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1 killed in collision between train, vehicle in Douglas County

The sheriff’s office was investigating the crash on U.S. 85 on Sunday morning.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The man killed in a collision Sunday morning between a vehicle and a train on U.S. 85 has been identified, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO).

DCSO deputies responded to the collision about 9:50 a.m. in the area of 8571 North U.S. 85, the sheriff’s office said. That is near Louviers, which is between Chatfield State Park and Sedalia.

The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, died in the crash, according to DCSO. A sheriff’s office spokesperson didn’t have information on the circumstances of the crash.

The Douglas County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Michael Wheeler, 61, of Castle Rock.

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Jul
2021
27

Washington transportation crew clears Seattle homeless encampment after arrests connected to rock-throwing

On Tuesday afternoon, state transportation workers notified a homeless encampment overlooking Interstate 90 near Rainier Avenue that residents would be forced to move their tents and belongings from the area because the encampment had been linked to someone throwing rocks at cars from the overpass.

Hours later, Seattle Police arrested a 41-year-old man and accused him of throwing rocks and debris at seven cars on the freeway near the encampment.

At 9 a.m. Thursday — less than 48 hours later — crews showed up to clear the encampment, saying it was still a danger.

About 10 people lived at the camp, according to community members and protesters who showed up to help. Most left quickly and without resistance. Only one person remained by Thursday afternoon, according to state Department of Transportation spokesperson Bart Treece.

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As of last week, state troopers said they had responded to 161 rock-throwing reports in King County in 2021. Of those, 44 involved someone throwing debris from an overpass, while 117 involved debris thrown from the side of the freeway, a State Patrol statement said.

One incident in June left a driver on I-90 with a serious cut on his face.

Multiple incidents occurred near the encampment at Benvenuto Viewpoint. Last week, Seattle police also arrested a 39-year-old man at the encampment on suspicion of throwing objects onto the freeway, according to a Seattle Police Department announcement.

That prompted state DOT officials to ask troopers to survey the area, Treece said. The State Patrol decided that the encampment was a safety risk to travelers, enough so to clear it without giving the encampment 72 hours’ notice as Seattle and the transportation department typically do.

“We’re not saying that everyone who lived in that encampment was throwing rocks,” Treece said. “It’s just not a good situation all together … the area needs to be secured.”

An individual from the encampment declined to comment.

Jackson Lamp, who lives near the viewpoint, said he’s seen trash in the park but wasn’t concerned by the encampment’s residents.

“For me personally, I did not feel terribly unsafe,” Lamp said. “There were definitely some neighbors in the area who were feeling unsafe, especially the neighbors next door who have young children.”

About a dozen activists showed up early Thursday to protest the sweep, saying that the only solution to getting rid of encampments is to provide housing. Community members also distributed food and water and helped transport the belongings of individuals leaving the encampment.

Seattle-area outreach services visited the encampment Wednesday and referred one person to a shelter, according to city spokesperson Kevin Mundt. Outreach workers were also present during the clearing Thursday morning and offered shelter space to 10 individuals, but no one went, Mundt said.

Jul
2021
27

Texas dashcam shows illegal immigrants pour out of smuggler’s car after pursuit

Dashcam video from Texas law enforcement shows about a dozen migrants pouring out of a smuggler’s car after a pursuit by state troopers, one of a number of examples of law enforcement encountering vehicles packed with those entering the country illegally.

The dashcam footage from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shows a state trooper chasing after a human smuggler in Del Rio.

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The smuggler ditches the car on the side of the highway, and illegal immigrants pour out of the car and flee. The trooper focused on apprehending the driver and caught him, while some of the passengers escaped.

Fox News obtained video of another driver ditching his car with and other illegal immigrants also fleeing; law enforcement says they were all caught.

Gov. Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star earlier this year to combat the wave of illegal immigration and drugs coming through the border. The operation integrates law enforcement and deploys them to high-threat areas to combat smugglers moving drugs and people into the state.

Texas DPS told Fox News their troopers have been involved in 473 pursuits since the start of Operation Lone Star as of July 15.

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It is one of a number of efforts to stem the impact of the crisis at the border by Texas, including committing a $250 million down payment on a new wall construction project after the Biden administration abruptly ended the project in January. 

