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Overdrive Staff | January 04, 2011

A man hired by carriers to report unsafe truckers faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in a Tennessee court Feb. 17.

Joseph John Volpe, 44, of Chickamauga, Ga., was booked June 30 into Hamilton County Jail on the assault and endangerment charges. A county grand jury indicted him on the two charges Nov. 17 and added and indicted him on the third charge, according to county records.

Volpe’s attorney Sam Robinson said Volpe was videotaping trucker Joseph Johnston on Interstate 24 on June 30. Johnston tried to run Volpe off the road, according to a Dec. 10 WTVC-TV News Channel 9 story.

The arrest affidavit does not describe Johnston’s actions, but states Volpe fired a gun at Johnston’s truck, the station reported.

The Georgia Secretary of State does not have a listing for Volpe’s business, Third Eye Highway Safety, or have Volpe listed as an officer in that company.

— Jill Dunn



Critics seek to remove tiger from truck stop

Wildlife advocacy groups are urging Louisiana officials to oust the state’s last privately owned big cat from its Tiger Truck Stop home.

Tiger President Michael Sandlin’s permit to house the 10-year-old Bengal-Siberian mix at his Baton Rouge area truck stop was to expire Dec. 31, said Commissioner Bo Boehringer, of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

A request for renewal had not been received by early December. But if it is received, the commission would make an on-site visit. The applicant would then be informed by letter of the commission’s decision, which, if approved, is good for one year.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary and other wildlife advocates have been petitioning Louisiana officials to remove the animal and publicized the board would meet in regular session Dec. 2. But permit decisions are not made at board meetings, Boehringer said.

Louisiana bans private ownership of big cats, except for four owners grandfathered in on Aug. 15, 2006. But after the law was passed, only Sandlin remained as a big cat owner, he said.

The business’ website, www.tigertruckstop.com has posted statements disagreeing with charges made by wildlife protection groups that Tony’s living conditions are hazardous to him and a safety risk to the public.

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