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Archives for May 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Apparent Murder

Thu, May 31, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are investigation what they say appears to be a homicide in a home outside of Lompoc. Deputies were called to the 1700 block of Calle Lindero in Mission Hills just before 10 last night, by a report of someone calling 911, and then hanging up. The arrived to find the Read the Rest…


Popular Radio, Television Host Makes Major Western Art Donation To University In Ventura County

Thu, May 31, 2012

A popular radio, and television host best known today for his international coverage of the Rose Parade has donated a huge collection of western art to a Ventura County university. Bob Eubanks is give more than two dozen paintings, four bronze sculptures, some drawings, and prints to California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. The $178,000 Read the Rest…


19th District State Senate Race Stirs Up Dust In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Thu, May 31, 2012

With the June election just around the corner, the campaigns for a wide open State Senate seat serving all of Ventura County, and most of Santa Barbara County have moved into high gear. As our series of special reports on the 2012 elections continues, KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a look at the hotly contests Read the Rest…


Detectives Say Drug Dealers Mistakenly Texted Police In Santa Barbara County, Trying To Set Up Deal

Thu, May 31, 2012

Authorities say some drug dealers apparently needed to brush up on their ability to send text messages, after they accidentally sent messages to an undercover officer in Santa Barbara County, offering to sell them drugs. A Santa Maria Police narcotics enforcement officer received the text this week, and went along with the message, setting up Read the Rest…


Three Children Rescued From Riptide In Ventura

Thu, May 31, 2012

A fire truck which happened to be at the right place, at the right time in Ventura saved three young children from a riptide. The truck was on a routine patrol at Marina Park just after 2 p.m. yesterday when the firefighters noticed three young children caught in a rip current, and being swept out Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Says Jails In County Meet Minimum Standards, But Suggests Improvements

Thu, May 31, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report gives jails in the county a passing grade, but also suggests some minor improvements. In a just released report, the Grand Jury says all 14 jails operated by Ventura County, and various cities meet basic state standards. The study does call for some small improvements. It notes that Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Software Maker Gives $58,000 To Local Schools

Wed, May 30, 2012

A high tech company on the South Coast is stepping up to help local educators, with $58,000 in grants to support technology improvements, and teacher innovation programs. QAD split $50,000 between Aliso Elementary, Canalino Elementary, and Carpinteria Family School. It also gave the Santa Barbara County Education Office $8000 for its teacher innovation programs in Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Barging Into Ventura County Home, And Being Tasered, Pepper Sprayed

Wed, May 30, 2012

Authorities say a New York man is facing burglary, trespassing, and resisting arrest charges after he barged into a Ventura County home, terrifying its residents. It happened on the 2600 block of Marvella Court, in the Santa Rosa Valley. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say Jae Lee burst into the home, and told its residents to Read the Rest…


Reward Being Offered In Mysterious Disappearance, Death Of Woman In Calabasas Area

Wed, May 30, 2012

A reward is being offered in the mysterious disappearance, and death of a young woman in the Calabasas area. Mitice Richardson was arrested in September of 2009 after she failed to pay for a meal at a Malibu restaurant. The 24-year-old woman was taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills station in Read the Rest…


Goleta Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Without The Possibility Of Parole For Killing His Brother, Brother’s Girlfriend

Wed, May 30, 2012

A Goleta man has been sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole for murdering his brother, and his brother’s girlfriend. Corey Lyons shot to death Daniel Lyons, and Barbara Scharton in May of 2009 in their Santa Barbara home. Prosecutors say a legal feud between the brothers over a home, which the Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Ventura County For What Authorities Call Bank Fraud Scam

Wed, May 30, 2012

Two Los Angeles men have been arrested in Ventura County, for what authorities say was a bank fraud scam, involving bad checks. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the two men, working with an unidentified third suspect, would open bank accounts, and write checks against the new accounts, knowing their were no funds to cover the Read the Rest…


Big Field For Ventura County Supervisorial Seat

Wed, May 30, 2012

The June primary election is now less than a week away. One of the most closely watched local races is for a Ventura County supervisorial seat, which features a three term incumbent, and three well known challengers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the first in our series of special reports on the 2012 Election, looking at Read the Rest…


Four Arrested By Simi Valley Police In What’s Called Multi-Million Dollar Southern California Fraud Ring

