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Ventura County Man Loses Control Of Motorcycle, Dies After Being Thrown Off Cliff

Mon, August 17, 2015

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a deadly motorcycle accident in Ventura County, in which a man apparently lost control of his bike on a mountain road, and was thrown over a cliff. It happened just before 11 a.m. yesterday, on Highway 33 about 13 miles northwest of Ojai. The CHP says Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fire Captain Undergoes Surgery Following Injury Fighting Brush Fire

Mon, August 17, 2015

A firefighter injured battling a brush fire which at one point threatened hundreds of homes in Ventura County had to undergo surgery after suffering a fractured leg.  The Ventura County Fire Department captain is reported to be doing well, and recovering after the operation. The Rustic Fire near the Wood Ranch area of Simi Valley Read the Rest…


Roadside Brush Fire In Northern Santa Barbara County Now Fully Extinguished

Mon, August 17, 2015

A brush fire off of Highway 101 in central Santa Barbara County has been extinguished. Santa Barbara County firefighters say the blaze started just before five p.m. Sunday in the Nojoqui Grade area.  It grew to about five acres in size before it was fully contained. The fire briefly disrupted traffic in the area, but Read the Rest…


Blaze On Cuesta Grade Chars 100 Plus Acres Of Brush, Now 10% Contained

Mon, August 17, 2015

More than 250 firefighters continue to fight a trio of brush fires northeast of San Luis Obispo, on Cuesta Grade. The fire started as a series of small blazes last night, which investigators believe then merged into three that have  now charred more than 100 acres of land.  They think it’s possible a pickup truck Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Dead Following Domestic Dispute

Mon, August 17, 2015

A Central Coast woman is dead, and a man is recovering from stab wounds following what authorities believe was a domestic dispute. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2100 block of Warner Street on Oceano just after midnight Sunday, by reports of a fight. They arrived to find a woman in Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Central Santa Barbara County Now 80% Contained

Sun, August 16, 2015

A brush fire off of Highway 101 in central Santa Barbara County is now 80% contained. Santa Barbara County firefighters say the blaze started just before five p.m. Sunday in the Nojoqui Grade area.  It’s believed to be about five or six acres in size. The fire briefly disrupted traffic in the area, but the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Man Robbed, Stabbed But Alert Police Officer May Have Saved His Life

Sun, August 16, 2015

An alert police officer may have saved the life of an assault victim on the South Coast. An Oxnard police officer on patrol on the 1300 block of East Channel Island Boulevard around 3 a.m. Saturday noticed an illegally parked vehicle.  As the officer went to investigate, five men fled the scene on foot, and Read the Rest…


Trio Accused Of Sweepstakes Scam In Ventura County

Sun, August 16, 2015

A Ventura County woman was thrilled to be told she had won an $800,000 sweepstakes prize, but almost realized too late it was a scam. The woman was notified last week by someone claiming to represent a sweepstakes.  The catch was that she was told she had to pay the taxes up front. The woman Read the Rest…


Longtime South Coast College President Dies

Sun, August 16, 2015

A longtime South Coast educator, and college president has died. David Winter was President of Westmont College for 25 years. He guided the liberal arts college through a key period in its history, as it expanded its faculty and facilities, and was nationally ranked for excellence for the first time.  Winter was also a longtime Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Which Briefly Threatened Homes Fully Contained

Sun, August 16, 2015

A brush fire which caused a big scare in eastern Ventura County is now fully contained. The Rustic Fire burned 189 acres of brush in the Wood Ranch area, briefly threatening some homes after it started Friday afternoon. No structures were damaged.  At its peak, more than 300 firefighters aided by about a half dozen Read the Rest…


Firefighters Hoping to Get Full Containment Of Ventura County Brushfire By End Of Weekend

Sat, August 15, 2015

A brush fire in eastern Ventura County which threatened hundreds of homes Friday could be fully contained by the end of the weekend. The nearly 200 acre blaze broke out just after 3 p.m. Friday in the Rustic Canyon area. The fire came closest to some homes in the Vineyard Drive area of Wood Ranch, Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 50% Contained; No Homes Damaged

Sat, August 15, 2015

A brush fire in eastern Ventura County which threatened hundreds of homes Friday is now 50% contained. The nearly 200 acre blaze broke out just after 3 p.m. in the Rustic Canyon area. The fire came closest to some homes in the Vineyard Drive area of Wood Ranch, burning down behind some homes.  But, firefighters Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burns More Than 150 Acres of Brush In Ventura County Foothills, Threatens Homes

Fri, August 14, 2015

A brush fire in eastern Ventura County threatened hundreds of homes Friday afternoon and evening, burning more than 150 acres of land. The blaze broke out just after 3 p.m. in the Rustic Canyon area. The fire came closest to some homes in the Vineyard Drive area of Wood Ranch, burning down behind some homes.  Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning In Eastern Ventura County

Fri, August 14, 2015

Ventura County firefighters are battling a brush fire in the Wood Ranch area of Simi Valley. The fire has burned three to four acres of brush.  Some structures are reported to be threatened. Aircraft are being used to fight the fire, which started at around 3:20.


