Saturday, June 10, 2017

OSHA found seven serious violations and fined Inland Builders Corp. a total of $49,436 for safety violations related to the January incident that killed company employee Renato Fernando

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Inland Builders Corporation could pay more than $49,000 in fines for violating seven safety standards in January 2017. Jasmine Stole/PDN

The federal Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administrationrecently cited Inland Builders Corporation for safety violations related to the January incident that killed company employee Renato Fernando.

Inland Builders was fined nearly $50,000.

Police said Fernando, 62, was working with another man, snaking in a manhole near the Nayon Restaurant at the Hafa Adai Exchange in Tamuning. His co-worker, Johnny Teopaco, said they were done for the day and Fernando asked him to go and buy water. Teopaco returned and found Fernando halfway out of the manhole, bleeding.

Police said a motorist struck Fernando and fled.

But Dr. Aurelio Espinola, the island's chief medical examiner, said Fernando’s injuries were not consistent with getting hit by a car. Espinola suspected Fernando may have hit his head on the edge of the manhole. He died of a skull fracture.

Case remains open

OSHA found seven serious violations and fined Inland Builders a total of $49,436. The violations were issued on May 18. Five violations were related to confined space safety standards.

Inland Builders was required to have an attendant remain outside the confined space until relieved by another attendant. The company also was supposed to develop a plan for rescuing someone from a confined space, according to OSHA regulations.

It also was supposed to have equipment, like a ladder, to enter and exit a confined space, and provide barriers to protect the person in the confined space from external hazards.

The company violated all these standards, according to the OSHA case summary.

As of Thursday, June 8, the OSHA case was still not closed, which meant violations may be added or deleted.

OSHA classified the incident as an accident. Espinola ruled Fernando’s death an accident.

The Pacific Daily News left messages with Inland Builders on Thursday, seeking comment about the violations, but the company did not respond.

SO MANY CRAZIES AMONG US: 35-year-old Jose Luis Cano Olivas led the Fort Worth police on a chase in an 18-wheeler that ended with a fiery crash and standoff in Arlington

By: Staff

Updated: Jun 09 2017 10:06PM CDT

ARLINGTON, Texas - A man is in custody after leading Fort Worth police on a chase in an 18-wheeler that ended with a fiery crash and standoff in Arlington.

Police said officers tried to pull over a speeding 18-wheeler near Beach Street around 1 p.m. Friday after the driver wouldn’t stop.

Police initially said the driver was a woman, but later determined it was a man and did not find a woman inside the vehicle. He has been identified as 35-year-old Jose Luis Cano Olivas.
Officers chased the possibly stolen truck at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour along eastbound Interstate 30. The truck sideswiped or hit multiple vehicles near Beach Street, Oaklawn Boulevard and Cooks Lane, officials said.

The truck ended up crashing near Cooper Street. Video from SKY 4 showed parts of the truck’s load smoldering along the highway and another smashed, burned vehicle.

Officers had their guns drawn in the direction of the 18-wheeler and SWAT vehicles pulled up alongside it after the man barricaded himself in the back of the truck's cab.

While under observation using a remote-controlled camera, police say the suspect was "acting erratically." After not seeing a weapon in sight, SWAT moved into the truck and pulled the suspect out. He was taken into custody without a struggle around 3:30 p.m. after a two and a half hour standoff and sent to a hospital.

Olivas was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. It's unclear if he was injured in the crash. It's likely that police are doing a blood draw to check if he was under the influence before he is taken to jail.

Fort Worth police say the driver that was in the burnt vehicle behind the semi was able to escape and get to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

MedStar officials said there were eight to 12 people involved in the earlier accidents but none were seriously injured.

Truck driver Robert Saxton was one of the persons hit by the runaway semi.

"He just started banging me, shoved me all the way into the dirt," he recalled. "There was a big pole or upright or sign and all I saw was that, so I started pushing him back and he just kept bouncing me. Next thing I know, still got rubber in the front of the grill in my truck from his tire."

Saxton is just thankful he and his dog, Gadget, are okay.

