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Archives for December 2013

Santa Barbara Police Evacuate Police Station After Old Ammunition Turned In For Disposal

Tue, December 31, 2013

The biggest excitement for Santa Barbara Police today happened in their police station. A man cleaning out a garage found some boxes full of ammunition, including a World War II hand grenade. He brought the box to the police station at around 11:15 a.m., and once officers realized the grenade was potentially live, they moved Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Weekend SWAT Team Incident in Ventura Now Identified As Suspect In Two Car Chases

Tue, December 31, 2013

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department reports that a man arrested following a SWAT team incident in Ventura last Saturday is also a suspect in two recent car chases. Ventura Police arrested Juan Miguel Bejar just before midnight Saturday, following a two hour standoff on the 300 block of West Simpson Street.  Officers learned the Read the Rest…


Van Runs Into Passenger Train In Camarillo; One Dead, One Injured

Tue, December 31, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out why a Ventura County woman’s van ran into a passenger train, leaving her dead, and a second person injured. The accident happened just before 11 a.m. yesterday, off of Las Posas Road in Camarillo.  Ventura County firefighters say a van driven by Misty Wood smashed into a northbound Amtrak Read the Rest…


Three Injured When Fishing Boat Runs Aground In Channel Islands

Tue, December 31, 2013

Three people were hurt when a fishing boat ran aground in the Channel Islands. It happened just after 12 am. Monday, at Anacapa Island.  More than two dozen people were on board the boat when it apparently ran aground, and started taking on water.  The boat was towed back to Channel Islands Harbor, and three Read the Rest…


Effort Underway To Document Major High Tides In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Tue, December 31, 2013

Some of 2013’s, and 2014’s highest tides are hitting Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties this week, and some people are trying to document them, as examples of what rising sea levels could bring to the region. The highest tides of the week are expected at 8:42 a.m. in Santa Barbara County, and 8:59 Read the Rest…


Effort Underway To Document High Tides in Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties This Week

Tue, December 31, 2013

Some of 2013′s, and 2014′s highest tides are hitting Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties this week, and some people are trying to document them, as examples of what rising sea levels could bring to the region. The highest tides of the week are expected at 8:32 a.m. tomorrow in Ventura County, and 8:42 a.m. in Read the Rest…


Critically Acclaimed “Before” Series Of Movies Latest Addition To Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Tue, December 31, 2013

A critically acclaimed series of films about love which spans nearly two decades is the latest addition to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, with the trilogy’s two stars, and director taking part. “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight,” will be shown together on February 9th, followed by a conversation with Ethan Hawke, Judy Read the Rest…


Missing Federal Prison Inmate On Central Coast Back In Custody

Mon, December 30, 2013

Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the escape, and eventual surrender of an inmate from a minimum security federal prison facility on the Central Coast. Jeffrey Killbride disappeared from the satellite prison camp at the Lompoc Federal Correction Complex last Friday afternoon. He surrendered to authorities a little over 24 hours later. Killbride had been Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Train In Simi Valley Monday Night

Mon, December 30, 2013

For the second time in less than a week, a man has been struck, and killed by a train in eastern Ventura County. A Metrolink train hit a man on the tracks just after 5 p.m. yesterday, near Madera Road in Simi Valley.  The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been Read the Rest…


Billionaire Known For Philanthropy In Santa Barbara County Dies

Mon, December 30, 2013

A billionaire known for his generosity in Santa Barbara County has died. The Dallas Morning News reports that Harold Simmons died Saturday, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.   Simmons got into business in the 1960’s, opening a pharmacy in Dallas which he parlayed into a drug store chain.  He sold the pharmacies, and used the Read the Rest…


Christmas Night Brush Fire In Ventura County Now Being Called Suspicious In Origin

Mon, December 30, 2013

A Christmas night brush fire in Ventura County is now being called suspicious in origin, and fire officials are looking for anyone who may have seen any unusual activity in the area at the time. The fire was discovered just after 10 p.m. last Wednesday near Box Canyon.  Fire conditions were extremely dangerous at the time, Read the Rest…


State Confirms Non-Native Mussel Infestation In Ventura County Lake

Mon, December 30, 2013

State officials are confirming the discovery of an infestation of non-native mussels in a Ventura County lake. The State Department of Fish And Wildlife has tentatively identified mussels found at Lake Piru as Quagga mussels. They are a type of mussel native to Eurasia, and can multiply rapidly. The quagga mussels can clog water pipes Read the Rest…


