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Archives for December 2011

Santa Barbara Apartment Complex Fire Displaces Some Residents

Sat, December 31, 2011

Santa Barbara firefighters say a New Year’s Eve blaze in an apartment led to several residents being displaced due to fire damage. The fire happened just after 2 p.m. Saturday, on the 500 block of West Canon Perdido Street.  A cooking fire in the kitchen of a second story unit quickly spread out of control.  Firefighters Read the Rest…


Ventura Traffic Accident Kills One, Injures Two

Fri, December 30, 2011

A Ventura woman is dead, after she apparently lost control of her vehicle on a two lane road in Ventura, and veered into an oncoming pickup truck. It happened just after 9:30 Friday morning (12/30), on East Harbor Boulevard, near San Pedro Street.  Ventura Police say a car driven southbound by 19 year old Julia Read the Rest…


More Than 100 People Arrested On DUI Charges So Far During December Campaign By Public Safety Officials In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 30, 2011

Santa Barbara County’s “Avoid The 12″ campaign to keep DUI drivers off the road during the holidays has led to 105 arrests as of Friday, 12/30.  The campaign includes 12 agencies in the county ranging from the CHP, to Santa Barbara Police working together to try to keep roads, and highways safe. The arrests also Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court Upholds State Effort To Dissolve Local Redeveopment Agencies

Thu, December 29, 2011

The State Supreme Court ruled that the state government can dissolve local redevelopment agencies, clearing the way for billions in property tax revenue to be redirected to other uses. The governor’s plan to get money withheld by the local agencies for redevelopment projects had been fought by a number of local jurisdictions, which noted that the money Read the Rest…


Arrest Made For Laser Incident Invoving Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Helicopter

Thu, December 29, 2011

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is now saying that it arrested a man in connection with an incident where someone on the ground pointed a laser at a department helicopter called to the scene to help search for suspects in a shooting. It happened Tuesday night (12/27) in Fillmore.  Deputies called to the area around First Street, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Laser Light Incident With Department Helicopter

Thu, December 29, 2011

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is looking into an incident where someone on the ground pointed a laser at a department helicopter called to the scene to help search for suspects in a shooting. It happened Tuesday night (12/27) in Fillmore.  Deputies called to the area around First Street, and Central Avenue just after 8:30 Read the Rest…


Man Identified By Authorities As Gang Member Sentenced To Nearly 20 Years In Prison For Shooting

Wed, December 28, 2011

A man Ventura County prosecutors call a member of a Moorpark street gang has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for the September, 2010 shooting of a man at a party. Richard Corralejo was convicted of attempted murder, street terrorism, assault with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon.  Prosecutors Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Relief Agency Gets Big Donation

Wed, December 28, 2011

An anonymous donor has contributed a $500,000 donation to a Santa Barbara County based relief agency which supplies medicine, and medical supplies to people in need around the world. Direct Relief International received the contribution from a supporter the agency says has made significant contributions to it in the past.  DRI is active in supplying Read the Rest…


Governor Appoints New Superior Court Judge In Ventura County

Wed, December 28, 2011

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed a Ventura attorney, and mediator to a Ventura County Superior Court Judge post. Matthew Guasco will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David Long.  Guasco has been an attorney for more than a quarter of a century, and has worked as a mediator, and arbitrator in the Read the Rest…


Section Of Highway 192 In Santa Barbara Closed Due To Sinkhole

Wed, December 28, 2011

A section of Highway 192, also known as Foothill Road in Santa Barbara has been closed due to a sinkhole.  The closure occured Tuesday afternoon (12/27), after road crews became concerned about the safety of motorists.  The closure is between Northridge Road, and Morada Lane in the San Roque section of Santa Barbara, and is Read the Rest…


Father-Son Auto Dealer Team In Santa Barbara Arrested For Fraud, Tax Evasion

Wed, December 28, 2011

Santa Barbara Police say they’ve arrested a father and son team that owns an auto dealership on fraud, and tax evasion charges. Investigators say 71 year old Chester Lee Taylor, and 41 year old Chester Adam Taylor were arrested Wednesday (12/28) on 58 felony charges including state tax evasion, grand theft, and embezzlement.  They own Read the Rest…


Highway 150 Closed By Accident

Mon, December 26, 2011

Highway 150 remains closed between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties as the result of a traffic accident.  The crash knocked down power lines near Ramelli Ranch Road, in the vicinity of the county line.  The CHP is suggesting that travellers use Highway 33, and the 101 Freeway to get between the Ojai, and Carpinteria areas. Read the Rest…


