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19 October 2022: Los Angeles, California

On October 19, 2022, at approximately 7:30 in the morning, LA County Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau Detectives and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents assigned to a task force at the Los Angeles International Airport seized approximately 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills. The suspect attempted to go through TSA screening with several bags…

21 October 2022: Toronto, Canada

Two people were detained in connection with a possible explosive device found at Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport Ferry Terminal October 21. The discovery prompted an evacuation of the airport. Operations at the airport were suspended. Toronto police said the two persons of interest were in custody and cooperating with the…

24 November 2022: Kenner, Louisiana

After being forcibly removed from an airplane for asking passengers who appeared to her to be Latino whether they were smuggling drugs, a niece of the former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bit, kicked and spit on Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies who were trying to detain her authorities said. The…

28 November 2022: Little Rock, Arkansas

A woman’s actions forced a Southwest Airlines flight to make an emergency landing in Little Rock, Arkansas, when she bit a passenger and made the claim that Jesus told her to open the plane door 37,000 ft in the air. Flight 192 was on its way from Houston to Ohio…

6 December 2022: Worldwide

A joint INTERPOL – World Customs Organization (WCO) law enforcement operation has seen hundreds of arrests and the disruption of wildlife and timber crime networks globally. Codenamed “Thunder 2022”, the month-long (3-30 October) operation brought together police, customs, financial intelligence units, wildlife and forestry enforcement agencies from 125 countries, the…

24 August 2022: Kodiak, Alaska

Kodiak Airport (ADQ) Supervisory TSA Officer Sarah Webb was using her split shift break to get lunch when she passed a taxi stopped on the side of the road. “It just didn’t look right,” remembers Webb. “I turned around and went back and asked if everything was OK,” said Webb,…

16 September 2022: France

European flights were disrupted on Friday, September 16 when French air traffic controllers went on strike. The strike forced airlines to cancel half of the flights scheduled to arrive or depart Paris airports and others with some estimates of more than 1,000 grounded flights. The strike was also supposed to…

7 October 2022: London, UK

A British Airways passenger defecated on the floor of the plane and smeared it into the seats — sickening travelers, according to reports taking unruly passenger behavior to new lows. The passenger, whose name was not released, began to “flip out” in protest just before the flight from London’s Heathrow…

20 September 2022: Bali, Indonesia

An Australian family was kicked off their Qantas flight home from Bali, after an altercation with flight attendants. The man was seen saying, “Get out of my face,” to one of the flight attendants. Eventually, the family left the aircraft as requested but the man insisted his wife was crying…

Cignal LLC Awarded Phase 3 Funding by DHS S&T SVIP

Cignal, a technology startup that develops advanced simulation and high-performance computing (HPC) environments to rapidly train Automated Threat Recognition (ATR) and artificial intelligence (AI) systems, announced recently that it was awarded Phase 3 project funding by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation…

14 September 2022: Bronx

A woman from the Bronx who pled guilty to shoving a flight attendant and spitting on another passenger while on a flight from Los Angeles to Dallas last year, was sentenced to four months in prison, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona. Kelly Pichardo, 32, of The Bronx, pleaded…

3 September 2022: Tupelo, Mississippi

A man was taken into custody and “being charged with grand larceny and making terroristic threats,” Tupelo Police Chief John Quaka said at a press conference Saturday 3 September. “We do anticipate that the federal government will proceed with federal charges in the very near future,” Quaka said. The man,…

22 August 2022: En Route From Seattle to San Diego

Alaska Airlines Flight 558 was diverted back to Seattle shortly after takeoff, according to a statement from the airline. The flight “reported an unusual vibration on the left side of the aircraft soon after departure,” a representative for Alaska Airlines said in the statement. “The aircraft returned to the airport…

7 September 2022: Toronto from Saskatoon

Air Canada flight AC1934 en route to Toronto from Saskatoon had to make an emergency stop in Winnipeg so that two out of control passengers could be removed by police. According to the RCMP, Winnipeg Airport police were alerted to two disruptive passengers on board the flight. The two male…

