CONEJO VALLEY: BRIEFLY : SIMI TEEN HIT BY CAR WHILE IN CROSSWALK.
Patrick Jay Utiger was treated for scrapes and bruises and released Wednesday morning from Simi Valley Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman JoLynne de la Torre.
Police said that Utiger was running north across Cochran Street at the intersection of Fig Street when he was hit by a car driven by Antonio J. Alindogan Jr., 32, of Simi Valley.
Utiger was carried on the hood of Alindogan's car for a shortdistance, then rolled off. The Simi Valley police have not finished their investigation of the incident.
T.O. man convicted in bathroom fires
VENTURA - A Thousand Oaks man was convicted of arson Wednesday for setting fires in the bathroom of a local country bar last spring, prosecutors say.
William Sluiter, 44, faces up to four years and four months in prison when sentenced Oct. 16 on three felony counts of arson.
Sluiter set the fires to protest a decision by the Borderline Bar and Grill to ban smoking in its bathroom, said Deputy District Attorney Richard Simon.
The rule went into affect after another customer complained about Sluiter smoking in the bathroom, he said.
``(Sluiter) felt he'd been a regular customer there, a good customer, and he was outraged that management had taken the other person's side,'' Simon said. ``It was like he couldn't smoke in the bathroom so he decided to smoke the bathroom.''
The three small fires, which occurred between March 26 and April 2, 1996, were quickly doused and no one was hurt, he said.
The case, before Allen L. Steele, lasted a week. The jury deliberated for 2 -1/2 days before returning its verdict.
Deputy a suspect in inmate sex case
VENTURA - A Ventura County sheriff's deputy assigned to the main jail has been arrested on suspicion of having unlawful consensual sex with a female inmate and faces a Municipal Court hearing in October, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff's sex crimes investigators arrested Daniel De Vall on Tuesday on a warrant alleging four misdemeanor crimes. De Vall, 27, of Camarillo, was released from the county jail on his promise to appear in Municipal Court for an initial hearing Oct. 17, said Capt. Keith Parks, a sheriff's spokesman.
The investigation began last week after jail supervisors suspected possible fraternization between the deputy and the inmate.
De Vall was placed on administrative leave with pay and his police powers have been suspended. He faces an internal administrative hearing before sheriff's officials.
De Vall was hired in 1994 and has been assigned to the Detention Services Division for the past three years.
Critters converging on library for show
SIMI VALLEY - Snakes, turtles, rabbits and kittens are among the animals that will visit the Simi Valley Library at 11 a.m. Saturday when Simi 4 Pets presents its Animal Show among the books.
A book fair sponsored by Barbara Leighty, a local Dorling Kindersley Family Learning distributor will take place in conjunction with the show. Leighty is working with the library on a campaign to add reference materials the library has not been able to buy because of budget cuts.
Reference and educational books, videos and interactive CD-ROMs for children and adults will be available for purchase and families may ``Adopt-A-Book'' for the library.
The library is at 2969 Tapo Canyon Road.
T.O. council passes sewer surcharge
THOUSAND OAKS - The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to issue a $5.20 surcharge to city sewer customers to pay for $75 million in improvements to the city's wastewater system. The issue initially was decided at the Sept. 2 meeting, but Tuesday's vote made it final.
Council members Elois Zeanah and Linda Parks have long opposed the charge, but recently changed their minds, saying they had won all the concessions they thought possible. Surcharge supporters have said that the plan is essentially the same one that the two have rejected in the past.
Divisiveness over the waste issue sparked a recall election against Zeanah, which in turn sparked two recalls against Mayor Judy Lazar and Councilman Andy Fox.
City to post funding statements on Web
THOUSAND OAKS - The City Council voted 3-2 to approve a suggestion from Councilwoman Linda Parks to put total financial statements from all recall committees onto the city's World Wide Web site. Previously, the city only placed disclosure statements for current council members and information about any person or committee who receives a contribution of more than $250.
Mayor Judy Lazar and Councilman Andy Fox voted against the proposal. Lazar and Fox are the targets of recall petition campaigns. Parks is heading the campaign against the recall of Councilwoman Elois Zeanah.