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Archives for April 2013

Authorities Looking For Man, Woman Who Led Officers On Car Chase in Santa Barbara County Before Escaping

Tue, April 30, 2013

Authorities in both Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties are looking for a man, and woman in a stolen car who led officers on a chase through the Carpinteria before escaping on foot early this morning. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol around 12:30 this morning noticed a vehicle with suspicious looking license plates Read the Rest…


Trust For Public Land Gives 64 Acre Golf Course Site To UCSB For Restoration As Wetlands

Tue, April 30, 2013

A non profit land conservation agency today gave U-C Santa Barbara a former golf course in the Goleta area, as part of an effort to return the 64 acre chunk of property to wetlands. The Trust for Public Land paid $7 million dollars for the Ocean Meadows Golf Course property last month. The money came Read the Rest…


Remains Of Second Person Found In Wreckage Of Plane Involved In Mid-Air Crash Near Calabasas

Tue, April 30, 2013

The remains of a second person have been discovered in the wreckage of one of the two planes involved in a mid-air collision in the Calabasas area. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Calabasas Plane Crash Update


Authorities Looking For More Possible Victims Of Man They Say Stalked Teen In Ventura County

Tue, April 30, 2013

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in trying to find more victims of a man they say dressed as a woman, and stalked teenage boys in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say they arrested Christina Novelo last Friday, after they say he stalked, and then tried to solicit sex from a 15 year old Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Gets Ten Year Prison Sentence For Selling Unregistered Securites

Tue, April 30, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man received a ten year federal prison sentence for selling unregistered securities, as well as stock in a nonexistent energy company. Federal prosecutors say DeElroy Beeler worked with a former IRS agent to find people across the country to buy unregistered stock. The investigators say in order to entice investors, the Read the Rest…


Investigators Focus On What Led To Plane Crashes In Westlake Village, Calabasas

Tue, April 30, 2013

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say a plane crash yesterday in Westlake Village, and a plane crash around the same time in Calabasas are related. KCLU’s Lance Orozco an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Westlake Village, Calabasas Plane Crashes


Foundation At South Coast Community College Provides Child Care, Other Support Programs To Make College Possible For Some

Tue, April 30, 2013

A foundation at a South Coast community college is offering more than a half dozen specialized programs to help students who might not otherwise be able to continue their educations. The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College supports programs like child care for single parents, tutoring programs, grants for books, and math labes to help Read the Rest…


Second New Giraffe Born At Santa Barbara Zoo In As Many Weeks

Tue, April 30, 2013

For the second time in two weeks, a male giraffe at the Santa Barbara zoo has become a father. Betty Lou, a five year old Masai giraffe, gave birth to a female giraffe Sunday. On April 18th, the zoo’s other adult female giraffe, Audrey, gave birth to a male giraffe. The zoo’s adult male giraffe, Read the Rest…


Some Officials Now Saying Westlake Village, Calabasas Plane Crashes Related

Mon, April 29, 2013

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is now saying a plane crash in Westlake Village, and a plane crash in Calabasas Monday afternoon are related. KCLU’s Lance Orozco an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Westlake Village Plane Crash Update


Authorities Trying To Figure Out If Westlake Village, Calabasas Plane Crashes Connected

Mon, April 29, 2013

Three people escaped with minor injuries after a plane crash landed on a golf course near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line. But, now authorities are trying to figure out if a second plane crash less than 15 miles away might be related to it. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Three Injured In Plane Crash In Westlake Village

Mon, April 29, 2013

Three people escaped with minor injuries after a plane crash landed on a golf course near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line. It happened at around 2 p.m., at the Westlake Golf Course, on the 4800 block of Lakeview Canyon Road, in Westlake Village. The single engine plane was badly damaged by the crash. There’s no Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley School Briefly Placed On Lockdown, After Man Claims He Was Being Chased By Someone With Knife

Mon, April 29, 2013

There was a scare, and a campus lockdown at a Conejo Valley school this afternoon, after a man ran onto the campus, and claimed he was being chased by someone with a knife. It happened at around 2 p.m. at Ascention Lutheran School, a private elementary school on the 1600 block of East Hillcrest Drive, Read the Rest…


