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Archives for April 2013

Planned Closure Of Airport Control Towers Due To Budget Cuts, Including Oxnard’s, Postponed Until June

Sat, April 6, 2013

The planned shutdown of nearly more than 140 airport control towers across the country due to federal budget cuts, including one in Ventura County, is being postponed. The FAA announced closures set to start this weekend will be pushed back to June, to try to resolve some legal challenges. The Oxnard Airport control tower is Read the Rest…


Non-Profit Art Association To Open New Gallery Space In Ventura County Mall

Sat, April 6, 2013

A non-profit art association in Ventura County is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary, with the opening of its new gallery space in a unique place Sunday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the gallery is in the middle of a local shopping center. Click on link to listen to/download story: Simi Valley Art Association


Two Missing Ventura County Teens Found Safe In Newbury Park

Fri, April 5, 2013

Two missing Ventura County teens have been found safe, in Newbury Park a day after their mysterious disappearance. Someone spotted them at around 3 p.m., and reported it to authorities. Nicholas Marino and Kaylee Rebert left their Thousand Oaks homes just after one a.m. yesterday. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say the two had been Read the Rest…


Fourth Arrest Made In Connection With 2009 Oxnard Murder

Fri, April 5, 2013

Oxnard Police detectives say they’ve now made a fourth arrest in connection with what they’re calling a gang related murder in the city in 2009. Guillermo Galvan was arrested yesterday for the January, 2009 slaying of Alfredo Vargas. The 24 year old man was arrested at his home on the 5300 block of Hildago Street, Read the Rest…


Employee At Residential Care Facility In Santa Barbara County Accused Of Stabbing Co-Worker

Fri, April 5, 2013

A fight between two co-workers at a non-profit residential care facility in Santa Barbara County landed one of them in the hospital, with severe stab wounds, and the other behind bars. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say the two employees of Hillside House, on the 1200 block of Veronica Springs Road in Santa Barbara, got Read the Rest…


Man Seriously Injured After Running Onto 101 Freeway In Santa Barbara, Triggering Three Vehicle Accident After He Is Hit

Fri, April 5, 2013

The CHP is trying to figure out why a man ran onto the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara this morning, and was hit by a car, leading to a three vehicle accident. Just after 6:30 this morning, Guilabaldo Julian ran onto the freeway’s southbound Carrillo Street onramp, over a dirt embankment, and then onto the Read the Rest…


Man Ruled Incompetent Again To Stand Trial For Shooting Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies With Pellet Gun

Fri, April 5, 2013

A man accused of shooting two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies, and two civilians with a pellet gun has again been ruled incompetent to stand trial. Charles Quinn has been in a series of mental health facilities since the January, 2011 incident at a Goleta shopping center. One deputy responding to the scene was shot Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Teens Still Missing A Day After Disappearing

Fri, April 5, 2013

Authorities say two Ventura County teens who are considered to be at risk, and possibly suicidal are still missing today, after disappearing early Thursday morning. Nicholas Marino and Kaylee Rebert left their Thousand Oaks homes just after one a.m. yesterday, and haven’t been seen since. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say the two had been Read the Rest…


Two Arrested, Three Sought In Connection With Wallet Theft Ring In Ventura County

Fri, April 5, 2013

Authorities arrested two people, and are seeking three others in connection with an organized ring in Ventura County which would steal their wallets of distracted shoppers, and use the stolen credit cards before the thefts were reported. The operation focused in the Conejo Valley would use two people in a supermarket, with one waiting until Read the Rest…


School Violence Focus Of Workshop In Ventura County For Education, Law Enforcement Officials

Fri, April 5, 2013

School violence has become an alarming concern for educators, who are now having to devote limited time, and resources to deal with safety concerns. And, while the biggest nightmare is something like a mass school shooting, there are also new, lower level, yet destructive issues like cyberbullying. Law enforcement officers, school administrators, and others involved Read the Rest…


Health Care Company Makes Big Donation Towards New Park In Ventura County

Fri, April 5, 2013

Efforts to create a new park on Ventura’s Westside received another boost, in the form of a grant from a healthcare company. Some Ventura residents have been clamoring for a new park at the corner of Kellogg Street, and Ventura Avenue, but the city didn’t have the money to buy the two plus acre site. Read the Rest…


