Sunday, October 23, 2005

Weekly Toll

A partial list of the roughly two-hundred American workers killed on the job over the past two weeks.

A Bly logger died Thursday in an accident on a Bonanza-area road.

Klamath Falls, OR -- Bryant Daniel Myers, 18, was run over by a piece of logging equipment he was riding on, known as a skidder, after falling off the running board.

Myers died shortly after the ambulance arrived on logging road No. 215 off Keno Springs Road where the accident happened, according to a press release from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Myers was probably riding the skidder from the logging site to a fuel truck when the accident occurred, authorities said.

OSHA probes death of Ingleside plant worker

INGLESIDE, TX — Federal regulators are looking into the death of a plant employee who died after falling at work.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called after the death Saturday at Kiewit Offshore Services, authorities said. Details about the man's death, his name and age were not immediately available.

Owner Killed and Three Others Shot in Barbershop

Fort George, NY - An owner of a barbershop in Upper Manhattan was killed yesterday afternoon when a disgruntled former owner of the shop walked in and shot him and three other men, the police said. The gunman, identified by the police as Eddy Espinal, 40, was arrested around the corner from the shop, which is on St. Nicholas Avenue near West 189th Street in Fort George, after a passing police officer saw him running away. Officers found a long-barreled pistol that he had tossed under a car, the police said. Last night, he was charged with second-degree murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, the police said. The man who was killed, identified by a co-worker as Ernesto Filpo, 25, was struck four times - in the shoulder, thigh, leg and back; he was pronounced dead a short time later at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital, the police said. The other owner, identified by the police as Rodney, Franklin 31, was shot in the stomach and was listed in critical condition at the same hospital. Mr. Rodney is the father of four children, ranging in age from 4 months to 4 years, said the co-worker, Fran Rosario.

Convenience Store Worker Dies From Injuries

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Indiana convenience store clerk has died from gunshot wounds she suffered during a robbery. Police say 56-year-old Georgia Cook of Evansville, Indiana was shot during a robbery last Thursday, committed by a woman who remains at large. Cook died yesterday at Saint Mary's Medical Center where she'd been in critical condition since the shooting. Cook was working last Thursday afternoon when the woman came into the Busler's store on the city's north side and fired at least four shots. The gunwoman then walked outside with her hand over her purse and drove north on U-S 41 in a gray, four-door car. She was described as being between 45 and 60 years of age.

Employee at gas station struck and killed by newspaper truck

WOBURN, Mass. Police in Woburn (WOO'-bern) are investigating an accident that claimed the life of a gas station employee. Fifty-year-old Bonnie Gallagher of Woburn was struck and killed by a Boston Globe delivery truck shortly before 6 a-m at the Getty station, which had not yet opened for business. Police say Gallagher was crouching to check the fuel level of an underground storage tank when she was struck. Police identified the driver of the truck as 58-year-old James Lasoff of Newton. The incident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Farmer killed by lion forgot to lock cage

CAMP CADIZ, Ill., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A report on the death of an Illinois farmer killed by a caged lion found his own carelessness caused the tragedy. Al Abell apparently decided to clean the lion's cage in February 2004 while his wife, Kathie, was out running errands, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. An investigator said Abell may have felt over-confident around the lion, a 5-year-old male named Simba, because the couple had raised it from infancy. As required by law, Simba had both a large cage and a smaller enclosure to be used when the main cage was being cleaned. Guidelines say two people should move an animal, but Abell moved Simba by himself and then forgot to lock the shift cage. When Kathie Abell returned home, she discovered the lion out of its cage and her husband missing. She summoned police, who decided they had no choice but to shoot the animal, and then she discovered her husband's body. The exhibition farm, Cougar Bluff, passed an inspection only a few weeks before Abell's death.

Authorities Identify Truck Driver Killed In Lake Tulloch Accident

Sonora, CA -- Authorities have identified the driver of the truck that plunged into Tulloch Reservoir Friday afternoon. Police say 48-year-old Larry Swehla was driving to Yuba City on O'Byrnes Ferry Road when the truck fell off the Lake Tulloch Bridge and into about 40 feet of water. The accident prompted closure of the road for several hours as rescuers and dive teams attempted to get Swehla out of the truck's cab. Crews were able to hoist the truck from the water and extricate Swehla's body from the truck late Friday afternoon. Swehla was an employee of Boblitt Trucking out of Sacramento.

