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Texas Truck Driver Charged For Deadly I-65 Montgomery Crash

A Houston, Texas-based truck driver has been charged with three counts of criminally negligent homicide in connection with a March 2015 crash that killed three family members on Interstate 65 near Montgomery, Alabama. A Montgomery County grand jury indicted commercial driver Khoury Thomas, 47, in February 2016. He was arrested on March 31 and is being held in the Montgomery County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. On March 2, 2015, Mr. Thomas was driving a tractor trailer along I-65 south. Witnesses reported that traffic on I-65 south near Hyundai Blvd. slowed to a crawl due to debris on the ... Read More

April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month;” police gear up to detect and pull over offenders

Distracted driving, the alarming yet growing trend among U.S. drivers, may seem innocent enough to those guilty of perpetuating the problem, but that doesn’t mean police departments aren’t actively working to put it to an end once and for all. That’s why April has been declared “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” and as a result, more police are putting in the extra effort to catch offenders. “This will cut down on traffic collisions and injuries and deaths,” Sgt. A.M. Pilgreen with the Montgomery Police Department (MPD) in Alabama told reporters with WSFA. “Officers will specifically be looking at texting and driving. ... Read More

Family of Marine killed in Osprey helicopter crash files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a U.S. Marine killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission in Hawaii last year has hired the Beasley Allen law firm of Montgomery, Ala., and Honolulu lawyer Melvin Y. Agena to represent them in a wrongful death lawsuit, alleging design defects in the V22 Osprey helicopter caused the deadly crash. Lance Cpl. Matthew Determan died May 17, 2015, from crash injuries he sustained when the Boeing-made V22 Osprey helicopter he was training in attempted to land in dusty conditions. The family’s complaint, filed in federal court in Hawaii, alleges the air filtration system in the ... Read More

Four Killed in South Alabama Medical Helicopter Crash

Federal investigators are in the Enterprise, Ala., area investigating the crash of a medical helicopter that went down in a wooded part of Coffee County around midnight Saturday, killing all four aboard the aircraft. The Haynes Life Flight helicopter had responded to a car crash and picked up a patient before taking off for a Montgomery hospital. The helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350, was reported missing around 12:17 a.m. when it failed to show in Montgomery. Law enforcement officials used search teams, air surveillance, and cell phone triangulation to look for the missing helicopter. Due to darkness and heavy fog, however, the ... Read More

Construction Worker Plummets To Death From L.A. High-Rise

A construction worker employed on what will soon be the tallest building west of the Mississippi fell 53 stories to his death last Thursday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles, striking a car that was traveling on the street at the time. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reported that the construction worker, believed to be an electrician, fell at 12:08 p.m. from the Wilshire Grand Center, a hotel and office complex that has been under construction for three years and is nearing completion. A woman traveling in the car that was struck was examined by medical personnel who reported that she ... Read More

Labor Dept Sues Manufacturer Accused of Firing Workers injured on the job for reporting Safety Concerns

The U.S. Department of Labor said that this it is suing Lloyd Industries of Montgomeryville, Penn., a manufacturer of fire dampers and HVAC products, for firing a worker who was injured on the job and then firing another worker who cooperated with federal authorities investigating the incident. According to the Labor Department, on July 11, 2014, an unguarded machine crushed the hand of a Lloyd Industries worker, amputating three fingers. The company fired the injured worker immediately after the incident occurred. Four months later, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received a complaint from the injured worker, prompting the ... Read More

Feds Sue Selma’s Renosol Plant For Violating Workers’ Whistleblower Protections

Workers at a Selma, Ala., automotive supplier who claim they have been sickened by chemicals used in the manufacturing process, then gagged from talking about the problem and terminated when they did, have found a new ally in the federal government. The U.S. Department of Labor said that it has filed a lawsuit against Lear Corp., doing business as Renosol Seating LLC, and three of its managers for suspending and terminating employees who reported workplace hazards in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Management at Renosol, which makes foam seating for Hyundai automobiles, said last year they would ... Read More

Alabama nursing home listed as ‘substandard’ by CMS

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A Montgomery nursing home that has struggled to comply with state and federal regulations in the past has again been placed on a federal list of deficient care providers. AlabamaNews.Net reports that Woodley Manor and Rehabilitation has landed on the “Special Focus Facilities” list kept by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency within the Health and Human Services Department that administers federal health care programs and sets the rules and standards for care providers. According to CMS, nursing homes on the Special Focus Facilities list “have had a history of serious quality ... Read More

Judge Halts BP Oil-Spill Money From Funding Alabama Hotel

Alabama cannot use nearly $60 million in coastal restoration funds the state is receiving from BP in the wake of the 1010 Deepwater Horizon spill to build a beachfront hotel and conference center, a federal judge in Montgomery ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Charles Butler said that the trustees in charge of the planning and development of the 350-room Gulf State Park hotel and convention center failed to comply with legal requirements to first assess other uses for the money, particularly projects aimed at restoring and preserving sensitive coastal areas. Much of the state’s Gulf marine environments were harmed when ... Read More

New High-speed Cameras Weigh Commercial Vehicles, Check For Violations On Alabama Highway

Motorists who drive I-85 between Montgomery and Shorter, Ala., have voiced concerns to WSFA about cameras and a flashing green light a half mile south of exit 22 that they suspect are issuing speeding tickets. But when Montgomery’s WSFA looked into the matter, it found that the cameras aren’t paying attention to passenger vehicles. It’s commercial vehicles that they are monitoring. Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) told WSFA that the flashing green light is part of a currently unannounced system that weighs commercial vehicles as they pass through and simultaneously searches databases to determine whether the vehicle has ... Read More