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Fire Weather Watch In Effect From 8 PM Saturday to 8 AM Sunday For Parts Of Santa Barbara County

Sat, November 22, 2014

A fire weather watch has been called for 8 p.m. Saturday, until 8 a.m. Sunday for some parts of Santa Barbara County, because of sundowner winds.  The National Weather Service Watch is for Santa Barbara County’s South Coast, and Mountain regions. There could be sustained winds from 30 to 40 miles and hour, and gusts Read the Rest…


Three Arrested In Connection Murder Of Teenager In Ventura County

Sat, November 22, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested three Oxnard men in connection with the shooting death of a teenager earlier this year. 16 year old Josue Lopez was found shot to death March 6th in El Rio. Detectives say they discovered that a group of  Oxnard gang members were responsible for the killing.  Christian Rodriguez, Jesus Read the Rest…


Man Who Killed Co-Worker, Stabbing Him More Than 70 Times Released From Prison On Central Coast

Sat, November 22, 2014

A man who stabbed to death his co-worker, and then cut out the victim’s heart has been paroled on the Central Coast. Theodore LeLeaux  was convicted of the June, 1984 slaying of Kenny Carlock in Fresno.  LeLeaux was arrested for burglary the day after Carlock’s killing.  Fresno Police searched the then 23 year old man, Read the Rest…


Patient, Officer Hurt In Attack At State Hospital On Central Coast

Fri, November 21, 2014

State officials are now confirming a patient, and a police officer at a state hospital in the Central Coast were injured in attacks by another patient at the mental health facility. The attacks occurred Monday night at Atascadero State Hospital. Officials say the 23 year old man attacked another patient in a dorm room, and Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Architecture Programs Ranked Among Best In Nation

Fri, November 21, 2014

A Central Coast university has become a hot spot for architecture students from around the country. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s architecture and landscape architecture programs could become even more popular, with a new survey ranking both of them among the top ten programs in the country. DesignIntelligence ranked Cal Poly’s architecture program second in Read the Rest…


Hazardous Materials Team Zeroing In On Types Of Chemicals Which Triggered Blast In Ventura County Which Injured Dozens

Fri, November 21, 2014

A hazardous material team hopes that it’s starting to zero in on the mix of chemicals which led to an explosion, and series of fires at a waste water plant in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that because of the volatility of the unknown substance, work has been proceeding slowly, and cautiously. Click on Read the Rest…


Classes End Early Friday At Central Coast High School Hit By Disturbances This Week

Fri, November 21, 2014

It’s been a long week for a Central Coast high school, which was rocked by a disturbance on campus which led to nine arrests. Today, after Righetti High School received numerous calls about rumors of  additional problems, Santa Maria High School District officials decided to close the campus early, and send students home. Students were Read the Rest…


Unemployment Climbs Slightly In Santa Barbara County, Dips In Ventura County

Fri, November 21, 2014

It’s a mixed picture for unemployment on the South Coast, with the jobless rate in Santa Barbara County increasing, while dropping in Ventura County. Santa Barbara County went from a 5.3% jobless rate in September, to 5.4% in October. Ventura County went the other direction, dipping from 6.4% in September, to 6.3% in October. Statewide, Read the Rest…


Latest Numbers Show Mixed Unemployment Numbers For Central Coast

Fri, November 21, 2014

The latest unemployment numbers show a mixed picture for the Central Coast. Santa Barbara County went from a 5.3% jobless rate in September, to 5.4% in October. San Luis Obispo County went the other direction, dipping from 5.4% in September, to 5.3% in October. Statewide, unemployment remained at 7.3% from month to month. California is Read the Rest…


Red Cross Volunteers Going Door To Door In Some South Coast Neighborhoods This Weekend, Installing Free Smoke Detectors

Fri, November 21, 2014

The Red Cross is going to be out in some South Coast neighborhoods this weekend, trying to improve home safety. Tomorrow, teams of volunteers will be going door to door in more than a half dozen Oxnard neighborhoods, installing free smoke detectors. The neighborhoods include Sierra Linda, Freemont, Carriage Square, Wilson, Hobson Park, Hill Street, Read the Rest…


Expansion Plan For Santa Barbara Museum Of Art Receives City Planning Commission Approval

Fri, November 21, 2014

A major expansion project for a South Coast museum has received a key approval. The Santa Barbara Planning Commission okayed the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s plans to added a fourth floor to its building, a rooftop terrace, as well as improved facilities for unloading, and loading artworks. The $50 million dollar project would add Read the Rest…


Sewage Spill Prompts Warning About Going Into Ocean On Section Of South Coast

Fri, November 21, 2014

People are being warned to stay out of the ocean off of a section of Ventura County, following a sewage spill. An estimated 1400 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the ocean in Oxnard’s Mandalay Bay area yesterday morning. Problems with a pump are being blamed for the spill, which was stopped in a little Read the Rest…


