January 9, 2013 |
HOUSTON -- West Texas grand jurors on Wednesday decided not to indict the driver of a parade float struck by a train, killing four veterans last fall. Midland County prosecutor Eric Kalenak told the Los Angeles Times that he presented the case along with about two dozen others to a 12-member grand jury that convened Wednesday. The parade float driver, veteran Dale Hayden, 50, was not subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury, Kalenak said -- no witnesses were. Instead, the prosecutor presented police reports and witness statements -- including a statement Hayden made to Midland Police -- about the crash in which a flatbed truck carrying veterans was hit by a Union Pacific train.
August 26, 2010 |
Afghan Sgt. Maj. Barakatullah Kolistani, who trains army recruits, is confident that his fledgling soldiers are learning the discipline, strategic skills and marksmanship needed to defeat the Taliban. But Kolistani, one of the base's senior enlisted soldiers, is worried about their proficiency in another key skill: driving. Particularly when it comes to the 8,000-pound-plus U.S.-supplied Humvee, the vehicle of choice in the nascent Afghan army. He's not alone. Afghan and American trainers at the NATO-run Kabul Military Training Center, where 10,000 recruits receive instruction at any given time, are shocked to discover just how bad the Afghans drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2009 |
Firefighters and dispatchers with the Union Pacific Railroad tried to warn a Metrolink train Thursday morning as it sped toward a truck stopped on the tracks, but the train couldn't stop in time, officials said. At 5:40 a.m., two firefighters were aiding the driver of the truck, who had been involved in an accident a few minutes earlier, when the warning gates came down and they saw the train coming, said Deborah O'Malia, a spokeswoman for the Oxnard Fire Department. The Oxnard dispatch center had contacted the Union Pacific response center to alert it to the disabled truck, and the response center in turn called the railroad's dispatch center, which tried to call the Metrolink engineer, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2009 |
Wherever Devon was, so too were Daylan and Moses. The three boys were often seen around their Fontana condominium complex tossing a football or competing against each other in rowdy video games. So when 15-year-old Devon Keeten grabbed the keys to his mother's spare car Wednesday and climbed into the silver Nissan Altima, his half-brother, Daylan Green, 9, and best friend and neighbor, Moses Guzman, 11, naturally went along.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2006 |
A motorist who died Friday in a collision with a Metrolink train in Burbank drove around lowered crossing gates, possibly in an attempt to outrun the oncoming train, officials said Saturday. "Everything was working properly at the time and, for some reason, she drove around the crossing gates," said Denise Tyrrell, a Metrolink spokeswoman. "There were witnesses who saw this, but we don't have any insight into why she made such a choice."
November 20, 2003 |
In any law-abiding society, people known to be in the country illegally would be detained and deported. But not in the United States, where immigration laws are so poorly enforced that the normal and expected have come to be regarded as inconceivable and impractical, and the illegal has been accepted as proper. Consider the driver's license bill, which then-Gov. Gray Davis signed into law in a desperate, eleventh-hour effort to appeal to Latino voters. The law -- which allows illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses despite their status -- is indefensible, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is absolutely right to seek to repeal it. The arguments in favor of the law are completely inadequate.