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Man Dies In Ventura County Tractor Accident

Thu, August 21, 2014

A Ventura County man died hours after he was hurt when he apparently lost control of the tractor he was driving in an agricultural field, and it fell into a drainage canal. The accident happened at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, near Central Avenue in Camarillo. The tractor fell about 15 feet into the concrete channel. Read the Rest…


Final Countdown Underway For Air Show In Ventura County This Weekend

Thu, August 21, 2014

The final countdown is on for a major air show on the South Coast this weekend. The “Wings over Camarillo” Air Show takes place Saturday, and Sunday at Camarillo Airport. There will be aerobatic performances, fly-bys by historic aircraft, ground displays, and even a car show. The air show runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Says International Crime Ring Breached; Seven Arrested

Thu, August 21, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives working with other agencies have broken up what they’re calling an international organized crime ring. Seven people have been arrested. Officials say in addition to the arrests of what they call some high ranking members of a nationwide organized crime group, they seized drugs, guns, and cash. They say it was Read the Rest…


Van Driven By 13 Year Old Leads Police On Chase In Central Coast Before Crashing Into Store

Thu, August 21, 2014

A Central Coast teenager has a lot of explaining to do, after leading police on a wild chase in a possibly stolen van which ended when he crashed into a crafts store in a shopping center. It started at around 9:30 last night, when a Santa Maria Police officer reported seeing a van being driven Read the Rest…


South Coast Law Enforcement Team Headed To Europe To Run In Marathon, Raise Money For Charity

Thu, August 21, 2014

Some South Coast law enforcement officers are headed halfway around the world on a unique mission. No, they’re not tracking down leads in a case. They’re running down dollars for children’s charities, by taking part in a marathon. A half dozen current, and retired members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department are flying to Ireland Read the Rest…


SLO Film Festival Annouces Special Fall “Coming Of Age” Classics Film Series

Thu, August 21, 2014

A Central Coast Film festival is kicking off the celebration of its 21st anniversary next year early, with a series of special screenings this fall. The San Luis Obispo Film Festival is showing three coming of age films in a special series. On September 20th, the festival will screen the cult film “The Goonies.” Actor Read the Rest…


Gang Member Arrested Following Vandalism Of Central Coast Farm

Thu, August 21, 2014

A gang member on probation in Santa Barbara County has been arrested in San Luis Obispo County, after a vandalism incident which left thousands of dollars in damage. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2200 block of Bonita School Road just after 7 a.m. yesterday, by reports of vandalism to a truck, trailer, and portable Read the Rest…


New Carpool Lot Opened In Ventura County

Thu, August 21, 2014

There’s a new Park & Ride lot open in Ventura County which is intended to make it easier for people to car pool. The City of Oxnard opened the lot on the 2600 block of East Ventura Boulevard, which is adjacent to the 101 Freeway’s Rice Avenue/Santa Clara Avenue interchange. Parking is free at the Read the Rest…


South Coast Hospital Using Robots To Try To Sanitize Rooms, And Prevent Dangers Hospital Acquired Infections

Thu, August 21, 2014

Hospitals are supposed to be the ultimate backstop for us to receive health care if we are seriously ill, or injured. But, despite the best efforts to keep harmful bacteria and other pathogens at bay, the Centers for Disease Control reports as many as 75,000 people a year die in the U.S. from hospital acquired Read the Rest…


Summer DUI Crackdown Underway On Central Coast; 21 Arrests During First Three Days Of Effort

Wed, August 20, 2014

An effort on the Central Coast to crack down on DUI driving during the final weeks of the summer holiday season is off to a big start. 21 arrests have been reported since the Avoid the 14 campaign kicked off August 15th in San Luis Obispo County.  The project is a coalition of law enforcement Read the Rest…


Fire Leaves Man Dead In Ventura County

Wed, August 20, 2014

Ventura County Fire Department investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning blaze in Oak View which left a man dead. Firefighters were called to the Lake Casitas Mobile Home Park, on Burnham Road, just after 2 a.m. They received word en route that a man might be trapped in the mobile Read the Rest…


Navy Says It Will Sit Out Fight Between City Of Port Hueneme, and Port Of Hueneme Over Proposed Tax

Wed, August 20, 2014

The Navy has decided to sit out a fight between the City of Port Hueneme, and the Port of Hueneme over a proposal for a new tax which would impact the port’s users. The Navy issued a statement saying it takes to position on local political matters. Measure M would add a tax to the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Move To Oppose New Oil Drilling In State Waters Off Coastline

Wed, August 20, 2014

Santa Barbara County has taken a stand on a controversial proposal to ban new oil drilling in the only section of state waters off the county’s coastline where it could still occur. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports it was a close vote by County Supervisors on an issue which pits environmental concerns against potential economic benefits. Read the Rest…


Sounds Of Explosions, Gunfire Will Come From Central Coast High School Campus As Part Of Training To Deal with Gunman

Wed, August 20, 2014

It will sound like there’s a major crisis at a Central Coast high school later today, with the sounds of gunfire, and explosions coming from the campus.  But, all the police activity, and noise at San Luis Obispo High School will be a drill. The San Luis Obispo Police, and Fire Departments are working with Read the Rest…


Murder Victim On Central Coast Now Being Identified

Wed, August 20, 2014

A murder victim whose body was found off of a street in an agricultural area of northern Santa Barbara County is now being identified. The body of Javier Alcantar Limon of Santa Maria was spotted by some farm workers just before seven a.m. yesterday, near the 6900 block of Main Street.  The area is west Read the Rest…


MMA Fighter Sought In Manhunt, And Arrested in Ventura County Waives Extradition To Las Vegas

Wed, August 20, 2014

An internationally known mixed martial arts fighter who was arrested in Ventura County following a nationwide search has waved extradition to Nevada. Jonathan Koppenhaver, who is known is the MMA world as “The War Machine,” is wanted in Las Vegas for an August 8th incident in which police say he beat his girlfriend, and a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County To Test New Early Warning System For Brush Fires

Tue, August 19, 2014

Santa Barbara County is going to get the chance to test a new high tech sensor system which may allow firefighters to get an early jump on brush fires. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports an Australian company which developed the technology is donating $40,000 worth of equipment for a pilot project in Mission Canyon. Click on Read the Rest…


Death In Northern Santa Barbara County Now Being Called Homicide

Tue, August 19, 2014

Authorities say the death of a man whose body was found in an agricultural area west of Guadalupe, in northern Santa Barbara County is a homicide. The body was spotted by some ag workers just before seven this morning near the 6900 block of Main Street, at the entrance to Guadalupe Beach.  The man has Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Narrowly Vote To Support Proposal To Permanently Ban New Oil, Gas Drilling Off North County

Tue, August 19, 2014

Santa Barbara County Supervisor jumped into the fray over whether new oil, and gas development should be banned in some state waters off the county’s coastline. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports supervisors narrowly approved supporting legislation in Sacramento which would close what’s being called a loophole which would allow new drilling. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Head Of Agency Which Serves As HMO For Ventura County’s Medi-Cal Recipients Leaving Post

Tue, August 19, 2014

The head of a health care system which provides Medi-Cal services to 160,000 people in Ventura County has announced his resignation to take advantage of another job opportunity. Michael Engelhard has been CEO of the Gold Coast Health Plan Since September of 2012. He’s credited with helping to get the public agency on firm financial Read the Rest…


Body Found In Northern Santa Barbara County; Death Being Called Suspicious

Tue, August 19, 2014

Authorities say the body of a man has been found in an agricultural area of northern Santa Barbara County, near Guadalupe. The body was spotted by some ag workers just before seven this morning off of Main Street, at the entrance to Guadalupe Beach.  The man has been identified, but his name isn’t being released Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Santa Barbara To Ban Forced Sterilizations In Prisons On Governor’s Desk

Tue, August 19, 2014

A bill authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara which would ban forced, or coerced sterilizations in California prisons has been passed by the legislature, and is now on the governor’s desk for his action. Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara authored Senate Bill 1135 after there were media reports of forced sterilizations Read the Rest…


Artists Turning Utility Boxes Into Murals In Unque Community Art Project

Tue, August 19, 2014

Some South Coast artists are literally taking their work to the streets. Four artists have been commissioned to create some very public works, by turning some utility boxes on Ventura’s city streets into murals. It’s the latest effort in the city’s cutting edge public art programs. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with one of the Read the Rest…


State Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty For Ventura County Man Convicted Of Raping, Murdering Woman

Mon, August 18, 2014

The State Supreme Court has rejected the appeals of a man sentenced to death for raping, and brutally murdering a woman in Ventura County. Justin Merriman was convicted of sexually assaulting Katrina Montgomery, beating her with a wrench, and then stabbing her to death in November of 1992. Death penalty cases are automatically appealed to Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Legislation To Ban New Oil, Gas Drilling In State Waters Off Central Coast Heating Up

