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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 […]

Prosecutor says Grossman did not stop willingly

Prosecutors say engine cut off


According to a statement provided by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, 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. Rebecca Grossman, the 57-year-old co-founder of the […]

NO MASK, NO DEAL

Customers increasingly irate over face mask mandate


Open conflict between people who wear masks to thwart COVID-19 and those who don’t brought 2020 to an ignominious end. The month of December saw shouting matches erupt between factions at a holiday caroling event in Thousand Oaks, and punches thrown at a restaurant in Agoura Hills. The mall brawls regarding masks have carried over into 2021. Yelling and shoving […]

Local hospital situation worsens

COVID- 19 UPDATE


That grim scene from the nightly news has become a reality at the area’s main hospital. At Los Robles Regional Medical Center, officials confirmed this week that a refrigerated truck arrived at the hospital on Janss Road to house overflow from its inhouse morgue, which stores bodies until families can make arrangements to have them picked by a mortuary. Officials […]

Hawks take charge of the skies



Perched on a balcony high above shoppers and diners, a Harris’s hawk named Jekyll surveys the land below him looking for pesky birds to chase away from the Shoppes at Westlake Village. But Jekyll is so good at his job that there isn’t much to do. After a half hour, nearly all of the crows, seagulls and pigeons have cleared […]

Police warn of ‘First Amendment auditors’

Groups film residents, officials in public


A man caused quite a stir at a Camarillo restaurant in early October when he walked past diners and began filming them as they sat outdoors and ate on the patio. After employees and customers began asking him what he was doing, he told them it was his right to film them. As he stood on the sidewalk holding his […]

Guitars key to keeping local business afloat



Area concert venues have been shuttered for almost a year due to the pandemic, but one club owner has come up with a way to keep the curtain from coming down. The Canyon club in Agoura Hills—an institution in the region— hasn’t been able to offer live shows since the pandemic began, so owner Lance Sterling has resorted to selling […]

What happens when someone cries fowl

WHAT WAS IT?—The 162nd and final “rescue” for the Malibu Search and Rescue team in 2020 proved to be a perfect ending to one very strange year. At left, first responders from Malibu SAR, Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol-West Valley gather to talk strategy after receiving calls that a female was heard screaming for help Dec. […]


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