A Santa Barbara County businessman is facing prison after entering a guilty plea to a charge he defrauded investors by saying he could get them an inside track on stocks like Facebook and Twitter. Federal prosecutors say Elias Argyropoulos admitted bilking investors out of more than $1.4 million dollars, by promising amazing investment opportunities.

But, they say the Montecito man used the money for day trading unrelated to the promised stocks, as well as for his personal expenses.

Thunderstorms are once again back in the forecast for the Central and South Coast for the next few days.

There’s a chance of thunderstorm activity for the region’s mountains, and some of that could creep into inland valleys. There could be dangerous lightning, locally heavy rain, and even hail.

The chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms is in the forecast through Thursday. At this point though, there are no watches or warnings for the region’s brush fire burn areas.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says the county’s schools could do a much better job of explaining their sex education program to parents, so they can decide whether they want their children to participate.

It’s a story we first told you about in February. Some Central Coast college architectural students are helping a Northern California community ravaged by wildfires come up with some ideas on rebuilding. This week, students in the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo program run by Stacy White and Kent McDonald are in the community of Paradise, as the team presents its final findings to residents.

An agency which oversees more than 15,000 acres of open space in Ventura County has a new top executive.

Brian Stark is the new Administrator of the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency.  Stark has worked with a number of land preservation groups on the Central and South Coasts, and was most recently Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.

The four decade old City of Thousand Oaks agency is charged with protecting the land under its jurisdiction in the Conejo Valley, as well as making it as accessible as possible for the public.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says cities, and special districts need to do more to insure that all of the sports leagues which use their facilities have policies to protect against injuries, or child physical or sexual abuse.

It’s one of the most beautiful, and most unique state university campuses in California. But, the nearly two decade old Cal State Channel Islands campus has a now often forgotten past. Some six decades ago, what was Lewis Ranch was purchased by the State for creation of a mental health facility which would become known as Camarillo State Hospital.

Photo by The Greater Contribution

There’s a nonprofit based on the South Coast that aims to empower impoverished women in Africa in an unusual way. 

Thousand Oaks-based The Greater Contribution helps poor women living in Uganda by providing them with micro loans so they can start their own businesses.

Thunderstorm activity prompted a Flash Flood Watch for mountain areas of the Central and South Coasts Saturday.  There could be locally heavy rainfall at times in mountain areas Saturday afternoon and evening.  However, no watches or warnings have been issued for the region's brush fire burn zones.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

An early morning emergency call on the South Coast has turned into a murder case.

Santa Barbara Police were called to the 1300 block of Cacique Street just after one a.m. Saturday by reports of a fight.  They found a seriously injured man, who later died at a hospital.

Detectives aren't releasing any additional details.  The name of the victim hasn't been released yet.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

College students on the Central Coast are creating prosthetics for a boy who lost his fingers in a fiery car crash.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo engineering students are working on a pair of prosthetic hands for 10-year-old Julian Reynoso.

A man police say made multiple threatening calls to 911, and then was shot in a confrontation with an officer in Ventura has been released from the hospital, but is now facing criminal charges.

Ventura Police say on April 1st, Christopher Hays made calls saying he was going to attack local schools and police officers.  Police started looking for the Ventura man, and stopped him in the parking lot of the Ventura County Government Center.

The Central and South Coast have their first reported measles case of 2019. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department reports that a Santa Barbara man in his 20’s tested positive for the virus. He’s been in isolation since Wednesday.

There’s a unique science program that’s being taught to some middle school students on the South Coast that involves eating insects. It may sound nasty, but they’re doing it in the name of science.

It’s a dream held by many environmentalists: Phasing out all of the state’s fossil fuel production, and shifting to renewable resources. The State Senate has passed a bill by a Santa Barbara legislator intended to come up with a price tag for the taxpayer’s end of cleaning up, and removing facilities.