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New Details Released In Killing Of Santa Barbara Man Whose Body Was Found In Storage Bin

Fri, April 24, 2015

New details have been released in a bizarre Santa Barbara County murder case dating back to 2012. Peter D’Orazio was last seen on September 6th, 2012 as he was leaving work at the oil company facility north of Goleta where he worked. After the Goleta man failed to show up at work for the next Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Says Natural Undersea Particles Called “Marine Snow” May Have Added To Impacts Of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Thu, April 23, 2015

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the largest oil spill in history, the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers are still trying to assess all of its impacts. A UC Santa Barbara oceanographer has just completed a study which shows that natural undersea particles may have actually added to the problem, Read the Rest…


Name Of Man Killed In SUV Collision With Train in Ventura County Released

Fri, April 24, 2015

A man killed when his SUV slammed into a freight train in Ventura County is now being identified. Timothy Newhouse was driving southbound on Las Posas Road and Fifth Street, outside of Camarillo, when for some unknown reason he smashed into the passing train. The crossing guard system was working at the time of the Read the Rest…


New Report Says Attendance, Financial Benefits Up At National Park Units On South Coast

Fri, April 24, 2015

A new federal report shows growth in visitor use, and local economic benefits for people visiting some National Park units on the South Coast. The study shows 342,000 people visited Channel Islands National Park in 2014, up 130,000 people from 2013.  The National Park Service report says the visitors generated about $20 million in spending Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Chief To Also Serve As Acting Fire Chief In Wake Of Chief’s Resignation

Fri, April 24, 2015

A South Coast city’s police chief is going to also have to do double duty as fire chief temporarily, following the resignation of the firefighter. Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams will also manage the Fire Department until the city decides what to do in the wake of the departure of James Williams. Williams left the Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Releases Proposals For Master Growth Plan Update

Fri, April 24, 2015

A Central Coast university has released proposals for updating its master plan, which include a major push for adding student housing. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is trying to look at what it will need to work with projected enrollment growth during the next two decades. It’s looking at two major scenarios. One would expand Read the Rest…


Mountain Lion Accomplishes Rare Feat Of Crossing Freeways In Ventura County

Fri, April 24, 2015

Biologists tracking mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area say a young male mountain lion is now one of the few to accomplish the rare feat of crossing freeways, to live in his own territory. A radio tracking device shows earlier this month, the big cat known as P-32 crossed the 101 Read the Rest…


House Fire In Ventura County Injures Two

Fri, April 24, 2015

Two men were injured, and two dogs died in a house fire in Ventura County. The blaze was discovered around 10:30 yesterday morning, in a home on the 200 block of Ventura Avenue. Two men who saw the fire went into the home, and helped the residents escape. Ventura firefighters arrived to find flames and Read the Rest…


Badly Burned Man Police Say Was Connected With Drug Lab Explosion In Ventura Found

Fri, April 24, 2015

Detectives say they’ve found a badly burned man responsible for a mysterious explosion on the South Coast. An early morning blast last Saturday morning badly damaged an apartment on the 6600 block of Telephone Road in Ventura, knocking out windows and the front door. Investigators say a man believed to have been injured in the Read the Rest…


Investigation Continues Into Fatal SUV-Train Collision In Ventura County

Fri, April 24, 2015

Authorities are trying to figure out why an SUV slammed into a freight train in Ventura County, killing the vehicle’s driver. It happened at around 8:30 yesterday morning near Las Posas Road and Fifth Street, outside of Camarillo. The CHP says the SUV was southbound on Las Posas when for some unknown reason it smashed Read the Rest…


Police Shoot Dog In Ventura After Attack On Officer

Thu, April 23, 2015

A Ventura police officer is recovering from bite wounds, after he was attacked by a dog during an arrest. Officers were called to a supermarket on the 1700 block of South Victoria around 9:45 last night by reports of a man vandalizing the business.  The officers say as they tried to arrest Nathan Journigan, the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Proposes Temporary Ban, Environmental Review Of Fracking Off West Coast

Wed, April 22, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has proposed legislation which would halt the controversial oil, and gas processing practice known as fracking in federal waters off the West Coast until an environmental review of the procedure is completed. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara introduced the legislation, which would apply to oil and gas well in Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Give Final Approval To Changes In Campaign Finance Law

Wed, April 22, 2015

Ventura County Supervisors narrowly approved changes in the way potential violations of the county’s finance reform law are investigated, and implemented. Up until now, investigations were handled by private attorneys, with a three person commission ruling on the results.  Under a new plan by County Supervisors Steve Bennett and Kathy Long intended to streamline the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Hear, But Take No Action On Proposed New Mental Health Efforts

