Three charged in murder of security officer


Dallas TX Oct 24 2014 Three men were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting of a security officer last month, police announced at a news conference today.
Rickey Varnell Manning, 19; Brandon Okeith Small, 23; and a juvenile male face capital murder charges in the case.
Rodney Rone, 46, was employed as a guard at the Bruton Food Deli in the 2000 block of North Masters Drive.
The night of Sept. 30, investigators say, a group of robbers rushed Rone and two female clerks inside the store, shooting the guard.
Rone was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he died.

Teen convicted of Orlando security officer’s murder given life sentence


Terrance Anthony
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Oct 22 2014
A teenager who was convicted of murdering a security guard at an Orlando apartment complex in 2012 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday.
The family of Allen McPherson pleaded for justice during the sentencing hearing at the Orange County Courthouse.
“Please your honor, never unleash this person on society to cause more unnecessary havoc and pain,” said the victim’s wife, Darlene McPherson.
Terrance Anthony was 16 years old when he fatally shot Allen McPherson, who was on duty at the Sabal Palms apartments off Raleigh Street. Prosecutors said the 44-year-old victim had previously confronted Anthony for being at the complex when he didn’t live there.
Anthony’s defense attorney argued that life in prison was a harsh sentence for a teenager and cited another Florida case that found it to be cruel and unusual. But the judge disagreed and sentenced the 19-year-old to life in prison with a review in 25 years.
The victim’s family has filed a lawsuit against the apartment complex for only having one security guard on duty, despite a lot of issues at the property.
“He was kind, goodhearted, he would do anything for anyone,” said the victim’s sister, Amanda Stubblefield.
Anthony’s attorney said he will be appealing the sentencing.

Man sentenced to 30 years for shooting of Denver security officer


DENVER CO Oct 21 2014  — The man who shot and killed a security guard at the Grizzly Rose in Denver was sentenced to 32 years in prison after agreeing to a plea deal on Monday.
Gerald Michael Anthony Gurule, and two other men, went to the Grizzly Rose, a popular country western dance club, in December 2008 where they planned to break into cars in the parking lot.
They were confronted by a security guard and an off-duty police officer who went to investigate after seeing three men with bandanas in the parking lot.
During the confrontation, Gurule opened fire and killed Minnick.
Gurule was indicted in 2013 and plead guilty to reckless manslaughter and two counts of attempted first-degree assault. He received the maximum sentence under the plea agreement, said court spokeswoman Sue Lindsay.
“This was a very difficult cold case,” said District Attorney Dave Young in a statement. “Under the circumstances, I am very satisfied with the sentence. I want to thank the Adams County Sheriff’s Office and our prosecutors for their work in bringing Mr. Gurule to justice.”
Jennifer Lewis and Stanley Gurule were also indicted in the murder case.
Prosecutors said Lewis drove the getaway vehicle. She was convicted of first-degree murder and given a life sentence in prison.
Stanely Gurule was charged with being an accessory to a crime but the case against him was dismissed in 2013.

Garda armored truck driver killed in crash


Newbury Township OH Oct 12 2014 A Cleveland woman has died following a crash between a dump truck and an armored car Sept. 30 in Newbury Township.
Bobbiejean Phillips, 25, who was driving the armored car, died at Hillcrest Hospital according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The crash occurred at 11:07 a.m. on Route 87 just east of Munn Road in Newbury Township, according to an OHP news release. The vehicles involved were a 2000 Ford F-650 armored car owned by Garda CL Great Lakes and driven by Phillips and a 2004 International dump truck driven by Andrew Housholder, 37, of Roaming Shores.
Both vehicles had one passenger. Delano Harris, 35, of Euclid, was riding in the armored car, and Charles Rohr, 24, of Chardon, was in the dump truck.
Housholder, Rohr and Phillips were taken to Hillcrest Hospital with serious injuries. Harris was taken to Geauga Hospital with minor injuries.
According to police, the armored car was traveling east on Route 87 when it lost control on the wet roadway, crossed the center line and struck the dump truck, which was traveling west on Route 87.
Forced off the road by the collision, the truck spilled its load of gravel. Spilled diesel fuel caught fire from the crash, but was extinguished by two employees from a local business, Dave Kelly and Danny Dick. The business was not identified.
None of the injuries were burns as a result of the fire, according to the release.
Speeding on the part of Phillips was the cause of the accident according to OHP.
Phillips cause of death is still pending according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Security Officer Hit by Car Dies



