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Articles from the August 7, 2023 edition

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  • Dead Man Found in a Barrel Floating in the Malibu Lagoon, Identified as Javonnta Murphy, 32

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 7, 2023

    The LA County coroner has identified the body found in a 55 gallon barrel in Malibu lagoon on Monday. Javonnta Murphy, 32, was an aspiring musician from Sylmar with a social media presence. His friends posted on social media to express sorrow and dismay that someone so young, so seemingly harmless, had died, and in such a strange way as well. "One day, the true story will come out," one of them tweeted. The deceased body found inside the barrel at Malibu Lagoon was identified as...

  • Sikh Convenience Store Owner in Stockton, CA, Beats Man Robbing the Store's Inventory

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 7, 2023

    In a viral video, a Sikh grocery store owner beats a man stealing his inventory with a stick. The owner was repeatedly told by a counter clerk and a grocery store robber that "there ain't nothing you can do," and that "ay, just let him go" as the man loaded his inventory into a trashcan on wheels. The Sikh man, identified as the owner, disagreed and takes out a stick to beat the robber. "South Asian business owners in Stockton bravely defend their livelihood against perpetual theft. People are r...

  • Suspect in Beach Bathroom Murder, Has Long History of Arrests

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 7, 2023

    The man accused of stabbing to death another man outside a Santa Monica beach public restroom has a long history of arrests beginning about two years ago. Juan Evarastico Bahena, 48, identified by the Santa Monica Police Department as homeless, is accused of stabbing and killing a 27-year-old male in the breezeway next to the men's restrooms shortly after 2 pm on Monday in the 2000 block of the beach. According the the SMPD presse release, "Witnesses told officers that they heard an argument...