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Archives for August 2012

7th Grade Students Facing Immunization Requirement Before They Can Start School

Fri, August 17, 2012

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Santa Barbara Man Arrested After Three Hour Standoff With Police

Thu, August 16, 2012

A man who failed to show up in court to face a domestic battery charge was arrested following a three hour standoff with police in Santa Barbara. It started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, when an officer noticed Anthony Allen Perrie standing on a corner near Salinas, and Indian Muerto Streets on Santa Barbara’s Eastside. Read the Rest…


Cal State Channel Islands To Kick Off Celebration Of 10th Anniversary

Thu, August 16, 2012

The South Coast is home to the newest campus in the Cal State University system. What was once a state hospital in the foothills of Camarillo was expanded, and developed into Cal State Channel Islands, which teaches thousands of students annually, and contributed more than $110 million dollars to the region’s economy each year. This Read the Rest…


Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Declines To Pursue Charges Against Former Santa Paula Police Chief

Wed, August 15, 2012

The Ventura County District Attorney’s office says it will not pursue criminal charges against Santa Paula’s former police chief. The City fired Stephen MacKinnon amid allegations that he had used a city vehicle, fuel, and paid time for some trips to Arizona. MacKinnon denied the charges, saying that the use of a vehicle had been Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Wounded In Confrontation With Oxnard Police Identified

Wed, August 15, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man who is dead following an armed confrontation with police in Oxnard. Officers were called to the 300 block of South H Street just after 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, by reports of a holding a gun to his head. When police arrived, the man ran into a home, and a shot Read the Rest…


New Great White Shark Warning Posted For Some South Coast Beaches

Wed, August 15, 2012

The City of Santa Barbara has posted a Great White Shark warning for visitors to its beaches, after a surfer off of Leadbetter Point spotted one of the sharks Tuesday night. City Waterfront Department officials say the surfer was in the ocean just after 5 p.m., when he noticed a massive shark just five feet Read the Rest…


Merger Of Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department Helicopter Programs Now In Place

Wed, August 15, 2012

An idea to improve public safety efforts in Santa Barbara that’s been kicked around for years, and unsuccessfully tried once before is now a reality. On July first, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and the County Fire Department merged their helicopter operations into one new unit. The goals include improving the ability to respond Read the Rest…


Electrical Malfunction Causes Fire Forcing Evacuations Of Dozens In Ventura County

Wed, August 15, 2012

An electrical malfunction filled a Ventura office building with smoke yesterday morning, forcing the evacuation of more than two dozen people. It happened at around ten a.m., at a building on the 5400 block of Telegraph Road. Workers in the law office left the building before firefighters arrived on the scene. Ventura firefighters were able Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters, Police Have To Deal With Tons Of Burning Garbage In Garbage Truck

Wed, August 15, 2012

It was a strange caravan which made its way through the streets of Ventura yesterday, with a parade of public safety units trying to get a trash truck with tons of debris burning in its storage area to a safe place. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Garbage Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Wounded In Confrontation With Oxnard Police

Tue, August 14, 2012

A man is dead, following a confrontation with police in Oxnard. Officers were called to the 300 block of South H Street just after 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, by reports of a holding a gun to his head. When police arrived, the man ran into a home, and a shot was fired. Officers didn’t know if Read the Rest…


Hundreds Attend Memorial Service For Ventura County Businessman, Philanthropist

Tue, August 14, 2012

Ventura County leaders gathered today for a memorial services for a businessman, and philanthropist who donated millions to education, and public service projects in the region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Jack Gilbert Memorial


Television Station Loses Transmission Signal To Ventura County Due To Heat

Tue, August 14, 2012

The only television station with a news bureau regularly covering Ventura County is unable to get its signal to the county’s viewers, due to some heat related problems. High temperatures, and the failure of an air conditioning system knocked out the transmitter for KEYT, Channel 3 in Santa Barbara Friday afternoon. The station’s transmitter in Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Man Accused In Vandalism Of 12 Businesses In Ventura County

Tue, August 14, 2012

A man has been arrested after police say he took part in vandalizing a dozen businesses in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say someone saw a group of people spray painting graffiti on businesses on the 2900 block of Cochran Street just after 3:30 this morning. Police caught two men running away from the plaza. Read the Rest…


