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Two People Arrested, Third Still Sought In Wake Of Armed Robbery In Ventura

Mon, January 12, 2015

Two people are behind bars, and a third is still being sought following an armed robbery which led to the Ventura Police Department’s SWAT team being deployed in Oxnard. Two people armed with guns robbed a liquor store on the 2400 block of Alameda Avenue in Ventura at around 9:30 last night. The robbers fled Read the Rest…


Countdown On For Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Some Golden Globe Winners Among Participants

Mon, January 12, 2015

The Golden Globes are now history for 2015. Some of the big winners last night, like actor Michael Keaton, and actress Patricia Arquette are among the big names in the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a look at this year’s filmfest. Click on link to listen to/download story:  SBIFF 2015


Food Recall Underway For Santa Barbara Comapny

Mon, January 12, 2015

A Santa Barbara based special food maker has a recall in the sworks, after concerns over some bacterial issues. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Recall


Police On Lookout For Prowler Who Broke Into Ventura County Home, And Molested Boy

Mon, January 12, 2015

Police are looking for a prowler who broke into a South Coast home, and molested a child. Around 4 a.m. Friday, a man entered a home on the 1300 block of Bluebell Street in Oxnard.  Detectives think the man got into the house through an unlocked back door. Investigators say the man walked into the Read the Rest…


Man Dies While In Custody At Central Coast Jail

Mon, January 12, 2015

An autopsy is pending on a man who died in custody in a Central Coast jail. David Osborne, Senior was arrested Saturday afternoon by Morro Bay Police on a charge of being drunk in public.  After being released from the San Luis Obispo County jail around 6 Saturday night, he was rearrested around 8:30 p.m., Read the Rest…


Search Continues In Apparent Intentional Hit And Run On South Coast

Mon, January 12, 2015

Police are looking for the driver of a car involved an apparent intentional hit and run incident in Ventura County which left a man seriously injured. Oxnard Police say that just after 11 Friday night, a man who was a passenger in a black BMW which stopped in a parking lot on the 600 block Read the Rest…


Two Central Coast College Basketball Players Arrested In Connection With Fatal Shooting

Mon, January 12, 2015

An autopsy is pending on a man who died in a Central Coast jail after he was arrested twice in the same day for public intoxication. David Osborne, Senior was arrested Saturday afternoon by Morro Bay Police on a charge of being drunk in public.  After being released from the San Luis Obispo County jail Read the Rest…


Saturday Marks 10th Anniversary Of Devastating La Conchita Mudslide

Fri, January 9, 2015

A bell is going to ring at 1:20 tomorrow afternoon in a Ventura County community to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a devastating landslide. Ten people died when a landslide roared into La Conchita. Several days of record rainfall saturated the area, setting the stage for the massive slide. Government geologists caution that the potential Read the Rest…


Superintendent Of One Of Ventura County’s Largest School Districts To Retire

Fri, January 9, 2015

The head of one of Ventura County’s largest school districts is retiring. Jeff Baarstad will step down as Superintendent of the Conejo Valley School District at the end of this school year. Baarstad help guide the district through a rocky time in its history, with enrollment drops and state funding cuts hitting the district at Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Setting Wife On Fire Now In Custody

Fri, January 9, 2015

A Ventura County man accused of setting his wife on fire is now behind bars, after being on the run for more than three days. Juan Soria Hernandez turned himself in to Bakersfield Police last night.  Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say the 31 year old Moorpark man contacted police, and asked to be taken into Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Architecture/Environmental Design Department Gets Grant For New Fellowships

Fri, January 9, 2015

Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design has received a $250,000 grant to establish the first teacher/student scholar fellowships in the college. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation award will fund scholarly work by faculty members, and provide money for students to do paid work related to their field of studies.  The money will be Read the Rest…


Fire Leaves Dozens Homeless In Ventura County

Fri, January 9, 2015

An early morning fire swept through parts of two Ventura County apartment buildings, and left close to three dozen people homeless. It happened at around 2:30 this morning, on the 4800 block of Terrace Avenue in Oxnard. It took about an hour control the fire, which caused more than $400,000 in damage. There’s no word Read the Rest…


Protests Grow Over Headline By South Coast Newspaper

Fri, January 9, 2015

Protests are continuing to grow over what some have called an insensitive headline by a South Coast newspaper referring to undocument residents. KCLU’s John Palminteri has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara News Press Controversy


Ventura County Man Sentenced To Life In Prison, Without Possibility Of Parole For Killing Massage Parlor Owner

Fri, January 9, 2015

A Ventura County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing a massage parlor owner. Jose Guzman was convicted of first degree murder, and eight other charges.  Prosecutors say in February of 2010, Guzman sexually assaulted, and robbed an employee at one Oxnard massage business.  Then, two days later the Oxnard Read the Rest…


