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Archives for October 2012

Former CLU Student Comes In Second, Wins $5.3 Million Dollars In World Series Of Poker

Wed, October 31, 2012

He didn’t win the World Series Of Poker, but a second place finish by a former Ventura County college student earned his $5.3 million dollars today. Greg Merson defeated Jessie Sylvia in a nationally televised session in Las Vegas, after close to 12 hours of play. Sylvia was a math student at California Lutheran University Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Three Ventura Bank Robberies Arrested In Santa Barbara

Wed, October 31, 2012

A man Ventura Police say is an armed and dangerous bank robber is now behind bars, after being arrested in Santa Barbara. Detectives say Daniel Lopez, Junior is responsible for at least three bank robberies in Ventura since August. They say he robbed a U.S. Bank on Victoria Avenue on August first, a Chase bank Read the Rest…


Oxnard Woman Sentenced To Prison For DUI Crash Which Killed Daughter

Wed, October 31, 2012

An Oxnard woman has received a 27 years to life sentence for a DUI crash which killed her daughter. Judith Ramirez had been convicted of DUI, child endangerment, driving with a suspended driver’s license. Prosecutors say the 39 year old woman had left a party, and had stopped at a convenience store to buy a Read the Rest…


Ventura Shopping Center Overrun by Homeless, Panhandlers Fights Back To Try To Reclaim Customers

Wed, October 31, 2012

It’s a problem that’s plagued the business community on the South Coast for decades. Homeless people, and panhandlers have taken advantage of the mix of tourists, and local residents to troll for handouts. At one Ventura County shopping center, the problem has become so acute that it’s been scaring away customers. Business owners finally decided Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Death Of Dog Intentionally Set On Fire in Ventura County

Wed, October 31, 2012

Authorities are investigating a brutal attack on a dog in Ventura County, which was intentionally set on fire by someone. It happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday, on the 1000 block of Mesa Drive, in the Camarillo Heights area. Somone called 911 after seeing a fire burning in a ravine. Arriving firefighters discovered someone had Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City Council Decides On Name For New Airport Terminal

Wed, October 31, 2012

After receiving a flood of suggestions, the Santa Barbara City Council has decided it will name its new airport terminal after a longtime community leader. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Airport Terminal


Ventura County Firefighters Mopping Up At Scene Of Brush Fire

Wed, October 31, 2012

Ventura County firefighters are mopping up this morning at the scene of a 25 acre brushfire burning in the hills southwest of Camarillo. The fire was discovered at around 12:30 yesterday afternoon near the intersection of Pancho, and Howard Roads. No structures are threatened but because the terrain is so rugged, hand crews, and a Read the Rest…


New Non-Profit Center In Ventura County Picking Up Tenants Quickly

Wed, October 31, 2012

An effort to create a central home for Ventura County non-profit agencies is apparently taking off quickly. The Ventura County Community Foundation reports the 53,000 square foot building it bought in Camarillo in July to serve as a non-profit center is already 70 percent leased. Interface Children & Family Services, and United Way of Ventura Read the Rest…


Detectives Looking For Three Men Who Robbed, Terrorized Woman In Ventura County

Wed, October 31, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a trio of men who confronted a woman in her Thousand Oaks home, and after tying her up, stole jewelry and cash. It happened at around 6:45 yesterday morning. The woman’s husband had just left for work when three men wearing ski masks, and hooded sweatshirts, and armed Read the Rest…


Firefighters Contain 25 Acre Blaze In Ventura County

Tue, October 30, 2012

Ventura County firefighters contained a 25 acre brushfire burning in the hills southwest of Camarillo. The fire was discovered at around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon near the intersection of Pancho, and Howard Roads. No structures were threatened but because the terrain is so rugged, hand crews, and a helicopter were used to fight the fire. Teams Read the Rest…


UCSB Moves To Penalize Men’s Soccer Team After Player Shoves Referee Following Close Loss

Tue, October 30, 2012

UC Santa Barbara’s Athletics Department has moved to impose penalties against its men’s soccer team, in the wake of an incident where a player shoved a referee following a close loss over the weekend. Athletic Director Mark Massari announced that the team would forfeit any opportunity for postseason play this year, ending its streak of Read the Rest…


Part Of Controversial Simi Valley Halloween Ordinance Suspended By Judge

Tue, October 30, 2012

Part of an ordinance intended to keep convicted sex offenders in Simi Valley from having contact with children trick-or-treating has been blocked by a federal court judge. The Simi Valley City Council passed an ordinance which banned offenders from decorating the outside of the homes with Halloween decorations, and handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. It Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Identify Suspect Sought For Three Bank Robberies

