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June 19, 2013 | By Jean Merl
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 count of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of making criminal threats. Kane was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in the Van Nuys branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.
July 7, 2013 | By Bob Pool
There was shock and grief Sunday among the worshipers at a West Hills church where the two 16-year-old Chinese girls killed in Saturday's jetliner crash in San Francisco had been heading for a three-week summer camp at the church's school. The two victims, Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan, were among 35 teenagers who had been scheduled to arrive at the West Valley Christian Church's school Monday. Leaders of the 800-member church, located near West Hills' boundary with Canoga Park, said they had scheduled a prayer vigil for the survivors and the two victims' families.  Host families, church members and others from the community are being invited to the vigil, set for Thursday at 7 p.m.  In the meantime, church leaders have launched a fundraising drive in hopes of replacing the surviving teens' luggage and clothing that was destroyed in the crash and resulting fire.
June 18, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The day before Michelle Kane was slain, Los Angeles police officers took two reports from her regarding her estranged husband, officials said. In the first report, concerning a violation of a temporary restraining order, officers documented "everything that occurred, including taking tape-recorded statements," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. As part of that first interview with police, Michelle Kane provided officers with a tape recording of hers and reported an incident that she said took place Thursday outside the Topanga Area station, in which her estranged husband, Michael Kane, made verbal threats toward her as they were involved in a prearranged custody exchange.
June 17, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
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 which the victim, Michelle Ann Kane, 43, said Michael Rodney Kane had broken the law, first by violating a temporary restraining order and then by vandalizing her home, police officials said.
February 26, 1987
Latest joke being told around the north end of town: Q. What is "West Hills"? A. Canoga Park in sheep's clothing. TOM HARGROVE Northridge
September 23, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Joy Picus angrily denounced West Hills leaders who held a demonstration Tuesday against her and against the adoption by more neighborhoods of the community name they insist should be theirs alone. More than 100 protesters chanted "Hell, no, we won't grow," and carried pickets in front of Picus' Vanowen Street office. They complained that Picus should have included residents of their area in her poll to decide where the eastern boundary of West Hills will be drawn.
August 8, 1987
I have just concluded reading Patricia Klein's interesting and informative article on Canoga Park (July 12). This article makes two factors painfully evident. First, the boundaries of West Hills, as unilaterally established by City Councilwoman Joy Picus, are not properly located and, second, her decision in establishing the boundaries was politically motivated. The homes in the area west of Shoup share one thing with the remainder of Canoga Park. These homes are in the flatlands.
April 9, 2006 | Dinah Eng, Special to The Times
Unlike many communities with busy medical centers, this one supports its hospital's presence, and the facility returns the favor in good times and bad. Add sound schools and the serenity of the nearby Santa Susana Knolls and Chatsworth Nature Preserve, and it's a prescription for a love fest of sorts. Beginnings Once home to the Chumash Indians, the area was owned by Spanish dons, and in 1854 sold to the Los Angeles Farm & Mining Co.
June 20, 1996
West Hills backup first baseman Brian Kirby normally plays in the late innings, but Wednesday he dominated his team's 13-2 victory over Valley South. Kirby, after entering the game in the third inning, was four for four, doubling twice and driving in five runs in the District 20 game at Birmingham High.
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