View Mobile Site

State news briefs

Text Size: Small Large Medium
POSTED September 13, 2012 8:33 p.m.

MAN DIES FROM WEST NILE VIRUS: AUBURN  (AP) — A Northern California man has died from the West Nile virus, the state's fifth death to the mosquito-borne virus this year.

Howard Stolz, 74, of Placer County died Saturday after being hospitalized for 10 days with encephalitis, a severe neuroinvasive condition brought on by the virus.

Four other Californians have died from West Nile this year: an 88-year-old Kern County woman, an 86-year-old Merced County woman, an 86-year-old Sacramento County man and a 76-year-old Fresno County woman.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes. One out of every 150 infected people develop severe symptoms, including neck stiffness, disorientation, coma and paralysis.

TEXAS, CALIF. LEAD NATION IN CHILD POOL DROWNINGS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Texas and California lead the nation in the number of children who drowned this summer in pools and spas.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a news release on Thursday that 137 children under 15 years old drowned nationwide in a pool or spa from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

At least 100 of the 137 children were younger than 5 years old and 54 of the drownings occurred soon after the children left an adult who was in their immediate vicinity.

Texas leads the nation with 17 deaths, followed by California with 10, Ohio with nine and Arizona and Michigan with eight apiece. The figures are based news media reports.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFF HIRING FOR 2,000 SLOTS: SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County Sheriff's Department plans to hire 2,000 people through 2016, including deputies and civilian workers.

The hiring spree is a result of the recent California prison realignment that allows those convicted of most nonviolent and nonsexual crimes to serve their sentences in county jails instead of state prisons.

The agency said Wednesday in a statement it needs additional employees to help staff county jails, including a new facility in Santee..

MAN JUMPS FROM BRIDGE INTO PATH OF TRAIN: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators say an apparently suicidal man has jumped from a bridge into the path of an Amtrak train near downtown Los Angeles.

The man was struck by the train late Wednesday after jumping from the First Street bridge linking downtown with Boyle Heights.

5-ACRE MARIJUANA FARM FOUND IN DESERT: LAKE LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say a Southern California man arrested three months ago for marijuana cultivation is in jail again after a deputy discovered his new five-acre pot farm in the Mojave Desert.

The latest Lancaster marijuana grow, which had plants growing up to eight-feet-tall, was found Wednesday by the same Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who arrested 36-year-old Abdul Jamar in June.

The latest crop is worth an estimated $4 million.

11 INDICTED IN BOGUS LOAN MODIFICATION SCAM: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eleven people have been indicted by a Los Angeles federal grand jury for a loan modification scam that preyed on more than 4,000 financially distressed homeowners.

Many of the victims lost their homes to foreclosure.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Rancho Cucamonga-based 21st Century Real Estate Investment Corp. and several of its related firms told homeowners they would be able to obtain new mortgages with specific interest rates and reduced payments.

Attorneys would negotiate loan modifications with their lenders

Andrea Ramirez, the alleged 44-year-old ringleader, and her employees falsely told homeowners that the firm was operating through a federal government program.

They were told to stop sending payments to lenders, saying fees paid to 21st Century would be used to make the mortgage payments.

But 21st Century kept the money.


Commenting is not available.

Commenting not available.

Please wait ...