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Missing Ventura County Woman Recovering After SUV Plunges Off Mountain Road, Trapping Her For Two Days

Thu, July 2, 2015

A missing Ventura County woman has quite a story to tell, after her SUV plunged off a mountain road near Malibu, and she was trapped inside for two days before being found and rescued. Jenifer Duron of Simi Valley disappeared on Monday, when she told family members she was driving to Malibu to go running. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo Among California Communities Exceeding, Or Meeting Water Use Production Goals

Wed, July 1, 2015

Many California communities, including some in our region have done their their best jobs yet of reducing water consumption. Just released figures by the State Water Resources Board show that the state as a whole reduced water consumption by 29% in May compared to May of 2013. Locally, the City of Santa Barbara reduced its Read the Rest…


Car Crashes Into Ventura County Apartment Complex Pool; Driver Has To Be Rescued

Thu, July 2, 2015

A man nearly drowned after he apparently suffered a seizure while driving his car, and crashed into a pool at a Ventura County apartment complex. It happened just before eight last night, on the 800 block of 400 block of Paseo Camarillo, in the city of Camarillo. The car crashed through the apartment complex’s leasing Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Northeast Of Lompoc Now Fully Contained

Thu, July 2, 2015

Firefighters have full containment of a brush fire which prompted hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in northern Santa Barbara County earlier this week. The 320 acre Mesa fire northeast of Lompoc was fully contained last night. All evacuation orders have been lifted.  No homes were damaged.  One firefighter suffered minor leg injuries. The Read the Rest…


Family Of Oxnard Man Who Dies In Police Custody Wins $2.9 Million Dollars In Federal Court

Thu, July 2, 2015

A Los Angeles jury has awarded the family of an Oxnard man who died in police custody $2.9 million dollars in their wrongful death suit against the city, and seven police officers. Investigators say Robert Ramirez was high on methamphetamine when police were called to help restrain him in June of 2012.  An autopsy concluded Read the Rest…


Mesa Fire In Northern Santa Barbara County Now At 95% Containment

Wed, July 1, 2015

Firefighters expect to have full containment tonight of the brush fire which prompted hundreds of people to evacuate their homes in northern Santa Barbara County earlier this week. The 320 acre Mesa fire northeast of Lompoc is now 95% contained. All evacuation orders have been lifted.  No homes were damaged.  One firefighter suffered minor leg Read the Rest…


Missing Ventura County Woman Found In Wreckage Of SUV Near Malibu

Wed, July 1, 2015

A Ventura County woman who disappeared on Monday was found in the wreckage of her SUV in a canyon near Malibu this morning. Jenifer Duron of Simi Valley was last seen on Monday, when she told family members she was driving to Malibu to go running. Her SUV was spotted at around 9:30 a.m. today Read the Rest…


MOVE Program Helping Children With Disabilities In Ventura County Get New Motion In Their Lives

Wed, July 1, 2015

They’re elementary school age children living with physical and mental disabilities. A school run by the Ventura County Office of Education offers  programs providing help tailored to the students special needs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports this morning from the Oxnard campus, with a look at one program which gets motion into some kids lives. Click Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hoping For Full Containment Of Brush Fire In Santa Barbara County Today

Wed, July 1, 2015

Firefighters are still mopping up this morning at the scene of a brush fire which caused a big scare Monday in northern Santa Barbara County. The 320 acre Mesa fire northeast of Lompoc is now 85% contained, with firefighters hoping to get full containment today. All evacuation orders have been lifted.  No homes were damaged.  Read the Rest…


Small Plane Lands On Belly At Central Coast Airport

Wed, July 1, 2015

A pilot landing a small plane at an airport on the Central Coast apparently forgot one key landing step.  He forgot to lower his landing gear before landing at Santa Maria Airport. The single engine plane ended up on its belly as it skidded down the main runway just after 3 p.m. yesterday. The pilot, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Accused Of Supplying Heroin To Man Who Died From Overdose

Wed, July 1, 2015

A Ventura County woman has been arrested after detectives say she supplied heroin to a man who died from an overdose. Armando Serna of Oxnard collapsed, and died Saturday night in a parking lot at Silverstrand Beach. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives, as well as investigators from the County’s Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit say a Read the Rest…


South Coast School District Hires New Superintendent

Tue, June 30, 2015

A South Coast school district has tapped a local educator as its new superintendent. The Mesa Union School District hired Jeff Turner for the post.  Turner is currently Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at the Rio School District in Oxnard.  He’s also been a principal in the Rio district, as well as at a school Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Who Says She’s Going On Run Disappears

