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Archives for December 2013

State Commmission Approves Additional Grant For Santa Barbara County To Continue Jail Expansion

Fri, December 13, 2013

Santa Barbara County planned new jail complex on the Central Coast just got the funding to become even bigger. The County is in the process of building a 376 bed complex in Santa Maria to ease jail overcrowding.  The county had received an $80 million dollar state grant to pay for most of the projected Read the Rest…


Acting Director Named For Santa Barbara Airport

Fri, December 13, 2013

An official who’s helped run Santa Barbara Airport for more than a quarter of a century is going to temporarily take over its management. Hazel Johns has been Assistant Airport Director since 1987. She’ll take over the top spot on an acting basis later this month, when longtime Airport Director Karen Ramsdell retires. Johns has Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Along 101 Freeway In Ventura County Called Suspicious

Fri, December 13, 2013

It wasn’t a big brush fire, but it created a scare for some motorists in Ventura County, and may have been intentionally set. A blaze near the 101 Freeway-Highway 33 interchange in Ventura just after 11:30 yesterday morning sent flames shooting up more than ten feet above the freeway’s sides.  Smoke briefly obscured the freeway. Read the Rest…


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Student Diagnosed With Viral Meningitis

Fri, December 13, 2013

A Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student has been diagnosed with viral meningitis. University officials say the student being treated for the disease is an off campus resident.  Campus health officials have talked to students who may have come in contact with the student with the illness, to insure they aren’t showing symptoms. Four UC Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Break-In Robbery, Rape In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 13, 2013

A Santa Barbara County man has been sentenced to life in prison, after being convicted of breaking into an Isla Vista apartment, and robbing and sexually assaulting  a young woman. Prosecutors say Juan Ramirez pried open a window screen, crawled through an apartment window, and then raped the 19 year old coed.  The January, 2011 crime remained unsolved Read the Rest…


StoryCorps Project Arrives In Santa Barbara County Today

Fri, December 13, 2013

The StoryCorps project officially comes to Santa Barbara County today. The nationally known project to record stories which are shared with the Library of Congress, and some of the best heard on NPR has set up its mobile recording studio in downtown Santa Barbara. Interviews are conducted by people who know each other, with the Read the Rest…


Personal Information Of Thousands Of Hospital Patients In Santa Barbara County Compromised

Thu, December 12, 2013

The personal information of more than 30,000 hospital patients may have been compromised through the accidental removal of security precautions on a computer server. Cottage Health System says the files of 32,500 patients at Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital between September of 2009, and December 2nd were impacted. Read the Rest…


Dance Party Planned To Raise Money For Scholarship In Honor Of Thousand Oaks Teen Who Lost Battle With Cancer

Thu, December 12, 2013

The community is coming together for a special event to honor a Conejo Valley high school student who lost his battle with cancer, with creation of a scholarship in his name. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Dance For Drew


Man Dies After Losing Control Of Truck, Smashing Into Tree In Conejo Valley

Thu, December 12, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out why a Kern County man lost control of his pickup truck while driving in the Conejo Valley, and smashed into a tree, fatally injuring him. It happened just after 5 p.m. yesterday. Armando Estrada of Bakersfield was northbound on Ventu Park Road, near Hillcrest Drive when he drove over Read the Rest…


National Science Foudation Awards Grant To Help Two South Coast Universities Study Impacts Of Brush Fires On Watersheds

Thu, December 12, 2013

The National Science Foundation has awarded three universities a grant to help study the impacts of wildfires on ecosystems, by looking at the aftermath of a major blaze in Ventura County. Researchers at Cal State Channel Islands, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Colorado Denver will look at how chaparral, and watersheds were affected Read the Rest…


Man Fatally Beaten In Ventura Now Identified

Thu, December 12, 2013

Authorities are now identifying a man Ventura police say was fatally beaten. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports police think they’ve solved the case, but still aren’t sure why it happened. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Homicide Update


Mystery Murder Victim On Central Coast Finally Identified

Thu, December 12, 2013

Authorities have finally identified the body of a murder victim who was found in a ditch near some agricultural fields on the Central Coast nearly three months ago. The body of Silvestre Lopez of Guerrero, Mexico was found September 17. There was no identification on the body, and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Considering Putting Oil Production Tax Proposal To Voters

