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Archives for January 2013

Oxnard Police Investigate Possible Kidnapping

Wed, January 23, 2013

Oxnard Police are investigating what they think may be a possible kidnapping. Eyewitnesses say they saw a man and woman arguing in the parking lot of a McDonald’s on the 400 block of South Ventura Road around 11:30 Saturday night. They say the man forced the woman into a white Ford Explorer, and then drove Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Man Agrees To Plea Bargain In Killing Of Rival Gang Member In Camarillo

Wed, January 23, 2013

A Ventura County man reached a plea bargain with prosecutors in connection with a 2011 killing, and is expected to receive a nine year prison sentence for lesser charges. Rodolfo Marmolejo had been accused of murder for the November, 2011 stabbing death of Juan Carlos Valadez in a Camarillo alley. Prosecutors say Marmolejo and Valadez Read the Rest…


Man Survives Night Trapped In Vehicle On San Marcos Pass, But May Face Charges For Accident

Tue, January 22, 2013

A man survived a terrifying crash over an embankment, and a night trapped in the wreckage of his car in Santa Barbara County, but he may be in big trouble with the law. Michael Crolius of Solvang was headed westbound on Highway 154 just after 4 Monday afternoon when he went flying over an embankment, Read the Rest…


Two Fires In Ventura Parks This Month Being Called Suspicious

Tue, January 22, 2013

Ventura authorities are trying to figure out if an arsonist may be responsible for a pair of fires which caused damage in two parks this month. A fire at Mission park caused an estimated $100,000 in damage last week, and a fire over the weekend in Thille Park led to a $75,000 loss. Both fires Read the Rest…


KCLU Wins Eight Golden Mikes, Including “Best Newscast”

Tue, January 22, 2013

Ventura and Santa Barbara County’s NPR radio station, KCLU, won “Best Newscast” honors, plus a pair of posthumous awards for the station’s special projects producer at the 63rd Annual Golden Mike Awards in Los Angeles. KCLU won a total of eight Golden Mikes at the January 19th Radio & Television News Association’s awards program at Read the Rest…


Four Hurt When Car Crashes Into Oxnard Drug Store

Tue, January 22, 2013

Four people were hurt when a driver lost control of his car, and it crashed into an Oxnard drug store. Police say a 71 year old man was driving his car through a parking lot on the 3000 block of Saviers Road yesterday afternoon when he failed to stop in a parking spot, and crashed Read the Rest…


Community Leaders Propose Enterprise Zone To Boost Some Blighted Areas Of Ventura County

Tue, January 22, 2013

Some community leaders are trying to do something about some vacant shopping centers, empty industrial buildings, and blighted areas in western Ventura County. They’ve teamed up with a state assemblyman to try to create what’s known as a state enterprise zone, which allows the use of tax breaks, and other incentives to try to lure Read the Rest…


Community Drug Forum Planned For Eastern Ventura County

Tue, January 22, 2013

A community drug forum will take place tomorrow night to try to highlight illegal drug issues in Eastern Ventura County. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and the Moorpark School District are co-sponsoring the event at Moorpark High school. Experts will be on hand to talk about drug issues like prescription drug, heroin, and alcohol abuse, Read the Rest…


Small Oceanfront Fire Gets Lots Of Attention In Montecito

Mon, January 21, 2013

A small brush fire on the oceanfront cliffs in Montecito got a lot of attention, because it occurred in the middle of the day on a busy beach. The Montecito Fire Department says the blaze was discovered just after 11:30 a.m.today, on the 1100 block of Channel Drive. Investigators say a warming fire started by Read the Rest…


Panga Boat Authorities Think Was Used By Smugglers Found On Santa Barbara County Beach

Fri, January 18, 2013

A 30 foot long boat authorities suspect was used by smugglers was found early this morning on a Santa Barbara County beach. The panga boat was spotted at about 5 a.m., on the west end of Goleta Beach. No one was found with the boat, but there were empty gas cans and water bottles. Boats Read the Rest…


Education Leader in Santa Barbara County Appointed To State Board Of Education

Fri, January 18, 2013

An education leader in Santa Barbara County has been appointed to the State Board of Education. Governor Jerry Brown selected Niki Sandoval for the state panel. Sandoval is Education Director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Sandoval has a Master’s Degree from George Washington University, and a doctorate from UC Santa Barbara. She’s Read the Rest…


