Kidnapping followed by hostage crisis hits Calabasas

Acorn Staff Writer

Sheriff’s deputies from the Lost Hills station, as well as detectives from the Sheriff’s Department’s Major Crimes Bureau, a SWAT team and even FBI agents, had their hands full last week when two major crimes – a kidnapping and hostage crisis – shook the normally quiet community of Calabasas. Police were still searching Monday for the two men who kidnapped […]

Suggestions taken for LaViolette award

The deadline for nominating an individual for the Doris LaViolette Citizenship Award is Sept. 1. The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation presents the award for an act of outstanding heroism, service, achievement or citizenship to an individual who has shown "an exceptional sense of citizenship which brings great esteem to the Greater Conejo/Las Virgenes area." Nominations are still being sought. The […]

Breakthrough test identifies autism

Researchers attending the American Academy of Neurology meeting in San Diego in May reported a new test to help doctors predict whether newborns will develop autism or mental retardation. This test confirms that the disorders are present at birth and could lead to better treatment and prevention. For both mental retardation and autism, this is the first time a clear […]

Free program introduces history of Solstice Canyon

Next up in the ongoing series of free lectures presented by the National Park Service is "Solstice Canyon Secrets" from 2-4 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 27 at the park site in Malibu. Lisa Roberts, whose grandparents Fred and Florence Roberts built their architecturally unique and lushly landscaped home, "Tropical Terrace," deep in the canyon and ultimately lost it to a […]

Christian Science plans service

The subject of this week’s Bible Lesson-Sermon at Christian Science Church is "Mind" with keynote text from Psalms 147:5. The service begins at 10 a.m. on Sun., Aug. 20 at 305 Conejo School Road in Thousand Oaks. Sunday school for young people is at 10 a.m. For more information, please call (805) 495-8202.

Calabasas resident is turning the other cheek

Recently vandals destroyed an eight-foot balloon belonging to Mai Matthesen while on display at a home on Old Topanga Canyon in Calabasas. A real estate broker for Re Max, she said, "Our balloon was punctured the third day it was on the ground and stolen the day later, in daylight, with all four restraining cords cut. The homeowner was in […]

Westlake Village using courts to gain park

Acorn Staff Writer

The Westlake City Council adopted a resolution authorizing use of eminent domain, a legal action, to acquire property on Lindero Canyon Road, known as Lot 79. The site will be for a controversial sports park. Last month the city’s Parks Advisory Committee released its recommendation for a scaled-down version of the park to be built on the west side of […]

Fundraiser sets a place for seniors

Acorn Staff Writer

On August 25 through the 27 The Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks will host its Second Annual "Setting a Place for Seniors," tabletop competition to benefit Senior Concerns, a non-profit organization that raises funds and administers quality-of-life programs for seniors with special needs and their families. Some programs and activities of Senior Concerns include the Meals on Wheels program, […]

School needs subjects for medication tests

Adults who have heartburn-induced injury of the esophagus are sought for a clinical trail conducted by the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases CURE Clinical Trials Unit. The study will evaluate two related heartburn medications (Prilosec and Nexium) to help determine the comparative benefits for heartburn patients who have irritation of esophagus known as erosive esophagitis. People age 18 or older […]

Pre-telethon lock-up of jail birds coming soon

The Muscular Dystrophy Association’s mid-state chapter will conduct its fifth annual Pre-Telethon Lock-Up of "jailbirds" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 23. "Jailbird" volunteers from Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park will be arrested and taken to the Provence Lounge of Westlake Village Inn restaurant where they will be "booked" and "fingerprinted." The […]