GUAM Oct 12 2014 A US citizen working security for a government contract has died after being struck by a motor vehicle that was trying to flee the property.
Authorities say that there was some type of incident, possibly a theft or a burglary when the security officer attempted to stop the driver from leaving. The driver was eventually stopped by police away from the scene.
The name of the security officer has not yet been released.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Natividad Medical Center -Monterey County


SALINAS CA Oct 11 2014  The families of two women who were run over in front of Natividad Medical Center in 2013 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against several parties.
The civil lawsuit, filed in mid-September, targets the State of California, Monterey County, the hospital and several of its employees, as well as Francisco Miranda, who is accused of being the man behind the wheel of the car that hit and killed Cynthia Lane, 57, and Linda Rascon Williams, 24.
Jim Pocrass of Pocrass & De Los Reyes LLP who represents some of Lane’s children and Williams’ mother in the lawsuit said the case is about people who are “mentally ill” and not being given the proper treatment.
The hospital’s “negligent acts include but are not limited to improperly discharging” Lane, who arrived at the hospital intoxicated about three hours prior to being discharged, according to the complaint.
Pocrass said Lane had a history of mental illness and was discharged by a nurse, Maria Jimenez, who did not have the authority to do so.
After being released, she went outside to flag down a car to get a ride home, but collapsed in the street.
Williams, who was a security guard at the hospital witnessed Lane’s fall outside of the hospital and tried to help her. That’s when the car driven by Miranda hit and killed both of them, police said.
Because Williams and Lane died in a public street and the hospital is considered a government entity, the complaint is holding the City of Salinas, the county and the state accountable, Pocrass said.
The families representation claim Lane and Williams would not have been run over if the defendants would’ve “properly discharged” Lane.
After the crash, police said Miranda left the scene, but returned shortly after in a car allegedly smelling of marijuana.
In addition to being named in the lawsuit, Miranda faces 34 years to life in prison if convicted of second degree murder and other charges related to this case. He also had two driving under the influence convictions earlier in 2013.
“Williams’ mother has been to every single hearing,” Pocrass said.
Miranda’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
The families also named Eugene Rodriguez, Lane’s son, and David Williams, Williams’ father, in the complaint. Pocrass said they were named not because the families want to sue them, but because they haven’t contacted Pocrass and the law requires them to be present in court because they have been involved in the case in the past.
Although the exact compensation in damages the family seeks is unknown, they are asking for funeral and burial expenses, attorney’s fees, “financial support in the future” and further compensation the “court may deem just.”
“We can’t evaluate the price on their lives at this point,” Pocrass said.
He said all the defendants have yet to respond to the complaint and have until Oct. 19 to file a written response in court.
A case progress conference has been scheduled for March, 24, 2015 at the Monterey County Superior Court, where a date for trial will likely be set.

Washington University security officer collapes-dies on campus


St. Louis MO Oct 10 2014 A Washington University security officer passed away Saturday night while on duty after collapsing on campus.

Henry F. Bollinger, also known as “Hank the Barracuda”, had responded to the Theta Xi fraternity house on the Washington University campus when he experienced a medical emergency.

St. Louis County paramedics administered CPR to Bollinger, who was transported to St. Mary’s from campus, according to Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Jill Friedman.

Bollinger was employed by B&D Security. The cause of death has not been released.

