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Name Of Central Coast Man Killed In Crash Which Left Two Injured Released

Wed, October 8, 2014

The CHP has now identified a man killed in a traffic accident on the Central Coast, which also left two others injured. Luis Arrelano of Lompoc died in the Sunday night crash on Highway 246 between Buellton, and Lompoc. Investigators say an eastbound SUV ran off the road, and rolled onto its side.  The driver Read the Rest…


Sand Replenishment Efforts For Hueneme Beach Delayed Until Mid-October

Wed, October 8, 2014

There’s yet another delay in efforts to start dredging to replenish the sand at a Ventura County beach which has been hit hard by erosion. Plans originally called for dredging to start at Channel Islands Harbor around the first of the month, with sand being shipped to rebuild Hueneme Beach. The dredge is now scheduled Read the Rest…


Ventura Couple Arrested For Rape; Police Say They Were Plotting To Sexually Assault Preteen Girls

Wed, October 8, 2014

A Ventura couple has been arrested on multiple sexual assault charges, after Ventura Police say the duo raped a woman living with them. Brandon Vanwie and Madeline Carden were arrested following a more than three month long investigation. Detectives say the two sexually assaulted the woman on multiple occasions. They say the two had also Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Upset With Impacts Of Chumash Resort Expansion, But Not Sure If They Have Options

Wed, October 8, 2014

Santa Barbara County leaders are upset with plans by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to expand the Chumash Resort, but aren’t sure what they can do about it. County staff members say a planned 215 room expansion of the Santa Ynez Valley resort’s hotel, as well as expansion of the casino and construction Read the Rest…


Oxnard Announces Plans To Honor Man Accidentally Shot And Killed By Police During Gunfight With Gang Members

Wed, October 8, 2014

City of Oxnard officials have announced plans for an anti-violence day, dedicated to the memory of a bystander accidentally shot to death by police in a gunfight between officers, and gang members. The shooting strained the relationship between police, and some members of the community. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports more details of a settlement involving Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Supervisors Approve Ordinance To Implement Controversial Oil Measure Should It Pass In November

Wed, October 8, 2014

Santa Barbara County voters will decide in November whether to approve Measure P, a proposal which would ban new high intensity oil production techniques, like fracking in the county. If it passes, it would be implemented immediately. Santa Barbara County Supervisors yesterday approved an ordinance which would handle the proposed exemption process included in Measure Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Picks New Head of Alcohol Drug And Mental Health Services Agency

Wed, October 8, 2014

A health official from the Bay Area has been selected to take over leadership of the Santa Barbara County agency which helps members of the public deal with mental health, and addition problems. Dr. Alice Gleghorn will be director of the county’s Department of Alcohol, Drugs, & Mental Health Services. Gleghorn is currently Administrator of Read the Rest…


Report Looks At Concerns Over Isla Vista’s Governance In Wake of Riot, Rampage

Tue, October 7, 2014

In the wake of the Isla Vista riots, and then the Isla Vista rampage which left six dead, and 13 wounded earlier this year, there have been some proposals for more self-governance for the community.  Because IV is unincorporated, it’s in effect run by Santa Barbara County. A new report by the county shows that Read the Rest…


Ventura County Employee Pension Board To Get Outside Legal Aid To Help With Touchy Compensation Issue

Tue, October 7, 2014

The panel which oversees the pension plan for Ventura County employees is going to hire an outside attorney to handle the controversial issue of what compensation should be eligible for use in calculating pensions. It’s been a hot issue, with the county saying pensions should be calculated on base pay, while the pension board contending Read the Rest…


Car Of Central Coast Woman Found Dead In Nevada Desert Recovered

Tue, October 7, 2014

What could be a key clue in the disappearance, and death of a Central Coast would has been found. The body of 27 year old Margay Edwards was found by some off road vehicle riders September 25th, in a remote area of the Nevada desert northwest of Las Vegas. Autopsy results haven’t been released yet. Read the Rest…


CHP Looking At Alcohol In Central Coast Crash Which Killed One, Injured Two

Tue, October 7, 2014

CHP investigators are now trying to determine if alcohol was a factor in a crash which left one man dead, and two others injured on the Central Coast. It happened just before 10 p.m. Sunday, on Highway 246 between Buellton, and Lompoc. Investigators say an eastbound SUV ran off the road, and rolled onto its Read the Rest…


Search Underway For Missing Teen On Central Coast

Tue, October 7, 2014

A search is underway on the Central Coast for a boy authorities are calling at at-risk teen. Matthew Reish was last seen at a school bus stop in Santa Maria just after 8:30 this morning. The 17 year was later seen walking near the Santa Maria Riverbed, toward the municipal landfill. Police say he is Read the Rest…