Tue, October 30, 2012

A man Ventura Police call an armed and dangerous bank robber has now been identified. Detectives say Daniel Lopez, Junior is responsible for at least three bank robberies in Ventura since August. They say he robbed a U.S. Bank on Victoria Avenue on August first, a Chase bank on Victoria Avenue on August 23rd, and Read the Rest…


Ventura, Santa Barbara County Students In NY For World Mock Trial Championships Stranded By Hurricane

Tue, October 30, 2012

They had to travel all the way to the East Coast to settle the competition, but two South Coast high school teams faced off yesterday for the world mock trial championships. Now, they’re stuck there because of Hurricane Sandy. Many of the three dozen high school teams from around the globe in New York for Read the Rest…


Ventura Hires New Head Of Visitors And Convention Bureau

Tue, October 30, 2012

A former executive with the Arizona State Fair is the new head of Ventura’s Visitors and Convention Bureau. Marlyss Auster is the new Executive Director of the agency, which tries to attract tourists, and conventions to the Ventura area. She was Assistant Executive Director of the Arizona State Fair. Before that, she managed convention sales Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Relief Agency Has Pre-Positioned Hurricane Relief Kits At Some East Coast Medical Clinics

Tue, October 30, 2012

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency helped parts of the East Coast prepare for Hurricane Sandy long before it ever reached the region. For the last few years, Direct Relief International has been pre-positioning hurricane relief kits at medical clinics, filled with supplies and equipment. DRI President, and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Tighe says Read the Rest…


Water Quality In Ventura’s Santa Clara River Estuary Focus Of Wednesday Workshop

Tue, October 30, 2012

Water quality in the Santa Clara River estuary in Ventura has been a concern for years, with the city agreeing last year to further clean discharge from its waste treatment facility in the area. On Wednesday morning, a workshop will look at the current status of water quality in the area, and collect ideas from Read the Rest…


Nearly 200 Arrested, Close To 250 Cited During Isla Vista Halloween Parties

Mon, October 29, 2012

Nearly 200 people were arrested, and close to 250 cited during a weekend long series of Halloween parties in Isla Vista. Tens of thousands of people showed up for the unsanctioned, unsponsored parties next to U.C. Santa Barbara Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Most of the arrests, and citations were alcohol related. 71 people required Read the Rest…


Two South Coast Teams Face Off For World Mock Trial Championships In Brooklyn; But, Are Now Stranded There By Hurricane Sandy

Mon, October 29, 2012

They had to travel all the way to the East Coast to settle the competition, but two South Coast teams faced off today for the world mock trial championships. Now, they’re stuck there because of Hurricane Sandy. A squad from La Reina High School, in Thousand Oaks narrowly defeated the squad from Goleta’s Dos Pueblos Read the Rest…


Warming Fire Blamed For Starting Early Morning Brushfire In Ventura

Mon, October 29, 2012

Ventura firefighters say a warming fire used by the homeless started an early morning brush fire in the city’s Santa Clara Rivver bottom area. The fire was discovered just after two this morning. Because of the remote area, the fire was difficult to fight, because crews had to lay long sections of hose line to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Trail Where Woman Was Attacked By Bear Closed To Public

Mon, October 29, 2012

The Los Padres National Forest has announced it’s closed a popular hiking trail in Ventura County where a woman was attacked by a bear. The Gridley Trail outside of Ojai has been shut down through November 2nd. On October 19th, a woman walking her dogs on the trail was attacked by a female back bear, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Program To Help Struggling Students Honored

Mon, October 29, 2012

Santa Barbara City College is being honored by the state for its efforts to help low income, and minority students succeed in school. The college’s “Express To Success” program targets students who are having difficulty in math, and English, and gives them special curriculum, sets up student learning groups, and provides support for the students. Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Identified As Murder Victim In Ventura County

Mon, October 29, 2012

Authorities are now identifying a man in who was shot to death in Ventura County over the weekend. County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the intersection of Salem Avenue, and Cortez Street in the El Rio area just before 10 p.m. Friday, by a report of an injured person in the street. They found a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Zoo Gets Two New African Lions

Mon, October 29, 2012

Santa Barbara has two soon to be famous new residents today, who came to the South Coast complete with a police escort through the streets of the nation’s capitol . They are a pair of female African lions, who are now at the Santa Barbara Zoo as part of an international breeding program to try Read the Rest…


Two Wounded In Oxnard Shooting

Mon, October 29, 2012

Oxnard Police detectives are trying to unravel what led to a weekend shooting which left two people wounded. It happened just after 9 Saturday night, on the 4300 block of Dallas Drive. One of the people was critically injured. Investigators are trying to determine a possible motive.


