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Dave Matthews Band bus driver SHITS all over boat!
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    Band's driver denies drenching boat
    Dave Matthews in town for shows, but buses `parked'

    By Michael Hawthorne
    Tribune staff reporter
    Published August 10, 2004

    The bus driver for rock star Dave Matthews called from the road Monday to say his luxury coach was not the one responsible for dousing passengers on a Chicago River tour boat with foul-smelling muck over the weekend.

    Witnesses on the architectural sightseeing cruise told police they saw a long black tour bus dump liquid waste Sunday afternoon as their boat crossed under the Kinzie Street bridge.

    About two-thirds of the passengers seated on the upper deck of Chicago's Little Lady were soaked with the "brownish-yellow" substance.

    One witness gave Chicago police an Oregon license plate number that belongs to the 2003 Monaco Royale Coach driven by Jerry Fitzpatrick, who has been Matthews' tour bus driver for three years.

    Fitzpatrick confirmed he was in Chicago with Matthews, whose band played the second of two shows at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin later that night. But the driver said he was parked in front of the Peninsula Hotel, 108 E. Superior St., when the waste rained down from the bridge several blocks away.

    "There is no way I could be responsible for that," Fitzpatrick said from downstate Effingham. "I haven't emptied the tank for days. Besides, we are very cautious about how we do that sort of thing."

    To bolster his case, Fitzpatrick coaxed Sgt. Paul Gardner of the Effingham Police Department to inspect the bus. He then gave Gardner his cell phone to tell a reporter that the tank was nearly full.

    "One of the strangest requests I've ever had, that's for sure," Gardner said.

    A publicist for the Dave Matthews Band issued a statement Monday night saying the group's management had "determined that all of the buses on our tour were parked at the time of this incident."

    Back in Chicago, officials with the Chicago Architectural Foundation still were fielding angry calls from passengers on the ill-fated cruise.

    All 120 passengers were given refunds on their $25 tickets. Five went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for testing, police said.

    Several have since called the foundation demanding compensation for clothing and personal items that got soaked.

    "One man had a very expensive leather jacket that I'm sure he's not going to want to wear again," said Lynn Osmond, the foundation's president and CEO. "Our first concern is getting through the next few days and making sure nobody gets sick. Then we want to know who is responsible for this."

    Chicago police are continuing to investigate, but for now the episode is not considered a crime, a spokesman said.

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago also are investigating. The culprit could face charges for illegally dumping waste into the river.

    Rob Sulski, an EPA engineer who has worked on Chicago River issues for most of the last two decades, said he has never heard of a bus emptying liquid waste into the river from a bridge. Most charter buses get rid of waste at licensed disposal sites, he said.

    Asked why a witness identified his license plate, Fitzgerald speculated that boat passengers combed the area for tour buses and came across his waiting for Dave Matthews in front of the Peninsula Hotel.

    After dropping off Matthews at Midway Airport on Monday, Fitzgerald headed to Arkansas for a break. He said he planned to empty the waste tank when he got home.

    "This band is very environmentally conscious," he said. "We wouldn't have anything to do with this sort of thing."
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    From the Chicago Sun-Times:


    Rock band probed in sewage dump

    August 10, 2004

    BY ANNIE SWEENEY AND FRAN SPIELMAN Staff Reporters

    Chicago Police are investigating whether tour buses for a rock band dumped raw sewage from the Kinzie Street bridge onto people aboard a popular architecture boat tour Sunday.

    "It was terrible,'' said Holly Agra, president of Chicago's First Lady Cruises. "Everybody is a victim except the people on the bus, the people who did that. It's unforgettable. I find it hard to believe it was an accident. We certainly would like the owners and operators to step forward without us having to chase them down.''

    More than 100 people were aboard the packed Chicago's First Lady at 1:20 p.m. Sunday when the sewage was dumped from two tour buses passing overhead, witnesses told police. The sewage splashed onto the boat and into the eyes and mouths of tourists. The boat immediately returned to the dock, and five people went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for tests and treatment, police said.

    On Monday, Agra's husband saw a bus that matched the description and had a license plate very similar to the one on the bridge at the Peninsula Hotel. He called police, and Sgt. Ray Mazzola of the city's Marine Unit picked it up from there. He interviewed the driver of the bus, who said he had not dropped any sewage into the river. Mazzola even inspected the sewage tank of the bus.

    "That's what we're here for,'' said Mazzola. "I wanted to be sure it wasn't him. We are currently contacting the people that would be responsible for the tour.''

    The driver was one of five with the band -- which the Sun-Times is not naming because no charges have been filed. Mazzola placed a call to the tour's director, who was going to check with his other drivers, who have since left the city.

    [b[Mazzola said the sewage tanks are under the bus and, if opened, could be emptied through the grates of the bridge.[/b]

    "It's the perfect spot for this -- only he didn't know there was a boatload of people underneath.''

