1. County using old statute to fight crime at Texas truck stop
Herrscher said the officer basically came and asked for help to clean this place up, saying he was sick of seeing this. Since January 2013, Herrscher said that police have been called to the Key Truck Stop at least 54 times, stemming from criminal activity including burglary, robbery, prostitution, possession of cocaine, assault, theft, gambling and credit card fraud. Herrscher said in the past few years the county has been using a largely forgotten statute, which hasn’t been used since the 1920s, known as Chapter 125 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code regarding common nuisances.
Since rediscovering the statute, Herrscher said 28 illegal game rooms and as many massage parlors, motels/hotels and apartment complexes known for criminal activity have been cleaned up or closed in the past 18 months. Herrscher said this is the first truck stop the county has sued to clean up its act. The county has filed a lawsuit against the owner and operator of Key Truck Stop urging them to clean up alleged criminal behavior at the site or face possible shutdown.
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3. FBI Says Recordings Expose Jimmy Haslam's 'Jacking The Discount' Fraud At Pilot Flying J
The court documents rely on multiple sources, including accounts from customers, as well as former and current employees, to describe how Pilot salespeople allegedly underpaid customer rebates in order to boost the company's bottom line and their own individual compensation. The most striking evidence, however, comes from secret recordings of telephone calls and sales meetings in which the fraud seems to be openly discussed by employees as high up as the Vice President of Sales.
The evidence tying Haslam to the fraud is more indirect, although an unnamed Regional Director of Sales who cooperated with the FBI investigation "advised that Rebate Fraud occurred with knowledge of Pilot's current President Mark Hazelwood and Pilot's Chief Executive Officer James A. 'Jimmy' Haslam, III." The affidavit says the illegal activities were discussed at meetings at which both men were present.
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5. Weird Pittsburgh: Truck-stop doctors, apple-juice heists and secular hijinks at the DMV
A city council meeting in Farrell, Mercer County, got unexpectedly intense due to an appearance by Lawrence M. “Crusty” Owens, “a man whose been making headlines for years for drug dealing, assault and harassment,” according to The Herald of Sharon (which included his nickname in its report). Owens, 58, took to the podium during the public-comments portion and threatened to “beat senseless” the city’s code-enforcement officer, Mark Yerskey. Owens, who was last jailed on charges of organizing underground “fight nights” of female combatants, lashed out concerning $2,000 in citations for alleged recent loud parties at his property. He claimed the citations are an attempt to get him sent back to prison and said of Yerskey, “He destroyed my family. I will destroy his.” City Manager Michael P. Ceci calmly told the council not to respond to Owens’ outbursts and let him speak until adjourning the meeting.
6. More Legal Troubles for 'Tony' the Truck-Stop Tiger
"For this one tiger and private owner you can keep your tiger," said Eliseuson. Eliseuson said that is unconstitutional, and this week the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a petition in court. "Louisiana Constitution, doesn't allow the Legislature to allow special laws that are designed to benefit a special individual," said Eliseuson. "My response to that is there was a animal sanctuary in North Louisiana called Yogi and Friends," said Eliseuson
Sandlin said he feels they would have been exempt too, if the legislation was left in its original form. He also said Tony is well taken care of and fed well. "50 percent beef, 50 percent horse meat, it's a diet even some zoo's can't afford," said Sandlin. No matter how much diesel he has to sell, Sandlin said Tony won't be going anywhere anytime soon. "As long as god gives me breathe and as long as he provides the means for me to keep fighting I will," said Sandlin.
7. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg met with truckers at the world's largest stop
The possibly out-of-touch billionaire later summed up the discussion by saying, "Everyone I met was skeptical that self-driving trucks would replace jobs. " said Zuckerberg, adding, "From all the research I've seen, I'm confident we'll solve these problems. But it's interesting that people in the industry don't believe this will happen soon."
8. Texan Sentenced For Forcing Daughter Into Prostitution
9. Truck driver found guilty in deaths of 19 illegal immigrants in Texas in 2003 - Americas - International Herald Tribune
The milk trailer, piled with bodies and 55 survivors, was found abandoned at a truck stop near Victoria, Texas, in the early hours of May 14, 2003. Williams, a legal immigrant from Jamaica, sat impassively through 58 recitations of "Guilty" as the verdict form was read, then embraced his lawyer, Craig Washington. Asked afterward how his client had taken the news, Washington, a former Texas congressman, said, "Better than me." Washington, whose trial defense conceded Williams's role as a smuggler but challenged his awareness of the victims' suffering, said he planned to put on about 20 witnesses to testify about mitigating factors in Williams's history.
10. Licking man pleads guilty to Kingdom City arson
When firemen were diverted to Gasper's truck stop, the third and fourth Kingdom City truck stop fires were set at the Petro truck stop. Security cameras at the truck stops placed Price near the scene of the four Kingdom City fires and investigators began to suspect him. Investigators earlier started to believe the arsonist might be a trucker since numerous other fires had been reported earlier at various widely scattered truck stops around the nation.
Since many truck fleets make use of global positioning system (GPS) technology to keep track of trucks through satellite tracking, investigators decided to use this technology to track the past movements of Price. Price's employer, Tennant Truck Lines of Orion, Ill., uses GPS technology to track its trucks and drivers. GPS data stored in a computer showed one trucker, Price, was present at all of the truck stop fires around the nation.
The next truck stop fire was reported on June 23, 2010. A truck parked at a truck stop in Valley Grove, W. Va., was damaged intentionally and the fire was set in the same manner as the other arson fires. Investigators had been conducting surveillance of Price using GPS data. He was arrested in his truck parked a short distance away from the fire.