Deli worker slain by customer

BREWERYTOWN, PA - deli employee bled to death yesterday afternoon after an angry customer threw him into a plate-glass window, puncturing the man's neck. Witnesses told police that the argument started with a dispute about how to make a sandwich. Neighbors said the victim was Emanuel Oliver, 52, a native of the Dominican Republic. He was working as a cook at the Community Food Market, 29th and Oxford streets, and lived above the store.

QC man, 20, fatally stabbed, Death of town employee mourned

Queen Creek, AZ - When sirens shattered the silence early Sunday morning, Oct. 2, most residents in the Combs area of Queen Creek thought another car accident was to blame. But they were stunned to learn that a lifelong resident and Town of Queen Creek employee had been stabbed to death, at the Chevron station owned by the Gantzel family at 25 W. Ocotillo Road, at Ironwood Road. Ramon Munguia Ramon, 20, an active volunteer in the community, had been fatally wounded in the left chest. He was later pronounced dead at a convenience store four miles away.

Neighbors Remember Man as a Generous Friend

LAKELAND, FL - Eliceo Orona, 34, died Monday when he was crushed by a toppled forklift. Residents at the Plantation Community Apartments Tuesday night continued their after-work ritual of gathering outside to shoot the breeze, searching the apartment's entrance gate one last time for a man who they said made the ritual complete -- 34-year-old Eliceo "Eli" Orona. "He would be coming through that gate right now," said resident Christa Honors, shortly after 5 p.m Tuesday. Orona, who lived at the 515 Bon Air St. complex, died Monday afternoon when a forklift he was operating tipped over and crushed him. Orona -- a staff worker for Hands On Staffing, Inc. -- was working the forklift at GLT Office supplies at 2929 S. Combee Road when he died. A Polk County sheriff's report said the forklift tipped over after Orona veered the machine to the left. He fell to the ground and the forklift fell on top of him, killing him instantly, the report said. Sheriff's officials said his death appears to be accidental.

Chinese Food Deliverman Shot In Face Dies

Bronx, NY - A Chinese food deliveryman shot in the Bronx Monday night has died. Sahua Chen, 52, was shot in the face after making a delivery to a building on East 149th Street. According to police, just after 8:00 Monday night, Chen complained to a building worker that he had been robbed while making a delivery on the second floor. Two men then came downstairs, and that's when Chen was shot.

Deliveryman killed on the job

Tinley Park, IL -- A veteran pizza deliveryman was attacked and beaten to death while on the job in Markham. Frank Sedevic, 60, of Oak Lawn, was very aware of the dangers of delivering pizzas at night, having worked for various pie shops for 25 years, his widow, Barbara, said Tuesday. Still, he liked the job of bringing hot pies to people's homes and workplaces, and those who worked with him at Beggars Pizza in Oak Forest liked him, said his boss, Manny Minetti.

Crash kills motorcycle officer

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA San Bernardino County sheriff's motorcycle officer died Tuesday afternoon after crashing into a car while on his way to the scene of a traffic accident. The car pulled out of a driveway and into the path of three sheriff's vehicles -- a cruiser and two motorcycle officers -- headed east on Arrow Highway at about 3:25 p.m., sheriff's officials said. The officers were headed to a collision at Arrow and Etiwanda Avenue. The cruiser and the first motorcycle avoided the car, which stopped in the midst of its left-hand turn, said Robin Haynal, a department spokeswoman. The second motorcycle officer, [Motorcycle Deputy Daniel Lobo, 35] was unable to swerve. He hit the back of the car and was flung into a tree by the side of the road.

Lobo is survived by a wife and three daughters, ages 13, 10 and 11 months

Metal worker killed on his coffee break

Bronx, NY - A metal worker on a coffee break died in a freak accident in Brooklyn yesterday when a steel boom slid off the back of a truck, hitting him and narrowly missing three others, police said. Marco Hernandez, 66, of the Bronx, was standing among co-workers at a food service truck on Lombardy St. in Greenpoint just before 11 a.m. An eastbound flatbed truck rolled by and the boom, a heavy metal pole used for lifting, dislodged. "I don't believe it," said Kaylee De Mera, 14, the victim's stepdaughter. "It's like a lie. I keep waiting for him to come home."

