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45000 Pounds of Copper Stolen

A flatbed semi tractor-trailer stolen in Sharon turned up in a parking lot in Erie three days later.

But the truck was empty of its valuable load of copper when it was found Nov. 26 at the Quality Inn parking lot, 6467 Sterrettania Road.

The 45,000 pounds of copper is worth more than $100,000, said an executive with Butler Trucking Co.

Butler, based in Woodland, Pa., was transporting the heavy sheets of copper from Chicago to Connecticut when the load was stolen in Sharon on Nov. 23. The truck was locked but running at the time it was stolen. The window was broken out of the truck’s cab.  More HERE

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December 4, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, Homeland Security, trucking | , , , | Leave a comment

Obama Wants to Bankrupt the Coal Industry

RUSH: If you happen to live in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado, and even parts of Indiana, Barack Obama wants the coal industry in which you work to go bankrupt.  He intends to bankrupt it.  He also intends to cause skyrocketing energy prices.  He made these comments earlier in the year with an editorial board meeting that was recorded, the San Francisco Chronicle.  The Chronicle says they reported it.  They put it on their website.  The newspaper story they did on this did not comment on any of this.  You get the point, though, people voting for Obama, I don’t think they care anything about it.  I don’t think that the substance of who he is is relevant, otherwise he wouldn’t be above 30%.  He’s a symbol of something to a lot of people, and he’s a blank slate and they are making of Obama whatever they want him to be.  If he wins this, there is going to be some severe buyer’s remorse, and we see these guys in the media, they’re covering their rear end because if this guy goes far left, they don’t want any blame for it, “We didn’t know. We didn’t know who Obama was, only written two books, aspirational (sic) speeches, don’t know much about him, don’t know who his heroes are, don’t know who his mentors are, we don’t know anything about him,” after they’ve pushed him all of this time.  Here is Obama, this is in January of this year in an editorial board meeting with the San Francisco Chronicle.

OBAMA:  What I’ve said is that we would put a cap-and-trade system in place that is more — that is as aggressive if not more aggressive than anybody else’s out there, so if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

RUSH:  He’s gonna bankrupt ’em, he’s got a cap-and-trade program, Algore, this is to save the planet.  He’s going to bankrupt ’em, by definition, they will bankrupt.  But that’s not, by itself, the single most damaging aspect of what he said.  This is.  More from RushLimbaugh.com

November 3, 2008 Posted by | economy, Politics, trucking | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Obama to kill coal? Swing states erupt

Sen. John McCain’s Republican campaign is looking to capitalize on an interview in which Sen. Barack Obama proposed placing such heavy government fees on coal plants that the industry would either have to clean its emissions or go “bankrupt.”

“If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,” Obama said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

Publicity over the plan to use “carbon credits” to force the coal industry to either clean up its emissions or get out of business comes on the heels of news that Obama plans to use “price signals” to control America’s energy use, and Republicans have pounced on Obama’s words with an aggressive campaign in the coal-rich battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.  More from WorldNetDaily

November 3, 2008 Posted by | economy, Politics, trucking | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Execs praise I-80 decision

Tolls would have driven up costs and made it hard to attract companies.

When the Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday that Pennsylvania’s request to convert 311 miles of Interstate 80 into a toll road had been rejected, logistics companies and at least one economic development official rejoiced.

Thousands of trucks travel the east-west thoroughfare that spans the state from the Poconos to the western Ohio border daily. Local companies including Kane is Able in Scranton, Romark Logistics and Central Air Freight, of Hazleton, and Calex Logistics in Yatesville frequently use the road.

Some investigated alternate routes which would congest local roads in towns along the interstate corridor. Others looked at heading north to New York state or south to Interstate78 in central Pennsylvania to get goods into and out of the state. Others wrote letters, contacted elected leaders and urged their state trucking association to fight the proposal.  More from The Times Leader

But, Wyoming is still considering putting tolls on I80 across that state.

September 13, 2008 Posted by | trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Wannabe cop in Camden County picked wrong driver to stop

When Gene Angelino pulled a motorist over for a parking violation Wednesday night, he broke the first rule of impersonating a police officer:

Don’t pull over a real officer.

Police in Winslow Township, Camden County, say that Angelino, 40, of Wildcat Branch Drive, in Winslow, was driving a white, unmarked Ford Crown Victoria, complete with tinted windows, sirens and a light bar, when he tried to pull a driver over for a parking violation at 6:32 p.m.

Angelino’s alleged traffic violator was really an undercover Winslow officer working a narcotics detail, police said.  More from Philly.com

September 13, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime | , , | Leave a comment

Fourth person interested in vacated 196th district seat – Pennsylvania

Kermit Glatfelter of Jackson Township has alerted the York County Republican Party that he is interested in running for the state House of Representatives’ 196th District seat.

State Rep. Bev Mackereth, R-Spring Grove, will not run for re-election this year so she can take over as York County’s director of human services.

Glatfelter, 60, works as a tractor-trailer driver. He is a former Republican committeeman from Codorus Township and a former Coast Guard auxiliary member. If elected, he said he would like to impose more stringent requirements on public welfare and crack down on illegal immigration.

Tonight, Republican committee members from the 196th District will nominate one of four aspiring lawmakers to run as the Republican candidate in November.  From the York Daily Record.com

Glatfelter joins John Bootie (independent candidate for President of the United States) and Lenny Ladner (US Senate – Tennessee) in a growing list of truckers turned politicians.

July 24, 2008 Posted by | Politics, trucking | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stolen scrap metal moved in stolen truck – PA

State police at Belfast are looking for two men who used a stolen tractor-trailer to sell scrap metal to a Stockertown metal company on Thursday.

According to police, two men stole a tractor-trailer from Hosko’s Scrap Yard in Scranton. Then they went to Einfalt’s Scrap Yard on Bushkill Street, Stockertown, and unloaded a trailer of scrap metal around 8:30 a.m. Thursday

Police say the two men left the scrap yard and abandoned the tractor-trailer on the 200 block of Bushkill Street. It was a white International truck with a red and gray trailer.

The men were then picked up by a man and a woman in a blue four-door car, police said.

Police say both men were in their early to mid-20s, one with blond hair, one with brown hair. They told an employee at the scrap yard they were going back to Binghamton, N.Y. Anyone with information can call police at 610-759-6106. From The Morning Call

July 14, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

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

Man Confesses After GPS Clue Tips Police To Whereabouts During Arson

NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. — Police said a Beaver County trucker’s GPS device was the key clue that prompted them to charge the man with setting his New Brighton home on fire.

Police said Thomas Reinhardt, 48, used nail polish remover to set the fire just before 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Reinhardt initially claimed he was parked at a rest stop in Cranberry Township about the time the fire broke out. But police said GPS records from Reinhardt’s trucking company showed his rig was parked about 100 yards from his house at the time.

Police said he confessed when confronted with the evidence.

Reinhardt is currently jailed on $150,000 bond. From WTAE

He probably should have turned off the GPS or unplugged the Qualcomm, don’t you think? Or – just not burned his house down…..
RTaylor

April 28, 2008 Posted by | BOLO and Crime, trucking | , , | Leave a comment

Election options

While it doesn’t seem like we have much choice in the Presidential election, our “Politics” links on our sidebar lists some interesting candidates for you to look at.

If you live in Tennessee, check out Lenny Ladner, running for US Senate.  William Russell wishes to unseat John Murtha in Pennsylvania (PA voters, I would love to see that happen) and Jim King in Florida is working hard for our veterans.  Also, look at John Bootie – Independent candidate for President.

RTaylor

April 25, 2008 Posted by | Politics, trucking | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment