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Pittsburg: Big-rig driver dies after fiery crash into strip mall
Emergency crews were dispatched at 8:24 a.m. to the 3800 block of Railroad Avenue near Linscheid Drive after witnesses reported an explosion there, police Capt. Ron Raman said.
George Melgoza, who lives on Madeline Street across from the strip mall, said he heard a big boom and just before the impact heard what sounded like the screeching of brakes.
"I thought it was an earthquake. I ran out of my house, went over the fence and saw a big fire," he said.
Witnesses, including Melgoza, said they heard the truck driver yelling and called 911.
Police and fire arrived to find smoke coming from a strip mall, where the big-rig had crashed into a building housing a Mexican restaurant and a beauty supply store, according to Raman.
Police found the truck driver dead inside the cabin of the semi, which was almost entirely inside the building. The driver's identity was not released.
Before the crash, the truck also collided with a few other vehicles, including a minivan and a pickup truck. It was not immediately known if anyone else was injured.
A preliminary investigation revealed the big-rig may have had a mechanical failure, Raman said.
Walnut Creek resident David Gardner said he was sitting in his minivan at the stoplight on Linscheid Drive in the left-hand turn lane when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw an 18-wheeler barreling toward him out of control.
There was no time for him to move.
The big rig tapped the right rear corner of his car, denting it, but kept going, said Gardner, who was not injured.
"It basically missed me," he said. "As I got out (of the car) it was like a Hollywood set. Fire all around and explosions."
About two dozen people stood outside crime-scene tape that surrounded the strip mall midmorning as firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the strip mall, Contra Costa County fire spokesman Robert Marshall said.
A charred pickup truck with major front end damage rested near the big rig.
Police were asking motorists to avoid the area and use Harbor Street or Loveridge Road for north and southbound traffic.
Check back for updates.
Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Witness Intimidation and Witness Termination
By Pete Bennett
Walnut Creek CA -- A clear reality of my situation is how cases are handled around Contra Costa County. My 2004 arson was witnessed by Danville Police Officer and the Mechanic at Gregg's Muffler in Lafayette CA.
It's been ten years since the 680 arson yet in 2014 while walking between Walnut Creek Police Department and my campsite I'm dodging SL 550 Mercedes while several Walnut Creek Police Officers are positioned to watch me get creamed where Mt. Diablo Blvd meets Broadway. The timing is relevant as on June 26th 2014 numerous claims were filed against with the City Of Walnut Creek but within a week a car tried to run me over again.
Nearly all Contra Costa County Cities use the same risk management services provided by the Municipal Pooling Authority (MPA) under CSAC using the Joint Powers Authority (JPA). I've filed many claims on my own because the Contra Costa Bar Association controls the intake referrals and I was summarily told I can't get a referral through them.
Many thanks while the Walnut Creek City Attorney lofts around town persons unknown have been trying to kill me and they tried to killing my sons in 2005.
Please take your time.
It's happened to me in Pittsburg, Walnut Creek and Danville where I've attempted to litigate. I sued Danville Building Inspector Gary Vinson Collins in 2006 but my Attorney Sage Sehapi has the shit kicked out of him a during a Walnut Creek Basketball game on Oak Road.
To Protect and Serve - Please read Color of Law Abuses as per FBI.GOV
The WCPD true to form refused to arrest the suspect sending Mr. Sehapi in circles who being an attorney wanted to sue. The officers probably obstructed justice by hiding this case from the District Attorney just like Danville Police did with the Bennett/Collins assault but now ten years later we've got murders, arson coupled with the fact that the PG&E Indictment now contains obstruction of justice charges. Please read how the
After the Lafayette Police refused to investigate this blogger's July 20th 2011 Hit & Run/Attempted Murder I turned to State Senator Mark Desaulnier who called the Legislative Security Services Threat Assessment Unit (TAU) who interviewed me in Aug 2011 but sadly since then many have died with no end in site.
