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Actor, Legendary Bodybuilder Holding Major Bodybuilding Event On South Coast

Wed, November 26, 2014

A South Coast theater known for symphony, and opera performances is hosting a much different event this holiday weekend, featuring some of the world’s most buffed up men, and women. Fitness guru, and actor Lou Ferrigno is staging a major new bodybuilding event at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Ferrigno. Click Read the Rest…


Hundreds March In Santa Barbara Over Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Wed, November 26, 2014

A crowd of about 500 people marched in downtown Santa Barbara Tuesday night, to protest the grand jury decision in Ferguson in the Michael Brown death. The protesters marched around downtown Santa Barbara, creating a number of traffic tieups.  At one point, it was believed the march might be headed towards the 101 Freeway, in Read the Rest…


Tree Trimmer Hurt In Ventura County Accident Dies

Wed, November 26, 2014

A tree trimmer critically injured when he apparently came in contact with a power line in Ventura County has died. Ventura County firefighters were called to the 4100 block of Eileen Street in Simi Valley around noon yesterday, by reports of two men trapped in a tree. One man was uninjured, but the second was Read the Rest…


Authorities Identify Man Stabbed To Death in Ventura County This Week

Wed, November 26, 2014

Authorities are now identifying a man who was stabbed to death in Ventura County earlier this week. Alberto Rosario was attacked just after 5 Monday night, on the 500 block of Cooper Road.  Oxnard Police received a 911 about a possible stabbing victim, and when they arrived, they found the Oxnard man with at least Read the Rest…


Central Coast High School District Announces Intervention Plan In Wake Of Campus Disturbance

Wed, November 26, 2014

A Central Coast high school district has announced establishment of what it’s calling an intervention plan in the wake of disturbances at a campus last week which led to two Sheriff’s deputies being attacked, and nine students being arrested. Santa Maria Joint Union High School District officials say the problems at Righetti High School were Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In String Of Saddle Thefts In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Wed, November 26, 2014

It doesn’t sound like a major criminal case at first. Someone has been stealing saddles from ranches in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. But, many of them were high end custom saddles, some worth tens of thousands of dollars. Now, Moorpark Police Department detectives say they’ve solved the case, with the arrest of a Malibu Read the Rest…


Ventura College Placed On Lockdown Following Armed Robbery On Campus

Wed, November 26, 2014

Ventura College was placed on lockdown for more than an hour, after it was the scene of an armed robbery. Ventura Police say a man with a handgun robbed someone at gunpoint in a parking lot on the northwest side of the campus just after 8 last night. The victim complied with the basked gunman’s Read the Rest…


Warning About Mail Theft Ring In Santa Barbara County

Wed, November 26, 2014

A warning has been issued about a mail theft ring which has been operating in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives investigating the theft of some flat screen TV’s, and other items from a Buellton hotel discovered a large bag of stolen mail in one of the hotel suites.  The mail was from Read the Rest…


One Dead In Fiery Accident On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Wed, November 26, 2014

One person was killed, and the southbound 101 Freeway in Ventura was closed for hours by a fiery accident last night. A SUV headed southbound on the freeway around 6:45 last night veered off the roadway at the 101 East Main Street onramp.  The SUV plunged down a steep embankment, and smashed into a large Read the Rest…


Nine Arrested Or Cited In Connection With Santa Barbara Drug Operation

Wed, November 26, 2014

Nine people were arrested or cited, and a 15 year old girl who had been reported missing was found during a raid on a home Santa Barbara Police are calling a drug den. The Police Department’s narcotics unit had received a number of complaints over the last few months over what was believed to be Read the Rest…


Tree Trimmer Critically Injured In Accident In Ventura County

Wed, November 26, 2014

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to an accident which critically injured a tree trimmer in Ventura County, after he was apparently shocked by a power line. It happened around noon yesterday, on the 4100 block of Eileen Street in Simi Valley. Ventura County firefighters arrived to find two men stuck jn a Read the Rest…


Traffic Accident Closes 101 Southbound In Ventura County

Tue, November 25, 2014

A traffic accident has closed part of a major South Coast freeway. The southbound 101 near Highway 126 in Ventura was completely shut down by a traffic accident just before 7 tonight.  The shutdown created a massive backup on the freeway. Traffic is now being routed onto Highway 126, and around the crash scene.


