Elderly man injured in bike vs. big rig crash

20102-ELDERLY CRASH-thumb-300x205.jpgINDUSTRY — Officials say a 76-year-old Walnut man is fortunate to be alive after he was struck by a big rig Tuesday while riding his bike.

Sheriff’s officials said the man, a regular bicyclist, suffered to badly broken ankles but did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on Lemon Avenue near Valley Boulevard, near the Walnut border.

“He’s going to be fine,” one sheriff’s deputy said.

The big rig was determined to be at fault, but the driver was not cited or arrested in what officials believed was simply an unfortunate accident.

The elderly man was flown by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment.


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Reality show

At least one editor here believes these are some of the people that show up at our front counter:

NEW YORK (AP) — One man showed up at a federal building, asking for release from the reality show he was sure was being made of his life.

Another was convinced his every move was secretly being filmed for a TV contest. A third believed everything — the news, his psychiatrists, the drugs they prescribed — was part of a phony, stage-set world with him as the involuntary star, like the 1998 movie “The Truman Show.”

Researchers have begun documenting what they dub the “Truman syndrome,” a delusion afflicting people who are convinced that their lives are secretly playing out on a reality TV show. Scientists say the disorder underscores the influence pop culture can have on mental conditions.

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Shoplifters beware

A mall in Staten Island, New York will post the pictures of shoplifters at kiosks through the facility, according an article in the NY Daily News.

Here’s the jist:

Staten Island shoplifters, beware: ‘Tis definitely better to give than deceive this holiday season.

Shoppers caught filling their stockings (or anything else) with stolen merchandise could find their faces flashing every six minutes on electronic billboards in the Staten Island Mall. The first-of-its-kind program – initially to feature five convicted Staten Island shoplifters – will run through Christmas.

“I wanted to do something just to warn people who might have ideas about shoplifting,” said Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, whose office created the program. “With economic times hard, more people might consider doing this. We just want people to be forewarned.”

And the poll question dujour:


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Homicide victim still a John Doe

BALDWIN PARK — Nearly a month after a man was found shot to death in front of an apartment building, the body remains unidentified, coroner’s officials said.
The man’s body was found fatally shot on the morning of Nov. 1 in the 12800 block of Dalewood Street, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said.
Officials have a possible name for the man, but are awaiting family members to provide documents to confirm it, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben said.
Sheriff’s officials released no suspect information or motive in the slaying.

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Beware of flaming turkeys



As Turkey Day fast approaches, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has posted a video on their Web site illustrating the potential hazards associated with deep frying a bird.

“Without proper planning, your tasty meal could end in disaster,” the Web site warns.

And they’re not kidding. As seen in the video, an improperly fried Butterball can quickly become an inferno of flaming oil.

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Scientologist security guard shoots sword-wielding man

This bizarre tale comes to us courtesy of the Associated Press:

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police say a security guard at a Scientology building has shot and killed a sword-wielding man.
Officer April Harding said the man approached the guard in the parking lot of the Scientology Celebrity Centre International around noon Sunday. Harding said the guard “felt threatened for his life” and fired at the unidentified man. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Homicide detectives have cordoned off the building in Hollywood to investigate.
A Scientology spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

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Saturday roundup:

Saturday in the SGV:

*MONROVIA – A man died early Saturday when he crashed his car over the side of the 210 Freeway, authorities said.
Carlos Almanza, 22, of Commerce was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.

*BALDWIN PARK — An apartment fire Saturday displaced a woman and three young children, however the blaze was controlled before it spread to other apartments, officials said.
The fire was reported about 5:15 p.m. at an apartment building in the 13800 block of Ramona Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Frank Reynoso said.

*A 23-year-old La Verne man died early Saturday in a single vehicle rollover in the area of westbound State Highway 18, west of Orchard Drive in Lucerne Valley.
When officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they found Timothy Richard Dewhurstcq, the passenger of the 2003 Subaru station wagon ejected from the vehicle with severe injuries.

*LA PUENTE — A woman was hospitalized Saturday after she was accidentally exposed to pesticides in her home, officials said.
The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at a home on Glenhope Drive in an unincorporated county area near La Puente, however it was not reported until about four hours later, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Art Lopez said.

*ROWLAND HEIGHTS — Two men escaped with about $60 after robbing a pedestrian at knifepoint Saturday, authorities said.
The crime occurred about 8:15 p.m. near the intersection of Jellick Avenue and Colima Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Leonard Williams said.

*MONROVIA — A bear paid a visit to local residents Saturday before being driven back into the woods, authorities said.
The bear was first reported about 5:40 p.m. in the 900 block of Royal Oaks Drive, Monrovia police Sgt. Glen Coleman said.

*SAN DIMAS — An 81-year-old woman reported missing by her family Tuesday has been found safe.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call Saturday at 10:30 a.m. from officials at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood that Aida Paucarcaja was at their facility, officials said.


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