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Woman Shot To Death In Confrontation With Oxnard Police

Sat, March 28, 2015

An Oxnard woman was shot to death in an early Saturday morning confrontation with police. Oxnard Police were called to an apartment on the 500 block of West Vineyard Avenue at around one a.m. by reports of a domestic dispute.  Officers say after they arrived, and were talking to the man who had called 911, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Grand Jury Says Plans For County To Reduce Waste Of Paper Are Worthy, But Unfocused

Fri, March 27, 2015

It was an environmentally friendly plan developed a decade ago for Ventura County, to try to reduce the waste of paper products, and to use more recycled items. The County’s General Services Agency spelled out a policy for purchasing paper, which includes spending slight more if necessary to get recycled, instead of virgin paper products. Read the Rest…


CHP Says Man Who Caused Fatal Head-On Crash on Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County Was Legally Drunk

Fri, March 27, 2015

The CHP says a toxicology report shows the blood alcohol content was double the legal limit for a driver who killed one man, and seriously injured his wife in a wrong way accident on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. William Dixon headed northbound on the southbound 101 near the Santa Maria Bridge, near Santa Read the Rest…


Conservancy Gets Million Dollar State Grant To Preserve Some 300 Acres Of Ranchland In Ventura County

Fri, March 27, 2015

A conservation group on the South Coast has received a million dollar state grant to buy, and preserve about 300 acres of land in Ventura County. The Ventura Hillsides Conservancy is buying a chunk of the Walker-Hearn Ranch, in the east Ventura area. The money is coming from the California Natural Resources Agency, from a Read the Rest…


Teen Struck, Killed By Van In Santa Ynez Valley

Fri, March 27, 2015

There’s shock in the Santa Ynez Valley over the death of a teenager who was struck, and killed while trying to cross a highway. The accident happened just before seven last night, on Highway 246 west of Refugio Road.  CHP investigators say Carina Velazquez was trying to cross in front of a westbound minivan when Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Plans To Beef Up Law Enforcement Presence In Isla Vista In Wake Of Riot

Fri, March 27, 2015

Santa Barbara County is planning to beef up its law enforcement presence in Isla Vista in the wake of a riot last year which stemmed out of an unsponsored, unsanctioned street party. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update on the county’s plans:  Deltopia Concerns


UCSB Professor Involved In Creating Historic Social Manifesto In 60′s Co-Authors New Book About It

Fri, March 27, 2015

It’s a now sometimes forgotten political statement, but it’s considered one of the founding blueprints for the New Left in the 1960′s. A UC Santa Barbara professor who co-authored a new book about what’s called the “Port Huron Statement” has a unique view of the document, because he was a student involved in creating it Read the Rest…


Second Missile Test Launch From Vandenberg Air Force Base In Less Than A Week

Fri, March 27, 2015

For the second time in less than a week, an intercontinental ballistic missile has been test launched from the Central Coast. An unarmed Minuteman III missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:53 this morning. It was equipped with a test reentry vehicle, which landed at a designated area of the Pacific near Read the Rest…


Sting Operation Catches A Dozen Central Coast Businesses Selling Tobacco Products To Minors

Thu, March 26, 2015

A sting operation on the Central Coast found that more than a fifth of the 50 plus businesses targeted sold tobacco products to minors. The San Luis Obispo County Health Agency’s Tobacco Control Program, along with the County Sheriff’s Department used underage decoys to try to buy cigarettes, and other tobacco products from 53 stores Read the Rest…


Trio Arrested On Prescription Drug Sales Charges In Ventura County; More Than 13,000 Pills Seized

Thu, March 26, 2015

Three people have been arrested on drug and weapons charges, after detectives say an investigation led to the seizure of more than 13,000 prescription pills. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit received a tip early this year that Alfredo Leon of Oxnard was selling prescription drugs. It sparked an investigation which led to two Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Arrested In Connection With Plot Which Led To Death Of Newborn

Thu, March 26, 2015

A Ventura County woman has been arrested in connection with a plot to kidnap two newborn babies which left one newborn dead, and three adults wounded. Long Beach Police say Giseleangelique Rene D’Milian set up two attacks on mothers because she told her married boyfriend that she had twins. On January 3rd, someone wounded the Read the Rest…


Controversy Over Controlled Burn In Santa Barbara County Which Blew Out Of Control

Thu, March 26, 2015

The permit process is being reviewed after a controlled burn blew out of control in the Santa Barbara County foothills Tuesday, causing a brief scare. KCLU’s John Paminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Controlled Burn Blows Out Of Control


