CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1987 |
A police officer who shot a former Costa Mesa businessman, leaving him a paraplegic, was ordered to pay an additional $535,000 to the shooting victim, an appellate court ruled Tuesday. The City of Hawthorne, which employed Officer Michael Moran, already has paid Jon McClure, 43, the $1.66 million McClure was awarded by an Orange County Superior Court judge. But on Tuesday the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana reinstated the original jury verdict of $2.2 million.
December 18, 1991 |
The matriarch of a Salvadoran family who tried to carry her paraplegic son to safety was killed, and a relative died later of burns, after a Christmas tree exploded, sending 18 others fleeing the house. Pilar Sanchez Flores, 54, rushed to rescue her 18-year-old paraplegic son Monday evening, but as she carried him in her arms, she stumbled in a smoky hallway near the door and died. A relative, 41-year-old Mario Nunez, died Tuesday from smoke inhalation and burns to 95% of his body.
November 14, 1986
Using jeeps, planes and helicopters, searchers scoured two eastern Sierra canyons north of Mojave for two Southern California men, one a paraplegic, missing since Sunday. Kern County sheriff's deputies began the search for Donald Freeland, 19, of Torrance and Terrance Seever, 31, of Lomita after their families reported that they failed to return from a weekend outing to try out a new four-wheel-drive vehicle.
February 12, 2007
Re "Paraplegic allegedly 'dumped' on skid row," Feb. 9 The alleged dumping of the paraplegic on skid row begs for someone to file a huge civil lawsuit. With a large award in such a case, perhaps hospitals would decide it is not in their best interests to continue this egregious practice. Apparently, threats of legal action are not a sufficient deterrent. BILL BUSCH Redondo Beach The story of the gentleman who was dumped on skid row perfectly illustrates the ethical low that we have become accustomed to tolerating.
May 17, 1998
Re "Businesses Inaccessible to Handicapped Kept on Run by Paraplegic," May 11: Bravo to Kornel Botosan for his efforts to force businesses to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The reality for disabled people is that a large number of businesses, both large and small, as well as public agencies, do not take the ADA seriously and have the attitude of "so sue me" when contacted about their inaccessibility and noncompliance. As a paraplegic who has worked as a pharmacist in Southern California for the last 20 years, I can attest to the number of situations in which even minimal compliance with the ADA can only be obtained through litigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2000
Re "Coach Hangs Tough at Plate," May 4: The story of Victor Barrios, a paraplegic wheelchair-bound baseball coach winning his discrimination claim against the California Interscholastic Federation, is heartwarming though not unique. In 1955, Eulis Hubbs, a victim of adult polio, coached the Colton Little League All Star team from his wheelchair to a berth in the finals of the Little League World Series. For several years before and many years thereafter, Hubbs was well-known in the baseball coaching ranks of the Inland Empire.