Infrastructure Daily News 10.25.11

Transportation Sector

. October 24, msnbc.com; Associated Press – (New York) NY subway derailment likely to cause commuter woes. Two cars of a New York City subway train derailed in lower Manhattan, but no one was injured, authorities said early October 24. The derailment occurred at 3:52 a.m. October 24 on the northbound No. 6 train near the Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Station, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said. There was no immediate word on the cause of the derailment. An empty train backed up to the disabled train and 19 people were safely evacuated, a spokeswoman said. “Please expect extensive delays on the 4, 5 and 6 train service in both directions at this time,” the MTA Web site said. Those trains are running an express only service in both directions between Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Station in midtown Manhattan. Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45013405/ns/us_news-life/#.TqV6yHKO7To

. October 24, Associated Press – (California) Gun falls out of bag at Los Angeles International Airport. A loaded handgun fell out of a checked bag being loaded onto an airliner at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles. It is legal to carry an unloaded firearm in checked luggage on flights as long as passengers notify the airline. The Los Angeles Times said Alaska Airlines was not notified about the .38-caliber handgun that tumbled out of a duffel bag being loaded onto a Portland, Oregon-bound flight October 23. The gun owner was questioned by police and was allowed to board a later flight for Oregon. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman said the bag passed screening for explosives. She said the TSA screens for firearms in carry-on luggage, but adds it is not the agency’s responsibility to detect firearms in checked luggage. Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19181744

. October 23, WBAL 11 Baltimore – (Maryland) Fuel truck, Southwest Airlines plane collide at BWI. An airport spokesman said a fuel truck collided with an arriving plane at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport near Glen Burnie, Maryland, October 22. The incident happened at about 8:30 p.m. when Southwest Airlines flight number 2585, arriving from Orlando, Florida, was struck by a fuel truck after landingt. Airport officials said no one was hurt. The plane was pulled out of service pending further investigation. An airport spokesman described the incident as “very rare.” Source: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/29563952/detail.html

. October 22, Washington Post – (District of Columbia) Fighter jets intercept 2 aircraft in D.C. area. Two civilian aircraft were intercepted by the military October 22 in separate incidents in the skies over the Washington, D.C. region, authorities said. The interceptions, made by fighter jets in both incidents and a helicopter in one, were directed by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), officials said. The interceptions were at least the 11th and 12th in the Washington and Camp David areas in about 6 months. The first incident came at 9:45 a.m. when two Air Force F-16s intercepted a civilian aircraft that was out of radio communication, NORAD said. Communication was regained and the aircraft proceeded to its original destination, it said. In the second incident, ÂNORAD said an F-16 and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter intercepted an aircraft about 11 a.m. in restricted airspace. The aircraft was escorted from the restricted area and allowed to go on its way. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/jets-intercept-aircraft-in-dcarea/ 2011/10/22/gIQAUPT87L_story.html

. October 22, Salt Lake Tribune – (Utah) TSA agents discover land mine packed inside bag. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) baggage checkers discovered four land mines tucked inside of a passenger’s checked bag at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, the week of October 10. Airport officials said someone doing military training decided to take them as a souvenir. A TSA spokeswoman said the devices set off the airport’s explosive detector and officials had to clear the area and delayed four flights for about 19 minutes. Crews determined the land mines were benign and removed them from the bag. No one was arrested. However, the spokeswoman said TSA officials wanted to remind passengers that land mines are among the prohibited items not allowed on airplanes. Source: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52761036-78/airport-bag-minesofficials. html.csp

. October 21, KDFW 4 Dallas-Fort Worth – (Texas) DFW passenger caught with guns, saw. A passenger at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, in Dallas, Texas, was caught October 20 trying to smuggle a cache of weapons into the facility. According to a DHS representative, the suspect had two pistols, three ammunition magazines, eight knives, and a hand saw. The representative said the suspect had divided the items into three carry-ons: a backpack, duffle bag, and sleeping bag. He said the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spotted a suspicious item while X-raying the bags. The TSA and local police found the contraband and arrested the man on state charges. Source: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/news/102111-DFW-Passenger-Caught-with- Guns-Saw For more stories, see items 3, 5, 23, 50, 65, and 66

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. October 24, Cape Cod Times – (Massachusetts) Man charged afer rear-ending Mass. ambulance. A 5-year-old boy was injured and his father charged with drunken driving after allegedly crashing into the back of a Hyannis Fire Department ambulance in Hyannis, Massachusetts October 21. The 38-year-old father is facing many charges, including child endangerment, following the rear-end collision between his car and the ambulance around 10:30 p.m. He allegedly hit the back of the ambulance twice. After the second hit, the car was attached to the ambulance’s rear bumper, said a Barnstable police sergeant. The injuries to the boy were not life-threatening. According to a police report, the ambulance crew was turning from Route 28 onto Lincoln Road Extension in response to an emergency call when the crash occurred. Emergency lights on the ambulance were flashing, police said. The child was taken to the Cape Cod Hospital emergency room. The father was taken to the police station and was released the following day. He was scheduled to be arraigned October 24 on charges of drunken driving, child endangerment under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, failure to secure a child 5- or under in a car seat, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving an uninspected motor vehicle and possession of a class B substance. Source: http://www.firehouse.com/topic/emergency-vehicles-and-operation/mancharged- after-rear-ending-mass-ambulance

