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Second Fatal Skydiving Accident In Less Than A Month

PERRIS | April 16, 2011

Skydiving AccidentThe third death and second fatal skydiving accident at a popular location in less than a month have authorities Saturday investigating a midair tragedy between two skydivers that collided in Perris on Friday at about 2:45 p.m. that left one injured and unfortunately, another man dead near the Perris Valley Airport.

On March 31, two skydivers also collided midair and plummeted 200 feet to their deaths, one of which was Patrick McGowan, a veteran skydiving instructor who boasted more than 17,000 jumps.

According to a news release by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the men’s parachutes in the accident Friday appear to have become entangled during the collision. The victims had been identified as 33-year old Turci Yuri and 31-year old Jakob Jensen, both from Canada. After the accident, the two were rushed to a local hospital. It is unclear at the present time as to which of the two died shortly after arrival.


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Pipe Explodes Outside Chabad House Lubavitch in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA | April 7, 2011 UPDATE: April 7, 2011 1:35 p.m.

Earlier this morning, it was reported that a pipe bomb exploded this Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Chabad House Lubavitch located at 1428 17th Street, Santa Monica, California, near the intersection of 17th Street and Broadway.

A Chabad House is a centre for disseminating Orthodox Judaism by the Chabad movement where the Shaliach and Shalucha (rabbi and his wife) host programs, activities, and services for the local Jewish community and tourists. Chabad House Lubavitch opened its doors in 1972 and has served thousands of people.

Due to what was thought to be a pipe bomb explosion, police had evacuated a four-block area and were investigating the possibility of a hate crime. Sources familiar with the incident state that the purported bomb exploded just north of the temple and it is was to be determined as to whether the Chabad House Lubavitch was specifically targeted.

There are no reports of injuries and the Los Angeles Police Department Bomb Squad, the FBI and the Santa Monica Police are all on scene.

UPDATE: April 7, 2011 1:35 p.m.

Sgt. Jay Trisler of the Santa Monica Police has come forward with a statement that there was no foul play involved in an explosion Thursday morning at the Chabad House Lubavitch, and as such, this was neither a hate crime nor was the Chabad House Lubavitch a target. Apparently, the reported explosion may have originated with a pipe under a walkway according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

No injuries were reported although there was moderate damage to an apartment building as well as the Chabad House Lubavitch. Broadcast reports also showed a hole in the roof of a nearby house due to falling debris.

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BREAKING NEWS: Pilot Dies in a Small Plane Crash in North Riverside County

RIVERSIDE | April 3, 2011

The pilot and only person believed to be aboard a single-engine Piper Cherokee plane died when his plane crashed in a remote area of northern Riverside County Sunday morning, authorities stated. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokesman Ian Gregor said that the plane went down about 7:15 a.m. in an area of rugged hills southeast of Yucaipa near Cherry Valley and burst into flames on impact.

Riverside County Fire sent four engine crews and 13 firefighters to the crash, according to a report in the Southwest Riverside News Network, and the firefighters had requested the Coroner to identify the remains.

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