Archives for March 2012

Former UCSB Student Who Struck And Killed Four Pedestrians On Isla Vista Street Seeking Release from Mental Hospital

Fri, March 9, 2012

A former U.C Santa Barbara student convicted of hitting, and killing four people with his car in Isla Vista is now seeking release from a mental hospital.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Attias Update


Congressional Race In Ventura County Loses Another Candidate

Fri, March 9, 2012

A candidate has unexpectedly dropped out of the race for Ventura County’s new 26th District Congressional seat on the eve of the filing deadline, while one still in the race claims the Democratic Party has been pressuring him, and some other Democrats to quit. Moorpark City Councilman David Pollock says with four Democrats in the race, he Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura Finds New City Clerk In Santa Barbara

Fri, March 9, 2012

The City of Ventura looked just a few miles up the 101 Freeway, to Santa Barbara, to find a new City Clerk. Ventura hired Cynthia Rodriguez as its new City Clerk.  Rodriguez has been City Clerk for the City of Santa Barbara since 2005, and has worked in public service 27 years.  Earlier in her Read the Rest…


Ventura Woman To Play In Game With Kurt Warner, Steve Young, Other Pro Football Legends

Fri, March 9, 2012

A Ventura woman is going to live a football fan’s dream this weekend, not only meeting, but playing in a football game with football legends like Kurt Warner, Deion Sanders, and Steve Young. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Woman Goes To Football Fantasy Camp


Santa Barbara County Gets Huge Grant For New Jail

Fri, March 9, 2012

Santa Barbara County has been awarded a $60 million dollar grant for a new North County Jail Complex to help ease the jail system’s ease overcrowding, with another $20 million possible down the road. In 2008, the State Correctional Standards Authority had awarded the county $56 million dollars for the new jail.  However, the county Read the Rest…


New Thousand Oaks Group Wants To Put Issue Of Filling City Council Vacancies On Ballot

Thu, March 8, 2012

Some Thousand Oaks residents upset that the city council decided to fill a vacancy by appointing a new council member, instead of holding a special election are now taking the issue to voters: Mic Ferris filed paperwork with the City of Thousand Oaks for what’s being called the “Right To Vote” Initiative. The issue became Read the Rest…


Former LAPD Detective From Simi Valley Convicted Of Killing Wife Of Former Lover In 26 Year Old Case

Thu, March 8, 2012

A former LAPD detective from Simi Valley has been convicted of first degree murder in the killing of her former lover’s wife. Stephanie Lazarus showed no emotion today as the verdict was delivered in her highly publicized trial for the 1986 killing of Sherri Rasmussen.  Prosecutors say Lazarus killed Rasmussen three months after the victim Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Ventura County Motorcycle Accident Identified

Thu, March 8, 2012

A man killed in a Ventura County motorcycle crash which left his passenger seriously injured is being identified. Scott Townsley died, and his passenger was hurt in the collision just after six last night at the intersection of Stearns, and Cochran Streets in Simi Valley. Police say the motorcycle was southbound on Stearns when it Read the Rest…


Six Arrested In Commercial Burglary Scheme In Ventura County

Thu, March 8, 2012

Investigators say they’ve broken up a sophisticated commercial burglary crew working in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Burglary Division tipped off Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators that the ring was working in the region. This week, officers set up surveillance on some potential targets in Ventura County. Early Monday Read the Rest…


Carpinteria City Councilman To Be Sentenced In DUI Case In Front Of High School Students

Thu, March 8, 2012

A Carpinteria City Councilman who has pled no contest in a DUI case has agreed to be sentenced in a high school class, instead of a courtroom to try to show students the dangers of driving under the influence.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Joe Armendarez Sentencing


Dozens Of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Being Installed In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, March 8, 2012

While most people are cringing about high gas prices, hundreds of car owners in the region are feeling a bit redeemed these days because they invested in electric cars.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the vehicles are even more practical for use locally, with the opening of more than two dozen electric vehicle charging stations in Read the Rest…


College Students From Ventura County Among Those Protesting Proposed Cal Grant Award Reductions

Thu, March 8, 2012

Some college students from Ventura County were among the hundreds from throughout the state in Sacramento Wednesday, to protest proposed cuts in Cal Grant awards for students at independent nonprofit colleges. Cal Grants go to students in need, and can be used for things like tuition, books, and room and board. Alisha Monroe is part Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Jail For Dropping Anchor On Moving Cruise Ship

