Contract cities concerned about sheriff

Villanueva meets town hall constituents in Agoura

Issues such as local crime and the recent dispute over deputies who were fired but then given their jobs back were addressed at a May 9 Agoura Hills town hall meeting led by Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County Sheriff. Villanueva spoke to a crowd of about 150 people at the Agoura Hills Event Center—his first major local appearance since being […]

California Strong makes second Woolsey fire distribution

California Strong, a nonprofit organization created by California professional athletes to provide financial support to victims after disasters, distributed its second round of funding to over 60 families who were impacted by the Woolsey fire. More than $250,000 was distributed May 10 at the Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village. Two of California Strong founders, Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams […]

Shots fired at landfill dump truck

Investigators with the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the owner of a white van who shot at a dump truck in Calabasas late last month. Detective Steven Colitti said that on the afternoon of April 27 a dump truck driver spotted a white van parked outside the Calabasas Landfill on Lost Hills […]

Police say adults encouraged teen assault

Girl fight leads to multiple arrests

Four people were arrested this month in connection with a public beatdown that occurred March 29 in Thousand Oaks. The fight, police said, began with an argument between 42-year-old Bridgette Salas of Simi Valley and a 13-year-old girl in the 100 block of W. Hillcrest Drive. Salas allegedly left the verbal confrontation and returned a short while later with a […]

Deputies put ‘wrench’ on Oak Park robbery gang

Burglary crew said to be from Chile

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced that deputies made several arrests in connection with a string of home robberies that have plagued the Oak Park community since the beginning of the year. Five individuals associated with a gang that’s been responsible for the crimes were recently taken into custody, Senior Dep. John Chiaramonte said. “A group from Chile was responsible […]

What did the duck say when it crossed the road?

‘I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY’—Crossing guard David Kissel attends to a few unexpected customers on April 26 at Kanan Road and Smoke Tree Avenue near Brookside Elementary School in Oak Park. Parent Stephanie Boggs had just dropped off her fifth-grade daughter, Avery, at school and took the photo. She reports another man was able to gather up the momma […]

Assembly bill steps up war against rat poison

Legislation follows death of cougar due to rodenticide

A new bill that expands the prohibition of pesticide poisons in California passed the Assembly on Monday, days after the National Park Service announced a local mountain lion died in March due to ingestion of rat poison. Assembly Bill 1788, introduced by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) bans the use of second generation anticoagulant rodenticides, which are used in rat […]

Bridge burned in Woolsey fire open to public

The 70-year-old Chesebro bridge that was destroyed in the Woolsey fire and then rebuilt was opened to the public on May 3 with a dedication to Jess Thomas, a longtime Old Agoura resident and defender of the rural equestrian area. The bridge— now called the Jess Thomas Bridge in honor of the man who has spent more than 40 years […]

Calabasas man accused of molesting two stepdaughters

A Calabasas man has been accused of molesting his stepdaughters over a 13-year period that began in 2005. Officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s sexual assault unit arrested 41-year-old Micah Lanere Smith on May 5 in Camarillo following a multi-agency investigation that spanned two states. During a Tuesday appearance in Ventura County Superior Court, Smith was charged with eight […]

Accord reached in Oak Park tennis-pickleball dispute

Park officials trying to mediate a dispute between Oak Park’s tennis and pickleball players have figured out a way to serve the needs of both communities. The Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District announced in February it would convert two tennis courts at Deerhill Park into pickleball-only courts, but a vocal reaction from the tennis community led the district to […]

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