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Archives for March 2013

Postal Service Approves Relocation Of Newbury Park Post Office

Sat, March 9, 2013

The Post Office is moving ahead with a controversial plan to relocate one of its Ventura County branches, to try to save money. The Postal Service announced it will move the Newbury Park Station, which is in a shopping plaza on the 1600 block of Newbury Road, to the Newbury Park Carrier Annex. It’s about Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Rejects Navy Plans For High Intensity Sonar, Underwater Explosive Training Off California Coast

Sat, March 9, 2013

The California Coastal Commission is again rejecting proposals by the Navy to use high intensity sonar, as well as underwater explosives off the state’s coastline for training. The Commission ruled that the military underestimated the potential impacts on marine mammals. A Navy report says 130 animals might die, and more than 1300 would be injured Read the Rest…


Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Talks About Immigration Debate During Visit To Ventura County

Fri, March 8, 2013

Former Florida Governor, and son of President George H.W. Bush, Jeb Bush, spoke in Ventura County today, touching on his new book about immigration which has generated some controversy. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Jeb Bush


Riverside County Murder Suspect Arrested In Ventura County

Fri, March 8, 2013

A Riverside County woman suspected of killing her roommate is behind bars, after being arrested in Ventura County. After receiving information that Vanessa Fierro might be in Simi Valley, Beaumont Police detectives, along with Simi Valley police arrested the 30 year old woman at a home on the 1900 block of Stowe Street. Fierro is Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of Young Gymnasts Headed To Ventura County

Fri, March 8, 2013

Young gymnasts from around the country, and even overseas are headed to Ventura County this weekend for a major gymnastics tournament. More than 700 gymnasts between the ages of seven, and 16 are headed to California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks for the Malibu Coast Challenge. They’re coming from throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, but Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Say Man Arrested For Smashing Into Parked Vehicles While Driving Under The Influence

Fri, March 8, 2013

A Ventura man police believe was driving under the influence was arrested after they say he smashed into a number of parked cars, injuring himself in the process. Ventura Police received several 911 calls just before nine last night about a vehicle hitting parked vehicles on the 800 block of East Thompson Boulevard, and then Read the Rest…


Police Say Transient Arrested After Threatening School Janitor, Officers With Screwdriver

Fri, March 8, 2013

A transient is facing multiple charges, after Oxnard Police say he first threatened a school janitor, and then responding officers with a screwdriver. It happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday, on the 300 block of South K Street in Oxnard. A janitor at the Oxnard Union High School District offices called police, saying a man Read the Rest…


Early Morning Fire Damages Two Ventura Apartments

Fri, March 8, 2013

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning fire which damaged two apartment units in Ventura. The blaze was discovered just before 5 a.m. today, on the 700 block of Nocumi Street. People in the building were able to get out safely, but the fire burning in a wall between units caused Read the Rest…


Whale Watching Pioneer On South Coast Dies

Fri, March 8, 2013

A man who introduced thousands of people to the Santa Barbara Channel, and its marine life over the decades has died. Captain Fred Benko was a pioneer in the whale watching business, founding the Sea Landing charter service 40 years ago. He was known for his knowledgeable dialogue about whales, dolphins, and other aspects of Read the Rest…


Investigators Seize More Than $1 Million Dollars Worth Of Marijuana At Santa Barbara County Beach

Fri, March 8, 2013

Authorities say they’ve seized more than a million dollars worth of marijuana brought into the U.S. by smugglers at a northern San Barbara County beach Air Force officials say they found the marijuana, and an abandoned boat north of Wall Beach, at Vandenberg Air Force Base just before 1 p.m. yesterday. Base, and local law Read the Rest…


Jewish Film Festival Celebrating Tenth Anniversary On South Coast

Fri, March 8, 2013

A unique South Coast film festival which celebrates Jewish culture is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Ventura County Jewish Film Festival will kick off its nine day run tomorrow night. It will feature a range of feature film, documentary, and film short screenings at theaters in three Ventura County communities. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Read the Rest…


Search Is Underway For Smugglers In Northern Santa Barbara County

Thu, March 7, 2013

A search is underway for smugglers in Santa Barbara County. The Air Force says a boat crashed north of Wall Beach, at Vandenberg Air Force Base today. Public safety officers are looking for the boat’s occupants, and they’ve warned base personnel to avoid the beach area while the search is underway. Officials say they think Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Teen Shot To Death In Ventura County

