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July 23, 2009 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Wednesday that they have discovered security breaches involving the investigation into Michael Jackson's death, including hundreds of improper views of the pop star's death certificate and the discovery of weaknesses in two other computer systems in which more sensitive records are stored. At least half a dozen staff members inappropriately accessed Jackson's death certificate, officials said.
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May 19, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Marilyn Chambers, the legendary adult movie queen who died last month, died from natural causes, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman said Monday. Chambers, whose real name was Marilyn Ann Taylor, was found unconscious April 12 at her home in Canyon Country. An autopsy was conducted two days later. "The findings of the autopsy," according to the coroner's report, "have established the cause of death to be: effects of cerebral hemorrhage, ruptured cerebral artery berry aneurysm.
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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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