2003-08-14

Agoura Hills men plead not guilty



Two Agoura Hills men charged with multiple counts of sexually exploiting a child and using a minor for sex acts pleaded not guilty last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, officials said. Peter Richard Castillo, 50, and Daniel Cleaver, 19, entered their pleas before Judge Lawrence Mira during an Aug. 8 arraignment in Malibu. The 92-count indictment charges Castillo with […]

Tips offered to keep pets safe in heat



As the hot days of summer entice pet owners to participate in more outdoor activities, it should come as no surprise that July and August are the most dangerous time of the year for companion animals, according to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. "It’s important to be knowledgeable and prepared to keep pets safe during the hot summer months," […]

ECHO has record quarter



ECHO has record quarter Agoura Hills-based Electronic Clearing House, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECHO), a provider of electronic payment services, has reported financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended June 30. Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal year 2003 was a record of nearly $10.6 million, an increase of 25.7 percent as compared to $8.4 million in the […]

Agoura Hills



The hatchback window of an SUV had $1,000 damage after it was smashed while it was parked in a Lake Lindero Drive driveway between 9 and 11 p.m. Aug. 5. No estimate of dollar loss accompanied the report of a Blazer that was keyed on Meadow Vista Way the night of July 29. The total loss was $400 after an […]

Summer concerts conclude Sunday



The high-energy six-piece band "Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries" will perform rock ’n’ roll from the ’50s and ’60s at 6 p.m. this Sun., Aug. 17 at Chumash Park, 5550 Medea Valley Drive, Agoura Hills. This marks the final event in the summer "Concerts in the Park" series presented by the city of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services and […]

Middle school to get footbridge



A.E. Wright Middle School students who enter and leave via Las Virgenes Road will soon have another access. Calabasas will build a footbridge at Lost Hills Road. Construction is expected to begin at the beginning of January, according to Calabasas Traffic and Transportation Manager Robert Yalda. "What’s happening now is that all traffic must access A.E. Wright from Las Virgenes […]

Get rid of moles humanely



An oil once commonly used as a home remedy is now gaining popularity as a way to solve a lawn-care problem. Ranging in color from clear to greenish, castor oil comes from the seeds of the castor bean. For years it was used as a home remedy to ease digestive problems. But increasingly, homeowners are turning to this substance as […]

Do the math, consumers are spending less on back-to-school



According to the annual Myvesta Back-to-School Survey conducted by Myvesta.org, a nonprofit financial management organization, Americans plan to spend $960 less this year on back-to-school purchases. These results continue the downward trend seen over the last three years. The average shopper plans to spend $3,184 this year, down 23 percent from $4,144 in 2002, 36.5 percent from $5,033 in 2001 […]

New directory connects Valley’s religious groups



The distance—both spiritual and geographic—between most religious faiths in the Valley "has just been greatly reduced by a new resource directory from the Valley Interfaith Council (VIC)," according to Rev. Ron Degges, pastor at the 500-member Little White Chapel in Burbank. "Many congregations and spiritual leaders feel a sense of isolation. This resource will help consolidate people of good will […]

Silent movies coming to Paramount Ranch



The National Park Service in cooperation with the Silent Society of Hollywood Heritage, Inc. will present the following classic silent movies in the "Silents Under the Stars" series at Paramount Ranch, a unit of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on Cornell Road in Agoura. Attendees are invited to come early and bring a picnic dinner or tour the […]


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