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    • Mother, daughter killed by driver while crossing street in West Hills identified

      Mother, daughter killed by driver while crossing street in West Hills identified

      The mother and daughter who were killed when they were struck by a motorist while crossing the street in West Hills have been identified, authorities said Tuesday. The women, both residents of West Hills, were identified as Pia Botz, 69, and Erica Botz, 31, said Lt. Larry Dietz of the Los Angeles...

    • Former fugitive fish smuggler pleads guilty, prosecutors say

      A former West Hills resident who once led authorities on a four-year manhunt through Europe and Israel pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling endangered fish into Canada, federal prosecutors said. Isaac Zimerman, 66, admitted to smuggling two Arapaima gigas, a giant freshwater fish that is native...

    • Investigators find marijuana at home destroyed in West Hills blaze

      Los Angeles police narcotics officers on Sunday searched a West Hills home destroyed in a fire overnight after firefighters found marijuana at the site, authorities said. The fire in the 6500 block of Ellenview Avenue was reported at 9:12 p.m. Saturday and took 80 firefighters about 90 minutes...

    • L.A. Unified teacher convicted of stabbing his wife to death

      L.A. Unified teacher convicted of stabbing his wife to death

      A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was convicted Monday of stabbing his wife and leaving her to die on the pavement outside a West Hills home, authorities said. After deliberating for about 2-1/2 hours, a jury found Michael Kane, 48, guilty of first-degree murder, making criminal threats...

    • LAPD homicide detectives investigating fatal Canoga Park fire

      Homicide detectives are leading the investigation into a fatal early morning fire at a Canoga Park apartment complex after the victim was discovered to have possible stab wounds, officials said. Firefighters were called to an apartment in the two-story complex in the 14000 block of Saticoy Street...

    • Vehicle in 2-car crash in Canoga Park hits and kills bicyclist

      Vehicle in 2-car crash in Canoga Park hits and kills bicyclist

      A bicyclist was killed Thursday afternoon in Canoga Park after being struck by a car involved in a two-vehicle collision, authorities said. The bicyclist was described as a woman in her 40s. No further information was immediately available, according to a Los Angeles Police Department traffic division...

    • DUI driver, pulled from deadly crash with beer in pocket, gets 6 years
      DUI driver, pulled from deadly crash with beer in pocket, gets 6 years

      A Van Nuys man was sentenced to six years in prison for killing his friend in a high-speed drunk-driving crash in which he was pulled from the wreckage with cans of beer in his pockets.

      Edward Lamont Powe, 25, pleaded no contest last month to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated...

    • Arsenio Hall drives off side of road, is uninjured, police say
      Arsenio Hall drives off side of road, is uninjured, police say

      Los Angeles police said Tuesday that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in a minor crash that occurred after talk show host Arsenio Hall drove off the side of the road in West Hills.

      Hall was not injured in the incident about 7:30 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Sherman Way and...

    • FBI seeks help in identifying 'Valley Bandit' bank robber
      FBI seeks help in identifying 'Valley Bandit' bank robber

      The FBI is asking the public's help in identifying a bank robber dubbed the Valley Bandit who has struck eight banks in the San Fernando Valley over the past year.

      Since last December, he's robbed Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo branches in cities across the San Fernando Valley, including...

    • Teacher charged with murder in wife's stabbing death in West Hills
      Teacher charged with murder in wife's stabbing death in West Hills

      Los Angeles County prosecutors charged an elementary school teacher Wednesday with one count of murder in his wife's stabbing death, the district attorney's office said.

      The district attorney also charged Michael Rodney Kane, 46, with one count of first-degree burglary with a person present, one...

    • LAPD says it tried hard to protect woman killed in West Hills

      Los Angeles police officials said Monday they did what they could to protect a woman who investigators said was hunted down by her estranged husband at a friend's home and stabbed to death on a quiet West Hills street.

      Officers with the Topanga Area station took two reports five hours apart in...

    • West Hills stabbing suspect arrested in Joshua Tree, police say
      West Hills stabbing suspect arrested in Joshua Tree, police say

      A 46-year-old man who police say chased down his estranged wife and stabbed her to death in the middle of a residential neighborhood was arrested early Monday morning in San Bernardino County.

      Michael Rodney Kane forced his way into a West Hills Home on Saturday morning where his wife, Michelle...

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