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Man Part Of Takeover Robbery Of Santa Barbara Jewelry Store Gets 24 Year Sentence

Fri, October 3, 2014

A man who was part of the takeover robbery of a Santa Barbara jewelry store in which $750,000 in jewelry, and cash were stolen has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison. Jose Antonio Aviles pled guilty to four charges stemming from the April, 2010 robbery of the Milpas Street Store.  Aviles, and Read the Rest…


Another Sizzling Day In Forecast For South Coast; Brush Fire Danger Remains High

Fri, October 3, 2014

We could see another day of record setting temperatures in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, as well as a continued high brush fire danger. Temperatures are expected to remain 15 to 20 degrees above average today, and Saturday, before we start a cooling trend on Sunday. Oxnard reached 98 degrees yesterday, breaking its record of Read the Rest…


Work Underway To Resurface Dozens Of Streets In Central Coast City

Fri, October 3, 2014

A project to resurface more than 30 streets in a Central Coast city is underway. The City of Santa Maria has started work on chip sealing 32 streets during the next three weeks.  It will impact parking, and the use of the streets during the work. More than 300,000 square yards of chip seal will Read the Rest…


Domestic Abuse Survivor From Santa Barbara Speaks Out About Problem

Fri, October 3, 2014

The controversy over the NFL’s handling of domestic abuse charges involving player Ray Rice has brought new attention to the issue. A Santa Barbara County based group which helps abuse victims is holding some events in the next few weeks, putting a spotlight on the problem locally. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with one of its Read the Rest…


Man Called Serial Burglar Arrested On Central Coast

Thu, October 2, 2014

Investigators now believe a man linked to a burglary, and attempted burglary on the Central Coast this week is a serial burglar. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives say witnesses helped tie Eric Webb of Santa Margarita to a pair of incidents in the last week.  They searched his home, and say they found evidence Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Area Hit By Major Power Outage

Thu, October 2, 2014

A major power outage tonight affected about 9,000 customers on the South Coast, leaving some without power for hours. The outage hit the Santa Barbara area just after 5:30 p.m.  Many of the customers were back online by 7:30. City of Santa Barbara firefighters had to rescue a number of people trapped in elevators.  KCLU’s Read the Rest…


Man Accused Of Raping UC Santa Barbara Coed At Fraternity House

Thu, October 2, 2014

A man has been arrested on charges he raped a UC Santa Barbara coed at a fraternity house in Isla Vista. The 19 year student walked into the Isla Vista Foot Patrol’s headquarters Wednesday morning, reporting she had been sexually assaulted. Sheriff’s deputies identified a 23 year old Salinas man as the the suspect.  Investigators Read the Rest…


Window Closing In Search For New Simi Valley Schools Superintendent

Thu, October 2, 2014

Trustees in a Ventura County school district are fast tracking controversial efforts to find a new superintendent. The Simi Valley School Board decided it will close the window to accept applications at 5 p.m. tomorrow, despite objections of some trustees who thought the application period should be longer. The district is looking for a replacement Read the Rest…


Diver Found Dead In Channel Islands Now Being Identified

Thu, October 2, 2014

A diver who was found dead in the Channel Islands is now being identified. Some boaters found Michael Grennier floating in the ocean off of Anacapa Island yesterday. An autopsy is still pending, but foul play is not suspected in the death of the Oxnard man.


Attempt To Stop Burglarly Suspect Leads To Wild Chase On Central Coast

Thu, October 2, 2014

An effort to stop a man suspected in an auto burglary on the Central Coast turned into a wild chase this morning. It started just after 8 a.m., when San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies spotted a pickup truck on Los Osos Valley Road, near Los Osos matching the description of one involved with a Read the Rest…


Two Ventura County Communities Get New Suport To Help Homeless Veterans

Thu, October 2, 2014

Two cities in Ventura County are getting more than $150,000 in aid to help combat homelessness among veterans. Ventura will get more than $90,000 in housing vouchers, and Oxnard $61,000 in vouchers from the federal Department of Housing, and Urban Affairs Veterans Supportive Housing Program. The program provides permanent housing for eligible homeless veterans, and Read the Rest…


Report Card Program For World’s Oceans Developed In Santa Barbara County Gaining Traction Globally

Thu, October 2, 2014

How well are we taking care of the world’s oceans? A program started by researchers in Santa Barbara County is now providing an annual report card of sorts on our oceans. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a scientist who helped developed the index, which is being embraced by countries, and environmental groups around the world. Read the Rest…


