Sherman Oaks

LAFD Battle Truck Fire In Sherman Oaks

July 9, 2024 ·

The LAFD battled a truck fire in Sherman Oaks. Photo courtesy of Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

SHERMAN OAKS—On Saturday, July 6, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a truck fire that was reported at 9:09 p.m. on the northbound 405 Freeway, South of Venture Boulevard. By 10 p.m., the LAFD indicated that the fire had been fully extinguished and was confined to the tractor (cab) only of the big rig, which included *tandem* (two) trailers containing 7,600 gallons of diesel motor fuel.

The trailers are intact, upright and were not involved in the fire and are not leaking product. A minimal leak of diesel motor fuel at the scene is attributed to partial leakage of the tractor’s *one* ‘saddle’ tank used to propel the truck. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

All lanes of the northbound and southbound 405 Freeway remain closed between Burbank Boulevard and Skirball Center Drive until the LAFD, and the California Highway Patrol operations are complete, and the site has been rendered safe for travel. Unknown ETO. Travelers, expect congestion and delay.

By Trevor

Sherman Oaks Domestic Violence Case Turns Deadly

June 25, 2024 ·

Ryan Richard Rodriquez photo via Unsplash

SHERMAN OAKS—On Thursday, June 20, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley Division responded to a radio call of domestic violence between a man and a woman in the 6700 block of Etiwanda Avenue. Reports indicate a couple at the Villa Tarzana condominiums, were fighting. Soon after officers arrived the fight became deadly.

According to an LAPD press release, a woman who answered the door, was the wife, and batter victim, of her husband, later identified as 45-year-old, Marlon Jimenez. The victim admitted to police that they had a history of domestic violence. She then escorted officers into the bedroom where the suspect was.

Responding officers were explaining to the Jimenez what they were doing there, and that they would be handcuffing him. That is when he pulled a knife out of the waistband of his pants and barricaded himself in his bedroom.

Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) and the LASD Crisis Negotiations Team (C.N.I.) responded to the call. According to reports, team members were attempting to get the agitated suspend to comply when they entered the room and found him dead. He had a ligature around his neck that was tied to the bed frame and a loaded 9mm pistol at his side.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner investigated the crime scene and confirmed the death of Marlon Jimenez. No officers were injured during the incident. The only reported injuries were those of the victim who had been assaulted by the suspect before committing suicide with the victim and the police on the premises.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Locator, Jimenez had an extensive criminal history. There were 22 entries on this individual. He was in jail over a reported misdemeanor in 2023. He was on probation.

In 2022, Jimenez was booked into jail on a felony and bonded out.

By Sharon

Two-Story House Fire In Sherman Oaks

April 15, 2024 ·

Firefighters battled a blaze in Sherman Oaks on April 12. Photo courtesy of Cullan Smith via Unsplash.

SHERMAN OAKS—A two-story house fire was reported by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Friday, April 12. The fire was reported at 3:49 p.m. at 3935 N. Witzel Drive. The fire was reported in the attic and concealed wall space adjacent to fireplace/chimney.

The first arriving 30 LAFD firefighters took just 28 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish fire in the attic of a 3,397 square foot two story home. The blaze was extinguished at 4:17 p.m.

There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

Dumpster Fire Set Near Casa Vega Restaurant

March 21, 2024 ·

Fire photo courtesy of Joshua Newton

SHERMAN OAKS—On March 16, the Casa Vega Mexican restaurant located at 13301 Ventura Boulevard, fell victim to an arson. The fire, that was set in a nearby dumpster, was extinguished before causing damage to the restaurant itself.

The owner, Christina Vega, told reporters on the scene that she believed the fire was started by transients and had the flames hit the nearby grease trap, there would have been an “explosion.”

Reports indicate that vagrants have wreaked havoc on the area. The homeless of Sherman Oaks have been setting fires and causing damage to area businesses.

This restaurant has been a big part of Sherman Oaks history and community for over 60 years. The family-owned restaurant was opened by Christina Vega’s father, Ray Vega. Christina Vega took over the restaurant following the death of her father in January 2021.

