Woman Hospitalized After Being Stuck In An Elevator

San Diego, CA —Three people were stuck in an elevator for about an hour sending one of the people trapped to the hospital.  The elevator was located at San Diego’s large homeless feeding and care center located in St. Vincent de Paul Village building on Imperial Avenue and 15th Street.  Firefighters were called at approximately 9:30 a.m. to help remove the people from the elevator.  They were freed at about 10:20 a.m.   A 45-year-old woman was hospitalized with chest pains at UCSD Medical Center.  The cause of the elevator being stuck is not known at this time.  If you have a loved one who has suffered an injury from being stuck in an elevator, contact a San Diego personal injury attorney to review your case.


Japanese Diplomat Charged With 16 Counts Of Domestic Violence

San Bruno, CA –A Japanese diplomat has pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of domestic violence on Monday.  Yoshiaki Nagaya, 32 is Japan’s vice consul general in San Francisco and has worked as a liaison there for almost two years.  He was arrested in March when his wife, Yuka Nagaya, said he threw her from a slow-moving car during an argument.  He is also accused of stabbing his wife in the hand with a screwdriver and hitting her in the mouth and knocking out her teeth. Yuka Nagaya had photographs of each injury when she went to the police. The couple were married in December of 2010, and the violence began about a month later. Nagaya is not protected by diplomatic immunity for these charges.  He will return to court on June 14.  He is free on $350,000 bail.  If you have been charged with domestic violence, you need the help of an experienced domestic violence attorney. Call one today!

Consumer Information for Skechers Lawsuits

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years (in which case you may need professional help of a different sort altogether), you’ve seen the ads and heard the claims that Skechers has made promoting their toning shoe,  Skechers Shape-ups.  Boasting health benefits like improved posture, weight loss, increased circulation, and toned muscles, the Shape-ups are marketed as a cure all alternative to the gym.  Get fit without the effort seems to be the theme.  Skechers falls are actually one of the most common forms of injuries that these shoes cause, along with many other types of serious injuries.  If you or someone you love have been injured by a Skechers Shape-Up shoe, contact an experienced Skechers lawyer for a free legal consultation.

Predictably, Skechers has become embroiled in controversy, with it’s Shape-ups at the center. If you are considering a Skechers lawsuit you are not alone, as new lawsuits are popping up all over, claiming the company misled the public and that Shape-ups do not provide any of the supposed health benefits they claim.  In fact, consumers and experts alike have linked the design of the shoe to a myriad of serious injuries including broken bones, strained tendons, torn ligaments, hip injuries, and dislocations.  Rumors of a Federal Trade Commission investigation also loom large on the horizon for Skechers.

Whether Skechers injuries were suffered during falls or from the toll that months of Shape-up use creates, wronged consumers have been sounding off and lining up to give Skechers a piece of their minds and get back a piece of their wallets.


Architect Charged With Manslaughter In Death Of Firefighter

Los Angeles, CA –After an investigation that lasted over a year an architect who designed and was in charge of construction of a mansion in the Hollywood Hills was charged with manslaughter.  In Feb. 2011 a fire broke out in the fireplace of the mansion in the 1500 block of North Viewsite Drive.  When firefighters arrived the fire was blazing in the attic.  Firefighter Glenn Allen was one of many firefighters who arrived on the scene to fight the fire.  The house was equipped with plastic pipes for sprinklers, but the fire melted the pipes and the attic became flooded.  This caused the ceiling to collapse which caused Allen’s death and the injury of five other firefighters.  Gerhard Albert Becker, 48,built an 18-foot “fire trough” through the home even though he was told that it was a fire hazard.  Authorities believe the fire started in the fireplace, then spread to the walls and ceiling areas.  Becker was arrested on Saturday at LAX upon his arrival from Spain.  He was arraigned on Wednesday.  If you have been charged with a crime, get the advice of a reliable Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney today.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer

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Oklahoma City Car Accident

Kaye Sturgeon, a Glendale, Ariz. woman, died in a two-vehicle accident a little after noon on Thursday. Oklahoma Highway Patrol said the accident happened on  Interstate 44 about a half a mile east of State Highway 66 in Rogers County.