Duke Student Killed In San Francisco Traffic Accident

DURHAM, N.C. -- The allegedly drunken driver of a pickup truck involved in a crash that killed two people Sunday night is being charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of manslaughter, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Authorities said suspect Kevin McGuinness, 43, of San Francisco, has three prior drunken driving convictions — two in Sonoma County in 1996 and 1997 and one in San Francisco in 2001. McGuinness, driving a Toyota Tundra truck, allegedly ran a stop sign at the corner of Broadway and Webster streets just before midnight Sunday night, broadsiding a Yellow Cab taxi that was already in the intersection. The crash killed Zareh Soghikian, the 76-year-old driver of the cab, and Tyler Brown, a 21-year-old Duke University student riding in the passenger seat. Two other passengers, Brown’s older brother Adrian and friend Michael Giedgowd, survived the accident and were treated for injuries.

OKC officer dies following crash during chase

Oklahoma City, OK -- A police officer died Thursday after his patrol car careened into a tree while chasing a stolen motorcycle in northwest Oklahoma City.

Sgt. Jonathan Dragus, 32, was transported to the OU Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:15 a.m., police said.

Dragus was pursuing the motorcycle eastbound on the Northwest Expressway about 3 a.m. when a pickup truck entered an intersection in front of the officer, who swerved to avoid the truck and crashed into a pole, then a tree, police said.

Plumber Dies in Collapse

Jefferson City, MO - A St. Louis plumber has died in a trench collapse. 43-year-old Clarence Allen was at the bottom of a hole eight to ten feet deep, and about four feet wide when it collapsed and covered him in several feet of dirt. Allen had been installing a sewer pipe in a backyard of a home north of Forest Park. A co-worker saw the dirt walls begin to give way and hollered at Allen, but Allen turned the wrong way and couldn't escape.

Investigator: Killing during robbery was unprovoked

GRIFTON, NC - A Yemani national killed Monday during an armed robbery at a convenience store was preparing to go home and cook dinner minutes before his death, his cousin said Tuesday. Yahya Albraidi, 25, was killed during a 10:30 p.m. robbery of the Kash and Karry store where he worked on East Hanrahan Road, Chief Lee Moore of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office said.

OSHA Investigating Death of Worker at New Mall Site

JONESBORO, AR - Federal safety officials are investigating the death of a worker at the new Mall at Turtle Creek in east Jonesboro. Fire officials say Omar Pizana Morales died from injuries sustained Friday when Morales and a co-worker were operating a "scissor-lift" that tipped over. The men fell 30 feet onto the mall's interior concrete floor. Morales died at a hospital on Sunday. He was 19, and was from Tamulipas, Mexico. Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Todd says the agency is investigating the circumstances of the death.

Man dies in fall at Munson firm

Cleveland, OH -- A worker died Wednesday after falling from the roof of the loading dock at Best Sand in Munson Township. Geauga County Sheriff's Department spokesman John Hiscox said the department received a call at 11:23 a.m. that the 37-year-old man had fallen 15 to 20 feet from the loading dock's roof, in front of the bag plant.


Allentown, PA -- A Columbus truck driver died Monday near Allentown in eastern Pennsylvania after he was pinned between a loading dock and a tractor-trailer, Berks-Lehigh Regional police said.

Abdirahman Sahrdid, 43, died after his driving partner backed the rig to the dock at DHL Worldwide Express about 8:15 p.m. The driver, Yussuf Abdi, 37, of Columbus, didn't see Sahrdid, police said.

The men worked for the Select Carrier Group of Groveport, a company spokesperson said.

Village employee dies on job

Glenview, IL - The on-the-job death of a 37-year-old Wheeling public works employee is shocking in its suddenness and its circumstances. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office listed the cause of Christopher Brown's death as carbon monoxide intoxication from a malfunction in sandblasting equipment. Brown was found by a co-worker in the Public Works Department's South Pumping Station on Willow Road around 10:45 a.m. Oct. 3. Brown was performing routine maintenance in the building at the time of his death, officials said. Chuck Spratt, Wheeling's public works director, said Brown was doing routine work he had done at the station since he joined the department in 1997.

