2014-05-08

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With no body found, sheriff declares Gavin Smith to be dead



Although evidence led Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators to believe that 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith of West Hills was murdered in 2012, the inability to find his body prevented officials from saying he was actually dead. But on May 1—exactly two years after Smith mysteriously disappeared—the sheriff’s department declared him to be dead. Smith, a 57-year-old former […]

Good clean fun



DOWN AND DIRTY—Volunteers dig deep to clean up trash during Agoura Hills’ inaugural Community Service Days event on May 3. Top left, resident Peter Farag removes rubbish from an area near Agoura High School. Above, Agoura High students Dani Brancato, left, and Stephanie Lechman, both 17, clear the hedges near the high school.

Hot Flashes



Weenie Apple It was Mom’s nickname given to her by her brothers: 81-pound Weenie Apple. And the name stuck like tartar on 12-year molars. Twenty-nine years have passed since the great Weenie Apple slipped the surly bonds of San Marino and queued up at the pearly gates. If the price of admission was a rockin’ Rachmaninoff prelude coupled with a […]

Student organizes Girl Scout golf clinic

Tournament and clinic designed for kids with brain injuries


A local Girl Scout has introduced kids with special needs to the joys of golf. She took them to the fairways, greens and bunkers of a Simi Valley golf course where many of them were shown the game for the fi rst time. Cayton Coburn, a 15-yearold Oaks Christian sophomore and member of Girl Scout Troop 133 in Thousand Oaks, […]

Recognizing the signs of a stroke



By spending a few minutes learning about stroke, residents can recognize the warning signs while reducing the likelihood of experiencing one. “Many people consider stroke an ‘old man’s disease,’” said Peter Kim, M.D., a Simi Valley Hospital neurologist and the medical adviser for the hospital’s stroke support group. “ While there are particular risk factors that make some people more […]

Sheriff’s Blotter



Agoura Hills Someone stole a $ 200 diaper bag containing credit cards, checkbooks and $50 in cash from an unlocked car parked on Dovetail Drive April 24. A thief stole a gate and a garage door opener valued at $150 from an unlocked vehicle parked on Calle Montecillo April 24. Someone stole an undisclosed amount of goods from a vehicle […]

Flying Squirrel



French Polynesia For many people, Hawaii is a dream destination, a bucket-list trip. Waikiki or Maui or the Big Island may be as far south as some of us travel in the South Pacific. But if you keep flying southwest another three hours, you’ll arrive in a very different kind of paradise: Tahiti. When we say “Tahiti” as a general […]

Earthquake safety shouldn’t be taken for granted, Caltech says




Earthquakes, wildfires, floods, landslides, windstorms and tsunamis are all part of the Southern California lifestyle. These natural disasters can happen at any time, and earthquakes pose extra threats because they can create a series of secondary complications, such as fires from ruptured gas lines, floods from broken water mains, landslides and tsunamis. “It is not if—it is when—we will have […]

Wine and raffes benefit Cancer Society



CALABASAS AT WORK— Above, Calabasas residents Eileen and Richard Sonheim deposit their tickets in a gift basket raffe during the sixth annual City of Calabasas wine tasting event at the Calabasas Civic Centeron April 29. At right, Glenn Michitsch serves a glass of wine to Nieves Flores. The event raised funds for the city’s Relay For Life team and the […]