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Archives for June 2013

Former Simi Valley Elementary School Teacher Accused Of Sexual Relationship With Student Pleads Guilty To Three Counts

Thu, June 13, 2013

A former elementary school teacher in Ventura County entered guilty pleas today to three charges stemming from what prosecutors say was a sexual relationship with a student. Malia Brooks was a sixth grade teacher at Garden Grove Elementary School, in Simi Valley. Brooks was arrested this week on five separate charges, following a more than Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Hires New Emergency Services Director

Thu, June 13, 2013

Santa Barbara County has a new top emergency services official. Ryan Rockabrand will become the county’s new Chief of Emergency management on July 1st. Rockabrand is currently with Los Angeles County’s Office of Emergency Management, and has worked in similar jobs with the City of Chicago, and the U.S. Navy. He will be responsible for Read the Rest…


Appeal For Financial Help From Community Clinics On South Coast Getting Big Response

Thu, June 13, 2013

Three weeks after some community clinics on the South Coast announced they were facing a financial crisis threatening their future, officials say more than $50,000 has been raised through donations to help with the situation. The Santa Barbara Community Clinics served more than 17,000 people in the last year at its four facilities.  Many of Read the Rest…


Program Helping South Coast Hispanic College Students Improve Math, Science Skills

Thu, June 13, 2013

A program is helping Hispanic, and low income college students in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties improve their chances of success in the science, and math fields. The federally funded “Project ACCESO” gives some students from local colleges the opportunity to attend a three week long summer institute at Cal State Channel Islands. They get Read the Rest…


South Coast Congresswoman Calling For Public Schools To Teach CPR, And Use Of Defibrillators

Thu, June 13, 2013

A South Coast congresswoman wants public schools to teach CPR, and the use of automated external defibrillators. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara introduced legislation which calls for providing resources to schools to teach CPT, and AED.  Capps says more than 350,000 people die annually from sudden cardiac arrest, but studies show victims have Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Bomb Threat To Conejo Valley Store

Wed, June 12, 2013

A man has been arrested on a charge he made a bomb threat to a Conejo Valley store. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say a May 28th threat called into the Burlington Coat Factor, in the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks led to a major search by deputies, and store employees.  No device was found. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Jail Inmate Dies

Wed, June 12, 2013

Autopsy results are still pending on a Santa Barbara County Jail inmate who died in custody. County Sheriff’s Department officials just released word of the June 10th death.  They say that on June 7th, Marcos Garza had some type of an undisclosed emergency, and was taken to a hospital for treatment of what’s described as Read the Rest…


New Member Of Oxnard City Council Takes Office

Wed, June 12, 2013

A man known for speaking about community issues at Oxnard City Council meetings is now officially on the other side of the microphone. Longtime community activist Bert Perello was sworn in as a City Councilman last night.  He was one of 13 candidates for the opening, created by the election of Tim Flynn as Oxnard’s Read the Rest…


Shock Over Arrest Of Ventura County School Teacher On Charges Of Sexual Conduct With Student

Wed, June 12, 2013

There’s shock in Ventura County over the arrest of a Simi Valley elementary school teacher, on charges she had a sexual relationship with a male student. Garden Grove Elementary School teacher Malia Brooks is facing five abuse charges, including an allegation she committed a lewd act on a child. The 32 year old teacher had Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Approves Hiring Of New City Manager

Wed, June 12, 2013

A Ventura County community is getting a new city manager. David Rowlands will take over the $159,000 a year post as Fillmore’s City Manager in August.  Rowlands is currently City Manager pf Clayton, Ohio.  He was chosen by the Fillmore City Council from a field of more than 60 applicants. He will take over the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Firefighters Dealing With Fire Truck Vandalism, Thefts

Wed, June 12, 2013

Santa Barbara County firefighters are facing a problem with vandalism, and thefts when they respond to one community.  KCLU’s John Palminteri reports it’s created an additional burden for firefighters responding to emergency calls. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santsa Barbara County Fire Truck Issues


Community Leaders, Public Works Officials Working on Plans To Try To Reopen Flooded State Beach In Ventura County

Wed, June 12, 2013

Tight state funding which meant a sewer line couldn’t be repaired almost led to the indefinite closure of a popular state park on the South Coast. The community, the state, and federal agencies railled, and raised the money to make the repairs, and keep McGrath State beach in Ventura open. But this spring, it didn’t Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Arrest Elementary School Teacher On Allegations Of Sexual Relationship With Student

