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Archives for September 2012

Woman Dies While Diving In Channel Islands

Sun, September 30, 2012

Authorities are trying to determine what led to the death of a woman who was diving in the Channel Islands. The 59 year old woman had gone diving off of Anacapa Island Friday when she floated to the surface, about 15 minutes after beginning her dive. Efforts by the dive boat’s crew, and a Ventura Read the Rest…


Two People Dead, Third Wounded In Oxnard Shooting

Sun, September 30, 2012

Oxnard Police detectives are trying to unravel which led to a weekend shooting which left two men dead, and a third person wounded. It happened at around 10:15 Saturday night, on the 300 block of Cuesta Del Mar Street. Police were called to the area with reports of shots being fired. They found two adult Read the Rest…


Oxnard Annnounces Resumption Of Regularly Scheduled Flights From Oxnard Airport

Fri, September 28, 2012

Oxnard Airport has announced it will once again have regularly scheduled airline service to the airport. Airport officials say that starting on October 5th, MVP Airways will offer regularly scheduled charter service from Oxnard to Las Vegas on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The flights will be on 30 passenger Saab aircraft. The airport, and airline Read the Rest…


Four Arrested In Ventura County For String Of Armed Robberies

Fri, September 28, 2012

Two adults, and two teenagers are have been arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies for a string of gang-related armed robberies. Investigators say the robbers targetted teens in the Camarillo, and Oxnard areas earlier this week in at least three robberies. In each incidents, the robbers brandished knives, and took personal items from their victims. Read the Rest…


Mysterious Death Of Man Prompts Search Of Santa Barbara Beach

Fri, September 28, 2012

The discovery of the body of a man on a Santa Barbara beach September 20th has led to a search more than a week later for clues as to what happened. Authoriites haven’t released autopsy results for Christopher Marks. Santa Barbara Police say they aren’t sure if the 60 year old man’s death was accidental, Read the Rest…


Olympic Gold Medalists Set To Host Charity Tennis Event In Ventura County

Fri, September 28, 2012

Two Ventura County brothers who came home with gold medals from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London are hosting a charity tennis festival today in Camarillo. Twins Bob and Mike Bryan will be on hand for their Cool Planet Tennis Fest at the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo. It’s a fundraiser for the Bryan Read the Rest…


Labor Board Issues New Ruling Admonishing Santa Barbara Newspaper

Fri, September 28, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board has again admonished a South Coast newspaper for bargaining in bad faith with its newsroom employees, and has ordered the newspaper to comply with legal practices. It’s the latest blow against the Santa Barbara News Press, which has been the focus of controversy since a fight between its owner, and Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of Thousands Of South Coast Residents To Get Sample Ballots In The Next Few Days

Thu, September 27, 2012

Sample ballots are in the mail this week to hundreds of thousands of South Coast residents. The ballots with information on this November’s election are expected to arrive at homes in the next week. In Ventura County, more than 400,000 registered voters will be getting sample ballots.


CLU, UCSB Sign Unique Deal For Joint Business Education Efforts

Thu, September 27, 2012

A new deal signed between two South Coast universities will allow students to get the best of two business programs. UCSB’s Extension has signed a deal with the California Lutheran University’s Masters in Business Administration program which allows its masters students to matriculate from UCSB, to CLU to earn financial planning MBA’s. The extension program’s Read the Rest…


Metrolink To Beef Up Service To Ventura County To Try to Help Ease “Carmageddon” Impacts

Thu, September 27, 2012

Metrolink has announced plans to beef up its commuter rail service to Ventura County over the weekend, to try to ease the impacts on the full closure of the 405 Freeway due to construction work. The 405 will be closed through the Sepulveda Pass from Friday night until Sunday due to the work. The shutdown Read the Rest…


Ventura School Bus Driver Arrested On DUI, Manslaughter Charges Following Fatal Accident

Thu, September 27, 2012

A Ventura school bus driver is facing DUI, and manslaughter charges after police say she struck, and fatally injured a 75 year old woman while driving a bus with more than a dozen students on board. It happened just before 3 p.m. Wednesday, near Woodland Street, and Brookshire Avenue. The bus wasn’t moving fast, but Read the Rest…


Social Services Agency In Ventura County Gets New Executive Director

Thu, September 27, 2012

A social services agency in Ventura County has a new executive director. Timothy Hockett has been chosen to head Community Action of Ventura County. Hockett was formerly the Executive Director of Olympic Community Action Programs in Port Townsend, Washington. He was selected by directors of the Ventura County non-profit, following a nationwide search. The agency’s Read the Rest…


