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POSTED March 31, 2014 7:27 p.m.

• DEACON WHO FELL INTO GRAVE SUES ARCHDIOCESE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A deacon who accidentally fell into a grave during a burial at San Gabriel Mission Cemetery is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

City News Service reported Monday that Alfonso Valles broke his left arm in several places when a platform he was standing on collapsed and caused him to fall in August 2012.

The claim, which names the archdiocese and the San Gabriel Mission as defendants, was filed last week. It seeks unspecified damages.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Monica Valencia says Valles was assisted by others present and completed the funeral service.

 

• RAT POISON MAKER CHALLENGES STATE REGULATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The manufacturer of a popular rodent poison is challenging a new California regulation that would prevent consumers from being able to purchase the pesticides for at-home use.

Reckitt Benckiser, a major producer of health and home products including d-CON rodent poison, filed a complaint on Friday against the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The complaint, filed in Superior Court in San Diego, argues that the state agency overstepped its authority earlier this month when it classified consumer pesticides as restricted materials and ordered stores to remove them from shelves by July 1.

The regulation applies to all pesticide products containing brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, or difethialone — chemicals that interfere with blood clotting when ingested.

The DPR says the regulation is necessary because the substances pose a danger to pets and wildlife.

 

• SUSPECT DIES AFTER JUMPING THROUGH WINDOW IN AZUSA: AZUSA  (AP) — Authorities say a 19-year-old man wanted on a narcotics warrant died after jumping through a window while trying to evade police in Azusa.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez tells City News Service that Alec Deon Torres fled when officers arrived to arrest him at a condominium complex Sunday afternoon. He ran from roof to roof and dove through the second story window of a condo unit.

When SWAT officers entered the unit they found the man dead from cuts apparently sustained in his leap through the window.

 

• MAN RUNS FROM POLICE, JUMPS IN RIVER: REDDING  (AP) — Authorities have called off the search for a man who jumped into a river while running away from police in Northern California.

Redding police Sgt. Aaron said 48-year-old Darryl Brice Cunningham was last seen struggling in the Sacramento River Saturday evening. He then went under and didn’t resurface.

Maready said an officer had approached Cunningham, who was fighting with a woman. Cunningham ran off before jumping off a bridge into the river.

A helicopter and Sheriff’s Office boat was called out to look for him, but the search was called off because of heavy rain.

 

• HOSPITAL ASKS PATIENTS TO GET TESTED FOR DISEASES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco hospital has asked nearly 200 patients to get tested for HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases after it failed to properly sterilize equipment.

California Pacific Medical Center sent letters earlier this month to 198 patients who underwent procedures between July 2010 and February 2014 at its California Street campus using one of three pieces of equipment: a rigid bronchoscope, laryngoscope or esophagoscope.

The instruments are used to examine lungs and the digestive tract. Hospital officials say they were washed by hand and put through a decontaminator that reaches temperatures over 200 degrees. But they were not subjected to the final step in the process, which involves steaming.

 

• SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING  RUNNER: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Rescuers are searching for a man who went missing while running on a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California.

Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin says dozens of people on Monday were scouring the area for Robert Root, of Modesto. The 55-year-old Root was last seen around 9:30 a.m. Sunday when he became separated from a group of runners training along the Western States Trail near Foresthill.

Erwin said crews were searching on foot and using all-terrain vehicles and search dogs. About 40 people searched for Root on Sunday before the effort was suspended for the evening.

Authorities are especially concerned because Root was dressed in only running gear, and temperatures dropped sharply at night.

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