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Nationwide Album Release for Trucker Music- “On the Road”

November 15, 2011 1 comment

On the Road Album cover

On the Road Album cover (Tony Justice)

Very pleased to announce that Flying J/Pilot Travel Centers will be releasing the “On the Road” album by Tony Justice on December 6, 2011. Tony is truck driver doing what he loves and singing about it. The album is dedicated to Tony’s Dad, Bob Justice AKA “Big Daddy” a man that dedicated 30 years of service on the road and to those that still drive the roads that keep America moving.

“It’s about truckin’ time!! I am excited to announce the soon-to-be released album “On The Road” by Tony Justice, an over-the-road truck driver, singer/songwriter. The first Nashville produced trucking album since the Rubber Duck and Convoy days; that’s over 30 years! The largest truck stop chain in America, Pilot/Flying J, will be nationally distributing this album in November. Guaranteed to be high-steppin’, double-clutchin’, gear-jammin’, chicken-truckin’ tunes that promises to entertain both truckers and music lovers alike.
There are several songs on the album worth pointing out. The first track is Peterbilt 379, a song depicting the life of a driver who is proud of the truck that gets him from A to B to fulfill his job, written by Tony during his travels while driving his Big Pete. The title track, “On The Road”, was written by Kenny Chesney, and in the words of Overdrive magazine’s editor, it “..explores the difficulty of sustaining an on-highway marriage, primarily from the wife’s point of view: “While he’s out in the fast lane, her life’s moving slow… She wonders if he’s cheated / She hopes that he’s been true / She knows he’s thought about it / ‘Cause she’s thought about it too…”- Todd Dills, (Oct 13, 2011). And, of course, one must mention the remake of the original classic, “Six Days On The Road”, by Dave Dudley.
Tony kicked off the debut of his album by performing at the 1st Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Tunica, MS last month, where “The evening concluded with some of the best entertainment around as Tony Justice and his Nashville band cranked out hit after hit.” – Allen Smith, (Oct 17, 2011). It was Tony’s pleasure to attend and perform at this event, so he could show his support for the current events happening in the trucking industry.
Thanks to the topics presented, Tony’s social media network has increased his statistics astoundingly!  His songs have touched many truckers nationally, and, even globally, with his true life experiences resonating through the lyrics. He has even had Facebook friends from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, and many others, wanting to know how they can get one of his CD’s!!”



Suspects ARRESTED in Trucker Albert Thomas murder

November 6, 2011 6 comments

First off I would like to say I KNEW IT WAS HIS WIFE!!! I read this and immediately started crying tears of joy!!!

For all of those that are reading this, I have followed this murder for 2 years since it happened. Watched it closely and googled this man’s name every month sometimes longer to see if things had changed or what I heard was true. And well read for yourself! YIPPPPEEEE Justice can be served!!!!

For the families that have lost trucker loved ones over the road this is just a little bit more faith that justice can be served!!!! Please stay strong, I know it has to be hard staying patient but things always work out. Now we need to pray for closure and justice for the families of Truman L. Smith and Rex Stephen!

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, information from a citizen was obtained in the ongoing investigation in the death of Albert Thomas, from November 2009.

Investigators from the Central Homicide Unit were able to corroborate the information with evidence obtained during the initial phases of the homicide investigation.

Central Homicide Unit investigators arrested Albert Thomas’ wife, Lorraine Hunter, a 58-year-old African-American female and his step-daughter, Briuana Hunter, an 18-year-old African-American female.

Lorraine Hunter and Briuana Hunter both resided in the city of Moreno Valley, with Albert Thomas at the time of murder. Lorraine Hunter and Briuana Hunter were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for murder.

Details (Original Press Release):

Update: Name Released 11-05-09

Update: Coroner’s Report 11-05-09

Date/Time Written: November 4, 2009 / 1600 hrs.

Type of Incident: Homicide

Date/Time of Incident: November 4, 2009 / 10:00 a.m.

Location(s) of Incident: Edgemont Street and Eucalyptus Ave. , Moreno Valley

Reporting Officer: Sergeant Jaime Briones – Sergeant Michael Lujan

File Number: MV093080095


Name of deceased: Albert Thomas.

via :: Sheriff-Coroner :: Riverside County, California.

Agency: Moreno Valley Police & Sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit

Station Area: Moreno Valley

Written Date: October 11, 2011 Time:

Incident Date: November 4, 2009 Time: 10:00 a.m.

Incident Location: Edgemont Street and Eucalyptus Ave., Moreno Valley

Reporting Officer: Sergeant Jaime Briones – Sergeant Michael Lujan

File Number(s): MV093080095





Moreno Valley woman charged in fatal 2009 shooting of trucker husband

By City News Service, on October 13, 2011, at 7:16 pm

A Moreno Valley woman accused of fatally shooting her trucker husband nearly two years ago was charged Thursday with first-degree murder and other allegations.

