(Photos courtesy OPD)
Four people were arrested for driving drunk at an Oxnard DUI/DL checkpoint this weekend, including one driver police say almost crashed into the checkpoint.
The checkpoint was located on southbound Rose Avenue south of Tiesa Lane which is south of Gonzales Road near Saint John's Hospital.
It was conducted from 8 PM Saturday to 3 AM Sunday.
Police say 884 vehicles were screened and four drivers were arrested for DUI-Alcohol including that driver who was northbound on Rose and almost veered into the southbound lanes but collided into a light pole and tree in the center divider just a few feet south of the checkpoint.
A dozen drivers were cited for not having a license or driving on a suspended license.
A total of 18 citations were issued and four vehicles were towed.
Police say that while drunken driving remains a serious problem there is growing concern and attention now to people who drive while impaired by prescription medication or illegal drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs.
They say in California almost a third of the drivers in fatal crashes have one of more drugs in their system.
In fact they say a study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving than alcohol.
One person was wounded in an early morning shooting in south Oxnard Sunday.
It happened shortly after 1 AM in the 3600 block of S. B Street.
Police say a 25-year-old Oxnard man was standing in front of his home when he was shot.
The bullet struck his left arm.
The man was taken to the hospital and treated for what police say was a non-life threatening wound.
There is no information on who did it or why and police continue to investigate the incident.
Ventura police say they arrested a suspected prowler but not before he led them on a chase through a neighborhood early Sunday morning.
They say shortly before 12:30 AM officers responded to the 700 block of Saratoga Avenue regarding a suspicious man in a backyard.
At first they were unable to find him but the finally spotted a man running down Vernon Street.
Officers ordered him to stop but he kept going and ran into another backyard.
More officers responded and set up a perimeter as they searched for the man.
Police say the suspect ran through several backyards and then opened the back door to a home where the resident confronted him.
The man then ran through the house to the front door where officers confronted him and took him into custody.
Police say 43-year-old Ryan Burchell was arrested for prowling, resisting arrest, unlawful entry and a parole violation.
(Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)
Updated---The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says three people have been arrested after they found what Undersheriff Gary Pentis described in a tweet as "the largest and most professionally organized narcotics lab in Ventura County history."
It was a fully operational concentrated cannabis lab in Somis.
The department says that around 4:30 PM Friday narcotics detectives went to a residence in the 5500 block of Heatherton Drive to serve a felony theft arrest warrant for 30-year-old Kooshawn Shokraei of Somis who was living in that home.
When they entered the home to serve the warrant they immediately realized it contained what they described as "a very elaborate Butane Honey Oil Lab. That was in various stages of processing."
Detectives arrested Kooshawn Shokraei on the warrant and detained two other people, 38-year-old Keyan Shokraei of Somis and 23-year-old Brian Sommers of Camarillo, who they say were working in the lab.
The home was secured and a warrant was obtained.
Because of the extent of the operation and the amount of chemicals involved, hazmat teams along with narcotics detectives, spent all night and Saturday morning processing the lab and rendering the home safe.
Detectives say that they seized about 209 pounds of marijuana, 26 pounds of concentrated cannabis, evidence of sales of concentrated cannabis and a sum of U-S currency believed to be the proceeds of cannabis sales.
Pentis also tweeted that there were 55 gallon drums of butane and ethanol at the location.
All three men were reportedly released on bail.
(Photos by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
A new greenhouse went up this past week at Camarillo Airport and the construction crew was made up of teenage girls.
It was a program sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction and the aim was for young women to learn the trade whether it leads to a career or just makes them more self-sufficient and confident in their personal lives.
Around 20 teenage girls took part in the program to build the greenhouse that will be used by the Ventura County Office of Education's Agricultural Program.
The girls learned several construction skills during the five-day camp including how to properly use a table saw and how to operate a bulldozer.
Port Hueneme police say two suspects shot at a vehicle as it drove by them Friday night.
It happened around 8:30 PM in the 2700 block of Bolker Drive.
The people in the vehicle told police that they were driving southbound when they saw two males standing on the curb.
As the vehicle passed, the suspects who were standing on the curb yelled at the people in the vehicle.
One of the males then stepped into the street and began shooting at the vehicle.
He and the other suspect then ran off westbound into the neighborhood.
None of the five people in the vehicle were injured, but the trunk of the vehicle was struck by the gunfire.
The suspects were described only as two Hispanic males somewhere between 15-18 years of age with one wearing a grey shirt or sweatshirt and one with "slicked back hair."
Ventura police are investigating a stabbing at the train station at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
It was reported shortly after 10 PM Friday night at 39 Harbor Boulevard.