17 August 2022: En Route From Neward to Costa Rica

An unruly passenger caused a United Airlines flight from Newark Liberty Intl. to divert to a Virginia airport while flying to Costa Rica, officials said. United flight 1080 departed Newark airport around 8:30 a.m. and diverted to Dulles Intl. Airport in Virginia, where the plane landed around 11 a.m. The…

16 November 2022: East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Around 240 people were rescued and at least 17 died (an updated figure as initially it was reported that 14 had died) when a boat caught fire off the coast of Indonesia. Three boats, as well as local fishermen, came to the scene to assist in the rescue efforts, authorities…

10 November 2022: Neches River

A state licensed pilot from the Sabine Pilots took navigational control of the Gas Ares as it was heading to a loading dock on the Neches River. Due to wind conditions, the pilot planned to have an escort tug for the transit through the Sabine Neches Canal and Neches River.…

4 November 2022: France, Algeria, Guinea

In a case that demonstrates the great risks faced by migrants that resort to smugglers, an eight-year-old boy has been rescued by law enforcement after being kidnapped by fellow migrants and held for ransom. The boy and his mother had left Côte d’Ivoire in early 2021, hoping to make the…

11 November 2022: Toulon, France

France allowed the Ocean Viking rescue ship that was carrying more than 200 migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean to dock at their port of Toulon. This followed terse communications with Italy over the fate of the vessel. Gerald Darmanin, France’s interior minister, said that the Italian government’s ban…

17 November 2022: Lower Mississippi River

An electrical generator set (genset) failure and subsequent loss of steering led to the grounding of a towing vessel near Greenville, Mississippi, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The towing vessel Marquette Warrior was pushing 35 loaded dry cargo barges down the Lower Mississippi River on Nov. 21, 2021,…

29 November 2022: Gran Canaria, Spain

Three stowaways were found sitting on the rudder of a ship as it concluded an 11-day voyage from Nigeria, according to Spanish Coast Guard authorities. A photo shared by the coastguard shows the three men sitting on the rudder at the stern of the oil tanker, their feet dangling several…

13 October 2022: The Caribbean Sea

A joint firearms operation between INTERPOL and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) has led to the seizure of some 350 weapons, 3,300 rounds of ammunition and record drug hauls across the Caribbean. Operation Trigger VII (24 – 30 September) saw officers from 19 countries…

25 October 2022: The East River, New York

A software flaw combined with the captain’s failure to use back-up controls led to the grounding of a passenger ferry last year in New York City, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a review of the accident in October. The high-speed passenger ferry Commodore, owned and operated by Seastreak,…

14 September 2022: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

U. S. Coast Guard and federal, state, local agencies and industry organizations from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands conducted a functional area maritime security exercise Wednesday, 14 September, throughout the Captain of the Port Zone area of responsibility. The exercise was part of the nationwide Area Maritime Security…

23 August 2022: Gibraltar, Spain

A superyacht reportedly worth $75-million and linked to Russian steel billionaire was auctioned on 23 August in Gibraltar. This sale is the first of its kind since Russia invaded Ukraine in February of this year. The yacht, Axioma, was impounded by authorities in March after JPMorgan said its alleged owner,…

6 September 2022: Green Cay, Bahamas

A cruise ship passenger from died after being attacked by a shark. The passenger was snorkeling according to authorities. The woman, in her 50s, was cruising on the Royal Caribbean ship, Harmony of the Seas, and was attacked in Green Cay, off the coast of Nassau, as confirmed by the…

2 September 2022: Miami Beach, Florida

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous offloaded approximately 22 pounds of cocaine and 1,256 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $3 million, on 2 September at their base in Miami Beach. The drugs were interdicted in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean by crews from Cutter…

27 June 2022: Aqaba Port, Jordan

A gas leak at Jordan’s port of Aqaba killed 13 and injured more than 260 others, according to a state media report. A crane malfunctioned while moving a storage container filled with chlorine gas, the state reported. CCTV footage captured the event and showed the container being hoisted into the…