I told this unit that I suspect Councilman MIke Shimansky Spinal Meningitis death was not natural. This information was passed on in Sept 2011 but since then Councilman Bell and Tax Collector Pollacek each succumbed to meningitis but consider the argument of violations of the Geneva Convention.
On Nov 9th 2004 a Kinder Morgan Gas Pipeline Explodes but few noticed that several persons near this pipeline disaster died.
The Who Gives A Shit County
For several decades I've been a lock step battle with the rich and powerful. I didn't realize how much was being put into trying to take me out until the car zoomed by me on September 28th 2013 but the response from the Walnut Creek Police was pathetic.
I've made numerous attempts to get an investigation started over at least five Hit and Run Incidents since 2004 and the Unionized Agencies have a clear and powerful agenda.
The persons who witnessed my near miss were also recorded by Safeway Cameras where they used their personalized Safeway Stalking Card managed in the Philippines where your personal data is splayed out around the globe.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Testimony ends in PG&E criminal trial linked to San Bruno explosion
Posted: 07/22/2016 02:01:56 PM PDT | Updated: 11 days ago
SAN FRANCISCO -- Calling just three witnesses in a day of testimony, defense attorneys for PG&E on Friday concluded their case in the utility's federal criminal trial stemming from the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion.
Arguing that numerous PG&E employees live near the utility's gas lines, the defense sought to show that company executives and engineers would not deliberately ignore hazards or intentionally operate the pipeline system in violation of federal rules.
Attorneys called as their final witness Calvin Lui, a PG&E supervising engineer in risk management, to testify about a map depicting where utility employees live in relation to gas lines in the area. The map used blue dots to represent the residences of PG&E employees.
NOTE: I am the former PG&E Contract Programmer. I remain unpaid, I’ve been beaten regularly for ten years, my clients over 35 years have been PG&E, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, AT&T, SBC Services (AT&T Reverse merger), the yellow area is the so called PG&E HydroStatic testing of L-132 – this document was connected to the PG&E Cover-Up linked to other California Cover-ups.
On Sept 29th, 2014 someone murdered five members of the Strack Family. That day three beautiful children lives ended – they were my nephews where I can paint connections to the murder of the wife CNN Attorney Daniel Horowitz where investigators convicted Scott Peterson, Scott Dyleski who happen to know CEO Steve Burd, attorneys representing Safeway, Albertsons, LLNL, PG&E but you can research the rest @ gaspipelineexplosions.blogspot.com
The PG&E pipeline blast hole on Glenview Dr. is photographed days after the blast which occurred on Sept. 9, 2010. (Photo courtesy of the Hensel family)
But the testimony appeared to be undercut during cross-examination by prosecutor Hallie Hoffman. Lui was unable to confirm top PG&E executives or supervisors lived near the gas lines.
"No, I don't personally know where all my co-workers live," Lui replied in response to prosecution questioning. "I don't know who all these people are or where they live."
Another defense witness, David Harrison, a longtime PG&E employee in gas systems, testified that the utility undertook numerous pressure tests of its system, including Line 132, the pipeline that blew up in San Bruno.
Harrison's testimony was intended to buttress the company's assertion that it hasn't been ignoring threats to the system and conducted pressure tests to help spot defects or weaknesses in pipes.
Under cross-examination, however, Harrison testified that one of those pressure tests was conducted on Line 132 on Sept. 9, 2011 -- exactly one year after the explosion. The blast killed eight people and leveled a residential neighborhood.
San Francisco-based PG&E faces 13 criminal charges in the case, including 12 counts of violating pipeline safety rules and one charge of obstructing the investigation into the explosion. PG&E has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. If convicted on all the counts, The utility faces a fine of up to $562 million.
PG&E made a series of "deliberate and illegal choices" and subsequently covered up those decisions, in actions that led to the explosion, prosecutors said in opening statements.
