A father in Georgia was arrested, jailed and charged with theft after he plugged his electric car into an exterior outlet at his son’s school for a quick charge totaling about five cents worth of “juice.” WXIA’s Doug Richards reports.
By Daniella Silva, NBC News
A Georgia man found himself in handcuffs after charging his electric car outside a middle school where his son was playing tennis in what police alleged was unlawful theft of county power worth roughly five cents.
Kaveh Kamooneh, of Decatur, said he was attending a Saturday morning tennis practice session for his 11-year-old son on Nov. 2 when he plugged in his electric car at a power outlet outside Chamblee Middle School.
Kamooneh, 50, said he was alarmed when, soon after, he saw a police officer inspecting his Nissan LEAF.
According to a report from the Chamblee Police Department, an officer responded to a called complaint of the white Nissan LEAF left parked and charging at the school. In the police report, the officer said he could not find the vehicle s owner but found the car doors unlocked and picked up a piece of mail on the car floor showing a Decatur address.
He told me he was going to arrest me for theft, Kamooneh said, who said he charged his car for roughly 20 minutes. Clean Cities Atlanta, an electric vehicle advocacy group, says that is roughly the equivalent of a nickel’s worth of electricity, WIXA in Atlanta reported1.
On Nov. 13, Kamooneh said he was met at his door by police, who handcuffed him and took him to the DeKalb County jail, where he was held for about 15 hours.
I quickly realized it was from the events that had happened 11 days back, he said. The officer did threaten that he would do that. I guess I didn t quite believe that he would go through with it.
Kamooneh was officially charged with theft by taking what the officer said was theft of power by not seeking permission from the DeKalb County School system to charge his car there, according to the police report.
Police said, according to the report, they met with Chamblee Middle School employees, who confirmed that Kamooneh was not authorized to plug his car into any school socket.
Sgt. Ernesto Ford of the of the Chamblee Police Department declined to discuss the incident further with NBC News, but told WXIA that Kamooneh broke the law. He stole something that wasn t his.
A theft is a theft, he added.
But Kamooneh said he believes he committed no crime. He said in his experience as an electric car driver, seeking permission was often an informal exchange and that he had never encountered a problem before.
Of course I agree that theft is theft, what I don t agree with is that every taking of something without permission is theft, he said, adding that there was no one at the school to ask permission from at the time.
The DeKalb County School District said in a statement that it has cooperated with the police investigation and will continue to do so.
The Truckload Carriers Association and co-sponsor Overdrive have announced three finalists in each of two Driver of the Year contests.
The six finalists will attend TCA s annual meeting March 23-26 near Dallas, where the winners will be announced for both the Owner-Operator of the Year and Company Driver of the Year awards. The two winners will be featured in subsequent issues of Overdrive.
The owner-operator finalists are:
- Thomas Miller, leased to Prime Inc., based in Springfield, Mo. Miller lives in Bunker Hill, Ill.
- Bryan Smith, leased to Art Pape Transfer, based in Dubuque, Iowa. Smith lives in Asbury, Iowa.
- Terrance Smith, leased to SLH Transport, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Smith lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada.
The company driver finalists are:
- Reuben Dupsky, Fremont Contract Carriers, based in Fremont, Neb. Dupsky lives in Fremont.
- Jack Fielding, Bison Transport, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Fielding lives in McKellar, Ontario, Canada.
- Allan Raffay, Prime Inc. Raffay lives in Hawley, Pa.
Overdrive always takes pride in highlighting the nation s successful owner-operators and drivers, says Brad Holthaus, vice president of sales for Trucking Media at Overdrive s publisher, Randall-Reilly. These finalists are clearly six of the best. I know whoever wins will serve the industry well as an example of safety, professionalism and service.
The finalists were selected based on safety, efforts to enhance the trucking industry s image, and contributions to their communities. Eligibility requirements included having driven one million consecutive, accident-free miles.
It is always such a privilege to be able to work with professional drivers of this caliber, said Tom Kretsinger, Jr., president of American Central Transport, Inc., Liberty, Missouri, and TCA s chairman. I wish we could give every one of them the title of Driver of the Year.
THE High Court has declined to order the release of a matatu until its owner brings to court his driver. The driver vanished more than a year ago after committing a traffic offence. Lady Justice Lydia Achode said infringement of the rights and freedoms of Patrick Irungu Kimani cannot be verified by asking him to avail his employee s documents.
The court was told that the driver, Michael Burugu Kahatha was spotted by traffic police officers on patrol along Tom Mboya Avenue, driving matatu KBS 615Z without uniform. He committed the offence on September 10, last year. He was arrested but the officers directed him to take the passengers to the destination and later present himself to court. He vanished forcing the police to impound the vehicle.
The matatu owner later moved to court seeking the release of the vehicle, an application that was allowed on condition that Kimani produces Kahatha in court together with his employment records.
