About John Loesing

Man shot, killed by police on freeway

By John Loesing | January 12, 2019

A pursuit that began Saturday morning in Camarillo with a domestic violence call ended around 12:30 p.m. in Calabasas with a crash and a fatal officer-involved shooting on the southbound 101 Freeway just before the Las Virgenes Road/Malibu Canyon exit. The driver of the fleeing vehicle is shown in a photograph taken by the Acorn lunging out from behind his […]

Rauda charged in Malibu Creek State Park murder

By John Loesing | January 07, 2019

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office announced it has charged Anthony Rauda with the murder of Tristan Beaudette, 35, who was shot and killed while in his tent during a June 2018 camping trip with his two young daughters at Malibu Creek State Park. Rauda, 42, has also been charged with 10 counts of attempted murder in connection with a […]

’72 Hours From Hell’

By John Loesing | December 27, 2018

From Nov. 7, 2018 until Nov. 9, local residents endured three days of unimaginable tragedy. First the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting, which cost 12 lives, then the Woolsey fire, which destroyed 1,600 structures and burned 97,000 acres from Oak Park to the sea. One Acorn headline called it: “72 Hours From Hell,” and it was. This is that […]

Deputy from Agoura Hills arrested on charges of raping a minor

By John Loesing | November 21, 2018

  A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy whose task was to investigate sex abuse crimes was arrested Nov. 16 on suspicion of committing forcible rape against a minor in a case he was believed to be working on. Neil D. Kimball, a 45-year-old Agoura Hills resident, was being held on $2-million bail. The Ventura County district attorney’s office, which filed […]

Oak Park resident among two who perished in fire

By John Loesing | November 10, 2018

With a hazy sun rising on the third day of the Woolsey fire, authorities confirm that two lives were lost to the blaze Friday. As of Saturday morning, the wind-whipped fire had scorched more than 70,000 acres and destroyed up to 150 homes in L.A. and Ventura counties, though the exact number is unknown and expected to grow. A source […]

Motorcade bids farewell to Sgt. Helus

By John Loesing | November 08, 2018

They came to pay their last respects. Law enforcement officers and first responders from across the Southland gathered in mourning along with hundreds of others on the streets near Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. In stunned disbelief, they watched as a procession transported Sgt. Ron Helus—who died trying to stop the Nov. 7 mass shooting […]

First responder in T.O. mass shooting ‘died a hero’

By John Loesing | November 07, 2018

  Trained, poised and ready, Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the mass shooting Wednesday night at Borderline Bar—and made the ultimate sacrifice. Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, is being hailed a hero today for charging into the restaurant first in an attempt by law enforcement to stop the shooter and save lives. He paid for […]

Council newcomers win seats in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village

By John Loesing | November 07, 2018

  The third time is a charm for Chris Anstead, a 53-year-old West Point graduate and Agoura Hills resident who won election to the City Council Tuesday night in a voter groundswell that saw two newcomers swept into office and one incumbent defeated. Anstead, who lost two previous bids for the Agoura Hills City Council, finished with 23 percent (3,165 […]

Vintage aircraft crashes on 101 Freeway

By John Loesing | October 23, 2018

                    A small aircraft crashed onto the 101 Freeway at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills at approximately 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. A large plume of black smoke rose upward from the crash site after what appeared to be a vintage World War II aircraft came to a halt nose down near the […]