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Man Arrested After 100 Mile An Hour Chase In Ventura County

Mon, August 18, 2014

A man has been arrested after police say he stole a car, and endangered others in a car chase in Ventura County which topped speeds of 100 miles an hour. It started just after 8 a.m. yesterday, in the area of Norbank Drive in Ventura.  A Ventura police officer noticed a car being driven which Read the Rest…


Man Struck Twice, Seriously Injured While Trying To Help Traffic Accident Victims On 101 Freeway In Ventura County

Mon, August 18, 2014

A good Samaritan who stopped to help people involved in a traffic accident on the 101 Freeway in Ventura County was seriously injured when he was struck twice by passing vehicles. It happened just after one a.m. yesterday, on the southbound 101 at Telephone Road in Ventura.  Witnesses say there was a traffic collision on Read the Rest…


Parole/Probation Sweep In Conejo Valley Results In 22 Arrests

Sun, August 17, 2014

A law enforcement parole, and probation sweep in the Conejo Valley led to 22 arrests. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department targeted 75 homes in Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, and Oak Park Saturday morning.  The parole and probation sweep focused on convicted gang members, drug users, and thieves. The arrests were for offenses including Read the Rest…


Man Mysteriously Found Dead In Vetura County Strip Mall Now Being Identified

Fri, August 15, 2014

A man who mysteriously died in a strip mall off the 101 Freeway in Ventura County is now being identified. The body of George Williams Junior was spotted by a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol around 10 yesterday morning. Williams was sitting against some buildings in a strip mall on the 1300 block of Read the Rest…


Mixed Martial Artist Wanted For Attack On Girlfriend Arrested in Ventura County

Fri, August 15, 2014

A Mixed Martial Artist who’s been the object of a nationwide search because of a brutal assault on his girlfriend has been arrested in Ventura County. Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals, and Simi Valley Police at a Simi Valley motel just before 2 this afternoon. Koppenhaver has been a Read the Rest…


Algae Impacting Taste, Smell Of Some Water On Central Coast, But Not Safety

Fri, August 15, 2014

Some drinking water on the Central Coast may not exactly look, or smell the same this week, because of algae. The Central Coast Water Authority says some non harmful algae compounds entered the State Water Project water supply. The City of Santa Maria put out word to its customers it has changed its water blend Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Murder Of His Girlfriend In Santa Paula

Fri, August 15, 2014

A Ventura County man is behind bars, after being arrested for the March murder of his girlfriend. Santa Paula Police yesterday arrested Antonio Magana for the March slaying of Ashley Moran. Detectives say the 21 year old Santa Paula woman had been stabbed to death.  Her body was discovered in a park on the city’s Read the Rest…


Unemployment Up For Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties

Fri, August 15, 2014

The latest figures show a spike in the unemployment rate for the South Coast. In Ventura County, the jobless rate went from 6.2% in June, to 7% in July.  Santa Barbara County unemployment is also up, going from 5.4% in June, to 6% in July. Statewide, unemployment remained flat from month to month, at 7.4%.  Read the Rest…


Unemployment Rate Flat Statewide, Up On Central Coast

Fri, August 15, 2014

The latest unemployment figures show that the jobless rate remained flat from month to month statewide, but increased on the Central Coast. California’s unemployment rate was 7.4% in June, and stayed the same for July. It was a much different picture locally.  Santa Barbara County climbed from 5.4% in June, to 6% in July.  San Read the Rest…


Three Search Warrants Served In Connection With Cal Poly Football Player Arrests

Fri, August 15, 2014

The investigation is continuing into the arrest of five Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football players following an armed robbery at a fraternity last  weekend. San Luis Obispo Police detectives served search warrants at three locations in the city yesterday, looking for additional evidence in the case. The players were suspended from the football program Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara School Renovation Project Set Back By Broken Water Pipe

Fri, August 15, 2014

A broken water pipe has dampened a multi-million dollar renovation project at a Santa Barbara school. KCLU’s John Palminteri has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  School Flooding


Santa Barbara County Researcher Says Baking Soda May Provide Endurance Boost For Athletes

