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Heating, Cooling Unit Fire Blamed For Blaze Which Forced Evacuation Of Santa Barbara Hotel

Thu, August 14, 2014

A problem with a heating, and air conditioning unit started a rooftop fire which led to the evacuation of a Santa Barbara hotel this morning. The fire was discovered at around 11:30. a.m., at the Hotel Indigo, on the 100 block of State Street.  People noticed smoke coming from the roof of the hotel. About a Read the Rest…


Emergency Shelter In Ventura County For Undocumented Immigrant Teens Closed

Thu, August 14, 2014

A emergency shelter in Ventura County for unaccompanied, undocumented teenagers who crossed into the U.S. illegally has closed. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Naval Base Ventura County Shelter Closed


Santa Barbara Hotel Fire Prompts Evacuations

Thu, August 14, 2014

A dozen people were evacuated from a Santa Barbara hotel this morning, after smoke start rising from the roof of the hotel. The fire was discovered just after 11 a.m.,  at the Hotel Indigo, on the 100 block of State Street.  No one was hurt, and eyewitnesses say it didn’t appear than the fire extended Read the Rest…


No Pro Football In Los Angeles? No Problem! Ventura County Has Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders

Thu, August 14, 2014

It’s been two decades since pro football has been played in Los Angeles. But, for the last few weeks, football fans have been flocking to Ventura County to get a close up taste of the NFL. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Dallas Cowboys are wrapping up their summer training camp in Oxnard this week, which Read the Rest…


Water Releases Set For Lake Cachuma

Thu, August 14, 2014

In the face of the drought, it might seem like an unlikely time to release water from Lake Cachuma. But, KCLU’s John Palminteri reports some releases are set to help recharge the groundwater basin in the Santa Ynez Valley. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cachuma Releases


One Dead, Four Hurt In Ventura County Car Crash

Thu, August 14, 2014

One person was killed, and four others hurt when a car went out of control, and crashed on the Pacific Coast Highway. It happened just after 7 last night, near Las Posas Road, in the Point Mugu area.  The northbound car flipped upside down, killing a child, and seriously injuring three others. The CHP says Read the Rest…


Arsonist Targets Vehicles In Ventura

Wed, August 13, 2014

An arsonist has been targeting vehicles in the City of Ventura. Ventura Police, and Fire Department investigators say four vehicles have been intentionally set on fire in the last week. The most recent incidents occurred today, with two fires set in two different vehicles an hour apart on West Vince Street early yesterday morning. No Read the Rest…


Caltrans Moves To Cut Water Use For Irrigation On State Highways On Central Coast

Wed, August 13, 2014

Caltrans is trying to cut down its water consumption on highways in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties to help cope with the drought. The transportation agency says it will install a number of what it calls “smart irrigation” controllers at key locations on Highway 101, and Highway 1.  Caltrans officials say the controllers Read the Rest…


Charges Filed Against Santa Barbara Man Accused Of Killing Four Members Of His Family

Wed, August 13, 2014

Charges have formally been filed against a Santa Barbara man accused of killing four members of his family. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley today announced four murder counts had been filed against Nicholas Holzer.  The 45 year old man was accused to stabbing to death his parents, his two sons, and their dog Read the Rest…


Robert Cray Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Headline Santa Barbara Theater’s Jazz Concert Series

Wed, August 13, 2014

A South Coast theater is set to jazz up the region’s entertainment choices, The Lobero Theater’s 15th annual jazz concert series will include The Robert Cray Band, Taj Mahal, David Lindley, and the Preservation Hall Jazz band. There are more than a dozen events in the Santa Barbara theater’s lineup, which kicks off with Marshall Read the Rest…


Cal Poly President Says Football Program Will Be Investigated In Wake Of Player Arrests

Wed, August 13, 2014

The President of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo says the university will conduct an investigation into the possible use of illegal drugs, and criminal activity within the university’s football program, and on campus. The statement from Jeffrey Armstrong comes in the wake of a weekend armed robbery at a Cal Poly fraternity which led to Read the Rest…


Satellite Successfully Launched From Santa Barbara County

Wed, August 13, 2014

A satellite capable of taking some of the highest resolution images of Earth ever taken from space for commercial uses was successfully launched into orbit from the Central Coast today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Satellite Launch


VA Makes $1.7 Million Dollar Award For Homeless Veterans Services In Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Wed, August 13, 2014

