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May 29, 2006 | Sandy Banks, Times Staff Writer
Bill Tessar will spend this day as he has for the last five years, on the Little League field in Simi Valley, putting 40 youth baseball teams through their paces at an annual Memorial Day tourney. If he's lucky, the day will be like every other Memorial Day.
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November 23, 2008 | Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey is a frequent contributor to L.A. Then and Now.
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley is a place of many mysteries, but one story holds that it was created largely out of thousands of beer containers to remind the founder's husband how much he drank. Another story is that Tressa Prisbrey in 1956, then pushing 60, merely wanted a place for her collection of 17,000 writing implements, so she built the first two bottle-walled structures, Pencil House 1 and Pencil House 2. Johnny Carson donated a pencil.
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December 20, 1999 | TONY LYSTRA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Holly and Don Huff began building their rural dream house in the 1970s. What started as a tiny bungalow in the woods of the Santa Susana Knolls was transformed through the Huffs' own labor into a rustic, two-story hideaway of redwood and stone. The Huffs and their neighbors--an eclectic group of artists, musicians and nature lovers--came to this hamlet just west of Chatsworth seeking a laid-back refuge from the hustle of city living. Then the city and the hustle came to them.
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February 7, 2008 | Gregory W. Griggs
A homeless woman has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of her 69-year-old mother at her Simi Valley home, police said Wednesday. Rose Drinkhouse Weiss was found at her home in the 5300 block of Diane Street about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday by police who received a call to check on her welfare, authorities said. Detectives later arrested Weiss' daughter, Lauren Donahue, on suspicion of killing her mother, authorities said. She remains in custody. -- -- Gregory W. Griggs
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December 7, 2003 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
Less than a week after Simi Valley recorded its first homicide of the year, a 30-year-old man was shot to death in front of his friend's home on the city's west end, police said Saturday. Angel Luevano of Simi Valley was shot once in the neck by one of three men in a tan or brown sport utility vehicle, police said. Luevano's brother was standing near him when he was shot but was not injured, police said. The shooting occurred about 6:15 p.m.
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October 10, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
A gunman shattered the suburban calm of Simi Valley early Tuesday, shooting dead a mother of two and critically wounding two others at a tire store before turning the gun on himself, police and witnesses said. Susan Sutcliffe, 53, of Simi Valley was killed as she sat outside an Am-Pac Tire Pros store about 7:30 a.m., waiting for mechanics to fix a slow leak in one of the tires on her Chevy Astro van.
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December 8, 2004 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
Stepping into a long-running Simi Valley dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court today will examine the extent to which police can detain and question individuals while serving search warrants. The case stems from a 1998 search by Simi Valley police for weapons at a suspected gang safe house after a drive-by shooting. With guns drawn, nearly two dozen officers swarmed the Patricia Avenue home at dawn.
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November 23, 2008 | Steve Harvey, Steve Harvey is a frequent contributor to L.A. Then and Now.
Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley is a place of many mysteries, but one story holds that it was created largely out of thousands of beer containers to remind the founder's husband how much he drank. Another story is that Tressa Prisbrey in 1956, then pushing 60, merely wanted a place for her collection of 17,000 writing implements, so she built the first two bottle-walled structures, Pencil House 1 and Pencil House 2. Johnny Carson donated a pencil.
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October 12, 2002 | AMANDA COVARRUBIAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 34-year-old Simi Valley man riding his motorcycle at 90 mph on a city street was killed Thursday night when he collided with a pickup truck during a police pursuit. James Vargas, a husband and father, died when his Suzuki 750 hit a Dodge Ram carrying two women on Fitzgerald Road in Simi Valley. The women were not injured. The incident began when Simi Valley Police Officer Vernon Trujillo tried to pull Vargas over about 8 p.m.
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March 15, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mount Sinai Memorial Park, which has been running out of burial space at its hillside site across the Los Angeles River from Burbank, on Sunday will dedicate the largest Jewish cemetery west of the Mississippi at a new location in Simi Valley. The location presents a study in contrasts: Although Simi Valley has a population of more than 100,000, so few of them are Jews that the city has only one synagogue, a 100-family Reform temple.
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December 11, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that a former nuclear and rocket engine testing facility at Boeing's Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley should be added to the national Superfund cleanup list. In a letter sent last week to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the EPA's San Francisco office recapped the history of chemical and radioactive contamination at the 2,850-acre hilltop lab that first began operations as a nuclear research facility in 1948.
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October 10, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
A gunman shattered the suburban calm of Simi Valley early Tuesday, shooting dead a mother of two and critically wounding two others at a tire store before turning the gun on himself, police and witnesses said. Susan Sutcliffe, 53, of Simi Valley was killed as she sat outside an Am-Pac Tire Pros store about 7:30 a.m., waiting for mechanics to fix a slow leak in one of the tires on her Chevy Astro van.
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October 5, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The pastor of a Simi Valley church that is providing sanctuary to an illegal immigrant accused city officials Thursday of unfairly blaming the church for the actions of anti-immigration protesters. The Rev. June Goudey, leader of the 80-member United Church of Christ in Simi Valley, said the city continues to pressure the church to repay nearly $40,000 spent for law enforcement costs related to a Sept. 16 protest.
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September 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Less than a week after asking a church to reimburse the city nearly $40,000 for the cost of law enforcement to monitor an immigration protest, Mayor Paul Miller met with church officials Monday afternoon and pledged to put the bill on hold.
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August 3, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
A 56-year-old man was arrested this week on suspicion of animal cruelty after his 2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever apparently died of heat exhaustion inside the man's BMW, Los Angeles police said Thursday. Bennett Ira Goldberg of Simi Valley apparently left the dog unattended in the car in the 6800 block of Owensmouth Avenue in Canoga Park for at least four hours Tuesday afternoon while temperatures continued to rise inside the vehicle, police said.
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June 14, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Taking an important first step in finally making Simi Valley's biggest tourist attraction a part of the city, a regional land use agency Wednesday voted to recognize the city's connection to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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June 7, 1992 | JOANNA M. MILLER and PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Confronted by an agitated crowd of about 300 people, seven white supremacists were taken into protective custody Saturday as they attempted to march in support of the not guilty verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating case. Simi Valley police and Ventura County sheriff's deputies escorted members of the Mississippi-based Nationalist Movement from the City Hall and East County Courthouse area, where the march was to begin over the objection of city leaders.
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May 29, 2004 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to avoid a lawsuit, Simi Valley park officials plan to sell a 12-foot cross that has stood atop Mt. McCoy on the city's west end for more than 60 years. For some, the cross is a cherished piece of the valley's history; for others it is a religious symbol unsuited for public property.
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March 24, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Simi Valley Police continued to search Friday for the suspect in a kidnapping and attempted sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl. A middle-aged Latino man grabbed the girl by the hair, forced her into his vehicle and drove around the city for about an hour Thursday, trying unsuccessfully to molest her, according to police. Frustrated, the man dropped off the girl about a block from her family's apartment on Patricia Avenue.
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February 13, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 13-year-old boy was killed when the dirt bike he was riding hit a gate in the hills north of Simi Valley, authorities said. Jake Lukas of Simi Valley was unable to stop his motorcycle Sunday before it ran into the cable-type gate across a dirt road on private property north of Walnut Street, officers said. Jake, a student at Valley View Middle School, had blunt-force injuries to his neck and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
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