Reward offered in murder of Los Angeles security officer


Los Angeles CA Oct 7 2014 Officials on Monday announced a $30,000 reward in the shooting death of an off-duty security officer for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department who was killed in July after dropping off his son at a relative’s home.
Los Angeles police officers responded to the 1000 block of West 76th Street in Vermont Knolls about 8:30 p.m. on July 29 and found Calvin Eugene Gray, 33, in the driver’s seat of his dark-colored SUV with multiple gunshot wounds. Gray had just picked up his 8-year-old son from a basketball game and was dropping off the child at a relative’s home. He died at the scene.
Police said that at least two people in a vehicle pulled up and a passenger opened fire. Detectives, though, still have no description of the vehicle or shooter.
“This is one of the crimes where we need the public’s help,” said LAPD Det. Tim Marcia at a news conference Monday.
Though residents in the neighborhood have been cooperative, police said they still need more information.
“There was nobody out on the street,” Marcia said. “When they heard the gunfire, they sought cover.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also encouraged the public to speak up.
“The public can make a difference,” he said. “The fact of the matter is, somebody knows something.”
Gray, who had worked for the sheriff’s department since 2010, was a security officer with the County Services Bureau. He was ethical and hard-working, said Richard Barrantes, an assistant sheriff of Countywide Services.
“He was recognized as a professional,” Barrantes said.
Gray’s mother, Margaret Gray, held up a photo of her son at the news conference. Calvin Gray’s 8-year-old son wore a T-shirt that read “RIP Daddy.”
“All the people who came into contact with him loved him,” Margaret Gray said.
Her son, whose was just days from turning 34 when he was killed, volunteered monthly with his church to feed the homeless on skid row.
“He loved to help people,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division at (213) 486-6890. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

Chicago security officer gunned down-weapon stolen


CHICAGO IL Oct 4 2014  A security officer was shot to death Thursday morning and his firearm stolen as he arrived home from his shift.
Police believe that the guard was targeted and possibly followed home.
Raymond Murray, 25, was as a “computer geek,” a music lover and a family man, his uncle said and he attended college on a music scholarship before returning home to tend for his mother.
“He was artsy, and really goofy,” said Taron Cain, Murray’s cousin. “He had a huge personality.” After graduating high school, Murray attended Saint Augustine University in Raleigh, N.C. for two years on a band scholarship, playing the trombone. He returned to Chicago to take care of his mother, who suffered from a seizure disorder, his uncle said.
“He loved his mother and wanted to make sure she was taken care of,” Muhammad said.
“He was always home. Even when he would hang out with friends, they would come over to his place.
” Three years ago, Murray received certification to be an armed security guard and had been working as an armed guard at a Chicago Housing Authority complex, his uncle added. Murray was gunned down outside his apartment on the 7700 block of South Jeffery Boulevard early Thursday as he returned home from work. His firearm was stolen and the killers fled.
About 3:25 a.m., Murray was standing on the 7800 block of South Jeffery when someone in a dark-colored car opened fire, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a Chicago Police spokeswoman. “He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one is in custody,” Sedevic said. His uncle said he was missing a wallet, a phone and his licensed handgun. “He didn’t have any problems with anyone, no prior records, nothing,” Muhammad said. “He didn’t bother anyone.” “He wasn’t about the gangs. This is just another senseless killing,” Cain said. “He was a free spirit. Loved his family and enjoyed life. He just wanted to take care of his mother,” Muhammad said.

Salinas man pleads guilty to murder for stabbing death of security guard


SALINAS, Calif. – Oct 3 2014
A 23-year-old Salinas man has pleaded guilty to murder for stabbing a security guard to death.
Richard Gutierrez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday and is expected to be sentenced to 26 years to life.
Gutierrez entered the 99 Cent Store on Laurel Drive in Salinas on Aug. 1, 2013 and confronted Victor Sosa, who was working as a security guard. Gutierrez attacked and stabbed Sosa repeatedly. Customers tried to help the victim by throwing canned goods at the attacker.
Gutierrez ran out of the store, and was immediately arrested.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 19, according to Monterey County prosecutors.

Man charged in fatal accident at Naval Station Newport


NEWPORT, R.I. – Oct 2 2014
A man has been indicted by a federal grand jury after he struck and killed a security officer at Naval Station Newport.
Alan Bradley, 53, of Middletown was charged with reckless driving, death resulting.
Authorities say Bradley, who was also a Navy employee, was driving a government vehicle when he struck and killed 70-year-old Frank Lema on Sept. 26, 2013.
Lema had worked for 21 years in the base’s security office. He was a retired Middletown police captain.
If convicted, Bradley could be sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison.



DALLAS TX Oct 1 2014 Police were looking for several suspects after a security guard was shot to death early Tuesday during a convenience store robbery in Dallas, after which the attackers escaped in two separate vehicles, authorities said.

Officer Kevin Wetherington says officers responded to the shooting call at a store in a strip mall.

Authorities did not immediately say who called to report the shooting. Investigators say several robbers confronted the guard and two clerks before the deadly shooting. The guard was taken to a Dallas hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His name was released late Tuesday and he has been identified as 37 yr old Rodney Rone. Further details weren’t immediately available. 

