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Archives for February 2014

Fugitive Wanted On Central Coast Found, Arrested In Texas

Fri, February 28, 2014

A man wanted for multiple rapes which occurred on the Central Coast in 2009 has been arrested five years later, in Texas. Santa Maria Police determined that Matthew Allen Salcido was a suspect in the series of crimes in Northern Santa Barbara County. At the time, no one could find him. However, new information recently Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Sentenced To 210 Years Behind Bars For Abusing Young Girls In Cambodia

Fri, February 28, 2014

A retired Marine Corps captain from Ventura County has received a 210 year prison sentence, after being convicted of drugging and raping young girls in Southeast Asia KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cambodian Abuse


Rainfall Amounts Of Two To Three Inches Recorded On Parts Of South Coast, With More Expected

Fri, February 28, 2014

What’s being called the biggest storm in about three years has arrived in force on the South Coast, dropping two to three inches of rain in many areas, with more on the way. National Weather Service forecasters are saying by the time the storm clears out tomorrow night, we could end up with two to Read the Rest…


Storm Drops More Than Three Inches Of Rain On Parts Of Central Coast

Fri, February 28, 2014

Some trees have been fallen, and there have been some minor slides have been report on foothill roads, but no major problems have been reported from the storm system passing through the Central Coast. We could see up to four inches of rain along the coast, and as much as eight inches in the foothills, Read the Rest…


Sections Of Some Central Coast Beaches Being Closed To Protect Bird Breeding Habitats

Fri, February 28, 2014

Sections of three Central Coast beaches are being temporarily closed to the public starting this weekend, to protect the breeding habitat of some rare birds. The Air Force is shutting down parts of Surf, Wall, and Minuteman beaches at Vandenberg Air Force Base starting Saturday, for Snowy Plover nesting season.  The birds nest on sections Read the Rest…


Man Gets Year Jail Sentence For Fatal Traffic Collision On Central Coast

Fri, February 28, 2014

A Northern California man has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing a traffic collision which killed a man on the Central Coast. Eric Wellington of Marysville entered a no contest plea to a vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charge. Prosecutors say the 33 year old man was driving on Highway 46 near Shandon Read the Rest…


New Statistics Show Significant Drop In Violent Cime For Much Of Ventura County

Fri, February 28, 2014

Some just released crime statistics show an overall sharp drop in violent crime for much of Ventura County. The numbers for parts of the county served by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department show a 9% drop in violent crime, and a 6% reduction in non-violent crimes like burglary when comparing 2012 to 2013. But, the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Child Abuse Charges

Fri, February 28, 2014

A Ventura County man entered guilty pleas to two counts of lewd acts involving a child. Donald Tuthill of Simi Valley had been facing four felony acts of committing a lewd act on a child under 14.  Prosecutors say the 44 year old man was a volunteer with community groups, and worked with children.  He Read the Rest…


Powerful Storm System Dumps More Than Two Inches Of Rain On Parts Of Tri-Counties

Fri, February 28, 2014

What’s being called the biggest storm system to hit the Tri-Counties in more than two has dumped more than two inches of rain in parts of the region, with much more still expected. Storm totals so far include 1.7 inches of rain in Ventura, 2.2 inches in Camarillo, 1.6 inches in Santa Barbara, and 2.6 Read the Rest…


Historic Railroad In Ventura County Facing Loss Of Rail Lines Over Contract Dispute

Fri, February 28, 2014

A public agency, and a private railroad in Ventura County which caters to tourists, and movie shoots are locked in a fight which could derail the operation. The agency contends public funds are subsidizing the rail line, while the railroad accuses the government agency of mismanagement.  The Fillmore and Western Railroad is now facing an Read the Rest…


Man Gets 60 Years Plus Sentence For Shooting CHP Officer On Central Coast

Fri, February 28, 2014

A man convicted of shooting a CHP officer on the Central Coast has been sentenced to more than 60 years behind bars. Clifford Scott of San Diego led a CHP officer on a car chase through Paso Robles, and then crashed into a tree.  The officer called for the 24 year old man to surrender, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Get Year Jail Sentence For Mortgage Fraud Case Which Cost Some Their Homes

Fri, February 28, 2014

A Ventura County woman has been sentenced to a year in jail, and three years probation after entering guilty pleas to more than a half dozen charges from a fraudulent home loan, and foreclosure rescue program. Prosecutors say Gloria Becerra operated multiple programs throughout Southern California which offered to help financially troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure.  Read the Rest…


