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Archives for August 2012

Hospital In Ventura County Among Those Fined Statewide For Serious Safety Violation

Fri, August 31, 2012

The State Department of Public Health has fined 14 California hospitals for safety issues, including one in Ventura County. Simi Valley Hospital was fined $25,000 for an incident in which a sponge was left inside a woman for four years, and was only discovered following a second surgery. Hospital officials have said they reported the Read the Rest…


Second Case Of West Nile Virus Documented In Ventura County

Fri, August 31, 2012

A second case of a potentially dangerous flu-like disease has been documented in Ventura County. A 75 year old Simi Valley man spent nine days in the hospital after contracting West Nile Virus. He’s since been released from the hospital. On August 20th, an eastern Ventura County woman was confirmed to have contracted, but recovered Read the Rest…


Moorpark Man Identified As Victim In Fatal Bicycle-Vehicle Crash

Fri, August 31, 2012

Law enforcement officers in Moorpark are trying to figure out what led to a traffic accident which left a bicyclist dead. Kenneth Gutherie of Moorpark was riding southbound on Moorpark Avenue yesterday morning when he was hit by a southbound vehicle at the street’s intersection with Poindexter Avenue. The 52 year old man was pronounced Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Woman Facing Charges For Attack By Dog On Little Girl

Fri, August 31, 2012

Santa Barbara County authorities say they are pursuing multiple charges against a woman whose dog they say bit a five year old girl in the face last month. The girl was attacked on July 5th, on State Street in Santa Barbara. However, the woman believed to be the dog’s owner left the scene. Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Sexual Predator Who Attacked Jogger In Ventura County

Fri, August 31, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a sexual predator who attacked a jogger on a remote trail in the Conejo Valley in broad daylight. The woman was running on Lindero Creek Trail, in Thousand Oaks at around one yesterday afternoon when a man knocked her to the ground, and hit her in the face. Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Body Found In Santa Barbara County Lake Is That Of Missing Southern California Man

Fri, August 31, 2012

A body found in a small Santa Barbara County lake is that of a Southern California man who disappeared in the area several weeks ago. A worker at the Alisal Guest Ranch spotted the body in a lake at the Santa Ynez Valley ranch Wednesday morning. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department is now saying Read the Rest…


Investigators Are Trying To Determine The Cause Of Pair Of Brushfires Off Of Freeway In Ventura County

Fri, August 31, 2012

Thousands of rush hour commuters got a bird’s eye view of some brush fires in Ventura County. Two fires broke out just north of the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley, one near Kuehner Drive, and one near Yosemite Avenue around 5:30 last night. No structures were damaged. The fires, which burned more than 30 acres Read the Rest…


Woman Dies In What’s Being Called Accidental Fall From Ventura Hotel Balcony

Fri, August 31, 2012

Ventura Police are investigating what they’re calling the apparently accidental fatal fall of someone from a high rise hotel in the city. Police and paramedics were called to the 400 block of Harbor Boulevard just before 7:30 last night. A woman had fallen to death from a balcony on the 11th floor of the Crown Read the Rest…


College Professor On South Coast Honored With Knighthood By French Government

Thu, August 30, 2012

A South Coast college professor has been honored with a knighthood by the French government. Westmont College French professor Mary Blackwood Collier received the tribute for her dedication to spreading French culture. She received the honor from the French Counsul General in Los Angeles, at a ceremony in Santa Barbara County this week. Collier has Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Reports Record Enrollment

Thu, August 30, 2012

A Ventura County university has the largest enrollment in its more than five decade long history. California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks is expecting 4200 undergraduate, and graduate students when classes start next week. That’s an increase of more than 100 students from last year. The enrollment numbers include students at the university’s satellite campuses Read the Rest…


Plan To Revamp Santa Barbara City College Adult Education Program To Be Unveiled

Thu, August 30, 2012

It’s been a touchy subject in Santa Barbara County. Tight state funding forced Santa Barbara City College to re-think its popular adult education programs. The district looked at cutting some of the classes, and charging fees when they had been free, ideas which drew criticism from people who liked the enrichment classes. District officials have Read the Rest…


Oxnard Fire Department Getting Help To Teach Firefighters Spanish

Thu, August 30, 2012

The Oxnard Fire Department is getting a gift from an insurance company today to improve the bilingual abilities of firefighters. State Farm Insurance is presenting the department with a check for more than $10,000 to fund bilingual training. The money will be used to make the Rosetta Stone language program available to firefighters on electronic Read the Rest…