The VA has awarded $1.7 million dollars to a non-profit group to beef up homeless veterans services in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. The money will go to seven programs run through the Salvation Army in the region. It’s part of a VA goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by 2015.  The federal government Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Killing Four Members Of His Family In Santa Barbara; Told Detectives “He Had To Do It”

Wed, August 13, 2014

Santa Barbara County is coping with another mass murder. Detectives say that Monday night, a Santa Barbara man killed four members of his family, and then called 911 to report it, telling arriving investigators that he had to do it. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Satellite Launch From Central Coast Still Appears To Be A Go This Morning

Wed, August 13, 2014

It looks like a go this morning for the launch of a satellite from the Central Coast. United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base today, carrying the Worldview 3 satellite. It’s a multi-payload satellite, which has the ability to gather some of the highest definition images Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Decide Not To Purse Death Penalty In Ventura County Murder Case Dating Back to 1990′s

Tue, August 12, 2014

Ventura County prosecutors say they won’t see the death penalty in a 17 year old murder case which forensic investigators say they recently solved. On June 24, 1997, 16 year old Jake Bush was murdered when he, and his mother arrived at their Ventura home while a burglary was in progress. The crime remained unsolved Read the Rest…


Quadruple Murder In Santa Barbara; Suspect in Custody

Tue, August 12, 2014

Four people are dead, and a suspect is in custody for their killings at a home in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 600 block of Walnut Park Lane at around 11 last night.  It’s an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara.  Deputies found the bodies of four people who had Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Spearheads “UnSlut Project”; Effort To Help Women Victimized By Verbal, Cyber Abuse

Tue, August 12, 2014

It can be a brutal problem facing women, especially pre-teens and teenagers. Misguided gossip can turn quickly trash a reputation. And in some cases, when someone who’s been sexually assaulted is the target of the talk, it can be twice as painful. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a Ventura County woman who’s spearheading an effort, Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys To Host Oakland Raiders At Training Camp In Ventura County Today

Tue, August 12, 2014

While Los Angeles hasn’t hosted a pro football team in decades, Ventura County has not one, but two today. The Dallas Cowboys are in the last few days of the summer train camp in Oxnard.  But today and tomorrow for the first time, they will also host the Oakland Raiders, who will train with them. Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Santa Barbara To Monitor Gender Equality In Public School Sports Now On Governor’s Desk

Tue, August 12, 2014

A bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to make sure there is no gender discrimination in public school sports programs is now on the governor’s desk for his consideration. Senate Bill 1349 requires public, and secondary schools to report statistics on the number of boys, and girls who take part in sports Read the Rest…


Three Injured In Traffic Accident Involving Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Vans

Mon, August 11, 2014

Three people were injured in a traffic accident which included two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department vans used to transport prisoners. It happened just before 10 this morning, at the intersection of Betteravia Road and Miller Street in Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police say a pickup truck ran a red light, and then hit the Read the Rest…


VA To Hold Open House Wednesday For Veterans On Central Coast

Mon, August 11, 2014

The Veterans Administration has been under fire recently for access to care, but this week it’s holding an event on the Central Coast to let people know about resources which are available. The Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the VA’s Outpatient Clinic in Santa Maria. The VA Read the Rest…


Five Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Football Players Arrested, Suspended Following Attempted Armed Robbery At Fraternity

Mon, August 11, 2014

Five members of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football team have been arrested, following what police say was an attempted armed robbery at a fraternity. San Luis Obispo Police were called to the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity on the 200 block of California Boulevard at around 2:30 yesterday morning, where they say they saw Read the Rest…


Central Coast Police Chief Announces Retirement Plans

Mon, August 11, 2014

A Central Coast police chief who’s been much more than just the top law enforcement officer for the city he serves has announced he’s going to retire. Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey says he’ll step down in December. Copsey has been with Grover Beach for a decade, and has worked in law enforcement for Read the Rest…


Teens Arrested In Connection With String Of More Than 40 Vehicle Burglaries In Ventura County

Mon, August 11, 2014

One man, and four teens have been arrested in connection with what Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say were more than 40 vehicle burglaries in the Conejo Valley. Deputies received a call around 5:30 Sunday morning from a resident noticing some teenage boys rummaging through vehicles parked on Los Padres Drive, in Thousand Oaks. The officers Read the Rest…