Fri, August 15, 2014

It’s been an ongoing struggle to try to stop the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports. But, a Santa Barbara County researcher says a perfectly legal substance that’s in your kitchen right now might make a big difference for pro basketball players. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports a study by a Westmont College professor Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys Owner Says Team Will Return To Oxnard For Summer Training Camp In 2015

Fri, August 15, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys are wrapping up their summer training camp in Oxnard today, but team owner Jerry Jones is leaving the city with some good news, confirming that the team will be back next year. The Cowboys are in the final year of a contract with Oxnard, but have a three year option.  The Dallas Read the Rest…


Marijuana Operation Discovered in Ventura County Backcountry; More Than 800 Plants Seized

Fri, August 15, 2014

A marijuana cultivation operation has been discovered by authorities in Ventura County’s backcountry, leading to one arrest, and the seizure of more than 800 marijuana plants. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit, working with narcotics detectives first spotted the plants in the Rose Valley area, north of Ojai in July.  On August 12th, a Read the Rest…


Authorities Trying To Determine Cause Of Mysterious Death In Ventura County

Fri, August 15, 2014

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office is trying to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found slumped against a building off the 101 Freeway between Oxnard, and Camarillo. A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol spotted the man just before 10 a.m. yesterday on the 1300 block of Del Norte Read the Rest…


Free Counseling Being Offered In Wake Of Santa Barbara Quadruple Murder

Thu, August 14, 2014

Free counseling sessions are being offered at two Santa Barbara area schools in the wake of a quadruple murder which stunned the region this week. Nicholas Holzer is accused of killing his parents, as well as his two sons Monday night at the family’s Santa Barbara home. 13-year-old Sebastian Holzer was a student at La Read the Rest…


Central Coast Teen Killed In Head On Car Crash

Thu, August 14, 2014

A Central Coast teenager is dead, following a head-on traffic accident. It happened just before 2 this afternoon, on Highway 246 near Lompoc. CHP officer say Sklyer Kindschy was eastbound on the highway near Campbell Road, when for some reason the 17 year old drifted over the center line, and hit an oncoming car. The Read the Rest…


Body Found In Ventura County; Death Called Suspicious By Investigators

Thu, August 14, 2014

Authorities are on the scene of what they are calling a suspicious death in Ventura County. A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol this morning between Camarillo and Oxnard, on the 1300 block of Del Norte, noticed a man propped up against the wall of a strip mall who appeared to be in trouble. It Read the Rest…


Federal Government Stepping Up To Help With Drought Relief Project at Lake Cachuma

Thu, August 14, 2014

The federal government is going to help Lake Cachuma’s emergency project to pump water from the lake to southern Santa Barbara County. The lake’s level is falling so low, the water may soon drop beneath the gravity feed intakes which move water from the Santa Ynez Valley, to the Santa Barbara area. The Cachuma Operation Read the Rest…


Chumash Tribe Still Undecided Whether It Will Return To Los Angeles Clippers Sponsorship After Sale By Controversial Owner

Thu, August 14, 2014

Word that the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers were officially sold earlier this week created a big sigh of relief for the NBA, and many basketball fans, after months of controversy over their ownership. But, one of the team’s major advertisers, which is based in Santa Barbara County, still hasn’t decided whether it will Read the Rest…


Heating, Cooling Unit Fire Blamed For Blaze Which Forced Evacuation Of Santa Barbara Hotel

Thu, August 14, 2014

A problem with a heating, and air conditioning unit started a rooftop fire which led to the evacuation of a Santa Barbara hotel this morning. The fire was discovered at around 11:30. a.m., at the Hotel Indigo, on the 100 block of State Street.  People noticed smoke coming from the roof of the hotel. About a Read the Rest…


Emergency Shelter In Ventura County For Undocumented Immigrant Teens Closed

Thu, August 14, 2014

A emergency shelter in Ventura County for unaccompanied, undocumented teenagers who crossed into the U.S. illegally has closed. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Naval Base Ventura County Shelter Closed


Santa Barbara Hotel Fire Prompts Evacuations

Thu, August 14, 2014

A dozen people were evacuated from a Santa Barbara hotel this morning, after smoke start rising from the roof of the hotel. The fire was discovered just after 11 a.m.,  at the Hotel Indigo, on the 100 block of State Street.  No one was hurt, and eyewitnesses say it didn’t appear than the fire extended Read the Rest…


