dry dock at Harbor Island collapsed in a corridor and died Monday afternoon, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reported. The man suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the 500-foot Stellar Star, firefighters said. The Seattle Fire Department's high-angle rescue team was first called to rescue the man and firefighters performed C.P.R. on him but he died at the scene.
Detroit Cab Driver Shot and Killed
Detroit, MI - A cab driver was shot and killed early Monday morning, and police are still searching for his killer. Investigators believe the shooting occurred around 1 a.m., in the area of Fenkell and the Southfield Service Drive. Police found Checker Cab #5832 smashed on the northbound side of the Southfield Freeway. Emergency crews initially believed the driver crashed through the fence along the service drive and landed on the freeway after speeding and losing control.But when the 52-year-old driver, Moses Hill from New Baltimore, was transported to the hospital, doctors found that he had been shot several times.
Airborne tire strikes car; deputy sheriff killed
El Paso, TX, - A sheriff's deputy was killed early Saturday morning on Interstate 10 when the wheel of a pickup traveling in the opposite direction flew off and struck the officer's patrol car in what officials are calling a freak accident. Sgt. Ruben Orozco, 51, who was involved in the accident after leaving an assignment at the Sun Bowl, was a 26-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "This is a very difficult and emotional time for the family. It is also a day in which many hearts in the El Paso County Sheriff's Office are suffering," El Paso County Sheriff Leo Samaniego said in a statement. "My condolences are with the family."
WORKER'S NECK CRUSHED BY CRANE CABLE
New York, NY -- A worker at a Brooklyn storage yard was killed yesterday as he tried to unload a massive concrete pipe off the back of a flatbed truck. Pedro Yaxon, 30, who came to the United States from Guatemala just eight months ago, was inside the pipe, preparing to attach a cable that would allow a crane operator to lift it off the flatbed. Suddenly, the cable tightened, pressing Yaxon's throat against the inside of the pipe. "It pressed right up against his neck," said a witness, who gave his name only as Barry.
The workers at the scene said the accident occurred during what was supposed to be a routine procedure at a company storage facility, near Hart Place and West 16 Street in Coney Island. The object being moved was a concrete dry well. Typically, the workers said, three cables are used to hoist dry wells, which are used for drainage and stand about three feet high and eight feet wide. The accident occurred, the workers added, as dry wells were being stacked on the back of a truck for delivery to a construction site.
A witness at a nearby auto body shop, who would identify himself only as Barry K., 23, said he heard screams and ran over to investigate.
''It sounded like someone was getting cut up, the way he was screaming,'' he said. ''What I saw for sure was the metal cable was on his neck, and I saw blood.''
Police are Searching for the Gunman
New York, NY - A livery cab driver and his brother were shot and killed overnight. Now the hunt is on for the gunman. Eyewitness News reporter Ken Rosato is live at the scene with the latest. The two brothers were both livery cab drivers and one drove with the other for protection. Police say around one o'clock this morning the two brothers were dispatched to and area near South 9th Street and Central Avenue.
Three die in fiery I-75 crash at Micanopy
Gainesville, FL - A fiery crash on Interstate 75 in Micanopy involving two semis and a minivan killed three people and snarled traffic for miles Thursday night. Wreckage from a white minivan and a tractor-trailer lay strewn about the interstate. One semi's cab was ripped apart with tires and parts of the cab laying dozens of feet away from each other. The minivan driven by an unidentified man blew a tire at about 10:15 p.m. on the northbound I-75 overpass at the Micanopy exit, said FHP spokesman Lt. Mike Burroughs. The minivan, which was traveling in the far left inside lane swerved across the interstate and sideswiped a Bobcat semi driven by an unidentified man who lost control of the semi, Burroughs said. The semi veered back across the northbound lanes, through the center guardrail and careened into the southbound lanes, slamming into a tractor-trailer carrying furniture, Burroughs said.
Trucker killed in forklift accident
Carlisle, PA - An out-of-state truck driver was killed Monday after he was run over by a forklift at a business in Middlesex. According to Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick, George Renolds, 42, was delivering steel to Lane Enterprises off of Claremont Road, when he walked behind a tractor-type forklift around 7:30 a.m. Renolds was flown to the Hershey Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Hetrick says. The coroner says Renolds died of multiple injuries. His death has been ruled accidental.
Crew Member Killed in Texas Train Crash
SHEPHERD, Texas -- A freight train smashed into a second train that was stopped on a siding early Thursday, killing one crew member and derailing more than 20 cars, a company spokesman said. Someone threw a switch that sent the moving train onto the siding, said Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific, which operated both trains. He said the FBI will help investigate, but criminal action is not believed to be involved.