Ventura County Loses Bid To Host Drone Testing

Mon, December 30, 2013

Ventura County lost its potentially lucrative bid to become one of the national testing sites for drones. The federal government today announced that testing will take place in six states, but that California isn’t one of them. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, and Virginia were selected by the Federal Aviation Administration for the Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Blasts City Of Lompoc Over Oversight Of Grants

Mon, December 30, 2013

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report is blasting the City of Lompoc, charging the city failed to adequately address concerns about audits of grants, and loans it makes. In 2012, the county’s Grand Jury released a report called “A Failure Of Oversight,” in which it said the city, and its redevelopment agency had Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed By Train In Ventura County

Mon, December 30, 2013

Investigators are continuing to look into exactly what happened before a man was struck, and killed by a train in eastern Ventura County. It happened just before 4 p.m. Saturday, near Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley.  A northbound Amtrak train hit a man on the tracks.  The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Read the Rest…


International Auto Racing Legend Andy Granatelli Dies In Santa Barbara

Mon, December 30, 2013

An auto racing legend also known in recent years for his support of charities in Santa Barbara County has died. Andy Granatelli died yesterday, from congestive heart failure. He and his brothers got into auto racing, but he realized that his future was as a businessman, and race team owner.  Granatelli’s team, with driver Mario Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested In Fatal Oxnard Stabbing

Sun, December 29, 2013

Police a man wanted in connection with a fatal stabbing in Oxnard has surrendered. Officers were called to the 2000 block of North Oxnard Boulevard at around one a.m. Saturday.  They found a 24 year old man with stab wounds.  Despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives called an Oxnard Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Affects Traffic On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Sat, December 28, 2013

Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire which disrupted traffic on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County. The blaze flared up next to the 101 near the Lemon Grove overcrossing in Ventura just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday.  The fire created heavy smoke which drifted across the northbound lanes of the freeway, Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Investigating What They Believe Was Murder-Suicide

Sat, December 28, 2013

Simi Valley Police say they are investigating what they believe was a murder-suicide. Officers were called to the 2400 block of East Woodrow Avenue just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday.  They found a woman who was dead from gunshot wounds, and a man who was seriously wounded.  He died a short time later at a hospital. Read the Rest…


Man Being Sought For Fatal Ventura County Stabbing

Sat, December 28, 2013

Police say they’re looking for a man in connection with a fatal stabbing in Oxnard early Saturday morning. Officers were called to the 2000 block of North Oxnard Boulevard at around one a.m. Saturday.  They found a 24 year old man with stab wounds.  Despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Missing Federal Prison Inmate On Central Coast

Sat, December 28, 2013

Authorities are looking for an inmate who walked away from a minimum security prison facility on the Central Coast. Jeffrey Kilbride was serving a 78 month sentence for conspiracy, fraud, and other related charges at the federal correctional complex in Lompoc. The 48 year old Los Angeles man disappeared Friday afternoon. He has no history Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Major Designer Drug Dealer, Girlfriend Arrested In Ventura County

Sat, December 28, 2013

Authorities say a several month long investigation has led to the arrest of a major drug dealer working in eastern Ventura County, and western Los Angeles County. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unity arrested Aaron Lieberman of Simi Valley, and seized methylone, a drug sold as both ecstacy, and bath salts.  Investigators say the Read the Rest…


Two Teens Arrested Following Brief, But Wild Car Chase In Ventura County

Fri, December 27, 2013

Two teens are facing charges following a brief, but wild car chase in the Ventura and Oxnard areas. A Ventura police officer tried to stop a vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner at about 3 a.m. Friday morning, on the 2300 block of East Main Street.  The vehicle didn’t yield, and the driver got Read the Rest…


Cause Of Christmas Night Brush Fire In Eastern Ventura County Still Under Investigation

Fri, December 27, 2013

Ventura County fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a potentially dangerous brush fire which started at the Ventura-Los Angeles County line, near Box Canyon Christmas night. Strong wind in the area threatened to blow the blaze into the mountainous area.  Ventura County Fire Captain Mike Lindbery says they took the unusual Read the Rest…


Anti-DUI Campaign During Holidays In Santa Barbara County Nets More Than 90 Arrests

Fri, December 27, 2013

A campaign intended to help deal with the DUI problem in Santa Barbara County during the holidays is reporting more than 90 arrests since December 13th. The “Avoid The 12″ effort involving a dozen law enforcement agencies made 93 arrests from December 13th through midnight on December 26th.  That’s up one arrest from the same Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Struck, Killed By Vehicle