Wed, April 22, 2015

Santa Barbara County Supervisors looked at proposals to implement a new state law to provide court-ordered mental health services for people who refuse treatment, but decided to postpone action at least for now. County Supervisors were presented with some options for putting what’s known as Laura’s Law into effect. The proposals included efforts to try Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested For Stabbing

Wed, April 22, 2015

A Ventura County man is behind bars after sheriff’s detectives say he tried to stab to death someone during a family disturbance in Moorpark. Deputies were called to a home on the 100 block of First Street just after 10 p.m. Monday. They found a person who had been stabbed and seriously injured.  The victim Read the Rest…


South Coast High School Receives National Recognition For Environmental Efforts In Channel Islands

Wed, April 22, 2015

A South Coast high school’s club which is helping to restore a National Park is now receiving national recognition. The National Park Service presented one of its highest honors to a group of students at a Ventura County high school yesterday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ventura. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Haggen Opens Three Rebranded Supermarkets On South Coast Tuesday; Set To Open Two More Thursday

Tue, April 21, 2015

This is a big week for a Pacific Northwest supermarket chain which is taking over, and reopening a number of supermarkets in our region. Haggen is opening more than a dozen stores in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties which used to be Safeway stores, Albertson’s or Vons. Today, Haggen opened a new Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Public Health Officials Say Six Hepatitis C Cases Now Diagnosed In Connection With Investigation Of Medical Office

Tue, April 21, 2015

An investigation into a Santa Barbara County medical office which may have accidentally exposed some patients to blood borne diseases has led to the discovery of five additional cases of Hepatitis C. However, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it’s still unclear as to whether the five people contracted hepatitis via the medical practice, or elsewhere. Click Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Missing

Tue, April 21, 2015

Efforts are underway to find a Central Coast man who’s now been missing for more than a week. Kenneth Vernon Lebarr of Grover Beach was last heard from by his family April 8th. He told them he’d be returning from Reno on April 12th, but hasn’t been seen since. The 50 year old man is Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Theater Company Gets National Recognition For Two Of Its Productions

Tue, April 21, 2015

A Ventura County based theater company is getting some national acclaim for two of its productions. The Rubicon Theater Company has been nominated for two New York Outer Critics Circle Awards for shows which premiered in Ventura, and were taken to New York for off-Brodway runs. The musical “Lonesome Traveler” is nominated for “Outstanding New Read the Rest…


Fourth Possible Victim Identified In Central Coast Child Molestation Investigation

Tue, April 21, 2015

Detectives say they’ve now identified a fourth victim in a molestation case involving a prominent Central Coast real estate agent. Lawrence Lucien Jones was arrested in the wake of a birthday party at his Arroyo Grande home last month. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say after some of the children reported improper behavior by Read the Rest…


New Study Shows Potential For Major Earthquake Connected To Ventura Fault

Tue, April 21, 2015

A new study shows there’s a greater earthquake, and tsunami potential than first thought stemming from a fault which runs through Ventura. Seismologists say the Ventura Fault could connect up with other faults, leading to a potential magnitude eight earthquake, and possibly even a tsunami. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to one of the study’s co-authors. Read the Rest…


Nearly 1500 Players Expected For 115th Edition Of The Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament

Tue, April 21, 2015

Tennis is taking center court on the South Coast this week, with the 115th edition of an iconic tennis tournament set to take place. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  The Ojai


Salmonella Outbreak Discovered In California; Five Confirmed Cases In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, April 20, 2015

There’s been a salmonella outbreak in California, with as many as 25 confirmed cases, including five in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Salmonella Outbreak


Man Called Serial Burglar Arrested In Ventura County

Mon, April 20, 2015

A man detectives believe is a serial burglar in Ventura County is now behind bars. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say more than a dozen homes in the unincorporated area of Oxnard known as Nyland Acres have been burglarized since the first of the year. Working with Ventura Police, investigators say they linked Ivan Ruiz Reyes Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Look At New Efforts To Help Those With Mental Illness

Mon, April 20, 2015

Santa Barbara County is set to look at ways to implement a state law intended to help some of those who are mentally ill, but not getting help help they need. The County is looking at AB 1421, which is better known as Laura’s Law. It calls for making court ordered outpatient treatment available to Read the Rest…