Worker dies after fall at Popeye's
IN - An autopsy scheduled this morning for a Popeye's worker who died Wednesday after falling from a ladder at the restaurant will help the Lake County coroner determine the cause of death. Gary E. Peterson, 57, of Haynesville, Ill., died after being taken to The Community Hospital in Munster at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a spokesman at the coroner's office said.
Cabdriver dies, lawyer hurt in high-speed crash
Palm Beach, FL - A cabdriver was killed and one of Palm Beach County's most prominent divorce attorneys was critically injured when their taxi veered off the road and smashed into a pole Monday night along Congress Avenue near West Palm Beach. The Yellow Cab driver, Jean Valcin, 58, was pronounced dead soon after the crash. His passenger, Ronald Sales, 71, widely considered one of the county's first and most influential full-time divorce attorneys, was in critical condition Tuesday at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Woman shot to death
VINELAND, NJ -- A female Shop Rite employee was shot to death late Tuesday night in the lobby of the store on South Delsea Drive. The homicide took place shortly after 9 p.m., while shoppers were still in the store, according to witness accounts. A man was seen being taken away in handcuffs by police, who refused to release details about the shooting. They would also not provide any information on the victim.
Authorities: Student dies after killing parents, grandmother
ELKHORN CITY, Ky. -- A 17-year-old high school student who was intoxicated at school went home and shot his parents and grandmother to death, then crashed head-on into a pickup truck driven by a city employee, killing both of them, authorities said.
“He said they had caught him with drugs and weed at school today. They had a drug test and he failed it, and when they tried to arrest him, he ran.” The teen then fled toward Pikeville on U.S. 460 and crashed head-on into a pickup driven by the Elkhorn City employee, killing the student and the worker at about 3:50 p.m. EDT, authorities said. Johnson said state police troopers, responding to the call, located Hackney westbound on U.S. 460 and attempted to stop the vehicle. Hackney lost control and struck a pickup truck, killing himself and Terry A. Taylor, 41, of Elkhorn City.
Calhoun man killed in industrial accident
Calhoun, GA - A Calhoun man was killed on the job Tuesday night at a Wall Street carpet factory, officials said. According to Deputy Gordon County Coroner Bud Owens: Dennis Wayne Jones, 42, was working with a carpet backing roller at Barrier-Bac Inc., 509 S. Wall St., around 6:15 p.m. when his arm was caught up in the roll and he was pulled into the machine. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene at 7 p.m.
Worker killed in plant blast - Texas Eastern plant in Butler County rocked by fire
MONROE, OH - State and local officials are searching for the cause of an explosion that shook the area surrounding the Texas Eastern loading center at Yankee and Todhunter roads late Sunday, igniting a massive fire that resulted in the death of a new employee. While the investigation continued, flames at the Texas Eastern Products Pipeline Co. still burned Monday afternoon as firefighters watched. Kollette F. Meyer, 52, of 8563 Waynesboro Way in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County, had been training as an operator at the center for less than two months at the time of the fatal accident.
HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- The search continues for the men responsible for the shooting death of an 18-year-old restaurant employee in Hyattsville, Md., Monday night. Police said 18-year-old Xian Juan Zheng was killed outside the Sunflower Restaurant in the 5600 block of Sergeant Road about 10:30 p.m. They said the victim's father was working inside the carryout and the victim was outside eating some food when she was approached by two suspects.
Man found dead in motel pool on Leopard
Corpus Christi, TX - A 42 year-old man was found dead in a motel pool in the 6000 block of Leopard Street Monday afternoon. Police were called to the location at about 2:34 p.m. and found the man face down in the pool. Police said they suspect the man, who was an employee of the motel, had been dead for some time before his body was found.
Postal Worker Hits, Kills Co-Worker With Truck
Driver Initially Denies Accident, Later Admits Feeling 'Bump'CHICAGO -- A post office vehicle struck and killed a postal employee, who had just finished her shift, in the South Loop neighborhood early Saturday. Killed was Sabrina Young, estimated to be in her 50s, according to a Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman. The accident happened around 3:45 a.m. Saturday outside the Cardiss Collins Post Office, at 433 W. Harrison St., police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said. The woman was a post office employee who had just finished her shift when she was struck by a semitrailer truck belonging to the post office, Central District Lt. James Sazama said.
Waukesha man killed in explosion - Cause of blast at Lannon Tank Corp. still unknown
Lannon, WI - A 43-year-old Waukesha man died Thursday in an explosion at a tank manufacturing company, authorities said. The explosion and subsequent fire occurred shortly before noon at Lannon Tank Corp., 20134 W. Main St., Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Detective Steve Pederson said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Pederson said. Calls to the medical examiner's office were not returned Thursday. The man's name was not released because family members were still being notified late Thursday.
