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February 10, 2009 | Tony Barboza
Authorities on Monday identified two of the three people killed in a plane crash last week on Santa Catalina Island. Marshall D. Goldberg, 39, of Florida and Amy Marie Judd, 25, of Idaho are believed to be the two passengers who died in the plane crash Thursday on a remote hilltop area on the western side of the island, officials with the Los Angeles County coroner's office said. A search-and-rescue team found three burned bodies in a downed plane near Mt. Orizaba on Friday, a day after the aircraft took off in the rain from the island's Airport in the Sky bound for John Wayne Airport.
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November 8, 2008 | James Wagner
The fifth and final victim found shot to death at a makeshift encampment near the 405 Freeway was identified Friday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Hamid Shraifat, 41, was believed to be from Long Beach, said Ed Winter, a spokesman for the coroner's office. Winter said he had spoken with Shraifat's family in Jordan. Officials also have identified the bodies of Frederick Doyle Neumeir, 53; Lorenzo Perez Villacana, 44; Katherine Verdun, 24; and Vanessa Malaelupe, 34. The five victims were discovered Sunday after police received an anonymous tip. When officers arrived at the encampment, wedged behind a commercial building near the Santa Fe Avenue offramp, they found the victims.
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November 5, 2008 | Louis Sahagun
Authorities on Monday identified a 24-year-old Latino woman who was among five people shot to death at a roadside encampment. Katherine Verdun was killed in the camp in dense brush beside the Santa Fe Avenue offramp of the 405 Freeway, Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Ed Winter said. Other victims publicly identified were Vanessa Malaepule, a 34-year-old mother of six, and Lorenzo Perez Villacana, 44. Pending notification of next of kin, authorities were withholding the identities of two victims described as a Middle Eastern man in his 40s and a white man in his 50s. Long Beach Police Department investigators continued Tuesday to search for clues in the killings first reported by an anonymous caller at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
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September 4, 2008 | Jean Merl
The death of a man struck by a Metrolink train Tuesday morning has been ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The coroner said Sherwin Harry Isaacson, 76, deliberately walked in front of the commuter train as it passed through Northridge about 7:15 a.m. Isaacson, who died at the scene, lived in West Hills, the coroner's office said Wednesday. No one on the train, No. 104 to Los Angeles, was injured. The tracks were closed temporarily. -- Jean Merl
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September 3, 2008 | Victoria Kim
Authorities Tuesday identified a 30-year-old man who died last weekend when his Lamborghini veered off the 101 Freeway, crashed into a parking structure and burst into flames. Michael Rosenaur of Calabasas died from burns caused by the fire, said Los Angeles County coroner's investigator Jerry McKibben. A toxicology test that will show whether he was under the influence is pending, he said. In an e-mail to The Times, a friend said Rosenaur was a boxing trainer who had just purchased a new lime green Lamborghini last week.
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April 29, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta
A shooting in South Los Angeles left two people dead and three wounded, authorities said Monday. A man and woman seated in a vehicle parked at 196 E. 48th St. near Wall Street were shot when a man in a green Dodge Caravan pulled alongside them and opened fire about 10:50 p.m. Sunday, said LAPD Officer Kate Lopez. The man was identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Vega-Plascencia and the woman as 21-year-old Brenda Aguilera, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Three women sitting on a nearby porch were also struck in the legs by gunfire.
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April 7, 2008 | Ruben Vives; Seema Mehta
A look at some upcoming news events: Monday Honor: Gene Autry, the famed entertainer who owned the Angels from their formation in 1960 until 1996, will be the sixth recipient of a spot on the Anaheim-Orange County Walk of Stars. Religion: The Huntington Beach City Council will decide whether to approve display of the motto "In God We Trust" in the Council Chambers. Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline the first of two concerts at the Honda Center.
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September 28, 2007 | Susannah Rosenblatt and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
A mother is suing the Los Angeles County coroner for allegedly disposing of her dead baby daughter as "bio-waste." The lawsuit, filed by Yolanda Garnett in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week, accuses the county, the coroner and the county mortuary of general negligence. The suit seeks more than $25,000 in damages. The complaint does not say how the baby died or how old it was, and the mother's attorney declined Thursday to elaborate.
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