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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 water, and started CPR on the victim, but Solorio died at the scene. He had been bitten by the shark in the upper torso area.
Vandenberg Air Force Base officials ordered the beach closed for 72 hours as a precaution, but reopened it Friday morning.
It’s the same vicinity where a UCSB student died in a fatal shark attack two years ago. It was October 22nd, 2010 when Lucas Ransom was also fatally injured by a Great White in the Surf Beach area.
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 gone into the office complex to make a pickup, and when they returned, the vehicle was missing.
It was found a short time later, a few blocks away, and Ventura County Sheriff’s department officials believe money had been taken from the vehicle.
The district’s offices were briefly placed on lockdown as a precaution after the theft was discovered. No one was hurt, and no arrests have been made.
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 staffing, and the state has sent additional firefighters to the region. The Los Padres National Forest has also positioned an extra strike team of engines, as well as a hotshot hand crew in the forest. The Forest Service also has two air tankers, and a helicopter on standby at its base in Santa Maria.
The wind is expected to be a concern until midday tomorrow, when approaching low pressure will change the weather pattern.
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 will allow the collaborative to provide assistance to more than a dozen businesses, and about 250 workers in Ventura County.
The grant came from the California Employment Training Panel.
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 more than 30 pounds of dried marijuana, marijuana plants, illegal mushrooms, and some methamphetamine.
They arrested Jeffrey Ruthenback of Thousand Oaks for cultivation of marijuana for sale, marijuana cultivation, and possession of controlled substances.
Detectives say they arrested a second man, identified as David Staggs, when he showed up during the raid, and was in possession of some methamphetamine.
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
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 collisions.
A CHP officer positioned his patrol car on the southbound 101 near West Main Street, in Ventura so he could intercept the car. However, the car veered across the freeway lanes, and slammed into the back of the CHP unit.
The officer escaped with minor injuries, as did the driver of the car, who was identified as Robert Hurlbett of Santa Barbara. CHP investigators say a medical condition led to the erratic driving, and accident caused by the 66 year old man.
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 her dismissal from the Oxnard School District.
The district’s Board of Trustees voted to fire the 32 year old Haydock Intermediate School teacher after the videos surfaced last March.
Her attorney says she worked in adult films in 2005 and 2006, more than three years before she joined the Oxnard district.
But, district officials contend she never told them about her past, and lied when confronted about it. They say her return to the classroom would be disruptive.
Halas told the panel she regretted making the films, but turned her life around as a teacher.
When the hearing ends, the panel will decide whether the firing should be upheld, or Halas should be given another chance with the district.
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 free concert in the Conejo Valley.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Organ Concert At CLU