2019-07-18 E-Edition

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Turtle issue slowly resolved

Species being pulled from ailing lagoon

The renovation of the fire-damaged pond at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park has been a long slog through mud, silt and bureaucratic issues. The good news is that the red-eared slider turtles, an invasive species likely dumped in the pond by residents who no longer wanted to keep them as pets, will live to see another day. Finding […]

Westlake resident upset about dog park

City sued over alleged nuisance

A resident has filed a lawsuit against Westlake Village over claims that the city’s dog park has negatively impacted his property that lies next to the facility. John Bowen, a 30-year resident of the city, is seeking $2 million in damages because, he says, the dog park has hurt the quality of his home life and the value of his […]

Cop guilty of molestation

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sex crimes investigator pleaded guilty to molesting a teenager whose sexual assault case he was investigating, authorities announced last week. Neil Kimball, a 46-year-old resident of Agoura Hills, was convicted of a lewd act with a child and unlawful sexual intercourse, the Ventura County district attorney’s office said. A 20-year veteran of the […]

Amber Alert has good ending

A missing 1-year-old boy was found in Calabasas last week shortly after an Amber Alert was issued to announce his disappearance. The boy, Namaste Dix, was unharmed, and two women were taken into custody July 10 after the California Highway Patrol stopped their vehicle near Las Virgenes and Agoura roads. The baby had last been seen at 9:15 a.m. in […]

Oak Park calls on T.O. volunteers

Goal is better crime prevention

Oak Park residents concerned about crime can rest a bit easier. Starting July 1, volunteers from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office began patrolling the community. The service is an extension of Volunteers in Policing (VIP), a program that puts citizens trained in public safety to work on the streets of Thousand Oaks. Seema Chandra, chair of the Oak Park Municipal […]

Freeway erosion addressed

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continued repairs this week to a man-made slope adjacent to southbound U.S. Highway 101 between Reyes Adobe Road and Kanan Road in Agoura Hills that it says might collapse due to erosion from last winter’s above-normal rainfall and damage caused by the Woolsey fire. Repairs to the damaged bank and drainage system began July […]

Sheriff’s Blotter

Agoura Hills A burglar broke into a home on Deerview Court on July 6, smashing a glass door leading to the master bedroom and causing $800 in damage. The thief ransacked the master bedroom and stole 10 purses and a backpack from the closet as well as a safe that contained four watches, and cash. The stolen property was worth […]

Earthquake country, like it or not

Denial is one of the most powerful tools we humans use to protect ourselves in a world full of the inevitable. And why not? If we were to dwell on all that could go wrong, or on the things we know certainly will—our own mortality for instance—life would be very bleak indeed. We take comfort in the blinders we put […]