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Intel Briefing – November 2011


Medical records found dumped behind empty building.
A couple stumbled upon hundreds of old medical records dumped behind the a department store October 2 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The records date back to the late 1970s and early 1980s. Many have patient names, dates of births, and details about medical conditions. Many of the papers have the name of an old practice whose address is now a long-time abandoned building. A Google search suggests the doctor was in the holistic healing business that practiced in Fort Wayne from 1958 to 1983. The doctor was convicted on felony charges for illegally writing prescriptions and his license was suspended in 1983. The next year it was reinstated on a probationary basis. How these records showed up years later and got dumped is still a mystery. A Fort Wayne Police Department spokesman said at the least this could be a case of illegal dumping. She did not know immediately if the confidential nature of the papers would change any charges.

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Detroit sewage contributing to Lake Erie algae bloom.
Environmentalists raised a red flag after Detroit, Michigan released billions upon billions of gallons of raw and diluted sewage into Lake Erie in 2011, WTOL 11 Toledo reported October 4. The city is home to the single largest wastewater plant in the country. According to the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, Detroit unloaded nearly 30 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into the Detroit River during the first 7 months of 2011. The Detroit River flows into Lake Erie. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department said the majority of the water released is treated, and the city is in compliance with Michigan Environmental Quality rules. The increased number of sewer overflows in 2011, when compared to 2010, occurred because of heavy rain.

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Copper thieves target power company in Central New York.
National Grid is pushing back against copper thieves, who have targeted 24 electric substations in Onondaga County, New York, since the beginning of the year, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported October 4. In the last month, Onondaga County sheriff’s deputies have investigated 20 reports of copper thefts at National Grid substations and other facilities, the sheriff said. Syracuse police are investigating at least 15 cases, the police chief said. Recently, thieves stole $800 in scrap metal and caused $10,000 in damage at the Glenwood and Peat Street substations in Syracuse. The two substations have been hit at least three times apiece. In another case, someone was charged with stealing less than $200 in copper from 35 utility poles near Syracuse University.

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