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Strong Police Presence on San Diego Beaches

If you live in San Diego, chances are you are looking forward to spending a fun summer on the shores of the ocean. Unfortunately, many people forgo the beach out of concern for their safety. San Diego police officers aim to ease that fear this summer as they take to the beaches with body cameras for the first time.

According to Officer Angela Johnson, “We turn them on for every enforcement contact that we do. It goes on a website and downloads onto our little dock we have back at the station.”

While you can expect crowds at the beaches this summer, what you shouldn’t expect is having to share your space with someone who is intoxicated. Even though alcohol has not been permitted on local beaches for years, people are still bringing it in. Officers are making a concerted effort to put an end to the activity.

The specially-assigned beach team will patrol the sand in highly visible off-road vehicles to make sure everyone is following the rules. Those rules include no glass bottles, no smoking, and no alcohol. “With alcohol, we get a lot of incidents, where people start fights, go out swimming, forget how to swim,” said Johnson.

You can easily spot signs along the beach that declare the rules, but many aren’t aware that the same rules apply to the parking lots and boardwalk as well. That includes allowing your dog on the beach. Dogs are not permitted in any area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dogs in the area after 6 p.m. must remain on a leash at all times. This is to help prevent injury to both people and animals.

Even though police officers will be putting forth a strong presence, it is important that you take steps to protect yourself and your property.

Stay sober. Many altercations begin because people have had too much to drink. Verbal arguments can

Town and Vendor May Be Sued Over Bounce House Incident

Local attorney Brian Greenwald sent notice of a claim to Fort Lauderdale Mayor John Seiler last Thursday regarding possible legal action against both the city and a bounce house vendor. The claim stems from a Memorial Day incident in which a waterspout sent a bounce house tumbling across a city beach.

In that incident, a five-year-old girl sustained “physical injuries to her left wrist, as well as emotional distress.” The claim goes on to say, “Due to the setup of the bounce house itself, the lack of the requisite level of supervision at the bounce house’s location, as well as the inclement weather conditions…the City of Fort Lauderdale acted with gross negligence. The negligent actions and/or inactions of the City of Fort Lauderdale directly caused [the child’s] physical and mental trauma.”

An 11-year-old child also sustained injuries in the incident.

The vendor and the city have been given 30 days to respond to the claim.

According to Mayor Seiler, the weather conditions changed rapidly and in a way that could not have been predicted. The 65 to 85 mph winds toppled street lights and decimated a basketball support structure made of cement. The city has already been in contact with the vendor, All Star Events, as it investigates the incident.

All Star Events released a statement saying that the company’s thoughts and prayers were with the injured and their families. The company has also stated that they were as surprised as everyone else about the sudden turn in the weather and that safety is the company’s top priority. They claim to be working with law enforcement and the City so future incidents like this can be prevented.

A video of the incident shows a waterspout coming to shore, hit the inflated castle, and tossed it into the air. The castle flipped several times before it was caught up in the air again. According to police reports, three children were

Bounce House Dangers

If you have children, chances are you want to make their birthdays a special day. You will plan a party, invite friends and family to the celebration, and make sure that your little one has the time of their life. You may even choose to rent a bounce house or other inflatable for entertainment. But wait.

Before you spend money on a bounce house, you should be aware of the vast number of complaints regarding the safety of these popular party rentals. The inflatable rental industry is not regulated in the state of Florida. Recent footage of a bounce house floating across a beach in Fort Lauderdale has people questioning whether these rentals are a good idea.

In this most recent incident, none of the three small occupants inside were seriously injured, though the children, their parents, and party goers received quite a fright. According to Jupiter Bounce owner Stephen Vonk, the only thing needed to start your own bounce house rental business is money. It is up to owners of the companies to monitor the safety of their equipment.

“There are only a few of us that do things the right way,” says Vonk. “It’s important to look for an owner that’s also insured to make sure you’re making the safest decision.”

The Journal of Pediatrics released a report stating that 31 children were sent to an emergency room each day in 2010 due to injuries received on or in these inflatables. That equates to one child every 46 minutes being injured. In the past 20 years, there have been five injuries per every 100,000 children playing on or in these popular party toys.

Bounce-house accidents often occur for one of two reasons: the house is not secured properly or operators are inattentive. If you choose to have a bounce house at your child’s party, make sure that the owner or employee has secured the house properly

Child Drowns in Neighbor’s Pool

RAMONA, Cal – A child has drowned in a horrible accident in the Ramona section of San Diego County.

A 4-year-old boy wandered into a neighbor’s backyard and into the swimming pool. The boy ultimately drowned according to the local sheriff’s department. It is not immediately clear why the boy was on his own or how he ended up in the swimming pool.

The homeowner of the house located in the 16000 block of Swartz Canyon Road heard her dogs barking and found the boy in the pool. 911 dispatchers gave instructions to the woman to perform CPR on the boy.

