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Archives for January 2013

Body Discovered Near UCSB In 2012 Finally Positively Identified

Thu, January 10, 2013

A body discovered eight months ago near U-C Santa Barbara has finally been identified, and police now say they don’t think there was foul play involved. The body of Thomas Lee Broad was discovered May 10th of last year in a marshy area near the Santa Catalina Residence Hall. The body was badly decomposed, and Read the Rest…


Gang Attacks Man, Two Teens At Simi Valley Bus Stop

Thu, January 10, 2013

Simi Valley police say seven members of a street gang armed with knives, pipes, pepper spray and a taser attacked an adult, and two teens at a bus stop. It happened just after 3 p.m. yesterday, on the 2600 block of Tapo Canyon Road. Police say the gang members were waiting at the bus stop Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Host More Than A Dozen Oscar Nominees

Thu, January 10, 2013

Santa Barbara International Film Festival organizers are thrilled with today’s announcement of Academy Award Nominees, with more than a dozen of this year’s invitees getting potential Oscar nods. Daniel Day Lewis, who’s set to appear at the festival this year, received his fifth Academy Award nomination for his title role in the critically acclaimed movie Read the Rest…


Great White Sharks Focus Of Community Meeting In Carpinteria

Thu, January 10, 2013

Great White Sharks have been a big concern off our coastline during the last few months, with a fatal attack, and a number of sightings. Tomorrow night, the sharks will be the focus of a community meeting in Carpinteria. The timing of the event is especially interesting, because the state Fish and Game Commission just Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Foundation Trying To Help New Non-Profits With Discounted Office Space

Thu, January 10, 2013

A Ventura County foundation is trying to help new non-profit groups in the county, by offering them office space at below market rates. The Ventura County Community Foundation set aside about 1100 square feet of its new non-profit center in Camarillo for what it’s calling “emerging non-profits”. The space is large enough for three to Read the Rest…


Men Caught In Tree After Fleeing Stolen Car In Ventura County

Thu, January 10, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say a man who fled from a stolen car on food tried to hide from officers by climbing up a tree, but say it didn’t work. A sergeant on patrol in Fillmore around 2:30 yesterday afternoon saw a car which had been reported stolen in Santa Barbara County. He pulled it Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Gets 25 years, To Life Sentence For Drowning Her Daughter

Wed, January 9, 2013

A Ventura County woman who drowned her young daughter in a bathtub has been sentenced to 25 years, to life in prison. Blair Stockdill pled guilty to first degree murder, by reason of insanity for the September, 2010 killing of her eight year old daughter Alaina in their Ventura apartment. The 27 year old woman Read the Rest…


Oxnard City Council Decides Not To Renew Contract For City Manager

Wed, January 9, 2013

Oxnard is dumping its longtime City Manager. Following a closed session yesterday, the council announced it would not renew Ed Sotelo’s contract when it expires at the end of this month. He’s been off the job for more than 11 months. In January of 2012, the council put him on paid administrative leave, but didn’t Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Issues Alert Over Surge In Residential, Vehicle Burglaries

Wed, January 9, 2013

Ventura Police issued a community crime alert as the result of a surge in residential, and vehicle burglaries. Investigators say the number of reported home burglaries in Ventura doubled in the first week in January, with 18 incidents reported. Police say more than half of the burglaries occurred as the result of unlocked doors, or Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara County Supervisor Takes Office

Wed, January 9, 2013

Santa Barbara County’s newest County Supervisor is now officially on the job. Peter Adam took the oath of office yesterday as the county’s new Fourth District Supervisor. Adam defeated longtime supervisor Joni Gray last November, who was forced out after 14 years on the board. He’s a farmer from the Santa Maria Valley, who campaigned Read the Rest…


Two Oxnard Police Officers Injured While Arresting Wanted Man

Wed, January 9, 2013

Two Oxnard Police officers, and the man they were trying to arrest were all injured when they fell down the stairs of an apartment complex during an altercation. Officers had gone to the 4800 block of Terrace Avenue just before 3 p.m. yesterday to try to arrest Teodulo Duran on a warrant. They say as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moves To Hire More Social Workers To Deal With Spike In Child Abuse Caseloads

Wed, January 9, 2013

Ventura County is moving ahead with a plan to hire more social workers to deal with a spike in child abuse, and neglect cases. County Supervisors approved the hiring seven more workers in the next few months, and as many as 20 over the next two years. The Ventura County Human Services Agency says it’s Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival Officially Unveils Lineup For 11 Day Long Event