Casa Vega was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 comedy-drama produced by Columbia Pictures, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” starring Leonard DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, and many others. The restaurant has a brick wall in the dining room with a leather booth that has Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s characters emblazoned in it.

Canyon News reached out to Christina Vega for a statement and possibly a photograph of the famous restaurant, but did not hear back in time for print.

By Sharon

Firefighters Battle Sherman Oaks Automotive Fire

March 20, 2024 ·

The LAFD battled an automotive blaze in Sherman Oaks on March 19. Photo by Maxim Hopman via Unsplash.

SHERMAN OAKS—On Tuesday, March 19, the Los Angeles Fire Department indicated they battled a knockdown structure fire that was reported at 9:47 p.m.

The home was located at 15314 Dickens St. where firefighters responded to an automotive shop (collision repair & paint shop) to find heavy smoke coming from inside the building.

Crews got access to the inside of the building and found multiple vehicles burning inside. It took the first 28 firefighters just 18 minutes to access, confine, and extinguish the flames. There were no reported injuries during the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by officials.

By Trevor

Landslide Destroys Sherman Oaks Home

March 14, 2024 ·

A landslide destroyed a home in Sherman Oaks. Photo courtesy of Kamile Leonaviciute via Unsplash.

SHERMAN OAKS—The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Wednesday, March 13 that severe damage was inflicted on one home and threatened several others, but no one was injured.

Firefighters received a report of a large tree down and wires down in the backyard of a residence at 2:51 a.m. on March 13 on the 3700 block of North Ventura Canyon Avenue. Crews arrived to find a large portion of a hillside that slid down toward at least three homes, and heavily damaging one home under construction.

Several individuals were evacuated from at least one of the homes. Firefighters conducted a primary search of the homes, which revealed no patients. Firefighters are using pumps to remove water from a swimming pool in the area to take some additional weight and stress off of the hillside.

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety responded to assess the structures and hillsides, and red-tagged at least one building. LAFD Drone Operators will be flying drones at daybreak, using cameras and infrared technology to gain additional situational awareness for LAFD and Building and Safety crews at the scene.

“We want to use this as a good reminder that having an emergency plan is necessary year-round. These events are not isolated to “fire season” or Santa Ana wind events or “atmospheric river” rain events. Make an emergency plan for your home and your family so that you are ready if “it” happens to you (whatever “it” may be),” the LAFD indicated in a statement.

The LAFD noted that as 4 p.m. on March 13, two properties were red-tagged, and one home was yellow-tagged.

By Trevor

Landslide Damages Homes In Sherman Oaks

March 13, 2024 ·

A landslide damaged 3 homes in Sherman Oaks. Photo courtesy of James Fitzgerald via Unsplash.

SHERMAN OAKS—Three homes suffered damage because of a landslide in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday, March 13. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported that the homes damaged were located near N. Ventura Canyon Avenue. The incident was reported at 2:51 a.m.

Firefighters responded to reports of a large tree down and wires down in the backyard of a residence. Responders arrived to find a large portion of a hillside had slid down toward at least three homes. Several people were evacuated from at least one of the homes. A primary search of the homes revealed no patients, but a more thorough (secondary) search will be conducted after daybreak.

The Department of Building and Safety is responding to assess the structures and hillsides. PIO Captain Cody Weireter was on the scene to assess and discuss what transpired. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

By Trevor

Mudslides Wreak Havoc In Los Angeles County

February 8, 2024 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—February 6 brings reports of the aftermath of torrential rains that hit Southern California including landslides and mudslides across much of the coverage area. The mud flowed downhill into the neighborhoods in Beverly Crest and on Caribou Lane in Beverly Glen in Santa Monica, Lockridge Road in Studio City, and in Sherman Oaks bringing with it trash and debris.

The Los Angeles Fire Department rescue teams were ready to help residents who were essentially getting buried in the mud. Vehicles stuck in the mud left Los Angeles County residents stranded.

As residents were being evacuated from their homes, firefighters were there to help them escape the constant mudflow.

According to the LAFD website, La Tuna Canyon Road was under an evacuation order that was not lifted until Tuesday, February 6.