Soldier From Ventura County Killed During Colorado Burglary Attempt

Fri, January 18, 2013

A soldier who grew up in Ventura County, and his wife were shot and killed in what police believe was a burglary attempt at their Colorado home. Colorado Springs police say David Dunlap and his wife, Whitney returned to their home Monday afternoon when they apparently surprised the burglar. They’re looking for a 17 year Read the Rest…


Developer Wins Suit With State Over Efforts To Relocate Oxnard Mobile Home Park Residents

Fri, January 18, 2013

A developer has won a lawsuit against the state in its efforts to relocate residents of an Oxnard mobile home park. Oakwood Development Incorporated had received a commitment for a $15 million dollar loan from Oxnard’s redevelopment agency to move the park residents as a part of a project to rebuild the Wagon Wheel area, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Sports Shoemaker Purchased By Korean Company

Fri, January 18, 2013

A Korean company is buying a Westlake Village based athletic shoemaker. K-Swiss says E. Land World Limited is paying $170 million dollars for the company’s stock. K-Swiss is a four decade old company which makes shoes, and clothing. It’s been hit by a decline in sales in recent years. E. Land World operates more 10,000 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 16 Year Prison Sentence For Beating Death Of Girlfriend

Fri, January 18, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison, for beating to death his girlfriend with a vehicle steering wheel lock. Jose Escobar Monterrozo entered a guilty plea to a voluntary manslaughter charge for the January 2012 killing of Claudia Menjivar at the couple’s Simi Valley home. Prosecutors say the Read the Rest…


Art Show Opening On South Coast Highlights Ocean Pollution, By Displaying Works Made from Plastic Waste

Fri, January 18, 2013

The ocean may look clean, but walk along any beach and you’re likely to find all kinds of man made plastic wastes which have washed onshore. An environmental center on the South Coast which is involved with both education, and arts efforts Is showcasing what can be done with some of that junk. A new Read the Rest…


South Coast State Senator Proposes Early Voter Registration For Teens

Thu, January 17, 2013

A State Senator from the South Coast is proposing legislation which would allow 15 year olds to pre-register to vote. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Early Voter Registration Proposal


Two Ventura County Hospitals Receive Stroke Treatment Certification

Thu, January 17, 2013

Two Ventura County hospitals have received advanced certification for their ability to handle stroke victims. St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo received Primary Stroke Center Certification. St. John’s newly accredited stroke program includes an acute stroke team, standardized admission orders, faster turnaround times for key lab Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say Fraud Operation Was Using Name Of Legitimate Business

Thu, January 17, 2013

Simi Valley Police say a fraud scheme is using the name of a legitimate property management company to scam money from people looking for home rentals. Investigators say people would call a listed telephone number answered by a person claiming to be from ABM Property Management, in Simi Valley. The operation would ask victims to Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Clara Valley Businessman, Community Leader Dies

Thu, January 17, 2013

A longtime Santa Clara Valley businessman, who served two terms as Santa Paula’a mayor has died. Carl Barringer owned a local construction company, served as President of Santa Paula’s Chamber of Commerce, and and was on the Santa Paula City Council for eight years. He helped spearhead successful efforts to widen Highway 126. Barringer was Read the Rest…


Threatened Commuter Bus Service On South Coast Gets Vote of Confidence

Thu, January 17, 2013

A commuter bus system on the South Coast is getting another vote of confidence, with the agency overseeing it moved to negotiate a new contract with the company providing the service. “VISTA” links Ventura County commuters with various cities throughout the county, as well as with Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Bank Of America Announces Job Cuts In Ventura County

Thu, January 17, 2013

A major bank says it’s going to eliminate 51 positions in Ventura County, ironically because the economy is improving. Bank of America says it will eliminate the positions at a Simi Valley facility which handle load defaults. Bank officials say they’ve had a drop in delinquent loans, and as a result, a reduced need for Read the Rest…


Man Killed In Hit And Run Crash On 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara Identified

Wed, January 16, 2013

Authorities have identified a pedestrian who was struck, and killed in a hit and run accident on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara. Simon Chavez died in the early morning accident Monday on the southbound 101, near the Castillo Street offramp. The CHP received a 911 call just after 1 a.m. about a man on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Clears Way For New Cell Towers In Montecito

Wed, January 16, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors decided to override a local planning agency, and will allow a series of new cell phone antennas to be installed in the Montecito area. The Montecito Planning Commission had rejected the proposal from a company called Crown Castle, citing impacts on the areas aesthetics. The company appealed the decision to County Read the Rest…


