Archives for October 2013

Three Arrested For Attack On Gas Station Clerk During Attempted Robbery In Conejo Valley

Thu, October 31, 2013

Three men have been arrested after Ventura County sheriff’s deputies say they tried to rob a Conejo Valley gas station, by first knocking down a clerk, and then spraying her with a fire extinguisher as she tried to escape. It happened just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, at a gas station on the 800 block of Read the Rest…


Emergency Shelter Being Moved For Homeless Victims Of Hotel Fire On Central Coast

Thu, October 31, 2013

Some people who are still homeless in the wake of an arson fire at a hotel on the Central Coast this month are going to be shifting temporary addresses. The City of Santa Maria, along with the Red Cross had set up a shelter at the city’s Minami Community Center for people displaced by the Read the Rest…


Oprah Holding Huge Garage Sale In Santa Barbara County To Raise Money For Charity

Thu, October 31, 2013

You could have a hand painted portrait of Oprah Winfrey…or, an antique table right out of her living room. KCLU”s Lance Orozco reports Oprah is cleaning house to raise money for one of her favorite charities. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oprah Garage Sale


Ventura Man Called Major Drug Dealer Arrested By Santa Barbara Police

Thu, October 31, 2013

A man called a major drug supplier by Santa Barbara Police has been arrested, after detectives say an undercover operation turned up large quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, and cash. Narcotics detectives say they received information two weeks ago that Hernan Lizardo Gutierrez was dealing drugs.  Following an investigation, the detectives  stopped the 32 year old Read the Rest…


Eight Arrested In Santa Barbara County Probation Sweep

Thu, October 31, 2013

A probation compliance sweep in Santa Barbara County led to eight arrests, for charges ranging from drug possession, to having unsettled warrants. Teams from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Gang Enforcement Unit, and the County Probation Department made the sweeps in unincorporated areas of the county yesterday. The operation was part of ongoing efforts Read the Rest…


KCLU is Bringing Storycorps to Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties!

Thu, October 31, 2013

As part of KCLU’s ongoing mission to bring national programs to our listeners, KCLU is bringing StoryCorps to Thousand Oaks from Nov. 21 -Dec. 9 and Library Plaza in Santa Barbara Dec. 13-20! Learn how to sign up.


Ventura, Santa Barbara County Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Help Military Veterans With Benefits

Thu, October 31, 2013

Legislation intended to make it easier for military veterans to prove their eligibility for benefits, or decorations has been introduced by the congresswoman representing Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The Veterans Record Reconstruction Act would require the Department of Defense, working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to develop guidelines for the use of unofficial Read the Rest…


Local Congresswoman Introduces Bill To Help Military Veterans With Missing Records

Thu, October 31, 2013

Legislation intended to make it easier for military veterans to prove their eligibility for benefits, or decorations has been introduced by the congresswoman representing Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The Veterans Record Reconstruction Act would require the Department of Defense, working with the Department of Veterans Affairs, to develop guidelines for the use Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police To Enforce Ordinance Banning Registered Sex Offenders From Interacting With Children On Halloween

Thu, October 31, 2013

It’s of course Halloween, and for many homes in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, it means Halloween decorations, as well as treats being passed out to costumed kids. But, in one Ventura County community, registered sex offenders are banned from decorating their homes, and passing out candy. Simi Valley passed an ordinance last year banning Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Gets 75 Years To Life Sentence For Killing Estranged Wife

Thu, October 31, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man will spend the rest of his life in prison, after entering a guilty plea to a first degree murder charge for the August, 2011 murder of his estranged wife. Prosecutors say Isaac Martinez first threatened to kill his wife, and 14 year old son, and then five days later shot Read the Rest…


Tens Of Thousands Expected For Unsponsored Halloween Party In Isla Vista

Thu, October 31, 2013

It’s one of the largest unsanctioned, unsponsored parties in the United States, drawing tens of thousands of people to Isla Vista for Halloween. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports public safety agencies in Santa Barbara County are gearing up to deal with the alcohol, and drug related problems which come with the massive celebration. Click on link Read the Rest…


Ghost Hunter Talks About Haunts On South Coast

Thu, October 31, 2013

You may think you’re seeing a ghost, or two, or more tonight, and you may well be, because it’s Halloween. But, there are some people who believe we have real ghosts here, in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Sightings have been reported in some historic buildings, and old hotels over the years. A Ventura County Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Bicyclist Fatally Injured In Ventura Accident

