Five Things You Need to Know: 8/15, Wednesday Edition


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1) ID Credit Union Robbery Incident Leads to Guard’s Injuries, Previous Employee’s Death

Josh Martz, a former manager at the Coeur d’Alene Global Credit Union, shot the guard on duty this week, and tried to rob the bank, writes Taylor Vlydo of KREM for KTVB. “…Martz's profile on the business networking website LinkedIn, showed him working at a handful of banks in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene area over the last decade. In an online bio, he described himself as being a ‘die-hard patriot.’ He also wrote that he had a respect for people who do what is best for their country and hold their beliefs even if they go against societal norms,” per the article. “…The credit union president said he believes Martz showed up to the building on Saturday for retaliation, and not just to rob the branch.”

2) CA: LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy Hopeful Killed on the Job While Volunteering Seven Years Ago

“…Officials hope a new $25,000 reward will lead to an arrest in the murder of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (volunteer) explorer and his friend seven years ago. Cesar Rodriguez, 19, and his friend Larry Villegas were shot and killed outside a home near Whittier in 2011,” according to ABC 7. It’s possible he was mistaken for a gang member. The mother of Rodriguez pleaded with news conference attendees to get any information possible to the department.

3) Next Hot Seat Webinar Digging Deep into AMAs Scheduled for Sept. 20

Exciting Hot Seat news from today: “…Entitled “Impairing the Guides: The Legal Assault on the 6th Edition,” it will take an in depth look at what is behind the legal challenges we are seeing around the nation to the 6th edition of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment,” according to President and CEO Bob Wilson. Our guests will be attorney and author Alan Pierce, and physician and author Dr. Chris Brigham. Pierce is host of the podcast ‘Workers' Comp Matters’ heard on the Legal Talk Network, and Brigham is Senior Contributing Editor for the AMA Guides Sixth edition and Editor of the AMA Guides Newsletter. He is also author of the book, “Living Abled.”

4) Orlando Company in Hot Water for Allegedly Firing Employee Over Work Comp Claim

Daniel Rodriguez of Orlando has filed a lawsuit against AG Plus Express LLC, alleging he was fired after filing a work comp claim, writes Philip Gonzales of the Florida Record. “…He has suffered emotional distress, lost wages and benefits, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-pecuniary losses, according to the complaint. The plaintiff holds AG Plus Express LLC responsible because the defendant allegedly terminated his employment in retaliation for filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, he claims,” per the article. He requests trial-by-jury, damages at more than $15,000, costs and attorney fees, among other things.

5) IL: Former Electrician Diagnosed with Cancer, Alleges it Was Caused by Asbestos Exposure

Steven and Sandy Akey of Belleville have filed an alleged asbestos exposure lawsuit against manufacturers including ABB Inc., Cleaver-Brooks and Vermont Talc, writes Lhalie Castillo of the Madison-St. Clair Record. “…According to the complaint, Steven worked with products containing asbestos fibers throughout his career as an electrician and general laborer. He was diagnosed with cancer in October 2017, the complaint states,” per the article. “…The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek damages of more than $50,000.”

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