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Archives for October 2012

Experts Believe Fatal Shark Attack In Santa Barbara County Was Caused By A Great White Shark

Wed, October 24, 2012

Shark experts say they think a fatal attack on a surfer in Santa Barbara County yesterday was the result of a Great White Shark. Francisco Javier Solorio Junior was attacked when he was surfing at around 11 Tuesday morning, near Surf Beach, by Vandenberg Air Force Base. The 39 year old Orcutt man was surfing Read the Rest…


Researchers Solve Mystery Behind Ship Sunk In Channel Islands

Wed, October 24, 2012

A team of researchers has solved a decades old mystery in the Channel Islands Where is the final resting place of a majestic 220 foot long schooner which plied the Pacific for years? At a symposium on the Channel Islands taking place this week in Ventura, the research team presented a scientific paper in which Read the Rest…


Authorities Now Identifying Surfer Killed In Santa Barbara County Shark Attack

Tue, October 23, 2012

A Santa Barbara County man was killed in a shark attack while surfing off the Santa Barbara County coastline, in the same general area where another man was killed by a Great White Shark two years ago. Francisco Javier Solorio Junior was surfing at around 11 Tuesday morning, near Surf Beach, by Vandenberg Air Force Read the Rest…


Surfer Fatally Injured In Shark Attack Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Tue, October 23, 2012

A surfer was fatally injured in a shark attack off the Santa Barbara County coastline, in the same general area where another man was killed by a Great White Shark two years ago. It happened at around 11 this morning, near Surf Beach, by Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Shark Attack On Man In Santa Barbara County

Tue, October 23, 2012

Authorities are on the scene of a shark attack on a man at a Santa Barbara County beach. It happened at around 11 this morning, near Surf Beach, by Vandenberg Air Force Base. Officials aren’t talking about the condition of the man, or identifying him. It’s the same general area where a UCSB student died Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Killed In Collision With School Bus in Oxnard

Tue, October 23, 2012

A motorcyclist is dead, after he crashed into a school bus in Oxnard. It happened just before 4 p.m. yesterday, near the intersection of Pleasant Valley, and Etting Roads. Oxnard Police say a motorcycle was eastbound on Pleasant Valley Road when the westbound bus started to make a turn onto Etting Road. The motorcyclist, James Read the Rest…


Crowd Estimated At 400 Takes To Oxnard Streets To Protest Fatal Officer Involved Shootings

Tue, October 23, 2012

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Oxnard last night to protest what they called the brutality of the city’s police, in the wake of three officer involved fatal shootings in the city this year. Marchers started at Del Sol Park, and moved through the city’s central business district to Oxnard Police headquarters. Speakers Read the Rest…


Appeal Hearing Underway For Oxnard Teacher Fired After Her Past In Adult Movies Discovered

Tue, October 23, 2012

It was a controversy in Ventura County which made national news. It was discovered a popular middle school teacher in Oxnard had also once been an adult film actress. The Oxnard School District fired Stacie Halas, but she’s fighting to try to keep her job. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Oxnard, where an administrative hearing Read the Rest…


Community Forum Set For Tonight In Ventura County On Drug Abuse Issue

Tue, October 23, 2012

Concerns about drug abuse are the catalyst for a community forum set to take place in Ventura County tonight. The Camarillo Police Department, and an anti-drug coalition called Saving Lives Camarillo are hosting the 6 p.m. event at the Ventura County Office of Education. Officials will talk about prescription drug abuse, as well as problem Read the Rest…


UCSB Physics Researcher Wins Prestigious Packard Fellowship, Which Comes With $875,000 in Funding

Mon, October 22, 2012

A South Coast university researcher has received a huge fellowship award for his groundbreaking work in quantum physics. Cenke Xu is one of 16 people in the United States to receive a Packard Fellowship Award this year. The fellowship comes with an $875,000 grant he can use over a five year period to continue his Read the Rest…


Goleta Hires New Head Of Planning

Mon, October 22, 2012

The City of Goleta has hired a new head of planning. Jennifer Carman will be the city’s new Director of Planning, and Environmental Review. Carman will go to Goleta in December from the City of El Cerrito, where she’s currently Development Services Manager. Carman has worked in the community planning field for more than 15 Read the Rest…


Cable On Ferris Wheel Breaks In Ventura County, Stranding Riders

Mon, October 22, 2012

Some people attending an alumni celebration at a Ventura County university got a more exciting experience on a Ferris wheel than they expected. A cable on the ride broke down at around 9 p..m. Saturday, leaving some two dozen riders stranded. The Ventura County Fire Department responded to the campus in Thousand Oaks, and helped Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Injured In Traffic Accident

