Woman Gets 11 Year Sentence For Slaying Of Transient In Ventura County
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 6:48am
A woman who took part in the killing of a transient in Ventura County has been sentenced to 11 year in prison.
Kristina Canell admitted helping her boyfriend, James Wilkerson, strangle Sarah Overholser in November of 2011. She pled guilty to manslaughter as part of a deal with prosecutors, in which she testified against Wilkerson.
They dumped the 33 year old woman’s body in the ocean, and took the van she lived in.
Wilkerson was convicted of first degree murder, and could face life in prison without the possibility of parole when he’s sentenced next month.
Marijuana Raids In Santa Barbara County Lead To The Seizure Of 28,000 Plants, With Street Value Of $85 Million Dollars
Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:35am
A series of raids have resulted in the seizure of more than 28,000 marijuana plants in Santa Barbara County, with an estimated street value of 85 million dollars.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officers working with five other agencies uncovered ten marijuana operations in the Cuyama, and Figueroa Mountain areas.
Six of the growing operations were above the Davy Brown Campground/Sunset Valley Road area, near Figueroa Mountain.
Two men were arrested in conjunction with the series of raids, which took place over a week long period.
Trustees Zeroing In On Name For New High School In Ventura County
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:57pm
Officials are zeroing in on a name for a new high school planned in Ventura County.
Oxnard High School District trustees have narrowed down the list of possibilities to three for a new campus in Camarillo, which is planned for opening in 2015 in an area just north of the Camarillo Library.
The possibilities include Rancho Campana High School, Adelante High School, and Camarillo Arts And Sciences Academy.
The new campus is intended to have a focus on the arts, and sciences.
It will start out with around 700 students, but could be expanded.
The City of Camarillo, and the Local Agency Formation Commission still have to sign off on the project.
The school district already has approved bond money to build the campus.
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Central Coast Grower Over Working Conditions For Hundreds Of Farmworkers
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:03pm
A class action lawsuit claims that a high tech organic farm on the Central Coast is mistreating its workers, by not giving them proper breaks, and not paying them for all the hours they work.
The non-profit investigative journalism project “Mission & State” is reporting that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of as many as 300 workers against Windset Farms.
Windset operates huge, state of the art greenhouses in the Santa Maria area to grow tomatoes, and other vegetables.
The farm’s workers are employed by the company through a contractor.
In a written response, Windset denies the allegations, and says it welcomes the opportunity to show the allegations are false.
Link to Mission & State Story: http://www.missionandstate.org/santa-marias-rotten-tomato/
Santa Barbara Approves Eastside Bicycle And Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 10:00am
Santa Barbara is moving ahead with efforts to try to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on its Eastside, a move in part spurred by the 2011 death of a teenager who was struck, and killed while trying to cross a street.
The Santa Barbara City Council approved a plan which calls for steps ranging from improving street lighting, to adding measures to slow traffic in some areas.
A series of community workshops were held to come up with ideas for the effort.
More than three dozen proposals have been developed as part of the plan.
City officials say they can implement some of the ideas in the next few years, but say it could take years to do everything, with the total estimated price tag in the tens of millions of dollars.
A big catalyst for the effort was the death of 15 year old Sergio Romero, who died when he was struck, and killed trying to cross Milpas Street.
Environmental Group Calls For Los Padres National Forest, Other Key Areas To Be Protected From Oil And Gas Drilling
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 9:10am
A new report from a national environmental group says the Los Padres National Forest is one of 11 areas nationwide which is too important to allow new oil, and gas drilling.
The Washington, D.C. based group called “The Wilderness Society” named the national forest seventh on its list of 12 areas it calls “Too Wild To Drill.”
The group says many of the areas on its list contain endangered, and threatened species.
Arches National Park, in Utah topped the list of parks which could be opened to new drilling, but that the non-profit is trying to raise public support to protect.
Santa Barbara County Court Officials Trying To Figure Out Where To Hold Murder Trial In Case With 11 Defendants
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 8:43am
Court officials in Santa Barbara County are scrambling to try to figure out how to handle a murder trail with 11 defendants.
Because of the large number of people accused in the torture, and murder of Anthony Iberra, traditional courtrooms at the Santa Maria Courthouse can’t properly accommodate all of the defendants at the same time.
Santa Barbara County Superior Court officials have been checking out potential locations ranging from the Santa Maria Fairpark, to the old Santa Maria Library.
They’re also trying to determine if a courtroom can be modified to handle the large group.
Court officials have some time to try to work it out, with the defendants next court date set for September.
Prosecutors believe the 28 year old Santa Maria man was tortured, and beaten to death over drug debts.
Reward Offered To Try To Solve Five Cities Killing
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 12:30am
A reward is now being offered in an attempt to solve a murder earlier this summer in the Five Cities area.
Joseph Padilla was stabbed to death in front of a home on the 1300 block of 19th Street in Oceano June 21st.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives aren’t talking about what they think prompted the killing.
San Luis Obispo County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest, and conviction of the killer, or killers.
City Of Ventura Gets Major Judgement In Legal Battle Over Water Charges
Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 5:14pm
A judge has ordered a water district to pay the City of Ventura around a million dollars to settle a dispute over water pumping extraction charges.
The City filed two lawsuits against the United Water Conservation District, claiming that it was overcharging municipal and industrial customers, compared to agricultural users.
The city challenged the water district’s use of a law dating back to the 1960’s to set rates.
A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge who heard the case agreed, ordering the district to refund the city $962,000, plus interest.
The judge also says the city shouldn’t have to pay an extraction fee for the first six months of this year which doesn’t exceed the average of all other customers.
Actress Amanda Bynes Held In Ventura County For Psychiatric Review Following Bizarre Incident
Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:33pm
An actress who grew up in Ventura County is in a hospital for psychiatric review, after being taken into custody following an incident in Thousand Oaks.
Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, and firefighters were called to a home on the 200 block of Avenida de los Arboles just before nine last night.
Someone had set a small fire in a driveway, which neighbors had already extinguished.
The deputies found Amanda Bynes at the scene, and after talking to her, decided she met the criteria for a mental evaluation hold.
It’s unclear what connection, if any she had with the scene.
Bynes starred in a number of TV series, and movies as a teen, and young adult.
However, in recent years, she’s had some minor run-ins with the law on both the East, and West Coasts, ranging from traffic accidents to a DUI incident.