Wanted Man Arrested After Standoff With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies
Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 9:22pm
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 roof of a building. The deputies spotted Rodriguez, who they say was armed with a knife. After several hours of discussion, deputies used a weapon to stun the man, and safely take him into custody.
Rodriguez was arrested for for possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting a peace officer, threatening an officer, and possession of a weapon.
Santa Barbara Actor Who Starred In John Ford, John Wayne Films Dies
Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 12:56pm
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 father was legendary silent film star Harry Carey, Senior. He became part of John Ford’s crew of actors the director used in numerous westerns, and was known for his skills as a real horseman.
Carey was 91 years old.
Ventura Pedestrian Killed In Traffic Accident
Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 1:59am
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, nor alcohol appear to be factors in the accident.
Ventura County Congressmen Cleared In Mortgage Investigation
Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012 1:08am
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 financial crisis.
Among those named were Republican Congressman Elton Gallegly of Simi Valley, and Republican Congressman Buck McKeon of Santa Clarita, who both represent parts of Ventura County.
The panel said the loans happened so long ago that they didn’t fall under their jurisdiction, but even if they had, the VIP designation didn’t mean they got the best rates possible. It also noted the congressmen didn’t even know they had been designated for the VIP program.
The panel had harsher words for some staffers they say had sought preferential treatment. Committee members say the staffers also no longer came under their jurisdiction, but if they did, they could have faced sanctions.
Vehicle Vandals Strike Ventura Neighborhod
Posted on Friday, December 28, 2012 12:29am
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 scratched onto them.
No arrests have been made. Police say they are looking for anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area during the time when the incidents occured.
Arrest Made In Death Of Newborn Found In Ventura County Strawberry Field
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2012 11:00am
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 ore than 100 field workers, and interviewed numerous potential witnesses.
They say the information led them to Rosalba Cruz Moran. They obtained a search warrant to get a DNA sample from the Oxnard woman, who already happened to be in custody on an unrelated charge. They say the test confirmed the 20 year old woman was the mother of the deceased baby, and that significant other evidence linked her to the death.
She’s being held on a murder charge, with bail set at one million dollars.
Hope Dims For Missing Pilot From Santa Barbara County
Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:45pm
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 part of the park which is inaccessible by vehicle due to snow this time of the year. They looked for the plane for three days before a major winter storm forced suspension of the search efforts.
With more than five feet of new snow on the ground, searchers say they may have to abandon efforts to find the plane until next spring.
Young Man Critically Injured After He Jumps From Second Floor Of Ventura Mall
Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 5:11pm
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 was hurt.
Authorities Identify Two Pedestrians Struck And Killed On Highway 154 In Santa Barbara County
Posted on Monday, December 24, 2012 5:05pm
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 women went onto the highway, and were struck by oncoming vehicles. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. There were three vehicles involved. Two of the drivers stopped, but a third fled, and was arrested for felony hit and run a short distance away from the scene.
The women may have been trying to catch a dog which was in the vehicle, but got out and run onto the roadway. Highway 154 was closed for about three hours following the 11:45 p.m. Friday accident.
Community Groups in Ventura County, San Joaquin Valley Sue EPA Over Pesticides
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 12:07pm
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 contend unhealthy amounts of the pesticide are being used, exposing Latino schoolchildren who often live in agricultural areas to the chemical.
They say it’s become a civil rights issue.
The suit wants the EPA to force the state enforce tougher standards. The state current has more stringent guidelines than the EPA requires.