More Than 15,000 Weed Abatement Notices Sent To Ventura County Property Owners

Mon, April 20, 2015

With brush fire danger high, the Ventura County Fire Department has mailed out more than 15,000 weed abatement notices to property owners in the county. People getting the notices have until June 1st to complete cleanup work. If it’s not completed, the county will bring in crews to get the work done, and then bill Read the Rest…


South Coast Airport To Get Major Improvements

Mon, April 20, 2015

A three million dollar plus federal grant is going to help make some major safety, and infrastructure projects possible at a South Coast airport. Santa Barbara Airport received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to update its outdated runway lights, and to redo 40,000 square feet of the airport’s aging tarmac area.   The money Read the Rest…


Authorities Look For Possible Serial Burglar On Central Coast

Mon, April 20, 2015

Authorities on the Central Coast are looking for a would-be burglar who struck at least twice while wearing a distinctive law enforcement cap. San Luis Obispo Police say both incidents happened early Saturday morning. A cab dropped off a woman on the 900 block of Peach Street, but a man who was outside followed the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fire Dispatcher, Firefighters Meet Baby They Helped Deliver As Work Of Public Safety Dispatchers Is Celebrated

Mon, April 20, 2015

When you’re facing an emergency, and you reach out for help, the first person you usually end up talking to isn’t a law enforcement officer, or firefighter…it’s the dispatcher you get when you call 911. Public safety agencies throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties are saluting these often forgotten first responders this month. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Teen Cited In Connection With Weekend Brush Fire In Ventura County

Mon, April 20, 2015

A teenager has been cited in connection with a brush fire which caused a scare in Ventura County. The blaze was discovered just before 10 a.m. Saturday on the 7700 block of Wheeler Canyon Road, outside of Santa Paula. Some 100 firefighters, aided by aircraft fought the blaze for about six hours before it was Read the Rest…


Dog Shot To Death In Confrontation With Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies

Mon, April 20, 2015

A woman is facing multiple charges following a weekend incident in which Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say she resisted arrest, and then her dog was shot to death after it attacked them. It happened at about 9:30 Saturday morning, in Montecito.  Deputies responding to a disturbance call on the 800 block of Coyote Road Read the Rest…


Blast Damages Ventura Apartment Complex; Cause Still Under Investigation

Mon, April 20, 2015

Investigators are being tight lipped about the cause of an explosion which damaged a Ventura apartment complex. The blast happened just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday, on the 6600 block of Telephone Road.  Firefighters arrived to find an apartment with its front door, and windows blown out, but the fire had been extinguished.  They determined someone Read the Rest…


Body Found In Channel Islands Identified, But Mystery Now Grows

Sat, April 18, 2015

Some information just released about a body found in the Channel Islands last summer has provided some new information, but also opened a wider mystery. The State Department of Justice says the body of a man found last August on San Miguel Island is that of Richard Martin Smith, a Sacramento County man who disappeared Read the Rest…


New State Of The Art Groundwater Desalination Facility In Ventura County Unveiled

Fri, April 17, 2015

A water district in Ventura County today unveiled a new state of the art groundwater desalination water plant. The Round Mountain Water Treatment Plan in Camarillo uses what’s known as a reverse osmosis treatment to take brackish groundwater that’s too salty to drink, and then filters it to make it usable. It has the capacity Read the Rest…


Search For Wanted Man Leads To Barricade Situation On South Coast

Fri, April 17, 2015

Efforts to find a man wanted for a number of armed robberies in Ventura County led to a more than two hour long standoff involving a SWAT team. Oxnard Police had information that Douglas Lovings might be at a home on the 400 block of North G Street.  When detectives arrived at the home around Read the Rest…


New Cutting Edge Water Recycling Plant On South Coast Can Produce More Than Six Million Gallons Of Water A Day

Fri, April 17, 2015

It’s a water conservation idea that’s been in the works for more than two decades in one of the South Coast’s largest cities. Now, with the drought, the project’s completion couldn’t come at a better time. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Oxnard has just put into operation a groundbreaking facility which will recycle more than six Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County High School Student Arrested After Teacher, Administory Receive Threatening E-Mails

Fri, April 17, 2015

A Santa Barbara County high school student is facing charges of making criminal threats after a teacher and an administrator received threatening e-mails. It happened yesterday, in Goleta.  A series of threatening e-mails were received by a Dos Pueblos High School administrator, as well as by a teacher. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department School Read the Rest…


Ventura Firefighters Battle Blaze In Apartment Complex

Fri, April 17, 2015

Firefighters were able to quickly stop a blaze which threatened a Ventura apartment complex. The blaze was discovered at about 12:30 yesterday, at an eight unit apartment complex on the 1000 block of Britten Lane.  Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from a first floor apartment. They quickly knocked down the blaze in the apartment’s Read the Rest…


Camarillo Airport Gets Major Federal Grant For Pavement Improvement

Thu, April 16, 2015

A South Coast airport is getting a major federal grant to repair its aircraft parking, and taxi areas. The Federal Aviation Administration is giving Camarillo Airport $310,000 to rehabilitate 20,000 square yards of hangar apron pavement.  The money will allow the replacement of pavement in some key areas of the airport.