Recently Expanded Supermarket Chain To Close 27 Stores, Including Four On Central and South Coasts

Fri, August 14, 2015

An ambitious Pacific Northwest supermarket chain which bought, and rebranded a number of supermarkets on the Central, and South Coasts is now closing some of them. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the chain is having a more difficult time getting traction in California’s supermarket business than it expected. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Haggen’s Read the Rest…


Woman Struck, Killed By Passenger Train In Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 14, 2015

A woman is dead, after being struck, and killed by a passenger train in Santa Barbara County. It happened at about seven this morning, in the Montecito area. Authorities say a woman apparently walked into the path of an eastbound Amtrak passenger train. It happened at Eucalyptus lane, the site of the Miramar Resort. An Read the Rest…


Murder Under Investigation On South Coast

Fri, August 14, 2015

Detectives are investigating a murder on the South Coast. Oxnard Police say a 38 year old man was fatally wounded this morning.  Officers were called to the 200 block of Chester Way at around 5:30 this morning, where they found an unconscious man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a Ventura hospital, where Read the Rest…


Man Rescued After Pickup Truck Plunges Off Highway 118 In Ventura County, Sparking Brush Fire

Fri, August 14, 2015

A man is recovered from an incredible ordeal, after being involved in a traffic accident which sent him 200 feet down a canyon near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line. It happened just after 5:30 this morning, on Highway 118 near Rocky Peak. The CHP is still investigating, but it appears two vehicles were involved in Read the Rest…


Three Now In Race For Ventura County Supervisorial Seat

Fri, August 14, 2015

The field for a county supervisorial seat on the South Coast which will be wide open for the first time in years  is starting to take shape. Longtime Ventura County Third District Supervisor Kathy Long announced she won’t seek a sixth term in office next year. So far, three people are in the race. Carla Read the Rest…


Massive Sweep Launched In Ventura County To Crack Down On Debit, Credit Caard Fraud At Gas Pumps

Fri, August 14, 2015

It’s an issue almost everywhere, but skimmers used to steal debit, and credit card information at gas pumps have become a major problem in Ventura County. The county’s more than 1500 hundred pumps were checked as part of a massive multi-agency sweep in the county yesterday. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Murder Suspect Who Is In U.S. Illegally Despite Multiple Convictions Enters Not Guilty Pleas In Court

Thu, August 13, 2015

A man who’s in the U.S. illegally, and has been arrested more than a half dozen times entered not guilty pleas to murder, and other charges in the brutal sexual assault, and murder of a Central Coast woman. Victor Martinez is accused of torture, rape, and murder in the July 24th attack on Marilyn Pharis Read the Rest…


B-52′S Headline Ventura County Fair Thursday Night

Thu, August 13, 2015

The 2015 Ventura County Fair is now in its home stretch, with just three full days left. Tonight, one of the biggest bands of the late 1970’s, and early 1980’s will headline the fair’s entertainment. The B-52’s will take the stage at the Ventura County Fair at 7:30 tonight. Meanwhile, the recently completed Mid State Read the Rest…


Sizzling Weather In Forecast For Central And South Coasts; Temperatures Expected To Top 100 In Valleys

Thu, August 13, 2015

Get ready for sizzling weather for the next few days. We could see temperatures in the 90’s along the coast in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and into the 100’s in interior valleys. Some of the hottest temperatures in our region will be in Ventura County’s valleys, which could peak at between 104 and 108 Read the Rest…


CHP Officers Say Mentally Ill Man Leads Them On Car Chase In Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 13, 2015

CHP officers say a man who was later determined to be dealing with mental illness led them on a 30 mile plus car chase in Santa Barbara County. It started just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, on southbound Highway 101 near El Capitan State Beach.  Officers responding to reports of an erratically driven vehicle say they Read the Rest…


Rare Mountain Lion From Santa Monica Mountains Struck, Killed By Vehicle On Interstate Five

