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Archives for September 2012

Fourth Anniversary Of Deadly Crash Of Ventura County Bound Metrolink Crash Which Killed 25

Wed, September 12, 2012

Today marks a painful anniversary for the families of those who died, and survivors of a crash of a Ventura County bound Metrolink train. It was September 12th, 2008 when the commuter train collided head on with a freight train in the Chatsworth area. 25 people died, and more than 100 were injured. Many of Read the Rest…


Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Gets Grant To Bring Students To Park

Wed, September 12, 2012

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has received a grant to bring hundreds of students, and family members to the park for ranger led educational programs. The approximately $7,000 from the National Park Foundation will be used for those who might not otherwise get to see the recreation area. For many of the estimated Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Take Armed Student On Middle School Campus Into Custody

Wed, September 12, 2012

Authorities are trying to figure out why an 11 year old student at Ventura’s Cabrillo Middle School climbed onto the roof of the gym with a knife, and threatened anyone who tried to come up to get him. Ventura Police were called to the school at around 2:15 yesterday afternoon, and found the boy on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara’s Fire Chief To Retire

Wed, September 12, 2012

Santa Barbara’s Fire Chief has announced he’s going to retire, after nearly four decades in public service. Andrew DiMizio will step down in December, after 32 years with the city’s fire department, and 38 years as a firefighter. He started with the department as a firefighter in 1980, and worked his way up through the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Gets Offer From Hospital To Help With Lack Of Space For Mental Health Inpatients

Wed, September 12, 2012

Santa Barbara County has been struggling with only about half of the estimated 30 beds it needs on a regular basis for in-house psychiatric treatment. The county has been forced to send some of its seriously mentally ill out of the county, because there simply aren’t adequate places to treat them. Now, a hospital is Read the Rest…


State Officials Cut Funding For New Santa Barbara County Criminal Courthouse

Wed, September 12, 2012

State funding cuts have hit plans for a proposed new Santa Barbara County criminal courthouse, and the original concept of a brand new complex has been shelved for expansion of the existing Figueroa Street building. Plans originally called for a $150 million dollar plus complex. But, with courthouse projects being axed around the state, the Read the Rest…


9/11 Remembered On South Coast

Tue, September 11, 2012

America remembered the impacts of 9-11 today, as did many on the South Coast. In a ceremony at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor meeting, County Sheriff Bill Brown says it’s a day to give thanks to all of the first responders who saved thousands of lives 11 years ago today. Ventura and Santa Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers Receive National Recognition For Work in Chemistry

Tue, September 11, 2012

Two UC Santa Barbara researchers have received national recognition for their work in chemistry. The American Chemical Society honored Dr. Peter Ford, and Dr. Craig Hawker for their work. Ford’s research broken new ground in inorganic chemistry, and Hawker has helped advance research in polymer chemistry.


Man Accused Of Using Tiny Camera Mounted On Shoe To Shoot Under Women’s Skirts In Oxnard

Tue, September 11, 2012

A man police say was wearing a shoe with a tiny video camera on it was arrested after he used it to record under the dress of a woman at an Oxnard clothing store. Police were called to the store on the 200 block of West Esplanade drive around four p.m. yesterday. A woman says Read the Rest…


Financially Troubled Boxing Club In Santa Barbara Avoids KO

Tue, September 11, 2012

A financially troubled Santa Barbara boxing club credited with helping to provide teenagers with an alternative to gangs has survived a potential knockout punch. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports non-profit groups, and the City of Santa Barbara have stepped up to help the club. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Boxing Club


Ventura, Santa Barbara County Firefighters Remember Comrades Who Died As A Result Of 9/11 Attacks

Tue, September 11, 2012

Firefighters in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties today are remembering their comrades who died in the 9/11 attacks. In Ventura County, firefighters rolled out gear at all 31 fire stations for brief memorial events. Similar ceremonies took place at all 16 Santa Barbara County fire stations.


Ventura City Council Follows Through On Ouster Of City Manager

Tue, September 11, 2012

The Ventura City Council officially accepted the resignation of its city manager, who was ousted by a majority of council members earlier this month. Rick Cole formally agreed to step down as City Manager last night, after eight years on the job. Mayor Mike Tracy, along with council members Cheryl Heitman, Christy Weir, and Jim Read the Rest…


Man From Ventura County Creates Medical Relief Organization In South Africa

Tue, September 11, 2012

A man from Ventura County is trying to use holistic medical treatments to ease the pain of some people halfway around the world. He’s started a non-profit organization which employs acupuncture to help people face the pain of major problems, like cancer and AIDS. The grass roots organization has helped hundreds of people during its Read the Rest…


Tree Falls, Injuring One And Damaging Three Homes In Fillmore

Tue, September 11, 2012

A massive oak tree fell down in Fillmore, slightly injuring a woman, and damaging three homes. It happened around 6 a.m. yesterday, on the 500 block of Saratoga Street. The tree’s collapse caused moderate damage to two homes, and light damage to a third.


