Weekly Toll

This list is a bit longer than usual because while I was on vacation, workers continued to die.  This round: teen dies in wood chipper, two workers killed in confined space, miner killed in coal mine, three workers electrocuted in separate incidents, two wildland firefighters killed, along with numerous shootings and vehicle incidents.  On average, almost 100 workers are killed every week in the United States due to traumatic injuries suffered at work. Over 20 times as many die from occupational diseases, many due to exposure to hazardous substances many years before they died, or from COVID-19 acquired at work. The few narratives below (gathered from almost 100 Google News searches) do not come close to capturing the full toll that work takes on the working people of this country — even in normal years, much less during the COVID pandemic. Nevertheless the accounts below gave you a taste of the preventable carnage occurring in workplaces across the country every day.

Seaboard Feed Mill employee killed in grain car accident

Wichita, KS — An unnamed Seaboard Feed Mill employee was killed earlier this month in what appears to be a grain car accident at the mill in Kansas. Authorities are still investigating the events that led to the worker’s death, although no foul play is suspected. The Wichita County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the news of this unfortunate incident to AGDAILY. At about 2:50 a.m. Aug. 11, first responders received a call from crews at the Kansas feed mill reporting someone trapped in grain inside a train car. After finding a man trapped inside the grain car, it took 30 minutes for responders to free the individual, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Seaboard Foods operates the feed mill in Leoti, Kansas, which specializes in mixing feed rations for pigs on nearby Seaboard Food Farms. Agriculture and forestry are among the most hazardous industries in the United States. Grain bin incidences can quickly become dangerous — even in a grain car, an adult can sink waist-deep and find themselves quickly entrapped.

Two construction workers killed at home site in Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE, IL — Two men lost their lives at a construction site in the 100 block of East Union Street in Edwardsville Friday night. The Edwardsville Police Department found the two men in a manhole that led to storm sewer piping. Jack M. Pfund, 19, of Edwardsville and Cody W. Toenyes, 22, of Alton died in the manhole leading to a sewer pipe. Authorities believe the men entered the manhole sometime in the late afternoon. Edwardsville Police Chief Michael Fillback said city fire personnel worked to recover the men’s bodies. The area where the men were located contained very little oxygen and a buildup of toxic gases, Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford said in a statement. An Edwardsville police officer who responded to the scene had to be taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Friday night. Fillback told Fox2Now the low oxygen level in the underground area could have potentially caused the officer’s injuries. The officer has since been released from the hospital, according to the police department. The Union Street site is the location of the new Pfarm home development by Pfund Construction

A teen has been reported dead after he was pulled into a wood chipper while he was working for a tree removal company in Pennsylvania

North Whitehall Township, PA — Isiah M. Bedocs, 17, of Coplay, was reportedly helping with a tree removal job on Tuesday, Aug. 9 when his clothes got caught in a commercial wood chipper and he was partly pulled into the machine. Following the incident, officers arrived on the scene shortly after 1:30 p.m. and Bedocs was transported by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital with “multiple traumatic injuries.” However, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m., the New York Post reported. Bedocs was employed by a tree removal company at the time of the accident and had been working on the site for several days. The homeowner had hired Bedocs’ team to remove about 10 trees on the property. Bedocs was enrolled in the auto technology program at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute and was just weeks away from starting his senior year there.

Employee dies after TimkenSteel plant explosion

CANTON, Ohio (WJW) — A TimkenSteel Faircrest Steel Plant employee has died following an explosion last month. The company and MetroHealth Medical Center confirmed Joseph Ferrall died Friday. This is the latest incident for the company that was recently placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program last month. OSHA’s Enforcement Program focuses on inspecting employers that have demonstrated indifference to the OSHA Act by willful, repeated, or failed to abate violations. TimkenSteel became one of about 700 companies on the list, including about 60 in Ohio. Back in 2013, two workers were killed when a massive piece of a crane fell on them at the plant. In 2016, Kenny Ray Jr., a fire technician at TimkenSteel, died of nitrogen exposure. Most recently, TimkenSteel was cited by OSHA after a 65-year-old worker was killed in Dec. 2021 at the Gambrinus facility.