Search For Two Missing Ventura County Teens Shifts From Conejo Valley Park

Thu, April 4, 2013

The parents of two Ventura County teens who disappeared early this morning have issued an emotional appeal for them to return home. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that search efforts so far have failed to find the Thousand Oaks teens. Click on link to listen to/download story: Missing Teens Update


Santa Barbara County Officials Announce Closure Of Isla Vista Beaches To Try To Prevent Massive Unsponsored Party

Thu, April 4, 2013

Santa Barbara County officials say they are planning to close Isla Vista’s beaches this weekend, as part of an effort to prevent an unsponsored, unsanctioned party which created massive public safety problems four years ago. In 2009, an event dubbed “Flotopia” attracted thousands of people to the beaches, leading to numerous cases of alcohol poisoning, Read the Rest…


Parents Issue Emotional Plea For Help In Finding Missing Ventura County Teens

Thu, April 4, 2013

The parents of two Ventura County teens who disappeared early this morning have issued an emotional appeal for them to return home, even as searchers continue to comb a park in the Conejo Valley where they were last detected. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports authorities are worried the teens might be suicidal. Click on link to Read the Rest…


More Than 50 People Now Involved In Search Efforts For Missing Teens In Ventura County

Thu, April 4, 2013

A search is underway for two missing teens in the Conejo Valley. A 13 year old boy, and 14 year old girl were reported missing at around one this morning. It’s believed they had been hiking in the Wildwood Park area, in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Captain Don Aguilar says a foot search Read the Rest…


Marines Launch Friendly Invasion Of Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties For Drills

Thu, April 4, 2013

The Marines have landed in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, as part of a week long series of combat training exercises. Members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit are training in our region in advance of deployment to the Middle East, and the Western Pacific. Marines, along with some Navy members involved in the exercises Read the Rest…


Some Popular Local Trails To Be Shut Down Periodically During Coming Weeks Due To Construction

Thu, April 4, 2013

Some popular trails in the region are being closed on and off for the next few weeks due to a construction project. Trails in Cheeseboro and Palo Comado Canyons will be shut down periodically during weekdays for the next few weeks due to work to remove a pumping facility, and other equipment. The National Park Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Teens In Conejo Valley

Thu, April 4, 2013

A search is underway for two missing teens in the Conejo Valley. A 13 year old boy, and 13 year old girl were reported missing at around one this morning. It’s believed they had been hiking in the Wildwood Park area, in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Captain Don Aguilar says a foot search Read the Rest…


Channel Islands Boating Center Opens After More Than Decade Of Effort

Thu, April 4, 2013

It’s a project that’s been talked about since the mid-1990’s, but was mired in controversy for years. A long sought boating safety center for Ventura County is now a reality. Hundreds of community leaders gathered in Oxnard yesterday, to celebrate the completion of the Channel Islands Boating Center. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Read the Rest…


Mysterious Case Of Death Of Santa Barbara County Winemaker Solved

Thu, April 4, 2013

Authorities are now saying that the mysterious death of a Santa Barbara County winemaker last year which was called suspicious, and investigated by Santa Barbara Police, and the FBI was a suicide. The body of Christopher Evans Marks was found last September 20th on Ledbetter Beach, below the cliff at Shoreline Park. Police didn’t talk Read the Rest…


Water Company In Ventura County Sues To Try To Prevent Takeover by Public Water District

Thu, April 4, 2013

A water company serving parts of Ventura County filed a lawsuit seeking to block an election which could potentially lead to its takeover by a water district. The Golden State Water Company served the Castitas Municipal Water District with the lawsuit. At the request of some Golden State customers in the Ojai area who feel Read the Rest…


Man Rescued After Becoming Trapped In Ventura Storm Drain

Wed, April 3, 2013

A man was shaken up, but unhurt after becoming trapped in a Ventura storm drain. Ventura firefighters say the man had apparently crawled into a storm drain somewhere near the 300 block of South Laurel Street, and realized he couldn’t turn around, or back out to escape from the drainage system. The man was unable Read the Rest…


New Report On Mortality In California Gives High Marks To Healthiness Of Ventura, Santa Barbara County Residents