UCSB Professor Wins Nobel Prize In Physics

Tue, October 7, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara professor is one of a trio of winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics. Shuji Nakamura, who is a UCSB professor of materials, and electrical and computer engineering is being honored for his work inventing efficient blue light emitting diodes.  The Royal Swedish Academy of Science calls the investion a Read the Rest…


City Of Thousand Oaks Celebrating 50th Anniversary Tonight

Tue, October 7, 2014

The City of Thousand Oaks is celebrating its 50th anniversary tonight. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the public is being invited to a reception, and other events at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Thousand Oaks Turns 50 Celebration


New Mini Libraries Open In Santa Barbara County Community

Tue, October 7, 2014

Some new mini libraries are trying to bring books to kids who don’t have easy access to a public library. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Mini Libraries


CHP Still Investigating Pair Of Accidents On Highway 101 In Ventura County Which Killed One, Injured Three

Tue, October 7, 2014

The CHP is still investigating a pair of traffic accident which left one man dead, three others injured, and traffic a mess on the northbound 101 between Ventura, and Carpinteria yesterday. The CHP says that for some reason, a northbound SUV overturned near Highway 101’s State Beaches offramp just before 4 a.m. yesterday.  The three Read the Rest…


Passenger Train Hits Vehicle On Central Coast

Tue, October 7, 2014

The driver of a vehicle has quite a story to tell this morning, after he survived an accident on t he Central Coast with a passenger train traveling at 60 miles an hour. The vehicle was at a railroad crossing at Highway 1, and Brown Road about a mile south of Guadalupe yesterday afternoon, when Read the Rest…


New Software Helps Plot Tsunami Escape Routes From Coastal Areas

Tue, October 7, 2014

With all of the coastline in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties, one of the potential natural disasters we face is a tsunami. If there was a tsunami warning, how much time would people on the coast have to get to safety? Some new software developed by researchers is hoping to answer that question, allowing users Read the Rest…


Environmental Groups Appeal Approval Of Oil Test Wells In Ventura County

Mon, October 6, 2014

A trio of environmental groups is asking Ventura County Supervisors to overturn approval of an oil company’s plans to drill two test wells in Ventura County, in Modelo Canyon. The Ventura County Planning Department approved the project, which is near Piru. The environmental groups appealed to the Ventura County Planning Commission, which rejected the appeals. Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Issue Warning About Home Deliveries After Woman Arrested For Stealing Packages

Mon, October 6, 2014

Ventura Police are issuing a warning about leaving packages on your doorstep, after officers say a woman was arrested for stealing deliveries from several homes. A resident of the 300 block of Jones Drive called police over the weekend, reporting that a woman had just stolen a package off of their doorstep. Police arrested Robin Read the Rest…


Alcohol Sweeps Lead To More Than Three Dozen College Aged Minors Being Cited On Central Coast

Mon, October 6, 2014

More than three dozen college age students have been cited in San Luis Obispo, as part of an effort to crack down on underage drinking. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Police, San Luis Obispo Police, and State Alcohol and Beverage Control officers teamed up for two sweeps centered around the start of the new school Read the Rest…


Early Morning Fire Hits Ventura County Hotel, But Is Quickly Contained

Mon, October 6, 2014

An early morning fire created an unexpected wakeup call at a Ventura County hotel. A fire hit a laundry room at the Grande Vista Hotel in Simi Valley just before 4 a.m. today. The blaze triggered a fire on the hotel’s first floor, but sprinklers helped contain the blaze in the laundry room area until Read the Rest…


Fire Forces Evacuation Of Ventura County Restaurant

Mon, October 6, 2014

Serving up a hot lunch took on a whole new meaning at a Ventura County restaurant today, when a kitchen fire sent flames shooting from the stove into the roof, and forced everyone to evacuate. It happened just before noon, at a restaurant on the 2100 block of Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley. Ventura Read the Rest…


Authorities Say Three Reluctant Burglars Arrested On Central Coast; Fourth Still Sought

Mon, October 6, 2014

Three people have been arrested, and a fourth is being sought on burglary charges on the Central Coast, after detectives some members of the group thought twice about what they’d done, and returned many of the stolen items. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say the whole thing started September 23th, when someone broke into Read the Rest…


