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Body Of Man Swept Out To Sea During Baptism Ceremony On Central Coast Recovered

Sat, April 12, 2014

The body of a man who was swept out to sea during a baptism ceremony on the Central Coast has been recovered. A hiker spotted the body of Benito Flores Friday in a tidal pool about two miles from Guadalupe Beach, where he disappeared March 30th. The 46 year old Santa Maria man was one Read the Rest…


More Than 120 Students At Central Coast High School May Need To Be Tested For Tuberculosis

Fri, April 11, 2014

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say more than 120 students at a Central Coast high school may need to be tested for tuberculosis, after a student was diagnosed with an active case of the disease earlier this month. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story we’ve been telling you about for the Read the Rest…


UCSB Gets $5 Million Dollar EPA Grant To Study Impacts Of Chemicals On Environment

Fri, April 11, 2014

A federal agency is awarding UC Santa Barbara nearly $5 million dollars for research to better understand the impacts of chemicals throughout their life cycle on the environment. UCSB is going to use the Environmental Protection Agency Funding to develop an online tool to evaluate the life cycle impacts of chemical, and materials. EPA officials Read the Rest…


Two Students From Ventura County On Board Bus Hit Head-On, Killing 10; Bus Owned By Central Coast Company

Fri, April 11, 2014

Two students from South Coast high schools were among those on board the bus involved in a head on crash in Northern California which left 10 people dead. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Students On Bus


Two High School Students From Ventura County On Board Bus Involved In Fatal Crash in Northern California

Fri, April 11, 2014

Two students from South Coast high schools were among those on board a bus involved in a head on crash in Northern California which left 10 people dead. The Oxnard Union High School District says one student from Oxnard High School, and one student from Camarillo High School were on the trip from Southern California Read the Rest…


Fire Causes Big Scare At South Coast Condominium Complex

Fri, April 11, 2014

An early morning fire caused a big scare at a condominium complex on the South Coast. A fire apparently started in a dumpster on the 100 block of Bryn Mawr Street in Ventura just before four this morning. Ventura firefighters arrived to find the dumpster, a surrounding structure, and laundry room on fire. They quickly Read the Rest…


Husband, Wife Get Long Prison Sentences For Long Running Check Fraud Scheme In Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Fri, April 11, 2014

A couple will be spending a long time behind bars for operating a long running identity theft, and check fraud conspiracy scheme in Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. Gio and Dre Tavanlar of Woodland Hills were each sentenced to nine years in the Ventura County jail, after entering guilty pleas to multiple felony counts. Prosecutors Read the Rest…


Two Santa Barbara County Jail Guards No Longer With County After Incident At Jail

Fri, April 11, 2014

Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are no longer working for the county, in the wake of an investigation of an incident at the County Jail. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story:  Santa Barbara County Jail Incident


Central Coast Bus Company Owner, Operator Of Tour Bus Involved In Deadly Northern California Crash

Fri, April 11, 2014

The tour bus involved in the deadly Northern California crash which has left 10 people dead, including five high school students was owned, and operated by a Central Coast company. San Luis Obispo based Silverado Stages confirmed that it was one of its buses which had been charted by Humboldt State to bring prospective students Read the Rest…


Man Called Contract Killer Suspect In Unsolved Three Decade Old Santa Barbara County Murder

Fri, April 11, 2014

A man has confessed to being a contract killer who may have killed more than 30 people over three decades, including someone in Santa Barbara County. KCLU’S Lance Orozco has the latest on a story which is continuing to unfold in Central California, where the man is behind bars. Click to listen to/download story:  Contract Read the Rest…


Community Meeting Set For Controversy Over Railroad Track Fences In Ventura

Thu, April 10, 2014

Railroad officials and some upset Ventura residents are meeting tonight, to talk about some controversial fencing along railroad right of way. Union Pacific put up some eight feet high fences in the Seaward Avenue area, to try to keep people off its tracks. But, city officials and residents say the railroad didn’t go through the Read the Rest…


Six Arrested In Attempted Flash Mob Burglary Of Upscale Ventura County Store

Thu, April 10, 2014

Six Bay Area women were arrested, after law enforcement officers say they tried a flash mob style burglary of an upscale women’s clothing store in Ventura County. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say that just after 3:30 yesterday, a group of six to eight women walked into the Tory Burch store in the Camarillo Premium Outlets.  Read the Rest…


New Community Walks On South Coast Give People The Chance To “Walk With A Doc,” And Get Medical Tips

