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Archives for September 2013

Authorities Identify Man Shot To Death In Confrontation With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy

Mon, September 9, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man who was shot to death in a confrontation with a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy. A deputy was called to the area of Ventura Road, and Frasier Lane in the Ventura area at around 4:30 Saturday afternoon, by reports of a man walking in the middle of the street, shouting Read the Rest…


New Study To Look At Land Use Relationship Between Naval Base Ventura County, Surrounding Communities

Mon, September 9, 2013

Naval Base Ventura County has been a part of the region for more than a half century, and is the county’s largest employer. But, as communities in the county grow, so does the potential for conflicts with the facility, over issues such as plane flights. A unique new study that’s just getting underway is trying Read the Rest…


Springs Brushfire Hits Ventura County

Fri, September 6, 2013

A massive brush fire which burned for more than five days threatend thousands of homes, and blackened more than 20,000 acres of land  in Ventura County in May of 2013. KCLU, which is the NPR radio station for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, provided live coverage throught the blaze, including close to wall to wall Read the Rest…


Charity Walk, Marathon Going To Mean Some Weekend Traffic Disruptions On South Coast

Fri, September 6, 2013

A charity walk, and a marathon are going to mean to mean some traffic disruptions on the South Coast this weekend. An estimated 2500 walkers will take part in the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara County beginning at 7 a.m. tomorrow.  The event will take the walkers from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria, Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of Fish Found Dead At Central Coast Lake

Fri, September 6, 2013

The hot weather during the last few weeks as been uncomfortable for some, but for some fish in a Central Coast lake, it’s apparently been fatal. Hundreds of dead fish were found at Atascadero Lake this morning. City officials think the hot weather contributed to low water levels, and an algae bloom in the lake, Read the Rest…


Officer Involved Shooting Leaves Man Dead In Ventura County

Fri, September 6, 2013

Few details have been released about an early morning officer involved shooting in Ventura County which left a man dead. Port Hueneme Police were called to the 500 block of East Surfside Drive at around 4:15 this morning, by reports of a traffic accident. What happened next is still unclear, but there was apparently some Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Gang Related Stabbing In Santa Barbara Which Also Injured Toddler

Fri, September 6, 2013

Two young men are behind bars, following the stabbing of a teenager, and a car chase which left a toddler injured in Santa Barbara. It happened just before 8 last night, on the city’s Westside.  A 17 year old boy was stabbed near the Westside Boys and Girls Club.  The suspects fled in a car, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Aviary To Celebrate Reopening This Weekend

Fri, September 6, 2013

A decades old aviary which almost closed for good because Ventura County didn’t have the money for a needed refurbishment will officially reopen this weekend. Community leaders, and volunteers who spearheaded the effort to save the Steckel Park aviary, near Santa Paula will be on hand for tomorrow’s ceremonies. A grass roots campaign raised more Read the Rest…


State Legislators Work With Governor For Emergency Erosion Repair Funding for Port Hueneme

Fri, September 6, 2013

With only a few days left in the state legislature’s 2013 session, some lawmakers on the South Coast are racing the calendar to get a proposal together to help a Ventura County community being hit hard by coastal erosion. Port Hueneme leaders say they’ve already spent a half million dollars on emergency work to protect Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Breast Implant Maker Loses Lawsuit To Competitor

Fri, September 6, 2013

A Santa Barbara County based company which makes breast implants has lost a major lawsuit against a competitor. Mentor sued Sientra, claiming that it engaged in anti-competitive behavior in 2012, by hiring a number of key Mentor employees after the new company received FDA approval to sell implants. More than a dozen members of Mentor’s Read the Rest…


Former Santa Barbara Police Department Business Office Supervisor Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison

Fri, September 6, 2013

A former police department business office supervisor in Santa Barbara County has been sentenced to ten years in prison, for stealing more than $600,000. Karen Flores oversaw all functions of the Santa Barbara Police Department’s business office, including parking citation revenue. The 48 year old woman pled guilty to misappropriation of public funds, and five Read the Rest…


Environmental Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Water Quality Concerns Stemming From Ventura County Quarry