Nine Central Coast High School Students Facing Charges Stemming From Disturbance Wednesday

Fri, November 21, 2014

An additional three high school students have been arrested in connection with a disturbance at a Central Coast high school earlier this week in which two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were attacked. Investigators made the additional arrests following a review of video footage from a series of fights at Righetti High School on Wednesday.  Read the Rest…


Effort To Help Homeless On South Coast Celebrates Getting Hundreds Off Streets Into Housing This Year

Fri, November 21, 2014

The struggle to help the homeless on the South Coast seems like a never ending one, but this week, some involved in the effort are celebrating some successes. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a campaign in the Ventura area reports it’s housed more than 230 people so far this year. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


City Of Ventura Selects New Assistant City Manager

Thu, November 20, 2014

A longtime municipal official in Ventura County has been selected as Ventura’s new Assistant City Manager. Dan Paranick will take over the post next month.  Paranick has been Camarillo’s Assistant City Manager for the past four years, and before that was Simi Valley’s Assistant City Manager.  He’s worked in government for more than two decades. Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Council Moves To Oust City Manager

Thu, November 20, 2014

The drama continues in a Central Coast City, where a City Manager has been taken off the job, and placed on paid administrative leave. The Arroyo Grande City Council took the action yesterday, removing Steve Adams, and saying they will move to appoint an interim City Manager. The City has been enveloped in controversy since Read the Rest…


Ventura County Creates New County Public Information Officer Post

Thu, November 20, 2014

Ventura County is hoping its government can do a better job communicating with its residents, and has hired a familiar face to help do it. Bill Nash is the county’s new Communications Manager-Public Information Officer for the county. If Nash’s name sound familiar, it’s because he’s been one of the public information officers for the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Accused Of Trying To Lure Ventura County Girl Into Sexual Relationship

Thu, November 20, 2014

A Santa Barbara County man is facing multiple charges, after Oxnard police say he was involved in an ongoing online sexual conversation with a 12 year old girl. Oscar Mora of Carpinteria was arrested following a more than two month long investigation.  Detectives say the mother of the 12 year old Oxnard girl discovered the Read the Rest…


Dangerous Virus For Dogs Surfaces In Ventura County

Thu, November 20, 2014

A viral illness which can be serious, and even fatal for dogs has appeared in Ventura County. Several dogs infected with parvovirus have been found in Oxnard. Dogs which get it can experience vomiting, diarrhea, and if left untreated, it can lead to death. It can damage the heart muscles of young dogs, leaving them Read the Rest…


Judge Dismisses Slander Lawsuit Against Santa Barbara Police Officals

Thu, November 20, 2014

A judge has thrown out a slander lawsuit against Santa Barbara’s police chief, and the department’s public information officer over a news conference outlining a major gang operation. Ten people sued, claiming that they should not have been named in conjunction with criminal gang activity. Their attorney contended some of them had not been tried, Read the Rest…


New Campaign Targets Marijuana Use By Ventura County Teens By Reaching Out To Parents, Using The Web

Thu, November 20, 2014

How much do you know about marijuana use?  Did you know research shows one in six kids who smoke it as teens will become addicted? KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports Ventura County is kicking off a new campaign to combat the problem, using a website aimed at parents. Click on link to listen to/download story:  How Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Seriously Injured In Ventura County Crash Dies Two Weeks Later

Wed, November 19, 2014

A motorcyclist seriously injured when he slammed into the back of a pickup truck two weeks ago in Oxnard has died. Benjamin Salazar died this morning from the injuries he suffered in the November 5th crash. Oxnard Police say the 20 year old man was headed southbound on Victoria Avenue, near Gonzales Road at a Read the Rest…


Public Access Reopened To One Of The Channel Islands After Three Month Closure

Wed, November 19, 2014

One of the Channel Islands which has been closed to the public for the last three months due to a dock damaged by a hurricane has been reopened. In August, high surf from Hurricane Marie damaged Santa Barbara Island’s dock.  The National Park Service closed the islands to visitors, while repairs were being made. A Read the Rest…


Disturbance Leads To Lockdown, Early Dismissal Of Students At Central Coast High School

Wed, November 19, 2014

A Central Coast high school was the scene of a disturbance today which led to the school being placed on lockdown, and students ultimately being sent home early. It started at around 12:30, at Righetti High School, in Santa Maria.  Santa Maria High School District officials say there was a fight involving two female students, Read the Rest…


Authorities Still Trying To Determine Chemicals Behind Explosion, Fires At Ventura County Plant

Wed, November 19, 2014

Authorities are still trying to figure out what led to an explosion, and fires at a waste water facility in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the investigation into yesterday’s blast. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Blast Update