"I just figure the Good Lord was looking after me," he said. "It could have been worse."

Aaron Roland was on the scene while the crash happened. He described how he saw the event unfolded.

“I was eating lunch and I just heard a crash,” Roland said. “So I went over there and I didn’t know what was going on. I just saw a bunch of debris and a truck that got smashed up behind that semi. And I keep watching it and come to find out that it’s a high-speed chase.”

Roland initially noticed the chase by the loud noise of the crash.

“It was just a loud bang like an explosion, like a transformer went off,” he said.

Roland saw wreckage when he made his way over to the scene but didn't see anyone exit the vehicle.

“I saw the truck when it was on fire,” he said. “It blew and it went everywhere.”

Dozens of onlookers lined the highway. Police warned them to stay away.

The semi belonged to an El Paso trucking company. But it's unclear if Olivas worked for the company or what his motive was in trying to outrun police.

The driver is charged with evading an officer and several counts of aggravated assault, one for every car he hit along the chase.


ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A police chase that started in Fort Worth has ended with a fiery crash in Arlington leading to a two-hour standoff that ended peacefully.

Around 3:20 p.m. police pulled a man out of the cab of the truck.

The suspect, Jose Luis Cano Olivas, 35, of El Paso, was released from JPS hospital and is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest in a vehicle.

Jose Luis Cano Olivas

In an interview live on CBS 11 News, Fort Worth police Sgt. Marc Povero said a traffic officer had tried to stop the semi in Fort Worth on Interstate-30 at Beach Street. But Ovilas took off, going east on I-30 — at times reaching speeds well over 100 mph.

The semi was driving recklessly from the beginning, crashing into vehicles and running cars off the highway.

There is no confirmation from police on whether or not the big rig was stolen.

The truck is owned by Pasado Transport out of El Paso.

There were approximately a dozen people injured, but non with life threatening injuries.

Arlington Police confirm the driver of the vehicle next to the 18-wheeler escaped and was taken to a hospital with non life threatening injures.

The chase came to an end in Arlington when the 18-wheeler crashed into a vehicle and a retaining wall near the Cooper Street exit. The car was basically demolished and burst into flames. Debris believed to have fallen off the semi also caught fire.

Sgt. Marc Povero said, “There is one female occupant of the truck that we’ve confirmed is still inside. We believe that she is the only occupant.”

Both the east and westbound lanes of Interstate-30 in Arlington were shut down for more than two hours.

Geoff Petrulis, who works at CBS11, was on I-30 as the man in the big rig sped past him.

“I noticed the truck in the rear view mirror. The truck passed me really close,” said Petrulis. “As soon as the truck passed me, it ran another vehicle off the road .. maybe 100 to 200 feet in front of me. At the time it didn’t look like the truck was trying to get out of the way of anything.”

According to MedStar spokesperson Matt Zavadsky there were at least four crashes on Interstate-30 in Fort Worth — at Beach, Oakland and Cooks — before the semi crashed and burst into flames in Arlington.

Arlington I-30 at Cooper fiery crash/standoff (Chopper11)

When the fiery crash initially happened, dozens of drivers and passengers exited their vehicles and stood looking at the active police situation on the highway. Sgt. Povero says is ill advised. “When you see police officers ducking behind concrete barriers with their weapons drawn, that’s an area you do not want to be at,” he said.

Police eventually cleared those onlookers and advised people to avoid the area and those already nearby the leave.

The chase in Fort Worth began before 12:30 p.m. and the crash in Arlington happened at about 12:50 p.m.

A SWAT tactical unit arrived just after 1:30 p.m., but more than a dozen officers on the ground remained behind pillars and concrete barriers, with their weapons drawn.

At 1:45 p.m. the Arlington police armored truck made its way beside the cab of the semi blocking it against the wall. About 90 minutes later, the suspect inside came out without incident and police took him into custody.

Arlington I-30 standoff (CBS11)

Massive 5-alarm fire at the American Chemical and Sanitary Supply Inc. in Anahaim, California injures 3, destroys the building

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA — A fire broke out at a chemical company in an industrial area of Anaheim on Friday afternoon and left 3 people injured, authorities said.

