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Archives for March 2013

Santa Barbara County Based Bank Makes Grants To 10 Non-Profit Agencies

Sat, March 16, 2013

A bank serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is celebrating its 38th anniversary this week, by making a total of $15,000 in grants to 10 non-profit agencies in the region. Montecito Bank & Trust made the awards to groups like Angels Foster Care of Santa Barbara, the Animal Shelter Assistance Program, and the Leukemia & Read the Rest…


Two Kids In Ventura County In Protective Custody After Mother Was Arrested For Drug Dealing While They Waited In Vehicle

Sat, March 16, 2013

Two children are in protective custody in Ventura County, after Ventura County Sheriff Department narcotics investigators say their mother was caught dealing methamphetamine as the kids sat in a nearby vehicle. The detectives say Ilsa Maldonado and Victor Gomez were dealing drugs around the area of Rose Avenue, and Gonzales Road in Oxnard. While the Read the Rest…


12 Arrested in Ventura County As A Result Of Auto Theft Task Force Investigation

Fri, March 15, 2013

A three month long investigation into auto thefts in Ventura County has led to the arrest of a dozen people. The Ventura County Auto Theft Task Force used information it developed to serve 11 search warrants throughout the county this morning. More than 100 law enforcement officers from different agencies were involved in the raids, Read the Rest…


Convicted Drug Dealer Now Called Person Of Interest in Disappearance Of Movie Executive Last Seen Alive In Ventura County

Fri, March 15, 2013

Authorities now say a convicted drug dealer is a person of interest in what they believe was the murder of a Hollywood executive who was last seen alive in Ventura County last spring. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Smith Update


One Ventura Police Officer Home, Second Still In Hospital After Confrontation Which Left Suspect Dead

Fri, March 15, 2013

One Ventura Police officer is now at home, and a second is still in the hospital with serious, but not life threatening injuries following a confrontation at a Ventura motel last night, in which the officers were hit by a vehicle. Ventura Police were called to the Motel 6 on the 2100 block of Harbor Read the Rest…


Stolen Horses Recovered, Man Arrested In Ventura County

Fri, March 15, 2013

It sounds like a crime in Ventura County straight out of the 1800′s. Someone has been stealing horses. Five horses were reported missing during the last two weeks, including some unusual miniatures horses. On Wednesday, one of the victims located their missing horse at a stable on the 1900 block of Lewis Road, in Camarillo, Read the Rest…


New Community Resource Center In Conejo Valley Located In Mall

Fri, March 15, 2013

A new resource center is giving people information on community, and social services available in the Conejo Valley, as well as providing people a central place to find out about opportunities for them to do volunteer work. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the center is in an unexpected place. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


One Person Dead, Two Police Officers Injured Following Confrontation In Ventura

Fri, March 15, 2013

A man is dead, and two police officers were injured in a confrontation at a Ventura motel. Ventura Police were called to the Motel 6 on the 2100 block of Harbor Boulevard around 7 p.m. last night by a request to help evict someone. Officers say arrived at the motel, and found the man, but Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Children’s Book Publishing Company Rises From Ashes Of Tea Brushfire

Fri, March 15, 2013

Santa Barbara is home to a childrens book publishing company that literally rose from the ashes of one of the region’s most destructive brush fires. The woman who founded the online book publisher took some of the insurance money she received from the loss of her house in the Tea Fire, and used it to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County DA Says They Will Re-Try High Profile DUI Case Which Ended In Hung Jury

Thu, March 14, 2013

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office says it will re-try a high profile DUI case which ended this week in a hung jury. District Attorney Joyce Dudley says she feels they have a responsibility to pursue the charges against Tony DeNunzio. In October of 2011, Santa Barbara Police stopped him after they say he Read the Rest…


Disappearance Of Fox Movie Executive Last Seen Alive In Ventura County Now Being Called A Homicide

Thu, March 14, 2013

Authorities are now calling the disappearance of a movie executive who was last seen alive in Ventura County last May a homicide. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Gavin Smith


Former Railway Employee In Ventura County Arrested For Embezzlement

Thu, March 14, 2013

A former employee of a popular historic railroad in Ventura County has been arrested for embezzlement. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they arrested Mariah Sjolund of Santa Paula following an eight month long investigation. Investigators say the 33 year old woman was a longtime employee of the Fillmore and Western Railway. They believe she embezzled Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Who Stabbed Mother To Death Ruled Insane At Time Of Crime