Thu, March 7, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a 16 year old boy who was the victim of a fatal shooting in a Ventura County neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say two men confronted Josue Lopez at the intersection of Stroube and Alverado Streets around 4 p.m. yesterday, and shot him to death, fleeing in an SUV. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Sex Charges Involving Minors

Thu, March 7, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to two years in prison, after being convicted of having a sexual relationship with a teenage girl, and sending sexually explicit messages to minors. Andrew Germic will also have to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors say the 23 year old Simi Valley man targeted girls through the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Looking To Give Money To Some People, Businesses

Thu, March 7, 2013

Here’s something you don’t hear everyday. A government agency in Ventura County wants to give money to some people, and businesses. A review by the City of Thousand Oaks shows that it has more than $7,000 in overpayment from water bills. The money is tied to people who moved, or closed businesses, but continued to Read the Rest…


16 Year Old Victim Of Fatal Shooting In Ventura County

Thu, March 7, 2013

A 16 year old boy was the victim of a fatal shooting in a Ventura County neighborhood yesterday afternoon. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say two men confronted the teen at the intersection of Stroube and Alverado Streets around 4 p.m. yesterday, and shot him to death, fleeing in an SUV. Investigators aren’t talking about a Read the Rest…


National Town Hall Aimed At Reducing Partisanship in Washington, D.C. Held In Ventura County

Thu, March 7, 2013

Political observers say the current national budget crisis which led to sequestration is just the latest example of what they call destructive partisanship. Some former U-S Senators, and Congress members from throughout the country came to Ventura County yesterday for what they called a groundbreaking town hall meeting to try to start a national dialogue Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Will Spend The Rest Of His Life Behind Bars For 2008 Killing

Thu, March 7, 2013

A Ventura County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars, without the possibility of parole for a 2008 robbery, and murder. Victor Chavira was sentenced to 109 years to life in prison, plus two additional, consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of first degree Read the Rest…


One Dead Following Shooting In Ventura County

Wed, March 6, 2013

One person is dead, following a shooting this afternoon in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Strouble Street in El Rio just after 4 p.m., by reports of shots being fired. The victim hasn’t been identified yet. Deputies have been looking for an SUV seen fleeing from the scene.


Camarillo Man Sentenced To 16 Months Behind Bars For Fatally Burning Family Dog

Wed, March 6, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 16 months behind bars for dousing his family dog with lighter fluid, and fatally burning him. Prosecutors say Andrew Delgado deliberately set the dog on fire last October in a ravine near the family’s home in Camarillo. Ventura County firefighters called about reports of a fire were Read the Rest…


One Killed, Two Injured In Ventura County Traffic Accident

Wed, March 6, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a woman killed in a Ventura County traffic accident which left two other people injured. It happened just after 8 last night, outside of Moorpark. The CHP says a car being driven by Janet Oakesbrin was on Stockton Road, when it pulled onto Balcom Canyon Road in front of an oncoming Read the Rest…


Plans For New Court Facility In Santa Barbara County Again Delayed

Wed, March 6, 2013

Plans for a long needed new court facility in Santa Barbara have again been delayed. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Court Delays


Los Angeles County Woman Gets 11 Year Sentence For Mortgage Fraud In Ventura County

Wed, March 6, 2013

A Los Angeles County woman received an 11 year prison sentence after being convicted of mortgage fraud in Ventura County. Prosecutors say Laura Cecilia Carlson of Hacienda Heights ran a mortgage business known as Global Team Consulting. They say she offered to lower payments for clients, targeting Spanish speaking people who were less familiar with Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Approves Key Stop For New Affordable Housing Complex In Isla Vista

Wed, March 6, 2013

Santa Barbara County has approved a key step towards construction of a new affordable housing project in Isla Vista. County Supervisors approved the sale of a piece of property it owns on the 700 block of Camino Pescadero to the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara, for $2.9 million dollars. The agency is Read the Rest…


Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Reaches Deal To Create Massive New Land Preserve

Wed, March 6, 2013

For decades, most people have assumed that the mostly untouched, dramatic looking foothills north of Ojai is protected property that’s part of the Los Padres National Forest. But, the nearly 200 acres of land on the north side of the City of Ojai has actually been privately owned, and zoned for development. Now, a new Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Gets Major Grant To Restore Part Of Historic Facility

