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Archives for June 2013

Investigation Underway Into Death Of Teen Hit By Train in Goleta

Mon, June 24, 2013

Authorities are investigating the death of a teenager in Goleta, who was struck and killed by a freight train. It happened just after 7 Friday night, near the 101 Freeway and Kellogg Avenue in Goleta.  A southbound freight train hit a 15 year boy who was on the tracks. The Goleta teen was pronounced dead Read the Rest…


Power Outages Hits Central Coast

Sun, June 23, 2013

Tens of thousands of PG & E customers on the Central Coast were hit by power outages last night.  A series of outages started just after 9:30 Sunday night, affecting customers from the Santa Ynez Valley, to Paso Robles. Company officials say a problem at a Morro Bay substation resulted in a loss of power Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Says Coroner’s Bureau Needs More Help, Better Facilities

Sun, June 23, 2013

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says that the County Coroner’s Bureau has inadequate facilities, and needs a strategic plan to develop a plan to deal with the problem. The study says the existing facilities don’t have an isolation room to deal with potentially contagious diseases, have poor ventilation, and discharge wastes from Read the Rest…


New Economic Forecast From Ventura County Research Project Shows Improvement For State

Fri, June 21, 2013

A new report by a Ventura County based economic forecast project says the state’s economy is clearly improving. California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting released its latest state, and national analysis today. Executive Director Bill Watkins says most metropolitan areas in the state showed job increases over the last year. He says Read the Rest…


Man Could Get Life In Prison For Murder Of Ventura County Woman

Fri, June 21, 2013

A man could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of killing a woman in Ventura County during a robbery, and dumping her body in the ocean. James Wilkerson was convicted of first degree murder for the November, 2011 strangling of Sarah Overholser. Prosecutors say Wilkerson, aided by his girlfriend Kristina Read the Rest…


Welding Operation Determined To Be Cause Of Brush Fire Which Caused Scare In Northern Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 21, 2013

A welding operation is being blamed by fire investigators for causing a brush fire which forced hundreds of evacuations in Northern Santa Barbara County. The blaze broke out at around 1:30 yesterday afternoon, just west of Rice Ranch in the Orcutt area.  The fire spread quickly, prompting evacuation orders for hundreds of homes. Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Man Charged With Felony Vehicular Manslaughter Following Fatal Santa Barbara County Crash

Fri, June 21, 2013

A 19 year old man is now facing a felony vehicular manslaughter charge, and three counts of reckless driving following a Tuesday night crash in Santa Barbara County which left one person dead, and two others seriously injured. Santa Maria Police say Cristian Iban Carbajal ran a red light on Broadway, causing a five vehicle Read the Rest…


Orcutt “Rice Fire” Contained

Thu, June 20, 2013

Santa Barbara County Fire, assisted by other agencies, responded aggressively to a brush fire that broke out in Orcutt Thursday afternoon about 1:30. The blaze, near Rice Ranch Road and Sage Crest Drive, threatened hundreds of homes and prompted nearly 600 evacuations, as well as numerous road closures.  The Sheriff’s office began allowing residents to Read the Rest…


Final Push On For Solstice Celebration In Santa Barbara

Thu, June 20, 2013

It’s coming down to the wire for the hundreds of people building floats, and costumes for this year’s annual Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara. The annual parade features wildly creative themes, and characters created by artists, and members of the community.  The annual event is expected to feature around a thousand people in the Read the Rest…


Areas Closed By Brushfire In Santa Barbara County Reopen

Thu, June 20, 2013

Some area of the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County closed by a Memorial Day brush fire have reopned. The Forest Service has kept Paradise Road, in the Santa Ynez Valley closed for the last few weeks while crews removed debris.  The road leads to popular recreation areas like the Upper Oso, and Read the Rest…


Los Angeles Man Arrested For Major Marijuana Cultivation Operations In Ventura County

Thu, June 20, 2013

A three month long investigation led to the arrest of a Los Angeles man, who Ventura County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives say operated three separate marijuana growing sites outside of Ojai. The investigators say they connected Ricardo Juarez Valencia to three large marijuana operations north of Ojai off of Highway 33, with a combined total of Read the Rest…


School Teacher From Ventura County Gets Prison Sentence For Robbing Store

Thu, June 20, 2013

A former high school teacher in Ventura County received a jail sentence after entering a guilty plea for robbing a store with a knife. David Considine held up a 7-11 in Simi Valley in September 2011.  His attorney says the former Simi Valley High School science teacher had a substance abuse problem, and was unaware of Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Businessman, Landlord Reaches Settlement In Suit Over Employee Wages

