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Overland Park, Kan., outsourcing elevator inspections
The Kansas City Star Share
If you work in any of Overland Park's hundreds of office buildings, there's a chance you ride an elevator every day. And the safety of that elevator has depended on a thorough exam by a city inspector. But now, budget cuts are prompting the city to outsource most of those inspections, starting Jan. 1. Beginning next year, property owners will be required to hire a qualified inspector to do a yearly safety check of their elevators. More
Workers' comp costs rising for Washington County, Md. fire, rescue
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The premium for workers' compensation insurance for Washington County, Md.’s volunteer fire and rescue companies will more than double next year, due, in part, to a claim history that is more than twice the national average, according to a report by the county’s risk management administrator. The Washington County Commissioners agreed last week to pay the higher premium, but they also mandated that the Washington County Fire and Rescue Association attempt to rein in claims with mandatory physicals and other risk management controls. More
Milwaukee law enforcement may see cuts, report says
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Shrinking federal support and other budget pressures are making it tougher to protect local law enforcement agencies from future cuts, according to a report by the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum. According to the report, the Milwaukee Police Department and county sheriff's office have been able to largely maintain service levels in recent years through efficiency upgrades and using crime data to better pinpoint where to assign officers. However, that could change, especially if crime rates rise. More
Lawsuit alleges Emmet County, Md., Jail officials had 'indifference' to safety, medical need of prisoner
Petoskey News Share
A former prisoner of Michigan's County Jail and his wife are pursuing a lawsuit for financial compensation against the county sheriff and jail administrator in U.S. District Court for damages suffered during an inmate-on-inmate attack in July 2006. Anthony E. Morgan, who was an inmate at the jail from July 9-26, 2006, on a domestic violence charge, and his wife are suing Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin and Emmet County Jail Administrator Brenda Ford, as well as three unidentified deputies, alleging that they were indifferent to the safety and medical needs of Anthony following an attack by another inmate while incarcerated. More
Dyersburg, Tenn., approves $2 million for new emergency radios
Dyersburg State Gazette Share
The city of Dyersburg took a step toward improving emergency communications with local and state agencies this week by approving over $2 million to replace its current emergency radio system. Dyersburg Emergency Operations Manager Mark Grant said the city's current system is "dead in the water" at a recent called meeting of the Public Safety Committee. The meeting was the first of two steps taken to implement the new system. It is a system that will make it easier to communicate with county emergency responders should the county choose to cooperate, city officials say. More
Alabama town beefs up council meeting security
The Andalusia Star-News Share
The shooting that occurred at a Bay County, Fla., school board meeting last week has led Andalusia, Ala., Police Chief Wilbur Williams to assign a uniformed sergeant to attend local city council meetings. Williams, who rarely misses a council meeting himself, told council members last night that Sgt. Jason Curry has been assigned to provide additional security for their meetings. Williams said some concern was expressed locally after a gunman showed up at the Bay County school board meeting and shot at the superintendent and each board member before being shot and eventually taking his own life. More
Missing money investigation takes time, Bartow, Fla., police say
Polk County Democrat Share
After the colossal disappearance of approximately $635,00 from Bartow, Fla.'s bank account in late November, things are getting back to "business as usual," according to City Manager Judy Delmar. Since the city's insurance company, Public Risk Management, will cover the loss, the city's part in the investigation is pretty much "done," Delmar notes. The rest now is up to police. And the police are waiting on documents subpoenaed through the Florida State Attorney General's Office. More