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Abused Coyote Pup In Santa Barbara County Recovering After Surgery

Mon, August 11, 2014

A coyote pup is recovering from an almost unspeakable ordeal in Santa Barbara County. It was found malnourished, wrapped in electrical wire, and with a broken jaw. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports after emergency medical treatment, and surgery, the pup appears to be on the road to recovery. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Coyote Read the Rest…


Woman Seriously Injured In Fall Off Central Coast Cliff

Mon, August 11, 2014

A woman remains in a hospital on the Central Coast this morning with serious injuries, after falling from a cliff. It happened just after 8 p.m. Saturday, in the Pirates Cove area, near Avila Beach.  Witnesses told San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department deputies they saw the woman walking near the edge of the cliff, Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say Woman Escalated Verbal Argument With Ex-Boyfriend, Hitting Him With Car

Sun, August 10, 2014

A Ventura County woman is accused of taking a verbal argument to a higher level, with police saying she intentionally hit her ex-boyfriend with a car. Oxnard Police say it happened at about 3:45 Saturday morning, on the 700 block of Hermosa Way.  Officers responding to reports of a disturbance tracked Adam Rodriguez to his Read the Rest…


Man Wanted In Utah For Child Molestation Arrested In Santa Barbara County

Sat, August 9, 2014

A man wanted in Utah on charges he sexually abused a child has been arrested in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies investigating a routine call in the Lompoc area in July learned Jose Luis Coronado was in the area.  After a three week long investigation, they finally found, and arrested the 52 Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Mortgage Modification Scam

Fri, August 8, 2014

A man prosecutors say promised to help people in trouble with their mortgages, but instead took advantage of them is facing more than a half dozen fraud charges in Ventura County. Investigators with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit say Michael McDevett operated a loan modification company called Scovis Law Group, in Read the Rest…


Final Preparations Underway For Satellite Launch From Central Coast

Fri, August 8, 2014

Final preparations are taking place this weekend for the Central Coast launch of a rocket carrying a cutting edge satellite. Plans call for the launch of the Worldview-3 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window beginning at 11:29 Tuesday morning. The satellite will carry some of the highest resolution imaging gear available Read the Rest…


Three Goleta City Council Incumbents Will Run Unopposed In November

Fri, August 8, 2014

With windows closing to file to run in a number of local elections on the South Coast, one City Council is going to apparently be unchanged. The nomination period for the Goleta City Council closed at noon today, and the three incumbents were the only people to file for the three seats up for election Read the Rest…


South Coast Fire Department Gets Largest Grant In Its History To Buy New Breathing Apparatus

Fri, August 8, 2014

Christmas came early this year for a South Coast fire department, which received the largest grant in its history to buy some critically needed breathing gear for firefighters. The Santa Barbara Fire Department got a $591,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security. The money will allow the department to replace its self contained Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter In Connection With Fatal Heroin Overdose

Fri, August 8, 2014

A Ventura County man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of a man who died from a heroin overdose. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Michael Zemeno overdosed at his Ventura home February 9th, and died two days later.  Investigators say they learned that the 32 year old man had purchased the heroin Read the Rest…


Creedence Clearwater Revisited Headlines Ventura County Fair’s Friday Night Lineup

Fri, August 8, 2014

The Ventura County Fair is moving into its final weekend, but there’s plenty of action left. Tonight, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will headline the fair’s entertainment lineup, with a 7:30 p.m. show. Tomorrow and Sunday, professional rodeo comes to the fair, with matinee and evening competition both days. And, at noon tomorrow, in the Home Arts Read the Rest…


Attempt To Serve Warrants In Ventura County Results In Chases, Gunfire

Fri, August 8, 2014

A Ventura County man ended up behind bars following a car, and foot chase during which shots were fired. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies tried to serve three felony warrants on Rudy Cortez, who was at a home on the 1300 block of Bottlebrush Place in Oxnard around 4 pm yesterday. As deputies arrived, they say Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Journalist Who Covered White House Talks About 40th Anniversary Of Richard Nixon’s Resignation As President

Fri, August 8, 2014

It was a dark day in U.S. history. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, as a result of the Watergate scandal. A Santa Barbara County journalist was on the front lines of the controversy, as a reporter for the Washington Post. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with Lou Cannon about Nixon’s resignation, Read the Rest…


Former Network News Executive Who Lived On Central Coast Dies

Thu, August 7, 2014

A former president of CBS News who became a civic leader on the Central Coast after his retirement has died. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ed Joyce


Second Asian Citrus Psyllid Discovered in San Luis Obispo County; Citrus Quarantine Planned