Wed, April 3, 2013

People in our region are apparently healthier, and living longer than many other areas around the state. A new state report shows that the death rates in Ventura, and Barbara Counties are among the lowest in the state, based on percentages of population. The 20th annual County Health Profiles Report, produced by the State Department Read the Rest…


Police Say Man Tossing Machete Into Air While Panhandling On Downtown Santa Barbara Street Arrested

Wed, April 3, 2013

A man police say was swinging a machete, while threatening passersby if they didn’t give him money has been arrested in downtown Santa Barbara. Police say Trevor Ian Ruggles was panhandling on the 500 block of State Street, and demanding money as he tossed his 22 inch machete in the air. A police department civilian Read the Rest…


Former School Teacher In Ventura County Admits Armed Robbery Of Convenience Store

Wed, April 3, 2013

A former teacher in Ventura County could face six years in prison after entering a guilty plea to robbing a convenience store with a knife. Simi Valley Police say David Considine robbed a Madera Road 7-11 store at knifepoint in September of 2011. He was a Simi Valley High School science teacher at the time. Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Permitting For Special Events In Santa Barbara County Creates Big Debate

Wed, April 3, 2013

The impacts of special events on private property have become a controversial subject in Santa Barbara County. In the wake of a celebrity wedding in Montecito involving Kim Kardashian in 2011, during which helicopters hovered over the community, and streets were blocked, some have called for stricter permitting requirements. But, others say more red tape Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County’s Deferred Maintainance On Road, Parks, Buildings At Crisis Stage, Topping $300 Million Dollars

Wed, April 3, 2013

Santa Barbara County is facing a major crisis with its infrastructure. County officials say because of the county’s ongoing financial problems, they have fallen way behind in maintenance for roads, buildings, and parks. It’s now estimated there’s a $300 million dollar backlog in deferred maintenance, with the amount expected to grow exponentially in the next Read the Rest…


Federal Studies Suggest Oil Platforms In Santa Barbara Channel Aren’t Contaminating Fish

Wed, April 3, 2013

Two just released reports from federal researchers find there isn’t a higher incidence of contamination in fish near oil platforms than those in other nearby natural sites. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports scientists studied three species of fish living around oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel, and the San Pedro Basin. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Third Suspect Arrested For 2009 Murder In Ventura County

Wed, April 3, 2013

There’s been a third arrest in the 2009 murder of a man in Oxnard. Alfredo Vargas was fatally stabbed in a January, 2009 fight on the 2700 block of El Dorado Road in Oxnard. Detectives say the killing was linked to the Lemonwood Chicas gang. Last week, they arrested Alexis Ramirez, and Jonathan Gallegos for Read the Rest…


More Than Three Tons Of Marijuana Seized By Coast Guard In Channel Islands

Tue, April 2, 2013

More than three tons of marijuana was seized by a Coast Guard cutter in the Channel Islands. Coast Guard officials have just released details of the Sunday morning incident, about 90 miles west of San Nicolas Island. A Coast Guard plane on routine patrol detected a boat moving at high speed. The Astoria, Oregon based Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Santa Barbara For Attacking Another Man With Part Of Guitar

Tue, April 2, 2013

A man is facing assault with a deadly weapon charges after he attacked another man in Santa Barbara with a piece of a guitar. Santa Barbara Police say Jeremy Daniel Harp was sitting with a group of fellow transients on the 600 block of State Street when he became angry at another man for touching Read the Rest…


New Mobile App Allows You To Track Callouts For Ventura County Firefighters

Tue, April 2, 2013

A free new mobile app will allow you to find out when firefighters are headed out to the scene of an accident, fire, or other emergency in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Fire Department App


Work Underway To Repair Historic Crypt At Santa Barbara Mission

Tue, April 2, 2013

Workers are racing the clock to make repairs to a crypt at Santa Barbara’s historic mission. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports they’re trying to get the project done so it doesn’t interfere with this coming weekend’s church services. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Mission Crypt


Deal Reached To Buy South Coast Golf Course, And Return It To Coastal Wetlands

Tue, April 2, 2013

It was once an important part of South Coast habitat. But, since the 1960’s it’s been a golf course. In recent years, Goleta’s Ocean Meadows Golf Club has struggled financially. Now, thanks to the property’s owners, and a coalition of groups, the fairways are going to give way to wetlands which originally existed on the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Receiving Grant To Help Combat Increased Smuggling From Mexico