As of February 6, LAFD reported 475 mudslides, 38 buildings requiring inspections due to the mudslides, four buildings red-tagged for no entry, and nine buildings yellow-tagged for possession collection only. Several buildings located along Lockridge Rd. which had previously been tagged, were reassessed as safe for entry.

The following came directly from the LAFD website:

“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has reported that as of 4:00 PM PT. Tuesday, approximately 6,600 customers remain without power. Due to crews around the clock, 59,000 have had their power restored since the start of the storm.”

The Department of Public Works reported 390 downed trees/branches, 441 potholes, and “963 catch basins and stormwater conveyance systems [were] cleared.”

The Los Angeles Emergency Management Department also shared the following information update on February 6 at 4:00 p.m.:

“Periods of rain, mountain snow, and possible thunderstorms will continue through this evening. A few hours of moderate rain are possible later Wednesday afternoon and night. Snow levels each day with mountain snow issues increasing. Gusty west to northwest winds will form Wednesday and continue into Thursday. Saturday through at least Tuesday will be dry and warmer.”

There are a reported 1,000 firefighters with boots on the ground to work through the storm and its aftermath.

By Sharon

S.W.A.T. Team Responds To Sherman Oaks Burglary

January 28, 2024 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On Thursday, January 25, at approximately 7:30 p.m., police received a call to report a break-in and possible burglary in process in the vicinity of Oakfield Drive. Initial reports indicate that it was a group that broke into a vacant home in Sherman Oaks.

Dozens of officers responded to the call. Video footage taken at the scene depicted police officers working out of the garage in the area where the suspects may have been hiding.
Reports indicate that multiple suspects were believed to be armed and had barricaded on the premises. The Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team was called to the scene.

Little to no information is available on the perpetrators. Updated reports indicate there were two suspects, one of whom was armed and fled the scene of the crime. It is not clear if anything was stolen or damaged in the incident.

This is an active investigation. If you have any information on the incident or the identity of the suspects, you are encouraged to call LAPD, Van Nuys Station at 818-374-9500.

By Sharon

LAFD Highlight New Tools 30 Years After Northridge Earthquake

January 24, 2024 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—January 17, 2024, marked 30 years since the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Northridge that left 57 people dead and caused major damage to buildings, businesses and freeways in the San Fernando Valley region.

The Los Angeles Fire Department posted on its Facebook Page that firefighters and media gathered at Fire Station 88 in Sherman Oaks on January 17, 2024 to remember the Northridge Earthquake, demonstrate the new tools and techniques the LAFD are using 30 years after (at “Disaster City” Urban Search and Rescue training area behind the fire station), and update residents to increase their preparedness before the next “Big One.”

At 4:31 a.m., on January 17, 1994, Los Angeles suffered a 6.7 Magnitude earthquake, centered in Northridge. The quake caused significant damage and losses were seen throughout Southern California, with fallen bridges, fires, flooding, buildings collapsed, and highways and more.

“First Responders worked to dig the city out of the rubble, but it wasn’t just us…. Residents, neighbors, and businesses all came together to show the resilience of Los Angeles,” said the LAFD.

The Fire Department is aiming to ensure Los Angelenos are prepared for the next big earthquake when it happens. Individuals are being asked to be proactive as it unknown when the next big earthquake may strike.

People are expected to know the risks and create a plan for their family or household which includes an emergency kit and to learn how to stay informed during an emergency situation.

“Your #LAFD also has programs and resources to help, and offers free classes to join our Community Emergency Response Team (#CERT) to help our communities prepare for and respond to the next crisis. Visit for more information,” the LAFD stated in the post.

By Trevor

Doorbell Camera Captures Video Of Porch Pirates

December 26, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On December 24, porch pirates (thieves who steal packages) were captured on surveillance footage (doorbell camera) stealing four large packages containing bar stools.

ABC7 first reported that the homeowner, Heath Banks, was new to the neighborhood.
He’s only lived there for three months. The bars tools were not supposed to be delivered until after Christmas. Santa must have come to the Banks home early this year.

According to UnMask, Heath Banks lives at 4029 Darvana Road in Sherman Oaks. Earliest reports indicate that the theft may have taken place as early as 3:35 p.m. on Christmas eve.