Thu, August 13, 2015

The only mountain lion known to have migrated north of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area was struck, and killed by a vehicle. The young male mountain lion known as P-32 was hit sometime between four and six a.m. Monday morning on Interstate Five near Castaic. Biologists had been tracking the big cat using Read the Rest…


Some Central, South Coast School Officials Protest State Mandated Funding Caps

Thu, August 13, 2015

Some Central and South Coast school district are rallying against state mandated limits on reserve funds. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  School Funding Caps


Former University Offical In Ventura County Facing Jail Sentence For Misapprporiation Of Public Funds

Thu, August 13, 2015

A former human resources official at a Ventura County university could face up to four years behind bars, entering a guilty to a charge she misappropriated public funds. Arrjelia Gillen worked for more than a decade as Disability Resource Program Coordinator for Cal State Channel Islands.  As part of her job, she hired people to Read the Rest…


Forget Your Diet! Unusual Food Combinations Create Taste Treats At Ventura County Fair

Thu, August 13, 2015

The 140th Ventura County Fair is in full swing this week, with everything from concerts and rodeos to crafts and rides. The fair also features some exotic foods…things like bacon wrapped jalapenos, to chocolate covered fried chick on a stick. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the fair, to give us a taste of some of Read the Rest…


One Man Recovering From Stab Wounds, Second Arrested Following Incident In South Coast Park

Thu, August 13, 2015

One man is recovering from stab wounds, and a second is behind bars this morning following a beating and stabbing in broad daylight in a South Coast park. Police say Sage Ford was in Ventura’s Plaza Park around 4:30 yesterday afternoon when he was attacked by Derrick Dawson.  Investigators believe that Dawson targeted Ford because Read the Rest…


Man In U.S. Illegally Who’s Accused Of Brutal Santa Barbara County Murder Set To Be In Court Today

Thu, August 13, 2015

An man who is in the U.S. illegally, and had been arrested more than a half dozen times is scheduled to return to court today to face murder charges in the brutal sexual assault, and murder of a Central Coast woman. Victor Martinez  and Jose Villagomez are facing torture, rape, and murder charges for the Read the Rest…


Drug Raid Leads To Discovery Of Homemade Bombs In Ventura County Home

Thu, August 13, 2015

What started as a drug bust at a Ventura County home led to the discovery of five homemade bombs. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives say they discovered that Jonathan Barbarine was dealing drugs out of a home on the 1400 block of Beverly Drive in Oxnard. When they served a search warrant, they say Read the Rest…


FedEx Settles Legal Dispute With Eight California Counties Over Handling Of Hazardous Materials

Wed, August 12, 2015

Eight California counties, including Santa Barbara County, have reached a settlement with FedEx over allegations the company illegally transported, and stored hazardous wastes. The suit was filed in 2014, after investigators looked into the company’s handling of damaged, broken, and leaking packages.  During the last few years, authorities responded to hazardous material incidents at a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moving Ahead With Plan For New Mental Health Outpatient Facility For Children

Wed, August 12, 2015

Ventura County Supervisors this week moved forward with a plan to buy a shut down hospital as part of an effort to provide a new local facility for children with mental health issues. The county will pay just under two million dollars for the Pacific Shores Hospital, on Ventura Road in Oxnard. It will initially Read the Rest…


“The Band Perry,” “The B-52′s,” “Salt-N-Pepa” Performing This Week At Ventura County Fair

Wed, August 12, 2015

The Ventura County Fair is now in its home stretch, but there’s some big name entertainment yet to come to the 140th annual edition of the fair. Tonight, “The Band Perry” will take center stage at the fairgrounds. The popular band “The B-52’s” will peform tomorrow night. Friday, “Salt-N-Pepa” will perform. The final two days Read the Rest…


South Coast City Moves To Spruce Up Newsracks

Wed, August 12, 2015

One South Coast community is trying to spruce up its newsracks. The Santa Barbara City Council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance which will require all newsracks to be properly maintained, and painted the same color, a shade of green. The ordinance also includes an annual fee of $13 a newsrack, and publications using Read the Rest…


New South Coast Hospital Opening Doors To Visitors For First Time This Weekend

Wed, August 12, 2015

A South Coast community is just a few weeks away from getting a brand new, $126 million dollar hospital. The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will replace a facility built more than a half century ago. KCLU’s Lance Orozco takes us inside the hospital, which will give the community its first sneak peak this weekend. Read the Rest…


Brush, Forest Fire In Backcountry Of Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Wed, August 12, 2015

A brush and forest fire which burned for more than a week in a backcountry area of Ventura County is now fully contained. The 282 acres Chorro Fire, in the Los Padres National Forest, was declared 100% contained yesterday. The fire burned a rugged area off of Highway 33, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai.  Read the Rest…


