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Archives for August 2013

Arrest Made In Connection With Discovery Of Murder Victim’s Body In Freezer In Ventura

Thu, August 22, 2013

An arrest has been made in connection with the murder of a man who disappeared, and whose body was later found in a freezer at a Ventura storage facility. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Korber Murder Arrest


Interim President Named For Moorpark College

Thu, August 22, 2013

An internationally known psychotherapist who helped found, and has been president of several colleges and universities has been named interim president at a Ventura County community college. Dr. Bernard Luskin will take over the helm of Moorpark College September 3rd, with the goal of having him serve until the appointment of a permanent president in Read the Rest…


Contractor Arrested For Grand Theft, Diversion Of Funds Charges In Simi Valley

Thu, August 22, 2013

A man authorities say was acting as a contractor, even though he didn’t have a license has been arrested on grand theft, and diversion of funds charges in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say last October, a city resident paid Udon Jimenez $5,000 for construction work which the 49 year old man never started. Repeated Read the Rest…


Teenager Arrested For Burglary, Arson At School In Ventura County

Thu, August 22, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve arrested a teenage boy they say they caught in the process of burglarizing, and setting fire to a Moorpark school. An alarm alerted deputies to the break-in at Mesa Verde Middle School, on the 14000 block of Peach Hill Road just before one a.m. yesterday.  The say they spotted Read the Rest…


Tests Scheduled For San Luis Obispo County Emergency Warning Systems

Thu, August 22, 2013

There’s going to be some blaring horns in parts of San Luis Obispo County this weekend, but it’s just a part of a major test. PG & E will conduct its annual test of its warning siren system used to alert residents of a major emergency in the county, including the possibility of one at Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Shining Laser At CHP Chopper In San Luis Obispo County

Thu, August 22, 2013

A man has been arrested in San Luis Obispo County for allegedly shining a laser at a CHP helicopter. The chopper was flying over the San Miguel area around 10:30 Tuesday night when the craft was hit by a laser beam. The pilot was able to steer the craft away safely. The CHP called the Read the Rest…


Authorities Try To Sort Out Wild Car Chase In Goleta

Thu, August 22, 2013

Authorities are still trying to sort out exactly what led to a verbal dispute, a high speed car chase, and a crash in Southern Santa Barbara County. Just after noon yesterday, four people got into an argument in the parking lot of the Calle Real Marketplace in Goleta, possibly over drugs. Two of the people Read the Rest…


Man Sought For Double Stabbing In Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 22, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man is being sought as a suspect in a double stabbing on Highway 154. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 1500 block of Highway 154 around 4 p.m. yesterday, by reports of a disturbance. They found two men with stab wounds in a pickup truck. Investigators say the Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Pharmacist Charged With Selling Drugs Without Valid Prescriptions

Wed, August 21, 2013

A Ventura County pharmacist has been arrested, after investigator say he was selling prescription drugs without valid prescriptions. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit investigated Kent Miles for about three months before arresting him.  They say the 60 year old man, who owns Home Care Pharmacy in Simi Valley, sold Fentanyl on numerous occasions Read the Rest…


Downed Power Lines Blamed For Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County

Wed, August 21, 2013

Downed power lines are being blamed for a brush fire which caused a scare in Santa Barbara County, briefly threatening some homes. The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. yesterday in the Cebada Canyon area, northeast of Lompoc.  Some homes were initially threatened by the flames, but Santa Barbara County firefighters were able to protect Read the Rest…


History, Arts Programs Focus Of More Than $58,000 In Grants In Ventura County

Wed, August 21, 2013

A South Coast foundation has awarded more than $58,000 in grants to organizations involved with history, and the arts. The Ventura County Community Foundation gave the assistance to 11 local groups, to help fund projects from adding curriculum for students at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, to creating a new exhibition at the Ojai Valley Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Rejects Request For Talks With Chumash Tribe; Tribe Says It Will Pursue Annexation Of Property By Federal Government To Reservation

Wed, August 21, 2013

A controversy over plans by the Chumash tribe to expand its reservation land in the Santa Ynez Valley has exploded. The tribe sought high level negotiations with the county over the nearly 1400 acres of property, but County Supervisors rejected that proposal. Now, Chumash officials say they will pursue federal approval to annex the land.  Read the Rest…


Firefighters Try to Determine Cause Of Brush Fire In Northern Santa Barbara County