2 July 2022: South China Sea

The engineering vessel Fujing 001 and its 30 crew members were carrying out work when Typhoon Chaba hit on Saturday, July 2. The vessel was caught in the storm and snapped in half, then dragged anchor, the anchor chain broke and the vessel floated away, eventually sinking. Rescuers saved at…

8 September 2022: Imperial County, California

On September 8, 2022, about 2:40 a.m. local time, a conductor and engineer of Union Pacific Railroad (UP) train ISILB5-07 were killed when the train collided with railcars stored in a siding near Imperial County, California. The train was traveling eastbound about 28 mph on Mainline 2 when a UP…

28 October 2022: Beaumont, Texas

On October 28, 2022, about 12:02 a.m. local time, a PSC Group train conductor was struck and killed by train 3832 during a reverse movement at the ExxonMobil refinery plant in Beaumont, Texas. The train consisted of one locomotive and 19 tank cars. The conductor, part of a four-person PSC…

September 12 2022: U. S. Nationwide

Railroads in the U. S. stopped accepting shipments of hazardous and other security-sensitive materials due to the looming threat of a strike Friday the 16th of September. A major national railroad, Union Pacific, whose operations would be stopped by a strike, said it was being done to “protect employees, customers,…

24 August 2022: The English Channel

A Le Shuttle incident began when the train’s alarms went off. Passengers were left stranded for several hours inside the Channel Tunnel when the train from Calais to Folkestone broke down. In footage that emerged later, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle passengers were shown being evacuated through an emergency service tunnel after…

27 June 2022: Brentwood, California

Three people died and two others were seriously injured when an Amtrak train collided with a car in Brentwood, California, over the weekend according to the East Contra Costa Fire Department. The two people who were wounded (one was a child), suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local…

28 June 2022: Mendon, Missouri

Three people died and another 50 were injured when an Amtrak train derailed after hitting a dump truck in Missouri, authorities said. Cpl. Justin Dunn, a spokesperson for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, told reporters that two of the people who were killed were aboard the train while the…

24 August 2022: Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine

Twenty-two people were killed on Wednesday 24 August in an attack on the Chaplyne train station in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast. “Chaplyne is our pain today,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky. “As of this moment, there are 22 dead, five of them burned in the car, a teenager died, he was 11 years…

29 March 2022: Kaduna, Nigeria

An attack on a passenger train, the second since October happened on 29 March. Armed rebels in the northeast and bandits who have kidnapped hundreds for ransom in the center and northwest parts of the country have left the population scared. Nigerian government officials said a passenger train headed left…

8 June 2022: Tabas, Iran

A train derailed in eastern Iran, killing 21 people and injuring 87 more, according to reports. The train was part of state-run Islamic Republic Railway and was carrying around 350 people when it derailed near the town of Tabas, 340 miles southeast of Tehran, on its way to the city…

3 June 2022: Burgrain District, Germany

A train derailment ina Bavarian Alpine resort in southern Germany killed five and injured 30. Rescuers used ladders to reach passengers who became trapped. “In the serious train accident, as of 3:32 pm (1532 GMT), four people were fatally injured,” a police statement said. The train was “very crowded and…

8 April 2022: Kramatorsk, Ukraine

A Russian attack on a train station in eastern Ukraine has killed as many as 50 people according to sources inside Ukraine. Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration released a statement on Telegram. The people killed were civilians waiting to evacuate the area to safety. Krylenko’s statement…

25 May 2022: New York, New York

Police rescued a blind man who had fallen onto the track just as a train was pulling into the station. Body cam footage shows the officers running towards the man who struggled to climb back onto the platform. In the image the man’s cane can be seen.

