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Former University Offical In Ventura County Facing Jail Sentence For Misapprporiation Of Public Funds

Thu, August 13, 2015

A former human resources official at a Ventura County university could face up to four years behind bars, entering a guilty to a charge she misappropriated public funds. Arrjelia Gillen worked for more than a decade as Disability Resource Program Coordinator for Cal State Channel Islands.  As part of her job, she hired people to Read the Rest…


Forget Your Diet! Unusual Food Combinations Create Taste Treats At Ventura County Fair

Thu, August 13, 2015

The 140th Ventura County Fair is in full swing this week, with everything from concerts and rodeos to crafts and rides. The fair also features some exotic foods…things like bacon wrapped jalapenos, to chocolate covered fried chick on a stick. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from the fair, to give us a taste of some of Read the Rest…


One Man Recovering From Stab Wounds, Second Arrested Following Incident In South Coast Park

Thu, August 13, 2015

One man is recovering from stab wounds, and a second is behind bars this morning following a beating and stabbing in broad daylight in a South Coast park. Police say Sage Ford was in Ventura’s Plaza Park around 4:30 yesterday afternoon when he was attacked by Derrick Dawson.  Investigators believe that Dawson targeted Ford because Read the Rest…


Man In U.S. Illegally Who’s Accused Of Brutal Santa Barbara County Murder Set To Be In Court Today

Thu, August 13, 2015

An man who is in the U.S. illegally, and had been arrested more than a half dozen times is scheduled to return to court today to face murder charges in the brutal sexual assault, and murder of a Central Coast woman. Victor Martinez  and Jose Villagomez are facing torture, rape, and murder charges for the Read the Rest…


Drug Raid Leads To Discovery Of Homemade Bombs In Ventura County Home

Thu, August 13, 2015

What started as a drug bust at a Ventura County home led to the discovery of five homemade bombs. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives say they discovered that Jonathan Barbarine was dealing drugs out of a home on the 1400 block of Beverly Drive in Oxnard. When they served a search warrant, they say Read the Rest…


FedEx Settles Legal Dispute With Eight California Counties Over Handling Of Hazardous Materials

Wed, August 12, 2015

Eight California counties, including Santa Barbara County, have reached a settlement with FedEx over allegations the company illegally transported, and stored hazardous wastes. The suit was filed in 2014, after investigators looked into the company’s handling of damaged, broken, and leaking packages.  During the last few years, authorities responded to hazardous material incidents at a Read the Rest…


Ventura County Moving Ahead With Plan For New Mental Health Outpatient Facility For Children

Wed, August 12, 2015

Ventura County Supervisors this week moved forward with a plan to buy a shut down hospital as part of an effort to provide a new local facility for children with mental health issues. The county will pay just under two million dollars for the Pacific Shores Hospital, on Ventura Road in Oxnard. It will initially Read the Rest…


“The Band Perry,” “The B-52′s,” “Salt-N-Pepa” Performing This Week At Ventura County Fair

Wed, August 12, 2015

The Ventura County Fair is now in its home stretch, but there’s some big name entertainment yet to come to the 140th annual edition of the fair. Tonight, “The Band Perry” will take center stage at the fairgrounds. The popular band “The B-52’s” will peform tomorrow night. Friday, “Salt-N-Pepa” will perform. The final two days Read the Rest…


South Coast City Moves To Spruce Up Newsracks

Wed, August 12, 2015

One South Coast community is trying to spruce up its newsracks. The Santa Barbara City Council has given preliminary approval to an ordinance which will require all newsracks to be properly maintained, and painted the same color, a shade of green. The ordinance also includes an annual fee of $13 a newsrack, and publications using Read the Rest…


New South Coast Hospital Opening Doors To Visitors For First Time This Weekend

Wed, August 12, 2015

A South Coast community is just a few weeks away from getting a brand new, $126 million dollar hospital. The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital will replace a facility built more than a half century ago. KCLU’s Lance Orozco takes us inside the hospital, which will give the community its first sneak peak this weekend. Read the Rest…


Brush, Forest Fire In Backcountry Of Ventura County Now Fully Contained

Wed, August 12, 2015

A brush and forest fire which burned for more than a week in a backcountry area of Ventura County is now fully contained. The 282 acres Chorro Fire, in the Los Padres National Forest, was declared 100% contained yesterday. The fire burned a rugged area off of Highway 33, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai.  Read the Rest…


Fire Rips Through RV Storage Facility On Central Coast

Wed, August 12, 2015

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of an inferno which swept through an RV storage facility on the Central Coast, destroying or damaging about two dozen vehicles. The fire was discovered just after 7:30 last night at American Self Storage, on 3000 Skyway Drive in Santa Maria.  The inferno near Santa Maria Airport Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Approve Plan To Build New Mental Health Facility In County

