A Modesto, California, woman was severely mauled by two pit bulls while walking her Beagle on Thursday afternoon.
The woman suffered bites and lacerations over her entire body when she was attacked in the 1500 block of Theresa Street northeast of Orangeburg Avenue and Carver Road, Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves told the Merced Sun Star.
Cynthia Bassett, who helped save the victim, told reporters that her next-door neighbor warned her Thursday morning that two vicious dogs were roaming the neighborhood.
A few hours later, she noticed an animal control officer driving around in the neighborhood looking for the dogs but – as Bassett learned later – the officer did not find them until after they had attacked a woman as they attempted to get to her beloved Beagle.
The woman wrapped her body around her dog in a fetal position to protect the Beagle as the Pit Bulls tore at her flesh, the Sun Star reports.
“She looked like a shark attacked her,” Bassett said. “Her skin was pulled back and all the muscles were exposed.”
About 1 p.m., her neighbor said she heard the sounds of the attack and ran outside. Bassett was joined by her next-door neighbor and they both ran toward the animals.
“It was getting more aggressive and I could hear screaming,” Bassett said. “They looked like they were on top of another dog, but when I was about 2 yards away, she tried to stand up and I realized it was a human being.”
Bassett’s neighbor kicked the Pit Bulls, and scared one off immediately. He repeatedly kicked the other one until it eventually ran back through a hole in the fence around its yard, at the top of which are posted two “Beware of dogs” signs.
Other neighbors came out to help, Bassett told the Sun Star. Several kept the dogs at bay while she and another woman wrapped towels around the victim’s wounds.
The woman was taken to a Modesto hospital for treatment and dozens of stitches – including up to 30 stitches for one bite alone.
The Beagle was not harmed, Bassett said.
The dogs’ owner, Ray Samol, said he was shocked by the attack, which he learned about when he came home from work and found animal control still at the scene.
He said that his dogs never have been violent and that there was no hole in his fence when he left for work Thursday morning.
Samol said he probably will not try to retrieve his dogs at the end of the 10-day quarantine.
Annette Patton, executive director of Stanislaus Animal Services, said if the owner of a dog quarantined for a dog bite does not retrieve the animal, it ultimately will be euthanized. The agency cannot adopt a dog that has bitten a human, she said.
Source: Merced Sun Star
A California family has filed a $5 million wrongful death claim against the city of Modesto and the Modesto Police Department. The family claims police officers acted in negligence when they left a young mother alone at her house after seeing that the woman was sick and in danger. The mother, 26 year old Amanda Pennaluna, died in a house fire several hours later.
The family’s claim details a sequence of events that ultimately led to Pennaluna’s death. At 10:40 p.m. on June 21, Pennaluna called 911 and asked for more time to dress her four year old daughter Sheila before handing her over to a SWAT team. Given that there was no SWAT team outside her house or plans to take Sheila, Pennaluna’s call was viewed as uniquely strange.
A group of Modesto Police Department officers went to Pennaluna’s house to investigate her call. They saw a large pile of vomit in front of her house and found Sheila locked outside. Upon entering the house, officers found Pennaluna inside the bathroom with a knife in her hand. An ambulance was called and officers spent about 15 minutes convincing Pennaluna to put down the knife. Several minutes later, officers decided it was safe to leave the woman at the house alone. They took her daughter into custody.
"The MPD decided to leave Amanda,” the claim states, “knowing that she was unable to care for herself. The actual time the MPD closed the door, ceased its effort to protect and rescue and then abandon Amanda is not known.”
About three hours later, firefighters were dispatched to a house fire at Pennaluna’s home. She was found trapped inside and taken to a local hospital. The next day, she died of smoke and soot inhalation. The family’s claim says Modesto police officers should have recognized the clearly unstable mental state Pennaluna was in and not left her alone.
The family’s attorney expects the presiding judge to reject their claim. Once that happens, the family will file a lawsuit alleging that the officer’s actions were not appropriate given the situation. The attorney said there is no precedent in California courts for what police officers are legally responsible to do when dealing with a suicidal person, but said that “this may be the case that provides the definition.”