Homeless Man Arrested For String Of Arson Fires In Ventura

Tue, August 14, 2012

Ventura Police say a homeless man is in custody, suspected of starting a string of arson fires in the city. Firefighters were called to the Thompson Boulevard area of the city just before 11 last night by a series of fires, set along a mile long stretch of the area. The fires included two homeless Read the Rest…


New Superintendent Announced For National Park Unit In Region

Tue, August 14, 2012

The National Park Service selected a man with nearly two decades in conservation work as the new Superintendent of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. David Szymanski will take over as head of the more than 150,000 acre park network in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties this fall. He’s currently Superintendent of Lewis and Read the Rest…


98 Year Old Guadacanal Veteran To Speak In Santa Barbara About Pivotal World War Two Battle

Tue, August 14, 2012

This month marks the 70th anniversary of a key invasion which stopped the tide of Japanese successes in the Pacific during World War Two, and allowed the United States to start on the road to ultimate victory. The Battle of Guadacanal is an almost forgotten chapter of history. But, Paul Dupre of Port Hueneme remembers Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Murder In Ventura County Last Week

Tue, August 14, 2012

A man who was already in the Ventura County jail is now accused in a killing last week in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Daniel Nuno for last Thursday’s killing of Ricardo Gonzales. The 41 year old Oxnard chiropractor had been in Fillmore visiting his parents when he was fatally wounded. Detectives aren’t Read the Rest…


Race For Mayor Of Oxnard Taking Shape

Mon, August 13, 2012

The race for mayor of Ventura County’s largest city is starting to take shape. Longtime Oxnard Mayor Tom Holden announced a few weeks ago he wouldn’t be seeking re-election. Three current city council members announced plans to seek the post. Tim Flynn, Irene Pinkard, and Carmen Ramirez are all in the race. Oxnard resident Donald Read the Rest…


Coalition Of Groups Opposing New Chick-fil-A Restaurant in Santa Barbara, Andding Fuel To Controversy

Mon, August 13, 2012

A gay rights group, and some social justice organizations have weighed in on the Santa Barbara twist to the national controversy over a fast food chain president’s stance on same sex marriage. The Santa Barbara Equality Project, the Pacific Pride Foundation, The Fund For Santa Barbara, and the groups Just Communities and Pueblo issued a Read the Rest…


Firefighters, Paramedics Team Up For Unusual Rescue In Ventura County

Mon, August 13, 2012

Ventura firefighters, and paramedics teamed up today for an unusual rescue involving an injured man weighing more than 300 pounds, who couldn’t be moved from the third floor of a motel by traditional means. Emergency personnel were called to the motel on the 400 block of East Main Street at around ten this morning. The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Among Marines Killed In Ambush In Afghanistan

Mon, August 13, 2012

A Ventura County man is one of three marines killed by insurgents posing as police in Afghanistan. Richard Anthony Rivera Junior was off duty, and going to exercise with two other marines on Friday when they were ambushed in the Helmand province on Friday. Rivera was from Oxnard. The 20 year old had been in Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Man Reported Missing In Ventura County

Mon, August 13, 2012

Authorities are looking for a Ventura County man who has been reported missing. Harold Rakowiecki of Oxnard is believed to have disappeared yesterday afternoon, and authorities say there is concern about his safety. The 60 year old man is a white male adult, who stands about six feet tall, weighs about 190 pounds, and has Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Survives 50 Plus Hour Ordeal Stranded On Sheer Rock Face

Mon, August 13, 2012

A Santa Barbara County man has an incredible story, one he almost didn’t live to tell. Larry Bishop became stranded hundreds of feet above the ground for more than two days on a sheer rock face in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Just as he was running out of strength, a rescuer raced up the steep Read the Rest…


Plans For Santa Barbara County Based Fast Food Chain To Do Stock Offering Delayed

Mon, August 13, 2012

The owner of a fast food giant based in Santa Barbara County delayed plans to take the company public with a stock offering. Apollo Management, the owner of Carpinteria based CKE Incorporated, had planned to do an IPO last week to try to raise as much as 200 million dollars. But, the owner of the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Set To Respond To Grand Jury Report Calling For Video Cameras In Patrol Cars

Mon, August 13, 2012

In a response to Santa Barbara County Grand Jury recommendations. the Santa Barbara Police Department is saying it’s close to installing video cameras in all of its patrol cars. The Police Department is scheduled to present an update on the issue to the City Council this week. But, in a letter to the Grand Jury, Read the Rest…


