Robert Snell The Detroit News Published 8:55 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 Detroit — A corruption investigation involving rigged contracts at Detroit Metropolitan Airport widened Tuesday when a contractor was charged in federal court with bribing an airport official. William Pritula, 69, of Romulus was charged with federal program bribery, a 10-year felony, and the nature of the charge indicates he is expected to plead guilty amid the ongoing investigation. According to prosecutors, Pritula received $5.47 million after bribing an unnamed official with the Wayne County Airport Authority, which manages and operates Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports. The criminal charge was filed more than one month after another contractor, Gary Tenaglia, was charged with participating in a conspiracy that defrauded the Wayne County Airport Authority out of $1.5 million. The conspiracy involves Tenaglia’s firm, Envision Engineering & Maintenance, and a $1.5 million … [Read more...] about Detroit Metro scandal widens as second contractor charged
Updated 7:51 am, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 SEATTLE (AP) — KOMO-TV, its aviation contractor and the estate of the station's late pilot will pay $40 million to two men who were injured when a news helicopter nose-dived off the station's rooftop near Seattle's Space Needle four years ago and crashed into their cars. The Seattle Times reports the settlement came in court Monday after testimony and new records emerged in the final stages of the weekslong civil trial. The testimony and records bolstered contentions by surviving crash victims Guillermo Sanchez and Richard Newman that Sinclair Broadcast-owned KOMO and its contractor, Helicopters Inc., ignored long-standing safety concerns about landing on the station's rooftop helipad. Under the settlement, neither KOMO nor Helicopters Inc. admitted wrongdoing for the fiery crash on March 18, 2014, that killed pilot Gary Pfitzner and photojournalist Bill Strothman, and injured Sanchez and Newman as they sat in vehicles near the news … [Read more...] about KOMO-TV, aviation contractor to pay $40M to men in crash
0 View Comments Colorado Springs-based defense contractor Polaris Alpha will be acquired May 31 by California-based engineering and construction giant Parsons in a deal designed to accelerate Polaris Alpha's growth in cybersecurity, battlefield management, small satellites and other advanced technologies. The transaction will give Parsons nearly 800 employees in Colorado, including 350 Polaris Alpha employees in Colorado Springs and 100 in the Denver area, that will be merged into Parsons' federal contracting unit during the next 12 to 18 months, said Carey Smith, who heads the unit. Terms of the deal, announced to employees early Monday, were not disclosed since both companies are privately held. The deal is scheduled for completion May 31 after it clears a mandatory waiting period under federal antitrust laws, she said. Related: Ride sharing giants quickly seize major share of Colorado Springs market Smith said she began looking for acquisitions about 10 months ago, shortly … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs defense contractor to be acquired by California-based Parsons Corp.
Updated 8:41 pm, Friday, May 18, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 CORRECTS SOURCE TO EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INSTEAD OF LOUISIANA CORRECTIONS- This photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Jon Bridgers. Bridgers, who founded Cajun Navy 2016, a volunteer flotilla renowned for responding to natural disasters, has been arrested on a charge he defrauded a customer who hired him to rebuild a home. An attorney for Bridgers says he was freed from jail on $10,000 bond after his arrest Wednesday, May 16, 2018, on a residential contractor fraud charge. (East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP) less CORRECTS SOURCE TO EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE INSTEAD OF LOUISIANA CORRECTIONS- This photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Jon Bridgers. Bridgers, who founded ... … [Read more...] about Cajun Navy leader arrested on contractor fraud charge
Tennessee Department of Transportation officials say an employee working for a contractor at a state project on State Route 111 was killed today when a tractor trailer overturned near the Hamilton-Sequatchie county line. The southbound lanes are closed and traffic is being routed onto Lewis Chapel Road, TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said. TDOT maintenance crews and a TDOT H.E.L.P. truck have responded to the scene. Flynn confirmed that the victim was not a TDOT employee but was working for a contractor doing work on a TDOT project. She was unable to immediately provide the name of the company. The fatal crash happened at 10:23 a.m. and is expected to be cleared by 2:23 p.m., according to state officials. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is on the scene investigating the crash, officials said. Stay with the Times Free Press for more on this developing story. … [Read more...] about Contractor employee killed on State Route 111, southbound lanes closed