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FMSCA Orders South Dakota Trucking Company to Cease Operations

Chris Welsh, Esq. welsh-law.com The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) has declared the Mitchell trucking company and its owner-driver to be “imminent hazards to public safety” (truckinginfo.com). The federal administration has ordered the South Dakota-based trucking company to cease all commercial operations within South Dakota and between other states. The order against the driver and company comes after an investigators found the company committed serious violations of federal regulations. Violations included failure to implement random drug and alcohol testing, dispatching intoxicated drivers with blood alcohol content of 0.04% or greater, and failure to enforce hours-of-service rules design to prevent …

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More Guilty Pleas in NY Truck Test Cheating Scheme

Christopher Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com Two more people have pleaded guilty to charges in a Commercial Driver’s License test-taking scheme in New York State. Just days apart, Firdavs Mamadaliev pleaded guilty to identification documents fraud and Akmal Narzikulov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York (truckinginfo.com). Their pleas follow five other pleas from last month, including from security guards and a couple who operated a commercial driving school in Brooklyn. The sweep of pleas is the result of an investigation that uncovered that cheating schemes occurred at five DMV’s in the New …

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LV Woman Killed in Tragic Pile-up Crash

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the woman killed in the nine-vehicle, double roll-over crash last Friday in the northwest Las Vegas valley. Her death is the 11th traffic fatality in the Las Vegas Metro jurisdiction this year. Ellen Finnie Gallucci, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene of a pile-up crash at Cheyenne Avenue and Jones Boulevard. Gallucci was crossing the intersection when she was struck by a 2012 Dodge Challenger that ran the red light. The collision caused Gallucci’s car to roll as well as a chain reaction. Three others were seriously injured in the crash including …

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CPSC Recalls Portable Space Heater Recall for Electric Shock Risk

This year’s winter has turned serious for many Americans, especially those in the Northeast. Last week, Boston received a record snowfall of 34.2 inches in just 7 days and now expects another storm this weekend. That’s incredible considering that, on average, the city gets 40.9 inches per year. Frigid temperatures compound many problems such as mass transit, getting to school, and staying warm at home. If you live in a cold winter city, or plan to visit one soon, make sure to take precaution if you’re staying warm with a space heaters. Space heaters are common solutions for keeping homes …

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Jury Awards $4 Million to Family of SF Cyclist Killed by Big-Rig Collision

Chris Welsh, Esq. www.welsh-law.com The family of a cyclist fatally struck by truck in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood was awarded $4 million by a San Francisco Superior court jury last month. On August 14, 2013, Amelie Le Moullac, 24, was commuting to work when she was struck and killed by big-rig driver Gilberto Alcantar. Her tragic death was a point of much contention and emotion in a city where bicycling as a mode of transportation has nearly doubled in the last decade. Following the incident, the San Francisco Police Department was criticized for its handling of the investigation …

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