Woman Found Dead In Ventura County Jail Cell

Thu, October 2, 2014

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman at a Ventura County jail facility. Deputies making routine cell checks at the Todd Road Jail facility, in Santa Paula yesterday morning discovered the 45 year old woman was unresponsive, and wasn’t breathing. Emergency personnel tried to perform emergency life support on the Port Hueneme woman, but Read the Rest…


New Lifeguard Tower, Restrooms To Open At Popular Ventura County Beach

Thu, October 2, 2014

It took six years, and a lot of debate, but a new lifeguard tower, and restroom complex are set to open this week at a popular Ventura County beach. The complex at Silver Strand Beach will open on Friday.  It includes a lifeguard tower, a first aid room, a storage area, restrooms, and an outdoor Read the Rest…


Man Killed On Highway 101 On Central Coast Identified

Wed, October 1, 2014

Authorities have finally identified a man struck, and killed on Highway 101 on the Central Coast. Michael Scott Cimoric was killed last Wednesday night, on the southbound 101 near Broadway. One vehicle managed to avoid him, but a second struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The 50 year old man was a Read the Rest…


Heat, Wind Expected To Spike Brush Fire Danger On South Coast

Wed, October 1, 2014

We could see some dangerous brush fire conditions for the South Coast for the next few days. High pressure building up during the next few days will mean a warming trend to near record temperatures for the next few days, with the hottest weather expected on Saturday. A Red Flag warning for high fire danger Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Death Of Diver in Channel Islands

Wed, October 1, 2014

Authorities are investigating the death of a diver in the Channel Islands. Some boaters spotted the body this morning off of Anacapa Island, in the area of Frenchy’s Cove.  The body was near a recreational boat. Channel Islands National Park rangers recovered the body, and brought it to the mainland, where it was turned over Read the Rest…


City Of Port Hueneme Says It’s Reached Deal With School District To Revive School Crossing Guard Program

Wed, October 1, 2014

A city, and a school district in Ventura County have reached an agreement to restore a school crossing guard program which had been cut over funding issues  this school year. The City of Port Hueneme says it’s reached a deal with the Hueneme Elementary School District to pay for a crossing guard program for the Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill By State Senator From Conejo Valley Intended To Improve Transparency For Voters On Campaign Finances

Wed, October 1, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from the Conejo Valley intended to provide voters with more information about backers, and opponents of ballot initiatives. SB 844 requires the Secretary of State to show online the amount of total contributions, and the names of the top ten donors for and Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Probation Department Officer Accused Of Workers Compensation Fraud

Wed, October 1, 2014

A Santa Barbara County Probation officer has been accused of workers compensation fraud. The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office says James Junious of Lompoc was arrested following a six month long investigation.  Prosecutors say the 33 year old man is facing four felony counts of workers compensation fraud, and one count of felony grand Read the Rest…


Drug Laced Suckers Seized At High School In Ventura County; Student Arrested

Wed, October 1, 2014

They look like suckers, or lolly pops. But, they are actually made with marijuana. Simi Valley Police say they arrested a Simi Valley High School student who had two of the drug laced suckers on campus. They’re investigating to see if they may be more of the lolly pops at the school. Police say they Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara County Based Agency Continues To Support Ebola Relief Efforts

Wed, October 1, 2014

The global ebola crisis continues to grow, with the first confirmed case in the United States identified in Texas. A Santa Barbara County based non-profit has been a leader in relief efforts, sending a dozen shipments of emergency supplies to West Africa. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the agency’s efforts to get critically Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara City College Honored For Efforts To Help Latino Students

Tue, September 30, 2014

Santa Barbara City College has received national recognition for its efforts to serve Latino students. SBCC’s Express to Success program was chosen as the top program in the nation for increasing achievement among Latino students working for associate degrees. The SBCC program was chosen from more than 200 across the nation. The program’s director was Read the Rest…


Body Of Central Coast Woman Found In Desert Northeast Of Las Vegas

Tue, September 30, 2014

The body of a Central Coast woman has been found in the Nevada desert northwest of Las Vegas, and law enforcement officers think she was the victim of a homicide. Two men riding off road vehicles discovered the remains of Margay Edwards off of a dirt road in Nye County. Sheriff’s deputies found a driver’s Read the Rest…


99 Year Old Ventura County Woman Who Was Object Of Search Dies Hours After Being Found

Tue, September 30, 2014

There’s a tragic end to the disappearance, and then discovery by searchers of a 99 year old Ventura County woman. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Missing Oak View Woman


