Local officials detected the West Nile virus in a dead Carpinteria pigeon last Thursday; mosquitoes infected with the virus were discovered at the Devereux lagoon earlier this month. The disease is generally found in humans a few weeks after being detected in birds, but most of those infected never become ill. Twenty-eight Californians died of the disease last year.
Just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Santa Barbara local Dolores Cardenas, 30, was struck and killed by a Union Pacific freight train on a dark stretch of track between Las Positas Road and the Junipero footbridge. According to the train’s engineer, Cardenas moved off the tracks when the warning horns sounded, but remained close enough to be struck by the locomotive. Though toxicology tests are pending, authorities note that three unopened beer cans were found at the scene.
Despite the efforts of an off-duty paramedic and a local doctor to revive him, Santa Barbara resident Glen Zumbrun died two weekends ago while swimming in the waters off Butterfly Beach. Shortly after 3 p.m., Zumbrun, 56, washed up unconscious on the popular party beach in what authorities are calling an “accidental drowning.”