published Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Police News: Men die in fall in North Dakota


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Men die in fall in North Dakota

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating three workplace deaths in western North Dakota, including that of a Chattanooga man.

Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson said two men were killed Monday when they fell 250 feet from a cellphone tower.

Halvorson said 42-year-old Namon Smith, of Chattanooga, and 25-year-old Zachary Roberts, of Lakeland, Ga., were adding structural supports to the 300-foot tower when one man fell and struck the other man, causing him to fall.

Halvorson said both workers were wearing safety harnesses and hard hats. The reason for the safety equipment failure is under investigation.

In a separate incident, Watford City police reported a death allegedly related to workplace chemicals at Power Fuels.

Power Fuels attorney Alicia Brenna said the worker died in his home and that the investigation is ongoing.

Authorities have not released the man's name.

Collegedale plans DUI checkpoint

Collegedale Police Department will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday, according to a news release.

Police will be focusing on enforcing areas including Tennessee Highway 11, Highway 37, Highway 321 and Little Debbie Parkway.

"The Collegedale Police Department has found that DUI checkpoints are an effective means of enforcing DUI laws of Tennessee while ensuring protection of all motorists," the release states.

The checkpoint will be partially funded by the Governor's Highway Safety Office.

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