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Archives for July 2012

Judge Rejects Legal Challenge To Controversial Development On Santa Barbara County Coastline

Tue, July 31, 2012

Opponents of a controversial plan to build homes on a scenic section of the Gaviota Coast lost a court challenge seeking to overturn part of Santa Barbara County’s approval of the project. A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge rejected arguments by a coalition of environmental groups that the county didn’t properly follow planning laws. Read the Rest…


Proposal For Regional Bans On Single Use Plastic Bags Gets Boost In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, July 31, 2012

A regional effort to ban single use plastic bags in stores on the South Coast got a big boost today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Ventura County Supervisors agreed to be a part of a effort with other cities in the region, and Santa Barbara County to fund an environmental impact report for bag ban ordinances. Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Shooting Death Of Armed Man In Santa Barbara County

Tue, July 31, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a standoff, a slow speed chase, and ultimately a confrontation which led to the shooting death of a man by law enforcement officers. It started just after nine Monday night, on the 200 block of Broadway Avenue in Santa Maria. County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call Read the Rest…


Local Aerospace Workers Involved With Mars Rover Mission Excited About Sunday’s Landing

Tue, July 31, 2012

The Olympics aren’t the only appointment television viewing this week. On Sunday night, researchers around the world will be watching as a space mission years in its planning leads to the landing of an unmanned rover on Mars. The $2.5 billion dollar mission could potentially help answer some big questions, like whether there may have Read the Rest…


Former Official In Santa Barbara County Arrested on Charges Of Financial Wrongdoing

Tue, July 31, 2012

The former head of the agency in Santa Barbara County responsible for controlling mosquitos, and other pests has been arrested, amid allegations by prosecutors of financial wrongdoing. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Vector Control Official Investigation


Santa Paula Police Officer Who Died In Traffic Accident Remembered

Tue, July 31, 2012

It was an emotional day in Santa Paula yesterday, as hundreds of people attended a memorial service for a police officer killed in a traffic accident. Kimberley Hemminger died July 22nd in a crash outside of the city, while she was off duty. Law enforcement officers from throughout the region were on hand to pay Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Convicted Of Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend

Mon, July 30, 2012

A Ventura County man could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of kidnapping, and threatening to kill a former girlfriend. Federal prosecutors say Rudy Soto of Oxnard showed up at the victim’s Los Angeles home in September of 2010, telling her he had a surprise for her. The victim told Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Pursuit Of Stolen Vehicle In Ventura

Mon, July 30, 2012

Two men in a stolen vehicle were able to get away from pursuing police officers once this morning in Ventura County, but they eventually found themselves behind bars. It started just before two this morning, near Mills Road and Main Street in Ventura. A Ventura Police officer on patrol spotted the vehicle, but it ignored Read the Rest…


Police Trying To Unravel What Led To Fatal Stabbing Of Ventura County Man

Mon, July 30, 2012

Investigators are trying to determine what led to the fatal stabbing of a Ventura County man, who was dumped off at the emergency room of Santa Paula Hospital by someone who then fled. Guadalupe Fernandez was taken to the entrance of the emergency room just before midnight Saturday. The Santa Paula man had been stabbed Read the Rest…


Survey By Santa Barbara County Based Relief Agency Shows Non-Profit Community Health Clinics Across America Struggling To Meet Demands For Help

Mon, July 30, 2012

The economic downturn has meant that more people than ever have been turning to non-profit community health clinics for help, because they’re uninsured. An estimated one in 15 people in America are using what’s what some call the country’s health care safety net. A Santa Barbara County non-profit agency has just released what it’s calling Read the Rest…


Campaign Underway In Ventura County To Help Schoolchildren In Need

Mon, July 30, 2012

A campaign is underway to gather school supplies for children in need in Ventura County. KCLU’s Willa Sandmeyer reports it’s an effort spearheaded by the United Way of Ventura County. Click on link to listen to/download story: United Way Stuff the Bus


Small Brush Fire Causes Big Traffic Jam In Ventura County

Mon, July 30, 2012

A brush fire near the 101 Freeway-Highway 33 interchange in Ventura made a big mess out of traffic. The blaze was discovered just after 3 p.m. yesterday. More than two dozen Ventura County, and City of Ventura fire units responded to the scene, containing the fire. However, the fire resulted in a temporary shutdown of Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Confrontation Which Left Man Dead, Santa Paula Police Officer Wounded

Sun, July 29, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out exactly what led to a weekend gun battle which left a Santa Paula Police officer wounded, and a man with a gun dead. It happened at around 7:45 Saturday night, on the 1100 block of New Street in Santa Paula. Santa Paula Police officers were called to the area Read the Rest…