Wed, August 21, 2013

Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire in the Cebada Canyon area, in northern Santa Barbara County The fire broke out at around 2:45 pm. yesterday, in a brushy area about six miles northeast of Lompoc. It’s just north of Highway 246. The fire burned about 10 acres. The fire was Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Brush Fire Contained

Tue, August 20, 2013

Firefighters now have the upper hand on a brush fire in Santa Barbara County burning in the Cebada Canyon area, outside of Lompoc. The fire broke out at around 2:45, in a brushy area about six miles northeast of Lompoc. It’s just north of Highway 246. The fire is reported to have burned around 10 Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Brush Fire Reported To Be At Five Acres; Homes No Longer Threatened

Tue, August 20, 2013

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in Santa Barbara County which is burning in the Cebada Canyon area, outside of Lompoc. The fire broke out at around 2:45, in a brushy area about six miles northeast of Lompoc.  It’s just north of Highway 246. The fire is reported to be about five acres. The County Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning In Santa Barbara County, Threatening Some Homes

Tue, August 20, 2013

Firefighters are battling a brush fire in Santa Barbara County which is threatening some homes in the Cebada Canyon area, outside of Lompoc. The fire broke out at around 2:45, in a brushy area about six miles northeast of Lompoc. It’s just north of Highway 246. The County Fire Department has ground units, and aircraft Read the Rest…


Gang Member Enters Guilty Plea To Stabbing Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputy At Santa Maria Courthouse

Tue, August 20, 2013

A gang member already behind bars pled guilty to trying to kill a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department deputy. In October of 2011, Lorenzo Padilla used a shank he made in jail to attack the deputy in a jail holding facility at the Santa Maria Courthouse. Padilla was already serving a 59 years to life Read the Rest…


Fire Causes Scare In Ventura Medical Building

Tue, August 20, 2013

A fire in a medical building caused a big scare in Ventura, but it was controlled before it could cause serious damage. Firefighters were called to the 100 block of North Brent Street just after 2:30 yesterday afternoon. They arrived to find smoke throughout the fourth floor of the complex. Some firefighters helped evacuate people Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Commuter Train In Ventura County

Tue, August 20, 2013

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was struck, and killed by a commuter train in Ventura County. It happened around 5:30 this morning, just east of Erringer Road in Simi Valley. An eastbound Metrolink train hit the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. No one on board the train was Read the Rest…


Federal Cuts To Preschool Program Prompt Protest On South Coast

Tue, August 20, 2013

Federal mean there will be more than 50 fewer slots for subsidized preschool programs in southern Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the situation prompted a demonstration in the community to highlight the impacts. Click on link to listen to/download program:  Head Start Cuts


South Coast University Professor Also Nationally Honored Medical Illustrator

Tue, August 20, 2013

A South Coast university professor is also an artist who works in the most unusual settings. Tim Hengst is one of the top medical illustrators in the world. The professor creates illustrations for research papers, and textbooks, often by working in operating rooms. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Thousand Oaks man just received the highest Read the Rest…


Ventura County Foundation Makes Milllion Dollar Donation To Fund Manufacturing, Machining Scholarships

Tue, August 20, 2013

A Ventura County based foundation has made a million dollar donation to fund scholarships for students studying manufacturing, and machining. Representatives of the Gene Haas Foundation presented a check to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. The money is intended to fund scholarships in North America, Europe, and South Africa. The foundation was created Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Look At Controversy With Chumash Tribe

Tue, August 20, 2013

Santa Barbara County may finally take on the controversy over its relationship with a local Indian tribe, and plans by the tribe to expand its reservation. Santa Barbara County Supervisors today are scheduled to talk about a request from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians for a government to government talk about the planned Read the Rest…


Actor Dick Van Dyke Has Brush With Death When Car Catches On Fire On 101 Freeway

Mon, August 19, 2013

Actor Dick Van Dyke says someone was definitely looking out for him, after his sports car caught on fire on the 101 Freeway. It happened on the eastbound 101, near Parkway Calabasas in the Calabasas area at around two this afternoon.  The 87 year old actor says the car started making a noise, and when Read the Rest…


CHP Identifies Victims Of DUI Related Double Fatal Crash In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, August 19, 2013

The CHP says a husband, and wife from Kern County were the two people killed in a DUI crash in San Luis Obispo County over the weekend. Charles and Irene Massara were headed eastbound on Highway 46 near Shandon Saturday afternoon when a Jeep pulled out in front of their car. The Bakersfield couple’s car Read the Rest…