Thu, March 14, 2013

A judge ruled a Ventura County woman who brutally stabbed her mother to death was legally insane when she committed the crime. Lauren Donahue had entered a guilty plea to a first degree murder charge for the February, 2008 slaying of Rose Weiss in her Simi Valley home. Investigators say the Simi Valley woman stabbed Read the Rest…


One Adult, Two Teens Arrested After Student Collapses From Drug Overdose At High School In Ventura County

Thu, March 14, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers say they’ve arrested one adult, and two teens after they supplied drugs to students at a high school, leading to the collapse of a student. Authorities were called to Rio Mesa High School, in El Rio yesterday morning by reports that a 14-year-old girl had collapsed, and was unresponsive. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Voters May Be Asked To Consider New Sales Tax To Help Struggling Finances

Thu, March 14, 2013

Some Santa Barbara leaders are talking about the possibility of asking voters to support a new sales tax to help the city’s struggling finances. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Sales Tax Proposal


Research Team Which Includes Scientist in Santa Barbara Suggests New Approach To Dealing With Exploding Global Plastics Pollution Problem

Thu, March 14, 2013

A research team which includes a Santa Barbara scientist has come up with frightening statistics about the growing problem of plastic waste. The researchers say unless we do something about it…we’ll have 33 billion tons of plastics on our land, and oceans by 2050. But, they say leaders haven’t shown the political will to tackle Read the Rest…


Water District To Pursue Controversial Proposal To Purchase Water System In Ojai Valley

Thu, March 14, 2013

A water district in Ventura County has decided to pursue the potential purchase, or possible takeover of a water company serving parts of the Ojai area. Casitas Municipal Water District directors last night decided to move to form a new special district, and hold a special election for customers of the Golden State Water Company, Read the Rest…


Work Set To Get Underway On Major New Housing And Commercial Development Next To 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Thu, March 14, 2013

Work is finally set to begin next week on a 63 acre housing and commercial development next to the 101 Freeway in Ventura County. What’s being called Wagon Wheel Village will be built in the area of the old Wagon Wheel Motel, restaurant, and bowling alley at the intersection of the 101 Freeway and Highway Read the Rest…


Portions Of Ventura Park Remain Closed Due To Sewage Spill

Wed, March 13, 2013

A blocked sewer line is being blamed for a roughly 2,000 gallon sewage spill which continues to keep part of a Ventura park closed. The problem was first discovered at around 8:30 yesterday morning, at Camino Real Park. The spill lasted for about an hour, with most of the sewage going into a storm drain, Read the Rest…


Two Social Justice Groups Serving Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties Merge

Wed, March 13, 2013

Two well known social justice groups which serve Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are merging into one organization to cover the region. Ventura County based Central Coast Alliance United For A Sustainable Economy, better known as CAUSE, will merge with Santa Barbara based People United For Economic Justice Building Leadership Through Organizing, which is called Read the Rest…


Ventura County Chooses Contractor To Build New County Hospital Wing

Wed, March 13, 2013

A project to help bring Ventura County’s hospital up to modern seismic safety standards, and modernize it at the same time hit a major milestone this week. Ventura County supervisors approved a $216 million dollar contract to build a new wing for the Ventura County Medical Center. The county selected Clark Design/Build of Costa Mesa Read the Rest…


Summer School Returning To Santa Barbara Schools, But It Won’t Be Free

Wed, March 13, 2013

Summer school is returning to Santa Barbara schools for the first time in years, but students will have to pay for it. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Summer School


Authorities Identify Man Killed In Ventura County Traffic Accident

Wed, March 13, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man who was struck, and fatally injured by a car in Oxnard. The accident happened at around 9:30 last night, on Channel Island Boulevard. A car was headed eastbound on Channel Island near Paula Street, when it hit 68 year old Joseph Guzman. Police say the Oxnard man was apparently Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Getting New Police Chief

Wed, March 13, 2013

A Ventura County community is getting a new police chief. Commander Guy Stewart has been selected as the new Chief of Police for Camarillo. Stewart grew up in Ventura County, and has been with the Sheriff’s Department for nearly three decades. He’s currently overseeing the department’s Professional Standards Bureau, but has also run the Pre-Trial Read the Rest…


Mysterious Death In Oxnard Now Being Called Murder

Wed, March 13, 2013

An autopsy shows that a woman found dead on an Oxnard street was strangled. The body of Pamela Silva was found just before 8 p.m. Saturday, on the 1300 block of South E Street in Oxnard. At the time, police classified the death as suspicious, but are now calling it a homicide. Investigators say the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking At Tough New Steps To Lower Greenhouse Gas Footprint

