LaGrange Mother Killed in Traffic Accident

LA GRANGE – A 30-year old woman was killed Tuesday after she was hit by a car while trying to get a stroller onto a curb.

Cari Cook of Countryside was taken to LaGrange Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m.

Cook was carrying her 4-month old son when the accident happened. The child suffered a broken leg. Cook’s 2-year old daughter in the stroller was not injured.

Cook crossed the intersection of 47th Street and 8th Avenue with her kids when she bent down to lift the stroller onto the curb. She was hit by an eastbound car at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday morning.

There has been no charges filed against the woman driver of the car. Police are still investigating the incident.

School Bus Crash Causes injury

A school bus crash near Hamilton, New York injures those on board. On December 11, 2009, around 1:30pm, a yellow international school bus from Hamilton Central School District was travelling north on State Route 46, when it left the road, causing minor injuries to both the driver and assistant on board. There were no students on the bus at the time.Both the driver, Laurence Keenan, age 67, and the assistant, Laura Russin, age 38, were taken to Community Memorial Hospital.The State Police in New Woodstock are still investigating the crash.The driver and passenger were both complaining of pain after the incident.

VA Stolen Laptop Lawsuit Settlement

The a class action lawsuit involving stolen laptops containing sensitive information has been settled. The Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to pay $20 million to the servicemen whose personal data was on the laptop stolen during a burglary in 2006.

The laptop and an external hard drive contained the names, date of birth and Social Security numbers of 26.5 million troops and veterans.

“We are committed to being the ‘gold standard’ in data security, just as we are a leader in the health care industry. We want to assure veterans there is no evidence that the information involved in this incident was used to harm a single veteran”, the VA said in a statement.

The settlement was reached to avoid further expense and inconvenience that would result from the litigation.

The money will go to military personnel and veterans who were affected by the loss of personal data, either through emotional distress or through costs incurred in monitoring credit records.

The laptop was recovered in June of 2006 and the FBI believes that none of the personal information had been accessed.

San Diego DUI Lawyer

The Law Offices of Ian Pancer will give you a free case evaluation to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case and a possible strategy for a winning defense. If you get arrested or cited for DUI you will most likely have to defend against 2 separate proceedings.  One is the DMV process and the other is your criminal case. To preserve your right to a DMV hearing, you have to put in a request with the DMV within 10 days of the alleged driving. The best way to find a San Diego DUI lawyer is to educate yourself using the internet or the law library, meet with a few different lawyers,, and ask people you know for a recommendations.  Make sure you talk to the lawyer who will be handling your case, and do not be taken in by slick advertisements, intimidated by scare tactics or fooled promises that are to good to be true.

Pharmacist Arrested for Selling Oxycodone

BALTIMORE COUNTY – A pharmacist is arrested and charged for selling over 23,000 prescription pills in Reisterstown.

47-year old Ketankumar Arvind Patel illegally sold the depression medication Xanax, as well as Oxycontin and Percocet pills.

The DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with the Department of Health and Human Service and local police conducted the investigation on Patel after an unknown source admitted to buying fraudulent prescriptions from him for more than a year.

If convicted, Patel could face up to a combined maximum of 86 years in prison and his business could be subject to fines totalling more than $26 million.

Man Finally Found Innocent After 28 Years in Jail

After serving 28 years behind bars for a rape and murder he’d always insisted he did not do, 58 year old Donald Eugene Gates walked out of a federal prison in Arizona on Tuesday with $75 and a bus ticket to Ohio. It took almost three decades, but DNA testing proved he was innocent of the crime.
In 1981, Gates was convicted of the rape and murder of 21 year old Georgetown University student, Catherine Schilling, which occurred in Washington’s Rock Creek Park. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison based mostly on the testimony of FBI hair analyst Michael P. Malone. In 1997 though, the FBI’s inspector general found that Malone had given false testimony in proceedings that led to the impeachment, and later dismissal of US District Judge Alcee Hastings back in 1989.
While researching the case, Sandra Levick, one of Gates’ attorneys from the D.C. Public Defenders Service, came across the report by the inspector general, and requested more information through the Freedom of Information Act. She then found that the FBI had issued warnings about the work of Malone, as well as 12 other analysts who had been criticized by the inspector general. Prosecutors then confirmed they had relied on Malone’s work to obtain Gates’ conviction as part of a review of the case requested by the FBI.
After this information was revealed, the defense filed its motion to have the conviction thrown out. Assistant US Attorney Joan Draper had been unaware until that time there was a problem with Malone’s testimony at all.
In this case, Malone’s testimony or false testimony proved to be of no consequence, as the scientific technique that he had used, microscopic hair analysis, has since been discredited. In a 2009 report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Levick cited that there was “no scientific support” for using hair comparisons as identification.
Gates had prayed for and never doubted in his release. He requested a DNA test in 1988, but the technology at the time was unable to draw conclusions based on the size of the DNA sample available. It is expected that Gates will be exonerated, and then will be entitled to compensation for the time spent in prison. Under federal law, compensation would be $50,000 per year of incarceration.

Food Poisoning Lawyer

Simon & Luke have recovered over $400,000,000 for their clients in the past eight years alone. They have represented thousands of people across the United States, Mexico, and Canada who have been victimized by food borne illness. Ron Simon has been interviewed by and appeared on countless television and media outlets, including NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Forbes, the Associated Press, and newspapers across the country. He has also served as an invited speaker at yearly national food-borne illness conferences. He was named a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 – an honor bestowed upon him by fellow lawyers. Both he and his firm also maintain an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell rating service, which is the highest rating available.

Orange County Work Injury Lawyer

DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo has been assisting the Orange County and Southern California communities for over 30 years. We will protect your legal rights under the law. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury because of someone else’s carelessness, you need to speak with an experienced Santa Ana  work injury attorney. At no up-front cost to you, DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo provides the best legal representation in personal injury, work injury and workers’ compensation, on a contingency fee basis. This means that they do not take a fee until you receive compensation. You will not incur any legal fees or costs for their time and assistance unless they do our job and earn you a trial verdict or settlement. They have every incentive to maximize your recovery. Here are some of their practice areas:

  • Work Injury
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Government Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Criminal Law
  • Auto/Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injury
  • Crosswalk Injury
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Railroad/Train Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Defective Products
  • Auto Defects
  • Tire Defects
  • Insurance Bad Faith Claims
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip and Fall Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Burn Injury
  • Construction Accidents
  • Dog Bite Injury
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Medical Transport Accidents
  • Vehicle Rollover
  • Other Serious Injuries

Boston Legal Star Dies in Car Accident

Former Boston Legal star Justin Mentell died in a car accident in Wisconsin yesterday. He was 27 just years old.

Mentell, who is originally from Waukegan, Illinois, died when his Jeep swerved off the road and smashed into two trees at about 8:30 a.m. Mentell was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Thousands of people die each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. Many of the accident related deaths can be prevented by wearing seat belts so make sure you buckle up whenever you get in a motor vehicle.