Tue, May 29, 2012

Simi Valley Police say they’ve broken up a major Southern California fraud ring responsible for two million dollars in losses, arresting four people in the process. Detectives say it started in March, when a woman used fraudulently obtained credit cards to buy thousands of dollars worth of gift cards at a Target store in Simi Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Molesting Relative Over the Course Of A Decade

Tue, May 29, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing multiple child molestation charges, after Simi Valley Police say he abused a relative for a decade. Detectives say it started when the victim was 7, and continued until she was 17. She’s now an adult. The investigators say after substantiating the victim’s claims, they arrested 44 year old Jesse Read the Rest…


Proponents of Initiative To Fill Unplanned Thousand Oaks City Council Vacancies Say They Have Enough Signatures To Put Issue On Ballot

Tue, May 29, 2012

Backers of an initiative which would require an election to fill any long term vacancy on the Thousand Oaks City Council say they’ve gathered more than enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the ballot. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Thousand Oaks Ballot Proposal 7:20 PM UPDATE: Read the Rest…


Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle, Fatally Injured While Leaving Santa Barbara Wedding Reception Identified

Tue, May 29, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a woman killed in the tragic end to a wedding celebration in Santa Barbara. Silvia Rodriguez Diaz was struck, and fatally injured Saturday night, as she was leaving a wedding reception being held on Santa Barbara’s waterfront. Police say the 53 year old Northern California woman was attempting to cross the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Defense Company Announces Major Acquisition

Tue, May 29, 2012

A military technology company based in Ventura County has announced plans to buy an East Coast based electronic test equipment maker, for close to $300 million dollars. Teledyne Technologies of Thousand Oaks has made a $291 million dollar deal to acquire the LeCroy Corporation, in Chestnut Ridge, New York. LeCroy makes oscilloscopes, and other testing Read the Rest…


Public Memorial Service Planned For Late Thousand Oaks City Councilman

Tue, May 29, 2012

Plans have been announced for a public memorial service for a popular community leader in the Conejo Valley who died earlier this month. Former Thousand Oaks City Councilman, and Planning Commissioner Tom Glancy died May 18th as a result of cancer. Glancy served three decades in the Navy before moving to Thousand Oaks, where he Read the Rest…


University MBA Class In Ventura County Gives Students Real Experience, And Small Businesses Free Consulting Services

Tue, May 29, 2012

A masters level business class in Ventura is giving some students hands-on experience, by teaming them up with business counselors, and local businesses, to try to solve some real problems. The class involves California Lutheran University’s School of Business, and the region’s Small Business Development Center. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the goal is to give Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Ventura County Couple Killed In Holiday Weekend Traffic Accident

Mon, May 28, 2012

Authorities are still investigating a holiday weekend traffic accident which left a Ventura County couple dead. Agustin Rios, and Margarita Alfaro-Rodriguez died Saturday night, when their SUV went out of control on Highway 126, near Palm Avenue, and ran off the highway into a tree. The Ventura couple was pronounced dead at the scene of Read the Rest…


Investigation Continuing Into Death Of Woman Near Santa Barbara’s East Beach

Mon, May 28, 2012

An investigation is continuing into a holiday weekend traffic accident which left a woman dead in Santa Barbara. A 53 year old woman who had been attending a wedding was struck, and fatally injured Saturday night as she tried to cross the 300 block of East Cabrillo Bouloevard. She was hit by an SUV. Santa Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Sexual Assault On Boy In Store

Mon, May 28, 2012

Police say an Oxnard man is behind bars this morning, accused of sexually assaulting a boy in a department store. Officers were called to a Wal-Mart on the 2000 block of North Rose Avenue Friday morning, by reports a child had been molested while he was in the store’s electronics department. Police say a store Read the Rest…


Southern Santa Barbara County Libraries Get Grant For Childhood Education Program

Mon, May 28, 2012

A grant is going to allow Southern Santa Barbara County’s libraries to add a number of touch screen computer stations, featuring educational programs for young children. The $65,000 grant from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara will allow for the purchase of 17 computers equipped with child friendly menus, special keyboards, and about 30 English, Read the Rest…


Burglars Target Ventura Paint Store

Mon, May 28, 2012

Some burglars who apparently had a very specific target in mind hit a Ventura paint store over the holiday weekend. The burglars struck the business on the 4000 block of East Main Street early Saturday morning. They smashed in some glass doors, and stole thousands of dollars worth of paint spraying equipment. No arrests have Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Calls For Additional Efforts To Try To Prevent Suicides In The County Jail System