Thu, April 10, 2014

Regularly going for a walk is a good idea as part of a strategy for staying healthy. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that starting tonight, and every Thursday night you’re invited to take part in a free weekly walk with medical professionals in Santa Barbara Click on link to listen to/download story:  Walk With A Read the Rest…


Suspect Arrested In Sacramento For 2006 Murder In Ventura County

Thu, April 10, 2014

Police say they’ve solved the eight year old murder of a Ventura County man who was shot, and killed as he was pursuing some vandals who had damaged some of his family’s vehicles. Oscar Gonzales was shot to death on May 2nd, 2006 as he pursued the vandals near the intersection of San Benito Street, Read the Rest…


New Effort Planned To Find President For Moorpark College

Thu, April 10, 2014

A search for a new community college president on the South Coast is going back to square one. Moorpark College has been looking for a president for the last year, and narrowed the field to four finalists. But, after in person, public interviews with the finalists last month, the Ventura County Community College District’s search Read the Rest…


Second Arrest Made In Connection With Death Of Ventura County Woman

Thu, April 10, 2014

A second arrest has been made for a shooting which left a Ventura County woman dead. Norma Elizalde died March 29th when she was shot by a stray bullet outside of her Santa Paula home. Police say some gang members had been arguing in a car when a shot was fired. Investigators arrested Mark Martinez Read the Rest…


Woman Who Was Shot By Husband, Then Lost Her Father In Murder Talks During National Crime Victims Rights Week Event In Ventura

Thu, April 10, 2014

They were crime victims, police, prosecutors and even judges marching around the Ventura Government Center. More than 300 people marched in Ventura yesterday to show their support for crime victims, as part of National Crime Victims Rights Week. An event is also being held in Santa Barbara as well on Friday as part of local Read the Rest…


Central Coast Police Chief Announces Retirement

Thu, April 10, 2014

A Central Coast police chief has announced his retirement, after three decades in law enforcement. Lompoc Police Chief Larry Ralston says he will step down at the end of June, after seven years as the city’s top law enforcement officer. His career started in los Angeles County in 1983, but he spent nearly two decades Read the Rest…


Goleta’s City Manager Leaving For Post In San Diego County

Thu, April 10, 2014

A longtime local government leader in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties is leaving the region, for a post in San Diego County. Goleta City Manager Dan Singer was chosen from a field of more than 60 candidates to become Poway’s new City Manager. Singer has been Goleta’s City Manager since 2005, and before that served Read the Rest…


Oxnard Picks New City Manager

Wed, April 9, 2014

After more than two years in limbo, the City of Oxnard finally has a new City Manager. The Oxnard City Council picked Modesto’s current city manager for the post. It’s expected Greg Nyhoff will start with the city in early June. He’s been a city manager for nearly two decades, and is so popular in Read the Rest…


No One Hurt In Hazmat Incident At South Coast YMCA

Wed, April 9, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what led to a hazardous material incident which may have occurred intentionally. People arriving at the YMCA complex on the 3100 block of Village of the Park Drive in Camarillo around seven this morning noticed a strong chemical smell. They notified YMCA officials, who found that a 55 Read the Rest…


High School Student In Santa Barbara County Diagnosed With Tuberculosis

Wed, April 9, 2014

A Central Coast high school student has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports Santa Barbara County Public Health officials are scrambling to deal with the situation, to try to keep the illness from spreading. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County TB


No Problems Reported As Cruise Ship With Handful Of Ill Passengers Visits Santa Barbara

Wed, April 9, 2014

Thousands of cruise ship passenger visited Santa Barbara today, after health officials decided that a norovirus outbreak on the ship had been contained, and didn’t pose a risk to the community. The Crown Princess arrived in Santa Barbara around 7 a.m. for a day long visit.  There are more than 3100 passengers on board. Santa Read the Rest…


Details Released About Arrest Made For Bomb Threat To Ventura County Jail Facility

Wed, April 9, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has just released details about a bomb threat to a jail facility which led to a lockdown, and massive search of its facilities. Department officials say that on March 26th, Krystal Lovas of Moorpark made multiple calls to the county’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility, demanding that she be allowed to be Read the Rest…


Facebook Posting Tips Police Off To Child Abuse Case In Ventura County

Wed, April 9, 2014

A Facebook posting tipped police off to a child abuse case in Ventura County, and the arrest of a San Fernando Valley man. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified Simi Valley Police last month about a pornographic image of a child posted on a Facebook account.  Detectives say that led them to Read the Rest…


