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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

Tips For Recycling Christmas Trees In SOCAL

January 3, 2024 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—On January 2, city officials in southern California reminded residents how to recycle their Christmas Trees. 

Hauling Christmas Trees

The Los Angeles County Public Works published the following information about the proper disposal of Christmas Trees on their website:

“Most of the Cities in Los Angeles County have requested residents to remove ornaments/decorations, tinsel, plastic containers, metal/plastic/wood stands, nails, and lights. If none shown, please contact your city for options. See below for special instructions. Unless otherwise noted. The Christmas trees can then be placed at curbside next to the recycling and waste containers on scheduled trash collection day(s) during the time-period noted. Please see special instructions for further details and possible exceptions to these rules in your city.”

The city of Bevely Hills collection dates are from December 26, 2023, through January 11, 2024.

The city of Santa Monica indicated on their website they are collecting trees from December 26, 2023, through January 31, 2024. The Resource Recovery and Recycling Administrator, Yvonne Yeung, who authored the post regarding the recycling of the trees advises that there is no need to call 311 for pick-up, and requests patience from the public as they are working diligently in getting the trees off the curbs in a timely manner.

“Place trees by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. No stands, ornaments or flocked trees accepted,” the city of Santa Monica stated. Residents may call 310-458-2223 or email recycling@santamonica.gov to schedule pick-ups through the end of January.

The city of West Hollywood has pick-up dates from December 26, 2023, through January 6, 2024.

The city of Malibu is allowing Christmas Tree pick-ups from December 26, 2023 – January 16, 2024. and stated:

“Place the tree by the curb by 6 a.m. on service day. Trees over 6ft must be cut in half. Plastic trees/foliage will not be accepted, call to schedule a bulky item pick-up.”

Residents from some parts of the coverage area can take their Christmas trees to the local fire station for recycling.

In Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles Fire Department, Fire Station #88 is currently taking trees at 5101 N. Sepulveda Boulevard.

By Sharon

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

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

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

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