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Archives for December 2012

Wanted Man Arrested After Standoff With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies

Sat, December 29, 2012

A Ventura County man wanted for a felony warrant was arrested following a standoff with County Sheriff’s deputies who were trying to arrest him. Deputies spotted Jesus Rodriguez on the 500 block of Ventura Avenue in Ojai around 4 p.m. Friday. They say the 28 year old Ojai man eluded officers, and climbed onto the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Actor Who Starred In John Ford, John Wayne Films Dies

Sat, December 29, 2012

A Santa Barbara man who starred in more than 100 films, including some classic John Ford-John Wayne westerns has died. Harry Carey Junior died of natural causes on Thursday. Carey appeared in acclaimed movies like “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” “Red River,” “Big Jake,” and “3 Godfathers.” Carey grew up in the movie business. His Read the Rest…


Ventura Pedestrian Killed In Traffic Accident

Sat, December 29, 2012

Ventura Police are trying to determine what led to an accident which left a pedestrian dead. A vehicle hit Billy Herring of Ventura as he tried to cross Thompson Boulevard, at South Palm Street just after 5 Friday night. The 56 year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say that neither drugs, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Congressmen Cleared In Mortgage Investigation

Fri, December 28, 2012

A congressional committee says its investigation shows that two local representatives who received so-called VIP mortgages from a troubled lender didn’t violate any laws. The House Ethics Committee looked at allegations involving some congressional members, and staffers related to now defunct Countrywide Financial, one of the lenders blamed for opening the door to the nation’s Read the Rest…


Vehicle Vandals Strike Ventura Neighborhod

Fri, December 28, 2012

Vandals have struck a number of vehicles in a section of Ventura, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. At least 14 vehicles in the Ventura College area, on the south side of Telegraph Road were keyed, or otherwise vandalized late Wednesday night, or early Thursday morning. Some of the vehicles had derogatory staments Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Death Of Newborn Found In Ventura County Strawberry Field

Thu, December 27, 2012

Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives say a seven month long investigation into the death of a newborn baby found in a Camarillo strawberry field led to the arrest of the infant’s mother. Investigators say the baby was found in a field off of Central Avenue May 21st. At the time, detectives took DNA samples from m Read the Rest…


Hope Dims For Missing Pilot From Santa Barbara County

Wed, December 26, 2012

Hope has dimmed for a Santa Barbara County pilot who disappeared December 17th, on a flight from the Santa Ynez Valley to Mammoth Lakes. Pilot Nicol Wilson’s single engine plane disappeared from radar as it was flying through Yosemite National Park. Searchers explored a 600 square mile area by air. It’s in a rugged, isolated Read the Rest…


Young Man Critically Injured After He Jumps From Second Floor Of Ventura Mall

Mon, December 24, 2012

A young man is in critical condition after jumping from the second floor of a Ventura mall. The 18 year old climbed of a railing and jumped before anyone could stop him around 5:30 Sunday night at the Pacific View Mall. Police say they don’t know what prompted him to do it. No one else Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Two Pedestrians Struck And Killed On Highway 154 In Santa Barbara County

Mon, December 24, 2012

Authorities have released the names of two people who were struck, and killed on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. The CHP says Sara Ornelas of Santa Barbara, and Barbara Romero of Santa Ynez apparently stopped the vehicle they were in late Friday night, on Highway 154 near the Ranch San Marcos Golf Course The Read the Rest…


Community Groups in Ventura County, San Joaquin Valley Sue EPA Over Pesticides

Fri, December 21, 2012

Some community groups in Ventura, and the Jan Joaquin Valleys have filed suit against the federal Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution related to pesticides. Groups including the Wishtoyo Foundation, and Ventura Coastkeeper say they took the legal action today because of their concerns about the use of the agricultural fumigant methyl bromide. The groups Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops In Ventura County; No Change In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 21, 2012

The latest unemployment figures show that unemployment dipped slightly in Ventura County, while remaining unchanged in Santa Barbara County. The latest state statistics show that the jobless rate in Ventura County dropped from 8.7% in October, to 8.6% in November. In Santa Barbara County, the month to month percentage remained unchanged, at 7.3%. Statewide, unemployment Read the Rest…


Holiday Weekend Means Extra DUI Patrols In Place On South Coast

Fri, December 21, 2012

Law enforcement agencies in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties say they’ve geared up for the four day holiday weekend with extra DUI patrols. Local police, and Sheriff’s departments in the region have additional officers on the streets. The CHP is kicking off its maximum enforcement patrol tonight, and will have extra officers on the state’s Read the Rest…