Thu, October 31, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a bicyclist who was struck, and fatally injured by a big rig in Ventura. It happened at about 8:30 Tuesday morning, near the Ventura County Medical Center. Ventura Police say Scott Adamson was riding northbound on Hillmont Road, and was crossing Loma Vista Street. The southbound big rig was southbound on Read the Rest…


Ventura County Business Executive Wanted In U.S. Arrested In U.S. Virgin Islands

Wed, October 30, 2013

A Ventura County business executive who left the United States before he was indicted on fraud charges has been arrested in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Federal agents took Didier DeNier into custody when he made a stopover on his sailboat in St. Croix.  He had apparently been living on the boat. DeNier was CEO of Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Connection With String Of Home Fumigation Burglaries In Ventura County

Wed, October 30, 2013

Police say a video camera helped catch a man responsible for at least some of the rash of home fumigation burglaries in the City of Oxnard. Since the first of the year, 27 homes tented for pest removal in Oxnard have been hit by burglars, with the thieves taking things like electronics and jewelry.  Detectives Read the Rest…


Longtime South Coast Education Leader Dies

Wed, October 30, 2013

A longtime education leader on the South Coast has died. Mike Caston worked as a teacher, administrator, and schools superintendent for some four decades. From 1994 to 2004, he was Superintendent of the Santa Barbara Elementary, and High School Districts. He was also a Deputy Superintendent of Education with the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Read the Rest…


Firefighters Memorial Set For This Weekend In Ventura County

Wed, October 30, 2013

It’s going to look like a major fire is occurring in Ventura this weekend, because of a caravan of fire trucks headed to the city, but it’s actually part of a special memorial service. A tribute is set for this weekend for firefighters who died in the line of duty in Ventura County. The ceremony Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Dies After Being Pinned Between Car, Van

Wed, October 30, 2013

A Ventura County man is dead, after he was pinned between a car, and a parked van. Jose Renteria was walking behind a van parked on the 2100 block of North Ventura Road in Oxnard at around 5 last night, when a southbound car slammed into the man, pinning him against the back of the Read the Rest…


Drug Enforcement Team Arrests Two Students In Isla Vista

Wed, October 30, 2013

A regional drug task force in Santa Barbara County has arrested two men suspected of having drugs for sale. The Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team served a search warrant on an apartment on the 6600 block of Picasso Road early Saturday morning.  They seized cocaine, ecstasy, and other drugs which they believe were intended Read the Rest…


New Project Underway To Help Public Safety Vehicles Avoid Collisions At Santa Ynez Valley Intersections

Wed, October 30, 2013

A new project underway in the Santa Ynez Valley is intended to help public safety vehicles get through intersections accident free while on emergency calls. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Ynez Valley Intersection Lights


11 Hurt In School Bus Crash On Central Coast

Wed, October 30, 2013

11 people were hurt when an agricultural truck crashed into another vehicle, and then hit a school bus on a rural northern Santa Barbara County road. It happened at around 7 this morning, on Orcutt-Garey Road in the Sisquoc area. The bus careened more than a thousand feet out of control before going over an Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Proposed New Housing Development Next To South Coast Landmark Settled

Wed, October 30, 2013

Everyone agrees the housing is needed, but concern about new traffic, and parking issues led to controversy over a proposed new apartment complex in downtown Santa Barbara. The Arlington Village Project calls for building 33 apartments, and two commercial units on a parking lot next to the Arlington Theater. A key Santa Barbara commission approved Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Pizza Delivery Man In Ventura County Was Stealing Credit Card Information

Wed, October 30, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they believe a pizza delivery man was picking up more than tips from his customers…the investigators say he was stealing credit card information. The owner of a Moorpark pizza restaurant received a complaint that Jonathan Rutherford had improperly written down credit card information from a customer while delivering a pizza. Read the Rest…


Baseball Greats Steve Garvey, Steve Yeager Speaking In Ventura County Tonight As Part Of Community Reading Program

Wed, October 30, 2013

Two baseball legends are going to be speaking in Ventura County tonight, as part of a community reading event. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  TO Community Reading Program


More Than 150 Improved Streetlights Being Installed In South Coast Community

Tue, October 29, 2013

The most densely populated community on the South Coast is getting more than 150 new high intensity streetlights, with many installed just in time for Halloween. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  IV Street Lights Project


