Gregory J. Wilcox

Staff Writer

Gregory J. Wilcox

Phone: 818-713-3743

Recent articles

  • Space industry

    Part of San Fernando Valley’s storied space race history vanishes

    Heavy machinery has just about leveled the old Rocketdyne office and rocket engine manufacturing complex on Canoga Avenue in the West Valley.A big F-1 rocket engine, like those that powered Apollo missions to the moon, once greeted visitors at the complex. It was moved to the De Soto Avenue facility several years ago before the 40-plus acre Canoga Avenue...

  • Shootings

    High school student shot in Reseda in stable condition, LAPD seeking suspect

    A student shot near Reseda High School on Tuesday remains in stable condition and investigators continue to look for the shooter, the Los Angeles Police Department said.“The investigation is ongoing,” LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said Wednesday.The male victim is a student at Zane Grey Continuation High School, located next to...

  • Legal proceedings

    ‘He had no right to be here’: Family faces undocumented immigrant charged in woman’s death

    SAN FERNANDO >> The fiance of a woman allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant in a car crash last month railed against the system Tuesday after the suspect, who federal officials have said was deported five times from the United States, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing.Estuardo Alvarado, 45, is accused of

  • Burglary

    Tips pour in to LAPD about $4.5 million makeup heist

    The Los Angeles Police Department has received a flood of tips about a massive makeup heist at a Chatsworth warehouse, authorities said Monday.Last week police put out word that between January 28 and 30, a crew of burglars cut a hole in the roof of the Anastasia Beverly Hills warehouse and made off with 100,000 palettes of “Modern Renaissance” eyeshadow valued at $4.5 million.Police turned to the media for help Thursday and several outlets, including

  • Environmental concerns

    CSUN geology professor digs into Aliso Canyon fault

    The curiosity of a college professor is bringing into focus another concern about Southern California Gas Co.s’ Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field above Porter Ranch.There could be a whole lot of shaking going on in addition to well blowouts.After the 2015 blowout of well SS-25 on Oat Mountain resulted in the largest natural gas leak in U.S.

  • Crime

    Undocumented immigrant charged with killing woman in crash due in court next week

    An undocumented immigrant deported from the U.S. five times and accused of killing a Valley mother in a traffic accident is due back in court Tuesday, authorities said.Estuardo Alvarado, 45, is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court in San Fernando for the setting of a preliminary hearing date, said Deputy Los Angeles County District Attorney Kaveh Faturechi.• RELATED STORY:

  • Food

    Voodoo Doughnut opens at Universal CityWalk, where owners hope doughy magic sticks

    Voodoo Doughnut, the Portland-based eclectic sweet treat purveyor, is betting that its doughy black magic sticks in the San Fernando Valley.The small chain — which has attracted long lines at its Portland flagship store — held a soft opening Thursday at Universal CityWalk, just a doughnut’s throw from the “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” next door at Universal Studios Hollywood.“We are beyond thrilled to open

  • Lawsuits

    LA County sues California regulators, citing earthquake risk at SoCalGas natural gas field

    Saying there is a “very real” threat of earthquakes rattling Southern California Gas Co.’s Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, Los Angeles County sued state regulators Wednesday to keep the facility closed until the cause of a massive leak is known.The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, argues that a well at Aliso...

  • Homicide

    Immigrant charged in crash was deported 5 times, family says victim’s death ‘could have been prevented’

    It was a day that began like so many others. But in the end, it was a day that would forever change the lives of the Duran family of Arleta.On the afternoon of Feb. 19, Sandra Duran, 42 — a mother, daughter and sister — was killed in a violent car crash on a rain-slicked road in North Hills. Los Angeles police say Estuardo Alvarado, the man who allegedly caused the collision, was speeding down Sepulveda Boulevard as he tried to flee the scene of another crash and...

  • Environmental concerns

    LA to clear homeless from Sepulveda Dam Basin as part of clean-up plan

    Razing a large homeless enclave in the Sepulveda Dam Basin and relocating its residents will be part of a project to clear a debris-choked drainage channel that runs along Burbank Boulevard in Encino, city officials say. Between 14 to 20 homeless camps are along the channel that runs south of Burbank from Balboa Boulevard east to Hayvenhurst Avenue, according to officials at L.A. Sanitation, a division of the city’s Public Works Department.The basin is on federal land