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Archives for November 2012

Ventura Apartment Complex Flooded, But Not By Rain

Fri, November 30, 2012

It wasn’t rain, but a broken water line which flooded a Ventura apartment complex, damaging eight units. Ventura firefighters were called to the apartments on the 300 block of Paseo De Playa early this morning. They found that a broken water line in one unit’s bathroom on the complex’s second floor left three inches of Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Motorcyclist Who Sped Away From Fatal Westlake Village Accident

Fri, November 30, 2012

Authorities are trying to track down a motorcyclist who may be able to help unravel the mystery behind a fatal traffic accident in Ventura County. Christian Eitelback was riding a motorcycle alongside another motorcyclist at a high rate of speed on Westlake Boulevard, north of Triunfo Boulevard November 3rd, when he plowed into a vehicle. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Detectives Say They Found Marijuana Growing Operation In Carpinreria

Fri, November 30, 2012

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve broken up a marijuana growing operation in Carpinteria, arresting four people in the process. Detectives served a search warrant at a home on the 4800 block of Malibu Drive this morning. They say they found nearly 90 plants, as well as a sophisticated growing operation on three separate Read the Rest…


Holiday Train Decorated With 50,000 Lights Set To Visit Ventura County This Weekend

Fri, November 30, 2012

A special commuter train decorated with holiday displays, and more than 50,000 lights is visiting Ventura County this weekend. The Metrolink Holiday Toy Express will stop in Oxnard, Camarillo, Moorpark, and Simi Valley. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with kids at each stop, and there will be music, and tours of the trains during Read the Rest…


Cirque Show On South Coast This Weekend Brings Holidays To Life

Fri, November 30, 2012

A holiday show from the people who created two Super Bowl productions is in Ventura County this weekend. Cirque Dreams Holidaze features a cast of dozens of acrobats, jugglers, singers, and other performers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with members of the national touring company as they set up for their run at the Thousand Read the Rest…


Port Strike in Southern California Not Impacting Ventura County Facility

Thu, November 29, 2012

A strike which has idled the ports of Los Angeles, and Long Beach so far isn’t impacting the Port of Hueneme. Clerical workers from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union picketed terminals in Los Angeles, and Long Beach today, shutting down shipping operations. An arbitrator had ruled that the reasons were for the walkout were Read the Rest…


Rainfall Amounts Light On The South Coast So Far, But More On the Way

Thu, November 29, 2012

The first in a series of storms to swing through the South Coast didn’t create heavy rainfall, but much more wet weather is to come. Rainfall totals so far include .06″ in Santa Barbara, .25″ in Ventura, .9″ of an inch in Ojai, and .17″ in Thousand Oaks. While we could see light showers on Read the Rest…


Rare Mountain Lion Found Dead In Santa Monica Mountains Exposed To Rodent Killing Chemicals

Thu, November 29, 2012

A rare mountain lion found dead in the Santa Monica Mountains may have been the victim of exposure to chemicals used to kill rodents. The year old female was found dead October 21st by some hikers in Point Mugu State Park. The carcass was partially decomposed, but experts say they did find the big cat Read the Rest…


South Coast Concert Venue Goes Green

Thu, November 29, 2012

A popular South Coast concert venue is going green. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports that the next time Sting, or the Eagles play at the Santa Barbara Bowl, solar power may be powering their electric guitars. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Bowl Solar System


World’s Top Golfers In Ventura County For Tournament Hosted By Tiger Woods

Thu, November 29, 2012

Many of the world’s top golfers are in Ventura County this morning, for the World Challenge Golf Tournament, hosted by Tiger Woods. The 14th annual event has one of the strongest lineups in its history, with a number of U.S. Ryder Cup team members. Woods has won his tournament six times, including last year. The Read the Rest…


Nanny Accused Of Killing Children Of Former Ventura County Resident Enters Not Guilty Plea

Thu, November 29, 2012

A New York City nanny entered a not guilty plea to charges she murdered two children of a former Ventura County man who were under her care. Yoselyn Ortega is charged with stabbing to death 6 year old Lucia Krimm, and her 2 year old brother, Leo at the family’s home. Police say she then Read the Rest…


Energy Technology Projects In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Get Federal Funding

Thu, November 29, 2012

Some energy technology projects in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are among the 18 in California which are sharing $130 million dollars in just awarded federal funding. Teledyne Scientific Company in Thousand Oaks is getting more than $550,000 for its project to try to develop a water based, potassium-ion flow battery for low cost energy Read the Rest…


Author Speaking On South Coast Tonight Contends Introverts Get A Bad Rap In Western Society

