Defective Takata Airbag Recall Expanded Nationwide

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Images are representative, not actual event

February 3, 2016

The New York Times reports that Honda Motor is expanding its Takata airbag recall by more than a third in North America. The carmaker has already recalled as many as 8.51 million Honda and Acura vehicles in the United States — a third of the recall’s overall total.

This recall is related to an announcement made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last month that five million vehicles with the defective Takata airbags would have to be recalled. To date, fourteen automakers have recalled about 28 million inflators in 24 million vehicles. Continue reading

Former Amazon Employee Charged With Hate Crime For Attack on Co-Worker

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Images are representative, not actual event

January 19, 2016- Chesterfield, VA

James William Hill III, age 34, was indicted Tuesday under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act for a May 2015 assault on a co-worker at the Amazon Distribution Center in Chester.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Hill attacked the victim, referred to as “C.T.” in the indictment, because of “C.T.’s actual and perceived sexual orientation.” The assault is believed to have been caught on security video.

A report by the Huffington Post indicates that Hill was fired immediately after the attack, and an Amazon representative said at the time that the company was “appalled” by Hill’s behavior. Continue reading

Man Dies Sunday After Altercation With VCU Security Guard

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Image is representative, not actual event

August 11, 2015- Richmond, VA

Philip Whitaker III, age 64, died Sunday afternoon after sustaining a serious head injury during an altercation with a Virginia Commonwealth University security guard.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Mr. Whitaker was picking up a prescription at the University’s Ambulatory Care Center Pharmacy on Friday afternoon, when a disagreement with a security guard over whether it was Whitaker’s turn to approach the pharmacy window led to a physical confrontation.  Police have not released the name of the security firm employed by VCU at the Ambulatory Care Center Pharmacy, but did inform the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the guard in question is expected to face criminal charges. Continue reading

Driver Avoids Charges After Striking, Injuring Richmond-Area Toddler

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July 7, 2015

Last Wednesday, three-year-old Scott Talbert was struck by a car while crossing the intersection of Semmes Avenue and 27th Street with his parents.

Thankfully, the toddler survived this harrowing ordeal and is expected to make a full recovery. NBC12 reports that little Scott is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, which will require additional surgeries to treat.

Since the accident, Richmond Police have declined to charge the driver of the vehicle that struck Scott, after witnesses reported that the three-year-old ran out into traffic. Scott’s parents, however, insist they were holding little Scott’s hand at the time of the accident. According to NBC 12, the Talbert family plans to hire an attorney to evaluate the situation. Continue reading