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Two Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judges Set To Retire

Fri, September 5, 2014

Two longtime Santa barbara County Superior Court judges have announced retirement plans. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara County Judges Retiring


New Storm In Pacific Creates Threat Of High Surf, Rip Currents Headed Into Weekend

Thu, September 4, 2014

High surf could once again create problems for some Ventura, and Los Angeles County beaches, as the result of another Pacific storm. Tropical cyclone Norbert could mean larger than average waves tomorrow though Sunday. The waves aren’t expected to hit 20 foot mark, like they did from Hurricane Marie several days ago.  Marie caused some Read the Rest…


70 Year Old Central Coast Man Headed To Jail For Possession Of Child Pornography

Thu, September 4, 2014

A 70 year old Central Coast man has been sentenced to one year in jail, and will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life as the result of a plea deal for the possession of child pornography. Richard Dale Haenel of Solvang was arrested last April, as the result of evidence Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Man Accused Of Raping Two Women In The Apartment Complex Where He Lived

Thu, September 4, 2014

A man has been arrested after police say he raped two women in the Santa Barbara apartment complex where he lived. Police were called to the complex on the 200 block of Oceano Avenue on Monday, by reports of a sexual assault.  Detectives say they determined that Herbert Keith Wells, Junior had sexually assaulted a Read the Rest…


Potentially Deadly Cobra Which Was Focus Of Search In Ventura County Neighborhood Caught

Thu, September 4, 2014

A potentially deadly cobra which has been on the loose in a Thousand Oaks neighborhood since Labor Day has been caught. The snake was found in the same area where it was first spotted, near the intersection of Rancho Road, and Rancho Lane. The snake was first discovered when it was believed to have bitten Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Reports Drop In Tobacco Sales To Minors

Thu, September 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say recent undercover operations show that there’s been a drop in illegal sales of tobacco products to minors. Some 300 retailers were surveyed countywide, with a sales rate of 12%, down 4% from 2013.  County Health officials say the illegal sales dropped in Buellton, Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Read the Rest…


Campaign To Reduce DUI Driving On Central Coast Leads To 115 Arrests During Final Days Of Summer Holiday Season

Thu, September 4, 2014

A campaign to try to reduce DUI driving during the final weeks of the summer holiday season on the Central Coast led to 116 arrests. The Avoid the 14 Task Force in San Luis Obispo County had extra patrols out on the county’s roads from August 15th to September 1st.  Officials say perhaps the biggest Read the Rest…


Still No Sign Of Cobra On Loose In Ventura County Neighborhood

Thu, September 4, 2014

It’s been a wild week for one Ventura County neighborhood, because there’s a potentially deadly cobra on the loose. The snake turned up on Monday, when it bit a dog, and then disappeared into some nearby brush. Now, not only is the cobra missing in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood, there’s a big mystery over how Read the Rest…


EIR Complete On Santa Barbara To Carpinteria Carpool Lanes

Thu, September 4, 2014

Caltrans has released the environmental impact report for plans to add a carpool lane to both directions of the 101 Freeway from Santa Barbara, to Carpinteria. The biggest issue with the EIR which differs from a number of public comments is over the Caltrans decision to eliminate some existing offramps from the left side, or Read the Rest…


Hundreds Of Plants Seized From Indoor Marijuana Growing Operation In Ventura County

Thu, September 4, 2014

It looked like just another house in Camarillo, but Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say it was actually a large scale indoor marijuana growing operation. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives learned there might be an illegal cultivation operation at a home on the 2500 block of Barbara Drive. Following an investigation, they got search warrants.  Read the Rest…


Cobra On The Loose In Ventura County Neighborhood; Efforts To Find It Unsuccessful

Wed, September 3, 2014

A Ventura County neighborhood is on alert tonight, after word a potentially deadly cobra is on the loose. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports efforts to find the potentially deadly snake in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood where it bit a dog have been unsuccessful. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Thousand Oaks Cobra


Santa Barbara County Rejects Caltrans Proposal To Replace Bridge In Carpinteria Area

Wed, September 3, 2014

Santa Barbara County, and Caltrans aren’t seeing eye to eye over replacing a bridge on the South Coast. Caltrans has spent years working on a plan to replace a substandard bridge on Highway 192 over Arroyo Parida Creek, in the Carpinteria area. The project called for building a new, wider bridge, increasing the height of Read the Rest…


Chairman Of Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation To Run Washington Post

Wed, September 3, 2014

The chairman of the Ventura County based Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation has been named as the new publisher of the Washington Post newspaper. Frederick J. Ryan Junior is expected to take over the job next month.  It will be the first time since the 1930′s that the paper isn’t being run by the Graham family, Read the Rest…