Man killed in accident at West Virginia coal mine

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A coal miner died in an accident at a northern West Virginia underground mine, officials said. William “Andy” Richards, 38, of Cadiz, Ohio, was killed in the accident Wednesday at the Tunnel Ridge Mine in Triadelphia, the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training said in a news release. Tunnel Ridge general manager Eric Anderson said the accident involved two pieces of rail-mounted mobile equipment, The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reported. Richards was brought to the surface and was pronounced dead. It marked the third fatal coal mining accident in West Virginia this year and the seventh nationwide, according to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Tunnel Ridge is owned by Alliance Resource Partners of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

MLGW employee killed on the job

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — MLGW (Memphis Light, Gas and Water) says an employee was killed on the job in Millington Thursday afternoon. MLGW said Michael Nowlin had been with MLGW since 2004. The accident happened inside the new Barrett Oaks Subdivision off Raleigh-Millington Road. The details surrounding Nowlin’s death have not been released at this time. A plumber also working inside the subdivision saw sparks coming from utility poles, heard a loud boom, and saw Nowlin fall to the ground. “I stopped what I was doing. I think my heart stopped a little bit,” said Ty Pozza. Pozza said it appeared Nowlin was working on a primary line at a transformer box when the accident happened. According to MLGW, Nowlin is the 37th employee to have died in the line of duty.

Uber driver killed while on duty in Prince George’s County

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. – A Montgomery County man was shot and killed in Prince George’s County while working as an Uber driver, police say. According to Prince George’s County Police, the incident happened Wednesday morning in the 5400 block of Chesterfield Drive in Temple Hills. Once at the scene, officers found a man who had been shot inside a car. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene. READ MORE: Gas station employee killed during stabbing in Prince George’s Co. identified; $25K reward offered Investigators later identified the victim as Nesredin Esleiman, 55, of Silver Spring. According to police, Esleiman was working as an Uber driver at the time of the shooting.

Coroner identifies 19-year-old Centre WISP worker killed by electrocution in Penns Valley

Penns Valley, PA — A 19-year-old died Wednesday after receiving a fatal electric shock while working in Penns Valley. The Centre County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of a worker who died in Gregg Township on Wednesday after receiving a fatal electric shock. Alexander Fries, 19, of Weedville, died while working in a bucket truck at 130 Tressler Lane at about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday. Investigators determined Fries’ bucket came into contact with live electric wires. Deputy Coroner J.D. Kubalak pronounced Fries dead at the scene, the coroner’s office said. Penns Valley EMS responded to the scene and attempted “life-saving measures,” but those efforts were unsuccessful, according to state police at Rockview. A preliminary police report suggested the worker’s death was accidental in nature. The coroner’s office said an autopsy showed Fries died as a result of electrocution, concurring that manner of death was accidental. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency that monitors workplace safety, said Fries was employed by Centre WISP, which is installing broadband service in rural Centre County areas. On Thursday, an OSHA spokesperson confirmed the agency is investigating Fries’ death.

North Carolina correctional officer dies after training

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina correctional officer has died after participating in training. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says Officer Naomi Carroll-Moore died on Thursday. The department says that sometime after a training exercise on Tuesday was complete at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, she experienced a medical emergency and was transported to a local hospital. Carroll-Moore, 56, was hired as a correctional officer in 2003. She worked in several prisons before leaving in 2009. She sought to return to the job and was rehired earlier this month.

Security guard fatally shot during argument at DeSoto lounge

DESOTO, Texas – A 48-year-old man was arrested after police said he killed a security guard during an argument at a DeSoto lounge Friday night. Toussel Kuhn has been charged with murder in the death of 47-year-old Derek Phillips. Police began investigating after officers were called out at about 10 p.m. for a shooting reported at the Brickhouse Lounge, located in the 2000 block of North Hampton Road. Responding officers found the lounge’s security guard, Phillips, had been shot multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Signs on the front doors of Brickhouse Lounge say they’ll be closed this weekend in honor of Phillips. Investigators spoke with witnesses and found surveillance videos that showed Kuhn shot Phillips during an argument over lounge rules. Brickhouse Lounge told FOX 4 that Kuhn was trying to smoke cigarettes inside.