Historic Ventura County Railroad In Legal Battle Allowed To Resume Operations

Mon, August 11, 2014

A historic railroad in Ventura County is firing up its engines again, after the latest in a series of court rulings allowed it to at least temporarily resume operations. The Fillmore & Western Railway was evicted from the rail line owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission earlier this summer, after the Commission and the Read the Rest…


Abused Coyote Pup In Santa Barbara County Recovering After Surgery

Mon, August 11, 2014

A coyote pup is recovering from an almost unspeakable ordeal in Santa Barbara County. It was found malnourished, wrapped in electrical wire, and with a broken jaw. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports after emergency medical treatment, and surgery, the pup appears to be on the road to recovery. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Coyote Read the Rest…


Woman Seriously Injured In Fall Off Central Coast Cliff

Mon, August 11, 2014

A woman remains in a hospital on the Central Coast this morning with serious injuries, after falling from a cliff. It happened just after 8 p.m. Saturday, in the Pirates Cove area, near Avila Beach.  Witnesses told San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department deputies they saw the woman walking near the edge of the cliff, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say Woman Escalated Verbal Argument With Ex-Boyfriend, Hitting Him With Car

Sun, August 10, 2014

A Ventura County woman is accused of taking a verbal argument to a higher level, with police saying she intentionally hit her ex-boyfriend with a car. Oxnard Police say it happened at about 3:45 Saturday morning, on the 700 block of Hermosa Way.  Officers responding to reports of a disturbance tracked Adam Rodriguez to his Read the Rest…


Man Wanted In Utah For Child Molestation Arrested In Santa Barbara County

Sat, August 9, 2014

A man wanted in Utah on charges he sexually abused a child has been arrested in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies investigating a routine call in the Lompoc area in July learned Jose Luis Coronado was in the area.  After a three week long investigation, they finally found, and arrested the 52 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Mortgage Modification Scam

Fri, August 8, 2014

A man prosecutors say promised to help people in trouble with their mortgages, but instead took advantage of them is facing more than a half dozen fraud charges in Ventura County. Investigators with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit say Michael McDevett operated a loan modification company called Scovis Law Group, in Read the Rest…


Final Preparations Underway For Satellite Launch From Central Coast

Fri, August 8, 2014

Final preparations are taking place this weekend for the Central Coast launch of a rocket carrying a cutting edge satellite. Plans call for the launch of the Worldview-3 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window beginning at 11:29 Tuesday morning. The satellite will carry some of the highest resolution imaging gear available Read the Rest…


Three Goleta City Council Incumbents Will Run Unopposed In November

Fri, August 8, 2014

With windows closing to file to run in a number of local elections on the South Coast, one City Council is going to apparently be unchanged. The nomination period for the Goleta City Council closed at noon today, and the three incumbents were the only people to file for the three seats up for election Read the Rest…


South Coast Fire Department Gets Largest Grant In Its History To Buy New Breathing Apparatus

Fri, August 8, 2014

Christmas came early this year for a South Coast fire department, which received the largest grant in its history to buy some critically needed breathing gear for firefighters. The Santa Barbara Fire Department got a $591,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security. The money will allow the department to replace its self contained Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In Connection With Fatal Heroin Overdose

Fri, August 8, 2014

A Ventura County man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of a man who died from a heroin overdose. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Michael Zemeno overdosed at his Ventura home February 9th, and died two days later.  Investigators say they learned that the 32 year old man had purchased the heroin Read the Rest…


Creedence Clearwater Revisited Headlines Ventura County Fair’s Friday Night Lineup

Fri, August 8, 2014

The Ventura County Fair is moving into its final weekend, but there’s plenty of action left. Tonight, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will headline the fair’s entertainment lineup, with a 7:30 p.m. show. Tomorrow and Sunday, professional rodeo comes to the fair, with matinee and evening competition both days. And, at noon tomorrow, in the Home Arts Read the Rest…


Attempt To Serve Warrants In Ventura County Results In Chases, Gunfire

Fri, August 8, 2014

A Ventura County man ended up behind bars following a car, and foot chase during which shots were fired. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies tried to serve three felony warrants on Rudy Cortez, who was at a home on the 1300 block of Bottlebrush Place in Oxnard around 4 pm yesterday. As deputies arrived, they say Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Journalist Who Covered White House Talks About 40th Anniversary Of Richard Nixon’s Resignation As President

