Trucking Company Dissolves Not Paying Employees Salary Owed

CHICAGO (CBS) — Drivers who worked for a trucking company are without paychecks and work after their company never paid.

One family says they are owed more than $1,000 from Alex Logistics since last year.

Ikram Kamal and her husband Ihab have spent almost four months trying to get more than $1,200 they’re owed from Alex Logistics, Inc., their trucking broker.

“I couldn’t pay my bills,” Ihab, a driver for the company, said.

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“It’s just really annoying,” Ikram said.

Kamal owns a trucking business and began delivering loads for Alex Logistics in September. At first, he got his money. Then nothing except a series of calls and emails that went nowhere.

Ihab received a letter that reads, “Ihab, you have to check with Andrew. If he is not going to be in, we cannot do any checks.”

The Kamals filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor and believe they’re not the only ones left unpaid.

“Because I Googled to see what their reviews were, and it was just crazy, the comments that I read from the people that they owed,” Ikram said.

We went to Alex Logistics’ Park Ridge office looking for the Andrew the Kamal’s dealt with. The office was almost empty, with sources telling saying Andrew moved across the hall.

Andrew refused to talk with CBS 2. So our reporter spoke to a man in the company’s former office, who said he’s not associated with the company.

Interesting , considering the Kamals’ later identified him as another Alex Logistics employee, and his Facebook page lists him as its Chief Operating officer.

CBS 2 also confirmed Alex Logistics lost its insurance in October and found Illinois Secretary of State records showing the company was voluntarily dissolved last week.

“They just needed to be called out on it,” Ikram said. “I mean, people work hard for their money. Trucking is not easy. You know, they put their lives on the line, and for them to just not get the money, it’s just not fair.”

Ihab says he is more careful now.

“It’s a lesson for me,” he said.

The Kamals also filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and that office confirmed it has received one complaint against Alex Logistics. Now they say they plan to follow up with both agencies to see if anything else can be done.

Driver Saved Before Metra Train Strikes Vehicle In Lombard

CHICAGO (CBS) — A driver was saved from a vehicle on the tracks before it was struck by a Metra train near Grace Street in Lombard Monday night, Lombard officials confirm.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m., Metra officials say.

Union Pacific West line train number 65 was scheduled to arrive in Elburn at 9:06 p.m.

Lombard police responded to the scene.

No injuries have been reported.

This is a developing story. 

Palmieri Scores 2, Devils Tally 8 In Routing Blackhawks

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman each scored twice, and the New Jersey Devils had their biggest offensive game of the season, an 8-5 victory over the struggling Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 14: Collin Delia #60 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes the third period save against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Blackhawks 8-5. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Travis Zajac, Sami Vatanen, Kevin Rooney and Brett Seney also scored as the Devils won consecutive games for only the third time since opening the season with four straight wins. Rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood won for the fifth time in seven decisions.

Patrick Kane scored twice and set up two others for the Blackhawks. Brent Seabrook, Dominik Kahun and Brandon Saad also scored for Chicago, which left goaltenders Cam Ward and Collin Delia defenseless most of the game in giving up at least seven goals for the fifth time this season. The eight goals against tied the most given up by the Blackhawks this season.

After Kane tied the game 1-all with a power-play goal at 3:07 of the second period, Palmieri and the Devils took over.

Palmieri beat Ward on a breakaway to put the Devils ahead a little more than two minutes after the Kane goal. He stretched the lead to two goals 3:11 later with a shot Ward didn’t seem to see. The goal originally was credited to Brian Boyle but later was awarded to Palmieri for his 22nd of the season.

Zajac tapped in a rebound, Vatanen tallied on a power play and Rooney tallied on a rebound for his first NHL goal to stretch the lead to 6-1.

Kane closed the gap with his second goal and set up Seabrook’s 100th career goal in the final 1:41 of the second period, but the Blackhawks never threatened until Saad scored late to make it 7-5.

Chicago pulled Delia, but Coleman, who had scored the Devils’ first goal on a breakaway, tallied into an empty net.

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PG&E Bankruptcy Sets Stage For Possible Power Grab

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – News of a PG&E’s plan to file bankruptcy sparked panic in some, but in others, it raised the possibility of a power grab.

Customers were wondering about their bills, and stockholders were worried about their investments, but inside San Francisco City Hall, opportunities like this don’t come along very often.

“Once in a century opportunity,” says District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

“For San Francisco, it’s absolutely an opportunity,” agreed District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen.

For these two supervisors and San Francisco City Hall, the relationship with PG&E has been a dysfunctional one in recent years. At times, it has been highly charged.

In June of last year, Ronen told PG&E representatives that she considered the company’s behavior potentially criminal.

“The number of grievances that the city and county of San Francisco has with PG&E have been many,” explains Peskin, a frequent critic of PG&E.

Those grievances are largely the result of San Francisco’s own public utility and PG&E existing as both partner, and competitor. The city is trying to build out an independent, green power program, while still dependent on the investor-owned utility to keep everything connected.

