Federal, Local Investigators Arrest Eight In Mortgage Fraud Scheme In Ventura County
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:48pm
Eight people have been arrested as the result of a mortgage fraud scheme in Ventura County which prosecutors say bilked millions from lending institutions.
The Ventura County District Attorney’s office started the investigation, which eventually grew to include the FBI, the Secret Service, federal prosecutors, and other agencies.
The prosecutors say Jose Garcia of Camarillo led a scheme involving an Oxnard based company called New Concepts Home Loans, which falsified information about borrowers income and assets to put them into homes they couldn’t afford. Investigators say the operation generated substantial loan fees, , but then resulted in millions of dollars in losses to more than a half dozen lending instutions when the homes went into foreclosure.
Seven of the eight defendants are from Ventura County, with the last one from Moreno valley. They could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
Two Sentenced For Beating Death Of Santa Barbara Man
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:59am
Two men received long prison sentences for fatally beating a man walking home from work on Santa Barbara’s Eastside.
Michael Cardenas and Ismael Parra were convicted of second degree murder, battery, and street terrorism for the October, 2010 killing of George Ied.
Parra received a 15 years to life sentence.
Cardenas received the same 15 years to life sentence, plus an additional six years because of past violent behavior.
Two other men are still awaiting sentencing for what prosecutors called an unprovoked attack.
Fishing Groups File Lawsuit To Try To Restrict Spread Of Sea Otters Off Santa Barbara, Ventura County Coastlines
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:57am
There’s a new twist in a decades old battle involving endangered sea otters off the Santa Barbara and Ventura County coastlines.
Some fishing groups are suing a federal agency, in an effort to get the government to try to limit the migration of otters into prime fishing areas off our coast.
A local environmental organization is vowing to fight the suit.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story.
Click on link to listen to/download story: Sea Otter Lawsuit
Old Spanish Days Celebration Gets Underway In Santa Barbara County
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:48am
The largest community celebration on the South Coast officially kicks off its five day run tonight, as Santa Barbara celebrates its heritage:
Old Spanish Days officially starts at 8 tonight, with “La Fiesta Pequena” at the Santa Barbara Mission.
It’s a free show on the steps of the mission filled with music, and dance.
Between five and ten thousand people are expected to camp out on the lawn in front of the Mission for the entertainment.
Tomorrow night, the first of three nights of entertainment will take place at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse’s Sunken Gardens.
Other Fiesta highlights include the Historical Parade, in downtown Santa Barbara beginning at noon on Friday, and the Children’s Parade, which features hundreds of costumed kids, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Ventura County Has Record $1.9 Billion Dollar Crop Total In 2012
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:46am
2012 was a record year for agriculture in Ventura County, with strawberries remaining the county’s top crop.
Strawberries made up more than a third of the county’s $1.9 billion dollar crop total, with a value of just over $690 million dollars.
Lemons and raspberries came in second and third.
Making the top ten crop list in Ventura County for the first time last year was cilantro.
Ventura County agricultural officials presented the annual report to county supervisors yesterday.
Authorities Ask For Help In Finding Missing Ventura County Man
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:38am
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Ventura County man who’s been missing since April.
Alonso Galindo was last seen April 21st.
The 24 year old Simi Valley man was reported to be despondent when last seen by his family.
Police say Galindo left home without his cell phone, identification, and other personal possessions.
Galindo is a Hispanic male with black hair, who weighs about 160 pounds, stands about five foot four, and only speaks Spanish.
Opening Day For Ventura County Fair
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:08am
It’s fair time in Ventura County.
The 2013 Ventura County Fair kicks off its 12 day run today. The fair opens at 11 a.m., and today is dollar day, with admission a buck up until 3 p.m.
Motor sports will kicks off the first two nights of main grandstand entertainment, with motorcycles and quads tonight, and a destruction derby tomorrow night.
The bands Styx, Air Supply, and the Plain White T’s are in the entertainment lineup in coming nights.
Major South Coast Landlord Agrees To Settlement Over Building Code Violations
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:14pm
The City of Santa Barbara says it’s reached a settlement with a major landlord in the community over a number of building code violations.
City officials say under the deal, a court appointed representative will oversee the operation, and maintenance of the approximately 100 residential and commercial properties owned by Dario Pini.
Pini will also pay $35,000 in civil penalties.
The settlement of a November, 2012 suit filed by the city gives the court ordered administrator supervision of the properties for five years, and with the authority to require regular meetings with city staff, Pini, and Pini’s staff to resolve problems.
City officials say violations ranged from using unpermitted areas as housing units, to a lack of smoke detectors.
New Autism Treatment Center Opening In Ventura County
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:00pm
The latest statistics show that one in 88 children in American has a form of autism.
While awareness about autism disorders has grown, the availability of scientifically based treatment is limited in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a new autism center is opening this week in the Conejo Valley.
Click on link to listen to/download story: New CARD Facility
Human Remains Found In Santa Ynez Valley Positively Identified As That Of Missing Man
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:21pm
Human remains found in the wreckage of a vehicle in the Santa Ynez Valley have been positively identified as that of a Santa Barbara man who disappeared in March of 2012.
A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew noticed the vehicle in the bottom of a brush recovered ravine off of Highway 154, and Painted Cave Road July 4th. The Coroner’s Office now says the remains found inside are that of Timothy Goodwin. The wreckage of the truck was immediately linked to the missing 55 year old man, but authorities wanted to wait until they had a solid forensic link before making a positive identification of the remains.
Department officials say the death is under investigation, and that they aren’t releasing any further details at this time.