Stinky Mystery Smell Blankets Much Of Southern California

Mon, September 10, 2012

Something stinks in Southern California, and it may be an unsavory scent which has travelled hundreds of miles. People in Simi Valley, the Los Angeles basin, and San Bernardino County have reported smelling a strong, rotten egg type smell today. The Simi Valley Police Department reports it’s received dozens of calls. Authorities in Ventura County Read the Rest…


Section Of 101 Freeway In Ventura County To Be Completely Closed Overnight For Freeway Construction Project

Mon, September 10, 2012

A section of Ventura County’s busiest freeway will be completely closed tonight as part of a freeway construction project. The 101 Freeway will be closed at the Rice Avenue interchange in Oxnard, to allow construction crews to continue their work to remove the support structure from the new freeway overpass. The closure will be in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community To Look At Efforts To Make City More Business Friendly

Mon, September 10, 2012

A Ventura County community could be launching a new effort to put out the welcome mat for new businesses, as well as making it easier for existing ones to expand. The Simi Valley City Council tonight is scheduled to look at a proposed 20 point plan which includes producing a regional marketing plan to attract Read the Rest…


Re-creation Of Native American Ceremony Canceled After Craft Starts Taking On Water In Santa Barbara Channel

Mon, September 10, 2012

A re-creation of a Native American ceremony in the Santa Barbara Channel had to be canceled, after a canoe like craft used for the event began to sink. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Chumash Ceremony


Number Of Human West Nile Virus Cases In Ventura County Surges

Mon, September 10, 2012

A flu-like illness transmitted by mosquitoes which is harmless to most people, but can potentially be serious or fatal to some is surging in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control is reporting the highest number of human cases of West Nile Virus ever recorded in the U.S. Officials say a mild winter that’s Read the Rest…


Renovations To Close Ventura County Pre-Trial Jail Facility To Visitors

Mon, September 10, 2012

A project to renovate the lobby of the Ventura County Pre-Trial Jail facility means it will be closed to all but essential visitors for four days. The work is set to take place September 18th through 21st. The only visitors who will be allowed during the work are attorneys, or other professionals who have legal Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed By Amtrak Train In Ventura County

Mon, September 10, 2012

A woman who was on her phone while walking on some railroad tracks was struck, and killed by an Amtrak train in Ventura. It happened just after 5 p.m. Saturday, near the Ventura River, just west of the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The southbound train was travelling at about 40 miles an hour. The conductor sounded Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Man Circumvents Controversial Anti-Suicide Barrier In Santa Barbara County, Leaps To Death

Mon, September 10, 2012

Authorities say a man circumvented a controversial anti-suicide barrier on a Santa Barbara County bridge, and jumped to his death. The 30 year old Santa Monica man was found at the base of the Cold Springs Canyon Bridge last week. His car was found parked nearby. More than 50 people have committed suicide off the Read the Rest…


Man Arrested On Charges He Offered Fradulent Stocks In Ventura County

Sat, September 8, 2012

A Los Angeles man has been arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives, after they say an investigation showed he was offering fradulent Facebook stock for sale. Detectives were contacted in June by a woman who says she was approached about buying Facebook stock before it was set to go on sale. She was suspicious, and Read the Rest…


Medical Network In Ventura County Announces Layoffs Due To Dropping Hospital Admissions

Fri, September 7, 2012

A drop in admissions has led to layoffs by a medical network which operates two hospitals, and a string of clinics in Ventura County. Community Memorial Health Systems says the more than 30 job cuts include administrative staff, and technicians The non-profit healthcare network has been hard hit by Medicare rules changes, which officials say Read the Rest…


Woman Accused Of Embezzling $700,000 From Employer In Ventura County

Fri, September 7, 2012

A Ventura County woman is accused of embezzling some $700,000 from a Moorpark business, in what investigators say was an effort help a fiancee who never existed. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Luellen Leyva wrote checks to herself, and wired more than $500,000 to an overseas account she believed belonged to a wealthy man she Read the Rest…