Oxnard Boy Abducted By Mother Found Safe In Mexico, Reunited With Father

Thu, March 26, 2015

An Oxnard boy who was abducted by his mother was found safe in Mexico, and after negotiations was turned over to police. Tyler Melgoza was reporting missing last Friday night, after his mother failed to return him from a court ordered overnight visit.  Oxnard Police detectives say they received information that Jessica Melgoza might have Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Based Grass Roots Effort Battles Dyslexia

Thu, March 26, 2015

It’s a language based learning disability which affects as many as one in five Americans, with most cases going undiagnosed. A Santa Barbara woman who helped her son deal with dyslexia took what she learned and turned it into an effort which has now helped more than 100 families. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Read the Rest…


New State, National Economic Forecast By Ventura County University Economists Is Most Optimistic In Years

Thu, March 26, 2015

A new state, and federal economic forecast from a Ventura County university says 2015 could be California’s best year in a long time. Forecasters with California Lutheran University’s Center for Economic Research and Forecasting say the state for the first time in a long while will outpace the national economy. The report says for three Read the Rest…


One Of The Channel Islands Shut Down Due To Unexploded Ordnance Could Reopen This Fall

Wed, March 25, 2015

The Navy reports that one of the Channel Islands closed last year due to concerns about visitors stumbling across unexploded ordnance could be partially reopened this fall. Access to San Miguel Island was shut down last April. The island was used for gunnery practice for decades. It was thought that it had been cleared, but Read the Rest…


Jail Inmate Who Collapsed, And Died On The Central Coast Identified

Wed, March 25, 2015

A Central Coast jail inmate who died in custody is now being identified. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department officials say Sean Michael Alexander apparently collapsed in his cell at the County Jail early yesterday morning. The 33 year old Pismo Beach was taken to a hospital, where he died.  No foul play is suspected. Read the Rest…


Cal State University Regents Give Conceptual Approval To Expansion Of Housing Development At Cal State Channel Islands

Wed, March 25, 2015

Cal State University trustees have given conceptual approval to the idea of expanding a public/private partnership to build potentially hundreds of new apartments, or homes on Cal State Channel Islands property. The University is looking at building a long proposed second phase to University Glen, which is a 650 plus home development north of the Read the Rest…


Undercover Operation Results In Seizure Of Illegal Manmade Drugs From Multiple Shops In Ventura County

Wed, March 25, 2015

An undercover operation targeting more than 30 smoke shops in Ventura County has found that an illegal drug commonly known as synthetic marijuana is readily available. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Spice Seizure


Hearing Set For Final Decision (Again!) On Plans For New Miramar Resort In Montecito

Wed, March 25, 2015

Plans have been approved multiple times, but Santa Barbara County is once again set to give final consideration to a proposed new Miramar Resort in Montecito. In January, the Montecito Planning Commission narrowly okayed a scaled down version of the resort next to the 101 Freeway, but that decision has been appealed by neighbors, as Read the Rest…


Westmont Basketball Team Plays In NAIA National Championship Game In Kansas City

Wed, March 25, 2015

It was an incredible run for a college basketball team from Santa Barbara County, making it to the national championships, but Montecito’s Westmont College ran out of stem in the end. The Warriors lost the NAIA Championship game 71-53 last night to Dalton State College. The Georgia team dominated Westmont throughout the nationally televised game Read the Rest…


Report Says There Were Past Air Quality Issues At Ventura County School Campus Tied To Pesticide Use, But There Are No Safety Issues Now

Wed, March 25, 2015

A report into pesticide use near a Ventura County high school showed while there was an air pollution issue, there are no known health dangers. An investigative journalism report prompted Ventura County Supervisors to order a look at whether there is an ongoing threat from chemicals used on strawberry fields near the Oxnard campus. KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Looking For Woman They Believe Abducted Her Son

Wed, March 25, 2015

A woman is being sought in what Oxnard Police are calling a parental abduction case. Detectives say that Jessica Melgoza failed to return seven year old Tyler Melgoza to his father after a court order overnight visitation last weekend. They believe the 35 year old woman may have taken the boy to Mexico, using a Read the Rest…


Central Coast Jail Inmate Dies

Wed, March 25, 2015

An autopsy is pending on a jail inmate who died on the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies making routine checks on a 33 year old man at the county jail discovered he was unresponsive. Deputies started CPR, and the man was taken to a local hospital where he later died. The name Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Fail To Stand On Controversial Immunization Legislation

