Thursday, May 22, 2008

SUV Stolen While FF Responds to Call!


This is pretty low! Unfortunately they will probably never catch the thief! Granted he left the keys in it which is stupid but to steal a car from the firehouse lot is pretty low.

SUV stolen while Lewes man fights fire
The News Journal * May 22, 2008

A Lewes volunteer firefighter who left his SUV in the parking lot of the Lewes Fire Company while he responded to a fire returned to the station early this morning to find that the vehicle had been stolen, state police said.

The 46-year-old firefighter reported to the station at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and left his blue 1999 Ford Explorer in the parking lot with the keys inside, said state police spokesman Sgt. Joshua Bushweller.

He responded to a reported structure fire on Coastal Highway, and when he returned at about 12:30 a.m., the vehicle was missing.

State police canvassed the area for the vehicle, and a trooper traveling west on Del. 9 near the Sussex East Mobile Home Park spotted a blue Ford Explorer at about 1:30 a.m., Bushweller said.

The Explorer entered the mobile home park, and the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled into a wooded area, Bushweller said.

Police, including a K-9 unit, were unable to find the suspect, he said.

The vehicle was confirmed to be the stolen 1999 Ford Explorer and turned over to its owner, Bushweller said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call investigators at 644-5020 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

FW:

I flew to and from Afghanistan & worked a bit with folks from this unit.
They are a top notch group of people. This is an interesting story about
their training to rescue shuttle astronauts.

http://www.wgal.com/video/16346291/index.html

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Adventerous or Nuts?!?

Maybe I don't have an adventureous spirit or something but I found this on craigslist and it seems nutso to me!

I'm going on a cross country road trip mid july starting from Philly!!

anyone looking to get around the country at the end of the summer?? I'm leaving from philly mid-july heading up through the midwest, over to cali, then down south across the bottom of the country then back up the east coast...a big square...the entire trip will be about a month and a half...if anyone needs a ride anywhere around there write me an email....just lookin for some gas money to chip in if you come along



Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Trucking Company Closes - A Sign of the Times!

This isn't a good sign at all. I think it is however the first of many and a sign of things to come.

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DELANCO, N.J. - May 19, 2008 (WPVI) -- A New Jersey trucking company is going out of business.
Jevic Transportation Trucking Company, based in Delanco, Burlington County is closing the doors, and laying-off 1,500 workers. Last year, Jevic had revenues of $350 million, but now the company's chief executive officer says soaring prices for diesel fuel are just too much to bear.

Jevic has been in business for 27 years. Employees like Edwin Arvelo worry where they'll go next. He's spent more than 10 years at Jevic. He was hoping that his job would be secure, even with the recent financial strain. "I figured I'd retire here, like everyone else," Arvelo said.

Employees found out just this morning that today would be their last day, and there are no severance packages.
"They took away bonuses, they took away this, they took away that, we were getting 'hold on', and we held on, and now we're getting no health care or life insurance from this day on," said Arvelo.

David Hardy said he enjoyed his 5 years at Jevic. "It's good place to work for, I just don't like how it came to an end."

Jevic says right now the whole trucking industry is struggling. "I think it's an economic perfect storm, rising fuel prices each week, we all know they're going up, and people aren't shipping as much as before. At lot of different factors went into this," said Peter Robinson, Vice President of Marketing.

Since going private 2 years ago, the company says it re-structured to improve costs. Jevic had the largest fleet of heated trailers in the country, which helped protect certain freight. But the company says even its good reputation and history couldn't save it.

Robinson said CEO Dave Gorman did what we could, to try to keep the company afloat. "We knew that he was probably fighting until the last possible moment, to try to bring something together."

Jevic will keep a handful of employees working for the next two months or so, in order to honor existing contracts.
(Copyright (c)2008 WPVI-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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Friday, May 16, 2008

This is a bit harsh for $69!
Pa. woman gets jail for Cub Scout scam involving son
Associated Press * May 16, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - A former Bethlehem woman will serve up to 23 months in prison for having her 7-year-old son dress as a Cub Scout to collect money for a nonexistent cause.

Fifty-one-year-old Sally Ann Gombocz told a Northampton County judge she wanted to apologize to anyone she hurt. She previously pleaded guilty to theft by deception and corruption of a minor.

