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Archives for May 2013

Police Say Former School Students Confess To Burglarizing, Vandalizing School Stadium, Auditorium In Santa Barbara

Fri, May 31, 2013

Two Santa Barbara County men are facing burglary, and vandalism charges after police say the duo caused heavy damage to Santa Barbara High School’s stadium, and auditorium. Police were called to the campus just before three a.m. yesterday, by reports of the sounds of breaking glass, and found widespread damage. School officials reviewed surveillance camera Read the Rest…


Cause Of Major Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Pinpointed

Fri, May 31, 2013

Authorities say we now know the cause of a major brush fire which blackened nearly 2000 acres of land in Santa Barbara county. The White Fire caused a big scare, forcing thousands of evacuations from the Los Padres National Forest, in Santa Barbara County on Memorial Day. The blaze started Monday afternoon, and burned out Read the Rest…


Body Found In South Coast Park

Fri, May 31, 2013

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a man’s body in a popular South Coast park. Police were called to Santa Barbara’s Oak Park yesterday morning, after a city employee discovered the body of a man in a bathroom stall. Officers say along with the body, they found evidence of drug use. The man, who speared Read the Rest…


Dance Event To Help Financially Troubled Community Health Clinics In Santa Barbara County

Fri, May 31, 2013

A dance company is holding a dance party this weekend, to try to help some financially troubled community health clinics in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara Community Clinics announced earlier this month that they are facing a major financial crisis, and need to raise $1.5 million dollars to keep their doors open for the Read the Rest…


Aftershocks Continue In Wake Of Magnitude 4.8 Temblor Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Fri, May 31, 2013

There have been about a dozen aftershocks since Wednesday’s magnitude 4.8 earthquake off the Santa Barbara County coastline. The large of the temblors since the initial quake was a magnitude 3.1 which occurred Wednesday night. The quakes have been centered around four miles west of Isa Vista, under the ocean. The initial quake was felt Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Investigating Fatal Stabbing

Fri, May 31, 2013

Oxnard Police called to a city street over a possible fight tied to a traffic accident instead found a man with several stab wounds, who died at the scene. It happened just after 10 last night, on the 1900 block of Napoleon Avenue. Officers and paramedics tried to help Aaron Gomez, but say they couldn’t Read the Rest…


Goleta City Official Collapses At Meeting

Fri, May 31, 2013

A longtime Goleta Valley leader was rushed to a hospital, after he collapsed at a city meeting. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Goleta Councilman Collapses


New Program In Santa Barbara County Focused On Keeping Kids From Going Hungry During Summer

Fri, May 31, 2013

While Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties may seem relatively well off, a shocking number of children aren’t getting enough to eat on a daily basis. In Santa Barbara County, an estimated 23% of children don’t have reliable access to the food they need to lead a healthy, and active life. School programs help feed many Read the Rest…


Volunteers Sought For Project To Restore Section Of South Coast Creek

Thu, May 30, 2013

A community project this weekend is going to try to help restore the habitat for a section of creek in one of the South Coast’s most popular parks. Volunteers will help restore the native vegetation along a part of Mission Creek, in Santa Barbara’s Oak Park. Non-native English Ivy will be removed, and replaced with Read the Rest…


White Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Now 100% Contained

Thu, May 30, 2013

A brush fire in Santa Barbara County which caused a big scare earlier this week has been fully contained. The nearly 2000 acre White Fire in the Los Padres National Forest, northwest of Santa Barbara was declared contained late Thursday afternoon. The cause of the fire, which began in the White Day Use area on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Planning Commission Upholds New Onshore Oil And Gas Drilling Projects

Thu, May 30, 2013

A challenge by an environmental group to Ventura County’s approval of some onshore gas, and oil drilling projects has been denied by the Ventura County Planning Commission. Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas appealed the County Planning Staff’s approval of nine new wells, and the renovation of two existing wells in the Upper Ojai Valley. Read the Rest…


Marathon Hearing Appealing New Oil And Gas Drilling Still Underway In Ventura County

Thu, May 30, 2013

A marathon, day long hearing over a challenge by an environmental group to Ventura County’s approval of some onshore gas, and oil drilling projects is still underway at this hour. Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas is appealing the County Planning Staff’s approval of nine new wells, and the renovation of two existing wells in Read the Rest…


Firefighters Still Focused On Full Containment Of Brush Fire In Los Padres National Forest, Northwest Of Santa Barbara

