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John Deere Recalls Lawn Tractors and Service Part Transmissions Due to Crash Hazard

Posted September 25, 2017 -

WASHINGTONSept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

Recall Summary

Name of Product: John Deere D105 lawn tractors and service part transmissions

Hazard: The transmission can fail, posing a crash hazard.

Remedy:  Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lawn tractors and contact a John Deere dealer for a free repair.

Consumer Contact: Deere & Company at 800- 537-8233 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET or online at and click on Recalls under the Parts & Service drop-down menu for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 25,000 tractors and 500 transmissions sold as service parts (in addition, about 1,200 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves John Deere model D105 lawn tractors with serial numbers beginning with 1GXD105, and service transmissions sold by John Deere authorized dealers for use in the D105 lawn tractor. John Deere and the model number are printed on the side of the engine hood. The serial number is located on the rear frame of the machine above the left rear tire. A complete list of serial numbers included in this recall is available at If the lawn tractor serial number is not on the firm’s website and the transmission had been replaced from March 2016 through August 2017, consumers should contact their John Deere service dealer to check if the recall applies to their replacement service transmission.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: John Deere dealers, Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide from February 2016 through July 2017 for about $1,500.  The service transmissions were sold by John Deere authorized dealers from March 2016 through August 2017 for about $300.

Manufacturer: Deere & Company, of Moline, Ill.

Manufactured in: United States

Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at:

This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

Seattle Family Sues Seattle Police Officers for Wrongful Death

Posted September 21, 2017 -

SEATTLE — The family of Charleena Lyles is suing the two officers who shot and killed Lyles at her apartment on June 18 while she was four months pregnant.

The 30-year-old mother was shot seven times at her Sand Point apartment after she called to report a burglary at her home June 18. Police said officers shot her after she lunged at them with knives.

In August, Lyles’ family filed a claim against the city as the first step in a civil rights wrongful death lawsuit against the Seattle Police Department.

As of Friday, the attorneys for Charles Lyles, Charleena Lyles’ father, have now filed the lawsuit in King County Superior Court against the two officers, which the attorneys said is the next step to ultimately sue the city.

The officers, Steven McNew and Jason Anderson, remain on paid administrative leave.

The Seattle Mayor’s Office and Police Department referred all comment to the City Attorney’s Office, which said it had received the lawsuit and was reviewing it.

Attorney Karen Koehler said at a news conference Friday that the family and attorneys are refusing to participate in an inquest into Lyles’ death because of the fundamental unfairness of the process.

An inquest is a fact-finding investigation into a person’s death. It doesn’t determine if someone is civilly or criminally liable.

Koehler said an inquest would be stacked against the victim and in favor of the officers and department under review.

“The inquest is a fake trial. It’s a sham proceeding and in this state, it doesn’t work,” she said.

Koehler said the city promised it would release information in August regarding the incident, which Koehler said they have yet to receive.

“We chose not to wait around … and prepare to fight our lawsuit that they (the city) know is coming,” Koehler said. “We believe it is important that we swiftly act.”

Attorney Travis Jameson said the city has so far been “cherry picking” what information it is releasing.

“This case is an onion. The deeper we dig, the more disturbing facts are going to come to light regarding officers McNew and Anderson,” Jameson said.

Charles Lyles also spoke during the news conference Friday.

Charleena Lyles left behind four children, who are the focus of the legal action, Charles Lyles said.

He emphasized that Charleena’s children were there at the time of the shooting and that they will remember that for the rest of their lives.

The children, three boys and a girl all under the age of 12, are currently not all living together.

“All four of them are not together … two in one location two in another. It’s so sad they have to be separate,” he said. “Not only did they lose their mother, they lost each other. I hope justice is served …”

“She died in front of her kids right there in her own house and that’s that sad part …,” Lyles said.

Lyles said he wants something to be done for the kids’ sake. “They are going to need a lot of psychological help,” he said.

A toxicology report released last month showed Lyles had no traces of drugs, alcohol or medicine in her system when she died.

The family’s attorneys said they hoped the report would dispel any misconceptions about Lyles, who they said was struggling with mental illness.

Koehler said police knew Lyles had a history of mental health issues.

From January through June, police had been called to her apartment 23 times.

Koehler said the police should have de-escalated the situation on the day she died knowing she had mental health issues. Lyles’ family questioned why the officers didn’t use a taser or other non-lethal options during the confrontation.

In June, police released details of events leading up to the shooting including a police dashcam video and video from the hallway outside Lyles’ apartment. Police also released the initial 911 call placed by Lyles.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said both of the officers involved in the shooting had crisis-intervention training.

Lyles’ death sparked public outrage earlier this summer. During Lyles’ vigil in June, hundreds of demonstrators gathered to demand justice for Lyles. Many of them said they believe police had other options besides shooting Lyles.

“It is not with joy, it is with utter devastation that we are filing the lawsuit,” Koehler said.

Jameson said they have a tremendous respect for what officers do and that this is an important issue.

“The worst part of this for Charles, the team and the community, is that she didn’t have to die in a hell fire of bullets ….,” Jameson said.

Charles Lyles said he has felt empty since his daughter’s death.

“My daughter loved life … she loved her kids and she loved life,” he said.

Zombiecon Festival Mass Shooting lawsuit Ends in Payment by City

Posted September 20, 2017 -

FORT MYERS — A Florida city has agreed to pay $40,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit for a mass-shooting at a Zombie-themed festival.

The News-Press reported that the Fort Myers City Council passed the settlement for 20-year-old Expavious Taylor’s estate without comment Monday.

Zombicon was one of the most popular celebrations in southwest Florida, attracting about 20,000 people in October 2015. The event was winding down when someone started shooting into the downtown crowd. No arrests have been made.

Earlier this year, two men who were wounded during the shooting were awarded $7,499 each. Officials said there are two more personal injury lawsuits still in litigation, as well as a federal lawsuit involving insurance.

The city cut ties with Zombicon organizers shortly after the shooting, ending the event’s nine-year run.

Southwire Recalls Globe and Snow Globe Stake Lights Due to Fire Hazard

Posted September 18, 2017 -


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 

Sep 14, 2017, 13:12 ET

WASHINGTONSept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Moonrays mystic globe and snow globe stake lights

Hazard: Light refraction through the stake lights can singe or melt items in contact with or in the immediate proximity, posing a fire hazard.

Remedy: Refund

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled stake lights and contact Southwire to return the product for a refund.

Consumer Contact: Southwire toll-free at 888-847-8709 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, online at or and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 8,700 (in addition, about 10,000 units were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves Moonrays brand large mystic globe and winter-themed snow globe stake lights. The lawn and garden decorations are plastic globes mounted on a metal stake that can be inserted into the ground. Water and antifreeze allows glitter inside the globe to float. The winter-themed light stake is framed by a snowman, Christmas Tree, Santa Claus or reindeer. The solar powered lights also contain LED bulbs that run on AA NI-cd or AA-NI-Mh rechargeable batteries.

Incidents/Injuries: Southwire has received nine reports of incidents including heat-related damage to nearby property such as grass, deck posts and house siding. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Moonrays and home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online from August 2016 through March 2017 for about $20.

Importer and Distributor: Southwire Company LLC, of Carrollton, Ga., and Southwire Canada Company of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Manufactured in: China

Note:  Health Canada’s press release is available at:

This recall was conducted voluntarily by the company under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.