Four Stabbed In Isla Vista

Sat, July 28, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the stabbings of four people in Isla Vista early Saturday morning. It happened sometime around two a.m., on the 600 block of Trigo Road. All four of the victims are expected to recover from their injuries. Investigators believe multiple suspects are involved, but no arrests have been made Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Detectives Use DNA to Make Arrest In More Than Three Decade Old Murder

Sat, July 28, 2012

A Kern County man is behind bars in Ventura County, after being arrested for a more than three decade old murder. John Clark Russell is accused of the March, 1979 killing of Alma Zuniga, of Oxnard. The 23 year old mother disappeared, and her body was later found buried in an agricultural field on North Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Headed To Ventura County This Weekend For Start Of Summer Training Camp

Fri, July 27, 2012

The eyes of the world are focused on London, for today’s start of the 2012 Summer Olympics. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports some pro football fans on the South Coast will be distracted from the Games, because the Dallas Cowboys arrive in Ventura County this weekend for their summer training camp. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Community Memorial Set For This Weekend For Longtime Santa Barbara County Leader

Fri, July 27, 2012

A longtime Santa Barbara County government, and environmental leader who died in June will be remembered at a community memorial service this weekend. Naomi Schwartz passed away at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara June 4th, following complications from stomach surgery. Schwartz served as a supervisor from November of 1992, until January of 2005. She was Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies Arrest Man For Pair Of Sexual Assaults

Fri, July 27, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators used surveillance video to identify, and arrest a man they believe is responsible for a pair of sexual assaults in Camarillo. Department officials say Jay Villanueva followed women to their cars, and groped them in two separate incidents at Camarillo’s Carmen Plaza. They say inn one of the incidents, he Read the Rest…


New Efforts Underway To Try To Prevent Ships From Hitting Whales In Santa Barbara Channel

Fri, July 27, 2012

This is a popular time of year for endangered whales to return to the Santa Barbara Channel, because their favorite foods are plentiful. But, it’s also a dangerous time for the whales, because some of their prime feeding spots are in the shipping lanes uses by dozens of cargo ships, and tankers a week. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


New Oceanfront Resort Proposed For City Of Carpinteria

Fri, July 27, 2012

There’s a new proposal to build an oceanfront resort on some choice bluffs in Carpinteria. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it’s the latest in a series of proposals for the site. Click on link to listen to/download story: Carpinteria Resort Proposal


Santa Barbara County Gets $20 Million In Additional Grant Money For New Jail

Fri, July 27, 2012

Santa Barbara County received some good news in its efforts to deal with its overcrowded county jail system, with word that the state will add an addtional $20 million dollars to the $60 million already awarded to the county for a new North County facility. The California Board Of State and Community Corrections announced the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Now Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Four Women

Fri, July 27, 2012

A Santa Barbara County man is now facing charges that he sexually assaulted four intoxicated, or unconscious women, and investigators say they’re looking for more possible victims. Jerry Providence Bonhomme was already in the Santa Barbara County jail yesterday for three cases when he was re-arrested on charges of a fourth incident. Santa Barbara Police Read the Rest…


Massive, 52 Foot Long Prehistoric (Mechanical) Shark Turns Up On Ventura Beach

Fri, July 27, 2012

A shark warning remains in effect for Santa Barbara area beaches this morning, after a sea lion was discovered with what were believed to be Great White Shark bites off of East Beach earlier this week. The warnings are expected to come down later today, because there have been no further shark incidents. But, KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Teen Rescued After Becoming Lost In Ventura County Mountains

Thu, July 26, 2012

A teenager has quite a story to tell, after he became lost during a hike in the mountains between Santa Paula, and Ojai, and had to be rescued by helicopter. The 15 year old boy was part of a group hiking in the Santa Paula canyon area when he became separated. The others contacted the Read the Rest…


Congressional Medal Of Honor Winner Talks About Service To Country During Talk In Ventura County

Thu, July 26, 2012

He doesn’t consider himself to be a hero. But, Salvatore Giunta is the first living Congressional Medal Of Honor winner in nearly four decades, braving withering fire in Afghanistan to rescue fellow soldiers. Wednesday, Giunta was at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, as part of a program which uses stories of Medal Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Say They Nab Two Burglars With Big Thirst

Thu, July 26, 2012

Ventura Police say two burglars with a big thirst for beverages are behind bars, after they broke into a bottled water company, and tried to make off with cases of water, and other beverages. Officers responding to a silent alarm at Arrowhead Water’s Julian Street warehouse in Ventura early yesterday morning heard someone opening, and Read the Rest…