Deputy Killed In Osage County Crash Identified

OSAGE COUNTY, Okla. – The Osage County deputy who was killed in a crash on Friday morning has been identified by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. According to OCSO, Captain William “Willy” Hargraves died after the crash along US-60 just west of Pawhuska. Captain Hargraves had been with the Osage Sheriff’s office since 1998, but he was promoted to captain of the investigations division this year.

Wildland firefighter killed on Rum Creek Fire identified

Galice, OR — A wildland firefighter, not pictured here, was killed while fighting a wildfire in Southern Oregon on Thursday, Aug. 18.
State officials identified the wildland firefighter killed Thursday as 25-year-old Logan Taylor of Talent. Taylor was critically injured after being struck by a tree on the Rum Creek Fire, located north of Galice and above the Rogue River in southwest Oregon. Taylor is the second wildland firefighter killed this month and the fourth in Oregon since 2020. Rescue teams deployed a helicopter and personnel to the fire and airlifted Taylor to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, where Taylor succumbed to his injuries, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Truck driver killed when three tractor trailers collide in Monroe County

MONROE COUNTY, Ga. — Monroe county deputies were called to a car crash on Friday morning on GA 401 North near mile marker 191. Deputies began working the scene, and while responding to that crash, 911 responders began getting calls of another accident just south of the deputies’ location, near the truck weigh station. It involved 3 tractor trailers, and was caused by one truck rear-ending another. The driver of one tractor trailer was killed, and the sheriff’s office identified him as Maddyel Llanes of Cobb County.

Truck driver killed in explosive train collision in California

Kingsburg, Ca — A truck driver lost his life on Thursday in a crash involving a train that occurred in Kingsburg, California. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Sierra Street and Simpson Street near Highway 99 in Kingsburg. “The train was traveling southbound through town and the truck was traveling west. At this point, we don’t know what happened to make him go through the arms,” the Kingsburg Police Department told KSEE. The crash sparked a massive fire and explosions, producing heavy black smoke visible from miles away. The truck driver passed away as a result of the crash. His identity has not yet been released.

29-year-old Florida detective dies after being shot in the line of duty

Miami, Florida — A 29-year-old Florida police detective has died after being shot in the line of duty, authorities said late Wednesday. Officer Cesar “Echy” Echaverry of the Miami-Dade Police Department was critically wounded during a shootout with an armed robbery suspect in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood on Monday night. The suspect — identified as 32-year-old Jerry Horton of Madison Heights, Michigan — had opened fire on officers after allegedly robbing a convenience store in Dania Beach and fleeing the scene. Horton and a second suspect were subsequently shot and killed by the officers, according to police.

Passing car snags cable, pinning worker against truck in fatal accident, AL cops say

Birmingham, AL — A 23-year-old construction worker died in a fatal accident at his construction job, after getting pinned against a work truck in an accident, according to media reports in Alabama. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Jose Prado was on a crew pulling cable across an Alabama roadway when a car ran over and snagged it, pinning him between the cable and a work truck, WSFA12 News reported. Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Prado, of Dothan, Alabama, was struck at about 3 p.m. and later died of his injuries at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, according to a statement sent to McClatchy News.

Three charged after NYPD releases video of brutal beatdown that killed NYC cabbie Kutin Gyimah

Queens, NY — Two men and a teenage girl turned themselves into police and were charged Thursday in connection with the brutal beating death of Queens taxi driver Kutin Gyimah as new video emerged of the deadly attack, police said. Austin Amos and Nickolas Porter, both 20, surrendered to cops at the 101st Precinct in Queens late Wednesday for allegedly skipping out on a taxi fare and fatally beating Gyimah after he chased after them for the money early Saturday. Porter was charged with gang assault and theft of service while Amos was hit with theft of service, assault, gang assault and manslaughter raps for allegedly delivering the final blow that killed Gyimah, a 52-year-old father of four.

