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Archives for September 2013

Investigators Looking For Help From Public In Finding Serial Rapist/Murderer Who Struck In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Mon, September 16, 2013

A man investigators believe committed six murders in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties still remains unidentified, some three decades after the crimes occurred. Using DNA evidence, the predator authorities dubbed the Original Night Stalker has been linked to more than four dozen rapes, and 10 murders across the state. Cold case investigators now hope some Read the Rest…


More Than 10,000 Marijuana Plants Seized in Ventura County

Mon, September 16, 2013

A pair of raids has resulted in the seizure of more than 10,000 marijuana plants in Ventura County. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Eradication Team says more than 9000 plants were found in five plots near the Ortega Trail, a popular motorcycle and hiking trail northwest of Ojai. A second marijuana grove was found Read the Rest…


Plane Crash Lands At Airport In San Luis Obispo

Mon, September 16, 2013

A plane crash landed at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport last night, skidding to a stop on a runway after it was apparently unable to deploy its landing gear. It happened just before 8 last night.  There’s no word on how many people were on board the plane.  No injuries were reported. The airport Read the Rest…


Flights Cancelled Into, And Out Of Santa Barbara Airport Following Runway Light Outage

Mon, September 16, 2013

Santa Barbara Airport officials are trying to figure out what led to a runway light outage over the weekend which resulted in flights being diverted, and cancelled. The outage occurred just after 7:30 Saturday night. The airport notified airlines, and general aviation aircraft about the problem.  Incoming commercial airline flights from San Francisco, and Denver Read the Rest…


Details Released About Panga Boat Arrests, Drugs Seized In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Fri, September 13, 2013

Eighteen people have been arrested following the landing of a panga boat on a Santa Barbara County beach. The boat was detected in the Refugio Beach area just after 12 a.m. today. 14 people were arrested, and around a ton of marijuana was seized. Later in the morning, four more people were found hiding in Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Drug Dealer Hid Methamphetamine In Yard Of Elderly Montecito Couple

Fri, September 13, 2013

Santa Barbara County County Sheriff’s detectives say a drug dealer they arrested this week who moonlighted as a landscaper stashed some of the methamphetamine he was selling in the yard of an elderly Montecito couple where he worked. Alejandro Lopez had been under investigation for about a year and a half, and at one point Read the Rest…


Eighteen People Arrested In Connection With Panga Boat Found On Santa Barbara County Beach

Fri, September 13, 2013

Eighteen people have been arrested following the landing of a panga boat on a Santa Barbara County beach. The boat was detected in the Refugio Beach area just after 12 a.m. today. Federal authorities say the seized a large amount of marijuana. Some of those arrested were taken into custody at the scene, and others Read the Rest…


Being Healthy Theme Of Community Events In Santa Barbara, Oxnard This Weekend

Fri, September 13, 2013

Living healthy is the theme of  two community events taking place on the South Coast this weekend. In Santa Barbara, San Barbara Junior High School will be the scene of a Community Family Day, & Health Fair tomorrow.  More than 50 organizations will be on hand, offering free health screenings for things like high blood Read the Rest…


Some Central Coast Public Safety Agencies To Showcase Services This Weekend

Fri, September 13, 2013

It’s going to be a big weekend for public safety agencies on the Central Coast. More than two dozen of them are taking part in Sheriff’s Family Day, an event sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation. The agencies with have displays, and demonstrations from 10 a.m until 4 p.m. tomorrow, on Read the Rest…


Panga Boat, Drugs Seized In Santa Barbara County; At Least A Dozen Arrested

Fri, September 13, 2013

At least a dozen people have been arrested following the landing of a panga boat on a Santa Barbara County beach. The boat was detected in the Refugio Beach area just after 12 a.m. today. Federal authorities say the seized a large amount of drugs. It’s still unclear as to exactly how many people were Read the Rest…


Bill By State Senator From Ventura County To Toughen Child Pornography Laws passed By State Legislature

Fri, September 13, 2013

A bill by a State Senator who represents Ventura County which calls for toughening child pornography laws has been passed by the state legislature. SB 145 would raise the maximum penalty for those with huge collections of child pornography from three, to five years in state prison.  It would also allow judges to give short Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Placing Scanner On ATM At Ventura County Bank

Fri, September 13, 2013

A man has been arrested after authorities found a scanner designed to steal personal information from customers placed on an ATM at a Ventura County bank. The device was found on a scanner at a Chase Bank on the 1000 block of Westlake Boulevard in Thousand Oaks in June.  Chase Bank investigators notified Ventura County Read the Rest…


State Legislature Passes Emergency Legislation To Help Stop Coastal Erosion In Port Hueneme

