Woman Rescued from Chimney

Originally posted on FIREFIGHTER RESCUES:


THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A woman stuck in the chimney of a home in Thousand Oaks was rescued and arrested.

Ventura County fire Capt. Ron Oatman said firefighters responding to neighbors’ reports of a woman crying had to chisel away much of the chimney and lubricate it with dish soap Sunday to free 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa.

The Ventura County Star reports she was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry and giving false information to police.

The homeowner told KABC in Los Angeles that he met Nunez-Figueroa online and dated her briefly, but he recently ended the relationship. The unidentified man was not home at the time of the incident.

Nunoz-Figueroa had no clear injuries but was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police didn’t know if she’d hired an attorney, and no phone listing for her could be found.

Oatman said firefighters destroyed the chimney and damaged the roof.

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FDA Food Recall Alert: Fresh and Frozen Crab Meat due to Possible Health Risk

John F. Whiteside, Jr.
(508)991-3333 / John@JWhiteside.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 22, 2014 – East Providence, RI – Rome Packing Co., Inc. has issued a voluntary recallof Ocean’s Catch brand All Natural Jonah Crab Leg Meat after routine product sampling by the company determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes, is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and return them to the place of purchase for a refund or discard them.

The list of recalled products include fresh and frozen products.

The list of fresh recalled products are packaged in round plastic containers (tub with snap-on lid), sold as refrigerated, includes:


5 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:

  • lot number 0104804 with a sell by date before 10/15/14;

6 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 0104791 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104666 with a sell by date before 10/15/14;

8 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:


  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104804 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

8 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 0104787 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;

16 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Fresh Jonah Crab Leg Meat:

  • lot number 0104659 with a sell by date before 10/13/14;
  • lot number 0104665 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

16 ounce Ocean’s Catch All Natural Jonah Crab Combo Meat:

  • lot number 0104806 with a sell by date before 10/14/14;
  • lot number 0104845 with a sell by date before 10/16/14;

The list of frozen recalled products are packaged in plastic bags, sold frozen, includes:


5 pound bags of Ocean’s Catch All Natural Frozen Jonah Crab Leg Meat:

  • lot number 0104842 with a sell by date before 4/16/16;

The products are distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois and California to retail stores including but not limited to: Shaw’s Supermarkets, Legal Sea Foods, and Harbor Fish Market. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s representative, John F. Whiteside, Jr. at (508)991-3333.

Any consumers who believe they may have become ill after eating the products should contact their health care provider.

Rome Packing Co., Inc. is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration and Rhode Island Department of Health investigation. Rome Packing Co., Inc. has initiated corrective action in their processing plant to prevent this from occurring.

 [Repost: FDA]
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Class II Recall072-2014
Health Risk: LowOct 24, 2014
 Congressional and Public Affairs

Alexandra Tarrant
(202) 720-9113

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2014 – Taylor Farms, a Swedesboro, NJ, establishment, is recalling approximately 377 pounds of Signature Café Broccoli Kale Salad with Chicken product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, tree nuts. The product contains walnuts, a tree nut, which is a known allergen and not declared on the product label. The walnuts are packaged in a cupped packet inside the salad container.

The product subject to recall includes:

  • 9.75-oz. plastic clam shell packages of “Signature Café Broccoli Kale Salad with Chicken” with Use by dates of “10/23/14,” “10/25/14,” and “10/27/14” on the lid of the product.

The product subject to recall bears “P-34513” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The salads were produced on 10/17/14, 10/19/14, and 10/21/14. The distributed product was sent to retail stores in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The problem was discovered at the distributor doing business with the company. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Jim Bryan, Director of Operations, at 856-294-4211. Media with questions about the recall should contact Alan Applonie, President, at 209-835-6300.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone atm.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Oct 24, 2014


[Repost: USDA]

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Become “WinterWise” Event Hosted by Puyallup’s McLendon Hardware and Pierce County Utilities, DEM

Pierce County is gearing up to respond to winter weather, and community members are encouraged to do the same.

Residents can learn about Pierce County’s response efforts and how they can prepare for winter weather at the WinterWise Kickoff Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at McLendon Hardware at 11307 Canyon Road E. in Puyallup.

County staff from Public Works and Utilities and the Department of Emergency Management will provide information about county services during winter weather, as well as tips on how to make a family plan for emergencies and build an emergency kit. Children will be able to paint a snow plow that will be used on local roads during snow and ice events. Adults can pick up a list of recommended emergency kit items, and McLendon’s will offer a discount for shoppers that stop by the WinterWise and other vendor booths.

“Public Works and Utilities plays an important role in responding to winter weather, and we encourage people to become familiar with our programs so they know what to expect and who to contact if they need assistance,” said Brian Ziegler, Public Works and Utilities director. “Our WinterWise website also has resources on ways to be sustainable during winter celebrations, such as treecycling, and information on ways to keep sewer pipes functioning properly, such as not flushing wipes and keeping grease from holiday meals out of drains.”

