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July 27, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Napa Valley State Hospital routinely fails to protect its 1,100 patients from harm and to provide them medical and psychiatric treatment, according to a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report released Tuesday. In one case cited in the report, a patient's family phoned the state mental hospital last December to tell nurses that the patient was "despondent, crying and in need of attention."
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July 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly 100 cats, most in poor health, were seized from a Riverside woman's home Tuesday night and Wednesday after a neighbor complained of the animals' condition, authorities said. The elderly woman, who lives in the 100 block of Kayjay Street, was first contacted by animal control two years ago when the county collected about 20 cats from her home, authorities said.
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June 24, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport came too close four times in the last month, a spate of incidents that officials attributed to human error and a record number of international flights. The events, three of which occurred in the last week, are the first runway safety violations recorded at LAX since November. "Given what we know so far, no one on any of these planes was really in any danger," said Donn Walker, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
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June 12, 2005
The Orange County Health Care Agency can shut down food facilities for as long as the owners fail to correct conditions that pose a danger to public health. Here are the restaurants closed last month: *--* Name/Address Date closed- Reason for reopened closure *--* *--* Taqueria Mexico 5/2-5/13 Cockroach infestation 12538 Westminster Ave., Garden Grove *--* *--* Minute King Market 5/3-5/3 Cockroach infestation 3530 Irvine Ave.
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May 19, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County care facility for developmentally disabled children was cited for alleged abuse by the state health department Wednesday after an investigation of a resident's death in 2004. Baker House in Pedley received "A" and "AA," citations, the latter being the most severe under state law, for the death of a resident and the injury of another, both on May 5, 2004. The citations carry a combined fine of $35,000.
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May 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The owner and production manager of a Santa Ana motorcycle parts manufacturing company have been charged with illegally dumping hazardous waste into a sewer line. Donald R. Markland, 67, owner of Markland Manufacturing Inc., and production manager Keith E. Reineke, 54, allegedly released materials from the company's treatment plant -- including nickel, copper, lead and arsenic -- that ended up in an Orange County Sanitation District processing facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2005 | Nicholas Shields, Times Staff Writer
Denouncing them as outlaws, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo has announced the filing of criminal charges against the landlords of five apartment buildings for a slew of alleged health and safety code violations. A total of 72 counts were filed against the owners of the buildings in the Pico-Union and Mid-Wilshire areas, Delgadillo said. The case involves 188 rental units. The city attorney said the violations included cockroach infestation, defective plumbing and trash accumulation.
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March 26, 2005 | Susana Enriquez and Donna Horowitz, Times Staff Writers
Several in the lunch crowd at Wendy's on Friday had heard the story about the finger, but it wasn't enough to keep them away. Three days earlier, a woman bit into part of a human finger while eating a bowl of chili at one of the restaurant chain's six franchises here, according to Santa Clara County health officials. Sheriff's investigators are still trying to determine where the finger -- described as about an inch long and likely belonging to a woman -- came from.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman at a Wendy's restaurant bit into a part of a human finger while eating chili Tuesday night, Santa Clara County health officials said. She spit it out and warned other diners to stop eating, witnesses said. Officials said the fingertip was about 1 3/8 inches long. They believe that it belongs to a woman because of the long, manicured nail. Health investigators seized all of the ingredients at the restaurant and were tracing them back to their manufacturers.
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