Wed, June 12, 2013

Simi Valley Police say they are going to release details this morning about the arrest of an elementary school teacher who was having a sexual relationship with a student. Police say the teacher at Simi Valley’s Garden Grove Elementary School was arrested for having an unlawful relationship with a student under the age of 14 Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Psychologist Arrested On Multiple DUI, Suspicion Of Prescribing While Under Influence Charges

Tue, June 11, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’re investigating a Conejo Valley psychiatrist they say was treating patients while impaired due to prescription drug use. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the man has been arrested twice on DUI charges this spring. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Thousand Oaks Psychologist Arrested


New Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Expresses Concern Over Property Value Notifications

Tue, June 11, 2013

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report is calling attention to the fact the county is no longer mailing annual property value notices to people, and that the information is now online. The Grand Jury says many property owners are unaware of the change, which was implemented in July of 2012. The state dropped Read the Rest…


City Of Goleta Sues State Over Loss Of Millions In Redevelopment Agency Revenue

Tue, June 11, 2013

The City of Goleta filed a lawsuit trying to recover $18 million dollars in bond money earmarked for a creek safety improvement project which was taken by the state. California eliminated local redevelopment agencies in the state two years ago, as part of an effort to secure additional tax revenue to solve its budget crisis. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Struggling With Millions In Budget Cuts Needed To Balance New Budget

Tue, June 11, 2013

While the region’s economy is showing some signs of recovery, Santa Barbara County is facing a tough financial situation, as it has to cut millions of dollars in spending to come up with a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. KCLU’S John Palminteri reports Santa Barbara County Supervisors have started what’s expected to be Read the Rest…


Local Researcher Says New Paper Builds Support For Concept Of What Led To Mass Extinction Of Plants, Animals In North America 12,800 Years Ago

Tue, June 11, 2013

Scientists have been puzzled for centuries about what caused the sudden cooling of the earth some 12,800 year ago, a change so dramatic it led to the extinction of some plants, and animals in North, and South America. A new scientific paper co-authored by a longtime UC Santa Barbara researcher provides new support for a Read the Rest…


South Coast Community Looking At Water, Wastewater Rate Hikes

Tue, June 11, 2013

Some South Coast residents could soon be paying more for water, and sewer service. The Santa Barbara City Council today is looking at hikes to cover increased costs. If approved, the average residential water customer would see an increase of less than a dime a month. Water charges for some customers in certain usage tiers Read the Rest…


Environmental Group Decides Not To Appeal Decision Allowing New Onshore Oil Drilling In Ventura County

Tue, June 11, 2013

An environmental group decided it won’t appeal a controversial Ventura County Planning Commission decision which would allow some new onshore oil drilling in the county. In a press release, the group Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas says it will closely monitor Miranda Petroleum’s permit for nine wells in the Upper Ojai Valley. The group Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Men Arrested For Commercial Burglary In Santa Barbara County

Tue, June 11, 2013

Two Ventura County men are facing a number of criminal charges, after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say they burglarized a Hope Ranch construction site. Security company workers monitoring a surveillance camera noticed suspicious activity at the property on the 4300 block of Marina Drive early Sunday morning. They called deputies, but the men fled Read the Rest…


Victim Of 1982 Kidnapping, Rape In Ventura County Asks For Case To Be Reopened, With DNA Evidence leading To Arrest Of Suspect

Mon, June 10, 2013

A Kern County man has been arrested for a more than 30 year old kidnapping, robbery, and sexual assault of a Ventura County woman, thanks to DNA evidence. The victim was attacked in February of 1982, in the parking lot of a supermarket on the 3700 block of West Hemlock Street. No one was ever Read the Rest…


Deaths Of Two In Oxnard Now Being Ruled Murder-Suicide

Mon, June 10, 2013

The deaths of a man and woman in Oxnard which were initially investigated as two homicides are now being called a murder-suicide. The bodies of Guadalupe Ruelas, and Juan Benitez were found in a vehicle parked on the 600 block of South D Street May 4th. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Oxnard Police Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Shot To Death In Ventura

Mon, June 10, 2013

A man shot to death in Ventura is now being identified. Stephan Johnson was shot multiple times, and died at an apartment on the 300 block of Hurst Avenue last Thursday morning. Police say that Cornell Allan Junior, who was considered to be a suspect in the killing of the 41 year old man, turned Read the Rest…


Authorities Continue To Investigate Mysterious Disappearance Of Ventura County Man