Fillmore City Manager Annouces Resignation

Fri, September 7, 2012

Fillmore’s City Manager has announced she’s leaving the post she’s held for three years. Yvonne Quiring says she’s stepping down October first, and will take another job in the public sector. She isn’t saying where she’ll be working next. Quiring has been City Manager for three years, and has faced some tough decisions as the Read the Rest…


Bank Teller Foils Lottery Scam In Ventura

Fri, September 7, 2012

An alert bank teller is being credited with foiling an attempt by two scam artists to cheat a senior citizen, in a lottery scam. Two women met the victim yesterday on East Main Street in Ventura, and claimed to have a winning lottery ticket, but said they couldn’t cash it because they were in the Read the Rest…


New Exhibition Of Paintings In Ventura County Puts Focus On Allegorical Works Embedded With Symbolism

Fri, September 7, 2012

A series of new, large scale paintings with a historic flavor is the focus of a major new exhibition opening on the South Coast this weekend. “Emblemata” is the name of the show at the Carnegie Art Museum, in Oxnard. It features more than two dozen workers by California Lutheran University Arts Professor Michael Pearce. Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Officer Shoots, Kills Threatening Dog

Fri, September 7, 2012

An Oxnard police officer responding to a call of a woman possibly overdosing drugs shot, and killed a dog which was behaving in a threatening way. The officer was responding to a call on the 600 block of East Poplar Street at around six Thursday night, when a dog came out of an open gate. Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested In Three Decade Old Oxnard Murder

Fri, September 7, 2012

DNA evidence has been used to make an arrest in the July, 1980 murder of a teenage girl in Oxnard. Stacy Knappenberger was beaten, and stabbed in her home on the 5300 block of South J Street. Oxnard Police conducted an extensive investigation, but wern’t able to make an arrest. However, they preserved evidence with Read the Rest…


Stanley Cup Visits Ventura County

Thu, September 6, 2012

Hundreds of people turned out in Ventura County today to see professional hockey’s highest honor. The Stanley Cup was displayed at hockey rinks in Oxnard, and Simi Valley. The team which wins the Cup gets to hold onto it for a year. The Los Angeles Kings won that honor for the first time in the Read the Rest…


South Coast Television Station Sold

Thu, September 6, 2012

The ABC television station serving the Tri-Counties is being sold. Smith Media is selling Santa Barbara based KEYT-TV to the News Press & Gazette Company, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Smith Media, and its predecessor, Smith Broadcasting, owned Channel 3 for a quarter of a century. News Press & Gazette currently owns eight television stations, as Read the Rest…


Agency Which Helps Abused, Neglected, At Risk Children On South Coast Gets New Facilities

Thu, September 6, 2012

An agency which helps abused, neglected, and at risk children, and teens in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties has just opened the doors on facilities which will allow it to expand support for newly emancipated foster youth. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on Casa Pacifica, and its new complex in Camarillo. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Man Who Killed Ventura Convenience Store Clerk Sentenced To Spend The Rest Of His Life Behind Bars

Thu, September 6, 2012

A man who shot to death a Ventura convenience store clerk has been sentenced to spend the rest of life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Gregorio Aguilar shot to death Sean Odle during a December, 2008 robbery attempted at a Circle K store in Ventura. Prosecutors say the 22 year old man walked Read the Rest…


Prosectors Charge Santa Barbara County Man With Murder Of His Father, Attempted Murder Of Mother

Thu, September 6, 2012

Prosecutors have filed murder, attempted murder, and other charges against a Santa Barbara County man accused of killing his father, and seriously wounded his mother. Investigators say Brian Keith Reid shot to death his 73 year old father, William Reid, and seriously wounded his 66 year old mother, Pamela Reid, in a shooting on Labor Read the Rest…


Four Santa Barbara County Men Arrested For Series of Ranch Thefts

Thu, September 6, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested four men in connection with as many as 17 thefts from ranches and farms in Northern Santa Barbara County. Investigators say in June, a deputy interrupted a burglary in progress at a farm. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Unit picked up the investigation, leading to Read the Rest…


Tons Of Non-Native Plants Cleared From Ventura Coastal Area Through University Community Service Program

Wed, September 5, 2012

Efforts to restore some Ventura wetlands to their natural state got a huge boost from some local college students. The entire freshman class at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks showed up to help as part of an annual university community service project. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Student Who Went On Rampage, Killing Four In Isla Vista To Be Released

