TAMPA — The warning alarm and white reverse lights on a city garbage truck that backed over and killed a woman on Davis Islands in June were not working when tested after the collision, newly released records show.The details are part of a 78-page Tampa police report released to the Tampa Bay Times on Friday. The report sheds new light on what happened in the moments before Truck No. 6181 backed over 65- year-old Marcia Woodside Rivers on June 26.The 2012 Peterbilt is equipped with a beeping alarm designed to alert pedestrians that the truck is in reverse, but Tampa police investigators who tested the truck after driver Jarvis H. Mercer backed out of an alley that sunny morning noted the alarm didn’t sound, the report shows.The truck’s backup camera was working during the on-scene test, according to the report, but Mercer, 49, told investigators that he was keeping a closer eye on his side mirrors as he reversed out of the narrow alley to avoid hitting the building. … [Read more...] about Backup alarm, reverse lights were not working on garbage truck that killed Davis Islands woman, police confirm
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Julianne Stanford, The Kitsap Sun Updated 3:02 am CDT, Sunday, July 8, 2018 KEYPORT, Wash. (AP) — For the past 100 years, Keyport has been home to one of Navy's primary efforts to research, develop and test torpedoes, which earned the small, waterfront community the moniker of "Torpedo Town, U.S.A." Now, Keyport's Naval Undersea Warfare Center is becoming the modern testing ground for a new type of technology that silently operates in the depths — unmanned undersea vehicles, which are known as UUVs. Those unmanned undersea vehicles are essentially "pre-programmed, small submarines," said Cmdr. Scott Smith, commanding officer of the Navy's newly formed Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1. MySA News Videos Now Playing: Now Playing Female passenger cut out from vehicle in critical after rollover Saturday 21 Pro Video Man fatally struck by vehicle while crossing U.S. 181 San Antonio Express-News MAGA hat-wearing teen gets soda thrown in … [Read more...] about Washington key testing ground for Navy’s underwater drones
Three men accused of driving under the influence in Lisle also face several other charges ranging from endangering a child to using a cellphone while driving and causing a crash, authorities said Monday. The charges stem from three cases between 4 a.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Monday. The first came when officers responded to a three-car crash about 4 a.m. Saturday on Route 53 at Southport Avenue.Deputy Chief Ron Wilke said Chi Wai Chan, 29, of the 4500 block of Beau Monde Drive in Lisle, is accused of using his cellphone while driving his 2009 Honda Accord north on Route 53 and rear-ending a vehicle that was stopped at Southport. That vehicle was pushed into the car in front of it. All three reported "extensive damage," but no one was injured.Chan failed a field sobriety test, and officers found open alcohol in his car, Wilke said. He has been charged with DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol, illegal use of an electronic communication device and failure to reduce speed to avoid … [Read more...] about Lisle police charge 3 men with DUI
As expected, the quiet cacophony began just after 10 a.m. Thursday. Phones, possibly millions of them across 20 Washington-area jurisdictions, beeped and buzzed in response to an emergency alert test issued by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system was meant to reach all cellphones in the region between 10 and 11 a.m. An estimated 5.2 million people were in the area that the alert was supposed to reach. It was not immediately clear how successful the exercise was. Sulayman Brown, Fairfax County’s assistant coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management and project manager for Thursday’s exercise, said the alert itself was only the first step. “Now we need people to take our survey and answer some questions,” Brown said of a questionnaire being sent to community alert networks. “That will give us some good data to look at.” Thursday’s test was the first of its kind in the … [Read more...] about In first test of D.C. area emergency alert system, some phones beeped and buzzed. Others stayed silent.
It’s been two years since SAPD started using body cameras. Are they working? By Emilie Eaton February 19, 2018 Updated: February 19, 2018 7:39pm Photo: Ron Cortes /For The San Antonio Express-News Image 1of/7 CaptionClose Image 1 of 7 Officer Joel Zulaica talks with other police officers in December 2016. He wears a body camera. Officer Joel Zulaica talks with other police officers in December 2016. He wears a body camera. Photo: Ron Cortes /For The San Antonio Express-News Image 2 of 7 A police officer wearing a body camera leads a capital murder suspect to jail. An officer is not required to record at headquarters or other facilities that have video surveillance. A police officer wearing a body camera leads a capital murder suspect to jail. An officer is not required to record at headquarters or other facilities that have … [Read more...] about It’s been two years since SAPD started using body cameras. Are they working?