CBS Corp ordered to pay $10 million in death of security officer on set of NCIS


Los Angeles CA Oct 1 2014 CBS Corp. was ordered Tuesday to collectively pay $10 million in damages to the widow and three daughters of a security guard killed in a freak accident near the set of “NCIS” in Santa Clarita three years ago.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury of seven women and five men deliberated for a little more than half a day before finding in favor of the family members of 52-year-old Julio Villamariona, who was killed on Feb. 9, 2011. The panel awarded $4 million to his widow, Zoila Villamariona, and $2 million to each of his offspring.
The plaintiffs showed little reaction as the verdict was read. Outside the courtroom, they said they continue to grieve over the death of their father.
“No one will understand the emptiness we feel,” said 29-year-old Yasmin Garcia, the second oldest of Villamariona’s children.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Brian Panish had recommended a total award of up to $30 million. He said his clients accept the verdict and are happy to achieve a resolution of their case.
CBS attorney Dana Alden Fox said in his final argument Monday that the plaintiffs were deserving of damages, but not as much as Panish sought on their behalf. He said jurors should award $1 million to the widow and $500,000 each to the daughters.
Villamariona was in a “base camp” parking lot for the television show when he was hit by a 15-passenger 2006 Ford E-350 van driven by CBS employee Ralph Blunt, who was shuttling actors and crew members from the parking lot to the “NCIS” set.
Blunt, then 60, passed out and lost control of the vehicle, which hit Villamariona, a tree and finally two parked cars at the bottom of an embankment. The longtime Reseda resident died in an ambulance en route to a hospital.
Zoila Villamariona, 55, and her daughters — Garcia, Marcela Villamariona, 33, and Ivania Villamariona, 27 — sued CBS Corp. and Blunt in July 2012.
Both sides agreed before trial that Blunt was negligent and that the plaintiffs were entitled to $450,000 in lost income. The trial was held to determine their loss of relationship damages, including the guidance and companionship Villamariona provided to his wife and daughters.

Service honors fallen private officers


Mt. Juliet TN Sept 29 2014 There are 1.2 million private security officers in the U.S. On Wednesday, Private Officer International held a memorial service to honor those officers “who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
Rob Cesternino, who owns Calvary Security Services, said from the latest report from Private Officer International, which lists statistics from 2012, there were 112 deaths in the industry.
“Of those deaths, 65 were from gunshot wounds, 14 were traumatic injuries and nine were stabbings,” Cesternino said.
He said throughout the country there are varying levels of training to become a security officer, and that in many states, security officers can be commissioned as deputy sheriffs, including Tennessee.
“In some states, only four hours of training are required to obtain a security officer certification,” Cesternino said.
He said there are also many states in which there is no continuing education requirement. That same private officer can work for 10 years with the original four hours of training for certification.
State Rep. Susan Lynn spoke of her family’s connection to the private security officer industry. Both her grandfather and great-uncle lost their lives while performing their duties.
“My family is very aware of how dangerous this job is,” she said. “We want to thank you for the risks you take everyday.”
She and Rep. Mark Pody presented a proclamation in honor of Private Officer International Memorial Week. Lynn said the pair works on legislation to aid security officers.
Private Officer International Founder Rick McCann said the memorials have been held for the last five years. POI was founded in 2004 and McCann said since that time 1,587 security officers were killed in the line of duty.
“Many private security officers and private law enforcement officers are the true first responders,” McCann said. “Often they are first on the scene and have apprehended and detained suspects before others arrive.”
He said he could tell “countless stories” of security officers killed in the line of duty.
The service concluded with a reading of the names of those who lost their lives on the job in the last year.
Lebanon Demorcrat

Baltimore nightclub security guard stabbed to death


 — Baltimore police say that thy have made an arrest in the week-end slaying of a nightclub security guard.
The man accused in the fatal stabbing at a popular music venue got involved in a fight after two bouncers threw another person out of the club.
Thirty-five-year-old Thomas Malenski was fatally stabbed early Friday morning outside the Ottobar, where he worked.
Another security guard was stabbed and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police arrested 32-year-old Nicholas Heath on Saturday.
Police say in charging documents that Heath admitted his involvement in the slaying.
He’s been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
According to charging documents, Malenski and the other bouncer had to escort a person out of the Ottobar.
Police say Heath attacked them while they were performing those duties.
Heath lives in Parkville. He was arrested at a home in Woodstock, in Howard County.