Ventura Home Scene Of Hazmat, Explosive Incidents

Mon, October 29, 2012

It was a long day for public safety agencies in Ventura, as what started as a hazardous materials incident ended up with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad being called to the scene. It started at around 7:30 yesterday, on the 200 block of Baker Drive. A resident reported a strong chemical smell. When Read the Rest…


Earthquake Rocks Parts Of Los Angeles, Ventura Counties

Sun, October 28, 2012

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake rocked parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Sunday morning, but didn’t cause any damage. The sharp, short quake hit at 8:24 a.m., and was centered about four miles east of Newhall. It was followed by a series of smaller aftershocks during the course of the day, many of which were Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighters Contain Small Brushfire

Sun, October 28, 2012

Ventura County firefighters knocked down a five acre brushfire near Ventura in about two hours. The fire was reported in the 200 block of Mill Canyon Road, in the Rincon Bluffs area just after 8 Saturday night. The fire was contained by 10:30 p.m. No structures were damaged. The cause of the fire is under Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County

Sat, October 27, 2012

Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a man in Ventura County over the weekend. County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the intersection of Salem Avenue, and Cortez Street in the El Rio area just before 10 p.m. Friday, by a report of an injured person in gthe street. They found a man who had Read the Rest…


85 Arrested, More Than 50 Cited In Isla Vista During First Night Of Halloween Festivities

Sat, October 27, 2012

85 people were arrested, and more than 50 cited during the first day of the Halloween weekend in Isla Vista, as thousands showed up for unsponsored, unsanctioned parties Friday night. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says at least 18 people were transported to hsopital for medical issues like alcohol poisoning. Extra law enforcement officers Read the Rest…


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Sat, October 27, 2012

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Santa Barbara County Beach Where Fatal Great White Shark Attack Occured Reopened

Sat, October 27, 2012

A beach closed since Tuesday due to a fatal Great White Shark attack on a surfer is now open. Francisco Javier Solorio Junior was attacked when he was surfing on Tuesday morning, near Surf Beach, outside of Lompoc. The 39 year old Orcutt man was surfing with a friend. The friend pulled Solorio from the Read the Rest…


Armored Car Stolen From School District Headquarters Parking Lot In Conejo Valley

Sat, October 27, 2012

Authorities are investigating the theft of an armored car from the parking lot of a school district’s headquarters in Ventura County. It happened at around Friday this morning, at the offices of the Conejo Valley Unified School District, on the 1400 block of East Janss Road in Thousand Oaks. The two armored car employees had Read the Rest…


Firefighters Remain On Alert Due To High Wind, Low Humidity In Region

Fri, October 26, 2012

Firefighters remain on alert throughout the South Coast, as Santa Ana winds conditions continue to buffet the region. There’s a Red Flag warning in effect for high brush fire danger in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. In Southern Santa Barbara County, there’s a wind advisory in effect. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department beefed up Read the Rest…


New Grant Intended To Beef Up Training For Workers At Some Ventura County Businesses

Fri, October 26, 2012

A non-profit organization which helps trains workers to strengthen local business has received a $250,000 plus state grant for its programs. The Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County received the funding to partner with the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, and the Ventura County Community College District to connect businesses with local training resources. The funding Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Raid On Suspected Drug Dealing Operation Out Of Conejo Valley Home

Fri, October 26, 2012

A tip led to the arrest of a man authorities say was running an illegal drug operation out of a Conejo Valley home. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they received information about a possible operation taking place on West Sidlee Street, in Thousand Oaks. After getting a search warrant, they raided the home, and found Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Gearing Up For Influx Of Halloween Revellers

Fri, October 26, 2012

Santa Barbara County authorities are gearing up for what’s expected to be an influx of tens of thousands of teenagers, and young adults for what’s become a traditional series of unsanctioned, unsponsored parties in Isla Vista over the Halloween weekend. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: IV Halloween


CHP Officer Injured After Patrol Unit Hit In Ventura By Erratic Driver

Fri, October 26, 2012

A CHP officer was injured when his parked patrol car was struck by an erratic driver. The CHP received multiple calls just after 5 last night about a car being driven erratically on the southbound 101, near Padaro Lane in Santa Barbara County. The vehicle was reported to be involved in two hit and run Read the Rest…