New Economic Forecast From CLU Paints Grim Picture For California, United States

Thu, September 27, 2012

A new economic forecast by experts at a South Coast university is predicting continued extremely slow growth for the U-S, and for California. The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting says the gross domestic product’s growth will only be only around 1.5% for the next few quarters, with a continued weak job Read the Rest…


Man Found With Dagger In Ventura County Jail Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison

Wed, September 26, 2012

A man prosecutors say had a homemade dagger in the Ventura County Jail, and planned to use it on a jail guard has been sentenced to seven years in state prison. Ventura County prosecutors say James Calzada was found to have the weapon, which is commonly called a shank, on May 23rd. Because the 40 Read the Rest…


Missing Man Found Safe In Eastern Ventura County

Wed, September 26, 2012

Simi Valley Police say they’ve found a man who disappeared Tuesday afternoon. Police say Benjamin Morris was last seen at his Larch Street home at around 1:30 yesterday. Authorities were concerned about the man’s well being. The 24 year old man was found around 10:30 last night, and police say he was okay.


Parolee Arrested Following Confrontation With Police Officers, Police K-9 In Ventura

Wed, September 26, 2012

Police responding to calls of suspicious activity in a Ventura neighborhood used a K-9 to end a standoff with a parolee. It happened at around 1:30 yesterday, on the 7200 block of Bristol Road in Ventura. Officers responding to a call of suspicious activity saw Jeremy Seymour drop a duffle bag, run into the yard Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City Council Wrangles With Restaurant Controversy, In Marathon Session

Wed, September 26, 2012

Some Santa Barbara city board members are keeping their posts, despite their handling of a decision in which some of them brought political and personal views into what were supposed to be planning decisions. Last month, the city’s Architectural Board of Review was supposed to act on some minor landscaping changes proposed for an already Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Looking For Missing Man

Wed, September 26, 2012

Simi Valley Police say they’re looking for a man who disappeared Tuesday afternoon. Police say Benjamin Morris was last seen at his Larch Street home at around 1:30 yesterday. He’s a 24 year old white male, who stands about six feet tall, has brown hair, hazel eyes, weighs 180 pounds and was wearing a brown Read the Rest…


Another Suspicious Brush Fire Hits Ventura County Neighborhood

Wed, September 26, 2012

There’s been yet another brushfire in a Ventura County neighborhood that’s been hit by a series of suspicious blazes this week. The latest in the series of spot fires occurred on the 7000 block of Harmon Drive in Ventura just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon. Ventura firefighters quickly controlled the fire before it could spread to Read the Rest…


Embattled Carpinteria City Councilman To Resign

Tue, September 25, 2012

A Carpinteria City Councilman who rejected calls for his resignation following a DUI arrest has now unexpectedly announced he will leave office October 1st Joe Armendariz says that he had moved to Northern Santa Barbara County to be closer to family members, and that it would be unethical to stay in office for the last Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Crash Which Killed 80 Year Old Pedestrian In Thousand Oaks

Tue, September 25, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the cause of a traffic accident which has left an 80 year old man in the Conejo Valley dead. Elvin Green was walking north on Erbes Road, near Monte Carlo Drive in Thousand Oaks around 8 a.m. Monday, when he was hit by a vehicle. He died several hour Read the Rest…


Sentencing Set For Ventura County Driver In Car Crash Which Killed Threee

Tue, September 25, 2012

Sentencing has been set for a Ventura County man who pled guilty to a charge he faced following the deaths of three passengers in a car he was driving. Prosecutors say Alfredo Cortez was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle, and it crashed off Gonzales Road, near Patricia Street in Oxnard. Jose Gonzales, Read the Rest…


Student Who Struck, Killed Four People In Isla Vista With Car To Spend More Time In State Mental Hospital

Tue, September 25, 2012

A UC Santa Barbara student who killed four people with his car on an Isla Vista sidewalk will apparently spend some more time in a state mental hospital, before being transferred to a lower level facility. David Attias ran down five people in February of 2001, killing four of them. The student called himself the Read the Rest…


Chick-fil-A Restaurant Controversy In Santa Barbara Focus Of City Council Hearing

Tue, September 25, 2012

A controversial move by a Santa Barbara board, in which some board members brought political and personal views into what were supposed to be planning decisions, is the focus of a Santa Barbara City Council hearing tonight. Last month, the city’s Architectural Board of Review was supposed to act on some minor landscaping changes proposed Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Expected To Hire Interim City Manager Tonight

Mon, September 24, 2012

The Ventura City Council is expected to make one of the best deals in its history tonight, signing a six month contract for an interim City Manager to help run Ventura for only a dollar. The Council is set to approve a deal to hire former Ventura County CEO Johnny Johnston. The retired executive agreed Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Men Arrested For Sexual Assault During Fiesta Celebration

