News Briefs


Malibu house fire sends one to local hospital

A Malibu home caught fire Monday night, sending an elderly woman to a local hospital, according to the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department. The fire occurred around 9 p.m. near Little Rock Way and Big Rock Drive, Fire Department Supervising Fire Dispatcher Phil Olloa said.

According to the sheriff’s station, an 89-year-old local and her caretaker lived in the home. Fire department and sheriff’s station officials responded to the 911 call, and arrived to find the house nearly engulfed in flames. Sheriff’s deputies found the woman inside the house, where she was unable to walk and having trouble breathing, and had her transported in an ambulance to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Two deputies were also taken to the hospital after having smoke inhalation-related symptoms, but were subsequently released. Nobody else was found inside the home.

“Four Engine Companies from the Los Angeles County Fire Department quickly knocked out the blaze,” a sheriff’s department release states. “Fire officials have estimated the damage at approximately half a million dollars. It is unknown what caused the fire at this time, however it is believed to be accidental.”

Malibu/Lost Hills Deputy Mike Treinen and Lieutenant Jim Royal, along with more than two dozen county firefighters, aided in putting out the fire and rescuing the local resident.

While it is believed the cause of the fire was accidental, the fire department is investigating the cause. The current condition of the elderly woman is unknown.

City accepting View Restoration Program applications

The Malibu City Council adopted a View Restoration Program (VRP) for property owners who are interested in restoring a previously existing view currently blocked by landscaping at its March 12 meeting.

“A view may be restored to a view that existed on the date of city incorporation (March 28, 1991) or the purchase date, whichever is more recent, if future restoration rights are enacted,” a release from the city states. “Future restoration rights may apply only to VRP participants.”

Interested property owners can submit a VRP application until Sept. 26, 2012.

For more information, or to download a VRP application form, visit

Calabasas man charged with murder

A 57-year-old Calabasas man is being charged with murder in connection with a March 8 shooting at the 23700 block of Mulholland Highway. The suspect, Randy Robert Williams, was first charged with attempted murder, but the charge was changed to murder after the victim, John Costilla, died as a result of the shooting. Williams has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder with a special allegation that the defendant personally used a firearm, causing death.

Three weeks ago, deputies responded to a call of a possible gunshot victim at the Mulholland Highway location and arrived to find the 50-year-old male victim with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to his neck. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment and the suspect, Randy Robert Williams, was taken into custody. The victim lived for more than a week after the shooting, but was later taken off life support.

According to the authorities, the shooting occurred after a domestic dispute involving an argument between the victim and the defendant’s mother.

Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Karen Nudell has set Williams’ bail at $2 million. The case is assigned to Deputy District Attorney Michele Pincus of the Van Nuys Branch Office.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

City hosting baseball clinic

The City of Malibu’s Parks and Recreation department is hosting a free baseball clinic featuring MLB All-Star and Malibu local Royce Clayton April 7 at Bluffs Park.

The clinic is geared toward youths ages six to 14 and will teach basic to advanced baseball fundamentals in hitting, catching, base-running, outfield and infield, among others. It will also teach proper strength and agility training along with nutrition. The event is sponsored by the NFL Play 60 campaign and EA Sports.

Clayton was the 15th overall pick in the 1988 MLB draft. He made his Major League debut with the San Francisco Giants in 1991, represented the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1997 MLB All-Star Game, and concluded his career with 110 home runs and 723 RBIs. Royce, a current Malibu resident, is also a Southern California native.

Senior center offering new programs

The Malibu Senior Center is offering a new batch of free programs this month, a press release from the city states.

The Senior Center is hosting a living trust seminar March 29 at 10 a.m. The seminar will address details relating to living trusts, such as why a will requires a probate and other specifications.

The center will also host a women’s peer counseling program each Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. At the program, psychologist Shirley Cohn-Isaacson will counsel participants in a variety of areas.

The programs are taking place at the Senior Center at Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd.

For more information, or to RSVP and make appointments, call 310.456.2489 x357.

Wildlife Center hosting open house

The California Wildlife Center is hosting its free spring open house this Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. The event features family-friendly tours, educational activities and other festivities centered around how the center cares for native wildlife.

Volunteer-led tours will take event-goers around the hospital, including the Baby Care Unit and outdoor rehabilitation enclosures, showcasing some of the patients the center is caring for, as well as how the veterinarian, hospital manager, animal care coordinators and interns are aiding in their recovery.

Children’s activities include wildlife art projects and face painting. Additionally, attendees will have the chance to interact up close with educational animals.

The event takes place April 1 at the California Wildlife Center, 26026 Piuma Rd., at noon.

For more information, visit

SMMUSD teacher inducted into ‘Legion of Honor’

SMMUSD music teacher Angela Woo, the director of instrumental music at John Adams Middle School, was recognized by Norm Dea, president of the California Association of Music Education, at the 2012 California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno for her recent nomination and induction into the John Philip Sousa Foundation “Legion of Honor,” according to a release from the school district.

The award acknowledges band directors from the United States and Canada who have provided dedicated service to bands that have maintained school concert band programs of high musical quality for at least 20 years, and who have held positions of leadership in their professional organizations.

Legion of Honor Laureates for this year will be inducted in December 2012 at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

In addition to the induction, Woo was nominated and elected to be the Conductor of the 2014 CBDA California All-State Junior High Honor Band.

“Angela is a highly respected music educator and conductor in California music education,” Tom Whaley, SMMUSD’s Visual and Performing Arts coordinator, said. “Her election [to the All-State Honor Band] shows the deep respect and admiration she has from her colleagues statewide. We are so very proud to have Angela Woo working with our students every day in the Santa Monica-Malibu USD.”