Anti-DUI Campaign During Last Two Weeks Of Summer Holiday Season Nets 169 Arrests In Ventura County

Wed, September 3, 2014

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and in Ventura County, it also was the finish to a more than two week long DUI crackdown. The Avoid the 14 coalition of law enforcement agencies made 169 DUI arrests between August 15th, and September 1st. The good news is there were no DUI related deaths Read the Rest…


Second Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Minor On Central Coast

Wed, September 3, 2014

Authorities on the Central Coast say they’ve made a second arrest in connection with the sexual assault of a minor. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say they arrested Richard Scott Brooks of San Francisco on three counts of rape by force or fear. Earlier this week, Oscar Higueros, Jr. of Cayucos was arrested on Read the Rest…


Some Ventura County College Students Start School Year By Sprucing Up Ventura Parks

Wed, September 3, 2014

Hundreds of freshman, and transfer college students starting school in Ventura County this week started their new academic careers in a different way, by helping to spruce up some local parks. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Ventura. Click on links to listen to/download story:  CLU Community Work Day


Retired Commercial Airline Pilot From Japan Preparing To Fly Rare World War Two Plane Based In Ventura County

Wed, September 3, 2014

He flew hundreds of thousands of people millions of miles over his more than three decade career as a commercial airlines pilot. Now, the retired Japanese pilot makes regular trips to Ventura County from his home outside of Tokyo, as he trains to fly one of the rarest vintage planes in the world. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Two Burglaries, Sexual Assault Of 11 Year Old Girl In Oxnard

Wed, September 3, 2014

A Ventura County man is in custody, accused of burglarizing two homes, and sexually assaulting an 11 year old girl in one of them. The incidents occurred early yesterday morning. Oxnard Police say Luis Contreras broke into a home on the 4900 block of Rose Avenue at around 2 a.m. yesterday, and attacked the 11 Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Looking At Use Of Laura’s Law To Help Deal With Untreated Mentally Ill

Wed, September 3, 2014

Santa Barbara County is looking at implementing what’s known as Laura’s Law, which would give the community a new means of getting mental health treatment for those who are potentially at risk, but are refusing help. The law allows a judge to order someone with a serious untreated mental illness into a mandatory six month Read the Rest…


Member Of Central Coast Fire Department Accused OF Sexually Assaulting Child

Tue, September 2, 2014

A member of a Central Coast Fire Department has been accused of sexually assaulting a child. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department detectives say following an investigation, they arrested Oscar Higueros, Jr. of Cambria. They say the 38 year old man is a paid volunteer firefighter with the Cambria Fire Department. Investigators say he was Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Dies Following Crash In Ventura

Tue, September 2, 2014

A motorcyclist is dead, following a collision in Ventura Tuesday afternoon. It happened at about 1:30 p.m., at the intersection of Via Plaza and Foothill Road.  Ventura Police say the motorcycle was westbound on Foothill Road, when the car turned in front of it at the intersection. The 18 year old motorcyclist, whose name hasn’t Read the Rest…


Plans To Renovate Historic Cabrillo Pavillion And Bathhouse In Santa Barbara Focus Of Wednesday Night Open House

Tue, September 2, 2014

Plans to renovate a South Coast landmark which is still in use nearly 90 years after its opening are the focus of a community meeting tonight. The City of Santa Barbara is going to renovate the Cabrillo Pavilion, and Bathhouse at East Beach. The structure first opened in 1926. Proposals include rebuilding the complex to Read the Rest…


Drinking Water May Have Different Taste, Smell In Coming Weeks In Parts Of Ventura County

Tue, September 2, 2014

Some Ventura County residents may notice their drinking water has a different, and sometimes objectionable taste, and smell for the next few weeks. Warm weather, and low lake levels in Casitas Lake are causing a churning action affecting the water’s aesthetics.  But, Casitas Municipal Water District officials say the water is perfectly safe, and surpasses Read the Rest…


Two Local Legislators Say Emergency Drought Funding Is On The Way For Lake Cachuma

Tue, September 2, 2014

Some local legislators say emergency drought funding is on the way to help Lake Cachuma. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara, and Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Carpinteria say in a joint statement that they expect a funding announcement for Cachuma to be made in the next few weeks.  The lake is a Read the Rest…


Forum On Living In Brush Fire Danger Territory Set For Wednesday Night In Santa Barbara

Tue, September 2, 2014

Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are brush fire country, with a long history of destructive, and even deadly blazes. The Painted Cave, Tea, and Jesusita brush fires destroyed more than a thousand homes alone during the past 25 years. But, how much do you know about wildfires?  If you live in what’s known as the Read the Rest…