    The company refunded the $25 cost of the ticket to the 120 people on board, paid cab fare for people who went to the hospital for tests and has already replaced some clothing for tourists who were doused
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    This gives new meaning to the terms, POOP DECK and SHIT-EATING GRIN :lol: :85:

    The kicker is, the captain of the tour boat had warned the group about leaving their mouths open when going under the bridges, to prevent something foul from dropping in their mouths (foul as in birdshit&#33--BEFORE the tour got underway!!! :huh:
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    I for one never really was interested in TDMB. They never did anything for me.
    I think MAYBE they best not come to Chicago again................. :angry:


    Charges Possible for Dave Matthews Band
    100 on Boat Showered With Human Waste From Tour Bus




    CHICAGO (Aug. 25) - Authorities were considering criminal charges Wednesday against the Dave Matthews Band and one of its tour bus drivers for allegedly dumping human waste from a bus into the Chicago River, dousing a tour boat filled with passengers.

    The announcement came a day after the state sued the band and driver Stefan Wohl, accusing them of violating state water pollution and public nuisance laws. The lawsuit seeks $70,000 in civil penalties.


    Chicago police said surveillance footage from nearby buildings shows a bus crossing the grated bridge Aug. 8 as the tour boat passed underneath.

    ''Certainly, this is the bus that discharged this fluid,'' Cmdr. Michael Chasen said. He said the driver told police he crossed the bridge around the time of the incident but didn't admit dumping the waste.

    More than 100 people on an architecture tour were showered with foul-smelling waste. The attorney general's office said no one was seriously injured.


    "Certainly, this is the bus that discharged this fluid."
    -Cmdr. Michael Chasen


    The band was waiting to see the video surveillance footage and other evidence before making a judgment, Dave Matthews Band spokesman John Vlautin said Wednesday.

    Police were working with the attorney general's office to determine if any charges should be filed.

    Howard Learner, the executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, said criminal charges could include violations of public nuisance laws and ordinances to protect public and health safety.
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    Thatz sum heavy duty shit jimmy!!! :lol:


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    Shit's hittin' the fan now!!

    Dave Matthews' bus driver charged

    By Don Babwin
    Associated Press Writer
    Published January 19, 2005, 5:09 PM CST


    Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against the driver of a Dave Matthews Band tour bus accused of dumping 800 pounds of human waste onto a sightseeing boat on the Chicago River last summer.

    The driver, Stefan Wohl, is charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and discharging contaminates to cause water pollution, Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine said. The charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and up to $10,000 fine if convicted.

    Wohl, 42, of Selma, Texas, turned himself in to Chicago police Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance, authorities said. His attorney, Mark Rotert, did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press for comment.

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has also filed a civil lawsuit seeking $70,000 in damages against the band and driver alleging they violated state environmental laws.

    According to authorities, Wohl was alone in the bus of band violinist Boyd Tinsley on his way to a downtown hotel on Aug. 8 when he allegedly emptied the bus' septic tank as it crossed the metal grates of the Kinzie Street bridge.

    The waste poured through the grates and onto the open deck of the Chicago's Little Lady tour boat, which was passing below with more than 100 people on board.

    The boat immediately returned to its dock and was later cleaned with disinfectant, and officials with the Chicago Architectural Foundation, which operates the tour, offered refunds. They also said they have received several calls from angry passengers who demanded compensation for clothing and personal items.

    Assistant State's Attorney Robert Egan said Wohl talked to investigators shortly after the incident and, while he acknowledged driving the bus over the river, "he denied having discharged any waste over the bridge.''

    Prosecutors used surveillance tapes to zero in on the bus and consulted with engineers about the releasing of the waste.

    "We were satisfied with what they told us that it could not have been an accident,'' Egan said.

    He also said that the band cooperated in the investigation. For example, he said they flew Tinsley to Chicago from California to be interviewed by authorities and brought the bus, one of a number used by the band, back to the area for inspection.

    Egan said prosecutors considered filing felony charges against Wohl, but decided against it after determining nobody was injured.

    Shortly after the incident, the band issued a statement on its Web site saying that if the bus was found to be responsible, the band would work quickly to make amends, with the people on the boat and with Chicago.''

    The band has since donated $50,000 to the Friends of the Chicago River and $50,000 to the Chicago Park District.
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    Originally posted by NE169@Jan 19 2005, 09:08 PM
    800 pounds of human waste
    Maybe it's just me, but I'm curious.
    Is it normal for a tour bus to be hauling around EIGHT HUNDRED POUNDS OF HUMAN WASTE?
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    800 pounds = 100 gallons of water (1 gal = 3.785 litres for our friends across the pond )

    Throw in a "fudge factor" for all the shit floating around :lol: - a 100 gallon tank sounds like it'll fit in a bus...
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