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Archives for January 2012

Santa Barbara Missing Persons Case Closed After 15 Years

Tue, January 31, 2012

It took 15 years, but a long running missing persons case in Santa Barbara has finally been closed. In May of 1997, a transient named Danny Watkins went to Santa Barbara police, saying his fiancé had disappeared from a homeless shelter.  Police searched unsuccessfully for the 38 year old woman. A Santa Barbara Police sergeant Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Arrested For Firebombing Of Sheriff’s Department Station In Isla Vista

Tue, January 31, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives say they’ve arrested a 23 year old UCSB student for a New Year’s Day firebombing of the Sheriff’s Department station in Isla Vista.  Investigators say they think Kevin Keiper acted alone when he threw a homemade Molotov cocktail at the building, which is on the 6500 block of Trigo Road.  Read the Rest…


New Step Announced To Try To Improve Safety On Highway 154 In Santa Barbara County

Tue, January 31, 2012

The CHP has banned the shipment of hazardous materials on a heavily traveled highway in Santa Barbara which has been the scene of numerous serious traffic accidents over the years.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on the latest in a series of steps to try to improve safety on Highway 154. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Fire Heavily Damages Ventura County Nightclub

Tue, January 31, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a blaze which gutted a Ventura County nightclub. A blaze was discovered at around 7 last night at the Cazadores Nightclub, which is on the 1400 block of Harvard Boulevard, in Santa Paula. It took more than a half hour to contain the blaze, which heavily damaged Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Gets Six Year Prison Sentence In Murder For Hire Plot

Mon, January 30, 2012

A Santa Barbara County man has received a six year federal prison sentence for trying to solicit hitmen to torture and kill a former business partner, the man’s wife, and another business associate over what he claimed was a failed business deal. Federal prosecutors say Eugene Darryl Temkin of Goleta was angry over what he Read the Rest…


Security Camera Photos Lead To Arrest Of Man For Raping Unconscious Woman In Santa Barbara Parking Lot Elevator

Mon, January 30, 2012

A routine review of security camera photos led to the arrest of a man for an hour long sexual assault on an unconscious woman in a City of Santa Barbara parking structure elevator. A city technician discovered the photos of the January 17th attack in a parking structure on the 900 block of Chapala Street.  Read the Rest…


Ventura Fire Injures One, Causes More Than $250,000 In Damage

Mon, January 30, 2012

A problem with a boat battery being charged in the garage of a Ventura home sparked a fire which caused more than a quarter of a million dollars in damage, and led to one person suffering minor injuries. It happened at around 5:30 this morning, on the 1300 block of Beachmont Street, in Ventura.  Ventura Read the Rest…


Simi Valley To Consider Ordinance To Discourage Adult Film Shoots

Mon, January 30, 2012

One Ventura County community may take the first step in what might be a preemptive strike against porn shoots moving into the city. The Simi Valley City Council tonight is expected to discuss a proposed ordinance requiring adult film actors to use condoms if they shoot films in the city limits. The City of Los Read the Rest…


Social Justice Conference Looks At Income Gaps, Impacts In Ventura County

Mon, January 30, 2012

The gap between haves, and have nots is growing in Ventura County.  Some 200 community leaders, government officials, and residents gathered for a conference looking at this issue, and ways of trying to deal with it.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Social Justice Conference


Violent Crime, Homicides Reported Down In Ventura County

Sun, January 29, 2012

Just released 2011 statistics show violent and property crime dropped in areas of Ventura County policed by the County Sheriff’s Department. The number of violent crimes went from 490 in 2010, to 455 in 2011. Meanwhile, the number of homicides in the county as a whole dropped to the lowest level in decades.  There were Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Fattal Shooting Of Man Said To Be Wielding Machete By Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives

Sun, January 29, 2012

Investigators are looking into exactly what led to the fatal shooting by Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives of a man they say was wielding a machete. Deputies received a report around 2 p.m. Friday of an armed man creating a disturbance at a home on the 10000 block of Citrus Drive, in Moorpark.  Two detectives who Read the Rest…


Three Men Arrested Off Coast For Marijuana Smuggling

Sun, January 29, 2012

Three men are in custody, after being arrested with a small boat full of marijuana off of Malibu. The trio was taken into custody around one a.m. Saturday, at Pirate’s Cove in the Pt. Dume area.  More than 1200 bounds of marijuana was seized, with an estimated street value in the million dollar range. It’s Read the Rest…


