Having been a professional truck driver and trainer for more than 30 years, I find that you never, ever know it all. There are always new things to learn. My primary goal with this blog is to help other drivers (especially newer ones) with pertinent information and tips to enable them to work happier and more safely. Guest posts, contributors and feed-back are always welcome and wanted!
Dec 14, 2014 - POCATELLO, IDAHO — Police fatally shot a 1,000-pound cow Friday afternoon that had led them on a lengthy chase through the city’s north side.
The heifer eventually died after being shot by a Pocatello police officer in the backyard of a residence at Henderson and Jessie Clark lanes around 1:30 p.m.
Police had shot the animal earlier in the pursuit but the wounded cow kept running.
Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand said the two shots his officers took at the cow were fired because of the safety risk the animal posed.
During the pursuit, the cow rammed a Pocatello animal control truck and two police cars in residential neighborhoods.
Tails up, don't shoot!
The heifer also nearly caused motor vehicle accidents on Hawthorne Road and had run through a playground. Police felt like the animal might trample someone as it charged through the residential neighborhoods on the city’s north side.
Marchand said he’s very thankful the pursuit ended with no injuries to people.
The incident began around 12:40 p.m. at Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business at Garrett Way and North Main Street. When an Anderson employee prepared to slaughter the cow, it jumped over a 6-foot fence and ran across Garrett Way and then north up Hawthorne Road.
Anderson employees dialed 911 and within minutes the cow was being pursued by Pocatello police and animal control units on Hawthorne.
Police officers and witnesses said that at one point the cow was running up the middle of Hawthorne Road, nearly causing accidents.
The cow eventually left Hawthorne and headed west on Quinn Road where it retreated to a resident’s backyard on the road’s south side.
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A police officer then shot the cow in the head, but instead of succumbing, the animal bolted past the police cars that were supposed to block its path out of the yard. The cow crossed
to the north side of Quinn and ran through OK Ward Park.
With several police and animal control officers in pursuit on foot and in vehicles, the cow emerged onto Henderson Lane from the park and headed north.
Police and animal control officers spent the next several minutes chasing the cow on Henderson and adjoining streets.
They eventually cornered the cow in the backyard of a house at Henderson and Jessie Clark lanes. A police officer shot the cow again in the head, and this time the animal died instantly.
Several residents in the Henderson Lane area emerged from their houses because of the sound of the gunshot.
The damage to the police cars that were rammed by the cow during the chase was minimal. A side-view mirror on the animal control truck was destroyed when the vehicle was struck by the animal.
After the cow died, Anderson employees loaded it onto a truck and took it back to the meat processing business.
This is a pretty cool spreader that attaches to the receiver hitch. Easy to take on and off, great idea for smaller jobs. Article thanks to hardworkingtrucks.com. Links provided: SaltDogg TGS02 Tailgate Spreader
This new polyethylene, steel and stainless steel SaltDogg TGS02 tailgate spreader from Buyers Products is ideal for both residential and commercial application of ice melt and bagged salt.
One of a dozen SaltDogg tailgate spreaders, this newest model is a 3-cubic-foot capacity that features a frame to fit into a standard 2-inch, Class 4 receiver hitch, making it ideal for use on 1/2- to 1-ton trucks and SUVs.
The new SaltDogg TGS02 tailgate spreader features a horizontal-auger feeder design that gives contractors the flexibility to easily spread ice melt and bagged salt.
An optional vibrator can be added for mixing salt and sand.
“Weighing just 64 pounds, this SaltDogg tailgate spreader has received great reviews as being the perfect size to get the job done,” said Dave Zelis, director of sales and marketing at Buyers Products. “It has a 1/3 horsepower, 12-volt DC dual-shaft gear motor and offers spread widths from 3 feet to 20 feet that are practical for both residential and commercial use.”
An hour of sitting can impact arteries in the legs, but even a 5-minute stroll helps, research shows
TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking really short but frequent walks can counteract the harm caused by sitting for long periods of time, a new study suggests. The researchers found that even just a five-minute stroll can help. "American adults sit for approximately eight hours a day," study author Saurabh Thosar, now a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon Health & Science University, said in an Indiana University news release. "The impairment in endothelial function is significant after just one hour of sitting. It is interesting to see that light physical activity can help in preventing this impairment."
According to background information from Indiana University, sitting for a prolonged period of time can cause blood to pool in the legs. This happens because muscles are not contracting and pumping blood to the heart as effectively. As a result, the ability of blood vessels to expand from increased blood flow can become impaired. Being sedentary is also linked to high cholesterol and a larger waistline, which increase the risk for heart and metabolic disease.
"There is plenty of epidemiological evidence linking sitting time to various chronic diseases and linking breaking sitting time to beneficial cardiovascular effects, but there is very little experimental evidence," said Thosar, who was a doctoral candidate at IU's School of Public Health-Bloomington when the study was conducted. "We have shown that prolonged sitting impairs endothelial function, which is an early marker of cardiovascular disease, and that breaking sitting time prevents the decline in that function."
The researchers examined the effects of three hours of sitting on 11 healthy men who were not obese. The men, who ranged in age from 20 to 35 years old, participated in two trials.