Construction worker dies in rollover crash
Huntington, IN - A 21-year-old Hartford City man died early Wednesday in a single-car crash in southeast Huntington County. Jerod Allen Hicks, of the 2300 block of South Indiana 3, died at the scene from extensive head injuries suffered after he was ejected from a Chevrolet Camaro about 3:40 a.m., officials said. The crash occurred near the intersection of Indiana 3 and Huntington County Road 1000 South, according to a report from the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department.
Post office worker slain in Erie, Pa.
PA - Friends expressed shock and sadness Tuesday as they remembered postal worker Steven Lynton, 53, who was shot and killed in Erie, Pa.
Worker killed in 50-foot fall
WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- Construction on the Yankee Candle complex on Richmond Road came to a halt Tuesday after a worker fell from the roof of the massive building. The 31-year-old victim, a Mexican man living in Richmond, was working on the roof when he fell 45-50 feet, according to Williamsburg EMS Capt. Chuck White. The man's name has not been released pending notification of his family.
Oil Tanker Driver Dies In Crash - Woman In Pickup Truck Suffers Critical Injuries
BARKHAMSTED, CT -- An oil tanker driver was killed and a Torrington mother seriously injured when the tanker and a pickup truck collided on Route 44 Monday morning. According to an initial accident report, a GMC Sonoma pickup driven by Sarah S. Clark veered out of the westbound lanes of Route 44 shortly before 8 a.m. and struck the side of an oncoming fuel truck driven by Randy F. Rosenbeck.
Marshfield man killed by shock
Marshfield, WI - A 61-year-old Marshfield man was electrocuted Monday morning in a logging accident at the Wisconsin River Golf Club in the town of Linwood. Kenneth A. Bertz, 11904 Steffek Road, was operating a logging truck when the boom on top of the truck tangled with power lines, Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. "His tires actually caught fire from the electricity grounding out through the tires," Rifleman said. "He exited the vehicle at that point and contacted the ground. Once he touched the ground, that's when the electrocution took place." Bertz had been working alone in the woods near the golf course, Rifleman said. He was discovered by a Wisconsin River Golf Club employee who was investigating a power failure at the golf course. At 8:37 a.m. the 911 call was made.
Katrina utility worker dies restoring services
EMPORIA, Kan. - An Emporia man was killed Monday while restoring power to lines damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Kenner, La., authorities said. Nick Buxton, 27, worked for Kansas City, Mo.-based PAR Electrical Contractors Inc., and collapsed while on a utility pole, said Kenner Police Capt. Steve Caraway.
Steen, Minnesota Farmer Killed In Accident
Sioux Falls, SD - We now know the name of the southwest Minnesota farmer who died in a weekend accident. Sixty-five-year-old Harvey Arvin Van Whye was run over Saturday by the tractor he was driving near Steen. The Rock County Sheriff's Department says Van Whye was thrown from the tractor after running into a hay bale. Van Whye was air-lifted to a Sioux Falls hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Atlantic Employee Dead After Chase
OMAHA, Neb. -- Cass County, Iowa, officials are investigating the death of a longtime city employee. Byron Jones, 52, of Atlantic, led law enforcement on a chase through the county on Saturday night. Jones allegedly stole a city dump truck, broke into a gun shop and took off with some weapons. Atlantic police, Cass County deputies and Iowa state troopers helped in the chase. Jones was able to lose the officers and was found on a gravel road dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations is looking into the incident.
Two firetrucks collide, killing one firefighter
Kansas City -- Two firetrucks responding to a brush fire in south-central Kansas collided head-on Wednesday, killing one firefighter.
The accident occurred about 4 p.m. southwest of Hutchinson as the two trucks from Reno County Fire District No. 7 responded to a controlled field burn that had gotten out of hand, the Reno County Sheriff's Office said. The office said poor visibility over the roadway contributed to the crash.
One driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the other truck was uninjured, the sheriff's office said. The name of the victim was not released. It was unclear if anyone else was on either truck.
Construction worker dies as scaffold falls at site on West Side
Barry Hagas, whose address was not available Tuesday night, was pronounced dead at 5:25 p.m. Monday in Mt. Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Hagas had been working on a scaffold on the second floor of a building under construction at 1655 S. St. Louis Ave. when a ladder supporting the scaffold gave way, police spokeswoman JoAnn Taylor said.
Hagas struck his head on a piece of concrete when he fell.