Isla Vista Rampage Victim Remembered In Ceremony At Westlake Village High School

Fri, January 9, 2015

Yesterday was an emotional day on a Ventura County high school campus, as a ceremony was held to remember one of its graduates who died in last May’s Isla Vista rampage. Veronica Weiss was celebrated in a special way at the sports center where she spent much of her time playing a sport she loved Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Manslaughter In Heroin Death Of Cousin

Fri, January 9, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing manslaughter and drug dealing charges, after investigators say he supplied heroin to his cousin which led to a fatal overdose. Last October, Michael Mendez of Spokane, Washington died from a combination of heroin, and alcohol use in Ventura County. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit investigated the death, Read the Rest…


Scam Involving People Claiming To Represent IRS Resurfaces On Central Coast

Thu, January 8, 2015

There’s been a flood of phone calls pushing a scam which targets seniors on the Central Coast. It’s a ongoing fraud scheme in California, with callers claiming to represent the IRS, and threatening jail time for tax issues unless a prepaid debit card, or wire transfer are used to make payment. The San Luis Obispo Read the Rest…


New President/CEO Named For Major South Coast Foundation

Thu, January 8, 2015

One of the South Coast’s largest foundations has named a President, and CEO. Vanessa Bechtel will take over as head of the Ventura County Community Foundation next month. Bechtel spent four years as Executive Director of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation, more than doubling its annual fundraising. She also founded a wealth management company, Read the Rest…


Troubled Young Women’s Clothing Store Chain Closes Last Store On Central Coast

Thu, January 8, 2015

A financially struggling clothing store chain which caters to young women is closing 338 of its locations across the country, including one on the Central Coast. Wet Seal just shut down its store in downtown San Luis Obispo.  It had previously closed a location in Santa Maria. Wet Seal has been struggling for some time, Read the Rest…


Four Arrested Following Short Car Chase In Oxnard; Police Recover Stolen Sawed Off Shotgun

Thu, January 8, 2015

Oxnard Police say a routine stop for a vehicle code violation may have prevented a dangerous situation. An officer on patrol near First Street, and Juanita Avenue around five last night noticed a problem with a vehicle, and tried to stop it. The driver initially tried to flee the area, but stopped near Third Street, Read the Rest…


Clothing Store Chain Which Caters To Young Women Shutters Locations On South Coast

Thu, January 8, 2015

A financially struggling clothing store chain which caters to young women is closing 338 of its locations across the country, including some on the South Coast. Wet Seal shut down its stores in Santa Barbara, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks. In December, it closed its store in Ventura. Wet Seal has been struggling for some time, Read the Rest…


Police Investigating Unusual Theft Of Fire Hydrants In Ventura County

Thu, January 8, 2015

Police in Ventura County are investigating some brazen thefts which could have had a dangerous impact on a neighborhood. Someone stole three fire hydrants from the 600 block of Cochran Street, in Simi Valley.  Police say the hydrants were targeted because they contain large amounts of brass, which can be sold to metal recycling centers. Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Who Produced 1968 Elvis Comeback Television Special To Speak At Local Screening

Thu, January 8, 2015

Today marks the 80th birthday of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. A Ventura County man who produced a television special in 1968 which revived the singer’s then flagging career is going to speak at a screening of the show this Saturday, which is a benefit for a Carpinteria theater. KCLU’s Lance Orozco Read the Rest…


Funeral Held For One Year Old Boy Who Was Fatally Stabbed; Father Remains Behind Bars On Murder Charge

Thu, January 8, 2015

Yesterday was an emotional day for a Ventura County family, as funeral services were held for a one year old boy who was stabbed to death.  Jacob Navaratte was buried yesterday. The boy was fatally stabbed at his father’s Ventura home last Friday. The father, Adrian Navarrete-Gonzalez, has been charged with the boy’s death.  Navarrete-Gonzales Read the Rest…


Central Coast City Approves Continued Fireworks Sales, Use Around Fourth Of July

Wed, January 7, 2015

A Central Coast city will continue to allow the controversial sale, and use of so called “Safe And Sane” fireworks around the Fourth of July. The Lompoc City Council made the decision last night in a narrow 3-to-2 vote. The city has allowed the sale, and use of the fireworks for the past two years. Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Museum Taking Master Plan For Growth To City Planning Commission

Wed, January 7, 2015

A major South Coast museum is taking its master plan for the next decade for the facility to the Santa Barbara Planning Commission for consideration. The Santa Barbara Planning Commission will look at the proposed plan for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History tomorrow. The proposal calls for the renovation of key museum buildings, Read the Rest…