“And they have used that power over us to basically blackmail us,” says Ronen, “and stall projects from being built, add ridiculous requirements.”

For supervisors who had spent years wondering how to end the dispute that had delayed public projects across the city, the bankruptcy news seemed like a possible path forward.

Mayor London Breed was more cautious, but she has instructed her staff to start planning for a possible PG&E sale.

“Whether it’s purchasing of some of their facilities, Breed said. “Those are things we want to explore.”

It is too early to know exactly how PG&E’s bankruptcy will unfold, but supervisor Peskin is already identifying funding sources for the purchase of PG&E equipment.

“I’m very pleased my colleagues and the mayor realize this is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he said.

Furloughed Federal Employees In Denver Offered Mortgage Help

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver city officials announced a plan to help furloughed government workers pay their mortgages. The Temporary Mortgage Assistance Program provides up to two months or up to $5,000 of mortgage payments.

If you’re interested, you can call the Mile High United Way’s 211 call center.

Last fall, the city started accepting applications for its Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program for renters. Furloughed workers can apply.

Denver Human Services will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday to support Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients impacted by the Federal Government shutdown, giving more time for residents who need to re-certify their eligibility by the noon deadline on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Winter Fancy Food Show Brings Bugs, Male-Boosting Honey To The Table

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – Diehard foodies will delight here, but if bugs or male-boosting honey are your culinary fancy, then the Winter Fancy Food Show at San Francisco’s Moscone Center was also the place for you.

The display of eatable crickets and worms was just one of 1,400 exhibitors from around the world at the 2019 show.

Don Bugito Foods, Paul Roge says his company has several kinds of insects.

“We have super worms, which are a beetle larvae, and then we have meal worms which are a smaller version of the Beetle Larvae and then we have crickets,” says Roge.

The worms and bugs come in several seasonings.

Company founder, Monica Martinez say she gets the same question over and over: What does a bug taste like?

“Bugs and insects are very close to the flavors of seeds and nuts. Pumpkin seeds, walnuts …almonds,” she says.

A lot of folks seemed to like them. One couple was eating bugs for the first time.

“Here’s to our first Cricket! Cheers! Oh my God!” they exclaimed.

There’s lots of regular food, too. There’s a giant wall of cheese wheels, organic ice cream, specialty fish samples and award-winning ciders. The list is endless.

There are even chips made from allegedly the world’s smallest grain called teff.

“Teff is high protein and low glycemic so our body digest it slower than other grains,” says Aleem Ahmed, Founder and CEO of Wildfor Teff Chips.

Then there’s the honey.

Tatiana from Siberia is selling a very special honey, infused with CBD from marijuana to ease pain. Her company is called, Smart Honey.

There’s another version of honey she is selling that stands out because it’s supposed to help “Men’s Power”.

“Very good for men… men’s power, says Tatiana. “So, uh, you eat this and you make your wife very happy.”

Organizers expect 25,000 food professionals to attend.

Several San Anselmo Businesses Face Move Due To Flood Protection Plan

SAN ANSELMO (KPIX 5) — A number of San Anselmo businesses will be forced to relocate later this year to accommodate a new flood protection plan.

A total of five downtown businesses housed in a building on San Anselmo Avenue are facing a move by the end of 2019 after the Marin County Board of Supervisors authorized the purchase of the building as part of a flood-control plan.

The building will be torn down as part of the multi-million dollar project due to its proximity to San Anselmo Creek.

The owner of L’Appart Resto on Monday said he is prepared to savor some of his last meals at the current location.

“Not the best news for us,” said Oliver Criado. “We need to find a spot first and make things work. It’s going to be challenging.

Criado has been working at the restaurant since being invited from his native France to help open the French restaurant in 2010 as general manager. He and chef Alexandre De Jesus took ownership of the L’Appart Resto in 2015.

The restaurant, San Anselmo Optometry, a branch of Coldwell Banker and The Ranch Salon are the other businesses located in the building slated to be torn down .

The future of the nearby Michael Feldman Art Galllery is still unknown.

San Anselmo Creek has flooded numerous times over the past century, most recently in 2005.

“We are so sad to hear bout this. First I’ve heard today,” said one local resident.

Longtime L’Appart patron Peggy Tunder told KPIX 5 she just hopes the new location will have the same charm.

“It’s really sad they have to move,” said Tunder. “That it’s earm and cozy, still elegant and exquisite.”

The businesses still have time to move, but none of the business proprietors know where they will go yet.

Reports Kids Retailer Gymboree Closing All Stores

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – San Francisco-based Gymboree is reportedly closing all of its stores.

The company is expected to file for bankruptcy protection this week.

Most of Gymboree’s 900 stores are set for closing but the company is hoping to sell its high-end brand, “Janie & Jack.”

Gymboree previously filed for bankruptcy back in June of 2017.

The company has already closed some 400 stores.

Most Gymboree Play & Music classes have remained open. They are separate from the clothing stores.