Trucker killed, another jailed in E-470 wreck
Denver, CO -- A crash involving an 18-wheeler and a Mack cement pump truck on E-470 on Tuesday morning killed one driver and put the other in jail, said Trooper Eric Wynn of the Colorado State Patrol.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, Gilbert Vandevoort, 66, of Lynd, Minn., was arrested and booked into Douglas County Jail on a charge of careless driving causing death in connection with the accident.
Wynn said in a prepared statement that Vandevoort was driving a 1999 International east on E-470 at about 10:50 a.m. when he attempted to make an illegal U-turn to go west on the highway.
The cement pump truck, also eastbound, struck the right rear of the semi's trailer and went off the right side of the road, rolling three-quarters of the way over.
The driver of that truck was pronounced dead at the scene, Wynn said. His identity wasn't released pending notification of relatives.
Man killed in farm accident
HOLY CROSS, IA --One man died after he became stuck in a silo, officials with the Dubuque County sheriff's office said.
Patrick Hannan, 37, was found trapped inside a silo at his farm near Holy Cross about 9 p.m. Monday, officials said.
He was freed and taken to a Dubuque hospital where he was pronounced dead, the sheriff's office said.
Firefighter trainee collapses, dies
TAVARES, FL -- Debbie Enfinger touched her son's South Lake High class ring that hung on a thick gold chain around her neck.
"This keeps him close to my heart," she said, holding back tears Monday. Kevin Enfinger, 22, slipped off his ring Saturday morning and left it in his truck before his firefighting class at the Institute of Public Safety on Lane Park Cutoff Road in Tavares.
Shortly after he began jogging for his class warm-up about 9 a.m., the young man called "Dumplin" in high school, collapsed and his heart stopped. An instructor performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance arrived to take him to Florida Hospital Waterman, where he was pronounced dead.
An autopsy revealed an enlarged heart with bad coronary arteries, said Medical Examiner Steven Cogswell.
"This is unusual for a 22-year-old, but it does happen occasionally," he said, adding Enfinger had a history of hypertension. According to medical records, Enfinger -- 6 feet tall and just more than 300 pounds -- was diagnosed with Kawasaki syndrome as a child. That is a disease of the blood vessels that can lead to long-term heart damage, Cogswell said. It's unknown if the physical demands of firefighter school contributed to his death, he said.
Westfield firefighter dies in accident
Westfield, - The black bunting hung from a fire department in mourning. Thirty-six-year-old Chad Hittle, a 14-year veteran of the Westfield-Washington Fire Department, was killed Wednesday night when his truck ran off of a rural Hamilton County road striking a utility pole and flipping. Investigators say Hittle wasn't wearing a seat belt.
"When somebody's not walking in the door, sitting at the table or climbing in this truck, that's when it's really going to hit," says Captain Todd Burtron.
Members of the department were called to the scene of the accident, not knowing Captain Hittle was in the one vehicle accident .
Gunman sought in deaths of two store workers, teenage girl
Lisa Kendall, 29, and Kendora Furr, 38, were found shot about 10 a.m. by a customer who went inside the convenience store because the gasoline pump was not on, The Journal and Courier of Lafayette reported.
One of the women died at the store, while the other was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital, Chief Deputy Sheriff Terry Risner said. Investigators believe the shootings occurred during an attempted robbery and that something must have scared the gunman, Risner said.
1 killed, 1 wounded in eatery; Oak Lawn police quiz 2 ex-employees
Chicago, IL -- Two gunmen burst into the rear entrance of a fast-food restaurant in Oak Lawn before it opened Friday morning and shot two employees, one fatally, police said.
The shooting occurred about 10:20 a.m. at Frankie's Beef, Pasta & Catering, 5721 W. 95th St., Police Chief Robert Smith said.
At least one suspect had been involved in a quarrel the day before with the victims, who were both cooks at the restaurant, police and witnesses said.
The slain man's identity was not immediately known, according to a Cook County medical examiner's office spokesman. The only identification officials had was that his first name was believed to be Carlos and he was in his early 20s.
Victor Delgado, 37, was travelling east in Knowlton Township at 11:37 p.m. when his tractor-trailer went into the center median and hit a tree, police said. Delgado, who was ejected from the rig, was taken to Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, where he died at 3:11 a.m. Thursday, New Jersey State Police said.
Accident kills worker at trucking depot
Salt Lake City, UT -- A local trucking depot company employee was killed in a freak accident early Thursday.
Kekumi Feleota, 41, was hooking up a double trailer at Roadway Trucking, 1234 S. 3200 West, about 2:30 a.m. when he was pinned between the tractor, front trailer and the second trailer, according to Salt Lake City police detective Robin Snyder. It was unclear Thursday why the front trailer and tractor rolled back into Feleota.