Thu, June 20, 2013

A Santa Barbara businessman, and landlord who’s faced numerous legal challenges has reached a tentative settlement over allegations he failed to properly pay hundreds of hotel, and motel employees. The non profit in-depth news reporting project “Mission & State” is reporting today that Dario Pini has reached a $750,000 deal to settle a class action Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara County Man Pleads Guilty To Child Molestation, Gets 30 Year Sentence

Thu, June 20, 2013

A man behind bars  in Arizona for child molestation pled guilty to molesting three children in Santa Barbara County over the course of  two decades. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Terence Paul Stevens committed offenses against his victims in the county between 1988 and 2008.  Steven entered guilty pleas to four molestation counts, and was Read the Rest…


First Phase Of Restoration Project Compete At Historic Santa Barbara County Ranch

Wed, June 19, 2013

A project to restore the landscaping at a historic Santa Barbara County ranch, which is also a living museum hit a big milestone this week. Goleta’s Rancho La Patera, and Stow House finished the first phase of of efforts to return the property to what it looked like around a century ago. It’s the result Read the Rest…


Discovery Of Body At Oxnard State Bearch Park Under Investigation

Wed, June 19, 2013

Detectives are investigating the discovery of the body of a man at an Oxnard beach. The body was spotted in some dunes at Oxnard Beach State Park at just after nine this morning, and efforts to revive the person were unsuccessful.  Oxnard police aren’t saying whether the death appears to be suspicious in nature.  The Read the Rest…


Ventura County Brushfire Fully Contained At 60 Acres

Wed, June 19, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say they reached full containment this morning of a brushfire which charred about 60 acres of rugged hillsides east of Fillmore. The blaze broke out about a mile east of the city around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.  More than 75 firefighters, aided by helicopters and aircraft were able to stop the spread of Read the Rest…


Homeless Man Fatally Stabbed In Downtown Santa Barbara

Wed, June 19, 2013

Detectives are trying to determine what led to a fatal stabbing of a homeless man in downtown Santa Barbara. Police officers were called to the 900 block of Santa Barbara Street just before 11 last night,  by reports of a fight.  They arrived to find a man with serious stab wounds in a parking lot Read the Rest…


U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Case Of Man Who Lost Race For Santa Barbara County Supervisorial Race

Wed, June 19, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a case ordering a man who lost a race for a Santa Barbara County supervisorial seat to pay the legal fees the winner incurred when he sued her. Doreen Farr defeated Steven Pappas for the Third District Supervisorial seat in 2008.  Pappas contested the results, claiming voter fraud Read the Rest…


Santa Maria City Council Leaning Towards Rejecting Controversial Proposal For Discount Department Store In Heart Of City’s Downtown

Wed, June 19, 2013

A Central Coast city didn’t take final action, but its city council made it clear it’s moving towards rejection of controversial plans for a new discount department store. The Fallas chain has wanted to open a new story in a long vacant Mervyn’s store, at the west end of the Santa Maria Town Center.  The Read the Rest…


Concern Over Sexual Assault In Military Prompts Day Long Event At Vandenberg Air Force Base

Wed, June 19, 2013

The recent controversy, and concern about sexual assault in the military is prompting Vandenberg Air Force base officials to try to tackle the issue with a day long event. The 30th Space Wing, along with partner units on the base in Santa Barbara County will hold what’s being called a Sexual Assault Prevention, and Response Read the Rest…


Explosion Rock Goleta Neighborhood, Damages Home

Wed, June 19, 2013

A Goleta neighborhood was rocked by a blast Tuesday night which heavily damaged a home. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Goleta Explosion


Man Recovering After Being Carjacked, Stabbed In Oxnard

Wed, June 19, 2013

A man is recovering from an ordeal he suffered in Oxnard, when police say he was carjacked, and stabbed. It happened at around 8:30 last night, on the 500 block of East Second Street.  The victim told police he was approached by three young men.  He says one of them stabbed him, and the three Read the Rest…


Historian To Talk About Chain Of Related Plane, Boat Crashes Which Killed 16 People Off South Coast

Wed, June 19, 2013

It was a series of disasters off our coastline, which seem too incredible to be true. It was 70 years ago that a military bomber crashed on a training flight, which led to a search by a second bomber, which also crashed.  Then, more than a decade later someone re-discovering the forgotten wreckage of one Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hoping To Mop Up Ventura County Blaze Today

Wed, June 19, 2013

Ventura County firefighters are hoping to fully contain a more than 60 acre blaze outside of Fillmore today. The fire began just after 3:30 p.m. yesterday, in the hills about a mile east of the city.  No homes were threatened, but some staff members at a nature sanctuary were evacuated. Helicopters, and air tankers helped Read the Rest…


