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Photo by Patriotic Productions

There’s a special exhibit this weekend on the South Coast that honors service men and women who lost their lives during the War On Terror.

It’s the National Remembering Our Fallen Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley.

Gold Star mother Noala Fritz, who lost her son Jacob in 2007, is traveling with this national memorial.

Authorities have arrested a man for a crime that caused a scare for residents of a South Coast community.

Simi Valley Police say on Friday they arrested 23-year-old Darnell McDuffie, a transient from Oxnard, on burglary and assault charges. It stems from an incident that happened on July 22nd. Police say around 5:30 that morning, they received a call from a resident who interrupted a burglary in her condo on the 1700 block of Sinaloa Road. Detectives say the suspect battered the woman and tried to restrain her using duct tape.

A man is dead after his car plunged off a South Coast freeway.

The car was apparently headed eastbound on Highway 118 in Simi Valley when it plunged off the roadway, and into a wash near the freeway’s Tapo Canyon exit. The wreckage was spotted Sunday afternoon by a woman who could see it from her backyard.

The man, who was from Long Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released yet.

Authorities are investigating a double fatal accident on the South Coast.

It happened on Saturday just after 4 am on the westbound 118, just west of Stearns Street, in Simi Valley. The California Highway Patrol says two people were killed. The accident involved multiple vehicles. No other information has been released.

Health officials are warning the public not to come into contact with water in part of a South Coast city due to a sewage spill.

Ventura County’s Environmental Health Division says around 7 a.m. Friday, about 500 gallons of raw sewage was discharged in Simi Valley in the 1100 block of Waltham Circle. It was the result of a blockage in the city’s main line, which was later cleared and the discharge stopped.

A man who apparently was trying to spark a confrontation with police entered the lobby of a police department’s headquarters in Ventura County armed with what appeared to be a pistol.

Simi Valley Police say the man entered the lobby of their building on the 3900 block of Alamo Street just after 10 p.m. Sunday. Officers say he called dispatchers through a lobby phone, screaming that he wanted officers to come and get him.

It was a long night for residents of one South Coast neighborhood, after a domestic disturbance led to a nearly six hour long standoff between a man, and a SWAT team.

Simi Valley Police were called to the 1600 block of Rory Lane just before one a.m. Monday. A woman told police that her adult son had threatened to kill her with a knife. She suffered a minor cut, but was able to flee to safety.

(Department of Energy photo)

It’s been a controversial issue in eastern Ventura County, and the western San Fernando Valley for years. What needs to be done to clean an old nuclear testing and rocket lab facility near Simi Valley? A draft report on options to clean up part of the pollution at the Santa Susana Field Lab has been released, and is up for public comments. The Draft Environment Impact Statement looks at proposals for nearly 500 acres of land east, and northeast of the lab site.

The former head of a foundation in Ventura County has been arrested on grand theft, and forgery charges.

Ventura County prosecutors say Joanne Abruzzese stole more than $50,000 from the Simi Valley Community Foundation.

The Simi Valley woman worked for the foundation for four years, including two as Executive Director. Prosecutors say she wrote checks from the foundation’s bank account to her home mortgage company. Foundation officials say they found evidence of fraud last year, which sparked an investigation leading to the arrest.

Tension was high in part of one Ventura County community Friday, as a man stopped by police barricaded himself in his truck on a normally busy city street.

It started at around 10 a.m. Friday on First Street, near Cochran in Simi Valley. Police stopped the truck after officers say they noticed it was being driven erratically, blocking it with patrol vehicles. The driver, who hasn’t been identified yet, refused to surrender.

Authorities on the South Coast are searching for a man wanted for attempted murder in a stabbing that left a victim in critical condition.

Simi Valley Police say they received a 911 call around 8 last night to report that a crime took place on the 200 block of Ulysses Street. Officers discovered a 32-year-old man, who lived in the home, suffering from life-threatening stab wounds to his torso. Emergency responders treated the man and then rushed him to Los Robles Hospital where he remains in a medically induced coma and in critical condition.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

It’s now easier for residents living on the South and Central Coasts to help law enforcement agencies fight crime.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has introduced a new citizen online reporting website. The public can file incident reports – including lost property, identity theft and vandalism – 24 hours a day online.

"It allows deputies to focus on priority calls instead of filling out paperwork that the citizen can easily fill out themselves," Kelly Hoover with the Sheriff’s Office said. "It just frees them up to do more proactive police work."  

She added that residents should still call the sheriff’s office for any in-progress calls or 911 emergencies.

(Ventura County Fire Department Air Unit)

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a brush fire which burned near some homes in eastern Ventura County, putting up a huge plume of smoke before it was contained.

The fire was discovered shortly after 2:30 Tuesday afternoon off of Sage Street, and Laurel Ridge Drive in the Wood Ranch area of Simi Valley.

The blaze quickly grew to more than 60 acres, but firefighters aided by good brush clearance around homes were able to keep the flames confined to a canyon between neighborhoods.

Life was good for Colleen Abbinanti of Simi Valley. The single mom had a good job, a nice place to live, and was involved with her son’s school. Then, suddenly, it all fell apart.

In 2007, as the recession hit, she lost her job with a construction company, and couldn’t find a new one. She was afraid to ask her family for help, even though she knew she was going to lose her home. Before she knew it, she was homeless. Abbinanti says it’s a position no one thinks will happen to them.

Nearly 300 girls and young women – mostly from Ventura County – spent part of their weekend learning how to be the leaders of tomorrow. 

The Young Women’s Leadership Summit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley was held on Saturday. Females aged 12 to 20-years-old from Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and Orange counties took part in the program.

"With being a leader, you need to be confident, you need to be kind, you need to be personal and responsible and especially respectful to others. Because I feel that leaders do not downgrade others. They want to empower others," 16-year-old Mallorie Mehrali, a junior at Adolpho Camarillo High School, said after learning about what it takes to become a leader.