Sunday, December 19, 2004

The Weekly Toll

Firefighters reach body of construction worker

Ventura County, CA -- Firefighters recovered the body Wednesday of a 64-year-old construction worker who plunged to the bottom of a 60-foot hole at a Ventura building site, officials said.

Between 40 and 45 people worked throughout Tuesday night before the body of Joseph Alamillo was removed about 11:45 a.m. from the bottom of the 18-inch-diameter hole, officials said.

"It was a long night," said Brian Clark, a deputy marshal with the Ventura Fire Department. "It was a long excavation, but we were able to get him out."
was unknown when Alamillo fell into the hole, but co-workers realized he was missing about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Alamillo died from blunt-force chest injuries, probably not long after he fell into the hole, a coroner's investigator said.

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Worker dies at country club

RALEIGH, NC -- A worker died at the North Ridge Country Club when earth-moving equipment tipped over and struck him Wednesday morning.
Kevin Michael Onstott, 27, had worked at the North Raleigh country club for about a year, General Manager James M. Fazzini said.

Onstott and another, more senior, worker were working on a landscaping project moving earth from one place to another when the bucket on a small front-end loader hit one of the workers, Fazzini said.

Police said the front-end loader tipped over and killed Onstott.

Coast Guard member dies in rescue attempt

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Search called off for former Burlington man missing in Georgia. A former Burlington man who jumped into the Savannah River to aid his girlfriend is missing and presumed dead, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials. The Savannah Chatham Police Department began searching for Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Dallas Scott, 29, formerly of Burlington, after receiving a report of a woman swimming in the Savannah River.

Man, 21, killed by compactor

Cleveland OH Investigators are looking into the death of a 21-year-old Cleveland man who was crushed to death Friday. Police said Michael Merrell of Merrill Avenue was cleaning debris near a door of a scrap-metal compactor at OWSS Co. on Campbell Road when another employee turned on the compactor from a control room. The door closed, and Merrell was struck by the machinery. The employee said he did not see Merrell until afterward. The accident happened at 12:48 p.m.

Police Officer Dies In Head-On Crash

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Foster Was An Officer For 7 Years. A Columbus police officer died early Saturday morning after her cruiser collided head-on with a pickup truck. Authorities said that Officer Melissa Foster was responding to a call at 1 a.m. when the truck crossed the center line and hit her cruiser. The 35-year-old officer was transported by helicopter to Grant Medical Center where she died.

Truck driver crushed against wall

FLA.-Police are investigating a Friday afternoon accident after a truck driver was crushed against a wall while unloading cars from a transport trailer. Police said the unidentified truck driver was unloading cars from a two-level transport trailer at the Gallery Auto Brokers, 1734 E. Grant St., when he was caught between a pickup truck and the wall of an outdoor garage.

Worker crushed by rolling log

McCLOUD, CA -- A 22-year-old Weed man was killed earlier this week in a logging accident east of McCloud, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department said Friday. Ruben Sandoval, an employee of Chuck L. Logging of Big Springs, was crushed Wednesday by a 2-foot diameter log he had been lying near while taking a break. It is not clear what caused the log, which was resting on two stumps uphill of Sandoval, to roll. Unable to lift the log off him, Sandoval's co-workers used chain saws to cut the log into sections that they were able to push aside. Sandoval died at the scene.

Worker dies after accident

LAND O' LAKES, Wis. (AP) -A Watersmeet man died this weekend after being injured in a workplace accident.

Thomas Sauter, 41, died Friday after severing both arms at the shoulder when he became caught in a machine, the Vilas County Sheriff's Department said. Sauter may have been pulled into the machine at the Nagel Lumber Company of Land O'Lakes when he tried to fix a jam around 8 a.m. Friday, authorities said. Sauter is survived by a wife and four children.

Worker Shot In Tampa Restaurant Dies

TAMPA, Fla. -- An employee of a Subway sandwich shop in Tampa has died of gunshot wounds from a robbery on Saturday. Danielle Miller, 22, and another female worker were shot in the robbery. The other woman is expected to survive and her identity has not been released.

Worker dead after trailer traps his head.

