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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…


Ventura County Firefighters Control Mulch Fire In Moorpark; Red Flag Warning Still In Place

Mon, November 17, 2014

Ventura County firefighters found themselves dealing with a stinky mess early this morning. A mulch fire broke out on the 11000 block of Broadway Road in Moorpark just after 3 a.m. The fire was in a nearly half acre mulch pile. The firefighters were able to control the blaze in less than an hour. There’s Read the Rest…


Santa Maria Fairpark Pressed Into Service As Court Facility In Murder Case

Mon, November 17, 2014

Some 700 people have orders to show up for jury selection day for a major trial on the Central Coast. Six people are set to go on trial for the 2013 torture, and murder of Anthony Iberra, in what prosecutors say was a gang related killing. The jury pool is so large, the Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Secretary Of Defense, Vice Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staffs Talk National Defense At Forum In Ventura County

Mon, November 17, 2014

From key members of Congress, to the Secretary of Defense, some of the key players in the America’s defense policy were in Ventura County over the weekend. Hundreds of people were on hand for the Reagan National Defense Forum, a day long event which brought government, and military leaders together to talk about defense related Read the Rest…


Library Allowing People To Pay Off Fines With Canned Food Donations

Mon, November 17, 2014

A library in Ventura County is allowing its customers to pay off their fines with canned food donations, to help feed the hungry. Starting November 29th, and running through December 5th, people with overdue Thousand Oaks Library materials will be able to get a dollar off of each fine for each can of food donated.  Read the Rest…


Ventura County College Says It Will Take Battle Over Supplying Contraceptives To The U.S. Supreme Court

Mon, November 17, 2014

Officials with a private Catholic college in Ventura County say they will appeal the latest federal court ruling requiring them to supply contraceptives to employees to the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas Aquinas College learned last week that the United State Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied its challenge to a federal Health Read the Rest…


Music, Legacy Of French Composer Pierre Boulez To Be Highlighted At 69th Annual Ojai Music Festival

Mon, November 17, 2014

A tribute to French composer Pierre Boulez on his 90th birthday is going to be one of the main themes of the 69th annual Ojai Music Festival. The five day long festival next June is being called a celebration of 20th, and 21st century composers, with a focus on Boulez. There will be a half Read the Rest…


Coast Guard Helicopter Rescues Boaters In Trouble Off Of Ventura County Coastline

Mon, November 17, 2014

Two people were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter after their boat overturned off the Ventura County coastline. It happened at around 7 a.m. yesterday, near Port Hueneme.  The Coast Guard received a call of boaters in trouble, and dispatched a helicopter from Long Beach.  The helicopter crew spotted a partially submerged boat, and pulled Read the Rest…


Oxnard Murder Victim Now Being Identified

Fri, November 14, 2014

Police are now identifying a man who was murdered in an Oxnard park. Oxnard Police say Labh Nigah was repeatedly stabbed by an unknown number of people in Sierra Linda park yesterday. Detectives say they don’t know what the motive was for the murder of the 55 year old Oxnard man. Investigators spent the day Read the Rest…


High Surf Advisory For Central Coast

Fri, November 14, 2014

A high surf advisory is in effect at this hour on the Central Coast. West to northwest facing beaches in northern Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County are seeing the largest waves. Surf in the 9 to 11 foot range is being reported, with local sets to 13 feet. The National Weather Service Read the Rest…


Challenger Concedes Defeat In Tight Ventura County Congressional Race

Fri, November 14, 2014

The challenger in a tight Ventura County congressional race conceded defeat today, ten days after election day.  In a statement released this afternoon, Republican candidate Jeff Gorell says with the latest count of vote by mail, and absentee ballots showing him trailing Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley by more than 3,000 votes, it’s time for him Read the Rest…


Propane Tank Explosion Rocks Santa Barbara’s Eastside

Fri, November 14, 2014

A propane tank explosion in a camper on the South Coast didn’t injure any people, but left a dog with some minor burns. Santa Barbara firefighters say it happened just after 9 this morning on the city’s Eastside, near the intersection of Quarantina and Gutierrez Streets. A man was driving the camper when the explosion Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Attack On Female Store Clerk On Central Coast Later Re-Arrested On Different Charges

Fri, November 14, 2014

A man arrested for a brutal, and what police say was an unprovoked store clerk on the Central Coast is now facing additional charges, following a second arrest. Investigators say Justin Pard entered a footwear store on the 800 block of Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo just after 10 a.m. yesterday.  Detectives say Read the Rest…


Who’s Who Of National Defense Officials Converging On Ventura County This Weekend

Fri, November 14, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Senator John McCain and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates are among the speakers set to appear at a forum on national defense in Ventura County this weekend. A day long series of panels are set for the National Defense Forum, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley tomorrow.  Read the Rest…


South Coast Congresswoman Trying To Keep Airborne Firefighting Teams Under State, As Opposed To Federal Control

Fri, November 14, 2014

A Ventura County congresswoman is involved in an effort to keep the federal government from taking over management of some airborne firefighting teams which are now under state control. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says the proposal calls for shifting the use of the Air National Guard cargo planes to the Department of Read the Rest…


Six Foot Tall Baby Born In Santa Barbara; Hint: It Was Born At The Zoo

Fri, November 14, 2014

Imagine a six foot tall baby. That describes the newest resident of the Santa Barbara Zoo.  KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on the link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Zoo Baby Giraffe


UC Santa Barbara Long Range Development Plan Gets Final Approval

Fri, November 14, 2014

A plan intended to serve as a blueprint for planning, and development for UC Santa Barbara through the year 2025 has received final approval. The State Coastal Commission signed off on the UCSB Long Range Development Plan, which had already been approved by the UC Board of Regents, Santa Barbara County Supervisors, and the Goleta Read the Rest…


New Economic Forecast Report For Ventura County Predicts Slow, But Continued Recovery From Recession

Fri, November 14, 2014

A new economic forecast being released today predicts Ventura County is going to continue its slow, but consistent recovery from the recession. But, the report also indicates it will be years still before the county’s employment situation has fully recovered. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more details on the report. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Investigating Murder Near Elementary School

Fri, November 14, 2014

Few details are being released about the stabbing death of a man near an Oxnard elementary school. The body of the 55 year old Oxnard man was found just before 9 a.m. yesterday in Sierra Linda Park, near Sierra Linda Elementary School. The man was declared dead at the scene.  The elementary school was placed Read the Rest…


Fallen Firefighters In Ventura County To Be Honored

Thu, November 13, 2014

Ventura County firefighters who died in the line of service will be honored this weekend. The 42 firefighters will be saluted in a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters of Ventura County Memorial, at the Ventura County Government Center. The memorial was built by the county’s fire chiefs, firefighters unions, and the eight departments which serve Read the Rest…


Statewide Insurance Fraud Sweep Results In Seven Cases Filed In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, November 13, 2014

A statewide insurance fraud sweep has resulted in more than 160 cases being filed, with seven in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The State Insurance Commissioner’s Office worked with local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on the cases, with 60 felony counts filed so far.  Investigators say most of the cases involved uninsured, or underinsured Read the Rest…


Statewide Insurance Fraud Sweep Results In More Than 160 Cases Filed, With Four On Central Coast

Thu, November 13, 2014

A statewide insurance fraud sweep has resulted in more than 160 cases being filed, with four on the Central Coast. The State Insurance Commissioner’s Office worked with local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors on the cases, with 60 felony counts filed so far.  Investigators say most of the cases involved uninsured, or underinsured drivers who Read the Rest…


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