Lorraine Alison Hunter, 56, could face the death penalty if convicted of killing 58-year-old Albert Thomas on Nov. 9, 2009.

Along with the murder count, Hunter is charged with conspiracy and special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and killing for financial gain, which make her eligible for capital punishment.

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach will ultimately have to make the decision on whether to pursue a death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole for Hunter if she’s convicted.

Hunter was being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, and was scheduled to make an initial court appearance this afternoon.

The defendant’s 18-year-old daughter, Briuana Lashane Hunter, was arrested along with her mother on suspicion of murder on Monday. Information on her case, which may be prosecuted in juvenile court because of her age at the time of the alleged crime, was not immediately available.

She is also being held at the Robert Presley jail, in lieu of $1 million. The investigation into Thomas’s death had gone cold until last week, when sheriff’s homicide detectives received a tip that led to fresh evidence in the case, according to Sgt. Michael Lujan.

He said the clues — the nature of which he wouldn’t disclose — prompted detectives to seek and obtain arrest warrants for the mother and daughter. Lorraine Hunter was arrested at her Day Street residence, while the victim’s stepdaughter was taken into custody at a separate location.

Thomas was discovered fatally shot in the cab of his semi truck, which had been parked in a dirt field near Edgemont Street and Eucalyptus Avenue in Moreno Valley.

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Fund Raiser for Jason’s Law 1803 – Hope Rivenburg

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Jason’s Law/Hope Rivenburg will receive $2.00 per new fan on their page. This is an excellent way to raise money for something we all believe in. PLEASE encourage others to do this as well. Each time that Hope goes to Washington, DC to lobby for Jason’s Law the trip cost and air plane tickets come out of her pocket. So please share and encourage others to LIKE that page. If everyone would LIKE and share this page daily this could turn out to be very helpful!!!!




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ATTENTION Truckers: America’s Most Wanted needs your help with Missing Person: Patrick F. Carnes and dog, Lucky

June 25, 2011 13 comments

Nevada Cops: Bizarre Disappearance of WWII Vet, Dog

In early April 2011, Patrick Carnes traveled from his home in Reno, Nev., to visit family in Ohio. There, he looked at retirement homes where he could spend his golden years.

Patrick, a World War II vet who served in the Solomon Islands, was a proud, active man, with no signs of slowing down.

On April 12, he packed up his dark green Subaru wagon and drove back to Reno with his best friend, a slightly overweight, 100-pound Akita/mixed-breed dog named “Lucky.”

The following night, just after Patrick and Lucky entered the state of Nevada, a trooper pulled Patrick over for not changing lanes appropriately near the town of Wells. After speaking briefly with the officer, Patrick got off with a warning and continued his late-night trek across the state via westbound I-80.

Though they were only about a six hour drive from Reno, Patrick and Lucky never made it there.

The next morning, Patrick’s car was found abandoned in sage brush, a good distance from the highway in rural Winnemucca.

Cops Fear For Missing Duo Despite No Obvious Signs Of Foul Play

When investigators came upon Patrick’s vehicle, they found no signs of foul play. The car was a good distance from the road, and its front end was facing the interstate. There was no evidence leading investigators to believe Patrick and Lucky were abducted, but they can’t rule anything out.

After doing extensive air and ground searches of the vast, wide open, Nevada desert, cops in Humboldt County have come up completely empty-handed. There hasn’t been a single sighting of the missing duo.

When Patrick was pulled over in Wells, he told the trooper he was going to get a room in nearby Elko that night, but there’s no record of him ever doing so.

What happened overnight remains a mystery to investigators, and they need your help to piece the clues together.

Cops Plea For Eagle-Eyed Truckers To Come Forward

In the middle of the night, every night, I-80 is dominated by big rigs. Detectives believe a trucker might have seen what happened to Patrick and Lucky, but no one has come forward as of yet.

“Some trucker saw an old man with a dog,” Humboldt County Undersheriff Curtiss Kull said.

Consequently, investigators would like to make a plea to anyone — specifically long-haul truck drivers — who may have driven on I-80 between Wells and Winnemucca, and saw Patrick and Lucky between the late evening hours of April 13 through the early morning hours of April 14.

If you know anything about the bizarre disappearance of Patrick Carnes, or his best friend, Lucky, you’ve got to call our toll-free Hotline right away at 1-800-CRIME-TV. Remember: You can remain anonymous.