Ventura Pier Scene Of Dramatic Rescue

Sat, August 11, 2012

Ventura firefighters, and Harbor Patrol officers made a dramatic rescue, plucking a man clinging to a piling under the Ventura Pier out of the ocean. It happened just before 7 p.m. Friday. Firefighters were called to the north side of the pier by reports of a man clinging to a piling. Fire Department, and Harbor Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Four Years In State Prison For Counterfeiting, Fraud In Ventura County

Sat, August 11, 2012

A man found with more than a million dollars worth of phony U.S. Postal Service money orders in Ventura County has been sentenced to four years in prison. Grant Lind was arrested last February in Simi Valley for passing a forged check. Simi Valley Police searched the motorhome where he lived, and say they found Read the Rest…


Bicyclist Killed In Collision With Big Rig In Ventura County

Sat, August 11, 2012

A bicyclist is dead, after he was involved in a collision with a big rig in Ventura County. It happened at around 4:30 Friday morning, on the 2100 block of First Street in Simi Valley. Police say Trinidad Nava of Simi Valley was headed down First Street, when he hit a tractor-trailer rig which was Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire Causes Big Scare, Ties Up 101 Freeway Traffic

Fri, August 10, 2012

A brushfire on the Conejo Grade in Ventura County Friday caused a scare for some area residents, and made a mess out of the 101 Freeway for hours. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Conejo Grade Fire


Ventura County Firefighters Have Upper Hand On 25 Acre Brushfire In Newbury Park Area

Fri, August 10, 2012

Ventura County firefighters say they have just about contained a 25 acre brushfire burning just south of the 101 freeway in Newbury Park, on the Conejo Grade. The fire was discovered at around 11:30 this morning just off the freeway, as it spread into the rugged foothills. Dozens of firefighters aided by helicopters were able Read the Rest…


Newpaper Deliver Man Shot At In Ventura

Fri, August 10, 2012

Ventura Police are trying to figure out who shot at a newspaper delivery man early this morning, hitting his vehicle. It happened at around 4:30 this morning, on the 200 block of West Ramona Street. The delivery man told officers he was dropping off newspapers in the neighborhood when a young man flashed a gang Read the Rest…


Ventura County Hospital to Close Obstetrics Unit

Fri, August 10, 2012

A Ventura County hospital has announced plans to shut down it’s nearly four decades old obstetrics unit. St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital, in Camarillo, will close the unit this fall, because of what officials call an insufficient demand for the services at the facility. Hospital officials say they will work to transfer as many staff Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Victim In Ventura County Murder

Fri, August 10, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man who was apparently shot to death in Ventura County. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 600 block of Lewis Lane at about 9:45 last night, by reports someone had been shot. They found a man with gunshot wounds, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He’s being identified as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Apparent Homicide

Fri, August 10, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating what’s believed to be a homicide in Fillmore. Authorities were called to the 900 block of Lewis Lane, in Fillmore just after 9:30 last night. A man with an apparent gunshot wound was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s name hasn’t been released yet. There’s no word on Read the Rest…


Historic Ventura County Mansion To Open For Rare Public Visits To Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Fri, August 10, 2012

It’s a little known part of Ventura County history. Sitting on a military base, behind restricted gates is a 100 year old mansion designed by an architect who created some of Southern California’s most iconic structures, and built by a family which helped bring everything from ports, to agriculture to the region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Amgen Drops Testing Of Potential Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Fri, August 10, 2012

A Ventura County based biotech giant says it’s dropping its testing of a drug which it hoped would be an important new tool in fighting pancreatic cancer. Amgen says it’s stopping its human testing of “Ganiturnab”, because a panel of researchers feel it isn’t meeting its goal of extending the lives of patients. The drug Read the Rest…


Fire Knocks Out Part Of Power Plant In Ventura County

Thu, August 9, 2012

A fire damaged a transformer at a power plant in Ventura County, forcing the shutdown of part of the facility in the middle of the heat wave we’re experiencing. The fire hit a transformer at the plant at in Oxnard Wednesday night, taking hours to contain. Firefighters initially didn’t use water on the blaze because Read the Rest…


Fight In Downtown Ventura Sends Three To Hospital

Thu, August 9, 2012

A conflict at the Ventura County Fair led to a fight in downtown Ventura which sent three people to the hospital. Ventura Police were called to the 100 block of West Main Street around 11 last night. The found two people had stab wounds, and a third had a head injury after being hit with Read the Rest…