Worker dies in explosion at pork plant, Blast injures 14 on company’s opening day.

ST. JOSEPH, MO - On the day this community’s biggest new development in decades was to celebrate its opening, investigators were being called in today to find out what caused an explosion that killed a local man and injured 14 others a day earlier. A heavy-equipment operator was killed and three other workers critically injured yesterday after the explosion at the $130 million Triumph Foods pork-processing plant, which was expected to go into production on Nov. 1. Andrew Bauer, 24, of St. Joseph was killed in the blast, which occurred around 2:45 p.m. in an industrial area on the south side of town. Another worker who was clinically dead after the explosion was revived by emergency medical personnel, officials said. "There was a lot of blood and gore," said St. Joseph Fire Department Battalion Chief Russell Moore. "We see that in the case of wrecks and stuff, and it’s not something we can’t deal with. But under circumstances like this, it was a little different."

Worker last seen 3 weeks ago found dead in cotton field

Bakersfield, CA - A 55-year-old Bakersfield man who was last seen July 24 feeling ill in a cotton field was found dead Wednesday in the same field, the Kern County coroner’s staff reported. Alfred Leroy Weems was weeding a cotton field with other people off 7th Standard Road east of Main Drain Road in rural Buttonwillow when he felt ill and walked away, the coroner’s staff said. The other workers didn’t see him at quitting time and they left the area. But on Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m., workers operating cotton pickers found his body in the same field, the coroner’s staff said. The cause of death is unknown pending an autopsy.

Worker dies after pinned by truck axle

RUTHVEN, Iowa - A man working on a truck at a repair shop in Ruthven in northern Iowa is dead after the rear axle fell on top of him. The Palo Alto County sheriff's office says Matthew Coleman of Ruthven was killed yesterday morning at the Coleman and Sons Truck shop. Officials say he was working on a straight when the axle fell, pinning him underneath. His co-workers lifted the axle off, and he was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Did loutish guards cause heart attack that killed prison cafeteria worker?

Philadelphia, PA - BEWARE grief-stricken women, for they are a force to be reckoned with. Think of Cindy Sheehan, whose son perished in Iraq. Think of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who channeled grief into political action. And, if she has her way, in a few years you might think of Annamarie Powell when you think of prison reform. Powell's husband, James, died of a coronary in July after a shakedown of the cafeteria at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, where he worked. Annamarie is convinced that the prison guards' behavior during the shakedown brought on the massive heart attack that killed James the next morning.

Belton Officer Dies In Motorcycle Wreck

BELTON, Mo. -- A police officer was killed on his way to work Wednesday night. Cpl. Ron Foster, 41, was riding his motorcycle to the Belton Police Department before his midnight shift started. Officials said Foster came across a stopped car on Highway 58 in Raymore, but he couldn't stop his bike in time. He crashed into the car and became wedged underneath the vehicle, authorities said. He was conscious when paramedics arrived, but later died at a research hospital. No one else was injured.

Drilling rig worker fatally injured

FORT WORTH, TX -- A 39-year-old man working on a drilling rig in far northwest Tarrant County was fatally injured Friday morning, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff's Department said. A 911 call was made shortly before 9 a.m. from a site near the 6500 block of Peden Road. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Web site identified the worker as Roy Massey of Gainesville. The cause of death was not listed. "It was an individual accident," spokesman Terry Grisham said. "It was not a catastrophic event on the well." The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, was notified, Grisham said

One killed, one injured in wood plant explosion, fire

SCHOFIELD, Wis. - One factory worker died and another was hospitalized with burns after an explosion and fire tore through a wood products manufacturing plant Friday, rocking the neighborhood. Three of eight buildings in American Wood Fibers' complex were destroyed and another was partially damaged, said Tom Frank, company vice president. He said losses would exceed $1 million but should be covered by insurance. About 15 workers were ending an overnight shift at the plant, which employs about 60 people, when the explosion occurred about 5:30 a.m., Frank said. Schofield Fire Chief Doug Jennings said investigators were trying to determine what ignited the blast. He said he heard the explosion from his home four miles away. A building filled with wood chips was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived, he said. "It is my belief it was a dust explosion. That is what it seems like initially," he said as firefighters continued to pour water onto smoldering piles of wood chips and sawdust amid twisted and collapsed steel.