Wed, January 9, 2013

A who’s who of filmmaking is preparing to head to Santa Barbara. Daniel Day Lewis, Leonardo diCaprio, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence are among the headliners for the 28th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from Santa Barbara, where the festival officially unveiled its lineup for the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Call For Federal Ban On Assault Weapons In Wake Of Sandy Hook Killings

Tue, January 8, 2013

Ventura County Supervisors are weighing in on the growing controversy over assault weapons following the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass murders, by passing a resolution this afternoon urging the federal government to ban the weapons. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story, from the Ventura County Government Center. Click on link to listen to/download story: Proposed Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Pursue Expansion Of In-House HMO

Tue, January 8, 2013

Ventura County is going to pursue a plan to expand its in-house HMO insurance plan. County Supervisors today approved a request by the Ventura County Health Care Plan to apply for the opportunity to offer coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange. The plan currently covers more than 20,000 county employees, as well as some Read the Rest…


Las Virgenes Water District Names New General Manager

Tue, January 8, 2013

A water district which serves parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties has named a new general manager. David Pederson will take over as head of the Los Virgenes Municipal water District on January 14th. Pedersen was most recently the Executive Director of Operations for Orange County’s Irvine Ranch Water District. Before that, he was Read the Rest…


Oxnard City Council Set To Look At How To Fill Vacancy

Tue, January 8, 2013

The Oxnard City Council could decide tonight on how it will fill a vacancy created by one of its members being elected mayor last November. The council can appoint someone, or hold a special election to fill the post left open by Councilman Tim Flynn’s election as mayor. City Council members discussed the issue last Read the Rest…


211 Service In Santa Barbara County In Jeopardy

Tue, January 8, 2013

A free telephone hotline which has helped guide people in Santa Barbara County to health, and human service assistance is in danger of being closed. The non-profit agency which manages the county’s 2-1-1 service, and picks up the tab for more than a third of operating costs says it can no longer afford to do Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Arrest Man They Say Committed Lewd Acts At Area Coffee Shops

Tue, January 8, 2013

Ventura Police say they’ve arrested a man who has been committing lewd acts near coffee shops around the city. Police were called to a Starbucks on the 400 block of Mills Road just after 2 p.m. yesterday, by reports of a man exposing himself. Officers say they caught Jaye Vandervurg as he was trying to Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Supervisors Call For Federal Ban On Assault Weapons

Tue, January 8, 2013

Two Ventura County Supervisors are calling on the entire board of supervisors to pass a resolution today calling for a federal ban on assault weapons, and high capacity ammunition magazines. Supervisors Steve Bennett and Kathy Long are bringing the issue to the board, in the wake of last month’s mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Gets Grant To Support Student Chemistry Research

Tue, January 8, 2013

A Ventura County University received a half million dollar grant for a chemistry research program for students, and is hoping to raise another half million to match it. The John Stauffer Charitable Trust gave $500,000 to California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, as a challenge grant. University officials say they’ve already raised another $200,000 towards Read the Rest…


Mountain Lion Tranquilized After Venturing Into Santa Barbara Neighborhood

Mon, January 7, 2013

A mountain lion created an uproar when it paid a visit to a Santa Barbara neighborhood Monday morning, but it was safely tranquilized, and moved. The more than 120 pound cat was spotted at about 8 a.m. in the backyard of a home on the 200 block of Apple Grove Circle, near the Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Public Broadcasting Icon Huell Howser Dies

Mon, January 7, 2013

A public broadcasting icon in California known for his folksy interviewing style has died. Huell Howser travelled across the state for more than a quarter of a century, introducing viewers to interesting people, places, and events. Howser because so popular, he was once parodied on “The Simpsons”. He originally came to California in the 1980’s Read the Rest…


Driver Of Sports Car Killed In Ventura County Crash Identified

Mon, January 7, 2013

The driver of a sports car killed in a crash in Ventura County, near Point Mugu is finally being identified. The CHP says Mahalingam Shrinivas apparently lost control of the vehicle while driving at a high rate of speed on Las Posas Road just before 10 last Thursday night. The car flipped, and crashed into Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Zoo Has Fire Scare

Mon, January 7, 2013

The Santa Barbara Zoo had a scare over the weekend, with a small fire. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Zoo Scare


Shipping Lanes To Be Shifted In Santa Barbara Channel, And Off Northern California To Try To Reduce Whale Strikes