Southern Santa Barbara County’s Two Largest Health Care Providers May Merge

Tue, June 18, 2013

Southern Santa Barbara County’s two largest health care providers may join forces. Cottage Health Systems and Sansum Clinic officials say they are looking at merger options, to allow them to better meet the changing health care landscape. Cottage operates three hospitals, while Sansum has nearly two dozen facilities.  A combined organization could potentially have more Read the Rest…


Firefighters Getting Upper Hand On Brush Fire Outside Of Fillmore

Tue, June 18, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say they’re getting the upper hand on what’s being called a 45 acre brush fire burning outside of Fillmore. The blaze was first discovered just after 3:30 this afternoon, in the hills about a mile east of the city.  More than 75 firefighters aided by air tankers, and helicopters were able to Read the Rest…


Passing Train Blamed For Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County

Tue, June 18, 2013

< ![endif]–> < ![endif]–> Santa Barbara County fire investigators say a passing train triggered a brush fire which put on a big show for travelers on the 101 Freeway, but didn’t cause any serious damage. The blaze occurred just after 3:30 yesterday, near Mariposa Reina in the Gaviota area. It was windy in the area, Read the Rest…


Mid-State Fair Beefs Up 2013 Entertainment Lineup With Adam Lambert, Christopher Cross

Tue, June 18, 2013

The Mid-State Fair is now less than a month away, and the entertainment lineup continues to grow, with the addition of “American Idol” star Adam Lambert, and Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross. They join a main grandstand lineup which includes major acts like Matchbox 20, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, and Huey Lewis And The Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning In Mountains East Of Fillmore

Tue, June 18, 2013

Firefighters are battling a 25 acre plus brush fire east of Fillmore. No structures are in danger, but the fire is burning in rugged hills outside of the city, making it difficult to fight.  Some personnel have been evacuated from the Hopper Mountain National Bird Refuge. Three air tankers, and a helicopter are being used Read the Rest…


Authorities Now Say Shootings In Oxnard Were Attempted Murder, Suicide

Tue, June 18, 2013

Oxnard police detectives now say that a double shooting in the city was an attempted murder, and a suicide involving two cousins. Officers were called to the 4500 block of Syracuse Drive at around noon Sunday, by reports of gunfire.  They found one man seriously wounded, with multiple gunshot wounds, and a second man who Read the Rest…


KCLU Central Coast at 89.7

Tue, June 18, 2013

KCLU is now serving the Central Coast at FM 89.7.  Our new signal in Santa Maria allows KCLU news and programming to be heard from the Santa Ynez Valley to San Luis Obispo. We are honored to be a part of the Central Coast community, and proud to bring you local news, traffic, and weather reports, as Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves New $1.8 Billion Dollar Budget

Tue, June 18, 2013

Ventura County has a new $1.8 billion dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year. After a day long hearing yesterday, and a public hearing last night, County Supervisors approved a spending plan which keeps the county solidly in the black, with the largest reserves in years. The county will even add hundreds of positions mostly Read the Rest…


Santa Maria City Council Looks At Controversy Surrounding Proposed New Store

Tue, June 18, 2013

A Central Coast community could decide a controversy over whether a new discount store should be allowed in a vacant building. The Santa Maria City Council tonight is scheduled to look at a proposal to allow a Fallas store at the site of a long vacant Mervyn’s in the city’s downtown area, on the 200 Read the Rest…


Displaced Birds Set To Return To Refurbished Aviary In Ventura County

Tue, June 18, 2013

Today is homecoming day for nearly 50 birds in Ventura County, which nearly permanently lost their homes at a more than half century old aviary in a county park. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the run down aviary was saved, and is set to have its feathered residents return home Read the Rest…


Special Election Today In City Of San Luis Obispo

Tue, June 18, 2013

It’s Election Day in one Central Coast city. Voters in San Luis Obispo are deciding who will fill a vacant City Council seat.  Andrew Carter resigned, after taking a job with the City of Guadalupe. Three candidates are running for the post in today’s special election.  Voters can drop off their ballots until 8 tonight, Read the Rest…


Home Improvement Store Chain Serving Tri-Counties Files For Bankruptcy

Mon, June 17, 2013

A major home improvement store chain which serves the Central and South Coasts has filed for bankruptcy, but a competitor says it wants to buy most of the assets, and keep the brand alive. Orchard Supply Hardware Stores is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  But, Lowe’s made a $200 million dollar plus to buy at Read the Rest…


Panga Boat Found On Santa Barbara County Beach; Third In Same Area In Weeks

Mon, June 17, 2013

Yet another panga boat believed to have been used for smuggling has been discovered on a Santa Barbara County beach, the third in the same general area in recent weeks. An off-duty Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the craft on the shoreline of Tajigas Beach, just north of Refugio State Beach at around seven Read the Rest…