Mon, August 18, 2014

The State Assembly could vote later this week on legislation intended to plug a loophole which would allow new oil, and gas leases in state waters off the northern Santa Barbara County coastline. SB 1096, by Democratic Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, would in effect ban new leases in the Tranquillon Ridge area, off Read the Rest…


Man Being Sought For Chain Reaction Accident Which Left Good Samaritan Seriously Injured

Mon, August 18, 2014

Authorities are now looking for the driver of a pickup trick which caused a chain reaction of traffic accidents on the 101 Freeway in Ventura, and left a Good Samaritan who tried to help seriously injured. The CHP has just released the details of the early morning Sunday accident. Just after 1 a.m. yesterday, a Read the Rest…


Lake Cachuma Begins Water Releases To Help Recharge Groundwater Basins Along Santa Ynez River

Mon, August 18, 2014

The drought has dropped Lake Cachuma to about a third of its capacity, but today, it was actually releasing water into the Santa Ynez River. The release is necessary to recharge groundwater basins along the river downstream from Bradbury Dam. The basins are essential for residents, and agriculture along the river. The U.S. Bureau of Read the Rest…


New Federal Study Says Groundwater In Part Of Santa Barbara County Being Drawn Down At Double Replenishment Rate

Mon, August 18, 2014

A remote area of Santa Barbara County with only one source of water has been using it faster than it’s been replenishing it for more than a half century. A new study shows that the Cuyama Valley is facing a water crisis. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the issue is already causing problems for residents, and Read the Rest…


Crackdown On Illegal Skateboard Use Underway In South Coast City

Mon, August 18, 2014

One South Coast city is cracking down on what police are calling potentially dangerous skateboarding activity on its streets, and sidewalks. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Skateboarding Crackdown


Boat Out Of Ventura County Catches On Fire, Sinks; Four Rescued

Mon, August 18, 2014

Four people are safe after undergoing an ordeal over the weekend, when the boat they were on caught on fire, and sank off the South Coast. The 40 foot long boat left Ventura Saturday night, headed for Marina Del Rey. Just before 7 p.m., the boat was about a thousand yards off of Malibu, in Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After 100 Mile An Hour Chase In Ventura County

Mon, August 18, 2014

A man has been arrested after police say he stole a car, and endangered others in a car chase in Ventura County which topped speeds of 100 miles an hour. It started just after 8 a.m. yesterday, in the area of Norbank Drive in Ventura.  A Ventura police officer noticed a car being driven which Read the Rest…


Man Struck Twice, Seriously Injured While Trying To Help Traffic Accident Victims On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Mon, August 18, 2014

A good Samaritan who stopped to help people involved in a traffic accident on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County was seriously injured when he was struck twice by passing vehicles. It happened just after one a.m. yesterday, on the southbound 101 at Telephone Road in Ventura.  Witnesses say there was a traffic collision on Read the Rest…


Parole/Probation Sweep In Conejo Valley Results In 22 Arrests

Sun, August 17, 2014

A law enforcement parole, and probation sweep in the Conejo Valley led to 22 arrests. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department targeted 75 homes in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, and Oak Park Saturday morning.  The parole and probation sweep focused on convicted gang members, drug users, and thieves. The arrests were for offenses including Read the Rest…


Man Mysteriously Found Dead In Vetura County Strip Mall Now Being Identified

Fri, August 15, 2014

A man who mysteriously died in a strip mall off the 101 Freeway in Ventura County is now being identified. The body of George Williams Junior was spotted by a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol around 10 yesterday morning. Williams was sitting against some buildings in a strip mall on the 1300 block of Read the Rest…


Mixed Martial Artist Wanted For Attack On Girlfriend Arrested in Ventura County

Fri, August 15, 2014

A Mixed Martial Artist who’s been the object of a nationwide search because of a brutal assault on his girlfriend has been arrested in Ventura County. Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, and Simi Valley Police at a Simi Valley motel just before 2 this afternoon. Koppenhaver has been a Read the Rest…


Algae Impacting Taste, Smell Of Some Water On Central Coast, But Not Safety

Fri, August 15, 2014

Some drinking water on the Central Coast may not exactly look, or smell the same this week, because of algae. The Central Coast Water Authority says some non harmful algae compounds entered the State Water Project water supply. The City of Santa Maria put out word to its customers it has changed its water blend Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Murder Of His Girlfriend In Santa Paula

Fri, August 15, 2014

A Ventura County man is behind bars, after being arrested for the March murder of his girlfriend. Santa Paula Police yesterday arrested Antonio Magana for the March slaying of Ashley Moran. Detectives say the 21 year old Santa Paula woman had been stabbed to death.  Her body was discovered in a park on the city’s Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, August 15, 2014