Tue, March 24, 2015

Santa Barbara County looked at taking a stand on toughening immunization requirements for children, but ended up deadlocked, and doing nothing more than talking about the controversial issue. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Immunization Controversy


New Santa Barbara County Grand Jury Report Gives High Marks To Efforts To Combat Truancy

Tue, March 24, 2015

A new Grand Jury report says a school truancy program established by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office is having a significant impact on the problem. The Santa Barbara County Grand Jury reviewed efforts to handle truancy in the county’s elementary schools. The report says what’s known as the “CLASS” program is improving attendance Read the Rest…


Woman Dies After Being Struck By Two Vehicles On Ventura County Highway

Tue, March 24, 2015

There are a lot of unanswered questions today about the death of a woman who was struck, and killed while apparently walking on a Ventura County highway. The CHP says it happened just after 8 last night, on Highway 118 near Walnut Avenue in Somis. A man driving a van east on the highway hit Read the Rest…


Police Say They Arrest Burglars Posing As Construction Workers

Tue, March 24, 2015

Police say some burglars apparently posing as construction workers have been arrested in Oxnard, thanks to some alert neighborhood residents. Someone called 911 yesterday afternoon after seeing a man wearing an orange construction vest loitering in an alley on the 200 block of South G Street. Officers arriving on the scene found Edmundo Velasco, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Getting New Deputy Fire Chief

Tue, March 24, 2015

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is getting a new second in command. Rob Heckman has been appointed Deputy Fire Chief.  He’s currently a Division Chief with the department, and has been with the County’s Fire Department for 18 years.  Before moving to Santa Barbara County as a firefighter, Heckman was a commando in Great Read the Rest…


Caravan Calling Attention To Missing College Students In Mexico Stopping In Ventura County

Tue, March 24, 2015

A caravan of parents and supporters visiting the United States in an effort to shine light on the disappearance of 43 college students in Mexico is coming to Ventura County. What’s called “Caravana 43” is scheduled to stop at Oxnard’s Plaza Park at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Six months ago, the students disappeared from a college Read the Rest…


Tsunami Warning Test Planned For Wednesday Morning

Tue, March 24, 2015

California’s tsunami warning system is going to be tested this week. The State Office of Emergency Services, and the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration are planning to do a test of the warning system around 10:15 tomorrow morning. National Weather Service offices in Oxnard, Monterey, and San Diego will use their weather radio systems to Read the Rest…


Famed Rock And Roll Singer In Traffic Accident In Santa Ynez Valley

Tue, March 24, 2015

A legendary rock and roll singer has been involved in a traffic accident which seriously injured a man in the Santa Ynez Valley. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  David Crosby Accident


$100 Million Dollar Carpool Lane Project On 101 At Ventura/Santa Barbara County Line Complete

Tue, March 24, 2015

After a decade of planning and construction, a project to ease congestion on a key part of the 101 Freeway on the South Coast is finally complete. Community leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the wrapup of a $100 million dollar plus project to build Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties first carpool lanes. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Three Men Arrested With Nearly Three Tons Of Marijuana In Channel Islands

Mon, March 23, 2015

Three men are facing smuggling charges after the Coast Guard intercepted a boat loaded with nearly three tons of marijuana in the Channel Islands. Someone on San Miguel Island spotted a panga boat early Sunday morning, and called law enforcement officers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials launched a Marine Blackhawk helicopter, which spotted the Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For String Of Washington State Bank Robberies Confesses To Two In Santa Barbara

Mon, March 23, 2015

A man arrested for a string of bank robberies in Washington State has confessed to a pair of bank robberies in Santa Barbara County, including one nearly a decade ago. William Mitchell was arrested last November in Grants Pass, Oregon on bank robbery charges. Earlier this month, Santa Barbara Police detectives were notified that Mitchell’s Read the Rest…


Rash Of Organized Air Conditioner Thefts Hits Churches, Businesses In Simi Valley

Mon, March 23, 2015

A ring of organized thieves has been stealing air conditioning units from churches, and businesses in Ventura County. Simi Valley Police say nine locations have been hit in the city since the beginning of the year.  Detectives say the burglars appear to be well organized, because the air conditioning units are so large it would Read the Rest…


Concern About Possible Ebola Case In Santa Barbara Turns Out To Be False Call

Mon, March 23, 2015

Concern that a woman in Santa Barbara County might have Ebola after a recent visit to the region where the disease has hit turned out to be a false call. After the traveler was found to have some signs of illness, Santa Barbara County Health officials had her moved yesterday to a Los Angeles hospital Read the Rest…