Tipton plant manager will be ‘greatly missed’ following workplace death

TIPTON, IN — A plant manager who died on the job Friday will be “greatly missed” by his coworkers, wife and three children. Elliot Sullivan, 38, of Russiaville — a worker at High Performance Alloys, Inc., died from “massive” abdominal and chest trauma, and his death was ruled accidental, Tipton County Coroner Bob Nichols told WRTV. Tipton police Sgt. Brad Robins said the incident was first reported to police about 7:56 a.m. on Friday at the factory, 444 Wilson St. Robins said the malfunction led to Sullivan’s “unfortunate and tragic death.” The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident — and more specifically, what caused the machine to malfunction. High Performance Alloys describes itself as a family-owned and operated supplier, distributer, service center and producer of superalloys. The business was recently cited for a workplace safety issue, WRTV Investigates has learned.

32-year-old employee dies when tire he’s working on explodes, Georgia officials say

Dublin, GA — A Georgia man died after a tire he was working on exploded, officials told news outlets. The 32-year-old was working at a tire shop when a tire came apart from the rim, the Dublin Police Department said. The car part then hit and killed him on Wednesday, Aug. 17, WMGT and WGXA reported. Police in an email to McClatchy News identified the man as Stephen Rogers. He was from Wrightsville, roughly 140 miles southeast of Atlanta, according to news outlets. The incident was reported at Duncan Tire Company in the nearby city of Dublin.

Subcontractor dies from probable electrocution at the Sabine River Authority

ORANGE COUNTY, TX — A 37-year-old subcontractor is dead from what authorities believe is electrocution. The victim is from Missouri and was working Thursday morning in construction at the Sabine River Authority of Texas, 12777 N. Texas 87 in Orange County. Orange County Sheriff Capt. Joey Jacobs said one of the man’s coworkers found him unresponsive and in contact with a live wire at approximately 10:40 a.m. The victim was later identified as Grady Scott Wilson, 37, of St. Louis, Missouri.

NC DOT worker killed while on road duty; man later charged

SIMS, N.C. A North Carolina Department of Transportation worker was killed when a vehicle struck her as she directed traffic around a fallen tree, the State Highway Patrol said. A man was later arrested and charged with fleeing the scene. Anna Bradshaw, 60, was struck Friday morning by a passenger car while she was holding a sign along U.S. Highway 264 Alternate in Wilson County, according to patrol Trooper Jordan Lamm. The driver got out of the car and spoke with another DOT worker at the scene and said he hadn’t seen Bradshaw, but left when the worker went to call for help, Lamm said.

Queens community rallies for pedestrian safety after food delivery worker killed

RIDGEWOOD, Queens (WABC) — A collection of advocates, community members, and elected officials rallied for pedestrian safety in Ridgewood, Queens Wednesday night. Crowds came to honor 75-year-old Be Tran after a speeding vehicle collided violently, claiming his life as he was finishing up his last food delivery for the night. The driver took off, leaving him there clinging to life. “He was not able to fulfill his dream of returning to Vietnam or reunite with his family members or to spend his remaining years seeing his children flourish even further,” business owner Adrian King said.

OSHA investigating death of worker at paper mill in Kaukauna

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (WFRV) – Officials confirmed that a person died at the Thilmany Paper Mill in Kaukauna Tuesday evening, and the incident is under investigation. According to Ahlstrom-Munksjo, on August 16 a worker at the Thilmany Paper Mill in Kaukauna died. The incident did happen during operating hours. There was no additional information, and the incident is under investigation. Both regional emergency response and OSHA are investigating the incident.

OSHA investigating after accidental electrocution death at Target store

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lee County deputies say the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating a death at a Fort Myers Target store. The incident happened Tuesday at the location at 15880 San Carlos Blvd. A statement from the sheriff’s office confirms an electrocution death took place at the store but gave no further details about the circumstances leading up to the incident. It is not clear if the worker was a store employee or a vendor making deliveries to the store.

