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Ventura County World War II Veteran Remembers 70th Anniversary Of VE Day

Fri, May 8, 2015

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the V-E Day, which celebrated the end of World War Two in Europe. For most of us, it’s a slice of history, but for the increasingly rare still living members of “The Greatest Generation,” V-E Day is a powerful memory. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a World War II Read the Rest…


Trio Arrested Following Chase, Crash Of Stolen Car In Ventura County

Fri, May 8, 2015

Three people are facing charges involving a stolen car, and chase in Ventura County. It started just before nine yesterday morning, when Oxnard Police spotted a stolen car being driven near Ventura Road, and Channel Islands Boulevard. They tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to yield, starting a chase. Officers quickly discontinued Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Gets Three Years In Prison After Being Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Women In His Apartment Complex

Fri, May 8, 2015

A Santa Barbara man has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting two women in the apartment complex where he lived. Santa Barbara Police say both assaults occurred in August of 2014 in apartments on the 200 block of Oceano Street.  Detectives say as they were investigating one assault, Read the Rest…


Emergency Preparedness Focus Of Saturday Street Fair In Ventura County Community

Fri, May 8, 2015

Are you, and your family prepared to deal with a disaster? One Ventura County community is trying to help people get ready. Simi Valley is hosting the latest edition of its more than two decade old Emergency Expo and Street Fair on Saturday. There will be K-9 demonstrations, simulated firefighter rescues, and booths with information Read the Rest…


Authorities Looking For Serial Arsonist On Central Coast

Thu, May 7, 2015

Authorities are on the Central Coast are on the lookout for a suspected serial arsonist. They think the same person or persons may be responsible for a half dozen small brush fires around San Luis Obispo Tuesday night. The first fire was reported just after 6 p.m. behind the CHP headquarters on the 600 block Read the Rest…


Two Indicted By Grand Jury For 2013 Death Of Santa Barbara County Womang

Thu, May 7, 2015

Two people have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with the death two years ago of a Santa Ynez Valley woman. The March, 2013 death of Heidi Good at her Solvang home was called a suspicious death. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Marjorie Good, and Wandla Nelson were indicted for first degree murder Read the Rest…


Storm Could Bring Wild Mix Of Weather To Central, South Coasts

Thu, May 7, 2015

An unusual spring storm is bringing what could be a potentially wild mix of weather to the region. A cold low pressure system is bringing the chance of showers, thunderstorms, and even some snow about the 5000 foot level. National Weather Service forecasters say it’s a hard storm system to pin down, because some areas Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Crops Hit $1.48 Billion Dollars

Thu, May 7, 2015

A just released report shows Santa Barbara County’s agricultural industry is continuing to boom. The 2014 Santa Barbara County Crop shows the total production value last year was $1.48 billion dollars, up $53 million dollars from 2013. It’s the ninth year in a row the county’s ag industry has topped the billion dollar mark. The Read the Rest…


Community College District Chief In Ventura County Leaving

Thu, May 7, 2015

The head of Ventura County’s Community College District is going to lead at the end of this school year to take care of her ill mother. Jamillah Moore worked out a severance deal with district trustees they approved yesterday.  She’ll continue to serve as chancellor through the end of June.  The district plans to put Read the Rest…


Two Hurt, Three Dozen Evacated In Central Coast Hotel Fire; Man Arrested On Arson Charge

Thu, May 7, 2015

Two people were injured in a motel fire on the Central Coast which investigators believe is an arson case. The fire was reported at about 8 last night at the Mission Hotel, on the 300 block of West Main Street in Santa Maria. Firefighters arrived to find smoke throughout a wing of the building, but Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Faces 25 Yeas To Life In Prison For Sexually Assaulting Child

Thu, May 7, 2015

A Ventura County man is facing a 25 years to life sentence after being convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a six year old girl. Prosecutors say Gustavo Fregoso had a relationship with a relative of the little girl, so they would sometimes stay at his Oxnard house. The incidents occurred in 2012, and 2013.  The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Relief Group Preparing Its Biggest Emergency Aid Shipment Yet For Nepal Quake Victims

Thu, May 7, 2015

It’s no longer headlining the news like it was nearly two weeks ago, but the crisis continues in earthquake torn Nepal. A Santa Barbara County based relief agency is preparing its biggest shipment yet of medicine, and medical supplies to the stricken country. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Non-Profit Expands Vision Care Services For Those In Need

