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March 19, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer, This post has been updated as indicated below.
An Ohio attorney whose body was found in a Palm Springs hotel room in November died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Riverside County coroner's office said Wednesday. The Palm Springs Police Department has been investigating the death and will present its findings to the Riverside County district attorney's office for possible criminal charges, said Palm Springs Police Lt. Mitch Spike. Mark Walter Ruf, 48, was found dead on the floor of his room at the Curve Palm Springs Hotel & Resort on Nov. 13. Ruf's family had notified Palm Springs police after he failed to return from a vacation as scheduled.
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March 19, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Good news from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: the 8-day-old gorilla that had been struggling with pneumonia is now stable and "showing great improvement," officials said. "She's developing normally and very rapidly," said Nadine Lamberski, associate director of veterinary services at the park. The baby, as yet unnamed, was born through a rare Caesarian section after its mother experienced distress during labor. Later, the baby underwent emergency surgery for a collapsed lung and was treated for pneumonia.
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November 5, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five men who sat in their cars in a Leadville, Colo., garage, drinking beer and listening to music while the engine was running, were killed by carbon monoxide fumes, police said. The men probably started one of the cars to stay warm, police said. The men were identified as Oscar Castillo, 19; Eleasar Castillo, 18; Cutberto Gurrola, 20; Jesus Castillo, 21; and Sergio Vega, 22.
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March 19, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer, This post has been updated as indicated below.
An Ohio attorney whose body was found in a Palm Springs hotel room in November died of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Riverside County coroner's office said Wednesday. The Palm Springs Police Department has been investigating the death and will present its findings to the Riverside County district attorney's office for possible criminal charges, said Palm Springs Police Lt. Mitch Spike. Mark Walter Ruf, 48, was found dead on the floor of his room at the Curve Palm Springs Hotel & Resort on Nov. 13. Ruf's family had notified Palm Springs police after he failed to return from a vacation as scheduled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two young children were found dead Sunday in the back of their parents' pickup -- apparent victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said. The children, ages 1 and 5, along with a 10-year-old sibling, were sitting in a camper that covered the bed of the truck while their parents drove from their Mojave home to a jail facility about 50 miles away. When they arrived, the parents opened the camper and found the children unresponsive, the Kern County Sheriff's Department said.
NEWS
January 15, 1998 | From Reuters
Thousands of people in Maine and New York shivered through a sixth day without electricity on Wednesday amid a growing number of reports of carbon monoxide poisoning as residents tried to stay warm. In Maine, where many people used kerosene heaters and portable generators, carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly operated equipment had become a "health care crisis," the director of emergency services at a Lewiston hospital said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1991 | RUSSELL BEN-ALI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Inspections at the Mission Valley Inn found violations in 83 of the 190 rooms inspected, including faulty heaters similar to the one that killed a visiting volleyball player and left his roommate in critical condition, city officials announced Friday. In a letter to Hank Hoxie, a vice president of Atlas Hotels, which owns the inn, the city's Building Inspection Department also listed minor violations such as inoperative smoke alarms and defective thermostats.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
As utility crews worked to restore power to 1 million customers across the wind-wracked Pacific Northwest, hospitals here said Saturday that they had treated about 80 victims of poisoning by carbon monoxide -- from gas grills, propane heaters, generators and charcoal briquettes brought indoors for heat and light.
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January 6, 1991 | LESLIE BERGER and PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three men and a pregnant woman died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in a one-bedroom Van Nuys apartment, police said Saturday. A fourth man, who was hospitalized in critical condition, also was overcome by fumes from a malfunctioning heater vent, police said. All five were Vietnamese refugees and at least two of the men, both gardeners, had been sending money to wives and children in their native country, friends said.