Fri, September 13, 2013

Two bills which would make up to two million dollars in funding available for emergency work to control coastal erosion in a Ventura County community have been passed by the state legislature, and are on the governor’s desk awaiting his action. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Hueneme Read the Rest…


State Shutdown Of Redevelopment Agencies Putting New Crimp On Efforts To Build Affordable Housing On South Coast

Fri, September 13, 2013

A lack of affordable housing has been an issue on the South Coast for decades, and the recession has only increased the problem. On top of that, a move by the state to eliminate redevelopment agencies has made it more difficult to get financing to build affordable housing units. It was one of the hot Read the Rest…


Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Charges From Santa Barbara County Car Surfing Incident Which Killed One, Seriously Injured One

Fri, September 13, 2013

A man entered guilty pleas to charges from a car surfing incident in Santa Barbara County in which one of the people riding on top of the hood of a SUV was killed, and the second seriously injured. The CHP says Lanie Tyrone Richardson was driving faster than 70 miles an hour when the accident Read the Rest…


Homeowners, Developer Reach Deal Settling Dispute Over Proposed New Conejo Valley Project

Fri, September 13, 2013

Some Conejo Valley residents upset with plans for a new luxury home development near their homes have reached a deal with the developer, following mediation. The deal calls for a maximum of 13 homes to be allowed in the Miller Ranch area, on nearly 30 acres of land at Upper Ranch, and Kanan Roads. Developer KSK Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Drugs Were Factor In Truck Plunging Off Central Coast Cliff, Killing Driver

Thu, September 12, 2013

A toxicology report says that a man who died after his truck plunged off a cliff in San Luis Obispo County was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time. Sean Ramirez died July 9th, when his truck plunged off a cliff at Shell Beach. Witnesses say the truck was being drive erratically before it Read the Rest…


State Republican Lawmakers Call On Republican Congressional Delegation To Support Immigration Reform

Thu, September 12, 2013

A coalition of Republican state lawmakers, including one from Ventura County, is calling on the state’s Republican congressional delegation to support immigration reform. The legislators, along with a half dozen state agricultural leaders, held a news conference in Sacramento calling for California’s congressional members to push for an immigration vote. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorrell of Read the Rest…


Busy Ventura County Intersection To Be Closed For Weekend By Railroad Work

Thu, September 12, 2013

A normally busy Ventura County intersection is going to be closed over the weekend, for railroad track maintenance work. Metrolink will be performing tack maintenance at the Erringer Road railroad crossing in Simi Valley, which is just north of Los Angeles Avenue.  The full closure, and the work will take place from 8 p.m. tomorrow Read the Rest…


Central Coast Community Center Hit By Fire

Thu, September 12, 2013

A fire caused heavy damage to a community center on the Central Coast this morning. The fire at the Los Olivos Grange Hall was discovered just after 9 a.m.  Santa Barbara County firefighters arriving at the building on the 600 block of Alamo Pintado Avenue saw smoke coming from the building. They were able to Read the Rest…


New Shopping Center Helps Ventura County’s Arts Community

Thu, September 12, 2013

A new shopping center on the South Coast has donated $5,000 to Ventura County’s arts community. The Collection at Riverpark used money raised through a series of summer concerts to help the Ventura County Arts Council. The 650,000 square foot center off the 101 Freeway in Oxnard has been opening a number of new upscale Read the Rest…


Bill By Santa Barbara County State Senator Intended To Help Domestic Violence Victims Goes To Governor For Consideration

Thu, September 12, 2013

Legislation authored by a State Senator from Santa Barbara County intended to help domestic violence victims has been passed by the State Legislature, and is now on the governor’s desk, awaiting his action. SB 400, by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, would prevent employers from discriminating against, or firing employees who have been Read the Rest…


School Lunch Crisis Focus Of South Coast Talk By Nationally Known Expert, Author

Thu, September 12, 2013

Who actually decides what foods are available for us to eat? That’s the focus of a series of events in Santa Barbara this week. Tonight, a nationally known expert on school lunches is going to talk about why they became so nutritionally poor for years, and how they’re making a comeback. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has Read the Rest…


State Legislature Still Looking At Proposed Funding For Port Hueneme Coastal Erosion Crisis

Thu, September 12, 2013

Will the State Legislature come through today for a Ventura County community being hard hit by coastal erosion? Today is the final day of the legislature’s 2013 session, and two emergency bills by local legislators to help Port Hueneme haven’t made it to final votes yet. With the federal government cutting back on its semi-annual Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Agoura Hills To Regulate Fracking Now On Governor’s Desk

Thu, September 12, 2013

Legislation by a State Senator from our region to regulate the controversial oil, and gas industry use of fracking is now on the governor’s desk, awaiting his action. Democratic State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills authored Senate Bill 4, which would require permits for fracking, acidizing, or other oil well stimulation practices.  It would add requirements Read the Rest…