Beefed Up Security Set For Isla Vista During New School Year

Tue, September 2, 2014

UCSB, and Santa Barbara City College students who will be living in Isla Vista during the new school year are going to find a beefed up law enforcement presence. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports in the wake of a riot, and then later a violent rampage which left six victims dead, and 13 wounded, law enforcement Read the Rest…


Documentary About Comedian Rip Taylor To Premiere At Santa Barbara Comedy Festival Tonight

Tue, September 2, 2014

He’s helped generations of people laugh. Comedian Rip Taylor’s zany brand of humor dates back to the early 1960’s, and he’s still entertaining audiences today.  He’s worked with everyone from Johnny Carson and Don Rickles, to Sammy Davis Junior. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to Taylor, who is the subject of a documentary premiering in Santa Read the Rest…


Man Captured Not Once, But Twice For Hit And Run In Ventura County

Tue, September 2, 2014

A hit and run incident in Ventura County over the holiday weekend led to the suspect in the incident being captured not once, but twice. It started just after 8 p.m. Saturday, near Madera Road, and Royal Avenue in Simi Valley.  Officers were called to the scene by reports of a non-injury hit and run Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County May Lift Freeze Limiting Hiring Of New Employees

Tue, September 2, 2014

Santa Barbara County may lift its more than three year old hiring freeze on new employees. In October 2010, in the face of a projected $60 million dollar budget shortfall, and tens of millions more in unplanned pension costs, county supervisors voted to implement the freeze. New employees were still hired, but all hires had Read the Rest…


Man Arrested After Vandalism Of Sheriff’s Station On Central Coast

Mon, September 1, 2014

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies say they didn’t have to go far to find a vandal on the Central Coast.  Officers say he was on the roof of one of their stations, vandalizing equipment and ventilation gear. The incident started just after 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Sheriff’s North Patrol Station, on the 300 Read the Rest…


Hand Grenade Safely Disposed Of On Central Coast

Mon, September 1, 2014

There was a bit of drama on the Central Coast today, when someone called authorities with word they had found an old hand grenade. The device was apparently found in a storage locker in Nipomo, but it was unclear whether it was a real device. The person notified Santa Maria Police, and took the device Read the Rest…


Sting Operation Tries To Raise Awareness About Adults Purchasing Alcohol For Minors In Conejo Valley

Mon, September 1, 2014

A sting operation to raise awareness about the danger behind adults illegally buying alcohol for minors showed that a lot of people in the Conejo Valley apparently get the message. Two minors were used as decoys in yesterday’s effort by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Nearly three dozen people were targeted by the operation, but Read the Rest…


Red Flag For High Fire Danger In Parts Of Santa Barbara County

Sat, August 30, 2014

A Red Flag warning for high fire danger was in effect Saturday afternoon, and into early Sunday morning in southern Santa Barbara County, and the Santa Ynez Mountain range. Daytime temperatures in the region were 10 to 15 degrees above normal, and some sundowner winds are also possible.  Humidity dropped down to around  15% during Read the Rest…


Death At Conejo Valley Home Doesn’t Appear To Be Homicide

Sat, August 30, 2014

Authorities say the discovery of a body outside of a Conejo Valley home Friday doesn’t appear to be a homicide. Firefighters were called to the 3000 block of Foothill Road in Thousand Oaks at around 1:30 Friday afternoon, by reports of a house fire. They discovered the house there wasn’t on fire, but thatthere was Read the Rest…


Bill By Legislator From Ventura County Intended To Keep Film, TV Production In State On Governor’s Desk

Sat, August 30, 2014

A bill intended to help stop runaway movie, and television production in California which was co-authored by a Ventura County legislator is now on the governor’s desk, waiting for his action. AB 1839, co-authored by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell of Camarillo,  would improve, and expand a tax credit program which provides an incentive for production Read the Rest…


State Legislature Approves Bills By Conejo Valley Legislator To Improve Efforts To Conserve Water

Sat, August 30, 2014

The State Legislature has now approved two bills authored by a Conejo Valley legislator which would improve efforts to conserve water. SB 985 by Democratic State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would call for public facilities like parks and schools to identify ways to capture, and reuse storm water runoff. And, Pavley’s SB 1036 Read the Rest…


Public Health Care Facility On Central Coast Gets Federal Grant Of Close To $230,000

Fri, August 29, 2014

A public health care facility on the Central Coast has received nearly $230,000 in federal funding to improve, and expand its facilities. The grant for Santa Barbara County’s Lompoc Health Care Center will allow the addition of more exam rooms, a central case management area for staff, and a patient resource center. The funding comes Read the Rest…


Body Found At Scene Of Fire In Conejo Valley

Fri, August 29, 2014

Ventura County firefighters sent to a home in the Conejo Valley for what was believed to be a house fire instead found a body. Firefighters were called to the 3000 block of Foothill Road in Thousand Oaks at around 1:30.  They discovered the house there wasn’t on fire, but there was a small blaze behind Read the Rest…