Four Arrested For Home Invasion Robbery In Ventura County

Mon, December 26, 2011

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department gang investigators have arrested four people in connection with a home invasion robbery, during which a man was bound with packing tape. The robbery occured December 15th, on the 6800 block of Zelzah Avenue in La Conchita.  Investigators say three men knocked on the door of a home, and when a Read the Rest…


Santa Getting Help From Helicopter Company In Ventura County

Fri, December 23, 2011

Santa’s visit to Ventura County on Christmas Eve will be getting a big assist from a local helicopter company.  Aspen Helicopters will be givng the big guy, and his reindeer a break by flying them around the county tomorrow night. You’ll be able to see him flying around Oxnard from 6-6:15 p.m. tomorrow night, Camarillo Read the Rest…


Toxicology Results Show Drug Overdose Caused Death Of Thousand Oaks High School Football Player

Fri, December 23, 2011

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office reports that toxicology results show that a heroin overdose caused the death of an Thousand Oaks High School football player. Griffen Kramer was found dead October 30th at the home of a friend, in Agoura Hills.  The 18 year old failed to respond when efforts were made to wake Read the Rest…


Firefighters Update Acreage Of Now Fully Controlled Brushfire In Ventura County

Fri, December 23, 2011

Ventura County firefighters now say a brush fire between Santa Paula, and Ventura burned more land than first thought. They’re now saying that the fire which started at around 1:30 yesterday, in the area of Foothill Road, and Aliso Canyon Road charred more than 45 acres of land. No homes were threatened, with the fire Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Injured Antique Store Burglar On South Coast

Fri, December 23, 2011

Authorities are looking for a burglar who may have struck two antique stores in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties this week, and been injured in one of the burglaries.  KCLU’s John Palminteri explains. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Antique Store Burglaries


Containment Now Expected Around Midnight Thursday For Ventura County Brushfire

Thu, December 22, 2011

A brushfire in Ventura County has burned about 20 acres of land between Santa Paula, and Ventura, with full containment expected at around midnight. The fire broke out at around 1:30 this afternoon (12/22), in the area of Foothill Road, and Aliso Canyon Road.  Aliso Canyon Road is only open to residents. No homes are Read the Rest…


Search For Missing Santa Barbara Man In Mojave Desert Ends Following Discovery Of Two Bodies

Thu, December 22, 2011

It appears there may have been a tragic end for two Santa Barbara men who disappeared while on an off-road vehicle outing in the Mojave Desert over the weekend. Daniel Preddy Carbonaro, and Chris Wayne Rice were last seen early Sunday morning, leaving a motel in the tiny historic town of Randsburg, which is about Read the Rest…


Brushfire Burning in Ventura County, Between Santa Paula And Ventura Now 30% Contained

Thu, December 22, 2011

A brushfire in Ventura County has burned about 20 acres of land between Santa Paula, and Ventura, but is now 30% contained. The fire broke out at around 1:30 this afternoon (12/22), in the area of Foothill Road, and Aliso Canyon Road.  Aliso Canyon Road is only open to residents. No homes are threatened, with Read the Rest…


Out Of Control Brushfire Burning In Ventura County, Between Santa Paula And Ventura

Thu, December 22, 2011

A brushfire is burning out of control between Santa Paula and Ventura, charring about 20 acres of land.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Paula-Ventura Brushfire


Wind Gusts Up To 70 Miles An Hour Possible For Parts Of The South Coast

Thu, December 22, 2011

Santa Ana wind conditions are continuing to sweep parts of the South Coast, with gusts up to 70 miles an hour expected in some areas. Low pressure over Utah is generating the wind.  There’s a wind advisory in effect for coastal areas of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, with wind in the 20 to 35 Read the Rest…


Woman Struck And Killed While Crossing Ventura Street Identified

Thu, December 22, 2011

A woman who was struck, and killed along with her dog on a Ventura street by a truck is now being identified. It happened at around 6:30 yesterday morning, on Ventura Avenue near Shoshone Street.  Katie Reed, and her dog were headed across Ventura Avenue in a crosswalk when they were struck by the southbound Read the Rest…


KCLU Documentary Examines Bullying Problem In Schools

Thu, December 22, 2011

KCLU Special Projects Reporter John North spoke with parents, educators and students about the problem of bullying and its sometimes tragic consequences. Bullying:  Kids In Crisis aired October 6th, 2011. KCLU Bullying Documentary


New Museum Celebrates Ventura County’s Agricultural Roots

Thu, December 22, 2011

The Museum of Ventura County’s new Agricultural Museum is casting an eye on the history, and the culture of agriculture in the county.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a look at the new 12,000 square foot museum in Santa Paula. Link to Ventura County Museums:  www.venturamuseum.org Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Read the Rest…