Concern Grows Over Missing Ventura County Man

Tue, November 25, 2014

Concern is continuing to grow over a missing Ventura County man who was last seen November 20th. Augustine Macias of Simi Valley disappeared last Thursday, when the 74 year old man went for his daily walk.  He was last seen walking westbound on Los Angeles Avenue, but because he’s an avid walker he may have Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Struggling With Location For New Water Treatment Plant

Tue, November 25, 2014

A Central Coast city is struggling to find a location for a new water treatment plant. Solvang needs to build a new facility to meet state water quality requirements, and the city’s preferred location was next to Alisal Commons Park. However, nearby homeowners showed up in force at last night’s Solvang City Council to protest Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Early Morning Car Chase In Ventura County

Tue, November 25, 2014

What started out as a routine traffic stop for a traffic violation turned into a wild chase early this morning in Ventura County. It started just after 2 a.m., near the intersection of Telegraph, and Wells Roads in Ventura.  A Ventura Police officer tried to halt a vehicle for a traffic violation, but it failed Read the Rest…


Two Men Sought By Ventura Police For Attempted Kidnapping Of Child

Tue, November 25, 2014

Ventura Police say they’re looking for two men in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a seven year old boy. Detectives say it happened at about 5 last night, on the 100 block of Dakota Drive.  Investigators say the boy, along with a ten year old girl who is his cousin were walking down the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Election Results Finalized; Two Close Races Settled

Tue, November 25, 2014

Three weeks after Election Day, all of the vote by mail, and provisional ballots have been counted in Ventura County, and some too close to call races have finally been settled. In the City of Fillmore, voters narrowly approved Measure H, which would allow the city to repeal a decades old restriction which limited City Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Stabbed To Death

Tue, November 25, 2014

Detectives are trying to figure out what prompted the stabbing death of a man in Oxnard. It happened just after five last night, on the 500 block of Cooper Road.  Oxnard Police received a 911 about a possible stabbing victim, and when they arrived, they found a man with at least one serious wound.  Paramedics Read the Rest…


South Coast City Looking At Using Zoning To Limit Oil, and Gas Development

Tue, November 25, 2014

A South Coast city is looking at using zoning to limit oil, and gas development. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Carpinteria Zoning Proposal


Man Finally Freed After 1980 Murder Conviction In Ventura County Set Aside

Tue, November 25, 2014

A man convicted of murder more than three decades ago in Ventura County is celebrating his first full day of freedom today, after his verdict was set aside, and he was released yesterday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports DNA tests helped end a nightmare for Michael Hanline which put him behind bars in 1978. Click on Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Announces Selection Of New Undersheriff

Mon, November 24, 2014

A law enforcement officer with more than four decades of experience, including 13 years as Pasadena’s Police Chief, has been chosen as Santa Barbara County’s new Undersheriff. Bernard Melekian will take over the post January 5th.  Melekian started his career with the Santa Monica Police Department in 1973, and worked briefly for the Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Man Released From Jail After 1980 Conviction In Ventura County Reversed

Mon, November 24, 2014

A man convicted of murder more than three decades ago in Ventura County got his first taste of freedom today, after his verdict was set aside, and he was released on bail. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Hanline Release


Authorities Continue To Look For Missing South Coast Man

Mon, November 24, 2014

Authorities remain on the lookout for a 74 year old Ventura County man who was last seen on Thursday. Augustine Macias was last seen near Tapo Street and Los Angeles Avenue, after he left his home going for his daily walk. Simi Valley Police say it’s possible he may have become disoriented.  They are asking Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Rape At Central Coast Motel

Mon, November 24, 2014

Authorities say they’ve arrested a man responsible for a rape at a Central Coast motel, and recovered some stolen property from some unrelated crimes. Pismo Beach Police say a woman was raped last Tuesday morning at a motel on the 2000 block of Price Street.  Based on information provided by the victim, and other leads Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Foundation Announces $500,000 In Grants To Non-Profits In County

Mon, November 24, 2014

A Ventura County based foundation has announced that just in time for the holidays, it will award a $500,000 in grants to nine non-profit agencies in the county. The Gene Haas Foundation will give $100,000 each to Food Share, the Ventura County Rescue Mission, and the Ventura County Community Foundation. Six other groups will split Read the Rest…


South Coast Group Teaching Ag Literacy To Schoolchildren, With Classes And Farm Experience

Mon, November 24, 2014

A non-profit group is teaching thousands of South Coast kids about agriculture not through textbooks, but by giving them a chance to experience it firsthand. KCLU’S Lance Orozco reports this morning from a Santa Paula farm, which is a key part of a farm to table program teaching ag literacy. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Total Of People Sent To Hospitals By Last Tuesday’s Explosion, Fires In Ventura County Upped To 52

Sun, November 23, 2014

The latest figures on an explosion, and fires at a waste water treatment facility in Ventura County show that 52 people were treated at hospitals, including 10 firefighters. The early morning blast Tuesday at the Santa Clara Waste Water facility outside of Santa Paula sent a mix of extremely flammable chemicals for hundreds of feet.  Read the Rest…


Fire Weather Watch In Effect From Midnight Saturday to 10 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…


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