Man Stabbed In Neck At Sober Living Facility In Santa Barbara

Mon, June 17, 2013

Police say mental illness may have been a factor in the stabbing in the neck of a sleeping man at a sober living facility in Santa Barbara by another resident. A 53 year old man sleeping at Stalwart House, on the 1200 block of San Andres Street, woke up just after 6:30 Saturday morning when Read the Rest…


Waste Disposal Fees May Go Up For Some Santa Barbara County Residents, Commercial Customers

Mon, June 17, 2013

Some Santa Barbara County residents may soon be paying more for waste disposal services. Santa Barbara County Supervisors tomorrow are set to look at increasing fees charged for disposal at County operated solid waste management facilities, as well as rates for some residential, and commercial customers. If the staff recommended rate hikes are approved, residential Read the Rest…


Detectives Trying To Sort Out Shootings In Oxnard Which Left One Dead, One Seriously Injured

Mon, June 17, 2013

Oxnard Police detectives are trying to figure out what led to shootings at a home which left one man dead, and a second seriously injured. Police were called to a home on the 4500 block of Syracuse Drive in Oxnard just before noon yesterday, by a report of shots being fired.  They found a man Read the Rest…


Authorities Investigating Fatal Accident Involving Young Bicyclist In Camarillo

Mon, June 17, 2013

Authorities are trying to determine exactly what led to a traffic accident in Camarillo which fatally injured a 12 year old bicyclist. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say the boy was riding a bike northbound on Carmen Drive just after 5 last night when he tried to cross the street at Edgemont Drive.  He was Read the Rest…


Two Brush Fires In Ventura Called Suspicious In Origin

Mon, June 17, 2013

Fire investigators are trying to find what was behind a pair of small, but potentially dangerous blazes in Ventura. The first fire was discovered just before 10 last night, on a hillside above the 400 block of Cedar Avenue.  As firefighters were knocking down that small fire, a second was reported just 200 yards to Read the Rest…


Investigators Trying To Figure Out What Led To Confrontation Which Prompted Officer Involved Shooting In Ventura County

Sun, June 16, 2013

Authorities are still trying to figure out why a man got into a confrontation with Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies which landed him in the hospital with mutiple gunshot wounds. It happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday, in Westlake Village.  Deputies looking for a vehicle reported to be in a hit and run accident on Westlake Read the Rest…


Three Arrested On Drug Dealing Charges In Ventura County

Fri, June 14, 2013

A new interagency task force  announced that it’s arrested three people on drug dealing charges in Ventura County The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit arrested Alexander Juarez of Ojai, and two other unidentified people for drug dealing following a two month long investigation.  A fourth person was arrested for buying drugs. Task force officials Read the Rest…


Canadian Navy Craft Taking Part In Military Exercises Off Ventura County Coastline

Fri, June 14, 2013

Two Canadian naval vessels which arrived at Port Hueneme this week are among the craft taking part in military exercises off the Ventura County coastline. The warships HMCS Saskatoon, and HMCS Nanaimo will be a part of the Coastal Trident 13 drills next Tuesday through Thursday.  The 181 foot long coastal defense vessels will practice Read the Rest…


Ventura County Red Cross Deploying Three Team Members To Help With Colorado Fire Victims

Fri, June 14, 2013

The Ventura County chapter of the American Red Cross is deploying three local team members to help brush fire victims in Colorado. The trio will help coordinate relief efforts. Two people have died, hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and ten of  of thousands of people displaced by the Black Forest wildfire, near Colorado Springs.


Concert Version of Classic Musical “My Fair Lady” Comes To Santa Barbara From Kennedy Center With All-Star Cast

Fri, June 14, 2013

One of the biggest names from London’s West End, and Broadway, plus an actress who’s won eight prime time Emmys are among the headliners for a musical theater production which has come to the South Coast straight from Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. A concert version of the classic musical “My Fair Lady” with an all Read the Rest…


Elder Abuse Focus Of Vigil On South Coast Saturday

Fri, June 14, 2013

It’s a global problem which hits home here, in Ventura and Barbara Counties.  One national study shows that as many as 10% of senior surveyed in the last year may have been abused. KCLU’s  Lance Orozco reports an event in Santa Barbara this weekend is part of a worldwide effort to highlight the issue. Click Read the Rest…


FDA Approves New Use For Drug From Ventura County Based Biotech Giant

Thu, June 13, 2013

The federal Food And Drug Administration has approved a new use for a major selling drug from a Ventura County based biotech giant. The federal regulatory agency okayed the use of Xgeva for a certain type of bone tumor.  It was previously approved as a treatment for some types of cancer, and osteoporosis, but can Read the Rest…


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