Tue, June 30, 2015

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Ventura County woman who told family members Monday that she was going for a run in Malibu, but is now missing. Jenifer Duron of Simi Valley left Monday morning, but didn’t return home. The 40 year old woman is 5 feet tall, and weighs 100 Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Northern Santa Barbara County Now 85% Contained; Evacuation Orders Lifted

Tue, June 30, 2015

Firefighters now say a brush fire which caused a big scare in northern Santa Barbara County is 85% contained. The 320 acre fire northeast of Lompoc led to evacuation orders for about 1200 people yesterday. All evacuation orders have since been lifted, and firefighters are hoping to get full containment of the blaze today.  No Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 20 Year Federal Prison Sentence For Child Pornography Charges

Tue, June 30, 2015

A former accountant from Ventura County has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after entering guilty pleas in federal court to charges he tried to receive child pornography. Prosecutors say Ronald Carey Shirley of Simi Valley arranged to have sex with teenage girls in Vietnam. Federal Homeland Security investigators say they discovered a social Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Non-Profit Teams Up With NBA Superstar For Surgical Expedition In Africa

Tue, June 30, 2015

Some members of a Santa Barbara based non-profit group are heading to Africa today, on an incredible adventure. They have a truly visionary mission:  To help people around the world who are blind with fixable problems like cataracts regain their sight. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a legendary sports star asked the Goleta agency to organize Read the Rest…


Fishing Ban Off Santa Barbara County Coastline Due To Refugio State Beach Oil Spill Lifted

Tue, June 30, 2015

A fishing ban for a swath of the Santa Barbara County coastline in effect since the May 19th Refugio State Beach Oil spill was lifted yesterday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fishing Ban Lifted


Ventura County Man Arrested On Molestation Charge

Mon, June 29, 2015

A Ventura County man is accused of child molestation after detectives say he became involved with a 15 year old girl. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they arrested 31 year old Brandon Russell Seward of Fillmore.  They say the molestation took place over a three month long period. Investigators say they are now trying to Read the Rest…


Brushfire In Northern Santa Barbara County Now 320 Acres, 55% Contained

Mon, June 29, 2015

Firefighters are hoping to continue progress towards controlling a brushfire which threatened hundreds of homes in northern Santa Barbara County Monday. The 320 acre blaze is now reported to be 55% contained. More than 200 firefighters aided by aicraft kept the flames from reaching homes. The blaze was discovered a little after one p.m. off Read the Rest…


Firefighters Making Progress With 300 Acre Brushfire Near Lompoc; Now 55% Contained

Mon, June 29, 2015

Firefighters are now apparently getting a handle on a brush fire in Santa Barbara County that prompted some evacuations northeast of Lompoc. The 300 acre blaze is now reported to be 55% contained. The blaze was discovered a little after one p.m. off of Burton Mesa Road,  and it grew rapidly.  Mandatory evacuations were ordered Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Northern Santa Barbara County Grows To More Than 300 Acres

Mon, June 29, 2015

A brush fire in northern Santa Barbara County that’s prompted some evacuations northeast of Lompoc has now grown to 300 acres. The blaze was discovered a little after one p.m., and grew rapidly. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents in the Cebada Canyon, Gypsy Canyon, and Tularosa Road areas.  A warning has been issued Read the Rest…


New U.S. Attorney Appointed For Central District of California, Which Includes Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Mon, June 29, 2015

A new U.S. Attorney is now the top law enforcement officer for the Central District of California, which includes Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Eileen Decker was sworn into office in a private ceremony of Los Angeles. Decker was the Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for the City of Read the Rest…


More Than 1000 People Impacted by Evacuation Orders For Brush Fire On Central Coast

Mon, June 29, 2015

A brush fire in northern Santa Barbara County has led to some large scale evacuations northeast of Lompoc. The 200 acre blaze was discovered a little after one p.m., and grew rapidly. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for residents in the Cebada Canyon, Gypsy Canyon, and Tularosa Road areas. A warning has been issued for Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Northern Santa Barbara County Now Estimated At 200 Acres; Evacuations Ordered

Mon, June 29, 2015

A 200 acre brush fire in northern Santa Barbara County is prompting evacuations in the Mission Hills area, near Lompoc. The blaze was discovered nearly three hours ago, and has been growing rapidly. Evacuations have been ordered for residents in the Cebada Canyon, Gypsy Canyon, Tularosa Road, and Mission Hills area. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Environmental Group Plans Post Fourth Of July Cleanup For Popular Local Beach

Mon, June 29, 2015

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year, it could be one of the busiest days of the year for Central and South Coast beaches. Environmental groups are asking beachgoers to think twice about what they take to the beach, and to clean up when they leave. In Ventura County, the local Read the Rest…


