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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.

A local law enforcement agency assisted federal agents in intercepting more than a million dollars worth of illegal drugs.

The Simi Valley Police Department says its officers worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration Friday when they arrested 61-year-old Luis Chavez and 47-year-old Sergio Vega for federal drug violations after seizing 46 pounds of cocaine and two pounds of heroin. The street value is over $1.2 million. The amount of drugs seized would have provided more than 200,000 doses of illegal drugs to drug addicts.

Wanted Suspect Gets Nabbed After Wild Chase

Aug 13, 2016

Authorities have arrested a wanted suspect on the South Coast, but not before a wild police chase.

Thousand Oaks Police detectives were investigating 34-year-old Joshua Nation of Newbury Park, who was accused of several counts of felony identity theft and felony domestic violence. When officers tried to stop him Friday afternoon in Simi Valley at East Los Angeles Avenue and 5th Street, the suspect sped away.

A skydiver has set a world record on the South Coast.  

Luke Aikins jumped 25,000 feet without a parachute at the Big Sky movie ranch on the outskirts of Simi Valley on Saturday. He hit the 100-by-100-foot net perfectly, quickly climbed out of it and walked over to hug his wife.  It was broadcast live on the Fox network. 

Eight people were treated for exposure to a chemical cloud following an accident at a Ventura County health club.

It happened just after 10 Friday morning, at Gold’s Gym on the 1300 block of East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley. Captain Scott Dettorre, with the Ventura County Fire Department, says too much chlorine was apparently put into the pool. He says some of it bubbled to the surface, creating a gas cloud.

(VCFD Photo)

Two people were hurt when an SUV crashed into a pizza parlor in Ventura County.

It happened just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, in a shopping center on the 2700 block of Tapo Canyon Road in Simi Valley.

The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries, and an employee inside had moderate injuries.

There’s no word yet on what led to the accident.

(Simi Valley Police Department Photo)

A joint DEA-Simi Valley Police investigation led to the seizure of more than 24 pounds of methamphetamine, and four arrests.

The investigation is still underway, but narcotics detectives have been working on the case for several weeks. Simi Valley Police say it was a drug dealing operation involving people from Los Angeles and Kern Counties who were importing drugs into Ventura County.

An effort to crack down on prostitution on the South Coast led to the arrests of seven men.

Federal DEA agents and Simi Valley Police say a joint investigation led to the seizure of more than 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Investigators conducted a pair of raids, one in El Monte, and the second in the community of San Fernando. Two men were arrested during the raids, which were the result of undercover operations.

The nation said goodbye to former First Lady Nancy Reagan during ceremonies in Ventura County today.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco was at the funeral at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and wraps up our week long coverage of the passing of the First Lady.

Nearly a thousand invited guests ranging from former president George W. Bush to Michelle Obama are in Ventura County for the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

After three days of memorial events, the funeral is now underway at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and will be followed by her burial on the library grounds next to the late President.

Final preparations are underway for Friday's funeral for former First Lady Nancy Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

A thousand people are expected to be on hand for the private funeral ceremony of the former First Lady

Thousands of people are lining up in Ventura County to pay their final respects for former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

She's lying in repose at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, with two days of public viewing  wrapping up today (Thursday) before her private funeral Friday.

Three days of formal mourning for Nancy Reagan are underway, as the former First Lady’s casket arrived at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley for public viewing, and her funeral.

Tens of thousands of people are showing up to pay their respects.

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