Kimani together with Nawasaku Savings and Credit Cooperative Society ltd, were not satisfied with the decision and moved to the High Court.
When they appeared before Justice Achode, state counsel Stella Nyamweya asked the court to dismiss the case arguing that no law has been infringed.
Justice Achode said in the ruling that the requirement that every employer should have the identification documents of his employer is legal.He said that section 107 of the Traffic Act provides for the detention of vehicles whose drivers have committed a traffic offence.
It is the duty of the owner of the motor vehicle to provide the particulars of his driver. One year down the line, there is no evidence that the petitioner complied with the orders of the court, Achode said.
Justice Achode said the particulars of the errant driver have not been attached to the petition before her, even if the driver has since left employment.
She said the violation of existing laws cannot be hidden behind perceived infringement of one s rights.The court also faulted the petition saying the applicant has failed to plead with a degree of precision required, on the complaint. This petition has failed to do, and I cannot comprehend in what manner the court can assist him, if all he is making are vague allusions to the infringement of unspecified constitutional rights, The Judge said.
photo courtesy of NBC Montana/KECI-TV
Kevin Sandberg, 51, the owner of the Ucallus designated driver service, was arrested on Saturday, November 23 on drug, assault and driving with a revoked license charges.
Missoula Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Clark said the incident began on Saturday when Sandberg allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Cheryl Anderson.
It s alleged that Sandberg was trying to find the keys to his car and when his girlfriend was unable to find them, he became angry and allegedly grabbed her by the hair and hit her head against the dash of the car, Clark said. She said the act frightened her, and caused her pain.
When police arrived on the scene, it was discovered that Sandberg had illegal drugs in his possession.
When police did a search during his arrest they found a crystalline substance in his pocket that tested positive for methamphetamine, Clark said. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license, and he already has three driving while suspended charges.
According to court documents, Sandberg claimed that his girlfriend had planted the drugs in his pocket.
Clark said Sandberg appeared Monday afternoon before Judge John Odlin in Missoula Justice Court and his bail was set at $30,000. He was still in jail as of Tuesday, November 26.
Deputy Missoula County Attorney Jennifer Clark
THE BEST HEADLINE FOR TRUCKFEST IN 2013 WAS GLORIOUS TRUCKFEST . THE SUN SHONE AT ALL OF THE EVENTS, WITH RECORD ATTENDANCES THROUGHOUT THE TRUCKFEST SERIES.
THE YEAR KICKED OFF WITH THE MAMMOTH PETERBOROUGH GET-TOGETHER AND WHAT A GET-TOGETHER IT WAS! WITH OVER 1500 TRUCKS ENTERED INTO THE CLOSELY FOUGHT AFTER COMPETITIONS, WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF HAULIER SHOWCASE OFFERINGS, AND MANUFACTURERS JUSTIFIABLY PROUD OF NEW PRODUCT, THE WEEKEND WAS UNQUESTIONABLY THE LARGEST ATTENDED GATHERING WE HAVE EVER SEEN AT THE EAST OF ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, PETERBOROUGH.
THE BEGINNING OF JULY SAW A NEW HOME FOR THE SOUTH WEST EVENT. THE FABULOUS MALVERN HILLS PROVIDING THE BACKDROP, INCLUDED WITH THE TITLE OF THE EVENT, TRUCKFEST SOUTH WEST & WALES CAN JUSTIFIABLY OFFER HAULIERS AND DRIVERS FROM THE SOUTH WEST, MIDLANDS AND WALES THEIR OWN UNIQUE BRAND OF THE TRUCKFEST EVENTS.
THE ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE NORTH OF THE BORDER, SAW AN UNPARALLED ATTENDANCE OF TRUCKS, NEW VEHICLE RANGE AND THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, THE CHANNEL 5 SERIES, STOBART: TRUCKS, TRAINS AND PLANES WERE THERE TO NOT ONLY WITNESS THE CORPORATE PRESCENCE BY THE STOBART GROUP, BUT ALSO TO DOCUMENT THE FABULOUS WEEKEND WHICH IS ALL ABOUT SCOTLAND AND THE NORTH OF ENGLAND HAULIERS, THEIR TRUCKS AND DRIVERS.
MID-AUGUST, AND IT WAS TIME TO CROSS THE IRISH SEA FOR IRELAND S OWN TRUCKFEST. THIS YEAR HELD AT THE NEWLY CREATED SHOWGROUND NEAR LISBURN, AT BALMORAL PARK. WE HAD LONG BEEN ASKED TO PRODUCE AN EVENT THAT WAS FOR THE WHOLE OF IRELAND, AND WE BELIEVE THAT S JUST WHAT WE VE DONE. TRUCKFEST IRELAND HAS CERTAINLY EARNED ITS PLACE IN THE TRUCKFEST CALENDAR WITH ITS NEW LOCATION, THE EVENT IS EASILY ACCESSIBLE NOT ONLY TO OPERATORS AND VISITORS IN THE NORTH, BUT ALSO THOSE JOINING US FROM THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH. THE TRUCK COMPETITIONS HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH DIVERSITY AND THE ULSTER VINTAGE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE CLUB SURPASSED THEMSELVES WITH ONE OF THE BEST COLLECTIONS OF VEHICLES FROM YESTERYEAR.
