A California man was rescued Tuesday after getting stuck inside farm equipment at a vineyard for two days, according to authorities.
The unidentified man was found after the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Rosa received a complaint earlier in the morning of a suspicious vehicle parked on private property in the city, about 60 miles north of San Francisco.
A deputy responded and located the vehicle, which was parked in a location that “made no sense,” the sheriff’s office said. A hat was also found resting on a nearby piece of farm equipment.
Local firefighters responded to the scene and extricated the man from the vineyard fan shaft. When questioned as to why he was there in the first place, the man claimed he liked to take photos of the engines of old farm equipment, authorities said.
However, the sheriff’s office didn’t appear to buy his explanation.
“After a thorough investigation which revealed the farm equipment wasn’t antique and the man had far more methamphetamine than camera equipment, the motivation to climb into the fan shaft remains a total mystery,” the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies chose not to arrest the man at the scene, noting he required medical treatment after his “unintended multi-day stay in the fan shaft,” according to the statement.
The sheriff’s office will be recommending charges of trespassing and drug possession, as well as violations of an outstanding probation case and a pending case – for which the suspect was currently out of custody on pre-trial release.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than a dozen people were thrown out of a tour bus that crashed and rolled on a remote Utah highway in 2019, killing four Chinese tourists and highlighting a lack of safety standards for bus roofs and windows, U.S. investigators said Thursday.
The bus crashed after the driver drifted off the road and “overcorrected” as he steered back into the lane near Bryce Canyon National Park, the National Transportation Safety Board found in its final report on the crash.
All 30 people on board were hurt in some way, a grim toll made worse by the roof caving in during the crash and the inconsistent seatbelt use by the passengers, the report found. Ten people on the bus weren’t wearing seatbelts, and some of the belted passengers wore the restraints loosely, making them less effective.
Investigators found no problems with intoxication, distraction, excessive speed, lack of sleep or the driver’s experience. A previous report found the bus had problems starting earlier in the day, but further examination found no mechanical issues or other malfunctions.
The driver had told investigators the road felt “slippery,” and it was newly paved at the time, but tests showed normal friction.
Instead, the report cited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s failure to develop and issue standards for bus roof strength and window glazing to prevent people from being thrown out of buses during a crash. That agency did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.
WEST JORDAN — A member of the Salt Lake City School District’s Board of Education has been arrested and accused of possessing child pornography.
Joel-Lehi Organista, 29, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Wednesday for investigation of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
By Thursday afternoon, several hours after first hearing the news, Salt Lake City School Board President Melissa Ford and Vice President Nate Salazar sent a formal letter to Organista asking for his immediate resignation.
“We condemn the crime of which Mr. Organista has been accused,” Ford said reading a brief prepared statement while sitting next to other board members and the district superintendent. “He has been asked to resign effective immediately.”
Organista will not be allowed on any Salt Lake school district property or attend any school sponsored events, she said.
Although the district acknowledged that Organista is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court, they also noted that he appears to have admitted to some of the allegations in police documents. And what he has allegedly admitted to is “100% indefensible,” Ford said.