Newspaper In Santa Barbara County Folds

Fri, December 21, 2012

A newspaper in Santa barbara County has folded, with it’s publisher saying it wasn’t working financially. KCLU’s john Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Ynez Valley Newspaper Folds


Police Investigating Death Of Oxnard Man

Fri, December 21, 2012

Oxnard Police are investigating the death of an 84 year old man, who was driving a pickup truck which crashed into a parked car. Donald Dent was driving north on Beaumont Avenue, near Langley Street just before 1 p.m. yesterday, when his pickup ran into a vehicle parked on the side of the street. He Read the Rest…


Foundation Formed on South Coast Helping Thousands Of Refugees In Central Africa

Fri, December 21, 2012

A little know non profit group created by some local educators, and community leaders, and based in Santa Barbara is helping thousands of refugees halfway around the world. The Chad Relief Foundation is only about five years old, but has supported some 16 programs in the war torn Central African region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Knock Down Fire From Homeless Camp Which Threatens Nearby Home

Fri, December 21, 2012

Ventura firefighters say a runaway fire from a homeless campsite spread to some nearby trees, and threatened a home before it was contained last night. The fire started near Front and Ash Streets just after 5:30 last night, jumping to some palm and eucalyptus trees. Firefighters were quickly able to get a handle on the Read the Rest…


Holiday Grinch Stealing Packages From Doorsteps On South Coast

Fri, December 21, 2012

Santa Barbara Police say they’re looking for a real holiday grinch this morning. Someone has been stealing packages left on the doorsteps of homes on the City’s Westside by FedEx, and UPS. Police are saying that if you are expecting a package, you should use its tracking number to monitor its whereabouts, so you can Read the Rest…


Still No Sign Of Missing Plane From Santa Barbara County

Thu, December 20, 2012

A second day of searching has failed to turn up any sign of a light plane which disappeared while en route to Mammoth Lakes from Santa Barbara County. Pilot Nicol Wilson left just after noon on Monday, but never arrived at his destination. The plane disappeared from radar as it was flying through Yosemite National Read the Rest…


Woman Enters Not Guilty Plea To Charge She Stabbed To Death Her Aunt In Ventura

Thu, December 20, 2012

A woman accused of stabbing to death her aunt in Ventura more than four years ago has entered a not guilty plea to the killing. Gina Drake is charged with the June, 2009 slaying of Wendy DiRodeo in a bedroom of the victim’s parents home. At the time, the killing sent shock waves throughout the Read the Rest…


High School Students Arrested For String Of School Burglaries In Ventura

Thu, December 20, 2012

Three high school students have been arrested in Ventura County, after County Sheriff’s detectives say the Camarillo High School students found a list of combinations for school issued locks, and used it to burglarize student lockers. Investigators say a 17 year old boy, and two 16 year olds teamed up to use the combinations to Read the Rest…


College In Ventura County gets $3.2 Million Dollar Grant For New Classrooms

Thu, December 20, 2012

A college in Ventura County has received a more than three million dollar grant for construction of a new classroom building. Thomas Aquinas College was awarded $3.2 million dollars from the Fritz Burns Foundation. The money will allow the construction of what will be the 13th building at the four year, Catholic college which is Read the Rest…


Prime Oceanfront Mesa Property In Santa Barbara Changes Hands

Thu, December 20, 2012

Some prime oceanfront mesa property in Santa Barbara which developers have unsuccessfully tried to build on for decades has been sold to a Saudi real estate investor, for more than $25 million dollars. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: More Mesa Sale


Search Continues Today For Missing Light Plane From Santa Barbara County

Thu, December 20, 2012

A search is continuing this morning for a small plane which disappeared en route to Mammoth Lakes from Santa Barbara County. Pilot Nicol Wilson left just after noon on Monday, and never arrived at his destination. The plane disappeared from radar as it was flying through Yosemite National Park. Bad weather restricted search activities Tuesday, Read the Rest…


Program In Santa Barbara County Offers Free Eye Checkups, Glasses To Children In Need

Thu, December 20, 2012

Hundreds of Santa Barbara County kids in need are going to get early Christmas presents this weekend, when they receive free eye checkups, and glasses through an event in Santa Barbara. It’s one of a series of efforts by some local doctors, educators, some non-profit groups, and a local eyeglass company to help children who Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Operating Unlicensed Dental Office

