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The birds and the reeds

Channel dredging sometimes a necessary evil, county says


Development often comes at a price—concrete replaces dirt, trees are cut down, buildings are constructed and wildlife habitats get pushed to the side. Even then, life manages to find a foothold. The concrete-lined flood control channel next to busy Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village has become home to a thriving ecosystem with reeds and moss, and populated by ducks, […]

Man guilty of ripping off seniors



James Leroy Johnson is headed back to prison. The 71- year- old Conejo Valley resident was sentenced Oct. 19 to 10 years in a state penitentiary for defrauding multiple victims— mainly single women over 60—out of more than $1 million. Johnson moved from Orange County to Ventura County in 2012 after being paroled following a 10- year prison sentence for […]

Vintage aircraft crashes on 101 Freeway

                    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 […]

2018 Acorn Vacation Photo winner!

WET ‘N WILD—Aaron Friedman of Boy Scout Troop 127 in Agoura Hills takes a break and catches up on the latest Acorn news while sitting in his canoe with the rain falling at hot and humid Lake Fausse Pointe, La. The photo submitted by assistant scoutmaster Robert Burns was taken while troop members were completing their 50-Miler merit badge award […]

Shooter suspect nabbed

Ties to burglaries investigated


The man arrested last week in connection with multiple robberies and reports of gunfire in the upper Malibu Canyon region over the past two years remains in custody after being transferred from the Lost Hills Station to the sheriff’s department’s downtown jail on Saturday. Investigators are also looking at a possible ballistics link between the rifle that 42-year-old suspect Anthony […]

Canyon robbery targets and timeline

Oct. 9, 2018 in the 27000 block of Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas Oct. 4, 2018 in the 700 block of Malibu Canyon Road, unincorporated Malibu Sept. 30, 2018 in the 26800 block of Mulholland Highway, unincorporated Calabasas Sept. 24, 2018 in the 700 block of Malibu Canyon Road, unincorporated Calabasas July 27, 2018 at the Agoura Hills-Calabasas Community Center on […]

Colorful parade is city’s pride and joy

TRADITION—Left, members of Ballet Folklorico Cielito Lindo of Simi Valley put on a show at the 14th Annual Reyes Adobe Days parade on Oct. 13. The four-day Agoura Hills festival celebrates the city’s rancho culture and is held each year at the landmark Reyes Adobe Historical Site. Above, grand marshal and former Rams tight end Roland Williams and a cheerleader lead […]

Agouraphobia?

Residents say latest shopping center remodel makes city seem inferior


The Twin Oaks Shopping Center in Agoura Hills is getting a major face-lift. Numerous residents attended the Sept. 26 Agoura Hills City Council meeting to protest the renovation. Regency Centers, the owner of the 98,400-square-foot property, began stripping the exterior and prepping for the face-lift soon after receiving a city permit for the work in February. The renovation includes new […]

Attorney admits to sexual relationship with minor

Victim was his daughter's friend


A 44-year-old Westlake Village attorney pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. Jason Lavender entered the plea Oct. 10, less than two months after his arrest. The crimes took place over the summer and involved a friend of his daughter’s who was 15 at the time, Deputy District Attorney Patrice Koenig said. Lavender is scheduled […]

Cops and collars



The Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station took steps to improve its relationship with the communities it serves by connecting with important religious leaders in the area. The station is in the early stages of developing a Clergy Advisory Council, an association of the area’s spiritual officials that will meet regularly with sheriff’s officials in the hopes of improving community oriented policing. […]


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