Man Called Armed, Dangerous Parolee Arrested In Santa Barbara With Trunkful of Guns

Thu, July 26, 2012

A routine traffic stop in Santa Barbara for a missing license plate light turned out to be anything but routine, when police say they discovered the driver was a wanted parolee, who was driving with a trunkful of guns. Santa Barbara Police have just released details of last Thursday morning’s incident, on the 600 block Read the Rest…


Homeless Man From Santa Barbara Enters Not Guilty Plea To Charges He Stabbed Three

Thu, July 26, 2012

A homeless man from Santa Barbara entered not guilty pleas to charges he stabbed three transients in the Los Angeles area. Courtney Anthony Robinson was arraigned on three counts of attempted murder with use of a knife, as well as great bodily injury allegations in Los Angeles yesterday. LAPD investigators say in two attacks in Read the Rest…


Trio Facing Home Loan Modification Fraud Charges In Ventura County

Thu, July 26, 2012

Ventura County prosecutors say they’ve filed more than 20 fraud, and grand theft charges against three people involved with what they say was a fraudulent home loan modification, and foreclosure rescue program. Investigators say Nino Vera, Rene Solis, and Hector Menendez of Los Angeles were involved in a business called Sunset Beach management, which promised Read the Rest…


South Coast City Looking For Public Opinion On New Park Proposals

Wed, July 25, 2012

Some South residents are being asked to come and vote on their favorite plans for a proposed new park. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Goleta Park Proposals


Santa Barbara Man Arrested For Indoor Marijuana Garden

Wed, July 25, 2012

A Santa Barbara home was also the site of a big indoor marijuana garden, with more than $120,000 worth of plants seized at a Stanley Drive home. Santa Barbara Police say they arrested Walter Seth Stanley for cultivation, and possession of marijuana, and for being a felon in possession of ammunition. Investigators say the 31 Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Death Of Woman Found On Santa Barbara County Beach

Wed, July 25, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the death of a woman whose body was found on a Santa Barbara County beach Tuesday afternoon. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Beach Death


Shark Attack On Sea Lion Leads To Warnings At Some Of The South Coast’s Most Popular Beaches

Wed, July 25, 2012

There’s a shark warning in effect this morning for some of the South Coast’s most popular beaches. An injured sea lion was spotted off of Santa Barbara’s East Beach yesterday morning, and marine experts determined it had been attacked by a shark, most likely a Great White. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the warning affects nine Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves Ahead With Plan To Computerize Medical Records

Wed, July 25, 2012

Ventura County is moving ahead with a 41 million dollar project to computerize the county’s medical system records, replacing the tons of paper records generated annually. The program would replace paper medical charts at more than 100 locations countywide, and improve the efficiency of more than 2,000 medical personnel. County officials say it will improve Read the Rest…


Authorities Link Two Thousand Oaks Men To Five Ventura County Burglaries

Wed, July 25, 2012

Two men caught in the wake of a burglary attempt in the Conejo Valley over the weekend are now being linked by authorities to as many as four other incidents in eastern Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say a resident of Bainbridge Court in Thousand Oaks returned home Saturday to find two men burglarizing Read the Rest…


Injured Dog In Santa Barbara County Mountains Rescued Through Efforts of Owners, Search And Rescue Team

Wed, July 25, 2012

You’ve heard the saying that a dog is man’s best friend. But, in Santa Barbara County, the formula may be reversed for Wrigley the dog. Wrigley’s owners were hiking up the Gaviota Peak trail late Monday afternoon when the black Lab started to show signs of heat distress, with temperatures close to 100 degrees. The Read the Rest…


Strawberries Again Top Crop In Ventura County

Wed, July 25, 2012

Strawberries remain Ventura County’s top agricultural crop, but raspberries finished second for the first time ever. The 2011 Ventura County Crop Report shows that strawberries had a value of $625 million dollars last year, more than a third of the year’s $1.84 billion total. Finishing second for the first time ever were raspberries. The $1.84 Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Considers, But Delays Vote On Proposal To Name New Airport Terminal After Civic Leader

Tue, July 24, 2012

Should Santa Barbara Airport’s recently opened new terminal be named something other than the Santa Barbara Airport Terminal? The Santa Barbara City Council looked at the issue Tuesday afternoon, after two proponents brought different proposals to officials to name the facility after some historic local civic leaders. Some people proposed naming the terminal after former Read the Rest…


