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Alabama Man Convicted Of 1980 Rape, Murder In Ventura County

Fri, February 27, 2015

DNA evidence led to the conviction of an Alabama man for the more than three decade old murder of a teenager in Ventura County. Thomas Young was found guilty of the July, 1980 beating, rape, and murder of 15 year old Stacy Knappenberger in the family’s Oxnard apartment. The murder remained unsolved until five years Read the Rest…


Nature Photographer Who Climbs Into Active Volcanoes, Chases Tornadoes To Show Some Of His Work On South Coast

Fri, February 27, 2015

He’s an award winning photographer who’s been to some of the most remote, and most dangerous area of the world to bring us images of some of nature’s wonders. National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter is going to be speaking on the South Coast this weekend, in an event featuring some of his most iconic work. Read the Rest…


Federal Investigators Release New Details About Metrolink Accident In Oxnard

Fri, February 27, 2015

Federal investigators say we no know more about the positioning of the truck which caused Tuesday’s Metrolink crash in Oxnard. KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand as the  National Transportation Safety Board released additional details about the accident. Click on link to listen to/download story:  NTSB Update


Chance Of Rain In Forecast For South Coast Through Weekend

Fri, February 27, 2015

It’s time to get your umbrella ready. A storm system is headed towards the South Coast, and will give us a chance of rain starting tonight and lasting through the weekend. Rainfall amounts aren’t expected to be high, from around a tenth of an inch to a half inch. But, the possibility of rain is Read the Rest…


Two Felons Arrested By SWAT Team In Ventura For Possession Of Weapons

Fri, February 27, 2015

Information that a felon might illegally be in possession of weapons, and ammunition led to a SWAT team raid on a Ventura motel. It happened at around noon yesterday. Oxnard Police say they received information had Enrique Castellanos had weapons in his possession. They got a search warrant for the Ventura motel, and along Ventura Read the Rest…


Ventura County Man Accused Of Using Facebook To Lure, And Then Sexually Assault Teenage Girl

Fri, February 27, 2015

Police are concerned that a Ventura County man may have used Facebook to meet, befriend, and drug teenager girls before sexually assaulting them. Ventura Police detectives say they began investigating Daniel Gil last May. A 14 year old girl told investigators that she met the Ventura man on Facebook, and she agreed to meet him Read the Rest…


No Charges To Be Filed At Least For Now Against Driver Of Truck Which Caused Metrolink Crash In Oxnard

Thu, February 26, 2015

Ventura County prosecutors say at least for now, no charges will be filed against the driver of the truck which caused the crash of a Metrolink crash which injured 28 people in Oxnard. It was original expected that Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez would be in court today to face a charge of hit and run causing Read the Rest…


Man Who Threatened To Blow Up Home In Santa Barbara County During Standoff Pleads Guilty, Is Sentenced

Thu, February 26, 2015

A Santa Barbara County man entered guilty pleas to charges that he threatened sheriff’s deputies, and blow up his home during a standoff with officers. David William Tallman was involved with a confrontation with deputies last July, at his Montecito home. He called 911, threatening to blow up his home using acetylene gas tanks he Read the Rest…


Ventura County Based University Gets Four Million Dollar Pledge For New Art Center

Thu, February 26, 2015

A South Coast university has received a pledge which could total four million dollars to build a new home for its art department. California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is getting the gift from developer William Rolland. The money will be used to build a 25,000 to 30,000 square foot building on the north side Read the Rest…


Head Of Ventura County Non-Profit Announces Plans To Run For County Board Of Supervisors

Thu, February 26, 2015

The head of a Ventura County non-profit has announced plans to run for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. Bonnie Weigel says she’ll seek the First District’s supervisorial seat. Weigel is the CEO of FOOD Share, Ventura County’s foodbank which helps feed more than 70,000 hungry people a month in the county. She’s headed FOOD Read the Rest…


Team From Ventura County Fundraising For Charities To Run Marathon In Antartica

Thu, February 26, 2015

A team of current, and retired Ventura County Sheriff’s Department members is preparing to go on the adventure of a lifetime to raise money for charity. The five person team is headed to Antarctica, to run in a marathon. KCLU’s Lance Orozco says it’s the latest project by the group “Cops Running For Charity”. Click Read the Rest…


Homemade Bomb Found In Ventura County Park

Thu, February 26, 2015

Police are trying to figure out who left a homemade bomb in a Ventura County park. A park maintenance worker spotted a pipe bomb in the southwest corner of Rancho Tapo Community Park just after 8 yesterday morning.  Simi Valley Police were notified, and the area of the park was closed. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Read the Rest…


Metrolink Service Up, And Running Again In Oxnard After Crash Damage To Rails Repaired