Thu, December 12, 2013

Santa Barbara County found itself millions of dollars in the red during its last budget cycle. The county balanced the budget, but money remains a huge issue. Now, county officials are taking a close look at a county Grand Jury recommendation which proposed creating a oil production tax. It could generate millions, by charging a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Hires New Animal Services Director

Thu, December 12, 2013

Ventura County has announced the hiring of a new Director of Animal Services, taking on what’s become a high pressure post. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Animal Services Director


University In Ventura County To Start New Institute To Help Veterans Start Businesses

Thu, December 12, 2013

A Ventura County based university has announced plans for a new institute to help veterans start their own businesses. California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is launching a Veterans Entrepreneurship Institute. Nelson Pizarro, who’s an assistant professor at CLU’s School of Management, will lead a series of weekend workshops for veterans. Each of the 20 Read the Rest…


Fire Engine From South Coast Gets New Life On Central Coast

Wed, December 11, 2013

A fire engine which helped saved lives in southern Santa Barbara County for years now has a new life as an instructional tool on the Central Coast. The Santa Barbara Fire Department this week donated a nearly 30 year old Mack fire engine to the Allan Hancock College Fire Technology program.  The engine had a Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Eastern Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Wed, December 11, 2013

A brush fire in a remote area outside of Moorpark is now fully contained. The blaze started early yesterday morning, north of the 118 Freeway between Moorpark College, and the Rustic Canyon Golf Course.  It burned through a sparsely populated agricultural area. More than 100 firefighters battled the 40 acre plus blaze yesterday, getting it Read the Rest…


Woman Hit By Congressional Aide in Santa Barbara Dies; Driver Now Facing Murder Charge

Wed, December 11, 2013

A woman struck, and killed by an aide to a Santa Barbara congresswoman in what police say was a DUI incident has died. Mallory Dies died today, five days after she was struck in a hit and run accident. Police say Raymond Morua had been in downtown Santa Barbara Friday night, and hit Dies on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Police Release Identity Of Man In Officer Involved Shooting

Wed, December 11, 2013

Santa Barbara Police have released a few details of an officer involved shooting over the weekend, including the identity of the man who was shot. Officers called to the 1200 block of San Andres Street around 11:30 last Friday night by reports of a man brandishing a weapon say they encountered Andrew Scott Furst, who Read the Rest…


One Injured In Ventura County Apartment Complex Fire

Wed, December 11, 2013

One person suffered minor injuries in a fire at a Ventura County apartment complex. The blaze happened at around 8 this morning, in a complex on the 3400 block of Peninsula Road in Oxnard. One unit was heavily damaged by the fire, while two others suffered water damage. One person was treated at the scene Read the Rest…


Former Federal Prison Guard On Central Coast Gets 25 Years To Life Sentence For Killing Fellow Guard

Wed, December 11, 2013

A former federal prison guard on the Central Coast received a 25 years to life sentence today for murdering a fellow guard. Timothy McNally was convicted of second degree murder for the March, 2011 shooting death of Gary Bent.  McNalley was a federal correctional officer at Lompoc Federal Prison, and Bent was a federal officer Read the Rest…


Man Who Died Following Traffic Accident In Ventura County Died From Natural Causes

Wed, December 11, 2013

A man involved in a traffic accident in Ventura County apparently died from natural causes, and not the crash itself. A van traveling westbound on Gonzales Road, near Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard just before 5:30 last night smashed into a car which was stopped, waiting to make a turn.  The van’s driver, Joe Cotton, was Read the Rest…


Fire Restrictions Eased On Los Padres National Forest

Wed, December 11, 2013

Recent rainfall has eased the fire danger on the Los Padres National Forest, and prompted a lowering of fire restrictions. Forest Service officials say campfires, and charcoal barbeques will now be allowed in all areas of the national forest. Campfire permits are still required for campfires outside of designated areas. Bans on smoking, and target Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Battle Blaze Near City Water Plant, Homeless Camps

Wed, December 11, 2013

It was a long night for dozens of Ventura firefighters, who spent hours battling a fire burning through vegetation burning near some homeless camps on the Santa Clara River. Venture Fire Department dispatchers received numerous calls at around 11:30 last night of flames, and smoke near the mouth of the river, near the city’s water Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance To Try To Help Control Pet Overpopulation Problem

Wed, December 11, 2013

Nobody likes the idea of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats being euthanized. But, due to animal shelter overcrowding, it happens on a regular basis here on the South Coast. Ventura County is trying to step up its efforts to deal with the issue, with an ordinance requiring mandatory spaying and neutering, unless you get an Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Zoo Gets Huge Early Christmas Present

