Couple’s troubled past and law enforcement miscue led to shooting

Questions remain about whether something could have been done to prevent the March 17 murder of Parisa Siddiqi at The Oaks mall. Three and half years before Kevin Crane walked into the Paper Source store and shot his ex-wife dead in front of her colleagues, he’d been arrested on suspicion of battering the woman at the couple’s Thousand Oaks home. […]

Fire-wise tour is hot stuff

Self-guided garden walk on Saturday

Mountains Restoration Trust and Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants will host a self-guided tour of three Calabasas homes to show how native plant landscaping can help protect properties in high-risk fire areas. Each property will have at least 50 percent California natives. The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., April 7 in […]

Protect homes from termites this spring

COMMENTARY /// Maintaining your investment

Spring is officially here, bringing flowers, greenery and increased pest activity. Because termite evidence is more noticeable in warmer months, it is important to check for any warning signs every spring. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of a termite infestation in the first place. Keep shrubs trimmed Well-maintained shrubbery looks nice, but […]

Rah rah robotics

CASH FOR THE KIDS—The Oak Park High School robotics program, run by Erik Amerikaner, left, receives a $4,000 grant from Michael Bastine, second from left, director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies. The funds will be used for students competing in robotics contests. The center has funded the program for several years.

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills On March 28 someone smashed the right front passenger window of a car parked outside Agoura Fitness on Roadside Drive. The vandalism caused $500 in damage. The thief stole a purse, containing a wallet and driver’s license, as well as two wedding rings. The stolen property was worth over $6,300. A woman reported that her purse was stolen […]

Native American artist to create giant dreamcatcher

Native American artist Michael Chas Williams, a member of the Wichita Tribe, will be available to meet the public from 1 to 3 p.m. Sat., April 7 at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch, 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. His work will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through April 30. During the event, […]

What seniors can expect when leaving a home

COMMENTARY /// Moving and downsizing

Are you thinking of selling your home to move into a supportive senior community? Perhaps you are considering moving in with an adult child who can help you with your needs as you grow older. Many seniors would prefer to continue living in their own home, but sometimes circumstances work against those preferences. Home maintenance can become a burden. A […]

Science projects winners

GOOD WORK—Eighth-grader Elisha Tong, 13, left, of Medea Creek Middle School and 11thgrader Grace Mas, 16, of Oak Park High School are honored for their science projects March 24 at the Ventura County Office of Education. Elisha’s project was named Finding Calm: Meditation Verses Mobile Games. Grace’s project was Using Manifold Learning for Unmanned Aircraft System’s Package Delivery. Carol Sun […]

Mother of Oaks mall shooter seeks custody

Victim’s family, friends vow to fight back

Two little boys who found themselves motherless and, for all intents and purposes, fatherless, following a shooting at The Oaks mall last month now find themselves in the midst of a custody battle. On March 17, Kevin Crane shot and killed his ex-wife, Parisa Siddiqi, inside the Paper Source store where she worked before turning the gun on himself. As […]

Benefit for nonprofit nursing facility

Mary Health of the Sick Convalescent and Nursing Hospital will host its 21st annual fundraising Spring Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thurs., April 26 at Sherwood Country Club, 320 W. Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks. Titled “Celebrating Mothers,” the event will kick off with boutique shopping and champagne. Silent auction and raffle items will include an eight-day, seven-night ocean […]