Firefighters Dealing With Hazardous Materials Spill In Ventura County

Wed, April 9, 2014

Firefighters are on the scene of a hazardous materials spill in Ventura County which may have occurred intentionally. People arriving at the YMCA complex on the 3100 block of Village of the Park Drive around seven this morning noticed a strong chemical spill. They notified YMCA officials, who found that a 55 gallon barrel of Read the Rest…


Montecito In Closed Door Talks With Santa Barbara About Possible Reopening Of Shuttered Desalination Plant

Wed, April 9, 2014

Montecito is holding closed door talks with the City of Santa Barbara over the possible reopening of a desalination plan built more than two decades ago which was never used. Around the time the plant was completed, heavy rainfall negated the need for the plant, but the current drought is prompting a new look at Read the Rest…


South Coast Band Made Of Doctors, Lawyers And Other Community Members Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Wed, April 9, 2014

During the day, they’re doctors, lawyers, teachers, and just about any other occupation you can think of on the South Coast. But, four times a year, they come together to entertain the community with music. The Ventura County Concert Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and has a big concert this coming weekend. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Man Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Sexually Assaulting, Holding Women Captive In Santa Barbara

Wed, April 9, 2014

A Santa Barbara man who held two women captive for hours, sexually assaulting them, and beating them with a baseball bat has been sentenced to eight years in prison. Michael Stinchfield pled to contest to four felony charges stemming from the November, 2012 incident at his home on the 1700 block of Garden Street in Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff Says There’s No Simple Solution To Preventing Disturbances Like Weekend Riot In Isla Vista

Wed, April 9, 2014

Santa Barbara County’s Sheriff says there’s no simple answer as to how to prevent another disturbance like the riot which rocked Isla Vista last weekend. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Sheriff Bill Brown IV Riot Update


Governor Denies Parole In Brutal Central Coast Murder Case

Tue, April 8, 2014

The governor denied the parole of a young man who as a teenager beat to death an 87-year-old Central Coast man to death with a skateboard. Prosecutors say in 2005, Robert Holguin attacked Gerald O’Malley in the military veteran’s mobile home on the outskirts of San Luis Obispo. The then 13 year old boy then Read the Rest…


Norovirus Hits Cruise Ship Bound For Santa Barbara

Tue, April 8, 2014

More than three dozen passengers on board a cruise ship which is scheduled to stop in Santa Barbara have been stricken by a norovirus outbreak. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Norovirus


Central Coast Man Faces Five Year Prison Sentence For Defrauding Indian Tribe

Tue, April 8, 2014

A Central Coast man entered a guilty plea to a charge that he defrauded an Indian tribe through an elaborate kickback scheme. David Heslop had been hired by the Coachella Valley Indian Tribe to oversee some tribal business, including projects at the Spotlight 29 Casino. The 76 year old Templeton man admitted in federal court Read the Rest…


Ventura County Drops Plans To Purchase Office Complex In Simi Valley

Tue, April 8, 2014

Ventura County dropped plans to consolidate some offices spread throughout the Simi Valley area, after they found some deed restrictions on a 97.000 square foot building they were planning to buy. The building on the 100 block of West Cochran Street is currently home to a television and radio studio complex owned by the Adventist Read the Rest…


UCSB Officials Make Statement About Isla Vista Riot

Tue, April 8, 2014

UC Santa Barbara says it’s planning to work with students, local government, and law enforcement agencies to try to prevent future events like last weekend’s riot in Isla Vista. UCSB officials say that while Isla Vista is not under the jurisdiction of the university, they discourage student participation in events like what was dubbed “Deltopia,” Read the Rest…


Battle Continues Over Recreational Facility On Central Coast

Tue, April 8, 2014

The fight over a privately owned recreational facility on the Central Coast is moving from Santa Barbara County Supervisors board room, to a court room. James Mosby is suing the county over its denial of permits to continue operating the facility just outside of Lompoc, off of Highway 246. The board decided on a close Read the Rest…


State Assemblyman From Ventura County Introduces Legislation To Try To Protect Some Whistleblowers

Tue, April 8, 2014

A state assemblyman from Ventura County has introduced changes in legislation intended to help protect government whistleblowers. Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo, along with Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore introduced proposals which they are trying to amend into an existing bill, AB 2065. The legislation is intended to provide protections to legislative Read the Rest…


Difficulties Of Traditional Companies Connecting With New Generation Of Workers Focus Of South Coast Conference