Construction worker dies after falling 30 feet

Birmingham, AL - A 60-year-old construction worker has died after investigators say he fell from a lift bucket while working at the Charleston Air Force Base. Bobby Smalls of Summerville died after falling 30 feet Saturday morning, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said. Smalls worked for Bonitz Contracting, which is building dormitories on the base in North Charleston, Lindsay said. He was wearing a safety harness, but it was not hooked to the lift bucket he was standing in. Smalls was stapling some material under the ceiling of a walkway when he apparently lost his balance and fell out of the bucket, Lindsay said. The company notified the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration about the incident, the agency's area director Suzanne Street said.

Stevedor killed in Camden accident

Philadelphia, PA - A stevedore was killed on a Camden dock when he was struck by a large container being unloaded from a cargo vessel, authorities said today. Lewis Seals, 57, of Philadelphia, was working 10:30 a.m. yesterday on Pier 5 at the Broadway Terminal as a crane was unloading fruit containers from the Lombok Strait, a Dutch-registered ship. One of the containers, which held fruit destined for the DelMonte Co., rose from the ship unevenly, swung, and hit Seals in the head, said Bill Shralow, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's office. Emergency workers rushed to Pier 5 of the South Jersey Port Corp.-operated facility but were unable to revive Seals. Federal occupational safety officials will conduct a followup investigation of the accident, Shralow said. The Broadway Terminal is located at the former New York Ship Yard in South Camden.

Store clerk fatally shot while fighting off robber

Phoenix, AZ - A clerk at a Phoenix convenience store who was filling in for another employee was fatally shot early Sunday during a struggle with a man who apparently wanted to rob the business. Surveillance video at the Water and Ice Car Wash, 4601 E. Chandler Blvd. in Ahwatukee Foothills, shows Marvin Walters, 38, being shot shortly after midnight while trying to grab the man's gun. "This is a very tragic case," said Sgt. Lauri Williams, a Phoenix police spokeswoman.

Grain bill wall collapses, kills Mediapolis man

OAKVILLE, Iowa n A Mediapolis man was killed Monday afternoon after being trapped between a ruptured grain bin and a truck. According to a Louisa County Sheriff’s Office press release, emergency personnel were called to an accident at Tri Oak Feeds in Oakville around 1 p.m. Oct. 17. Scott Stamper, 42, of Mediapolis was assisting in off-loading a grain truck when a wall of the grain bin collapsed, trapping him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office confirmed this morning that Stamper was an employee of Tri Oak Feeds. Although the Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation, an official said that his department could be working with representatives of the Des Moines-based Iowa Occupational Safety and Heath Administration (OSHA) at a later date. Louisa County deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from Wapello Ambulance and the Oakville Fire Department.

Two die in Colusa County silo

Marysville, CA - Two Colusa men died in a rice dryer accident Monday morning when the silo in which they were standing began releasing rice and trapped them, a Colusa County sheriff's lieutenant said. Julio Cesar Villanueva, 27, and Omar Romero Aguilar, 22, were standing in the partially filled silo at Farmers' Rice Cooperative on Highway 45 south of Princeton in Colusa County, according a press release from Lt. Doug Turner. Several workers were standing or sitting with the victims when the silo began releasing rice. As the two began to sink, co-workers attempted to pull them out but stopped when they also began to be pulled down.

Metro Worker Dies After Being Hit By Train-Employee Death Is Transit Agency's First Since 1997

WASHINGTON, DC -- A Metro worker hit by a train earlier this month has died. Michael Waldron of Riverdale, Md., was doing some track work near the Braddock Road Metro Station on Oct. 1 when he was hit by a train. Waldron died of his injuries on Saturday. Metro is investigating the accident. Waldron had been a Metro employee for the past three years. He worked on bridges, tunnels and other structures. It was the first death of an employee on the job since 1997, when a track worker was accidentally electrocuted.

Racetrack employee's death called 'suspicious'

Muskegon, MI - Fruitport Township Police this morning were investigating what they called the "suspicious death" of a 60-year-old employee of Great Lakes Downs whose body was found Monday morning in his dormitory room at the racetrack. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of family members in the Detroit area. He worked as a horse exerciser and had worked seasonally at Great Lakes Downs for a number of years, Detective James Schultz said.