Thu, November 29, 2012

Are you an introvert? Or, are you an extrovert? An author has written a New York Times bestseller on the subject of introversion, saying that despite the important role deep thought, and consideration can play in our society, introverts often don’t get the respect they deserve. Susan Cain is on the South Coast today, to Read the Rest…


Questions About Apparent Suspension Of Port Hueneme Police Chief

Wed, November 28, 2012

Officials with the City of Port Hueneme aren’t talking about the suspension of the city’s police chief. Interim City Manager Dick Velthoen took the action earlier this week, putting Chief Kathleen Sheehan on paid administrative leave. She was hired in 2010, and has a more than three decade long career in law enforcement. There’s no Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Firefighter Honored For Off Duty Rescue

Wed, November 28, 2012

A Santa Barbara firefighter is being honored for his off duty efforts to save the life of a woman injured in a traffic accident. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Firefighter Honored


UCSB Dean Appointed Interim Chancellor For UC Riverside

Wed, November 28, 2012

A dean at UC Santa Barbara has been appointed as interim chancellor for another UC campus. Jane Conoley will temporarily head UC Riverside, while a search for a permanent chancellor is conducted. Conoley is Dean of UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. UC Riverside’s current chancellor, Timothy White, has been appointed as the chancellor of Read the Rest…


Details Released About Mexican Mafia Operation In Ventura County; Authorities Say Mafia Organized Local Street Gangs Under One Umbrella

Wed, November 28, 2012

Authorities are now releasing the details behind what they say is the largest series of criminal grand jury indictments in Ventura County history, involving an operation which united the operation of the county’s gangs under central leadership. Investigators say the notorious Mexican Mafia used threats, and extortion to control, and extract payments from local gang Read the Rest…


Nation’s Largest Bicycle Race Returning To South Coast

Wed, November 28, 2012

America’s largest bicycle race is returning to the South Coast in 2013, after bypassing the region this year. The Amgen Tour of California will include a stop in Santa Barbara in 2013. The eighth annual race will go from south to north for the first time, starting in Escondido, and ending in Santa Rosa. The Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Who Struck, Killed Four Classmates With Car Transferred From State Mental Hospital

Wed, November 28, 2012

A man who struck, and killed four UC Santa Barbara students with his car has been moved from the state mental hospital where he’s lived for the past ten years, to a minimum security facility. David Attias has been transferred from Patton State Hospital to an undisclosed location in Southern California. Attias was convicted of Read the Rest…


Three Year Old Girl Struck By Vehicle After Running Into Santa Barbara Street

Wed, November 28, 2012

A three year old Santa Barbara girl is recovering from injures she suffered when she ran into a Santa Barbara street, and was struck by a vehicle. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on lik to listen to/download story: 3 Year Old Injured


Ventura County Officials Detail Breakup Of Mexican Mafia Operation Which Controlled Local Gangs

Tue, November 27, 2012

Ventura County law enforcement officials say they’ve brought down a massive Mexican Mafia gang operation in the county, which used local gangs to create a regional crime network. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports officials today released details about the case we first told you about last week. Click on link to listen to/download story: Mexican Mafia Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Community College To Try New Approach For Non-Credit Courses

Tue, November 27, 2012

Santa Barbara City College is preparing to take a new approach with non-credit classes it’s been offering for years. Hit hard by budget cuts, the college has decided it needs to focus its funding on core educational classes. It’s creating a new Center for Lifelong Learning, with a goal of continuing to offer non-credit enrichment Read the Rest…


Autopsy Results Released In Connection With Controversial Death In Oxnard

Tue, November 27, 2012

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled that the death of an Oxnard man who died in custody was the result of asphyxia, from active prone restraint, and that they are classifying it as a homicide. Oxnard Police were called to a home on the 1100 block of South L Street June 23rd by Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Nevada For Alleged Kidnapping Of Girlfriend In Simi Valley

Tue, November 27, 2012

A man police say kidnapped his girlfriend from a Simi Valley residential care facility is now behind bars, in Nevada. Just before 10 a.m. Sunday, workers at a care facility on the 3100 block of Lori Circle called Simi Valley Police, saying the boyfriend of an employee was there, causing a disturbance. Witnesses say it Read the Rest…


Crime Fiction Writer James Ellroy To Speak In Santa Barbara Tonight

Tue, November 27, 2012

He’s written some of America’s best known crime novels, like “The Big Nowhere,” “L.A. Confidential,” and “The Black Dalia.” James Ellroy has brought to life some of the darker aspects of our society, through his novels, and screenplays. Some of his stories are pure fiction, while others are spun around real crimes. Ellroy is headed Read the Rest…