Thu, September 5, 2013

Two environmental groups have filed suit against a rock quarry in Ventura County, claiming that storm water runoff is threatening the area’s habitat. But, the quarry’s owner says he’s in compliance with the law. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ojai Quarry Suit


Santa Barbara County Man Agrees To Six Year Prison Sentence For Armed Confrontation With CHP Officer

Thu, September 5, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man is expected to get a six year prison sentence, after entering guilty pleas over an armed confrontation with a CHP officer. Michael Ledesma had faced multiple charges from an incident in July of 2012, in which he was shot and critically wounded. The Santa Maria man was in a car Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Connection With Lewd Acts On College Campus In Ventura County

Thu, September 5, 2013

A man has been arrested in connection with a series of lewd acts on a college campus in Ventura County. In May, and again in June of this year, a man entered the women’s locker room at the Gilbert Sports Arena, at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks, and watched women taking showers.  He was Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Santa Barbara After Police Say He Brandished What Appeared To Be A Submachine Gun In Santa Barbara

Thu, September 5, 2013

A man is facing charges after a tense incident in downtown Santa Barbara, in which police say he pulled out what appeared to be a submachine gun at a busy intersection during the morning rush hour. It happened just before 8 this morning, at the intersection of Garden and Micheltorena Streets.  A bicyclist told police Read the Rest…


Despite Special Election Results, Water Controversy In Ventura County Still Far From Settled

Thu, September 5, 2013

Some Ventura County voters upset with what they’re paying for water approved a ballot measure this summer to tax themselves, to fund an attempt for the government purchase, or forced takeover of the water system. While Golden State Water Company customers in Ojai approved the up to $60 million dollar bond proposal by a more Read the Rest…


Former Executive At Santa Barbara Based Staffing Company Accused Of Embezzlement, Tax Evasion

Thu, September 5, 2013

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say a former vice president at a Santa Barbara based staffing company has been arrested for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the business. Six felony charges have been filed against Freddy Orlando Pachon, including one count of felony grand theft, and five counts of filing false income tax returns. Read the Rest…


Homeless Man Arrested After Police Say He Tried To Set Up Camp On Top Of Ventura City Hall

Wed, September 4, 2013

A homeless man who apparently was looking for an out of the way place to set up camp was arrested today, when he decided the best place to do it was on top of Ventura City Hall. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura City Hall Camper


Man Fatally Injured After Falling Through Skylight In Goleta Building Identified

Wed, September 4, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a worker killed when he fell through a skylight at a Santa Barbara County business. Oscar Rivera died in the accident last Friday at Moog, Incorporated, on the 7400 block of Hollister Avenue, in Goleta. The 53 year old Los Angeles County man fell more than 25 feet to the ground, Read the Rest…


DUI Arrests Up In Santa Barbara County During End Of Summer Sweep

Wed, September 4, 2013

A major effort  to get DUI drivers off the road in Santa Barbara County during the last two weeks of the summer holiday season led to a slight increase in arrests this year. The “Avoid The 12″ campaign from August 16th through September 2nd ended up with 171 DUI arrests, up from 164 during the Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Possible Sexual Predator On Central Coast

Wed, September 4, 2013

Police say they’re looking for a sexual predator on the Central Coast, who tried to kidnap a young girl. It happened at about 5 last night, on the 700 block of East Park Avenue in Santa Maria. Investigators say a man in a car called for the girl to come to the parked vehicle. As Read the Rest…


Goleta City Council Wants More Changes In Planned Hotel Complex

Wed, September 4, 2013

It’s back to the drawing board for a planned now hotel on the South Coast. Developers have been working with the City of Goleta to finalize plans for a new 100 plus room hotel, with meeting space on Hollister Avenue. The original plans for a 100 plus room hotel, and restaurant on the 6800 block Read the Rest…


Bill By Santa Barbara County Legislator To Help Mobile Home Park Residents Passes State Assembly

Wed, September 4, 2013

The State Assembly approved a bill by a Santa Barbara County legislator which would give local governments more power to block the subdivision, and sale of spots in mobile home parks. SB 510 is legislation which would further regulate the breakup of the parks into small plots of lands, for condominium style ownership. Many resident Read the Rest…