Troopers said Sturgeon was riding in an eastbound car when a pickup in the westbound lane crashed through the guardrail for unknown reasons and crossed over into the eastbound lane, colliding head on with the car Sturgeon was riding in. All 3 people in the car with Sturgeon were listed in critical condition. The driver of the car Sturgeon was riding in, Otis Hudspeth, Philip Sturgeon,and Clara Hudspethwas were taken to a Tulsa hospital.

Levi Ryon, the driver of the pickup, was taken to a Tulsa hospital in critical condition.

This is an incredibly unfortunate accident. If you or a love one has been injured in Oklahoma, contact a Oklahoma City accident lawyer at Zelbst, Holmes & Butler. They make sure you are properly taken care of and your family gets the justice you deserve.

Brake Failure Causes Accident

Morrow, GA — Unable to stop her car due to brake failure, a woman drove into a construction zone and onto a gravel road that ended in a sheer drop down a 35-foot embankment. The woman was able to get out of her car, but she fainted within minutes.  Paramedics transported the woman  to a hospital for treatment of facial injuries. The 19-year-old woman was driving a 2001 Nissan Maxima north on Ga.54 about 10:30 a.m. There were no other passengers in the car and no other cars or property was damaged, so the woman was not cited for the accident. Construction on the Ga. 54 began last year and motorists have been cautioned to be careful in the area.  Warning signs are posted and orange-and-white barrels provide barriers from traffic.

Student Pilot Crashes Into House

Santa Monica, CA —  Monday afternoon a plane crashed at 2:29 p.m. near 21st and Navy streets, less than a mile from the Santa Monica Airport.  A student pilot with 40 hours of flying experience was attempting to return to the airport after taking off for Santa Barbara.

No one was injured in the crash.  The pilot, who broke his leg in the crash, was taken to the hospital.  The house that the plane crashed into was empty at the time.  Luis Espana and some painters who had been working on the house, helped the pilot escape the mangled wreckage.  They were able to extinguish a small fire with a garden hose.

The plane was a Cessna 172 that belonged to Justice Aviation, a flight school that has been based at Santa Monica Airport for the last 20 years.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash.

Santa Monica’s airport has been the center of controversy between the FAA and City Hall, which has expressed an interest in closing down the airport in 2015 saying it is a danger to residents who live near the airport.

Amtrak Train Derails in Nebraska

(Reuters) – An Amtrak train partially derailed when it struck a crane that was razing an old grain elevator close to the tracks.  Seven of the estimated 178 passengers had neck and back injuries that sent them to the hospital and 4 others were treated for minor injuries.  There were no reports of life-threatening injuries.

The collision which occurred at about 8:50 a.m. local time near Benkelman, Nebraska, derailed two locomotives and three cars. Seven cars stayed on the tracks.

The California Zephyr train was traveling from the San Francisco Bay area to Chicago. Uninjured passengers were being taken to a nearby high school and Amtrak said it planned to transport them to their destinations by bus.

Fullerton City Council Has Special Meeting on Homeless Man’s Death

Fullerton city council members are holding a special meeting today, Friday, to discuss whether to start an inquiry into 37-year-old Kelly Thomas’s death. His father, a former sheriff’s deputy filed a claim against the police on Thursday.

The claim alleges violation of civil rights, negligence and conspiracy against the city, its police department and the officers that Ron Thomas says caused the death of his son.

Kelly Thomas died five days after officers, responding to a call that someone was breaking into cars, tried to search Kelly’s backpack.  Kelly ran when officers tried to arrest him and he was subsequently beaten, kicked and Tasered.  The incident was caught on video by bystanders.

The death of Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, is already under criminal investigation by the FBI and Orange County district attorney’s office.

The police officers who were involved in the death have already been placed on administrative leave and the Fullerton Chief of Police, Michael Seller, took a medical leave on Wednesday.

Fullerton City Manager Joe Felz is recommending the council hire Michael Gennaco to conduct an independent review of the incident.

Gennaco’s review would look at issues such as training, supervision and broader policies when dealing with individuals who are mentally ill or homeless.