Tue, April 8, 2014

This is a unique era for America’s job force, with five generations working side by side in the marketplace. Traditional employers, and workers from the newest generation, the millennials, are sometimes having a hard time connecting. Hundreds of business leaders took part in a conference in Ventura County aimed at helping businesses understand the challenges Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Gets $2.6 Million Dollar State Grant To Help With Crisis Mental Health Services

Tue, April 8, 2014

Santa Barbara County received a major grant to beef up its emergency mental health services. The state awarded the county $2.6 million dollars for a crisis stabilization unit, a crisis residential facility in Santa Barbara, and a mobile crisis team for the Santa Maria area. The grant to the county’s Department of Alcohol, Drug and Read the Rest…


UCSB Student Leaders Suggest Holding Controlled Spring Break Event In Isla Vista Could Prevent Recurrence Of Saturday’s Riot

Tue, April 8, 2014

Could the way to prevent another spring break riot like the one which rocked Isla Vista last weekend be through allowing a permitted, controlled event to occur, instead of a total ban? Some UCSB student leaders think so. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story:  UCSB Associated Students Comments On Riot


UC Santa Barbara Student Government Say UCSB Students, University Must Share Blame For Isla Vista Riot

Mon, April 7, 2014

While many students say outside visitors caused Saturday night’s riot in Isla Vista, UC Santa Barbara’s student leaders say there’s no question UCSB students were involved, and have to share the blame. UCSB’s Associate Students organization is calling for a Grand Jury investigation. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara International Film Festival To Extend Length, And Add Summer Event

Mon, April 7, 2014

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is going to be a bit longer, and is going to add a second annual major annual event, a mini film festival. Organizers say the 2015 event will go from 11, to 12 days long, as part of the celebration of the film fest’s 30th anniversary. Film Festival Executive Read the Rest…


Seven Hurt In Four Vehicle Traffic Accident Involving Ojai Trolley

Mon, April 7, 2014

It was pandemonium on a busy Ventura County street this morning. as a chain reaction traffic accident involving a community trolley left seven people injured. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ojai Trolley Accident


Santa Barbara County Starts Hearing Process On New Budget

Mon, April 7, 2014

Santa Barbara County has started the hearing process on a new county budget, and with money tight, it looks like county supervisors may once again have to make some difficult decisions. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Budget


New Grand Jury Report Critical Of Recreation District In Santa Barbara County

Mon, April 7, 2014

A new Grand Jury report is critical of a recreation district in Santa Barbara County. The report says the Cuyama Valley Recreation District is operating below its potential, and is only providing minimal services. The Grand Jury says the sports programs lack structure, and in many cases, the supervisors are untrained high school students. The Read the Rest…


Eyewitnesses Talk About Riot In Isla Vista Which Injured Dozens

Mon, April 7, 2014

Isla Vista is trying to return to normal this morning, after a unpermitted, unsponsored street party attended by an estimated 15,000 people turned into a riot. Six law enforcement officers were injured, as were about two dozen partygoers.  Authorities are still trying to piece together everything which occurred Saturday night. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Read the Rest…


Assistant Principal At Ventura School Struck, Killed While Running

Mon, April 7, 2014

An assistant principal at a local school has been identified as the runner who was struck, and killed by a car in Ventura Sunday morning. Christopher Prewitt was hit as he was running near the intersection of Victoria Avenue, near Olivas Park Drive just before 7 a.m. yesterday. The driver of the car was arrested.  Read the Rest…


College Student Caught In Middle Of Weekend Riot In Isla Vista Talks About Experience

Mon, April 7, 2014

Isla Vista is still recovering this morning from an unsponsored, unsanctioned party over the weekend which spun into a full fledged riot which left six law enforcement officers injured, and led to 18 arrests. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s department officials say it started at around 9:30 Saturday night, when someone threw a backpack filled with Read the Rest…


Six Law Enforcement Officers Hurt, 18 People Arrested When Isla Vista Parties Turn Into Riot

Sun, April 6, 2014

Law Enforcement Officers, Partygoers Clash In Isla Vista Saturday Night (Photo By Benjamin Pu/Courtesy The Daily Nexus)  Story posted under Ventura County/Santa Barbara News


Missing Ventura County Man Identified As Person Killed By Train In San Fernando Valley

Sun, April 6, 2014

A Ventura County man reported missing last week turned out to be the person killed by a train in the San Fernando Valley. Richard Haminger of Simi Valley was reported missing on Friday. His car was found off of the 118 Freeway near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line around 4 a.m. Friday morning. About five Read the Rest…


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