Burglary Suspect Arrested After Brief Standoff in Ventura County

Thu, April 16, 2015

Police say a would be burglary suspect was arrested after a brief standoff in a home in Ventura County. Someone saw a suspicious man on the 100 block of South Santa Rosa Street in Ventura around 6:30 last night.  They called 911 after they saw him go into the back door of a home. Police Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Introduces Legislation To Help Military Medics Get Civilian Certification

Thu, April 16, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has re-introduced legislation to try to make it easier for veterans with military medical training to transition to civilian jobs as Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMT’s. Currently, many former military medics have to repeat classes they took in the service as they seek certification as a civilian EMT. HR 1818 by Read the Rest…


Lottery Held To Decide Which Families Will Get To Live At New Affordable Housing Complex On South Coast

Thu, April 16, 2015

It was a lottery in Santa Barbara County that didn’t come with a million dollar check.  But, many of the winners are probably feeling just as lucky today. People’s Self-Help Housing held a lottery today for a chance to live in a brand new affordable housing complex it’s building in Carpinteria. More than 300 low Read the Rest…


Music Of Dynamic American Musician Gives Twist To Production Of Classic Play In Santa Barbara

Thu, April 16, 2015

The work of one of America’s most dynamic musicians is behind a new Santa Barbara production of an acclaimed play.  It’s a classic German story about a former soldier driven to madness. But, this version of it is a musical. KCLU’s Lance Orozco gives us a sneak preview of the Ensemble Theater Company production. Click Read the Rest…


Autopsy Planned For Ventura County Jail Inmate Who Died In Custody

Thu, April 16, 2015

An autopsy is pending for a Ventura County Jail inmate who was discovered unconscious in his cell. Deputies at the Pre-Trial Detention facility in Ventura checking on Sergio Ramous noticed that he wasn’t breathing at about six Wednesday morning.  Deputies and jail medical staff started CPR efforts, but the 60 year old Oxnard man was Read the Rest…


Coalition To Fight Homelessness In Santa Barbara County Gets New Executive Director

Thu, April 16, 2015

A coalition to fight homelessness in Santa Barbara County has hired a new Executive Director. Chuck Flacks is the new Executive Director of the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness. Flacks is coming to Santa Barbara County from the Bay Area, where he headed a non-profit agency called JVS, which helped people develop skills, and find Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Damaging Vehicles At Police Station In Ventura County

Thu, April 16, 2015

Most of us get a little upset when we get a traffic ticket, but Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say one man took it way too far, attacking vehicles at a police station. Deputies say they cited Daniel Diaz for some traffic violations just after 12 a.m. Tuesday in the Ojai area. About a half hour Read the Rest…


Country Music Superstar, Internationally Know Rapper Latest Additions To Mid-State Fair Lineup

Wed, April 15, 2015

A country music superstar, and one of the biggest names in rap music are the latest additions to the lineup for the 2015 Mid-State Fair. Keith Urban will perform in the Main Grandstand Area at the Paso Robles Event Center July 29th.  And Armando Perez, better known to rap music fans as “Pitbull”, will perform Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In Connection With String Of Air Conditioner Thefts From Churches, Businesses In Ventura County

Wed, April 15, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested in connection with an unusual string of burglaries targeting churches, and businesses. For the last four months, someone has been stealing air conditioning units from buildings in the Simi Valley area. There have been more than a half dozen of the nighttime burglaries, with the thefts totaling nearly Read the Rest…


South Coast Water District Going To Offer Cash For Farmers Who Take Land Out Of Production

Wed, April 15, 2015

You’ve heard of water districts offering deals to customers who take out lawns, and other landscaping to conserve water.  Now, a South Coast water district is going to offer cash to agricultural customers who agree to take permanent crop acreage out of production. Goleta Water District directors approved a program which will offer participating growers Read the Rest…


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