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Woman Arrested On Arson Charge In Ventura

Sun, December 27, 2015

A woman is facing an arson charge after police say she tried to break the front window of her ex-boyfriend’s home in Ventura, and then set his car on fire. Ventura Police were called to the 5300 block of Basie Street just before 8:30 yesterday morning, by reports of a disturbance.  As officers were on Read the Rest…


Containment Up To 70% On Solimar Fire

Sun, December 27, 2015

A more than 1200 acre brush fire fire which caused a big scare in Ventura County, closing a section of Highway 101 and leading to some home evacuation orders is now 70% contained as of Sunday. The Solimar Fire started just before 11 Friday night north of Highway 101 near Solimar Beach, and was quickly Read the Rest…


1200 Plus Acre Brush Fire Which Shut Down Highway 101, Caused Big Scare In Ventura County Now 60% Contained

Sat, December 26, 2015

A more than 1200 acre brush fire fire which caused a big scare in Ventura County, closing a section of Highway 101 and leading to some home evacuation orders is now 60% contained. The Solimar Fire started just before 11 Friday night north of Highway 101 near Solimar Beach, and was quickly blown out of Read the Rest…


Section Of Highway 101 Reopens In Ventura County After 15 Hour Shutdown Due To Brush Fire; Threat To Coastal Homes Also Easing

Sat, December 26, 2015

Highway 101 is once again open in both directions between Ventura and Carpinteria, after it was shut down for about 15 hours by a brush fire in Ventura County which threatened some coastal homes, and oil and gas facilities. The Solimar Fire has burned an estimated 1250 acres 0f acres of brush, and is about Read the Rest…


Solimar Brush Fire In Ventura County Now At 1250 Acres; Firefighters Say Growth Slowing Significantly

Sat, December 26, 2015

Firefighters say they’ve significantly slowed the growth of a Ventura County brush fire which threatened a number of homes, and closed a section of the main coastal highway connecting Southern, and Northern California. The Solimar Fire has burned an estimated 1250 acres 0f acres of brush, and is about 10% contained.  It started at around Read the Rest…


Officials Working To Reopen Highway 101 Between Ventura-Santa Barbara Counties In Wake Of Brush Fire

Sat, December 26, 2015

Officials are hoping to reopen Highway 101 between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties later today, as they make progress towards controlling a brush fire which closed it overnight. The Solimar Fire has burned about 1200 acres of brush, and is about 10% contained.  It started at around 11 Friday night, prompting mandatory evacuations for homes Read the Rest…


Solimar Fire Continues To Keep Highway 101 Closed Between Ventura-Santa Barbara Counties: Latest Estimates Show 1200 Acres Burned

Sat, December 26, 2015

A brush fire that’s closed Highway 101 between Ventura and Carpinteria has now burned about 1200 acres of brush. The blaze was discovered around 11 Friday night north of Highway 101, near Solimar Beach.  Strong wind quickly expanded the fire. Around 500 firefighters are battling the blaze.  About 30 homes have been threatened by the Read the Rest…


Hikers Rescued After Becoming Stranded On Rugged Ventura County Mountainside

Sat, December 26, 2015

Four hikers had a harrowing Christmas Day experience, when they had to be rescued from a rugged mountainside near Point Mugu. Two adults and two children were trapped in La Jolla Canyon after hiking into an area which had posted closure signs due to the trail’s instability. State Parks rangers called the Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Near Ventura-Santa Barbara County Line Burns 1100 Acres; 101 Closed Between Ventura And Carpinteria

Sat, December 26, 2015

An estimated 1100 acres of brush has been burned by a brush fire burning near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line, and Highway 101 has been closed between Ventura and Carpinteria. The blaze was discovered around 11 Friday night in the hills above the freeway near Solimar Beach. Around 500 firefighters are battling the blaze, which Read the Rest…


Solimar Fire Now Around 1000 Acres; 101 Remains Closed Between Ventura and Carpinteria

Sat, December 26, 2015

About one thousand acres of land has been blackened by a brush fire burning near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line, and Highway 101 has been closed between Ventura and Carpinteria. The blaze was discovered around 11 Friday night in the hills above the freeway, near Solimar Beach. Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze, which Read the Rest…


Brush Fire Burning Near Ventura-Santa Barbara County Line; Highways 101, 150 Closed

Sat, December 26, 2015

A brush fire has charred about 250 acres of land near the Ventura-Santa Barbara County line, and has closed Highway 101, as well as Highway 150. The blaze was discovered around 11 Friday night in the hills above the freeway, near Solimar Beach. Gusty winds have been reported in the area.  Firefighters from Ventura and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Relief Group Sends Supplies To Tornado Stricken Mississippi