Mon, January 7, 2013

It’s a potential disaster in the making for one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures. When whales and cargo ships collide, the results can often be fatal for the massive mammals. It’s been a big issue along the California coastline, with a number of accidents in the Santa Barbara Channel, and in the San Francisco Read the Rest…


Possible Explosive Device Causes Scare In Ventura

Mon, January 7, 2013

Police are still trying to figure out where what appeared to be military ordinance came from, which caused a scare in Ventura. An alert person noticed the device in a field near the intersection of Henderson, and Petit around 9 Sunday morning. They called Ventura Police, who sealed off the area as a precaution, and Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Shot To Death In Ventura County By CHP Officer Following Pursuit

Mon, January 7, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a Ventura man shot to death by a CHP officer, following a pursuit along the Rincon in Ventura County. It started just after 2 p.m. Saturday, when an officer tried to stop a speeding motorcycle which was southbound on the Pacific Coast Highway, in the Faria Beach area. The Ventura County Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Consider Hiring Up To 20 New Social Workers To Help Cope With Climbing Child Abuse, Neglect

Mon, January 7, 2013

Ventura County may hire as many as 20 additional staff members during the next two years to help deal with the growing demand for child protective services in the county. County Supervisors on Tuesday will look at a proposal to start hiring seven additional social workers in February. The rest would be phased in over Read the Rest…


Wanted Ventura County Man Arrested Following Pursuit

Sun, January 6, 2013

A Ventura County man authorities say was a wanted parolee is behind bars, after being arrested following a pursuit. Just before midnight Saturday, a Ventura Police officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation on the 400 block of Jordan Avenue in Ventura. After a several block, slow speed pursuit the driver stopped Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Shot, Killed By CHP Officer Following Pursuit In Ventura County

Sun, January 6, 2013

Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a Ventura man by a CHP officer, following a pursuit on the Rincon. It started just after 2 p.m. Saturday, when an officer tried to stop a speeding motorcycle which was southbound on the Pacific Coast Highway, in the Faria Beach area. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, which Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters No Contest Pleas To Charges He Intentionally Set One Of His Family’s Dogs On Fire

Sat, January 5, 2013

A Ventura County man entered no contest pleas to charges that he intentionally set one of his family’s dogs on fire, fatally injuring the basset hound. Andrew Delgado was accused of the October 27th attack in a ravine in the Camarillo Heights area. Someone had poured lighter fluid on the three year old dog, and Read the Rest…


Leonardo DiCaprio To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Sat, January 5, 2013

Actor Leonardo DeCaprio is going to be honored during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which opens January 24th. DeCaprio will receive the festival’s American Riviera Award. DeCaprio stars in the currently showing movie “Django Unchained,” and the upcoming remake of “The Great Gatsby.” His breakthrough movie was the global smash “Titanic,” and he received Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison For Fatal Crash In Ventura County

Sat, January 5, 2013

An Oregon man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison as the result of a crash on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County, which killed a motorcyclist. Prosecutors say Patrick Shea Magann was driving a pickup truck erratically on the freeway in Oxnard when he knocked a motorcycle being ridden by Daniel Smilanick. The Read the Rest…


Man Called Suspected Drug Dealer In Custody After Chase In Goleta

Fri, January 4, 2013

A man Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are calling a suspected drug deal is in custody, following a wild chase in Goleta. It happened just before 1 p.m. today, on Highway 217, which connects UC Santa Barbara with the 101 Freeway. The CHP, and Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a wrong way driver on Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Tally Of Holiday DUI Crackdown In Ventura County Includes 183 Arrests

Fri, January 4, 2013

A DUI crackdown by 14 law enforcement agencies in Ventura County during the holidays led to 183 arrests, a big number, but one that’s also down significantly from last year. Officials with the “Avoid The 14″ effort say they hope the 28% year to year drop in arrests is a sign people are getting the Read the Rest…


Transient Arrested In Connection With Fire Which Heavily Damaged Commerical Building In Santa Barbara

Fri, January 4, 2013

A transient is in jail today, accused of starting a fire which heavily damaged an industrial building in downtown Santa Barbara. Andrew Gordon Easton was arrested a few blocks from the scene of yesterday’s blaze, on the 500 block of Chapala Street. The fire was spotted just after noon yesterday, in a vacant building which Read the Rest…