DeKalb,Illinois-A 31-year-old DeKalb man died early Saturday morning of head injuries sustained after being struck by a tractor-trailer Friday night. DeKalb police said a truck at Midwest Logistics, 3095 Corporate Drive, had finished unloading at a loading dock and began to pull out. A problem with the dock’s locking system caused the trailer to latch onto the dock. The truck rolled back, pinning Herminio “Antonio” Sangabriel Martinez’s head between the dock wall and trailer door, police said. Witnesses told police they heard a noise and found Martinez, a Midwest employee, had fallen into the trailer after being struck.

Hillsdale County man dies in plant accident

JACKSON, Mich. — A 27-year-old Hillsdale County man died Friday in an industrial accident at Alro Steel in Jackson, authorities said. Jackson police and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration said third-shift foreman Brian. Gendron was crushed when a 15,000-pound steel plate slipped off a stack after he placed it there with a crane.

Nightclub employee fatally shot during altercation

Houston, TX--An employee at a northwest Houston nightclub was gunned down at work early today, police said. Tony Johnson, 41, was fatally shot shortly after 4 a.m. during an altercation with at least two other men at the 6 Figures club, 5608 Shepherd, Houston police said.

Officer Is Shot to Death in a Queens Hotel Room

New York--Rikers Island correction officer known for his generosity to friends and neighbors was shot to death early Saturday at a party in a Queens hotel room, the police said yesterday. The officer, Robert Ross, 39, was shot at 3:05 a.m. and died in Room 1009 of the Sheraton LaGuardia East hotel on 39th Avenue in Flushing, the police said. The killer escaped. Mr. Ross was unarmed, the police said, and officers recovered a gun thought to be the killer's weapon.

DeLand worker falls, dies inside chip mulcher

DeLand, FL –-A 43-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he fell into a commercial mulcher, police said. Arthur Edward Cola of DeLand was using a front-end loader to dump wood chips into the machine to be mulched and colored at K&B Landscaping Supplies, just east of DeLand, said Volusia County sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson.

Delta Worker Struck, Killed By De-Icing Truck At Boston Airport

BOSTON -- A Delta Airlines worker was struck and killed by a de-icing truck Tuesday at Logan Airport. The 44-year-old man was walking on the tarmac around daybreak when he stepped into the path of a truck used to remove ice from aircraft, authorities said. The truck was driven by another Delta employee who had worked with the man for several years, said David Procopio, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. Henry F. Marshall Jr.,

Pilot killed in crash was early employee

SEATTLE - A pilot killed in the crash of a light plane in Renton on Sunday has been identified as John Gehlen, 40, of Seattle. Gehlen, a software engineer, was one of the first people to go to work for

Harford man killed in apparent robbery in his taxi

Baltimore Maryland -Father of 9 was shot to death one block from his home. When he wasn't driving a taxi during the overnight shift, Derald Howard Guess was sitting in on his children's classes at Magnolia Elementary in Joppa. Or serving as a popular substitute teacher at the school. Or teaching Bible study classes to young teens at his church on Sundays. Shortly after midnight Wednesday, Guess went to pick up a passenger who had called for a taxi from an Edgewood townhouse community. Moments later the 37-year-old was shot to death in a suspected robbery one block from where he lived with his wife and nine children, police said.

Driver charged in crash that killed deputy

Chicago-Police accused a motorist Monday of driving under the influence of drugs - possibly prescription medication - during a crash that killed a DuPage County sheriff's deputy bringing toys to needy children. Arcirio Rodriguez is charged with DUI, negligent driving, failure to yield right of way and failure to stop at a stop sign for the Sunday morning crash on the city's North Side. The 74-year-old Chicago man hadn't been drinking alcohol, police said, but he did have an intoxicating level of drugs within his system when driving directly into the path of the Toys for Tots charity parade.Frank J. Griseto was a regular in the annual parade. The 55-year-old Downers Grove man, who for the past year worked in the DuPage County jail, didn't have time to react and struck the car broadside.