Remains Of Santa Barbara County Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Returned Home

Wed, September 4, 2013

An Army soldier from Santa Barbara County who was killed in Afghanistan has made his final trip home. The remains of Kenneth Clifford Alvarez arrived in Santa Maria yesterday, with ceremonies at Santa Maria Airport. Hundreds of people were on hand at the airport, and lined streets for a motorcade to a funeral home. The Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of College Students Kick Off School Year In Ventura County With Community Cleanup Project

Tue, September 3, 2013

Hundreds of freshman college students on the South Coast started their new academic careers in an unusual way, by spending the day helping to clean up debris in a scenic wetlands area of Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CLU Cleanup Day


Santa Barbara County Forklift Operator Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter For Crash Which Killed Two, Injured Two

Tue, September 3, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man is facing vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and other charges in connection with a crash in which the forklift he was driving turned in front of an oncoming car. Daniel Garcia Castillo was driving a fork lift on Philbric Road August 29th when he tried to make a left turn.  Prosecutors say Read the Rest…


Man Shot to Death In Encounter With Santa Barbara Police Identified

Tue, September 3, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man shot to death in a confrontation with Santa Barbara Police. An officer tried to stop a man walking near Victoria, and De la Vina Streets at around 11:30 Sunday night.  Department investigators say the man was in possession of a large fixed blade knife, and refused to comply with Read the Rest…


Work To Install Median On Section Of Highway 101 In San Luis Obispo County To Prompt Some Lane Closures

Tue, September 3, 2013

Work to install a median barrier on Highway 101in San Luis Obispo County is prompting some lane closures this week. The work is taking place on the 101 just north of Cuesta Grade, to Highway 58 in the Santa Margarita area. The fast lane of the highway northbound will be closed from six p.m., until Read the Rest…


Bicyclist Killed In Labor Day Crash In San Luis Obispo County Identified

Tue, September 3, 2013

A San Luis Obispo County man is being identified as the bicyclist who died in what the CHP is calling a DUI collision in Morro Bay on Labor Day. Alan Stephens of Los Osos was killed, and fellow cyclist Bradley Cummings was seriously injured in the Monday morning crash on Highway 1, near the Main Read the Rest…


One Bicyclist Killed, Second Seriously Injured After Being Hit By Car On Central Coast

Tue, September 3, 2013

One bicyclist was killed, and a second seriously injured after being hit by a car in San Luis Obispo County, in what authorities are calling It happened at about 11:30 yesterday, on Highway 1 near the Morro Bay Boulevard offramp.  The CHP says a car veered onto the shoulder, and hit the cyclists.  The female Read the Rest…


Bay Area Man Arrested After Half Dozen Vehicles Vandalized In Ventura

Tue, September 3, 2013

A Bay Area man is facing vandalism charges, after Ventura Police say he damaged a half dozen vehicles. Officers were called to the 5900 block of Valentine Road by reports of a man using a marking pen to deface, and scratch vehicles parked in a storage yard.  An officer arriving at the scene says he saw Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors To Consider Key Agreements For New Jail

Tue, September 3, 2013

Santa Barbara County Supervisors today will consider approving a contract with a company to oversee construction of the county’s new North County Jail. Kitchell/CEM would provide commissioning services for the project. Supervisors will also consider an agreement with the state which officials say will help protect the county financially if for some reason the state Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Confrontation With Santa Barbara Police Still Not Being Identified

Mon, September 2, 2013

Authorities still aren’t releasing many details of a fatal confrontation between a man with a knife, and a police officer in Santa Barbara. The officer reported trying to stop a man walking near Victoria, and De la Vina Streets at around 11:30 Sunday night.  Department investigators say the man was in possession of a large fixed blade Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Investigating Trolley Accident Which Injured Six

Mon, September 2, 2013

Ventura Police are trying to determine what led to a Labor Day Weekend traffic accident involving a trolley car which sent six people to the hospital. The trolley car, and the vehicle collided just after 4:30 Saturday afternoon, at the intersection of Oak, and Santa Clara Streets in downtown Ventura. Four people in the trolley, Read the Rest…


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