First, the men sat for three hours without moving their legs. When the study began and once every hour afterwards, the function of their femoral artery was measured with a blood pressure cuff and ultrasound technology.
During the second trial, the men sat for three hours but also walked on a treadmill for five minutes after 30 minutes, 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours. The men walked at a slow pace of 2 miles per hour. The function of their femoral artery was again measured with a blood pressure cuff and ultrasound technology.
Overall, the researchers found, the ability of the arteries in the legs to expand was reduced by as much as 50 percent after just one hour of sitting. The men who walked for five minutes for each hour they spent sitting, however, had no reduction in the function of their arteries during the three-hour period.
The researchers concluded that the increased muscle activity and blood flow from the small amount of exercise offset the negative impacts of sitting.
The research was published Sept. 8 in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Trucker's Facebook Habit Settles Case for Injured Driver
Plaintiff's lawyer shows pattern of distracted driving to win $1M settlement
Sept, 2014 A trucker's snarky Facebook posts, including photos he admitted to snapping from behind the wheel, helped the driver he hit three years ago coax a $1 million settlement from the trucker's company and insurance carrier.
The wreck occurred just after midnight on May 5, 2011, on Interstate 285 in Fulton County. Both the tractor-trailer and the plaintiff's compact sedan were traveling in the westbound lanes when the tractor-trailer attempted to change lanes and clipped the driver side of the sedan, according to the accident report. The sedan flipped over several times before coming to rest on the shoulder.
The sedan's driver, 41-year-old Kristin Meredith, was taken by ambulance to a hospital. She later had surgery to fuse vertebrae in her lower back, her attorney said.
Meredith filed a suit in April 2013 in DeKalb County State Court against truck driver Jerry O'Reilly, his employer Try Hours and National Interstate Insurance Co. The suit alleged negligence on the part of the trucker and his company and sought more than $75,000 to compensate her for injuries and damages, as well as punitive damages. A month later, the case was moved to federal court in the Northern District of Georgia. All of the defendants are out of state.
In its answer filed in May 2013, the defense claimed that Meredith caused the wreck. Her attorney, Ben Brodhead, said they were able to disprove that using an accident reconstructionist. Brodhead noted that law enforcement cited O'Reilly for improper lane change. He pleaded guilty to the charge in Sandy Springs Municipal Court and paid a $247.50 fine.
The pivotal moment in the case occurred during a videotaped deposition of O'Reilly at his attorneys' office last October, said Brodhead. During questioning, O'Reilly at first denied using a camera, phone or computer while driving, but he later admitted to taking photos while driving after Brodhead presented him with dozens of posts captured from O'Reilly's Facebook profile.
While none of the photos or comments was posted at the time of the wreck, Brodhead said he was able to use them to establish a pattern of distracted driving.
"We always do background searches on defendants and will pull background information from social media, Internet and records searches," Brodhead said. "We have private investigators looking things up."
"It appeared this guy just drove down the road taking photos," he said. "It speaks to his negligence and disregard for the safety of others. He switched lanes into my client and, in doing so, said he never saw her."
In one post, O'Reilly included a photo of his truck cab accompanied by a caption that read, "My new bumper. Now pull your ass out in front of me." In another, O'Reilly commented below someone else's photo of a sedan boxed in by big rigs, "I've been there and done that also. I don't get mad. I get even."
O'Reilly also admitted changing his Facebook profile's privacy settings, just prior to Brodhead's questions, so that the photos were no longer publicly accessible. Brodhead said he anticipated O'Reilly would eventually make his Facebook profile private and so instructed a staff member to monitor it throughout the deposition and alert him if anything changed.
"And so that means that today while you were waiting on people during the deposition, you found it to be the time that was best to change your privacy settings, correct?" Brodhead asked O'Reilly, according to a transcript.
O'Reilly then answered, "I went on and changed them, I mean, I don't know what to tell you. I didn't know you had this stuff."
Brodhead said he reached out to the defendants' attorneys at Dennis, Corry, Porter & Smith afterward to settle via a so-called Holt demand, a strategy for which Brodhead has developed a reputation.
"It was at the point where the case clearly had a value over $1 million," Brodhead said. "We gave the defense the option to pay its policy limits, and the defense attorneys did an excellent job of protecting their clients from any excess judgment."
Lead defense counsel Grant Smith could not be reached Wednesday for comment.
Had the case gone to trial, Brodhead was prepared to show the jury O'Reilly's Facebook posts.
"There was information in the depositions that could have inflamed the passions of the jury," he said. In addition to the Facebook posts, O'Reilly admitted he had been diagnosed and treated for sleep apnea, a condition in which a person stops breathing while asleep and that results in fatigue. O'Reilly also admitted that he waited more than eight hours before submitting to a statutorily required drug and alcohol screening following the wreck.
Brodhead said he had a negotiated settlement with the defendants in February, but it wasn't finalized until recently due to ongoing negotiations with the carrier of his client's uninsured motorist coverage, Progressive.