Wed, December 11, 2013

The Santa Barbara Zoo received an early Christmas present, in the form of $100,000 worth of new SUV’s from some of the region’s car dealers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the gift will allow the zoo to expand its research efforts. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Zoo SUV’s


Brush Fire In Eastern Ventura County Now 70% Contained; Full Containment Expected Wednesday

Tue, December 10, 2013

A brush fire in eastern Ventura County is now 70% contained, and no structures were damaged. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the fire lines, just outside of Moorpark. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Moorpark Brush Fire


Former Police Officer on Central Coast Sentenced To 18 Months Behind Bars For Extortion

Tue, December 10, 2013

A former police officer on the Central Coast has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in a corruption case. Federal prosecutors say Cory Pierce was sentenced this week after he entered a guilty plea in June to an extortion charge. The 40 year old man had been a City of San Luis Obispo Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 50% Contained; Estimate of Acreage Burned Downgraded

Tue, December 10, 2013

A brush fire burning in a remote area outside of Moorpark is now 50% contained, and the estimate of acreage burned is now being downgraded. The fire was reported just after 2 a.m., north of the 118 Freeway between Moorpark College, and the Rustic Canyon Golf Course.  Wind gusts of 20 to 30 miles an Read the Rest…


Judge Rules Central Coast Woman Charged With Killing Mother Is Legally Insane

Tue, December 10, 2013

A judge has ruled that a Central Coast woman charged with killing her mother is not guilty, by reason of insanity. Prosecutors say Sunni Jackson murdered her mother in April of 2012. Earline Grove had been beaten, and stabbed to death. Jackson had a history of mental health issues, and both prosecution and defense experts Read the Rest…


More Than $300,000 in Grants Announced For Social Justice Efforts In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Tue, December 10, 2013

A foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in grants for social justice and community organizing efforts in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The McCune Foundation selected 15 groups to receive funding. The money will go to organizations like the Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, El Centrito Family Learning Centers, and the Westminster Free Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Eastern Ventura County Now 40% Contained; No Structures Damaged

Tue, December 10, 2013

A brush fire burning in a remote area outside of Moorpark is now 40% contained. The fire was reported just after 2 a.m., north of the 118 Freeway between Moorpark College, and the Rustic Canyon Golf Course.  Wind gusts of 20 to 30 miles an hour quickly moved the fire through some light brush in Read the Rest…


Fire Investigators Looking Into Cause Of Blaze At Ventura Marina

Tue, December 10, 2013

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a blaze which destroyed one boat, and damaged a second at a Ventura Marina. Ventura firefighters were called to a dock at Ventura Isle Marina just after 12 this morning, by reports of a fire.  They found a 30 foot long cabin cruiser fully enveloped in Read the Rest…


100 Firefighters Battling Brush Fire In Ventura County; No Structures Threatened

Tue, December 10, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say they are moving towards containment of an approximately 50 acre brushfire which has been burning since early this morning in a remote area outside of Moorpark. The fire was reported just after 2 a.m., north of the 118 Freeway between Moorpark College, and the Rustic Canyon Golf Course.  Wind gusts of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Expected to Finalize Mandatory Spay/Neuter Ordinance For Dogs And Cats Today

Tue, December 10, 2013

Ventura County’s strongest plan yet to deal with pet overpopulation could get final approval today. County Supervisors are expected to adopt an ordinance requiring the spaying, and neutering of most dogs and cats. There are special provisions for pet breeders, who can get permits so they don’t have to sterilize their animals. It also bans Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning In Eastern Ventura County

Tue, December 10, 2013

Ventura County firefighters say they are getting the upper hand on a roughly 50 acre brushfire which has been burning since early this morning in a remote area outside of Moorpark. The fire was reported just after 2 a.m., north of the 118 Freeway between Moorpark College, and the Rustic Canyon Golf Course. No structures Read the Rest…


UCSB Hosts What’s Billed As World’s Largest Computer Hacking Event

Tue, December 10, 2013

It’s become a feared crime in this high-tech age. We worry that someone will hack into our accounts, stealing our personal information, and maybe our money. But…an event at UC Santa Barbara not only encouraged hacking…it sponsored it. UCSB hosted what’s billed as the world’s largest computer hacking competition, with more than 100 teams, and Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Series Of Burglaries Targeting Vehicles Of Hikers In Ventura County