Air Force Successfully Test Launches Missile From Central Coast

Mon, March 23, 2015

U.S. Air Force officials say an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully test launched from the Central Coast early this morning. A Minuteman III missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:36 a.m.  The launch team included members of an Air Force unit based in Wyoming.  It was part of an ongoing effort Read the Rest…


Shortage Of Farmworker Housing In Ventura County Focus Of Community Summit

Mon, March 23, 2015

The high cost of housing has been a longtime issue in Ventura and Santa Barbara.  It’s even more of a problem for field workers with low paying jobs. Agricultural and community leaders came together in Camarillo for a summit looking at the situation KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Fresh And Easy Store Chain Says Five Ventura County Locations Are Among Those Set For Shutdown

Mon, March 23, 2015

A supermarket chain is closing about 50 of its stores in California, including five in Ventura County. Fresh and Easy has faced financial issues almost since the first stores opened several year ago. The company says it’s shutting down some locations which aren’t living up to financial expectations. The list of Fresh and Easy locations Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County to Look At Controversy Over Immunizations

Mon, March 23, 2015

Santa Barbara County is jumping into the fray over the requirements for immunization for children. County Supervisors are being asked to take a stand on SB 277, a proposed new state law eliminating the personal belief exemption which allows parents who don’t want their kids have shots to bypass them. State health officials say a Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Health Officials Deal With Possible Ebola Case

Sun, March 22, 2015

A person in Santa Barbara County who had possibly been exposed to Ebola has been moved to a hospital in the Los Angeles area, after showing some symptoms of illness. Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say they’ve been monitoring a person who visited the region affected by Ebola, and has had some symptoms. In Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Injured In Two Related Traffic Accidents In Ventura County

Sun, March 22, 2015

The driver of a car is dead after he lost control of his car and hit a tree in Ventura County, with debris from the crash then triggering a second accident. It happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday, on westbound Tierra Rejada Road near Walnut Creek Road, in Moorpark. A car veered into the center Read the Rest…


Man Involved In Barricade Situation On Central Coast Which Shut Down Highway 101 Armed With Arsenal

Sat, March 21, 2015

A man who barricaded himself in a home on the Central Coast, causing the shutdown of a section of Highway 101 had a huge arsenal with him. What started as a domestic disturbance call in Los Alamos Friday afternoon escalated into a barricade situation, when Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies tried to contact Ronald Carrari, Read the Rest…


Mail Thefts On Rise In Parts Of Ventura County

Sat, March 21, 2015

Authorities say there’s been a spike in mail thefts in parts of Ventura County, and are warning people to be careful with how they handle their mail. 18 mail thefts have been reported in the Camarillo area since January.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives are warning people to be alert for thefts.  They say you should Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Barricade Situation Which Shut Down Highway 101 On Central Coast Identified

Sat, March 21, 2015

Authorities have identified a man involved in a barricade situation on the Central Coast which led to the closure of Highway 101 in northern Santa Barbara County for more than two hours. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say there were reports of a domestic disturbance in the Los Alamos area just before 11 Friday Read the Rest…


Section Of Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County Closed Due To Standoff Reopens

Fri, March 20, 2015

A section of Highway 101 closed on the Central Coast for the last few hours because of a barricaded, and possibly armed person in a home near the highway has just reopened. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say there were reports of a domestic disturbance in the Los Alamos area just before 11 this Read the Rest…


101 Closed On Central Coast Due To Standoff At Home Near Highway

Fri, March 20, 2015

A section of Highway 101 has been closed on the Central Coast for the last few hours because of a barricaded, and possibly armed person in a home near the highway. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department officials say there were reports of a domestic disturbance in the Los Alamos area just before 11 this morning. Read the Rest…


Highway 101 Closed On Central Coast; Big Delays For Motorists

Fri, March 20, 2015

A section of Highway 101 has been closed on the Central Coast since around 3:15 because of law enforcement activity. The 101 was shut down in northern Santa Barbara County, in the Los Alamos area, with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department dealing with a barricaded, and possibly armed person in a home. Traffic is being Read the Rest…


Unemployment Drops Dramatically In Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties

Fri, March 20, 2015

Unemployment has taken a sharp drop on the Central and South Coasts, according to the latest jobless figures. Ventura County dipped from a 6.4% unemployment rate in January, to 5.8% in February. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties also posted dramatic drops. In Santa Barbara County, the month to month rate went from 6.5% Read the Rest…


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