New Twists, Turns In Ventura County Congressional Race

Fri, January 27, 2012

It’s going to take a good sized van to fit in all the people seeking a Ventura County congressional seat, with seven people now in the race. One new person is in the race, and one previously announced candidate has dropped out of the race for the County’s new 26th District Congressional District. The field Read the Rest…


Efforts Continuing To Try To Control Alcohol Sales To Underage Drinkers In Ventura County

Fri, January 27, 2012

A crackdown on the sale of alcohol to minors in the City of Ventura has led to three people being cited. Ventura Police used underage decoys to target 18 businesses in the city, ranging from restaurants to supermarkets. Employees of three of the businesses were cited for making sales to decoys. Meanwhile, the Ventura County Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Pin Down Cause Of Fatal Apartment Complex Fire In Thousand Oaks

Fri, January 27, 2012

It’s going to take a good sized van to fit in all the people seeking a Ventura County congressional seat, with seven people now in the race. One new person is in the race, and one previously announced candidate has dropped out of the race for the County’s new 26th District Congressional District. The field Read the Rest…


Ventura County Animal Shelter Management Focus Of Discussion

Fri, January 27, 2012

There are too many dogs and cats, and not enough shelter space in Ventura County.  Last year, thousands of animals were euthanized.  Some animal rights advocates went to the board which oversees county animal services, to try to push for measures to reduce the number of deaths.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco was there, and has the Read the Rest…


Actress Viola Davis To Be Honored Tonight At Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Fri, January 27, 2012

Academy Award nominated actress Viola Davis is going to be honored in Santa Barbara tonight, during the first full day of the 27th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Davis is receiving the Film Festival’s “Outstanding Performer Of The Year” award at the Arlington Theater tonight.  Davis was nominated for a “Best Actress” Academy Award Read the Rest…


Murder Victim In Simi Valley Identified

Thu, January 26, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a woman found dead in a Simi Valley home by police responding to a domestic disturbance call. Officers were called to the 2100 block of Lupin Street around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, where they found the body of Claudia Menjivar.  Detectives say they learned that a man they considered to be a Read the Rest…


Authorities Now Identifying Man Killed In Head On Traffic Accident In Ventura County

Thu, January 26, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man killed in a fiery head-on crash on Highway 118 in Ventura County, which also left a second person injured. It happened just before noon yesterday outside of Oxnard, at the intersection of Vineyard and Los Angeles Avenues. The CHP says a westbound car driven by Zareh Minasyan of Glendale Read the Rest…


Thousand Oaks Based Biotech Giant Acquires Leukemia Drug Maker

Thu, January 26, 2012

A Thousand Oaks based biotech giant has made a major acquisition, purchasing a company which owns a promising new drug to treat leukemia. Amgen is paying $1.2 billion dollars to buy Micromet.  It’s an experimental leukemia drug, and if it’s approved for use, would give the Ventura County based company a major new addition to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Kicks Off Tonight

Thu, January 26, 2012

Hollywood is coming to Santa Barbara starting tonight, as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off its 11 day run. This year’s festival will feature more than 23 Academy Award nominees. It opens this evening at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater, with the world premiere of the Lawrence Kasdan directed film “Darling Companion”, starting Diane Read the Rest…


Police, Volunteers Search Agoura Hills Dump For Gun Used To Kill Star High School Soccer Player

Thu, January 26, 2012

A team of law enforcement officers, and volunteers are conducting an unusual search in Agoura Hills for a key piece of evidence in the murder of a teenager.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that based on a tip, they’re sifting through tonis of debris at a dump, looking for a gun used to kill the star Read the Rest…


One Person Dead, Dozen Displaced By Thousand Oaks Apartment Complex Fire

Thu, January 26, 2012

An early morning fire at a Thousand Oaks apartment complex killed one person, and has left about a dozen temporarily homeless. The fire was discovered just before three a.m., in a three story complex at the corner of West Olsen Road, and Mountclef Boulevard.  A  California Lutheran University campus police officer spotted the blaze, and Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Investigating Murder

Thu, January 26, 2012

Police called to a Simi Valley home by a report of a domestic disturbance discovered a body of a woman in the home, and are calling it a homicide. Officers were sent to the 2100 block of Lupin Street around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, where they found the body.  Detectives say they learned that a man Read the Rest…


Teen Critically Injured In Oxnard Stabbing

Thu, January 26, 2012

Police detectives are trying to figure out exactly what led to the stabbing of a teenager near an Oxnard school campus, leaving the 17 year old boy in the hospital in critical condition. It happened just before 3 p.m. yesterday, near San Juan Avenue, and East Bard Road. Investigators say there was a fight before Read the Rest…


