Dave Toschi, dapper detective who chased the infamous Zodiac killer for years, dies at 86

Dave Toschi, the San Francisco police detective who led the long-running yet unsuccessful investigation into the Zodiac serial killing a half-century ago, has died. He was 86.

Toschi died Saturday after a lengthy illness, his daughter, Linda Toschi-Chambers, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Toschi…

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Jet part crashes onto moving car as plane takes off from John Wayne Airport

A part fell from an airliner taking off from John Wayne Airport and landed on a moving vehicle recently in Newport Beach, officials confirmed Wednesday.

No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred Dec. 29.

The motorist, who has not been identified, was driving on Park Avenue near Diamond Avenue…

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Rescue efforts continue in Montecito as community reels from deadly mudslide

Rescue crews continued to search for survivors amid the mud and wreckage of Montecito’s massive debris field on Thursday, but acknowledged that the window to save lives is rapidly closing.

At least eight people remain unaccounted for following Tuesday’s massive mud flow, which killed at least 17…

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Jet part crashes onto moving car as plane takes off from John Wayne Airport

A part fell from an airliner taking off from John Wayne Airport and landed on a moving vehicle recently in Newport Beach, officials confirmed Wednesday.

No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred Dec. 29.

The motorist, who has not been identified, was driving on Park Avenue near Diamond Avenue…

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Daughter arrives to find her mother, 88, rescued from the mud by Montecito neighbors

On Wednesday morning, Liana Mortazavi, 49, sat in the frame of the back door of the duplex where her mom has lived for nearly 40 years along Olive Mill Road in Montecito.

She had driven from San Jose on Tuesday night and slogged her way through mud with a childhood friend to reach her 88-year-old…

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Essential California: Montecito death toll rises to 17 as rescuers search for survivors

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Jan. 11, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Horror in Santa Barbara

Teams of rescuers waded through hillsides blanketed by mud and debris looking for victims of mudflows that killed at least…

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Scene of devastation in Montecito as mud buries whole neighborhoods

At East Valley Road, a deafening growl in the dark announced to all who stayed that they made the wrong call. A three-story wall of mud, rock and timber tore down Montecito Creek faster than any human could run.

The torrent early Tuesday stripped the back of a house that sat 20 feet above the creekbed….

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Many still trapped as death toll rises in Montecito mudslides

Teams of rescuers waded through hillsides blanketed by mud and debris looking for victims of mudflows that killed at least 17 people as the full scope of California’s deadliest flooding event in several decades came into grim focus.

As firefighters dug through battered homes, helicopters searched…

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Restaurants in Montecito, Summerland ordered closed over water safety concerns

Public health officials ordered restaurants in Montecito and Summerland to close late Wednesday over concerns about possible water contamination after massive mudflows burst water pipes and sheared fire hydrants.

Businesses can sell unopened, prepackaged food but cannot not prepare, handle or serve…

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Drug charge dropped in hit-and-run case scrutinized after LAPD body cam footage became public

The police body camera footage, aired by a Los Angeles television station, turned a spotlight on an otherwise routine hit-and-run case.

The videos showed a police officer pick up a small bag of drugs and place it in the driver’s wallet — a move that raised questions about the officer’s conduct…

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