Sun, September 23, 2012

Santa Barbara Police say they’ve arrested two men for the rape of a woman in a downtown parking lot during the city’s Fiesta celebration. Detectives say the 41 year old victim had been waiting for a friend outside of some apartments on the 400 block of East Coast Street early on the morning of August Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Bike Shop Employee Convicted Of Embezzling Bikes, Parts, Money

Sun, September 23, 2012

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say a man pled guilty to embezzling parts, money, and more than a dozen bicycles from a local bike shop over a three year period. They say Nicholas Paul Rouhas was employed by Bicycle Bob’s, in Santa Barbara. In addition to stealing money, and parts, the prosecutors say he took bikes, Read the Rest…


Police Investigating Rash Of Vehicle Break-Ins In Ventura

Sat, September 22, 2012

Ventura Police are warning people in parts of the city about a rash of thefts from vehicles. Some vehicles in the Pierpoint were open, and people simply took items they found inside, and others were actually burglarized. Investigators have no suspects at this time, but are hoping someone may have noticed suspicious activity around the Read the Rest…


Death Of Man Whose Body Was Found On Santa Barbara Beach Not Considered Suspicous

Sat, September 22, 2012

Autopsy results are still pending, but authorities say it appears a man found dead on a Santa Barbara beach last week bore the signs of a fall. The body of 60 year old Christopher Marks of Santa Barbara was found on Leadbetter Beach Thursday morning. He was found near some stairs on the 1200 block Read the Rest…


Historic Ventura County Ranch To Host Celebration Of “Ramona” Book Heritage

Tue, September 18, 2012

In its day, a Ventura County ranch was just as well known to fans of a series of books as “Southfork” is to fans of the TV series “Dallas”. The ranch was the basis for the mythical setting for a Native American woman, named Ramona, whose life was serialized in a series of novels. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Four Local Universities Ranked Among Top In Nation

Mon, September 17, 2012

The U.S. News And World Report’s annual rankings of colleges, and universities is out, and has high praise for four local campuses. California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks got its highest ever ranking, placing 14th on the list of top regional universities in the West. CLU has an increased graduation rate, along with drops in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Who Was Sakteboarding, Snowboarding Pioneer Dies

Mon, September 17, 2012

A man considered one of the pioneers of skateboarding, and snowboarding has died in Santa Barbara. Tom Sims has been called by some the “Godfather of Board Sports”. In the 1960’s he took up skateboarding, and in 1963, in his junior high school wood shop, built what he called a “skiboard”, an early version of Read the Rest…


Pro Football Legend To Speak On South Coast Tonight About Impacts Of Play Related Concussions

Mon, September 17, 2012

A legendary NFL player who played pro ball for 14 seasons, and is in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame is now one of the sport’s leading advocates for efforts to prevent, and deal with concussions. Jack Youngblood is appearing in Santa Barbara tonight, for a lecture intended to raise awareness about the issue. A Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighter Being Honored For Heroism Saves Choking Man At Awards Banquet

Mon, September 17, 2012

A Ventura firefighter being honored at a banquet for heroism become a hero yet again, when he saved a man at the dinner from choking to death. Ventura Fire Captain Ben Davis was one of the honorees at the Ventura County Kiwanis Fire Services and Heroes Celebration Saturday night, at the Four Points Sheraton in Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighter Being Honored For Heroism Saves Choking Man’s Life During Awards Banquet

Sun, September 16, 2012

A Ventura firefighter being honored at a banquet for heroism become a hero yet again, when he saved a man at the dinner from choking to death. Ventura Fire Captain Ben Davis was one of the honorees at the Ventura County Kiwanis Fire Services and Heroes Celebration Saturday night, at the Four Points Sheraton in Read the Rest…


Ventura Picks New Fire Chief

Sun, September 16, 2012

The City of Ventura has named a man who’s been one of its firefighters for more than three decades as its new Fire Chief. Don McPherson has been named to head the department, after working his way up through the ranks. He joined the department in 1981, becoming a captain in 1991, Battalion Chief in Read the Rest…


Former Ventura City Manager To Make Untraditional Career Move

Sat, September 15, 2012

The man who was recently ousted as Ventura’s City Manager is making an unusual career move. Rick Cole resigned after eight years as City Manager, after a majority of council members decided in a controversial move it was time for a management change. Cole isn’t moving on to another government agency, though. He’s been hired Read the Rest…