. October 24, WTAE 4 Pittsburgh – (Pennsylvania) Police: Man tries to run down officers outside police station. A 49-year-old man was in custody after police in Pennsylvania said he tried to run down two officers outside an Indiana Township police station. The suspect was facing charges after the October 23 incident that occurred when officers were attempting to take his mother for a dementia commitment at a hospital. A criminal complaint said the altercation took place in the parking lot where small children and parents were attending a haunted house event. Police said the suspect arrived in his pick-up truck at 10 p.m. and tried to open the rear door of a police car to get his mother. When ordered to step back, he threatened to go get a gun. When an officer went behind the truck to obtain license plate information, the suspect put his truck in reverse and “accelerated heavily” toward the officer. Police said he pulled forward and put his truck in reverse a second time, accelerating toward an officer, and a police car. Two officers drew their guns and ordered the suspect out of the truck. He refused and locked the doors, and then an officer tried to break the driver’s side window with his police baton. Police said the suspect then sped away. He turned himself in after being contacted by a police negotiator. The complaint said that after his arrest, the suspect told officers he “snapped and has mental and psychological problems.” He was taken first to Western Psychiatric institute and Clinic and then to the Allegheny County Jail prior to arraignment at the municipal courts building in Pittsburgh October 24. The suspect faces many charges, including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and making terroristic threats. Source: http://www.wtae.com/r/29568352/detail.html

. October 24, msnbc.com – (Florida) ‘Very dangerous’ inmates escape Fla. prison. Police were searching for two “very dangerous” inmates of a Florida prison who escaped early October 24. Officials realized the inmates were missing from their shared cell in the Indian River County prison during a routine headcount, shortly before 5 a.m. The jail went into lockdown, and officials later found the inmates’ red prison jumpsuits. Police believe the pair escaped through the back of their cell into a maintenance hallway. “They likely had some type of rod they used to break the locks off the secured doors in the hallway,” said an Indian River County Sheriffs Office spokesman. “They then climbed over the fences around the prison that are topped with razor wire.” Police suspect the men had outside help. It is not known if they are armed, the spokesman said. A 52-year-old escapee is 5-foot-7 and has gray hair. He was being held at the prison on first degree murder and other charges. A 25-year-old escapee, has closely cropped hair. He had recently been charged with first degree murder. Both convicts have multiple tattoos on their arms and bodies. Up to $1,000 was being offered for information leading to arrests. Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45016838/ns/us_newscrime_ and_courts/#.TqWUgXJFzK9

. October 23, Hazleton Standard-Speaker – (Pennsylvania) Ambulance records dumped. Boxes and file folders containing hundreds of sheets with personal information of employees and former patients of the Hazleton Community Ambulance Association were tossed in a Hazleton, Pennsylvania dumpster at the South Side Fire Station October 22. A firefighter noticed the records, and expressed his concerns to the Hazleton Standard-Speaker. The data was from 2003 and 2004, according to labels on the boxes. The dumpster is owned by the city’s contracted garbage hauler, and is at the rear of the fire station on East Broad Street. Several boxes and folders contained trip sheets for ambulance calls, with data on each patient. Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, insurance data, birth dates, and medical history descriptions were on the sheets. Also, employee payroll records with time cards, personal payroll information, and salary records were among the disposed paperwork. The ambulance association has been inactive for several years. An association officer said October 22 he used “poor judgement” when he put the boxes in the dumpster, thinking it was an obscure dumpster few people paid attention to. He said the association stored the records in a garage it was renting from a former Hazleton fire chief, who recently passed away. He said the records had to be moved, and he disposed of some of the older ones. The association officer said he would get a truck October 23 and pick up the records and take them for shredding, and make sure all of them were disposed of properly. Source: http://standardspeaker.com/news/ambulance-records-dumped- 1.1222138#axzz1biPnKVGm

. October 23, WHDH 42 Boston – (Massachusetts) Boston police website hacked: ‘It’s not funny’. A Boston, Massachusetts Police Department Web site was hacked, WHDH 42 Boston reported October 23. At least 2,000 names and passwords have been posted online. The group claiming responsibility said they support the Occupy Boston movement. Boston police warned some of members that usernames and passwords were compromised. The investigation into who hacked the system was widening and the FBI was brought in to assist. Police believe the radical element that calls themselves’ “Anonymous” has hacked into their system along with others across the country. “Our internal computer system has been breached and I believe compromised,” said the president of the Boston Police Patrolman’s Association (BPPA). The association told members to change their passwords after the hacktivist group posted their names and passwords online. The group claimed they took aim at Boston police for their alleged unprovoked brutality. At Boston police headquarters, authorities said their Web site had not been breached, but they encouraged all members to change their passwords. Source: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45001308/ns/technology_and_sciencesecurity/#. TqVsfnI4VWZ

. October 21, Knoxville News-Sentinel – (Tennessee) Former Claiborne firefighters charged in two arsons. Following a more than 7-month investigation, two former Claiborne County firefighters were arrested in connection to two arsons in the Springdale community near Tazewell, Tennessee. The two 19 year-old former Springdale Volunteer Fire Department members, face felony criminal charges following an April 24 fire at an abandoned home on Floyd Evans Lane, a Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department (CCSD) captain said October 21. Springdale’s fire chief became suspicious when a suspect arrived very quickly at the fire, said a member of the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office Bomb and Arson Task Force. He said both men continued to work for the department at the task force’s request until the investigation concluded. They were fired the day of their arrest, he said. One suspect was was arrested October 8 and was charged with reckless burning in connection to a mid- March brush fire on a hillside off U.S. Highway 58 in Harrogate. He was due in court the week of October 24 on arson and reckless burning charges. The other suspect was arrested on an arson charge September 27. His next court date is December 8. Both men were free October 21 from the Claiborne County jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. The CCSD captain said Claiborne fire officials were investigating four other abandoned house fires in the Clairfield area near the Campbell County line. He said they had persons of interest in those fires, but would not say if either of the two arrested former firefighters were suspects. Source: http://www.fireengineering.com/news/2011/10/1525903772/former-claibornefirefighters- charged-in-two-arsons.html For more stories, see items 50, 58, and 62

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