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Orchard worker dies after blade falls off wind machine
Authorities say a worker at a California citrus orchard has died after a blade from a wind machine fell off and struck him.
The Fresno Bee reports a 600-pound (272-kilogram) propeller struck 53-year-old Richard Escobedo on Jan. 3 at the orchard operated by Wonderful Citrus northeast of Visalia.
Escobedo was airlifted to a hospital where he later died. The Tulare County Sheriff's Office says he died of “multiple blunt force trauma.”
The Wonderful Company says it is investigating the accident and will “take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that it does not happen again.”
Wind machines circulate warmer air into orchards on freezing nights.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has opened an investigation into the workplace death.
Bankruptcy possible for California utility after wildfires
A newspaper says employees of Pacific Gas and Electric could learn this week if the utility will declare insolvency while facing billions of dollars in liability over its role in recent California wildfires. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday that under a new state law, PG&E must tell its employees at least 15 days before a change of control in the company — including a bankruptcy filing.
That notice may come as soon as Monday. Bloomberg reports that PG&E'S CEO Geisha Williams will be leaving.
PG&E is in discussions with lenders about a financing package worth up to $5 billion. It would allow the company to continue operating during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
State fire investigators blamed the utility's power lines for causing a number of California wildfires in October 2017.
Woman found bloody on street is suspect in toddler’s death
Authorities say a woman found bloody and running down a Southern California street is a suspect in the death of a toddler whose body was discovered in a nearby townhome.
Investigators believe the young boy found dead Friday in Covina is the woman's son. Covina Police Sgt. David Rodriguez says he expects the woman will be arrested on suspicion of murder once she is released from psychiatric hold. Detectives questioned her at the hospital.
Officials say the woman was uncooperative when officers found her spattered with blood but uninjured around 3:30 a.m.
Statements she made to officers led them to the townhome.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports a small fire appears to have been set inside the home about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles.
Health officials confirm measles case in Los Angeles area
Health officials say a case of measles has been confirmed in a person who visited several sites in the Los Angeles area late last month, potentially exposing a number of shoppers and diners.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says people who were possibly near the infected person might be at risk of developing the viral infection.
Officials say the infected person visited the Santa Monica Pier and Blue Plate Taco restaurant on Dec. 26; Ralphs and Nordstrom Rack on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena on Dec. 28; and Paradise Cove Beach Cafe in Malibu on Dec. 29.
Officials say people who believe they might have been exposed should call their health care provider before visiting.