No Pro Football In Los Angeles? No Problem! Ventura County Has Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders

Thu, August 14, 2014

It’s been two decades since pro football has been played in Los Angeles. But, for the last few weeks, football fans have been flocking to Ventura County to get a close up taste of the NFL. KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports the Dallas Cowboys are wrapping up their summer training camp in Oxnard this week, which Read the Rest…


Water Releases Set For Lake Cachuma

Thu, August 14, 2014

In the face of the drought, it might seem like an unlikely time to release water from Lake Cachuma. But, KCLU’s John Palminteri reports some releases are set to help recharge the groundwater basin in the Santa Ynez Valley. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Cachuma Releases


One Dead, Four Hurt In Ventura County Car Crash

Thu, August 14, 2014

One person was killed, and four others hurt when a car went out of control, and crashed on the Pacific Coast Highway. It happened just after 7 last night, near Las Posas Road, in the Point Mugu area.  The northbound car flipped upside down, killing a child, and seriously injuring three others. The CHP says Read the Rest…


Arsonist Targets Vehicles In Ventura

Wed, August 13, 2014

An arsonist has been targeting vehicles in the City of Ventura. Ventura Police, and Fire Department investigators say four vehicles have been intentionally set on fire in the last week. The most recent incidents occurred today, with two fires set in two different vehicles an hour apart on West Vince Street early yesterday morning. No Read the Rest…


Caltrans Moves To Cut Water Use For Irrigation On State Highways On Central Coast

Wed, August 13, 2014

Caltrans is trying to cut down its water consumption on highways in Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties to help cope with the drought. The transportation agency says it will install a number of what it calls “smart irrigation” controllers at key locations on Highway 101, and Highway 1.  Caltrans officials say the controllers Read the Rest…


Charges Filed Against Santa Barbara Man Accused Of Killing Four Members Of His Family

Wed, August 13, 2014

Charges have formally been filed against a Santa Barbara man accused of killing four members of his family. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley today announced four murder counts had been filed against Nicholas Holzer.  The 45 year old man was accused to stabbing to death his parents, his two sons, and their dog Read the Rest…


Robert Cray Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Headline Santa Barbara Theater’s Jazz Concert Series

Wed, August 13, 2014

A South Coast theater is set to jazz up the region’s entertainment choices, The Lobero Theater’s 15th annual jazz concert series will include The Robert Cray Band, Taj Mahal, David Lindley, and the Preservation Hall Jazz band. There are more than a dozen events in the Santa Barbara theater’s lineup, which kicks off with Marshall Read the Rest…


Cal Poly President Says Football Program Will Be Investigated In Wake Of Player Arrests

Wed, August 13, 2014

The President of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo says the university will conduct an investigation into the possible use of illegal drugs, and criminal activity within the university’s football program, and on campus. The statement from Jeffrey Armstrong comes in the wake of a weekend armed robbery at a Cal Poly fraternity which led to Read the Rest…


Satellite Successfully Launched From Santa Barbara County

Wed, August 13, 2014

A satellite capable of taking some of the highest resolution images of Earth ever taken from space for commercial uses was successfully launched into orbit from the Central Coast today. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story. Click on link to listen to/download story:  Satellite Launch


VA Makes $1.7 Million Dollar Award For Homeless Veterans Services In Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles Counties

Wed, August 13, 2014

The VA has awarded $1.7 million dollars to a non-profit group to beef up homeless veterans services in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. The money will go to seven programs run through the Salvation Army in the region. It’s part of a VA goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by 2015.  The federal government Read the Rest…


Man Arrested For Killing Four Members Of His Family In Santa Barbara; Told Detectives “He Had To Do It”

Wed, August 13, 2014

Santa Barbara County is coping with another mass murder. Detectives say that Monday night, a Santa Barbara man killed four members of his family, and then called 911 to report it, telling arriving investigators that he had to do it. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has the story, from Santa Barbara. Click on link to listen to/download Read the Rest…


Satellite Launch From Central Coast Still Appears To Be A Go This Morning

Wed, August 13, 2014

It looks like a go this morning for the launch of a satellite from the Central Coast. United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base today, carrying the Worldview 3 satellite. It’s a multi-payload satellite, which has the ability to gather some of the highest definition images Read the Rest…