Clayton police lose officer in line of duty

Jonesboro, GA -- Perhaps Clayton County Police Sgt. Michael Davis was speeding to the aid of his fellow officers when he became the first county officer in over 50 years to give his life in the line of duty. At around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, 40-year-old Davis was in his patrol car going north on Tara Boulevard when he hit the back of a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by 24-year-old Dave Thomas Harvey of College Park near Valley Hill Road, according to Clayton County Assistant Police Chief Jeff Turner. Davis' car flipped several times before crashing into a ditch in the median. Davis, a 17-year veteran of the department, was rushed to Southern Regional Medical Center after being cut free of the mangled police cruiser, but he died from the wounds he suffered in crash. Harvey was not badly injured.

Second Sunesis death examined - Company under federal scrutiny

Cincinnati, OH - A Sunesis Construction employee was killed on the job Monday, the company's second fatal accident in three months, drawing scrutiny from the federal agency that oversees worker safety. "We're very concerned," said Dick Gilgrist, area director for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Sharonville. Greg Miller, 32, of Milford died Monday when a piece of a steel plate fell on him at a work site in Hillsboro in Highland County, according to Gilgrist. (More on Sunesis here.)

OSHA Investigating Deadly Industrial Accident

Murray, Ky -- Federal investigators are looking into an industrial accident in West Kentucky that left one man dead.

Frank Burkeen was in a work related fork lift accident on September 26th at Briggs and Stratton in Murray, Kentucky.

The McCracken County coroner tells NewsChannel 6 that Burkeen later died of a head injury from that accident.

The Murray Ledger and Times reports that OSHA workers are investigating the accident as a typical procedure after a work place death.

Employee Killed After Walking In On Robbery At Lumber Yard

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are searching for a gunman who shot and killed a man believed to be trying to stop a robbery of a Westside lumber yard Tuesday evening. Christopher Aligada, 40, of Orange Park, died after the shooting at the Builders First Source on Roosevelt Boulevard. Homicide investigators said the robber shot Aligada, a manager at the business, when he walked in as another employee was being held at gunpoint just before 9 p.m. According to the police report, the gunman fired at least twice, then stole the first employee's SUV. "I'm sure he was trying to get help for the guys that were with," Aligada's sister-in-law, Becky Aligada said Wednesday.

Construction worker airlifted after severe trauma

Atmore, AL - An Atmore man remains in the intensive care unit at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola following a construction accident that occurred at United Bank in Atmore Wednesday. Berry Nall, 30, of Atmore suffered severe injuries after the rough terrain Lull forklift with a telescopic boom he was working from, tipped over and sent him plummeting to the parking lot from 30-feet in the air just before 6 p.m. "The contractors are investigating," United Bank president and CEO Robert R. Jones said. "It's really not anything we're involved in. It was their employee and their equipment, so they're doing the investigation into it."

Window-washer killed in fall off PDX building

Portland, OR - A window-washer fell about 50 feet to his death while working on a building in downtown Portland early Wednesday, authorities said. The worker was part of a two-person team that was supposed to be hooked to safety harnesses while cleaning the high-rise windows. But the safety equipment somehow failed and the man fell immediately after stepping off the rooftop at 100 SW Market Street, according to Alan Oswalt, with the Portland Fire Bureau.

North Codorus farmer dies in tractor rollover

Hanover, PA - An elderly farmer died Tuesday afternoon when the farming equipment he was hauling rolled down a hill in North Codorus Township, Southwestern Regional police said. Roy Daugherty, 76, a township resident, was harvesting corn about 4:30 p.m. in a field he leased at 3734 Tunnel Hill Road. His John Deere tractor or the combine or grain wagon he was pulling slid sideways down a hill, police said. Daugherty was ejected and found in the corn field, about 40 yards from the tractor, police said. He died instantly of multiple blunt force trauma to the head and chest, according to York County Deputy Coroner Claude Stabley.

Farmer killed when tractor flips over

WEST HARRISON, Ind.-- A tractor flipped over on a steep hillside, killing the 79-year-old farmer who was driving it, police said.

The accident happened Wednesday evening near West Harrison, close to the Indiana-Ohio state line about 75 miles southeast of Indianapolis, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department said.