Thu, May 30, 2013

Firefighters are continuing to make progress towards full containment of a nearly 2,000 acre brushfire burning in the Los Padres National Forest northwest of Santa Barbara. There’s been very little growth during the last 24 hours with the White Fire, which is now 90% contained. But, firefighters say with the blaze burning in rugged terrain, Read the Rest…


South Coast Legislator Proposes Law To Prevent Car Dealers From Selling Used Vehicles Facing Safety Recalls Unless Repaired

Thu, May 30, 2013

The State Senate passed a bill by a South Coast legislator which would ban the resale of used vehicles under safety recalls. Senate Bill 686 is being called the first proposal of its kind in the nation. The legislation authored by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara would ban car dealers, and rental Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Wanted For Sexual Assault Of Carpinteria Girl Extradited From Maryland

Thu, May 30, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man wanted on charges he molested, and raped his girlfriend’s daughter has been extradited from Maryland. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they found out about the possible crimes in January. They say when Santos Javier Guevara-Oliva learned about their investigation, he fled the area. The detectives tracked the 33 year Read the Rest…


Artifacts from Abraham Lincoln’s Life, 2012 Lincoln Movie Going On Display In Ventura County

Thu, May 30, 2013

He was a legendary American President. Last year, the critically acclaimed feature film “Lincoln” helped bring Abraham Lincoln to life. A new exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley is going to give people the chance to see artifacts from the movie, and from Lincoln’s life. It includes a copy of the Read the Rest…


Earthquake Off Isla Vista Followed By Five Aftershocks Yesterday

Thu, May 30, 2013

A series of earthquakes has rocked Santa Barbara County, with one large quake yesterday, followed by smaller quakes my midnight yesterday. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.8 quake struck at 7:38 yesterday morning. It was centered four miles west of Isla Vista. The magnitude was revised upwards from a 4.6, as geologists studied Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Now 90% Contained

Thu, May 30, 2013

Firefighters say the White Brush Fire, which has burned more than 1900 acres of land in Santa Barbara County, is now 90% contained. There was very little expansion of the fire yesterday, as firefighters spent much of the day building fire lines. With hot, dry weather in the forecast for this coming weekend, they’re trying Read the Rest…


Teens Arrested In Connection With More Than Two Dozen Graffiti Vandalism Incidents In Conejo Valley

Thu, May 30, 2013

A two month long investigation led to the arrest of a pair of teenagers authorities say are responsible for more than two dozen graffiti vandalism incidents in the Conejo Valley. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators say the 16, and 13 year old boys from Thousand Oaks have been tied to 27 different tagging incidents, which Read the Rest…


Gas Line Break Repaired In Conejo Valley; Evacuation Orders Lifted

Wed, May 29, 2013

Gas company crews, and Ventura County firefighters say they’ve wrapped up repairs of a potentially dangerous gas line leak in Newbury Park. The problem was discovered just after 10 a.m, on the 1200 block of Newbury Road, with a break in a major gas line. Authorities issued a warning to people within a half mile Read the Rest…


Firefighters Continue To Make Progress Battling White Brushfire; Now 90% Contained

Wed, May 29, 2013

Firefighters continued to make progress today towards containing the White Brush Fire, which has burned more than 1900 acres of land in Santa Barbara County. The fire is now 90% contained. Firefighters say they’re having a rough time with the northeast edge of the fire, which is in rugged, remote terrain, but note there was Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County; One Possible Suspect In Custody, Others Sought

Wed, May 29, 2013

One man is behind bars, and more are being sought in connection with what’s being called a gang related killing in Ventura County. Santa Paula Police responding to a call of shots fired on the 400 block of Dartmouth Road around nine Monday night found a 21 year old man who had been shot to Read the Rest…


Electrical Wires Blamed For Starting Brush Fire Which Threatened Thousands Of Santa Barbara County Homes

Wed, May 29, 2013

Two power lines coming into contact with each other are being blamed for starting a brush fire which caused a big scare in the Santa Ynez Valley, threatening thousands of homes. The Olive Fire started just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, near Olive Street and Meadowvale Road. With strong wind blowing, it quickly mushroomed to 170 Read the Rest…


Aftershocks Continue In Wake Of Earthquake Off Santa Barbara County Coastline

Wed, May 29, 2013

A series of earthquakes has rocked Santa Barbara County. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.8 quake struck at 7:38 this morning. It was centered four miles west of Isla Vista, and about 12 miles northwest of downtown Santa Barbara. No injuries were reported, but the quake knocked items off of some shelves. People Read the Rest…


