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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 2000
James Angel Lires, a retired electrician, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 78. He was born Nov. 16, 1922, in Santa Paula and attended school there. He also attended Ventura High School. Lires enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and was a technical sergeant with the 549th Bombardment Squadron and the 385th Group. He was a flight maintenance gunner who was shot down during a B-17 bomber mission over Germany.
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NEWS
July 7, 1993 | Associated Press
The mystery of an electrician's lead poisoning was solved when he revealed that he liked to chew the plastic coating stripped from wires. The pigments used to color the coatings contain lead. "It's just a nervous habit, like chewing gum or something," said Elmer Galbraith, 48, who had been bothered by tingling in his fingers and mild memory loss. Treatment has removed most of the lead from his body.
NEWS
August 10, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
An electrician convicted of doing faulty work that caused a fatal fire was sentenced today to five years in prison in what was described as the first case of its kind in the nation. Electrician Richard E. Salz, 49, was convicted of second-degree manslaughter. But before being sentenced, he told Superior Court Judge Joseph T. Gormley Jr. that he had done nothing wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1988 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
An electrical contractor working at the County Jail in Vista was assaulted by sheriff's deputies, strip-searched and forced to stand naked in a padded cell, apparently because the jail staff did not like the way he was doing his job, according to a claim filed by the contractor. Floyd Craig contends in an $80,000 claim against San Diego County that he suffered a "swollen left eye, sore fingers, humiliation, embarrassment and emotional distress" in the incident in March.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 1999 | HEIDI SIEGMUND CUDA
It's not even October, and already it's getting spooky out there. An electrician wiring things up for Wednesday's grand opening of Vynyl found a body in the rock club's dumpster earlier this week. In a panicked Cockney brogue, he called 911 (now, that's a call I want to hear on the TV news). The boys in the big red truck were first on the scene. One seasoned vet grabbed a stick, poked the corpse, and lo and behold, it rose from the stinky grave.
WORLD
January 3, 2010 | By Robyn Dixon
In a year as a "freelance" slum electrician, Francis Otieno has been shocked five times. Three of the accidents were "not so bad," just enough to throw him across the room. Two nearly killed him. "I just cried out. I didn't know what was going on. I passed out," he says. "For two days, I didn't know where I was." But he was luckier than his best friend, who had the job before him: He was killed when he jumped on a roof to fix a short, unaware that the roof was live because a rat had nibbled at a wire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1997
The Los Angeles city electrician who hunted down and killed four of his supervisors in a 1995 shooting rampage at the C. Erwin Piper Technical Center was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. After impassioned, tearful pleas from the families of victims, Superior Court Judge Edward Ferns ordered Willie Woods, 42, of Upland to prison for the rest of his life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY
Police arrested an unemployed electrician Wednesday with 100 stolen cellular phones and the computer equipment used to reprogram them with numbers stolen from unwitting cell phone users. Michael Glenn Silliman, 40, was taken into custody at 7 a.m. after officers served a search warrant on his home, where he lived with his two children and his mother and stepfather.
NEWS
November 15, 1992 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN, Neshtey Crudup, 41, born and reared in South-Central Los Angeles, became the first black woman indentured into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, joining Local 11 in 1981. She and fellow electricians Vivian Price and Lynn Dabney are documenting the history of Local 11 on video. Crudup was interviewed by Laurie K. Schenden.
I'm proud to be a union member, and I wish we had more unionism in America today. It was while working at JPL--a job that stemmed from an Urban League computer training program--that a friend told me about a woman he knew who was an electrician. The idea of being an electrician sounded good--working outside and being with a variety of people--and I believed I would enjoy that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1986
A 46-year-old electrician with a wrench in his hand tapped electrical wires Thursday morning at a Costa Mesa manufacturing plant and suffered severe flash burns and shock, authorities said. Albert S. David was working on the main electrical box at Clay-Val, 1701 Placentia Ave., when his wrench contacted apparently live wires, police said. David, of Anaheim, suffered jolting electrical flash burns, shock and respiratory burns, Costa Mesa Police Lt. Cliff McBride said.
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