The blaze was reported at 3:12 p.m., Friday, June 9, and black clouds of smoke could be seen above the business at 3800 E. Miraloma Ave. The business where the fire burned is American Chemical and Sanitary Supply Inc., which provides janitorial and sanitary supplies such as paper and cleaners to commercial companies, according to its website.

Anaheim firefighters pour water on a blaze at the American Chemical and Sanitary Supply company in Anaheim on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The fire prompted the evacuation of the surrounding businesses. Dozens of people were standing on the street as the fire burned, which was fought by firefighters from Anaheim, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Orange and the Orange County Fire Authority.

One employee of the business and two Fullerton firefighters were injured, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department. The employee injury is considered non-life-threatening. One firefighter is being treated for heat exhaustion and the other for an electrical injury, according to Wyatt.

Business owner Luis Salazar told NBC4 that the 10 to 15 people who were inside when the fire erupted got out OK, but one woman ran back to get her purse and apparently sustained an ankle injury.

Hazmat crews responded to the scene because the 30,000-square-foot warehouse contained many chemicals and cleaning supplies, Wyatt said.

Just before 5 p.m., the fire was contained, Wyatt said and it was under control by 7:15 p.m. He said it’s not yet known what caused the blaze.

Some employees of surrounding businesses say they heard pops during the fire but authorities have not said if there was any sort of explosion during the blaze.

Frank Smith, who works in a nearby office, was standing by as firefighters continue to shoot streams of water into the collapsed roof.

“I heard some pops, which I think might have been bottles that they had there .. and you can kind of smell like a chemical-type smell in the air,” Smith said.

Miraloma was closed in both directions between Van Buren and Tustin avenues while crews battled the fire.

3 MORE WORKERS DEAD AT THE HANDS OF MENTALLY-ILL PERSON: A mentally-ill Weis Market grocery store employee, Randy Robert Stair of Dallas, Pa., in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, shot and killed three of his co-workers early this morning before killing himself. The victims were identified as 63-year-old Terry Lee Sterling, 26-year-old Victoria Todd Brong and 47-year-old Brian Hayes

Pennsylvania grocery store employee kills 3 coworkers, then himself, police say

Stair left behind a massive online presence that paints a portrait of a deeply troubled young man, a loner who idolized the teenage gunmen responsible for the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado and who found escape through the YouTube videos he created under the Andrew Blaze name. 

By EMILY SHAPIRO Jun 8, 2017, 12:41 PM ET

A grocery store employee in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, shot and killed three of his co-workers early this morning before killing himself, the Pennsylvania State Police said.

The gunman, 24-year-old Randy Robert Stair of Dallas, Pa., had been working inside a Weis Market near Scranton since 11 p.m. Wednesday. At about 12:50 a.m. today, he pulled two shotguns from a duffel bag and fatally shot three co-workers, police said.

Stair "continued firing shots throughout the store," police said, before fatally shooting himself in the head.

The store was closed to the public at the time of the shooting. One witness escaped the store and called 911, police said, adding that no one else was found inside.

The police said they "believe this is a contained incident," adding that "the public is not in any danger."

The victims were identified as 63-year-old Terry Lee Sterling, 26-year-old Victoria Todd Brong and 47-year-old Brian Hayes, police said.

The grocery store chain offered condolences to the families.

"We are deeply saddened at this tragic loss of life," a spokesman for Weis Markets told ABC News. "Right now our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

This incident comes three days after a "disgruntled" Florida man returned to a business he was fired from in April, shooting and killing five former coworkers, police said. The gunman in that case also shot and killed himself.


Why? Randy Robert Stair Weis Market mass shooting: 4 dead including shooter

By Christopher Koulouris
- June 8, 2017
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Randy Robert Stair Weis Market mass shooting: 4 dead including shooter have died in a murder suicide in Eaton Township, Pennsylvania.