Justice Department, Countrywide Financial Reach $335,000 Settlement Over Allegations Company Discriminated Against Minority Homebuyers

Thu, December 22, 2011

The Justice Department says it’s reached the largest residential fair lending settlement in its history, over charges that Countrywide Financial engaged in widespread discrimination in the way it treated African American, and Hispanic borrowers. The $335 million dollar deal will provide compensation to more than 200,000 of the company’s clients between 2004, and 2008. Justice Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Santa Barbara Men In Mojave Desert

Wed, December 21, 2011

More than 180 people are now involved in a search underway in the Mojave Desert for two Santa Barbara men who disappeared while on an off road vehicle trip. Daniel Preddy Carbenaro, and Chris Wayne Rice were last seen early Sunday morning, leaving a motel in the tiny historic town of Randsberg, which is about Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Convicted Of Killing Brother, And Brother’s Girlfriend Over Financial Dispute

Wed, December 21, 2011

A Santa Barbara man has been convicted today (12/21) of killing his brother, and his brother’s girlfriend over a financial dispute. A Santa Barbara County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than a full day before finding Corey Lyons guilty of two counts of first degree murder for the deaths of Daniel Lyons, and Barbara Read the Rest…


Woman, Dog Killed Struck, Killed By Utility Truck In Ventura

Wed, December 21, 2011

A woman and her dog were both struck, and killed by a utility truck in Ventura, by a driver who apparently didn’t see them crossing the street. It happened at around 6:30 this morning (12/21), on Ventura Avenue near Shoshone Street.  Witnesses say the woman, and her dog were headed across Ventura Avenue in a Read the Rest…


101 Freeway To Be Closed In Ventura County For Bridge Removal

Wed, December 21, 2011

It’s not getting all the hype of what became known as “Carmageddon”, when the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles was closed over the summer so an old bridge could be demolished. But, the 101 Freeway in Ventura County will be closed overnight tonight, and again tomorrow night so an old bridge can be removed. The Read the Rest…


State Funding Cuts Leading To Extended Closure Of Ventura County Court System Over Holidays

Wed, December 21, 2011

The Ventura County Superior Court system has announced plans to shut down most of its operations on Friday, though the end of the year in a cost cutting move.  Court officials say the system is trying to deal with the impacts of state budget cuts. Most court proceedings have been postponed until after January 2nd, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Santa Hotline Fielding Phone Calls From Kids Around The Country

Wed, December 21, 2011

A free telephone hotline which started by accident five years ago is fielding telephone calls from kids around the country who want to talk live to Santa (at his volunteer call center in Santa Barbara!).  KCLU’s John Palminteri explains. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Accidental Santa


Migrating Monarch Butterflies Invade South Coast, Create Spectacular Sight For Nature Lovers

Wed, December 21, 2011

Tens of thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies are on the South Coast, creating a spectacular sight for nature lovers.  One of the prime overwintering sites in Goleta is home to an estimated 40,000 of the butterflies.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ellwood Mesa. Link to City of Goleta Monarch Butterfly Information, including map Read the Rest…


Ventura Hospital Hosts Holiday Party For Kids, Families Created By One Of The Youngsters Treated At The Center

Tue, December 20, 2011

Kids battling serious illnesses had a very special holiday party at a Ventura hospital today (12/20), one created by one of the youngsters who gets treatment at the center. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  VCMC Children’s Center Holiday party


Ventura County Man Arrested For Child Annoyance in Moorpark

Tue, December 20, 2011

A Ventura County man is accused by authorities of child annoyance, after some  elementary school students say he made lewd, and obscene gestures towards them in the downtown Moorpark area. A Moorpark School Resource officer started investigating after he heard that some young girls between 9, and 14 years old were being bothered by a Read the Rest…


14 Arrested In Santa Barbara County Gang, Drug Sweep

Tue, December 20, 2011

A joint investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Gang, and Narcotics units has led to 14 arrests. The arrests were centered in Northern Santa Barbara County, and include charges ranging from possession of methamphetamine for sale, to probation violations. In addition to the 14 people who were arrested in the Santa Maria, Orcutt, Read the Rest…


Non-Profit Which Serves Santa Barbara County’s Hispanic Community In Trouble Over Unpaid Property Taxes

Tue, December 20, 2011

An organization which has served Santa Barbara County’s Hispanic community for decades is facing problems because of some unpaid taxes.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  La Casa De La Raza Tax Troubles


Emotions Run High At Sentencing Of Ventura County Teen Who Killed Classmate In What Prosecutors Called Hate Crime

Tue, December 20, 2011

A Ventura County teenager who pled guilty to killing a classmate in what prosecutors originally called a hate crime, because of the victim’s sexual orientation has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on the final chapter in nearly four years of court proceedings over the slaying of Larry King, by Read the Rest…


Make Your Year-End Gift Today!

