Paul Gaita, The Fix
The waiving of a California law now allows LVNs to administer naloxone without a doctor's permission.
In an effort to stem the tide of overdose deaths among inmates, a federal judge has waived a California state law that prevents licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) from administering the opioid overdose antagonist drug, naloxone, without permission from a doctor.
The waiver was requested by California Correctional Health Care Services federal receiver J. Clark Kelso, a law professor and associate dean of strategic initiatives at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. As the receiver, Kelso facilitates the health care system for inmates in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at the behest of federal judge Thelton Henderson of California's Northern District.
Teri Figueroa, The San Diego Union Tribune
A documented Escondido gang member accused of murder could face the death penalty in the fatal shooting of a woman who was headed home from church when she was struck by bullets that police say were intended for a rival gang member.
Dionicio Crespin Torrez Jr., 24, pleaded not guilty in a Vista courtroom Friday in the murder of Cathy Kennedy, 55, who was shot as she drove eastbound on East Grand Avenue about 9 p.m. March 7, not long after leaving a weekly bible study at the Church of St. Timothy. Kennedy died at a hospital a short time later.
An investigation into gang and criminal activity led to four arrests Thursday afternoon by Porterville Police Department detectives.
Detectives began an investigation after receiving information that alerted them to the possibility that Brandon Gonzalez, 29, who is an active criminal street gang member and on active California Department of Corrections Parole, was in possession of multiple firearms, a stolen motorcycle, and narcotics.