Mail truck driver killed after crashing into ditch near Elma

Elma, WA — Washington State Patrol is investigating after a person was killed when the mail truck they were driving went into a ditch near Elma Wednesday morning. According to WSP, the driver, a 25-year-old Seattle man, was heading westbound on State Route 8, approaching milepost four just before 10 a.m. The mail truck hit the guardrail several times before leaving the roadway and “vaulting into a stand of timber,” state patrol said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

P.F. Chang’s Employee Dies After Being Shot by Another Worker

Corpus Christi, TX — A Texas man is dead a week after being shot at work by a fellow P.F. Chang’s employee. The shooting took place on the afternoon of August 8 in Corpus Christi. The victim, 34-year-old Travis Boring, was working a shift at the Chinese-themed chain restaurant in La Palmera Mall when he got into a fight with another worker, 42-year-old Anthony Carrington. The fight escalated and Carrington allegedly opened fire at Boring several times before fleeing, according to the Caller-Times. Police were called to the scene at about 3:30 p.m. local time and found Boring with multiple gunshot wounds. According to a Tuesday update from the Corpus Christi police blotter, Boring was treated at and released from a hospital shortly after the incident. But during the next week, complications developed, Boring went to another hospital outside the Corpus Christi city limits where he died.

Woodward man dies in accident

Woodward, OK — A Woodward man died as the result of an accident Monday morning. A family member confirmed Joe Berends, a city employee, died from injuries in at accident that happened at the Conference Center. Berends wife Ashley is a reporter for the Woodward News. Berends was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City to determine the cause of death. Woodward City Manager Shaun Barnett released the following statement. “It is with great sadness that we, at the City of Woodward, must announce the death of one of our employees while on the job.

Blake’s employee killed in Española robbery Tuesday

ESPAÑOLA, NM — A man in Northern New Mexico is suspected of at least nine armed robberies throughout the region in less than a two-week span, and a Blake’s Lotaburger employee was shot to death in the latest. On Tuesday night the suspect — identified as Ricky Martinez Jr., 31 — is said to have robbed the Blake’s on Paseo de Oñate in Española. Española police Chief Mizel Garcia confirmed an employee at the fast-food chain was shot and killed during the incident, and identified him as Cypress Garcia. The chief said Cypress Garcia was in his twenties.

OSHA investigates death in South Beloit

SOUTH BELOIT, WI – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is looking into circumstances surrounding the death of a 44-year-old man at Top Die Casting Company in South Beloit on Aug. 8. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department responded to 13910 Dearborn Ave., South Beloit at 8:20 a.m. on Aug. 8. The Winnebago County Coroner’s office received the body and identified the age, but has not released any other information publicly regarding the man who died in an apparent work related accident. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department turned the investigation over to OSHA.

Names of 3 killed in collision along Oregon Coast released

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) — The three people killed in a head-on vehicle collision on Highway 101 near Lincoln City have been identified. Claude Segerson, 69, Matthew Phillips, 31, and Christopher Padilla, 30, all of the Oregon town of Otis, died Monday, Oregon State Police said. The crash happened at around 10:40 a.m. about two miles north of Lincoln Beach. Police said initial investigation shows Phillips was heading south in a Chevrolet S-19 Blazer when he crossed the highway’s center line and hit a Freightliner Dump Truck head-on. The dump truck, driven by Segerson, was sent down an embankment, while the Blazer stopped in the northbound lanes, police said. Both drivers and Phillips’ passenger, Padilla, were pronounced dead at the scene.

UP wildland firefighter dies while battling Oregon forest fire

Oakridge, Ore — A wildland firefighter from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula died Wednesday while battling a fire in Oregon. Collin Hagan’s body was transported back to Michigan over the weekend. A procession organized by the Michigan DNR’s State Wildland Fire Supervisor recognized the 27-year-old’s service. Several local fire departments processed from the Houghton County Memorial Airport along US-41 into Hancock to the Memorial Chapel Saturday evening. Hagan was hit by a tree while fighting the Big Swamp fire near Oakridge, Oregon on the Willamette National Forest.

Candler Co. man dies after possible workplace accident in field

CANDLER COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) – A Candler County man is dead from a possible worksite accident in a farm field. It happened on Turner Road around 6 p.m. Thursday. Emergency crews found Jonas Rivenbark next to an irrigation pivot. Witnesses said he was working on the equipment when he collapsed. They believe he was likely electrocuted. Officials are conducting an autopsy for more information.