Trash collector struck, killed in Carmel

CARMEL, New York — A 24-year-old Danbury, Conn., man was killed yesterday morning after he fell from a garbage truck and was struck by an oncoming truck in a Route 52 shopping center. Robert Forlastro, who worked for F&H Sanitation, lost his footing when he got out of the passenger side of the parked garbage truck and landed in the path of a utility truck at 8:56 a.m., Carmel police said. The New York State Electric and Gas truck was driven by James Collins, 52, of Brewster. Witnesses said the driver was pulling slowly into a parking space when he struck Forlastro, who was pronounced dead at the accident scene, Lt. Brian Karst said.

Construction Worker Dies In North Myrtle Beac

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. --A 72-year-old construction worker from North Carolina was killed in South Carolina on Monday when he stepped through a skylight and fell about four stories. The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department said James McGrew, of Wilmington, was cleaning debris from the rooftop at the Sea Cabin condominiums. Authorities said McGrew died of internal injuries shortly after he fell.

Erie Man Killed When Gravel Pit Wall Gives Way

ERIE, Pa. -- An Erie man is dead after he was crushed by a rock wall that gave way while was working in an Erie County gravel pit Monday. State police in Erie said 51-year-old Donald Kuhl was killed instantly. The collapse happened at the Kuhl Sand and Gravel Company's site in Greene Township about 20 minutes before 5 p.m. State police said Kuhl's body was recovered shortly before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. A rescuer said the worker had been operating a payloader when the collapse occurred.

NC-Utility Worker Killed on the Job

A utility worker died on the job Monday night working on power lines. It happened at about 4 o'clock in Cary on Davis Drive just south of High House Road. Cary Police say 39-year-old Daniel Rodriguez was electrocuted while working on some power lines. Rodriguez worked for a sub-contractor hired by Progress Energy. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the accident.

Man killed on bridge
Los Angeles -- Construction worker dies after beam falls. A man working on the Lewis Street bridge was killed Tuesday afternoon when a suspended beam rolled on top of him, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Anthony Marino, 46, of Folsom was killed in the accident, said Dr. James Falterman, Iberia Parish coroner.

Worker died from trauma, autopsy says

WI -- An investigation into the death of Mercury Marine employee Dwayne Shepro has revealed a safety guard was missing on the machinery he was using at the time of the accident, according to a Mercury Marine spokesman. “There’s a guard that should have been in place,” Communications Director Steve Fleming said in a phone interview. “This appears to have been a preventable accident had the safety mechanisms available been in place and used. An investigation of the scene showed a guard had been removed from the machine on which Mr. Shepro was believed to have been working,” he said in a statement. Final autopsy results released Tuesday confirmed that 59-year-old Shepro’s death following an accident at the plant was a result of internal bleeding caused by blunt force trauma.

Cab Driver Shot & Killed in Harford County

Edgewood, MD-The Edgewood cab driver who was shot and killed while picking up a fare early Wednesday morning was the married father of nine children and a substitute teacher. Thirty-seven-year-old Deral Guess also taught Bible study classes at his church. According to the Harford County Sheriff's office, Guess had gone to the Harford Square townhouse community to pick up a fare about 12:40 a.m. Residents heard a crash and called 9-1-1. Deputies found Guess inside his wrecked taxi with a bullet wound to the head.

JPL van plunges off road; 3 killed

Pasadena NY-- Three people were killed and seven others injured Wednesday when a packed commuter van heading to Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge plunged off a winding mountain road, tumbling 300 feet into a canyon. The van was traveling south on Angeles Forest Highway at 6:15 a.m. when it failed to negotiate a bend in the road and careened over a 2-foot-high berm. Three of the commuters were dead at the scene. Two of them, Jane Frances Galloway, 49, of Lancaster, and Dorothy Marie Forks, 53, of Pasadena were JPL employees. The third, Kerri Lynn Agey, 48, worked for Wackenhut Security, a contractor for JPL.

Locals react to Ohio nightclub shooting that killed ex-Pantera guitarist

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It could have happened anywhere. Late Wednesday night, a gunman charged onstage at a packed nightclub in a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub and opened fire on the band and crowd. The gunman killed top heavy metal guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and three other people before a police officer shot him to death, authorities and witnesses said.