Brush Fire On Central Coast Prompting Some Evacuations

Mon, June 29, 2015

A brush fire on the Central Coast is prompting some evacuations. The fire in the Mission Hills area was discovered near the 1500 block of Burton Mesa Road at around 1:30 this afternoon.  It’s near the historic La Purisima Mission.  Evacuations have been ordered in the Cebada Canyon area. The fire spread rapidly, putting up Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Community Hit By Gun Violence Scene Of Rally Against Weapons

Mon, June 29, 2015

A Santa Barbara County community rocked by gun violence last year was the scene of a weekend rally to show support for the victims of this month’s rampage at a church in Charleston. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Isla Vista Rally


Five Hurt When Car Smashed Into Oxnard Home; Driver Arrested On DUI Charges

Mon, June 29, 2015

Five people were hurt when a car police say was driven by a DUI driver smashed into a Ventura County home. It happened just before 4 p.m. Sunday, at a home at the corner of Wooley Road and L Street in Oxnard. Police say Brian Sanchez lost control of his car, which smashed through the Read the Rest…


June 29th Marks 90th Anniversary Of Massive Earthquake Which Hit Santa Barbara, Killing 13 And Destroying Downtown Area

Mon, June 29, 2015

Today is the 90th anniversary of one of the largest natural disasters to ever hit Santa Barbara County. A massive earthquake centered off the coast of Santa Barbara rocked the region, causing more than a dozen deaths and destroying the heart of the city. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Santa Barbara, where a museum exhibition Read the Rest…


Man Struck, Killed While Trying To Cross Ventura County Street

Mon, June 29, 2015

Authorities haven’t released the identity yet of a man who was struck, and killed by a car while dashing across a Ventura County Street. The accident happened just before 2:30 a.m. yesterday on the 300 block of South Oxnard Boulevard in Oxnard.  Witnesses told police that a man darted across the road to the center Read the Rest…


Car Slams Into Santa Barbara County Fire Engine

Mon, June 29, 2015

A car smashed into a Santa Barbara County fire engine over the weekend, but it’s an accident which may have actually saved the driver’s life. The crash happened just before 11 a.m. Monday.   A fire engine was stopped at the intersection of State Street, and Hope Avenue in Santa Barbara, when a car turning at Read the Rest…


Four Rescued After Being Caught In Rip Current Off Ventura County Coastline

Sun, June 28, 2015

Four people are recovering from a terrifying experience in the ocean off the Ventura County coastline. A woman and two children were in the ocean off of Pierpont Boulevard just after 4 p.m. Sunday when they were caught in a rip current. Some people onshore saw that the trio was in trouble, and called for Read the Rest…


Automatic Shutoff Systems For Oil Pipelines Hot Topic At State Assembly Hearing In Santa Barbara On Refugio Oil Spill

Fri, June 26, 2015

The issue of whether an automatic oil pipeline shutdown system is the best way to prevent spills was a big topic at a state assembly hearing in Santa Barbara looking at the May 19th Refugio State Beach oil spill. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Refugio Oil Hearing


Santa Barbara County Minister At Ground Zero Of Same Sex Marriage Fight Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Fri, June 26, 2015

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide is being applauded by a Santa Barbara County minister who was involved in a fight with his church over the issue which attracted international attention. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:


Ventura County Man Accused Of Multiple Cases of Child Molestation

Fri, June 26, 2015

A Ventura County man is accused of molesting three young girls. Steve Wayne Bower was arrested by Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives after they say an investigation determined that he had molested a six, an eight, and a nine year old girl. Investigators say the molestation occurred at different times while the young girls were under Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court To Look At Controversy Over Electricity Surcharge In South Coast City

Fri, June 26, 2015

The State Supreme Court is going to decide a controversy over a franchise charge charged by a South Coast city to deliver electricity. The City of Santa Barbara charges Southern California Edison a 2% surcharge for use of its poles, and right of way to deliver power in the city. The company passes on part Read the Rest…


Leading Climatologist Says There Are Positive Signs An El Nino Will Bring Significant Rainfall To California

Fri, June 26, 2015

For the last few years, the weather pattern which can create significant rainfall for California, El Nino, has been El No-show. But, climatologists say they’re seeing the most promising developing El Nino pattern in years developing. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of the nation’s leading climatologists about the prospects for an El Nino giving Read the Rest…


Congress, State Assembly Now Looking At Causes Of Oil Spill In Santa Barbara County

Fri, June 26, 2015

Political leaders aren’t waiting until a federal investigation into the Santa Barbara County oil spill is complete to demand answers on what led to the pipeline rupture which caused the 100,000 gallon spill. A congressional committee, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, opened a probe into the May 19th accident. The committee has asked for Read the Rest…