Major South Coast Street To Be Closed this Weekend To Try To Get People Out On Bikes, Foot

Tue, October 29, 2013

One South Coast community is closing one of its most popular streets to vehicles this coming Saturday, to try to get people out on foot. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara is going to try its first ever Open Streets event. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Open Streets Santa Barbara


Authorities Identify Oxnard Man They Believe Was Killed By Teenager

Tue, October 29, 2013

Authorities are now identifying an Oxnard man police think was murdered by a teenager over the weekend. Alfonso Esparza was found dead in his home on the 1100 block of South L Street Saturday night. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office says Esparza died from blunt force trauma. Several hours after the body of the Read the Rest…


Memorial Service Plans Announced For Local Housing Advocate

Tue, October 29, 2013

Memorial service plans have been announced for a community leader who was a tireless advocate for affordable housing in Ventura County. Rodney Fernandez was one of the founders of the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, the three decade old organization which has created more than 1500 housing units in the region. The 68 year old man Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Roads Pavement Protection Project Beginning This Week

Tue, October 29, 2013

A project to put protective seal on miles of roads in Santa Barbara County gets underway this week. The county’s annual surface treatment project will include more than 40 line miles of roads.  The $2.3 million dollars worth of work is intended to extend the life of the roadways.  Residents of affected areas will be Read the Rest…


Longtime Santa Barbara Airport Chief To Retire

Tue, October 29, 2013

The executive who’s run Santa Barbara’s Airport for more than a quarter of a century, and oversaw the construction of its new terminal has announced her retirement. Karen Ramsdell is going to step down at the end of the year, after 26 years as Santa Barbara Airports Director, and 37 years in total with the Read the Rest…


New Spy Exhibition In Ventura County Features More Than 300 Artifacts, Many Never Displayed In Public Before

Tue, October 29, 2013

Indignation continues to grow around the world over reports of the U.S. government eavesdropping on telephone calls by leaders in nearly three dozen countries. It’s put a new focus on the subject of spying. This week, a huge new exhibition on the history of spying happens to be opening in Ventura County.  It includes everything Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Injured While Trying To Arrest Man

Mon, October 28, 2013

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department suffered what’s being described as moderate injuries after a struggle with a man who was resisting arrest. It happened just before noon today, on the 4200 block of Calle Real in Santa Barbara.  The officer was conducting a traffic stop on a car for a minor traffic violation when Read the Rest…


Bedbug Infestation Cleared; Ventura Apartment Complex Residents Get All Clear To Return Home

Mon, October 28, 2013

An apartment complex closed down by the City of Ventura because of a bedbug infestation is back open again, after being cleared by city inspectors. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Bedbug Infestation Update


Storm System Only Creating Scattered Showers on South Coast

Mon, October 28, 2013

A storm system is bringing cloudy skies, and wind to the South Coast, but not much in the way of rainfall. Only light amounts of rainfall have been reported so far in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Parts of Los Angeles County received some locally heavy rainfall. The snow level is going to drop to Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Wild Chase Of Carjacked Truck In Ventura County

Mon, October 28, 2013

Two people are behind bars today after a carjacking, and wild chase which topped speeds of 60 miles an hour on residential streets in Ventura County. It started at about 9 last night, when a woman driving her pickup truck in the Victoria Road Avenue area became involved in an argument with a passenger. Police Read the Rest…


Central Coast Hospital Opens Expanded Emergency Room

Mon, October 28, 2013

A newly renovated, and expanded Emergency Department opened today at a Central Coast hospital. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Hospital Expansion


State Psychiatric Facility On Central Coast Cutting Admissions Because Of Psychologist Shortage

Mon, October 28, 2013

A shortage of psychologists has forced a reduction in the number of patients being admitted to a state psychiatric hospital on the Central Coast. The San Luis Obispo Telegram Tribune is reporting that Atascadero State Hospital closed one of its special units, because it has about ten less psychiatrists available to treat patients than it Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Tries To Unravel Mysteries Behind Hazing

Mon, October 28, 2013

It happens in gangs here, in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. But, it also happens among some football teams at local high schools, and fraternities at local colleges. Hazing is a practice which has been going on for centuries, despite efforts to ban it. In fact, it occurs in cultures around the world. A U-C Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Oxnard Police Officer Punched In Face

