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A Ventura County man is facing a number of criminal charges after prosecutors say he used social media to befriend young girls, and then have sex with them.

Ventura County Sheriff's detectives say they started investigating Raul Garcia of Thousand Oaks after receiving a tip from a school resource officer about a teen getting some explicit pictures.  They say they've identified four victims between 12 and 15 years old, and think it's possible there are more.

The Thursday morning commute on a key Ventura County freeway has been disrupted.

All northbound lanes of Highway 23 are closed between Highway 101 and Janss Road because of a fatal accident involving a pedestrian. 

A South Coast city is trying to help some of its small businesses cope with the impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

The City of Thousand Oaks has created a Small Business Assistance Grant Program.  The city will give eligible locally-owned small businesses up to $10,000 in the form of grants.

A couple has apparently taken the idea of togetherness a little too far, with detectives saying the husband and wife teamed up for a series of commercial burglaries in Ventura County.

Investigators say Edward and Sarah Cruz of San Diego burglarized a Thousand Oaks clothing store, and an eyeglass store in January.

The Central and South Coasts were the scene of a number of protest events last weekend over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.  But, unlike some of the demonstrations in bigger cities around the country, the ones in our region were peaceful.

(CHP Moorpark photo)

Many travelers found themselves spending a lot more time in the Conejo Valley than they planned over the weekend, after two separate incidents closed the 101 Freeway.

On Saturday night, a chase invoving a van which started in San Bernardino County ended when the CHP deployed spike strips on Highway 101 near the Ventu Park offramp in Newbury Park. 

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts is now at 783, up 88 from Monday. Ventura County has 350 total cases, up by 33. But, county officials say some of those cases were from lab reports over the weekend. The county’s number of deaths also grew by three, from 10 to 13. The latest deaths were people between 51 and 89 with pre-existing health conditions.

Jonathan Stanger is doing a lunchtime concert in the most unlikely of spots. He’s standing in the planter of a driveway to a shopping center just off of Thousand Oaks Boulevard, in Thousand Oaks, playing his saxophone. The professional musician normally performs at high end events, like parties and at estate showings. But, coronavirus has cleared is normally busy performance schedule.

A Ventura County man has been arrested after detectives say he stole a vehicle, and then used it to try to use it to rip an ATM out of a shopping center.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say Ricardo Herrera broke into a Thousand Oaks business and stole several items, including the keys to a vehicle.

Coronavirus concerns have led to the closure of a number of government offices and facilities on the Central and South Coasts. Ventura County has closed most of its buildings, with the exception of hospitals and clinics. Many county services are still available online, and county phone lines are being staffed during business hours.

A touring theater company which stages Broadway shows has announced a new five-show season for Ventura County.

The American Theater Guild will do Cats, South Pacific, An Officer And A Gentleman, Waitress, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

A Ventura County man has been arrested for the stabbing death of his mother. Police and firefighters were called to a home on Woodlawn Drive in Thousand Oaks February 4th by reports of someone not breathing. They found Nancy Schneider and her son Christopher with stab wounds. The 66 year old woman died a short time later at a hospital.

Detectives think a family disturbance led to the murder of a Ventura County woman. Police officers and firefighters were called to a home on the 900 block of Woodland Drive in Thousand Oaks Tuesday afternoon by reports of a woman not breathing. They found a 66 year old woman with multiple stab wounds, as well as an injured 31 year old man.

Authorities are investigating an incident in Ventura County which has left one person dead, and a second seriously injured. Officers were called to a home on the 900 block of Woodlawn Drive in Thousand Oaks just after two Tuesday afternoon. They found a woman and a man with significant wounds. The woman later died at a hospital.

A longtime South Coast law enforcement officer and police chief is retiring. Commander Tim Hagel has been Thousand Oaks Police Chief for six years, and a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office for more than 30.