The latest figures show a spike in the unemployment rate for the South Coast. In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 6.2% in June, to 7% in July.  Santa Barbara County unemployment is also up, going from 5.4% in June, to 6% in July. Statewide, unemployment remained flat from month to month, at 7.4%.  Read the Rest…


Unemployment Rate Flat Statewide, Up On Central Coast

Fri, August 15, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show that the jobless rate remained flat from month to month statewide, but increased on the Central Coast. California’s unemployment rate was 7.4% in June, and stayed the same for July. It was a much different picture locally.  Santa Barbara County climbed from 5.4% in June, to 6% in July.  San Read the Rest…


Three Search Warrants Served In Connection With Cal Poly Football Player Arrests

Fri, August 15, 2014

The investigation is continuing into the arrest of five Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football players following an armed robbery at a fraternity last  weekend. San Luis Obispo Police detectives served search warrants at three locations in the city yesterday, looking for additional evidence in the case. The players were suspended from the football program Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School Renovation Project Set Back By Broken Water Pipe

Fri, August 15, 2014

A broken water pipe has dampened a multi-million dollar renovation project at a Santa Barbara school. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  School Flooding


Santa Barbara County Researcher Says Baking Soda May Provide Endurance Boost For Athletes

Fri, August 15, 2014

It’s been an ongoing struggle to try to stop the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports. But, a Santa Barbara County researcher says a perfectly legal substance that’s in your kitchen right now might make a big difference for pro basketball players. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a study by a Westmont College professor Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Owner Says Team Will Return To Oxnard For Summer Training Camp In 2015

Fri, August 15, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys are wrapping up their summer training camp in Oxnard today, but team owner Jerry Jones is leaving the city with some good news, confirming that the team will be back next year. The Cowboys are in the final year of a contract with Oxnard, but have a three year option.  The Dallas Read the Rest…


Marijuana Operation Discovered in Ventura County Backcountry; More Than 800 Plants Seized

Fri, August 15, 2014

A marijuana cultivation operation has been discovered by authorities in Ventura County’s backcountry, leading to one arrest, and the seizure of more than 800 marijuana plants. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit, working with narcotics detectives first spotted the plants in the Rose Valley area, north of Ojai in July.  On August 12th, a Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Determine Cause Of Mysterious Death In Ventura County

Fri, August 15, 2014

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found slumped against a building off the 101 Freeway between Oxnard, and Camarillo. A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol spotted the man just before 10 a.m. yesterday on the 1300 block of Del Norte Read the Rest…


Free Counseling Being Offered In Wake Of Santa Barbara Quadruple Murder

Thu, August 14, 2014

Free counseling sessions are being offered at two Santa Barbara area schools in the wake of a quadruple murder which stunned the region this week. Nicholas Holzer is accused of killing his parents, as well as his two sons Monday night at the family’s Santa Barbara home. 13-year-old Sebastian Holzer was a student at La Read the Rest…


Central Coast Teen Killed In Head On Car Crash

Thu, August 14, 2014

A Central Coast teenager is dead, following a head-on traffic accident. It happened just before 2 this afternoon, on Highway 246 near Lompoc. CHP officer say Sklyer Kindschy was eastbound on the highway near Campbell Road, when for some reason the 17 year old drifted over the center line, and hit an oncoming car. The Read the Rest…


Body Found In Ventura County; Death Called Suspicious By Investigators

Thu, August 14, 2014

Authorities are on the scene of what they are calling a suspicious death in Ventura County. A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol this morning between Camarillo and Oxnard, on the 1300 block of Del Norte, noticed a man propped up against the wall of a strip mall who appeared to be in trouble. It Read the Rest…


Federal Government Stepping Up To Help With Drought Relief Project at Lake Cachuma

Thu, August 14, 2014

The federal government is going to help Lake Cachuma’s emergency project to pump water from the lake to southern Santa Barbara County. The lake’s level is falling so low, the water may soon drop beneath the gravity feed intakes which move water from the Santa Ynez Valley, to the Santa Barbara area. The Cachuma Operation Read the Rest…


Chumash Tribe Still Undecided Whether It Will Return To Los Angeles Clippers Sponsorship After Sale By Controversial Owner

Thu, August 14, 2014

Word that the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers were officially sold earlier this week created a big sigh of relief for the NBA, and many basketball fans, after months of controversy over their ownership. But, one of the team’s major advertisers, which is based in Santa Barbara County, still hasn’t decided whether it will Read the Rest…


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