LANTA bus driver died from heart problems
Allentown, PA -- The driver of the Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority Metro Plus minibus who collapsed at the wheel Wednesday and caused a three-vehicle accident in Allentown died of natural causes.
Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim on Thursday said Lee Suranofsky, 64, of Bethlehem died of heart problems at Sacred Heart Hospital, Allentown, where he was taken after the 5 p.m. crash on Lehigh Street, just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Suranofsky was a driver for the Valley Association for Specialized Transportation, or VAST, which works for LANTA under contract, the past six months.
H. Wayne Marquell, 50, of Eaton, Ind., was hauling paper products on eastbound Interstate 64 at approximately 2:30 a.m. when the 2004 Volvo tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the road, striking the guard rail and bridge before going over the bridge, Carpentieri said.
The truck caught fire, and Marquell died at the scene, Carpentieri said. The accident is under investigation.
New York, NY -- A PLUMBER died - possibly from electrocution - while working in a Bowery flophouse yesterday, police and officials said.
Eddie Kasza, 37, a father of three from Staten Island, was in a second-floor bathroom at 197 Bowery when he leaned against exposed wires, sources said.
Kasza, who weighed about 350 pounds, had been perspiring heavily all day and may have suffered a heart attack, witnesses said. But rescue workers saw burns on his body.
CHRISTIANSBURG WORKER KILLED
Roanoke, VA -- A 60-year-old Christiansburg Public Works employee was run over by a dump truck and killed Wednesday while working on a road. Jack Lynne Bean of Christiansburg apparently did not hear the safety beep when a dump truck driven by Joseph Allen Booth, 33, backed up and crushed him, said Virginia State Police Sgt. Bob Carpentieri. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Chrisman Mill Road in Christiansburg. Bean was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bean was working with a "tamper," a remote-controlled machine that flattens dirt, Carpentieri said. Noise from the tamper and other equipment at the work site likely drowned out the sound of the reverse beep on the dump truck, Carpentieri said.
TORRANCE, CA -- Authorities today identified a 61-year-old contract maintenance worker who fell to his death at the MobilExxon refinery in Torrance. Killed in the fall was David Yanez-Plasencia of Long Beach, said Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Richard Hanna. Yanez-Plasencia fell 15 feet into the empty water treatment tank in the "tank farm" area of the refinery, according to Torrance Fire Capt. Steve Deuel. Firefighters assigned to an Urban Search and Rescue Team retrieved the body from the tank, Deuel said. The accident at the refinery at 3700 W. 190th St. was reported at 8:47 p.m. yesterday, Deuel said. Torrance police investigated the fall, but a preliminary investigation indicated the man accidentally slipped and fell, according to authorities.
Worker who died in fall identified as Honduran
Charleston, SC -- A worker who died after falling from the roof of a house under construction on Daniel Island has been identified as Taurino Bueso Romero.
Romero's home address was Charlotte, but his body is being returned to his family in Honduras, Berkeley County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Salisbury said. Romero, 38, was alone on the roof of the house on Delahow Street when he slipped and fell 21 feet Tuesday morning. Romero was pronounced dead at Medical University Hospital. He was employed by Mejia Brother Construction in Goose Creek, Salisbury said.
Apple Valley clerk's death ruled an accident
St. Paul, MN -- The Apple Valley gas station clerk found shot in the head in early August accidentally killed himself, authorities said Wednesday.
Nail Mahmoud, 23, was the victim not of a homicide, as police first had suspected, but of a tragic mishap. Rumors swirled in the community about the cause of his death, but the investigation's conclusion has left Mahmoud's family and friends reeling.
Mahmoud, a Palestinian immigrant living in Savage, had worked as a cashier for two years at the Quick Stop 66 convenience store at the busy corner of County Road 42 and Garden View Drive. He came to Minnesota four years ago, after his mother was gunned down in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Tara Drummond, 23, was shot at a police academy in Austell, Ga., Tuesday afternoon, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Thursday. She was a recruit for the Kennesaw police department, one of about 30 trainees in their seventh week of a 10-week course.
The trainees were in a classroom in the basement of the academy when the unidentified instructor's gun discharged, said Carol Morgan, the academy director. Drummond was rushed to a hospital, where she died, the report said.
Armored car guard shot, killed in mall
An AT Systems armored car security guard (Fritz Alphonse)was gunned down Saturday afternoon in the middle of West Lake Mall in an apparent robbery as stunned shoppers watched in horror, according to Atlanta police. The security guard died instantly from a gunshot wound to the head, said police spokeswoman Sylvia Abernathy.
Witnesses at the crowded mall told officers that the security guard had just left a store about 4 p.m. after making a pickup. Witnesses told police that three armed men were seen following the guard, Abernathy said.