Wed, September 5, 2012

A judge has ordered the release of a former U.C. Santa Barbara student who went on a rampage with his car in Isla Vista, killing four people, but who was then ruled insane. KCLU’S John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Attias Release


Conejo Valley Man Arrested For Child Annoyance Incidents

Wed, September 5, 2012

A Conejo Valley man has been arrested in connection with a series of child annoyance incidents. A man driving a black truck had approached some young females near Thousand Oaks, and Newbury Park High Schools, offering them money to photograph, or make videos of them. The teens fled, and reported the incidents. Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Off Duty Beverly Hills Police Officer Arrested On DUI Charge Following Accident Which Damaged Two Simi Valley Homes

Wed, September 5, 2012

An off-duty Beverly Hills Police officer who lives in Ventura County is facing a DUI charge, following a traffic accident in Simi Valley which caused a power outage. Simi Valley Police say that just after ten last night, an eastbound vehicle on Royal Avenue, at Blackstone Avenue failed to make a curve, and hit two Read the Rest…


Small Earthquake Rattles Parts Of Ventura County

Wed, September 5, 2012

A small earthquake rattled part of Ventura County. The magnitude 2.9 quake hit just after four p.m. yesterday, near Fillmore. It was centered about ten miles northwest of the city. No injuries, or damage was reported from the small quake.


Ideas Sought For Santa Barbara Airport Terminal Name

Wed, September 5, 2012

The City of Santa Barbara is now soliciting names for its new airport terminal, after some proposals to name the facility prompted officials to set up some criteria, and a process to submit ideas. The naming concept brought dozens of people to a Santa Barbara City Council meeting in July, with different names being proposed. Read the Rest…


Fire Hits Santa Barbara School Campus

Tue, September 4, 2012

A fire cause a brief scare at a South Coast school, prompting the evacuation of the campus. Some items improperly stored next to a gas water heater cabinet in Peabody Charter School’s main campus building caught on fire, triggering fire alarms. Santa Barbara firefighters arriving at the school on the 3000 block of Calle Noguera Read the Rest…


Former Top Cop In Conejo Valley Named Hospice Director

Tue, September 4, 2012

The man who was once the Conejo Valley’s top cop is now the new head of a hospice program. Keith Parks is the new Executive Director of Hospice of the Conejo. Parks was with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for more than three decades, and served as Thousand Oaks Police Chief for five years. He Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Unravel Murder Of Santa Barbara County Woman

Tue, September 4, 2012

Orange County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine what led to the stabbing death of a Santa Barbara County woman in Laguna Hills. Alexandra Tang was found with major stab wounds on Saturday morning. Efforts to revive the 24 year old woman were unsuccessful. On Sunday, Orange County officials announced that Tang’s boyfriend had been Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Determine Cause Of Blast Which Kills UCSB Student

Tue, September 4, 2012

Investigators are trying to determine what led to an explosion at a fireworks show which led to the death of a U-C Santa Barbara student. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  UCSB Student Dies In Blast


Ventura County Based Relief Agency Making Big Difference In Central American Country

Tue, September 4, 2012

A Ventura County based non profit group is trying to make a big difference in the lives of children, and adults in Central America’s poorest country. GOCARE Incorporated provides a range of educational programs in Nicaragua. The organization is the offshoot of some efforts by some local Rotary clubs in Ventura County to help people Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Soccer Match Leads To Postgame Clash, Arrest Of Coach

Tue, September 4, 2012

A controversy surrounding a Labor Day soccer match in Simi Valley ended in a fight between the teams, with police saying they arrested a coach for hitting a teenage player. Simi Valley Police say the clash occurred at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center. Investigators say 47 year old Bart Allan threw punches, causing facial Read the Rest…


Ventura County’s Clerk/Recorder/Registrar Of Voters Achieves Highest Certification

Tue, September 4, 2012

Ventura County’s Clerk/Recorder/Registrar of Voters has received the highest certification possible for elections, and voter registration officials. Mark Lunn is one of only about 700 officials in the country to be designated as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator. The certification is the result of a multi- year master’s program taught by Auburn University. Lunn has been Read the Rest…


Brushfire Burning In Los Padres National Forest

Mon, September 3, 2012

A small brushfire has burned more than 25 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest, in Ventura County. The fire was discovered at around 11 a.m. Monday, in the Lockwood Valley area. No structures are in danger. More than 100 firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading, but there’s no word Read the Rest…


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