uSAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal jury has awarded nearly $6.5 million to the family of a 9-month-old girl who was burned by coffee at a Southern California resort.
The child suffered third-degree burns in May 2016 when she grabbed a carafe placed on a table at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa near San Diego.
The waiter testified at trial that he warned the nanny that the pot was hot. The hotel placed blame on the nanny for not properly supervising the children and on the parents for allowing the nanny to be responsible for three young kids.
But the jury found Omni 92.5 percent responsible for the incident and the nanny 7.5 percent.
Omni did not immediately respond to a request for comment by the Union-Tribune newspaper on Monday.
uPASSING CAR KILLS WOMAN RUNNING ACROSS ROAD AFTER DUI STOP: MERCED (AP) — Authorities in central California say a woman who was pulled over for a possible DUI was hit and killed by a passing vehicle after she ran away from her car.
The Merced Sun-Star reports a California Highway Patrol officer pulled over the 26-year-old woman on Highway 99 in Merced after noticing her car was unable to stay in its lane.
The CHP says that while the officer could smell an odor of alcohol coming from inside the car.
The officer was walking back to his patrol when the woman ran across the road. Then, for unknown reasons, tried to run back to her car and was hit by a passing vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The CHP says the crash remains under investigation.
uINTRUDER ENTERS WOMAN’S PALO ALTO BEDROOM, WANTS TO TALK: PALO ALTO (AP) — Police in Palo Alto say a man entered a woman’s bedroom, turned off the lights, sat on her bed and tried to talk to her before leaving.
SFGate reports the woman contacted police Sunday to report an intruder in her apartment.
Authorities say officers interviewed two women in their 20s who said that a man wearing gloves and holding a flashlight entered one of their bedrooms while she was trying to study.
The woman said the man turned off the lights, sat next to her in her bed and tried to have a conversation with her.
She left the room to find her roommate, and the suspect left the apartment.
Police believe the man entered the apartment through an unlocked door.
uCALIFORNIA CITY TO SHUT CAR ACCESS TO ‘SUPER BLOOM’ AREA: LAKE ELSINORE (AP) — A Southern California city overwhelmed by throngs of visitors seeking out a rare wildflower bloom says it has a parking plan.
Lake Elsinore police chief Michael Lujan said Thursday that weekend visitors will no longer be allowed to park on streets by a popular trail leading through patches of orange poppies.
Rather, they will be sent to parking areas to buy tickets to board a shuttle to Walker Canyon.
The city about a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles was swamped last weekend with about 150,000 people craving to see the super bloom spawned by heavy winter rains.
Officials shut access to the area Sunday as traffic was jammed and people fainted in the heat.
Authorities also asked travelers not to park on the freeway to look at the flowers.
uFAMILY SUES LA SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT AFTER FATAL SHOOTING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a 22-year-old man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies last year has filed a lawsuit alleging unreasonable and excessive force.
Carmelo Pizarro Jr.’s parents, his daughter and his daughter’s mother say Pizarro was unarmed when deputies opened fire following a pursuit in Pico Rivera last July. Sheriff’s officials said at the time that Pizarro had a handgun that he disposed of while he ran.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed this week seeks an unspecified amount in damages.
The LA County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond Thursday to a request for comment by the Los Angeles Times .
The department said last year that deputies suspected Pizarro was driving drunk and he sped away when they tried to pull him over. The car eventually crashed and Pizarro ran from deputies
uPREGNANT WOMAN STABLE AFTER BEING STABBED IN LA CARJACKING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say two people are in custody and police are searching for additional suspects after a pregnant woman was stabbed multiple times during a carjacking in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times reports the woman, who is 12 weeks pregnant, suffered 10 stab wounds in the attack Wednesday evening in a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.
The newspaper says she underwent surgery and is in stable condition.
Police say the woman was sitting in her car when she was approached by two or three people who asked for her phone. Investigators say the assailants stabbed her and took her car.
Authorities have not released the names of the two people in custody.
uSPRING LOOKS A LOT LIKE WINTER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The calendar says spring but a winter weather advisory remains in effect for Southern California mountains.
Snow continues to fall in the mountains Thursday and rain showers are falling elsewhere as a surprisingly vigorous system affects the region.
Winter ended Wednesday afternoon but a storm brought scattered deluges that flooded roads in parts of greater Los Angeles and pounded some communities with hail so heavy it resembled snow.
The National Weather Service says the winter weather advisory is in effect for the mountains of San Bernardino and Riverside counties until 8 p.m.
In the Death Valley region, State Route 190 was closed overnight by mudslides.