Paramedics arrived on scene and took over the life-saving measures in an attempt to resuscitate the child. The boy was airlifted to Rady Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Swimming Pool Requirements in Miami-Dade

In 2009, the Florida Legislature passed the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act in an attempt to reduce the number of fatalities due to drowning or other pool accidents.

According to the Act, all outdoor swimming pools in the city must have a barrier around the outer perimeter of the pool that is four-feet tall or higher. There must be no gaps in the barrier. That fence must be far enough away from the edge of the pool that if a child does scale it or get through it, they will not immediately fall into the water.

Pool fence gates must open outward and have self-closing and self-locking devices installed. Those devices must be outside of the reach of children.

Pools that are housed indoors or within some type of screened barrier are not required to have a secondary fence or barrier. The walls, screens, windows, and/or doors of the indoor pool must be alarmed or have self-closing and self-latching devices installed out of the reach of children.

Kiddie pools are popular with families and are outside the bounds of the act. These small, temporary

SDSU Fireworks Mishap

For decades, the San Diego State University homecoming game has been synonymous with the sheer spectacular that is the Sky Show pyrotechnic display. Set to music, fireworks are set off in a dazzling display designed to wow the audience. This year, however, a mishap with the fireworks sent one of the rockets sideways – directly into the audience – hitting an 11-year-old attendee.

“It looked like it malfunctioned because there were three that went off at the same time and two of them went up and one went sideways towards the stands, so it looked weird,” said witness Jonathan Marshall.

The young man was treated by medical personnel at the scene and his parents were told to follow up with their family doctor. He is said to have suffered first and second degree burns on his forearm and torso and is expected to make a full recovery. There is no doubt, however, that this event will replay in his mind and his parent’s minds for a long time to come.

Pyro-Spectaculars, the 90-year-old company that put on the show has many notable pyrotechnic shows under its belt, including the Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular in New York, the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece, and numerous Super Bowl Shows. Unfortunately, they are also said to have endured a few mishaps:

1996 – An employee died when the company’s manufacturing plant exploded 2002 – Two technicians injured when a firework exploded at eye-level 2003 – A fireworks stand slipped during an Oakland A’s game sending fireworks into the second and third levels 2008 – Cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration when an employee was injured while working with fireworks in a sealed room 2010 – Four spectators injured when a firework ricocheted off a building and into the crowd

Even with the accidents that happen at public firework displays, the

Los Angeles Dodgers Partially Responsible for $18M Verdict in Beating of Fan

Baseball fans love the arrival of spring; going to the game, sitting in the stands, cheering on your favorite team, enjoying hot dogs and popcorn

Bryan Stow – Beating Victim

and the general camaraderie of others who share your passion. For many, there is no better way to spend a spring afternoon. That was the case for Bryan Stow, Louie Sanchez, and Marvin Norwood; three men whose lives were forever changed after the March 31, 2011 game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan, wore his jersey to show support for his team. It has been reported that throughout the game Stow had several drinks. It was also reported that there was a verbal altercation with Sanchez and Norwood – Los Angeles Dodgers fans. The game ended, and as the men were leaving the stadium, the verbal interchange escalated to a physical fight in the parking lot where Sanchez and Norwood were witnessed punching and kicking Stow while he was on the ground. Stow, a former paramedic, spent the next two years in the hospital and was left with brain damage.

Initially, Stow sought $37.5M to cover costs associated with lifetime care and lost earnings. The jury deliberated for nine days and handed down the $18M verdict to be split amongst attackers Sanchez and Norwood and the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Sanchez and Norwood – both currently serving prison terms for the assault – are each responsible for 37.5 percent for administering the beating and the LA Dodgers organization responsible for 25 percent for their failure to provide adequate security in the parking lot.

It was presented during the trial that the team allotted approximately 62 cents per person for security for the opening day game against the rival teams. Attorneys for the stadium also argued that Stow contributed to his own demise because he was drinking and registered .18 on

Navy SEAL Death Raises Training Safety Questions

Accident attorney Michael Steinger says the family deserves answers

CORONADO, CA – A Navy SEAL was killed in a parachuting accident during training last week. San Diego accident attorney Michael Steinger says that even in military accidents, victims and their families have rights.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner had been a SEAL commando for nearly 10 years according to San Diego 6 News (retrieved 06.30.2014). He died during a training exercise in El Centro, although the Navy has not offered many details.

All military personnel accept a high level of risk, Steinger said, but when a death or injury is caused by an accident rather than enemy fire then they have legal protections like any other accident victim.

“I am 100% certain that the Navy does everything it can to keep its sailors safe during training,” said Steinger, founder of the Steinger, Iscoe & Greene law firm. “But fatal accidents don’t happen unless someone overlooks something big.”

Steinger says that the cause of an accident matters, not just to give the family closure but also to help with their legal options.