Wed, August 12, 2015

Ventura County residents with severe mental health issues who require inpatient care currently have to be transported out of the county, because of a lack of local facilities. That’s expected to change, after Ventura County Supervisors approved a $6.3 million dollar contract to build a 15,000 square foot, 15 bed inpatient complex in Camarillo. The Read the Rest…


Cause Of Ventura County Brush Fire Under Investigation

Wed, August 12, 2015

Fire investigators this morning are trying to determine the cause of a small brush fire on the border of Oxnard, and Ventura. The eight acre blaze was discovered at around one yesterday afternoon in the Santa Clara River bed on the south side of the 101 freeway.  It was less than a mile from the Read the Rest…


$35 Million Dollar Airport Terminal Project Approved For Central Coast Airport

Tue, August 11, 2015

A $35 million dollar project to build a new airport terminal on the Central Coast received final approval today. San Luis Obispo County Supervisors approved the long proposed project for a new facility at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The existing terminal is too close to the runway, and is outdated. Federal grants are Read the Rest…


GOP Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush Pushes Foreign Policy Platform In Ventura County Speech

Tue, August 11, 2015

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush focused on foreign policy issues, and didn’t even mention domestic issues or his opponents during a speech in Ventura County. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Jeb Bush Speech


Nine Arrested in Connection With What’s Called Major Cocaine Ring On Central Coast

Tue, August 11, 2015

Nine people have been arrested in connection with what’s being called a major cocaine ring on the Central Coast, with ties to Mexican drug cartels. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say a nine month long investigation led to the arrests. Search warrants were served over a three days at five locations in San Luis Read the Rest…


Mopup Work Underway On Brush Fire In Ventura County; No Buildings Threatened

Tue, August 11, 2015

Firefighters are mopping up a brush fire on the border of Oxnard, and Ventura which put up a lot of smoke this afternoon. The eight acre blaze was discovered at around 1 p.m. in the Santa Clara River bed, just behind the Ventura Auto Center on the south side of the 101 freeway.  It was Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Puts Up Cloud Of Smoke Over Central Ventura County, But No Structures Threatened

Tue, August 11, 2015

Firefighters have the upper hand on a brush fire on the border of Oxnard, and Ventura which put up a lot of smoke this afternoon. The eight acre blaze was discovered at around 1 p.m. in the Santa Clara River bed, just behind the Ventura Auto Center on the south side of the 101 freeway.  Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Ice Cream Parlor Named One Of Top Ten In Nation

Tue, August 11, 2015

A website which tracks leisure travel has named a South Coast ice cream shop one of the top ten in the nation. TripAdvisor says the McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream shop in downtown Santa Barbara ranked fourth in its top ten list. In fact, it was the only ice cream store in the Western U.S. to Read the Rest…


Water District Serving Parts of Ventura County Going To Make Recycled Water Available For Landscaping

Tue, August 11, 2015

A water district which serves part of Ventura County is not only making water available for landscaping, it’s giving it to people. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District is going to start making free recycled water available starting August 22nd. People can pick up to 300 gallons of recycled water per visit for use to Read the Rest…


First Invitations Go Out To GOP Presidential Candidates For September 16th Debate In Ventura County

Tue, August 11, 2015

The first invitations are going out to GOP presidential candidates for the CNN/Reagan Library debate set for next month in Simi Valley. The debate could be interesting one, with a unique format because of the flood of Republican candidates. The September 16th event will be broken into two segments.  The first segment will include the Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Tow Truck Driver Killed In Accident Honored With Convoy

Tue, August 11, 2015

A Santa Barbara County tow truck driver killed in an accident is being remembered by those in the business with a special convoy. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Tow Truck Driver Honored


Boosters Of Latest Effort To Block New Oil, Gas Drilling In State Waters Off Central Coast Say Recent Spill Helps Make Their Case

Tue, August 11, 2015

The last area of the California coast under state control where new oil, and gas drilling could potentially occur is in Santa Barbara County. Efforts to protect it have been defeated in the state legislature.  But, in the wake of last May’s Refugio State Beach oil spill, some believe there may be enough new support Read the Rest…


Ventura County Supervisors Set To Receive Report On Concerns About Oil Production On Drinking Water

Tue, August 11, 2015

Ventura County Supervisors today are set to receive a report they requested on the possible presence of a chemical byproduct from oil production in water supplies. The County Resource Management Agency reviewed information from state, and federal agencies which oversee drilling operations, as well as those which monitor water quality to get information on the Read the Rest…