Ventura County DA’s Office Gets $360,000 Grant To Support DUI Prosecution

Wed, November 19, 2014

Ventura County’s District Attorney has received a major grant for the fourth year in a row to help beef up DUI prosecution. The State Office of Traffic Safety has awarded the DA’s office $360,000, which funds two full time prosecutors to deal with DUI cases. The Drug and Alcohol DUI Vertical Prosecution Team is intended Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Killed In Ventura County Motorcycle Accident

Wed, November 19, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a man who was killed in a motorcycle accident which closed a heavily used road into the Conejo Valley for much of the morning yesterday. Daniel Sherwood died when he went off of Moorpark Road, near Calle Contento.  The accident was reported just before 4 a.m., leading to the closure of Read the Rest…


Habitat For Humanity Opening New Townhouse Project On South Coast

Wed, November 19, 2014

Thousands of families in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are struggling to find adequate affordable housing. A dozen low income families in the Santa Barbara area wanted new homes so badly they actually put in hundreds of hours helping to build them. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the new complex will be home to 44 people, Read the Rest…


Closures From Ventura County Explosion Lifted

Wed, November 19, 2014

A number of closures from yesterday’s explosion near Santa Paula have been lifted. Highway 126 was closed for about four hours yesterday, but it was reopened just after 1 yesterday afternoon. Two schools which were closed for the day yesterday are also back in business again today.  Briggs and Olivelands schools will be open for Read the Rest…


Investigation Getting Underway Into Blast, Fires In Ventura County

Wed, November 19, 2014

The fires are out, and evacuation orders have been lifted in the wake of yesterday’s explosion at a waste water facility in Ventura County. Today, investigators will be able to focus in on what caused yesterday’s early morning blast at the Santa Clara Waste Water Company, near Santa Paula. The explosion involving a vacuum truck Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Jail Inmate Back Behind Bars After Brief Escape

Tue, November 18, 2014

A Santa Barbara County jail inmate is back behind bars today, after a brief escape. Cristian Otey was part of a group of inmates being moved from the main county jail to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in downtown Santa Barbara yesterday morning. As he was being led out of a bus with a group Read the Rest…


Threat Eases From Site Of Explosion, Fires in Ventura County Which Resulted In 37 People Going To Hospitals

Tue, November 18, 2014

Ventura County firefighters say most residents have returned home to a rural area between Ventura, and Santa Paula which was evacuated as the result of an explosion, and toxic chemical fire at a wastewater processing facility. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports 37 people ended up at hospitals. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Read the Rest…


Ventura County DA’s Office Calling For Release From Prison Of Man Convicted Of 1978 Murder

Tue, November 18, 2014

Prosecutors, and attorneys for a man sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole for a murder 36 years ago in Ventura County agree that based on new evidence, he should be released from prison depending a decision on whether a new trial should occur. Michael Hanline was convicted of the November, 1978 Read the Rest…


Employees at Central Coast Supermarket Stop Man Armed With Box Cutter

Tue, November 18, 2014

Employees of a Central Coast supermarket stopped a man armed with a box cutter. It happened just after seven last night, at a Ralph’s supermarket on the 200 block of Madonna Road, in San Luis Obispo.  Daniel Marcom entered the store, but employees say they asked him to leave, because of a past incident involving Read the Rest…


Final Numbers Released in Central Coast Mayor’s Race Show Incumbent Defeated By Write-in Candidate

Tue, November 18, 2014

A candidate in a Central Coast municipal election has apparently been able to do the unexpected, defeating an incumbent mayor as a write-in candidate. Numbers released by the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s office show that challenger Jim Hill squeaked by current Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara by just over 90 votes. Just over 6,000 Read the Rest…


Danger Easing At Site Of Explosion, Hazardous Materials Incident In Ventura County

Tue, November 18, 2014

Ventura County firefighters say the flames, and smoke have eased from the scene of an explosion which spewed toxic fumes today. The blast happened just before 4 a.m., on the 800 block of Mission Rock Road, between Santa Paula, and Ventura.  The explosion at the Santa Clara Waste Water Company involved a vacuum truck. The Read the Rest…


Hazardous Materials Teams Getting First Look At Scene Of Explosion, Fire In Ventura County

Tue, November 18, 2014

Hazardous materials crews are getting their first closeup look at a wastewater disposal facility in Ventura County which was the scene of an explosion, and fire today. The blast happened just before 4 a.m., on the 800 block of Mission Rock Road, between Santa Paula, and Ventura.  The explosion at the Santa Clara Waste Water Read the Rest…


Highway 126 Reopened In Ventura County, Some Four Hours After Shutdown Due To Toxic Chemical Spill

