Infrastructure Daily News

Transportation Sector

. February 14, Connecticut Post – (Connecticut) Firefighters battle fire under railroad bridge. A fire in a wooden trestle supporting a train bridge over the Housatonic River in Stratford, Connecticut burned for more than 3 hours February 12. The fire sparked behind the Dock Shopping Center on Ferry Boulevard. Two lanes of Interstate 95 on the Moses Wheeler Bridge were shut down as firefighters from Milford hit the flames from above with water cannons. The Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department boat was used to fight the blaze from the river, while Stratford firefighters ran operations on the ground. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. It was originally called in as a brush fire in the marshy areas near the bridge, but firefighters soon realized the fire was inside the trestle. Train service was not affected by the fire, which was out by the next morning. Source: 3313301.php

. February 14, Associated Press; Mountain Press – (Tennessee) School bus driver fired after weapon arrest. The Sevier County School System in Sevierville, Tennessee fired a bus driver after her arrest on a weapon charge. She was terminated February 10 for possession of a firearm. It is illegal to carry a gun on a school bus under Tennessee law. The Sevierville Mountain Press reported the bus driver was at Seymour High School where she was driving for a field trip when an employee reported she might have a gun. The bus driver was booked into the county jail on a charge of carrying a weapon on school property. Source: landing_nation.html?&apID=73d38a403692422dad119fca88fc2c92 For more stories, see items 3, 7, and 8

Postal and Shipping Sector Nothing to report

Emergency Services Sector

. February 13, Beatrice Daily Sun – (Nebraska) Police department evacuated. The Beatrice, Nebraska Police Department was evacuated for about 2 hours February 13 as the result of a carbon monoxide threat. The police chief said the evacuation was the result of a collapsed chimney that trapped potentially dangerous gas inside the building. After the gas was pumped out of the building, workers returned, though the heat was yet to be turned on. During the evacuation, emergency communications were routed to the court house, which gave officials an opportunity to prepare for other emergency situations. Source: article_01899912-5681-11e1-951d-0019bb2963f4.html

. February 13, Akron Beacon Journal – (Ohio) Sheriff closes jail to violent mentally ill. The Summit County, Ohio sheriff planned to announce February 13 the county jail no longer will accept violent mentally ill and mentally disabled people arrested by area police — perhaps becoming the first facility in the country with such a policy. The sheriff has long complained that housing the mentally ill and disabled in jail is inhumane, and they belong in a mental hospital where they can be better treated. The sheriff met with police chiefs in Akron, Barberton, and Cuyahoga Falls, and sent letters late the week of February 6 to other chiefs to explain the policy. Source:

. February 13, WCSC 5 Charleston – (South Carolina) Ex-state trooper pleads guilty to role in marijuana operation. A former South Carolina state trooper pleaded guilty in federal court February 13 to manufacturing and possessing with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, the former state trooper, pleaded guilty to charges stemming back from a January 2010 arrest. Evidence presented at the February 13 change of plea hearing established the former state trooper was part of a large-scale, indoor marijuana growing operation while employed as a state trooper with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The Dorchester County Metro Narcotics Unit discovered the operation in January 2010. Deputies found thousands of dollars worth of equipment and more than 300 marijuana plants in three structures on the property while executing a search warrant. February 13, he admitted to transporting marijuana in his South Carolina Highway Patrol vehicle. He is facing 5 to 40 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $5 million to be followed by a minimum of 4 years supervised release. Source: growing-300-marijuana-plants?hpt=ju_bn4

. February 13, KRCR 7 Redding – (California) Ambulance rammer arrested for attempted murder. Police said a man tried to kill three people in a Mercy Medical ambulance by ramming his truck into their vehicle February 11. Redding, California police were called to Mercy Medical Center, and when officers arrived, they found the truck crashed into the ambulance just outside the emergency room. Three medical emergency workers were inside the ambulance at the time of the crash. Police said the suspect intentionally drove his truck into the parked ambulance in an attempt to kill the people inside. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and booked into Shasta County Jail for attempted murder, his bail was set at $1 million. Source: