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March 26, 1997 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The perennial American debate over the cruelty or value of the death penalty surfaced anew here Tuesday after a gruesome electric chair execution in which flames leaped from the head of a convicted murderer after the switch was thrown. Pedro Medina, a 39-year-old Cuban immigrant, was pronounced dead at 7:10 a.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1994 | KEN ELLINGWOOD
State investigators Monday began looking into the electrocution of a carnival worker at the Orange County Fair on Saturday. Safety officials closed the Gravitron ride, where Ron Vogt, 45, of Los Alamitos is believed to have touched an exposed wire while repairing failed lights late Saturday night. "We don't have any conclusions at this time," said Jim Brown, regional manager for Cal-OSHA's Anaheim office. "We've shut the ride down until we are satisfied it can be operated."
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July 23, 1990 | BARRY BEARAK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Old Sparky," the three-legged, oaken electric chair that Florida has used since 1924, is itself now on trial as an alleged instrument of torture. For nearly three months, the lethal appliance has been inactive as courts hear evidence about whether Sparky kills instantaneously--or rather torments the condemned. Impatient at the delays, corrections officials today will gather experts to test the chair's voltage at Florida State Prison near the town of Starke.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1990 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three city workers killed July 12 in an underground explosion in Pasadena had no idea that a live, 4,000-volt electrical line in the vault had malfunctioned hours earlier, city officials said Thursday. Because no one knew about the problems on the line, current was allowed to flow while the three worked on an adjacent 17,000-volt line. While the three were in the underground vault, the 4,000-volt line exploded, killing them instantly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1996 | ERIN TEXEIRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The jagged red scar running down Guy Arnone's stomach is as jagged as a lightning bolt. With good reason. He's the guy who was jolted by one last week. Rapidly recovering from the blow that knocked him unconscious in his office parking lot in Calabasas, Arnone said he remembers nothing of the freak incident that shredded his clothes and singed his body. "I must have asked the nurses and doctors 20 times, 'What happened? What am I doing here?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Problems with a camera boom counterweight may have been responsible for an accident that killed one crew member and injured another this week during filming of a Disney movie in rural San Bernardino County, state authorities said Friday. But just what threw the boom off balance and whether the crew was properly trained in the equipment's use remained under investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1997 | MAYRAV SAAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They were good men. Good family men with a love for the job and an affinity for cracking jokes. What's more, said colleagues of two Southern California Edison linemen who were killed while working Monday, they were just doing their job. While Cal/OSHA officials investigated the cause of the fatal city of Industry explosion, a five-member Edison crew tried to work around the damage Tuesday--clearing away charred gloves and tools and finishing their co-workers' job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 1989 | ASHLEY DUNN
Last August, a rummaging raccoon scaled a steel-and-barbed-wire fence at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, stumbled into a 16,500-volt switch and shorted the circuit in a burst of sparking electricity. The laboratory in Pasadena was blacked out for 90 minutes as workers scrambled to get the space exploration facility on line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A 15-year-old girl died Sunday after suffering an electric shock in a swimming pool, officials said. The girl was swimming with other children in a backyard pool in Panorama City when she was shocked just before 7 p.m., apparently from a malfunctioning pool light, said Bob Collis of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. When paramedics arrived, the girl as in cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
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June 11, 1991 | Associated Press
Two men were apparently electrocuted in a pond at Kings Island amusement park, and a woman fell to her death from a ride the same night. The two men who died, one of them a park employee, apparently were trying to rescue another man in a pond near a beer garden. The third man also was believed to have been shocked, but survived, a park spokeswoman said. Officials were not sure of the source of the electricity.
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