Infrastructure Daily News

Transportation Sector

. January 18, Associated Press – (Oregon; Washington) Washington snow storm: Seattle, Portland cancel flights. A winter storm blasted the Pacific Northwest January 18, dumping near-record snow in some areas, hammering parts of Oregon with winds as high as 110 mph, and bringing much of the region to a standstill. From the Washington state capital in Olympia to the Oregon coast, schools were closed, roads were clogged with snow and hundreds of accidents, and dozens of flights were cancelled. In an 8-hour period near the capital, there were 95 accidents, a state trooper said. Alaska Airlines announced late January 17 it canceled 38 flights into and out of Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Many court and government offices and libraries closed. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/18/washington-snowstorm_ n_1212607.html

. January 18, Associated Press – (California) Fiery big-rig crash closes interstate for hours. A fiery freeway crash involving a big-rig and two cars shut down a southern California interstate for nearly 7 hours. The San Bernardino County crash closed both sides of Interstate 10 in Montclair, which is 30 miles east of Los Angeles, late January 17. The cleanup turned the morning commute January 18 into a nightmare with traffic backed up for miles. KNX 1070 Los Angeles said eastbound traffic began rolling at 5:45 a.m., and the California Highway Patrol reopened westbound lanes at 6:20 a.m. Investigators said the big-rig hauling food items got tangled up with two cars in the westbound lanes and slammed into the center divider before bursting into flames. Two people pried out of one of the cars were airlifted to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19765561

. January 18, Associated Press – (Montana) Freight train from Chicago hits semi in Montana. A freight train with its whistle blowing derailed January 17 in northeastern Montana after colliding with a semitrailer that had pulled across tracks at a private crossing between Bainville and Culbertson, a BNSF Railway spokesman said. The train traveling from Chicago to Seattle was traveling about 69 mph and had activated its emergency brake, but it struck the semi slightly behind the cab January 17, about 150 feet from U.S. 2, a BNSF spokesman said. The semi was heading from a farm area to the highway. Ten of the train’s 40 cars derailed along with four locomotives, including two that were on their sides. The spokesman said about 500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled, but the spill was contained and did not threaten waterways. The cars were carrying everything from plastics to frozen meats, diapers, and washers, some of which spilled. The train also carried small amounts of classified hazardous material, including lighters, adhesives, and alcohol, but there were no environmental threats, the spokesman said. At least 13 trains were rerouted while the track was repaired. Crews were working through the night to repair the track, which could reopen as early as January 18. About 40 trains typically use the track each day. Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8509664

. January 17, Associated Press – (Colorado) Copper thefts cause $250k in damage to rail system. Two Colorado brothers are accused of stealing more than $96,000 worth of overhead copper wiring from two light rail construction sites. The Denver Post reported January 17 the thefts caused $250,000 damage to the RTD FasTracks system under construction in Jefferson County, Colorado. Two suspects were being held in Jefferson County jail. One faced charges of theft by receiving, and his brother faced felony charges of criminal mischief and theft. Investigators said about 7,000 feet of copper wire was stolen from one RTD site and another 150 feet from a second, causing I-beams supporting the overhead wires to bend. Source: http://www.noco5.com/story/16540529/copper-thefts-cause-250k-in-damageto- rail-system

. January 17, Associated Press – (Texas) Texas school bus crash sends 32 to hospital. A tractor-trailer clipped a school bus full of students January 17, flipping the bus onto its side and sending 32 people — 29 of them children — to a central Texas hospital. Police said a 9-year-old boy was ejected through the escape hatch in the bus roof, and the bus driver was knocked unconscious. The accident occurred on Farm-to- Market Road 93 outside Temple, Texas, about 60 miles northeast of Austin. A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety said a hardware truck apparently ran a stop sign when it hit the Academy school district bus. Conditions were foggy, but it was unclear whether that factored into the crash, he said. Three of the children being treated were admitted to the hospital, one in critical condition, while the other 26 were discharged, said a spokeswoman for the Scott & White Memorial Hospital. The bus driver also was listed in critical condition, but the other adults, including the truck driver, were treated and discharged. The bus was carrying about 38 children from all grade levels and was on its way to drop students off at the first of three school locations when the crash happened. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/texas-school-bus-crashse_ 0_n_1211907.html

