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Criminal Grand Jury Indicts Santa Barbara County Man On Charges He Murdered His Children, Parents

Tue, October 14, 2014

A criminal grand jury has indicted a Santa Barbara County man for the murders of his two children, his parents, and a family dog. Nicholas Holtzer is accused of stabbing to death his 10 year old son Vincent, 13 year old son Sebastian, his mother Sheila, and his father William at the family’s Goleta home. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Woman Dies From Gunshot Wound; Man Arrested

Tue, October 14, 2014

A Central Coast man is in custody, after a woman was fatally wounded in his home. Lompoc Police were called to the 300 block of North Daisy Street just before 9 last night, by a report of shots being fired. They found a wounded woman there, who died later at a hospital. Police aren’t talking Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Expected To Go To Jail After Admitting He Sold Phony Insurance Coverage In Santa Barbara County

Tue, October 14, 2014

A Ventura County man is expected to go to jail after admitting he was collecting insurance premiums for phony coverage in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Dean Joseph Basler pretended like he was an agent, and sold numerous dummy policies, even preparing fake insurance certificates.  The 58 year old Ventura man’s scheme Read the Rest…


Unique Pilot Program Brings Nurses, Doctors To Homes Of Seniors In Santa Barbara County For Medical Care

Tue, October 14, 2014

The idea that a doctor might make a house call might seem like a page out of a history book. But, a pilot program on the South Coast that’s being called the only one its type in the nation is bringing urgent care style services by nurses, and doctors to the homes of some local Read the Rest…


Visiting Scholars Victims Of Weekend Train Accident In Santa Barbara County

Tue, October 14, 2014

UC Santa Barbara officials have confirmed three people hit by a train on the Gaviota coastline over the weekend were visiting scholars. Four people were on a train trestle Saturday night taking pictures when an Amtrak passenger train approached.  They tried to run to safety, but only one of them made it. One person was Read the Rest…


Sixth Man Arrested In Connection With 2009 Murder In Ventura County

Tue, October 14, 2014

A sixth man has just been arrested in connection with a 2009 murder in Ventura County. On January 17th, 2009 two men were stabbed in an Oxnard neighborhood.  Alfredo Vargas died at a hospital a few hours after the attack. Oxnard Police detectives worked on the case for years, and in June of 2013 arrested Read the Rest…


Part Of Highway 23-Highway 101 Interchange In Ventura County To Be Closed Overnights For Work This Week

Tue, October 14, 2014

Travelers using some of Ventura County’s busiest freeways could encounter some delays during the overnight hours this week, because of work on a freeway interchange rebuilding project. Caltrans will close the connector between southbound Highway 23, to northbound Highway 101 from 7 p.m. tonight, to 6 a.m. tomorrow. The same closure will be in effect Read the Rest…


Nine Arrested Following Drug Sweep Linked To Stolen Presciption Pad From Ventura Doctor’s Office

Mon, October 13, 2014

An alert pharmacist in Ventura County who realized that he might be getting prescriptions from a stolen prescription pad alerted authorities, which led to the arrest of nine people. Investigators from the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit first learned about the possible fraud in June. Detectives say they found evidence leading them to Ryan Read the Rest…


Team Of Central Coast Architectual Students Gets National Recognition For Work At South African Orphanage

Mon, October 13, 2014

Some architectural students on the Central Coast are receiving national recognition for a playground they designed, and built at a South African orphanage. The American Society of  Landscape Architects saluted the team of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student architects for their work at the Ratang Bana orphanage. The students turned a 5,000 square foot Read the Rest…


Health Care Agency Administering Medi-Cal In Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Counties Reports More Than 34,000 New Members This Year

Mon, October 13, 2014

The health care organization which manages Medi-Cal services for Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo County residents says its enrollment numbers have gone through the roof thanks to the Affordable Care Act. CenCal Health is reporting a more than 25% increase in clients since January of this year. CenCal has added 34,000 members since the Read the Rest…


Groups Which Focus On Dealing With Domestic Abuse Get Grants In Ventura County

Mon, October 13, 2014

Six groups which deal with domestic abuse issues in Ventura County are going to share $100,000 in grant funding. The Ventura County Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund focuses on efforts to help girls, and women.  The funding will go to groups like Interface Children & Family Services, and One Step a la Vez.