New Protections Added For Endangered Flower On Central Coast

Mon, August 10, 2015

More than 5700 acres of land on the Central Coast has been designated as critical habitat for an endangered type of flower. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the protection to some land in the Burton Mesa area near Lompoc to help the Vandenberg Monkeyflower. It’s a small annual herb which grows up to Read the Rest…


Preliminary Numbers Show Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Arrest, Citation Numbers Down

Mon, August 10, 2015

The South Coast’s largest community celebration has come and gone for another year, and early statistics show it was a relatively quiet one as far as crime is concerned. Santa Barbara Police say nine people were arrested on felony charges, and 64 cited for misdemeanors during Old Spanish Days. There were seven DUI arrests. The Read the Rest…


“Bad Jews,” “Sweeney Todd,” Among Productions Headlining New Season For South Coast Theater Company

Mon, August 10, 2015

An acclaimed South Coast theater company has announced a five show lineup for its new season which mixes dramas, comedies, and even a musical. Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theater Company will open its 2015-2016 season in October with “Sweeny Todd.”  The lineup also includes the drama “I Am My Own Wife,” plus the comedies “Women In Read the Rest…


Public Hearing Set For Emergency Request To Clear Oil Pipeline, Oil Tank Facilities In Goleta

Mon, August 10, 2015

An emergency request to remove and truck away oil from a pipeline on the South Coast so the pipeline can be inspected is the focus of a public hearing this week. Venoco wants to clear out oil in its pipelines, and storage tanks which has been in limbo as the result of the big oil Read the Rest…


Accident Turns Part Of Northbound 101 Freeway Into A Mess In Ventura County During Morning Commute

Mon, August 10, 2015

A traffic accident involving a car, and a big rig turned the morning commute into a mess for tens of thousands of drivers on the South Coast today. A car became disabled following a minor traffic accident on the northbound 101 at the Conejo Grade truck scales in Newbury Park just before six this morning. Read the Rest…


Kevin Costner & Modern West Headlining Entertainment At Ventura County Fair Monday Night

Mon, August 10, 2015

You know him as a movie star from hits like “Field Of Dreams,” “Bull Durham,” and “The Bodyguard,” but Kevin Costner is going to show another side of his show business career at the Ventura County Fair tonight. The actor, who lives in Ventura County, is also lead singer in a country music band called Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On Highway 101 In Santa Barbara County; Traffic Tied Up For Hours

Mon, August 10, 2015

An autopsy is pending on a motorcyclist who appeared to have passed out and crashed while riding on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. It happened just before one p.m. yesterday on the southbound 101 near Evans Avenue, in the Summerland area. Witness say the 53 year old Newhall man appeared to slump over the Read the Rest…


Mopup Of Brush Fire Continues In Ventura County

Mon, August 10, 2015

More than a week after it started, firefighters are still mopping up a brush and forest fire in Ventura County. The Chorro Fire burned more than 280 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai. It started on August 2nd.  At its peak, about 500 firefighters aided by Read the Rest…


Central Coast Man Arrested After Car Chase Which Hits 100 Miles An Hour

Sun, August 9, 2015

It started with someone seeing a man taking pictures of her kids in a Central Coast neighborhood, and ended after a chase which hit 100 miles an hour. It started on the 100 block of Oakglen Avenue in Nipomo.  A woman called the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department saying she saw a man taking Read the Rest…


Two Men Killed In Santa Barbara County Plane Crash Now Being Identified

Sun, August 9, 2015

Two men killed in a plane crash in a remote area of Santa Barbara County are now being identified. Pilot David Martz and passenger Greg Bacino died Thursday night, when the light plane they were in went down in the southeastern part of the county, near the Don Victor Trail in the Los Padres National Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Gets Jail, Probation For Overdose Death Of Man

Sun, August 9, 2015

A Ventura County woman has been sentenced to a year in jail and five years probation after entering guilty pleas to charges she supplied heroin to a man who died from a drug overdose. Prosecutors say Michelle Filkins supplied heroin to Armando Patrick Serna.  The Oxnard man overdosed at Silver Strand Beach June 27th.  Filkins Read the Rest…


Second Body Found In Wreckage Of Plane In Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 7, 2015

A second body was found in the wreckage of a plane which crashed Thursday night in southeastern Santa Barbara County. Authorities received a mayday call from the aircraft at around 10 Thursday night, with the pilot saying the plane was having engine trouble.  Because the location of the aircraft was uncertain, both Santa Barbara and Read the Rest…