School District In Ventura County Announces Plans To Promote Administrator To Superintendent

Thu, February 27, 2014

A school district in Ventura County has announced plans to promote one of its administrators to superintendent. Kelli Hays will take over as Moorpark Unified School District superintendent in July.  The current superintendent, Teresa Williams, is retiring at the end of this school year, after nearly four decades with the district. Hays is currently Assistant Read the Rest…


New 38,000 Square Foot Educational Facility Opens On Central Coast Military Base

Thu, February 27, 2014

A brand new $14 million dollar, 38,000 square foot educational facility is now officially open on a Central Coast military base. The complex on Vandenberg Air Force Base replaces a 60 year old former elementary school which had been used for education, and training. It includes more than two dozen classrooms, two computer labs and Read the Rest…


Quake Rattles Parts Of Central Coast

Thu, February 27, 2014

The latest in a string of earthquakes off the Central Coast rattled parts of San Luis Obispo, and Monterey Counties today. The magnitude 4.1 quake occurred at 10:37 this morning, and was centered about 23 miles northwest of San Simeon. There have been more than a half dozen quakes in the same area this month, Read the Rest…


One Storm Down, Second On The Way For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, February 27, 2014

The National Weather Service is calling the storm which hit us during the last 24 hours the appetizer. Now, they say the main course is on the way! KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Storm Update


StoryCorps California

Thu, February 27, 2014

Throughout the Spring, KCLU will feature the stories of local residents captured during StoryCorps’ visit to Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  These unique stories will be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. An archive of our local StoryCorps contributions can be found here. Generations of Strong Women (2/25/14) Port Hueneme Resident Read the Rest…


UCSB Police Release Sketches Of Two Suspects In Beating, Sexual Assault Of Student

Thu, February 27, 2014

UC Santa Barbara Police have released sketches of two suspects in the brutal beating, and sexual assault of a female student, in an effort to identify them. Yesterday, police say they identified a remote area of the campus where they think the attack happened, and recovered potential evidence left by the victim, and the suspects.  Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Killed In Santa Barbara County Traffic Accident

Thu, February 27, 2014

A Central Coast man has been identified as the victim of a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County which closed Highway 154 over San Marcos Pass for more than two hours. Michael Okerblom of Nipomo died in yesterday afternoon’s crash just west of San Antonio Creek Road.  The CHP says a car being driven  the Read the Rest…


Four Arrested Following Attack, Carjacking In Oxnard

Thu, February 27, 2014

Three men, and a teenager are facing carjacking, and other charges following an attack on two people in Oxnard It happed just after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, on the 100 block of North Hayes Avenue. The two victims say they were confronted by four people, who kicked, and punched them, then stole car keys and drove Read the Rest…


American Airlines Dropping Santa Barbara-Los Angeles Service

Thu, February 27, 2014

American Airlines is restructuring some of its routes as a result of its merger with US Airways, and as a part of the changes will discontinue its Santa Barbara to Los Angeles service. American currently operates service to and from LAX, in flights which are often used by travelers as connectors to and from other Read the Rest…


Forecasters Say First Storm Passing Through California Coast Just Warmup For Bigger One

Thu, February 27, 2014

Forecasters say the storm that’s passing through Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties now is just a warmup for the one that’s coming next. We could end up with three or four inches of rain by Sunday, and up to eight inches in local mountains. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports public safety agencies are on alert for Read the Rest…


Search Turns Up Possible Evidence in Brutal Attack Of UCSB Student

Wed, February 26, 2014

A search turned up some possible evidence in the brutal beating, and gang rape of a UC Santa Barbara student. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team was deployed Tuesday afternoon to try to help detectives, and UCSB Police pinpoint where the early Sunday morning attack happened.  The 19 year old student Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Hurt Following Head On Crash On Highway 154 In Santa Barbara County

Wed, February 26, 2014

One person was killed, and a second injured in a head on traffic accident on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County. The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m., near San Antonio Creek Road, on San Marcos Pass. A car, and a SUV were involved in the crash, which closed the highway for hours.  It’s open Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman In Ventura County Kicks Off Run For Congress

Wed, February 26, 2014

A two term state assemblyman in Ventura County is now officially in the race for the county’s 26th District Congressional seat. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Gorell Congressional Run


Two Major Winter Storms Heading Across California Coast; Heavy Rainfall Expected For Parts of Thursday, Friday