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Additionally, the state has cleared out jails to hold more illegal immigrants and made efforts to arrest those coming in illegally. Both Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey had issued a call for help from other states, asking them to send manpower and law enforcement to help at the border.

“The bottom line is that, because of the current administration’s complete abandonment of enforcing the laws passed by the United States Congress concerning immigration, there is an unprecedented increase of people coming across border, and the federal government has left it to the state of Texas and its counties to pick up the load of responding to the unprecedented amount of people coming into the country,” Abbott said earlier this month.

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Abbott said on Saturday that Operation Lone Star had resulted in the apprehension of 50,000 illegal aliens, 2,000 criminal illegal immigrants, and disrupted 40 stash houses.

Jul
2021
27

30% tax credit for electric bikes makes progress in US Senate

Remember that proposed 30% tax credit for electric bicycles in the US? It’s now one step closer to becoming law, thanks to recent progress in the US Senate.

Late last week, a new bill was introduced to the Senate known as the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act.

The bill, S.2420, is a companion bill to H.R.1019 that was introduced into the House of Representatives earlier this year.

The Senate bill was introduced by senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

It proposes a 30% tax credit for new electric bicycle purchases in the US, up to a maximum credit of $1,500.

The goal of the bill is to help promote electric bicycles as an alternative form of transportation to personal cars. Not only would this help reduce harmful emissions, but it would also reduce traffic for everyone in crowded cities.

The bill would make this possible by amending the Internal Revenue Code to create the new tax credit.

To be successful, both the House of Representatives and the Senate must pass their versions of the bill, then any differences between the two must be addressed before heading to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

To qualify, electric bicycles would have to be priced under $8,000, which includes the vast majority of e-bikes sold in the US.

Most common electric bicycles used for commuting fall into the $1,000-$3,000 range, while higher end e-bikes from more upscale companies usually cost closer to the $4,000-$6,500 range.

Electric bicycles in Classes 1, 2, and 3 would be eligible, meaning e-bikes up to 28 mph (45 km/h) could qualify. However, e-bikes with motors carrying continuous power ratings of above 750W or that reach speeds higher than 28 mph (45 km/h) under motor power would not qualify.

The tax credit would also be fully refundable, helping lower-income riders take advantage as well.

The Senate bill was introduced late last week and is expected to gain a number of co-sponsors in the coming weeks.

The House of Representatives currently has nearly two dozen co-sponsors, all Democrats. Since its introduction in February, no Republicans have signed on to co-sponsor the legislation.

If you would like to show support for this bill, simply visit the US Congress website here and click “Contact Your Member” to find your Senator’s contact info.

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Jul
2021
27

Automotive Hall of Fame to induct Jay Leno, industry leaders

The Automotive Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony is returning Thursday after being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“We are excited to be among the first major in-person automotive events in 2021,” said Automotive Hall of Fame President Sarah Cook. “We have introduced new awards in 2020 including the Mobility Innovator Award. … This year’s class of awardees and inductees is the most diverse in terms of geographical region, race, gender and industry.”

TV host and personality Jay Leno will be recognized at the ceremony, but will not be receiving his recognition in person, Cook said. Leno was set to be awarded during the previously postponed Automotive Hall of Fame ceremony.

Leno will be recognized as a member of the Automotive Hall of Fame 2020/2021 Class for his CNBC series,  “Jay Leno’s Garage,” where he shared his passion for automotive vehicles.

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“Induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame is reserved for noteworthy individuals whose efforts have created, shaped and changed the automotive and mobility market,” according to a news release. “It is considered the single greatest honor an individual can receive in the automotive industry.”

Other inductees include the first Black automaker Fredrick Patterson, Black motor racing pioneer Charles Wiggins, Hyundai Motor — South Korea’s largest automaker — chairman Mong-Koo Chung, former chairman and president of Genuine Parts Corporation Thomas Gallagher and the first female automotive designer Helene Rother.

This year will also be the first time the ceremony is hosted outside, on the Detroit River. It will be held at The Icon, at 200 Walker St., Detroit, and will follow COVID-19 protocols outlined by state officials, according to the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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