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POSTED July 17, 2014 10:35 p.m.

WORKER ELECTROCUTED AT ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL: MISSION VIEJO (AP) — Officials say a man was electrocuted and another badly shocked during a construction accident at an Orange County high school.

County Fire Authority officials said Thursday that a construction crew was working on Mission Viejo High School’s athletic field when one of the workers was electrocuted.

Officials say a second worker attempted to help the first and climbed onto the scaffolding they were building. Authorities say he received an electrical shock and was thrown 30 feet onto the ground.

Both workers were taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.

Authorities say the first worker was in his early 20s and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Officials say the second is also in his early 20s and is in serious condition.

 

AGENCY CUTS FINE FOR LIMO COMPANY IN FATAL FIRE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California commission responsible for transportation safety has reduced the fine it levied against a limousine company involved in a fire that killed five passengers from $20,000 to $5,000.

The Bay Area News Group reported in the San Jose Mercury News on Thursday that the reduction resulted from a settlement the California Public Utilities Commission and Limo Stop reached in April.

That was less than a year after one of the Burlingame company’s converted Lincoln Town Car erupted in flames on a bridge south of San Francisco. A newlywed bride and four of her girlfriends, all nurses, were trapped and died in the blaze. Four other friends inside the limo and the driver survived.

The California Highway Patrol concluded last year that the fire was caused by a catastrophic failure of the vehicle’s rear suspension system.

 

 

SHOOTING KILLS 2, WOUNDS 1 AT LOS ANGELES STORE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say two men were shot to death and a third wounded outside a 7-Eleven store in Van Nuys.

The shooting occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Thursday and there were no immediate arrests.

Two people are being sought.

Officials say the wounded victim was hospitalized in stable condition.

 

CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST SENTENCED FOR LEWD ACTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former child psychologist convicted of inappropriately touching his young patients has been sentenced in Los Angeles to eight years in state prison

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says Thomas Gary Amberson was also ordered Wednesday to register as a sex offender for life.

The 58-year-old Upland resident pleaded no contest on June 23 to two felony counts of lewd act upon a child.

Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Valenzuela said one of Amberson’s patients revealed to his parents that he was touched inappropriately during therapy sessions in 2010.

The parents contacted police and an investigation revealed that Amberson also had sexually abused another patient in 2007.

A district attorney’s statement says both victims were under the age of 13 years old when the crimes occurred.

 

FBI, POLICE CRACKDOWN ON SOUTH LOS ANGELES GANG: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The FBI says more than 500 law enforcement officers from a task force served arrest warrants in a 30-month investigation targeting members of at South Los Angeles street gang

The agency says 23 members of the Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips who were charged in federal indictments were taken into custody Thursday.

Officials say the gang operates in South LA and has ties to other gangs. Police say the indictments charge them for their roles in a drug distribution network. 

Police say the investigation by federal and local law enforcement known as “Operation Thumbs Down” was initiated in 2011 to target the violent gang. The investigation’s name is a reference to the hand gestures used by the gang — two thumbs pointing upward to represent the “H’’ in the word “Harlem.

 

TEEN ATHLETE WHO SUFFERED CARDIAC ARREST DIES: ANAHEIM (AP) — A high school student-athlete has died in Orange County, eight days after she suffered cardiac arrest while warming up before tennis practice.

Seventeen-year-old Morgan Wilson’s parents, Scott and Debbie, said in a statement that their daughter died Wednesday.

The Orange County Register says earlier in the week she had been taken off of all life support except for oxygen.

Wilson was a varsity tennis and track and field athlete at Esperanza High School, where she would have been a senior this fall.

As a junior, she was the captain of the girls tennis team.

She collapsed July 8 while warming up at Anaheim Tennis Center.

The newspaper says as of late last week, family members were unsure what led to the collapse.

 

 

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