They say two men got into an altercation and one of them used an unknown type weapon to stab the other several times in the head.
About a half hour later a friend of the victim called 911.
Police found the victim, a 43-year-old transient, suffering from multiple wounds to his head.
He was taken to VCMC to be treated for serious, but not life threatening, injuries.
The suspect had fled the scene before police arrived.
The incident is still under investigation as police try to determine exactly what happened and try to find the suspect.
No other details were available.
UPDATE--A body believed to be that of a missing Thousand Oaks man was found Friday afternoon, a week after he was last seen.
65-year-old Clyde Miller had been the subject of an extensive ground and air search in the mountains and canyons near Thousand Oaks.
He had been reported missing earlier in the week and was last seen on Saturday June 17th.
Miller's vehicle was found Thursday parked at the Pentachaeta trailhead in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy located near Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village.
Search and rescue teams, trained search dogs, drones, helicopters and mounted horse units conducted an extensive search of the area.
Late Friday afternoon a private citizen provided information that led search teams to focus on a particular area.
At about 5:30 PM, a Sheriff's helicopter crew located an adult male in a ravine just inside Los Angeles County.
Paramedics were hoisted down into the ravine where they determined the man was deceased.
It's believed the body is that of Miller although a positive identification is pending from the Los Angeles County Coroner.
Currently, there is no indication of foul play.
Miller was known to be an avid hiker who was familiar with that area.
A Ventura County Jury Thursday convicted a Camarillo man of molesting four young girls over many years.
68-year-old Thomas Bork was convicted on all counts.
Two of the four victims were his foster children.
Prosecutor Erik Nasarenko told KVTA News the sexual abuse happened over four decades and actually involved at least six girls but they could only charge in four cases because of the statute of limitations.
At the time they were molested, the girls ranged in age from 3-10 years old.
The crimes happened in Ventura County and other counties.
The trial took one week.
Three of the four victims testified.
The fourth victim had died and her mother testified on her behalf.
The jury returned its guilty verdicts after less than a day of deliberations.
Bork is facing 50-years-to-life in prison when sentenced in September.
A restaurant in Camarillo has been shut down as public health officials investigate an unusually high number of cases of Shigella in Ventura County.
Eight people who dined at the Souplantation in Camarillo have shown laboratory evidence of the disease that is a bacteria and highly contagious.
It is usually marked with diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps but some people who have it can be symptom free and still pass it on.
Public health officials say Souplantation officials have been very cooperative and acted quickly to shut the restaurant down.
It will undergo a complete cleaning over the weekend and all of the food is being thrown out although no one food item has been indicated.
Top corporate officials are in town and all 40 employees are being tested and are being put through a sanitary training refresher course.
When the restaurant reopens, no employee will be allowed back to work until they clear the test and have taken the course.
The spread of Shigella can be stopped by frequent and careful hand washing.
People who come down with Shigella usually show symptoms within a day or two after being exposed to the bacteria.
It usually resolves in five to seven days.
That period of time can be shortened with an antibiotic treatment.
The people most at risk of serious illness are those with underlying immunosuppressive conditions.
Anyone who is exposed and showing symptoms should consult with their doctor.
(Photos courtesy OPD)
Oxnard police say they arrested two armed robbery suspects in the act Thursday night.
Around 10:16 PM there was a 911 call of two subjects walking with guns-in-hand toward the Circle K Market at 1954 N. Ventura Road.
Officers responded and encountered the two suspects as they were leaving the market carrying the cash and items taken during the robbery.
With guns drawn, officers stopped and detained and disarmed the suspects and took them into custody.
Police say during the robbery the two suspects had threatened to shoot the three store employees if they said anything.
One of the firearms was later determined to be a pellet gun.
Police arrested 19-year-old Eber Jeho Lopez Olguin of Oxnard and a male juvenile from Oxnard.
Olguin was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for robbery and kidnapping and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center.
There were no injuries.
(Photo courtesy Arleen Ayala)
Oxnard police say the motorcyclist who crashed Wednesday on Ventura Road at Bevra Avenue has died.
55-year-old Louie Reyes of Oxnard had been at VCMC since the crash.
Police say a patrol officer had attempted to stop Reyes for a speeding violation around 4:40 PM in the area of Ventura Road and Town Center Drive.
They say he failed to yield and continued southbound on Ventura Road.
In the area of Ventura Road and Bevra Reyes sideswiped a vehicle and then collided with a parked pickup truck.
Oxnard police say a second suspect has been arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting almost five years ago that left one person dead and another wounded.