Thu, February 26, 2015

Metrolink service is completely up, and running this morning in Ventura County, two days after a massive accident in Oxnard injured 28 people.  After tests on repairs to the damaged section of track at Rice Avenue, and Fifth Street yesterday, service resumed last night. Federal investigators looking into the crash now say they aren’t sure Read the Rest…


Admitted Skinhead Gets 22 Year Sentence For Hate Crime In Santa Barbara

Wed, February 25, 2015

An admitted skinhead could spend more than two decades behind bars for a hate crime in Santa Barbara. Ryan Christopher Zietlow-Brown pled guilty to attempted murder, and mayhem charges stemming from the August, 2011 attack.  He admitted it was a hate crime. The victim, who is African-American, and a co-worker were walking down State Street Read the Rest…


Final Section Of PCH In Ventura County Closed By December Storm Damage Set To Reopen

Wed, February 25, 2015

A section of the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County which has been closed for more than two months by storm damage is finally set to reopen. Nine miles of the PCH from Las Posas Road, to Yerba Buena Road was closed in December by mudslides, and damage from high surf. Earlier this month, a Read the Rest…


Train Engineer Seriously Injured In Metrolink Accident Suffers Heart Attack, But Is Revived

Wed, February 25, 2015

The engineer controlling the Metrolink train involved in yesterday’s crash in Ventura County was seriously injured, and today, he suffered another major medical problem. Ventura County Medical Center officials say he had a heart attack this morning.  They say the medical team was able to revive him, and they installed a pacemaker. The man’s name Read the Rest…


Investigators Say They Aren’t Sure If Truck Which Caused Metrolink Train Accident In Oxnard Was Stuck On Tracks

Wed, February 25, 2015

Federal investigators looking into the Metrolink train crash in Oxnard yesterday which injured 28 people now say they aren’t sure if the truck which was on tracks which caused the accident was stuck or not. Oxnard Police initially said the truck turned onto the tracks at the intersection of Rice Avenue, and Fifth Street became Read the Rest…


Federal Investigators In Ventura County To Look Into Metrolink Crash; Driver Of Truck Which Caused Collision Arrested

Wed, February 25, 2015

A National Transportation Safety Board team is in Ventura County this morning, trying to determine exactly what led to yesterday’s big Metrolink-truck collision at an Oxnard intersection which left 28 people injured. The driver of the truck was arrested in connection with the crash, but officials say the investigation is just getting started. KCLU’s Lance Read the Rest…


Sex Offenders In Central Ventura County Focus Of Compliance Sweep

Wed, February 25, 2015

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives, and county probation officers have made a sweep in one local community to try to make sure that registered sex offenders are living up to their legal obligations. The sweep targeted Camarillo, and surrounding unincorporated areas. Law enforcement officers visited homes where 63 sex offenders were supposed to be living. They Read the Rest…


28 Injured, Four Seriously In Metrolink Crash In Ventura County; Truck Became Stuck On Tracks

Tue, February 24, 2015

28 people have been hurt, including four with serious injuries after a Metrolink train collided with a truck which apparently became stuck on railroad tracks at an Oxnard crossing. It happened just before 5:45 this morning, in a rural area of Oxnard near Rice Avenue and Fifth Street.  The train hit a truck which apparently Read the Rest…


Ventura County Jail Inmate Accused Of Slashing Fellow Inmate In Face With Knife

Tue, February 24, 2015

A man already in the Ventura County jail is facing additional charges, after deputies say he slashed a fellow inmate in the face with a homemade knife. The victim was sleeping when he was attacked, ending up with a six inch long gash to his face. The 34 year old Oxnard man was taken to Read the Rest…


More Than Two Dozen Injured In Metrolink Train Collision With Truck

Tue, February 24, 2015

More than two dozen injuries have been reported in a violent collision involving a utility truck, and a Metrolink train in Ventura County It happened just before 5:45 this morning, in a rural area of Oxnard near Rice Avenue and Fifth Street.  The train hit a truck which apparently was on the tracks.  Three Metrolink Read the Rest…


Multiple Injuries Reported In Crash Involving Metrolink Train, Truck In Ventura County

Tue, February 24, 2015

Multiple injuries have been reported at the scene of an accident involving a truck, and a Metrolink train in Ventura County The crash happened just before 5:45 this morning, near Rice Avenue and Fifth Street in Oxnard.  The train hit a utility truck which apparently was on the tracks. Three Metrolink cars overturned, and a Read the Rest…


Campaign Tries To Help Tackle Teen Smoking Issue In Ventura County

Tue, February 24, 2015

It’s a major addiction problem among teenagers which doesn’t get the same attention as alcohol, or drugs, but can ultimately be just as deadly. Despite ongoing education efforts, the latest national figures showed that nearly a quarter of all high school students have smoked at least once. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports from Camarillo, where there Read the Rest…