Farmer recalls horror of fatal shot

MARTIN, S.D. - Brad Johnson told his awful story late Tuesday afternoon, remembering in a soft, unsteady voice the rifle shot that took a stranger's life and changed his own forever. "I have a lot of questions to God about why this thing had to happen," the 51-year-old Martin-area farmer said during a telephone interview from his home. "It's a terrible thing. It's a freak thing. To me, it's impossible that it could even happen." But it did happen last Friday afternoon, in a blurred convergence of poor judgment and fickle chance that left 39-year-old Jay Torgerson of Custer lying in the Johnson family's grain field with a fatal bullet wound in his head.

Small-plane crash kills 3 bound for Greer airport

WEST PELZER NC - Three people were killed Thursday when their small plane crashed in a rural area here about 10-15 miles from an airport. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said Harry Alton "Chip" Moore, 52, an Anderson business owner and his business partner, 46-year-old Brian Winstead of Anderson were killed. Scott Burdick, 43, of Greer also was killed. Both Moore and Burdick were pilots. It was not clear who was flying the plane, Shore said.

Construction Worker Dies After Hit By Motorcyclist

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A construction worker was killed early Friday morning after being hit by a motorcyclist on Colonial Drive. The construction worker was identified as Christopher Lee Webb, 30, of Bunnell. He was the father of a 1-year-old boy. Webb had just gotten out of his truck and he was getting ready to dig for samples under the pavement on Colonial.

Worker crushed at apartment construction site

IL-A construction worker was trapped and killed when three 22,000-pound slabs of concrete fell from the top tier of a six-tier parking deck that was under construction. "We do have one deceased individual... a male," McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said, and added, "We're still in the process of trying to identify him." The victim was pronounced dead by Kimmerling at 3:56 p.m. after the NFD removed enough of the concrete to reach the deceased.

Man killed in peanut hull processing plant

ASHBURN, Ga.-A man was killed in an accident at a peanut hull processing plant in Turner County after he was buried by a pile of ground peanut hulls. Jonathan Escobar, 28, of Tifton, died Saturday at Bio-Plus, Inc.

Rig collapse kills one, injures two others

FENTON, La. -Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors are investigating what caused a drilling rig located north of Fenton to collapse, killing a Vidalia man and injuring two others. Twenty-seven-year-old Matthew Curtis Smithart died in the wreckage of the rig after it fell around him. Smithart had worked as a derrickman on the rig for about four months. Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff Ricky Edwards say Smithart was on the derrick, wearing his safety belt and harness, when it fell. He was trapped beneath the rig and a pile of pipes that had scattered when it fell. Edwards said the victim could not break free from the rig when it fell because he was still attached to the safety belt and harness.

Man falls to his death at C.P. Cogeneration Plant

Salem,NJ -- A Piscataway man fell to his death while working at the Carneys Point Cogeneration Plant here on Tuesday afternoon. During an outage at the plant, Michael Mahoney, 49, was working 30 feet off the ground on a landing when a light he was using went out, according to Det. Sgt. Ed Spinelli of the Carneys Point Police Department. Mahoney slipped and fell through an opening in the landing while attempting to turn the light back on, Spinelli said. He sustained substantial trauma to the head, and paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.

Deadly Shooting in Restaurant

BUFFALO, N.Y. -A deadly shooting at a restaurant is shaking Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore business to the core. News 4's Barbara Pinson has the latest from Broadway on the search for the gunman who killed a worker at a Chinese restaurant. Ernest Clinton, Owner, EC Clippers said "a sweet guy. He always speaks to me when I come in. And I just saw him last night. I went to get some shrimp fried rice last night at 9:30 and he said hi." I can't believe this happened." Ernest Clinton just heard the news this morning, that Hang Jin Lee of the Kim Thanh Chinese Restaurant on Broadway was gunned down right around Midnight.

Used-car company worker shot in head

Columbia,SC -- An employee of a used-car business was shot late Thursday in Columbia, police said. About 10 p.m., two men approached two employees at Dr. Ray’s Used Cars in the 2400 block of Dillon St., Columbia police spokesman Skot Garrick said. One employee fled when one of the two men pulled out a gun. The other was knocked to the ground and shot in the head, Garrick said. The man was taken to a local hospital, he said. His condition was not known.

