2017-06-01 E-Edition

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Deputy accused of drug theft wants case heard in Veterans Court

Arrangement would take jail time off the table

A Ventura County sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing from one of the department’s prescription drug drop-off bins is hoping to qualify for Veterans Court, an arrangement that would allow him to avoid jail time. Senior Dep. Matthew Volpe of Agoura Hills made the request at a May 15 hearing before Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ryan Wright, prosecutor Scott Hendrickson […]

Fire captain gets ‘Naked and Afraid’ on TV

Simi resident has experience of a lifetime in Amazon

As the small boat approached the Malaysian wilderness, Fernando Calderon was overwhelmed by the rainforest’s intimidating harshness and beauty. In 2013, the Simi Valley resident was just beginning the 21-day challenge for season two of the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid,” a show that throws one man and one woman into the wilderness with nothing but a blade, such as […]


Author bugged by a recent intrusion

How the convergence of my innocent right ear and a teensy diabolical insect came to pass remains a mystery. I was at a local park full of leafy trees and lush grass— prime terrain for critters that zip around on wings or shower down through the air in the form of caterpillars and grubs. I’d just pulled on my sun […]

Westlake has big summer planned

The City of Westlake Village will kick off its 14th season of summer entertainment with Jazz Night at 7 p.m. Fri., June 2 at the Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 Oak Crest Drive. All events have free admission. The award-winning jazz bands from Lindero Canyon Middle School and Agoura High School will perform. Upcoming family-friendly TGIF events at the Civic […]

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Striving for greatness

Local stars will represent area at state track finals

The wait is nearly over. Prep athletes have trained all season for a chance to qualify for the CIF State Track and Field Championships this weekend at Buchanan High in Clovis. The time for preparation has passed. In the words of Izzy Mandelbaum, the veteran trainer in “Seinfeld”: “It’s go time.” “Last year, it was kind of a thing where […]

Calabasas father, son killed in plane crash

57-year-old victim lived life of adventure

A plane crash Sunday claimed the life of a Calabasas man and his 15-year-old son. James Harlan, 57, and his son, Dylan, were inside the cockpit of a single-engine Piper PA28 that went down around 3:30 p.m. June 4 in a horse arena in the Santa Rosa Valley between Camarillo and Moorpark. Witnesses described seeing the plane flying just above […]

Ventura County names Dr. Christopher Young as new medical examiner

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Dr. Christopher Young as the county’s new medical examiner. Young will begin his duties on July 2 with an annual salary of $320,000. The 47-year-old doctor resides in Oregon where he served in the state’s ME office as a forensic pathologist for almost 13 years, most recently as the deputy […]