Families of Epilepsy Patients Fail To Get Modesto, Calif., City Leaders To Go For Medical Marijuana Plan
A group of citizens, including parents of children with epilepsy, met with city leaders in Modesto, Calif., with the hope of bringing a facility to the town would provide safe access to medicine derived from marijuana, but they were unsuccessful.
It’s become more difficult for local residents to get access to the specific type of medical marijuana that they need. The medicine is called Cannabidiol or CBD, according to News10/KXTV.
One of the parents who spoke was Jason David. His 7-year-old son Jayden has a rare form of epilepsy, and Jason noted that the medical marijuana has changed his son’s life, but that it’s difficult to find.
“CBD is going to be labeled as one of the greatest findings of mankind,” Jason said at the meeting. “It’s going to change the medical industry, and now we have a chance here in Modesto to be in the forefront of something huge.”
The Davids were in the news recently when the school that had been giving Jayden his medical marijuana for more than a year had to stop after the California Department of Education said the act was illegal under federal law. Jason David now has to go to his son’s school every day to give him the medication 1,000 feet from campus.
At least one council member was in favor of the idea of bringing a facility to the town, but The Modesto Bee reported that Police Chief Galen Carroll said that it is not feasible for a city government to be responsible for the regulation of a medical marijuana lab and that current laws do not differentiate between different strains of marijuana.
In the end, two of the three committee members said they couldn’t support a CBD lab in Modesto. Councilman John Gunderson made a motion to draft letters asking for support from county and state elected officials, but it failed without a second.
Supporters vowed to seek public support, hoping to change the minds of elected officials.
A California youth soccer coach was sentenced to just one year in prison after he was convicted of intoxicating and raping an unconscious 16-year-old female player on his team.
The coach, 45-year-old Timothy Lyman, was sentenced on Tuesday. He will spend an additional three years on probation and be forced to register as a sex offender.
Oakdale, California police report that Lyman raped the girl on December 27, 2012 after she passed out at a holiday party at his house. An investigation revealed that Lyman provided alcohol at the party to the players on his team, all of whom are underage. Lyman was the only adult at the party.
The victim testified in court that she was intoxicated when she passed out on a bed at the party. She woke up to Lyman raping her. The victim told court officials that she was horrified as Lyman continued raping her after she regained consciousness.
Lyman pleaded no contest to the charges.
If you think a one year prison sentence seems light for someone who intoxicated and raped a teenage girl, you’re not alone. A quick scan of the comment sections on sites reporting the story reveals a common reaction from readers: Only one year?
Ordinarily, raping a minor in California is punishable by no less than seven years in prison. It is not known why Lyman was offered a plea bargain that so severely reduced his sentence.
For good reason, the victim’s father sounded furious in a statement released to Stanislaus County law enforcement officials.
“Whoever would do this to a 16-year-old girl is just sick,” he said. “This devastated my family. Lots of sleepless nights for my daughter. Sleepless nights for myself. It’s just sick."
A young boy with Dravet syndrome has been given a form of medical marijuana at his school for more than a year, but now the California Department of Education says the act is illegal under federal law and the school can no longer administer the treatment.
Jayden David has been receiving a drop of CBD, which is a form of medical marijuana, during his lunch at his school in Modesto, Calif., for a year and a half, but that practice ended on Friday, according to KCRA.
"We brought in legal counsel and found out more information than what we knew before," Debra Hendricks, the superintendent of the Sylvan Union School District, said. "Apparently, we can no longer assist the child with dispensing medication at school."
Now, David’s father Jason, needs to pick up his son during lunch to give him the medication 1,000 feet from campus.
From all reports, the CBD has completely changed Jayden’s life for the better.
Back in August, Mail Online reported that when Jayden was just a baby he was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, which causes him to have violent seizures several times a day. He was prescribed a dozen different medications and was taking 22 pills a day.
When the family tried the medical marijuana as a last resort more than two years ago, the helpful effects were seen on day one.
‘(The) first day I gave him medical marijuana, thank God. (It was) the first day he went seizure free in his life,’ Jason David had said.
Jason says that ever since his son has been on CBD, he has transitioned from the severely handicapped class to an autistic program.
"He's at school doing amazing," Jayden’s father said. "He's running, playing with other children (and) not in a wheelchair anymore."
Jayden can legally use CBD with a prescription in California under the Compassionate Use Act.