Sat, May 26, 2012

A new Santa Barbara County Jury report is calling on more steps to be taken to prevent suicides in the county’s jail, in the wake of the suicide of a 29 year old male inmate in an isolation cell last year. The Grand Jury noted that the inmate who suffocated himself with a plastic bag Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community College District Trustees Interview Candidates For New Chancellor

Fri, May 25, 2012

The Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees held a special, closed door meeting this afternoon to interview its short list of candidates for District Chancellor. 35 people applied for the job, and district officials say the list was narrowed to five. The trustees are looking for a successor to James Meznek, who is Read the Rest…


Niece of Ventura Murder Victim Arrested Today For The 2009 Killing

Fri, May 25, 2012

Ventura Police say they made an arrest today in a nearly three year old murder which at the time left many community residents terrified. It was June 3, 2009 when Wendy Di Rodeo was found stabbed to death in her home, on the 2800 block of Sailor Drive. At the time, some people thought it Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Report Critical Of Management Of Public Safety Training Facility

Fri, May 25, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand Jury Report is blasting a deal with the county’s Community College District, and the Sheriff’s Department for management of a new public safety training facility, saying thousands of taxpayer dollars are being wasted annually. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Public Safety Training Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Arrested In Connection With Shooting Of Two In Ventura County

Fri, May 25, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are now identifying a man they say shot two Piru residents, and then was involved in an hours long standoff with authorities before surrendering. Mark Anthony Plunkett of Piru was arrested on two counts of attempted murder, for what investigators are calling gang related shootings. Two men were shot in the Read the Rest…


Georgian President Vists Ventura County, Talks About US Role In Saving Young Democracy During Russian Invasion

Fri, May 25, 2012

Georgia is a small democracy just south of Russia, bordering the Black Sea. Georgia declared independence from the Soviet Union in 2001. It’s survived civil and economic turmoil, as well as a brief war with Russia to become one of the region’s newest flourishing democracies. This week, the President of Georgia visited Ventura County, to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighters Knock Down Blaze Outside Of Fillmore

Fri, May 25, 2012

Ventura County firefighters were able to knock down a brushfire which burned about five acres of brush between Fillmore, and Moorpark last night. The fire off of the 3500 block of Grimes Canyon Road was discovered at around 5 p.m. More than 20 fire units were sent to the scene, containing the fire in about Read the Rest…


Actor Michael Douglas Gives $500,000 to UC Santa Barbara

Fri, May 25, 2012

One of UC Santa Barbara’s most famous graduates has made a big donation to establish an endowed chair for the Dean of Humanities and Fire Arts in the College of Letters and Science. Actor Michael Douglas has pledged $500,000 for the chair. The money will support teaching, research, and programs in the humanities and fine Read the Rest…


CHP Increases Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Efforts In Ventura County

Fri, May 25, 2012

The CHP is going to crack down on speeding motorcycles on some popular Ventura County highways, following a surge in serious accidents. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the law enforcement agency has received a state grant to expand motorcycle related enforcement efforts. Click on link to listen to/download story: CHP Motorcycle Safety


High Brushfire Danger Season Starts Today In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, May 25, 2012

Today is officially the start of high brushfire danger season on the South Coast. The Ventura County, and Santa Barbara County Fire Departments, along with the Los Padres National Forest are officially stepping up their staffing, and preparedness levels to high fire season today. Some local agencies actually beefed up staffing earlier this week, because Read the Rest…


Man In Custody For Shootings Which Wounded Two In Ventura County

Fri, May 25, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies have one man in custody, following a pair of what they say were gang related shootings in the Piru area. Two men were shot in the Piru Square area of the community around 4:30 yesterday afternoon. One man was seriously wounded, and a second suffered a minor gunshot wound. There was Read the Rest…


Five Arrested in Ventura For Attacking Neighbors Who Asked them To Stop Playing Loud Music at Night

Thu, May 24, 2012

Five Ventura men were arrested, after police say they attacked a husband and wife with cinder blocks, and a baseball bat after the couple had asked them to turn down music they were playing loudly. It happened just before midnight Wednesday, on the 300 block of Arapaho Street in Ventura. Police say the couple had Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara County Philanthropist Viola Girsh Dies

Thu, May 24, 2012

A woman who was a part of Southern Santa Barbara County’s early Jewish community, and along with her husband would go on to become a major benefactor for numerous community projects has died. Viola Girsh and her late husband, Lester, were involved in many local philanthropic efforts, and major contributors to the creation of a Read the Rest…