Two Wanted Ventura County Men Arrested After Vehicle, Foot Pursuits

Thu, August 30, 2012

Efforts to stop a vehicle carrying two wanted men turned into quite an adventure for Ventura Police. Officers spotted the vehicle just before 4 p.m. yesterday, near Telegraph Road, and College Avenue in Ventura. One of the men, Robert Taylor, jumped out of the moving vehicle, but was arrested after a short foot chase. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Among First In State To Equip All Police Patrol Units With Defibrillators, To Help Heart Attack Victims

Thu, August 30, 2012

A Ventura County community is joining forces with its police department to become one of a handful in the state to equip patrol units with defibrillators, to help, and possibly save the lives of people who’ve had heart attacks. Yesterday, the Simi Valley Police Department received enough of the units to put A-E-D’s in half Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Having Knife, Drugs On Santa Barbara School Campus

Thu, August 30, 2012

A school resources officer at a South Coast high school who responded to a report someone was threatening staff members say she found the man was armed with a knife, and selling drugs on campus. Santa Barbara Police say when the officer arrived on the scene at Santa Barbara High School Monday, Christian Ariel Hernandez Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Ousts Longtime City Manager

Wed, August 29, 2012

There’s been a huge shakeup in the City of Ventura, with the ouster of the City’s longtime City Manager. The Ventura City Council decided to replace Rick Cole. The decision by a majority of council members came as a part of the annual job performance review for Cole. He then offered to resign, and retire Read the Rest…


School Bus Driver Accused Of Leaving Student On Parked Bus For Hours Cited

Wed, August 29, 2012

Simi Valley Police are saying they’ve cited a school bus driver school who district officials say left a special needs students in a parked, unattended bus for more than three hours. Simi Valley School District officials told police that the driver had picked up, and delivered students to Crestview Elementary School students on the morning Read the Rest…


Weather Forecasters Say Heat Wave Expected To Have Hit Peak Today On South Coast

Wed, August 29, 2012

Temperatures reached the 100 degree mark on parts of the South Coast today, on what forecasters say should be the hottest part of a heat wave hitting the region. It hit 80 degrees before 8 a.m. this morning in Moorpark, and highs were in the 90’s for many inland areas of Ventura County, and even Read the Rest…


Man Arrested On Charges He Raped 14 Year Old In Santa Barbara

Wed, August 29, 2012

Santa Barbara Police detectives say they’ve arrested a 36 year old man on charges he raped a teenage girl at a party earlier this summer. Investigators say they just recently learned about the attack on the girl, which occurred in mid-July. They say based on the description of the man, and his tattoos, they recognized Read the Rest…


Body Found In Lake At Santa Barbara County Ranch

Wed, August 29, 2012

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a body of a man in a lake at a Santa Barbara County guest ranch. An employee at the Alisal Guest Ranch was walking around the ranch’s lake around eight this morning, and spotted the body in the water. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department detectives, coroner’s investigators, and members Read the Rest…


Great White Shark Expert Talks About Rash Of Sightings Off South Coast

Wed, August 29, 2012

Cue the theme to the movie “Jaws”. Yet again, a Great White Shark sighting off the Santa Barbara coastline has prompted warning signs for swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users at the city’s beaches. It’s happened multiple times in the last five weeks, with everything from an attack on a sea lion, to actual sightings Read the Rest…


Wild Car Chase In Santa Barbara County Ends Safely

Wed, August 29, 2012

Santa Barbara County was the scene of a wild, hour long car chase. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Chase


Trio Of Men Confront, Shoot Man At Ventura Gas Station.

Wed, August 29, 2012

Police are looking for a trio of men who got into an argument with a motorist at a Ventura gas station, and then shot him. It happened just after one this morning, on the 800 block of North Ventura Avenue. Ventura Police say a man was leaving the gas station in his vehicle when he Read the Rest…


Reward Being Offered For Serial Bank Robber In Santa Barbara County

Wed, August 29, 2012

The FBI is making a new push to track down a bank robber blamed for three robberies in the Santa Barbara area since 2010, a man they’ve dubbed the “Armed And Ready” bandit. The heavy set man wearing a ski mask would enter banks usually right after they opened. He would pull out a handgun, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Fradulently Posing As Contractor

Wed, August 29, 2012

A Ventura County man is facing nine felony fraud charges, after County Sheriff’s detectives say they found that he claimed he represented a contractor, and took thousands of dollars from people for fencing projects which were never completed. Investigators say they received complaints that Theodore Diamond of Thousand Oaks failed to perform work after taking Read the Rest…


Central Coast Red Cross Chapter Deploys Five Local Workers To Help With Hurricane Isaac Eelief Efforts