Farmer killed in fiery wreck

Easton,PA-An Independence Township farmer died in car crash on Interstate 80 early Thursday morning as he drove home from his weekly egg deliveries. Joseph N. Piteo, 59, owner of Vienna Farms and Piteo Poultry Farm, was killed at 3:06 a.m. when his 1998 Ford van crashed into the back of a 2004 Mack dump truck driven by Sean F. Bernard, 41, of Budd Lake, N.J. Warren egg producer devoted to his farm and customers.

Karta worker dies of Oct. injuries

Westchester,NY One of three men injured in an October explosion at the Karta Container & Recycling plant in Peekskill died yesterday at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Luis Lojano, 33, of 225 N. Division St., Peekskill, remained in critical condition in the hospital's Burn Unit for 67 days. He suffered serious burns to 81 percent of his body, according to the county medical examiner's report. The three men, all Karta employees, were using a welding torch to remove a bucket from an old backhoe shortly before 11 a.m. Oct. 4 when flames ignited a nearby tank that contained a flammable material, police said.

Construction site previously had OSHA violations

NORMAL, Ill. -Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials say the agency had previously found safety violations at a site in which a construction worker was killed this week in Normal. Twenty-four-year-old Jose Saul Martinez-Juarez died Thursday when concrete slabs came crashing down from a parking deck. OSHA acting area director Brian Bothast says since construction began on the plaza in May, OSHA has issued seven safety-violation citations. The violations were issued against two contractors, one doing foundation work and another doing electrical work at the site. According to OSHA records, the violations were settled by August. Bothast says the general contractor did not have any violations.

Two killed Friday in Douglas County

Denver,CO-The plane that plummeted nose-first into a parking lot Friday night, killing two pilots, had to make an emergency landing 15 years ago after a propeller blade fell off one of its engines, federal aviation records show. Pilot Paul Krysiak, 28, of Aurora and trainee James Presba, 25, of Lone Tree were killed Friday.

Robbers Shoot and Kill Employee at Restaurant

Los Angeles,CA-Two robbers caught on videotape as one of them fatally shot a 22 year-old Subway sandwich shop employee in Whittier remained at large today.

Joseph Molina, a Pasadena City College student studying restaurant management, was shot about 10:30 last night in the sub shop at 5416 Norwalk Blvd., Whittier police said.

Car dealership worker beaten to death on job

Charleston,SC-A car lot worker has died after he was beaten at his job, police say. Rufus Washington, 50, was at Dr. Ray's Used Cars with two co-workers Thursday night when two men came to the lot, police said. One of the suspects pulled out a gun and the other two workers fled. When they returned, they found Washington with an injury to his head, Columbia police spokesman Skot Garrick said. Washington died a few hours later, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.Police initially reported Washington's wound as a gunshot, but an autopsy discovered he had been beaten, Watts said.

Farmer's death brings rural community together

North Platte,NE--Somewhere between 9 and 10 a.m. Wednesday, when the frost has left the cornfields along Road 341 southeast of Madrid, dozens of combines, semis, tandem trucks and grain carts, will converge on the area. By the time darkness falls, more than 100 men and women will have picked and delivered 1,100 acres of corn awaiting harvest.The friends and neighbors and fellow farmers from the Elsie, Grant and Madrid areas who are gathering for the community corn picking are doing it for the Douglas Lee family. Lee, 48, of rural Madrid, was killed Dec. 4 in an all-terrain vehicle accident while he was rounding up cattle.

Taco Bell Worker Killed 19-Year-Old Suspect Arrested

PRUNEDALE, Calif. -- Police are investigating the killing of a restaurant worker in Prunedale over the weekend. Investigators said a teenage Taco Bell employee was killed after letting at least one man inside the restaurant after it had closed to use the restroom early Sunday. Friends of the victim, 18-year-old Brenden Tsukimura, gathered outside the restaurant Sunday. "I don't understand why they did it. He was such a good guy ... he did not deserve to die," said Kelly DiBernardo, a friend of the victim. Authorities have not said how Tsukimura died, but said a knife and a shotgun were found at the scene. Police arrested 19-year-old Cain Beltran and charged him with murder and robbery. Investigators said they believe another suspect is still at large.

