North Port Road Woes

The City of North Port’s ask­ing dri­ver using N. Cran­berry Boule­vard to use cau­tion in the area between Com­merce Park­way and Mad­dox Cir­cle. The Pub­lic Works Depart­ment says three metal cul­vert pipes in the area are fail­ing. There’s now a deep hole on th south side of N. Cran­berry. That’s been tem­porar­ily filled, but they’re ask­ing that dri­vers exer­cise cau­tion. Bar­ri­cades have been put up around the prob­lem area, and there are traf­fic signs and detours posted.

NTSB Exploring Projectile Hitting Derailed Amtrak Locomotive Before Crash

The NTSB’s asked the FBI to look into whether a pro­jec­tile of some sort hit the loco­mo­tive of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadel­phia Tues­day. The NTSB says the bureau’s been asked to exam­ine dam­age to the lower left hand side of the locomotive’s wind­shield. A com­muter train engi­neer reported before the crash, that his train had been hit by a pro­jec­tile or shot at in the same area of the derailment.

Obama Thanks Law Enforcement on Peace Officers Memorial Day

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama hon­ored police offi­cers killed in the line of duty today, say­ing they must be remem­bered as “heroes because that’s what they are.”.… Offi­cers Special.mp3

Mr. Obama spoke at the Cap­i­tal, on Peace Offi­cers Memo­r­ial Day, a part of National Police Week. He says there’s much more wwe as a nation can do to heal the divide between com­mu­ni­ties and police; adding that a we often for­get to say thank you to those who have cho­sen to wear the badge.… You.mp3

Jury Decides Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bomber

A jury of seven women and five men today sen­tenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev to death. U.S. Attor­ney Car­men Ozr­tiz says the ver­dict is not a cause for cel­e­bra­tion, but a time for reflection.… Impor­tant Today.mp3

Tsar­naev, who is 21, will become the youngest per­son on fed­eral death row. He will for­mally be sen­tenced by a fed­eral judge at a still to be deter­mined date. There will prob­a­bly sev­eral years worth of appeals before he is put to death.

Obama Offers Words of Support and Comfort at National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

Pres­i­dent Obama offered words of com­fort to the fam­i­lies and friends of law enforce­ment offi­cers killed in the line of duty today, in a speech at the National Peace Offi­cers’ Memo­r­ial Ser­vice at the U.S. Capi­tol. Mr. Obama says there are things we as a nation can do to sup­port those who wear the badge.…. Cops.mp3

126 law enforce­ment offi­cers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2014.

Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death

Dzhokhar Tsar­naev showed no emo­tion when a fed­eral jury today sen­tenced him to death today for his part in the 2013 Boston Marathon bomb­ing. Three peo­ple died in the bomb­ing, the fourth was an MIT Police offi­cer killed while he and his brother tried to escape Boston. U.S. Attor­ney Car­men Ortiz talked about the deci­sion to seek the death penalty.….. Penalty Decision.mp3

How long will it be before that sen­tence is car­ried out? Tim­o­thy McVeigh, was con­victed of the Okla­homa City Bomb­ing in 1997. He was exe­cutied in 2001.

Amtrak Engineer Agrees to Meet With NTSB

The NTSB says they will be talk­ing with Bran­don Bos­t­ian, the engi­neer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadel­phia, in the next cou­ple of days. Spokesper­son Robert Sumwalt… Interview.mp3

Inves­ti­ga­tors say the train accel­er­ated right before the crash. Robert Gog­gin, Bostian’s attor­ney, says his client doesn’t remem­ber every­thing that hap­pened right before the crash. He suf­fered a con­cus­sion in the inci­dent and there’s hope that as effects of that sub­side more of his mem­ory will return.

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by djennings

Philadelphia Train Crash Death Toll at Eight

Philadel­phia Mayor Michael Nut­ter says they have now accounted for every­one on board the Amtrak train that derailed Tues­day night.…… Accounted For.mp3

Robert Gog­gin the attor­ney for the train’s engi­neer, Bran­don Bos­t­ian, tells ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica his client doesn’t remem­ber a lot.… GMA-Client Remem­bers What.mp3

Gog­gin days Bostain had no drugs, alco­hol, or med­ica­tions in his sys­tem, and was not on his phone at the time of the derailment.

Ex-L.A. County Undersheriff and Retired Captain Surrender to Feds on Obstruction Charges in Department Investigation

For­mer L.A. County Under­sh­er­iff and Gar­dena Mayor Paul Tanaka and retired sheriff’s Cap­tain William Carey sur­ren­dered to fed­eral author­i­ties today. They’ve been indicted on obstruc­tion and con­spir­acy charges in a fed­eral inves­ti­a­tion of alleged inmate abuse, civil rights vio­la­tions and cor­rup­tion in the L.A. County Sheriff’s Depart­ment. Accord­ing to Reuters, sev­eral deputies were accused of try­ing to stop the FBI inves­ti­ga­tion of the depart­ment by in one case telling agents that their jail infor­mant had been released, when he’d actu­ally been kept in the jail under a false name.

Man Detained for Operating Drone Near White House

The U.S. Park Police arrested a man this after­noon after uni­formed Secret Ser­vice offi­cers saw a man fly­ing a small, remote-controlled air­craft over Lafayette Park north of the White House. Offi­cers didn’t see it until it was about 100′ feet up. They asked the man to land it, then had it looked at by Wash­ing­ton Met­ro­pol­i­tan Police who reported it was safe. The inci­dent led to a lock­down of the White House and shut­down of Lafayette Park for about an hour. There was no dan­ger to Pres­i­dent Obama who’s at Camp David, meet­ing with the lead­ers of Per­sian Gulf nations.