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Archives for July 2012

Authorities Say Stabbings Of Homeless People In Los Angeles Area, Santa Barbara May Be Related

Sun, July 22, 2012

Authorities are continuing to question a man in custody in Los Angeles over his possible involvement with stabbings of homeless people in the Los Angeles area, and Santa Barbara. Courtney Anthony Robinson had been sought as what the LAPD called a “person of interest for two attacks in Los Angeles, and one in Santa Monica Read the Rest…


Gang Member Convicted Of Second Degree Murder For Stabbing Death At Birthday Party In Ventura County

Sat, July 21, 2012

A Ventura County Superior Court jury found a member of a street gang guilty of stabbing to death a man at a birthday party outside of Moorpark. Prosecutors say Isaac Gil and other members of the Non Stop Krew gang attacked people at the June, 2008 party, and that Gil fatally stabbed 18 year old Read the Rest…


New Twist In Search For Santa Barbara Man Wanted For Questioning In Connection With Southern California Stabbings

Fri, July 20, 2012

LAPD detectives say that a Santa Barbara man being sought for questioning in connection with a series of stabbings of homeless people in Southern California was using a phony name. Three homeless people have been stabbed since July 4th in Los Angeles, and Santa Monica by a man who left notes at each crime scene, Read the Rest…


Fugitive Wanted For Rape In Santa Barbara Arrested In The Bay Area

Fri, July 20, 2012

A man who fled the country after Santa Barbara Police questioned him over what police say was a rape last September is now behind bars. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Rape Investigation


Unemployment Dips Statewide, But Rises Slightly In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, July 20, 2012

The latest unemployment numbers show a slight dip statewide, but increases for both Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. California went from 10.8% unemployment in May, to 10.7% in June. But, the numbers slipped on the South Coast. Ventura County went from 8.6% unemployment in May, to 9.2% in June. Santa Barbara County also increased slightly, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Consider Charging New Beach Parking Fees

Fri, July 20, 2012

Santa Barbara County is going to look at new beach parking fees to offset rising county costs. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the idea is a controversial one. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Beach Parking Fees Proposal


Campaign Underway To Restore Dilapidated Public Artwork On South Coast Created By Internationally Known Artist

Fri, July 20, 2012

It was controversial when it was first built, but a massive piece of public art on the South Coast has become a part of the landscape over the last two decades. Now, Santa Barbara’s Chromatic Gate, near East Beach, is in trouble. Rain, sun, and ocean air have combined to damage the series of arches Read the Rest…


Planned Burn Expected To Put Up Cloud Of Smoke Over South Coast Saturday

Fri, July 20, 2012

A planned burn in Southern Santa Barbara County could create a cloud of smoke Saturday morning, and early afternoon. UC Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara County Fire department are conducting a prescribed burn on UCSB’s Lagoon. It’s part of a research project, and also allows firefighters to provide training for the county’s arson task Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Sought In Connection With Attacks On Homeless In Southern California

Fri, July 20, 2012

A Santa Barbara musician who’s been missing for the last few weeks has been called a “person of interest” by the FBI in three brutal attacks on homeless people in the Los Angeles, and Santa Monica areas. The LAPD is looking for David Ben Keyes in connection with the stabbings of two men, and one Read the Rest…


Support Growing For Effort To Keep Ventura County’s East County Courthouse Open

Thu, July 19, 2012

Support is growing to keep the Ventura County’s East County Courthouse from falling victim to the budget ax. Faced with shutdown because of state budget cuts, some community leaders have asked local governments to chip in funding to help keep the Simi Valley facility open at least two days a week. Ventura County, and Simi Read the Rest…


3800 Marijuana Plants Seized In Ventura County Community

Thu, July 19, 2012

It was an unexpected area to find a large scale marijuana growing operation, near one of Ventura County’s largest cities. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit received information leading them to large grove on the 1500 block of Rancho Conejo Boulevard, in Thousand Oaks. More than 3800 plants were seized, but no arrests were Read the Rest…


Convicted Mass Murderer In Santa Barbara County Receives 100 Year Plus Sentence

Thu, July 19, 2012

A mass murderer who shot to death four people at a Santa Barbara County auto salvage business has received a 100 years, to life sentence. Lee Leeds shot to death his father, and three others at a Santa Maria auto salvage yard in March of 2008. Leeds admitted he was responsible for the killings, but Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Firefighters Quickly Contain Brush Fire