Wed, February 26, 2014

The first in a pair of potentially powerful storms is arriving in our region. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports before the end of the weekend, we could see two to four inches of rain in our coastal, and inland areas…and eight to ten inches in our mountains. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Winter Storms


Man Involved In Fatal Oxnard Shooting In December Becomes Murder Victim

Wed, February 26, 2014

A Ventura County man involved in a fatal shooting last year in which he wasn’t charged is now a murder victim. Austin Martin of Oxnard died Tuesday, three days after he was shot. The 23 year old man was shot at about 9:30 Friday night, on the 200 block of West Juniper Street. No suspects Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Tire Slashing Vandalism Spree On Central Coast Damages 11 Vehicles, Including Six Post Office Trucks

Wed, February 26, 2014

A Santa Barbara County man was arrested after authorities say he went on a tire slashing spree, damaging 11 vehicles, including six post office delivery trucks. A passerby called the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department at about 12:45 this morning, after seeing a man vandalizing vehicles on the 400 block of Alisal Road in Solvang. Read the Rest…


More Appeals Filed Over Controversial Proposal To Open Immigration and Customs Enforcement Facility On Central Coast

Wed, February 26, 2014

Two more appeals have been filed over controversial plans to build a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility on the Central Coast, bringing the total number to four. The Santa Maria Planning Commission approved construction of the complex near Depot Street, and McCoy Lane in Santa Maria following a public hearing that drew thousands of Read the Rest…


Produce Stand On Central Coast Target Of Unusual Robbery

Wed, February 26, 2014

It’s probably one of the more unusual armed robberies to occur on the Central Coast. A bicyclist armed with a handgun robbed a produce stand in San Luis Obispo County. The cyclist rode up to a vegetable stand on the 2800 block of Cienaga Street in Oceano, in broad daylight Sunday afternoon. The robber got Read the Rest…


Leader Of Faith Based Environmental Coalition In Santa Barbara County Takes Part In Conference At White House

Wed, February 26, 2014

The leader of a faith based environmental group in Santa Barbara County which tries to foster environmental stewardship was one of the participants in a meeting at the White House yesterday with Obama Administration leaders. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  White House Environmental Conference


Preschool For Homeless, Low Income Kids On South Coast Buys Second School Site

Wed, February 26, 2014

This is a big day for a non-profit preschool on the South Coast, which caters to homeless and low income kids. Santa Barbara’s Storyteller Children’s Center is celebrating officially taking over ownership of a Craftsman style house in the city which it’s converted into a preschool.  The second site has allowed Storyteller to basically double Read the Rest…


Wreckage Of Missing Plane Found Off Central Coast; Removal Efforts Being Planned For Investigation

Wed, February 26, 2014

The wreckage of a plane which crashed off the Central Coast in January has been discovered, but the bodies of the two men believed to be on board haven’t been found. Members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Underwater Search, and Recovery Team found a large debris field off the coast of Oceano. Read the Rest…


Former School District Employee In Ventura County Gets 64 Years To Life Sentence For Child Molestation

Wed, February 26, 2014

A man who was an office manager at an elementary school in Ventura County has received a 64 years, to life sentence for child molestation. Gustavo Canizalez was convicted of molesting two children between 2004, and 2010.  While he was an employee at the Oxnard School District’s Harrington School, the crimes did not take place Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Search And Rescue Team Looking For Evidence In Brutal Attack On UCSB Coed

Tue, February 25, 2014

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team has been deployed to look for evidence in the brutal rape of a UCSB coed. The student was so dazed by last weekend’s attack, she was unable to give many details about when, and where the attack occurred. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve Read the Rest…


Ventura County Makes Changes To Park Fees

Tue, February 25, 2014

There will soon be changes in some of the fees to use Ventura County parks. Ventura County Supervisors approved more than a dozen adjustments today. One of the biggest changes actually doesn’t involve a fee. Nine campsites at Faria Beach will no longer allow campfires. The move is a compromise with neighbors, who have complained Read the Rest…


Oxnard Beefs Up Patrols In Response To Spike In Violent Crime

Tue, February 25, 2014

In the wake of a murder, and several other violent crimes in the last week, Oxnard Police say they are deploying extra patrol officers, and a mobile command post to improve the police presence in impacted neighborhoods. On Friday night, a 26 year old man was shot to death near Canterbury Way, and Courtland Street Read the Rest…


