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. December 23, Cleveland County Star – (North Carolina) Sheriff’s deputies arrest man on armed terror charge. Sheriff’s deputies charged a Cleveland County, North Carolina man December 20 with trying to scare people with a .32-caliber handgun. The suspect, 27, of the 3600 block of West Stagecoach Trail outside Shelby, was charged December 20 with going armed to the terror of the people. The suspect had the handgun on public highways the previous day, according to an arrest warrant. The warrant states that the man armed himself with “an unusual and dangerous weapon” and did so “for the purpose of terrifying others.” Source: http://www.shelbystar.com/news/armed-52399-searcy-sheriff.html

. December 23, Jersey Journal – (New Jersey) Bayonne worries that work being done on Turnpike bridge will delay ambulances and other emergency vehicles. Lights and sirens will not help emergency vehicles get through gridlocked traffic on the Newark Bay Bridge because construction work on the Turnpike Extension span has eliminated the shoulder lanes in each direction, according to Bayonne city officials. A couple of weeks ago, contractors preparing to do construction work on the Newark Bay Bridge installed concrete barriers to prevent drivers from entering the passing lanes in both directions, city officials said. Motorists still use two lanes on the bridge – the slow lane and the shoulder. But a third lane, to be used in case of emergency, has been eliminated. There is nowhere for cars and trucks to pull over when Bayonne’s fire trucks and ambulances are rushing to an accident, said the Public Safety Director. According to him, the Turnpike Authority changed the road layout without discussing the plan with the city. The Bayonne Mayor sent a letter to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Executive Director, urging the authority to find a plan that allows for emergency services to respond to accidents on the bridge over Newark Bay. Reached late December 22, a Turnpike Authority spokesman confirmed the authority received the letter and said the authority will reach out to discuss the safety concerns. Source: http://www.nj.com/news/jjournal/bayonne/index.ssf?/base/news- 6/1293089165116170.xml&coll=3

. December 22, WAFB 9 New Orleans – (Louisiana) Frozen chicken causes airport evacuation. Security officials evacuated a Louisiana airport after an incident involving a frozen chicken caused quite a scare December 21. The Lafayette Regional Airport was buzzing with activity from investigators, but passengers were stuck waiting outside after a frozen chicken that was packed next to a headlamp threw up a red flag with TSA workers at the X-ray machine. The man was headed home after a hunting trip in Louisiana and was bringing the chicken with him. Authorities performed chemical analysis tests and even sent out a bomb dog to make sure there were no dangers associated with the bird. Those trying to fly out suffered the brunt of the discomfort in the incident, as some people missed their flights. Despite all of the precautions taken to ensure safety, only five flights were affected by the evacuation. The TSA said it hopes the incident will serve as a lesson and encourage travelers to pay close attention to what types of items are allowed in checked bags to avoid delays at the airport. Source: http://www.wafb.com/Global/story.asp?S=13726005

. December 22, Toronto Star – (California) Homes evacuated as biggest storm yet heads for California. After days of relentless rain, Southern California December 22 was facing the most intense storm system yet, with hundreds of homes evacuated, roads covered with water and mud, and residents anxiously eyeing already saturated mountainsides denuded by wildfires. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed on part of a busy Interstate 10 transition road December 22 as overwhelmed drains left hubcap-deep pools of water on roadways littered with fender-bender crashes. The landslide covered three lanes of the transition to State Route 57 in the Pomona area, and the California Highway Patrol shut down part of the ramp before the morning rush hour. More than 30 people were rescued December 22 from stranded cars and homes in hillside areas of Laguna Beach and adjoining Laguna Woods. About a square mile of Laguna Beach, including the downtown area, was closed when storm runoff sent mud and up to 4 feet of rushing water over the streets. Source: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/910812–homes-evacuated-asbiggest- storm-yet-heads-for-california

22. December 22, Associated Press – (New York) Safety zone around NY waters where old ammo found. The U.S. Coast Guard says it has created a temporary safety zone in New York’s Gravesend Bay surrounding the waters where unexploded ammunition was found earlier this year. The Coast Guard said in a statement that the zone would keep boats and people safe and prevent any activities underwater near the material. The zone was established December 18. It is expected to last until June 30, 2011 but could be kept in place longer. The material was discovered in October in the waters underneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which is north of the bay. At the time of its discovery, a Coast Guard spokesman said the material had been there possibly for years or even decades. It was unclear from where it came. Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/AP57df9229301548e08b9fcfffa5abf74d.html

. December 21, Newark Star-Ledger – (New Jersey) Bomb threat in Maplewood shuts down NJ Transit service. A bomb threat at a residential unit along the Morris/Essex commuter rail line in Maplewood, New Jersey led to the shutdown of train traffic in both directions for more than an hour and the evacuation of a small number of residents, officials said. The threat was called in to a multi-family dwelling on the north side of Valley Street at approximately 6:45 p.m. December 21, said a Maplewood Police Department spokesman. No bomb was found, and a small number of residents that had been evacuated were allowed back into the building at about 9:30 p.m., he said. The Essex County bomb squad and bomb technicians from the FBI responded to the scene. The incident caused rail traffic to be halted beginning at 7:34 p.m., a NJ Transit spokesman said. A total of eleven trains between Maplewood and South Orange were held up, including express service to New York City. Rail service resumed at 9 p.m. The incident remains under investigation. Source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/12/police_activity_shuts_down_nj_1.html

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