Thu, May 7, 2015

A South Coast based international nonprofit which helps provide vision care services around the world has a new local clinic to help those in need. SEE International opened a new facility on the 5300 block of Hollister Avenue in Goleta for its Santa Barbara Vision Care program. The more than three decade old local program Read the Rest…


Judge Rejects Defamation Lawsuit Related To Race For Santa Barbara Congressional Seat

Wed, May 6, 2015

A judge rejected a defamation lawsuit by a former congressional candidate against the Santa Barbara congresswoman who defeated him, and retained her seat. Republican Congresswoman Chris Mitchum sued Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps, her campaign, and a Democratic campaign group over the way he was depicted in some television ads. The suit contended that an ad Read the Rest…


Man Arrested Following Break-In At Ventura County School

Wed, May 6, 2015

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say a teacher arriving early for school discovered a would-be burglar was in his classroom. It happened at around 7:30 yesterday morning, at Oak Grove School in Meiners Oaks. A teacher arriving for work at the private school found James Hanna in his room.  Deputies say they 20 year old man Read the Rest…


Voters Reject Financial Boost For South Coast Fire Protection District

Wed, May 6, 2015

Plans for a $10.6 million boost to fire facilities serving two South Coast communities have apparently been rejected by voters. Preliminary results for the vote by mail Measure Z ballot measure show it did not get enough votes to win, losing by 12 percent.   It was an effort to raise money for improvements for Carpinteria-Summerland Read the Rest…


Ventura Harbor Gets New Harbormaster

Wed, May 6, 2015

A South Coast harbor’s new harbormaster is actually a familiar face around its docks. John Higgins is the Ventura Port District’s new harbormaster. He’s been a harbor patrol officer for two decades. Higgins now manages a staff of more than a dozen full and part time officers. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement Read the Rest…


UCSB Grad Who Found Titantic Takes On New Adventure With Nazi Sub In PBS Television Special

Wed, May 6, 2015

A UC Santa Barbara graduate who’s taken the world on some amazing undersea video expeditions, including the discovery of the “Titanic”, turns his efforts to a little known part of World War Two. Bob Ballard’s latest documentary looks at Nazi Germany’s submarine war off America’s coastline. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to Ballard about the project, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Still Looking At Coroner’s Office Safety Issues Outlined By Grand Juries

Wed, May 6, 2015

Santa Barbara County leaders continue to discuss what to do with the county coroner’s facility, which two grand juries in five years have called inadequate, and the most recent one calling for its replacement. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports action on a proposed grand jury response was postponed yesterday. Click on link to listen to/download story:


Ventura County Supervisors Support Effort In Sacramento To Honor Fallen County Sheriff’s Deputy

Tue, May 5, 2015

Ventura County Supervisors are backing a state effort to name a section of highway in the county after a fallen Sheriff’s Deputy. Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks introduced a resolution to name a two mile stretch of Highway 101 between Lewis, and Las Posas Roads after Eugene Kostiuchenko. The 41 year old deputy Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Chooses New Community Services Department Chief

Tue, May 5, 2015

Santa Barbara County has picked a new director for its newest agency. George Chapjian will be the new head of Santa Barbara County’s Community Services Department.  The three year old agency was formed to combine a number of county functions, which include parks, affordable housing, library funding, the County Arts Commission, and energy incentive programs. Read the Rest…


Letter Carriers Gearing Up For Weekend Food Drive On South Coast

Tue, May 5, 2015

An army of letter carriers on the South Coast is going to be going above the call of duty this weekend, collecting food to help those in need in Ventura County. Members of the National Association of Letter Carriers will also pick up food as their serve their postal routes in the Ventura, Oxnard, and Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Convicted Of 2011 Killing; Will Spend Rest Of Life Behind Bars

Tue, May 5, 2015

A Ventura County man will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for a killing prosecutors say was caused by some misdirected jealousy. Detectives say in December of 2011, Jose Manuel Amaro of Oxnard accused his wife of being unfaithful, and encountered her while she was in a truck Read the Rest…


Freeway Onramp Meters Could Be A Possibility For Highway 101 In Goleta; Commuter Transit To Be Studied On Central Coast

Tue, May 5, 2015

Could onramp meters be on the way for Highway 101 in the Goleta Valley? Caltrans has provided a grant to the Santa Barbara County Association of governments for a study which would look at metering for onramps in the City of Goleta, as well as for nearby unincorporated areas. Meters could help reduce traffic jams Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies Credited With Saving Choking Baby

Tue, May 5, 2015

Some quick thinking Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are being credited with saving a choking infant in the Santa Ynez Valley. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Choking Infant