Mammoth Lake Doctor Facing Charges In Connection With Santa Barbara Teen Found Dead

Thu, January 26, 2012

A prominent Mammoth Lakes doctor facing charges he, and another man had improper contact with a teenage Santa Barbara girl has been found dead. Dr. Andrew Bourne was found dead in the Mammoth Lakes area on Tuesday.  Foul play isn’t suspected. Bourne, and Joseph Walker of Mammoth Lakes were arrested in January by Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Head On Crash Kills One, Injuries One on Highway 118 In Ventura County

Wed, January 25, 2012

One man is dead, and a second injured following a fiery crash on Highway 118 in Ventura County. It happened just before noon, between Oxnard and Ventura, at the intersection of Vineyard and Los Angeles Avenues. The CHP says a westbound car that was moving erratically hit a guard rail, slammed into a westbound truck, Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Talks About Carbon Monoxide Ordeal Which Left Her In Coma For 35 Days

Wed, January 25, 2012

A Santa Barbara County college students is back in school, after overcoming carbon monoxide which plunged her into a more than month long coma.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to the UCSB student, who’s started a grass roots effort to educate others about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Fire Chief To Retire

Wed, January 25, 2012

Ventura County’s Fire Chief has announced his retirement, after more than three decades as a firefighter. Bob Roper will step down on March 30th, after serving as the county’s Fire Chief for nearly half of his career. Roper announced last year he’ll be seeking Ventura County’s First District Supervisorial seat this year. That seat will Read the Rest…


Ventura County Alliance Gets Million Dollar Grant To Fight Obesity

Wed, January 25, 2012

A Ventura County coalition has received a million dollar grant to fight obesity in the county.  Kaiser Permanete is giving the money to the alliance called “A LEAN West Ventura”. The money will be used over a three year period to fund programs, and initiatives to get people in the area to eater healthier foods, Read the Rest…


Local School District To Ask Voters To Extend, Expand Parcel Tax For School Programs

Wed, January 25, 2012

The Santa Barbara School District is going to go to the ballot box, to try to seek more financial support from voters. The district’s School Board has approved a proposal seeking to renew, and expand some existing parcel taxes set to expire next year. If voters approve the proposal in June, property owners within the Read the Rest…


Pilot Injured In Light Plane Crash In Ventura County

Wed, January 25, 2012

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a light plane crash in Ventura County, which injured the plane’s pilot. The plane was practicing takeoffs and landings at Camarillo Airport just before 4 p.m. yesterday when it radioed it was having landing gear problems, and lost power.  It crash landed in an agricultural field south of Read the Rest…


Local Congressional Reaction To “State Of The Union” Follows Party Lines

Wed, January 25, 2012

Congressional reaction on the South Coast to the President’s “State Of The Union” address predictably fell along party lines. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara praised the President’s call for additional job creation efforts, and lauded the President’s push for both political parties to set aside partisanship to try to address the nation’s economic Read the Rest…


Eight People Displaced By Ventura Duplex Fire

Tue, January 24, 2012

Eight people have been displaced by an electrial fire in a Ventura duplex complex. It happened just after 10 p.m. Monday (1/23), on the 100 block of West Mission Street in Ventura.  No one was hurt.  Firefighters contained the fire to one unit, but damage made both units uninhabitable.  The dollar loss to the homes Read the Rest…


Search For Pension System Administrator In Ventura County Remains Stalled

Tue, January 24, 2012

Wanted: Executive to oversee pension fund in Ventura County. Salary: $170,000 in base pay. It sounds like pretty good money to most of us, but it’s not getting takers in the specialized world of pension fund managers. The Board of Retirement ended its second unsuccessful search to find a manager for Ventura County $3.1 billion Read the Rest…


Busy Santa Barbara County Road Facing Closures For Bridge Seismic Retrofitting

Tue, January 24, 2012

A bridge in Santa Barbara County is going to be closed on and off for the next few days for critical seismic retrofitting, prompting the daytime closure of a normally busy road. San Marcos Road will be closed one-half mile north of Cathedral Oaks Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Friday, so Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Gets Grant To Research Farmerworker Awareness Of Pesticide Dangers, And Develop Advocacy Efforts

Tue, January 24, 2012

Some researchers at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks have received a grant to study the awareness of Oxnard farmerworkers about pesticide dangers, and to help them develop a plan for them to speak up about their concerns The CLU research team received a two year, $150,000 grant from the California Wellness Foundation.  The researchers Read the Rest…


Community Clinic System In Santa Barbara County To Announce Hiring Of New Chief Medical Officer

