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    Engine101
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  • Engine101
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    Just another typical day in the City of Los Angeles

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  • RyanEMVFD
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  • RyanEMVFD
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    They should've made him clean up the mess.

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  • NJFFSA16
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  • NJFFSA16
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    He gave up..............

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who seized control of a high-rise
    construction crane towering 400 feet above downtown was arrested
    after rotating the crane's cab and throwing objects at police and
    fire rescue teams on the ground, authorities said.
    Kevin Donaldson, 43, was arrested about 4 a.m. Friday after he
    climbed down the crane and surrendered peacefully to authorities.
    Police said he will likely face vandalism charges for the damage he
    caused.
    A caller reported seeing Donaldson in the crane at a
    construction site about a block from City Hall at about 7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. As
    police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene, the man
    began hurling objects down to the ground at them, Wells said.
    The man also seemed to know how to operate the crane, and he
    dropped its hook and rotated its cab for a time before authorities
    cut off the power.
    With power off, the darkened crane stood starkly in the shadows
    of the illuminated, 28-story City Hall, which was Los Angeles'
    tallest building when it was constructed in 1928 and is still a
    centerpiece of downtown. The crane is located on the site of what
    is to be a new state Department of Transportation building.
    Negotiators were eventually able to talk Donaldson down from the
    crane. Donaldson allegedly told police that he hadn't seen his kids
    in seven years and that he wanted to kill himself.
    Police said Donaldson used to be crane operator in Montana
    before moving to Los Angeles.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • engine23ccvfd
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  • engine23ccvfd
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    I am gonna go out on a limb here and say this guy needed to pop one less pill/injection/snort/smoke.....

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  • Bones42
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    They cut the power, so the crane is useless at this point. Wonder if the guy would simply climb down after a while if everyone left him alone?

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  • NJFFSA16
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    started a topic Crane operator taunts LA Fire & PD

    Crane operator taunts LA Fire & PD

    Hmmmm, is this the Fire Department"s job....or LAPD? Tough call on this one.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man seized control of a high-rise
    construction crane towering above downtown Thursday night, rotating
    the crane's cab and throwing objects at police and fire rescue
    teams on the ground, authorities said.
    A caller reported seeing the man in the crane at a construction
    site about a block from City Hall at about 7:30 p.m., said Los
    Angeles Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells. As police officers and
    firefighters arrived on the scene, the man began hurling objects
    down to the ground at them, Wells said.
    The man also seemed to know how to operate the crane, and he
    dropped its hook and rotated its cab for a time before authorities
    cut off the power.
    With power off, the darkened crane stood starkly in the shadows
    of the illuminated City Hall, which rises more than 20 stories.
    The man's identity wasn't immediately available and it wasn't
    known how he got up into the crane. Late Thursday night authorities
    began bringing in negotiators as they tried to figure out a way to
    get him down.
    "We don't want to agitate him and cause him to jump, so we
    might have to wait it out," Wells said.
    Los Angeles firefighters have come to the rescue of window
    washers trapped at similar heights, but this situation provided
    more difficulty, Well said, adding window washers are cooperative.
    "With a person in a crane, that person is agitated before we
    even get part of the way up," he said.
    The crane is located on the site of what is to be a new state
    Department of Transportation building.
    Police shut down the area to traffic as negotiators began
    arriving.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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