Memorial For Metrolink Crash Victims To Be Unveiled In Ventura County Today

Thu, September 12, 2013

Today marks the fifth anniversary of a deadly Metrolink train crash in the San Fernando Valley, which killed 25 people, including 21 from Ventura County. A special event to commemorate the victims is set to take place in Moorpark. A memorial plaque is going to be unveiled this afternoon at the Moorpark Metrolink station.  The Read the Rest…


UCSB Gets Federal Grant For Ocean Acidification Study

Wed, September 11, 2013

A South Coast university has received a more than half million dollar grant to help efforts to study the impacts of ocean warming, and acidification. UCSB is getting the funding from the National Science Foundation, so a team of researchers can study invertebrates which are a key to the food chain in Antarctic waters. The Read the Rest…


Man Wanted For Murder, And Attempted Murder In Ventura County Arrested

Wed, September 11, 2013

A man wanted for the murder of a woman in Ventura County in July has been arrested. Santa Paula Police arrested Andres Rodriguez for the fatal shooting of Angela Bryant. Investigators believe the shooting happened after an argument at a home on the 600 block of Ojai Road, in Santa Pula. Rodriguez had also been Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Killed In Early Morning Traffic Accident

Wed, September 11, 2013

A Ventura County man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident near the Ventura/Los Angeles County line. The CHP says Pedro Alfaro was driving east on the highway just before four this morning when he lost control of the truck, and then it overturned when he overcorrected. The 42 year old Read the Rest…


City Of Santa Barbara, Police Officers End Contract Standoff With Help Of Mediator

Wed, September 11, 2013

A contract standoff involving the City of Santa Barbara, and its police officers has been settled. With the help of a mediator, the city and officers reached a new three year contract agreement. The new deal calls for sworn employees to make a contribution, or, if they were already doing it, to make a larger Read the Rest…


Fire Departments On South Coast Hold Ceremonies To Commemorate 9/11 Victims

Wed, September 11, 2013

As America remembers the 9/11 attacks today, on their 12th anniversary, there were also some local memorial events on the South Coast. Ventura and Santa Barbara County firefighters, as well as firefighters with many of the municipal fire departments in the region had special ceremonies this morning to commemorate those who died. Members of the Read the Rest…


New Study Shows More Than One In Eight Santa Barbara County Residents Living In Poverty

Wed, September 11, 2013

A just released new study shows some shocking numbers about the number of people in poverty in Santa Barbara County. According to the report, more than 50,000 people are technically living in poverty. The study was presented to Santa Barbara County Supervisors yesterday, as part of an effort by the county to better use available Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Sexual Predator On South Coast

Wed, September 11, 2013

A man who attacked a jogger on the South Coast is being sought by authorities in Ventura County. A woman who was running on the 1800 block of Daily Drive at around 6 a.m. yesterday was approached by a man from behind who grabbed her, and pulled her to the ground.  She screamed, and fought Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Legislation From Santa Barbara County State Senator To Reduce Harassment Of Women At Health Care Facilities

Wed, September 11, 2013

The governor signed into law a bill from a Santa Barbara County State Senator intended to reduce harassment, and intimidation of women seeking services at medical facilities which perform abortions. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored SB 340, which makes permanent the Reproductive Rights Law Enforcement Act. It requires the State Attorney General’s Read the Rest…


Body Of Man Found In Ventura County Orchard Identified; Homicide Confirmed

Tue, September 10, 2013

Authorities are now identifying the body of a man found in a Ventura County orchard over the weekend, and say the death was definitely a homicide. The body of Moises Azpeitia-Garcia was found just after 8 a.m. Saturday by a farm worker off the 4000 block of Price Road, in the Somis area. Following an Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Vote To Oppose Chumash Reservation Expansion Effort In Santa Ynez Valley

Tue, September 10, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have voted to oppose efforts by the Chumash tribe to expand their reservation land in the Santa Ynez Valley. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s the latest move in what’s become an increasing contentious relationship between the county, and the tribe. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Supervisors Read the Rest…


Man Arrested ON DUI Charge In Wake Of Double Fatal Accident In Ventura County

Tue, September 10, 2013

Two people are dead, after a car went out of control off a road in Ventura County, and smashed into some construction equipment in what the CHP is calling a DUI crash. It happened just before 11:30 last night, on Potrero Road in the Newbury Park area. The CHP says a car driven by Colin Read the Rest…


Embattled Simi Valley City Attorney Resigns; Acting City Attorney Named

Tue, September 10, 2013

A controversy involving the city attorney of a Ventura County community is apparently over, following the resignation of the official. The Simi Valley City Council has been debating what to do about the situation involving Marjorie Baxter. The council had been looking at complaints against Baxter filed with the city’s Human Resources Department, and there Read the Rest…