Mother, Two Children Hit By Van On Thousand Oaks Street Tuesday Remain In Hospital

Thu, May 24, 2012

A mother, and two daughters who were struck, and seriously injured while crossing a Thousand Oaks street Tuesday are still in hospitals today, while a third little girl hit at the same time is now back home. Griselda Castro is in critical condition still at a Thousand Oaks hospital. Her six year old daughter is Read the Rest…


World War Two Fighter Ace From Santa Barbara Talks About Combat Experiences As We Remember Memorial Day

Thu, May 24, 2012

With Memorial Day weekend at hand, maybe you’re planning a bar-b-que, a day at the beach, or a trip to the movies to see one of the summer blockbusters. It’s easy for us to forget what the holiday is about, which is a day to remember those who served our country in uniform, and paid Read the Rest…


More Than 2400 College Bound Students Receive Scholarships In Santa Barbara County ceremony

Thu, May 24, 2012

Thousands of college bound students in Santa Barbara County have a lot to celebrate this morning. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports they are sharing in more than seven million dollars in scholarships presented in Santa Barbara yesterday. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Scholarships


Authorities Say They Think Baby Found Dead in Ventura County Strawberry Field May Have Been Delivered At The Scene

Wed, May 23, 2012

Authorities are continuing to look for the mother of what they now say was a full term baby found dead in a strawberry field near Oxnard. An autopsy failed to disclose an obvious sign of death for the baby, who was found Monday morning by a worker on the 3200 block of Central Avenue. Additional Read the Rest…


California Lutheran University In Thousand Oaks Announced $15 Million Dollar Campus Addition

Wed, May 23, 2012

A Ventura County university has announced plans for a major new campus addition: A $15 million dollar dining commons complex. California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is planning to start work on the two story facility in the middle of its campus this fall, with work expected to take about a year and a half. Read the Rest…


Thousands Of Documents Related To Santa Barbara Priest Abuse Cases Made Public

Wed, May 23, 2012

A Boston based archive today announced the release of some 8500 pages of documents related to Santa Barbara’s decades long clergy sex abuse scandal. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Priest Abuse Documents


Public Coastal Access Changing In Part Of Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 23, 2012

Public coastal access is getting easier in one part of Southern Santa Barbara County, and more difficult in another. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Coastal Access


Santa Barbara County Ends Public Safety Funding Controversy By Adopting Compromise Plan To Beef Up Fire Department Resources

Wed, May 23, 2012

Funding problems have affected many aspects of local government on the South Coast, including public safety agencies. One that’s been hard hit is the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. A consultant’s report says the department is at the point that without millions in additional funding, it can’t maintain fire protection services at current levels. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Figure Out What Led to Van Hitting Woman, Three Children In Thousand Oaks

Wed, May 23, 2012

Authorities are trying to determine why a van hit a woman, and her three children in the crosswalk in a Thousand Oaks street, seriously injuring all of them. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the group was on the 2600 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard just after 1:30 yesterday afternoon, trying to cross the street Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Report Shows Improvement In Public Administrator/Public Guardian Services

Wed, May 23, 2012

A new Ventura County Grand jury reports says that a number of operational, and oversight changes have improved the county’s Public Administrator/Public Guardian services, after the agency had been hit by scandal. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: VCGJ Public Administrator/Public Guardian


Thousand Oaks City Council Decides To Let Voters Fill Council Vacancy

Wed, May 23, 2012

A city council seat opened by the resignation of a Thousand Oaks City Councilman who left this month due to health issues will remain open until the November election. The Thousand Oaks City Council decided last night not to fill the vacancy created by Tom Glancy’s resignation. The 71 year old councilman lost his long Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Talks About Close Call In Plane Crash

Wed, May 23, 2012

A Ventura County man who walked away from a plane crash in a Southern California neighborhood says he’s now learned to expect the unexpected. Jim Roth of Thousand Oaks was flying a single engine plane from Phoenix to Van Nuys Monday night, but after reporting engine problems, was diverted to Burbank Airport. He didn’t make Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Accident Injures Four Pedestrians

Tue, May 22, 2012

A woman, and three children were seriously injured when they were hit while crossing a Thousand Oaks street this afternoon. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the group was on the 2600 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard, trying to cross the street in a crosswalk when a westbound van hit them. The woman was pushing Read the Rest…


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