Tue, November 18, 2014

A major Ventura County highway closed as the result of a toxic chemical explosion, and fire has reopened some four hours after it was shut down due to safety concerns. The roadblocks on Highway 126 came down just after 1 p.m. The blast happened just before 4 a.m., on the 800 block of Mission Rock Read the Rest…


Hackers Hit City Of Oxnard’s Website

Tue, November 18, 2014

People trying to do business with the City of Oxnard online found a surprise  this week, when they found themselves routed to other websites, including one for boots. Someone hacked into the city’s website, apparently getting access to its web hosting service.  The problem first surfaced yesterday. The City has been able to get some Read the Rest…


More Than Three Dozen People Treated For Exposure To Chemical in Wake Of Blast In Ventura County

Tue, November 18, 2014

Two people were hurt, and more than three dozen have gone to local hospitals following an early morning explosion in Ventura County, a blast that’s left a major highway in the county closed. It happened just before 4 a.m., on the 800 block of Mission Rock Road, between Santa Paula, and Ventura.  The explosion involved Read the Rest…


Two Hurt, More Than A Dozen Others Taken To Hospitals To Be Checked Following Explosion In Ventura County

Tue, November 18, 2014

Two people were hurt, and more than a dozen more were taken to a hospital to be checked following an early morning explosion in Ventura County. It happened just before 4 a.m., on the 800 block of Mission Rock Road, between Santa Paula, and Ventura. The explosion involved a vacuum truck in use at a Read the Rest…


Key Engineer In Unmanned Mars Rover Program To Speak On South Coast

Tue, November 18, 2014

The Mars Rover program has sparked new interest in space exploration.  The latest unmanned craft, the “Curiosity” has produced evidence life might have once existed on the planet. This weekend, a man who’s played a key role in the Rover missions will speak on the South Coast, as part of the “National Geographic Live” series. Read the Rest…


Dangerous Drug Lab Found In Central Coast Home; Infant in Home Tests Positive For Marijuana Exposure

Mon, November 17, 2014

Authorities say they’ve discovered a dangerous drug lab at a Central Coast home, and that an infant living in the house tested positive for marijuana exposure. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s narcotics detectives raided the home on the 2200 block of Willow Road, outside of the city of Arroyo Grande.  They found what’s known as Read the Rest…


Red Flag Alert For Brush Fire Danger Extended For Ventura County

Mon, November 17, 2014

The wind is easing on the South Coast, but a Red Flag warning for brush fire danger remains in effect for parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. The wind, warmer than average temperatures, and low humidity have increased fire concerns. The Red Flag warning is set to expire at 8 p.m. tonight for coastal Read the Rest…


Longtime Ventura County Non-Profit, Government Executive Named New County Behavioral Health Officer

Mon, November 17, 2014

A long time non-profit and government agency executive in Ventura County has been named as the county’s new Behavioral Health Department Director. Elaine Crandell will head the department which helps county residents with mental health, or substance abuse issues. During Crandell’s more than 30 years as a manger, she directed agencies which helped people with Read the Rest…


Hot, Dry Weather Creates Brush Fire Concerns For Central Coast, But Falls Short Of Red Flag Alert

Mon, November 17, 2014

The wind is starting to ease, but the brush fire danger remains a concern on the Central Coast. Warmer than average temperatures, and low humidity have increased fire concerns in Northern Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. Conditions didn’t reach the Red Flag warning level that’s in effect further south, but firefighters are still Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Say They Catch Would-Be Burglar In Act At High School

Mon, November 17, 2014

A Ventura County high school was the target of an early morning break-in today, but police say they caught the would-be burglar in the act. A commercial burglar alarm went off in Ventura High School’s cafeteria just before one this morning. Ventura Police arriving at the school say they found a 15 year old boy Read the Rest…


Man Sought For Carjacking, Carjacking Attempt In Ventura

Mon, November 17, 2014

Authorities are looking for a man who was responsible for one carjacking, and tried to commit a second in Ventura. Police say it started just before 11 Friday night, when a man approached a car in the parking lot of a supermarket, on the 1700 block of South Victoria Avenue. The gunman brandished a pistol, Read the Rest…


Section Of Highway 101 On South Coast To Be Closed Evenings/Early Morning Hours For Repair Work

Mon, November 17, 2014

Motorists using a section of Highway 101 on the South Coast may hit some delays during the late night, or early morning hours this week, due to some paving repairs. One lane of the northbound 101 from Sheffield Road, to San Ysidro Road in the Montecito area will be closed from 8 tonight, to 6 Read the Rest…


Battle Brewing Over Plans To Establish Mental Health Facility In Ventura County

Mon, November 17, 2014

The Ventura Planning Commission, and ultimately the Ventura City Council could end up deciding a controversy over plans by a company to provide mental health services to those with violent pasts in the city’s downtown area. MHM Services was planning to open an office on West Santa Clara Street, but city planning officials ruled the Read the Rest…


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