Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Parents File Negligence Suit Against School District

Jerry and Melinda Brock, parents of Anna Brock, have filed a lawsuit against the Alcorn School District. The suit has been filed on behalf of their physically-disabled daughter and claims their daughter was injured when she was allegedly grabbed by a teacher at Alcorn Central Middle School. They accuse the district of negligence, gross negligence and violation of the right to bodily integrity. An order filed in U.S. District Court has set a date of Feb. 10, 2010, for a jury trial.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Family Claims Wrongful Death After Man Hit by Train

Fred Stark was visiting Las Vegas for his daughters wedding when he was killed as he crossed the train tracks on the way to a city garbage transfer station. The family of Stark has sued Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Amtrak, Las Vegas, San Miguel County and Ride to Pride Partnership contending Stark’s line of sight was blocked and he could not see an approaching train. The lawsuit accuses Amtrak of gross negligence, seeks damages for wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit alleges that because vegetation blocked Stark's view, he did not see the train approaching at an "unreasonably" high rate of speed on the tracks, owned by BNSF. The lawsuit also contends the engineer failed to sound the horn and bell in time to warn Stark, and the crew failed to brake or otherwise slow the train to avoid a collision.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pit Bull Owner Pleads Guilty to Attack

Travis Dean Cunningham has pleaded guilty to possession of a dangerous dog after his two pit bulls mauled a 72-year-old woman. Huong Le was returning home after walking a child she cares for to the school-bus stop when she was attacked. A neighbor called 911 and used a pitchfork to try to get the dogs off her. When King County sheriff deputies arrived, the dogs were still biting her so they fatally shot the two male dogs. Le suffered severed ears, a crushed arm and deep bite wounds all over her body. Cunningham was arrested in September after his two dogs escaped the fenced yard and attacked Huong Le.