Convenience store clerk shot, killed in Richmond

NORTH RICHMOND CA - A young convenience store clerk who had arrived from Yemen just this year was shot and killed in an apparent robbery Sunday morning. Contra Costa sheriff's deputies, responding to a call around 9:30 a.m., found Ahmed Qasim Rashid Khulaqi in the Golden 7 food store with several gunshot wounds, said sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. Khulaqi was pronounced dead at the store, which is located on Market Avenue at Giaramita Street. Lee said Khulaqi lived in North Richmond and was believed to be 22 years old. But other area grocers said the dead clerk was in his late teens.

A Very Nice Guy' Is Gunned Down at Work

Pasadena CA - Joseph Molina is slain while handing over money to robbers at a Whittier sandwich shop. His death is among several weekend killings. On one of his recent trips to the Philippines to visit his father, Joseph Molina learned Tagalog with remarkable speed. After three months in Manila, he came home to Whittier nearly fluent, his mother said Sunday. "He made friends there that didn't know English, so he had to pick it up," said Josephine Molina. "He had that drive to learn."

2 Arrested In Murder Of Goodwill Store Employee Victim Leaves Behind Wife, Son, Grandchild

HOUSTON, TX -- Two men were arrested in connection with a deadly robbery at a southwest Houston Goodwill store, police told Local 2 Tuesday. Officials said the robbers walked into the Goodwill Select, 2703 S. Highway 6 at Richmond, at about 8 p.m. Monday and fired several shots, killing employee William Musik, 50.

Textile Worker Killed in Job-Site Explosion

A textile worker was killed early Monday when a pressurized chamber exploded and knocked him to the ground, officials said. Noel Omar Ortiz-Rodriguez, 31, of Lakewood was taken to La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, where he died of head injuries about 5:30 a.m., coroner's officials said.

Man killed in airport accident

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Buffalo man working on a broken overhead hangar door at Syracuse Hancock International Airport died when he fell about 25 feet, police said. Syracuse Police said Gerald Andritz, 63, was on a "scissors lift" at about 7 p.m. Monday trying to fix the door at the FedEx hangar. The door was stuck several feet off the ground and workers were trying to release it when the door released and knocked over the lift with Andritz on top, said Sgt. Tom Connellan. Andritz suffered severe head injuries, Connellan said.

St. Louis-area officer dies in accident

RIVERVIEW, Mo. - A St. Louis-area police officer was killed Tuesday when his patrol car struck a utility pole, flipped onto its top and crashed into a house before catching fire. It happened about 7:15 a.m. in north St. Louis County. The officer was identified as Brad Schultz, 29, a four-year veteran of the department who was engaged to be married.

Worker Killed by Subway on Tracks in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, NY -- A subway worker responsible for flagging train operators to get them to slow down in a work zone was himself struck and killed by a train in Brooklyn yesterday as other members of his work crew reacted in horror. It was the first fatal accident involving a transit worker this year.

The worker, identified by transit officials as Harold Dozier, 54, was struck at 1:52 p.m. by a Manhattan-bound B train on the express track near the Newkirk Avenue station, in Ditmas Park, they said, and was decapitated.

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Monroe police search for killer in shooting death of store employee

MONROE, NC -- Police are searching for a killer after a store employee was shot to death on south Main Street in Monroe. Police said Chong Sun Kisiah, 51, was on the phone with a friend Tuesday, and what that friend heard prompted a call to police. "Some voices,” Chief Dennis McCrary of the Monroe Police Department said. “A voice in the background that caused concern, and then the phone went dead. And that's when they called and asked us to check."

Industrial accident victim dies from burns. Man loses 10-month battle for recovery when kidneys fail.

Easton,PA-A 56-year-old Bethlehem man who lost his legs after being severely burned in a Feb. 11 salvage yard accident has died. DeWayne R. Carraghan was pronounced dead Tuesday at a Lehigh Valley Hospital hospice facility in Allentown, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said. His death is attributed to complications from burn injuries.

