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Two Oregon Firefighters Charged With Computer Crimes

Two Oregon firefighters are facing criminal charges for allegedly illegally accessing emails of other members of the department. Jason Arnold and Jeff Ruthardt of the Sunriver Fire Department are facing numerous charges including conspiracy, computer crimes, official misconduct, and illegally obtaining contents of a communication.

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Public Records and Electronic Communications

Today’s burning question: If a firefighter’s personal device such as a cellphone connects to a wireless network provided by a governmental agency, is the information transmitted automatically subject to the state’s public records law? Answer: Whether an electronic communication is a public record has nothing to do with how it is transmitted.

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NY Chief Charged With Stealing Fuel From FD

A New York fire chief has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing gasoline from his fire department. Fire Chief Duane Royal of the Pennellville Volunteer Fireman’s Association is accused of stealing $2700 worth of gas following an audit and investigation.

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Newark Investigating Sex Assault in Fire Station

A 23 year old woman is claiming that she was sexually assaulted inside a Newark, New Jersey fire station last weekend. The unidentified woman claims she met firefighters at a concert and accompanied them back to the station on Congress Street where she was offered vodka before the assault took place.

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Kentucky Captain Sues For Gender Discrimination

A Kentucky fire captain has filed suit against her department alleging gender-based discrimination over disciplinary charges that were filed against her last year. Middletown Fire Protection District Captain Natalie Taylor was suspended last December over comments she made about the department’s leadership at a November 20, 2014 officer's training session.

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Lawsuit Filed in Hartford LODD

The family of a Hartford firefighter killed in the line of duty on October 7, 2014, has filed suit against the City of Hartford, Fire Chief Carlos Huertas, Deputy Chief James McLoughlin, and Lieutenant John Moree. Kevin Bell died of asphyxiation at a house fire on Blue Hills Avenue

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Los Alamos Bathroom Cam Case Settled for $850k

The sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a female firefighter who was the target of an infamous bathroom cam stunt back in 2010 has been settled for $850,000. Jessie Noah was the target of a video camera hidden in the towel dispenser in the women’s bathroom in a Los Alamos County fire station in October, 2010.

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Oakland Captain Sues for Discrimination

A veteran captain with the Oakland Fire Department who claims he was passed over for promotion to battalion chief has filed suit alleging discrimination and retaliation based upon his Native American and Hispanic descent. Captain Joseph Torres claims that Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed purposefully bypassed him in favor of caucasian and black candidates.

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GA Supreme Court Upholds Pension Contribution Increases for Firefighters

The Supreme Court of Georgia handed Atlanta firefighters, along with other city workers, a loss in their bid to challenge significant increases to their pension contributions. Police, firefighters and city workers filed a class action suit in 2013 seeking to block the city’s attempt to increase their pension contributions by at least 5%, and up to an additional 10% depending on how much the city has to increase its contributions.

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Washington State FD Settles Sex Discrimination Claims for $600k

A Washington state firefighter has agreed to settle two sexual discrimination lawsuits she filed against her fire department and several officers for $600,000. Andra Thompson claims that she had been subjected to a hostile work environment, sex discrimination, and retaliation during her 11 years with the Kennewick Fire Department.

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CT Firefighter Sues Apparatus Driver and Fire Department For Injuries

A Connecticut firefighter whose foot was run over and crushed by an engine at the scene of a house fire last year, is suing his fire department and the driver for his injuries. Christopher Ziemba, a member of the Durham Volunteer Fire Department, was injured on April 23, 2014 at the scene of a house fire in Durham, Connecticut.

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Charleston Firefighters Prevail in Overtime Dispute

The US District Court for the District of South Carolina handed down a ruling today finding that the City of Charleston violated the Fair Labor Standards Act in the manner in which it compensated its firefighters for overtime. The class action suit was filed by six Charleston firefighters in 2013 who alleged a variety of FLSA violations.

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