Ventura County University Offering Opportunity For Veterans To Attend For Free

Mon, October 6, 2014

A Ventura County based university has announced that it will expand its financial aid programs for veterans, so qualified students would be in effect able to attend for free. California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks had already been offering partial scholarships to help veterans using the GI Bill to attend the school.  Now, CLU is Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Issues Recall Of Candy Bars Over Contamination Concerns

Mon, October 6, 2014

Cal Poly has issued a voluntary recall over contamination concerns involving a half dozen branded chocolate bars that it makes. The recall involves six specialty bars made by the university, which may have been accidentally tainted with bacteria, or have some products not on the label like peanuts, milk, or soy.  The recall was issued Read the Rest…


Municipal Elections Focus Of Candidates Forum In Simi Valley Tonight

Mon, October 6, 2014

Municipal elections in one Ventura County will be in the spotlight tonight, in debates sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Ventura County. Candidates seeking City Council seats, and the mayor’s post in the City of Simi Valley will take part in tonight’s event. The forum for mayoral candidates will begin at 6:30 p.m. Read the Rest…


Ebola Concerns Prompt Health Officials In Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties To Take Preparedness Steps

Mon, October 6, 2014

Ebola continues to generate concern around the world, and here in the U.S.  The arrival of the disease in Texas has prompted medical officials around the country to look at preparedness. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with health officials in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties about how ready we are to deal with ebola should it Read the Rest…


Three Arrested Following Carjacking In Ventura County

Mon, October 6, 2014

Two men and a woman have been arrested, after police say they kidnapped a man, and carjacked a vehicle. It started at about 3 a.m. Sunday, when a man offered a ride to three people he had met on the 700 block of Channel Islands Boulevard, in Oxnard. A member of the trio pulled out Read the Rest…


Police Say Oxnard Man Wearing Different Disguises Robbed Same Oxnard Convenience Store Six Times

Fri, October 3, 2014

Police say an Oxnard man had a favorite convenience store he liked to visit…not as a customer, but as an armed robber. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports that police say he robbed the same exact store six times. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Oxnard Serial Robber


Four Arrested After String Of Counterfeit Bills Passed On Central Coast

Fri, October 3, 2014

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say some alert merchants in the Santa Ynez Valley helped catch a ring of people attempting to pass counterfeit money in the community. Deputies say three women, and a man tried to pass phony $100 dollar bills in Solvang Tuesday night.  Several business owners spotted the bills, and called deputies.  Read the Rest…


Details Released on Shark Attack In Santa Barbara County

Fri, October 3, 2014

The Air Force has just released details of a shark attack on a surfer at a popular Santa Barbara County beach, which left a man with puncture wounds to one of his knees. The 28 year old man, who isn’t being identified, was attacked at about 5:30 last night, at Jacks Point, which is near Read the Rest…


Power Outage Over In Santa Barbara County Community

Fri, October 3, 2014

Last night, it was the Santa Barbara area which was hit by a big power outage.  Today, a new one blacked out much of the Summerland area. Southern California Edison says an estimated 2600 customers have been affected by an outage which hit just after 7 this morning.  Company officials say an equipment failure is Read the Rest…


Heat Wave Continues On Central Coast

Fri, October 3, 2014

The heat continues to be the big story of the day on the Central Coast. Temperatures were once again well into the 90’s in much of the region, and we continue to see high brush fire danger. The high pressure giving us the well above normal temperatures will ease through the weekend. Tomorrow will be Read the Rest…


Four Santa Barbara County Men Accused Of Extortion

Fri, October 3, 2014

Four Santa Barbara County men have been arrested on extortion charges, with Santa Barbara Police detectives charging the men were acting as enforcers who collected what was in effect a tax by the Mexican Mafia. Two Santa Barbara men, a Santa Maria man, and a Lompoc man were arrested following a 16 month long investigation.  Read the Rest…


Man Killed On Highway 101 Accident In Ventura County Now Being Identified

Fri, October 3, 2014

A man killed in a traffic accident on Highway 101 between Ventura, and Santa Barbara is now being identified. A car going southbound on the 101 headed onto the Mussel Shoals offramp, when it hit a wall, some traffic signs, and then overturned. Armand Rios of Ventura was pronounced dead at the scene of the Read the Rest…


Heat, High Brush Fire Danger Continue For South Coast

Fri, October 3, 2014

The heat continues to be the big story of the day on the South Coast. Temperatures were once again well into the 90’s in much of the region, and we continue to see high brush fire danger. The high pressure giving us the well above normal temperatures will ease through the weekend. Tomorrow will be Read the Rest…