Gombocz had her son dress as a scout in 2003 and tell people he was raising money for a camping trip. A prosecutor says the family collected $69.

Gombocz was sentenced Friday to six to 23 months in the county jail. She also was fined $2,000, ordered to perform community service, take parenting classes, have psychological counseling and submit to random urine screens. She also must pay restitution.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Today's News!

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=6143092

This is a mess, middle school kids sending nude photos to their boyfriend! What have we become?

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=6144226

Reports indicate that this may have been intentional damage to 2 CH-47 helos. These are the work horses of that war transporting troops throught Iraq & Afghanistan. If it is I hope they catch the SOB! It's a shame that someone working in the defense industry would do something like this. I guess it's one more example that we are a military at war & not a country at war.

http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080515_Beetlemania__Giant_bugs_cause_quite_a_stir.html
Wonder if the custom's guys drew straws or went by senority on who would open the box!

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080515/NEWS/80515031/-1/updates
I Hope they catch these idiots and throw the book at them. Setting fire to an occupied home is attempted murder!

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080515/NEWS/80515022/-1/updates
Lastly please pause today and remember those who have given their lives in defense of the thin blue line.


Also, Happy Anniversary to my sweet and loving wife who has put up with me for 13 years of marriage and almost 18 years together.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Giant Bettles Seized!

Eww. I guess somebody planned on having these for dinner or something!

PHILADELPHIA - Customs agents seized more than two dozen potentially harmful giant beetles - some the size of a child's hand - from a package after postal workers heard the insects making scratching noises.

The large bugs arrived last week from Taiwan at a postal facility in Mohnton, about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, in a box whose contents were labeled as toys, gifts and jellies, authorities said Wednesday.

But the postmaster suspected the box contained live organisms and notified authorities, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The package was sent to Philadelphia, where it was X-rayed and then opened.

"The specimens were some of the largest of their kind, and some of the largest I've ever seen, averaging five to six inches in diameter," said John Plummer, an agency agriculture specialist, said in a statement Wednesday. "They are highly destructive insect pests that can cause extensive damage to fruit and vegetable crops, trees, shrubs and turf grasses."

In all, authorities found 26 Hercules, Rhinoceros and Goliath beetles. It is illegal to ship live beetles into the United States without a permit from the Department of Agriculture.

It was not immediately clear if any charges were expected to be filed. A call to the customs agency was not immediately returned.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Idiot of the Week Award Winner!

I got this from http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080513/NEWS/80513049. I think he either needs new glasses or to lose his license!

A 70-year-old New Jersey man was cited Monday afternoon after he allegedly made an illegal U-turn onto northbound I-95 and plowed into the side of a trooper's patrol car.

The driver, Lugene Smith, of Pleasantville, was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Whitmarsh said a trooper in a fully marked 2008 Ford Crown Victoria was driving north on I-95 in the left lane approaching the service area at about 3:26 p.m. when Smith, who was traveling in the left lane of southbound I-95, disregarded a posted sign and drove through a paved crossover "Marked For Emergency Vehicles Only."

Whitmarsh said the Ford Explorer that Smith was operating drove directly into the side of the trooper's car.

Both vehicles then pulled off to the right shoulder, where Smith was cited.


Thursday, May 01, 2008

Fuel or Food

Yesterday my local paper had the headline Fuel or Food! I guess it really has come to that as gas prices climb toward $4 a gallon here. Last night I paid $3.55 a gallon which is crazy. I am not sure how people will continue to live with the current economy. The price of oil drives up transportation costs which in turn drive up food costs, even ground beef is going for $2.49 a pound on sale and that's for the fatty stuff. Most meat is over $3.00 a lb and even fruit is over the top. The only thing that hasn't gone up by a large amount over the last year is peoples pay checks!

The price of electricity is expected to steadily rise as we enter summer and everyone uses their air conditioning. The cost of heating oil is over $3.50 a gallon which means to fill my 2 tanks which if I keep the house at 60 to 62 all day and all night might last me most of the winter will cost me nearly 2 grand! The government will give us various a "free" check but that will be a drop in the bucket! I don't do bad salary wise but really wonder how far it will continue to stretch as the cost of everything climbs higher and higher. Where will it all end?