Fund To Help Create Affordable Housing In Ventura County Ready To Make First Financing Available

Tue, November 27, 2012

A non-profit agency designed to make loans available for affordable housing projects in Ventura County is ready to make some financing available for the first time. The Ventura County Housing Trust Fund has put together a loan pool of $4 million dollars. The Fund’s Board of Directors says it’s accepting applications for its initial $750,000 Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In What Santa Barbara Police Are Calling Intential Hit And Run Incident

Mon, November 26, 2012

A former Santa Barbara County man has been arrested following what police are calling an intentional hit and run incident which left another person seriously injured. Santa Barbara Police detectives say on September 13th, Avery Anthony Morris Junior was at a party on the 500 block of West Gutierrez Street, but was kicked out after Read the Rest…


Construction Closures To Impact 101 Freeway Near Ventura-Santa Barbara County Line

Mon, November 26, 2012

Construction tonight, and for the next few nights could mean some overnight traffic tieups on the 101 Freeway between Ventura, and Santa Barbara. Work is continuing on a project to add carpool lanes, as well as other improvements to a stretch of the freeway near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line. Crews will be doing median Read the Rest…


No Rain, But Flooding Hits Parts Of Santa Barbara

Mon, November 26, 2012

It didn’t rain in Santa Barbara, but there were still some flooding problems over the weekend. KCLU’s John Palminteri explains. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Street Flooding


Santa Barbara County Based Relief Group Helps Clinics Damaged By Hurricane Sandy

Mon, November 26, 2012

Some community health clinics on the East Coast hit hard by Hurricane Sandy are getting some help from a relief group in Santa Barbara County. Direct Relief International is teaming up with the National Association of Community Health Centers to give $250,000 to the Joseph Addabbo Family Center. Three of the center’s clinics were severely Read the Rest…


Governing Board For New School District In Ventura County Sets First Meeting

Mon, November 26, 2012

The first meeting has been set for the new governing board for Ventura County’s newest school district. Earlier this month, voters approved merging Santa Paula’s elementary, and high school districts. The newly elected governing board will meet for the first time on December 5th, at the Santa Paula Community Center The board is expected to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Community Settles Lawsuit Over Alleged Series Of Rapes By Police Officer

Sat, November 24, 2012

Santa Maria officials say they’ve settled a lawsuit involving allegations that a teenage police Explorer Scout was raped multiple times by a city police officer. They say they reached a $185,000 settlement with the girl’s family. The 17 year old girl told investigators that Officer Albert Covarrubias Junior threatened to kill her boyfriend if she Read the Rest…


One Person Dead, Second Injured Following Fall Off Balcony In Isla Vista

Sat, November 24, 2012

One person is dead, and a second was injured after they fell off a balcony in Isla Vista early Thanksgiving morning. It happened at around 1 a.m. Thursday, at an apartment complex on the 6500 block of Cordoba Road. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say 22 year old Melissa Portillo fell off the balcony, Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Ventura County Paraglider Crash Identified

Thu, November 22, 2012

Authorities are identifying a man killed in fatal paraglider crash in Ventura County. Brent Butzke of Malibu was flying near Powell Road, in the Piru area Tuesday afternoon when he had some type of problem, and crashed. Some farmworkers witnessed the accident, and called 911 for help. However, the 27 year old man was pronounced Read the Rest…


Man Arrested On Charges That Molestation Occured At Ventura Day Care Facility

Thu, November 22, 2012

A Ventura man has been accused of sexually abusing a 5 year old girl while she was attending a Ventura day care facility. Ventura Police say they arrested 18 year old Cooper Potter. Investigators belive their were multiple incidents involving Potter, and the child. Detectives say Potter had access to the girl because she attended Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Determine Cause of Fatal Paraglider Crash In Ventura County

Wed, November 21, 2012

Authorities are trying to determine what led to a fatal paraglider crash in Ventura County. It happened just before 3 p.m. yesterday, near Powell Road, in the Piru area. Some farmworkers witnessed the crash, and called 911 for help. However, the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the 27 year old Read the Rest…


Ventura County Reaches Settlement With Utility Company Over Firefighting Costs

Wed, November 21, 2012

Some fire agencies will share $350,000 from a utility company, as a settlement in lawsuits filed to try to recover some of the costs from an October, 2009 brushfire in Thousand Oaks. Fire investigators say an overheated part from a power pole fell into some brush, and triggered the blaze. The County had originally sought Read the Rest…


