County quarantines coronavirus suspects

The Ventura County Public Health Department announced this week it has tested two individuals suspected of possibly carrying novel coronavirus, the illness that has claimed an estimated 425 lives since it broke out earlier this year in the city of Wuhan, China. A health screening on one of the individuals came back negative, and doctors are awaiting test results from […]

Trail near crash site is closed for now

Safety experts want area scrubbed

The New Millennium Trail, the Calabasas hiking path near the site of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and eight other people, will remain closed for the foreseeable future, officials said. Dash Stolarz, spokesperson for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the local public agency that owns the land in western Calabasas where the trail is located, […]

Benioff steps into student safety role at OPUSD

‘In this district we have dealt with a lot of student anxiety’

With a shake-up in district administration, Brad Benioff, longtime Medea Creek Middle School principal, is heading to Oak Park Unified School District headquarters. He’s been selected as the new director of student support and school safety. “He’s a very effective leader,” said Leslie Heilbron, assistant superintendent of human resources. “He connects with parents, staff and students. He’s personable and hardworking. […]

Cougar found in chicken coop

A local chicken owner learned the hard way that Simi Valley is mountain lion country. Simi Valley residents Philip and Jeanne Callan discovered a full-grown cougar inside their backyard coop last Sunday morning. And it wasn’t going anywhere. “The mountain lion stayed in the chicken coop,” said Cmdr. Steve Shorts of the Simi Valley Police Department. Animal experts tranquilized the […]

Suspected meth dealers arrested

Nicholas Olson, 26, and Madison Samuel, 24, of Canoga Park have been arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs in Ventura County. They were involved in the sale of heroin and methamphetamine, the Ventura Count Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The pair were arrested Jan. 24 as they left their apartment on Independence Avenue. They’ve been released, Olson on bail, […]

Investigators seek clues in Kobe helicopter crash

Aircraft lacked key terrain monitoring equipment, NTSB said

Investigators this week began the difficult task of trying to understand what caused the Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Calabasas that killed nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. Safety experts said this week that, among other concerns, the craft lacked a key piece of terrain awareness monitoring equipment. The National Transportation Safety Board […]

Mamba Academy establishes charity to help families affected by tragedy

Kobe Bryant made local gym a favorite hangout

Mamba Sports Academy in Newbury Park announced Jan. 29 it is setting up a charity called the MambaOnThree Fund to assist the families affected by the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed nine people, including former Laker great Kobe Bryant and his teenage daughter. “The Mamba Sports Academy is devastated by the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and […]

Mothers, fathers and kids lost their lives

Remembering the nine

Three budding basketball stars, an experienced pilot, a beloved coach. When a private helicopter crashed into a Calabasas hillside on Jan. 26, it marked tragedy, not only for the basketball world, but also heartbreak for five families who lost loved ones in the crash. In addition to Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, the seven other victims have been […]

Accident scene unfolds

Housing bill opens door to new controversy

Local cities fear loss of local control

California stands in the midst of a housing crisis that shows no sign of letting up. There’s legislation working its way through state government that could spur housing development, but some critics aren’t happy with the proposed law, which they say will rob local municipalities of the right to control the construction of new units within their borders. If Senate […]

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