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Transportation Sector

. April 23, Minnestoa Public Radio – (New York) Flight makes emergency landing; students OK. A Delta Air Lines flight headed to Minneapolis and carrying students from Southwest High School in Minneapolis, made an emergency landing April 22 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A Delta spokesman said the plane took off from LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York, April 22 and made an emergency landing when crew members detected an electrical smell. The emergency landing was precautionary, officials said. The flight landed without incident. The 145 passengers, including high school students and chaperones, were booked on a later flight to Minnesota. Source: landing/

. April 23, Washington Post – (Washington, D.C.) Metro bus driver has viral meningitis; agency warns riders, employees. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) said a bus operator on its 14th Street Line was diagnosed with viral meningitis, the Washington Post reported April 23. The bus operator last drove April 20, when he drove on the 52 and 54 routes of the Washington, D.C.-based transit system. The bus has been removed from service until it can be “thoroughly sanitized,” Metro said. In addition, Metro said it would disinfect all 164 buses at its Northern Division. A Metro spokesman said the driver was diagnosed April 20. Before that day, the driver was on vacation and not driving a bus. Viral meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is “generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment,” Metro wrote in a press release. The symptoms of viral meningitis usually last 7 to 10 days. Source: meningitis-agency-warns-riders-employees/2012/04/23/gIQAIRbncT_blog.html For more stories, see items 7 and 54

Postal and Shipping Sector

. April 23, KOLN 10 Lincoln; KGIN 11 Grand Island – (Nebraska) Two men cited for vandalism spree. A group of young men went on an extensive vandalism spree in Nebraska, causing thousands of dollars in damage, but they were cited then released by police. The incidents happened April 22. In total, there were 11 reports of vandalism, mostly to cars and two mailboxes. The total damage was estimated at $2,000. Police caught two of the three men they believe are responsible for the vandalism and officers are still searching for a third suspect. Source: 8595985.html
Emergency Services Sector

. April 24, States News Service – (Massachusetts) Former EMT instructor pleads guilty in Mass. EMT recertification fraud. A former Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) instructor pleaded guilty in connection with submitting training records that falsely showed dozens of emergency personnel attended courses they were required to complete to maintain their certification, the Massachusetts attorney general announced April 24. The top four executives of a local ambulance company were also charged for their roles in the scheme. These co-defendants are the president/CEO, chief operating officer, and vice presidents, respectively, of LifeLine Ambulance in Woburn. The men are each charged with OEMS Violation [False Statements to OEMS/Evade OEMS Requirements] and Conspiracy to Commit OEMS Violation. In December 2008, the attorney general’s office began the first phase of its investigation into fraudulent EMT re-certification. That investigation culminated with the indictments of the former police chief of the Hamilton Police Department (HPD); a former Wenham Police Department lieutenant and Ipswich selectman; the training coordinator for the Danvers-based Lyons Ambulance Service (Lyons), who is the retired fire chief of Middleton and Ipswich, and; a former reserve police office from HPD who conducted EMT training. The two instructors in that case have since pleaded guilty. The second phase of the attorney general’s investigation resulted in the indictment of five people: one EMT instructor, two paramedics, and two EMTs for their roles in a similar fraudulent scheme. Source: in-mass-emt-recertification-fraud

. April 23, WLBZ 2 Bangor – (Maine) Emergency radios jammed in York County. Maine’s Lebanon Rescue Department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the person who has been jamming their radios. The assistant chief said other departments have been affected too. He said the person sometimes blocks out radio traffic, or sometimes whistles into the radio, making it impossible for emergency crews to get their calls out. The interference has become more and more frequent, and the assistant chief said April 22 it went to a new level when the person actually blocked him from radioing for advanced life support for a patient. Lebanon rescue is now working with the Federal Communications Commission to see if the person’s radio signal can be traced. Source: York-County

. April 23, KOVR 13 Sacramento – (California) Rocklin Police receiving disruptive communication over scanner. In Rocklin, California, somebody has been jamming the Rocklin Police Department’s scanner signal on a nightly basis since April 19, KOVR 13 Sacramento reported April 23. “This person will come on the air at various times,” said a department spokesperson. “It’s really disruptive.” The person or people jamming the signal have refused to stop, despite being read a Federal Communications Commission warning. Rocklin police said they will have a hard time tracking down the culprit, and they apparently are the only area police department affected. Source: over-scanner/ For more stories, see items 4, 14, 51, 52, 53, 54, 57, and 59

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