Gas Leak In Newbury Park Leads To Some Evacuations

Wed, May 29, 2013

Gas company crews, and Ventura County firefighters are on the scene of a natural gas leak on the 1200 block of Newbury Road, in Newbury Park.   The leak was discovered just after 10 a.m. Authorities issued a warning to people within a half mile area of the leak, but then decided widespread evacuations were Read the Rest…


Earthquakes Rock Santa Barbara County

Wed, May 29, 2013

A series of earthquakes has rocked Santa Barbara County. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.6 quake struck at 7:38 this morning. It was centered four miles west of Isla Vista, and about 12 miles northwest of downtown Santa Barbara. No injuries were reported, but the quake knocked items off of some shelves. People Read the Rest…


Firefighters Now Say White Brushfire In Santa Barbara County 80% Contained

Wed, May 29, 2013

Firefighters are saying this morning they now have 80% containment of the White Brush Fire, the blaze which began in Memorial Day in Santa Barbara County which forced thousands of evacuations. The fire has burned 1,858 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest. The figure has actually dropped. Last night, firefighters were reporting Read the Rest…


Flooding Issues Keep Popular State Beach On South Coast Closed

Wed, May 29, 2013

A popular state beach on the South Coast escaped indefinite closure, when some government agencies, and the community stepped up to make some critical sewer system repairs the state couldn’t afford. Now, a new problem has sidelined McGrath State Beach, in Ventura County. Seasonal flooding hasn’t drained from the campground as usual, and now, officials Read the Rest…


Former Accounting Firm Executive From Agoura Hills Enters Guilty Plea To Securities Fraud

Wed, May 29, 2013

An Agoura Hills man who was a former senior partner with a major accounting firm entered a guilty plea to a securities fraud charge. Officials with the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, and the FBI say Scott London provided confidential information about KPMG clients to a close friend of his, who used the Read the Rest…


House Fire In Conejo Valley Being Called Arson

Wed, May 29, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they’re looking for an arsonist who set fire to a Conejo Valley home, forcing an elderly woman to flee for her life. It happened sometime after three yesterday morning. A fire was discovered burning the garage of a home at 69 Wales Street, in Thousand Oaks. Firefighters were able to Read the Rest…


White Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Now 65% Contained; Acreage Burned Passes 2,000 Mark

Tue, May 28, 2013

Firefighters say they’ve made huge progress in fighting the White Brush Fire in Santa Barbara County, saying the blaze is now 65% contained, up from 10% this morning. The blaze in the Los Padres National Forest didn’t grow much today, going from 1800 to 2025 acres. The White Fire began yesterday afternoon in a day Read the Rest…


Brushfire Threatens Homes In Ventura County Before Being Contained

Tue, May 28, 2013

A brush fire in Ventura County threatened some homes today, before firefighters got it under control. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the 10 acre fire was in the middle of some Simi Valley neighborhoods. Click on link to listen to/download stories: Simi Fire


Community Group Hires Environmental Law Firm To Help With Appeal Of Approval Of New Oil, Gas Drilling In Ventura County

Tue, May 28, 2013

A community group hired a non-profit environmental law firm in its efforts to challenge Ventura County’s approval of some onshore gas, and oil drilling projects. The newly formed group called Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas is appealing the County Planning Staff’s approval of nine new wells, and the renovation of two existing wells in Read the Rest…


1800 Acre White Brushfire in Santa Barbara County Burning East; Officials Say There’s No Threat To South Coast Homes

Tue, May 28, 2013

An 1800 acre brush fire burning in the Los National Forest, in Santa Barbara County is continuing to move east, and firefighters say it now no longer poses a threat to South Coast residents. The White Fire began yesterday afternoon in a day use area off of Paradise Road, off of Highway 154 in the Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Now Up To 1800 Acres

Tue, May 28, 2013

A brush fire burning in the Los National Forest, in Santa Barbara County is now up to 1800 acres, and could take a week to fully contain. The White Fire began yesterday afternoon in a day use area off of Paradise Road, off of Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley. It forced the evacuation Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Issues Air Quality Warnings In Wake Of Brush Fire

Tue, May 28, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District has issued an air quality warning, as the result of the White Brush Fire. District officials say smoke from the blaze could impact air quality in both the Santa Ynez Valley, and Southern Santa Barbara County. If you see, or smell smoke, you should limit your time Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighters Dealing With Fire Which Has Been Burning In County For Six Years

Tue, May 28, 2013

Ventura County firefighters have had their hands full this spring, with two dangerous brushfires in two months. But, they’ve quietly been dealing with another blaze, with a history which isn’t measured in days, or week, or even months. A fire burning in the mountains north of Fillmore is some six years old. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Tops 1,000 Acre Mark; Five Percent Contained