Wed, August 29, 2012

The Central Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed five volunteers to help with Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. Two women from Ventura County, two from Santa Barbara County, and one from San Luis Obispo County are headed east for up to two weeks of relief work. The workers are part of a nationwide Read the Rest…


Brushfire Near Ventura Park Now Completely Contained

Tue, August 28, 2012

Ventura County firefighters say a brush fire near Ventura’s Arroyo Verde Park is now fully contained. The nearly 40 acre fire began around 4:30 yesterday afternoon, putting up a huge plume of smoke, and burning into an avocado orchard. No homes were threatened. At its peak, more than a hundred firefighters battled the blaze, with Read the Rest…


Worker Seriously Injured By Fire At Simi Valley Industrial Facility

Tue, August 28, 2012

A worker suffered burns over about 30% of his body when a flash fire occurred at an industrial facility in Simi Valley today. It happened at around 10:30 this morning, on the 4600 block of Industrial Street. The Ventura County Fire Department’s Steve Swindle says the victim was working on some machinery when some tailings Read the Rest…


Vehicle Crashes Into Ventura Building: Driver Arrested On DUI Charge

Tue, August 28, 2012

A Ventura County man is in a lot of trouble, after police say he smashed his vehicle into some offices while driving under the influence. Ventura Police say the 24 year old Oxnard man was speeding westbound on Thompson Boulevard just after nine last night, when he swerved to avoid another vehicle, and lost control Read the Rest…


New Program Trying To Provide South Coast Non-Profits With Solar Power

Tue, August 28, 2012

A unique new solar initiative on the South Coast is trying to encourage non-profit groups to turn to sustainable energy. The Community Supported Solar Initiative is connecting investors with non-profit groups. The investors can take advantage of tax breaks, and long term revenue, while the non-profits get the use of free solar power systems, and Read the Rest…


Man Found Shot to Death In Oxnard Identified

Tue, August 28, 2012

A 25 year old man has been identified as the victim of a fatal weekend shooting in Oxnard. Police were called to the area of Hemlock, and J Streets around 2:30 Sunday morning by reports of gunshots. Officers found Ira McLaughlin on the ground, with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire Burns 60 Acres, Is 70% Contained

Tue, August 28, 2012

Firefighters are hoping to get full containment by noon today of a 60 acre brushfire which caused a scare in Ventura. No homes are in danger from the blaze, which is burning near Arroyo Verde Park. The fire began around 4:30, and burned into an avocado orchard. It put up a huge plume of smoke. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Say Man Admits Molesting Child, Calls It Payback For His Molestation As A Child

Tue, August 28, 2012

Santa Barbara Police say a man who admitted molesting a five year old girl told detectives it was payback for when he was molested as a child. Investigators say police were called to a home on Santa Barbara’s Eastside Sunday after the victim, who was visiting the house, told an older cousin what had happened Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Boy Arrested For Bringing Weapon To School

Tue, August 28, 2012

A student at a Santa Barbara County middle school was arrested, after bringing what appeared to be a handgun to school. The 13 year old boy took what turned out to be a pellet gun to Lompoc Valley Middle School yesterday. He showed the weapon to someone, who thought it was an automatic pistol, who Read the Rest…


Fire Burns 10 Acres Of Brush In Gaviota Foothiils

Mon, August 27, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of a ten acre fire which blackened a stretch of hills just north of the 101 Freeway, in the Gaviota area. The fire was discovered just before 4:30 yesterday, near the 101 Freeway and Refugio Road. One structure was briefly threatened, but it escaped without damage. Santa Read the Rest…


Brushfire Burning In Foothills Outside Of Ventura Blackens 15 Acres Of Land

Mon, August 27, 2012

A brushfire outside of Ventura which is sending up huge plumes of smoke has burned more than 15 acres of land No homes are in danger from the blaze, which is burning near Arroyo Verde Park. The fire began around 4:30, and burned into an avocado orchard. More than a hundred firefighters are battling the Read the Rest…


Shark Warning Signs Up At Santa Barbara Beaches Again After Fresh Great White Shark Sighting

Mon, August 27, 2012

It’s almost become a regular event this summer. Yet another Great White Shark appearance off the Santa Barbara County coastline has prompted warning signs to again go up at some local beaches. A fisherman spotted a 15 foot long Great White near the entrance channel to Santa Barbara Harbor around 2:30 this afternoon. The City Read the Rest…