Sports Car Crash In Ventura County Kills One, Injures One

Fri, January 4, 2013

The driver of a sports car is dead, and his passenger is recovering from multiple injuries following a crash in Ventura County, near Point Mugu. The CHP says the driver of the Ferrari apparently lost control of the vehicle while driving at a high rate of speed on Las Posas Road just before 10 last Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Man Accused Of Operating Marijuana Sales Operation Out Of Home

Fri, January 4, 2013

A Conejo Valley man is facing criminal charges, after Ventura County Sheriff’s Detectives say he was operating a marijuana growing, and sales operation out of his home. Investigators say they received a tip that Joshua Tockerman was selling marijuana out of a home on the 3400 block of Calle Quebracho. They say after gathering some Read the Rest…


Two Congressional Members Representing Central, South Coasts Take Oath Of Office

Fri, January 4, 2013

Members of two redefined congressional districts serving Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties were among those officially take the oath of office for the new Congress. Lois Capps was sworn in yesterday as California’s 24th District Congresswoman, representing all of San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties, as well as part of Ventura County. The Santa Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspects Arrested After Wild Chase In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Thu, January 3, 2013

Two burglary suspects are behind bars, after a chase which started early this morning in Santa Barbara County, and ended hours later with their arrest in a Ventura County neighborhood. It started at around 6:30 a.m., when the CHP tried to pull over a vehicle on the 101 Freeway in Summerland matching the description of Read the Rest…


Fire Hits Downtown Santa Barbara Commercial Building

Thu, January 3, 2013

A fire this afternoon sent smoke billowing over downtown Santa Barbara, as it damaged a vacant commercial building. The fire was discovered just after noon on the 500 block of Chapala Street, just a few blocks from Santa Barbara’s main fire station. It took firefighters a little over a half hour to fully contain the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Pilot Dies In Kern County Helicopter Crash

Thu, January 3, 2013

A Ventura County pilot has been confirmed as the victim of a fatal helicopter crash in Kern County. Karen Johnson of Camarillo had been flying a helicopter being used to try to help keep some agricultural crops from freezing. The helicopter had been headed back to Delano Airport yesterday morning after a mission when it Read the Rest…


101 Freeway Construction Resumes In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Following Holiday Break

Thu, January 3, 2013

Caltrans resumed work today on construction of carpool lanes for a six mile stretch of the 101 Freeway between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, after taking a break for the holidays. Crews are focusing on pouring concrete, and installing drainage systems in the freeway median from La Conchita to Bates Road for the next few Read the Rest…


Man Found Dead On School Campus In Ventura County

Thu, January 3, 2013

Authorities are investigating the death of a man police are calling a transient at a high school campus in Ventura County. A person passing by Ventura High School noticed Michael Richardson lying on the ground Tuesday afternoon. Paramedics arriving on the scene pronounced the 46 year old man dead at the scene. Ventura Police reviewed Read the Rest…


Armed Standoff In Oxnard Ends Peacefully

Wed, January 2, 2013

No one was hurt in a standoff involving an armed man, and police in Oxnard which led to the evacuation of part of a neighborhood. Police were called to the 2000 block of Santa Lucia Avenue at around noon today, by reports on gunfire. The first officers to reach the scene heard additional shots. Police Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed By Passenger Train In Santa Barbara County

Wed, January 2, 2013

A woman is dead, after she was hit by a passenger train in Santa Barbara County this morning. It happened at about 10:30 a.m., near Channel Drive in Montecito. The Amtrak train made an emergency stop, but was unable to brake in time to avoid hitting the woman. Her name hasn’t been released. Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Health Care Network In Ventura County Will No Longer Hire Tobacco Users

Wed, January 2, 2013

If you want to get a job with one of the health networks serving Ventura County, you won’t be able to smoke. Community Memorial Health Systems implemented a new policy which means it will no longer hire tobacco users. New job applicants will have to take a nicotine screening test. Officials with the system, which Read the Rest…


Firefighters Contain Brushfire In Ventura County

Wed, January 2, 2013

Ventura County firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a fire which burned more than three hours of brush in an oil field this morning. The blaze was discovered at around 3:30 a.m., in a remote area about two miles southeast of Santa Paula. There were no homes in the vicinity of the fire, Read the Rest…


Commission To Look At Reducing Potential Growth For Santa Paula

Wed, January 2, 2013

A Ventura County community could lose its ability to control growth in some nearby canyons which have been the focus of controversial development plans. The Local Area Formation Commission is set to look at whether Adams, and Fagan Canyons should remain in the City of Santa Paula’s sphere of influence. LAFCO is looking at the Read the Rest…


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