Police Arrest Man They Say Burglarized Same Ventura Store Two Nights In A Row

Mon, August 19, 2013

Police say he got away with it once, but when a man burglarized the same Ventura electronics store again less than 24 hours later, they caught him. At around 11:30 Saturday night, someone saw a man break out the window of a store on the 100 block of West Main Street, in Ventura.  The man Read the Rest…


South Coast Public Works Official Announces Retirement Plans

Mon, August 19, 2013

A top public works official on the South Coast has announced her retirement. City of Santa Barbara Public Works Director Christine Anderson says she’ll step down on November 1st. Anderson has worked for four decades as a public works executive in the Western United States. Before joining the City of Santa Barbara in 2008, she Read the Rest…


Some Former Oxnard Officials Asked To Refund Pension Benefit

Mon, August 19, 2013

A letter sent to some former City of Oxnard leaders, including police and fire chiefs, is asking them to return a pension benefit they received which was never formally authorized by the Oxnard City Council. More than $100,000 was paid during a several year long period through what was known as the Supplemental Post Retirement Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Museum Which Highlights Art Centered On Nature Moving Into New Home

Mon, August 19, 2013

A unique Santa Barbara County museum which brings together art, and nature is moving into a new home this coming weekend. The Wildling Museum is nearly tripling the size of its exhibition space, as it moves to a higher profile location in the Santa Ynez Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports five new exhibitions will be Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Vandalism Rampage In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, August 19, 2013

A man is facing criminal charges, after police say he went on a vandalism rampage which left more than two dozen vehicles, and homes damaged in San Luis Obispo. Officers were called to a home in the city at around 4 a.m. yesterday.  They say someone found an intoxicated man with a serious arm wound Read the Rest…


Son Of Ventura County Official Arrested On Drug Charges

Mon, August 19, 2013

The son of a Ventura County supervisor has been arrested following a 10 month long investigation, after detectives say they found he was selling prescription drugs by mail. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says its drug task force received a tip last November that Peter Charles Foy II of Simi Valley was selling drugs. In Read the Rest…


Ventura County Authorities Say Man Posing As Woman Arrested For Child Luring

Mon, August 19, 2013

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says it’s arrested a 22 year old man who posed as a female on the internet, and then in person at a Moorpark park to try to get a teenage boy to engage in sexual activity. Detectives say Jeremy Sears at first engaged in an online relationship with the boy, Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies Charges With Assault For Incident At Jail

Fri, August 16, 2013

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office says its filed assault charges against two deputies who work at the county’s main jail. In a written statement, prosecutors say the assault by a public officer charges stem from an alleged assault against an inmate at the jail. The DA’s office identified the deputies as Robert Kirsch, Read the Rest…


Law Enforcement Agencies Kick Off Major Anti-DUI Campaign In Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 16, 2013

Law enforcement agencies in Santa Barbara County today kicked off a maximum enforcement campaign against DUI drivers which will run through Labor Day. The “Avoid The 12” drive involves 12 law enforcement agencies in the county, ranging from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, to the CHP. The campaign is called “Avoid The 12” because Read the Rest…


More Than $65,000 Raised So Far To Try To Repair Damaged Pier On Central Coast

Fri, August 16, 2013

A community campaign try to save a dilapidated pier on the Central Coast has raised more than $65,000. The Cayucos Pier is in such bad condition that only half of it is now open, and the end of it was closed in July for safety reasons. More than a dozen pilings are missing, or damaged. Read the Rest…


Two Arrested For Hate Crime Attack In Santa Barbara

Fri, August 16, 2013

Santa Barbara Police say they’ve arrested two gang members for a hate crime attack, in which a man was hit in the head with a hammer in a city park, and seriously injured. A seven week investigation led to the arrest of David Roberto Ybarra, and a 17 year old boy for the June 22nd Read the Rest…


Law Enforcement Agencies In Santa Barbara County Kick Off Anti DUI Campaign

Fri, August 16, 2013

Law enforcement agencies in Santa Barbara County today kicked off a maximum enforcement campaign against DUI drivers which will run through Labor Day. The “Avoid The 12” drive involves 12 law enforcement agencies in the county, ranging from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, to the CHP. The campaign is called “Avoid The 12” because Read the Rest…


Latest Figures Show Unemployment Up In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, August 16, 2013