Wed, March 13, 2013

How far are you willing to go to do something about global warming, and more specifically, greenhouse gas emissions? Santa Barbara County is trying to tackle that issue, and is looking at some potentially tough new guidelines which could eventually make things like the use of energy efficient materials, and solar water heaters mandatory for Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Raising Fees For Camping, Some Other Recreational Uses

Wed, March 13, 2013

It’s going to cost more to use some Santa Barbara County recreational facilities, with County Supervisors approving fee hikes to try to cover increased costs. Camping at Cachuma Lake, and Jalama Beach will go up three dollars a night, and the use of cabins will go up $10.00 a night. Fees would also be added Read the Rest…


Casitas Municipal Water District Expected To Decide Tonight Whether It Will Pursue Purchase, Or Takeover Attempt Of Water District In Ojai

Wed, March 13, 2013

A water district in Ventura County is expected to make a key decision tonight over whether to pursue the potential purchase, or possible takeover of a water company serving parts of the Ojai area. The Casitas Municipal Water District has been asked by some Golden State Water Company customers upset with what they say are Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Clears Way For Home Kitchens To Sell Certain Products

Wed, March 13, 2013

If you make great homemade cookies, jams, or other treats, it’s going to become a lot easier to sell them in Santa Barbara County. A new state law makes it easier for people to create, and sell certain food products in home kitchens and sell them. Today, Santa Barbara County Supervisors approved a registration plan Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Found Guilty Of Brutally Killing His Sister

Wed, March 13, 2013

A Ventura County man has been convicted of first degree murder for brutally killing his sister. David Morales of Fillmore killed Maricruz Morales is September of 2010, after he apparently became angry after being told he would no longer be able to live with relatives. Prosecutors say he beat his 20 year old sister to Read the Rest…


Hollywood Legend With Roots In Santa Barbara Dies

Tue, March 12, 2013

You might not know his name, but a Hollywood legend with Santa Barbara roots has died. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story: Micky Moore


Woman Sexually Assaulted In Santa Barbara County Motel Room

Tue, March 12, 2013

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a guest in her Goleta motel room. Investigators say a 58 year old woman in bed at a motel on the 5600 block of Calle Real woke up around 6 this morning, when a man started climbing on top of her. The Read the Rest…


Woman Arrested After Police Say Her Car Smashes Into Ventura Apartment Complex

Tue, March 12, 2013

A woman is facing hit and run, and child endangerment charges after police say the vehicle she was driving crashed into a Ventura apartment complex. The accident happened at around 11:15 last night, at the intersection of Telegraph Road and College Drive. Police received numerous 911 calls about a vehicle hitting the building, and a Read the Rest…


Escrow Closes On Purchase Of Ventura Land For Creation Of New Park

Tue, March 12, 2013

Another key step is now complete in efforts to buy the land for, and create a new park in a Ventura County community. The Trust for Public Land says it’s closed escrow on three pieces of land at Ventura Avenue, and Kellogg Street in Ventura, in a $1.15 million dollar deal. The City of Ventura Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County’s Top Emergency Services Planner Leaving Post

Tue, March 12, 2013

Santa Barbara County’s top emergency services official is leaving his post. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Michael Harris Leaving


Field To Fill Vacant Oxnard City Council Post Crowded

Tue, March 12, 2013

It’s going to be a crowded field for a special election to fill a vacant Oxnard City Council seat. 13 people qualified to run for the opening created by last November’s election of Councilman Tim Flynn as Oxnard’sMayor. The June 4th election winner will complete the rest of Flynn’s City Council term, which runs through Read the Rest…


Parolee Arrested After Authorities Say He Threatened CHP Officer

Tue, March 12, 2013

A parolee authorities say threatened a CHP officer has been arrested in Ventura County, after Ventura County County Sheriff’s investigators found he had pepper spray, and a replica of a weapon in his possession. Christopher Cole was arrested at a home on the 3200 block of Buttercup Lane in Camarillo yesterday morning. Investigators say they Read the Rest…


Ventura Lymphoma Survivor Talks About Her Battle, In Effort To Raise Awareness About Event For People Affected By Blood Cancers

Tue, March 12, 2013

Cancer can take many forms…some commonly known, and some more unusual, or rare. A Ventura County woman has had to deal with two forms of blood cancers, but she’s beat them, and is now doing well. She’s one of the people taking part in a free luncheon in Ventura this weekend, sponsored by the Leukemia Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Look At New Efforts To Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tue, March 12, 2013