Tue, January 24, 2012

A community clinic system on the South Coast is set to announce later today the hiring of a new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Charles Fenzi will oversee medical operations for the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. Fenzi comes from Community Health Centers of Central California. He also worked at clinics in New Mexico, and was a Read the Rest…


Former Soccer Coach In Santa Barbara County Accused Of Child Molestation

Tue, January 24, 2012

A man who was a soccer coach in Santa Barbara County in the 1980’s is facing 17 felony sexual abuse counts involving two of his players at the time, and investigators are now looking for more potential victims. Terence Paul Stevens was a soccer coach  in the Lompoc area during the mid to late 1980’s. Read the Rest…


Authorities Hope Photos From Disposable Camera Will Solve Mystery Behind Skeleton Discovered In Oxnard In 2006

Tue, January 24, 2012

Authorities are hoping a disposable camera discovered with a skeleton in Oxnard in 2006, but then overlooked could provide the key to identifying the man.  Other efforts like dental work, and DNA evidence failed to provide enough clues to identify the mystery man. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  Mystery Oxnard Skeleton Link to Ventura Read the Rest…


Ventura City Councilwoman Announces Plans To Run For Ventura County Supervisor

Mon, January 23, 2012

A second well known community leader has announced plans to jump into the fray for a Ventura County Board of Supervisors seat. Ventura City Councilwoman Christy Weir says she’ll run for the First District Supervisorial seat. Weir has been a council member since 2003, and is a former teacher, and business administrator. She’ll be facing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Developing Cutting Edge Recycling Program To Try To Cut Flow Into Dump By 50%

Mon, January 23, 2012

Southern Santa Barbara County is looking at using state of the art technology to increase its ability to recycle solid waste, in an effort which could potentially reduce what is currently flowing into the dump by 50%.  It’s a public/private partnership which would be privately financed, and paid for through fees for dump users.  KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Abuse Of Pelicans In The Santa Barbara Area

Mon, January 23, 2012

Authorities are investigating what they believe are a series of intentional, human caused attacks on pelicans in the Santa Barbara area, which have led to the deaths of five of the birds.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Pelican Abuse


Ventura County Man Sentenced To 48 Years To Life In Prison For Sexually Abusing Young Female Relatives

Mon, January 23, 2012

A Ventura County man has received a 48 years to life sentence for sexually abusing some young female relatives, some for as long as a decade. Prosecutors say David Llamas of Santa Paula started molesting the three girls when some of them were as young as four years old. Investigators say the now 41 year Read the Rest…


Carpinteria City Councilman Facing New Push For Resignation In Wake OF DUI Charge

Mon, January 23, 2012

The repercussions continue for a local city councilman facing DUI charges for a second time. Carpinteria City Councilman Joe Armendariz has rejected some calls from the community, and colleagues for him to resign. Tonight, the council is expected to discuss a series of proposed action which include censuring him, removing him from his committee assignments, Read the Rest…


High Surf Hits Region

Mon, January 23, 2012

Waves up to 10 feet high hit some local beaches yesterday, and prompted  the closure of the Ventura Pier for the day. High seas kept rescue teams busy, with several reported incidents, and one rescue. Just after nine a.m., a surfer got caught up in heavy currents in the Solimar Beach area, and needed assistance.  The Read the Rest…


Two Arrests Made For String Of Ventura Robberies

Mon, January 23, 2012

Authorities say two men are in custody this morning in connection with a string of armed robberies in Ventura County, crimes stretching over the last month. The robberies include a Ventura cell phone store, a pizza parlor, and a man walking his dog in the Marina Park area.  During the cell phone robbery, a clerk Read the Rest…


Parolee Arrested Following High Speed Motorcycle Chase In Ventura County

Sun, January 22, 2012

A Ventura County parolee is facing a whole new set of problems, after police say he led them on a motorcycle chase. Simi Valley Police were called to the 1700 block of Bridget Avenue around 7 p.m. Friday, by reports of a man who was possibly on drugs. Officers arriving on the scene found say Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 12 Year Sentence For Making, Possessing Illegal Drug

Sat, January 21, 2012

A Westlake Village man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for making, and possessing the illegal drug know as GHB. David Walter Carmanis received a five year sentence as a result of  the recent charges, plus six years added because of two prior similar convictions, and a one year enhancement because he had Read the Rest…


Controversial Proposal for New Oil Wells in Carpinteria Area Focus of Hearings

Fri, January 20, 2012

A controversial proposal to drill new oil wells in the Carpinteria area was the focus of public hearings.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Oil Proposal


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