Random acts of kindness

FLOWER ARRANGEMENT— Above, Jett Mastronardi, 8, gives flowers to Roberta Katz and Claire Shaw at Atria Hillcrest assisted living home in Thousand Oaks during the St. Jude School Random Act of Kindness Scavenger Hunt on March 24. Students from the Westlake Village school worked in groups to find clues leading to random acts of kindness that they could perform in […]

Student death mystery

Joey Bock of Oak Park found inside his college apartment

Two weeks after the body of Joseph Bock was discovered in his Northern Arizona University apartment, police have still not released an official cause of death. The 21-year-old student who grew up in Oak Park was found at 2 p.m. March 21 under a bed inside his home at the Hilltop Townhomes, a residential complex near the NAU campus that […]

Look where you’re walking, city says

Cellphones present a wide range of distractions and many states have passed laws to limit their use. It’s illegal to operate a cellphone behind the wheel in 15 states including California. Cellphone users can also encounter danger if they talk or text while walking. At its meeting last week, the Calabasas City Council discussed imposing a fine if a person […]

Gabriel takes round one

Democrat Jesse Gabriel won 32 percent of the vote in the April 3 special election for the California Assembly’s 45th district. Matt Dababneh represented the district until he stepped down in January after being accused of sexual harassment. The 45th District includes the western San Fernando Valley, Hidden Hills and Calabasas. But Gabriel, an attorney, will not be the district’s […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Beyond the Acorn magazine goes the extra mile

For the past six years, Beyond the Acorn magazine has delighted Thousand Oaks Acorn, Camarillo Acorn and Acorn newspaper readers with in-depth features about the people, places and events that make our sunny little corner of Southern California so special. Soon, Beyond the Acorn will share a fresh new design that matches the warm and approachable, yet modern voice the […]


Who should be armed, militias or individuals?

I agree very much with David Higgins’ letter of March 29 about a “well-armed militia.” However, he failed to make two points clear. First of all, the National Rifle Association receives significant funding from gun manufacturers. It is effectively a front organization for them. Secondly, there are no wasted words in the U.S. Constitution. Contrary to recent rulings by the […]