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August 14, 1992 | JOHN O'DELL
The ad campaign for the personal watercraft sold by Irvine-based Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., used to say that if it wasn't a Kawasaki, it wasn't a Jet Ski. But Kawasaki announced Thursday that it had settled a two-decade dispute with Nevada inventor Clayton Jacobson over Jacobson's claims that Kawasaki tried to cut him out of the profits generated by a product he invented.
October 8, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican navy on Monday announced the capture of an alleged field commander of the Zetas crime organization whom it accuses of numerous high-profile crimes, including the possible killing of an American who disappeared while reportedly jet-skiing on a border lake two years ago. The suspect, Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, alias the Squirrel, was paraded before reporters in a televised presentation in Mexico City. Without offering evidence, navy spokesman Vice Adm. Jose Luis Vergara tied Martinez to a long string of crimes, including the 2010 execution of 72 migrants, mostly from Central America, in the northern state of Tamaulipas, as well as two prison breaks, also in the north, in which nearly 300 inmates escaped.
June 5, 1996 | ANDREW BLECHMAN
An Oxnard man suspected of stealing two jet skis and a trailer is scheduled for arraignment today. Paul Gomez, 44, was arrested Monday at 7:45 p.m. by Port Hueneme police on suspicion of taking the jet skis from a house in the 4500 block of Clover Drive in Oxnard four hours earlier, police said. Police said they spotted Gomez towing the jet skis in his Chevy pickup truck and followed him to an apartment complex at the city limits of Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
September 29, 2012 | By Karin Klein
Got Jaws? There's been an uptick in fatal shark attacks off Western Australia in the last year.  The reasons are unclear, but the government thinks it has a solution: Kill any shark that swims close to the beach, including great whites, which the government usually protects as an endangered species. Conservationists are protesting; unfortunately, the numbers they use as an argument against the idea aren't very convincing. Yes, it's true, as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society points out, that in all of Australia, sharks have killed 18 people in the last 215 years.
July 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The straits around the San Juan Islands are big enough for tall sailboats, big luxury cabin cruisers and high-speed cigarette boats. But not Jet Skis. San Juan County's stand against waterjet-powered personal watercraft came to a head July 9 when the state Supreme Court affirmed local authority to ban the machines from the county's vast waterways northwest of Seattle.
April 1, 1993
Race cars soon will have their turn, but last weekend in Long Beach belonged to jet skiers and pilots of SuperBoats, 45- to 50-foot-long craft with multiple engines that churn out 4,000 horsepower. On Saturday and Sunday, the jet skiers performed freestyle exhibitions and competed at Propeller Park near the Queen Mary. On Sunday afternoon, about 30 SuperBoats took part in a 150-mile race over a 9.
August 10, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
A Thousand Oaks man was charged with manslaughter Wednesday, almost a year after the collision of two jet skis on Castaic Lake that took one life, authorities said. Steven Croswhite, 36, was scheduled for arraignment today at Newhall Municipal Court. Croswhite allegedly crashed into Louie Ellis, 51, of Glendora, killing him, as they rode jet skis, called Sea Doos, on Sept. 4, 1994. Ellis' body was found floating in the upper part of Castaic Lake at about 10:15 a.m.
August 16, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
Usually, there's no water in the Santa Ana River where it passes by the Pond of Anaheim, but this week a couple of man-made dams and 15 million gallons of water have transformed the storm drain into a lake, where the International Jet Sports Boating Assn. will conduct the final event of its 10-race national championship tour. The feature event of Jet Jam '96 on Sunday will be the 785 Pro Runabout race of the Budweiser Jet Sports series.
June 7, 1996 | SHAV GLICK
The Budweiser Jet Sports Tour will be in San Diego this weekend for Round 4 of its 10-race Westcoast Performance Nationals, but the next time it comes to Southern California it will be in a man-made pool of water next to the Pond of Anaheim. That's right, they're going to dam the Santa Ana River and create a 1,000- by 300-foot pool for the jet skis to cavort Aug. 16-18 in a season-ending Jet Jam '96.
