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EDM Monday Briefing: Panera Bread Recall Amid Listeria Fears


Emergency and disaster management briefing for January 29, 2018: An early morning shooting leaves four people dead at a car wash in Pennsylvania, a Detroit police officer has died after being shot in the line of duty, video reveals shots were fired at random by student in Kentucky school shooting, Panera Bread voluntarily recalls cream cheese products after testing reveals Listeria presence, a motorist in Mississippi was shot and killed when she tried to run over police officers, 200 firefighters fought a waste paper facility fire in Connecticut that continues to burn, a small plane makes an emergency landing on California's Costa Mesa Freeway, and winter weather warnings and advisories have been issued in Michigan and Massachusetts.

  1. A shooting at a car wash in Belcroft, Pennsylvania early Sunday morning has left four people dead and two others injured, including the shooter. The gunman, identified as Timothy Smith, 28, who was heavily armed, is on life support at the hospital after he suffered a gunshot wound to the head, and according to officials is unlikely to survive what may be a self-inflicted injury. All of the victims were in their twenties and reportedly, the incident may have been driven by jealousy.  
  2. Another police officer has died in the line of duty after being shot while responding to a domestic violence call in Detroit, Michigan last week. The officer, Glenn Doss, Jr., 25, was shot when the suspect, Decharlos Brooks, 43, opened fire on the squad car as it arrived at the home, then barricaded himself in the home until police threw tear gas inside. Doss, who was struck in the head and chest and was rushed to the hospital by his partner, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.  
  3. Officials indicated on Friday that the teenage boy responsible for the school shooting in Benton, Kentucky appeared not to have an intended target and shot at students randomly. The information was released after authorities viewed security cameras installed at the school. Officials noted that three security cameras clearly captured the incident as it unfolded in the common area of Marshall County High School. 
  4. Panera Bread is recalling cream cheese products sold at its bakery-cafes across the United States due to the possibility of contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. The company decided to voluntarily issue the recall after samples from one variety of its 2 oz. cream cheese tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes on a single production day. The company stated that there have been no reported illnesses and the recall was issued out of an abundance of caution and concern for their customers, who are being told to discard the product and contact Panera for a full refund.  
  5. A motorist in Jackson, Mississippi was shot and killed after she attempted to run over police with her vehicle during a traffic stop. The suspect, Crystaline Barnes, 21, reportedly forced another motorist off the road, and when police stopped her, she attempted to flee. Barnes put her car in reverse then drove at one of the police officers, who had just gotten out of a vehicle, then aimed at the initial responding officer, both of whom fired into her car, which then crashed into a utility pole. 
  6. A fire that broke out at the Willimantic Waste Paper Company in Willimantic, Connecticut continues to burn more than 24 hours after it began, closing area schools and roads due to lingering and heavy smoke. The fire, which erupted in a 50-ton stockpile of wood, plastic, and construction debris, drew more than 200 firefighters to fight the fierce blaze and eventually collapsed the recycling facility's steel roof. Area residents downwind were cautioned to remain indoors, and water quality in the Willimantic River, along with air quality, are being monitored by workers from the Department of Engery & Environmental Protection (DEEP). 
  7. A small plane traveling from San Diego to Van Nuys, California, made an emergency landing on the 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa on Sunday evening after experiencing engine failure. The pilot, Izzy Slod, landed his Beechcraft G33 on the freeway after strong winds prevented the aircraft from being able to get to the beach or the closest runway at Orange County's John Wayne Airport. Slod, and experienced pilot, landed the plane safely on the northbound lanes of the freeway, and according to first responders, was able to avoid all vehicles and obstacles, and did not cause any collisions or injuries.  
  8. Winter storm warnings have now been issued for parts of Southeast Michigan as snow showers continue throughout the day and into the evening. Meteorologists warn that snow accumulations of anywhere from 3-6 inches today will make the afternoon commute tricky, with limited visibility at times. On the East Coast, several weather advisories have also been issued for areas in Massachusetts, including a winter weather advisory with 3 to 5 inches of snow expected, a wind advisory warning of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph, and a coastal flooding advisory. All of the advisories are in effect until various times on Tuesday and residents are cautioned to be aware of updates to local weather conditions to ensure safety. 

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.