Legendary Musician Herb Alpert Headlines Ventura Music Festival

Tue, May 5, 2015

The 2015 Ventura Music Festival is in full swing this week. One of the biggest concerts takes place Friday, when an artist with more than two dozen hit albums, and nine Grammys will perform in Ventura. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with legendary musician Herb Alpert. Click on link to listen to/download story:


Beefed Up DUI Patrols On Tap For Region Because Of Cinco De Mayo

Tue, May 5, 2015

Today is May 5th, which for many of us means it’s time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. A number of law enforcement agencies throughout the region have announced plans for beefed up DUI patrols, similar to what they do on St. Patrick’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Authorities say more than a third of fatal Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Military Base Receives National Honors For Environmental Efforts

Tue, May 5, 2015

A federal conservation agency is honoring a military base in Santa Barbara County for being the best facility in the nation for its wildlife and habitat preservation efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave Vandenberg Air Force Base the 2015 Military Conservation Partner Award. The nearly 100,000 acre base includes habitat for 18 species Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Prosecutor Named Top In State

Mon, May 4, 2015

For the first time ever, a Santa Barbara County prosecutor has been named as the top one in the state. Ann Bramsen will be presented with the “Prosecutor of the Year” award by the California District Attorneys’ Association this summer. Bramsen has been with the DA’s office for 15 years, and even served as acting Read the Rest…


Couple Terrorized By Man Wielding Sword In Camarillo Park

Mon, May 4, 2015

A couple was terrorized by a man wielding a sword in a South Coast park. It happened early this morning, at Charter Oaks Park in Camarillo.  Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the couple was in a parked vehicle at about 1:45 a.m. when they were approached by Michael Benson of Camarillo.  They say the 51 Read the Rest…


10 Hurt When SUV Carring Teens To Prom On Central Coast Hits Car

Mon, May 4, 2015

Ten people were hurt when an SUV carrying teens to the Morro Bay High School prom was involved in a collision with another car. The CHP reports that the SUV was on Highway 1, near Highland Drive around 9 Saturday night when the vehicle made an unsafe lane change, and hit a car.  The SUV Read the Rest…


Fire Hits Produce Packing Facility In Ventura County

Mon, May 4, 2015

Firefighters battled a hard to get to blaze this morning at a Ventura County produce packing house. The fire was reported at about 9:20 this morning, on the 1100 block of Cummings Road in Santa Paula.  It was in the basement of one of the Limoneria Company’s facilities, making it difficult to fight.   More Read the Rest…


Investigation Continues Into Shooting Death Of Man Who Crashed Into Oxnard Business

Mon, May 4, 2015

Detectives are continuing to look for information on the death of an Oxnard man who was fatally wounded from a gunshot just before his pickup truck crashed into a donut shot. Oxnard Police were called to the 4800 block of South Rose Avenue around 2:30 last Thursday morning, by reports of a vehicle crashing into Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors May Contest Grand Jury Recommendation For new Coroner’s Facility

Mon, May 4, 2015

A battle may be brewing over the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s facilities. The existing facility was built by jail inmates in 1987, and two grand juries in the last five years have called it outdated, and unsafe because of its ventilation issues. The Sheriff’s Department agrees with findings a new facility is needed, but Read the Rest…


Major Scam On South Coast Targets People Over Taxes

Mon, May 4, 2015

There’s word of a major scam underway targeting people on the South Coast. More than 70 people in western Ventura County received calls last week claiming they were behind in taxes, and needed to make immediate payments by phone to avoid arrest. The calls were focused on the Camarillo area.  In some cases residents were Read the Rest…


Some Personal Information For Ventura County Health Care Agency Patients Accidentally Released

Sun, May 3, 2015

Some personal information for more than a thousand patients served by the Ventura County Health Care agency was accidentally released. County Health officials just released details on the problem, which occurred around the end of March.  It involved the names, and the county ID numbers of some patients served by the county’s hospitals, and clinics. Read the Rest…


Car Slams Into Santa Barbara Building, Prompting Evacuation Of Two Structures

Fri, May 1, 2015

Two Santa Barbara buildings had to be evacuated today after a car slammed into one of them, and created concern about their safety. It happened just after 12:30, on Mission Street near Chapala. A car driven by an elderly woman left the parking lot of a business across the street, and for some reason, slammed Read the Rest…