Thu, August 7, 2014

An insect which has the potential to devastate citrus crops has now been discovered for the second time in San Luis Obispo County, and is prompting a quarantine. An Asian Citrus Psyllid was found in an insect trap in a northeast San Luis Obispo neighborhood. A number of traps have been set in the area, Read the Rest…


Crash On 101 Freeway In Ventura County Injures 11, Causes Traffic Mess

Thu, August 7, 2014

A section of the 101 Freeway in Ventura County could be a mess for much of the evening commute, after a van crashed, injuring 11 people. It happened just before 2 p.m. on the northbound 101 in Thousand Oaks, near the Lynn Road offramp. The CHP is still investigating what happened, but it appears the Read the Rest…


Oxnard Police Say Efforts To Get Guns Off Streets Getting Big Results

Thu, August 7, 2014

Oxnard Police say an effort to make the city’s streets safer by getting guns out of the hands of those who can’t legally have them is getting some big results. 64 people have been arrested, and 155 weapons seized since January 1st through what’s called “Operation Safe And Smart.” In July, there were 16 arrests, Read the Rest…


Three Arrested In Connection With Foreclosure Fraud Investigation In Ventura, Orange Counties

Thu, August 7, 2014

Three people have been arrested for what prosecutors call a fraudulent foreclosure rescue operation victimizing homeowners in Ventura County. Investigators with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit say an Orange County based company called Foreclosure Legal Services promised to buy financially troubled properties for less than what was owed, and then sell Read the Rest…


Body Discovered On Beach In Channel Islands

Thu, August 7, 2014

A marine biologist working in the Channel Island found a body on an isolated beach. The biologist discovered the body late yesterday afternoon at Simonton Cove, on San Miguel Island.  The indications are that the person may have died some time ago, because the body is badly decomposed. National Park Service rangers, U.S. Naval Criminal Read the Rest…


Another Roundabout Planned For Santa Barbara County

Thu, August 7, 2014

They’ve become a hot trend in Santa Barbara County for intersections. KCLU’s John Palminteri rports on yet another European style roundabout being planned for Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  New Roundabout For Santa Barbara


Ventura Man Writes Book About Being Only Journalist To Accompany Beatles On First U.S. Tour 50 Years Ago

Thu, August 7, 2014

This weekend, legendary musician Paul McCartney will perform at Dodger Stadium. The timing is significant, because it was 50 years ago this month that the Beatles played for the first time in Southern California. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks to a Ventura County man who was the only journalist to accompany the Beatles on their first Read the Rest…


Father, Son Arrested After Marijuana Cultivation Operation Discovered In Ventura County

Thu, August 7, 2014

It’s normally a good thing with a father and son team up on a project, but Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say that doesn’t apply when it comes to a home marijuana cultivation operation. Acting on a tip, narcotics investigators say they spotted some plants in the backyard of a home on the 100 block of Read the Rest…


Central Coast Beach Closed Due To Shark Threat

Thu, August 7, 2014

A Santa Barbara County beach is closed to the public, after a sea lion was killed by a great white shark in the area. The Air Force closed Wall Beach, which is on Vandenberg Air Force Base, through at least Friday.  Access to the beach is already limited, because you have to go onto the Read the Rest…


Former Ventura County Insurance Agent Enters Guilty Plea To Fraud Charges

Thu, August 7, 2014

A former Ventura County insurance agent was charged with embezzling close to $100,000 from customers, and the State Insurance Commissioner’s office says while out on bail, the Ventura man continued to defraud clients. The Commissioner’s office says Matthew Arriaga collected premium payments from some commercial policies, but then failed to place the funds with insurance Read the Rest…


Alternative Rock Band Seether To Headline Ventura County Fair Entertainment Wednesday Night

Wed, August 6, 2014

The 2014 Ventura County Fair is heading into its home stretch, and the fairgrounds in Ventura will be rocking tonight with the alternative band Seether. County music star Jake Owen will be the headliner tomorrow night, and Friday night, it will be classic rock on the fair’s main state, with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The fair Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Gets 55 Years To Life Sentence For Child Molestation

Wed, August 6, 2014

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to 55 years, to life in prison for child molestation. Andre Sanchez of Port Hueneme was convicted of molesting three victims in Ventura, and Oxnard for close to two decades. The 39 year old man received the maximum possible sentence. It wasn’t the first molestation conviction for Sanchez. Read the Rest…


State to Make Hard To Get Liquor Licenses Available In San Luis Obispo County

Wed, August 6, 2014

They are hard to come by, but the state is going to issue five new on sale liquor licenses in San Luis Obispo County. The State Department of Alcohol Beverage Control announced it will issue permits for up to five restaurants which have a seating capacity for 50 diners or more. If there are more Read the Rest…