The WinterWise Kickoff Event is part of Public Works and Utilities’ WinterWise outreach program to educate the community about the services the department provides during winter. Those services include response to urban and river flooding, windstorms, and snow and ice events, as well as information on storm cleanup and sustainable winter celebrations. Public Works and Utilities partnered with the Department of Emergency Management this year to help promote emergency preparedness.

“Creating an emergency kit and a family plan are crucial steps we all should take to be ready for winter weather,” said Lowell Porter, Department of Emergency Management director. “At the event, we’ll have the key information you need to get started.”

For more information on Pierce County’s winter services, visitwww.piercecountywa.org/winterwise.

Sheryl Rhinehart, Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator
(253) 798-4655

Sheri Badger, Department of Emergency Management
(253) 798-2204


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Bellevue [WA] Police Looking for Missing Lake HIlls Man

Bellevue Police are looking for a 44-year-old man last seen by friends or family on September 26. His father reported him missing on October 11, after he didn’t show up for a meeting.

Michael W. Bennett is a white man, balding,with brown hair, brown eyes, 5-11, 185 pounds. He lives in the Newport Hills area. His clothing is unknown, but he likes to wear bandanas or hats. His car is a 2004 silver, four-door Lincoln LS.


On October 14, Bennett’s vehicle was found parked at Snoqualmie Pass by the Alpental ski area, which is adjacent to the Snow Lake trailhead.  The Bellevue Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in this case.

If you have seen Michael Bennett or have any information on his whereabouts, or if you saw the vehicle at Alpental, please contact the Bellevue Police (BellevuePD@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-2564).

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FIREFIGHTER CAREER OPPORTUNITY: McMinnville Fire Department, Oregon



Updated: October 17, 2014

Classification:  Firefighter/EMT

The McMinnville Fire Department is currently building an eligibility list for Firefighter/EMT.  This position requires FireTEAM and CPAT testing.  All testing through National Testing Network (NTN) must be completed by November 14, 2014.

The McMinnville Fire Department requires the candidate PHQ.  You can access the questionnaire through your NTN candidate account.  The PHQ should be completed as soon as possible to be considered further in the process.

Salary Information:  $4,084 – $5,210 plus certification pay if employee is English Spanish bilingual

Benefit Information:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance in which the City and the employee share in premium costs; City-paid VEBA benefits; City-paid life insurance and long-term disability insurance; full, City-paid participation in Oregon Public Service Retirement Program after meeting eligibility requirements.

Contact Information:

Rose Lorenzen

Administrative Assistant/HR Analyst


Department Information:  The Department is a state-of-the-art combination department consisting of Firefighter / EMS positions, a strong roster of volunteer firefighter / emergency medical technicians; and a Fire and Life Safety Division.  McMinnville Fire Department staffs three full-service ambulances and one rescue vehicle with fully qualified Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.  A busy EMS system provides many opportunities for skills development.  Fire services encompass an area of 97 square miles from two stations, and include the McMinnville Rural Fire Protection District.  MRFPD contracts with the city and consists of 90 square miles.  The Ambulance Service Area encompasses 450 square miles and includes McMinnville, five smaller cities, and rural areas.

City Information:  The City of McMinnville has a great deal to offer its employees, including a supportive Mayor, Council, City Manager, and community.  McMinnville is located in the western portion of Oregon’s agriculturally rich Willamette Valley on U.S. Highway 99 W.  David and Jean Vokac, in their book, “The Great Towns of Oregon,” rated McMinnville as the No, 2 city in the state for its high livability.  They cited McMinnville’s scenic beauty, historic, tree-lined downtown district, the Evergreen Aviation Museum, excellent parks, and the City’s cultural viability as major factors in their decision.  They described McMinnville as “genteel sophistication with deep Eastern roots.”  McMinnville’s population is nearly 33,000 with an annual growth rate over the past ten years of approximately 3 percent.

McMinnville has a Council-Manager form of city government.  It is a full service city, providing a broad range of public services, and has a statewide reputation for stability and effective governance.  It is the mission of the City to maintain a safe, livable environment within the community through open government and efficient delivery of public services.

A recent citizen survey rated the City’s livability at 8.1, with 74 percent of responders rating livability at 8 or higher.  The small-town atmosphere, the historic downtown area, and community spirit were most highly valued by those responding to the survey.