Thu, July 19, 2012

Santa Barbara County firefighters say they’ve contained a small brush fire burning in the San Marcos Pass area. The blaze was discovered just one p.m. on the 1400 block of Old San Marcos Pass Road. An acre of brush was blackened. No structures are reported to be in danger. Firefighters are still at the scene, Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers Make New Inroads Into Brain’s Search Mechanism

Thu, July 19, 2012

Every day, our brain helps us perform little searches like finding your wallet, or car keys. We know we’re looking for a specific object, but, there’s a actually an intricate series of things happening in our brains to make it happen. A team of UC Santa Barbara researchers has made some discoveries about how this Read the Rest…


Eight Ventura County Locations Raided As Part Of Investigation Of Teen’s Murder

Thu, July 19, 2012

Law enforcement officers from three different agencies raided multiple locations in Ventura, and Oxnard yesterday in connection with efforts to solve the murder of a 14-year-old boy. Joshua Burciaga was shot to death June 27th in Saticoy Park. Yesterday, Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives, aided by Oxnard and Ventura Police served search warrants, and conducted probation Read the Rest…


Second Person In Custody In Connection With Santa Barbara County Fugtive Arrested 18 Years After Fleeing U.S.

Thu, July 19, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say there’s a new twist in the arrest of a fugtive wanted for a molestation case that’s nearly two decades old. Investigators with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Felony Fugitive Unit say they’ve arrested a Santa Barbara man they belive aided the fugtive for about six years. Detectives say Read the Rest…


Subtropical Weather Means Continued Thunderstorm Potential For South Coast

Wed, July 18, 2012

Moisture from what was Hurricane Fabio is continuing to create some unusual weather conditions for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. In addition to humid conditions, there’s a chance of thunderstorms in Ventura, and Santa Barbara county mountains through Thursday afternoon. The moisture set an all time record in Camarillo Wednesday. A trace amount of rain Read the Rest…


Some Small Businesses Impacted By Drought In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties May Be Eligible For Federal Aid

Wed, July 18, 2012

Small businesses in 43 California counties, including Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, may be eligbile for federal assistance if they were seriously impacted by drought conditions this year. The Federal Small Business Adminstration is making low interest federal disaster loans availble to non-farm businesses hurt by drought conditions between February and May. Loans of up Read the Rest…


Man Who Drowned In Camarillo Lake Identified

Wed, July 18, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man who died after falling off a raft, and drowned in a small lake in Camarillo. The accident happened just after noon on Sunday, on the 1600 block of east Bridgeport Lane. Ventura County firefighters called to the scene pulled off their uniforms, and jumped into the lake, finding and Read the Rest…


Plans For Proposed New Park, Ventura River Parkway, To Be Unveiled Today

Wed, July 18, 2012

It was once a popular South Coast river to go swimming, or fishing, or to have a picnic. But, years ago, the construction of Highway 33 limited access to the Ventura River. Now, a project is underway to try to take some publicly owned land along the river, add to it, and develop recreational facilities Read the Rest…


Computer Glitch Sends Some Letters From Ventura County Regarding Assessments To Wrong Places

Wed, July 18, 2012

A computer glitch resulted in Ventura County sending a number of letters with information on property tax assessments to the wrong homeowners. The County Assessor’s office isn’t sure how many of the notices were sent to the wrong place, but as a precaution they will resend the batch of 25,000 letters. The information sent out Read the Rest…


Legislation From Local State Senator To Assist Sex Crime Victims Signed Into Law By Governor

Wed, July 18, 2012

The governor has signed into law legislation from a local state senator intended to help sex crime victims. Senate Bill 1091 provides trial assistance for victims of child pornography, pimping, pandering, and for sex trafficking. Up until now, the law allowed for limited assistance for victims of just certain types of crimes before, and during Read the Rest…


Simi Valley City Council Modifies Proposal To Restrict Halloween Activities Of Registered Sex Offenders

Tue, July 17, 2012

A proposed ordinance which would restrict the Halloween related activities of registered sex offenders to try to keep them away from children is moving ahead in Simi Valley, but didn’t get final approval last night. The ordinance would forbid registered offenders in the city from taking part in “trick or treat” activities. As originally proposed, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Arrest Teen In Connection With Sexual Assault At Laundromat

Tue, July 17, 2012

Oxnard Police say they’ve arrested a 14 year old boy for the sexual assault of a woman at a laundromat, which was caught on tape. The woman was at a laundromat on the 500 block of Cooper Road at about 11:30 Sunday night, when she was assaulted. A surveillance camera system at the business recorded Read the Rest…