Omer Hicks was trying to climb a steep hill on his farm to pull a tree to his house for fire wood when he lost control of the tractor as it rolled backward and flipped over, police said.

Charles County Man Killed While Cutting Trees

Charlotte, Hall, MD - On Oct. 19 at 10:53 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the 14100 block of Federal Hill Place in Charlotte Hall for the report of an injured person. Investigation revealed a tree logging company was cutting trees. While Jacob D. Hertzler, an employee, was cutting a felled tree, another tree that he had pre-cut fell on him and killed him. Hertzler was pronounced dead at the scene shortly thereafter and his body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. A representative from the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene for its investigation. There are no signs of foul play. Det. T. Miner is investigating.

Workers killed by 18-wheeler in I-35 construction zone

Eddy, TX - DPS investigators are looking into re-creating an accident scene from Tuesday night in which a truck driver crashed into a construction zone on I-35, killing two workers and injuring two others. It happened between Waco and Temple near the Woodlawn exit on I-35. The Department of Public Safety says Vorise Jeansonne of McGregor and Paul Hadac of Columbus were killed when an 18-wheeler swerved into a closed left lane of I-35 near Bruceville-Eddy Tuesday night. DPS troopers say the 73-year-old truck driver, hauling cattle, swerved into the construction area, hitting two parked flat bed trucks with construction workers and equipment on board. The 18-wheeler also slammed into a parked dump truck, a moving pick-up truck and one construction worker on the ground.

Two detention officers killed in fiery crash on Rosedale Highway

Bakersfield, CA - Two detention deputies, including the son of high level Kern County sheriff's deputies, were killed in a fiery crash early Thursday morning on Rosedale Highway at Coffee Road, the Kern County sheriff's staff reported. The driver of the vehicle which struck the detention officers was arrested on charges of murder and vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of alcohol, Bakersfield police said. The driver has a prior drunken driving conviction, court records show. A Mustang occupied by detention deputies Josh Stancliff and Corey Wahl was traveling westbound on Rosedale Highway but skidded and stopped at Coffee Road where it was rear-ended by a pickup truck, the sheriff's staff and Bakersfield police reported. The 2001 Mustang, which was backing up when it was struck, burst into flames and both its occupants were killed in the 12:42 a.m. crash, police Lt. Gary Moore said. Stancliff was the driver, Moore said. The victims were Wahl, 23, whose father is Chief Deputy Willy Wahl and stepmother is Commander RoseMary Wahl, and Stancliff, 22, whose father is Detentions Deputy Marty Stancliff, sheriff's spokeswoman Cmdr. Shelly Castaneda reported.

Cops: Clerk fatally stabs his boss

Island, NY - An employee at a Syosset restaurant supply business stabbed his boss in the chest with a steak knife during an argument Friday, Nassau police said. A stock clerk at Tassone Equipment was arguing with his supervisor about 11:40 a.m. During the fight, the clerk stabbed the supervisor and then drove away from the building on Eileen Way, Homicide Squad Det. Sgt. Richard Laursen said. The supervisor, Robert Sisia, 51, of Syosset, stumbled bleeding into the showroom, about 50 feet from the stock room, and collapsed, Laursen said. Sisia was pronounced dead at North Shore University Hospital at Syosset about 12:30 p.m.

Construction worker dies of injuries

Redding, CA - A construction worker crushed by the street sweeper he was driving died of his injuries late Thursday night. Ronald Joe Toney, 45, of Redding, died just before midnight, a spokeswoman for the Shasta County Coroner’s office said this morning.

Dunlap farmer killed in collision

DUNLAP, MO – Richard Grote, A 72-year-old Dunlap farmer was killed late Thursday afternoon when a semi-tractor trailer attempting to pass his tractor struck the vehicle.

Roofer falls to death at Bob's Furniture

NORWICH-- A construction worker was killed Friday when he fell from a building under construction at Bob's Discount Furniture distribution center at 70 Jewett City Road.

Dump truck driver dies in collision with fuel truck

BATON ROUGE, La. - The driver of a dump truck died when he slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler hauling 8,000 gallons of fuel Monday, state police said. The accident happened at a railroad crossing near downtown Baton Rouge. Thick black smoke billowed from the scene and could be seen for several miles. Louisiana State Police said the tanker truck stopped at a railroad crossing to check for oncoming trains when it was hit by the dump truck.