Mon, October 22, 2012

A Ventura County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle officer was injured in a traffic accident while on duty in Thousand Oaks. Deputy Anthony Biter was northbound on Wilbur Drive, near St. Charles Drive around noon yesterday when a southbound car tried to make a turn in front of him. The motorcycle hit the car, throwing the 42 Read the Rest…


Three Term Incumbent, Longtime Fire Chief Face Off In Race For Ventura County Supervisorial Seat

Mon, October 22, 2012

Election Day is now just a little over than two weeks away. One of the local races which will be settled is a hotly contested battle for a Ventura County supervisorial seat, which pits a well known public safety official against a longtime incumbent. As a part of our series of special reports leading up Read the Rest…


Report Of Assault Leads To Big Marijuana Find In Ventura County

Mon, October 22, 2012

A fight over money between two men in Ventura County led to a big maijuana raid. County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on the 3600 block of East Telegraph Road in Piru. Deputies say than Wayne Cain told them he had been knocked down with a car by a business parter, Raymond Grams, Read the Rest…


Woman Arrested For Robbery Of Man In Oxnard Fast Food Restaurant Drive-Thru

Sun, October 21, 2012

A Ventura County woman was arrested after police say she climbed into a car waiting in the drive-thru line of an Oxnard fast food restaurant, and robbed the man in the car at knifepoint. It happened at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, at a restaurant near the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Oxnard Boulevard. The woman Read the Rest…


Man Attacked By Group In Oxnard With Hammer

Sun, October 21, 2012

Oxnard Police are looking for a group of man who brutally attacked a pedestrian with a hammer. Two men were walking near the intersection of Rialto, and Ninth Streets just after six p-m Saturday car when a car stopped. Five men jumped out. One of the two pedestrians was able to escape, but the other Read the Rest…


Downed Power Line Called Cause Of Santa Barbara County Brushfire

Sat, October 20, 2012

The U.S. Forest Service is now saying that a downed power line caused a brushfire in Santa Barbara County which threatened about 100 homes, but was stopped before it could destroy, or damage any of them. The Lookout Fire started just before 8 a.m. Wednesday on San Marcos Pass, near the Painted Cave area. More Read the Rest…


Lawsuit Seeks To Block New Simi Valley Ordinance Banning Sexual Offenders From Opening Homes To Trick-Or-Treaters

Sat, October 20, 2012

An attorney has filed suit in federal court seeking to block a new Simi Valley ordinance which would restrict the involvement of convicted sexual offenders from participating in Halloween events with children. The City Council passed an ordinance which bans sex offenders from putting up Halloween decorations at the homes, and requires them to put Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Attacked By Bear

Fri, October 19, 2012

A Ventura County woman has quite a story to tell, after she was attacked by a bear which was apparently trying to protect its cub. The Ojai woman was walking three dogs at around 7 Friday morning on a road just north of the city when she apparently surprised a California black bear, and the Read the Rest…


Local Water District Board Candidate Says Dozens Of His Campaign Signs Were Removed, Destroyed

Fri, October 19, 2012

A candidate for a local water district board says vandals removed, and tried to destroy dozens of his campaign signs: Len Polen is a candidate for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Division Four seat, and says about 35 of his 140 signs were removed from their locations around the area, and dumped in a Read the Rest…


Sewage Spill Causes Stinky Mess Near 101 Freeway In Ventura

Fri, October 19, 2012

Crews have been busy cleaning up a stinky, hazardous mess outside of a Ventura restaurant. A sewage line was being repaired at the site, on the 2100 block of East Harbor Boulevard, when it started spilling raw sewage last night. About 100 gallons of sewage spilled into the restaurant’s parking lot, and a drainage ditch Read the Rest…


Dead Whale Washes Up On Santa Barbara County Beach

Fri, October 19, 2012

A dead whale has turned up on a Santa Barbara County beach. The young gray whale turned up in the surf in Goleta’s More Mesa area. Experts examined the whale, and say it didn’t appear to have been hit by a ship, or die as the result of other human interaction. Plans call for the Read the Rest…


Unemployment Dips On South Coast, Statewide

Fri, October 19, 2012

The latest unemployment numbers are showing substantial drops on the South Coast, and statewide as well. Ventura County unemployment went from 9.4% in August, to 8.8% in September. In Santa Barbara County, the numbers dipped from 7.6% in August, to 7.1% in September. Statewide, unemployment went from 10.4% in August, to 10.2% in September.


