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Trucker and beer load go missing. Cops find load, but not driver.

The LAPD wants to know why the truck driver picked up a load of beer but failed to deliver it.

Los Angeles police are asking the public for help locating a truck driver who went missing along with a truckload of beer last week.

On Friday, November 30, a Turlock-based delivery company contacted the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) about a missing truckload of kegs of beer.

The delivery company told the LAPD that they hired truck driver Jose Jesus Rodriguez to pick up a load of beer kegs in Van Nuys. The LAPD says that Rodriguez “completed the pick-up of the beer, and never completed the delivery. Over the weekend the owner had numerous text messages sent by Rodriguez, but the semi-truck was still missing.”

Late in the day on Sunday, police were able to track down the truck in the West San Fernando Valley. The beer kegs were still inside the truck, but Rodriguez was nowhere to be found.

Police are attempting to locate Rodriguez to speak with him about the incident.

Rodriguez is described as a Hispanic man who is 5’7″ weighing 200 pounds. He has black hair and hazel eyes.

If you know anything about the incident, you’re asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department hotline at 877-527-3247.

 

Trucker sentenced for using spy tools to help spy tools cheat on CDL tests

Most of the students didn’t speak English well enough to pass the CDL tests.

A New York truck driver was sentenced in federal court last week for his part in a plot to use spying devices to help non-English speakers fraudulently obtain commercial drivers licenses.

On December 6, Queens-based truck driver Aziz Akhrorov was sentenced to time served and issued a $1000 fine after he pled guilty charges of conspiracy to unlawfully produce commercial drivers licenses. The conspiracy took place between 2014 and 2016, according to court documents.

Federal authorities say that Akhrorov’s scheme involved recruiting CDL applicants in the state of New York who were usually of Russian descent and who often didn’t know enough English to pass a CDL exam.

After recruiting the CDL students in New York, Akhrorov would send them to his partner Taras Chabanovych in Florida.

Chabanovych would provide the CDL students with bogus residency documents so that they could take their tests in Florida. Then, Chabanovych would provide the students with sophisticated “spying” devices composed of cell phones, batteries, and wires for them to wear during their CDL tests.

Through the devices, the students would receive correct answers from Chabanovych during their exams.

The students reportedly paid Chabanovych as much as $2,600 for help in obtaining a CDL through fraudulent means. Akhrorov would be paid $500 per CDL student who was referred to Chabanovych.

Chabanovych also pled guilty to conspiracy charges and was sentenced in October to time served, two years of probation, and forfeiture of property.

Truck driver arrested following rollover crash in Bainbridge

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Bainbridge Public Safety says a semi-truck driver has been arrested following a rollover crash early Monday morning.

BPS officers responded around 12:45 a.m. to the Highway 84 Bypass near the West Shotwell Street exit.

According to Captain Terry Pait, once the safety of the driver was secured, the scene was turned over to Georgia State Patrol. The Georgia Department of Transportation also responded to the call.

The truck driver escaped without injury but was arrested at the scene for driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain a lane.

Officials say portions of the guardrail were damaged and temporary guardrails have been put into place.

Trucker who fell off Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel had numerous drugs in system

The results of the toxicology report showed a startling number of drugs in the driver’s system.

A truck driver who lost his life after crashing off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel earlier this year was driving with numerous types of drugs and alcohol in his system, according to a recently released toxicology report.

CBBT Crash Claims Two Lives

The fatal crash happened during stormy weather on July 27, 2018. Authorities said that 32-year-old truck driver Jervone Rakeem Hall and passenger Christopher Fenner, 29, were traveling southbound on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel near mile marker 12 when their truck collided with a van, sending the semi-truck crashing into the bay below.

Both Fenner and Hall died in the crash.

The four people in the van suffered only minor injuries.

Toxicology Report Finds That Drug And Alcohol Use Contributed To Crash.

For months, the cause of the crash remained unclear — until a toxicology report was released by the Department of Forensic Science laboratory in Norfolk a few weeks ago.

From the report:

“Another contributing factor to the crash was found to be that Mr. Hall was under the influence of multiple narcotics and had a BAC of 0.062 which for driving a commercial vehicle is over the legal limit.”

Substances found in Hall’s system include:

  • Cocaine
  • Benzoylecgonine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Amphetamine
  • Ephedrine/pseudoephedrine
  • THC

The report also stated that medical examiners found a pouch containing syringes, a white powder, and a lighter, in Hall’s pocket during the autopsy.

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Police say that heavy rain and Hall following too closely also contributed to the double fatality crash.

Since the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened in 1964, 15 vehicles have fallen off of the bridge, resulting 18 fatalities.

Cleveland man dies in fatal head-on crash

A Cleveland family is mourning the loss of their loved one after he was killed in a head-on crash Nov. 28.

The Cleveland Police Department dispatch received a call around 1 p.m. to alert them of a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 105 bypass in Cleveland.

Witnesses said they observed a red Chevrolet pickup truck traveling east on SH 105 bypass that veered into the westbound lane striking an 18-wheeler trucks front left fender and cab. The 18-wheeler was pulling a trailer with a very large load.

According to witnesses of the horrific accident, the 18-wheeler immediately “burst into flames upon impact of the crash.”

The driver of the semi was able to immediately escape the burning cab.

The force of the collision, said witnesses, sent the pickup truck’s engine flying into the air and landing approximately 20-yards away down an embankment.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel immediately attempted to extinguish the flames coming from the rig. The lone occupant of the red truck appeared to be entrapped and showed signs of critical injuries but died later as a result of the impact.

Liberty County Justice of the Peace Pct. No. 6 Ralph Fuller pronounced the driver of the red truck deceased and ordered an autopsy. The driver of the red Chevrolet truck was identified as John Wesley Pillow, 39, of Cleveland.

The Cleveland Police Department was assisted by the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers in the crash investigation. Texas SH 105 bypass was shut down for around eight hours as Hazmat clean-up crews aided by TxDOT finished around 9 p.m. before the bypass was safe to re-open for normal travel.

The red 2012 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by the deceased was later confirmed to be stolen out of the State of Florida.