2006-09-21

Vandals return to Oak Park



Vandals tore down nine trees last weekend in Deerhill Park in Oak Park with most of the 10to 14-foot tulip and golden ring trees broken off at their bases. None of the trees can be replanted, according to Eugene Molnar, senior maintenance supervisor for Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, which maintains Deerhill Park. “That is just senseless vandalism,” said […]

Life with Cousteau in the wild



ADVENTURER-Above left, Agoura Hills resident Gary Holland has his sound equipment ready to roll as he and Jean-Michel Cousteau travel off the coast of Monterey, Calif. recently. Below, Holland hangs over the bow of his Zodiac communing with a pod of dolphins. Holland has sailed the seas with the Cousteau crew for two decades. For complete story, see page 16A.

Arrest made in death of Agoura teen

Defendant has long traffic record, officials say

Sean Michael Gittens of Thousand Oaks was arrested last week on felony charges of gross vehicular manslaughter in the Oct. 17, 2005 death of Agoura Hills resident Krystin Jean Shank, 18. The arrest was made by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office based on a grand jury indictment. Monday, Gittens’ lawyer was unsuccessful in having his client’s $50,000 bail reduced. […]

Ghost of Calabasas future visits Leonis Adobe



HAUNTED HOUSE?-Legend tells of a ghostly sighting occurring in a second floor room in the old Leonis Adobe Ranch home in Calabasas. Here, the image of Spotlight the Arts co-chair Alva Sachs appears other worldly as she walks across the parlor of the home during last weekend’s fall benefit for the organization, which is raising money to build a community […]

Strike averted at Los Robles Hospital



There will be no healthcare workers strike at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, thanks to a new contract that was reached last week. The agreement between the employees union and the Los Robles parent company, HCA, Inc. came after 15 days of long, late night meetings, say those involved. It affects 4,000 employees at five California […]

Four candidates test campaign waters



Two incumbents and two newcomers are vying for three seats on the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District board of directors. Mary Altmann, a business owner and environmentalist who lives in Malibou Lake is challenging Lee Renger for Division 3, which represents Calabasas and nearby unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including Stokes Canyon where Renger has lived for 38 years. […]

North Ranch bicyclist dies after being hit by car



Dr. Glenn Garvin, 49, was struck by a car and killed last Saturday while riding his bicycle in the northbound bicycle lane of Westlake Boulevard, north of Cresthaven Drive, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Garvin, whose endodontics practice is in Westlake Village, was a North Ranch resident who was active in his community and served as a Thousand […]

Man arrested in Agoura Hills pot bust



The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 20year-old Inglewood man on suspicion of selling marijuana in Agoura Hills. Detectives began investigating Eugene Church earlier this year following complaints about alleged drug sales over the Internet site Craigslist.org. According to the Sheriff’s Department, an undercover detective searched the website for people offering to sell pot and made contact with Church. […]

Council keeps eye on city’s interest, but developer remains frustrated

New Agoura homes put on hold

A stalemate among three Agoura Hills City Council members has sent a developer back to the drawing board-again. Riopharm USA, Inc. has been working since last year on a housing development proposal that would meet the guidelines of the city’s planning commission. The panel rejected the project four times before the developer appealed to the council in February to overturn […]

600-foot drop Driver survives



A young Agoura Hills driver plunged 600 feet over the side of Malibu Canyon Road Monday afternoon-and lived. William Bartnicki, 19, was airlifted to the UCLA Medical Center for back and neck injuries and minor lacerations to his arms and legs, officials said. The accident occurred about two miles north of Pacific Coast Highway on a winding stretch of the […]