Randy Robert Stair a 24 year old Dallas, Pennsylvania man afflicted with a death wish has been identified as the suspect who killed three fellow co-workers at a Weis Market grocery store in Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, before then shooting himself dead in a murder suicide.

The multitude of deaths come after Robert Stair entered the Eaton Township store just on 1am, June 8 and began shooting at indiscriminately at workers.

Notice of the shooting rampage came after one person made it outside and was able to call 911 reported WNEP-TV.

A statement from Tunkhannock State Police told of the store being closed when the shooter entered the store.

Upon entering the store, a report via WGAL-TV told of Stair, a disenfranchised man who harbored thoughts of hurting others and ending his life shooting three individual before turning the gun on himself.

Killed were three males and one woman.

Noted a report via WILK newsradio: ‘A source tells WILK that Randy Robert Stair, 24, of Dallas, the shooter identified by Pennsylvania State Police at Tunkhannock, was participating in multi-player online gaming yesterday with an out of state man. Stair indicated he was upset that he had been moved to the night shift at his place of employment and to watch a local television news channel the next day.’

The gamer contacted Wilkes-Barre Police.

State Police identified the victims of the early morning shooting at the Weis Supermarket as Terry Lee Sterling, 63, of Shady Lane Park, South Montrose; Victoria Todd Brong, 26, of Avery Station Road, Factoryville and Brian Hayes, 47, of Springville.

The shooting as it turned out what was simply the culmination of what Stair had been long planning and preparing himself for ….

Noted the times tribune in the hours prior to the murder suicide: ‘Randy Robert Stair posted for the final time under his Andrew Blaze persona on Twitter on Wednesday at 9:11 p.m.’

“Goodbye humans…I’ll miss you….”

About 3½ hours later, Stair, 24, of Dallas, barricaded the doors of the Weis Market in Eaton Twp. and used a pair of pistol-grip shotguns to shoot and kill three of his coworkers before taking his own life.

Stair left behind a massive online presence that paints a portrait of a deeply troubled young man, a loner who idolized the teenage gunmen responsible for the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado and who found escape through the YouTube videos he created under the Andrew Blaze name.

‘To answer an extremely important question, I’m not just ending my life; I will be ending the lives of others as well,’ Stair wrote in a note accompanying his final “Ember’s Ghost Squad” video that he posted late Wednesday.

‘Years and years struggling of what to do with my life….’ Randy Robert Stair Weis Market mass shootingRandy Robert Stair aka Andrew Blaze on social media

A regard of a cache of extensive online documents posted by Stair – who went by the online persona, Andrew Blaze – suggested having planned the killings over a number of months.

A report via mccall noted according to the National Institute of Justice, the main risk factors in murder-suicide cases are prior history of domestic violence, access to firearms, threats — particularly increased threats with increased specificity — and a prior history of poor mental health or substance abuse.

Welcome to a brave new fragmented America as mass shootings continue to become the daily lexicon of life…. Randy Robert Stair Weis Market mass shootingRandy Robert Stair aka Andrew Blaze on social mediaRandy Robert Stair Weis Market mass shooting

A Long Island Rail Road track worker was struck and killed by a train in Queens, west of the Queens Village station

A Long Island Rail Road track worker was fatally struck by a train in Queens Saturday, officials said.

The LIRR train plowed into the victim west of the Queens Village station around 10:20 a.m., authorities said.

Medics could not save the victim, who died at the scene, officials said. A police source said the impact left the person’s body badly mangled.

LIRR officials tweeted that westbound trains were bypassing the Hollis station as they investigated the crash.

One passenger in the first car of the 9:36 a.m. train out of Huntington said she heard a loud noise that “didn’t sound right.”

“(The) woman near me noticed blood on the window. Hoped it was a dog but alas it wasn’t,” the passenger, who declined to give her name, wrote in a direct message to the Daily News. “As it dawned on us, grave shared looks, hand over mouths... I think we were first to realize.”

An hour after the crash, passengers were still stuck on the train that hit the victim.

U.S. Postal worker Amy Sanders, 34, of Grinnell, IA killed after a driver of a minivan was headed south on North Center Street and ran a red light in Marshalltown, IA


Authorities have identified the postal service worker killed in a Friday morning crash in Marshalltown.