“Like any other on the job tragedy, the family of a service member is entitled to compensation,” he said. “That can never change what happened, but it can help the family with the financial burdens that come with the loss of a loved one.”

Cavner held a bronze star and numerous other medals from combat duty in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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Window Screen Gives Way in San Diego Youngster’s Death

Summer is here and that means open windows to catch cool breezes. But if you are the parent, guardian or babysitter of a small child, those windows can also be a source of tragedy.

This became all too clear in San Diego last week for a family whose 11-month-old died. The little girl fell from a third-floor window of her family’s house, and although she was rushed to the hospital, she was pronounced dead on arrival.

This isn’t the kind of case we usually see in the news. The child wasn’t doing anything seemingly dangerous and the parents were not guilty of any wrongdoing. It’s an accident in the truest sense of the word—but it was, nonetheless, preventable.

When the accident happened, the little girl was playing in her bedroom, on her bed, with her father in the next room. But she either pushed against or fell onto the screen of her window, and her weight ripped it from the frame, sending her falling to the ground below. The father and first responders attempted CPR until she could be life-flighted to the hospital, but it was too late.

Sadly, this is not the only such fall that will happen this summer. Every major hospital sees dozens of such victims rushed into their emergency room each year. Most children fall from a second-floor window, since two-story houses are common. Although the majority survive—last week’s incident was the first reported fatality this year—a two-floor fall is a terribly long drop for a toddler or baby. Often, it causes brain injuries that can be lifelong.

Virtually all window manufacturers put warnings on their screen windows that they are not to be leaned against and that they can pose a safety risk. Clearly, even an 11-month-old has enough weight to break through a screen.

Parents can protect their children. The simplest way is, of course, to simply not leave windows open—and to keep them

Hit and Run Kills Florida Bicyclist

Riding a bicycle instead of driving a car is good for your health, your budget and the environment—but it turned fatal for one Fort Lauderdale cyclist. 52 year old Daniel Mocker was killed by a hit and run driver, even though he was following all cycling laws.

The accident happened in the evening on Federal Highway. Witnesses say that Mocker was in a designated bike lane, which vehicle traffic is not supposed to enter. That apparently didn’t stop Andrew Goldman, 23, from veering over and hitting the cyclist. Mocker ended up on the hood of Goldman’s SUV, but Goldman didn’t stop. Eventually Mocker fell off into the roadway, and was declared dead at the scene by first responders.

Goldman’s father has defended his actions, saying that he was in shock but quickly pulled over. He also says that Mocker was the one who veered out into traffic, taking Goldman by surprise. But police say both of these claims have been contradicted by eyewitnesses.

According to police reports, Goldman didn’t even slow down. Another driver who saw the accident decided to follow him to make sure he didn’t get away. That driver didn’t take any vigilante action, but simply called police and stayed on Goldman’s tail until he could be apprehended. He then helped identify Goldman as the one responsible for the fatal accident. Police say they are now investigating whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

For those of us who enjoy bicycling, this is a grim reminder of the dangers of traffic. Often, when a car hits a bike the media blames the cyclist—perhaps they weren’t wearing a helmet or didn’t use lights. But Mocker appears to have been doing everything correct in this case. The truth is that bicycles are just much more vulnerable than cars and trucks, and it takes careful driving—not just careful cycling—to prevent deaths.

Daniel Mocket moved to Florida 20

Lover Is Left on Roadside, Hit By Car

We’ve all had quarrels with partners, lovers or a spouse. And sometimes those quarrels end up with one person getting out of the car and walking home. But sadly, that long walk turned deadly for one Florida man.

In this particular case, a complicated love triangle led up to a fight that left Darrell Fitzwater of New Smyrna Beach stranded. Darrell was driving with his girlfriend, Donna Lynam, early in the morning several weeks ago. However, Lynam was still married to someone else—and neither of the two knew that her husband had apparently hidden himself in the back of their van that morning.

From the information released by police, it’s unclear whether the Lynams were still together as a couple or not. At least one neighbor says he hadn’t seen Donald Lynam in some time, indicating they may have been estranged.

But estranged or not, once they were underway Donald Lynam allegedly came out from the back of the van and attacked Fitzwater, putting everyone in the vehicle in danger. Fitzwater managed to pull over, and the altercation continued on the roadside. Eventually, police say Donald Lynam got his wife back in the van and pulled away, leaving Fitzwater behind.

In many cases that would be the end of an unfortunate, but at least not tragic story. Unfortunately things only got worse for Fitzwater. Alone on the side of State Road 44, he was struck by another car and killed—even as the Lynams were apparently calling 911 to report the dispute.

This is a terrible end to a domestic argument, and it also underscores just how dangerous major highways are to pedestrians. Every year, thousands of pedestrians are hit by cars in Florida. Those struck by a vehicle moving at 40 mph or more have little chance to survive.

Often, people are hit by cars during the most stressful times: after a car accident, during a roadside breakdown or after