Mon, June 10, 2013

Concern continues to grow about the disappearance of a Ventura County man who took a friend to Valencia last week, but never returned home. Gary Carl Briney of Fillmore had taken a friend to the hospital last Thursday afternoon, but hasn’t been seen since. Briney is a 66 year old white male who stands five Read the Rest…


Santa Cruz Island Making Comeback From Centuries Of Man Made Damage

Mon, June 10, 2013

From polluting the ocean, to bringing non-native plants, and animals onshore, humans have disrupted the environment of the Channel Islands for literally centuries. But, a project to undo some of the man-made damage on one of the islands not only is reporting a number of successes, nature is bouncing back even faster than researchers dreamed. Read the Rest…


Brushfire Causes Scare In Santa Barbara County Community Today

Mon, June 10, 2013

A brushfire caused an early morning scare in a Santa Barbara County community today. Click on link to listen to/download story: Isla Vista Brush Fire


Ventura County Community Could Fill Long Vacant City Manager’s Post This Week

Mon, June 10, 2013

A Ventura County community could fill its eight month long vacancy for a permanent City Manager this week. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Fillmore City Manager


Man Arrested For Attempted Robbery, Sexual Assault At Ventura Massage Business

Mon, June 10, 2013

A Los Angeles man is facing multiple charges, after police say he tried to rob a Ventura massage business, and then sexually assaulted one of its employees. Ventura Police say Tyrane White entered the business on the 700 block of East Main Street, and demanded money from a woman at the front counter. She told Read the Rest…


Father, Son Both Drown In Pool Accident In Ventura County

Sun, June 9, 2013

Authorities are trying to unravel what they say was the accidental drowning of a father, and his son in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the 3700 block of Howe Road in Piru around 1:30 Saturday afternoon. Two people found 79 year old Raymond Alvarez, and 37 year old Richard Alvarez in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Examines Library Operations

Fri, June 7, 2013

A new Ventura County Grand Jury Report says Ventura County libraries aren’t getting the financial support they deserve, but are doing is well can be expected with the current economy. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Ventura County Grand Jury-Libraries


Soccer Trainer/Coach In Ventura County Arrested On Sex Charge Involving Teenage Girl

Fri, June 7, 2013

A man described as a soccer team trainer and coach in Ventura County has been arrested, after authorities say they found out he had a sexual relationship with a teenager. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they received information earlier this week that 25 year old Christopher Capellini was inappropriately involved with a 16 year old Read the Rest…


World War Two Veterans Who Missed High School Graduation In Santa Barbara Finally Get Diplomas

Fri, June 7, 2013

Some World War Two veterans who missed their graduations due to the call of duty finally got their diplomas this week. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports they took part in ceremonies at Santa Barbara High School. Click on link to listen to/download story: World War Two Veterans Diplomas


Inmate Accused Of Attacking Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy Facing New Charges

Fri, June 7, 2013

A man already in prison for multiple stabbings in Santa Barbara County could spend the rest of his life behind bars for attacking a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy at a jail holding facility. Prosecutors say while awaiting trial, Lorenzo Padilla attacked a guard with a homemade knife in October of 2011. The deputy survived Read the Rest…


Outrigger Canoe Competition Brings Paddlers From Throughout Western U.S. To Ventura County

Fri, June 7, 2013

People are headed to the South Coast from all over the Western U.S., for an unusual sporting event this weekend. More than a hundred outrigger canoe teams are headed to Ventura County, for a huge competition. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a look at the sport, and the contest taking place tomorrow. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Model Train Groups On South Coast Come Together To Fight Parkinson’s Disease

Fri, June 7, 2013

Some model train lovers on the South Coast are using their hobby this weekend to help fight a destructive disease. The Parkinson’s Association of Santa Barbara is sponsoring its Railroad Days fundraiser. Massive indoor, and outdoor train tracks are being set up at a Montecito home by local train enthusiasts. The event is at 1143 Read the Rest…


Man Wanted In Connection With Homicide in Ventura Surrenders

Thu, June 6, 2013

Ventura Police say a man suspected of shooting someone to death this morning surrendered peacefully. Police were called to the 300 block of Hurst Avenue at around 5:30 this morning, by reports of gunfire. The found a person with multiple gunshot wounds, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Ventura Police detective say they identified Read the Rest…


Firefighters Stop Spread Of Brush Fire In Simi Valley

Thu, June 6, 2013

Firefighters say they’ve stopped a brush fire which caused a big scare in Ventura County Thursday. The fire was first discovered just before 4 p.m., on the 5000 block of Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. No homes were threatened, but the fire quickly spread from around an acre to 30 acres. More than 100 Read the Rest…