Man Wanted In 1994 Molestation Case In Santa Barbara County Arrested In Guatemala

Tue, July 17, 2012

A fugitive wanted for a nearly two decade old molestation case in Santa Barbara County has been found, and arrested in Guatemala. Jeffrey Reed Parish is accused of molesting a four year old girl in Carpinteria in 1994. He was initially arrested, but while out on bail fled the country. It was thought he went Read the Rest…


New Simi Valley Police Chief Sworn Into Office

Tue, July 17, 2012

A Ventura County community officially has a new police chief today. Mitch McCann has been sworn in as Simi Valley’s new Police Chief. McCann has been in law enforcement for more than two decades, and was a captain with the Beverly Hills Police Department. He was already a Simi Valley resident, so he’ll be able Read the Rest…


Ventura Testing More Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable System To Dispose Of Sewage

Tue, July 17, 2012

You know how you can boil water to make it safe to drink? A Bay Area company, and the City of Ventura are trying something like that on a much grander scale. They’re experimenting with a system which uses heat, instead of chemicals like chlorine to purify wastewater, so it can be recycled. In a Read the Rest…


Gunman Receives 148 Year Long Sentence For Brutal Santa Barbara Home Invasion Robbery

Tue, July 17, 2012

A man received a 148 year long prison sentence for a home invasion robbery in which one victim was assaulted, and another shot in the head. Jack Mills was found guilty of seven felony counts ranging from attempted murder, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Prosecutors say in March of 2010, Mills Read the Rest…


Ventura County Public Health Officials Urge Local Residents Headed To Olympics To Double Check Vaccination Status

Tue, July 17, 2012

If you’re one of those lucky enough to be headed to Great Britain for the Summer Olympics, Ventura County Public health officials are recommending you double check your vaccinations first. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Olympic Vaccinations


Authorities Looking For Teen Who Sexually Assaulted Woman In Oxnard Laundromat

Tue, July 17, 2012

Authorities are hoping that surveillance video will lead to the arrest of a teenager who sexually assaulted a woman in an Oxnard laundromat. The attack happened at around 11:30 Sunday night, on the 500 block of Cooper Road, in Oxnard. The victim told police she was inside the laundromat when the boy, between 15 and Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Could Pass Ordinance Tonight Restricting Halloween Activities Of Registered Sex Offenders

Mon, July 16, 2012

A Ventura County community is expected to take final action tonight on a proposal which would restrict the Halloween related activities of registered sex offenders to try to keep them away from children. The Simi Valley City Council could give final approval to an ordinance which would forbid registered offenders in the city from taking Read the Rest…


Legislation Endorsed by Ventura County D.A. To Help Fight Real Estate Fraud Signed Into Law By Governor

Mon, July 16, 2012

The governor has signed into law legislation to help fight real estate fraud which was co-sponsored by Ventura County’s District Attorney. Senate Bill 1342 allows counties to raise the real Estate Fraud Trust Fund Fee from the current fee of $3, to a maximum of $10. The money would provide counties will additional resources to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Foundation To Buy Building In Camarillo, Set Up Non-Profit Center

Mon, July 16, 2012

A Ventura County foundation has announced plans to create a new non-profit center in the county. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: VCCF Building


Woman From Ventura Helps Found Organization Trying To Find A Cure To Rare Disease Which Took Her Son’s Life

Mon, July 16, 2012

It was a painful experience no couple should have to endure. Their seeming normal two year old boy suddenly began suffering severe medical problems, from losing his ability to talk, to blindness. He never lived to reach the age of three. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the boy’s mother, a native of Ventura who created Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Man Who Threatened Woman Shot By CHP In Santa Barbara County

Mon, July 16, 2012

A man authorities say had threatened a woman who was in a vehicle with him was shot, following a confrontation with the CHP in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: CHP Involved Shooting


Man Cauught With Million Dollars Worth Of Phony Money Orders Enters Guilty Plea In Simi Valley Case

Mon, July 16, 2012

A man prosecutors say was caught with more than a million dollars in phony U.S. Postal Service money orders in his Simi Valley motorhome entered a guilty plea to 14 felony counts, from identity theft to possession of child pornography. The Ventura County District Attorney’s office says Grant Lind was arrested for passing a forged Read the Rest…


Prominent Doctor Dies Following Accident At Santa Barbara Polo Club

Sat, July 14, 2012

A well known Southern California doctor has died as a result of injuries he suffered in a polo practice session in Santa Barbara County. Beverly Hills anesthesiologist Steven Sadler was riding at the Santa Barbara Polo Club July 7th when his horse stumbled, and he was thrown headfirst into the ground. He died last Thursday Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School District Modifies Bond Debt To Save Millions In Interest