2014 SEES THE THIRD ANNUAL EVENT WITH A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW FROM 2013.
TRUCKFEST ORIGINAL CONTINUES TO BRING A GREAT MIXTURE OF CONTEMPORARY AND VINTAGE TRUCKS TOGETHER AT THE STARTING PLACE FOR TRUCKFEST, WHICH IS THE NEWARK & NOTTS SHOWGROUND. PEOPLE OFTEN COMMENT ON THE FEELGOOD FACTOR AT THIS EVENT AND WE KNOW JUST WHAT THEY MEAN. 2014 SEES THE EVENT MOVE BACK A WEEK, TO THE 30TH AND 31ST AUGUST.
THE NEW EVENT FOR 2014 IS A RETURN VISIT TO THE WONDERFUL DETLING SHOWGROUND IN KENT FOR THE LAST TRUCKFEST OF THE SEASON. TRUCKFEST SOUTH EAST WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE 13TH AND 14TH SEPTEMBER, THE SHOWGROUND ITSELF PROVIDES SOME GREAT FACILITIES FOR WEEKEND AND DAY VISITORS, FOR THOSE STAYING ON SITE, BEING OFFERED A GREAT CABERET NIGHT IN THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ENTERTAINMENT BUILDING.
ONE THING IS FOR SURE, WHETHER YOU ATTENDED ONE EVENT IN 2013 OR ALL OF THEM, YOU WILL HAVE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT IS TO BE A PART OF THE TRUCKFEST EXPERIENCE. WE ALL CAN T WAIT FOR 2014, SEE YOU THERE!
THE TRUCKFEST TEAM
So it s Thanksgiving, but today I ve a couple for you that might better have figured in our Christmas-songs poll still ongoing1 a couple lesser-known gems, as it were. The first here is from Bill Weaver, who shared the new tune with us via Overdrive s Facebook page2. Characteristically humble, Bill: OK Folks, here is my latest hit single Christmas song for truck drivers, he wrote. Give a listen to it via Youtube vid of Weaver playing it live in the bunk below How the Truck Drivers Saved the Christmas Holiday tells the story of the year Santa got DOT d up in Fairbanks and, well, had to call on Bill and several friends to get the gifts hauled. (Weaver might well be singing about this particularly troubling year for the Claus operation.3)
(Yes, says Bill, your children can actually listen to this one. )
Next is one from the great Tony Justice4 whose new record is due out in mere weeks 5(catch it at the truck-stop racks, and stay tuned to OverdriveOnline.com for reporting on it and further listening opportunities6). This one s from his last record, On the Road 7 Bring Daddy Home is told from the point of view of a boy writing Santa with just one request: to bring his dad home for Christmas. Justice put together a video for the track, posted to MySpace earlier this year. Follow the link below for it.
And a big Happy Thanksgiving to all on the road and off today. Here s hoping for a great rest of the week.
- ^ might better have figured in our Christmas-songs poll still ongoing (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ Overdrive s Facebook page (facebook.com)
- ^ Weaver might well be singing about this particularly troubling year for the Claus operation. (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ Tony Justice (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ due out in mere weeks (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ listening opportunities (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ his last record, On the Road (www.overdriveonline.com)
- ^ Video File (myspace.com)
We asked, and you answered. Following find a round-up of readers answers to the question What are you thankful for? As for Matt Owens, commenting on our Facebook page, he kept it simple. I m thankful for a 650-hp Kenworth T800 with three functional drive axles to keep his business rolling, he wrote.
And driver David O Malley wrote in with this well-considered dispatch:
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
I guess I could complain about being unemployed with 20 years accident-free experience. As I sit here and e-mail you on my Macbook Pro sitting in my office in my log home on two wooded acres in Southern Massachusetts.
I guess I could whine about how the doc screwed me on my med card because I was one number off on my blood pressure and now I can never get a two-year card again.
I guess I can stomp my feet and make my face turn red now that I need two 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m.s
Or moan and groan that shippers and receivers are killing us with wait times, even though i mostly have run flats all my life and really have no clue about waiting. Forty-five minutes to me is an eternity
But, wow, here I sit and if I ask how I got here, trucking is the answer. It s all I have done. It s all I know. It has not been easy, but as far as hard is concerned I bet there are a few people over in the Philippines who would kill to trade places with me.