Man Shot To Death In Ventura County; Suspect In Slaying In Custody

Fri, May 1, 2015

One man is dead, and a second person is in custody following a shooting in Ventura County. It happened around 7 last night, on the 2900 block of Deacon Street in Simi Valley. Police responding to reports of a shooting found a man who was already dead from gunshot wounds. They arrested Carey Swaine of Read the Rest…


Water District Serving Parts Of Ventura, Los Angeles Counties Announces New Water Use Restrictions

Fri, May 1, 2015

A water district serving parts of Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties has announced new drought related water use restrictions. The Los Virgenes Municipal Water District is now limiting watering of landscaping to two days a week, and no more than 15 minutes at a time. The water district says the new restrictions take place immediately, Read the Rest…


Body of Missing Man Found In Goleta Culvert

Fri, May 1, 2015

There is a tragic end to the search for a missing Goleta man. Cody West was last seen early Sunday morning. Family, friends, and law enforcement officers have been searching for his the past few days. This morning, his car was found at the bottom of a culvert by the Los Carneros Business Park. His Read the Rest…


New Legislation Introduced By Santa Barbara Congresswoman Focused On Rental Car Safety

Fri, May 1, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has co-authored a bill which would ban rental car companies from renting, or selling vehicles subject to a recall. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara introduced the bipartisan legislation along with three other House representatives. Current law bans car dealerships from selling new cars under recall. But, there is no Read the Rest…


Another South Coast Law Enforcement Agency Equipping Officers With Body Cameras

Fri, May 1, 2015

The drive to equip law enforcement officers with body cameras is continuing to pick up steam on the South Coast. The Santa Paula Police Department is the latest agency to announce its officers will be wearing cameras.  The department received a $30,000 grant to buy cameras to equip its 30 officers.  The Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


New Public Art Project On South Coast Gives People The Chance To Knock Out Tunes On Community Piano

Fri, May 1, 2015

A new public art project is giving people on the South Coast the opportunity to share their musical abilities in public, without having to audition for “American Idol” or “The Voice.” A piano has been installed in a public plaza, and is open for anyone who wants to sit down to share a few tunes Read the Rest…


Firefighters Trying To Determine Cause Of Brush Fire In Ventura County Which Briefly Threatened Homes

Thu, April 30, 2015

Ventura County fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire which threatened some homes in the eastern part of the county. The blaze started in the Westlake Village area at around 11:30 this morning. More than 130 firefighters aided by aircraft battled the blaze. The fire was on a hill next Read the Rest…


Kern County Woman Gets Jail Sentence For Oxnard Fraud Scheme

Thu, April 30, 2015

A Kern County woman will receive more than two years in state prison after pleading guilty to a scheme to use the collateral in an unsuspecting Oxnard resident’s house to raise bail for a criminal defendant in Bakersfield. Gina Marie Hernandez admitted to a felony count of recording a false document. Prosecutors say she recruited Read the Rest…


World War Two Era Aircraft Visiting Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, April 30, 2015

This month will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two. This week, three of the types of vintage planes which helped the Allies win the war are visiting the South Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Camarillo. Click on link to listen to/download story:  World War Two Warbirds


Small Brush Fire In Eastern Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Thu, April 30, 2015

Ventura County firefighters say they’ve now fully contained a small brush fire burning in the eastern part of the county. The blaze was reported on a hill in the Westlake Village area around 11:30. More than 120 firefighters aided by aircraft battled the blaze. The fire is on a hill next to Pixton Street near Read the Rest…


Public Policy Institute On Central Coast Says Poll Shows Support For Added Transparency When It Comes To New Laws

Thu, April 30, 2015

A public policy institute on the Central Coast says a new poll shows there would be strong bipartisan support for reforms which would allow greater transparency for proposed new laws. The proposals include making documents related to new legislation available online, and making video coverage of all state legislative hearings available online. Another proposal would Read the Rest…


Vehicle Crashes Into Oxnard Business; Driver Later Dies From Gunshot Wound

Thu, April 30, 2015

Police investigating reports that a vehicle had crashed into an Oxnard business found they were dealing with much more, after discovering the driver had been shot. It happened just after 2:30 this morning, on the 4800 block of South Rose Avenue. The first officers to arrive at the scene say the man was unconscious. The Read the Rest…


Firefighters Dealing With Small Brush Fire In Ventura County

Thu, April 30, 2015

Ventura County firefighters are getting the upper hand on a small brush fire burning in the eastern part of the county. The blaze was reported on a hill in the Westlake Village area around 11:30. 80 firefighters aided by helicopters are fighting the fire. The fire is on a hill next to Pixton Street near Read the Rest…


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