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Oak Park teen charged in T.O. burglary rampage

Two 18-year-olds accused of crimes

Two Conejo Valley residents are accused of going on a late-night crime spree in Newbury Park. Cody Marshak of Oak Park and Kailey Brown of Thousand Oaks, both 18, were arrested this week on suspicion of burglary and theft following an investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department. Police say the pair burglarized the Smoke Store, Tobacco Royale and Julie’s […]

Hilton Foundation purchases Dole Westlake headquarters

Deal worth $50 million


The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, an Agoura Hills-based multibillion-dollar international charitable institution, is on the move. The foundation—which built a sprawling, environmentally sustainable headquarters on Agoura Road at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains in 2012—recently purchased the Dole Foods building in Westlake Village for $50 million and will make the 10-acre corporate campus its new permanent headquarters. Prior […]

Seniors have their moment



Senior Concerns of Thousand Oaks celebrated its 33rd annual Ultimate Dining fundraiser Sept. 15 by honoring two of the Conejo Valley’s top philanthropists, George and Patricia Jones. The organization named the T.O. couple Philanthropists of the Year in front of the more than 400 guests who attended last Saturday’s gala affair at the Hyatt Regency Westlake. George Jones had a […]

The unwanted houseguest

Intruder hid in couple’s bathroom


An Agoura Hills couple received a shock on the evening of Sept. 2 when they discovered a woman had been hiding under their bathroom sink after they had been home for over an hour. William Sweet said he saw a woman trying to break into his neighbor’s apartment through a window around 5:30 that evening. Unsuccessful in her attempt, she […]

New online model begins

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There’s no denying the appeal of a print newspaper, or the grand look of a glossy magazine spread—and who doesn’t still enjoy cuddling up with a good, page-turning mystery novel? Print still has a place, and just as transportation didn’t come to an end when the horse and buggy died, neither will good journalism become extinct on the day that […]

Westlake attorney is arrested for allegedly having sex with a minor

He was general counsel for JonesTrading


A 44-year-old Westlake Village attorney is facing six felony counts following his August arrest on suspicion of having sex with a minor. At an Aug. 27 arraignment, Jason Lavender pleaded not guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor 14 or 15 years old, two counts of oral copulation with a minor under 16 and two […]

Retired doctor challenges WLV City Council

ELECTION 2018


There are three Westlake Village City Council seats up for election this November, and with Mayor Mark Rutherford retiring from the panel, that means at least one new face will be joining the council. Incumbents Brad Halpern and Sue McSweeney are running for reelection, and joining them in the race are two challengers: Ted Corwin and Ray Pearl. Corwin, 74, […]

Locals take highway to the danger zone

Men trained in swift-water rescue


Before Hurricane Florence made landfall last week, two urban search-and-rescue teams from Los Angeles County were sent back East to offer their assistance. Deployed to the storm-ravaged coast were Tom Henzgen of Agoura Hills, a captain with the Los Angeles Fire Department, and Dave Stephens of Oak Park, a captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The two departments […]

Journalists talk shop at CLU breakfast



Local journalists convened at the Reagan Library Sept. 14 to set the record straight about how they gather news and to respond to critics who claim the news media can’t be trusted. Representing radio, newspaper and television, four journalists served as panelists for Cal Lutheran University’s Corporate Leaders Breakfast, a regular gathering of local leaders from a variety of fields. […]

Museum of art as part of Oaks mall



Supporters of a plan to build a regional art museum at the Civic Arts Plaza are officially moving on. Tony Principe, chair of the board of directors of California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, announced Sept. 12 that the museum would open not next to the arts plaza but instead inside a 5,500-square-foot space at The Oaks mall. A grand […]


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