. January 16, WALA 10 Mobile – (Alabama; Mississippi) Three arrested in ‘big rig’ theft ring. Washington County, Alabama deputies said the wife of one of the suspects in a “big rig” theft ring is now in custody, and they have a strong lead on another suspect. So far, three people have been arrested. Deputies said they are considering two as conspirators. Deputies found a large dump trailer in the back yard of a Washington County house. The owner of the property said his friend dropped it off a month ago. The friend was arrested in connection to several big rig and equipment thefts. The trailer was a key piece to the crime. Investigators noticed the data plate on the trailer was scratched off. A deputy said they found it inside the suspect’s house, and discovered it was part of a case of a stolen truck and trailer from Laurel, Mississippi. Deputies said they also found guns, drugs, and more evidence they said could tie the suspect to thefts across at least five states. The suspect’s wife was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, and conspiracy to possess stolen property. According to authorities, the man deputies said is the prime suspect, his wife, and two others who were arrested with the prime suspect as they tried to get away with a stolen 18-wheeler are all in custody. The deputy said as they continue to investigate they anticipate more stolen property to be discovered and also more arrests. Investigators have five large pieces of equipment and trucks but are looking at more. Since the crimes cross state lines the FBI is also investigating. Source: http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/three-arrested-in-big-rig-theftring For more stories, see items 5, 6, and 60

Postal and Shipping Sector

. January 17, Scranton Times-Tribune – (Pennsylvania) Police say man raided post office in pursuit of bath salt delivery. A man broke into a closed Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania post office January 16 looking for a package of designer drugs he thought would be there waiting for him, police said. Instead, the man made off with a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) hat and jacket, pieces of mail, a scale, and a coin-operated machine after he could not find the bath salts, even though a tracking of the package indicated it would be at the branch, police said. The man was charged with felony counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass, after he was spotted driving erratically in a pickup truck. Police found in the truck several opened pieces of mail and the USPS jacket beside him on the front seat, arrest papers said. The man was arraigned January 16 and placed in the county prison in lieu of $35,000 straight bail. Source: http://thetimes-tribune.com/police-say-man-raided-post-office-in-pursuit-ofbath- salt-delivery-1.1258376#axzz1jiMMNoq2

Emergency Services Sector

. January 17, New Haven Register – (Connecticut) Police: Man impersonating cops used stolen credit card in Old Saybrook, led officers on chase. After a brief foot chase January 16 in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, local police captured a man who was impersonating police. Police were investigating an incident at a CVS Pharmacy in which a man walked in the store and flashed a police badge and identification while using a stolen credit card to make a purchase. Later, the man was spotted at the Saybrook Point Inn, where he used a gift card he purchased with the stolen credit card to pay for a spa treatment. When police arrived, the man ran off and led them on a foot chase through the first floor and basement of the inn before he was captured. Source: http://www.shorelinetimes.com/articles/2012/01/17/news/doc4f157b268aff0785055561 .txt

. January 17, Los Angeles Times – (California) LAPD seeks gunman who fired at officers in south L.A. Police searched January 17 for a gunman who shot at officers from a vehicle in south Los Angeles. No officers were hurt in the incident said a Los Angeles police spokesman. A man in a burgundy-colored car drove up to where a task force of Los Angeles Police Department narcotics detectives and an FBI agent were meeting, got out of his car and opened fire, police said. The man ran from the scene. It was not immediately clear if the man was struck by return gunfire, and police did not say how many shots were fired. Nearby 52nd Street Elementary School was placed on a lockdown as police swarmed the area and searched for the suspect, police said. Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/gunman-lapd.html

. January 13, WRTV 6 Indianapolis – (Indiana) Police gear taken from undercover officer’s car. Police are looking for suspects in the theft of several items from an undercover Indianapolis police officer’s vehicle. The thefts happened January 12. The officer said he had stopped at a coffee shop and parked the undercover police car next to the building, WRTV 6 Indianapolis reported. The officer was inside for just a few minutes and found the back window of the car broken when he returned, police said. The officer’s .40-caliber police-issued handgun and three loaded magazines were taken, along with his personal 9mm Taurus handgun, a protective vest, handcuffs, two badges, and other equipment. Source: http://www.theindychannel.com/news/30206156/detail.html For another story, see item 38

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