Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center Receives Huge Bequest
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 4:21pm
A South Coast organization which helps the survivors of sexual violence has been given a huge bequest to help continue its work.
The Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center received $250,000 from the estate of Susan Trescher, a longtime member of the Santa Barbara legal, and business communities who died in 2012.
She was a leader in women’s rights issues in the community.
The Rape Crisis Center served close to a thousand people in the last year, offering a number of programs, and services ranging from a 24 hour hotline, to training for professionals involved with sexual assault response efforts.
Details Of Special Election Over Water Controversy In Ventura County Announced
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 3:57pm
Details of a special election over a water controversy in Ventura County have just been announced,
Ojai area customers of the Golden State Water Company will decide whether they’re willing to tax themselves to pay for efforts to try to buy the system, and have it run under the umbrella of the Casitas Municipal Water District.
The Golden State customers are upset with what they say are unreasonable water prices, and hope a takeover of the system will mean lower rates.
The Casitas District says it will pursue the issue, but that the water customers have to pay all costs.
Golden State says because it isn’t a non-profit government entity, its costs are reasonable, and officials say they aren’t interested in selling the system.
The casitas District would then be forced to try to take the water system in court, using eminent domain laws.
Ventura County Clerk Recorder/Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn says about half of those eligible to vote in the August 27th election can vote by mail.
There will also be polling place for those who want to vote in person.
Parents Of Troubled Actress Appear In Ventura County Court To Seek Conservatorship
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 3:46pm
The parents of a troubled actress were in court in Ventura County today, as part of an effort to seek conservatorship of their daughter.
Amanda Bynes was taken to a psychiatric facility in Ventura County Monday night for an involuntary hold, after authorities say she set a fire in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks home.
The 27 year old woman’s parents are asking a judge to give them temporary control over her medical treatment, as well as finances.
Bynes has had a number of run-ins with the law during the last few years, including a DUI arrest.
The hearing on the parents request was continued until next month, to give Bynes a chance to talk to an attorney.
The actress grew up in the Conejo Valley, starting in a number of television series, and teen oriented movies.
Huey Lewis & The News Headline Entertainment For Final Weekend Of The Mid-State Fair
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 12:52pm
Huey Lewis & The News headline the entertainment lineup for the final weekend of the Mid-State Fair, in Paso Robles.
The band had an incredible 13 top ten singles, from “The Power of Love” to “If This Is It.”
The classic rockers will take the stage at 7 tonight.
This weekend, the fair will wrap up with a rodeo Saturday night, and a monster truck show Sunday night.
Ventura County Man Killed In Accident At Glacier National Park
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 12:42pm
A Ventura County man who worked at Glacier National Park is dead, after falling down a mountain while hiking with a group of fellow employees.
Park officials say Matthew Needham was climbing a rocky mountain when he fell about 60 feet. Park Rangers had to use a helicopter to reach, and recover the body of the 21 year old Simi Valley man.
Needham worked for Glacier Park, Incorporated, at the company’s Many Glacier Hotel. Park officials are investigating to try to determine exactly what happened.
Former Central Coast High School Student Gets Jail Sentence For Raping Classmate
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 11:07am
A former private high school student in Santa Barbara County will spend a year behind bars, after being convicted of repeatedly raping a classmate.
Prosecutors say Shane Villalpando was a student at Santa Maria’s St. Joseph High School in 2012 when he raped a 14 year old girl multiple times.
They say the now 19 year old man tried to talk her out of reporting the incidents to authorities.
A jury convicted him of three counts of unlawful sex with a minor.
It deadlocked on another charge, over whether it was rape of an intoxicated person.
In order to prevent a retrial on that count, Villalpando agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge, and accept a one year jail sentence, with five years probation.
Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Theaters, Parking Structure Ownership In Question Due To State Ruling
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 12:52am
It’s been a a showcase entertainment venue in Ventura County for nearly 20 years, and it’s also home to a community’s city council meetings.
But, because of a change in law, the state is telling the City of Thousand Oaks it may have to dispose of the two theaters, and the parking structure which are part of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
It’s part of a bigger problem facing many communities around the state, which are fighting to hang on to assets in danger because of the state eliminating the agencies which helped build the facilities.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco explains the situation.
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One Injured In Ventura Structure Fire
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 12:49am
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a duplex fire which left one person injured in Ventura.
It happened just before 8 last night, on the 8000 block of Henderson Road. Ventura firefighters called to the scene found flames coming out of the wall of the structure.
They were able to knock down the fire in about 10 minutes, before it could spread to the second unit.
One of the residents suffered minor injuries, but was treated at the scene.
Teen Struck, Injured By Amtrak Train In Ventura County
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 12:17am
Authorities are investigating the injury of a teenage boy who was hit by an Amtrak train in Ventura County.
The train was headed northbound at around 12:30 p.m. yesterday, when it hit the 15 year old boy near Spring Street in Moorpark. He was apparently walking along the train tracks, and was seriously injured when he was struck by the train.
No one on board the train was hurt.
Wanted Fugitive Arrested In Santa Barbara County
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 12:05am
A fugitive believed to be armed, and dangerous has been arrested in Santa Barbara County.
County Sheriff’s deputies say Arturo Renteria is a documented gang member who disappeared while on parole. Authorities received information that the 33 year old Santa Maria man was at a mobile home park in Buellton .
Deputies aided by a SWAT team, and members of some other law enforcement agency evacuated part of the park early yesterday morning. They surrounded the mobile home he was in with his girlfriend, and about 15 minutes after he was ordered to come outside, he peacefully surrendered. He was arrested on four charges, including being a felon in possession of a weapon. Because of his parole violation, he is being held without the possibility of bail.
His girlfriend was arrested for a parole violation.