The latest unemployment numbers show an uptick in the jobless rate for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. In Santa Barbara County, unemployment rose from 6.3% in June, to 6.7% in July. In San Luis Obispo County, the numbers went from 6.4% in June, to 6.9% in July. There was also a statewide increase, Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara City Attorney Announces Retirement

Fri, August 16, 2013

Santa Barbara’s longtime City Attorney has announced he will retire. Stephen Wiley has been with the city for more than 30 years.  He’s worked on a number of major city projects, with perhaps the biggest being the redevelopment project to build the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center in the 1980′s. While Wiley is retiring from public Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Conference & Visitor’s Bureau Changes Name

Fri, August 16, 2013

Santa Barbara is internationally known as a tourist destination, and the organization which spearheads its marketing efforts is giving itself a bit of a makeover. The Santa Barbara Conference & Visitor’s Bureau and Film Commission streamlined its long name, changing it to Visit Santa Barbara. At a launch party for the change, Visit Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, August 16, 2013

The latest unemployment numbers show an increase in the jobless rate for Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. In Ventura County, unemployment rose from 7.4% in June, to 8% in July. In Santa Barbara County, unemployment rose from 6.3% in June, to 6.7% in July. There was also a statewide hike, with the figure rising month Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested Following Pursuit In Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 16, 2013

What authorities are calling a road rage incident led to a pursuit, and arrest of a Ventura County man in Santa Barbara. It started at around 2 p.m. yesterday, when a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s sergeant in Carpinteria reported seeing a road rage incident involving the driver of a pickup truck. The officer tried to Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In February, 2012 Oxnard Murder

Fri, August 16, 2013

Oxnard Police believed they’ve solved a year and a half old murder case. Detectives say they arrested Carlos Eduardo Hernandez yesterday afternoon for the February, 2012 murder of Edwin Herrera. The 19 year old man was shot to death on the 2000 block of San Benito Street, in  Oxnard. Investigators believe the killing was gang Read the Rest…


Bike Tour Passing Through Santa Barbara, Ventura County Tries To Raise Awareness About Dream Act

Fri, August 16, 2013

A statewide bike tour intended to highlight the plight of undocumented college students who struggle financially to get through school because of their status is headed from Santa Barbara, to Ventura today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  DREAM Act Ride


2013 Camarillo Airshow Features Aviation Legend

Fri, August 16, 2013

From modern military planes, to 1930’s era airliners, the skies above Ventura County are going to be filled with unusual aircraft this weekend. Planes are already arriving for the “Wings Over Camarillo” airshow at Camarillo Airport Saturday, and Sunday. One of those taking part in this year’s show is a Southern California flying icon, a Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say There Is No Credible Evidence To Back Claim Student Was Battered By Teacher Who Is Also Oxnard’s Mayor

Thu, August 15, 2013

Ventura County prosecutors say no charges will be filed against an Oxnard teacher who’s also the city’s mayor, after an investigation showed there was no credible evidence to support a claim the educator battered a student. A Pacifica High School student alleged Tim Flynn grabbed her during an altercation.  Prosecutors say they found that the Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Staff Agrees To Investigate Reports Of Fracking In Santa Barbara Channel

Thu, August 15, 2013

State Coastal Commission staff members today told the Commission they will investigate reports of several incidents of fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel. At the Commission’s meeting in Santa Cruz, some of the officials expressed outrage about not knowing about the process occurring off the coast. Fracking involves the high pressure injection of water, and Read the Rest…


Two Former Tech Executives From Ventura County Enter Guilty Pleas To Obstructing Stock Option Investigation

Thu, August 15, 2013

Two Ventura County men who were top officials with a locally based semiconductor giant entered guilty pleas in federal court to charges they conspired to obstruct a federal investigation into the company. Prosecutors say Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation founder Louis Tomasetta, and former Chief Financial Officer Eugene Hovanec admitted planning to destroy, or falsify documents related Read the Rest…


FBI Looking For Serial Bank Robber On Central Coast

Thu, August 15, 2013

Authorities believe a serial bank robber on the Central Coast is now responsible for six bank robberies. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Central Coast Bandit


Hundreds Of People On Hand For Community Meeting About Skateboard Park In Santa Barbara

Thu, August 15, 2013

Hundreds of people were on hand for a community meeting to look at issues regarding the operation of a skateboarding facility in Santa Barbara. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Skater’s Point Controversy


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