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17 Arrested In Southern Santa Barbara County In Parole, Probation Sweep

Fri, April 3, 2015

Seventeen people were arrested on the South Coast during an operation to check up on parolees, and people on probation. A compliance response team made up of law enforcement officers from a half dozen law enforcement agencies searched more than 50 locations in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Isla Vista, and surrounding unincorporated areas yesterday.  Local law Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based Clothing Maker Launches National Campaign To Repair Clothing To Try To Get People To Be More Environmentally Friendly

Fri, April 3, 2015

A South Coast based clothing company is trying to get people to be more environmentally friendly by keeping what we wear longer. The local company is sponsoring a national caravan kicking off this week which will go to more than a dozen cities, and fix people’s clothes for free. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Read the Rest…


Battle Between Mall Owners Which Includes South Coast Properties Appears To Be Over

Fri, April 3, 2015

A takeover attempt is apparently over between two major shopping center companies which have major holdings in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. The Simon Property Group made two unsolicited bids during the last month for the Macerich Company, both of which were ultimately rejected. Simon owns the Camarillo Premium Outlets, while Macerich owns The Oaks Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Sexual Relationship With Teenage Girl He Met Online

Thu, April 2, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges after detectives say he had a sexual relationship with a teenage girl he met online. Oxnard Police say they arrested George Burditt following a month long investigation. Investigators say the 63 year old man was sexually involved with a 17 year old girl he met online.  They Read the Rest…


Central Coast Motorcyclist Dies As A Result Of Injuries From March Crash

Thu, April 2, 2015

A Central Coast motorcyclist has died from injuries he suffered in a March traffic accident. The CHP says Hayden Farley was eastbound on Ocean Avenue, in the Lompoc area when he tried to pass a car, and hit an oncoming vehicle.  The 34 year Lompoc old man was thrown from his motorcycle.  The critically injured Read the Rest…


Autopsy Pending On Body Found In Ventura County; No Foul Play Suspected

Thu, April 2, 2015

An autopsy is pending on the body of a man found in the unincorporated area of Ventura County, outside of Ventura. The body was found just after 5 p.m. yesterday off of Victoria Avenue, near Olivas Park Drive.  The body was under a bridge in the area. Authorities say the body is believed to be Read the Rest…


Professional Theater Company’s Program Brings Shakespeare To Life In Ventura County Schools

Thu, April 2, 2015

Thousands of elementary school students on the South Coast are getting a taste of Shakespeare this spring, with a professional theater company taking a specially tailored series of workshops into classrooms. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Thousand Oaks. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Shakespeare In Schools


Santa Barbara County Closing Isla Vista Beaches This Weekend To Try To Prevent Giant Unsactioned, Unsponsored Beach Parties

Wed, April 1, 2015

Santa Barbara County today announced it will once again temporarily close Isla Vista’s beaches in an effort to prevent unsponsored, unsanctioned spring break beach parties. Several years ago, students used social media to spread word of giant beach parties, which overwhelmed law enforcement and sanitation resources, and led to dozens of mostly alcohol related arrests. Read the Rest…


Crackdown Announced On People Illegally Entering Condor Sanctuary In Ventura County

Wed, April 1, 2015

Concern about human impacts on endangered California condors is prompting a crackdown on people illegally entering areas of a condor sanctuary in Ventura County. Los Padres National Forest officials say they will crack down on people improperly entering the Sespe Condor Sanctuary.  Visitors are allowed to pass through the 53,000 acre sanctuary on roads to Read the Rest…


Campaign To Help Homeless Gathers Hundreds Of Sleeping Bags In Ventura County

Wed, April 1, 2015

A campaign to help the homeless in Ventura County has collected more than 330 sleeping bags. Mustang Marketing spearheaded the campaign, which gathered surplus bags, and money to buy new bags from community residents. A local dry cleaners, Noah’s Cleaners, cleaned all of the recycled bags. They were then taken to Lutheran Social Services Community Read the Rest…


Theme Park Agrees To Deal With Polluted Stormwater Flowing Into River In Los Angeles, Ventura Counties

Wed, April 1, 2015

Some environmental groups won a fight over getting a theme park to clean up pollution flowing into a Ventura County river. The coalition of groups battled Six Flags Magic Mountain to try to stem contaminated storm runoff from the park ending up in the Santa Clara River. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on Read the Rest…


New Details Of Officer Involved Fatal Shooting Of Woman In Oxnard

Tue, March 31, 2015

Some new details have been released about an officer involved fatal shooting in Oxnard of a woman over the weekend. Oxnard Police were called to an apartment complex on the 500 block of West Vineyard Avenue at around 1 a.m. Saturday, by reports of a domestic disturbance. The first officer on the scene heard screaming Read the Rest…


Two Arrested In Ventura County For Santa Barbara County Bank Robbery

Tue, March 31, 2015

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators say some bank robbers didn’t get far today, and were caught less than 20 minutes after they struck in Carpinteria. A bank on the 5400 block of Carpinteria Avenue was robbed just after 9 a.m., and a getaway car was seen getting onto southbound Highway 101. Santa Barbara and Ventura Read the Rest…


