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Truck tumbles over canyon in Malibu, driver killed

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Near 2710 Las Flores Canyon Rd in Malibu, CA.

The California Highway Patrol reports a driver fatality after flat bed truck plunged an estimated 100 feet off a canyon road in Malibu early Wednesday morning. The vehicle went over the edge near 2710 Las Flores Canyon Rd, approximately two miles from PCH.

Los Angeles County Fire Department responders were en route to the scene within minutes of the report around 9:10 a.m. Roads were temporarily closed between Live Oak Meadow Road to Hume Roadas as L.A. Fire officials worked to rescue the trapped motorist.

According to the CHP, on site personnel called the potential fatality just before 10:30 a.m. The coroner arrived at the scene just after noon. The crash was under investigation.

via CHP:

  
Detail Information
12:08 PM 9 [30] A56-010 CORONER IS 1097
10:27 AM 8 [20] 56-10 REQ LACO ROADS CLOSURE CREW W/ CONES SIGNS FOR 1144
9:47 AM 7 [15] 1039 HOWARD SOMMERS THEY ADVS TRUCK HAS CABLE
9:46 AM 6 [14] [Notification] [CHP]-LACOFD REQ CLOSURE FROM LIVE OAK MEADOW TO HUME RD
9:43 AM 5 [12] PTY STILL TRAPPED FD ATTEMPTING TO GET PTY OUT
9:43 AM 4 [11] REQ 1185 HD TRACTOR NO TRAILER W/100 FT OF CABLE
9:26 AM 3 [10] 1039 HOWARD SOMMERS TOW ETA 35
9:14 AM 2 [6] 1039 LACOFD ADVSD ALREADY ENRT
9:12 AM 1 [1] VEH O/SIDE - POSS 100FT O/SIDE

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West Side deputies sift through two truckloads of stolen items following Woodland Hills arrest

An “arduous investigation” by West Side sheriff’s detectives has led to the recovery of two truckloads of personal items stolen from residences, commerical properties and storage units around the region. But it may be just as arduous getting all those items back to their rightful owners.

According to investigators from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, authorities looking into a string of residential and commercial burglaries received a tip leading them to a parolee named Richard Traber. They followed up, and on May 15 entered his Woodland Hills home to find much of the stolen property they were looking for.

In fact, Traber’s home, where he had been living for only two months, was stuffed full of electronics, antiques, paintings, hair products -- “so many different things,” Sheriff’s Det. Ginni Alvarez told KPCC.

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Malibu garage death investigated, foul play not suspected

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Authorities say the death of Katherine Wilkins does not appear to be foul play.

The body of the 25-year-old graphic designer was discovered in the garage of her Malibu home on Saturday night. LASD investigators say her death does not seem to involve any crime.

Wilkins was found by her brother, according to relatives, who say her car was missing.

The results of Monday's autopsy will be released after toxicology tests have been performed. No cause of death has been released.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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Katherine Jessie Wilkins, young graphic designer, found dead in Malibu garage; car missing

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A young woman was found dead in the garage of a Malibu home Saturday evening. Her car is missing.

The body of 25-year-old graphic designer Katherine Jessie Wilkins was reportedly found by her brother in a garage in the 23400 block of Moon Shadows Drive on Saturday evening. Wilkins' 1998 silver paint, red-interior BMW Z3 (license plate: 4AMN588) was not there, however, according to her father Rob Wilkins.

Sheriff's deputies have revealed little about the death. Homicide detectives were reportedly assigned to the case, however no formal announcement has been made about a homicide. The neighborhood, a cul-de-sac off Rambla Pacifico, is an unlikely one for crime, notes the Daily News.

An autopsy is pending for Monday. 

 

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Yacht owner escapes blaze aboard 65-foot yacht off Malibu

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A Coast Guard patrol boat, with the help of the L.A. County lifeguard Baywatch, extinguished a fire early Wednesday that engulfed a 65-foot yacht off the coast of Malibu.

The yacht was anchored about a quarter-mile off Paradise Cove, and investigators say the owner of the vessel escaped to shore via dinghy. The man's name has not been released.

The fire, which reportedly began around 11:20 p.m., is believed to have destroyed the boat. No damage estimate has been released, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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