Proposed New Central Coast Housing Development Gets Final Key Approval

Tue, September 10, 2013

A major new housing development on the Central Coast that’s been in the works for years received its final key approval today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Supervisors approved zoning changes, and other steps need for the development in Orcutt. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Orcutt Development


Additional Details Released About Fatal Officer Involved Shooting In Port Hueneme

Tue, September 10, 2013

More details are being released about the officer involved fatal shooting of a Conejo Valley man in Port Hueneme. Officers responding to reports of a traffic accident on the 500 block of Surfside Drive early Friday morning encountered Michael DeLuca. Department officials say the 53 year old Thousand Oaks man refused to follow the orders Read the Rest…


Plans For Proposed New Park On South Coast Move Step Forward

Tue, September 10, 2013

A South Coast community has moved a step closer to building a new park. The Goleta Planning Commission has given its support to rezoning four acres of land at Hollister, and Kellogg Avenues for a new park in Goleta. Proposed elements include an open multi-use field, a basketball court, a skateboarding facility, and restrooms. The Read the Rest…


Boat Apparently Used For Smuggling Discovered On San Luis Obispo County Beach

Tue, September 10, 2013

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the discovery of an abandoned boat apparently being used for smuggling. The ponga boat was spotted by a surfer early this morning on the beach near the San Simeon Campground. No one was found with the boat, but a bale of marijuana was found onboard. Authorities think Read the Rest…


Mystery Still Surrounds Body Found In Ventura County Orchard

Tue, September 10, 2013

Authorities are continuing to treat the death of a man whose body was found in an orchard in Ventura County as a homicide, but still haven’t released details of the cause of death. The body was found just after 8 a.m. Saturday, off of the 4000 block of Price Road in Somis. The man is Read the Rest…


Women Accused Of Embezzling Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars From Ventura County Homeowners Association

Tue, September 10, 2013

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department arrested two women on charges they embezzled about $900,000 from a homeowners association in Simi Valley. Detectives arrested Kristin Davis, the owner and CED of Paradigm Management Group, and her Chief Financial Officer, Melissa Hoff-Soloman-Ramsey.  Davis is from Solana Beach, and Hoff-Soloman-Ramsey from Agoura Hills. Hoff-Soloman-Ramsey pled not guilty in Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Into Law Legislation Inspired By Santa Barbara County Case To Close Rape Prosection Loophole

Tue, September 10, 2013

The Governor has signed into law a bill inspired by Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney, and championed by a Central Coast legislator which is intended to close a loophole in rape laws. AB 65 says an attacker who coerces a victim into sexual activity by impersonating someone else can be prosecuted for felony rape, regardless Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Who Kidnapped, Threatened To Kill Ex-Girlfriend Gets 24 Year Prison Sentence.

Mon, September 9, 2013

A Ventura County man  has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after being convicted of kidnapping, and threatening to kill an ex-girfriend. Rudy Soto of Oxnard was sentenced in federal court in Los Angeles for the September, 2010 crimes.  Prosecutors say the now 26 year old man traveled to Los Angeles with an accomplice Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Arrest Seven On Drug Charges In Series Of Unrelated Incidents

Mon, September 9, 2013

It’s been a big couple of days for Ventura Police when it comes to dealing with people using illegal drugs, with seven arrests in a string of unrelated incidents. The arrests ranged from officers finding drugs on a woman behaving suspiciously, to parolees found in the possession of controlled substances.  All seven people arrested are Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Shot To Death Identified

Mon, September 9, 2013

Authorities say an 18 year old Oxnard man was the victim of a fatal shooting over the weekend. Oxnard Police were called to the 1900 block of Napoleon Avenue just after 9 p.m. Friday, by reports of a shooting.  They found Javier Garcia, who had been shot.  Efforts to save him were unsuccessful. Exactly what Read the Rest…


Legislation by State Senator From Santa Barbara County To Strengthen Family Leave On Governor’s Desk

Mon, September 9, 2013

A bill by a State Senator from Santa Barbara County which is intended to strengthen paid family leave is now on the Governor’s desk, awaiting his consideration. Senate Bill 770 would expand paid leave from caring for a parent, child, spouse, or registered domestic partner to include seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws. Democratic Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Encounter With Port Hueneme Police Identified

Mon, September 9, 2013

A Conejo Valley man is being identified as the person shot to death by Port Hueneme Police who were called to the scene of a traffic accident. Michael DeLuca was pronounced dead at the scene of the early Friday morning incident, in the Hueneme Beach Park area.  The department still hasn’t released details of what Read the Rest…


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