2016 in Review: June

    Woman Backs Jeep Into Pepperdine Pool


    • In a tragic Memorial Day accident, a two-year-old child, passenger in a vehicle, was killed in a single vehicle rollover accident on Malibu Canyon in the vicinity of HRL Laboratories. The 22-year-old driver was also injured and later charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

    • In a case of really bad parking, a young woman backed a Jeep Grand Cherokee into the swimming pool on the Drescher Campus at Pepperdine. 

    • The death toll continued on our local roads when two motorists were killed in unrelated crashes this month — one on PCH when Danika Merlo of Ventura County, formerly a student at Malibu High School, swerved off the road and fell about 70 feet, and a second on Kanan Dume Road when a 35-year-old motorcyclist allegedly lost control of his bike on a curve.

    • In a South African court, the man accused of brutally murdering Gabriela Kabrins, the daughter of Malibu restauranteur Howdy Kabrins, was denied bail because he was considered a flight risk. He, the son of a very wealthy Guatemalan family, had both funds and passports.

    • After an outpouring of public support, the city council reversed its previous course and voted to ban pesticides in all public space, which means that poisons will no longer be used in Legacy Park.

    • The Malibu Surfside News closed its Malibu offices, located on PCH near Kanan Dume Road, but its Chicago-based publisher indicated that the three-year-old paper was only restructuring and had no plans to fold the Malibu operation.