Tue, April 2, 2013

Santa Barbara County is receiving a state grant to help in its efforts to deal with the surge of human, and drug smuggling by boat from Mexico in the region. The California Emergency Management Agency awarded the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department $50,000 for its participation in what’s known as Operation Stonegarden. The operation is Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Workshop Homeless, Looking For Temporary Space

Tue, April 2, 2013

The South Coast’s largest arts event is homeless, less than three months before it takes place. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration is trying to find a temporary workshop space. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Workshop


Public Hearing Set For Proposal To Reactivate Two Oil Well Facilities Off Goleta Coastline

Tue, April 2, 2013

Public hearings are set for this week for an oil company’s proposal to fully reactivate two existing oil well facilities on the Goleta coastline. Venoco want to recommission wells 421-1 and 421-2, which are located on piers south of Sandpiper Golf Course. One of the facilities is an oil well, while the other is an Read the Rest…


Health Care Official In Ventura County Appointed To State Aging Panel

Mon, April 1, 2013

The head of a health care agency in Ventura County has been appointed to the California Commission on Aging. Camarillo Health Care District CEO Jane Rozanski was selected for the post by Governor Jerry Brown. The commission is the main advisory agency to the Governor, State Legislature, and federal and state agencies on aging related Read the Rest…


Agoura Hills Man Arrested Following Stabbing Of Three Relatives In The Florida Keys

Mon, April 1, 2013

An Agoura Hills man is behind bars in Florida, accused of stabbing his mother, aunt, and uncle. A deputy called to a home in Islamadora, Florida Saturday night found three people bleeding from stab wounds. The officer was able to arrest Jacob Knapper without incident. Investigators with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department are still trying Read the Rest…


Santa Paula City Council Set To Look At Future Of Non-Profit Community Animal Shelter

Mon, April 1, 2013

The fate of an animal shelter being called the only no-kill facility in Ventura County is set to be discussed tonight in Santa Paula. The Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center opened last summer with the City’s support, providing an easily accessible community facility. But, some people who live near the center on the 700 block Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County Executive Joins Regional Health Care Agency

Mon, April 1, 2013

The man who served as Santa Barbara County’s Chief of Emergency Management for the last few years, and worked for the County for more than two decades has now joined a regional health care agency. Michael Harris has been appointed as the new Director of Governmental Affairs for CenCal Health. CenCal Health is a non-profit, Read the Rest…


Authorities Say They Arrest Gang Member After Chase Near Oxnard

Mon, April 1, 2013

A man authorities say was a wanted gang member is behind bars, after a chase in a vehicle, and on foot. Members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit say the spotted a sedan in the El Rio area Friday night driven by Timothy Knight. They say the 31 year old man was wanted Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Death Of Man In Custody In Santa Barbara County

Mon, April 1, 2013

An investigation is underway into the death of a man who died while in the custody of law enforcement officers in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say on March 23rd, Lawrence James Baumann was taken into custody by City of Santa Barbara Police officers following a disturbance in Alameda Park. The Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Looking For Man Who Attempted To Kidnap Two Women

Mon, April 1, 2013

Oxnard Police are looking for a man they believe is responsible for two attempted kidnappings in the last two weeks. Detectives say in the early morning of March 19th, a man tried to abduct a young woman walking to her parked vehicle near Oleander Drive, and J Street. The woman was able to get into Read the Rest…


Third Arrest In Month For String Of Graffiti Attacks In Eastern Ventura County

Mon, April 1, 2013

Authorities say they’ve made their third arrest in as many weeks for a string of graffiti attacks in Eastern Ventura County. A two month investigation led to the latest arrest of a 17 year old Moorpark boy, who Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say caused thousands of dollars in damage to City of Moorpark facilities, as Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested In 2009 Oxnard Murder

Mon, April 1, 2013

A Ventura County man has been arrested in connection with a 2009 murder in Oxnard. Detectives from a special task for investigating the Lemonwood Chiques street gang arrested Jonathan Gallegos, of Newbury Park for the January, 2009 fatal stabbing of Alfredo Vargas. Investigators say the 28 year old man was one of two stabbing victims Read the Rest…


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