DNA Tests Link Mystery Body Found In Northern California In 1995 To Missing Santa Barbara Teen

Wed, January 7, 2015

Nearly 20 years after being discovered, authorities in Northern California say DNA evidence has positively identified the remains of a teenager as those of a missing Santa Barbara County teen. The Pacific Grove Police Department says it’s matched the evidence to the 17 year old, who was last seen in Santa Cruz area in April Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Attempted Murder, Elder Abuse, And Robbery For Attack On 80 Year Old Goleta Man

Wed, January 7, 2015

A man has been arrested in Santa Barbara County, after detectives say he attacked an 80 year old man, and then tried to kill the victim by placing a plastic bag over his head. The attack happened New Year’s Eve, in Goleta.  Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department investigators say the victim was arriving at his Read the Rest…


New Restaurant Set To Open At Santa Barbara Airport

Wed, January 7, 2015

Travelers using Santa Barbara County’s busiest airport will soon have a new dining option, which can also serve family and friends. The new Santa Barbara Airport terminal has a restaurant, and a coffee shop available for ticketed passengers who have cleared the TSA checkpoint. But up until now, there haven’t been dining options for family, Read the Rest…


Rock Climbers Used To Help With Efforts To Reopen Closed Section Of PCH In Ventura County

Wed, January 7, 2015

A section of the Pacific Coast Highway connecting Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties remains closed this morning, nearly a month after a storm triggered more than a dozen major mud, and rock slides. While Caltrans has a number of conventional cleanup efforts underway, some rock climbers were enlisted yesterday to try to clear boulders from Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Neo-Nazi Pleads No Contest To Charges From Hate Crime Attack In Santa Barbara

Wed, January 7, 2015

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say an admitted neo-Nazi who confronted, and stabbed an African-American man with scissors in an unprovoked attack has pled no contest to attempted murder, and hate crime charges. Ryan Christopher Zietlow-Brown attacked his victim in August of 2011 in broad daylight on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara, stabbing him multiple Read the Rest…


Financially Squeezed School District In Ventura County Again Looking At Campus Closures To Save Money

Wed, January 7, 2015

A Ventura County school hit by declining enrollment, and tight finances is again looking at closing some of its campuses. The Simi Valley School District is holding hearings this week on proposals to shut down Justin, and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Last year, a school district committee recommended losing three campuses. Under pressure from parents, trustees Read the Rest…


First Flu Death Of The Season Reported In Santa Barbara County

Tue, January 6, 2015

Santa Barbara County is reporting its first flu death of the season, as influenza has reached the epidemic level nationwide. More than 600 people across the country died from the flu, or flu related issues during the last week of the year. Santa Barbara County health officials say the local death was that of a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Among 28 Jurisdictions Statewide Reaching Settlement With 99 Cent Stores Over Hazardous Wastes

Tue, January 6, 2015

Ventura County is one of 28 counties, and cities statewide which have reached a settlement in a lawsuit against the 99 Cents Only Stores over the chains handling of potentially hazardous wastes. The suit claimed that the chain often sent hazardous waste materials from damaged in-store products and returns to local landfills, instead of to Read the Rest…


Suspect In Multiple Burglaries Arrested In Ventura County

Tue, January 6, 2015

What started as an investigation of suspicious activity on a Ventura County street led to the arrest of a man suspected by police of multiple burglaries. Ventura Police were on patrol near Armada Drive around 7 this morning when they spotted a vehicle sitting in the middle of an alley, and a man climbing inside.  Read the Rest…


Controversial Use Of So-Called “Safe And Sane” Fireworks Focus Of Discussion In Central Coast City

Tue, January 6, 2015

The controversial use of so-called “safe and sane” fireworks around the Fourth of July in one Central Coast community is the focus of discussion tonight. Lompoc currently allows the sale, and use of the fireworks in the city. However, the Lompoc Fire Department, and Police Department oppose the use of the fireworks, citing safety concerns, Read the Rest…


California Governor Jerry Brown Takes Office For Record Fourth Time; Calls Environment, Health Care, Public Safety Top Issues

Tue, January 6, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown began a record fourth term in office yesterday. In a speech following his inauguration, he celebrated improvement in the state’s finances, issued a new challenge to help the environment, and talked about major unsolved problems. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on the governor’s comments, and reaction. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Accused Of Stabbing To Death One Year Old Son And Himself Out Of Hospital, And Now In Jail

Tue, January 6, 2015

A Ventura man accused of stabbing to death his year old son, and stabbing himself has been released from a hospital, and is now in custody at the Ventura County Jail. Ventura Police say that early on the morning of January 2nd, Adrian Navarrete-Gonzales called 911 to report that his son Jacob was dead. The Read the Rest…