Hiker Dies On Trail In Santa Barbara County Foothills

Sat, September 15, 2012

A woman hiking in the foothills above Montecito has died. The woman was hiking with her dogs on the Romero Trail at about noon Friday when she had chest pains, and called 911. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department dispatched one of its helicopters, and they spotted the woman on the ground. A crew member Read the Rest…


Gang Sweep Connected To Shooting Investigation In Moorpark Leads To 10 Arrests

Fri, September 14, 2012

Ten people were arrested in as a series of search warrants were served at homes in the Moorpark area, as Ventura County Sheriff’s department detectives tried to solve two shootings in August in the city. All ten arrested were Moorpark residents, and included nine men, and one woman. The charges range from possession of drugs, Read the Rest…


New Presiding Judge, Assistant Presiding Judge Selected In Ventura County

Fri, September 14, 2012

A judge with fourteen years experience on the bench has been selected to head up the Ventura County Superior Court system. Ventura Superior court judges chose Brian Back to be the presiding judge for 2013 and 2014. Judge Back is currently assigned to the criminal division, but has also worked in the areas of juvenile Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Oxnard Sting Operation Focused On Gold Buying Operation

Fri, September 14, 2012

Two men are facing charges after Oxnard Police conducted a sting operation focused on the improper operation of gold buying businesses. Undercover agents say they arrested Francisco Lopez for operating a business without the proper license. Gonzalo Fernandez-Alvarez was citing to failing to report a transaction. Both Oxnard men operated gold buying businesses in Centerpoint Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Hospital Starts Work On ER Expansion

Fri, September 14, 2012

Work is underway on a new hospital emergency room in Ventura County. Simi Valley Hospital broke ground on an expansion project to increase the size of its ER from 10 to 20 beds, and add more than 5,000 square feet of space. The project to replace the more than quarter of a century old facility Read the Rest…


Community Memorial Service Set For Santa Barbara County Woman Murdered In Orange County

Fri, September 14, 2012

A community memorial service is set to take place this morning for a young Santa Barbara woman who was murdered in Orange County this month. Alexandra Joyce Tang was stabbed to death in Laguna Hills September first. Her boyfriend, Derek Pinski, was arrested in Mesa, Arizona for the killing. The 24 year old woman grew Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say They’ve Nabbed Two High Tech Burglars

Fri, September 14, 2012

A Simi Valley man, and a Moorpark woman have been arrested on conspiracy, and burglary charges after police say they used a high tech magnet to deactivate store security devices, stealing expensive phones from a Target store. Simi Valley Police detectives say they used store surveillance video to identify Gerardo Navarette, and Rachel Fitzpatrick as Read the Rest…


Large Employer In Santa Barbara County Community To Close

Thu, September 13, 2012

Employees of a Carpinteria company have been told the business is closing. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: Carpinteria Business Closing


Nine Arrested In Oxnard Protest Against Genetically Modified Seeds

Thu, September 13, 2012

Nine demonstrators were arrested as they attempted to blockade entrances to an Oxnard seed plant, as a protest against the use of genetically modified seeds. A group calling itself Occupy Monsanto showed up at the shipping and receiving gates at Monsanto’s Camino Del Sol facility yesterday. Oxnard Police say some of the two dozen protesters Read the Rest…


Moving Day For Birds As Renovation To Begin At Aviary In Ventura County

Thu, September 13, 2012

A historic aviary in Ventura County that’s more than a half century old has survived a brush with closure. Ventura County officials were going to shut down the Steckel Park Aviary, because it’s dilapidated, and the county doesn’t have the money to update it. The community rallied to raise money to save it. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Historic Seabee Unit Based In Ventura County Disbanded

Thu, September 13, 2012

A Ventura County based Seabee battalion created during World War Two was officially decommissioned yesterday. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 40 was disbanded in a ceremony at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme. The move came as a cost cutting action by the military. The battalion was created in 1942, and then disbanded when the war Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Chief Rejects Demands By Group To Appear At So-Called “People’s Tribunal” Over Death Of Man In Custody

Thu, September 13, 2012

The controversy continues around the death of a man in police custody in Oxnard. A group of people alleging Robert Ramirez died as a result of police wrongdoing says it will hold what it’s calling a “people’s tribunal” September 19th, and is demanding Oxnard’s Police Chief Jeri Williams, and seven officers at the scene of Read the Rest…


Man Shot Multiple Times Found Near Ventura Harbor

Thu, September 13, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the shooting of a man who was found near Ventura Harbor last night, with multiple wounds. The man was discovered at around 6 p.m., off of Harbor Boulevard just outside of the Ventura city limits. There’s no word on who he was shot by, or why, but investigators say Read the Rest…


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