Santa Barbara County will look at an ambitious proposal today to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from baseline levels by 15% by 2020. Santa Barbara County Supervisors are set to consider potential steps for the second phase of the County’s Climate Action Strategy. County planners are recommending that Supervisors adopt a plan which would Read the Rest…


Fire Damages Two Units Of Ventura County Condominium Complex, Injuring One

Mon, March 11, 2013

One person had to be treated for smoke inhalation, and seven are homeless following a fire at a condominium complex in Ventura County. The fire was spotted just before 1 p.m. today, on the 2600 block of Captain Street in Port Hueneme. Ventura County, and City of Oxnard firefighters arrived to find flames, and smoke Read the Rest…


Greased Lightning!

Mon, March 11, 2013

KCLU is giving away three pairs of tickets to see the Cabrillo Music Theatre’s presentation of Grease, April 12-21 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Just “like” our Greased Lightning post on Facebook at /kcluradio before 10 am Wednesday, March 27, to enter. Thank you for your support of KCLU. Official rules.


Judge Denies New Trial For Convicted Serial Rapist In Ventura County

Mon, March 11, 2013

A judge granted a petition for a new sentencing hearing for a convicted serial rapist in Ventura County, but rejected his efforts to get a new trial. Andrew Luster was convicted of drugging, and then sexually assaulting three women in his beachfront home, videotaping the incidents. Luster argued that because of poor legal advice, he Read the Rest…


Authorities Nearly Triple Estimate of Value Of Marijuana Seized On Santa Barbara County Beach

Mon, March 11, 2013

Authorities are now saying that a shipment of marijuana discovered on a Santa Barbara County beach is worth much more than first estimated. Vandenberg Air Force Base officials say an overturned boat, and 75 bricks of marijuana were discovered just of Wall Beach, on the base last Thursday afternoon. They initially estimated the marijuana had Read the Rest…


Fire Guts Santa Barbara County Home

Mon, March 11, 2013

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which heavily damaged a Santa Barbara County home, leaving eight people homeless. The fire was reported just after four this morning, at a home on the 700 block of Ribera Drive, near Goleta. Santa Barbara County firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Hosts Community Forum On State Of Stem Cell Research

Mon, March 11, 2013

It’s been a controversial topic nationwide, and in California where voters approved funding to support it. Researchers say they’re making progress with stem cell research, with findings they think will eventually open the door to the ability to replace a diseased, or failing organ with a regenerated one. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that some leading Read the Rest…


Autopsy Pending For Woman Found Dead In Oxnard

Mon, March 11, 2013

An autopsy is pending for a 42 year woman found dead in Oxnard over the weekend, under what police are calling suspicious circumstances. Pamela Silva’s body was found at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, on the 1300 block of South E Street. Police are treating it as a homicide until they learn more about the circumstances Read the Rest…


Teens Arrested After Cars, Apartment Complex Vandalized In Ventura

Mon, March 11, 2013

Two teenagers are facing assault, and vandalism charges after Ventura Police say the duo attacked a man who tried to stop them from damaging vehicles, and walls at an apartment complex. Investigators say a man saw the two teens smash out the rear window of his vehicle around 8 p.m. Saturday. They say when the Read the Rest…


Two Civilian Workers Seriously Injured In Fire At Vandenberg Air Force Base

Sat, March 9, 2013

Two civilian workers were seriously injured in a flash fire at a launch complex at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The two workers were on the job at Space Launch Complex 6 when the fire happened Saturday morning. The two workers were taken to Cottage Hospital, in Santa Barbara for treatment. The cause of the flash Read the Rest…


Officials Warn Of Scam By People Misrepresenting Boys And Girls Club In Ventura County

Sat, March 9, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators are warning people about a scam going on involving people claiming to represent a local Boys and Girls Club. A woman going door to door in the Camarillo area said she was selling a discount coupon book good at local businesses, with book profits going to the Camarillo Boys and Girls Read the Rest…


Popular Ocean Excursion Boat Based In Santa Barbara Heavily Damaged By Fire

Sat, March 9, 2013

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire which heavily damaged a popular excursion boat based at Santa Barbara Harbor. People noticed smoke coming from the Condor Express as it was docked at Sea Landing, in Santa Barbara Harbor just after 4 p.m. Saturday. The Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol began battling the blaze, Read the Rest…


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