Monthly Archive: January 2017

Woodbridge Man Wins $1 Million Lottery

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – We told you Monday[1] that a $1 million winning lottery ticket had been sold in Woodbridge Township — at the Raceway gas station on West Pond Road, to be exact — and now a winner has come forward to claim it.

Charles Covington, a truck driver who lives in Woodbridge, bought the ticket at the gas station earlier this month. He’s a regular Powerball lottery player, and purchases advance tickets each month. The drawing was Saturday, and the ticket he purchased matched all five of the white balls drawn, but not the Powerball, winning the $1 million second-tier prize.

On Sunday, Covington scanned his ticket with the NJ Lottery app on his phone, to check if he won. The app returned a winning message, but did not reveal the prize amount. He went to the Raceway gas station expecting to claim a few dollars. But then the retailer checked the ticket and told Covington that he had actually just won $1 million.

According to a lottery, Covington screamed out loud in excitement.

He validated his ticket Monday morning at the state’s Lottery headquarters.

Covington plans to save most of his winnings for retirement, but says he will also purchase a new car.


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Super sized freight moving through Atlanta area

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It will be an amazing sight when drivers see this coming down Interstate 20.

“I think it’s an awesome system,” driver Danny Grumbach said. “That’s a pretty cool hunk of equipment they got moving there.”

Even truck drivers are shocked to see the size of this piece of equipment being moved.

“I actually turned my head I was trying to be nosy a little bit to see what it was,” truck driver Abdul Cure said.

As a truck driver he knows it’s a little more than driving a regular truck like his.

“Usually it takes an escort you know a police escort, state patrol going down the highway,” Cure said. “Something that large you probably have to drive at night.”

The 261 foot long trailer is 19 feet wide. According to GDOT before a permit was issued to allow it, a routing analysis was done to make sure the truck could maneuver all turns involved and roads could support its weight. Also the shipment sits 14 feet high. So they had to make sure it could go under all bridges and powers lines.

“I’m sure they’ve got three, four sets of contingency plans for something like that for such a huge move like that,” Grumbach said.

The truck and trailer has 134 wheels on it.  It’s carrying a machine press that weights 656,000 pounds or 328 tons. It’s being transported to Alabama and will be used to make car parts.

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Moses Lake man injured in semi-truck crash on SR 12 near Dayton

DAYTON – A Moses Lake semi-truck driver was injured in a crash Tuesday morning on state Route 12 about 14 miles east of Dayton.

Ryan C. Reeves, a 23-year-old man, was driving a 2016 Peterbilt semi-truck, pulling two trailers, west on ST 12. He reportedly failed to negotiate a curve to the left, causing the truck to go off the highway and down a 50-foot embankment, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The vehicle came to rest on its side.

Reeves and his passenger, Justin O. Even, a 40-year-old Colorado man, were both injured and taken to Dayton General Hospital. Reeves was later transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.

The state patrol cited Reeves for driving too fast for conditions.

Pico Rivera man gets 20-year-to-life term for stabbing death of AAA driver

Tobias Ruben Cabrera. Sheriff's Department photo Tobias Ruben Cabrera. Sheriff’s Department photo

A man who fatally stabbed a tow truck driver who was helping the defendant’s mother in Pico Rivera was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in state prison.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera[1], 41, pleaded no contest Dec. 6 to second-degree murder for the June 2, 2015, killing of Raymond Zabala III, who was attacked in the 8400 block of Buhman Avenue after replacing the battery on the woman’s car.

Cabrera also admitted that he had a prior conviction, from 2001, for corporal injury with great bodily injury to a spouse/cohabitant/child’s parent.

Cabrera walked up to the 35-year-old AAA driver and asked what was going on before attacking him, then rode away on a bike after the unprovoked stabbing. Authorities have not determined a motive for the attack.

Zabala went to a neighboring home to seek help, but died near the crime scene. Cabrera was arrested three days later.

Zabala’s mother, Michele, said, “… There are no adequate words to describe the pain, anger and despair that I’ve felt from his murder.”

“Ray’s murder took everything from me,” she said. “It took my security and my innocence. It took my rest and my peace. I have lost my faith and trust in people. I have trouble finding joy in the simple pleasures of life. Being `happy’ doesn’t seem `right’ any more.”

She described the family’s world as “shattered,” saying they are “now painfully aware that there is violence and evil in this world.”

The victim’s fiance, Stephanie Almanza, said that she and Zabala had a son who was only 2 months old when his father was killed. She said Zabala was also helping her raise her older son.

“I keep our family pictures and pictures of Raymond up at home so the baby can see him every day. It’s sad that the only way the baby can visit him is by going to the cemetery and speaking to him without receiving a response back from his father,” she said. “It breaks my heart that the baby is starting to talk and he should be saying, `Daddy,’ but only knows the word `Mom.”‘

She called her fiance a “hard-working family man” and said she fears for her and her sons’ lives if Cabrera is released from prison.

—City News Service

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Homeless man gets 20 years to life for killing tow truck driver in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA >> A judge on Tuesday sentenced a 41-year-old homeless man to 20 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing[1] a tow truck driver in Pico Rivera in what authorities called an unprovoked attack.

Tobias Ruben Cabrera stabbed 35-year-old Raymond Zabala III in the neck on June 2, 2015 while the younger man was replacing the battery in a minivan owned by Cabrera’s mother.

Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said Cabrera pleaded no contest[2] last month to second degree murder. She said Cabrera also admitted to a 2001 conviction for corporal injury with a firearm causing great bodily injury to a spouse or cohabitant.

Cabrera could have received 37 years to life in prison if he’d been tried and convicted.

A court officials said his next court date in Norwalk Superior Court is March 2 for a restitution hearing.

Cabrera’s attorney declined to comment on the case.

Zabala lived in East L.A. and worked for Petra Towing & Auto Repair in Montebello, which contracts with the Automobile Club of Southern California for roadside service. He was sent to the 8400 block of Buhman Avenue on June 2, 2015.

Cabrera’s mother needed the battery replaced in her Honda Odyssey.

The prosecution said Zabala was working on the Odyssey when Cabrera approached him, asked what was going on then stabbed him.

The wounded Zabala ran to a neighboring home to get help. He died on a porch, according to the coroner’s office.

Cabrera fled the scene on a bicycle. Deputies found[3] him June 5 in the area of Whittier Boulevard and the San Gabriel River.


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Lorry drivers claim to have been cheated out of EPF dues

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 Feb 2017:

The Coalition of Lorry Drivers yesterday urged the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to investigate several transport companies that have allegedly manipulated the terminology of how earnings are defined under the EPF Act to avoid making proper contributions for their employees.

Its coordinator Mohana Rani said the employers had replaced the term ‘commissions’ – which according to the EPF Act 1991, was counted as wages with other terms like allowances and overtime – to avoid contributing more on the part of employers.

“Employers seeking to reduce costs manipulated this act by substituting the term ‘commissions’ with others such as ‘allowances’ and ‘overtime pay’, which are not considered wages.

“This has resulted in lower contributions from the companies, and affected our (lorry drivers’) EPF savings,” she said after handing over a memorandum to EPF’s Enforcement Department chief Hardial Singh Mitt Singh at the EPF Building in Jalan Raja Laut, here.

Missing Truck Driver Found Dead

LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) – A truck driver who was missing over the weekend was found dead inside his vehicle.

According to Laredo Police, he was 59-year-old man from Michigan.
The tragic discovery was made at the 4900 block of San Bernardo Avenue.
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