Thu, March 8, 2012

A Ventura County man received a four month jail sentence, and three years probation after pleading guilty to dropping the anchor on a moving cruise ship while it was sailing from Mexico to Florida. Prosecutors say Rick Ehlert could have seriously damaged the ship in what was called a drunken prank involving a Holland America Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Officially In Race For State Senate Seat

Thu, March 8, 2012

A former Santa Barbara County Supervisor entered the race for a State Senate seat representing parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties with not one, not two, but three separate news conferences throughout the region yesterday. Republican Mike Stoker is running for the 19th District State Senate seat. Stoker ran unsuccessfully for the 35th District Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police, Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Say They’ve Solved 2001 Kidnapping, Sexual Assault Case

Thu, March 8, 2012

Ventura County authorities say they’ve solved a more than decade old kidnapping, and sexual assault case. In August of 2001, a 17 year Japanese exchange student was kidnapped by a man as she was walking in the area or Rose Avenue, and Lindsey Place in Oxnard. She was taken to another location, where two men Read the Rest…


South Coast Assemblyman Proposes Tax On Strip Club Customers To Fund Sexual Assault Prosecution, Treatment, Awareness Efforts

Thu, March 8, 2012

A South Coast assemblyman is proposing to raise money for program to help prosecute, educate, and prevent sexual assault cases by taxing strip club customers. Democratic Congressman Das Williams of Santa Barbara, who represents parts of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, is proposing a ten dollar per customer charge on people visiting strip clubs. The Read the Rest…


Wal-Mart Plans To Open 13 Smaller Scale Supermarkets in Southern California, Including One in Ventura County

Wed, March 7, 2012

The world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has met resistance in some communities, like Ventura, as it’s tried to open its giant big box stores. Now, the company is taking a new approach in many areas, like Ventura County, through its chain of much smaller scale grocery oriented stores. Wal-Mart has announced a  push into the Southern Read the Rest…


LAPD Homicide Detective Appointed To Fill Thousand Oaks City Council Vacancy

Wed, March 7, 2012

An LAPD homicide detective has been appointed by the Thousand Oaks City Council to fill a vacancy on the panel. Joel Price was selected from a field of 17 applicants to take over the opening created by the resignation of Dennis Gillette, who left the Council this month because of health issues. There’s more than Read the Rest…


Fatal Shooting Of Ventura County Man By Police Officer Ruled Justified

Wed, March 7, 2012

A just released report from the Ventura County District Attorney’s office says the 2010 fatal shooting of a man armed with three knives by a Simi Valley Police officer was justified. On November 13th, 2010 Officer Jason Wilkinson was responding to a 9-1-1 call of a domestic disturbance on the 2600 hundred block of Phipps Read the Rest…


EPA Report Finds High Levels Of Radioactivity Former Site Of Nuclear Reactor Near Simi Valley

Wed, March 7, 2012

Test results from a former rocket testing site, and nuclear lab near Simi Valley show there is a significant amount of radioactive contamination in an area which was once site of a reactor. The EPA has released the first round of test results from a section of property at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, where Read the Rest…


Meeting Set To Discuss Rash Of Heroin Overdoses, Deaths In Simi Valley

Wed, March 7, 2012

A rash of heroin overdoses, and deaths in Simi Valley in the last few months is prompting a special meeting of community leaders. The Simi Valley City Council, the school board, and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District board will meet at 6 p.m. tomorrow night to talk about the problem. The public meeting Read the Rest…


Montecito Resort Developer Seeks More Time, Tax Break For Project

Wed, March 7, 2012

There’s yet another chapter in the long running saga of efforts to rebuild Santa Barbara County’s Miramar Resort.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the developer who owns the property wants more time, and a tax break to try to get the project built. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Miramar Update


Oxnard Teacher Placed On Paid Administrative Leave While Charges She Participated In Pornographic Video Are Investigated

Wed, March 7, 2012

The Oxnard School District has put a female teacher on paid administrative leave, while it investigates allegations she participated in a pornographic video. The claim first surfaced from students Friday, involving a Haydock Intermediate School teacher.  School officials say at first, they couldn’t confirm the claims, and sent out an e-mail saying that.  But, they Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Leaders Upset About Convicted Drug Dealer Being Kept In County

Wed, March 7, 2012

Santa Barbara County leaders say they’re upset that a man sentenced to 23 years behind bars this week for drug dealing in the county has been ordered to spend the time in county jails, instead of state prison. While he has multiple past convictions on his record, Jose Aceves is eligible to spend his time Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Two Brush Fires In Ventura River Area