Two More Arrested In Connection With Attack On People At Simi Valley Bus Stop

Wed, January 16, 2013

Two more people have been arrested in what police are calling a gang related attack at a Simi Valley bus stop by people armed with knives, pipes, pepper spray, and a taser. One adult and seven teenagers have now been arrested in connection with the January 9th incident on the 2700 block of Tapo Canyon Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Online Education Company Picks Up Major Investments

Wed, January 16, 2013

An online educational company based in Santa Barbara County has received a more than $100 million dollar cash infusion from investors, to try to fuel its growth. Carpinteria-based Lynda.com announced it received $103 million dollars in funding from Accel Partners, and Spectrum Equity. It’s the first time outside investors have been brought in to help Read the Rest…


Agoura Hills Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Investment Scam

Wed, January 16, 2013

An Agoura Hills man received a long federal prison sentence, after pleading guilty to wire fraud in connection with a fraudulent investment scheme. Dean Gross was sentenced to seven years in prison, and order to pay more than $15 million dollars in restitution for what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme. They say he claimed to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Takes Key Steps Towards New Jail Complex Needed To Ease Current Overcrowding

Wed, January 16, 2013

Santa Barbara County is a big step closer to finalizing a project intended to end its decades long jail overcrowding problem. County Supervisors approved a number of agreements setting the stage for the construction of a nearly $100 million dollar new jail complex. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on what’s being called the Northern Read the Rest…


Commission Denies Efforts By Fired Oxnard Teacher Who Appeared In Adult Films To Get Her Job Back

Wed, January 16, 2013

A commission denied efforts by a former Oxnard middle school teacher to get her job back, after it sided with the Oxnard School District over her firing because of her past history in adult films. The school board fired Stacie Halas last spring, after some adult films she had appeared in surfaced on the internet. Read the Rest…


Fire Guts Home In Ventura County

Tue, January 15, 2013

Ventura County firefighters have put out a fast moving fire which gutted a home in Camarillo’s Leisure Village, and threatened some neighboring units. The fire was first reported just before 5 p.m., on the 29000 block of Village 29th Street. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the home, but an occupant was Read the Rest…


First Reported Flu Death On South Coast This Year Occurs In Santa Barbara County

Tue, January 15, 2013

The first reported flu related death of the year on the South Coast occurred in Santa Barbara County. County Health officials say an 80 year old woman died as a result of contracting the flu. The flu has reached epidemic proportions nationwide, and in California, state health officials say it’s spiked by about ten percent Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Hit And Run Driver In Fatal Accident On 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara

Tue, January 15, 2013

Authorities are looking for a hit and run driver who struck, and killed a pedestrian on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara early this morning. The CHP received a call just after 1 a.m. that there was someone staggering on the southbound 101 near the Castillo Street offramp. Santa Barbara Police looking for the person Read the Rest…


Farmers Try To Protect Crops Against Record Cold Spell Hitting Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, January 15, 2013

You don’t need to hear the weather forecast to know it’s cold. But, farmers in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have been following the forecasts closely, because of the danger it poses to crops. In fact, with temperatures dropping into the low 20’s in some areas, many growers have been working through the nights to Read the Rest…


Postal Service Considering Moving Ventura County Post Office

Tue, January 15, 2013

A Ventura County post office may be moved soon. The U.S. Postal Service is considering a change of address for a facility in Newbury Park. The lease is coming up this spring at the post office on the 3400 block of Old Conejo Road, and to save money the agency is looking at moving it Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Found Just Off Of 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara

Tue, January 15, 2013

The body of a man police believe was a transient has been discovered at a makeshift campsite just off the 101 Freeway, in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Police say another transient discovered the body, and stopped a passing patrol car yesterday afternoon. Officers say they found an elaborate campsite set up in the bushes just Read the Rest…


Fire Guts Public Restrooms In Ventura

Tue, January 15, 2013

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a fire which destroyed a public restroom in Ventura. The fire was discovered just after nine last night, on the 100 block of East Main Street. Ventura firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze before it could spread to neighboring buildings, but not before it gutted the Read the Rest…


Cold Snap Could Ease After One More Below Average Night In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, January 14, 2013

A cold snap that’s left much of the state, including Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties with record low temperatures may be ending. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that’s good news for many people, especially farmers in the region who’ve been fighting to protect temperature sensitive crops. Click on link to listen to/download story: Cold Snap Impacts


Investigators Say They Can’t Determine Cause Of Dangerous Fire In Santa Barbara County