“It’s really sad that we live in a city where this type of crime runs so rampant that you can’t even get a package delivered to your doorstep without fear of someone picking it up and walking away with it. I try not to have anything delivered when I’m not home, it just kind of slipped through the cracks this time,” Banks stated.

The surveillance footage was aired on multiple news outlets and has been posted on YouTube with a good description of the culprit.

Mr. Banks indicated to reporters that the credit card company is currently working with him to file a claim for lost or stolen merchandise.

By Sharon

Burglary Transpires At J.R.’S Diamonds & Jewelry

November 22, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—The Los Angeles Police Department are investigating a burglary that transpired at J.R.’s Diamonds & Jewelry in Sherman Oaks on Saturday, November 18. According to reports, authorities received a call after 1 p.m. at the establishment located on 15053 Ventura Boulevard.

Cameras captured an SUV ramming into the front of the business, before the burglars got out and started to steal items from the store. A large amount of damage was done to the store in the aftermath.

The company has the following message posted on their website:

“We have the very best, lowest prices based on the jewelers’ bible, “The Rap Sheet.” We not only share this diamond trade publication, we share all we know about diamonds.
We have the largest selection of GIA & EGL USA certified diamonds in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. We are Sherman Oaks’ wholesale jewelry store for everyone.

A lovely experience of shopping at this family owned shop, with 3 generations of knowledge & expertise. And we have loads of 5 star ratings on Yelp!”

No information on the suspects or the amount of damage to the business has been disclosed to the public. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department.

By Trevor

No Threats Found At Schools After Series Of Threatening Calls

November 22, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—A series of threatening calls led to multiple schools being closed on November 14, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported

Calls were made to Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Agoura High School in Agoura Hills and Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, where someone called Notre Dame stating they were going to “shoot up” the school according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department posted on its Facebook page the following message:

“Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station received a call for service regarding a possible threat to Agoura High School. Deputies responded to the high school and are currently conducting a check of the campus and surrounding area. The school is currently on lockdown. Please avoid the area at this time.”

At around 1 p.m. an update was posted noting no threats were found at the school and the lockdown was lifted. There were no reports of any injuries during the incidents.

By Trevor

Fire Erupts At Sherman Oaks Apartment Building

November 13, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—An apartment fire transpired in Sherman Oaks on the 1400 block of Magnolia Boulevard on Sunday, November 12 that left a man injured.

The fire was reported at 7:44 p.m. Firefighters located a small kitchen fire in a 2nd floor unit of a two story garden style apartment building. They quickly extinguished the fire and transported an adult male patient in serious condition with various burn injuries. LAFD Arson is responding for the investigation per protocol for a burn injury.

The victim, whose name and age has not been disclosed sustained burns as a result of the fire. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustain. The LAFD were first alerted of the blaze after a 9-1-1 call at 7:31 p.m.

The exact cause of the fire has not been disclosed to the public and is under investigation.

By Trevor

Man Dies In Fatal Crash On 405 Freeway

September 22, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On September 22, at approximately 4:42 a.m., a man traveling at a low rate of speed crashed into the back of a semi-truck on the 405 Freeway at North Mulholland Drive.

According to reports by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responding to the scene discovered a dark colored 1969 Volkswagen lodged underneath the semi-truck. The driver, who was trapped inside the Volkswagen Beetle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway due north of Mulholland Drive were shut down after authorities requested a hard closure. A Sig Alert was issued for the No. 4 and 5 Lanes backing up traffic for nearly two hours.

The name of the deceased has been withheld pending the notification of the next of kin. This accident is currently under investigation as the cause of the accident and the liability are unknown.

By Sharon

Calvary Chapel Mid Valley On Sherman Way, Vandalized

September 12, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On September 11, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the Calvary Chapel Mid Valley located at 14615 Sherman Way in Van Nuys was broken into and vandalized. The windows were broken and the whole place was ransacked, bibles, and items from the religious education classrooms were thrown on the floor.

Photos of the incident depict sacred statues shattered in pieces on the floor. It remains unknown if this church was targeted in a hate crime, or if it was a random act.