"They had asked for a dismissal without prejudice so they could pursue [O'Reilly] and his company. But they had anticipated that their payment would be made as a full resolution of the case and that they wouldn't have any exposure to any judgments or claims by the uninsured motorist carrier or anyone else," Brodhead said. "So we had to fight with the uninsured motorist carrier to get it to waive its claim for subrogation."
The court dismissed the case with prejudice on Tuesday.
Thanks to mafia.wikia.com. One of my blog contributors reported that Joe was a resident of Menomonie Falls and drove a big Cadillac. I didn't realize that he had died this year. Links provided:
Joseph P. Caminiti (born 1926- died January 30, 2014) also known as "Joe Camel", was the last known reputed boss of the Milwaukee crime family. He was heavily involved in labor unions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Caminiti was married to Mary Alioto, daughter of former Milwaukee family boss John Alioto, with whom he had three children. He came to prominence when he was installed as Frank Balistrieri's
Consigliere, a position he allegedly held from 1961 when Balistrieri
became boss until the 1990s. In 1993, Frank Balistrieri died and his
brother Peter Frank Balistrieri, succeeded him as boss.
When Pete Balistrieri died of natural causes in 1997, longtime family Consigliere Joe Caminiti became the new boss of the Milwaukee crime family and had Joseph Balistrieri, Frank's son, installed as his underboss and made Angelo Alioto, the son of John Alioto
his Consigliere (Angelo died on February 3, 2011 of complications of
pneumonia at age 87). Caminiti was a former secretary-treasurer of local
257 of the International Brotherhood of Teamster's truck drivers and
allied industries Union which was a very influential union in
Milwaukee's garbage removal and gasoline transportation and a former
secretary treasurer of local 982 of the service station attendants, bulk
plant and garage employees union. Under Caminiti's leadership the
family was reportedly composed of no more than twenty members and 15-20
associates operating primarily in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin. Law
enforcement claimed that Caminiti shared much of the power with Frank
Balistrieri's son Joseph who died in 2010. In the 2000s, Law enforcement
also believed that the Milwaukee LCN Family was nearly extinct, with
less than 15 "made" members and the most lucrative rackets controlled by
the Chicago Outfit.
Caminiti died on January 30, 2014 at the age of 87. http://mafia.wikia.com/wiki/Joseph_Caminiti
Joseph Caminiti's Obituary from Legacy.com
Caminiti, Joseph P. Found Eternal Peace January 30, 2014, at the age of 87. Loving and devoted husband of Mary (nee Alioto) for 64 years. Loving and caring father of Madelynn (Daniel) Woodward and Catherine (Franklin "Rocky") LaDien. Proud and loving nano of Kathryn Woodward (Marco) Nasca, the late Mary Elizabeth Woodward, Daniel Woodward, Joseph and John LaDien. Cherished great-nano of Matthew and John Nasca. Beloved brother of Rosalie (Mike) Enea and the late Bernadine (the late Dominic) Cifaldi. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many good friends. Visitation Monday, February 3 at the HARDER FUNERAL HOME from 3:30 PM to 6:45 PM with a Prayer Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 4 at OLD ST. MARY'S PARISH, 844 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee at 10:00 AM. Procession to Holy Cross Cemetery for the committal prayers, military honors and entombment to follow. Joe was a proud member of M.S.S. Addolarata Society, Society of San Giuseppe, Pompeii Men's Club, the Italian Community Center and past president of Wisconsin Association of Life Underwriters. The Caminiti family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to caregivers, Lori Heppe, Shawenee Willis, Karen Sieben, the staff of Franciscan Woods and Elmbrook Hospital and the family friends who graciously loved and supported Joe and our family. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/jsonline/obituary.aspx?pid=169442104#sthash.Im8zaBMX.dpuf
Joseph P. Found Eternal Peace January 30, 2014, at the age of 87.
Loving and devoted husband of Mary (nee Alioto) for 64 years. Loving and
caring father of Madelynn (Daniel) Woodward and Catherine (Franklin
"Rocky") LaDien. Proud and loving nano of Kathryn Woodward (Marco)
Nasca, the late Mary Elizabeth Woodward, Daniel Woodward, Joseph and
John LaDien. Cherished great-nano of Matthew and John Nasca. Beloved
brother of Rosalie (Mike) Enea and the late Bernadine (the late Dominic)
Cifaldi. Also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many good
friends. Visitation Monday, February 3 at the HARDER FUNERAL HOME from
3:30 PM to 6:45 PM with a Prayer Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 4 at OLD ST.
MARY'S PARISH, 844 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee at 10:00 AM. Procession to
Holy Cross Cemetery for the committal prayers, military honors and
entombment to follow. Joe was a proud member of M.S.S. Addolarata
Society, Society of San Giuseppe, Pompeii Men's Club, the Italian
Community Center and past president of Wisconsin Association of Life
Underwriters. The Caminiti family wishes to extend their sincere
gratitude to caregivers, Lori Heppe, Shawenee Willis, Karen Sieben, the
staff of Franciscan Woods and Elmbrook Hospital and the family friends
who graciously loved and supported Joe and our family. - See more at: