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Officials crack down on illegal dumping



The Ventura County Public Works Agency has taken steps to bring under control the persistent scofflaws who dump garbage along area roadways. The agency recently installed a series of motion-activated hidden cameras in strategic locations along rural roads. The cameras upload images of people dumping old mattresses, garbage bags, used furniture and other trash illegally. The public works staff uses […]

Task force puts up road block against human trafficking

SPECIAL REPORT


Last fall, a 16-year-old girl rescued from human trafficking in Ventura County was given art supplies at an event for survivors. With words cut from magazines, she created a vision board with a simple message. “I’m not broken,” it read. It happens every day in Ventura County’s quiet suburbs. Adults pay for sex with girls and boys whose captors turn […]

County shutting down four mega vaccine centers

Shots to be given at smaller community venues due to reduced demand


Four of Los Angeles County’s large vaccination sites are being shut down in the wake of growing evidence the pandemic is coming to an end. Smaller community sites will be used to administer the shots instead, county public health officials said Thursday. The mega-center at Cal State Northridge—where many residents of Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village received their COVID-19 […]

County shutting down large vaccine sites



Four of Los Angeles County’s large vaccination sites are being closed in the wake of growing evidence the pandemic is coming to an end. Smaller community sites will be used to administer the shots instead, county public health officials said. The mega-center at Cal State Northridge— where many residents of Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village received their COVID-19 shots […]

IN PLANE SIGHT

No injuries, damage reported as pilot makes emergency landing on 101 Freeway


For residents of Agoura Hills, the news Monday that a small aircraft had made an emergency landing in their city sounded oddly familiar. It was the second time in recent years that a private airplane was forced to land on the 101 Freeway running through town A Cessna single-engine, four-seater plane was forced to land on the southbound 101 Freeway […]

Go lean go green, city says

Agoura Hills Climate Action plan under review


Following a commitment by Agoura Hills officials to help build a greener future for residents, the twin issues of clean air and clean water led the discussion at a city Climate Action and Adaptation Plan workshop May 10. The purpose of the public forum was to review the document intended to guide the city in reducing its carbon footprint. The […]

No-contest plea from jailer accused of misconduct with female inmate

  A former Ventura County sheriff’s deputy accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate while she was in custody has entered a plea in the case. Leonard Herrera Lopez, 49, of Fillmore pleaded no contest last week to two misdemeanors stemming from a September 2019 incident at the pretrial detention facility in Ventura, the district attorney’s office said. Because the […]

Grads enjoy big day

Local woman caught in abuse scandal



An Oak Park woman pleaded not guilty to charges she failed to report instances of elder abuse while serving as director of the Royal Gardens Assisted Living facility in Camarillo. Lisa Cohen, 54, kept authorities in the dark regarding an Oct. 15, 2020 incident in which a Royal Gardens caregiver had allegedly committed sexual acts against residents at the home, […]

Airplane on the freeway a mystery

Small aircraft makes emergency landing on 101 in Agoura Hills


For residents of Agoura Hills, the news Monday that a small aircraft had made an emergency landing in their city sounded oddly familiar. It was the second time in recent years that a private airplane was forced to land on the 101 Freeway running through town. A Cessna single-engine, four-seater plane was forced to land on the southbound 101 Freeway […]


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