A search is underway in Ventura County for a man who attempted to abduct a girl on her way to school.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say a nine year old girl was riding her bike to school in Newbury Park just after eight Friday morning.

CHP officers say a woman suffered minor injuries when a Ventura County Sheriff’s office patrol vehicle rear-ended a car on Highway 101.

The accident happened at around 8 a.m. Thursday on northbound Highway 101 near Flynn Road, in Camarillo. Investigators say the deputy was on his radio reporting an accident on the freeway when he noticed the traffic ahead of him was rapidly slowing.

The officer swerved into the freeway median to avoid the traffic. But, a car had stopped in the median, and he hit it. The deputy was uninjured.

The governor signed into law a bill authored by a Ventura County legislator intended to help protect members of the military against consumer fraud.

AB 3212 expands the period in which service members are protected against things like eviction, foreclosure, default judgement, and repossession.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials issued an order requiring all health care workers in the county to get flu shots.

The mandatory order affects doctors, nurses, support staff, and even volunteers who provide patient care, or work in patient care areas.  They are at higher risk of contracting, and spreading influenza because of exposure to seriously ill people.

A boat is arriving in Ventura Harbor, wrapping up a trip from the Channel Islands which was more than 20 million years in the making. As Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History geologist Jonathan Hoffman watches, a crane moves a 700 pound crate from the boat to a dock. Inside are some fossils which may be the oldest of their kind ever found on the West Coast, from what’s known as a Sea Cow.

The search for two children still unaccounted for after the January 9th mudflow in Montecito has restarted.

The all-volunteer group The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, led by Abe Powell, is spearheading the search.

Powell and a team are going through some remaining debris piles that were moved out of the way in the reconstrucion process, even though search dogs had combed through the area.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

It was a close call for a couple in a car which went off of Highway 101 and rolled onto railroad tracks in Santa Barbara County, and was then hit by an oncoming passenger train.

The car was headed southbound on Highway 101 near Gaviota just after one Wednesday afternoon when the driver lost control. The vehicle rolled down an embankment, and ended up on some railroad tracks.

(Ventura County photo)

Parking oversized vehicles on streets will now get you a ticket in a Ventura County community.

Ventura County Supervisors approved an ordinance banning the parking of large vehicles on streets in Oak View. 16 signs have been posted throughout the community.

Ventura County has received an unusual gift towards a project officials hope they will never need to use.

Kaiser Permanente gave the county nearly $25,000 to expand the body storage capacity at the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

(Pete Souza/The White House)

She’s had an amazing life. She has a degree in nursing, a masters degrees in religion, worked as a school instructor, and along the way, had three kids. Then, at age 60, she ran for Congress, and won not just once, not twice, but nine times, representing Santa Barbara, and parts of Ventura and Sam Luis Obispo Counties. Lois Capps became known for her efforts to protect the environment, and her fights for quality health care.Now, she's written a new book about her experiences.

Concerns over a salt marsh project in Carpinteria have the work getting a second look in an area where big trucks are hauling out silt.

Santa Barbara County Flood Control District officials say the work will open the channels for winter rainfall runoff and keep the special reserve ecologically vibrant.

Three Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies are recovering from injuries they received trying to take a man acting erratically into custody. It happened just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, on the 2500 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Deputies responding to a call of a man behaving erratically near Conejo Elementary School say they found Valentin Gandarilla talking to himself, and throwing his hands up in the air. When they tried to talk to him, they say he started to run.

Before he retired, he was once Santa Barbara County’s Fire Chief.   Now, three years after he left the agency, Michael Dyer is back again, but this time on an interim basis.

Current Fire Chief Eric Peterson is retiring after more than three decades with the agency. The county is launching a search for a new chief, but Dyer agreed to come out of retirement to fill the post on an interim basis.

(Ventura County Fire Department Air Unit)

Ventura County firefighters are mopping up a brush fire outside of Simi Valley.

What's called the Yosemite Fire was discovered just after one p.m. Tuesday, in the hills north of Highway 118.  No structures were threatened. The fire burned about 60 acres of land.

With the help of helicopters and air tankers, firefighters had the upper hand on the 60 acre blaze by around 3 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

John Palminteri

At a town hall meeting Monday night, UCSB Professor Edward Keller urged Montecito residents to leave if strong rains are forecast this winter.

Keller has been studying mudflows for years.  He said larger ones have happened over time; and some were neven bigger than the mudflow that happened January 9th.