Mount Vernon security guard face life in prison for murder of co-worker


Dontan Jenkins, 32, could face life in prison after being charged in murder of his co-worker in Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Sept 26 2014 – Dontan Jenkins, the Mount Vernon security guard who allegedly shot and killed his Levister Towers co-worker in July, could face life in prison after being arraigned on murder charges.
According to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Jenkins, 32, is facing life in prison after he deliberately shot his 47-year-old co-worker, Richard Brown. He was charged with felony counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Jenkins is a licensed security guard supervisor for the company that protects the Levister Towers apartment complex. Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on July 21, he approached Brown, who was in the security guard booth at the complex. Jenkins then allegedly fired three shots through the Plexiglas window that would prove to be fatal.
Brown, who had only been employed by the security company for 10 days, had had a pair of altercations with Jenkins, including one the day before he was killed, according to the DA’s office. The Mount Vernon Police Department initiated an investigation and quickly arrested Jenkins.
Jenkins was remanded to Westchester County Jail in Valhalla. He is due back in court on Monday, Dec. 22. Senior District Attorney Paula Branca-Santos of the Superior Court Trial Division has been tabbed to investigate the case.


MIAMI FL Sept 9 2014  Police are investigating the shooting death of a security officer found shot to death in his vehicle.

According to officials, Juan Marimon, 52, was found shot multiple times at 3:45 a.m. at N.E. 6 Avenue & 129 Street.

The body of the man was found in a grocery store parking lot across from an apartment complex where he was a security guard.

Officials believe the shooting took place at the apartment complex and the man possibly tried to drive to a hospital, but could not make it there.

A resident, only identified as Don, at the complex said the building security guard for the complex is the man who was shot.

“I couldn’t believe he got shot,” said Don. “You’re being paid to secure the building and you’re shot and killed.”

Blood stains could be seen at the entrance of the apartment building Sunday afternoon.

Police said the security officer likely tried to drive himself from the building to the parking lot at the Publix across the street.

“It’s a parking lot that’s lit and it’s possible that he thought someone might have been working at that Publix,” said Major Neal Cuevas with the North Miami Police Department.

Witnesses in the area of the shooting said they heard three to four gunshots.

Anyone with information about the crime can call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.

Greenville SC shooting rampage leaves 4 dead, police officer injured


Sept 3 2014 — The gunman who opened fire on a law enforcement center died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing two security guards and his stepfather in a shooting rampage spanning four days, officials in Greenville County said Tuesday.
Greenville Interim Police Chief Mike Gambrell and Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis gave details of the shootings at a news conference.
Area media outlets reported Coroner Parks Evans said Evan Casey Bennett, 23, died of a gunshot wound to the head Monday, moments after he shot a Greenville police officer three times. The officer underwent surgery, and his condition wasn’t known Tuesday night.
Gambrell said Bennett came to the law enforcement center wearing a tactical vest and camouflage pants and carrying a knife. Authorities say he shot out windows at the center before shooting the officer, who officials said had responded to calls for backup.
Loftis confirmed that Bennett was involved in the deaths of two security guards at a plant that was no longer in operation.
Officials said Bobby Wayne Wood, 65, and Richard Thomas Ellison, 53, were found shot to death by a newspaper carrier outside the guardhouse of the vacant plant Friday morning. Authorities think the men were killed late Thursday at the time of their shift change since only one of them is usually on duty.
Loftis described the shootings as a” senseless thrill killing.”
Gambrel said Bennett shot and killed his stepfather, Gregory Thomas Jones, after an argument at their home on Monday.

The State

2 SC Security Officers Found Murdered


GREENVILLE, S.C.  Aug 30 2014—Two South Carolina security officers have been found murdered in the parking lot of a vacant textile plant that they were guarding.

The coroner, late Friday has released the names of the security officers who were both murdered, but the exact method of death is not being released. Initially reports were that it was a shooting, but the coroner has not yet confirmed that. Both men have multiple injuries, according to the coroner.

Bobby Wayne Wood, 65, of Pelzer, and Richard Thomas Ellison, 53, Greenville, were found dead early Friday morning at vacant Hollingsworth textile plant on Laurens Road near Millennium Boulevard.