Goleta To Hold Meeting For Residents To Talk About Dealing With Isla Vista Halloween Party Crowds

Mon, October 13, 2014

Planning has been under for months by public safety agencies on how to deal with large crowds expected for unsponsored, unsanctioned Halloween parties in Isla Vista. What’s known as Isla Vista Halloween has become a traditional for college students, but a major headache for law enforcement, firefighters, and area residents. On Thursday night, the City Read the Rest…


Death, And What May Come After Death Focus Of Event On South Coast This Week

Mon, October 13, 2014

Is there something more for us after we die? Many people fear death, and wonder whether there is something beyond it. The question is the focus of a documentary which will be shown this week in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the filmmaker, who will be on hand for the screening, and a Read the Rest…


Preparations Underway For Landing Of Unmanned Orbital Spacecraft On Central Coast

Mon, October 13, 2014

A reusable unmanned space shuttle could soon be landing on the Central Coast. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has some of the details on what we know about the Air Force project, which is shrouded in secrecy. Click on link to listen to/download story:  X37-B


First Full Time Head Of Pacific Coast Stock Exchange Dies In Santa Barbara

Mon, October 13, 2014

An attorney who was the first full time chairman of the Pacific Stock Exchange in has died in Santa Barbara. Charles Rickershauser, Junior passed away from natural causes. He had been living in an assisted living facilities as a result of ongoing medical problems. Rickershauser was an attorney who became head of the exchange in Read the Rest…


Eight Arrested At Conejo Valley Area Restaurants, Bars For Serving Alcohol To Minors

Sun, October 12, 2014

A sting operation intended to crack down on restaurants, and bars selling alcohol to minors in the Conejo Valley has led to eight arrests. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control targeted 23 locations in the City of Thousand Oaks.  Servers at 15 of the locations passed with flying Read the Rest…


One Person Killed, Two Injured When Group Of People Hit On Train Trestle In Santa Barbara County

Sun, October 12, 2014

One person was killed, and two seriously injured when a train plowed into a group of people taking pictures from a train trestle in Santa Barbara County. It happened around 6 p.m. Saturday between Gaviota State Park, and Refugio State beach. Four people were on the trestle, taking pictures when a southbound passenger train approached Read the Rest…


Bike Trek By 200 Veterans Moves From Solvang, To Ventura Friday; Ends In Los Angeles Saturday

Fri, October 10, 2014

A seven day, 465 mile fundraising trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles by some 200 injured military veterans passed through the Santa Barbara area today, and the riders are now in Ventura, where they will spend the night. The UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery California Challenge helps support physical, and psychological rehabilitation programs for injured Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration Sets 2015 Theme

Fri, October 10, 2014

Summer is in the history books for 2014, but some local artists are already looking ahead to next summer, and the South Coast’s largest annual celebration of the season. Organizers of Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration announced this week that “Sci-Fi” will be the theme of the 2015 parade. The more than three decade old Read the Rest…


Center Coast City Gets Grant To Improve Water Quality Of Wastewater, Storm Runoff

Fri, October 10, 2014

A Central Coast city is getting a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to improve groundwater quality. Santa Maria is one of four cities across the county getting funding under the federal Clean Water Act for Municipal wastewater, and storm water management.  The city is getting $67,000 to try to come up with a Read the Rest…


Environmental Defense Center Sues Federal Agency Over Steelhead Trout Deaths On Central Coast

Fri, October 10, 2014

A Santa Barbara based environmental group has filed suit against a federal agency over what it says are failed efforts to protect some endangered fish in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Environmental Defense Center took the action on behalf of the fish advocacy group California Trout, alleging that the Federal Bureau of Reclamation failed to Read the Rest…


Young Man Seriously Injured After Falling Off Isla Vista Cliff

Fri, October 10, 2014

It’s happened again. There’s been another fall from the balcony of an apartment on a cliff in Isla Vista. A young man fell around 9:30 last night, tumbling an estimated 30 to 40 feet to the beach. The young man was seriously injured. Over the decades, more than 20 people, mostly college students have fallen Read the Rest…


Plans Announced For Renovation Project At Santa Barbara County Courthouse

Fri, October 10, 2014

Plans have been announced for a major renovation project at the historic Santa Barbara County Courthouse. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the project is intended to improve accessibility for a popular part of the complex. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Courthouse Project


Small Brush Fire In Los Padres National Forest In Ventura County Contained

Fri, October 10, 2014

U.S. Forest Service firefighters are mopping up a small brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Ojai. The blaze broke out on the 20000 block of Maricopa Highway just after 4 p.m. yesterday. Firefighters used air tankers, and helicopters to stop the spread of the fire, which was on the side of Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Stealing Identities Of Mortgage Brokers

Fri, October 10, 2014

Ventura County prosecutors say a Conejo Valley man is facing charges ranging from forgery, to money laundering after using the identity of two licensed mortgage brokers without their permission. Investigators with the DA’s Real Estate Fraud Unit say William Kenneth O’Daniel used the two brokers information to process a number of loans. They say the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Gardener Who Never Had Opportunity To Finish High School Finds Calling In Poetry

Fri, October 10, 2014

He’s a writer, and poet who’s been in demand to speak at some South Coast schools. But, the most inspirational part of his story may not be his writing, but the fact he’s a gardener, who never went to college, and in fact never graduated from high school. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Read the Rest…


Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan Visits Ventura County For Book Signing Event