Oxnard School District Teacher Fired For Adult Film Work Testifies In Appeal Hearing

Fri, October 26, 2012

An Oxnard middle school science teacher fired after school officials learned she had appeared in adult videos before she became a teacher testified she made the movies out of desperation, and because she wanted to help her family. Stacie Halas appeared before the three person Commission on Professional Competence, as part of her appeal of Read the Rest…


Nationally Known Organist Set To Perform Tonight On South Coast

Fri, October 26, 2012

It’s music that you might associate with church…a baseball game…or maybe even a bad television soap opera. Even though you don’t normally hear it on the radio, or find it in the CD section at Target, organ music has a following across America. Tonight, one of the nation’s leading organists is set to perform a Read the Rest…


Strong Santa Ana Winds In Forecast Prompt Red Flag Warning For Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Thu, October 25, 2012

The National Weather Services has issued a Red Flag Warning for high brush fire danger for much of Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The first big Santa Ana wind event of the season is expected for the region. The humidity could drop into the single digits during the day tomorrow and Saturday, and only get Read the Rest…


Amgen Partners With Another Company To Create New Research Firm

Thu, October 25, 2012

Ventura County based biotech giant Amgen is partnering up with another company to create a spinoff firm. Amgen is linking up with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, also known as KPCB to form Atara Biotherapeutics. In a press release, Amgen officials say the new company will focus on potential treatments for patients with chronic diseases. Read the Rest…


Reagan Library In Ventura County Gearing Up For Big Debate-But It’s Not What You Think

Thu, October 25, 2012

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Ventura County is gearing up for some major debates this weekend, but don’t expect President Obama, or Mitt Romney to be on hand. The Presidential Library in Simi Valley is hosting a series of dates featuring eight high school students from around the country, who are competing for $35,000 Read the Rest…


Oxnard Gets Big Check For Energy Savings Efforts

Thu, October 25, 2012

The City of Oxnard has nearly $200,000 extra in its coffers thanks to its efforts to become more energy efficient. City officials received a one time incentive check from Southern California Edison this week for its efforts to reduce energy use at nine city facilities. The retrofitting work is expected to cut the city’s energy Read the Rest…


High Winds Prompt Increased Firefighting Staffing In Santa Barbara County

Thu, October 25, 2012

Santa Barbara County is beefing up its ability to respond to brush fires today, because of the gusty wind conditions hitting the region. At the County Fire Department’s request, the state fire agency CALFIRE is staging five engines in Carpinteria, as well as four hand crews. The County Fire Department is also calling in additional Read the Rest…


Expert Says 15 to 16 Foot Long Great White Shark Killed Santa Barbara County Surfer

Thu, October 25, 2012

Experts say a fatal attack on a surfer in Santa Barbara County this week was the result of a 15 to 16 foot long Great White Shark. Francisco Javier Solorio Junior was attacked when he was surfing Tuesday morning, near Surf Beach, outside of Lompoc. The 39 year old Orcutt man was surfing with a Read the Rest…


Ballet Based On Historic Ballroom Dance Couple Set To World Premiere In Santa Barbara

Thu, October 25, 2012

A ballet making its world premiere in Santa Barbara County this weekend is about as unconventional as you can get. “An American Tango” is based on a real life story of a now forgotten couple who were trendsetters in American ballroom dancing in the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. It features elements of traditional ballet, as Read the Rest…


Bobcat Believed To Be Responsible For Killing Three Dogs In Ventura County Captured

Thu, October 25, 2012

A bobcat believed to be responsible for killing three dogs in a Simi Valley neighborhood has been captured. Two dogs were killed on 1900 block of Glentana Street Monday night, and one died on the 1700 block of Bluesage Court last night in apparent attacks by a bobcat. Simi Valley Police were called to the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Sought For Santa Barbara County Stabbings

Wed, October 24, 2012

A Ventura County woman authorities say is a known gang member is now being identified as a suspect in a pair of stabbings in Santa Barbara County. Five people were injured, and two of them stabbed during a confrontation in Isla Vista October 7th. None of the injuries were life threatening. The Santa Barbara County Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Getting Ready For Influx Of Halloween Party Crowd To Isla Vista

Wed, October 24, 2012

Santa Barbara County is gearing up for its annual influx of teenagers, and young adults headed to Isla Vista for Halloween related parties. In the past, upwards of 40,000 people have shown up for the unsponsored, unsactioned street parties in the community next to UC Santa Barbara. In recent years, law enforcement officials have cracked Read the Rest…


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