Ventura County Officials Detail Breakup Of Mexican Mafia Operation Which Controlled Local Gangs
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 2:27pm
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 Operation
Santa Barbara Community College To Try New Approach For Non-Credit Courses
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:22pm
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 classes, and seminars. The classes will be fee based, so the program will be self supporting.
The college district is holding three community forums this week to try to get ideas on what type of programs people would like to see offered through the Center, which is scheduled for launch next fall. The first forum will be from 5:30-7 tonight, at City College’s Wake Center Auditorium in Goleta.
Forums are also set for the Main School Auditorium, in Carpinteria at noon on Thursday, and City College’s Schott Center Auditorium at noon on Friday.
Autopsy Results Released In Connection With Controversial Death In Oxnard
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:31am
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 reports of a man overdosing on drugs. Officers say they tried to restrain Robert Ramirez, and that after they had him handcuffed, they noticed he had stopped breathing, and paramedics were unable to revive him.
The Medical Examiner’s office says it found that compression force, handcuffs and leg restraints led to a loss of consciousness, and cardiopulmonary arrest.
Toxicology results show that Ramirez had extremely high amounts of methamphetamine in his body.
Ramirez’s family contends he was beaten by police before he died, and are pursuing legal action against police, and the City of Oxnard.
Oxnard Police say they didn’t strike, or choke the man, and were just trying to deal with his erratic behavior.
The autopsy results are being forwarded to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether it will pursue charges of criminal wrongdoing.
Man Arrested In Nevada For Alleged Kidnapping Of Girlfriend In Simi Valley
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:53am
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 was a physical altercation, with Reymon Cagabhion of Granada Hills chasing Ira Capule around a car.
No one saw the two leave, but investigators say the 31 year old woman had told co-workers she feared for her safety because of the recent behavior of her boyfriend.
Police issued an alert for a possible kidnapping.
At around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nevada Highway Patrol officers spotted the vehicle just over the California-Nevada state line.
They stopped the car, and after Capule said she had been kidnapped, arrested the 33 year old man.
He’s being held in Nevada, pending extradition to California. The woman was unhurt.
Crime Fiction Writer James Ellroy To Speak In Santa Barbara Tonight
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:51am
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 to the South Coast tonight, where he’ll speak about the “Black Dalia” murder, which has some little known ties to Santa Barbara. He’s speaking at 7:30 p.m., at Santa Barbara City College’s Garvin Theater.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the author about his writing.
Click on link to listen to/download story: James Ellroy
Fund To Help Create Affordable Housing In Ventura County Ready To Make First Financing Available
Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 12:03am
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 in loans. The money can be used for residential, and mixed use developments which include affordable housing units.
The money can be used for things like planning, land acquisition, site development, construction, and rehabilitation.
The trust fund was created in 2006, to try to help provide financing to create more affordable housing in Ventura County.
Man Arrested In What Santa Barbara Police Are Calling Intential Hit And Run Incident
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 4:39pm
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 offending the host. People at the party say the 29-year-old man at first left, but then came back, and claimed he had a gun, and was going to kill people. Investigators say he then sped away a second time, circling the block, and then hitting a man standing in the street, despite the victim’s efforts to move. Witnesses say the driver targeted the 27 year old victim, who was seriously injured, but survived.
Investigators tracked down the Montecito resident in Pasadena, where they say he had apparently fled. Pasadena Police arrested him for attempted murder, and Santa Barbara Police say they may seek additional charges because of claims Morris made that he was a member of a Los Angeles street gang.
Construction Closures To Impact 101 Freeway Near Ventura-Santa Barbara County Line
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 4:20pm
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 work, and other improvements between Bates Road, and the Mobil Pier Road.
The work means that a lane of the freeway could be closed in each direction during the overnight, and morning hours.
The closures will start at about 7 p.m. nightly, and wrap up at 6 a.m. for northbound traffic, and 9 a.m. for southbound traffic.
This phase of the project, with some lane closures is expected to continue into next week.
No Rain, But Flooding Hits Parts Of Santa Barbara
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 2:18pm
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
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012 12:56am
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 damaged by the hurricane, with an estimated two million dollars in damage.
DRI has already committed a million dollars in cash towards Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, as well as 25,000 pounds in medical supplies.