Heavy Traffic Expected For California Coast During Labor Day Weekend

Fri, August 29, 2014

This could be a rough evening on our highways, as experts say more Southern Californians will be traveling Labor Day weekend than we’ve seen since 2008, and many are headed in our direction. Nearly two million people are expected to hit the road. The Automobile Club of Southern California says San Diego, San Francisco, and Read the Rest…


Central Coast Pier Completely Reopened After Closure Because Of Big Surf Cocerns

Fri, August 29, 2014

A Central Coast pier partially closed out of concern for big waves from Hurricane Marie has reopened, just in time for Labor Day Weekend. A section of the Avila Beach Pier was closed as a precaution yesterday, but reopened today. No damage was reported to the structure. The pier was damaged by a storm back Read the Rest…


Fomer Ventura County Sheriff Loses Bid To Increase Pension

Fri, August 29, 2014

A judge has denied an effort by a retired Ventura County Sheriff to get a $75,000 addition to his annual pension. In a six page ruling, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Teri Cody denied a request by Bob Brooks for a Writ of Mandate to force the additional payment. Brooks was with the Sheriff’s Department Read the Rest…


Man Arrested In Collision On 101 Freeway in Ventura County Which Injured Five People, Including Two Sheriff’s Deputies

Fri, August 29, 2014

A man has been arrested in connection with a traffic collision this week which injured five people, including two Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies. A patrol car carrying two deputies, and two inmates was rear ended by another vehicle just before 6 p.m. Wednesday on the northbound 101, at Pleasant Valley Road in Camarillo. The CHP Read the Rest…


Bill By Conejo Valley Legislator To Help First Responders Deal With Drug Overdoses Passed By State Legislature

Fri, August 29, 2014

A proposal by a Conejo Valley legislator to help first responders deal with drug overdoses has been passed by the state legislature, and is now on the governor’s desk for his action. SB 1438 by Democratic Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would allow firefighters, police, and other first responders to carry naloxone, a treatment Read the Rest…


KCLU Interview With Legendary Beatles Producer, Arranger On 50th Anniversary Of First American Tour

Fri, August 29, 2014

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first tour of America, including their first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. We of course know the names of the four Beatles, but there was a fifth man involved with the group who’s now largely forgotten. Sir George Martin arranged the music on some of their Read the Rest…


High Surf Expected To Subside Today; Sycamore Cove Lifeguard Station Destroyed, Port Hueneme Pier Damaged

Fri, August 29, 2014

High surf conditions are continuing to impact Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, but forecasters say they expect conditions to return to normal this evening. The waves generated by Hurricane Marie damaged some of the pilings for the Port Hueneme pier, but no major problems are being reported at Hueneme Beach. Some coastal campgrounds in Ventura Read the Rest…


Four Ventura High School Students Cited For Incident With Teammate; Suspended From School

Fri, August 29, 2014

Four Ventura High School football players are facing false imprisonment, and conspiracy charges, and have been suspended from school after police say they held a teammate against his will in the school’s locker room. Ventura Police say it happened at around 4:30 p.m. on August 15th.  Police say that the four players handcuffed the 17 Read the Rest…


Warning Issued About Agricultural Burglaries In Ventura County

Fri, August 29, 2014

There’s a warning this morning about a rash of burglaries targeting ranches in western Ventura County. A ranch is Somis has been hit several times in the past two weeks, with items ranging from a chain saw, to a flat bed truck stolen.  The truck was found this week at the scene of a second Read the Rest…


Brush Fire On Central Coast Now Fully Contained

Thu, August 28, 2014

A brush fire which charred about 20 acres of land in Santa Barbara County is now fully contained. The fire broke out around 4 p.m. yesterday, in the Harris Grade area, northeast of Lompoc. Dozens of Santa Barbara County firefighters, aided by 10 aircraft and other agencies were able to stop the spread of the Read the Rest…


Pismo Preserve Project Escrow Expected To Close Next Month, Permamently Protecting Scenic Ranchland

Thu, August 28, 2014

Organizers of an effort to buy, and preserve a 900 acre ranch in the hills above Pismo Beach for public use say escrow will close on the deal next month. The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County spearheaded the campaign to raise the nearly $12 million dollars to buy the property. The deadline was Read the Rest…


New Fracking Related Controversy In Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 28, 2014

There’s a new controversy over the issue of oil, and gas fracking in Santa Barbara County. The City of Santa Maria is responding to an online petition which alleges that the city has given permission for fracking, and other high intensity oil drilling methods in parks, and open space areas. City officials say while the Read the Rest…


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