Postponed Rocket Launch From Vandenberg Air Force Base Rescheduled

Mon, August 27, 2012

A rocket launch originally set to take place from Santa Barbara County earlier this month has now been rescheduled for next month. Vandenberg Air Force Base officials say the Atlas V rocket is now set to lift off on September 13th. The rocket is carrying a classified payload, but aerospace observers think it’s carrying more Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Eastern Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Mon, August 27, 2012

Firefighters say a brush fire in a rugged, remote area of Ventura County, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line is now fully contained. The 75 acre blaze was first reported at around 8:30 Sunday morning, off of Highway 126 near the Newhall Ranch area. About 150 firefighters aided by bulldozers, helicopters, and an airplane fought Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Investigating Attack On Child By Dog

Mon, August 27, 2012

Simi Valley Police are investigating an incident which sent a child to the hospital with a dog bite to the face, as well as the dog’s owner who was injured when the child’s father attempted to detain her. It happened at around 6:30 Sunday night at a private park near First Street, and Royal Avenue. Read the Rest…


Driver Arrested After Chase, Traffic Accidents In Ventura

Mon, August 27, 2012

A driver police say was trying to avoid a sobriety checkpoint in Ventura was arrested after leading officers on a chase, and getting into two traffic accidents in the process. It started at about 1:30 Saturday morning, on Harbor Boulevard south of Schooner Drive. Police say Hector Aguayo saw the checkpoint, and made a u-turn, Read the Rest…


Full Containment Expected Today For Brushfire Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line

Mon, August 27, 2012

Firefighters battling a brushfire in a rugged, remote area of Ventura County, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line say they expect to have the 80 acre blaze contained today. The blaze was first reported at around 8:30 Sunday morning, off of Highway 126 near the Newhall Ranch area. Firefighters aided by helicopters, and an airplane Read the Rest…


Foundation Awards More Than $570,000 In Grants To Non-Profits In Ventura County

Mon, August 27, 2012

A Ventura County based non-profit organization has awarded more than $570,000 worth of grants to non-profit agencies in the region. The Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Foundation announced a series of grants to 13 local organizations, ranging from the FOOD Share foodbank, to Camarillo Hospice, and the Ventura College Foundation. The money will be Read the Rest…


Brushfire Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line Now Close To Containment

Sun, August 26, 2012

Firefighters battling a brushfire in a rugged, remote area of Ventura County, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line say it’s now 80% contained The blaze was first reported at around 8:30 Sunday morning, off of Highway 126 near the Newhall Ranch area. Firefighters aided by helicopters, and an airplane have been fighting the fire, which Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Eastern Ventura County Now Up To 100 Acres Burned

Sun, August 26, 2012

Ventura, and Los Angeles County firefighters are battling a brushfire in a rugged remote area of the county, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line. The 100 acre blaze was first reported at around 8:30 Sunday morning, off of Highway 126 near the Newhall Ranch area. Firefighters aided by helicopters, and an airplane have been fighting Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For What Police Are Calling One Man Crime Spree In Ventura

Sun, August 26, 2012

Ventura Police say they’ve arrested a man who broke into homes, and cars and stole a number of items during a three hour long weekend crime spree. Officers were called to the 200 block of North Alison Street just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday, by reports of a prowler. They say they found Brandon Harman hiding Read the Rest…


Police Investigating Murder In Oxnard

Sun, August 26, 2012

Oxnard Police say they’re investigating the death of a man who was apparently shot to death. Officers were called to the area of Hemlock, and J Streets just before 2:30 Sunday morning by reports of shots being fired. They arrived to find a man lying in the street with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced Read the Rest…


Fire At Storage Facility Causes Stir In Ventura

Sun, August 26, 2012

A cigarette is being blamed for starting a fire which sent smoke throughout a self storage facility in Ventura. The blaze was discovered just after four p.m. Saturday, on the 300 block of South Laurel Street. Ventura firefighters arrived to find smoke in a center hallway leading to multiple storage units. After working their way Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighters Battling Brush Fire In Eastern Part Of County

Sun, August 26, 2012

Ventura County firefighters are battling a brushfire in a remote area of the county, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line. The 30 acre blaze was first reported at around 8:30 Sunday morning, off of Highway 126 near the Newhall Ranch area. Dozens of Ventura County firefighters aided by helicopters have been fighting the fire with Read the Rest…


Special Coverage: Democratic National Convention

Sat, August 25, 2012

Hear special coverage of the Democratic National Convention Tuesday (9/4) through Thursday (9/6) on KCLU. On Point will be in Charlotte for two broadcasts daily, at 9 am and 4 pm PT.  Then, 5 pm-8 pm, KCLU will broadcast the events from the floor.  Fresh Air will be heard at 8 pm and Q will air at Read the Rest…


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