Ventura County Man Arrested On Arson Charge In Connection With Brush Fire

Tue, September 30, 2014

A Ventura County man is facing an arson charge, accused of setting a brush fire northeast of Ventura. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura Fire Arrest


Public Meetings Set For This Week On Diablo Canyon Seismic Safety Report

Tue, September 30, 2014

PG&E has announced plans to hold some public meetings this week on its new study on seismic safety at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. A pair of meetings will take place on Thursday, at the company’s Energy Education Center, which is off of Highway 101 near Avila Beach The sessions will be at 2:30, Read the Rest…


Central Coast School District Gets Major Grant To Improve Meals Offerings

Tue, September 30, 2014

A Central Coast school district has received a $1.2 million dollar grant to try to improve meals for students. The Lompoc School District received the funding from the Orfalea Foundation.  The money is being used to rebuild the district’s central kitchen, allowing the creating of healthier meals from scratch.  Storage space will be expanded, so Read the Rest…


Investigation Underway Into Charges Water Being Trucked To Montecito For Landscaping

Tue, September 30, 2014

An investigation is underway into allegations some Montecito estates have been skirting water regulations by trucking in water for landscaping. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Water Trucking Allegations


New Freeway Undercrossing For Pedestrian Beach Access, Bike Lane Opened On Highway 101 In La Conchita Area

Tue, September 30, 2014

A major milestone was celebrated this week in a $100 million dollar plus project to improve transit between Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. As part of a project to add carpool lanes to a six mile stretch of Highway 101, a pedestrian undercrossing has been built from La Conchita to the ocean, as well as Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Now 75% Contained

Tue, September 30, 2014

A brush fire in the foothills northeast of Ventura is now 75% contained this morning, and Ventura County firefighters are hoping to get full control later today. The blaze broke out just after 1 p.m. yesterday, near Foothill Road.  Light wind quickly spread the fire to close to 50 acres, although firefighters still aren’t sure Read the Rest…


Debate Location, Date Set For 26th District Congressional Race In Ventura County

Tue, September 30, 2014

A date, and place have been set for could be the only debate between the two candidates for Ventura County’s 26th District Congressional seat. Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley of Westlake Village will face Republican challenger Jeff Gorell in an October 12th event at Cal State Channel Islands. The League of Women Voters, the Ventura County Read the Rest…


One Dead, One Seriously Injured Following Motorcycle Accident In Ventura

Mon, September 29, 2014

A motorcyclist is dead, and a passenger seriously injured following a motorcycle crash in Ventura County. It happened at about 1 this morning, on the 3700 block of Transport Street.  Ventura police say the motorcycle was speeding when it came down the street, which ends in a cul-de-sac.  The cycle crashed into a wrought iron Read the Rest…


Spread Of Brush Fire In Ventura County Now Stopped; 35% Contained

Mon, September 29, 2014

Firefighters say they are getting the upper hand on a brush fire which caused a scare in the foothills northeast of Ventura today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Brush Fire Update


Contingent Of World War Two Veterans From Central Coast Heading To Washington, D.C.

Mon, September 29, 2014

A contingent of World War II veterans from the Central Coast is heading to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to visit World War II memorials in the nation’s capitol, courtesy of a non-profit group. Honor Flight Central Coast California raised the money, and organized the three day long trip for 21 veterans.  It’s the second such trip Read the Rest…


Powder Falls Out Of Envelope Sent To Ronald Reagan Presidential Library In Simi Valley, But Tests Show It Wasn’t Hazardous

Mon, September 29, 2014

A Ventura County Fire department hazardous material team, and FBI agents were called to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley today, after a powdery substance came out of an envelope opened by a library employee. The employee was screened for exposure to hazardous substances, and checked out negative. The hazmat team then performed Read the Rest…


150 Firefighters, Six Aircraft Now Fighting Brush Fire Northeast Of Ventura

Mon, September 29, 2014

A brush fire is continuing to burn in the rugged Ventura County foothills just outside of the City of Ventura. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports between 50 and 75 acres of brush have been blackened by the blaze, which is still out of control. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Ventura County Brush Fire


Brush Fire Burning In Ventura County; Blaze Threatening Some Utility Structures

Mon, September 29, 2014

A brush fire is burning in the hills north of Ventura, and is threatening some utility facilities. The blaze has burned between 50, and 75 acres of brush north of Foothill Road.  The fire was first reported just after 1 this afternoon, and a light wind quickly spread the fire. More than 100 firefighters aided Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill Authored By Local State Senator Intended To Help Veterans In Legal Trouble