Stash Of Assault Weapons Seized On South Coast; Oxnard Man Arrested

Fri, August 7, 2015

A Ventura County man has been arrested after an arsenal of illegal assault weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found at an Oxnard home. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials say they received a tip that Nester Tovar had been modifying rifles into assault weapons.  Following a two month investigation, they served a search Read the Rest…


More Than Half Dozen Businesses Damaged In South Coast Vandalism Rampage

Fri, August 7, 2015

Police are looking for some vandals who went on a window smashing rampage on the South Coast. Ventura Police say that in the past 24 hours, eight buildings in the downtown, midtown, and Ventura Avenue areas of the city were targeted.  They were all commercial buildings, with businesses from a market to a carpet store Read the Rest…


Pilot Killed In Plane Crash In Remote Area Of Santa Barbara County

Fri, August 7, 2015

The pilot of a small plane has been confirmed dead following the crash of an aircraft in southeastern Santa Barbara County. Authorities received a mayday call from the aircraft at around 10 last night, with the pilot saying the plane was having engine trouble.  Because the location of the aircraft was uncertain, both Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


Burglary Suspects Already Under Surveillance Arrested After Camarillo Break-In

Fri, August 7, 2015

Detectives say a burglary ring made a big mistake when it targeted a home in Ventura County, because it was under surveillance at the time. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives had a South Los Angeles burglary crew under observation.  Yesterday, the detectives tracked the four man crew to Ventura County.  They notified the Ventura Read the Rest…


Brush, Forest Fire In Ventura County Now 95% Contained

Thu, August 6, 2015

Firefighters are getting closer to fully containing a brush, and forest fire which has been burning since last weekend in Ventura County. The 280 acre plus Chorro Fire is now 95% contained. The fire started last Sunday afternoon in the Los Padres National Forest, about 10 miles northwest of Ojai.  No structures have been damaged Read the Rest…


Car Collides With Fire Truck In Ventura County

Thu, August 6, 2015

A car collided with a fire engine in Ventura County, and police say it may have been intentional. An Oxnard Fire Department truck was parked in the northbound lanes of Rose Avenue just after noon yesterday, dealing with an incident when a car pulled up behind the truck.  Firefighters say the driver appeared to be Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Center To Take National Role In Public Information Efforts On Ecological Research

Thu, August 6, 2015

A UC Santa Barbara research center is going a national information center for some international ecological research programs. UCSB’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis received a $3.5 million dollar National Science Foundation grant to coordinate public information efforts on some research programs. It will host the first national communications office for the Long Read the Rest…


Two Time College Basketball All-American From Central Coast Dies

Thu, August 6, 2015

A two time college All-American basketball player who grew up on the Central Coast has died. John Rudometkin grew up in Santa Maria, and went to Allan Hancock College before going to the University of Southern California.  He led USC for scoring for three seasons in a row.  In 1961, he led the Trojans to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Fair, Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days In Full Swing On South Coast

Thu, August 6, 2015

This is a good week to have some fun on the South Coast. The Ventura County Fair is underway in Ventura.  Huey Lewis and the News headline the entertainment lineup at the fair tomorrow night, and country star LeAnn Rimes takes center stage Saturday night. In Santa Barbara, the community’s annual Old Spanish Days celebration Read the Rest…


Dance Big Part Of Old Spanish Days Celebration Tradition In Santa Barbara

Thu, August 6, 2015

The South Coast’s largest community celebration is now officially underway. Old Spanish Days in Santa Barbara honors the community’s heritage with food, dance, music, parades, and much more. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has a look at one big part of the tradition. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Fiesta Dance


Brush, Forest Fire In Los Padres National Forest Still In Mopup Mode

Thu, August 6, 2015

Mopup work continues this morning on the brush and forest fire northwest of Ojai that’s burned more than 280 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest. The Chorro Fire remains at 90% contained.   About 500 firefighters were involved with the blaze at its peak, but the number is now down to around 300. Read the Rest…


Some Santa Barbara County Beaches Have Second Shark Warning In As Many Days

Thu, August 6, 2015

Santa Barbara County had its second shark sighting in as many days off its coastline. Santa Barbara County Parks officials say divers spotted an approximately 10 foot long shark near Campus Point Beach around 10 a.m. yesterday. No one was hurt, and no beaches were closed.  However, shark warning signs were posted at Goleta and Read the Rest…


New Housing Complex Opening In Ventura County To Help Mentally Ill Homeless Veterans

Thu, August 6, 2015

Ventura County’s homeless population includes a number of veterans, including some who are mentally ill. A non-profit agency is opening a first of a kind facility in the county which will not only house, but provide services for some of the veterans. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand as community leaders got their first look Read the Rest…


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