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  • Body of man found floating near jetty in Ballona Creek

    Body of man found floating near jetty in Ballona Creek

    Detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the rocky waters of Ballona Creek. The man, who has not been identified, was found floating near the jetty in the 6100 block of Ballona Creek in Playa del Rey, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was...

  • Donation from 'Columbo' widow pushes PETA's sea lion reward to $10,000

    Donation from 'Columbo' widow pushes PETA's sea lion reward to $10,000

    Authorities say there are still no signs of a sea lion kidnapped nearly two weeks ago from Dockweiler State Beach. And they may never know if the pup is safe or if its captors already dropped it off at a local beach because there is no way to identify it, said Jim Milbury, West Coast spokesman...

  • Police are no closer to finding sea lion pup stolen from L.A. beach

    Police are no closer to finding sea lion pup stolen from L.A. beach

    The search for a sea lion pup and the group of people who stole it from a state beach in Los Angeles continued Monday, with officials saying the LAPD’s animal cruelty division was taking over the investigation. As of Monday afternoon, the sea lion hadn’t been found, and police said they were nowhere...

  • Man charged with attempted arson in Playa del Rey gas leak

    Man charged with attempted arson in Playa del Rey gas leak

    A 22-year-old man was charged Thursday with four felony counts, including attempted arson and grand theft auto, related to a natural gas leak earlier this week at a storage facility in Playa del Rey. James Viramonte Cogley of the west Los Angeles area pleaded not guilty to one count each of attempted...

  • Playa del Rey gas leak caused by contractor's truck, utility says

    Playa del Rey gas leak caused by contractor's truck, utility says

    A natural gas leak in Playa del Rey on Monday was caused by a contractor's truck that drove over a well's protective cover, damaging a small valve, a spokeswoman for Southern California Gas Co. said. The incident occurred around 1 a.m., with the release of pressure causing a “loud screeching noise,” said...

  • Vandalism may have caused natural gas leak in Playa del Rey

    Vandalism may have caused natural gas leak in Playa del Rey

    A natural gas leak Monday at a storage facility in Playa del Rey may have been caused by vandals, authorities said. The leak was reported around 12:30 a.m. at a natural gas storage well at 8100 Falmouth Ave., Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Trisha Nuse told KTLA-TV. Hazmat crews with the...

  • Female janitor beaten at Dockweiler Beach, LAPD says
    Female janitor beaten at Dockweiler Beach, LAPD says

    A female janitor cleaning a bathroom at Dockweiler State Beach was punched and kicked in the face by several suspects, police said Monday evening.

    The attack occurred around 4:30 p.m. when she was punched in the face and fell to the ground, police said.

    Another man and at least one woman held the...

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