Great White Shark Attack On Sea Lion Prompts Warning At Santa Barbara Beaches

Tue, July 24, 2012

An attack by a Great White shark on a sea lion found off of Santa Barbara’s East Beach has prompted warning signs along the city’s beaches in the area. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Santa Barbara Great White Scare 5:20 p.m. Tuesday Update: Santa Barbara County officials now say they have put up similar Read the Rest…


Ventura County College Student Killed In Traffic Accident During Protest March

Tue, July 24, 2012

A Ventura County College student on a cross country anti-abortion walk is dead, after he was struck by a vehicle as he was walking alongside an Indiana highway. Andrew Moore was on Interstate 40 about 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis when he was hit. Authorities are investigation what led to the accident which killed the Read the Rest…


Healthcare System Serving More Than 100,000 In Ventura County Picks New CEO

Tue, July 24, 2012

A healthcare system which is managing health care services for about 100,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Ventura County has picked a new CEO. Gold Coast Health Plan officials announced the hiring of Michael Engelhard as Chief Executive Officer. Engelhard has more than 20 years experience as a health care executive, and has been serving as the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Faces Half Dozen Charges After Injuring Three Sheriff’s Deputies

Tue, July 24, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing more than a half dozen criminal charges, after authorities say he assaulted a woman, and three Sheriff’s deputies. Deputies were called to the 400 block of Millard Street in Moorpark by reports of a disturbance Saturday night. The first deputy says he arrived to find Michael William Gonzales holding Read the Rest…


Homeless Santa Barbara Man Charged With Three Transient Stabbings Set To Appear In Court, As Investigation Continues

Tue, July 24, 2012

A homeless man from Santa Barbara accused of brutally stabbing three transients in Los Angeles County, and then attaching notes to them called “death warrants” is set to be arraigned in court today. Courtney Anthony Robinson was charged yesterday with three counts of attempted murder with the use of a knife, and great bodily injury. Read the Rest…


Longtime Ventura County Journalist Dies

Tue, July 24, 2012

A reporter who covered Ventura County for some four decades, writing about everything from the news of the day, to agriculture and business has died. Jim McLain worked for the Ventura County Star from 1969 until his retirement in 2007, and even after officially retiring, continued to write for the newspaper as a freelancer. He Read the Rest…


Off-Duty Santa Paula Police Officer Killed In Crash Which Led To Driver’s Arrest On DUI Charges

Mon, July 23, 2012

An off-duty Santa Paula police officer is dead, and two other people were injured after an SUV flipped north of Somis, in what the CHP is calling a DUI related crash involving another officer. A jeep was on South Mountain Lookout Road, near Coyote Canyon Road just after 9 Sunday night when the driver lost Read the Rest…


New Study To Look At Needs Of Women In Ventura County

Mon, July 23, 2012

What are the needs of girls, and women in Ventura County? And, are they being met? That’s the focus of what’s being called a landmark study now underway in the county. The Study on The Status Of Women will investigate some basic concerns like decision making and politics, employment and wages, basic needs like education, Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Consider Final Step Towards Computerizing Medical Records System

Mon, July 23, 2012

Ventura County Supervisors could give final approval tomorrow to a massive, 41 million dollar project to computerize the county’s medical system records, replacing tons of paperwork generated annually. The program would replace paper medical charts at more than 100 locations countywide, and improve the efficiency of more than 2,000 medical personnel. County officials say it Read the Rest…


“Stand Down” Event Helps Homeless Veterans From Region To Try To Get Off Streets

Mon, July 23, 2012

Among the thousands of homeless people in Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties are hundreds of military veterans. Over the weekend, some of them were in Ventura for a special event designed to help them get services, and support to get off the streets. The 20th annual “Ventura County Stand Down” tried to help them leave Read the Rest…


Parolee Arrested After Chase In Ventura Harbor Area

Mon, July 23, 2012

A parolee is behind bars this morning in Ventura County, after a wild chase in Ventura’s Harbor area. A man stopped for a traffic violation on the 1500 block of Spinnaker Drive Friday afternoon gave Harbor Patrol officers a false name, and then fled when officers were checking his identity. A civilian tried to stop Read the Rest…


Two Arrested After Chase In Ventura

Mon, July 23, 2012

What started as a check by Ventura Police on a vehicle parked suspiciously led to a vehicle, and foot chase, abd the arrests of two Oxnard men. An officer noticed a vehicle parked near Fremont Street, and Hill Road just after 5 yesterday morning. Police say as they approached the car, a man identified as Read the Rest…


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