August 14, 1999 | Associated Press
Organizers of a personal watercraft race that attracts some of the world's top competitors were denied a permit to hold the event in Mission Bay because of environmental concerns. The California Coastal Commission voted this week to deny a permit to the International Jet Sports Boating Assn. to stage its 1999 Jet Ski World Finals, expected to attract 750 competitors. The competition had been held in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., the past 17 years, but the association wanted to hold it Oct.
July 9, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Usher's 11-year-old stepson from a former marriage has reportedly been declared brain-dead after a boating accident. Kile Glover, the son of the "Scream" singer's ex-wife Tameka Foster, was floating on an inner tube in Georgia's Lake Lanier on Friday when a jet ski struck him, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . Kile and a 15-year-old gal pal, who suffered head injuries, were airlifted to Children's Healthcare at Egelston Hospital...
October 16, 2011 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
Three women were killed Saturday afternoon in San Dimas when their jet ski crashed into a powerboat, injuring four others, authorities said. The collision between the Sea-Doo watercraft and the boat occurred about 4:30 p.m. in Puddingstone Reservoir at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, said Matt Levesque, a Los Angeles County Fire Department inspector. "It was a pretty severe accident in the middle of the water," Levesque said. The three people killed — ages 25, 35 and 60 — were not identified, he said.
October 31, 2010 | By Paul Meyer, Los Angeles Times
Most days, Zapata appears a town unchanged as the four lanes of U.S. Highway 83 tick past the Lone Star Western Store, Robert's Fish N' Tackle and Tacos Tio Beto before running into the south Texas scrub where fishing camps emerge at the end of dirt and gravel roads. It is a place where men are divided between Stetsons and sweat-stained ball caps. Where old tales of border banditry are told alongside those of roughnecks drawn here for the natural-gas boom on ranchland studded with mesquite and Mexican olive trees.
October 11, 2006 | Janet Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Southern California air quality officials may impose fees on new development as part of a tough strategy that also calls for more frequent smog inspections of cars and stricter regulations of everything from motorcycles and cargo vessels to hairspray.
May 23, 2006 | Denise Gellene, Times Staff Writer
Faced with steady deterioration from Parkinson's disease, Jim Sweet leapt at the chance to try a new drug that promised to relieve the tremors brought on by the death of cells deep in his brain. Like older Parkinson's medicines, Mirapex could bolster the fading supply of a critical brain chemical called dopamine. It was a blessing for Sweet -- until something unusual started happening.
December 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge has approved a request to perform a second autopsy on the body of a woman allegedly killed by her husband during a Jet Ski trip earlier this year on San Pablo Bay. Judge Robert Dale placed strict limits on the new autopsy. Corbin Easterling, 35, who has pleaded innocent to charges of murder and spousal abuse, is being held without bail in Sonoma County Jail. Defense attorney Vincent Maher said the autopsy could show that his client didn't kill Jennifer Easterling, 35.
November 12, 1993 | Associated Press
Two men on jet skis were pulled over by a police boat and arrested on a charge of riding too close to Niagara Falls. Paul Lamb, 29, and Edward Heyde, 20, of St. Catharines, Ontario, were about 300 yards from the falls.
September 20, 1998 | Associated Press
Jet Skis and other personal motorized watercraft have been outlawed in Grand Canyon National Park, the park's superintendent said. Personal watercraft have always been forbidden along nearly 240 miles of the Colorado River inside the park, but Friday's decision outlawed them in the last stretch closest to Lake Mead.
December 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
A former Folsom Prison guard was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of workers' compensation fraud after she was videotaped using Jet Skis and a water slide and doing back-flip dives, state officials said. Investigators with the state departments of Corrections and Insurance said June Ann Lucena, 41, of Placerville exaggerated injuries she received in a fall from a prison tower in April 1999. The claim cost the State Compensation Insurance Fund $170,309.
March 9, 2004 | Philip Reed, Special to The Times
On "The Simpsons," Marge recommends driving into the wilderness in the fictional Canyonero, an SUV that is "12 yards long, two lanes wide, 65 tons of American pride." Exaggeration? Maybe not. Domiano RV's in Orange County sells the Travel Supreme ME -- a 41-foot luxury coach that has a built-in "garage" big enough to carry a Mini Cooper in its belly.
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