"They approached the [guard], and one of them seized the money bag," Abernathy said. "Words were exchanged, and the driver was shot in the head and killed instantly." The men apparently left with the money, she said.
This was the second time in two years in Atlanta that an armored truck guard has been killed in a robbery. Bantek West guard Moustafa Koura was killed in October 2003 after he and another guard were shot in a well-lit parking lot.
The construction worker who fell about 50 feet from the roof of a Richmond Road building apparently dropped to his death after he untied a safety rope, and then a metal ledge where his foot was resting gave way, police said Wednesday.
The 31-year-old worker was preparing to change his position on the roof to reach more shingles when he fell, a preliminary Williamsburg Police Department probe found.
The man's body hit a construction vehicle before striking the ground, Deputy Police Chief Dave Sloggie said. The incident happened about 3 p.m. Tuesday when construction workers were building the Yankee Candle store. Another worker also lost his footing when the metal ledge gave way but he was still connected to a safety rope and escaped any serious injury.
Police haven't released the worker's identity, pending notification of next of kin. But authorities said he was married and lived with his brother in Richmond. Both men are originally from Mexico.
City worker dies after being injured on job in August
Grand Rapids, MI -- A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday for a Grand Rapids city worker who died after being hurt on the job. Fifty-one-year-old John Hartman of Dorr, an employee for the Department of Forestry, was injured August 25 while cutting down a rotting maple tree in front of a home at 43 Rose SW.
A large branch snapped and fell on Hartman's head and shoulder. Witnesses say he then flipped in the air and landed on the ground.
Explosion at plant kills one, injures two
Myrtle Beach, SC -- One man was killed and two other workers were injured Monday during an explosion at the Carolina Polymers plant, officials said. Nine firefighters also were taken to a local hospital for observation after the blast, which released chemicals from a tank into the air, said Thom Berry, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Two contract workers were on the roof working on the tank when it exploded about 10:30 a.m., said Lt. Shea Smith, spokesman for the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. Brenton Alan Knight, 29, of Wellford, died of "blast injuries," including head, neck and chest trauma, Greenville County Deputy Coroner Linda Holbrook told The Greenville News.
GAS STATION CLERK KILLED; VICTIM OF SHOOTING IN APPARENT ROBBERY
Hartford police did not release the man's identity Wednesday, but his roommate identified him as Zehir Khan, who moved to Hartford from Virginia. Khan was working the overnight shift at the Sunoco station at 181 Franklin Ave. when he was shot sometime before 1:40 a.m., according to police and his roommate. Khan was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital about five hours later.
Kentucky Fire Chief Killed in Crash
Watts, KY -- A Kentucky fire chief was killed in a motor vehicle accident while driving to a fire call Sunday evening. Chief Henry James Combs, age 46, served the Watts Volunteer Fire Department in Breathitt County for four years, and was also a member of the Jackson and Vancleve fire departments.
Jackson Fire Chief Roger Friley said Combs was responding to the Watts fire station in his privately owned vehicle when he lost control on a curve and slid sideways into a ditch. The vehicle flipped over and Combs died of asphyxiation, Friley said.
Man Held in Car Salesman's Death
Cerritos, CA -- A man suspected of stabbing a car salesman to death with a butcher knife did so after his request to test drive a Corvette was turned down at a Cerritos auto dealership, authorities said Wednesday.
The salesman died shortly afterward at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, coroner's Lt. Emil Moldovan said. His identity was withheld until relatives could be notified.
Man charged in deaths of uncle, store owner
Tuscaloosa, -- A Sawyerville man has been arrested and charged in the separate slayings of his uncle and a popular Hale County store owner. James Albert Davis, 24, was ordered held without bond Tuesday on capital murder charges.
Police Chief Claude Hamilton said Davis is charged in the deaths of his uncle, Freeman Nixon, 78, of Greensboro, and Johnny Windham, 61, who owned and operated Junction Grocery south of Moundville. A customer discovered Windham shot to death inside Junction Grocery on Friday morning. The lone country store sits at the intersections of Alabama highways 60 and 69.
Police said the driver, a 26-year-old man wanted on an assault warrant out of South Dakota, led officers on a 13-mile chase southbound on the freeway that ended when his vehicle struck the officer, crossed the median and rammed a northbound minivan.
Shawn Silvera, 32, an eight-year veteran of the Lino Lakes Police Department, was laying out a Stop Stick, a device put on the roadway to deflate the tires of a fleeing vehicle, when he was struck just south of Anoka County Road 23 in Lino Lakes. "Silvera intended to terminate the pursuit without any injuries," said Anoka County Sheriff Bruce Andersohn.
