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Promise made to vaccinate seniors

FREE Officials look for redemption following muddled rollout


Encouraged by an announcement from the state last week that they would be next in line to receive the coronavirus vaccine, local senior citizens are now learning it will likely be days, if not weeks until people over 65 receive the shot. How quickly seniors can become vaccinated depends on when the vaccine arrives at doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and other […]

Loved ones mourned



Vic Lepisto, a family friend once said, was a man of a thousand lives. He survived diabetes, strokes, hemorrhages and multiple illnesses, and he never complained, not once. The longtime Agoura Hills resident—a UCLA football legend and revered figure in The Acorn’s youth sports community— confronted his last battle valiantly, fighting the COVID-19 virus for 21 days before he died […]

Virus takes toll in community



Oak Park lost two of its first residents to the coronavirus last week. Jerry and Shirley Pirozzi, who moved to the community in 1967, died on the same day, Jan. 3. They had been married for 57 years. Jerry Pirozzi, 85, was diagnosed with COVID-19—which has claimed the lives of more than 380,000 Americans—on Dec. 4 and was hospitalized five […]

Deadly dispute at Westlake apartment

Husband arrested after allegedly shooting wife


A man accused of shooting his wife early Monday morning after a fight in their Westlake apartment has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Religious film producer and writer Tim Gautier, 55, was being held on $500,000 bail in the death of Gina Gautier, 57, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. According to police, the shooting happened just before […]

State puts seniors next in line for vaccine



California’s senior citizens are going to the head of the line. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Jan. 13 that the state will allow all residents 65 and older to be the next group to receive the coronavirus vaccine. It puts them ahead of teachers, firefighters, police and grocery workers in the state’s tiered system for vaccine priority. Newsom said the decision […]

Prosecutor: Grossman failed to stop following accident



The woman charged with running over and killing two Westlake Village pedestrians Sept. 29 did not pull over willingly following the collision, but instead came to a stop a quarter-mile away only when the engine in her Mercedes-Benz quit working, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. Rebecca Grossman, the 57-year-old co-founder of the well-known charity Grossman Burn Foundation, […]

Calabasas announces new city manager

After an almost yearlong search, the City of Calabasas has a new city manager. Officials announced Jan. 7 that Kindon Meik will take over leadership at City Hall on March 15. Meik has been serving as the city manager of Corcoran, Calif. for nearly a decade, during which time he focused on fiscal stability for the city and improving and […]

Police arrest husband on suspicion of murder

FREE Tim Gautier is being held on $500,000 bail

A man accused of shooting his wife early Monday morning following a fight in their Westlake apartment has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Tim Gautier, 55, is being held on $500,000 bail in the death of Gina Gautier, 57, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced today. According to police, the shooting happened just before 7 a.m. Jan. 11 inside […]

Police: Husband shot wife dead in Westlake apartment

Shooting happened sometime before 7 a.m.

A fight between a husband and wife early Monday morning ended in violence. Police say a 57-year-old woman is dead and a 55-year-old man in custody after a shooting at the Westlake Canyon apartments in the 2300 block of Fountain Crest Lane. Names have not been released. The call came in to Ventura County sheriff’s dispatch around 6:57 a.m., Capt. […]

Calabasas names new city manager



After an almost yearlong search, the City of Calabasas has a new city manager. Officials announced Jan. 7 that Kindon Meik will take over leadership at city hall on March 15. Meik has been serving as the city manager of Corcoran, Calif. for nearly a decade, during which time he focused on fiscal stability for the city and improving and […]


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