Proponents Of Ventura County Pension Reform Measure Say They Won’t Appeal Court Ruling Removing It From Ballot

Wed, August 6, 2014

Voters apparently aren’t going to get the chance to weigh in on a controversial pension reform proposal for Ventura County employees. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports supporters of the plan say they won’t appeal a judge’s order this week removing it from the ballot. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Pension Reform Proponents Read the Rest…


Lompoc Man Arrested After Tense Standoff On Central Coast

Wed, August 6, 2014

A Santa Barbara County man is facing false imprisonment, and assault with a deadly weapon charges in the wake of a standoff on the Central Coast. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Vandenberg Village area at around one this morning, by reports of a domestic violence incident. Johnny Argel of Lompoc was Read the Rest…


Deal For City Of Santa Barbara To Sell Property To International Relief Group Finalized

Wed, August 6, 2014

The City of Santa Barbara has given final approval to sell some land to the locally based international aid agency Direct Relief International so it can build a new headquarters complex. DRI is planning to build a new warehouse, and offices on the 6100 block of Hollister Avenue, near Santa Barbara Airport.  The Santa Barbara Read the Rest…


UCSB Researcher Wins One Of Europe’s Top Science Awards

Wed, August 6, 2014

A UC Santa Barbara professor has been honored with one of Europe’s top science awards, which includes a huge cash grant to help their researcher. Physics Professor Dirk Bouwmeester is one of four winners of the 2014 Spinoza Prize, from the Netherlands Organisation For Scientific Research.  The honor comes with a 2.5 million euro award, Read the Rest…


Ventura County Approves Plans For New Police Training Facility North Of Simi Valley

Wed, August 6, 2014

Ventura County has approved plans for a police department to build a training facility in a remote eastern part of the county, which will include space for everything from SWAT team training, to a shooting range. The Simi Valley Police Department is going to build the facility in an unincorporated area of the county north Read the Rest…


Ventura County Agricultural Industry Has Record Setting 2013, Tops $2 Billion Mark

Wed, August 6, 2014

There were cold snaps, and the drought, but that didn’t stop Ventura County’s agricultural industry from having the best year overall in its history. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the just released 2013 Crop Report shows the county topped the $2 billion dollar mark for the first time. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Read the Rest…


Pilot Program Tries To Slow Down Shipping in Santa Barbara Channel To Reduce Air Pollution, Decrease Chances Of Whales Being Struck

Wed, August 6, 2014

A pilot program now underway off our coastline is trying to reduce two seemingly unrelated environmental problems, but ones which actually have a related source. Cargo ships passing through the Santa Barbara Channel are a major source of air pollution. They are also responsible for sometimes striking, and killing whales. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Read the Rest…


National Night Out Event Underway In Santa Maria Tuesday Night

Tue, August 5, 2014

A Central Coast community tonight is rallying to stand up against crime. The City of Santa Maria is holding a National Night Out event at this hour in Veterans Memorial Community Park. Police, fire department, military units, and other groups have displays, and demonstrations going on in the park. There’s also free food at the Read the Rest…


Ventura County To Hire Dozens Of Additional Social Workers To Help Deal With Spike In Child Abuse, Neglect Cases

Tue, August 5, 2014

Ventura County officials say they don’t have the staff to cope with a massive spike in the number of child abuse, and neglect cases being reported. Today, County Supervisors approved a plan to hired dozens of additional social workers, to try to deal with the increased case load. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click Read the Rest…


Police Say Man Who Abducted Daughter From Santa Barbara Facing Multiple Charges

Tue, August 5, 2014

Police say a man who abducted his six month old daughter, and was later caught by a SWAT team near San Diego is facing spousal battery, kidnapping, and child endangerment charges. Nayeli Martinez disappeared from Santa Barbara Sunday night.  Santa Barbara Police issued an Amber Alert, saying Joshua Ivan Martinez had taken his daughter in Read the Rest…


Alert Issued Over String Of Burglaries, Attempted Burglaries In Eastern Ventura County

Tue, August 5, 2014

An alert is being issued to residents of an area in eastern Ventura County, following a string of burglaries, and attempted burglaries. Simi Valley Police say there have been three incidents since the first of the month in the Indian Hills neighborhood, east of Stearns Street.  In some of the cases, the burglars entered homes Read the Rest…


Settlement Reached In Dispute Over Pollution From Stormwater Runoff In Ventura County