Ventura College President Announces Retirement Plans

Wed, November 21, 2012

The woman who’s headed a South Coast community college for eight years has announced she plans to retire. Robin Calote says she’ll step down as President of Ventura College at the end of the current school year. Calote has guided the college through some rough times, as community colleges statewide, and locally have been hard Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Give Approval To Controversial Paintball Park Project

Wed, November 21, 2012

A fight over a recreational facility proposed for eastern Ventura County has finally been decided. A 21 acre paintball park is planned on a chunk of vacant land which was once an egg plant north of Moorpark. But, neighbors and farmers in the rural part of the county objected, citing environmental concerns ranging from dust, Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Ventura County Paraglider Accident

Tue, November 20, 2012

One person is dead, following the crash of what appeared to have been a motorized paraglider in Ventura County. It happened just after 2 this afternoon, near Powell Road, in the Piru area. Some farmworkers witnessed the crash, and called 911 for help. However, the pilot, who was a man in who appeared to be Read the Rest…


Additional Fire Station Being Considered For Montecito To Try to Improve Emergency Response Times

Tue, November 20, 2012

Community leaders are talking about building a new fire station in Montecito, to try to improve emergency response times. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story: New Montecito Fire Station Proposal


28 People Indicted In Ventura County In Connection With Mexican Mafia Gang

Tue, November 20, 2012

Ventura County authorities have made a sweeping attack on what’s known as the Mexican Mafia prison gang, arresting 17 people in the county with alleged ties to the gang on charges ranging from drug dealing, to robbery. A grand jury indictment which led to the arrests named 28 people, 11 of whom are still at Read the Rest…


UCSB Researchers Open What Could Be Key Door To Replacement Human Organs

Tue, November 20, 2012

Some South Coast researchers may have openined a key door on the the path to being able to grow replacement tissue, and organs for humans. A UC Santa Barbara team has figured out how to stop the commands which tell a developing cell what it’s going to become, and have then reprogrammed them to become Read the Rest…


Bank Gives Out Million Dollars To Non-Profit Groups In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Tue, November 20, 2012

A South Coast bank celebrated a decade of community grants to local non-profits by handing out a million dollars yesterday to some 180 groups in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Montecito Bank and Trust has now distributed $10 million dollars over ten years to local groups. The groups receiving money this year included groups like Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Alabama For Three Decade Old Oxnard Murder Case Extradited To California

Mon, November 19, 2012

An Alabama man Oxnard Police believe is responsible for a three decade old sexual assault, and murder has been extradited to Ventura County, to stand trial. The Ventura County Cold Case Task Force used DNA evidence to link Thomas Young of Fairfield, Alabama to the July 30th, 1980 killing of Stacy Knappenberger in her Oxnard Read the Rest…


Man With Extensive Burglary Record In Santa Barbara County Arrested For New Break-In

Mon, November 19, 2012

A man Santa Barbara Police say has a long criminal record is behind bars again, after a commercial burglary in the city. Detectives say as they reviewed surveillance tape of the November 8th break-in at a Canon Perdidio Street dry cleaners, they recognized Jeffrey Allen Wojciechowski (Woj-c-chow-ski). On Friday, investigators say they saw the 50 Read the Rest…


State Proclaims Emergency Program In Effect To Deal With Insect Infestations In Ventura County

Mon, November 19, 2012

State agricultural officials have been moving aggressively to stop infestations of a potentially destructive pest to the citrus industry in Ventura County. They’ve now backed up the efforts to contain the Asian Citrus Psyllid with a proclamation of an emergency program in the County against the insect. In recent weeks, the psyllids have been detected Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors To Decide Fate Of Proposed Paintball Park Near Moorpark

Mon, November 19, 2012

Ventura County Supervisors are set to decide the fate of a controversial proposal to build, and open a paintball park near Moorpark. The Ventura County Planning Commission already approved a Conditional Use Permit for the facility on nearly eight acres of land on the 8600 block of Shekell Road. The plans call for the removal Read the Rest…


Major Oxnard Street Reopened After Sinkhole Problem

Mon, November 19, 2012

A sinkhole complete with gurgling water closed a normally busy Oxnard street over the weekend, but it’s now open again today. Oxnard Police were called to the intersection of Rose Avenue, and Raiders Way around 1:45 Sunday morning, by reports of a huge depression in the roadway. They arrived to find a 20 foot section Read the Rest…


South Coast Television Station Changes Hands

Mon, November 19, 2012

A St. Joseph, Missouri company completed its deal to buy the ABC television station serving Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as part of Ventura County. The Federal Communications Commission approved the purchase of Santa Barbara based KEYT-TV by the News-Press & Gazette Company from Smith Media. Channel 3 is now part Read the Rest…


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