Wed, December 19, 2012

A Ventura County man has been arrested on multiple charges, after County Sheriff’s detectives say they discovered he was operating an unlicensed dental practice out of his apartment. Investigators say William Escobar had an elaborate office, complete with dental chairs, anesthetic drugs, and an array of equipment in a converted bathroom of his apartment, on Read the Rest…


Amgen Settlement With Government Over Marketing Of Drug Finalized

Wed, December 19, 2012

A New York judge today accepted a guilty plea by a biotech giant based in Ventura County over charges it illegally introduced a misbranded drug into interstate commerce, and will pay a total of $150 million dollars in penalties and fines. The issue was Amgen’s marketing of the anemia drug Aranesp. The Thousand Oaks company Read the Rest…


Head Of Key Santa Barbara County Commission Which Oversees Jurisdictional Issues To Leave

Wed, December 19, 2012

A man who played a key role in the incorporation of two Santa Barbara County communities as cities is leaving the agency that made the moves possible. Bob Braitman has been with the Santa Barbara Local Agency Formation Commission for 20 years. The commission, commonly known as LAFCO, is a state created agency which deal Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Plane Which Disappeared On Flight From Santa Barbara

Wed, December 19, 2012

A search is underway for a small plane, with one person on board which disappeared en route to Mammoth Lakes from Santa Barbara County. Nicol Wilson left just after noon on Monday, and never arrived at his destination. The plane disappeared from radar as it was flying through Yosemite National Park. Bad weather restricted search Read the Rest…


Prostitution Sting Operation In Ventura County Leads To Six Arrests

Wed, December 19, 2012

An investigation into online advertisements for illicit sexual services in Eastern Ventura County has led to a string of arrests. Simi Valley Police say a number of complaints prompted them to start monitoring several websites offering illegal services, and over the last few months a number of arrests of women soliciting men for prostitution. In Read the Rest…


Governor Appoints Ventura County Judge To State Commission

Wed, December 19, 2012

The governor has appointed a Ventura County judge to a state commission on juvenile justice. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Brian Back is joining the State Advisory Commission on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. Back has been a superior court judge since 1998. The commission is required by the federal government as a condition of receiving Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Breakwater Project Completed

Wed, December 19, 2012

A project to make improvements to the breakwater at Santa Barbara harbor has been completed. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Breakwater Improvements


Amgen Settles Charge It Marketed One Of Its Drug For Unapproved Uses

Wed, December 19, 2012

A biotech giant based in Ventura County agreed to pay more than $760 million dollars to settle charge that it marketed one of its drugs for unapproved uses. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York says Amgen pled guilty to illegally introducing a misbranded drug into interstate commerce, and will pay a total of $150 Read the Rest…


Controversial “No Otter” Zone Eliminated Off South Coast

Wed, December 19, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week issued a final rulemaking to end a well intentioned, but failed program to try to help re-establish rare sea otters in the Channel islands. When the action is finalized in January, it will also mean an end to a controversial no-otter zone off our coastline which was Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Who Disappeared In Channel Islands Found

Wed, December 19, 2012

The body of a man who disappeared on an overnight camping trip in the Channel Islands has been recovered, with authorities saying he apparently fell off a cliff. Christopher Anthony Mondiek failed to return from Santa Cruz Island over the weekend. Bad weather blocked search efforts Monday, but Ventura, and Santa Barbara County Search and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Newspaper Publisher Wins Round In Court Over Controversial Firings Of Reporters

Wed, December 19, 2012

A federal appeals court cited the First Amendment in siding with the publisher of a South Coast newspaper over the controversial firing of eight staff members. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in favor of Ampersand Publishing, and Wendy McCaw, publisher of the Santa Barbara News Press. The dispute started in Read the Rest…


Suspicious Man Who Prompted Lockdowns At Two Ventura County Schools Arrested

Tue, December 18, 2012

Two Ventura County elementary schools were placed on lockdown this afternoon, as the result of a search in the area for a man behaving suspiciously. Simi Valley Police were called to the 4000 block of Apricot Road just after 12 noon. The suspicious man ran from the area before police could catch him. Santa Susana Read the Rest…


Kite Surfers Rescued Off Ventura County Coastline

Tue, December 18, 2012

Some kite surfers discovered the strong wind off the Ventura County coastline was more than they could handle this afternoon. Ventura County firefighters, and other public safety workers were called to help three kite surfers who got in trouble near Surfer’s Point, in the Ventura area at around 2 p.m. County fire officials say rescue Read the Rest…


Two Simi Valley Elementary School Students Suspended After Bringing Realistic Looking Toy Guns To School