Tue, December 10, 2013

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested a man they believe has been responsible for breaking into, and stealing things from the vehicles of hikers in the Ojai area for years. Investigators were looking into a series of break-ins the first weekend in November in the Matilija Canyon Trailhead parking lot when they say they Read the Rest…


Congressional Aide Fired After Incident In Santa Barbara Which Leaves Woman Critically Injured

Mon, December 9, 2013

A local congresswoman has fired an aide who was arrested on a felony DUI charge for a hit and run incident which seriously injured a woman. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps fired Raymond Morua as a result of  the early Friday morning incident in Santa Barbara. Police say the 32 year old man had been in Read the Rest…


Autopsy Shows Body Of Man Found On Ventura Street Is That Of Homicide Victim

Mon, December 9, 2013

What was originally called a suspicious death in Ventura County is now being called a homicide, and a suspect has been arrested. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Homicide


Central Coast Man Is Northern California Murder Victim

Mon, December 9, 2013

A Central Coast man is being identified as the victim of a Northern California murder. A Salinas motel maid entered a partially opened door to a room last Thursday, and found the body of Bobby Dick Junior of Morro Bay. He had been stabbed multiple times. Salinas Police say the 53 year old man stayed Read the Rest…


School Board In Ventura County To Receive Proposal To Close Three Elementary Schools

Mon, December 9, 2013

A school board in Ventura County is scheduled to receive a report tomorrow calling for the closure of three elementary schools, in a cost cutting move. The Simi Valley School Board will look at a proposal from a district committee that it close Justin, Lincoln, and Mountain View Elementary schools next school year. The three Read the Rest…


Free Flu Shots, Blood Pressure Checks Part Of Affordable Care Act Education Event On Central Coast

Mon, December 9, 2013

Getting health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be the focus of a community event on the Central Coast this coming weekend. Santa Barbara County Public Health, and Social Services officials, along with Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara will be taking part in Saturday’s event in Santa Maria. There will be free Read the Rest…


Meetings Set On Oil Well Recommissioning Plans Off Goleta

Mon, December 9, 2013

The State Lands Commission is holding public meetings this week about plans by an oil company to reactivate an existing well on the Santa Barbara County coastline. Venoco want to recommission a well near the Haskell Beach piers. The well as been offline for nearly 20 years, since 1994, but company officials think it could Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Honored With Permanent Memorial

Mon, December 9, 2013

A Santa Barbara County solider who died in Afghanistan is being honored with a permanent memorial on the Central Coast. A plaque, and tree to remember Army Specialist Kenneth Alvarez are being dedicated this morning at the Abel Maldonado Youth Center in Santa Maria.  The 23 year old, along with another member of his engineering Read the Rest…


Tiger Woods Narrowly Loses His Final Tournament In Ventura County

Mon, December 9, 2013

Tiger Woods almost ended his final golf tournament in Ventura County in spectacular fashion, but came up short. The last World Challenge Golf Tournament at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks ended regulation play in a tie yesterday with Woods, and Zach Johnson tied at 13 under.   But Woods missed a five foot putt Read the Rest…


Travelers Could Face Challenge On 101 Between Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, December 9, 2013

Travelers between Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties could face some challenges during the overnight, or early morning hours for the next few days. Caltrans is continuing work on its addition of carpool lanes on the 101 from the Mussel Shoals area of Ventura County, to Carpinteria.  Starting last night, and running through Thursday, Caltrans is Read the Rest…


Covered California Reporting Flood Of Inquiries Over Health Insurance As Annonced Deadline Approaches

Mon, December 9, 2013

As many as 200,000 people in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties may be eligible for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. California’s Covered California program is trying to get information to those who may be able to get coverage through its offerings, with deadlines for obtaining insurance approaching. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Man Shot Multiple Times In Confrontation With Santa Barbara Police

Sun, December 8, 2013

Santa Barbara Police say they are still trying to sort out the details of an officer involved shooting over the weekend. It happened just before 11:30 p.m. Friday, at a home on the 1200 block of San Andres Street. Officers were called to the scene by reports of someone brandishing a weapon in the home.  Read the Rest…


Mysterious Death Of Woman in Camarillo Under Investigation

Fri, December 6, 2013

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the mysterious death of a woman in Ventura County early this morning. Deputies were on patrol just after midnight when they saw a vehicle stopped at the intersection of North Gracie Street, and East Elma Street in Camarillo. They could see the 57 year old woman Read the Rest…


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