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A South Coast theater program has won national honors. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival gave two awards to California Lutheran University’s production of “columbinus.”

An 84 year old Santa Barbara County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being convicted of child molestation and sexual assault. Santa Barbara County prosecutors say Robert Charles Hawley was a serial pedophile who abused members of his family.

Rob Lewin is looking forward to being able to get some real rest for the first time in four years. That was when he became Director of Santa Barbara County’s Office of Emergency Management. In four years, he faced six major fires, the Alamo, Ray, Sherpa, Whittier, Thomas, and Holiday brush fires. On top of that, there was the deadly 1/9 debris flow in Montecito. Lewin is planning to retire this spring.

An 81 year old Ventura County man has been sentenced to a year in jail after pleading no contest to stealing more than $100,000 from a police foundation. Prosecutors say Gale Hartman was treasurer of the Ventura Police Community Foundation.

A unique open classroom project on the South Coast which dates back decades may be coming to an end. Tuesday night, the Ventura School Board is set to consider cancelling the kindergarten through fifth grade program.

Two missiles were launched from the Central Coast in what the Pentagon called a successful test of a defense system.

The missiles were launched in quick succession from Vandenberg Air Force just after 10:30 Monday morning.

Unemployment dips across the South and Central Coasts.

The California Employment Development Department is reporting a jobless rate of 4% in February for Ventura County, which is down from 4.4% in January.

A teenager on the South Coast has been arrested after he was accused of threatening to commit a school shooting.

Ventura police say just after 1 pm on Friday, a school resource officer working at Buena High School was alerted to the threat made by a male student.

Imagine your phone telling you if you have a bacterial infection. There’s now a tool designed for clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices that can do just that. UC Santa Barbara researchers developed a smartphone app that allows users to detect bacteria at a low cost in under an hour, which can be life-saving.

Ventura County has made the latest move in what’s been sort of a round of musical chairs in running the region’s animal control programs. Jackie Rose has been appointed as the new Director of Ventura County Animal Services. She’s been in the field for more than a decade, most recently running a county program in Portland, Oregon.

The Central and South Coasts are getting more than five million dollars in federal funding to fight homelessness. The money is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care Program.

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A new Coast Guard cutter named after a Coast Guard officer who died trying to capture drug smugglers in the Channel Islands was commissioned Friday. The Terrell Horne III is one of four new fast response ships being home ported at the Coast Guard base in Long Beach.

Authorities are investigating the death of a Central Coast teenager which is being called suspicious. Guadalupe Police responding to reports of a gunshot found the body of a 17 year old boy in a home on the 700 block of Olvera Street Thursday night.

It started when Mason Mazolla of Ventura had an earache. The 16 year old high school student went to a doctor to get it checked. It got him thinking, and led him to turn his experience into a science experiment. Now, that experiment is one of more than 500 at the 2019 Ventura County Science Fair.

Police say two robbers thought they had successfully stolen thousands of dollars worth of smart phones in Ventura County, but they were arrested as they tried to flle to LA.. Simi Valley Police say a man and woman from Los Angeles entered a phone store on the 2200 block of Tapo Street just after 7 Thursday night.

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