April 3, 2013
Sean Combs ' Toluca Lake home was the latest target of "swatting" after a prankster reported a fake assault with deadly weapon Wednesday at the $5-million mansion. Lt. Andy Neiman said Combs' residence was targeted by a swatting prankster who made a call to authorities. The department will pursue those responsible for criminal charges, he said. Multiple police cruisers responded to the large home shortly after 11 a.m. but found nothing unusual at the location. Sources said Combs was not home at the time of the response.
April 24, 2013
A Toluca Lake couple and their teenage son were tied up and beaten at gunpoint early Wednesday when three men broke into their home and robbed them, police said. Authorities said the incident began about 1:30 a.m. on Toluca Estates Drive near Lankershim and Cahuenga boulevards, next to the Lakeside Golf Club. The intruders tied up the two homeowners with duct tape, and one of the robbers pistol-whipped their 16-year-old son, police said. The robbers went downstairs about 20 minutes later, where they set off a motion alarm in the home that alerted police.
November 26, 2012
Actor-composer Alan Thicke has sold a compound in Toluca Lake for $3.525 million. The Spanish Colonial-style house, built in 1934, sits behind gates on a flat acre lot with a north-south lighted tennis court, an outdoor entertaining area and a swimming pool with a poolside kitchen and covered eating area. The living/media room has a carved wood-beam ceiling and a fireplace. The great room includes a bar and a fireplace. The master bedroom suite features a spa tub, a sauna, a balcony, a fireplace, a study and walk-in closets.
November 29, 2012
One person was killed and traffic was backed up for miles following an early Thursday morning collision on the 134 Freeway in Toluca Lake, officials said. At least two vehicles were involved in the crash on the westbound side of the freeway at Cahuenga Boulevard, which was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department around 4:30 a.m. Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash, while a third was dead at the scene, officials told the L.A. Times . More than two hours after the accident, only the carpool lane of the westbound 134 was open.
December 19, 2012
"Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt has sold a house in Toluca Lake for $2.15 million. The traditional-style house, built in 1952, features a flexible floor plan, an office, six bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,921 square feet of living space. The quarter-acre property has a swimming pool and a patio with a built-in bar. Hewitt, 33, starred in the supernatural drama "Ghost Whisperer" from 2005 to 2010 and stars as a single mother and masseuse in "The Client List.
February 13, 2013
Siblings Scott, Steven and Stephanie Baio have sold their mother's Toluca Lake home at $3.15 million. The 11,075-square-foot house sits on more than a half-acre of gated grounds. The expansive master suite includes a sitting room, two fireplaces, a gym, a sauna and an office. There are a total of six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a 10-car garage. After roles in the sitcoms "Happy Days" (1977-84), "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-83) and "Charles in Charge" (1984-90), Scott Baio gained a new generation of fans playing lawyer Bob Loblaw on "Arrested Development" (2005)
August 10, 2012
Singer-actress Hilary Duff has sold her Toluca Lake estate for slightly less than its asking price of $6.25 million. The buyers are designer Don Stanzione and Sheri Callan, who owns Callan Advertising, which focuses on the independent film industry. The reinvented Mediterranean mansion, built in 1951, features a central courtyard, high ceilings, an industrial-style kitchen, a gym, a billiards room, multiple offices, art and dance studios, a bar, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 9,277 square feet of living space.
September 20, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- A Toluca Lake man has been convicted of duplicating movies that had yet to be released in theaters and selling them on the Internet. Michael Gerhard, 23, of Toluca Lake was sentenced to 120 days in jail or 60 days on a road crew for his role in a scheme to copy and sell such films as "Mulan" and "Fantasia 2000" on America Online and Earthlink. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau also ordered Gerhard to pay $10,900 in fines on Sept.
May 28, 2003
Jackson Bell Like many other businesses in today's grim economic climate, Priscilla's Gourmet Coffee, Tea & Gifts has lost some of its client base. But co-owners Shannon and Mark Hartman aren't too worried because, unlike other struggling businesses, the coffee shop's biggest problem is its popularity. "Customers tell us all the time that they decided not to come in because we're so busy," Shannon Hartman said. The 33-year-old shop, strategically located on the western border of Toluca Lake and Media District West, caters to area residents as well as employees of the entertainment industry.
November 22, 2013
So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith are unquestionably the exception which proves the rule. Pop music isn't rocket science; simplicity and honesty are the order of the form, yet its commercial arbiters seldom seem to manage either. Echosmith, comprised of Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, effortlessly wield these tools of the trade, creating accessible yet elegantly contoured songs like “March into the Sun” and “Cool Kids.” Richly melodic, chronically catchy, these kids' compositions employ equal measures of musical dynamics and understated simplicity.