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Ventura County is getting a new court commissioner.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Derek Malan will become the county’s newest court commissioner August 8th, after being selected for the post by the county’s Superior Court judges. He’s been a prosecutor with the county for 16 years. Most recently, he’s been working with the DA’s Major Crimes Unity, working with a multi-agency task force targeting domestic, and international drug trafficking.

Ventura County has cleared the last big hurdle towards making critical repairs to a levee which federal officials say might not be able to handle a massive storm.

Ventura County Supervisors approved studies aimed at upgrading the earth and rock levee on parts of the Santa Clara River in the Oxnard area.

The Santa Barbara bicycle master plan has been supported by city leaders to make the streets safer for bike riders and drivers.

Transportation officials have been a topic of widespread debates community meetings and redesigns for months.

They have been especially concerned about the way the roads have been shared during the heavy commute hours, and also the high rate of injury accidents in recent years between cars and bikes.

(Photo by Stephen Schafer, Schaf Photo)

It sounds like the deal of a lifetime. How would you like a two story, 2200 square foot house on the South Coast for free?

There are some catches. First, you have to come get the house. And second, it’s what real estate agents would call a fixer upper.

A Ventura conservancy group is working with the owners of the historic 140 year old house to find someone willing to move, and restore it.

A two-year-old boy that apparently was able to get out of sight of his parents was found nearly drowned Sunday night.

Paramedics and the harbor patrol arrived quickly at the scene near Stearn's Wharf in Santa Barbara.

A South Coast university has received a million dollar plus grant to help at risk middle and high school students have a better chance of success in high school, and college.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is getting a $1.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its TRIO program. 500 students at five middle schools and two high schools in western Ventura County will be served during the five year long effort.

It was called a suspicious device when it was found in the aisle of a South Coast Walmart a month ago, and investigators now say it was a chemical weapon created with instructions found on the internet.   Now, there's been an arrest in the case.

The latest research on autism shows that one in 68 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum.

Now a Ventura County-based university is establishing a new center to initially provide information, and eventually perhaps services, to those living with autism in the region.

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days Fiesta is known for horses, dancing, food, culture and the famous cascarones - confetti-filled eggs that are smashed all over town.

In recent years, the paper confetti isn't the only filler.

The colorful shiny plastic mylar has also been added in some of the eggs or small bags of confetti.

The once-blue-roofed Miramar Hotel and Convention Hall in Montecito is finally making a comeback.

Ownership and design changes on the project have gone on for 16 years.

A Conejo Valley woman embarks on a six-day horseback ride on Monday through the Santa Monica Mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Ruth Gerson, who’s 81-years young and full of adventure, says she’s excited to ride the 67-mile Backbone Trail -- from Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County to Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles -- with four of her female friends.  

“This is not just for young people," she said. "This is for anyone who wants to do it.”

A Ventura County woman who spearheaded a program to train search dogs and their handlers for disasters has recently been recognized for her efforts.

Eighty-two-year-old Wilma Melville of Santa Paula founded the Ojai-based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in 1996 and recently received the Award of Achievement for Humanitarian Efforts from the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots.

An elderly man is hit and killed on a morning walk and the search is on for the person responsible. 

Family members in a Goleta Valley neighborhood have confirmed 88 year old Miguel Gutierrez Vargas has died from his injuries sustained in a hit and run accident Thursday morning.

LAST UPDATE - 1:00 PM

Two traffic accidents are disrupting travel in northern Santa Barbara County this afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol reopened the #2 lane of southbound US 101 south of Buellton at 12:30.

The #1 lane will remain closed until further notice.

All lanes were closed at Santa Rosa Rd around 9:45 Thursday morning after a pickup truck and trailer went through a railing at Three Bridges.

VENTURA COUNTY AIR UNIT

LAST UPDATE: 6:00 P.M.

A vegetation fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the Lake Sherwood area of Ventura County.

The Sherwood Fire has now grown to between 30 and 45 acres.

It was first reported at 3:45 this afternoon, close to the 100 block of China Flats Road, an area of light-to-moderate brush.

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