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Police: Rigged truck trailer used to steal diesel in Mercer

HERMITAGE, Pa. – Police in the Mercer County community of Hermitage say a specially equipped pickup truck trailer was used to steal diesel fuel from underground storage tanks at a convenience store.

Deputy Chief Edward Holiga calls the trailer ingenious.

Nobody has been charged, but police on Wednesday got a search warrant for some property in North Bloomfield, Ohio, where police say the man who owns the rig lives. Police say they found several storage tanks on the property, including a 5,000-gallon tank containing about 500 gallons of diesel fuel.

Holiga says the trailer has a trap door on the bottom that allows a vacuum hose to be lowered into in-ground tanks at the towns Tic Toc Food Mart. A tipster led police to the truck after they released a surveillance photo of it last month. From Philly.com

May 30, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Drill here, drill NOW!

After watching “Fuel Prices So High”, the latest orginial ATAW video, please visit AmericanSolutions.com and sign their petition to Drill Here, Drill Now!
RTaylor

May 30, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , | 1 Comment

Nuclear company apologizes for ‘hot spot’ on truck

ATLANTA — The world’s largest builder of nuclear reactors apologized to regulators Wednesday over a shipment of equipment that contained a radiation “hot spot” that exceeded federal guidelines and traveled more than 400 miles from Virginia to Tennessee.

A team of inspectors said the quarter-sized spot, which was located on cleaning equipment in an Areva NP Inc. shipment, measured 10 times higher than the level of radiation allowed by federal regulators for transport. Areva said its own tests showed that the “hot spot,” or concentrated area of radiation, was four times higher than the federal limits.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Areva both concluded the radiation didn’t pose a threat to the truck’s driver, employees or the public. But company leaders conceded the incident exposed “weaknesses” in Areva’s shipping procedures. More from the OakRidger.com

Well… this could pose a problem…

May 29, 2008 Posted by | trucking | , | Leave a comment

Dogs find 51 Mexicans in U.S.-bound avocado truck

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (Reuters) – U.S. border police said on Thursday they had found 51 illegal Mexican immigrants, among them a 5-year-old boy, hidden inside a refrigerated trailer carrying avocados into the United States.

Border agents said they found the Mexicans crammed into the back of the truck on Wednesday when police dogs sniffed humans among the avocados at a checkpoint just north of the U.S.-Mexico border near Laredo, Texas.

The truck was a chilly 57 degrees (14 C), U.S. border patrol spokesman Eugenio Rodriguez said.

“The illegals were thinly clothed. They could have begun to suffer hypothermia if they had been in there any longer,” Rodriguez told Reuters by telephone. More from Reuters

May 29, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Border Security, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Is $3.80 gas too low? Washington thinks so

Millions of vacationers paid record prices for gasoline as they hit the roads on Memorial Day weekend, and only those who’ve been in the sun too long would like to see prices climb even higher. Yet several members of Congress seem determined to guarantee that they will.

They’re trying to pass a bill that would raise pump prices. Why? Because they think it would force people to use less. The America’s Climate Security Act, sponsored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman and John Warner, would also increase electricity and natural gas costs, all in the name of supposedly fighting global warming.

The bill, scheduled to be debated in the Senate on June 2, essentially places limits on the amount of gasoline and other fossil fuels Americans can use. The aim is to cut our emissions of carbon dioxide, which is blamed for warming the planet. More from The Free-Lance Star

This is insane. Cowering down to the AlGore Church of Global Warming at the expense of hard working Americans. Start calling, emailing and faxing your senators today!

May 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Summer Driving – Watch Out For This Guy!!!!

Hat tip to our friend, Paul Abelson, for this hilarious video. Highway Hank did a fantastic job with this video..
RTaylor

May 29, 2008 Posted by | Video | , | Leave a comment

Thieves steal truck, diesel fuel from construction site

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Authorities say thieves at a highway construction site over the Memorial Day weekend stole a water truck, emptied it and used it to steal about 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel.

The president and owner of Kingfisher-based United General Contractors says his company lost the $65,000 truck and about $8,700 worth of diesel fuel during two thefts.

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Kelly Marshall says the crime is the first of its kind seen by that agency, but she fears the rising cost of gasoline and diesel fuel could lead to similar thefts. More from KTEN.com

May 29, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , | Leave a comment

Glenn Beck Video – Free Healthcare!!!!!!

May 29, 2008 Posted by | Politics | , | Leave a comment

Senators offer bill to ease truckers’ fuel burden

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s two U.S. senators said Tuesday they have introduced legislation that would raise truck weight limits on federal highways as a way to help truckers cope with the high cost of diesel fuel.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe proposed a two-year pilot program to allow rigs carrying up to 100,000 pounds to travel on the federal interstate system whenever diesel prices reach $3.50 a gallon.

The price of diesel fuel averaged $4.85 in Maine on Tuesday, according to the AAA. More from The Trucker

Thoughts and comments? Senator Collins further stated: “the higher weight limit would allow for more cargo in each truck and eliminate the need for drivers to move onto local roads that require more fuel and extended periods of idling.”

Somehow I don’t think an extra 20,000 pounds of cargo on a truck is going to help with fuel.
RTaylor

May 29, 2008 Posted by | economy, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

DPS: Tomato Truck Conceals Marijuana

NOGALES, Ariz. — Arizona Department of Public Safety officers pulled over a tractor trailer truck for a violation and said they discovered more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana hidden between a load of tomatoes.

The truck was stopped in the northbound lanes of Interstate 19 near Nogales for an equipment violation, officers said.

A search revealed 3,379 pounds of bundled marijuana on pallets concealed between a load of tomatoes, DPS said.

The driver was taken into custody and the commercial vehicle was seized, officers said.  From KPHO

May 29, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , , | Leave a comment