Sat, December 26, 2015

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency has made an emergency shipment of supplies to Mississippi, which was hit hard by tornadoes earlier this week. Direct Relief International sent out a shipment of emergency medical supplies to a clinic it works with in Ashland, Mississippi, after receiving word that its patients were among those possibly Read the Rest…


New Report Looks At Childhood Deaths In Santa Barbara County

Sat, December 26, 2015

A just released study of child deaths in Santa Barbara County for a nearly two year long period indicates the majority were due to unpreventable medical conditions. More than 70% of the deaths from January of 2012 to December of 2014 examined by Santa Barbara County’s Child Review Death Team were connected to medical issues.  Read the Rest…


SUV Leads Law Enforcement Officers On Chase On Central, South Coasts

Thu, December 24, 2015

Authorities are continuing to look for a man who led law enforcement officers on a wild chase through much of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. It started at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, when a CHP officer tried to pull over an SUV for speeding on Highway 101 near Buellton.  The SUV’s driver refused to stop, Read the Rest…


“Accidental Santa” Phone Bank On South Coast Fielding Tens Of Thosands Of Calls From Kids Wanting To Talk To Santa Claus

Wed, December 23, 2015

It started as a mistake.   Hundreds of kids trying to talk to Santa during the holidays misdialed a Santa Barbara 800 number. But, the owner of the business embraced it, and along with volunteers, now gives thousands of kids the chance to talk to Santa & Company. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on a Read the Rest…


U.S. Defense Officials Say Flaming Sight In Skies Over Central, South Coast Russian Space Debris

Wed, December 23, 2015

It was a spectacular sight seen by thousands of people on the Central and South Coasts. A bright object which looked like a fireball was visible in the skies above the region just after six last night. Some people thought it might be a meteor, while other speculated it might be a plane crash.  But, Read the Rest…


Planned Mission To Mars From Central Coast Scrubbed For 2016

Tue, December 22, 2015

There’s disappointing news about plans for the first ever launch of a mission to Mars from the Central Coast. NASA say a problem with one of the onboard test systems for the InSight Mars lander won’t be resolved in time to make a planned march launch window from Vandenberg Air Force Base, meaning the launch Read the Rest…


Warning Issued About Holiday Package Thefts On South Coast

Tue, December 22, 2015

With the final rush on for Christmas, law enforcement authorities on the South Coast are again warning people to make sure they don’t leave packages on doorsteps, or Christmas cards in mailboxes. Grinches have been hitting homes in both Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. There have been reports of people driving through neighborhoods, and casing Read the Rest…


Rare Toad Found On Central, South Coasts To Remain On Endangered Species List

Tue, December 22, 2015

A proposal to reduce protections for an endangered type of toad found on the Central and South Coasts has been dropped, after new scientific information shows that its population hasn’t stabilized hoped. The Arroyo Toad is on the federal Endangered Species List.  There had been a proposal to reclassify it as threatened, instead of endangered, Read the Rest…


New National Survey On Hunger, Homelessness Problems Includes Santa Barbara

Tue, December 22, 2015

A just released survey on hunger, and homelessness in America which looks at 25 cities, including Santa Barbara, shows increases with both issues nationwide. The U.S. Conference of Mayors Task Force shows that two-thirds of the cities in the study reported requests for food assistance were up nearly 3%. Low wages and high housing prices Read the Rest…


Additional Details Released On Mysterious Death In South Coast Parking Structure

Tue, December 22, 2015

Some new details have been released about the mysterious death of a man whose body was found in a South Coast parking structure. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story: Santa Barbara Death


Food Pantry Program Serving Tens Of Thousands In Need In Ventura County

Tue, December 22, 2015

In a quiet Ventura County neighborhood, what’s happening in a tiny home there is making a difference in thousands of lives annually. The house is an improvised food pantry. KCLU’s Lance Orozco tells us about a low-key program helping to help feed everyone from babies to senior citizens in need. Click on link to listen Read the Rest…


Deputy Involved In Fatal Shooting In Ventura County Had Crisis Intervention Training

Mon, December 21, 2015

Authorities say a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy who tried to get a man armed with a knife to surrender peacefully, but was forced to fatally shoot him is a certified crisis intervention trained officer. Last Wednesday, Bryant Duncan called 911, telling a dispatcher to send officers to a Camarillo intersection because a crime was going Read the Rest…


Congresswoman Raises Concerns About VA Staffing Shortages On Central, South Coasts

Mon, December 21, 2015

A Santa Barbara congresswoman is raising concerns over some Veterans  Administration facilities on the Central and South Coasts which are understaffed, which she says may be delaying access to veterans medical care. Democratic Congresswoman Lois Capps of Santa Barbara says there are number of long term unfilled positions at Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and San Read the Rest…