New Santa Barbara County Undersheriff Takes Office

Tue, January 6, 2015

Santa Barbara County now has a new Undersheriff. Bernard Melekian has taken the oath of office.  Melekian has worked in law enforcement for more than three decades. He started as a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy, but moved to the Santa Monica Police Department, where he served for more than two decades.  Melikian was Pasadena’s Read the Rest…


Supermarket Chain Serving Central, South Coasts Reaches Settlement In Suit Over Hazardous Wastes

Mon, January 5, 2015

A grocery store chain with more than a dozen locations in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties has agreed to pay nearly ten million dollars to settle a statewide lawsuit involving the way it handled environmental wastes. The settlement resolves allegations involving more than 500 Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, and Pack ‘n Save Stores in California. Santa Read the Rest…


Actress Jennifer Aniston Latest Addition To Santa Barbara International Film Festival Lineup

Mon, January 5, 2015

An actress who became an Emmy award winning star in television comedy is going to be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival following a critically acclaimed dramatic film role. Jennifer Aniston will receive the Montecito Award at the 30th annual film festival later this month. Aniston stars in “Cake,” a new drama about Read the Rest…


Man Gets 16 Year Sentence For Home Invasion Robbery In Ventura County

Mon, January 5, 2015

A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a home invasion robbery in Ventura County. Tyrone Estes of Los Angeles was one of three men involved in the October, 2012 robbery in Thousand Oaks.  Prosecutors say the 32 year old man, who was armed with a Read the Rest…


Ventura Man Spots His Stolen Truck, Leading To Pursuit, And Arrest of Suspect

Mon, January 5, 2015

A man whose pickup truck was stolen in Ventura County spotted it being driven by someone, a discovery which led to a pursuit. The Ventura man saw his truck just after noon yesterday near Gonzales Road, and Rose Avenue in Oxnard. Oxnard Police responding to a 911 call saw the truck headed westbound on Fifth Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Ventura County Man Accused Of Setting His Wife On Fire

Mon, January 5, 2015

A search is underway for a Ventura County man following a shocking attack in which sheriff’s detectives say he set his wife on fire. A woman who lives just outside of Moorpark, on the 11000 block of Moorpark Road, called 911 around four this morning reporting the attack. Deputies arriving on the scene found a Read the Rest…


Researchers Trying To Solve Mystery Of Epidemic Killing Sea Stars Along West Coast; Major Impacts In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Mon, January 5, 2015

Researchers are trying to figure out what’s behind a major mystery in the ocean off our coastline.  Something is killing the colorful sea stars which are a familiar site in many rocky coastal areas. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a researcher who’s been studying the epidemic, which has been underway since mid-2013. Click on link Read the Rest…


Airline Serving Santa Barbara County Dropping Service

Mon, January 5, 2015

One of the airlines which serves Santa Barbara County is discontinuing its local service this week. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Frontier Airline Drops Santa Barbara Service


Aftershocks Continue After Saturday Night Quakes Rattle Parts Of Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Mon, January 5, 2015

There have been more than a dozen aftershocks since a pair of earthquakes rattled parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties over the weekend. A magnitude 3.0 quake struck about 22 miles northeast of Fillmore at 6:58 p.m. Saturday, followed by a magnitude 4.3 quake at 7:18 p.m. Saturday. They were followed by a string Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Arrested After Attack On Sheriff’s Deputy

Sun, January 4, 2015

A man arrested on a DUI charge in Ventura County is now facing an additional count, after sheriff’s deputies say he punched an officer in the face at a jail facility. Alexander Vannesse of Port Hueneme was arrested Friday afternoon by Ventura Police, and taken to the Pre-Trial Detention Facility at the Main County Jail.  Read the Rest…


Man Gets Six Year Prison Sentence For Sexually Assaulting Teen, Man In Santa Barbara County

Sun, January 4, 2015

A Santa Barbara man has been sentenced to six years in jail, after being convicted in two separate sexual assault incidents. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Angel Antonio Medelez sexually assaulted a 16 year old boy, and a 19 year old man.  Prosecutors say in both cases, the victims were too drunk to resist. In Read the Rest…


Bay Area Man Arrested, Then Rearrested After He Escapes From Custody On Central Coast

Sun, January 4, 2015

A Bay Area man arrested following a theft from a Central Coast store was rearrested after he escaped from custody. On Saturday afternoon, Robert Aguilar was stopped on the 600 block of Marsh Street in San Luis Obispo, following the theft of a tip jar from a nearby store.  Police say they discovered he had Read the Rest…


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