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U.S. pizzerias fined for failing to report 2 workers killed on the job

Police investigate the scene of David Shelton's murder on Nov. 24.
Police investigate the scene of David Shelton's murder on Nov. 24. Ellena Webb/Facebook

Two Indiana pizzerias are being fined after two of their delivery drivers were murdered during their shifts.

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The Indiana Department of Labor (IDL) is reportedly fining the Gary pizza locations after they failed to report the separate shooting deaths of Phillip Hearne, 60, and David J. Shelton, 30, The Times of Northwest Indiana reports.

Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators are fining Rico’s Pizza and Luigi’s Pizzeria US$750 and $1,500 for Hearne and Shelton’s deaths, respectively.

David Shelton, pictured with his four-year-old niece, was shot and killed on Nov. 24.
David Shelton, pictured with his four-year-old niece, was shot and killed on Nov. 24. Ellena Webb/Facebook

Hearne was shot in his vehicle during a robbery on Oct. 26. Shelton was shot on Nov. 24 in a botched robbery, according to safety orders cited by the local publication state.

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Global News reached out to the IDL but didn’t hear back by the time of publication.

It’s unknown why one pizza place is being fined more than the other, considering they are both being forced to pay for not “promptly reporting” the murders.

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According to Indiana state court records, both Terryante Flournoy, 21, and Ciontay Wright, 20, were charged with murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury. Both men have extensive criminal histories.

No arrests have been made yet in relation to Hearne’s case, according to Fox 59.

Indiana law says that any death of an employee “as the result of a work-related incident” must be reported immediately to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

meaghan.wray@globalnews.ca

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