Woman Accused Of Assault, Attempted Robbery With Screwdriver In Ventura

Mon, December 21, 2015

A woman was arrested after Ventura police say she used a screwdriver to try to rob a bicyclist. The confrontation happened just before 2 p.m. yesterday, on the 400 block of West Harrison Avenue. Investigators say the female bicyclist was threatened by Martha Berber, and suffered a minor injury, but held onto her bike. Berber Read the Rest…


New Police Chief Appointed For Central Coast City

Mon, December 21, 2015

A Central Coast city is getting a new police chief. Deanna Cantrell has been selected at San Luis Obispo’s new top cop. Cantrell is currently Assistant Chief in Mesa, Arizona and has more than two decades of experience in law enforcement. She’ll fill the vacancy created by the departure of Steve Gesell.  Gesell became chief Read the Rest…


Suspect In Double Shooting in Ventura County Which Leaves One Dead Arrested In Mexico

Mon, December 21, 2015

A man wanted for a double shooting  in Ventura County which left one person dead has been arrested in in Mexico. KCLU’s Debra Greene has the story:  Shooting Suspect Arrested In Mexico


Space Probe Being Prepared In Santa Barbara County For Mission To Mars

Mon, December 21, 2015

Preparations are underway for the first ever launch of a space probe to Mars from the Central Coast. It’s a mission which could give us some critical new information about the planet. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with the project’s leader, who’s been working on the concept for more than two decades. Click on link to Read the Rest…


Ventura County Firefighter Falls Off Roof Of Burning House; In Hospital Recovering

Mon, December 21, 2015

A Ventura County firefighter is continuing to recover from injuries he suffered when he fell off the roof of a home on fire. The firefighter was on the room a single story house which was burning around 7 Saturday night when he fell.  The name of the firefighter hasn’t been released.  There’s no word on Read the Rest…


Central Coast Communtiy Hit By String Of Vehicle Burglaries

Sat, December 19, 2015

A Central Coast community has been hit by a string of auto burglaries. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say at least 10 vehicles were burglarized overnight Wednesday and Thursday. Some of the vehicles were unlocked, while others had windows broken out by the burglars.  Items stolen ranged from purses and wallets to laptop computers. Investigators Read the Rest…


Arrest Made In November Murder In Ventura County

Sat, December 19, 2015

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve made an arrested in a murder which occurred last month. Jorge Izarraraz is accused of the November second stabbing death of Edgar Torres in Fillmore.  Investigators say an argument led to the fatal confrontation which left the 24 year old Fillmore man dead. Four days after the killing, detectives Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up On Central Coast

Fri, December 18, 2015

The latest unemployment statistics show a hike in the jobless rate on the Central Coast. In Santa Barbara County, the jobless rate went from 4.8% in October to 5.1% in November. Unemployment also rose slightly in San Luis Obispo County, from 4.3% to 4.4% month to month. Statewide, the jobless rate dipped by a tenth Read the Rest…


Latest Numbers Show Unemplyment Holding Steady In Ventura County, Up In Santa Barbara County

Fri, December 18, 2015

The latest unemployment statistics show a mixed picture for the South Coast. The jobless rate held steady in Ventura County from October to November, at 5.4%. But, in Santa Barbara County, unemployment went from 4.8% in October, to 5.1% in November. Statewide, the jobless rate dipped by a tenth of a percent from month to Read the Rest…


Concern Growing About Man Missing More Than A Week In Conejo Valley

Fri, December 18, 2015

Concern is growing about a Ventura County man who apparently went on a walk more than a week ago, and hasn’t been seen since by his family. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Marco Cordon left his home on the 1300 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard December 10th. The 39 year old man is an Read the Rest…


Suspect In Ventura County Double Shooting May Be In Los Angeles Area

Fri, December 18, 2015

Authorities now say a man considered to be a suspect in the shootings of two people in Ventura County may be in the Los Angeles area. Ventura Police say a man was shot to death, and a woman seriously wounded in the attack yesterday morning at a Ventura condominium complex. Detectives identified Brandon Ellis as Read the Rest…


CHP, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies Corral Person Threatening To Jump Off Freeway Overpass

Fri, December 18, 2015

Some CHP officers and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are being credited with saving the life of a pedestrian who was threatening to jump off an overpass onto a busy South Coast freeway. It happened just after 9 a.m. yesterday, on Highway 101 between Garden and Milpas Streets in Santa Barbara. Officers received a report Read the Rest…


17 Day Long Anti-DUI Campaign For Holidays Launched On Central, South Coasts

Fri, December 18, 2015

With the holiday season in full swing, and lots of parties this weekend, law enforcement agencies today launched an expanded anti-DUI campaign on the Central and South Coasts. Police departments, county sheriff’s departments, and the CHP in the region are all taking part in what’s being called the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Read the Rest…