Oxnard Police, Fire Departments Investigating Homemade Explosive Devices

Fri, October 19, 2012

Oxnard Police, and Fire department investigators are trying to figure out who made some homemade explosive devices, detonating two of them. Two devices consisting of chemicals in plastic bottles were exploded on the front lawns of homes in the city. One blast happened just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, on the 600 block of Hermosa Drive, Read the Rest…


Ventura Woman Arrested In Incident In Which She Was Wounded By Gun

Fri, October 19, 2012

A woman who Ventura Police initially thought was the victim of a shooting is now being called the suspect in a dispute in which she accidentally wounded herself. The incident happened October 4th, on the 1100 block of Carlsbad Place in Ventura. Police were called to a home, where they say Erica Landeros told them Read the Rest…


Lookout Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Now 100% Contained

Thu, October 18, 2012

A Santa Barbara County brush fire which caused a big scare Wednesday is now 100% contained. The Lookout Fire burned 44 acres of brush on San Marcos Pass, just south of Highway 154. Dozens of structures were threatened, but none of them were destroyed, or damaged. More than 300 firefighters, aided by helicopters and air Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say Officers Mistook Jogger Who Was Fatally Wounded During Shootout As Suspect

Thu, October 18, 2012

Oxnard Police are now saying that in the confusion of a shootout, some officers mistook a passing jogger for a suspect, and fired shots at the man who was ultimately fatally wounded. The shootout happened last Saturday night, on the 100 block of North Garfield Avenue. Police stopped a car believed to have three armed Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Passenger Train In Ventura County Identified

Thu, October 18, 2012

A Ventura County man has been identified as the person who was struck, and killed by a northbound passenger train on the Rincon. Lawrence Melby of La Conchita was walking a dog along the tracks near his home Tuesday afternoon, when he was hit by an Amtrak train. Authorities say the 68 year old man Read the Rest…


Controversial Wisconsin Governor To Speak In Simi Valley

Thu, October 18, 2012

Wisconsin’s controversial governor, who cut benefits and collective bargaining rights for state workers in order to save millions of dollars, is going to be speaking in Ventura County. Scott Walker will appear at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley November 16th. Walker was elected as Wisconsin’s governor in 2010. His controversial efforts to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Convicted Of Murdering Friend Over Drug Money

Thu, October 18, 2012

A Ventura County man has been convicted of first degree murder for killing a friend, in what prosecutors say a plan to steal thousands of dollars in drug money. Victor Chavira shot Albino Ramirez to death in front of his wife, and four year old son. Investigators say the August, 2008 killing in Camarillo was Read the Rest…


Some San Marcos Pass Residents Were Ready For Lookout Fire

Thu, October 18, 2012

Some San Marcos Pass residents were prepared to deal with the Lookout Fire, after years of living in a high fire danger area. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Painted Cave Brushfire Preparedness


Lookout Fire Now 75% Contained: Full Containment Expected Friday Evening

Thu, October 18, 2012

A Santa Barbara County brush fire which caused a big scare Wednesday is now 75% contained, with full containment expected Friday evening. The Lookout Fire burned 44 acres of brush on San Marcos Pass, just south of Highway 154. Dozens of structures were threatened, but none of them were destroyed, or damaged. More than 300 Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hoping To Contain Santa Barbara County Brushfire

Thu, October 18, 2012

Firefighters are working this morning on trying to get full control of Santa Barbara County’s Lookout brushfire, which caused a big scare yesterday in the San Marcos Pass area, sending up a huge plume of smoke. The fire has been burning between Highway 154, and Painted Cave Road. U.S. Forest Service officials say it’s about Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Brushfire Now Nearly Halfway Contained

Wed, October 17, 2012

Firefighters say the Lookout brush fire burning on San Marcos Pass is now 45% contained. The fire is burning between Highway 154, and Painted Cave Road., with the U.S. Forest Service saying it’s blackened about 25 acres of brush. The blaze threatened about 100 homes, with 40 being evacuated. All evacuation orders were lifted at Read the Rest…


New Agreement Intended To Improve Quality Of Care For Thousands Of Medi-Cal Patients In Ventura County

Wed, October 17, 2012

A network of non-profit clinics in Ventura County has signed a deal which will expand its ability to provide comprehensive care for some of its clients. Clinicas del Camino Real reached agreement with the Gold Coast Health Plan to provide specialty health care referrals to its clients. Up until now, Clinicas had to go to Read the Rest…


Warning Issued Over Potential Air Quality Impacts Of Santa Barbara County Fire

Wed, October 17, 2012

Santa Barbara County officials have issued a warning about potential health impacts stemming from the Lookout brush fire, which has been burning on San Marcos Pass all day. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District issued an air quality watch for Southern, and Central portions of Read the Rest…


