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EDM Friday Briefing: Candy Recalled For Possible Hepatitis A

EDM Friday Briefing: Candy Recalled For Possible Hepatitis A

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Emergency and disaster management briefing for January 11, 2019: A workplace stabbing in Houston leaves one person dead and one seriously injured, PG&E may be required to turn off power during wind and other weather events to help prevent wildfires, a Kentucky company voluntarily recalls candy citing possible contamination by the Hepatitis A virus, Royal Caribbean refunds passenger's full fares after a norovirus outbreak forces an early end to their cruise, a man was killed by a helicopter blade at a Florida airport, a police officer was shot and killed while investigating a traffic accident in California, new research may help scientists understand the most powerful and devastating earthquake--the megathrust earthquake, and the search continues for the suspect or suspects that fatally shot a Shreveport, Louisiana police officer on Wednesday night.

  1. A workplace stabbing in Houston on Wednesday evening resulted in one fatality and one person being seriously injured. The incident occurred at Orizon Industries, a steel fabrication company near Brookshire in Waller County, and police say that the suspect, Evan Parker, 34, who has an extensive criminal background, allegedly felt picked on at work. Parker fled the scene but was arrested in his apartment Thursday afternoon after a short stand-off with law enforcement.   
  2. A U.S. District judge in California may require the utility company, PG&E, to inspect its electrical grid and turn off power during certain weather-especially windy conditions--this year in order to prevent wildfires. Although the interruption in service would be inconvenient, the judge noted that it is better than the death and destruction caused by wildfires. Information released by state fire investigators for the 2017 wildfire season found that 18 fires were caused by PG&E, 12 of which have been referred for possible criminal prosecution.  
  3. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that candy made in Kentucky and sold on QVC may be contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. Officials from the company, Bauer's Candies, have voluntarily recalled their Modjeskas candy, marshmallows dipped in chocolate or caramel, because they came in contact with a worker infected with the virus. Although the risk for infection is low, any candy produced after November 14 should not be eaten, and people who ate the affected candies are being advised to contact their doctors to see if they need medication to prevent infection.  
  4. Royal Caribbean's mega ship, Oasis of the Seas, is returning to port in Florida a day early due to an outbreak of the norovirus onboard the ship. Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea, and is passed to others through even minor contact with spores from saliva, vomit, or feces. Passengers were not allowed to disembark when they reached Jamaica due to the outbreak, and the company stated it will fully refund their fares, while the extra day will allow the company more time to clean and sanitize the ship
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  6. A man in Florida was struck and killed as he was working on a helicopter at a regional airport near Tampa. The man, Salvatore Disi, 62, was struck by the main rotor blades after the helicopter jerked up and came down while he and a co-worker attempted to jumpstart it with a power cart at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. Local law enforcement officials said the blade struck Disi in the head, killing him instantly, and that they have notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the incident.  
  7. A police officer in California was fatally shot while responding to a traffic collision in Davis, California on Thursday evening. Natalie Corona, 22, was investigating the accident when one of the people involved in the crash allegedly pulled out a gun and shot her multiple times, then fled the scene. A shelter-in-place order was given for the surrounding community as a massive manhunt ensued, where police, just a few hours later, found the suspect dead in their home from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  
  8. A new study released may assist scientists in understanding the most powerful and devastating of all earthquakes--the megathrust earthquake. Years before the devastating and deadly 2011 earthquake in Japan, the earth's crust near the site of the quake had begun moving, causing tiny tremors. Researches are using a computer model to determine if those tiny tremors that were detected near the earthquake site had any relationship to the disaster that occurred--information that could help future earthquake hazard assessments.  
  9. Law enforcement officers in Shreveport, Louisiana are still searching for the suspect or suspects who fatally shot a rookie police officer on Wednesday night. Police Officer Chateri Payne was shot at least four times--including once in the head--outside a home at around 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday night. Authorities are unclear on whose home it was, but did state that Payne was on her way to work a night shift when the shooting occurred. 

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.