Canyon News reached out to the Calvary Chapel, and to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Van Nuys Division for more information but did not hear back in time for print.

The incident is under investigation. There is no description of the suspect who remains at large. Anyone who may have seen or heard anything or anyone suspicious on the church property is encouraged to contact LAPD Van Nuys Division located at 6240 Sylmar Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91401 phone: 818-374-9500 Voice or 855-736-3235 TDD/TTY

According to their webpage, Calvary Chapel is one of 1,500 churches worldwide. Sunday worship services draw large crowds. The Mid Valley campus offers Women’s , Men’s, Children’s and Pro-Life Ministries within the Church.

By Sharon

Mob Commits Smash-And-Grab Robbery At Westfield Mall

August 25, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On Thursday, August 24, a flash mob entered a Macy’s at Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks and ransacked the department store with the intention of committing a robbery.

At around 12:40 p.m. at least nine suspects in masks entered the location and committed a smash-and-grab robbery before fleeing the scene in two separate vehicles, a silver or gold Honda and a black Ford Fusion. They departed with bags full of stolen goods according to reports.

The crime was caught on camera which shows the suspects quickly filling dark colored bags with merchandise found on counters and racks. Other customers are seen standing and observing the crime, but no one intervened according to the footage.

The suspects are all described as male, in their early 20s, and wore dark-colored clothing and hooded sweatshirts.

They were last seen on Woodman Avenue heading towards the 101 freeway. The first getaway car’s license plate number is 8HQX809 and is registered in California. The second has a California license plate number of 8LDZ627.

A similar incident occurred in Arcadia on Tuesday, August 22, where a group of at least five suspects ransacked a Macy’s at the Santa Anita mall. The suspects took multiple boxed sets of perfume before fleeing in a black, four-door sedan.

It is unknown if the two robberies are related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 818-374-9500.

By Christianne

Gary Mullarney Identified As Pedestrian Fatally Struck On 405

July 25, 2023 ·

Aerial establishing shot of the Sepulveda Pass in Los Angeles, which connects the west side of the Los Angeles Basin to the San Fernando Valley through the Santa Monica Mountains.

SHERMAN OAKS— Gary Mullarney, 45, has been identified as the victim fatally struck by a car on the 405 Freeway on Thursday, July 20, the County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner released. The events leading up to the crash are unknown at this time, however, his death has been listed as a suicide.

At approximately 7:12 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department personnel and California Highway Patrol West Valley Area units responded to reports of a pedestrian down on the Northbound 405 Freeway near Ventura Boulevard. LAFD firefighters located the victim – later identified as Mullarney – upon arriving at the scene. Mullarney was declared dead at the scene by LAFD personnel. 

A SIG-ALERT was issued for the number five and number six lanes of the northbound I-405 and the northbound Ventura Boulevard off-ramp from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., to facilitate CHP on-scene investigation and Caltrans clean-up, a CHP news release said.

Initial evidence suggests Mullarney was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle and he may have been walking in or near traffic prior to the collision. CHP units received a possible description of the vehicle – a Toyota – but a follow-up investigation ruled the Toyota out of the collision involvement. 

According to the CHP news release, two people were inside the vehicle that struck Mullarney. No further description of their identities or of the vehicle is available at this time. 

Mullarney’s cause of death was determined to be traumatic injuries as a result of being hit by a car, LA County Medical Examiner released. The events leading up to the crash are still under investigation.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact the CHP West Valley Area office at (818) 888-0980. After hours please contact the Los Angeles Communications Center at (323) 259-3200.

By Lacy

Pedestrian Killed in 405 Freeway Collision

July 24, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—A pedestrian was killed on the 405 freeway on the morning of Thursday, July 20, after they were struck by a vehicle.

Authorities responded to the collision site at approximately 7:15 a.m., where traffic was moving northbound on the 405 Freeway at Ventura Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene, and a portion of the freeway was shut down for further investigation. No details surrounding the circumstances that led up to the collision have been released.