Mon, January 14, 2013

Santa Barbara County fire investigators say they can’t determine the cause of a blaze on San Marcos Pass that burned a small structure, and set boxes of ammunition on fire, making it tough for firefighters to control. The fire was discovered at around 9 a.m. Friday, in a small wooden building on the 2000 block Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Brazen Daylight Burglary Attempt Of Santa Barbara County Department Store

Mon, January 14, 2013

Police say a man tried to rob a Santa Barbara County department store in a brazen daylight burglary attempt, but fled after he was unable to break open jewelry display cases with a crowbar. Officers say Anthony Lee Arguijo walked into a Macy’s store in the Santa Maria Town Center just after noon yesterday wearing Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Shot To Death In Confrontation With Police

Mon, January 14, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man was shot to death in a confrontation with police. It happened at about 10 last night, at a home of the 1100 block of East Sunset Avenue in Santa Maria. Santa Maria police were called to the home by reports of a domestic disturbance, and officers say they were confronted Read the Rest…


Flu Picking Up Statewide, And On South Coast

Mon, January 14, 2013

It’s uncomfortable for most people, and can even be deadly for a few. Flu season has arrived in California, with a spike in cases being reported statewide, as well as here, on the South Coast. It usually starts to build in late December, and then peaks in early February. The National Centers For Disease Control Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Narrowing Field For New City Manager

Mon, January 14, 2013

A Ventura County community could be a lot closer this morning to hiring a new city manager. After a consulting firm helped narrow a field of applicants for the Ventura City manager’s post from 38, to nine, the City Council interviewed the semifinalists over the weekend. The council is trying to pick three or four Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Use Taser To Arrest Man Armed With Knife

Sun, January 13, 2013

Simi Valley Police were able to safely defuse a dangerous situation, when they used a Taser to arrest a man armed with a knife who was walking down a busy street. Officers were called to the 1700 block of Royal Avenue around 1 p.m. Saturday. Witness say Eric Logue of Simi Valley was walking in Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Knock Down Channel Drive Blaze

Fri, January 11, 2013

Firefighters have put out a blaze that put up a lot of smoke in the Ventura area, as it heavily damaged a home. The fire was discovered just after 4 p.m., in a home on the 2100 block of Channel Drive. Firefighters found a large blaze underway. They searched the house, but there was no Read the Rest…


Two Arrested For String Of Vehicle Burglaries In Ventura

Fri, January 11, 2013

Ventura Police say they’ve arrested two men involved in a string of vehicle burglaries in parts of the city. There have been a number of thefts in the Portola Road area during the last two months. Investigators say they zeroed in on two possible suspects, and set up an undercover meeting posing as possible buyers Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Firefighters Have to Deal With Burning Ammunication In Blaze

Fri, January 11, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters had their hands full with a blaze on San Marcos Pass today that burned a small structure, and set boxes of ammunition on fire. The fire was discovered at around 9 a.m., in a small wooden building on the 2000 block of North San Marcos Pass Road. It was burning in Read the Rest…


Robber “Drops In” To Hit Conejo Valley Check Cashing Business

Fri, January 11, 2013

An armed robbery literally dropped into a Conejo Valley check cashing business, entering through the roof to what was supposed to be a secured area of the business. It happened at about 9 a.m. Thursday, on the 2400 block of Hillcrest Drive in Newbury Park. Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say the man forced his way Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Extradited From Mexico To Stand Trial For 2011 Murder

Fri, January 11, 2013

A man is behind bars in Ventura County, after being extradited from Mexico for a 2011 murder in Oxnard. Mauricio Guzman was arrested in Tijuana for the May 2011, shooting death of Jesus Valentin on the 300 block of Cuesta Del Mar Drive, in Oxnard. Witness say a pickup truck pulled up to the victim, Read the Rest…


Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Speaking At UCSB, UCLA Talks About What Modern Societies Can Learn From Traditional Cultures

Fri, January 11, 2013

He’s traveled the globe for decades, exploring societies where people have been living the same lifestyles for thousands of years. Pulitzer Prize winning author Jared Diamond says while we may be advanced in many ways, there are also things to be learned from what he calls traditional societies. Diamond has written a new book about Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher To Receive Academy Award For Technical Innovation

Thu, January 10, 2013

While Hollywood is buzzing about who will win Oscars, after the Academy Award nominations were announced today, a UC Santa Barbara researcher already knows he’s going to get one. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: UCSB Oscar


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