Month: July 2012

Transportation Secretary LaHood Continues to Fight against Distracted Driving

Last month US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new national strategy for ending “distracted driving”. LaHood has not yet called to ban all mobile device use in automobiles like the National Transportation Safety Board but his strategy does encourage the 11 states that do not have distracted driving laws to do so. Missouri is […]

Written by on July 31, 2012

Illinois Man Given a Fourteen Year Sentence for Sixth DUI

Jeffrey Allen, a central Illinois man, has been convicted and sentenced for his sixth DUI.  He could spend up to 14 years in jail as a result of this latest conviction. His blood alcohol limit was over .19 – more than twice the legal limit in Illinois. Allen was involved in an accident in May […]

Written by on July 26, 2012

Home Gas Explosions – A $15 Valve Could Save Your Life

According to the AP, home gas explosions could be less dangerous or even possibly prevented with the installation of a $15 valve that cuts off leaking gas. Yet nearly 90 percent of the nation’s gas service lines aren’t fitted with the valves. Despite persistent government recommendations, the gas industry has argued that they are unreliable […]

Written by on July 24, 2012

Family Dollar Recalls Mini-light sets

On July 12 the retail chain Family Dollar Stores issued a recall of decorative lights sold between September 2011 and December 2011. They are decorative Christmas lights and may be in many homes right now packed away with other Holiday items. Hoffman & Gelfman advise anyone who has purchased these items to return them immediately. […]

Written by on July 24, 2012

St. Louis Woman Dies Due to Electric Shock in Lake of the Ozarks

The St. Louis Today has reported that a St. Louis woman has died after being electrocuted while climbing onto a private dock on the Lake of the Ozarks. Unfortunately it is the third such incident at the lake since the fourth of July. Two children lost their lives on the fourth also suffering electric shock […]

Written by on July 19, 2012

Dialysis Drug May Cause Cardiac Arrest

The New York Times has reported that the largest provider of dialysis in the United States, Fresenius Medical Care, is under investigation by the FDA. The operator of one third of the country’s dialysis centers had sent a warning to their physicians that the drug Granuflo may cause cardiac arrest if used improperly. This product […]

Written by on July 17, 2012

Two Killed and Six Others Hurt in Auto Crash in Cabool Missouri

The St. Louis Today reports that on Sunday July 1, 2012 the driver of a van that failed to yield when entering Route 60 near Cabool was killed when her van was struck by a pick up truck.  A passenger in the van was also killed in the accident. All five passengers in the pickup […]

Written by on July 12, 2012

Construction Worker Dies in Dump Truck Accident

A construction worker was struck by a dump truck backing up to deliver its load along Interstate 55 outside of Bloomsdale Missouri July 2, 2012. The news report on the St. Louis Today website states that the man was crossing the lanes at the construction site and looked one way but not the other. There […]

Written by on July 10, 2012

Two People are Dead Following Boating Accident

Two people are reported to have been killed in a boating accident on Rend on June 26. The St. Louis Today article on the accident said the man and woman were associated with a recreational boating sales company and were out test driving a speed boat when they collided with another boat. Of the three […]

Written by on July 5, 2012

Kirkwood Woman Dies in a Fall at a Concert

A woman who originally lived in Kirkwood was injured when she fell from a rock outcropping at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado.  Alicia Brauer, 27, was climbing on the rocks during a concert and fell to her death on June 15, 2012. The St. Louis today published an article on the incident that quoted […]

Written by on July 3, 2012