Media Photo Patrick and his dog Lucky were heading home to Reno when they both mysteriously vanished on April 13 2011 fugitives,Patrick Carnes
Patrick and his dog, Lucky, were heading home to Reno when they both mysteriously vanished on April 13, 2011.
Media Photo Cops in northern Nevada found Patrick s abandoned car off of I 80 He and Lucky were last seen alive near Wells Nev at 9 p m April 13 fugitives,Patrick Carnes
 Cops in northern Nevada found Patrick’s abandoned car off of I-80. He and Lucky were last seen alive near Wells, Nev., at 9 p.m., April 13.
Media Photo Patrick Carnes dog Lucky is a slightly overweight 100 pound Akita mixed breed Patrick s family tells cops the two were virtually inseparable fugitives,Patrick Carnes
Patrick Carnes’ dog, Lucky, is a slightly overweight, 100-pound Akita/mixed-breed. Patrick’s family tells cops the two were virtually inseparable.
Age Range:
85 – 86
180 lbs.
Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair):
  • Gray / White
  • He is balding with gray hair on the sides of his head.
  • Patrick is typically clean-shaven.
  • Blue
  • Glasses
Scars and Tattoos:
  • No known scars.
  • No known tattoos.
Traits and Habits:
  • Patrick was traveling with his lifelong companion, Lucky, an 80 – 100 pound Akita/mixed breed male dog.
  • He was a WWII vet, serving in the Solomon Islands campaign.
Last Seen:
  • Wells , NV
Other Possible Locations:
  • Winnemucca , NV
  • Golconda , NV
  • Battle Mountain , NV
  • Wells , NV
  • Nevada
  • Elko , NV
  • Reno , NV
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Company grieves loss of coworker; offers reward

June 24, 2011 2 comments
Published: June 17, 2011
Updated: June 23, 2011 – 6:30 PM

KINSTONN.C. – Friends and coworkers are still grieving for 63-year-old Elwood Hill who was gun down outside Sutton’s Brick Company in Kinston last Friday.  They’re now offering a reward.

The days start early at Sutton’s Brick Company.

“Yeah, construction is an early business,” saidWatson Sutton, owner of Sutton’s Brick Company, but nowadays they start with one less.

“The guys just took whatever he had in his pockets that day,” said Sutton.

For company owner Watson Sutton, they took more than pocket change.  They took a life, a friend and a piece of his family.

“We interacted with each other all day and El would have been a part of the family my whole life,” saidSutton.

63-year-old Elwood Hill spent 40 of those years besideSutton and his family.

“He was real well liked.  People have been calling since Friday,” said Sutton.

Last Friday morning, Hilla company truck driver, was loading up his truck when someone approached him.

“To take someone’s life just to pick their pockets is shocking,” said Sutton.

The days following that Friday weren’t easy for Sutton, going into detail is still too much for him.  It wasn’t any easier for Hill’s wife and two sons.

“One’s 41 and the other’s 37, James and Michael.  He was very proud of his boys,” said Sutton.

Police are still investigating what Sutton’s calling an early morning mugging.  He says he hopes justice is served so that everyone can have some closure.

“You just keep going and take it one day at a time,” said Sutton.

Watson Sutton says by offering a $10,000 reward, he hopes someone comes forward with information that will lead to an arrest very quickly.

If you have any information, call the Kinston Police Department.

—Previous Story—Kinston Police investigating homicide of Sutton Brick employee

KINSTON, N.C.- It’s the third murder in Kinston in three weeks.  This time it’s a husband and father of two found shot to death where he works, right before father’s day weekend.  Kinston Police found 63-year-oldElwood Hill outside the Sutton Brick Company around six Friday morning.

It was 6:15 in the morning, a city sanitation crew making rounds at Sutton Brick, spotted a body lying in the gravel parking lot.

It was 63-year-old Elwood Hill.  Police say he appeared to have been robbed, shot and left to die.

“This type of crime disgusts me,” said Woody SpencerKinston Police Spokesperson.  “It’s very frustrating.”

Police are following up on leads, but there’s no sign of who did it.

Nine on Your Side talked with the owner, Watson Sutton off-camera.  He started tearing up as he talked about the man who worked here for 41 years.  He says Elwood Hill was the most admirable, honest, and hard-working man he ever met.

Sutton says Hill would usually come into work early, between 5:30 and 6 to load and deliver bricks.  Today, he only had one load to deliver before going to the beach with his wife.

“I mean what was the purpose you know,” asked Ed Harris.  Harris works at Bobby’s Auto across the street from Sutton Brick and considered Hill a friend.  “He’ll be across the street.  He’ll holler, I’ll hear somebody hollering my name.  He’ll wave and throw his hand up.”  Harris says he felt safe working where he does, until now.  “I thought that was very disturbing because I’ll be at this shop sometimes one or two o’clock in the morning and I’ll be down there by myself,” he said.  “The same thing could happen to me.  They really need to do something about this crime rate around here.”