Tue, December 20, 2011

Your financial support makes it possible for KCLU to provide you with reliable, in-depth news and information. Your year-end contribution will help ensure that this service will continue to thrive – and it’s tax deductible!  E-Pledge online or mail your gift to 60 W. Olsen Rd. #4400, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. Checks must be postmarked by Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Checks Up On Sex Offenders

Tue, December 20, 2011

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department conducted a major registered sex offenders sweep in Camarillo, to make sure the offenders are in compliance with the law. Deputies checked up on 87 offenders.  They say they didn’t find anyone out of compliance, but 15 of the offenders wern’t at home, and will be the focus of followup checks.


Oxnard Police Still Tight Lipped About Death Described As Suspicious

Tue, December 20, 2011

Oxnard Police aren’t talking about what they are calling the suspicious death of a man who was found injured in the backyard of a home on the 3100 block of Paula Street. Police, and paramedics were called to the scene at around 8 p.m. Saturday.  First aid was administered, but Hector Ponce was pronounced dead Read the Rest…


CHP To Make Big Push For Toys For Needy Children In Santa Barbara County

Mon, December 19, 2011

The CHP is planning a big push tomorrow (12/20) to try to gather toys for needy kids in Santa Barbara County. Officers are setting up a “drive-by” toy dropoff spot in Goleta from 4- 8 p.m. tomorrow.  The CHP will have a drive through area set up in the parking lot of K-Mart, which is Read the Rest…


Lawrence Kasdan Film To World Premiere At Santa Barbara Film Festival

Mon, December 19, 2011

The latest film by acclaimed director Lawrence Kasdan will make its world premiere at the 2012 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The movie Darling Companion will be shown on Thursday, January 26th at the Arlington Theater, as the 27th annual festival’s opening night film. It stars Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Wiest, and Sam Shepard. Read the Rest…


Teen Convicted Of Killing Classmate In What Was Called Hate Crime In Ventura County Formally Sentenced

Mon, December 19, 2011

A 17 year old boy who pled guilty to charges he shot to death a gay classmate in an Oxnard classroom has been sentenced to 21 years in prison, with no possibility of parole. Brandon McInerney was sentenced today for the February, 2008 killing of classmate Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School. McInerney Read the Rest…


Police Say Two Robbers In Ventura Stabbed By Victim

Mon, December 19, 2011

Two would be robbers in Ventura ended up in the hospital, after they were stabbed by the person police say they attacked. It happened around 10 last night (12/18), near Seaward Avenue and Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.  Detectives say a 21 year old man was lured to the area near Pierpoint Elementary School by two Read the Rest…


Unique Program At Santa Barbara High School Helps Prepare Teens For Business World

Mon, December 19, 2011

A South Coast high school is home to a cafe which doesn’t serve up lattes, or muffins.  For nearly two decades, Santa Barbara High School’s Dons Net Cafe has been teaching students about business, by giving them hands on experience.  The teens run real life enterprises, which also raise money for a variety of charitable Read the Rest…


Tense Standoff in Oxnard Neighborhood Ends Safely

Sun, December 18, 2011

A tense standoff in an Oxnard neighborhood involving a man with a gun who at one point held three children captive ended safely, with no one hurt. It started at around noon on Saturday, when  a man armed with a gun showed up at a home on the 500 block of West Hill Street.  Oxnard Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested For Arson, Burglary

Sun, December 18, 2011

A 24 year old man is facing burglary, and arson charges, after police say he broke into a downtown Ventura restaurant under construction, and tried to set it on fire. It happened around 3:30 Saturday morning, at the Top Hat Restaurant, on the 2000 block of East Main Street.  Police responding to a 911 call Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Murder Of Man Who Died 8 Months After Suffering Head Injuries

Sat, December 17, 2011

Oxnard Police say they’ve arrested a man for murder, in the case of a man who died eight months after suffering head injuries in a domestic dispute. In January of 2011, Steven Proefrock suffered serious head injuries at an Oxnard home.  The 51 year old man was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center, and Read the Rest…


Westlake Village Man Accused Of Kidnapping, Stalking

Fri, December 16, 2011

A Ventura County man is facing kidnapping, burglary, stalking, and other charges in connection with an incident in which detectives say he abducted an ex-girlfriend, and bound her new boyfriend with tape. Oxnard Police say it started just before midnight on Tuesday, when Kevin Graehl walked into a Corbina Way home in Oxnard, armed with Read the Rest…


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