Tue, December 18, 2012

Two elementary school students in Simi Valley have been suspended, after they brought some realistic looking toy guns to their school this morning. Simi Valley Police say a 9, and a 10 year old boy each brought one of the airguns with them as they boarded a bus to Santa Susana Elementary School. Another student Read the Rest…


City Of Thousand Oaks To Consider New Events Center At Municipal Golf Course

Tue, December 18, 2012

Outdoor weddings, corporate parties, and other outdoor events may soon become popular at a Thousand Oaks golf course, if the Thousand Oaks City Council tonight approves a plan to build an outdoor events facility. The council is set to consider a nearly two million dollar project to build the center at the city owned Los Read the Rest…


Daniel Day Lewis To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Tue, December 18, 2012

Two time Academy Award Winner Daniel Day Lewis is going to be one of the honorees at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Lewis will receive the festival’s Montecito Award January 26th. He’s been getting rave reviews from critics for his performance in the movie “Lincoln,” in which he plays the president. Lewis received Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Search And Rescue Team Helps Counterparts In Peru

Tue, December 18, 2012

Santa Barbara County’s Search And Rescue Team is just back from Peru, after going there to help train their Peruvian counterparts. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Search And Rescue Training Program


Man Struck And Killed By Vehicle In Oxnard Identified

Tue, December 18, 2012

A man who was struck, and killed by a pickup truck while trying to cross a street in Oxnard is now being identified. Martin Ortiz was fatally injured early Sunday morning, when he was crossing Wooley Road near Harbor Boulevard. The 25 year old Oxnard man was pronounced dead at the scene. Oxnard Police say Read the Rest…


Ventura County Businessman Makes Grant To State University

Tue, December 18, 2012

The owner of a Ventura County based tool making company which is the largest of its type in North America made a big donation to a state university, for a new engineering lab. Gene Haas gave $50,000 to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, for the university’s Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department. The money will be Read the Rest…


Free Hotline In Santa Barbara For Kids To Talk To Santa Gearing Up For Tens Of Thousands Of Calls

Tue, December 18, 2012

This next story comes with a warning: If you have a young child with you, you may not want them to hear it, because it has to do with Santa. Six years ago, a few kids accidentally dialing the wrong number as they looked for Santa found themselves talking to a man in Santa Barbara, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Men Among Thoses Sentenced To Prison For Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Tue, December 18, 2012

Two Santa Barbara County men, and one San Luis Obispo County man have been sentenced to prison, and ordered to pay $2.4 million dollars in restitution after being convicted of a mortgage fraud scheme. Federal prosecutors say Rigoberto Hernandez and Julio Tamayo of Santa Maria, and Brian Armet of Santa Margarita falsified paperwork so people Read the Rest…


No Charges Filed In Connection With Fatal Ventura County Accident

Mon, December 17, 2012

Ventura County prosecutors say the crash of an SUV into a coffee shop which killed a man was an accident, and that they won’t file charges against the off-duty sheriff’s deputy who was driving the vehicle. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Cedarland was headed through Fillmore on December 13th of last year when he Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Gang Member Found Guilty Of Fatally Slashing Man At Popular Santa Barbara County Beach

Mon, December 17, 2012

A man prosecutors say is a gang member has been found guilty today of first degree murder in the killing of another man at a popular Santa Barbara County beach. Adrian Robles was convicted of the April, 2010 slaying of Robert Simpson at Arroyo Burro beach. Investigators say Robles was with gang members at the Read the Rest…


Environmental Group On South Coast Names New Executive Director

Mon, December 17, 2012

The South Coast’s most prominent environmental advocacy organization has hired a new Executive Director. Owen Bailey with take over the top spot at the Santa Barbara based Environmental Defense Center on January 1st. Bailey has been with the Sierra Club for more than a decade. Bailey had worked with the EDC on some issues facing Read the Rest…


Ventura County Smoke Shop Owner Accused Of Selling Marijuana

Mon, December 17, 2012

A smoke shop owner in Ventura County has been arrested, after authorities he was selling not just selling tobacco, but also marijuana from his Santa Paula store. Duraid Durra was arrested following a Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Detectives say they found marijuana packaged for sale in his car, and more than ten pounds of Read the Rest…


Memorial For Connecticut School Shooting Victims Held In Santa Barbara

Mon, December 17, 2012

Santa Barbara was the one of many communities across the nation to hold a memorial for victims of Friday’s deadly school shootings. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Memorial For Shooting Victims


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