Martina McBride Headliner At Ventura County Fair Tonight

Thu, August 9, 2012

The Ventura County Fair is going to be a little bit country tonight. Martina McBride is the headliner at the fair this evening. as it heads into its final weekend. The R & B groups “Boys II Men” and “En Vogue” take the main stage tomorrow night. The fair’s grandstand entertainment wraps up with rodeo Read the Rest…


Some Santa Barbara County Residents To Pay More For Library Services

Thu, August 9, 2012

Some South Coast residents will soon be paying a bit more to support their library services. The Goleta City Council approved a 2.7 percent increase in a special annual library parcel tax. More than 8600 property owners in the city pay the more than two decade old annual tax, which ranges from $10, to $127 Read the Rest…


Advocate For Latino Youth In Santa Barbara County Dies

Thu, August 9, 2012

A man who spent years of his life trying to help Latino youths in Santa Barbara County have successful lives, and caeers, has died. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Matt Sanchez


Raid In Connection With Murder Investigation In Ventura County Leads To Seizure Of Cockfighting Roosters

Thu, August 9, 2012

A search for evidence in connection with a murder in Ventura County last month led to the seizure of hundreds of birds believed to have been used for cockfighting. Authorities raided a business on the 15000 block of West Telegraph Road in Santa Paula, and discovered the birds, along with what they say were items Read the Rest…


Carpinteria Based Clean Energy Company Sold

Thu, August 9, 2012

A company which makes aerospace parts has announced that it’s sold a Santa Barbara County based wind power company. United Technologies Corporation bought Carpinteria based Clipper Windpower in 2010 for more than 300 million dollars, betting that federal requirements for sustainable power would boost the alternative energy field. However, the government never moved to require Read the Rest…


Oxnard Gets Big Grant To Add A Dozen Firefighters

Thu, August 9, 2012

Ventura County’s largest city has received a big grant to beef up its fire protection. A federal grant is going to allow Oxnard to hire 12 more firefighters. It will increase the number of Oxnard City firefighters from 84 to 96, boosting the daily staffing at the city’s fire stations from 28, to 32 firefighters. Read the Rest…


Fire Forces Evacuation Of Ventura Condominium Complex

Thu, August 9, 2012

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which threatened a Ventura condominium complex, forcing its evacuation. The fire was discovered just after six last night on the 700 block of Thoreau Lane. The fire started in a garage, but Ventura firefighters were able to control it before it spread throughout the Read the Rest…


Members Of Santa Barbara Planning Group Blasted For Failing To Act On Chick-fil-A Project

Wed, August 8, 2012

A Santa Barbara City Councilman is blasting a city commission for failing to act on permits for a restaurant that’s part of a chain embroiled in controversy. The City of Santa Barbara had already approved plans to convert a former Burger King restaurant on Upper State Street to a Chick-fil-A restaurant. However, the owners had Read the Rest…


Massive Oil Tank Fire Sends Up Huge Plume Of Smoke Over Central Ventura County

Wed, August 8, 2012

A massive oil storage tank fire burned for much of the day today in Ventura County, throwing up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Oil Tank Fire


Santa Barbara Police Take Steps To Try To Deter Gang Activity On City’s Eastside

Wed, August 8, 2012

Santa Barbara Police say they are trying to increase their presence in a part of the city residents say has been taken over by gang members. The Police Department is now holding its shift briefings at the Franklin Community Center, and in the center’s parking lot. The action is intended to deter gang members who Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teenager Ruled Competent To Stand Trial For Stabbing Death Of Another Teen

Wed, August 8, 2012

A Ventura County jury ruled that a teenager is mentally fit to stand trial for the stabbing death of another teen. Defense attorneys had argued Alex Medina had mental issues, including post traumatic stress syndrome, which made him unfit to stand trial for the April, 2009 killing of 16 year old Seth Scarminach at a Read the Rest…


Iconic American Playwright Terrence McNally Among Those Taking Part In Ojai Playwrights Summer New Works Festival

Wed, August 8, 2012

Playwrights from around the country are in Ventura County this morning, for a festival which gives them a chance to polish new works, and have the rare chance to get ideas, and suggestions from their peers. One of America’s best known playwrights is among those taking part in the 15th annual Ojai Playwrights Conference Summer Read the Rest…


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