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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 […]

Community Center break-in linked to recent burglaries

By John Loesing | October 09, 2018

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies say a burglar who broke into the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center early Tuesday morning might be the same man responsible for a rash of break-ins over the last three months in the upper Malibu Canyon region. Described by detectives as an adult male with slender build and wearing dark clothing, the suspect reportedly used a rock […]

Sheldon Academy presents art college speaker

By John Loesing | September 13, 2018

Sheldon’s Art Academy will host a presentation by Cassidy Garbutt, admissions counselor at Ringling College of Art and Design, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 4 at the academy, 626 Lindero Canyon Road, Oak Park. Garbutt will discuss what to include and not include in a college portfolio and how to master the application process. Also covered will be […]

Investigation mounts as another dead body is discovered in the area

By John Loesing | September 07, 2018

For the third time in four months, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives have been called to the area to investigate the discovery of a dead body. A Caltrans worker found human skeletal remains Sept. 5  on the Juan Bautista de Anza East Trailhead in Calabasas. The trail is at the 25100 block of Calabasas Road about one mile north of […]

Second report of possible animal mutilation in Agoura Hills

By John Loesing | August 31, 2018

The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Department is investigating another incident of possible animal cruelty in Agoura Hills. Two animals, a cat and a rabbit, were found within a week of each other in August skinned of all their fur from neck to tail. Detectives aren’t saying whether the cases might be related. The first report came when a mother was taking […]

Man dies in Kanan Road crash

By John Loesing | August 23, 2018

A Pacoima resident died Aug. 22 when his car went over an embankment on Kanan Road in the Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu. Jose Martinez Olmos, 24, was driving north on Kanan Road toward Agoura around noon Wednesday when he drove over an embankment near Tunnel No. 3. As there were no other vehicles involved in the accident, it’s […]