Two Arrested Following Chase In Ventura County Identified

Tue, March 31, 2015

Authorities have identified two people arrested after a grand theft investigation turned into a chase, and search with police dogs and a helicopter in Ventura County. It started yesterday morning, when detectives investigating some auto burglaries in Moorpark spotted a suspicious vehicle. They tried to stop the it, but the driver fled the scene. Investigators Read the Rest…


UCSB, Santa Barbara County Take Steps To Try To Insure There Is No Repeat Of 2014 Isla Vista Spring Break Riot

Tue, March 31, 2015

A number of steps are being taken by UC Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County this week to try to prevent a repeat of last year’s spring break party turned wild in Isla Vista, which exploded into a riot. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department will have about 150 deputies deployed in IV, and UCSB Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City Council Council Takes Final Key Step To End Dispute Over Municipal Elections Process

Tue, March 31, 2015

A South Coast city embroiled in controversy, and a lawsuit over whether its Latino residents are adequately represented by its city council has developed a plan it hopes will end the debate. The Santa Barbara City Council chose one of a series of proposals to switch the city from at large, to district elections for Read the Rest…


Man, Woman Arrested After Chase, Search In Eastern Ventura County

Tue, March 31, 2015

It started as a grand theft investigation, but it turned into a chase, and search with police dogs and a helicopter in Ventura County. It started yesterday morning, when detectives looking into a theft near Highway 118 in Moorpark saw a suspicious vehicle. They tried to stop the vehicle, but it fled the scene. A Read the Rest…


Car Chase Zooms Through Parts Of Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Mon, March 30, 2015

A man was arrested following a freeway chase which started in Ventura County, and ended in Los Angeles County. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop an SUV for a traffic issue in Camarillo at about 6:45 this morning.  The driver refused to stop, and headed southbound on the 101 Freeway. Television news helicopters picked Read the Rest…


Man Gets 25 Years to Life Sentence For Role In Murder Of Oxnard Massage Parlor Owner

Mon, March 30, 2015

A man prosecutors say was the getaway car driver in a pair of massage parlor robberies in Ventura County, including one in which the owner was murdered, has received a 25 years to life prison sentence. Miguel Martinez was involved in both Oxnard robberies in February of 2010. The 22 year old Oxnard man was Read the Rest…


People Told Not Drive After Losing Their Licenses Due To DUI Re-Arrested Trying To Drive Away From Ventura County Courthouse

Mon, March 30, 2015

They were convicted of DUI charges, and told during court proceedings at the Ventura County Courthouse their drivers licenses were suspended. But, that didn’t stop some of the eight people targeted during a sting operation today in Ventura from literally walking out of the courthouse, and getting behind the wheel of their vehicles. Oxnard Police Read the Rest…


Project To Redo Highway 101 Interchange On Central Coast Could Mean Detours, Delays For Motorists

Mon, March 30, 2015

If you’re a late night, or early morning traveler on a section of Highway 101 on the Central Coast, you may encounter delays this week, as a result of work on a key interchange. Preliminary work is underway on a project to replace an outdated, half century old interchange at Highway 101 and Los Osos Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Sends Smoke Billowing Over 101 On South Coast

Mon, March 30, 2015

Fire investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of a blaze which sent smoke billowing across the 101 Freeway in Ventura. The fire happened just before two a.m. yesterday, in the area of Arundell Avenue at Market Street.  Ventura firefighters arrived to find flames burning in trees, and vegetation. They quickly stopped the spread of Read the Rest…


Man To Get Life In Prison Without Possibility Of Parole Following Rape, Sexual Assult Convictions In Santa Barbara County Involving Child

Mon, March 30, 2015

Prosecutors say the first man in Santa Barbara County to be convicted of the rape, and sexual assault of a child under a new state law will now face life, without the possibility of parole. Santos Guevara-Oliva was convicted of the 2012 attack on a 13 year old victim.  As a result of the Chelsea’s Read the Rest…


Rare Recordings In South Coast Collection Added To Library Of Congress Registry

Mon, March 30, 2015

The Library Of Congress has added an audio collection on the South Coast to its repository which includes what’s believed to be the oldest still existing bit of recorded human conversation in the world. The collection includes recordings dating back to the late 1800’s. KCLU’s  Lance Orozco has the story. Click On link to listen Read the Rest…


Ventura City Council Expected To Give Preliminary Approval To New Botanical Gardens

Mon, March 30, 2015

The Ventura City Council is expected to give preliminary approval tonight to the long talked about development of botanical gardens in the city. The plan calls for creating the Ventura Botanical Gardens in Grant Park.  It’s already received the city Planning Commission’s approval, and includes more than 100 conditions, and two dozen mitigation measures. The Read the Rest…


Woman Shot To Death in Confrontation With Oxnard Police Identified

Sat, March 28, 2015

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


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…


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…


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…


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…


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