CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997 |
An 80-year-old man was plucked from Huntington Harbour alive but suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia after he slipped and fell off a boat dock into chilly, 55-degree water, a sheriff's spokesman said Thursday. Bertram Ross of Huntington Harbour went to check on his boat about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, when he lost his footing on a wet dock near Davenport Island and went into the water, said Deputy Steven McCormick, who rescued Ross.
December 30, 1996 |
A long spell of freezing weather gripping Europe has taken the lives of dozens of homeless people, while blizzards have disrupted travel and balmy resorts have suffered freak snowfalls. Several dozen people trapped in their vehicles by avalanches in a tunnel in southern Russia were finally freed, but as many as 300 people were still feared to be inside the tunnel as snow continued to fall. Sections of the Danube River in Central Europe were frozen over, as were major canals in northern Germany.
August 25, 1996 |
Navigating through torrential rains, an army helicopter pilot flew Saturday into the Himalayas to rescue two sick Hindu pilgrims from among thousands of people stranded on the slopes. A freak snowstorm and heavy rains have left at least 113 people dead near a town about 65 miles south of the Jammu-Kashmir state capital, Srinagar. Doctors feared the death toll could rise as the storm, which began Thursday, persisted.
November 10, 1995 |
A young mother was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for letting her two little boys die in a sweltering car outside a motel where she had gone to see her boyfriend. Judge Charles Haston said he was not convinced that Jennie Bain Ducker was remorseful and that her demeanor at her sentencing was hostile. Ducker will have to serve at least six years before she is eligible for parole. Ducker, 21, a manic-depressive with a history of alcoholism, was convicted Oct.
June 9, 1995 |
Dustin and Devin Ducker were laid to rest Thursday in tiny white caskets two days after they died side by side, buckled into their car seats in the back of their mother's sweltering car. Investigators said their mother, Jennie Bain, was partying with four men in a motel room, had too much to drink and fell asleep as the temperature inside the car climbed as high as 115 degrees. Dustin, 1, and Devin, about 2, died of hyperthermia, or overheating, autopsies showed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1995 |
Figuring a near-death experience was sufficient punishment, a local couple asked police Friday not to seek prosecution of two men who allegedly stole their catamaran and capsized it in strong winds. Kelly and Walter Viszolay opted to forgive the two men who police said took the 18-foot-craft after one of them, Scott Gregory Houston, 23, nearly froze in the chilly waters off the Laguna coast early Thursday morning.
March 5, 1995 |
Compared with the expansive caves of the South and West, Vermont's 45 known caves are small and a bit dingy. The glaciers that once covered the region filled the caves with mud and rock. But, to the state's small band of active cavers, the caves burrowed into the limestone comprise a beautiful and fragile underworld. To see that world, cavers, or spelunkers, crawl through muck and over boulders and squeeze themselves through small passages. It's a claustrophobic's nightmare.
February 17, 1995 |
Four U.S. Army soldiers in the final days of grueling training died from exposure after emerging from the chilly, chest-high waters of a north Florida swamp where they were engaged in a bridge-building exercise, the Army said Thursday. The deaths late Wednesday on the grounds of Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle stunned members of the elite ranger corps and prompted an Army inquiry. "It's a shock.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1994 |
An oil spill in the Santa Clara River will have a more devastating effect on wildlife in the ecologically sensitive area than biologists will ever be able to document, state Department of Fish and Game officials said Friday. Meanwhile, department officials raised the estimated amount of oil spilled from 168,000 gallons to 214,000 gallons after new studies showed that more oil was in the ruptured pipeline than officials initially believed.
January 25, 1994 |
Negotiations and tear gas were not enough to persuade a convicted drug user to surrender, so police decided to flush him out with 2,500 gallons of water. A cold and wet Charles Stiles, 39, emerged from his house into 30-degree temperatures Sunday and was treated for hypothermia. Then police took him to jail.