Fri, December 27, 2013

A Central Coast man who was out jogging is dead, following an accident in the Santa Ynez Valley. The 45 year old man was running near the intersection of Refugio Road, and Deer Creek Lane just after 6:30 Friday morning.  The CHP says a mini-van stopped at the intersection, then entered it, striking the Santa Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Eastern Ventura County 80% Contained

Thu, December 26, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say a brush fire which started late last night in the eastern part of the county is now 80% contained. The fire started just after 10:30 last night near Box Canyon.  With gusty wind conditions in the area at the time causing concern, firefighters were able to stop the spread of the Read the Rest…


Firefighters Battle Brush Fire Near Ventura-Los Angeles County Line

Wed, December 25, 2013

Firefighters say they are making progress towards controlling what’s reported to be around a ten acre brush fire near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line. The fire was reported at about 10:45 Christmas night, near Santa Susana Pass Road, and Lilac Lane.  As of 11:35, no structures were being threatened, and no evacuations had been ordered.  Read the Rest…


Christmas Eve Special Programming

Tue, December 24, 2013

Tuesday, December 24 7 pm-9 pm—Tinsel Tales.  Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  Featuring David Sedaris with The Santaland Diaries. 9 pm—A Christmas Carol.  An original production of a holiday classic, this Quicksilver Radio Theater production returns to the heart of the 1843 story Read the Rest…


Task Force Receives $1.5 Million Dollars For Gang Prevention, Intervention In Three Santa Barbara County Communities

Tue, December 24, 2013

A task force is getting  a $1.5 million dollar state grant to fight gangs in three Santa Barbara County communities. The South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs will receive the money from the California Board of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  The cities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, and Lompoc will each receive $500,000 over a two Read the Rest…


Well Known Ventura County Eductor Dies

Tue, December 24, 2013

A well known Ventura County educator has died. Jarvis Streeter taught religion at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for 25 years.  He taught a popular class on “Faith and Reason,” and wrote a book about the interaction of theology, and science called “Human Nature, Human Evil, and Religion.”  He was also active in the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets Four Year Prison Sentence For Fatal DUI Crash

Tue, December 24, 2013

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a fatal DUI crash. Alejandro Pope was driving a vehicle on Reino Road, in Newbury Park April 9th when struck an oncoming vehicle.  A passenger in Pope’s vehicle, Nicholas Cwayna, was killed. Prosecutors say Pope had traces of drugs in his blood Read the Rest…


Theme Chosen For South Coast’s Largest Community Celebration

Tue, December 24, 2013

“Honor Your History” will be the theme for the next edition of the South Coast’s largest annual community celebration. Santa Barbara’s 2014 Old Spanish Days celebration will take place from July 30th to August 3 of next year.  The head of the event, Dennis Rickard, announced the theme of the celebration, which includes two parades, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Officer Injured By Hit And Run Driver

Tue, December 24, 2013

An Oxnard police officer is recovering from injuries suffered in a hit and run accident. Two officers were patrolling on bicycle on the 100 block of South H Street around 6:30 last night, when one of them was hit from behind by a car, which then sped away from the scene. The officer was thrown Read the Rest…


Historic Roadside Santa Celebrates 10th Anniversary In Ventura County

Tue, December 24, 2013

It was a holiday themed tradition in Santa Barbara County for decades.  Now, it’s celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in Ventura County. In 2003, a historic roadside Santa near Carpinteria became homeless, but some people stepped up to provide a new home for the massive sculpture. Since the move, it’s become much more than a photo Read the Rest…


Man Dead Following Apartment Fire In Ventura County

Mon, December 23, 2013

A man is dead, following an apartment complex fire in Ventura County. The fire was reported just after 4:30 this morning, on the 2400 block of Madera Circle in Port Hueneme. Ventra County firefighters arrived to find smoke coming out of one unit. They were able to contain the fire before it spread to other Read the Rest…


Federal Judge Rejects Lawsuits Over Contraception Requirements In Affordable Care Act, But Upholds Challenge By College In Ventura County

Mon, December 23, 2013

A federal court judge has rejected lawsuits by some groups affiliated with the Catholic Church that challenged the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that their insurance for employees cover contraception, but a small Ventura County college has won its part of the legal action. Federal Judge Amy Jackson rejected the group argument that the contraceptive requirement Read the Rest…


