Dennis Strong, 53, was fatally injured in a Riverside County car accident after he lost control of his vehicle, which then rolled over. According to a KESQ news report, the rollover accident occurred early morning on June 10, 2012 on Chuckwalla Valley Road near Corn Springs Road in an unincorporated area of Riverside County. Officials say Strong swerved to avoid an animal on the road and lost control of his Jeep, which overturned. Strong died from his injuries the following day at a Palm Springs hospital. The investigation is ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and many friends of Dennis Strong who are mourning this terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Tustin-based company, Bike Nation, will launch a bike-sharing program in Anaheim, primarily in the resort district. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Bike Nation will launch the pilot program in downtown Anaheim and in the Disneyland resort area, allowing members of its service to rent bicycles for up to 30 minutes at no cost and for a scaled fee for any time used after. Bike Nation’s Chief Operating Officer, Derek Fretheim, stated the company sees a cultural shift coming to Orange County and want to help lead the way.
With increasing gas prices and greater awareness about preserving the environment, more people are looking at bicycling as a way to save money and get healthier. Bike Nation is investing $1.6 million into launching this automated bike-sharing program this summer in Anaheim. The city has voiced its support for the idea and has said it will allow kiosks to go up on city property. But the city will not pay any of the associated costs. The program will allow both locals and tourists who are 18 years or older to rent bikes for short commutes.
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Serena Mae Earls, 2, was killed in a San Bernardino swimming pool accident in her family’s backyard. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal drowning incident occurred in Apple Valley the morning of June 9, 2012. Officials say Serena was found in the deep end of the pool. She was pulled out of the water by a relative and given CPR before being pronounced dead at a nearby emergency facility. It is unclear at this time how the incident occurred or how it could have been prevented.
My heart goes out to the grieving family of little Serena Mae Earls following this tragic incident. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about 10 people die every day as a result of unintentional drowning in the United States. Of those fatalities, two are children aged 14 or younger. For every child killed in a drowning incident, five others require emergency department care. Near drowning incidents can cause catastrophic injuries including brain injury.
Based on this news account, the tragedy happened in the family’s own swimming pool. This type of accident is unfortunately all too common. Pool owners can help prevent unintentional drowning incidents by not only having fencing around the backyard, but also pool fencing with a self-latching gate. Anytime a child has access to a pool, there must be close supervision. In fact, children need to be supervised near pools, bathtubs, toilets, buckets, ponds and any location where water is present. Pool owners should install alarms on backyard doors and on pool gates to alert them if a child gets out of the house. There have been tragedies where young children have slipped out of doggy doors and ended up drowning in a backyard pool. Constant supervision is another important part of preventing these drowning incidents.
Under California Law, all swimming pool owners, private and public, must have drowning prevention safety features on their property. When a swimming pool accident occurs due to unsafe conditions on the property or because a person charged with watching the child failed to provide proper supervision, then, the property owner as well as the other negligent party can be held liable. If your child has been injured in a swimming pool accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
A man in his 40s and his mother were injured in a Newport Beach dog bite incident involving three pit bulls. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the pit bull attack occurred at the Marriott’s Newport Coast Villas on Newport Coast Drive in Newport Beach, the morning of June 8, 2012. Officials say the two victims were staying at the hotel when the three dogs attacked them. Both mother and son were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police officers could not find a safe way to contain the animals and had to put them down. The three pit bulls were not wearing tags but investigators are trying to determine who their owner was.
My thoughts and prayers are with the two victims of this Orange County dog attack. I wish them the very best for a complete and speedy recovery.
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Mission Viejo mom Loree Glenn was one of more than 2,000 to hit the finish line at the VA parking lot on Wilshire Boulevard Saturday afternoon. Loree had her share of challenges as she got started on the 545-mile, seven-day AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We have enjoyed following Loree’s amazing journey and learning so much in the process about her fellow riders and the gravity of the issue she and others are trying to shed light on.
Loree withstood a variety of obstacles this year – pouring rain, a broken toe, air mattresses with holes, gear gone missing, bumpy roads and stinky outhouses. But these, according to Loree, were small obstacles and the wheels kept turning. Her proud family met Loree at the finish line – husband Kevin and two sons who held banners with their mom’s name on it. “Loree Glenn: 5 years, 2,725 miles. You make us proud.”
As Loree’s corporate sponsor for the fifth straight year, all of us at BISNAR | CHASE are extremely proud of Loree’s accomplishments and her commitment to this significant cause. This year, Loree and Kevin Glenn raised $4,505 for the ride, a personal record for them. The event itself has raised $12.6 million this year, which will go to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV-related services of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center.
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The AIDS/LifeCycle ride 2012 is almost drawing to a close. Riders hit Ventura County tonight. Kevin Glenn drove over to meet his wife, Loree, who is on her way to successfully completing the harrowing 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles – for the fifth time! Kevin was looking forward to treating her to a hotel room and a nice meal at a restaurant after the tough week she has had. This year’s ride was particularly challenging for Loree Glenn because she broke her toe the night before the ride. All riders endured heavy rain on day two of the ride. The following night, Loree’s air mattress gave up and she had to sleep in her “modified” duffel bag.
But there’s a reason Loree and hundreds of others like her return every year to participate in this ride – to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS nationwide and to eradicate what has become a worldwide epidemic. Here are some statistics from the Kaiser Family Foundation that could be shocking to those who have not kept up with the issue:
- One in five people living with HIV is not even aware of it.
- The share of Americans naming HIV/AIDS as the most urgent health problem facing the nation has dropped significantly, from 44 percent in 1995 to 7 percent in 2011.
- One in four people do not know that HIV cannot be transmitted through sharing a drinking glass.
- 16 percent of people think touching a toilet seat can spread HIV.
- 12 percent of people think swimming in a pool with someone who is HIV-positive could infect them with the virus.
People with HIV/AIDS still deal with stigma at home, at work, in church and the community. With dwindling media coverage over the years, there is the danger of people stopping to care and the danger of these misconceptions and stigma persisting. Riders such as Loree and the roadies who support them help bring the issue of HIV/AIDS back to life as they pass through numerous towns and communities on their seven-day route. They help reinforce the fact that just because many of us have forgotten about this important issue, doesn’t mean that it’s gone. HIV/AIDS is still very much a part of people’s lives and it is certainly one of the major health problems facing not just the United States, but the globe.