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August 21, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
Outside the mortuary chapel at the Inglewood Park Cemetery, Lauren Sutton held a single sunflower. "It's her favorite flower," she said of Mitrice Richardson, the young woman whose remains lay in a rose-bedecked coffin inside the chapel. Sutton, the sister-in-law of Richardson's mother, added, "They're so bright and sunny, and that was so her. " On Friday, friends, family and well-wishers came to Inglewood to pay their respects to Richardson — who had been missing for nearly a year before her remains were discovered Aug. 9 in a ravine in Malibu Canyon.
October 8, 2009 | Carla Hall
Exactly three weeks after Mitrice Richardson apparently vanished in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles police detectives assigned to her case are convinced that the 24-year-old woman is alive. "Mitrice is out there," LAPD robbery-homicide Det. Chuck Knolls said. "We don't believe she's a victim of foul play." But her whereabouts still bedevil Knolls and fellow detective Steven Eguchi. Both men are working the case full-time, and had past assistance from 12 other detectives. At the same time, about 50 family members and friends of Richardson are doing their own tracking of alleged sightings from Malibu to outside L.A. County.
March 3, 1988
One man was killed and two others seriously injured Wednesday when an allegedly drunk driver crashed into a Malibu Canyon wall, the California Highway Patrol reported. The dead man, a passenger, was identified as Sandro Mendoza, 21, of Sepulveda. CHP officials said the pickup's driver, Hernan Rodriquez, 42, of Reseda and another passenger, Alfonso Estrada, 22, of Tijuana, were taken to Westlake Community Hospital in critical condition.
November 4, 2003 | Bob Girard
Since we moved to Agoura Hills, my domestic partner and I have hiked in the Santa Monica Mountains nearly every weekend for the last five years. This leg of the Backbone Trail is our favorite even though it's fairly strenuous. But the rewards are worth every step. The trail begins at the entrance to a part of Malibu Canyon that's kind of steep. What's great about this hike is that there are spectacular views at every turn.
April 25, 1996 | From Associated Press
The California Highway Patrol on Wednesday identified three people killed in a fiery wreck on Malibu Canyon road, including a Northridge man and a Reseda man. The driver was identified as Richard Clark, 27, of Northridge. Passengers were identified as Ricardo Aguilar, 26, of Reseda, and Stephanie Ann Cole, 23, apparently of Morganton, N.C., said Officer Gordon Verrone. Clark was wearing a seat belt but the others were not, Verrone said.
December 5, 2007 | Jennifer Delson
The U.S. Geological Survey plans to install webcams in Orange County's Santiago Creek and the Malibu Canyon area to monitor flooding and debris flows. A camera positioned at Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Canyon Road -- at the bridge where Santiago Canyon Road crosses Santiago Creek -- will be operating 24 hours a day. Anyone can view a live feed from the camera on the Internet and can reposition the camera for different views, said Jim Nickles, an agency spokesman.
August 19, 2013 | By David Ng
Though it features adult-film star James Deen and some explicit sex scenes, the only porn in "The Canyons" -- the new movie directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret Easton Ellis -- is architecture porn. For design buffs, "The Canyons" will likely be a big turn-on, though not always in conventional ways. The movie, starring Lindsay Lohan and Deen as a young, amoral Hollywood couple, places its principle action in a stunning modernist house that is located, appropriately enough, in a Malibu canyon.
February 20, 2004 | By a Times Staff Writer
Emergency crews late Thursday night were attempting to rescue a woman whose car plummeted more than 400 feet down Malibu Canyon and who called 911 on her cell phone. The accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. two miles north of Pacific Coast Highway, and apparently involved just one vehicle, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Smith. "We've got our mountain rescue teams rolling right now trying to get her out," Smith said.
December 22, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Three men pleaded not guilty Friday to causing a wildfire that destroyed 50 homes in Malibu, and their lawyers said outside court that they were being made scapegoats by an outraged community. Attorneys entered not guilty pleas for Brian David Franks, 27; William Thomas Coppock, 23; and Brian Alan Anderson, 22, all of Los Angeles. In all, five men have been charged with recklessly causing the Nov. 24 fire that swept through 4,000 acres of Malibu Canyon.
December 25, 1992
We're witnessing another atrocity by state and local government bureaucracies in which the government is moving to destroy private enterprise. The Mountains Recreation and Conservancy Authority and its associated board and districts--stocked full of political appointees, not elected officials--is attempting to condemn 244 acres of Soka University land, supposedly to build park headquarters buildings. There is plenty of land already owned by park agencies where this alphabet soup can build ranger houses, maintenance shacks and whatever to their hearts' content.
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