But defense attorneys countered in their opening statements that individual employees and executives at PG&E are not guilty of any criminal acts and did their "level best" to operate the system safely and efficiently.
In addition, numerous PG&E executives who were called to testify said during the defense's cross-examination that they never deliberately or intentionally sought to break federal pipeline safety rules and that they did not intentionally attempt to mislead federal investigators.
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Tuesday, and the case is expected to go to the jury sometime next week.
Contact George Avalos at 408-859-5167. Follow him at Twitter.com/georgeavalos.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Posted: 07/26/2016 02:37:21 PM PDT | Updated: 33 min. ago
SAN FRANCISCO -- A prosecutor and a defense attorney painted sharply different portraits of PG&E's actions in the years before and the months after a fatal explosion in San Bruno during closing arguments to a jury on Tuesday in the embattled utility's criminal case.
A federal prosecutor claimed in his closing arguments that PG&E made a series of deliberate choices to break pipeline safety regulations as well as to intentionally obstruct an official government probe into the causes of the blast, which killed eight and leveled a San Bruno neighborhood in September 2010.
"PG&E is a company that lost its way," assistant U.S. attorney Jeffrey Schenk told the jury in his summation of the government's case against the utility. "For years, PG&E forced engineers to act more like business people than engineers. They made decisions to maximize profits instead of prioritizing safety."
A defense attorney, however, countered in his closing arguments, that PG&E employees and executives didn't intentionally violate the law.
"Nobody at PG&E is criminal," defense attorney Steven Bauer told the jury. "These are decent people, competent engineers, just trying to do their jobs."
Prosecutors have maintained that PG&E officials and engineers were well aware that they were skirting federal rules by deliberately spiking pressure on their older and more fragile pipelines and intentionally not undertaking relatively costly water pressure tests on pipelines as a way to determine the safety of the pipes.
"The engineers were not confused," Schenk said. "They knew the differences between what the regulations were and what they were doing."
Defense attorneys, though, have countered that PG&E engineers were wrestling with a bewildering array of federal rules about what sort of tests to apply to pipelines in the company's aging system. Bauer argued that the prosecution failed to show a pattern of criminal conduct.
"What is this case about? It's an elaborate second-guessing exercise," Bauer said. "The employees never intentionally and wilfully violated the rules."
The day included not only the closing arguments, but also a lengthy hearing that involved sparring between the prosecution and the defense prior to the jury entering the courtroom. The judge decided to recess for the day before defense attorney Bauer had completed his closing arguments.
U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson said he would consider a prosecution motion that the jury be shown photographs of the explosion prior to the start of deliberations. The jury could get the case on Wednesday for its decision.
The utility has been charged with 12 counts of breaking federal laws, including one allegation that it obstructed a National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the explosion and 11 charges that it violated pipeline safety violations.
PG&E has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. If convicted on all the counts, PG&E faces a fine of up to $562 million.
Contact George Avalos at 408-859-5167. Follow him at Twitter.com/georgeavalos.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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BI: PG&E exceeded legal pressure limits in numerous pipelines
But the same federal rules also require any lines in which the pressure has spiked above allowed levels -- no matter how tiny -- be tested with water at high pressure. Those tests cost much more than the relatively inexpensive inspection of external corrosion on pipes, a method preferred by PG&E.
After the explosion, PG&E scrambled to comply with an array of data requests for the NTSB probe. The utility initially gave federal and state investigators one version of its pressurization policy that indicated PG&E spiked pressure on lines by as much as 10 percent over the legal limits.
Later, PG&E attempted to dismiss that letter as a draft document that was never in effect. The characterization of the document as an unapproved draft of a program is a key element in the prosecution's obstruction allegation.
San Francisco-based PG&E faces 13 criminal counts, including 12 alleged violations of pipeline safety rules and one that it obstructed the NTSB investigation. PG&E has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and could be fined $562 million.
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