Man Police Say Was Caught On Tape Stealing Elderly Woman’s Wallet in Conejo Valley Linked To String Of Other Crimes

Thu, June 25, 2015

A man police say was caught on video stealing an elderly woman’s wallet at a gas station in the Conejo Valley has now been linked to a string of other crimes. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say after they released the video on Monday of the robbery, they received more than two dozen calls from other Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County Now Being Identified

Thu, June 25, 2015

Authorities are now identifying a Ventura County man who was shot to death following an argument. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Mark Perez was fatally wounded Tuesday night as he was standing outside of a home on the 400 block of Lemar Avenue, in El Rio. The 18 year old Oxnard man died after being Read the Rest…


Death Of Academy Award Winning Composer In Ventura County Plane Crash Confirmed By Dental Records

Thu, June 25, 2015

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s office officially confirmed today confirmed what everyone has known for days. Academy Award winning movie composer James Horner was the victim of a plane crash on Monday in a remote area of northwestern Ventura County. Dental records were used to make the positive identification. Tributes to Honor have been coming Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say Investigation Leads To “Significant” Drug Bust In Los Angeles

Thu, June 25, 2015

Simi Valley police aren’t releasing details, but say one of their investigations has led to what they call a “significant” drug bust. Detectives served a search warrant at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles, where the seized 32 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, and more than $100,000 in cash.  There’s no word on Read the Rest…


Fire in Conejo Valley Leads To Discovery Of Drug Lab, Two Arrests

Thu, June 25, 2015

A fire in a commercial building in Ventura County led to the discovery of an illegal drug operation, and two arrests. Ventura County firefighters responding to a blaze on the 800 block of Mitchell Road Tuesday night discovered a marijuana growing operation, and a drug making lab. A sprinkler system helped firefighters quickly control the Read the Rest…


South Coast University Replaces 28,000 Square Feet of Turf With Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Thu, June 25, 2015

One South Coast university says it’s doing its bit for water conservation in the face of the drought. Cal State Channel Islands replaced 28,000 square feet of turf with drought tolerant landscaping. The move will cut the water bill for the 28,000 square foot area by nearly 90%. The university is also getting another bonus Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Posing As Immigration Lawyer Enters Guilty Pleas To 25 Felony Counts

Thu, June 25, 2015

A Ventura County man who posed as an immigration lawyer and made false promises to help people stay in the country legally entered guilty pleas to 25 felony charges ranging from grant theft, to identity theft. Ventura County prosecutors say Jorge Moreno preyed on people who were desperately seeking help, and didn’t speak English. The Read the Rest…


Documents Indicate Pipeline Company Couldn’t Reach Workers At Scene Of Refugio State Beach Rupture, Delaying Response Efforts

Thu, June 25, 2015

Some just released documents show there was a delay in federal officials being notified about the Refugio State Beach oil spill, because pipeline personnel couldn’t reach their workers on scene at the spill site. The Plains All American Pipeline rupture led to a 100,000 gallon oil spill, with an estimated 21,000 gallons ending up in Read the Rest…


Controversy Hits Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office; Two Suspended

Wed, June 24, 2015

Ventura County’s Medical Examiner’s Office has been hit by controversy. The Ventura County Health Care Agency placed County Medical Examiner Jon Smith, as well as a second unnamed staff member on paid administrative leave as a result of two investigations. While details of the focus of the investigations haven’t been released, they are focusing on Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Conejo Valley Provide New Incentive To Buy Low Emission, Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Wed, June 24, 2015

Legislation by a State Senator from the Conejo Valley may give you a new incentive to get a low emission, plug-in hybred vehicle if you don’t already have one. AB 95 will expand the number of low polluting vehicles eligible to use carpool, or HOV lanes even if the driver is the only one inside.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Attorney Files Class Action Lawsuit Over Refugio Oil Spill

Wed, June 24, 2015

A Santa Barbara attorney has filed a class action lawsuit against the pipeline’s owner on behalf of more than 3,000 property owners from Point Conception, to the Mexican border. Barry Cappello’s suit claims the Plains All-American Pipeline should have been equipped with an automatic emergency shutoff system as sought by Santa Barbara County planners. Plains Read the Rest…


Officials Say Cleanup Of Santa Barbara County Oil Spill More Than 90% Complete But Final Part Will Be Tough

Wed, June 24, 2015

Officials overseeing cleanup of the massive May 19th Santa Barbara County oil spill say there’s been major progress, with more than 90% of the work now complete. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update, from Goleta. Click on link to listen to/dowload story:  Refugio Update


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