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May 2010 Archives

Summer in San Diego: Boat and Water Safety

On Thursday, San Diego's chief lifeguard joined Mayor Jerry Sanders to emphasize the importance of staying safe on the city's beaches, in the water and on boats. With summer temperatures already here and Memorial Weekend on the way, San Diego expects to see close to 800,000 people on its beaches over the long weekend.

California Lawmakers Seek to Ban Metal Bats after Severe Brain Injury

The debate over metal baseball bats has gone on for years. Many feel that they are dangerous, as they have offer more spring and have the ability to propel baseballs farther and faster. For pitchers, especially, as well as other infielders, line drives are a constant danger.

Postal Workers Spread the Word on National Dog Bite Prevention Week

Nearly five million people suffer from dog bites every year. In 2007, close to 3,000 postal workers were attacked by dogs, big and small, while attempting to deliver the mail. From May 17 to May 23, the USPS will be promoting Dog Bite Prevention Week, a public service campaign designed to educate the public about the danger posed by aggressive pets.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Proceeds Against Coast Guard in San Diego

The Port of San Diego's Harbor Police have completed their report on the boat crash that killed an eight-year-old boy last December, and they have handed it over to the District Attorney's office. Last Thursday, the families that were on the recreational boat were in court regarding the wrongful death lawsuit they have filed against the Coast Guard. They are claiming negligence and wrongful death on the part of the Coast Guard, accusing Coast Guard supervisors of knowing that the boat's crew was not properly trained or supervised. The families' lawyers say that they are hoping to cause the Coast Guard to overhaul its operations in San Diego Bay.

Toyota Wrongful Death Hearing Set in Orange County

U.S. District Court Judge James Selna will hold a hearing today to decide who the lead plaintiff attorneys will be and what information must be turned over for the upcoming lawsuits against Toyota Motor Corp. An excess of more than 320 lawsuits have been filed against the Japanese automaker to date. It is estimated that Toyota's economic damages could surpass $7 billion to compensate consumers for wrongful death suits and diminished value of thousands of vehicles.

Man Bites San Diego Police Dog

A man is in jail on suspicion of car theft after being captured by a San Diego police dog yesterday. The dog did not get his man easily, however. The suspect punched, choked, and bit the dog before policemen arrived to reinforce their partner and put the suspect in handcuffs.

San Diego Man Suffers Burns After Motorcycle Accident

Last Monday, a Riverside County man was hospitalized with severe injuries, including severe burns to his entire body, from a weekend motorcycle accident on State Route 76 in the Pala area. The crash occurred around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday when 60-year-old Martin Davidoff's 2002 Yamaha motorcycle collided with the rear of a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. According to the California Highway Patrol, the pickup had been stopped in the middle of traffic near Magee Road when the motorcycle collided with the truck.

Man Sentenced to Jail for Inflicting Brain Injury on Navy Capt.

A man who crashed his pickup truck head-on into a former Navy captain's Toyota Prius, causing injuries that have disabled the captain for life, was sentenced late last week. Nicholas Griffith will serve six months in jail, 400 hours of community service at a brain injury institute, and 3 years probation. When the accident occurred two years ago in San Diego, Griffith was driving with a suspended license for a prior DUI conviction.

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