Fugitive Flamingos Reluctant About Move To Central Coast

Mon, December 23, 2013

Two fugitive flamingos in Southern California are still reluctantly resisting plans to move them to the Central Coast. Inglewood’s iconic Hollywood Park horse racing track held its last races yesterday, and is closing down for good.  The track agreed to send 10 flamingos living in its infield lagoon to the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.  Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Charged With Murder Following Fatal Traffic Collision

Mon, December 23, 2013

A Central Coast woman blamed for triggering a fatal three vehicle traffic collision in the Santa Ynez Valley is now facing a murder charge. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office filed the new charge against Rebecca Sandoval of Lompoc for the December 19th crash. Investigators say the 37 year old woman was approaching an Read the Rest…


Number Of DUI Arrests In Ventura County Up So Far In End Of Year Period

Mon, December 23, 2013

There’s been a major spike in the number of DUI arrests in Ventura County during the early phases of an annual crackdown during the end of year holiday season. 140 people have been arrested so far as a part of the “Avoid The 14″ campaign, which involves a coalition of 14 law enforcement agencies in Read the Rest…


Ventura Bail Bond Company Owner, Agent Arrested

Mon, December 23, 2013

The owner of a Ventura County bail bond company, and one of his bail agents had to raise bail for themselves, after they were arrested on charges that some of the bail bond work was occurring without a license. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they investigated several complaints that Ventura based Biker Bail Bonds was Read the Rest…


No Arrests In Oxnard Murder Case Yet

Mon, December 23, 2013

No arrests have been made yet in the murder of a man in Oxnard. Jackie Williams was shot to death last Friday morning on the 600 block of West Juniper Street. Oxnard Police detectives say they’ve questioned a man who was with the 29 year old victim at the time of the shooting, but haven’t Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Songwriter/Singer Kenny Loggins Talks About New Children’s Book, New Band

Mon, December 23, 2013

Just in time for the holidays, a folk, and pop music icon who lives on the South Coast has a new CD out. But…you can’t buy the latest Kenny Login CD in the music section at Best Buy, or Target, or even from I-Tunes.  It’s part of a brand new children’s book re-telling the classic Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County

Mon, December 23, 2013

Police are trying to figure out what led to the fatal shooting of a man near a bar in Ventura County. Santa Paula Police were called to the 200 block of South Garcia Street in Santa Paula just after one a.m. Sunday, by reports of someone with a gun. Officers arriving at the scene found Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Attacking Police Office In Ventura County

Mon, December 23, 2013

A man is facing multiple charges after police say he vandalized a vehicle, chased someone with a knife who tried to stop him, and then fought with, and resisted a Simi Valley police officer who tried to arrest him. It happened at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, in the parking lot of a department store on Read the Rest…


This Week Marks 10th Anniversary Of Deadly Central Coast Earthquake

Mon, December 23, 2013

This week marks the 10th anniversary of a major earthquake on the Central Coast, which killed two people, and injured 49. The magnitude 6.6 quake rocked the region at 11:15 a.m. on December 22nd, 2003.  Paso Robles was the hardest hit, with two women dying when the building they worked in collapsed.  In addition to Read the Rest…


Tip Leads To Two Arrests For Robberies Of Ventura County Fast Food Restaurants

Mon, December 23, 2013

Detectives say the public helped solve the robberies of two fast food restaurants in Ventura County. leading to the arrests of two men. Robbers hit two Taco Bell restaurants in Thousand Oaks earlier this month, each time escaping with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives released surveillance video of the second robbery, Read the Rest…


Plans Announced for Tribute To Actor Forest Whitaker In Santa Barbara

Mon, December 23, 2013

Plans have been announced for a rescheduled tribute to actor Forest Whitaker in Santa Barbara. Actress Angela Bassett, and actor Michael B. Jordan are among the Hollywood celebrities set to be on hand for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival event January 5th.  Whitaker is set to receive the Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award For Read the Rest…


Police Say They Arrest Man Trying To Start Brush Fire In Ventura County

Sun, December 22, 2013

Police say they’ve arrested a man who was trying to start a brush fire in Ventura County. An Oxnard Police officer on patrol just before 11 a.m. Saturday morning reported seeing Eduardo Hernandez fanning a fire near some railroad tracks on the 1600 block of East Fifth Street.  As the officer approached the scene, Eduardo Read the Rest…


Weekend Memorial Planned For Homeless Who Died In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 20, 2013

A weekend memorial service is planned to remember the homeless who’ve died in Santa Barbara County in the last year. The interdenominational service will take place at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse at 6 p.m. tomorrow.  Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, and the Interfaith Initiate of Santa Barbara are sponsoring the event, which Read the Rest…


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