Wed, March 6, 2013

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has received a major grant to restore a historic part of the 78 acre facility in the foothills above the city, giving it the original appearance it hasn’t had for more than 70 years. The San Luis Obispo based Hind Foundation gave the garden $220,000 to restore the Garden’s Meadow. Read the Rest…


Fire Forces Evacuation of 70 People From Simi Valley Aerospace, Defense Components Company

Tue, March 5, 2013

A fire at a Ventura County aerospace company forced the evacuation of about 70 employees today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports metal dust in the building’s vent system caught on fire. Click on link to listen to/download story: Simi Fire


Port Of Hueneme Officials Say Federal Budget Crisis Will Slow Cargo Movement At Port, And Idle Some Workers

Tue, March 5, 2013

Officials with a South Coast port say the federal budget crisis is hitting home. Port of Hueneme officials say sequestration means there is no overtime available for customs officials to clear ships arriving after normal working hours. The cutback means ships arriving from foreign ports outside of working hours will not be able to offload Read the Rest…


Special Meeting Set To Discuss Controversial Grading Of Hillside In Ventura

Tue, March 5, 2013

A special community meeting is set for tonight to discuss the controversy concerning the apparent unpermitted creation of a dirt road on an undeveloped hill above the City of Ventura. The road created by bulldozers near Mint Lane is visible throughout much of the city, and has angered nearby residents, who are worried it may Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara CPA Receives Three Year Federal Prison Sentence For Tax Fraud

Tue, March 5, 2013

A Santa Barbara CPA has been sentenced to three years in prison, after being convicted of funneling profits from his accounting business through a non-profit agency he set up to avoid taxes. Federal prosecutors say Steven Mark Pybrum of Montecito was convicted last year of four counts of subscribing to false income tax returns. They Read the Rest…


Ventura County Transportation Commission Makes Unexpected Move Ovder Future Of Regional Bus Service

Tue, March 5, 2013

A move which some people saw as a step towards consolidating the more than half dozen public transit systems in Ventura County didn’t happen as expected. The Ventura County Transportation Commission has been managing “VISTA” service for years. “VISTA” connects commuters with Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties, as well as linking cities within Ventura Read the Rest…


Judge Denies Early End To Probation For Santa Barbara County Woman Who Locked Foster Children In Box

Tue, March 5, 2013

A Santa Barbara county Superior Court judge denied a request to end probation early for a woman who locked foster children in her care in a box. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Vasquez Probation Request


Another Postponement Granted in Trial Of Man Accused Of Killing Three Members Of Ventura County Family

Tue, March 5, 2013

A judge has granted another postponement in the trial of a man accused of murdering a Ventura County couple, and their unborn child in the family’s beachfront home. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Patricia Murphy approved moving the start of Joshua Packer’s trial from April, to June after seeing some undisclosed defense documents. The now Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Firefighters Rescue Dog Which Falls Down Ten Foot Drainpipe

Mon, March 4, 2013

A dog had quite the adventure in Santa Barbara County, after slipping down a 12 inch drainpipe. Santa Barbara County firefighters were called to Cieneguitas Road, on San Marcos Pass just after 3 p.m. today. They found a dog on a walk had slipped about ten feet down the drainpipe. Firefighters dropped an oxygen line Read the Rest…


Longtime Ventura County Congressman Teams Up With University To Create Public Service Program For Students

Mon, March 4, 2013

A longtime South Coast congressman is teaming up with a Ventura County university to launch a new program to help students interested in careers in public service. The Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Engagement will be located at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. Elton Gallegly retired last year last year, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Carjacking After Person Officers Him Ride

Mon, March 4, 2013

A Ventura County man is accused of beating, and carjacking someone who offered to give him a ride. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they received a call just before 3 a.m. Saturday about an injured man on the 2200 block of Dawn Court, in Ventura. The assault victim told deputies he had met Robert Brian Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Zoo Going Jurassic, With Addition Of New Dinosaur Attraction

Mon, March 4, 2013

The Santa Barbara Zoo’s two newest attractions won’t be creatures you’ll find at any other zoo in the world. In fact, they look like animals which haven’t roamed the planet for millions of years. The zoo has enlisted one of Hollywood’s busiest special effects houses to create two dinosaurs which will star in a new Read the Rest…


Appeal Of Convicted Rapist In Ventura County Under Consideration By Judge

Mon, March 4, 2013

A retired judge could rule this week on the appeal of a convicted rapist who received what amounted to a life sentence for drugging, and assaulting three women. New attorneys for Andrew Luster contended in a hearing that he received bad advice from his original defense team, and should have accepted an plea deal for Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Consider Fee Hikes For Some Recreational Facilities, And Programs