Fri, August 8, 2014

It was a dark day in U.S. history. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, as a result of the Watergate scandal. A Santa Barbara County journalist was on the front lines of the controversy, as a reporter for the Washington Post. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Lou Cannon about Nixon’s resignation, Read the Rest…


Former Network News Executive Who Lived On Central Coast Dies

Thu, August 7, 2014

A former president of CBS News who became a civic leader on the Central Coast after his retirement has died. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ed Joyce


Second Asian Citrus Psyllid Discovered in San Luis Obispo County; Citrus Quarantine Planned

Thu, August 7, 2014

An insect which has the potential to devastate citrus crops has now been discovered for the second time in San Luis Obispo County, and is prompting a quarantine. An Asian Citrus Psyllid was found in an insect trap in a northeast San Luis Obispo neighborhood. A number of traps have been set in the area, Read the Rest…


Crash On 101 Freeway In Ventura County Injures 11, Causes Traffic Mess

Thu, August 7, 2014

A section of the 101 Freeway in Ventura County could be a mess for much of the evening commute, after a van crashed, injuring 11 people. It happened just before 2 p.m. on the northbound 101 in Thousand Oaks, near the Lynn Road offramp. The CHP is still investigating what happened, but it appears the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say Efforts To Get Guns Off Streets Getting Big Results

Thu, August 7, 2014

Oxnard Police say an effort to make the city’s streets safer by getting guns out of the hands of those who can’t legally have them is getting some big results. 64 people have been arrested, and 155 weapons seized since January 1st through what’s called “Operation Safe And Smart.” In July, there were 16 arrests, Read the Rest…


Three Arrested In Connection With Foreclosure Fraud Investigation In Ventura, Orange Counties

Thu, August 7, 2014

Three people have been arrested for what prosecutors call a fraudulent foreclosure rescue operation victimizing homeowners in Ventura County. Investigators with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit say an Orange County based company called Foreclosure Legal Services promised to buy financially troubled properties for less than what was owed, and then sell Read the Rest…


Body Discovered On Beach In Channel Islands

Thu, August 7, 2014

A marine biologist working in the Channel Island found a body on an isolated beach. The biologist discovered the body late yesterday afternoon at Simonton Cove, on San Miguel Island.  The indications are that the person may have died some time ago, because the body is badly decomposed. National Park Service rangers, U.S. Naval Criminal Read the Rest…


Another Roundabout Planned For Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 7, 2014

They’ve become a hot trend in Santa Barbara County for intersections. KCLU’s John Palminteri rports on yet another European style roundabout being planned for Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  New Roundabout For Santa Barbara


Ventura Man Writes Book About Being Only Journalist To Accompany Beatles On First U.S. Tour 50 Years Ago

Thu, August 7, 2014

This weekend, legendary musician Paul McCartney will perform at Dodger Stadium. The timing is significant, because it was 50 years ago this month that the Beatles played for the first time in Southern California. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to a Ventura County man who was the only journalist to accompany the Beatles on their first Read the Rest…


Father, Son Arrested After Marijuana Cultivation Operation Discovered In Ventura County

Thu, August 7, 2014

It’s normally a good thing with a father and son team up on a project, but Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say that doesn’t apply when it comes to a home marijuana cultivation operation. Acting on a tip, narcotics investigators say they spotted some plants in the backyard of a home on the 100 block of Read the Rest…


Central Coast Beach Closed Due To Shark Threat

Thu, August 7, 2014

A Santa Barbara County beach is closed to the public, after a sea lion was killed by a great white shark in the area. The Air Force closed Wall Beach, which is on Vandenberg Air Force Base, through at least Friday.  Access to the beach is already limited, because you have to go onto the Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Insurance Agent Enters Guilty Plea To Fraud Charges

Thu, August 7, 2014

A former Ventura County insurance agent was charged with embezzling close to $100,000 from customers, and the State Insurance Commissioner’s office says while out on bail, the Ventura man continued to defraud clients. The Commissioner’s office says Matthew Arriaga collected premium payments from some commercial policies, but then failed to place the funds with insurance Read the Rest…


Alternative Rock Band Seether To Headline Ventura County Fair Entertainment Wednesday Night

Wed, August 6, 2014

The 2014 Ventura County Fair is heading into its home stretch, and the fairgrounds in Ventura will be rocking tonight with the alternative band Seether. County music star Jake Owen will be the headliner tomorrow night, and Friday night, it will be classic rock on the fair’s main state, with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The fair Read the Rest…


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