Crash on 101 creates terrible Tuesday

Aircraft pilot, motorists uninjured

Tuesday was an absolute nightmare for motorists up and down the Conejo Valley, but for Rob Sandberg, the 42-year-old pilot who put his airplane down safely in the middle of a busy 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, it might have just been the luckiest day of his life. Sandberg, a Camarillo resident and longtime pilot, landed his small training aircraft […]

The birds and the reeds

Channel dredging sometimes a necessary evil, county says

Development often comes at a price—concrete replaces dirt, trees are cut down, buildings are constructed and wildlife habitats get pushed to the side. Even then, life manages to find a foothold. The concrete-lined flood control channel next to busy Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village has become home to a thriving ecosystem with reeds and moss, and populated by ducks, […]

Man guilty of ripping off seniors

James Leroy Johnson is headed back to prison. The 71- year- old Conejo Valley resident was sentenced Oct. 19 to 10 years in a state penitentiary for defrauding multiple victims— mainly single women over 60—out of more than $1 million. Johnson moved from Orange County to Ventura County in 2012 after being paroled following a 10- year prison sentence for […]

$50,000 reward in missing man case

New details on disappearance revealed at Calabasas press conference

The family of Matthew Weaver Jr., a 21-year-old Simi Valley man who has been missing for more than two months, is offering a $50,000 reward for any information that helps bring Weaver home. At a press conference in Calabasas on Oct. 16, Weaver’s father, Matthew Weaver Sr., implored the public for help finding his son, who was last seen around […]

Deputies back on trail in clue hunt

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department returned to the hills of Malibu Canyon on Oct. 17 to renew their search for clues in the string of burglaries and reports of gunfire that have plagued the area for two years. Detectives with the major crimes bureau arrested 42-year-old Anthony Rauda on Oct. 10 in connection with burglaries that had […]

Inmate still loose

Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are still searching for an inmate who escaped from Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on Oct. 16. Edis Gonzalez-Lopez, 19, was an inmate worker at the Lost Hills station who escaped by climbing a perimeter wall. Inmate workers are nonviolent inmates who have been entrusted to perform certain duties around the station while […]

Boys and girls today, grown-ups tomorrow

Boys and girls and the bullies who harass them are a fact of life as students face multiple challenges in their journey from elementary school to high school. Few places serve as a safe haven for kids who are bullied, but we saw great promise with one organization that rolled out the red carpet to families in a local event […]


Waiting for home prices to fall

GUEST OPInion /// Residential real estate

Waiting for home prices to fall before you purchase? The collapse of housing prices 11 years ago affected many directly and indirectly. Sons and daughters of homeowners—at the time not old enough to purchase a home—witnessed the stressful ugly side of home ownership. Today those same sons and daughters are working, have some money saved and are ready to purchase […]

Dog park goes to bed early

Everybody I have spoken to at our new Westlake dog park loves it. I am, however, somewhat confused by the decision to close the park at 5 p.m. after September. It isn’t dark at 5 p.m. and I don’t believe there is any cost issue, so why close it at an arbitrary time that prevents working dog owners from taking […]