Infrastructure Daily News

Transportation Sector

. October 21, Associated Press – (Nevada) Dozens of Reno storm drain grates stolen; police worry pedestrians might fall in holes. Reno, Nevada police said they have seen a spike in thieves taking the grates off storm drains, and said the holes left behind are big enough to create a safety hazard. Police said the thefts started in August and are focused on the northwest portion of Reno. More than 40 grates have disappeared. Officials said the grates cost nearly $200 apiece, and losses have mounted to more than $8,000. The grrates weigh about 175 pounds, and are made out of cast iron. Detectives suspect they may have been sold at scrap yards. Most of the thefts happen at night. Officers said the heists leave holes large enough for a person to fall through. Source: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/19d76ed2d9d4417bbbeb21be8197c420/NV– Storm-Drain-Thefts/

. October 20, Jersey City Jersey Journal – (National) Passenger on US Airways Flight 20 to Honolulu ran for cockpit, wanted to jump out of plane: hero cop. When a hysterical passenger aboard a Hawaii-bound flight made a dash for the cockpit, two Jersey City, New Jersey police officers heading to a wedding tackled and guarded him until touchdown before turning him over to authorities, officials said. One of the officers said the flight was about 2 hours out of Honolulu at about 6:30 p.m. October 19 when they realized there might be a problem and they told the crew that they were cops. They saw a man in a sweater having a panic attack and saying he had to get off the plane, and he was going to try to get off at 40,000 feet, a police spokesman said. A flight attendant gave one of the officers a set of plastic wrist restraints and the cops cuffed the man and led him to the rear of the plane, where they watched him until the wheels touched down. They turned the man over to agents of the FBI, DHS, and the Honolulu Sheriffs Department at the gate. Source: http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2011/10/passenger_on_us_airways_flight.html For more stories, see items 16 and 26

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. October 20, WLS 7 Chicago – (Illinois) Large stash of heroin stolen from Will Co. police. Individually wrapped kilos of heroin worth about a half million dollars were stolen from the Will County Sheriff’s Department in Joliet, Illinois, WLS 7 Chicago reported October 20. A shipping container in a fenced in yard at the Laraway service facility of the sheriff’s department contained the evidence, which was stolen sometime before October 14. The heroin, worth about $500,000, was wrapped in four 1-kilogram packages. The sheriff’s office asked the FBI to take over the investigation and to look into how Will County manages evidence. The missing heroin deals a potential blow to drug prosecutions in Will County. The area has seen 26 heroin overdoses in the last year, up from only five a decade ago. Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8399892

. October 20, Manchester Union Leader – (New Hampshire) Threatening letter containing white powder sent to Salem police. Firefighters and a hazardous materials team responded to the Salem, New Hampshire Police Department October 20 after an administrative assistant opened a threatening letter that came with white powder — later discovered to be baking soda. “The letter contained a very simple and direct threat toward members of the Salem Police Department,” the deputy police chief said. The letter prompted police to call the Salem Fire Department and members of a regional hazardous material team to investigate. Once the the powder was determined to be baking soda, the office became a crime scene, and police notified the FBI and U.S. Postal Service, officials said. Investigators were processing the envelope and the department, which was cordoned off for nearly 2 hours. Source: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20111020/NEWS03/111029993 For another story, see item 50

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