Deputy Jonathan Smith said the bodies were found at about 3:30 a.m. by a woman who was delivering newspapers and saw the two bodies at the Hollingsworth property on Laurens Road near Millennium Boulevard.

Smith said the victims’ bodies were outside the guard station at the gate of the plant.

By 10 a.m., multiple K-9 units were at the scene. Smith said the dogs are being used to help search the 60-acre property and multiple buildings to help deputies gather any possible evidence. At about 11:45 a.m., there was also a police helicopter over the location.

The plant, which manufactured textile machinery, closed in December 2009. The property is privately owned and guarded 24 hours a day by two security guards.

When asked if the community should be concerned about a shooter, Smith said, “We understand the concern since there is no suspect information.” He said people should “be aware” and that if anyone saw anything unusual during the early morning hours or overnight at the plant, they should call 23-CRIME.

News 4 was not able to get in touch with Ellison’s family, but we did speak to Wood’s daughter, Tricia Graettinger. She said, “My daddy was a Vietnam veteran. He was a very humble man and a good father. And we will miss him.” Graettinger said the family has a lot of questions.

“I don’t understand it. I don’t know why anyone would hurt him. I don’t know what the motive is,” said Graettinger.

Smith said it was not immediately known if the guards who work at the property were armed or unarmed.

Smith said the shooting may have happened during a shift change.

He said once the coroner determines the time of death, investigators will backtrack to determine the events leading up to the shooting.

Coal mine security companies must create call-in system after guard’s death



Charleston WV Aug 24 2014
State inspectors have told a coal-mine security company to create a check-in system for its guards following the April drowning of a security supervisor at a Kanawha County coal-loading dock.
The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training told Allied Barton Security to revise its comprehensive safety program to institute the mandatory check-in program so that management communicates with all guards at the beginning of their shifts, mid-way through their shifts, and any other time deemed necessary.
Eugene White, director of the office, said the move was intended to ensure the safety of coal industry security guards who often “sit somewhere in the mountains by themselves for hours” and to “make sure we don’t have a problem.”
The move by state mine inspectors was announced Thursday when White’s staff presented to the Board of Coal Mine Health and Safety a report on a death of one of Allied Barton’s security guards.
The body of Tommy E. Reynolds, 58, of Powellton, was discovered in a sediment control pond early on the morning of April 18 at the Law River Co.’s LLC’s Crown Hill Dock facility near Hansford.Investigators believe that Reynolds drove his pickup truck onto the top of a sediment pond berm, where it became stranded, according to a report made public at the board meeting.“Based on evidence obtained and observations made during the investigation, Mr. Reynolds exited the stranded vehicle and fell into the sediment pond located on the left side of the truck and drowned,” the report said.
Reynolds had reported to work at about 4:30 p.m. on April 17 and was not heard from until his body was found at about 5:20 a.m. on April 18, the state report said.The report said that the Medical Examiner found that Reynolds had a blood alcohol content of 0.27 percent at the time of this death. Investigators found an empty whiskey bottle in the cab of the truck, the report said.State inspector McKennis Browning told board members that Allied Barton was cited by the state for not having a drug- and alcohol-testing program in place at the time of the incident.
The state’s report did not mention that citation.White, the state mine safety director, said that there are about two dozen mine security firms operating in West Virginia. They employ about 1,800 people, White said. Most of them have drug- and alcohol-testing programs in place, White said.Browning said that Allied Barton was “one of those contractors that just fell through the cracks.”
Also Thursday, mine safety board member Ted Hapney, a United Mine Workers representative, urged the board to not finalize its own review of a November 2012 death at a CONSOL Energy coal-slurry impoundment in Marion County without first getting a report from the state Department of Environmental Protection on its examination of the site.
White had told board members that state mine safety officials have no regulations that govern impoundments, saying such issues are left to DEP and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.Board member Terry Hudson said he wasn’t sure why the board should wait to hear from DEP if the state mine safety office has no rules on impoundments.
Hudson said the incident was “truly the bailiwick” of DEP and MSHA, and not the board.Hapney said he wanted to hear from DEP so the board could see if there were any new safety measures that could be adopted based on what happened at the CONSOL site.Under state law, the board is charged with reviewing reports on fatal mining accidents and determining if new rules “are necessary to prevent the recurrence of such” fatalities. – See more at: