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Archives for August 2013

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Struggling With Water Issues In North County

Wed, August 7, 2013

San Luis Obispo County is trying to figure out how to handle major water concerns in its North County. County Supervisors are looking at how to cope with major drops in groundwater in the Paso Robles area. Some wells have gone dry, and there have been calls for limits on agriculture use, which has alarmed Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Issue Coyote Warning

Wed, August 7, 2013

Santa Barbara Police say coyotes are on the prowl in parts of the city, and have killed, or injured several pets. Police say no humans have been hurt, they are issuing a community warning, saying you shouldn’t leave small children outdoors unattended. You should make sure you remove outdoor sources of food and water you Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Give Tentative Approval To Pay Hikes For More Than Two Thirds Of County Work Force

Wed, August 7, 2013

Ventura County has given preliminary approval to pay hikes for more than two thirds of its work force. County Supervisors okayed deals with the Service Employees International Union, members of the International Union of Operating Engineers, as well as nearly a thousand non-union employees, and managers. The employees will get a phased in three percent Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole For Murder Of Ventura County Woman

Wed, August 7, 2013

A man convicted of first degree murder in the slaying of a Ventura County woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors say James Wilkerson strangled Sarah Overholser, and stole the van where she lived. The 33 year old woman was murdered in 2011, and her body was discovered Read the Rest…


Final Major Hurdle For New Children’s Museum On South Coast Cleared

Wed, August 7, 2013

The last major hurdle has been cleared for construction of a long awaited new children’s museum on the South Coast. The Santa Barbara City Council approved a lease for a non-profit group which is developing the Santa Barbara Children’s Museum. The nearly 17,000 square foot building is planned for the 100 block of State Street, Read the Rest…


New Ocean Science Education Complex Opens At UCSB

Wed, August 7, 2013

A new center which just opened on the South Coast is combining the home for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, researchers, and an educational complex. The 15,000 square foot Ocean Science Education Building is located at UC Santa Barbara. The building allows management of the marine sanctuary and researchers to more easily work together Read the Rest…


Water Main Break Floods Ventura Business

Wed, August 7, 2013

A water main break flooded a Ventura business, forcing its evacuation. The break happened just after 7 last night, on the 4700 block of Telephone Road.  Ventura firefighters arriving on the scene found water pouring into a Dollar Store in a building complex, as people dodged the water to leave. Firefighters were able to turn Read the Rest…


Santa Maria City Council Gives Go Ahead To Controversial Department Store Project

Wed, August 7, 2013

A controversial proposal to open a new department store on the Central Coast is a go this morning. The Santa Maria City Council last night approved plans to open a Fallas store at the site of a long shuttered Mervyn’s at the Town Center West Shopping Center. The proposal was controversial, because some people feel Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Proposed New Bus Service In Ventura County

Wed, August 7, 2013

Three South Coast communities could soon be getting regular, fixed route bus service. Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru are looking at a proposal to create a bus system to serve the Santa Clara River valley. But, there’s controversy over part of the idea, because some local leaders think it should be part of a larger, Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Council To Tackle Controversy Over Proposed New Department Store

Tue, August 6, 2013

The controversy over a proposed new department store on the Central Coast could be settled tonight. The Santa Maria City Council is expected to make a decision on whether a new Fallas store should be allowed at the site of a long shuttered Mervyn’s in Town Center West. The Santa Maria Planning Commission approved the Read the Rest…


UCSB Again Makes Top Ten Party School In America List

Tue, August 6, 2013

UC Santa Barbara is home to five Nobel Prize winners, and has an international reputation for its research in areas from physics, to marine biology. But, it’s once again placed in the top ten in the nation on a list UCSB officials don’t like to advertise. The campus is ranked second on the last edition Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Arrested On Kidnappping, Carjacking Charges

Tue, August 6, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man is facing kidnapping, carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, and armed robbery charges after Sheriff’s deputies say he abducted a woman in the Santa Ynez Valley. Investigators say that around 2:30 this morning, Michael Howard Burritt used a knife to kidnap a woman getting into her car in a parking Read the Rest…


Boat Believed To Have Been Used By Drug Smugglers Found Abandoned On Santa Barbara County Beach

Tue, August 6, 2013

Authorities discovered an abandoned boat believed to have been used for drug smuggling on a Santa Barbara County beach. A 30 foot long panga boat was found at about 6:30 yesterday morning on Tajiguas Beach. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say there was evidence the boat had been used for drug smuggling, but no one Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara, Police Officers Union At Impasse Over New Contract Agreement

Tue, August 6, 2013

The City Of Santa Barbara says there’s an impasse with its police officers union over a new contract agreement. The City is seeking a new contract which would require officers to make a larger contribution towards pension costs. When money was tighter, officers agreed to forgo proposed salary hikes to pay for pension contributions. City Read the Rest…


Conejo Valley Physician Gets Eight Year Prison Sentence For Sexually Assaulting Patients

Tue, August 6, 2013

A Conejo Valley doctor has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually assaulting some of his patients. Dr. Barry Lefkovitch was convicted on three felony counts, as well as of some misdemeanor charges in connection incidents during some examinations he performed. A judge denied a request for the 58 year old Thousand Oaks Read the Rest…


Body Of Diver Found Off Santa Barbara County Coastline Identified

Tue, August 6, 2013

A Portland, Oregon man is being identified as the diver found dead on a Santa Barbara County beach over the weekend. The body of William Frank Grgurich was discovered by some people walking along the beach near the 3300 block of Padaro Lane, in Summerland Saturday morning. The 49 year old man was pronounced dead Read the Rest…


Hunter Hayes Kicks Off Entertainment Lineup For Final Week Of Ventura County Fair

Mon, August 5, 2013

County singer Hunter Hayes kicks off the entertainment lineup tonight for the final week of the Ventura County Fair. Hayes was the County Music Association’s New Artist Of The Year for 2012.  During the next few days, the fair’s lineup includes Air Supply, Kool And The Gang, and the PRCA Rodeo.  It runs through this Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Santa Maria Standoff Identified

Mon, August 5, 2013

A man arrested following a standoff in Santa Maria is now being identified by police as a suspect in a double stabbing. It happened yesterday, on the 200 block of East Orchard Street. Police received word that Jorge Corina might be at an apartment at the Santa Maria complex.  Santa Maria and Santa Barbara County Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Standoff In Santa Maria

Mon, August 5, 2013

A seven hour long police standoff in northern Santa Barbara County led to the arrest of a man wanted for attempted murder. It started at around d 3 p.m. Sunday, on the 200 block of East Orchard Street in Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department deputies were received information that Read the Rest…


Weekend Fire Injures Two In San Luis Obispo County

Mon, August 5, 2013

A weekend fire left two people injured in the Five Cities area. The fire happened in a home and business in the 300 block of Pier Avenue in Oceano just after 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Firefighters quickly controlled the blaze, but one person suffered a minor burn and a second from smoke inhalation. There’s no word Read the Rest…


One Killed, Five Injured In Santa Barbara County Traffic Accident

Mon, August 5, 2013

A Santa Ynez valley woman was killed, and five other people were injured in a weekend traffic accident. It happened at about 7 p.m. Saturday, on Ballard Canyon Road, near Chalk Hill Road. The driver of a 16 year old pickup truck apparently lost control of the vehicle, and it flipped.  Three people were thrown Read the Rest…


Death Of Diver Under Investigation In Santa Barbara County

Mon, August 5, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the death of a scuba diver off the coast of Santa Barbara County. Some people walking along the beach in Summerland spotted something floating in the ocean around noon on Saturday. They pulled the body of a scuba diver out of the surf.  He was pronounced Read the Rest…


Driver Arrested After Police Say He Hit Dozen Vehicles In Ventura While DUI

Mon, August 5, 2013

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges, after police say he hit a dozen parked vehicles, and a building while driving under the influence. It happened just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday, in Ventura, near Telephone Road and Hill Streets. Police dispatchers started receiving multiple 911 calls about a vehicle hitting parked cars and SUV’s, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara’s Fiesta Moves Into Weekend With Parades, Other Major Events

Fri, August 2, 2013

Santa Barbara’s biggest community celebration of the year wraps up this weekend. Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to be on hand for Fiesta’s Historical Parade, which begins at noon today at Cabrillo Beach, and heads up State Street, through downtown Santa Barbara.  Then, at 10 a.m. tomorrow, hundreds of kids will march on Read the Rest…


Authorities Release Name Of Man Shot To Death In Ventura

Fri, August 2, 2013

An 18 year old Ventura man has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting this week, near the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Gabriel Gutierrez was shot to death around 11 Wednesday night, just west of the fairgrounds.  Police  believe a confrontation between him, and two teens led to him being being shot multiple times.  Read the Rest…


Missing San Luis Obispo County Man Found In Ventura County

Thu, August 1, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County man with dementia who was the object of a search because he was missing has been found safely in Ventura County. Robert Callahan was reported missing yesterday, and his information was relayed to law enforcement agencies throughout the region. At about two this morning, a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy noticed Read the Rest…


Two Teens Sought For Fatal Shooting In Ventura

Thu, August 1, 2013

Ventura police now say they are looking for two teens in connection with a fatal shooting near the Ventura County fairgrounds. It happened at around 11 last night, just west of the fairgrounds.  Police say a confrontation led to a man being shot multiple times.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators believe that Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Investigating Cause Of Fire, Explosion At Business

Thu, August 1, 2013

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a fire outside of a Ventura business which triggered an explosion as firefighters battled the blaze. It happened at around 10 last night, on the 4000 block of Transport Street.  Ventura firefighters called to the scene by reports of a fire found a boat, a dumpster, Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Investigating Fatal Shooting Near Ventura County Fairgrounds

Thu, August 1, 2013

One person is dead, and a second is being sought following a shooting last night in Ventura, near the Ventura County Fairgrounds. It happened just before 11 last night, during the first night  of the County Fair.  Police say the shooting happened just west of the fairgrounds. The name of the male victim hasn’t been released.  Read the Rest…


Two Big Community Celebrations On South Coast Move Into High Gear

Thu, August 1, 2013

Two major celebrations on the South Coast are moving into high gear today. This is the second day of the Ventura County Fair.  Along with all the traditional fair activities at Ventura’s Seaside Park, the entertainment lineup will be highlighted by motor sports racing in the  fairgrounds main grandstand area tonight. Meanwhile, in Santa Barbara, it’s Read the Rest…


State Senator For Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties Pushing Effort To Boost Tech Industry In Region

Thu, August 1, 2013

A State Senator who represents most of Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties is pushing an effort to boost technology related business in the region. Democratic Senator Hanna Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara is trying to link up educational and business interests, to boost the local economy by creating what she’s dubbing “Silicon Beach,” a version Read the Rest…


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