Worker killed when scaffold collapses at site of new Kent County Target store

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- One construction worker was killed and another was injured when a scaffold collapsed at the site of a Target store being built just south of Grand Rapids, the Kent County Sheriff's Department said. Four men were on the scaffold when it came down about 12:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, sheriff's Sgt. Roger Parent said in a news release. One was pronounced dead at the scene and another was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Parent said. Their identities were not available. The other two men on the scaffold refused medical treatment.

Logger killed in Clarke County

Mobile,AL-A timber company worker was killed Monday afternoon in southern Clarke County after a log hit him, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency is investigating the death of Johnny Fox, 31, on Walker Springs Road in Barlow Bend, said acting area director Clyde Payne. He was working for Leroy Trucking Inc.

Worker at pecan company fatally crushed by large containers

TUCSON, AZ - A worker at a pecan company in Sahuarita was crushed to death by a large container knocked over by high winds, authorities said. A wind gust blew over a stack of four containers Tuesday afternoon and one container landed on the man, said Battalion Chief Rick Flores, a spokesman for the Rural/Metro Fire Department. When firefighters arrived at the Green Valley Pecan Co., the victim was in cardiac arrest and other employees were performing CPR.

1 killed, 2 rescued in crash

Phoenix,AZ-Officers sent to secure the landing site for an emergency medical helicopter watched it plummet to the ground late Tuesday before rushing into the wreckage and saving two of the three people aboard, Apache Junction police said Wednesday. The engine was still running and fuel was leaking when the three officers, two of whom witnessed the crash, pulled the pilot and a flight nurse to safety. Police couldn't reach Doreen Renee Johnson, 26, of Queen Creek, a part-time Air Evac Services Inc. flight paramedic. Johnson, a full-time Southwest Ambulance employee since August 2002, died at the scene.

Worker's body found in trench

Jose Cruz Morales left his Pleasant Grove home early each morning for work so he could send money back home to his mother and two sons in Mexico.

On Wednesday, the 47-year-old construction worker died while digging a trench for the sewer line of a new residential subdivision in Melissa.

The 15-foot trench collapsed, dropping a boulder, stones and dirt onto Mr. Morales. He remained buried for more than 17 hours until rescuers recovered his body about 8:20 a.m. Thursday, said Melissa City Administrator Douglas Box.
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Worker dies after cab slides into murky lake

Miami,FL-A man died Wednesday night when he was trapped inside the cab of an excavator that slid down an embankment and into a lake. The man, who was not identified by Miami-Dade police, was working at a construction site near Northwest 87th Avenue and Interstate 75. He was using the excavator to pull rocks and fill the bottom of the lake.

Worker Killed By Earth Moving Equipment

RALEIGH NC -- A worker died at the North Ridge Country Club when earth-moving equipment tipped over and struck him Wednesday morning.Kevin Michael Onstott, 27, had worked at the North Raleigh country club for about a year, General Manager James M. Fazzini said. The incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. at the maintenance facility at the end of Foxfire Court. The N.C. Department of Labor is investigating.

Officials probing plant death

SPENCER - The Worcester County district attorney's office and the Springfield office of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death of a 34-year-old woman at the FLEXcon plant here. The woman - Laura Paquette of the Gilbertville section of Hardwick - was severely injured Saturday night when she was caught in a machine on which she was working. Local police and fire responded. Paquette was transported to the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, University Campus, in Worcester. She was pronounced dead Tuesday.

Construction Worker Killed

CHURCHVILLE, Va. _ A construction worker from Highland County was killed in a road construction accident near Churchville.

Corporal D-S Lotts with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Robert Hull died yesterday after the grader he was driving turned over in a ditch and he was trapped underneath. According to Lotts, the grader hit a place where the ground was loose. Hull was working for Plecker Construction Company, a subcontractor on a Virginia Department of Transportation project to widen U-S 250 near Churchville. Lotts says the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is investigating the death, along with the sheriff's office.