Victim of fatal Ohio Turnpike accident identified

BEAVER Twp., Ohio (WKBN)- A service repair worker was killed in an accident on the Ohio Turnpike Monday morning, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers say Nicholas Cyphert, 29, of Washingtonville was called before 3:50 a.m. to repair a broken down semi in the eastbound lanes of I-76. He was just finishing up the repair when he was hit. Reports said that the semi-tractor-trailer had a blown left tire and was in the south shoulder of the road. After repairs were made, the driver was walking to the back of the truck to get his triangles while Cyphert was in the right lane alongside the semi when a Ford Transit Van side-swiped the semi and hit him. OSP said that the Mahoning County Coroner pronounced Cyphert dead on scene.

Two juveniles in custody for killing Maryland gas station employee, police say

Prince Georges County, MD — Two juveniles, ages 15 and 12, are charged with killing a gas station employee in Maryland. Prince George’s County police were called to the scene around 4:40 a.m. on Thursday for a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived they found Isreal Akingbesote suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was taken to a hospital where he later died, FOX 5 DC reports. The following day police announced that they arrested and charged two boys, ages 15 and 12, with first-degree murder and assault in connection with the stabbing.

Truck driver killed in fiery crash on Interstate 81 in Dauphin County

DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. — A truck driver was killed in a fiery crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 81 in Dauphin County. The crash happened around 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-81 near the overpass at the Cameron Street exit. The crash only involved the tractor-trailer, which left the roadway and burst into flames. It’s not yet clear what caused the crash. There were no physical signs that the tractor-trailer struck anything. Accident reconstruction experts were on the scene for about five hours trying to determine what caused the accident. Pennsylvania State Police identified the driver only as an adult male. It’s believed he was the only person in the vehicle. The truck was operating for Landstar, a company out of Jacksonville, Florida.

One dead in Long Lake Transfer Station accident

LONG LAKE, NY — A 47-year-old man has been killed in an accident at the Long Lake Transfer Station. At approximately 9:38 Monday morning, State Police were summoned to the Long Lake Transfer Station on State Route 28N after receiving reports of a fatal industrial accident. Their initial investigation revealed that a 47-year-old man standing near a loading container was killed when a cable snapped and caused the container to roll back toward the trash compactor. The man was pinned between the container and compactor and was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s identity has not yet been revealed. Authorities clarified that while no foul play is suspected, the investigation is ongoing. Long Lake EMS and Fire Department personnel joined the State Police to assist at the scene.

Tree removal employee killed in Halfmoon

HALFMOON, NY – A tree removal company employee has died in Saratoga County. The sheriff’s department will only say that 38-year-old James Bova II of Watervliet was killed. The man died in the town of Halfmoon. The circumstances of his death are under investigation, but officials say foul play is not suspected.

High-rise apartment employee killed by tenant in outburst of anger

Atlanta, GA — A 60-year-old employee of a northeast Atlanta apartment tower was killed last week when she found herself on the receiving end of a tenant’s ire, according to a police report released Friday. Dahlaia Roberts, a senior community manager at the Cosby Spears Memorial Towers, was shot multiple times Aug. 4 at the high-rise on North Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her alleged killer, identified by police as 64-year-old Robert Coker, was found dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in nearby Central Park in the Old Fourth Ward. Roberts, affectionately known as “Ms. Dee,” was a longtime employee and a much-beloved member of the Cosby Spears staff, her friend and coworker Alberta Saunders told the AJC. Saunders, who has worked as a nurse contractor at the high-rise for the past decade, said she never knew Roberts to have a harsh word for anyone.

Restaurant employee charged with murder after stabbing, killing co-worker on the job

SPRINGDALE, Ohio (WXIX/Gray News) – A restaurant employee in Ohio was arrested for stabbing and killing his coworker at work, according to police. The stabbing happened late Thursday evening at B.J. Restaurant and Brewhouse, which is located inside a mall. Springdale police responded to a call for an injured male at the business. He was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries from being stabbed by his co-worker, according to police. The victim, who police identified as Paris Dismukes, died at the hospital. Police arrested 18-year-old Jan Dela-Pe-Tolentino at the scene and took him to the Hamilton County Justice Center. Officials confirmed to WXIX that both Dismukes and Dela-Pe-Tolentino were employees at the restaurant.