Firefighters Trying To Contain Blaze On San Marcos Pass

Wed, October 17, 2012

Firefighters are still trying to contain a highly visible brush fire that’s been burning since about 7:45 this morning on San Marcos Pass. The U-S Forest Service, which is the lead agency for fighting efforts, is now estimating the size of the fire at 25 acres. The Lookout Fire is burning between Highway 154, and Read the Rest…


Lookout Fire On San Marcos Pass Still At 15 Acres, With Little Spreading Reported

Wed, October 17, 2012

Firefighters appear to be getting the upper hand on the Lookout brushfire, which is burning in the San Marcos Pass area, just south of Highway 154. The 15 acre blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. in the Laurel Springs area. No structures have been damaged, but some continue to remain threatened. Santa Barbara County, Read the Rest…


Firefighters Making Progress In Containing 15 Acre Lookout Brushfire, On San Marcos Pass

Wed, October 17, 2012

Firefighters appear to be getting the upper hand on the Lookout brushfire, which is burning in the San Marcos Pass area, just south of Highway 154. The 15 acre blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. in the Laurel Springs area. No structures have been damaged, but some continue to remain threatened. Santa Barbara County, Read the Rest…


Lookout Fire Still Threatening Structures, But None Damaged So Far

Wed, October 17, 2012

The Lookout brush fire, in the San Marcos Pass area of Santa Barbara County, continues to put up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles, and has burned about 15 acres of brush. The blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. in the Laurel Springs area. No structures have been damaged, but some continue Read the Rest…


Efforts Continue To Control Lookout Fire, On San Marcos Pass

Wed, October 17, 2012

A brushfire that’s being called the Lookout Fire continues to burn on San Marcos Pass in Santa Barbara County, just south of Highway 154 The blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. in the Laurel Springs area. Santa Barbara County, U-S Forest Service, and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are all involved in the Read the Rest…


San Marcos Pass Residents Notified Of Brushfire: Huge Plume Of Smoke Visible

Wed, October 17, 2012

Firefighters are battling a brushfire on San Marcos Pass that’s led to the shutdown of Highway 154. The blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. in the Laurel Springs area, off of Highway 154. Santa Barbara County, U-S Forest Service, and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are all involved in the effort. Aircraft are Read the Rest…


Fire Reported On San Marcos Pass: Highway 154 Closed

Wed, October 17, 2012

Firefighters are battling a brushfire on San Marcos Pass at this hour. The blaze was reported just before 8 a.m. in the Laurel Springs area, off of Highway 154. Highway 154 has been closed. Santa Barbara County, U-S Forest Service, and Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department firefighters are all involved in the effort. Aircraft are Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Try New Program To Divert First Time Offenders From Criminal Justice System

Wed, October 17, 2012

Santa Barbara County is going to try a new program to keep first time misdemeanor criminal offenders from clogging up the criminal justice system, by putting them into rehabilitation programs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Diversion Program


Oxnard Police Chief Calls Fatal Shooting Of Jogger During Gunfight A Tragedy

Wed, October 17, 2012

Oxnard’s Police Chief is calling the fatal shooting of an innocent jogger caught in a gunfight between a carful of men, and police a tragedy. At a news conference, Chief Jeri Williams said violent suspects controlled what happened, and are responsible for the Saturday night incident which led to the accidental death of Alfonso Limon. Read the Rest…


Former Port Hueneme City Manger Brought Out Of Retirement To Serve As Interim Manager

Wed, October 17, 2012

A retired Port Hueneme City Manager has been hired to fill the vacancy created by the recent ouster of the man who was recently holding the post. Dave Norman stepped down early this month, after being told that the City Council wanted to move the city in a different direction. Now, the council has hired Read the Rest…


Man Killed By Amtrak Train In Ventura County

Wed, October 17, 2012

A man walking his dog along some railroad tracks in Ventura County was killed by an Amtrak passenger train. It happened just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon, as a man was walking northbound on the tracks near La Conchita. The crew of a northbound Amtrak train saw the man, and blew its horn multiple times, but Read the Rest…


Environmental Groups Successfully Challenge Approval Of Major New Housing Development In Oxnard

Tue, October 16, 2012

A judge’s ruling over environmental concerns has derailed plans for a new 1500 home development in Oxnard. A Ventura County Superior Court judge agreed with the contentions of a lawsuit led by the Santa Barbara based Environmental Defense Center that there are flaws with the environmental impact report for the proposed project on Hueneme Road. Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Arrested For Liquor Store Robbery After Car Chase, Deployment Of Police K-9

Tue, October 16, 2012

A Ventura man who police say robbed a liquor store at knifepoint is now behind bars, after a car chase, and then being captured by a K-9 dog. Investigators say John Lopez entered the store on the 10200 block of Telephone Road around 3 p.m. yesterday. They say he brandished a knife, and after a Read the Rest…


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