Man dies in storage facility fire, arson suspected

Houston,TX -- Firefighters are investigating a deadly fire at a southwest Houston self-storage company late Thursday night. It happened in the 4100 block of Greenbriar. When firefighters arrived they found the body of a 50-year-old man in his apartment at Shurgard Storage. He was an employee who lived on site. What they found in addition to the body caught the attention of police. Arson investigators found scorch marks around the apartment, which indicates that someone may have set the fire intentionally. Most of the smoke and fire was contained to the second-floor apartment, while the other storage units were undamaged.

Worker Killed When Scaffold Collapses At Construction Site

KENT COUNTY Grand Rapids,MI -- A construction worker is dead, another worker injured after a some scaffolding collapsed at the new Target store in Cascade Township. There were four men working on the scaffolding when it blew over. Witnesses say plastic used to protect the scaffolding caught the wind like a sail. Police say 30-year old David Scott of Ionia died at the scene.
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Homeless man charged with killing Queens bridge painter who gave him money, food

When the painters showed up to work on a Queens overpass this week, they found a homeless man living beneath the span. On the first day, they gave the man a dollar; the next day, they handed him a sandwich. On the third day, he repaid their kindness by pulling a .45-caliber handgun and fatally shooting one of them, then calmly lit a cigar and waited for police to arrive, authorities said Thursday. "I shot the (expletive)," defendant Stephen Boyd allegedly told police before his arrest along the Grand Central Parkway near Shea Stadium.

Worker Killed In Overnight Shooting

DENVER -- Denver police are investigating an overnight shooting that left a bartender dead.

The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. at Sebastian's Grill at Broadway and Bayaud. Witnesses say a gunman fired from the sidewalk into the bar. A bullet struck the bartender and he died a short time later, police said.

Worker Killed By Cinder Blocks

TAMPA - A worker at a local business was killed when a pair of cinder blocks fell on him Thursday morning. About 9:15 a.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and county Fire Rescue crews responded to Florida Rock, 5609 N. 50th St. Harold M. Jones Jr., 50, of 2903 Paul Buckman Highway in Plant City, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead about 11 a.m., sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said. Carter said the blocks fell on Jones' back and legs. More here.

Pizza deliveryman killed in crash

Mohammad Ismail's drive home from work Saturday night should have been short. But he never made it. The 49-year-old died Sunday night at University Medical Center after his van was hit by a driver who police say had been drinking. Ismail lived almost across the street from the Domino's Pizza at 2624 E. 22nd St., where he worked as a delivery driver, police said. To get home, he had to turn right onto 22nd and make a U-turn at South Treat Avenue.

Teen charged with killing clerk in botched robbery

A 16-year-old was charged with stabbing to death a convenience store clerk during a robbery Tuesday. Authorities said the boy, who lives in Blackwood, entered the Country Farm Market store on Warwick Road around 9:30 a.m. and attempted a robbery with a kitchen knife. The clerk, Suraj Gulabani, 21, whose family owns the store, fought back and was stabbed in the struggle, authorities said. He was taken to Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Stratford, where he died shortly after 10 a.m.

Tow truck driver killed while working on Interstate 95

An Elkridge tow truck driver was killed Thursday night when he was hit by a pickup truck while assisting another motorist on Interstate 95 in Howard County, state police said. About 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Brian E. Helton, 47, responded to an accident on the shoulder of the northbound ramp to eastbound Route 100, police said. While Helton worked behind his tow truck, he was hit by a Ford Ranger, police said.

Construction worker killed in accident ID'd

A construction worker who was killed in an accident at a construction site on Tuesday has been identified by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office. David Trask, 50, of Running Springs was killed when he was run over by a cement truck that was backing up at a construction site at Via Montelena.

Western Iowa farmer killed in tractor accident

PIERSON, Iowa-A man was killed when the tractor he was operating overturned and pinned him on his rural Pierson farm, authorities said. Robert M. Benedix, 66, was driving the tractor Friday in a corn stubble field, which is on a steep incline, Woodbury County Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Boetger said.

Police identify dead trucker

EATON, Ohio - A trucker killed when he was trapped between his semi and a loading dock Wednesday has been identified as Steve Nisonger, 41, of Greenville.