Iowa State Patrol troopers said the accident happened around 11:45 a.m. near the Marshall County Courthouse when a driver of a minivan was headed south on North Center Street and ran a red light.

The minivan struck a westbound USPS truck on East Church Street, causing the postal truck to roll over on its side. The postal service worker died in the crash, officials said.

Authorities identified the driver of the postal truck as 34-year-old Amy Sanders, of Grinnell.

The driver of the minivan has been identified as 60-year-old Debra Meister, of Waterloo. She suffered minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.


MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- The Iowa State Patrol has identified the USPS worker who was killed as 34-year-old Amy Sanders of Grinnell, IA.

The crash report says Sanders was driving in her postal vehicle westbound on Church Street and continued through a yellow light. The second vehicle, a Grand Caravan driven by 60-year-old Debra Meister of Waterloo, was travelling south on Center Street and drove through a red light, colliding with Sanders who died of her injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

Traffic came to a halt and was blocked off for hours near the Marshall County Courthouse.

"It's scary knowing someone could die," said Josh Barber, a Marshalltown resident.

At 11:44 a.m. on Friday, the Iowa State Patrol says a minivan traveling south on Center Street and a USPS vehicle heading west on East Church Street collided at the controlled intersection. Barber said it flipped the mail carrier's vehicle on its side.

"I just saw that it was tipped over. I saw there was broken glass."

Investigators say the driver of that vehicle died of their injuries.

"I saw them put the white cover over in case they didn't want to see something they didn't want to," said Barber.

In the hours after, law enforcement continued to tell residents it was best to stay away. Immediately following the accident, Barber was told, "If you don't want to be disturbed or see something you don't want to see, you might want to leave."

Steven Meyer lives within walking distance from the crash. While it's truly tragic, he's surprised it hasn't happened sooner.

"Sometimes the people that are going north and south will try and beat the light, so I usually, as I'm heading west, I'll sit for one or two seconds as the light changes to make sure nobody is going to run that light."

Investigators have yet to determine who had the right of way, but Meyer believes this was an incident that could have been avoided. He said, "Unfortunate, with the weather conditions and road conditions, there is no reason for an accident."

The driver of the minivan was treated for minor injuries.

Pothead Paul Garrett accused of causing a hash oil explosion that burned a shed last October in Longmont, Colorado pleaded guilty to one felony at his arraignment

Longmont man accused in hash oil explosion pleads guilty to felony
By Amelia Arvesen

Staff Writer
Posted: 06/09/2017 02:44:20 PM MDT | Updated: about 15 hours ago

Pothead Paul Garrett appears before the court at the Boulder County Jail on Jan. 4. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

One of the Longmont men accused of causing a hash oil explosion that burned a shed last October pleaded guilty to one felony at his arraignment Friday morning.

Paul Garrett, 34, entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession with intent to manufacture or distribute marijuana or marijuana concentrate, a Class 3 felony, Boulder County District Attorney spokeswoman Catherine Olguin said.

Prosecutors dismissed the other original charges of hazardous extraction of marijuana concentrate, hazardous substance of marijuana concentrate on premises and processing or manufacturing marijuana or marijuana concentrate, all felonies.

Boulder District Court Chief Judge Maria Berkenkotter sentenced Garrett to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, Olguin said.

Garrett's co-defendant, Andrew Ziegenfelder, is due back in court for arraignment June 23.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the investigation into the house at 1035 Baker St. in Longmont began after neighbors reported a fire the evening of Oct. 8.

Ziegenfelder told officers who responded to the fire that he was in the process of finalizing a butane oil extraction of several pounds of marijuana with Garrett, but during the process, a source of ignition caused butane vapors trapped in the unventilated shed to explode.

Police said Garrett had singed facial and leg hair, while Ziegenfelder received burns to his face, hands and back. He was taken to the hospital.

Investigators found a medium-sized residential grow operation in the house, where Garrett was the primary resident.