Maintenance worker dies after being shot in chest at Montrose apartment complex

HOUSTON, TX – A search for two suspects is underway after police said a maintenance worker was shot and killed at an apartment complex in Montrose Thursday night. Officers with the Houston Police Department received reports about a shooting at an apartment complex located at 1424 Marshall St. around 11:54 p.m. When police arrived at the scene, they found a man that had been shot in the chest. The man, who is reportedly 60 years old, was transported by emergency officials with the Houston Fire Department to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. According to investigators, one of the suspects in the shooting was demanding keys from a woman who witnessed the incident. Police said the woman told that suspect that she didn’t have the keys and that suspect pulled out a gun and fired one round. The victim, who was a maintenance man for the apartment complex, reportedly confronted the man about what he had done and the suspect shot him in the chest, HPD said. The suspect then fled the scene on foot.

MTA worker dies after being found near train tracks in the Bronx

New York, NY — MTA New York City Transit President Richard Davey and Senior Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow at Mosholu Yard in the Bronx, where a train operator was found unconscious and unresponsive between tracks 10 and 11 on Thursday, Aug 11th, 2022. MTA New York City Transit President Richard Davey and Senior Vice President of Subways Demetrius Crichlow at Mosholu Yard. Azure Forde, 38, who joined the MTA as a train operator in May, was believed to have had a possible medical episode while on the job at around 8:20 a.m, officials said. She was found unconscious and unresponsive between tracks 10 and 11 at the Bronx facility, the MTA said in a statement. An official cause of death was not yet determined by the medical examiner’s office as of Thursday evening.

Truck Driver Killed in 18-wheeler Accident on Southard Highway in Rome Township, MI

Rome Township, MI — On August 10, 2022, one person was killed due to an accident where a tanker trailer crashed on Southard Highway. Investigators reported that the crash took place in Lenawee County at around 3:35 p.m. along Southard Highway near Burton Road. A 67-year-old Addison man was in a tanker trailer traveling northbound on Southard. Somehow, the truck ran off-road, hit several trees, then overturned.

Suspect Captured After Georgia Police Officer Killed on His First Day

Alamo, GA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced that a suspect is in custody a day after a rookie officer working his first shift was shot and killed outside his police precinct. Damien Anthony Ferguson, 43, was apprehended Sunday afternoon after the 26-year-old officer, Dylan Harrison, was gunned down around 1 a.m. Saturday. No other details were immediately available. “Officer Harrison was a part-time Alamo police officer working his first shift with the department last night,” police spokesperson Natalie Ammons said, adding that Harrison was also a full-time Oconee Drug Task Force agent in a neighboring county. Harrison was also the father to a 6-month-old child. It is unclear what led to the shooting.

Oakland County officials identify worker killed overnight at GM Orion Assembly plant

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Oakland County officials have identified the worker who was killed overnight during a fight with a coworker at the General Motors Orion Assembly plant. Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said they were called at 1:37 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 11) to the plant on Giddings Road. When they arrived, officials found Gregory Lanier Robertson, 49, of Pontiac, unconscious and bleeding, they said. Deputies performed CPR, but they could not revive him, according to authorities. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. The 48-year-old man suspected of killing Robertson was found standing in a nearby dock area of the plant, police said. He was taken into custody without incident and brought to the Oakland County Jail.

Memphis Firefighter Dies in Fire Engine Crash, 3 Others Hospitalized

MEMPHIS, TN — The Memphis Fire Department says one firefighter died following a crash in South Memphis Wednesday night. It happened around 8 p.m. on Cambridge Avenue near E.H. Crump and Danny Thomas Boulevard. An MFD vehicle was involved in a crash with a pickup truck. MFD says four MFD employees were transported to Regional One Health Trauma Center and one died of injuries from the crash. The pickup truck driver was also transported to Regional One in critical condition. Witnesses say that the pickup truck driver ran a red light, causing the crash. The fire engine tried to avoid hitting the pickup but failed, then flipped to its side.

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