Wed, March 7, 2012

Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of two brush fires in the Ventura River bottom area, including a highly visible fire near the 101 Freeway/Highway 33 interchange in Ventura midday yesterday. The first  blaze was discovered just before noon yesterday.  Ventura firefighters were concerned about the potential for gusty winds to blow the blaze in Read the Rest…


Ventura Could Be Site Of Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Tue, March 6, 2012

Downtown Ventura could become a hot spot for outdoor concerts, under a proposal which received conceptual approval last night from the Ventura City Council. The Ventura Botanical Gardens wants to use a parking lot above Ventura’s City Hall to stage several concerts during the summer, and fall. Boosters say they would be able to host Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Caregiver Accused Of Stealing More Than $50,000 From 71 Year Old Man

Tue, March 6, 2012

A Santa Barbara caregiver is accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the account of a 71 year old man she was supposed to be helping. Santa Barbara Police say they received a call from a bank that the victim had come into one of their branches, and reported that a caregiver had been stealing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Relief Agency Ships Medicine, Medical Supplies To Tornado Ravaged Midwest Communities

Tue, March 6, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency has shipped more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of medicine, and medical supplies to Midwest communities which have been ripped by tornadoes. Direct Relief International has made emergency shipments to medical facilities in Kansas, and Illinois, with more planned for Kansas, and Illinois.   The Read the Rest…


Work To Begin Soon On Project To Add Lanes To Congested Section Of 101 Freeway in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, March 6, 2012

Work is about ready to start on expanding a key section of the 101 Freeway near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line which often gets jammed during key commute times.  The just over three year long project calls for adding carpool lanes in each direction to the freeway from just south of La Conchita, to near Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced For Drug Dealing In Santa Barbara County To Serve Lengthy Sentence Locally

Tue, March 6, 2012

A man convicted in Santa Barbara County of drug dealing, and sentenced to more than two decades behind bars, will serve his sentence locally, instead of going to state prison as in the past.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Drug Dealer Sentencing


Former South Coast Assemblywoman Officially In Race For State Senate Seat

Tue, March 6, 2012

A former South Coast assemblywoman has officially announced her bid for a State Senate seat in the region.  Hanna Beth Jackson signed papers in Santa Barbara yesterday to run for the State Senate’s 19th District.  The Democrat served six terms in the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004.  In 2008, she narrowly lost a bid Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Arrested For String Of Burglaries In Ojai Valley

Tue, March 6, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a woman in connection with a month long string of burglaries in the Ojai Valley. A woman posing as a door-to-door salesperson burglarized more than a dozen homes in the area in February, and March.  Following a Saturday burglary, investigators discovered footprints, and fingerprints at a home on the 1400 block of Read the Rest…


Umbrella Organization Providing Some Funding For Ventura County HIV/AIDS Programs To Fold

Mon, March 5, 2012

One of the few remaining organizations which helps support HIV/AIDS programs in Ventura County is closing because of funding issues. The Ventura County AIDS Partnership has existed since 1995. The National AIDS Fund, United Way Ventura County, and the Ventura County Community Foundation came together to create an agency which helped with specific local needs Read the Rest…


Retired Baseball Star, Former Ventura County Resident Sentenced To Three Years In Prison

Mon, March 5, 2012

Former Major League Baseball star, and onetime Ventura County businessman, and resident Lenny Dykstra has been sentenced to three years in prison in connection with an auto theft case. Dykstra had entered no contest please to grand theft auto, and to providing a false financial statement.  Prosecutors say he had been involved in a scheme Read the Rest…


Oxnard Resident Fights Off Armed Intruders

Mon, March 5, 2012

It was a scary night for some Oxnard residents last night, as three armed men entered their home, and then fired shots after being forced out the door. It happened around 9:30 last night, on Poplar Street in Oxnard. Police say one of the suspects confronted one of the victims.  He struggled with two of Read the Rest…


Local Researchers Say Bacteria May Have Ability To Communicate With Each Other Through Touch

Mon, March 5, 2012

Scientists have known for some time that bacteria have the ability to communicate with each other.  But, some U.C. Santa Barbara researchers say they’ve discovered touch may be one of the ways bacteria can figuratively talk with each other.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Bacteria Research


Underground Power Line Failure Hits Santa Barbara Businesses, Residents

Mon, March 5, 2012

A power outage affected some Santa Barbara residents, and businesses for much of the weekend.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the problem was traced to a hard to reach underground power line. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Power Outage