Death Of Couple In Ventura County Now Being Called Murder-Suicide

Fri, October 3, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators now say the death of a couple in the Conejo Valley was a murder-suicide. The bodies of a 66 year old man, and a 73 year old woman were found in a home of the 1600 block of Calle Rochelle in Thousand Oaks last night. Detectives believe that the man shot, Read the Rest…


New Power Outage Hits Southern Santa Barbara County; Problem Centered Around Summerland

Fri, October 3, 2014

Last night, it was the Santa Barbara area which was hit by a big power outage. Today, a new one has blacked out much of the Summerland area. Southern California Edison says an estimated 2600 customers have been affected by an outage which hit just after 7 this morning. Company officials say an equipment failure Read the Rest…


Death Of Couple In Ventura County Under Investigation

Fri, October 3, 2014

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the deaths of a husband, and wife in the Conejo Valley. The bodies of a 66 year old man, and his 73 year old wife were found last night in their home on the 1600 block of Calle Rochelle in Thousand Oaks. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Read the Rest…


Man Part Of Takeover Robbery Of Santa Barbara Jewelry Store Gets 24 Year Sentence

Fri, October 3, 2014

A man who was part of the takeover robbery of a Santa Barbara jewelry store in which $750,000 in jewelry, and cash were stolen has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison. Jose Antonio Aviles pled guilty to four charges stemming from the April, 2010 robbery of the Milpas Street Store.  Aviles, and Read the Rest…


Another Sizzling Day In Forecast For South Coast; Brush Fire Danger Remains High

Fri, October 3, 2014

We could see another day of record setting temperatures in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, as well as a continued high brush fire danger. Temperatures are expected to remain 15 to 20 degrees above average today, and Saturday, before we start a cooling trend on Sunday. Oxnard reached 98 degrees yesterday, breaking its record of Read the Rest…


Work Underway To Resurface Dozens Of Streets In Central Coast City

Fri, October 3, 2014

A project to resurface more than 30 streets in a Central Coast city is underway. The City of Santa Maria has started work on chip sealing 32 streets during the next three weeks.  It will impact parking, and the use of the streets during the work. More than 300,000 square yards of chip seal will Read the Rest…


Domestic Abuse Survivor From Santa Barbara Speaks Out About Problem

Fri, October 3, 2014

The controversy over the NFL’s handling of domestic abuse charges involving player Ray Rice has brought new attention to the issue. A Santa Barbara County based group which helps abuse victims is holding some events in the next few weeks, putting a spotlight on the problem locally. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of its Read the Rest…


Man Called Serial Burglar Arrested On Central Coast

Thu, October 2, 2014

Investigators now believe a man linked to a burglary, and attempted burglary on the Central Coast this week is a serial burglar. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say witnesses helped tie Eric Webb of Santa Margarita to a pair of incidents in the last week.  They searched his home, and say they found evidence Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Area Hit By Major Power Outage

Thu, October 2, 2014

A major power outage tonight affected about 9,000 customers on the South Coast, leaving some without power for hours. The outage hit the Santa Barbara area just after 5:30 p.m.  Many of the customers were back online by 7:30. City of Santa Barbara firefighters had to rescue a number of people trapped in elevators.  KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Raping UC Santa Barbara Coed At Fraternity House

Thu, October 2, 2014

A man has been arrested on charges he raped a UC Santa Barbara coed at a fraternity house in Isla Vista. The 19 year student walked into the Isla Vista Foot Patrol’s headquarters Wednesday morning, reporting she had been sexually assaulted. Sheriff’s deputies identified a 23 year old Salinas man as the the suspect.  Investigators Read the Rest…


Window Closing In Search For New Simi Valley Schools Superintendent

Thu, October 2, 2014

Trustees in a Ventura County school district are fast tracking controversial efforts to find a new superintendent. The Simi Valley School Board decided it will close the window to accept applications at 5 p.m. tomorrow, despite objections of some trustees who thought the application period should be longer. The district is looking for a replacement Read the Rest…


Diver Found Dead In Channel Islands Now Being Identified

Thu, October 2, 2014

A diver who was found dead in the Channel Islands is now being identified. Some boaters found Michael Grennier floating in the ocean off of Anacapa Island yesterday. An autopsy is still pending, but foul play is not suspected in the death of the Oxnard man.


Attempt To Stop Burglarly Suspect Leads To Wild Chase On Central Coast

Thu, October 2, 2014

An effort to stop a man suspected in an auto burglary on the Central Coast turned into a wild chase this morning. It started just after 8 a.m., when San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies spotted a pickup truck on Los Osos Valley Road, near Los Osos matching the description of one involved with a Read the Rest…


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