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This is a big week for pro football fans on the South Coast.

The Dallas Cowboys arrived in Ventura County Thursday afternoon for their annual summer training camp in Oxnard. They flew into Naval Base Ventura County where they had a private meet and greet and autograph session for base personnel, and their families.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help in solving the murder of a Ventura County man.

Christopher Camper was shot to death as he stood at a bus stop on the 1900 block of North Ventura Road in Oxnard June 25th.

Detectives are looking for the driver of a 1990’s era silver Cadillac which was in a nearby parking lot. Oxnard Police are calling it a “vehicle of interest.” They don’t think the driver is a suspect in the killing of the 32 year old Oxnard man. They think the driver is a possible witness.

There’s a new place to play on the South Coast for you and your four-legged friends. 

For many years, pet owners have been bringing their dogs to Campus Park in Oxnard for some outdoor playtime. The park located at the corner of fifth and H streets has been an unofficial dog park. But, this week it’s becoming official.

“We’re really excited about offering this improved space to pets and their owners,” said Oxnard Public Relations Manager Delana Gbenekama.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home, there’s an event on the South Coast Saturday which may help you.

The Ventura County Community Development Corporation is holding its annual Homeownership Fair at its facility on Sturgis Road in Oxnard.

California Strawberry Festival

About 60,000 people are expected to attend a festival this weekend that celebrates a fruit grown on the South Coast. It’s the 33rd Annual California Strawberry Festival that takes place this weekend at Strawberry Meadows of College Park in Oxnard.

"It's probably the best thing to happen to Oxnard, where we feature the strawberry and invite families to come enjoy this two-day festival," said Kim Gibas, the festival's chairperson.

Police say the shooting deaths of a husband and wife in Ventura County over the weekend now appear to be the result of a murder/suicide.

Autopsies were completed on the Oxnard couple yesterday. Detectives say the autopsy results and evidence at the scene indicate Saul Lemus shot to death his wife Sinia at their Barrymore Drive home, and then killed himself. Investigators say there were no past reports of domestic violence in the home.

The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered inside a home in Oxnard, and detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

Oxnard Police Sergeant Bakari Myers says officers were called to the 5400 block of Barrymore Drive just before 5 p.m. yesterday.

"Upon arrival, officers discovered a male and a female deceased from apparent gunshot wounds," he said.

The body of a woman has been found in the alley off of a South Coast street, and the death is now being called suspicious.

Oxnard Police say the body was found around 7:45 a.m. yesterday on the 1700 block of South Oxnard Boulevard. Emergency personnel pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

Detectives aren’t talking about the cause of death, but say it appears to suspicious.

The woman’s name hasn’t been released yet.

Narcotics detectives in Ventura County say they’ve arrested an Oxnard man on a manslaughter charge after they say he supplied heroin which led to a fatal drug overdose.

Christopher Ariaz died last December 15th in Oxnard from a heroin overdose. The Ventura County Narcotics Task Force opened an investigation, and identified Ryan Tepezano of Oxnard as the suspected heroin supplier.

The 36 year old man was arrested on a series of drug related charges in January, and pled guilty to the charges. He’s currently in the Ventura County Jail.

An investigation by Ventura County Sheriff's Office, and Oxnard Police Department narcotics detectives led to the seizure of more than 100 pounds of marijuana worth about $450,000, as well as the arrest of a suspected drug dealer.

Detectives say their investigation led to Daniel Forhan of Oxnard. They arrested the 37 year old man, and got a search warrant for his home on the 1600 block of S. Victoria Road in Oxnard.

With El Nino failing to produce the blockbuster rain many had hoped for this year, local water agencies are trying to nail down exactly how their customers will be impacted this summer and fall.

Heavy rain and snowfall in Northern California will help some Central and South Coast districts which get state water, while other districts dependent on local sources face yet more shortfalls.

Farm workers chant "Si, Se puede," meaning "Yes, we can."  They hold up signs that say “We Feed You” and pictures of Cesar Chavez, along with dancers dressed in colorful Aztec costumes and a little mariachi. More than 100 people marched through the streets on Sunday, sending one clear message.

An Arizona newspaper reports that Oxnard’s top cop is a semifinalist to become the City of Phoenix’s next police chief.

Jeri Williams is a former Phoenix Assistant Chief who became Oxnard’s Chief in January of 2011. The Arizona Republic reports she’s one of 10 semifinalists for the top post. She’s an Arizona native, and her husband still lives in Phoenix.

Phoenix’s current chief is set to retire this fall, prompting the search for a replacement.

One South Coast city has issued a warning about a rash of auto thefts.

More than 30 vehicles have been reported stolen in the City of Oxnard since April 1st. The thieves have been targeting Hondas, specifically Civics and Accords from the 1990’s. Detectives are warning people to make sure their vehicles are properly locked.

They say if it appears someone has broken into your vehicle, call 911 immediately, and do not enter it so fingerprints can be preserved for investigators.

The NFL has released details on workout schedules for all of its teams, including the Los Angeles Rams, which will hold its spring training in Oxnard.

The Rams will begin their off season workouts April 18th, using the Dallas Cowboys training site in Oxnard for spring training. The agreement allows the team to use the facilities until the Cowboys arrive for summer training camp. The spring activities aren’t full team drills, but are strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation workouts. The workouts are closed to the public.

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