2013-12-26 E-Edition

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Deputy identified in cyclist’s death

The deputy whose car struck and killed cyclist Milton Everett Olin Jr. on Dec. 8 in Calabasas has been identified as Andrew Wood, a 16-year veteran with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who was assigned to the Lost Hills station about a year ago. Olin, 65, was riding his bicycle east on an uphill straightaway of Mulholland Highway near A.C. […]

Holiday regalia sparkles in Oak Park

FESTIVE ROUTE—Residents watch as decorated boats and trucks leave the Oak Park High School parking lot for the 14th annual Oak Park Boat Parade on Dec. 22. Above right, Santa Claus directs parade participants as they leave the school’s parking lot. Below, Rudolph leads a glowing pack of reindeers attached to a pickup truck heading into the parade. Despite the […]

Couple arrested in Agoura Hills crime spree

Sheriff’s detectives arrested a man and a woman on Dec. 20 in connection with two gunpoint robberies that occurred in Agoura Hills. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed three counts of robbery against Thousand Oaks resident Ryan Mendoza, 28, and his wife, Traci Mendoza, 25. On the evening of Dec. 15, two women reported that a man carrying […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A shoplifter stole a $70 bottle of champagne from the Ralphs grocery store in the 5700 block of Kanan Road Dec. 17. Two women reported that a man wearing a black knit cap and blue windbreaker robbed them at gunpoint at Sumac Park in the 6000 block of Calmfield Avenue Dec. 15. According to the victims, the man […]


SAT., DEC. 28 Tour Of Rancho Sierra Vista 9 to 11 a.m. Meet at Via Goleta and Portrero Road, Newbury Park. Easy one-mile hike. Meet National Park Service patrol horses, horse demo. Free, open to public. Web: www.nps.gov/samo. WED., JAN. 1 First Day Hikes 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at entrance of Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, 10200 Larwin […]

Local school districts made strides in 2013


Major changes marked the field of education in 2013, and Las Virgenes and Oak Park unified school districts—like many across the nation—felt the impacts. The year ushered in Common Core State Standards, which will replace STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) tests. The Common Core standards represent a huge shift in the way teachers teach, how students learn and how students […]

Agoura High bands are swingin’

The Agoura High School Jazz Band is one of only a dozen bands nationwide that have been chosen to participate in the Savannah Music Festival jazz band competition and workshop next year. The festival’s Swing Central Jazz events take place in March in Savannah, GA. Participating students will work with jazz masters over three days, perform in showcases on Savannah’s […]

Student gets thrill of a lifetime

Holds ‘Blackie,’ Eric Clapton’s $1-million Fender Strat

Agoura High School student Jeremy Elder recently channeled his inner Eric Clapton. The talented 14-year-old actor and guitar player performed in the musical “Godspell,” which wrapped up Dec. 14 at the high school’s performing arts center. The show was directed by Elizabeth Brasler. On Dec. 13, the Guitar Center, a nationwide music store, invited both teacher and pupil to the […]

Big-hearted teens help hospital library

A STORY OF GOOD CHEER—Young volunteers from the Centennial Teen Guild for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital read to children at Barnes & Noble book store in the Westlake Promenade shopping center on Dec. 14. Each year, the guild and the store promote a holiday book drive. Patrons were able to purchase books for the Children’s Hospital library. The Teen Guild […]