By Paige Strickland

Shoppers Overpowered By Smell At Galleria

June 27, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On Monday, June 26 at approximately 9:15 a.m. the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a call of an odor overpowering shoppers, making them physically sick. The incident took place at the Sherman Oaks Galleria located in the 15300 block of Ventura Boulevard. Firefighters responding to the call found six individuals sickened by the odor.

Those that fell ill from the suspicious smell complained to first responders it irritated their eyes, made them watery, and caused them to have scratchy throats. One person had to be taken to an area hospital for treatment.

According to firefighters, materials experts are testing the air in the atmosphere for a possible HAZMAT situation. They have not found a significant amount of a hazard to be able to identify the mysterious smell.

No further details regarding the incident or its cause are available at this time.

By Sharon

Middle School Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 8th Grade Students

June 4, 2023 ·

Middle School Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting

SHERMAN OAKS—A former Louis Armstrong Middle School teacher pleaded not guilty on Thursday, June 1, to charges of lewd acts with a minor under 14 years old and child molestation.

Kareem Spann, 46, was arrested on May 30 after multiple reports from students alleged ongoing inappropriate sexual conduct by Spann, according to a statement made by the Los Angeles Police Department on June 2. He was employed at the school from 2022 to 2023. 

According to investigators, in April 2023, Spann allegedly started having inappropriate communication with a student which led to grooming. The grooming led to inappropriate and unlawful touching.

Within the same month, Spann allegedly sexually assaulted a second child during lunchtime on school property.

Kareem Spann.
Photo courtesy of LAPD.

Upon reviewing the case, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges against Spann, and bail was set at $120,000. As of June 1, he remains in police custody.

“Children deserve to feel safe and secure in their environment, and it is the responsibility of adults to protect them from any form of abuse or exploitation. These types of crimes against vulnerable students are sickening and a violation of trust,” said District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement on Thursday, June 1. 

“It is important that children know they are safe at school and the adults who are charged to care for them will protect them rather than prey on their innocence,” he added.

Spann is set to appear at the Van Nuys courtroom on June 21.

The investigation is ongoing as detectives believe there are additional, unidentified victims and are asking for the public’s help to identify them. 

Anyone who may be a victim or has additional information regarding Kareem Spann is asked to contact Juvenile Division detectives at (818) 374-5415. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to

Tipsters may visit and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu. Tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

By Paige Strickland

One Dead After Plane Crash

May 1, 2023 ·

BEL AIR—One person was killed after a plane crashed on Saturday, April 29. Emergency services were contacted at 8.10 p.m.  after air traffic control lost contact with the pilot near Stone Canyon Road and Mulholland Drive.  The aircraft was flying over Sherman Oaks at the time. Officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department noted that the plane was believed to be flying between Santa Monica Airport and Van Nuys Airport when signal was lost.

The plane is a single engine Cessna 172. Helicopters were deployed to search the area until they were grounded at 10.20 p.m. due to foggy conditions.

“LAFD helicopters and ground crews searched the large fog shrouded region for nearly an hour before an LAFD helicopter localized a signal from an aircraft Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon,” said Los Angeles Fire Department Spokesman Brian Humphrey.

A signal was picked up in the Beverly Glen Terrace and Beverly Glen Boulevard area, but the exact location remained unknown. The pilots cell phone carrier was contacted by officials to help locate the plane.

Emergency crews located the airplane on a steep hillside above a home in the 3000 block of Beverly Glen Circle shortly after 11 p.m. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.

“LAFD responders have discovered one person deceased at the scene,” said Humphrey. “Though no other persons were believed aboard, a search of the immediate area will be conducted to confirm no other victims.”

The name and age of the victim has not been released to the public.

By Rob

Marijuana Dispensary Robbed In Sherman Oaks

April 25, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—A robbery transpired at the Off The Chart dispensary in Sherman Oaks at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

The marijuana outlet is located at 5242 Van Nuys Blvd. Authorities indicated 10 to 12 suspects were involved in the robbery. The thieves broke into the building by driving through the building with a white van, stealing over $200,000 worth of product.

The suspects fled in multiple vehicles leaving the white van behind. Off The Charts has seven locations across the state of California with a new South LA location coming soon according to their website.