My children are almost grown and healthy, due to the insurance I have always had through my few trucking jobs. My daughter is looking at colleges and will actually go to one of them. Yes of course it won t be easy, but it s doable because of my work in the industry.
My marriage is actually still going strong after 18 years, in part because I have always been gainfully employed , and the time apart I think actually helps the union get stronger at times.
I have a shop full of toys with two wheels and four, collected and paid for over the years with money earned in trucking. And no not always as much money as it should have been or used to be, but it s always been there.
I have worked hard American-type hard, and there aren t too many people who can say they earned their dollar that way anymore. I m proud of that!
So when a trucking magazine asks me what I am thankful for at Thanksgiving time, I answer trucking!
And happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Overdrive!
Terence Gunderson: I m thankful for all I have my family, my health, my job and my freedom. I m running through Thursday to be home Friday and the weekend. Crazy shoppers on Friday: be safe if you re out and about.
Jesse Skubal: For my first issue of Overdrive in the mail today!
Richard Young: I m thankful for my family.
John Andrade: I m thankful that I work for Ashley furniture as a delivery driver and that provides for my family of seven kids, my mom and my wife. I can t thank God enough for providing me with driving job that I love very much. I ve had my CDL for about nine years now, and I own three trucks (two 26-foot Hino and a Mitzu). I ve been doing the same job for 17 years.
Luz Carouso: I am thankful that drivers care about one another, even through simple gestures such as a flash of the lights or holding the door open at a truck stop. I am grateful knowing that young drivers will gain more insight on operating in a professional manner by watching experienced men and women. I am thankful to be associated with people who want to put in a full day s work and earn the money that protects and nurtures their families.
Jason Akers: No holiday here, but I m thankful to have a loving family and a decent job. Got to keep the wheels a turning. Christmas right around the corner and trying to get enough to buy my son an iPad.
Daniel Malmquist: I m thankful for waking up every morning still breathing, bu most of all for those out there on the front lines protecting our freedom who will not be with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. God bless them and the United States of America. And yes, I will be running this week. With 20 years in the military, missing many a holiday, what s one more?
Daniel McCreary: I m thankful for a family that doesn t complain about the crazy trucking schedule. And though I don t always see eye to eye with my company s management, I m thankful for a secure job that allows me to comfortably support my wife and six children. I m thankful for customers who make my job a real pleasure.
Dwight Nelson: I m thankful just to be back on the road driving again after going through a nasty divorce. I ended up losing my Chevy Silverado, my 2005 Volvo truck, my CDL, my house, my two sons and damn near my mind. I was off the road from August 2009 to January 2013. I m now a driver trainer with Total Transportation of Mississippi. So far I have a 100 percent success rate with all of my trainees. I make sure that all of them are road ready and properly trained before I sign off to allow my company to let them go out as solo drivers. So far, all of my students are running teams and doing a good job. I m dealing with some sciatic nerve damage in my left leg, but I m not going to let it get the best of me. I m wishing everybody a Happy Thanksgiving. Don t forget to share your stories about what you re thankful for. Thank you Jesus.
Payne Overton: My son, son-in-law and family friend all were killed in a car wreck this past year, Dec. 13, 2012, by a truck driver. He fell asleep at the wheel and T-boned my son s car. At first I blamed the driver. But I started to think about my husband, who is an owner-operator himself. I know how hard it is trying to pick up and make deliveries on time. I am thankful that my son, son-in-law, and friend did not know what hit them. It was that fast. For all of the drivers out there: I thank you for all you do. I am at peace now, seeing things through a driver s eyes. I have been on our truck with my husband many times. I thank God for just getting by one more day. I am thankful for my family, friends and the drivers I know and love.
Werner Enterprises recently introduced a three-tiered Million Mile Safe Driver Truck Program designed to recognize Werner drivers who have achieved safe driving milestones of 1, 2 or 3 million miles with new trucks and accessories.
Werner s new program offers professional drivers the opportunity to order new trucks equipped with an APU with 110-volt service and assorted accessories available depending on the safe driving milestone achieved. Drivers with 1 million safe driving miles at Werner are eligible to order a new truck with a special decal package, while drivers with 2 or 3 million safe driving miles at Werner also can choose from accessory packages and premium upgrades.
New trucks ordered within this program will feature a light or dark blue exterior and remain with the driver until the equipment is removed from the fleet. Werner s 2 and 3 million mile drivers are anticipated to receive their new trucks the first half of 2014, with 1 million mile drivers following soon after. Werner currently has approximately 570 professional drivers eligible for this program. Overall, more than 1,500 professional Werner drivers have achieved 1 million or more safe driving miles.
No matter how small or big trucking related or not we re interested to hear.
As part of a Thanksgiving-related story package, we ll share with drivers and owner-operators what others like them are giving thanks for this season.
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