Tow Truck Driver Killed While Fixing Flat Tire
Los Angeles, CA -- A tow truck driver fixing a flat tire was fatally injured when the pickup he was servicing was hit from behind on the shoulder of the Riverside Freeway, authorities said Tuesday.
Michael Shultz, 24, of La Habra died following the crash about 4:50 p.m. Monday on the freeway near the Foothill toll road, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The car that hit the pickup was driven by Laura Crowley, 24, of Anaheim, the CHP said.
Man dies in crash of small plane at Blytheville
Blytheville, MS -- Authorities say a 74-year-old pilot died after his crop duster crashed at Blytheville's airport. The crash Monday afternoon occurred after L.J. Broussard had been spraying fields in Mississippi County. Witnesses say the aircraft pulled up as it was landing, veered right and crashed.
Hall became pinned by a hydraulic arm at the top of a cement mixer when he was performing maintenance on it, according to a sheriff's office report.
Another Collier Safe employee who was working with Hall called for help, but it was too late.
Entergy contractor dies in storm
Jackson, MS -- A contract electrical worker helping to restore power in Jackson was killed Thursday when he came in contact with a hot wire. The accident slowed restoration work by Entergy crews dispatched to Jackson and South Mississippi.
"We had a mandatory stand-down for safety briefings," said Pat Nelson, regional customer service manager for Entergy in Southaven who has been temporarily transferred to McComb to help coordinate restoration efforts there.
Vendors want murder probe
Los Angeles, CA -- Ice cream vendors marched Friday with their carts in South Los Angeles to protest violence against vendors and call for an investigation into the recent murder of a colleague.
During an attempted robbery Saturday by a man and two teenage women, ice cream vendor Eliseo Reyes, 69, was fatally shot near East 56th and San Pedro streets. More than 30 ice cream vendors were at the shooting scene Friday, where they placed black ribbons on their carts and carried signs demanding justice.
Crash kills trucker on I-30
Benton, AR -- Truck driver Khaled Jerome Cooper, 40, of Russellville was killed when his westbound tractor-trailer collided with the rear of another westbound rig on Interstate 30 in Benton about 2 p.m. Cooper's truck caught on fire, state police said.
Stanley V. Ross of Dallas, the driver of the other truck, was not injured. Passenger Lisa M. Ross, also of Dallas, was injured and taken to Saline Memorial Hospital. Her condition was not available Wednesday.
The crash occurred about 1:15 a.m. near the Lincoln Oasis. Drivers were diverted at Halsted Street until the road was cleared shortly after the body of Stanley Krzysciak was finally retrieved from his mashed semitrailer truck about 10:45 a.m., police said.
"Without question, it was terrible for motorists," Illinois State Police Trooper Doug Whitmore said. "Some people were caught between Halsted and the crash site. Their whole day was ruined. We had a lot of emergency equipment in there. It was hard to move around."
The slaying occurred after the day laborer stole stereo equipment and jewelry from the house where they were working, court records say.
The smoldering body of Hak Bong Kim, 55, was discovered Aug. 15 in the woods near St. Michael's Catholic Church on Ravensworth Road in Annandale. The body was so badly burned that police initially could not tell whether it was that of a man or a woman. Kim's family had reported him missing the night before, so detectives were quickly able to obtain dental records and identify Kim.
POLICE LINK 4 TO DEATH OF CARRIER SLAIN WOMAN WAS MISTAKEN AS DRUG RIVAL
AIKEN, SC - Two men have been arrested, and investigators are looking for two others they say ambushed and killed a newspaper carrier they mistook for a rival drug dealer. Two of the four men already have been charged with murder.
The four men attacked Aiken Standard employees Debra Dorch and Joe Brewer, who were delivering newspapers to homes in the area of Union Academy Road and Windsor Road near Salley on Saturday morning, he said. They thought the carriers were rival drug dealers, Sheriff Hunt said. Ms. Dorch died of her injuries.
Bethlehem grocer is shot to death
Bethlehem, PA -- The 50-year-old owner of a grocery store on Bethlehem's South Side was found shot to death Sunday afternoon in the store, police said.
Concepcion Martinez was found dead on the floor behind the counter of the Martinez Family Grocery & Deli at 635 Broadway around 2 p.m., according to Bethlehem police. An autopsy is scheduled today.
CRUSHED HARD HAT DIES IN HIS BROTHER'S ARMS
A worker died in his brother's arms while another miraculously escaped a nine-story fall in separate construction-site accidents in Brooklyn yesterday.
Arturo Gonzalez, 27, was crushed to death at around 2:45 on Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park as he and co-workers tried to lift a large steel beam with improvised equipment, a witness said.