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January 8, 1995 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a distance, Bill Wobbe says, people are probably thinking the worst about what happened to Ashley and Brandy Montgomery, twin toddlers found dead in their cribs last week. "There's been a rash of child abuse and murders, and everybody on the outside thinks this was another one of those," said Wobbe, a retired property manager and a neighbor of the 16-month-old girls.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians began a fifth day without power Sunday as emergency crews worked through freezing temperatures to clear debris and downed power lines from roads. Also Sunday, a tour bus crashed in rural southern Pennsylvania, sending 27 people to hospitals in Pennsylvania and Maryland, a Bedford County emergency dispatcher told the Los Angeles Times. It was unknown whether there were fatalities. Twelve people were taken to a "safety area" to be picked up by the tour bus company, said the dispatcher, who said he was not authorized to identify himself or the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Even though temperatures throughout most of the Southland on Thursday were warmer than earlier in the week, Los Angeles County's top health officer extended a cold weather alert for the San Fernando and Antelope valleys. The alert comes as forecasts for those areas show wind chill temperatures could be below freezing. The alert for the Antelope Valley lasts from Thursday through Sunday. In the San Fernando Valley, the alert covers Thursday through Saturday. "We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning," Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's director of public health, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Shain Gandee, one of the stars of MTV's reality show, "Buckwild" may have been found dead on Monday morning and production of the show's second season may be suspended, but his Twitter account continues. Gandee, 21, was discovered in a truck on Monday near Sissonville, W.Va., on Monday, along with the bodies of his uncle David Gandee, 48, and friend David Robert Myers, 27. The vehicle was discovered partially submerged in a mud pit. Though no official cause of death has been released, authorities told the Associated Press that no foul play was suspected.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2013 | By Alana Semuels and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
BOSTON - The snow fell and fell, and when it stopped, New Englanders climbed out of their homes, got out their shovels, and started digging out from one of the biggest blizzards in a generation. By the time the sun peeked out of the clouds Saturday afternoon, the winter storm had dumped more than 2 feet of snow in cities across the Northeast, forced evacuations in some coastal communities, contributed to more than half a million customers losing power across six states and grounded thousands of flights.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
A 14-year-old Massachusetts boy died Saturday of carbon monoxide poisoning after warming himself in a running car while his father shoveled snow. Boston's mayor promptly issued a new warning of the perils associated with the massive Northeast blizzard. The boy had been helping his dad shovel snow Saturday near the family's sedan, and hopped into the running car to warm up, Boston fire spokesman Steve MacDonald told The Times. But a mound of snow had blocked the exhaust pipe, preventing the poisonous carbon monoxide from escaping, MacDonald said.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Two people who died after sitting for hours in an Arizona spiritual resort's sauna-like sweat lodge were identified Saturday as a 40-year-old Wisconsin man and a 38-year-old New York woman. James Shore of Milwaukee and Kirby Brown of Westtown, N.Y., died Thursday night after being overcome in a sweat lodge during a spiritual cleansing ceremony. Nineteen others were taken to area hospitals, suffering from burns, dehydration, respiratory arrest, kidney failure or elevated body temperature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1990 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 45-year-old Tijuana mother has become the 13th person to die of asphyxiation after inhaling carbon monoxide gas during a religious ceremony last week at an unventilated home in an outlying Tijuana neighborhood, authorities said Thursday. The victim, Consuelo Ponce Ramirez, a mother of eight, died in her hospital bed at 4 a.m. Thursday, said Dr. Ariel Perez Munoz, director of the Social Security Clinic 20, where she and other survivors were being treated. She had been in a coma for a week.
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January 16, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Authorities say a married Air Force couple found dead in their SUV outside their apartment complex probably died of carbon monoxide poisoning. The bodies of Chad Cheswick, 22, and Jessica Cheswick, 23, were found in their vehicle Friday by their apartment manager. Police say that the ignition of the SUV was on but that the vehicle was out of gas when their bodies were discovered. A police spokesman says preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Monday found no evidence of foul play or suicide.
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October 12, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A family of four was taken to the hospital Thursday morning, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning after the father lighted their furnace for the first time, authorities said. Firefighters responded about 3:05 a.m. to an apartment complex at 12255 W. Burbank Blvd. A man, 37; a woman, 36; and two girls, 11 and 1, were taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank in serious but stable condition, a fire official said.
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