Mon, October 28, 2013

A barroom brawl led to the arrest of an Oxnard man, after police say he punched one of the officers arriving on the scene to break up the confrontation. Oxnard Police were called to a bar on the 400 block of East Main Street just before 1 a.m. yesterday, by reports of people fighting with Read the Rest…


Teenager Being Held For Murder In Ventura County

Mon, October 28, 2013

A teenager is being held this morning for the murder of a man in Ventura County. Oxnard police were called to a home on the 1100 block of South L Street just before 11 Saturday night, by reports of a suspicious death.  They found the body of a 49 year old man inside, and determined Read the Rest…


Driver Of Car Involved In Fatal Ventura County Hit And Run Accident Sought

Mon, October 28, 2013

Authorities are looking for the driver of a car believed to be responsible for a fatal hit and run accident in Ventura County. It happened at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, on Channel Islands Boulevard, near Wheelhouse Avenue in Port Hueneme. Port Hueneme Police say Phillip Valentine was hit by a car, which left the scene.  Read the Rest…


Search For Wanted Man Leads To Campus Lockdowns In Part Of Oxnard

Fri, October 25, 2013

No one was hurt, but some schools in Ventura County were placed on lockdown this afternoon as authorities searched for a wanted man believed to be in the area. Ventura Police say they spotted the parolee at around two.  The man was able to flee, and apparently headed to southern Oxnard.  As a result, three Read the Rest…


Section Of Highway 101 On Central Coast To Be Closed For Construction

Fri, October 25, 2013

A section of Highway 101 on the Central Coast is going to be closed for a paving project. Caltrans officials say one lane of the northbound 101 at Spyglass Drive in Pismo Beach will be closed from 8 p.m. to just after 11:30 Sunday night.  Then from 11:45 p.m., to around 4 a.m. Monday morning, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Teen Convicted Of First Degree Murder For Slaying At Party

Fri, October 25, 2013

A Ventura County teenager could spend the rest of his life behind bars, after being convicted of killing another teen at a party. Alex Medina stabbed to death Seth Scarminach during the April, 2009 party in Meiners Oaks.  Prosecutors say during a fight, the then 14 year old boy stabbed the 16 year old victim Read the Rest…


Zombies (Or What Look Like Zombies!) To Dance For Charity In Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Fri, October 25, 2013

Zombies around the world, and here in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties will be dancing for charity this weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  Thriller Event


Actor Forest Whitaker To Be Honored By Santa Barbara International Film Festival In December Fundraiser

Fri, October 25, 2013

Academy Award winning actor Forest Whitaker is going to be honored on the South Coast, in a fundraiser for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Whitaker will be presented with the festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence In Film, at a December 15th event in Goleta. He starred in the highly acclaimed film “The Butler” Read the Rest…


CenCal Health Plan Expecting Enrollment Surge In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties From Affordable Care Act

Fri, October 25, 2013

The controversy continues about problems with the National Affordable Care Act website. But, health care officials in our region remain focused on getting ready for a flood of people expected to sign up for new insurance coverage. The agency which handles Medi-Cal covered people in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties is expecting to Read the Rest…


Masive Manure Fire Down, But Not Out In Ventura County

Fri, October 25, 2013

More than a week and a half after a stinky manure fire first started in Ventura, firefighters are continuing to monitor its smoldering remnants. The fire broke out October 16th at a closed mushroom farm on the 4400 block of Olivas Park Drive. With the manure, and hay piled more than 10 to 15 feet Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Death For Slaying Of Businessman

Thu, October 24, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to death for the 2008 ambush slaying of an Oxnard businessman. A judge agreed with a jury recommendation for the death penalty for Jeffrey Aguilar. The 27 year old Oxnard man was convicted of first degree murder, and other charges for shooting to death, and robbing Gurmohinder Singh. Read the Rest…


Northern California Congressman Authors Legislation To Turn Disputed Land In Santa Ynez Valley Into Chumash Tribal Land

Thu, October 24, 2013

A Northern California congressman has authored legislation to try to clear the way for the Chumash tribe to turn 1400 acres of land it owns in the Santa Ynez Valley into reservation land. The property near the intersection of Highways 154, and 246 has been the subject of a firestorm of controversy. The tribe says Read the Rest…


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