The store is located directly across the street from the Audi dealership at 5239 Van Nuys Blvd. California Vintage Guitar & Amp, 5244 Van Nuys Blvd. is located directly next door to the store on its right.

To the left of the dispensary is the Acura car dealership located at 5230 Van Nuys Blvd. Keyes Mercedes Benz dealership is within sight of the dispensary at 5353 Van Nuys Blvd. All of the businesses are located in the 91401 zip code.

A Shell Gas Station located at 5161 Van Nuys Blvd. to the nearest corner to the store is open 24 hours a day and may have an obstructed view of the establishment.

The LAPD indicated the van used in the robbery was stolen. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles Police Department Tip Line at 1-877-527-3247.

By Rob

Lindsey Gordonellyson Arrested For Kidnapping

April 21, 2023 ·

Police units respond on scene.

SHERMAN OAKS—On April 20, detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division arrested a suspect responsible for kidnapping an elderly man. 

The LAPD indicated at around 9:05 a.m., a driver of a Golden Age Senior Daycare – a senior center in Tarzana – van parked the vehicle near the 15000 block of La Maida Street. The driver exited the vehicle to pick up a passenger, while a 93-year old male remained seated inside. A female suspect – later identified Lindsey Gordonellyson, 38, entered the driver’s seat of the van and drove away with the elderly male inside. 

Van Nuys Patrol Division police officers were notified of the stolen vehicle and – with the help of the Air Support Unit – were able to locate the van in pursuit. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the van, but Gordonellyson failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated, the LAPD reported. She reportedly continued driving in a reckless manner. 

At a point, Gordonellyson stopped the vehicle in an alley near the 7600 Block of Tyrone Avenue. She was immediately taken into custody and the male passenger – identified at Abby Javaheri – was returned home after receiving medical treatment. No injuries were reported to the victim. 

“He went through an ordeal that no one should go through. Being that age and he’s battling cancer,” Kambiz Merabi, the victims father-in-law told Fox 10. “He didn’t have his seatbelt on because he just got in the car and the door of the minivan was open,” Merabi continued.

Gordonellyson was booked for Kidnapping and her bail was set at $125,000. Canyon News spoke with LAPD Officer Matthew Cruz who confirmed no additional information is available at this time. 

Anyone with details about this incident is asked to contact LAPD Van Nuys Detectives at (818) 374-0040. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

By Lacy

Tree Falls On Sherman Oaks Apartment Complex

April 3, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On Monday, April 3, a large tree fell onto an apartment complex in Sherman Oaks. The incident took place near Notre Dame High School.

The LAFD report stated, “Fallen Tree; A tree has fallen onto an apartment building, causing damage significant enough to temporarily evacuate an unknown number of occupants from the structure until an L.A. City Department of Building & Safety (LADBS) Inspector (ETA 6:45 PM) can assess the damage. No injuries reported. Though our region has been experiencing strong wind, LAFD does not determine the specific cause of a tree falling.”

During strong winds and heavy rain on March 14, a large tree fell in a residential area of Sherman Oaks less than a mile away from Ventura Boulevard. In the same vicinity in the 4400 block of Woodman Avenue on March 23, a large fallen tree crushed two cars.

By Rob

Vaccination Required For Bars, Wineries, Breweries And More

September 20, 2021 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills indicated in a press release that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) will issue a new Health Officer Order that requires customers to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges.

Under the modified Order, employees and customers are required to have at least one vaccine dose by October 7 and both doses by November 4.

The New Health Officer Order will require workers and attendees at outdoor mega events (consisting of crowds over 10,000 people) to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before working or attending the event.

Attendees at indoor mega events are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test prior to entry. These requirements will also apply to theme parks within the county.

While not required, LACDPH also recommends vaccine verification at indoor portions of restaurants to reduce transmission risk.

This announcement impacts businesses in the City of Beverly Hills. When available, theupdated Health Officer Order can be viewed at

To find the nearest vaccination site, visit or For questions about business impacts from the new Health Office Order, email

To stay updated on the latest COVID-19 news, visit or call the City’s COVID-19 Hotline Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 310-550-4680.

By Donald