Prosecutors Decide Not To Purse Death Penalty In Ventura County Murder Case Dating Back to 1990′s

Tue, August 12, 2014

Ventura County prosecutors say they won’t see the death penalty in a 17 year old murder case which forensic investigators say they recently solved. On June 24, 1997, 16 year old Jake Bush was murdered when he, and his mother arrived at their Ventura home while a burglary was in progress. The crime remained unsolved Read the Rest…


Quadruple Murder In Santa Barbara; Suspect in Custody

Tue, August 12, 2014

Four people are dead, and a suspect is in custody for their killings at a home in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 600 block of Walnut Park Lane at around 11 last night.  It’s an unincorporated area of Santa Barbara.  Deputies found the bodies of four people who had Read the Rest…


Ventura County Woman Spearheads “UnSlut Project”; Effort To Help Women Victimized By Verbal, Cyber Abuse

Tue, August 12, 2014

It can be a brutal problem facing women, especially pre-teens and teenagers. Misguided gossip can turn quickly trash a reputation. And in some cases, when someone who’s been sexually assaulted is the target of the talk, it can be twice as painful. KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with a Ventura County woman who’s spearheading an effort, Read the Rest…


Dallas Cowboys To Host Oakland Raiders At Training Camp In Ventura County Today

Tue, August 12, 2014

While Los Angeles hasn’t hosted a pro football team in decades, Ventura County has not one, but two today. The Dallas Cowboys are in the last few days of the summer train camp in Oxnard.  But today and tomorrow for the first time, they will also host the Oakland Raiders, who will train with them. Read the Rest…


Legislation By State Senator From Santa Barbara To Monitor Gender Equality In Public School Sports Now On Governor’s Desk

Tue, August 12, 2014

A bill by a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to make sure there is no gender discrimination in public school sports programs is now on the governor’s desk for his consideration. Senate Bill 1349 requires public, and secondary schools to report statistics on the number of boys, and girls who take part in sports Read the Rest…


Three Injured In Traffic Accident Involving Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Vans

Mon, August 11, 2014

Three people were injured in a traffic accident which included two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department vans used to transport prisoners. It happened just before 10 this morning, at the intersection of Betteravia Road and Miller Street in Santa Maria. Santa Maria Police say a pickup truck ran a red light, and then hit the Read the Rest…


VA To Hold Open House Wednesday For Veterans On Central Coast

Mon, August 11, 2014

The Veterans Administration has been under fire recently for access to care, but this week it’s holding an event on the Central Coast to let people know about resources which are available. The Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the VA’s Outpatient Clinic in Santa Maria. The VA Read the Rest…


Five Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Football Players Arrested, Suspended Following Attempted Armed Robbery At Fraternity

Mon, August 11, 2014

Five members of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football team have been arrested, following what police say was an attempted armed robbery at a fraternity. San Luis Obispo Police were called to the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity on the 200 block of California Boulevard at around 2:30 yesterday morning, where they say they saw Read the Rest…


Central Coast Police Chief Announces Retirement Plans

Mon, August 11, 2014

A Central Coast police chief who’s been much more than just the top law enforcement officer for the city he serves has announced he’s going to retire. Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey says he’ll step down in December. Copsey has been with Grover Beach for a decade, and has worked in law enforcement for Read the Rest…


Teens Arrested In Connection With String Of More Than 40 Vehicle Burglaries In Ventura County

Mon, August 11, 2014

One man, and four teens have been arrested in connection with what Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say were more than 40 vehicle burglaries in the Conejo Valley. Deputies received a call around 5:30 Sunday morning from a resident noticing some teenage boys rummaging through vehicles parked on Los Padres Drive, in Thousand Oaks. The officers Read the Rest…


Historic Ventura County Railroad In Legal Battle Allowed To Resume Operations

Mon, August 11, 2014

A historic railroad in Ventura County is firing up its engines again, after the latest in a series of court rulings allowed it to at least temporarily resume operations. The Fillmore & Western Railway was evicted from the rail line owned by the Ventura County Transportation Commission earlier this summer, after the Commission and the Read the Rest…


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…


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