Two Men Arrested On Charges Of Acting As Unauthorized Auto Dealers In Oxnard

Mon, April 29, 2013

Two Ventura County man have been arrested, after Oxnard Police say they were unlawfully acting as car dealers. Oxnard Police, and the DMV conducted a joint investigation into unlicensed vehicle sales. Police say they had received numerous complaints of cars parked in the downtown area with “For Sale” signs on them, filling customer spaces in Read the Rest…


Kayakers Recovering From Ordeal Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Mon, April 29, 2013

Two kayakers are recovering today after they were rescued following what turned out to be an overly ambitious trip from the coast. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Stranded Kayakers


Firefighters Say Below Average Rainfall Season Increasing Brushfire Threat In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, April 29, 2013

The rainfall season is still weeks from being over, but it’s currently on track to be only about half of the annual average for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. It has firefighters in the region worried about brushfires, because the lack of rainfall means that the brush is as dry now as it normally is Read the Rest…


Ventura Apartment Complex Evacuated As A Result Of Fire

Mon, April 29, 2013

Firefighters evacuated a Ventura apartment complex after a motor home fire threatened the building. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, on the 200 block of Thompson Boulevard. Firefighters called to the scene found flames and smoke pouring from a motor home, with the inferno threatening to spread to adjacent apartments. Some firefighters quickly evacuated Read the Rest…


Ventura Apartment Complex Evacuated As A Result Of Fire

Mon, April 29, 2013

Firefighters evacuated a Ventura apartment complex after a motor home fire threatened the building. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, on the 200 block of Thompson Boulevard. Firefighters called to the scene found flames and smoke pouring from a motor home, with the inferno threatening to spread to adjacent apartments. Some firefighters quickly evacuated Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Leaves One Injured, Causes Traffic Backup On 118 Freeway

Mon, April 29, 2013

A traffic accident left one person injured, and triggered a brush fire which caused a big traffic tieup near the Ventura County-Los Angeles County line. It happened just before 2:30 p.m. yesterday, on the 118 Freeway near Rocky Peak Road. A vehicle went out of control, and plunged over an embankment, bursting into flames. The Read the Rest…


Statewide Conference Looking At Police Brutality Concerns Set For Ventura County

Fri, April 26, 2013

Some families, and friends of people who died in law enforcement involved incidents around the state are gathering in Ventura County this weekend, for what’s being called a conference to organize to resist police brutality. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Police Brutality Concerns Conference


Violinist Itzhak Pearlman, UK’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Highlight 95th Season Of Oldest Arts Group In Santa Barbara

Fri, April 26, 2013

Santa Barbara County’s oldest arts organization has announced its 95th concert season, which will feature one of the world’s most famous violinists, as well as some internationally acclaimed orchestras. The Community Arts Music Association’s 2013-2014 season will kick off with a September 19th performance by Itzhak Pearlman at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater. CAMA’s new season Read the Rest…


Annual Mussel Quarantine Along Santa Barbara, Ventura County Coastline Implemeted Early

Fri, April 26, 2013

The state’s annual quarantine of sport harvested mussel species along the state’s coastline, including the Ventura and Barbara County coastlines, is in effect early this year. The quarantine usually takes effect on May 1st, but it was stepped up this year because testing showed high levels of toxins in the shellfish, as well as large Read the Rest…


New Ballet Making World Premiere In Santa Barbara Features Music Of Paul Simon

Fri, April 26, 2013

The music of an iconic American songwriter, and singer is the soundtrack of a new ballet set to make its world premiere in Santa Barbara this weekend. The State Street Ballet’s “Dream On By” features the music of Paul Simon. It tries to capture the music’s spirit through dance. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning Read the Rest…


Man Escapes From Paraglider Accident In Ventura County With Minor Injuries

Fri, April 26, 2013

A paraglider pilot escaped with minor injuries after he crashed in the hills above Ventura. It happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday, on a steep hillside above Cedar Street. Ventura firefighters were called to the scene by witnesses. They found the injured pilot, who was able to hike to safety by himself. The pilot told Read the Rest…


Police Say Oxnard Man Caused $300,000 in Graffiti Vandalism Damage

Fri, April 26, 2013

Oxnard Police say they’ve arrested a man who they say was responsible for more than 1700 graffiti vandalism incidents in the city, and caused an estimated $300,000 in damage. Detectives say a several month long investigation led to the arrest of Josue Puga. Investigators say they arrested the 20 year old Oxnard man for 1,705 Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Solve Three Decade Old Murder Case In Ventura County