Newspaper Reports Dallas Cowboys Returning To Oxnard For 2015 Summer

Tue, February 24, 2015

A Dallas newspaper says the Dallas Cowboys football team will be returning to Ventura County to hold its preseason summer training camp. The Dallas Morning News cites unnamed sources in saying the team and the City of Oxnard are close to signing a one year agreement. If the deal happens, it would mark the tenth Read the Rest…


Plans Call For Installing Earthquake Safety Gates On Bridge At Ventura-Santa Barbara County Line

Tue, February 24, 2015

Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties are trying a novel idea to insure people who use a historic 100 year old bridge straddling the county lines won’t be endangered if we are hit by an earthquake. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the plan is for the bridge to be equipped with a system which would close the Read the Rest…


Future Of Power Plant Site On Central Coast Remains Question Mark

Mon, February 23, 2015

The future of a Central Coast power plant which has been idled since last year remains a question mark, but the chances of a government agency buying, and removing it appear slim. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Morro Bay Power Plant


Storm Brings Light Rainfall To Central Coast

Mon, February 23, 2015

A weekend storm system which dampened the red carpet at the Academy Awards left many areas of the Central Coast with between a tenth, and a quarter of an inch of rain. Solvang had just .05″ of an inch of rain, while Santa Maria had .07″. Nipomo had almost a quarter of an inch of Read the Rest…


Two People Killed In Head On Traffic Accident On Central Coast Identified

Mon, February 23, 2015

The CHP has released the names of the two people who died following a head on crash involving a wrong way driver on the Central Coast. William Dixon Junior was driving northbound on the southbound 101 at the Santa Maria River Bridge Friday when he hit a southbound car head on. The 57 year old Read the Rest…


Ventura County Community Continues Crackdown On Homeless Camps

Mon, February 23, 2015

One Ventura County community is continuing its crackdown on illegal homeless camps. The City of Simi Valley cleared two of the camps over the weekend, and is planning to tackle several others in the next few weeks in a push to eliminate the unauthorized campsites. City officials issued warningS early last week about the pending Read the Rest…


UC Santa Barbara Gets Federal Grant For Skin Cancer Detection Research

Mon, February 23, 2015

UC Santa Barbara received a grant to support research which could potentially lead to the earlier detection of skin cancer. The $230,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services is going to support work at UCSB’s Center for Bioengineering. The effort is focused on trying to develop a non-invasive method for discovering skin Read the Rest…


Some Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo County Veterans Of Battle For Iwo Jima To Be Honored During 70th Anniversary Of Battle

Mon, February 23, 2015

This week marks the 70th anniversary of  one of the most brutal battles of World War II.  More than 40,000 U.S. and Japanese soldiers were killed, or wounded in the battle for the tiny South Pacific island of Iwo Jima. Some local veterans of the battle for Iwo Jima are going to be honored in Read the Rest…


Meeting On Community Safety Set For Central Coast Community Tonight

Mon, February 23, 2015

Public safety will be the focus of a community meeting in a Central Coast community tonight. San Luis Obispo Sheriff County Ian Parkinson is holding a town hall meeting in Shandon. It’s the latest in a series of community meetings being held by the Sheriff throughout the county to talk about public safety issues. It Read the Rest…


Retired Ventura County Doctor Accused Of Prescription Fraud, Identity Theft

Mon, February 23, 2015

A retired Ventura County doctor is facing charges ranging from forging prescriptions, to identity theft after narcotics detectives say he was falsely obtaining drugs to feed his oxycodone addiction. Investigators with the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit, as well as the State Medical Board received information that Dr. Randolph Nordyke wrote prescriptions in the Read the Rest…


13 Hurt In Traffic Accident On Central Coast

Sun, February 22, 2015

The CHP is investigating a weekend traffic accident in the Santa Ynez Valley which left 13 people hurt. A van was carrying 15 people west westbound on Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley around 10 Saturday night, when an eastbound car swerved in front of it.  The vehicles hit head on, and then the Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Figure Out Motive Behind Arson Attack At Ventura County Government Center

Sat, February 21, 2015

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to arson attacks at the Ventura County government center which destroyed five vehicles. Some CHP officers leaving the jail complex spotted some vehicles on fire just after 4 a.m. Saturday.  Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol spotted a man who was a possible suspect.  They say they Read the Rest…


Man In Custody After Arson Fires Hit Vehicles Parked At Ventura County Government Center

Sat, February 21, 2015

One man is in custody after a string of early morning vehicle fires at the Ventura County government center. At least four vehicles were destroyed by the fires, which were discovered just after four a.m. Saturday.  Crews responding to the scene say they also found a suspicious package, which was treated as being a potentially Read the Rest…