Population:  32,435

Job Requirements

Age: 18

US Citizen: Yes or lawfully able to work in the US

High School Grad/GED: Yes

Valid OREGON State Driver’s License: Yes

Ability to Read/Speak English: Yes

Vision:  Per NFPA 1582 Requirements


Academy Certification:

EMT Basic – Oregon Certified

*Also accept national EMT certification

Firefighter I NFPA(minimum)

NFPA Driver

Hazardous Materials Operations Certification


McMinnville is seeking only candidates with EMT Basic and not Paramedic certifications at this time.

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[Source: NTN]

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Food Closure Notice for King County, Washington – 2 Alerts

Phi Kappa Sigma at 4711 17th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 was closed October 21, 2014 at 1:50 pm due to the following food safety violations:

  • Equipment/utensils not properly sanitized
  • Failure to correct repeated violations


King’s Chinese Restaurant at 13200 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98005 was closed October 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm due to the following food safety violations:

  • Potentially hazardous foods at unsafe temperatures
  • Improper cooling of potentially hazardous food
  • Inadequate facilities to control temperature of potentially hazardous food, hot holding
  • Imminent health hazard: cockroaches in food

The above two establishments will be reopened once the inspector for each location confirms that all issues have been resolved.

The Food Establishment Closures homepage is online atwww.kingcounty.gov/health/closures

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LYNNWOOD POLICE: Accepting Applications to 2015 Citizens Academy


LPD now accepting applicants for the 2015 Citizens Academy

Registration is open and space is limited so sign up now for this FREE course: The Lynnwood Police Department’s 24th Citizens Academy.

LYNNWOOD, WA (Oct. 22, 2014) – The Lynnwood Police Department will be offering a 13-week Citizens Academy this coming January, which is a unique learning experience conducted by the police department and designed to give citizens a better understanding of the mission and operations of the police department. During this interactive course, participants will be introduced to the basic information that all police officers must know to perform their jobs, including such topics as patrol tactics, criminal and narcotics investigations, use of force, communications, DUI procedures, and domestic violence, to name just a few.

This is a great opportunity for those interested in the fascinating field of criminal justice, current trends in criminal activity, personal safety, crime prevention, and volunteering with our agency.

The course is from 7-10 pm every Thursday starting on January 8, 2015, and meets at the Lynnwood Police Department, 19321 44th Ave. W in Lynnwood.

Class Activities May Include:

  • Get the inside scoop on the work of Patrol and Traffic Officers
  • Empower yourself with Crime Prevention strategies
  • Watch a fascinating K-9 Demonstration
  • Expand your knowledge of Narcotics trends
  • Explore our robust Volunteer Programs
  • Investigate a mock crime scene with an Introduction to Investigations
  • Try your hand at lifting finger prints in our Crime Scene Lab
  • Visit the Detention Center
  • Learn about your regional SWAT Team
  • Get a better understanding of Officer Safety and Use of Force
  • Ride along with a Patrol Officer during a shift

This class is FREE. Light refreshments are served each evening. Space is limited, so early enrollment is strongly encouraged.

A limited amount of seating will be awarded to high school senior applicants. 

An application form is located online at:                                www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/CitizensAcademy

If you have questions contact the Crime Prevention Office at 425-670-5635

Crime Prevention Specialist, Lisa Wellington. Email: wellington@ci.lynnwood.wa.us

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FDA DRUG RECALL ALERT: Assured™ Brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets due to Repackaging Error


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 20, 2014 – Greensboro, N.C., Contract Packaging Resources, a drug repackaging company, is voluntarily recalling 11,640 boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium tablets because some cartons actually contain bottles of Ibuprofen, a different pain reliever. The Ibuprofen bottles were placed in the Naproxen Sodium boxes due to a packaging error. The affected products are: boxes of Assured™ brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets 220mg, 15 count (Lot #FH4102A) [SKU #122368/UPC #639277223685] containing bottles of Ibuprofen softgels in 200mg strength.

Consumers who intentionally avoid using Ibuprofen due to allergy, or other medical conditions, should be advised that they may have inadvertently purchased Ibuprofen 200mg softgels, believing it was Naproxen Sodium 220mg tablets. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritation or hives to serious reactions such as anaphylaxes that may be life-threatening. The firm has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The recalled Assured brand drug products were distributed nationwide to Dollar Tree® and sold via the Dollar Tree® retail stores and internet site. Contract Packaging Resources is notifying its distributors and customers directly and arranging for replacement of all recalled products. Consumers may return the recalled products to the place of purchase or contact the firm by phone at 336-252-3422, on Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Eastern).

Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product. Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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HIV/AIDS Treatment Funding Available For Multi-Counties in Washington State

Seattle & King County is offering interested organizations an opportunity to apply for funds under Part A of the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. Funds will be used to support HIV-related care services located in the Seattle Transitional Grant Area (King, Snohomish, and Island Counties) and made available to eligible residents of these counties.

Visit our website to download the full RFP and accompanying Appendix at www.kingcounty.gov/health/rfp

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