Man Arrested After Facsimile Explosive Device Discovered Outside Of Police Station In Ventura County

Mon, March 5, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing charges in connection with the placement of what appeared to be an explosive device outside of the Moorpark Police Station. Authorities received an anonymous 911 phone call around noon on Saturday that a suspicious packages was sitting outside of the station, on the 600 block of Spring Road, in Moorpark. Read the Rest…


Fire Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Oxnard Fire

Mon, March 5, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to determine what led to a blaze which damaged an Oxn ard apartment complex, briefly forcing its evacuation. The fire was discovered just before eight a.m. Sunday, on the 400 block of South D Street.  Oxnard firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze, but not before two units were damaged.  More than Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Investigating Rash Of Overdose Deaths

Mon, March 5, 2012

Ventura Police say they’re looking into a rash of drug overdose deaths in the city. Investigators say three people died from overdoses of a combination of opiate drugs, and alcohol on Friday and Saturday.  The victims were all males between 22 and 34 years old, and all had histories of past drug use.  Police say Read the Rest…


Pentagon Cancels Anti-Missile Program Tested Off Ventura County Coastline

Fri, March 2, 2012

The Pentagon has cancelled a more than 15 year long, five billion dollar program being tested off of Ventura County’s coastline to develop technology which uses airborne lasers to shoot down missiles. The Defense Department pulled the plug on the effort after Congress didn’t allot enough money for the research, and testing to continue. The Read the Rest…


CHP Officers Say Special Enforcement Effort In Ventura County Leads To Nearly 500 Citations

Fri, March 2, 2012

A special enforcment effort by the CHP in response to some fatal traffic accidents in Ventura County led to nearly 500 citations in February. The CHP targeted drivers in the western part of the county for issues including speeding, following too closely, and unsafe lane changes, as well as for traditional problems like DUI, and Read the Rest…


High Winds Sweep South Coast

Fri, March 2, 2012

Santa Ana wind conditions have swept Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties today, with gusts topping 60 miles an hour at times. It’s created some hazardous driving conditions on local roads and highways, with the wind buffeting vehicles. Some scattered, but small scale power outages have been reported throughout the region. There was a small brush Read the Rest…


California’s Libertarian Party Holds State Convention In Ventura

Fri, March 2, 2012

California’s third largest political party is holding its state convention in Ventura County this weekend, with some nationally known speakers, including the man many think will be the party’s presidential candidate. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  California Libertarian Party Convention


Construction Project To Tie Up Busy Ventura County Road This Weekend

Fri, March 2, 2012

A project to upgrade a railroad crossing in Oxnard could mean some big traffic tieups on a normally busy Oxnard road this weekend. Gonzales Road will be closed east of Oxnard Boulevard from 6 a.m. tomorrow, to 6 a.m. Sunday for the construction project.  Detours will be set up to route traffic around the closure, Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s First Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, For Seriously Injured Or Ill Kids, To Officially Open Today

Fri, March 2, 2012

A new medical facility being dedicated in Ventura County today may bean the difference between life, and death for seriously injured, or ill children in the community.  KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports on the opening of the county’s first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, which is located at the Ventura County Medical Center. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Electric Car Charging Station Availability Grows In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Fri, March 2, 2012

The addition of some new electric car charging stations in Santa Barbara County is adding to the network in the region, to make the vehicles more practical for use in the region. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story:  Electric Car Charging Stations


Warning Issues About Scam In Ventura County Involving Prison, Jail Inmates

Fri, March 2, 2012

The Ventura County District Attorney’s office has issued a warning about a scam that’s surfaced in the county in which people are duped into allowing prison inmates to charge collect calls to the victim’s account. Prosecutors say it starts when someone calls you with a supposed emergency, and says you have to dial “Star 72″ Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Wounded In Oxnard Identified

Fri, March 2, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man who was fatally wounded in Oxnard Wednesday night. It happened at around 9 p.m., on the 2000 block of San Benito Street.  Officers called to the scene by reports of a shooting found Edwin Herrera, who had been seriously wounded.  The 19 year old Oxnard man was taken to Read the Rest…


Prostitution Sting Leads To Four Arrests In Santa Barbara County

Fri, March 2, 2012

A crackdown in prostitution in Santa Barbara County has led to four arrests. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Bureau set up a sting operation involving online ads for sex.  In each case, the subject agreed to meet someone who turned out to be an undercover deputy at a motel, with the intention Read the Rest…


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