Reward Now Being Offered In Connection With String Of Arson Fires On Central Coast

Fri, December 18, 2015

Authorities are now asking for the public’s health on the Central Coast in catching a serial arsonist responsible for more than 40 fires. The fires occurred in the City of San Luis Obispo during the last year. The blazes have been in creek beds, near railroad tracks, the downtown area, and even by police and Read the Rest…


Mountain Lion Relocated From Santa Barbara County Ranch

Fri, December 18, 2015

A Santa Barbara County ranch had an uninvited guest which overstayed its welcome, and had to be removed by State Fish and Wildlife officials. A mountain lion was hanging around the Circle Bar B Ranch, in the hills above the Gaviota Coast last weekend. The ranch’s owners called state wildlife officers, and when they were Read the Rest…


Vandals Damage Dozens Of Vehicles In South Coast Community

Fri, December 18, 2015

Vandals hit one South Coast community hard this week, damaging dozens of vehicles. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Santa Barbara Vandalism


Ventura Pier Could Remain Closed Through First Of Year In Wake Of Surf Damage

Fri, December 18, 2015

A historic South Coast pier remains closed this morning, a week after it was heavily damaged by a combination of surf, and high tides. Experts have been inspecting the Ventura Pier to assess the damage, and to start development of a plan to fix it. But…it appears that it may remain closed to the public Read the Rest…


Motorcyclist Tries To Flee Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy, Dies In Crash

Fri, December 18, 2015

A motorcyclist is dead, after he refused to stop following a traffic violation in Ventura County, and led a deputy on a chase before crashing. It started just before two p.m. yesterday, at Arroyo Drive and Via Fuente in Moorpark.  A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy observed traffic violation, but the motorcyclist kept going.  He headed Read the Rest…


Man Armed With Knife Who Was Fatally Wounded In Confrontation With Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Now Being Identified

Thu, December 17, 2015

Authorities are now identifying a man who was shot and fatally wounded after charging  at a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy with a knife. Sheriff’s Department officials say Bryant Duncan called 911 just before noon yesterday and told dispatchers that a crime was about to occur near Carmen Drive and Daily Drive in Camarillo, and that Read the Rest…


State Department Of Insurance Says It Breaks Up Workers Compensation Fraud Ring Which Reaches Into Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Thu, December 17, 2015

The California Department of Insurance says it’s broken up a fraudulent billing scheme which targeted more than 220 insurers in seven counties, including Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. State Department of Insurance investigators arrested nine people in connection with what they call a complex operation tied to workers compensation cases. They say G & G Read the Rest…


Hunt Continues For Man In Ventura Shooting Which Left One Dead, One Seriously Injured

Thu, December 17, 2015

A manhunt is underway for a suspect in a double shooting in Ventura County which left a man dead, and a woman seriously injured. The shootings happened around 8:30 this morning in a condominium complex on the 1600 block of Tapir Court, in east Ventura. Ventura Police say a man was shot to death, and Read the Rest…


Sample Ballots Going Out For Vote By Mail Election On Community Center, Park Proposal In Ventura County

Thu, December 17, 2015

A small Ventura County community doesn’t have a park, or community center could get them, if property owners are willing to step up to support the idea. Ventura County officials have said they would be willing to buy a shut down two acre elementary school site in Nyland Acres, and convert it to a park Read the Rest…


Cold Night On Tap For Central Coast

Thu, December 17, 2015

It’s going to be another cold night for the Central Coast, with temperatures dropping to around freezing overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for coastal and inland areas of Northern Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County. Temperatures between 35, and 32 degrees are predicted from 3 to 9 a.m. Read the Rest…


Central Coast Highway Reopens After Nearly Three Hour Shutdown Caused By Traffic Accident

Thu, December 17, 2015

A heavily used Central Coast highway is back in action, after being shut down for nearly three hours today. An eastbound car drifted into the westbound lanes of Highway 154 near St. Francis Ranch, just south of Lake Cachuma, and clipped a westbound pickup truck. Both vehicles then crashed. The two people in the car Read the Rest…


Manhunt Underway In Double Shooting In Ventura County

Thu, December 17, 2015

A manhunt is underway in Ventura County for a suspect in a double shooting which left a man dead, and a woman seriously injured. The shootings happened around 8:30 this morning, in a condominium complex in east Ventura, near the 1600 block of Antelope Lane. Ventura Police say a man was shot to death, and Read the Rest…


Utility Beefing Up Emergency Power Supplies For Parts Of South Coast

Thu, December 17, 2015

A utility company is beefing up its ability to cope with power outages on parts of the South Coast. KCLU’s John Palminteri reports the move is focused on the Santa Barbara area, which has been hit by a series of blackouts in recent years. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Edison Upgrades


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