Fri, October 10, 2014

The man who led America’s second largest city through the wake of the Los Angeles riots, and the trauma of the Northridge earthquake appeared in Ventura County to sign copies of new best-seller about his time in office. KCLU’s Lance Orozco caught up with Richard Riordan during an event at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Gets Extended Jail Time For Investment Fraud Scheme

Fri, October 10, 2014

A Santa Barbara County man who’s already in federal prison for investment fraud is getting another 10 years tacked onto his sentence, after entering guilty pleas to seven additional charges. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say David Prenatt operated David Prenatt Financial, a business in which he promised investors big returns on their large unsecured personal Read the Rest…


101 On Central Coast Back To Normal Now After Major Accident Created Major Tieups

Thu, October 9, 2014

A section of Highway 101 on the Central Coast was a mess for about 12 hours, but traffic is now once again moving normally on it. A northbound big rig hit a guard rail near Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo around 11:30 last night. The driver apparently lost control, and hit the center median, Read the Rest…


Free Home Fire Alarm Project Set For Some Oxnard Neighborhoods This Weekend

Thu, October 9, 2014

The Red Cross, and a fire department in one Ventura County community are teaming up to try to improve home fire safety. The non-profit group is working with the Oxnard Fire Department to install home fire alarms in more than a half dozen Oxnard neighborhoods this weekend. The Red Cross will be installing the alarms Read the Rest…


Cal Poly Releases Preliminary Results of Survey On Campus Inclusiveness

Thu, October 9, 2014

A new survey says most Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students, faculty, and staff members feel comfortable on campus, but more than 20 percent of those who participated say they’ve experienced some type of exclusionary treatment. The Cal Poly Climate Survey was conducted in the winter of 2013, with more than 6,000 participants.  The full Read the Rest…


Connector Between Two Freeways On South Coast To Be Closed Overnight Due To Interchange Reconstruction Project

Thu, October 9, 2014

A major connector between two South Coast freeways is going to be closed overnight, as part of a major interchange reconstruction project. Caltrans says the link between westbound Highway 23, to northbound Highway 101 will be closed beginning at 7 tonight, and remain closed until 6 tomorrow morning. Traffic will be rerouted around the closure Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Man Arrested On Child Pornography Related Charges

Thu, October 9, 2014

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve arrested a Carpinteria man on five charges, including possession of child pornography, after discovering he had hundreds of images, and videos in his home. Investigators say the Los Angeles Area Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found an internet link between some child pornography, and a location in Read the Rest…


Five Teens Arrested For String Of Robberies In Oxnard

Thu, October 9, 2014

Five Ventura County teenagers are in a lot of trouble this morning, after Oxnard police say they went on a robbery spree last night. Police say the teens committed three separate robberies over a three hour period in the City of Oxnard. No one was hurt in any of the robberies.  The five teens arrested Read the Rest…


Injured Military Veterans Riding Down California Coast

Thu, October 9, 2014

More than 200 injured military veterans are riding bicycles from Pismo Beach to the Santa Ynez Valley today, as part of a seven day, 465 mile fundraising trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery California Challenge helps support physical, and psychological rehabilitation programs for injured veterans, with cycling as one Read the Rest…


March Against Diabetes Set For This Weekend; Santa Barbara Mother, Daughter With Condition Talk About Living With It

Thu, October 9, 2014

It’s a group of diseases which directly affect an estimated 29 million Americans.  If undiagnosed, and untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. Hundreds of people are gathering for an event in Santa Barbara this weekend to battle diabetes. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a Santa Barbara woman, and daughter living Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Ventura Police Say He Tried To Bluff Way Out Of Confrontation With Store Security Officers With Pellet Gun

Thu, October 9, 2014

Ventura police say a brazen shoplifter tried to scare away store security officers with a gun he had just stolen, but the security officers called his bluff when they realized it was a pellet gun. It happened just after 4 p.m. yesterday, at a Wal-Mart store on the 1700 block of South Victoria Avenue in Read the Rest…


The Land Trust For Santa Barbara County Names New Executive Director

Thu, October 9, 2014

A non-profit agency which works to preserve land in Santa Barbara County has announced the hiring of a new Executive Director, to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected departure of its longtime leader. Chet Work is the new head of The Land Trust For Santa Barbara County. Work has worked in the land conservation Read the Rest…


State Coastal Commission Approves Plan To Restore Disrupted Access To Popular Central Coast Trail

Wed, October 8, 2014

The State Coastal Commission says it’s approved a plan to reopen access to a popular hiking trail on the Central Coast which was closed by a landowner. Fencing, barbed wire, and “No Trespassing” signs were placed on the property, blocking the popular Ontario Ridge Trail between Avila and Pismo Beach. After being ordered to make Read the Rest…


New Medical Complex Opening In Ventura County

Wed, October 8, 2014

A new medical complex is opening in Ventura County tonight. The 13,000 square foot Serra Medical Plaza is located on the 1100 block of Newbury Road in Thousand Oaks. The center will feature a surgery center, and a pain relief medical practice, and includes four specialty operating rooms.


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…


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