Mon, March 4, 2013

It could soon cost more to use many recreational facilities owned by Santa Barbara County. The County’s Community Services Department is looking at raising a number of fees for things ranging from camping, to participation in aquatic programs, to help cover rising costs. Among the proposed hikes are increasing the camping fees at Cachuma Lake, Read the Rest…


Faulty Appliances Blamed For Blaze In Ventura Commercial Building

Mon, March 4, 2013

Investigators say a faulty appliance in a kitchen area caused a fire in a commercial building in Ventura over the weekend. The blaze was reported just after 2:15 Saturday, on the 200 block of Arcade Drive in Ventura. Employees evacuated the building before firefighters reached the scene, as the firefighters went inside to try to Read the Rest…


Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell Speaks In Santa Barbara, Says Sequester Could lead To Serious Damage To Servicess

Sat, March 2, 2013

Former Secretary Of State Colin Powell had some tough talk about America’s current budget crisis during a speech in Santa Barbara. Speaking at a Westmont College event, Powell said there needs to be compromise, because if we don’t, government services will start to bleed. But, he says He said you couldn’t run a 7-11 the Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Zero In On Cause Of Fire Which Caused Scare In Santa Barbara

Sat, March 2, 2013

Santa Barbara Fire Department investigators now say a fire which caused a big scare in a neighborhood started in a storage building, but haven’t pinpointed the exact cause. The blaze was discovered just after 1 a.m. Friday, on the 1100 block of East De la Guerra Street. The fire tore through the wooden storage building, Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Men Arrested, Accused Of Causing More than $100,000 in Graffiti Vandalism

Sat, March 2, 2013

A two month long investigation led to the arrest of two men for what Oxnard police say was an extensive string of graffiti vandalism. Police say they served search warrants on the Oxnard homes of Rueben Vaca and Alejandro Casto,and arrested the two 18 year old men. Investigators believe the two men are responsible for Read the Rest…


KCLU Anchor Aircheck-KCLU News With Jim Rondeau”

Fri, March 1, 2013

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Santa Barbara County Firefighter Injured In Restaurant Blaze

Fri, March 1, 2013

A Santa Barbara County firefighter was injured today, while battling a fire at a Goleta restaurant. Firefighters were called to the 5700 block of Hollister Avenue at around 10:30 this morning. A grease fire in a fryer, and its hood system at “The Habit” restaurant was out of control, and efforts by the restaurant’s staff Read the Rest…


Man Pleads Guilty To Charge From Fatal Hit And Run Accident In Santa Barbara

Fri, March 1, 2013

A 78 year old man could spend up to a year in jail, after entering a guilty plea to a hit and run charge for a traffic accident which left a Santa Barbara man dead. Lau Van Huynh will also face three years probation for the January 15th accident. Prosecutors say Huynh was driving southbound Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Admits Embezzling Close To $500,000 from Oxnard Farming Company

Fri, March 1, 2013

A Ventura County woman convicted of embezzling from one employer is facing up to 12 years behind bars, after entering guilty pleas to embezzling close to half a million dollars from another employer. Prosecutors say in 2006, Paige Jones Hibbits was convicted of forgery, and theft but while that case was still pending, she went Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura Investigating What Officials Call Unauthorized Grading Of Prominent Hillside

Fri, March 1, 2013

The controversy is continuing in one South Coast community over a dirt road which suddenly appeared on a hillside without what officials say are the necessary permits. Grading started on the hill near Mint Lane in Ventura February 22nd, leaving what the Ventura City Attorney is calling substantial scarring, and serious potential damage. The city Read the Rest…


Transient Arrested For Brutal Attack Of Homeless Man In Santa Barbara

Fri, March 1, 2013

A transient has been arrested for a brutal beating which seriously injured a homeless man in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Police say they arrested Michael Keith Dawson for the February 13th attack. Detectives say they got a break in the case when they heard that someone had been bragging about beating a man to death Read the Rest…


George Washington’s Personal Copy Of Constitution, Other Key Documents On Display In Ventura County

Fri, March 1, 2013

A book which played a pivotal role in American history is going on display later this morning, on the South Coast. “Acts Of Congress” was a book owned by our first president. It was given to George Washington as a guidebook of actions taken by the first Congress to use as reference as he embarked Read the Rest…


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