MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – Fifteen people were injured, including at least five firefighters, when two firetrucks collided in a Los Angeles suburb Wednesday, sending one careening across a sidewalk and into a restaurant.
One of the victims was in critical condition, officials said.
The crash on a busy commercial strip in Monterey Park left one truck embedded in the restaurant, with shattered glass and rubble heaped on the sidewalk. Chairs and tables were scattered inside.
Reservoir flushed to expel urine
Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir.
Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act Wednesday.
The open reservoirs hold water that’s already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers.
The urine poses little risk – animals routinely deposit waste without creating a public health crisis – but Shaff said he doesn’t want to serve water that was deliberately tainted.
Mudslide death toll increases to 39
The death toll from the massive mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month has risen to 39, officials said Wednesday.
The Snohomish County medical examiner’s office said it was identifying the three bodies most recently discovered and notifying families.
The sheriff’s office said it has removed one name from the missing list, which previously stood at seven.
One body was found Monday and two were found Tuesday in the southeast corner of the debris field where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has erected a berm in the past week, said Koshare Eagle, a spokeswoman for the incident management team.
Man convicted of killings put to death
A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.
The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.
I would like to remind my children once again I love them, Villegas said when asked if he had a statement before being put to death. Everything is OK. I love you all, and I love my children. I am at peace.
Pistorius’ lawyers begin making case
Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned.
With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a wooden bench, the double-amputee Olympian’s defense team was attempting to bolster his account that he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake through a toilet door in his home, thinking she was a dangerous intruder about to attack him in the night. Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder in Steenkamp’s death in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year.
But former police officer Roger Dixon, testifying for the defense, also appeared unsteady as chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel warned him that it was irresponsible to try and be an expert in areas he was not. Nel asserted in his cross-examination that Dixon was not an expert in light, sound, ballistics, gunshot wounds or pathology – all areas about which he was testifying.