Tue, August 5, 2014

A settlement has been reached in a dispute over the environmental impacts of stormwater runoff from a Ventura County quarry. The Environmental Defense Center, and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper had sued the Ojai Quarry, alleging it was violating federal, and state water quality requirements. The groups claimed the quarry allowed polluted runoff to flow into key Read the Rest…


Public Workshops Set On Latest Cleanup Plans For Toxic Waste Site Near Simi Valley

Tue, August 5, 2014

The state is holding a pair of workshops later this week as part of planning efforts for cleanup of toxic waste from a former nuclear testing and rocket lab near Simi Valley. The State Department of Toxic Substances Control is developing a plan for cleaning up soil from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The agency Read the Rest…


UCSB Makes Top 10 Party Schools In America List

Tue, August 5, 2014

UC Santa Barbara has once again made a top-10 list in America that the university’s administration won’t be touting to prospective students, and faculty members. UCSB finished third in the annual rankings of top party schools in America. The Princeton Review ranked Syracuse first, the University of Iowa second, and UCSB third. UCSB was second Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Girl Police Say Was Abducted By Father Rescued By SWAT Team

Tue, August 5, 2014

Police say a six month old Santa Barbara girl abducted by her father following a domestic violence incident was found near the Mexican border last night, and rescued with the help of a SWAT team. Nayeli Martinez disappeared from Santa Barbara Sunday night, with her father, Joshua Ivan Martinez.  Santa Barbara Police issued an Amber Read the Rest…


Amber Alert Issued For Missing Santa Barbara Girl

Mon, August 4, 2014

An Amber Alert has been issued for a six month old Santa Barbara girl, who police say was abducted by her father following a domestic violence incident. Nayeli Martinez was last seen just after 8 p.m. Sunday night. Santa Barbara Police are looking for Joshua Ivan Martinez, the little girl’s 28 year old father. The Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Announces Retirement Plans

Mon, August 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County’s top firefighter has announced his retirement. County Fire Chief Michael Dyer will step down in January, after more than five years as the county’s fire chief, and more than three decades as a firefighter. Dyer has worked in almost every position in fire agencies. He was second in command with the Los Read the Rest…


Judge Rules Controversal Ventura County Pension Reform Proposal Must Be Removed From Ballot

Mon, August 4, 2014

A judge ruled a controversial pension reform initiative in Ventura County should be taken off the ballot. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Kent Kellegrew said that a county initiative could not legally be used to withdraw the county from the state pension system. The ballot measure calls for shifting new county employees from a pension Read the Rest…


Police Say Ventura Man Shot By Officers During Driving Rampage May Have Been Under Influence Of Drugs, Alcohol

Mon, August 4, 2014

Ventura Police say a man who was shot by officers after they say he went on a rampage with his truck, striking an officer, and multiple vehicles may have been under the influence of drugs, and alcohol at the time. Clemente Zamarripa-Mata of Ventura is in stable condition at a hospital following the Sunday incident. Read the Rest…


Police Say Brazen Auto Thief Breaks Into Ventura Home To Get Car Keys, And Leads Officers On Chase Before Being Caught

Mon, August 4, 2014

Ventura Police say a daring auto thief who broke into a home to steal the car keys didn’t get far, but ended up destroying the vehicle in the process. Police were called to a home on the 200 block of El Jardine Avenue just before 12:30 this morning by reports of a car being stolen. Read the Rest…


Government Shelter In Ventura County For Undocumented Minors In U.S. To Close, But Timing Unclear

Mon, August 4, 2014

A temporary shelter in Ventura County which has been used to house part of the flood of undocumented minors who entered the U.S. illegally will be closing in the next few weeks, but the timing is still undecided. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  NBVC Shelter


Early Morning Fire Hits Multiple Garages On Central Coast

Mon, August 4, 2014

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning blaze on the Central Coast which damaged a number of garage units for some apartments. The blaze was first reported at about 2 a.m., on the 700 block of North Railroad Avenue in Santa Maria. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from one Read the Rest…


Longtime Southern California News Anchor Dies

Mon, August 4, 2014

A television news anchor who was a household fixture in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties, as well as the rest of Southern California has died. Jess Marlow worked as a reporter, and anchor for KCBS-TV, and KNBC for more than three decades, starting in the mid-1960’s He co-anchored newscasts with Tom Snyder, Tom Brokaw, and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Congresswoman Co-Authors Legislation Intended To Improve Student Athlete Safety

Mon, August 4, 2014

A Santa Barbara congresswoman has co-authored legislation intended to improve the safety of student athletes. The SAFE PLAY Act would require federal agencies to gather information on sports related fatalities, and serious injuries among public school students. It would support the development of research of information on concussions, heat stroke, and the impacts of energy Read the Rest…


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