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Cargo theft incidents dropped in 2017, but average value held, firm reports

Cargo theft recording firm SensiGuard is reporting a 15 percent decrease in cargo theft volume in 2017 when compared to 2016, along with a nearly negligible increase in average loss value year-over-year.

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Trucking rap sheet: Driver sentenced after fatal crash, illegal hazmat transport, med cert fraud, more

Action in four trucking-related crimes has recently been reported, including drug testing fraud, illegal transport of hazardous materials, a driver imprisoned following a fatal crash and a former DOT employee sentenced for bank fraud.

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Former trucker accused of murdering two in ‘planned killing spree’ near Detroit

Vernest James Griffin, 45, of Sterling Heights, Mich., is accused of shooting and killing one man at B.S.D. Linehaul in Taylor, Mich., where Griffin formerly worked, before stealing a truck and driving to Pontiac, where another man he reportedly worked with as a trucker was also killed.

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Cargo theft numbers dipped in 2017, CargoNet reports

A total of 741 cargo thefts were reported to the firm last year in the U.S. and Canada with an average value loss of $196,109. The number of cargo thefts in 2017 was 12 percent lower than in 2016. The firm also recorded another 1,479 stolen tractors, trailers or intermodal chassis and containers during the year.

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Illinois man charged with attempted murder after firing gun at truckers

The warrant states 60-year-old college professor Charles S. Johnston told police he had become “enraged or obsessed over a family that was killed in an accident with a semi and that the motive behind his actions was to harm a truck driver or truck drivers in retaliation.”

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Trucking rap sheet: ‘Chameleon carriers,’ inspector bribes, CDL schemes, more

A trucking company was sentenced to fines and probation after reincarnating, a Texas fleet owner pleaded guilty to bribing state troopers for clean inspections, a Washington state drug tester pleaded guilty to testing fraud, and CDL testers in California and Mississippi pleaded guilty to fraud.

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Trucking rap sheet: Clean inspection briberies, CDL schemes and fraudulent drug tests

A number of California DMV employees were charged for their roles in fraudulently changing CDL testing scores, a Texas trucking company owner was charged for bribing for clean inspections, and a Washington drug screener was charged for fabricating DOT drug test reports.

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Fleet ordered to pay $3 million after pushing tired drivers on ‘grossly illegal’ routes

Beam Trucking drivers were told to drive "routes that were so long that they barely got any sleep between trips for weeks at a time over a course of years." One driver admitted to taking bath salts every few hours to stay awake, according to the U.S. Attorney.

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Trucking rap sheet: Drivers must retest after Florida CDL testing scheme

Truckers tested after Jan. 1, 2017, by Key Power Driving School in Florida will be required to retest for their CDL after the discovery of a testing scheme. A man was also sentenced for running a USDOT number scheme, and a man pleaded guilty to illegally hauling hazmat.

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NJ dump truck driver, small fleet owner arrested for more than $60k in unpaid tolls

He was pulled over, and authorities found the E-ZPass account had been revoked and suspended with more than 500 violations. He was arrested on the scene.

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