MAN FACES POSSIBLE JAIL TIME FOR NOT WATERING LAWN: UPLAND (AP) — Fernand Bogman says he’s being a responsible citizen by not watering the grass at his San Bernardino County home during California’s drought.
But officials in the city of Upland say the homeowner is violating the law by keeping his lawn brown instead of green.
The homeowner is charged with two misdemeanors for failing to properly maintain his front yard and parkway space.
Prosecutor Dan Peelman tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that Bogman was given the option to pay fines and to correct the issue. He also met with city officials who told him if he submitted a drought-tolerant landscaping proposal he could avoid going to trial. He rejected the offers.
Now Bogman faces $4,000 in fines or six months in jail when the case goes to trial on Monday.
REHAB CENTER SUED IN FATAL DRUNK DRIVING CASE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of a man struck by a drunk driver who drove with the dying victim on her windshield is suing the Southern California drug rehab center where she worked.
The Los Angeles Times says (http://lat.ms/1AtTncW) the wrongful death suit filed Thursday alleges Twin Town Treatment Center in Torrance was negligent because it failed to properly monitor Sherri Lynn Wilkins.
At the time of the crash on November 24, 2012, Wilkins told police she was heading home from work. The treatment center denies she was working at the facility that day.
CEO David Lisonbee said the center hasn’t received notice of the lawsuit.
Prosecutors said Wilkins’ blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit when she struck 31-year-old Phillip Moreno.
POLICE: PE TEACHER DRAGGED STUDENT: STOCKTON (AP) — Stockton physical education teacher has been charged with a misdemeanor and put on leave after he tried to drag a 14-year-old girl across the concrete and into the high school’s pool.
On Friday Denny Peterson, a teacher at Edison High School in Stockton, was charged this week with a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a child.
Peterson was filmed with a cellphone by another student while he dragged Sandra Garcia toward the pool in August.
Garcia’s attorney Gilbert Somera says she was wearing only a bikini top and shorts and was left with scratches and bruises on her back after being dragged.
Garcia tells Sacramento’s News 10 she initially got in the pool but refused to fully submerge in the water.
BOY WHO FELL FROM CLIFF WAKES FROM INDUCED COMA : BODEGA BAY (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old boy who survived a 230-foot fall from a seaside cliff in Bodega Bay says his child has awakened from an induced coma.
Daryl Johnson tells the Santa Rosa Press Democrat the boy opened his eyes Tuesday after lying unconscious for about a week at Children’s Hospital Oakland.
Johnson says his son Sebastian is unable to speak because of a broken jaw but he has shown signs of recovery, including listening to bedside stories from his mother.
The child was on a family outing on a trail at Bodega Head Nov. 10 when he fell to the bottom of the cliff.
The boy was awake and crying by the time he was loaded into an ambulance and rushed to a hospital.