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Orcutt

Woman killed in pickup truck incident identified 

A woman who was killed after falling out of a pickup truck and being run over by a trailer it was pulling in Orcutt on Tuesday evening has been identified as Jennifer Insley, of Santa Maria, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Insley, 44, suffered blunt force trauma to the head and chest as a result of the fall, and being run over. 

At about 7:19 p.m. Tuesday, Santa Maria CHP officers responded to a report of a person who had fallen out of a moving pickup and was hit by the trailer near Dickson Drive and Winter Road in Orcutt. 

According to the CHP, the driver of the Chevy 3/4 pickup pulling a goose neck trailer drove away from the area and, for unknown reasons, Insley jumped in or attempted to jump in the rear of the pickup but failed to hang on. 

Insley then fell off the vehicle and was run over by the trailer tires, according to the CHP. She was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

CHP officers said the pickup and trailer were not at the scene of the crash when they arrived. The vehicle was later located in Guadalupe. 

The owner of the pickup, whose identity has not yet been released, was located by officers at his Guadalupe residence, officers said. 

The relationship of the driver and woman is unclear at this time, but CHP said they knew each other. 

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, the CHP said. No arrests have been made.

Toxicology reports for the woman are pending.

Santa Maria

Two suspects arrested in connection with stabbing

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a stabbing Tuesday near the intersection of Broadway and McCoy Lane in Santa Maria that hospitalized one individual. 

The suspects have been identified as Michael Eugene Cangro, 46, and Lorianne Kanani McLaughlin, 40, both of Santa Maria, according to the Santa Maria Police. 

At about 5:21 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a report of the stabbing. Upon arrival, officials found a man who sustained a nonlife-threatening stab wound to the leg. The victim was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and later released. 

The two suspects fled the scene prior to the arrival of police, officials said Tuesday evening.

Officials continued their investigation throughout the night and later apprehended Cangro and McLaughlin, who have since been booked into custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and other drug-related charges. 

Santa Maria

Trial date set for Orcutt man accused of killing toddler

An Orcutt man charged in connection to the homicide of a toddler two years ago is slated to begin his jury trial in August at the Santa Maria Superior Court. 

Sean Michael Kothe, is facing a slew of charges including murder, assault upon a child, willful cruelty to a child, dissuading a witness and, most recently, possession of heroin while in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail. 

The alleged victim, 19-month-old Delilah Cossio Molina, died June 28, 2016, after being airlifted from Marian Regional Medical Center to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera. The child reportedly suffered violent head trauma and brain injury.  

Kothe will begin trial Aug. 20, with trial confirmation set for Aug. 15. His case will return to court one more time June 27 for a readiness and settlement conference. 

During a hearing last fall, Kothe's attorney sought to have a change of venue for Kothe's trial, arguing that it would be difficult to obtain a fair and impartial jury in the county, and that it was possible potential jurors would have formulated opinions on the case due to several media reports, allegations and testimony.

The prosecution opposed the request, pointing out that most of the information presented by trial testimony and media reports was neutral and factual, to which the court agreed. 

On June 26, 2016, Delilah was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center by her mother Jackeline Rodriguez, of Oceano. The medical staff determined the child suffered from severe head trauma, which authorities allege didn't corroborate with her mother's explanations. 

At about 2 a.m. June 27, a search warrant was served at Kothe's residence, where he was arrested for an outstanding warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Following further investigation, he was charged in connection to the toddler's death. 

Santa Maria

Police to ramp up bike, pedestrian safety enforcement

Santa Maria Police will step up its bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations today. 

Extra officers will patrol areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and crashes occurred in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. 

Officers will also be looking for violations made by drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Special attention will be paid to drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or any other dangerous violations.

Police will also be on the lookout for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or failing to yield to drivers who have the right of way.

Bike riders will be stopped and citations issued if they fail to follow the same traffic laws that apply to motorists. 

According to the Santa Maria Police Department, three out of the 230 injury collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists that occurred in the last three years resulted in fatalities. 

Today's operation is one of four that are planned over the next 12 months, police said. 

It is funded by a $365,000 grant provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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