Wreckage Of Missing Plane Found Off San Luis Obispo County Coastline

Tue, February 25, 2014

The wreckage of a plane which crashed off the Central Coast in January has been discovered. Members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Underwater Search, and Recovery team found a large debris field off the coast of Oceano. Divers found what appears to be the wing, the fuselage, and other parts of the Read the Rest…


Warning Issued About String Of Burglaries in Occupied Homes In Ventura County

Tue, February 25, 2014

Authorities are issuing a warning about burglars who are apparently not afraid to enter occupied homes in eastern Ventura County to steal cash. Simi Valley Police say they’ve had three incidents since Sunday. They think it may be the same suspect, or possibly a team of suspects, but aren’t sure. No one has been hurt. Read the Rest…


Fire Guts Building At Fairgrounds On Central Coast

Tue, February 25, 2014

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a fire which gutted a building at the Paso Robles Events Center, which is the home to the annual Mid-State Fair. The blaze was discovered just before nine p.m. last night, in a 50 by 100 foot maintenance building at the Events Center. It took about an Read the Rest…


South Coast University Gets Major Endowment To Fund Scholarships

Tue, February 25, 2014

A Ventura County based university has received the largest scholarship endowment in its history. California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is getting a nearly $4.7 million dollar gift from the estate of John Manken. He was an educator for more than 40 years who died in 2012, at the age of 89. Mankin was an Read the Rest…


New Effort To Tackle Elder Abuse, Neglect In Santa Barbara County Underway

Tue, February 25, 2014

There’s a new push getting underway to try to protect the elderly against abuse, and neglect in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Elder Abuse


Man Could Get 17 Year State Prison Sentence For Setting Central Coast Hotel Fire Which Injured Seven

Tue, February 25, 2014

A man who set a fire in a hotel on the Central Coast which injured seven people has pled guilty to charges from the blaze, and is expected to get a 17 year prison sentence. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Hotel Fire Plea


Aerial Performances, Modern Dance Mix In International Contemporary Floor To Air Festival In Santa Barbara

Tue, February 25, 2014

Performers from around the world have converged on the South Coast this week, for a festival celebrating a unique type of performance which mixes contemporary dance, and aerial arts. It’s called the Santa Barbara Contemporary Floor To Air Festival, and a week long series events will wrap up with a public performance Saturday. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Felony Sex Charges Filed Against Central Coast Teacher

Mon, February 24, 2014

Four felony sex charges have been filed against a Central Coast high school teacher accused of being involved with a 16 year old student. Brian Thomas Hook is a teacher, and basketball coach at Pioneer Valley High School. The 53 year old Orcutt man has been placed on paid administrative leave pending resolution of the Read the Rest…


New Details Released About Brutal Attack Of UCSB Coed

Mon, February 24, 2014

Authorities have released some additional information about the brutal beating, and gang rape of a UCSB student over the weekend, in an effort to try to help identify her attackers. The student was so dazed by the attack, she was unable to give many details about when, and where the attack occurred. Now, Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


South Coast Legislator Introduces Bill To Try To Insure Construction Is Environmentally Friendly

Mon, February 24, 2014

A South Coast state assemblyman introduced legislation intended to try to insure green building laws are followed. Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara authored           AB 1918, which tries to improve the enforcement of things like the installation of energy efficient lighting, insulation, heating and cooling. Williams says the law would help mare sure that Read the Rest…


State Rules Santa Barbara County Can Keep Three Properties In Isla Vista, Including Home Of Neighborhood Clinic

Mon, February 24, 2014

Santa Barbara County has just received word that it will be able to keep three pieces of property, including the home of a community clinic, which the state has originally wanted sold. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Redevelopment


Section Of South Coast Highway Being Closed For Power Line Work This Week

Mon, February 24, 2014

A section of a South Coast highway is being closed overnights this week, so Southern California Edison can replace power lines. East Valley Road between Ortega Ridge Road, and Toro Canyon Road in Montecito is affected. The closures are from 5 p.m., until 5 a.m. daily through Friday morning. Residents will be allowed access to Read the Rest…


Permit For Emergency Work To Contain Potential Pollution Granted For Former Oil Facility On Central Coast

Mon, February 24, 2014

An oil company received an emergency permit to deal with possible contamination from a shuttered oil facility on the Central Coast. There’s concern that underground pollution from the former site of an oil tank at Avila Beach will migrate into the environment. The County Planning Director issued the permit so Chevron could start containment, and Read the Rest…


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