Thu, April 25, 2013

Authorities are hoping you can help solve a more than three decade old murder mystery in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Cold Case Murder


Religious Groups Join Forces To Help Feed Hungry In Ventura County

Thu, April 25, 2013

Some churches, and synagogues are joining forces this week to help feed the hungry in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Faith For Food Share Food Drive


Ventura Man Gets Long Prison Sentence For Murdering His Sister, Assaulting His Mother

Thu, April 25, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 25 years, to life in prison for murdering his sister. David Morales beat to death Maricruz Morales at the family’s home in Fillmore. Prosecutors say he hit her with a curtain rod and a hammer, as well as choking her. Morales was upset that the family won’t Read the Rest…


Senior Programs In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties Facing Major Cuts

Thu, April 25, 2013

Senior citizens are among the most vulnerable people in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, often living on fixed incomes, and sometimes in need of assistance. A number of programs for seniors, ranging from meals on wheels, to home health care are now at risk, due to sequestration. Some senior programs have already been targeted for Read the Rest…


New Center For Non-Profits Officially Opening In Ventura County Tonight

Thu, April 25, 2013

A building which is intended to be one of the main hubs for non-profit organizations in Ventura County is officially opening tonight. The Ventura County Community Foundation Non-Profit Center is already been home for ten organizations, ranging from the parent organization, the Community Foundation, to United Way of Ventura County. The Foundation is hoping that Read the Rest…


Residents Gather To Celebrate Purchase Of Land For New Westside Ventura Park

Wed, April 24, 2013

Hundreds of community residents were on hand today to celebrate the purchase of more than two acres of land for a long sought new park for Ventura’s Westside. KCLU’S Lance Orozco was on hand, and has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Westside Ventura Park


South Coast High School Placed On Lockdown After Police Say Teen On Capus Claimed To Have Gun

Wed, April 24, 2013

A South Coast high school was placed on lockdown this afternoon, after police say a teenager who didn’t attend the campus refused to leave, and then claimed to have a gun. Ventura Police say it happened just after one p.m. at Ventura High School. School officials say after it was discovered two teens walking on Read the Rest…


South Coast Scene Of Dramatic Offshore Rescue

Wed, April 24, 2013

The South Coast was the scene of a dramatic offshore rescue, when a man sailing solo from San Francisco, to San Diego had a medical emergency. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department was called around 10:30 this morning, by reports the 75 year old man needed help. The 30 foot long sailboat was anchored near Read the Rest…


Ventura County Employee Accused Of Workers Compensation Fraud

Wed, April 24, 2013

Ventura County prosecutors are charging a county employee with workers compensation fraud, after they say she accepted disability payments for what she claimed was a work related injury, but then was caught on video lifting heavy objects like an automobile wheel. Linda Michelle Boggess is facing three counts of workers compensation fraud. Prosecutors say the Read the Rest…


Outbreak Of Canine Distemper Leads To Warning For Dogs Owners In Santa Barbara County

Wed, April 24, 2013

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials are issuing a warning to dog owners in the region about an outbreak of canine distemper. Five dogs have been diagnosed in the county with the highly contagious viral illness. There’s concern that the illness may have already spread to more dogs in the county. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Read the Rest…


Fund In Ventura County To Help Build Affordable Housing Awards First Loans

Wed, April 24, 2013

A non profit agency established to help build affordable housing in Ventura County has made its very first loans for new projects. The Ventura County Housing Trust Fund awarded $750,000 in financing for three projects. $300,000 will go towards construction of the Citrus Grove project, a six unit development for low income seniors in Santa Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City Council Approves Vote By Mail Municipal Election

Wed, April 24, 2013

Santa Barbara voters will decide the city’s municipal elections by mail this coming November. The Santa Barbara City Council decided yesterday to do a by mail election, after the City Clerk’s office told the council percentage of people voting that way has climbed dramatically during the last three elections, while in person voting at polling Read the Rest…


Ventura Hillsides Conservancy To Showcase New Acquisition For Preservation

Wed, April 24, 2013

A non-profit group working to preserve land from development in Ventura County is going to showcase its latest acquisition tonight. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is holding its annual community meeting tonight. But, unlike a traditional meeting, you’re being told to bring your hiking shoes, because the hour long presentation will wrap up with a brief Read the Rest…


Animal Services Officials Warn About Distemper Outbreak Among Dogs In Santa Barbara County

