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No ‘fresh eyes’ on Richardson case

Cause of woman’s death remains a mystery

A highly anticipated news conference with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Malibu Mayor Jefferson Wagner at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station Sept. 17 that brought promise of further scrutiny into Mitrice Richardson’s disappearance has left friends and supporters still looking for answers. Villanueva inspired hope that there might be closure in the case when he said at a […]

Lost Hills introduces new mental evaluation team

But too late for Mitrice

Not only does the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station have a new captain in the house, but it recently added a mental health evaluation team to the station roster. The two-person team is comprised of a deputy sheriff and a clinician from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Capt. Matthew Vander Horck said the Mental Evaluation Team, or MET, […]

Stand up for kids

HELPING YOUTH—Boys & Girls Clubs Greater Conejo Valley founders Cal and Marjorie Johnston, center, receive thanks for their contribution to the organization during the clubs’ annual dinner gala Sept. 14 at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Presenting the award are the couple’s son and board chairman, Jeff Johnston, and Boys & Girls chief executive Crystal Naone. See full story on […]

Family raises funds for motorcycle accident victim

The family and friends of a man killed in a Sept. 1 motorcycle accident in Agoura Hills have started a GoFundMe account to raise money for his funeral. Oak Park resident Stephen Richman was killed the evening of Sept. 1 when his motorcycle collided with a Ford Escape automobile at Kanan Road and Eagleton Street. Richman was pronounced dead at […]

Agoura Hills opens first EV charging stations

The City of Agoura Hills celebrated the installation of its first publicly-accessible electric vehicle charging stations last week. The two chargers are available at the city’s Recreation and Event Center at 29900 Ladyface Court. The mayor and city council members held a Sept. 10 ribbon cutting ceremony for the two stations. The EV charging stations were constructed with the help […]

Westlake’s Eddie Money dead at age 70

Eddie Money, a longtime Westlake resident who used his popular music and celebrity status to help enrich Conejo Valley causes over the years, died Friday in Los Angeles, his family announced. The 70-year-old rocker, made famous by hits such as “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Baby Hold On,” had stage 4 esophageal cancer. He leaves behind […]

Last of dive boat victims identified

NTSB releases initial findings

The names of the 34 lives lost when the dive boat Conception caught fire and sunk off the coast of Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day have now been made public. In a press briefing held Thursday afternoon at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Bill Brown announced the names, ages and hometowns of all 34 who perished. Prior […]

Canwood stores hit

Burglars target Agoura small businesses

The sound of breaking glass shattered the early morning quiet of Agoura Hills last week when four businesses on Canwood Street were broken into on separate nights. Nail Blvd and Urbane Cafe were burglarized early on Aug. 30. A few nights later, on Sept. 4, thieves broke into Wildflour Bakery and Cafe, and Currying Flavors. The four businesses are in […]

Bud Marley, education leader, dies

His personal touch appreciated by those who knew him

Albert “Bud” Marley, an educational pioneer in the Las Virgenes community who nurtured a lifelong love for kids in the classroom, died on Sept. 4. The former Agoura Hills resident who moved to Thousand Oaks in his later years was 87. He had suffered from heart failure and pulmonary fibrosis. With his homespun style and personal connection to students, parents […]

Team follows in wake of boat tragedy

Local divers assist recovery operation

Thousand Oaks scuba instructor Tim Coates was already awake when the news broke at 4:30 a.m. Labor Day morning. He watched in horror as images of a dive boat ablaze off the coast of Santa Cruz Island flashed across his TV screen. “I went, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, back that up. The Conception? The Conception burned?’ And then […]

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