December 19, 2011
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder is getting ready to sign bills aimed at saving Michigan employers money on unemployment insurance and worker's compensation benefits. He plans to sign the bills at a 3:05 p.m. Monday news conference. The bills would further limit the ability of a person who was fired for cause or who may have left a job voluntarily from collecting jobless benefits. They would require some unemployed workers to take jobs after 10 weeks of benefits even if the jobs are outside the unemployed worker's previous experience or pay lower wages.
December 10, 2010
DETROIT (AP) — The death of a 67-year-old Detroit Burger King customer who police say fell and later died after being punched by a 20-year-old employee has been ruled a homicide. Wayne County medical examiner's office spokesman Dennis Niemiec says an autopsy conducted Friday determined that Paul Cannon died from blunt force trauma to the head. Niemiec says the man's dentures were "not an issue" in the death. An earlier report said the punch may have caused the older man to choke on his dentures.
June 16, 2011
DEMOTTE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana highway worker has died after a co-worker backed a dump truck over him. Indiana State Police say 54-year-old Tony Northcutt of Rensselaer died Thursday on U.S. 231 in Jasper County. They say he was sealing cracks in the roadway when a dump truck driven by 50-year-old Micheal Hatch backed over him. Hatch told investigators he had looked into mirrors and did not see Northcutt behind him. Northcutt was pronounced dead at St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point.
April 16, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police say a highway worker was killed when an excavator backed into him while placing concrete barriers in an Interstate 465 construction zone on the northeast side of Indianapolis. State police Sgt. Ray Poole says the excavator pinned the construction worker between the vehicle and the concrete barriers and ran over him while crews were working Monday morning at I-465 and Allisonville Road. Poole says no highway traffic was involved in the accident.
October 4, 2011
CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) - Authorities will take three days off a New Jersey inmate's sentence after he rescued an animal shelter worker from a pit bull attack. Justin Peggs was working off a 45-day sentence for assault at the Cape May County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in Middle Township when the dog sank its teeth into Kathleen James' thigh. James told The Press of Atlantic City ( http://bit.ly/nWEeCB ) the 22-year-old inmate heard her cries and jumped on the dog, holding it down until the staff could subdue it. James needed stitches and the dog was euthanized.
July 5, 2011
SAND LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a carnival worker has died while taking down a 60-foot-high ride in southwestern Michigan following a Independence Day weekend festival. WOOD-TV and The Grand Rapids Press report the man died early Tuesday and police believe he was electrocuted while dismantling the ride in Sand Lake. The roller coaster-style ride, called the Fireball, sends passengers upside down on a circular track. McDonagh Amusements owner Tom McDonagh says the man, who was from Jackson, died after touching power line.
January 22, 2013
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A northeastern Indiana fire official says a steel plant worker in Fort Wayne was severely injured when his armed was crushed in a machine press. Deputy Fort Wayne Fire Chief Mark Nelson says the man's arm became caught Monday morning in the press at the Valbruna Slater Stainless plant. He tells The Journal Gazette ( http://bit.ly/VOSwxW ) the man's arm was nearly amputated by the machine and he may lose his arm. When medics and firefighters arrived at the plant the man had been freed from the press, but his clothing was still tangled in the machinery.
May 24, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted two former Indiana welfare workers and a current one for stealing $191,000 in food stamps and other benefits with bogus electronic benefit cards. U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said Tuesday the three created 126 benefit cards in the names of welfare clients and used them to withdraw money at bank machines, buy retail goods and sell them from 2008 until April 2010. One of the three, Timberly Snyder, coordinated the electronic benefits program in the central office of the Family and Social Services Administration until leaving her job about a year ago, about the same time that Indianapolis case worker Robert Edwards left his job. The third person, Adina Lopez, is still an Indianapolis case worker.
August 9, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City hospital worker who admitted embezzling $1.2 million from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center by ordering printer toner, stealing it and then reselling it has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison. In a deal with prosecutors, Marque Gumbs pleaded guilty in July to grand larceny. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors recommended a sentence of 2 ½ to 7 ½ years in state prison. Gumbs could have received up to 25 years in prison if he'd been convicted at trial.
February 8, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A former restaurant worker is accused of telling a customer that he had to take his service dog out of a Grand Rapids-area eatery. The Grand Rapids Press reports ( http://bit.ly/zo7oiC ) that 20-year-old Nataly Bucio was arraigned Wednesday in Kent County District Court on a misdemeanor charge of denying service to Frank Eckl. He says his dog is equipped with a jacket containing medication for a disability stemming from his time in the Air Force during the Persian Gulf War. Bucio's attorney says his client hopes to work out a deal with prosecutors but is prepared to fight the accusation.