Two summers ago, a Chelmsford family awoke to an unimaginable sight: a man dressed entirely in black, fully armed with knives, attacking a teenaged daughter. The father fought the man and kept him subdued until police arrived.
The man in black turned out to be Adam Leroy Lane, a North Carolina trucker who parked his rig on Route 495, before looking for victims. In his truck, detectives found a DVD called, “How To Kill Humans”
Over the last five years, the FBI has been gathering data on unsolved murders across the country. As the Bureau’s data base grew, the FBI reached a startling conclusion: long distance truckers are responsible for 500 unsolved murders across the USA. The victims were mostly women, many of them prostitutes, drug abusers, and runaways, who willingly got into the cabs of big rigs at truck stops. Their bodies have been found along highways from coast to coast. The FBI has identified 200 potential suspects.
Just three days before Adam Leroy Lane was arrested in Chelmsford, investigators from the Middlesex County DA’s office returned from an FBI seminar focusing on what is now known as the Highway Serial Killers Initiative. DA Gerry Leone sent the investigators to the conference hoping the information would result in one more tool to investigate unsolved crimes. That decision had immediate results.
The investigators in Chelmsford combed through Lane’s trucking logs, discovered his route, and started to reach out to other police departments along the East Coast. They quickly realized that the night before Lane was arrested in Chelmsford, there was a similar home invasion which led to a brutal murder in New Jersey. Lane was in the area. And he was in the area where two more brutal murders took place in Pennsylvannia.
Adam Leroy Lane has pleaded guilty to the Chelmsford home invasion, and the NJ murder. The PA cases are under investigation, but he is a suspect.
N.J. officer Fred Potter to help organize drivers at U.S. seaports
New Jersey Teamsters officer Fred Potter has been named director of the union’s port division, which has been attempting to organize harbor truck drivers at U.S. seaports.
Potter replaces Chuck Mack who was named chairman of the Western Conference Teamster Pension Trust. Mack will take over the trust following the death of Tony Lock.
The Teamsters port division the past several years has been involved in organizing campaigns in port cities across the country, including the highly-publicized effort that has been part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach clean-trucks programs.
The Teamsters charge that harbor truck drivers are misclassified as independent contractors and should be treated as trucking company employees with better wages and benefits.
“Misclassified independent contractors at our nation’s ports are the most exploited truck drivers, and they need protections that only a strong Teamster contract can provide,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa.
Potter has served most recently as the union’s at-large vice president. He is also president of Local 469 in Hazlet, N.J., a position he will continue to hold.
A new bill released on Jan. 26 by the Assembly Transportation Committee in Trenton, will help to prevent that from happening in New Jersey.
The Asbury Park Press report states the unanimously released amended bill will require drivers, including truckers, to clean snow and ice from their vehicles before hitting the road.
While the trucking industry is upset, most in New Jersey, like Pam Fischer, the state Division of Traffic Highway Safety director, believe that ice and snow flying off the tops of tractor-trailers and other large trucks is a hazard.
The report in APP indicates seven of 10 motorists support such a law, according to a poll of 1,000 drivers taken by AAA clubs of New Jersey. If passed, the law will allow police to pull over vehicles being driven with ice and snow on them or flying off them, the report said.