19 April 2022: Times Square Station, New York

Martial Simon, a schizophrenic man accused of fatally shoving Michelle Go in front of a subway train in January, will be sent to a locked psychiatric facility indefinitely, after prosecutors agreed not to contest that he is unfit to stand trial. Simon, 61, was declared unfit by Bellevue Hospital Center…

29 April 2022: Manhattan, New York

Two people were killed when a subway train hit them at a Manhattan station, according to local police said. This was the latest in a rise in deaths involving “unauthorized people venturing onto the tracks.” The collision happened around 10:45 a.m., when a southbound No. 1 train pulled into the…

22 October 2022: Santiago, Chile

The burglary of a shop in Chile culminated in a car chase and subsequently, money being spread across a highway. According to local media, the alleged burglars tried to steal approximately $10,300 – 10m Chilean pesos. Six people were arrested. Fortunately, most of the money was recovered by police.

28 November 2022: El Paso, Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Stanton Street dedicated commuter lane border crossing seized 19.78 pounds of cocaine from a traveler enrolled in the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) lane. “The use of SENTRI is a privilege but participants are not exempt from inspection,”…

3 November 2022: Detroit, Michigan

The parent company of Chrysler, Stellantis, and the U. S. government warned drivers of 276,000 older vehicles to stop driving them. The Takata air bags that were installed in those models have exploded, apparently, causing death in at least three recent cases. The effected models include the Dodge Magnum wagon,…

7 November 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

A driver who crashed into an Atlanta area charter school, Ivy Preparatory Academy injuring three students was charged with aggravated assault, according to local police. The driver, Obinna Aguocha, 39, drove or crashed into a classroom where 22 fifth graders were studying. Three student were taken to local hospitals but…

23 November 2022: Chicago, Illinois

A car speeding down the wrong way of a Chicago street smashed into numerous other vehicles at an intersection. The two occupants were killed and 16 other people were injured, including seven children, according to a police statement. The vehicle, a Dodge Charger, was traveling “at a very high rate…

17 November 2022: Whittier, California

Nicholas Gutierrez was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer after he reportedly drove his SUV into the wrong lane and then crashed into a group of Los Angeles County law enforcement recruits as they exercised on a training run. Twenty-five recruits were injured, five of them…

November 21 2022: Hingham, Massachusetts

A vehicle crashed through the front window of an Apple store Monday, November 21 in Hingham, Massachusetts. One person was killed and 16 others were injured, authorities said. Police were investigating but didn’t indicate whether the crash was believed to be accidental.

25 August 2022: Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, was hit with approximately 10 inches of rain in about six hours causing flash flooding that crippled transportation, highways and roads and trapped people in their cars.

24 July 2022: Mevo Dotan, Palestine

A man who ran over and killed two IDF soldiers and seriously injured two other soldiers in Palestine in 2018 was convicted on charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder in July by the Samaria Military Court. The man claimed that the incident was a car accident and…

6 August 2022: Dover, Delaware

Delaware Police arrested a 27-year-old Wilmington man on gun and drug charges after he allegedly rammed his vehicle into police vehicles as he tried to flee. Delaware State News reported that the arrest was made in the parking lot of Bally’s Resort and Casino after a lengthy investigation by the…

27 June 2022: San Antonio, Texas

Inside a box truck 62 people being smuggled from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, something went wrong. When found, most of the group were already dead from the heat. The death toll was 53 dead, in what officials are calling one of the worst episodes of migrant death in the United…

14 August 2022: Washington D. C.

A man, Richard A. York III, 29 years old from Delaware, drove to the U. S. Capitol and crashed his car into the vehicle barricade at East Capitol Street and Second Street. While the man was getting out of the car, it became engulfed in flames. York then fired several…

23 March 2022: Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium

While more than 100 people waited for a parade Sunday morning, 20 March, in Strepy-Bracquegnies, Belgium, a car crashed into crowd at high speed. The car smashed into carnival performers, leaving six people dead and seriously injuring 10 more. Around 150 people gathered early on Sunday for the town’s annual…

22 March 2022: Atlanta, Georgia

An armed man on board a northbound Greyhound bus in the Atlanta area caused traffic to be delayed in both directions and fear among fellow passengers on 22 March. Greyhound said the bus was bound for New York City. The man was described as being in a “behavioral health crisis”…