Brooklyn, NY -- A Brooklyn bouncer working a party for Abercrombie & Fitch staffers yesterday was fatally shot after refusing to let in a man who balked at being patted down for weapons, cops said. The club's bouncer, 26-year-old Seyoum Thompson, of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, was working the door, checking patrons, police said. At some point, a small group of men tried to get into the club, but one of them refused to be patted down by Thompson. The men then left, cops said. A short time later, Thompson walked out of the club to get some air. An unknown gunman then shot Thompson once in the head, killing him, police said. Another shot hit a second person, an 18-year-old man, in the right knee. Police suspect that the shooter was the same person who left the club rather than be checked for weapons.

Funeral services set for S.A. police officer

San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Police Officer John Wheeler will be buried Wednesday at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Wheeler, a 12-year veteran, died Friday morning when his patrol car was rear-ended by a speeding Chevrolet Caprice. Wheeler's Crown Victoria exploded and set both cars on fire. Wheeler and the driver of the Caprice, Ishmael Herrera, died at the scene. Visitation for Wheeler will be held Monday and Tuesday at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Ave., beginning at 9 a.m., according to police.

Killed in Wis. Bus Crash

OSSEO, Wis. -- A beloved high school band director was among five people killed when a busload of students and chaperones returning from a marching band competition crashed into an overturned tractor-trailer. Douglas Greenhalgh, 48, his wife Therese, 51, and their 11-year-old granddaughter, Morgan Greenhalgh, were killed, along with bus driver Paul Rasmus, 78. Brandon Atherton, a 24-year-old student teacher, also was killed.

Young sisters cope with second parent's death

Kansas City, KS - Things were beginning to turn around for James Kampert. It had been almost two years since lung cancer claimed the life of his former wife, Lori. That twist of fate made the 39-year-old Winnetonka High School graduate the primary care provider to their two daughters, Sara and Lacie. The challenge did not deter Kampert, his father, Bob Kampert, said recently. Kampert, 39, of Kansas City, North, often worked six days a week, sometimes 12 hours a day. He had a simple goal of one day saving enough money to buy a house for his family. That dream will never be realized. Kampert died Sept. 28 in the crash of a tanker truck he was driving at a Northland rock quarry. Police said the accident occurred at the end of a roughly 1,500-foot incline at the Stamper Quarry in the 14400 block of Northwest Interurban Road, a few miles northeast of Kansas City International Airport. Police think Kampert was driving too fast down the slope when he lost control and crashed. Investigators were looking into whether mechanical or health problems played a role.

Cart death inquiry begins

ROTTERDAM, NY - Federal inspectors are investigating the death of a Schenectady International mechanic who was crushed when a golf cart he was working on fell on top of him, authorities said. Dave Hughes, a 52-year-old Johnstown man, died Wednesday as he was trying to repair a brake line on the electric cart, according to company officials. The vehicle, used to shuttle employees around the chemical-maker's plant, was up on jack stands but fell, crushing him, they said. the handling of equipment, chemicals and storage.

$12 million to sign-workers' kin; Lawsuit filed after brothers died in billboard collapse

Atlanta, GA - Richard and Juanita Fowler decided they would not keep the settlement amount quiet. The parents of Josh and Anthony Fowler, the two billboard workers killed when a 35,000-pound sign collapsed on them in Snellville three years ago, wanted the settlement made public, their lawyer said. They sought a figure large enough, attorney Gerald Davidson said, "that hopefully it would send somebody a message in the billboard business that nothing like this could ever happen to any other family."

Man killed at Hingham Blue Cross job site

Quincy, MA - An ironworker from Medford was killed in a construction accident in Hingham. Adam Simon, 32, was strapped to an I-beam with a safety harness when the beam collapsed and he fell about 45 feet at about 10:30 a.m. yesterday. Simon was taken by ambulance to South Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Simon was working at a new Blue Cross Blue Shield office building at 25 Technology Park Place, off Route 228 near Route 3. The developer of the project is A.W. Perry. Turner Construction of Boston is the construction manager. Simon worked for James S. Stearns Co. of Hingham company, a subcontractor hired by Issacson Steel Fabricators Inc. of New Hampshire