Tue, April 23, 2013

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials have issued a warning about an outbreak a virus which can be deadly for canines. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports there have been five documented cases of distemper among dogs in the county. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara County Distemper Concerns


Some Santa Barbara County Fire Departments Get Federal Grant Money For Communications Upgrades

Tue, April 23, 2013

Three fire departments in Santa Barbara County are getting more than $470,000 in federal funding to upgrade their communications equipment. The Santa Barbara Fire Department, the Montecito Fire Department, and the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department received word they will get a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the gear. The grant money will Read the Rest…


Two Wounded In Oxnard Attacks; Suspects Still At Large

Tue, April 23, 2013

Detectives are trying to find a group of men responsible for an attack in Oxnard which left one man seriously wounded, and a woman injured with a minor gunshot wound. Oxnard Police were called to the 600 block of Devonshire Drive at about eight last night, by reports of a shooting. They found an 18 Read the Rest…


New Facility Turning Restaurant Waste Into Energy In Santa Barbara County

Tue, April 23, 2013

A newly opened facility is turning what was waste into energy in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Waste Conversion Facility


Decision Nearing On Whether City of Santa Barbara Should Take Over Ownership Of State Highway From Caltrans

Tue, April 23, 2013

Some residents think of them as busy, and even potentially dangerous streets on the South Coast. A neighborhood group is calling on the City of Santa Barbara to take over responsibility for State Route 225 from Caltrans, to make safety improvements. But, officials are worried about maintenance costs, and potential new liability for the cash Read the Rest…


Man Critically Injured In Pickup Truck-Train Collision in Ventura

Tue, April 23, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to a collision between a passenger train and a pickup truck in Ventura, which left one man critically injured. It happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday, near the intersection of Colt Street and Sperry Avenue. Emergency workers called to the scene found the driver of the pickup Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara May Conduct Vote By Mail Municipal Election In November

Tue, April 23, 2013

The City of Santa Barbara is set to consider turning this coming November’s scheduled municipal election into a vote by mail event. The City Clerk’s office says a vote by mail election will save about $40,000, and potentially also mean a higher voter turnout. During the last three municipal elections, the percentage of mail ballots Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Company Changing Hands In Billion Dollar International Deal

Tue, April 23, 2013

A Swiss company is buying a Ventura County based tech firm in a billion dollar deal. Swiss industrial group ABB is acquiring Camarillo based Power One. Power One makes gear which converts electricity made by solar power systems into alternating current, so it can be sent into power grids. The locally based company as more Read the Rest…


Montecito Fire Officials Uncertain What They Will Do In Wake Of Court Ruling Stalling Plans For New Fire Station

Mon, April 22, 2013

Officials with a South Coast fire district say they’re disappointed a judge’s ruling is stalling their plans for a new fire station, and say they are trying to figure out what they’ll do next. The Montecito Fire Protection District wants to build its third fire station on about 2.5 acres of land on the 2500 Read the Rest…


Man Who Escaped Pursuing Sheriff’s Deputies By Driving Over Cliff Finally Caught In Santa Barbara County

Mon, April 22, 2013

A convicted sex offender who led law enforcement officers on a chase, and then escaped by driving over a cliff is now finally behind bars in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they saw Michael Ibison driving a stolen car outside of Lompoc April 14th. He ignored efforts to stop him. Deputies Read the Rest…


Man Seriously Injured After Fall Over Cliff in Isla Vista

Mon, April 22, 2013

Authorities are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor in a man falling over a cliff in Isla Vista, in the same area where a young woman apparently fell to her death several days earlier. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story: Isla Vista Cliff Accident


Researchers Meeting In Ventura County Talk About History of Global Warming, Cooling Cycles

Mon, April 22, 2013

Global warming is a huge concern, but far from a new event for our planet. A conference in Ventura County featuring researchers from throughout the West Coast looked at what we know about Earth’s cycle of global warming, and cooling over its history. The scientists say what’s happening now is much different, because it’s man Read the Rest…


Ventura Neighborhood Back To Normal After Gas Leak Forced Evacuations

Mon, April 22, 2013

Things are back to normal in a Ventura neighborhood this morning, but it was anything but that yesterday, when a ruptured gas line forced some evacuations. A resident digging on the 300 block of West Simpson Street just after one p.m. yesterday accidently damaged the line. Ventura firefighters blocked off the area, and evacuated several Read the Rest…


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