Tue, May 28, 2013

A brush fire in Santa Barbara County has charred more than a thousand acres of land, but is now burning away from homes, and is 5% contained. The fire is in the Los Padres National Forest in the Paradise Road area, on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass. The U.S. Forest Service’s Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Who Appeared In Dozens Of TV Series, Three Dozen Movies Dies

Tue, May 28, 2013

A Ventura County man who appeared in more than three dozen movies, but was perhaps known for role as a cop in a 1970′s TV series has died. Steve Forrest played Lt. Dan Harrelson in the TV show “SWAT.” The Thousand Oaks man served in the Army during World War Two. After his brother, Dana Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Blaze Now Tops 1,000 Acres Burned; Highway 154 Reopened

Mon, May 27, 2013

An out of control brush fire in Santa Barbara County has now charred more than 1,000 acres of land, prompting some evacuations, and forcing the closure of Highway 154 for much of the afternoon. The fire is in the Los Padres National Forest, on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass. It led Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Now Topping 700 Acre Mark; No Containment In Sight

Mon, May 27, 2013

A brush fire burning out of control in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, north of Santa Barbara is now topping 700 acres burned, and forced some evacuations. The fire is on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass, but has been clearly visible in Southern Santa Barbara County, putting Read the Rest…


Out Of Control Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Now Tops 300 Acres; No Containment In Sight

Mon, May 27, 2013

Firefighters say a brush fire burning out of control in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, north of Santa Barbara has now grow to more than 300 acres. The fire is on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass, and has prompted the full closure of Highway 154 from Santa Read the Rest…


Traffic Being Restricted On Highway 154 Over San Marcos Pass Due To Brushfire

Mon, May 27, 2013

The CHP is restricting traffic on Highway 154 due to the brushfire burning in the Los Padres National Forest, in Santa Barbara County. People are being evacuated from the Paradise Road area, and authorities are also trying to keep the two lane highway open for emergency vehicles headed to the fire. The shutdown is having Read the Rest…


Fire Burns 40 Acres In Los Padres National National Forest In Santa Barbara County

Mon, May 27, 2013

Firefighters say a brush fire is burning out of control in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, northeast of Santa Barbara. The approximately 40 acre fire is on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass. The U.S. Forest Service’s Andrew Madsen tells KCLU some campgrounds have been ordered evacuated. Madsen Read the Rest…


Fire Burning In Los Padres National Forest In Santa Barbara County

Mon, May 27, 2013

Firefighters are working on a brush fire burning in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County. The fire is burning in the Paradise Road area, which is on the Santa Ynez Valley side of San Marcos Pass. Some campgrounds have been ordered evacuated, and smoke is visible throughout much of Santa Barbara County. Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Holiday Weekend Traffic Accident Which Left 12 Year Old In Ventura County Dead

Mon, May 27, 2013

Authorities are investigating a traffic accident which left a 12 year old bicyclist dead in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say a 12 year old, and an eight year old boy were riding bicycles around Tapo and Alamo Streets in Simi Valley around 7:30 Saturday night when the accident happened. Officers say a big rig Read the Rest…


Longtime Radio Newsman Dies In Ventura County

Mon, May 27, 2013

A radio newsman who helped keep Southern California informed for three decades has died in Ventura County. Harry Birell was an anchor and reporter at KNX Newsradio in Los Angeles for 25 years, and then semi-retired, working as the station’s Ventura County for another half dozen years. Family members say Birrell died this weekend at Read the Rest…


Legislation From State Senator On South Coast To Honor Purple Heart Winners Reaches Milestone

Mon, May 27, 2013

Legislation by a State Senator from the South Coast to honor the military’s Purple Heart winners has reached a key milestone. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson authored SCR 27, which calls for designating parts of the 101 Freeway in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties as part of the National Purple Heart Trail. The idea is to Read the Rest…


Firefighters Say Early Brushfires Set Stage For Potentially Rough Season On South Coast

Mon, May 27, 2013

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and one of the most difficult times of year for firefighters in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that firefighters say the next few months could be very difficult, with the threat the highest they’ve seen in years. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Man Dies When Amtrak Train Smashes Into Vehicle In Ventura County

Sun, May 26, 2013

A man is dead, after his car was struck by a passenger train in Ventura County. It happened just before 9 p.m. Friday, in Oxnard. An Amtrak train was headed westbound near Rose Avenue, and Fifth Street when it smashed into a car which was on the railroad tracks at the Rose Avenue crossing. A Read the Rest…


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