“People, it seems these days are different than they were in the past,” said Spencer.  “That’s neither here nor there.  This person was murdered and we intend to find out who did it.”

We tracked down the criminal activity in Kinston this year.  Hill’s death is the fourth murder in Kinston since January.  There have also been 24 robberies and 233 assaults during that time, of those, 47 were assaults with a deadly weapon.

— Previous Story —

KINSTONN.C. – Police are investigating a homicide at Sutton Brick in Kinston.

Police Department PIO Woody Spencer tells Nine On Your Side that a Kinston Waste & Disposal crew found the body of 63-year old Elwood Hill Friday morning lying on the ground in the brick company’s gravel parking lot.

Hill was an employee at Sutton’s Brick.  Spencer says he had an apparent gunshot wound. Police tell 9OYS they are investigating a robbery they believe led to the shooting.

The Sutton’s Brick owner says Hill worked there for 41 years. The owner says Hill lives in Moss Hill outside ofKinston and has a wife and two sons who live out of state. Sutton’s Brick is located on the corner of Park Avenue and MLK Blvd. That’s beside Coastal Wholesale Grocery.

Investigators are on the scene. A red tarp has been hung to cover the crime scene.

Nine On Your Side’s Andrea Blanford is on the scene and will have more details as soon as they become available.



New Info: Kinston Police investigating homicide

Credit: Andrea Blanford
A red tarp covers the crime scene.
Kinston Police investigating homicide

Credit: Andrea Blanford
Kinston Police are on the scene of a homicide investigation.
Company grieves loss of coworker; offers reward

For company owner Watson Sutton, they took more than pocket change.

Are You Trying Too Hard?

Do this technique to stop depression. Do that technique to stop your panic attacks. Try this approach to calm your mind. Not only does there seem to be exercises to address all issues known to humanity, but there are several experts who write self help books to tell you what you are doing wrong.

Think about this. Maybe you are trying too hard. Maybe you are actually sabotaging yourself because you are trying so hard to “beat” the problem. The more you focus on that problem, the more you will experience it.

I urge my clients to “roll” with the problem they may be experiencing. Maybe say, “I have this problem and I’m going to live with it—its not the end of the world. Its not life threatening. What’s the worst that can happen.” No, you are not giving in. You are allowing the problem to have less weight. Now, it is more likely it will fade to the background because you are focused on better things in your life.

Here are a few things you can say to yourself to address anxiety. They are taken from REBT:

• My anxiety is bad, but I’m not bad.

• I don’t always have to feel comfortable, and it isn’t awful when I don’t.

• I can bear—and bear with—anxiety: it won’t kill me.

• It is not necessary to be in perfect control of my anxious moments. To demand that I be in control only multiplies my symptoms.

• Others are not required to treat me with kid gloves when I feel uncomfortable.

Research ACT (acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for more ideas


About Buck Black

I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) in private practice who focuses on anger, stress, and relationships. I do this both in my Lafayette Indiana office and online. I also specialize in working with truckers and their families over the phone and on Skype at

Grief in the Trucking Industry

Grief in the Trucking Industry

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of death in the trucking industry. It is very difficult to hear about these tragedies and often even more difficult to know how to respond to a fellow trucker and their family who has lost a loved one. Often, one does not know what to say when someone loses a loved one. Sometimes, we find ourselves rambling or regretting what we utter when we are just trying to find a way to comfort someone who is grieving.

Grief is difficult to describe. Many think of it as a reaction to death, which it often is. However, it is the reaction to loss of anything important in one’s life. It could be the loss of a person, relationship, material item, or even the loss of an ability that one once had (losing the ability to walk, for example).

Common symptoms of grief include:
Loss of appetite, nightmares, being forgetful, anger, social withdrawal, confusion, difficulty making decisions, mood swings, and difficulty sleeping.

Grief is a natural experience that each person experiences differently.

It is OK to:
Think of your loved one frequently
Feel sad
Frequently cry
Have a reminder of your loved one and then feel really sad/upset (known as a griefburst)
Not think about the loved one for an extended period of time. Its ok!

When to get help:
You can no longer go to work or have great difficulty getting out of bed
You have suicidal thoughts
You feel talking with someone could help ease the hurt
You feel members of your family are having problems functioning or your family does not function as a whole. Family therapy can help!

What to do when someone is grieving:
Don’t try to fix it
Let them talk…listen to them
If they don’t want to talk, respect the request
Be supportive and don’t criticize

About Buck Black

I am a licensed therapist (LCSW) in private practice who focuses on anger, stress, and relationships. I do this both in my Lafayette Indiana office and online. I also specialize in working with truckers and their families over the phone and on Skype at