Sat, July 14, 2012

Santa Barbara’s school district has taken advantage of historically low interest rates to in effect refinance some of its bond obligations, which will save millions in interest. The Santa Barbara School District issued new bonds, to pay off some of existing bonds. The moves are expected to save taxpayers about four million dollars between now, Read the Rest…


Former Pro Baseball Star From Ventura County Facing More Time Behind Bars

Fri, July 13, 2012

Former Major League Baseball star, and onetime Ventura County resident Lenny Dykstra could be spending a lot more time behind bars than he’s facing now. Dykstra pled guilty today to three felony counts of hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets from his bankruptcy, and then lying about it. He could face up to Read the Rest…


Deal Approved To Keep Popular South Coast Commuter Bus Service Rolling

Fri, July 13, 2012

A deal approved Friday morning will save a popular regional commuter bus service on the South Coast from shutdown at the end of this month. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: VISTA Deal


Man Arrested With Stolen Vehicle After Air, Ground Chase In Ventura County

Fri, July 13, 2012

Simi Valley Police say a auto thief picked the wrong vehicle to steal, because it was equipped with an automatic tracking device. An officer on patrol at around 10:30 this morning received a stolen car LoJack notification in his patrol car. Moments later, an LAPD helicopter notified Simi Valley Police they were tracking a stolen Read the Rest…


Ventura County Transportation Commission Set to Vote On Proposal To Save Threatened Commuter Bus Service

Fri, July 13, 2012

The future of a commuter bus system on the South Coast which serves some 800,000 people a year has been up in the air for the last few weeks, following word that the company which provides the service is bankrupt. Coach America is going to stop providing “VISTA” bus service, news which left many commuters Read the Rest…


Family Calls For Investigation After Death Of Man In Oxnard Police Custody

Fri, July 13, 2012

The family of an Oxnard man who died after a confrontation with police officers is calling for an independent investigation, claiming he had been beaten. Robert Ramirez died shortly after the June 23rd confrontation on the 1100 block of South L Street. Police had been called to the scene by reports of a man possibly Read the Rest…


School Administrators In Santa Barbara County Face Charges After Prosecutors Say They Failed To Report Alleged Abuse

Fri, July 13, 2012

Santa Barbara County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against one current, and one former administrator at a private school, claiming they failed to properly report some child sex abuse claims. The charges center around allegations that two students at Orcutt’s St. Joseph High School sexually assaulted a 16 year old classmate. Prosecutors say Principal Joseph Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Assaults on Two Women In Downtown Santa Barbara

Thu, July 12, 2012

Police say a man who assaulted two women on downtown Santa Barbara streets is in custody. KCLU’s Willa Sandmeyer has the story: Santa Barbara Assaults


City Of Simi Valley Wins Legal Challenge Over Its Library Operations

Thu, July 12, 2012

A judge rejected a legal challenge to the City of Simi Valley’s decision to leave the Ventura County Library System. Concerned about money, the city acted last year to leave the system, and to look at alternatives which included running the library itself, or hiring a private contractor, as Camarillo has done. The workers union, Read the Rest…


Some Major Ventura County Growers Use Cutting Edge Technology To Reduce Energy Usage

Thu, July 12, 2012

Two family owned agricultural companies which are among the largest growers in Ventura County are looking past the green in their fields, to operating green in their processing facilities. The two companies have installed some of the latest in sustainable energy technologies at their Oxnard facilities. The new installations include a storage battery system the Read the Rest…


Carpinteria City Councilman To Begin Serving Sentence For DUI Conviction

Thu, July 12, 2012

A Carpinteria City Councilman is beginning to serve a jail sentence for a DUI conviction, but it won’t be behind bars. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Carpinteria City Councilman Sentence


New Roundabout Planned For Major South Coast Intersection

Thu, July 12, 2012

Work is set to get underway today to build a roundabout at a major South Coast intersection. The City of Goleta is building one of the interchanges at the intersection of Los Carneros Road, and Calle Real. The three way intersection has been the scene of numerous traffic accidents, and the hope is the roundabout Read the Rest…


Authorities Accuse Santa Barbara Man Of Being Serial Rapist

Thu, July 12, 2012

A Santa Barbara man is behind bars, accused of being a serial rapist who attacked at least three women. KCLU’s Willa Sandmeyer has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Serial Rape Investigation


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