Three Injured In Traffic Accident Involving Santa Barbara Police Car

Thu, June 6, 2013

Santa Barbara Police are tying to determine when led to a collision between a police patrol car, and an SUV, injuring three people. It happened at around 5:30 last night, at the intersection of De La Vina, and De la Guerra Streets in the downtown Santa Barbara area. The patrol car was headed southeast on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets Four Year Prison Sentence After Guilty Pleas For Child Pornography Charges

Thu, June 6, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to four years in prison, after entering guilty pleas to the possession, and distribution of child pornography. After a seven month long investigation which started with a cyber tip, Danny Gregg Kennedy was arrested by Simi Valley police last November. Ventura County prosecutors say that this week, the Read the Rest…


Students Banned From Graduation Ceremonies After High School Officials In Simi Valley Say The Duo Glued More Than 100 Doors Shut

Thu, June 6, 2013

What some high school students in Ventura County apparently intended as a prank didn’t have school officials laughing, and has resulted in two seniors being banned from their high school commencement ceremonies. More than 100 doors, as well as some windows were glued shut at Royal High School, in Simi Valley. Maintenance workers spend the Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Looking For Murder Suspect

Thu, June 6, 2013

Ventura Police say they’re looking for a man suspected of shooting someone to death this morning. Police were called to the 300 block of Hurst Avenue at around 5:30 this morning, by reports of gunfire. The found a person with multiple gunshot wounds, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Ventura Police detective say they Read the Rest…


Five Probation Officers Injured While Trying To Arrest Parolee In Ventura County

Thu, June 6, 2013

Five probation officers were injured, as they tried to arrest an Oxnard man on a parole violation charge. It happened at about four Tuesday afternoon, at a probation officer’s office on the 1400 block of Vanguard Way in Oxnard. Oxnard Police say Nicomedes Jose Watts had been involved in a domestic violence incident, and was Read the Rest…


Massive Brush Fire Fighting Drill Underway Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line

Thu, June 6, 2013

It looks like firefighters are battling a brushfire near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line, but, it’s actually a large scale drill. Ventura and Los Angeles County firefighters are working at the county line in Simi Valley, just off the 118 Freeway at Hummingbird Ranch. There’s more than a dozen fire trucks, hand crews, and two Read the Rest…


Camarillo High School Associate Principal Charged With Molestation

Thu, June 6, 2013

There’s shock in one Ventura County community this morning, over word that an official at a high school has been arrested on child molestation, and sexual battery charges. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say following a two week long investigation, they arrested Camarillo High School Associate principal Felix Gallegos. Investigators say two separate, unrelated allegations Read the Rest…


Ojai Music Festival Includes Dance Master Class For People With Parkinson’s Disease

Thu, June 6, 2013

The 67th Ojai Music Festival kicks off its four day run today. This year’s edition will bring to life the works of classical composer Lou Harrison, feature the American String Quartet, the percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, and showcase dance from the Mark Morris Dance Group. But, the festival also features a number of Read the Rest…


New Investigative Reporting Project Goes Online Today In Santa Barbara County

Thu, June 6, 2013

A new non-profit project in Santa Barbara County focusing on investigative, and long form journalism is online for the first time today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the “Mission & State” project is trying to provide coverage rarely done, or missing from traditional local news outlets. Click on link to listen to/download story: Mission And State Read the Rest…


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin To Appear In Ventura County For Book Signing

Thu, June 6, 2013

One of the first men to set foot on the moon is going to set foot in Ventura County this weekend, to sign copies of his newest book. Buzz Aldrin is going to appear at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley on Saturday, to sign copies of his book “Mission To Mars: My Read the Rest…


Nancy Reagan Commemorates Ninth Anniversary Of Ronald Reagan’s Death With Visit To Reagan Library In Simi Valley

Wed, June 5, 2013

Nancy Reagan visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley today, to honor her husband on the ninth anniversary of his death. She brought a bouquet of roses from the garden of a friend, and placed them at his gravesite at the library. Mrs. Reagan was taken to the site behind the main library Read the Rest…


First Case Of Hepatitis A On South Coast Linked To Tainted Berries Confirmed

Wed, June 5, 2013

Health officials say they’ve confirmed the first local case of hepatitis on the South Coast related to the sale of contaminated frozen berries. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Hepatitis A


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