Mon, September 29, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill from a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to help veterans in trouble with the law. SB 1110 will require courts to inform veterans appearing in court for minor offenses that they may be eligible for treatment programs rather than jail time.  California has Veterans Treatment Courts Read the Rest…


Firefighters Concerned About Mid-Week Warming, Potential For Brush Fires On Centgral Coast

Mon, September 29, 2014

Firefighters on the Central Coast are keeping a close eye on the weather, with high pressure expected to build up mid-week, creating potentially dangerous brush fire conditions Thursday through Sunday. Temperatures could be 10 to 20 degrees above normal during the period, with some inland areas potentially reaching record highs. By the end of the Read the Rest…


Suspicious Powder in Envelope Sent to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library In Simi Valley Is Non-Hazardous

Mon, September 29, 2014

A Ventura County Fire department hazardous material team, and FBI agents are at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley right now, after a powdery substance came out of an envelope opened by a library employee. The employee has already been screened for exposure to hazardous substances, and has checked out negative. The hazmat Read the Rest…


Search Underway For 99 Year Old Woman Who Disappeared In Ventura County

Mon, September 29, 2014

A search is underway for a 99 year old woman who is missing in Ventura County. Mary Adkins was last seen at around 8 this morning in the area of Riverside Drive, and Santa Ana in Oak View.  Adkins is 5′ 4″, weighs 100 pounds, has grey hair, blue eyes, and wears classes.  Ventura County Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Gets Federal Grant Which Will Allow Hiring Of Additional Police Officers

Mon, September 29, 2014

A police department in Ventura County is going to be able to hire additional officers, thanks to a federal grant. Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village says the U.S. Department of Justice is giving the Santa Paula Police Department $250,000, which will allow the hiring of two additional officers. The money comes from the Read the Rest…


Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored By State Senator from Santa Barbara Designed To Deter Sexual Assaults At Colleges

Mon, September 29, 2014

The governor has signed into law legislation co-authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara which is intended to deter sexual assaults on college campuses. SB 967 has become known nationally as the “Yes Means Yes” bill, and makes California the first state to come up with a definition for affirmative consent, and requires colleges Read the Rest…


Ventura County Researcher Says Drones Could Be Breakthrough New Tools For Agriculture

Mon, September 29, 2014

Drones are being used for everything from military missions, to filming movies. A Ventura County researcher says drones could be an important new tool for farmers. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the engineer believes using drones to gather data could revolutionize the agricultural industry. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Agricultural Drones


Ventura County Tow Truck Operator Dies From Injuries In Traffic Accident

Mon, September 29, 2014

A tow truck operator has died, five days after he was injured in a Ventura County traffic accident. The accident happened September 22nd, in Oxnard.  Larry Caro, Senior had put an SUV on his flatbed town truck on the 3200 block of West Hemlock Street, and was standing behind it when a car plowed into Read the Rest…


Authorities Still Looking For Ventura County Man They Say Threatened His Family, Prompted Rollout Of SWAT Team

Mon, September 29, 2014

The search is continuing for a Ventura County man authorities say threatened his family, and disrupted a neighborhood for hours as an army of law enforcement officers, including a SWAT team looked for him. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 100 block of Will Avenue in El Rio just after 10 a.m. Saturday.  Read the Rest…


Legislation From Santa Barbara State Senator Signed By Governor Will Allow Teens To Register Early To Vote

Mon, September 29, 2014

The governor has signed into law a bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara  intended to get more young people to vote. SB 113 by Democratic Senator Hannah Beth Jackson will allow teen to pre-register to vote once they turn 16.  The voting age will still remain 18, but statistics in other states which Read the Rest…


New Free Shuttle Service Set To Start Operations In Ventura County

Sun, September 28, 2014

There’s going to be a new way to get around one Ventura County community starting this week. A new trolley service begins operations in Camarillo starting Wednesday.  The trolley will stop at eight locations each half hour, from Camarillo’s Metrolink station to the Premium Outlets. The free service will run from 10 a.m. to 6 Read the Rest…


Los Angeles County Couple Accused Of Being Cocaine Suppliers In Ventura County

Sun, September 28, 2014

A Los Angeles County man, and his wife have been arrested after investigators say they discovered they were major cocaine suppliers in Ventura County. The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit noticed an increase in cocaine use over the summer by teens, and young adults.  Detectives say they found evidence pointing to the suppliers as Read the Rest…


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