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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1997 | STEVE CARNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who apparently doused himself with gasoline and lighted it on the front lawn of a home Tuesday suffered burns over 90% of his body, authorities said. Neighbors reported seeing the 56-year-old man standing or sitting next to a gasoline can in front of the house in the 9600 block of Farnham Lane about 5:50 p.m.
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NEWS
July 29, 1993 | Associated Press
A judge decided Wednesday to try a racially charged torching case in Tampa with a jury flown in from West Palm Beach, Fla. Circuit Judge Donald C. Evans decided to approve the arrangement despite defense objections that it would not protect the defendants' rights as well as moving the trial. The Aug. 23 trial of Mark Kohut and Charles Rourk had been scheduled for last month in Tampa.
NEWS
September 7, 1993 | From Associated Press
A prosecutor held up the charred tatters of Christopher Wilson's shirt Monday and described how the black tourist ran screaming in flames after he was doused with gasoline. "This is a case about the horror of burning flesh," State Atty. Harry Lee Coe said during closing arguments in the trial of two white men accused of abducting Wilson on New Year's Day and setting him on fire. "This case is about men who have no regard for human life."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY and LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A woman who set herself afire in a Highland Park street early Saturday morning died Sunday of massive burns, authorities said. Only hours after the incident that led to the death of Louisa Jiminez, a Tujunga woman killed herself when she torched her car on a mountain road and climbed inside. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said Rubie S. Poublane, 26, died shortly after she set her car ablaze on the side of a road in the Angeles National Forest at about 11 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1991
A 37-year-old Pico Rivera man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder early Saturday after he allegedly doused his live-in girlfriend with a flammable liquid and set her on fire, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said. Ernie Foster and the 28-year-old woman, who had been living together in the 8000 block of Hasty Avenue, had been out drinking when an argument erupted, authorities said. Foster went home and set the woman's clothes on fire, deputies said. When she arrived about 3 a.m.
NEWS
April 30, 1991 | Associated Press
An inmate at the Somers Correctional Institution was set afire Monday by other prisoners, suffering third-degree burns over 90% of his body, authorities said. The critically injured 23-year-old inmate, who was serving a sentence for manslaughter, was flown to a hospital in Hartford, a prison spokesman said.
NEWS
May 19, 1991 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The fatal police clubbing of Kang Kyung Dae, a 20-year-old Myungji University freshman, not only launched the most enduring street protests in South Korea in four years. It also served to bring to the surface some of the deep disagreements that South Koreans have with President Roh Tae Woo's government. It has shown that South Koreans still have problems with their new-found, still-incomplete democracy. How the current political unrest will be resolved remains unclear.
NEWS
June 22, 1987
A Fresno man was doused with a flammable liquid and set ablaze on a street in Long Beach, but was saved by police officers who doused him with extinguisher fluid. Detective Tim Cable said Pat Thomas, 34, was engulfed in flames and calling for help when two police officers arrived. Thomas was taken to St. Mary Medical Center and then airlifted to the burn ward at County-USC Medical Center, where he was reported in critical condition with third-degree burns over 70% of his body.
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