One Dead, Two Injured In Wrong Way Driver Crash At Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County Line

Fri, February 20, 2015

One person is dead, and two others injured following a head-on crash on Highway 101 at the Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County line. The crash happened just before 1 p.m. Friday, near the Santa Maria River bridge. The CHP says a northbound vehicle apparently got onto the southbound lanes of the freeway, causing the head-on Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Say Fatal Shooting Of Mentally Ill Man Who Attacked Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Justified

Fri, February 20, 2015

A just released report by Ventura County prosecutors says that the September, 2013 fatal shooting of a man with mental health issues who attacked a Sheriff’s deputy was justified. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Costa Shooting


Daring Robber Uses Scissors To Rob Mobile Phone Store In Ventura

Fri, February 20, 2015

Police are looking for a daring robber who used a pair of scissors to rob a mobile phone store in Ventura. Ventura Police say a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt, and a bandana entered an AT & T phone store on the 2800 block of Johnson Drive at around 8 last night. He threatened to Read the Rest…


Nation’s Largest Cycling Race Returns To Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

Fri, February 20, 2015

The nation’s largest cycling race will again bring some of the world’s top competitors in the sport to Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The Amgen Tour of California announced than 144 of the world’s top cyclists with take place in the internationally televised event from May 10th to 17th. Stage Five of the race, which Read the Rest…


Nation’s Largest Cycling Race Announces Details Of Race Stage On Central Coast

Fri, February 20, 2015

The nation’s largest cycling race is again returning to the Central Coast this spring, with a more than 100 mile stage which will take riders through a number of Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo County communities. The Amgen Tour of California announced than 144 of the world’s top cyclists with take place in the Read the Rest…


Ventura County Planning Commission Rejects Appeal Of Permits For New Oil Wells

Fri, February 20, 2015

An effort to block some new onshore oil wells in Ventura County has been rejected. A company wants to drill seven new oil wells north of Piru. County planners had already approved zoning clearances for the wells, which are in established oil field areas. The environmental group Los Padres ForestWatch had appealed the decision to Read the Rest…


As Movie “Selma” Vies For Oscar, Ventura County Couple There For Civil Rights Fight Recalls Historic Events In That City

Fri, February 20, 2015

The final countdown is on for the Academy Awards, and one of the films up for “Best Picture” is “Selma,” the movie based on some key events in the civil right movement. It’s more than a movie for one Ventura County couple, because they were among the whites who travelled to Selma to fight for Read the Rest…


Red Light Ticket Scam Targeting People In Ventura County

Thu, February 19, 2015

A scam is targeting Ventura County residents, in which someone claiming to be a police officer calls, and tells the victim that they face arrest because a red light camera caught them failing to stop at an intersection. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department detectives say the scammer tells the victim they can avoid jail time by Read the Rest…


Construction Underway On New Affordable Housing Complex In Ventura County

Thu, February 19, 2015

Work is now underway on a new affordable housing apartment complex intended to help people with special needs on the South Coast. The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura is building what’s being called Castillo Del Sol, a 39 unit apartment complex on the 3000 block of East Main Street in Ventura. It’s Read the Rest…


Roadside Rest Stop In Santa Barbara County Used By More Than One Million People Annually Set To Reopen After Renovations

Thu, February 19, 2015

A normally busy highway rest stop in Santa Barbara County which been closed for ten months for renovations is finally set to reopen. The Gaviota Rest Area on Highway 101 will be ready for use again on Monday. The $900,000 plus dollar project’s main goal was to renovate the restrooms, with the focus on replacing Read the Rest…


Final Report On Isla Vista Rampage Which Left Six Dead, 14 Hurt Says Killer Spent Close To A Year Planning It

Thu, February 19, 2015

A just released final report on the May, 2014 Santa Barbara County rampage which left six people dead, and 14 injured shows that the killer spent close to a year planning it. KCLU’s Lance Orozco more on the summary of the investigation into the Isla Vista attacks. Click on link to listen to/download story:  IV Read the Rest…


Proposed Changes At Cal State Northridge To Deal With Enrollment Crunch Will Make It Tougher For Ventura County High School Graduates To Attend CSUN

Thu, February 19, 2015

Ventura County high school graduates may soon have a harder time getting admission to a nearby university. It’s a tough situation for one Cal State University campus, but could boost enrollment at another one. KCLU’s Lance Orozco explains the situation, and the proposed change. Click on link to listen to/download story:  CSUN Enrollment Changes


Central Coast Man Convicted Of Manslaughter, Other Charges For Crash Which Killed Two

Thu, February 19, 2015

A Central Coast man could face up to 15 years in prison after driving a forklift on the wrong side of a road, and killing two people when it smashed into a car. A jury convicted Daniel Garcia Castillo guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, as well as three Read the Rest…


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