Gonzalez and other workers had jury-rigged a pulley to raise the beam, but it gave way, sending the beam crashing onto Gonzalez, according to Edmin Gonzalez, no relation, who watched from his window next door.
The dead man's brother, Juan-Carlos Najera, also worked at the site. "The beam caught him in the center of his chest," said Gonzalez. "Blood was coming out of his mouth. His brother held his head to the side so he could breathe and held him until he died."
Richland County, S.C., deputy tried to pass, lost control
Columbia, SC - A Richland County sheriff's deputy who was killed in an I-20 crash in May was trying to pass a truck when he lost control of his patrol car, an investigation has determined. Deputy Keith Cannon, 26, of Irmo, died May 4 while responding to a call. His westbound Chevrolet Camaro skidded into the median, under a cable barrier and into the eastbound lanes of I-20, where it collided with two vehicles.
Slain restaurant owner called generous, polite; Immigrant from Pakistan shot, killed in apparent robbery
Milwaukee, WI -- Mohammad Zeeshan "Shan" Ali worked long hours getting his restaurant to fly in its first year, but the 40-year-old yearned to trade 12-hour days for more time with his wife and three children.
This week he talked with a friend who owned a gas station about the stress and strain of running a business from behind bulletproof glass on Milwaukee's north side.
"He was telling me, 'This life is very hard,'" said Syed Rizvi, whose gas station is near Ali's restaurant. "He was hoping to spend more time with his kid, but time was real short." At 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Ali, of Mequon, was shot in the back as he was leaving his carry-out restaurant Fast 'n Tasty, at 3800 N. Teutonia Ave., the victim of an apparent robbery. Two suspects, who stole less than $1,000, were seen running from the scene and were still at large late Friday, police said.
Truckers killed in collision are identified
Sacramento, CA -- Two truck drivers killed in a fiery head-on collision last week on Highway 65 have been identified as Gregory Zimmerman, 55, of Corning and John D. Herzog, 42, of Grants Pass, Ore., the Placer County Coroner's Office said.
Herzog was northbound on the two-lane highway north of Lincoln on Thursday when his empty flatbed truck drifted into the southbound lane, the California Highway Patrol said. Zimmerman, who was heading southbound with a full load of logs, smashed into the truck, the CHP said. Zimmerman's truck plunged into a ditch, spilled its load and burned, the CHP said.
Kenmore man charged in fatal shooting of clerk
Seattle, WA -- Christopher Bistryski, accused of using a handgun owned by a King County sheriff deputy to kill a clerk at a Kenmore convenience store Saturday, was charged in King County Superior Court yesterday with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said Bistryski, 23, lives in Kenmore with 44-year-old sheriff's deputy Ferenc Zana and used one of Zana's personal handguns to kill Mohammad-Imad [also known as Dimitri] Harb at a nearby Plaid Pantry.
N.C. man dies during church construction
JOLIVUE, NC -- A North Carolina man died when roof trusses caved in at a church-construction site in Augusta County on Monday evening.
Serrafin Garcia Zefarino died under more than a ton of wooden beams, just 3 feet from a doorway at the Victory Worship Center on Hammond Lane, according to project superintendent Roger Childress, of Thomas Builders.
"All of the sudden, they just heard a crack and all of the trusses came down," Childress said. The collapse occurred just as workers were wrapping up work for the night on the church-addition project. Two other workers were hospitalized after riding the falling trusses to the ground. All three men worked for Blacksburg-based United Framing Contractors.
Hospital worker fatally shot by estranged husband
SHAMOKIN, Pa. -- A police officer fatally shot his estranged wife at the hospital where she worked, fled and remained at large Wednesday, police said. Tina Curran, 31, of Mount Carmel, was shot several times. She was flown to the trauma unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where she was pronounced dead.
FORKLIFT KILLS L.I. BYSTANDER
A popular social worker was crushed to death by a forklift as it moved construction supplies outside a Long Island school. Lauren Ludwig, 53, was knocked down and killed at 11:31 a.m. Monday as she walked from her car to the front door of PS 6 in Oceanside, where she was assistant director of a privately run alcohol- and drug-abuse counseling program.
Police said the 5-foot-4 social worker was hit by the four-foot-high right front tire of the Lull Hi-Loader as it moved roofing materials to another section of the building, which is getting repairs.
Dennis Anderson, 23, was charged with the Aug. 3 killing of Fred Ayatch. Ayatch was shot at 2:15 a.m. as he came out of an alley onto Eddy Street near Divisadero Street in the Western Addition. He was shot several more times as he lay on the ground, police said.
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