Fire Rips Through RV Storage Facility On Central Coast

Wed, August 12, 2015

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of an inferno which swept through an RV storage facility on the Central Coast, destroying or damaging about two dozen vehicles. The fire was discovered just after 7:30 last night at American Self Storage, on 3000 Skyway Drive in Santa Maria.  The inferno near Santa Maria Airport Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Approve Plan To Build New Mental Health Facility In County

Wed, August 12, 2015

Ventura County residents with severe mental health issues who require inpatient care currently have to be transported out of the county, because of a lack of local facilities. That’s expected to change, after Ventura County Supervisors approved a $6.3 million dollar contract to build a 15,000 square foot, 15 bed inpatient complex in Camarillo. The Read the Rest…


Cause Of Ventura County Brush Fire Under Investigation

Wed, August 12, 2015

Fire investigators this morning are trying to determine the cause of a small brush fire on the border of Oxnard, and Ventura. The eight acre blaze was discovered at around one yesterday afternoon in the Santa Clara River bed on the south side of the 101 freeway.  It was less than a mile from the Read the Rest…


$35 Million Dollar Airport Terminal Project Approved For Central Coast Airport

Tue, August 11, 2015

A $35 million dollar project to build a new airport terminal on the Central Coast received final approval today. San Luis Obispo County Supervisors approved the long proposed project for a new facility at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The existing terminal is too close to the runway, and is outdated. Federal grants are Read the Rest…


GOP Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Pushes Foreign Policy Platform In Ventura County Speech

Tue, August 11, 2015

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush focused on foreign policy issues, and didn’t even mention domestic issues or his opponents during a speech in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Jeb Bush Speech


Nine Arrested in Connection With What’s Called Major Cocaine Ring On Central Coast

Tue, August 11, 2015

Nine people have been arrested in connection with what’s being called a major cocaine ring on the Central Coast, with ties to Mexican drug cartels. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say a nine month long investigation led to the arrests. Search warrants were served over a three days at five locations in San Luis Read the Rest…


Mopup Work Underway On Brush Fire In Ventura County; No Buildings Threatened

Tue, August 11, 2015

Firefighters are mopping up a brush fire on the border of Oxnard, and Ventura which put up a lot of smoke this afternoon. The eight acre blaze was discovered at around 1 p.m. in the Santa Clara River bed, just behind the Ventura Auto Center on the south side of the 101 freeway.  It was Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Puts Up Cloud Of Smoke Over Central Ventura County, But No Structures Threatened

Tue, August 11, 2015

Firefighters have the upper hand on a brush fire on the border of Oxnard, and Ventura which put up a lot of smoke this afternoon. The eight acre blaze was discovered at around 1 p.m. in the Santa Clara River bed, just behind the Ventura Auto Center on the south side of the 101 freeway.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Ice Cream Parlor Named One Of Top Ten In Nation

Tue, August 11, 2015

A website which tracks leisure travel has named a South Coast ice cream shop one of the top ten in the nation. TripAdvisor says the McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream shop in downtown Santa Barbara ranked fourth in its top ten list. In fact, it was the only ice cream store in the Western U.S. to Read the Rest…


Water District Serving Parts of Ventura County Going To Make Recycled Water Available For Landscaping

Tue, August 11, 2015

A water district which serves part of Ventura County is not only making water available for landscaping, it’s giving it to people. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is going to start making free recycled water available starting August 22nd. People can pick up to 300 gallons of recycled water per visit for use to Read the Rest…


First Invitations Go Out To GOP Presidential Candidates For September 16th Debate In Ventura County

Tue, August 11, 2015

The first invitations are going out to GOP presidential candidates for the CNN/Reagan Library debate set for next month in Simi Valley. The debate could be interesting one, with a unique format because of the flood of Republican candidates. The September 16th event will be broken into two segments.  The first segment will include the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Tow Truck Driver Killed In Accident Honored With Convoy

Tue, August 11, 2015

A Santa Barbara County tow truck driver killed in an accident is being remembered by those in the business with a special convoy. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Tow Truck Driver Honored


Boosters Of Latest Effort To Block New Oil, Gas Drilling In State Waters Off Central Coast Say Recent Spill Helps Make Their Case

Tue, August 11, 2015

The last area of the California coast under state control where new oil, and gas drilling could potentially occur is in Santa Barbara County. Efforts to protect it have been defeated in the state legislature.  But, in the wake of last May’s Refugio State Beach oil spill, some believe there may be enough new support Read the Rest…


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