Investigation Underway Into Crash Which Killed 80 Year Old Pedestrian In Thousand Oaks
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:43pm
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 later at a Thousand Oaks hospital. The driver hasn’t been cited, but the crash is still under investigation.
Sentencing Set For Ventura County Driver In Car Crash Which Killed Threee
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:54am
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, Noel Camacho, and Marco Martinez all died in the 2009 accident. Neither alcohol, nor drugs were factors in the accident.
The Oxnard man faces up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced next month for manslaughter.
Student Who Struck, Killed Four People In Isla Vista With Car To Spend More Time In State Mental Hospital
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:42am
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 “Angel of Death”, and even tried to block medical aid for his victims before he was restrained.
Attias will spend 30 days more than expected at Patton State Hospital before he will be transferred to an unlocked facility for further treatment.
It’s expected he spend about a year and a half at the undisclosed facility. He was ruled insane, but he could eventually petition to have that decision overturned.
Chick-fil-A Restaurant Controversy In Santa Barbara Focus Of City Council Hearing
Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:28am
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 for an already approved Chick-fil-A restaurant in Santa Barbara.
But, in the wake of controversy over the restaurant President’s funding of the anti same sex marriage movement, not enough board members were willing to vote on the landscaping changes for a decision to be made.
The inaction was blasted by some council members, and city officials, who say board members are only supposed to act to the merits of proposed projects, and not their personal or political views of the applications.
Some pro same sex marriage advocated defended the action.
One board member, Keith Rivera, has already stepped down, but the council could act to remove board members when they look at the issue tonight.
Ventura City Council Expected To Hire Interim City Manager Tonight
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2012 12:02am
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 to help out the city temporarily, but is refusing traditional payment or benefits.
The City Council ousted longtime City Manager Rick Cole several weeks ago in closed session. The Council didn’t say exactly why it took the action, but some members called it time for a change in leadership. Cole was City Manager for eight years. He took a job as administrator of Mission San Buenaventura.
The City Council has yet to outline its plans for permanently filling the vacancy.
Two Santa Barbara County Men Arrested For Sexual Assault During Fiesta Celebration
Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2012 8:47pm
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 4th. The friend wasn’t at home, but a group of four people coaxed the intoxicated victim to a parking lot on the 500 block of Olive Street.
The investigators say as two of the men waited in the lot, the other two took turns sexually assaulting the woman. Using surveillance camera video, police arrested Jose Luis Castillo, and Daniel Ordonez Junior, both from Lompoc, on sexual assault charges.
Santa Barbara Bike Shop Employee Convicted Of Embezzling Bikes, Parts, Money
Posted on Sunday, September 23, 2012 8:34pm
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, and sold them over E-bay, with a total loss to the business of more than $40,000.
Rouhas was sentenced to seven months in jail, plus placed on probation, and ordered to pay restitution.
Police Investigating Rash Of Vehicle Break-Ins In Ventura
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2012 9:52pm
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 beginning of the weekend. At least nine incidents have been reported in the Ventura neighborhood.
Death Of Man Whose Body Was Found On Santa Barbara Beach Not Considered Suspicous
Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2012 9:48pm
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 of Shoreline Drive. Santa Barbara Police say there were no signs of foul play.
Historic Ventura County Ranch To Host Celebration Of “Ramona” Book Heritage
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:14am
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 Lance Orozco reports that the property, which is now a 40 acre National Historic Site, is gearing up for a big celebration called “Ramona Days”:
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