They say 23-year-old Gustavo Cuevas of Oxnard was located in Menasha, Wisconsin and arrested Monday by the FBI and local police armed with an arrest warrant from Oxnard police.
He is now facing extradition to Ventura County on murder and other charges.
Cuevas is accused in the July 9, 2012 shooting in the 2500 block of Greenbrook Drive in Oxnard that killed 19-year-old Jose Gonzales of Oxnard and wounded a 22-year-old Oxnard man.
Last week, the first suspect arrested in connection with this case was allowed by prosecutors to plead guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and admit a gang allegation.
25-year-old Hugo Sanchez of Oxnard is facing ten years in state prison when he's sentenced in February.
Prosecutors said that Sanchez was not the shooter.
The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit has arrested four people for conspiring to use forged prescriptions to obtain controlled medications.
The investigation began in May with a report by the CVS Pharmacy in the 2700 block of Agoura Road in Thousand Oaks of a fraudulent or forged prescription.
The investigation revealed there had actually been up to 100 forged prescriptions passed at pharmacies in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
At the end of May, two individuals were identified as suspects and were located in the parking lot of a Walgreens in Thousand Oaks.
A search warrant was served on their vehicle and evidence was found related to the forged prescriptions.
34-year-old Daniel Key and 61-year-old Meldin Merrill, both of Thousand Oaks, were arrested.
The PCU learned of two other suspects and last week a search warrant was issued at a residence in the San Fernando Valley.
They say that 43-year-old Saliba Tannous and 21-year-old Eric Florence, both of Reseda, were arrested and investigators say extensive evidence was seized.
Detectives allege that Tannuous was the one creating the forged prescriptions using valid doctor information without their consent or authority.
For the third time in as many months, the DMV this week conducted a crackdown in Ventura County on people who violate the law when it comes to handicap parking spots.
This time the enforcement operations was in Oxnard Tuesday and 18 citations were handed out to drivers who were illegally parked in marked handicapped spaces.
That brings to 53 the number of citations handed out for such violations in the county in the last three months.
During the Tuesday operation in the Walmart shopping center at 2001 N. Rose Avenue in Oxnard, the DMV says their investigators caught 16 people fraudulently using Disabled Person Parking Placards and two others who did not possess one.
One other person was cited for not having a license.
In the two previous crackdowns in Ventura County during the past three months, 13 people were cited in Ventura on May 22 and 22 citations were handed out in Ventura on April 18th.
Offenders must appear in court and face possible fines that range from $250 to $1,000.
And while the conviction appears as a misdemeanor offense on your driving record, no points are assessed because it is not a moving violation.
Most of the violations involved people using placards for themselves that they got from family or friends who were issued the placards.
The DMV says it's also a violation of the vehicle code to knowingly give your disabled parking placard to someone who uses it illegally.
(Photos by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
Two E-2 Hawkeye Squadrons landed at Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu Wednesday and for one it was a homecoming while the other was coming to a new home.
VAW-113 is based at Point Mugu and returned from a six-month deployment on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the west Pacific.
VAW-115 has been forward deployed in Japan since 1973 but will now join VAW-113 in calling Point Mugu their home base.
The E-2 Hawkeye is a twin-turboprop aircraft that marked by the distinctive radar dome atop their fuselage.
The planes have been used in many ways over the years but they usually provide airborne command and control for aircraft involved in flight operations for a carrier group and other military operations.
(Photo of Mario Arjon courtesy Ventura County Sheriff)
The CHP says that the student who was critically injured in a three-vehicle, chain-reaction crash near Rio Mesa High School on grad night last week has died.
They say 18-year-old Fernando Buenrostro of Oxnard died Sunday at VCMC where he had been since the crash in the early morning hours on Thursday June 15th.
The CHP arrested the driver of one of the vehicles involved, 26-year-old Mario Arjon of Ventura, for felony DUI causing injury.
He remains free on bail pending arraignment on June 30th and it's likely he'll be facing more serious charges now.
The crash happened around 4:40 AM June 15th.
One vehicle was stopped at the red light from westbound Central Avenue at Vineyard Avenue as a second westbound car slowed to stop behind it.
The CHP says a third westbound vehicle driven by Arjon rear-ended the second vehicle which was then pushed into the first one.
Buenrostro and two other people were in the second or middle vehicle and he and one other person suffered the most serious injuries.
The CHP says they were returning from Rio Mesa's Sober Graduation night at Disneyland.
(Photos courtesy Oxnard Police Department)
Oxnard police with the help of officers from Simi Valley arrested four people during a sweep of homeless camps in the Santa Clara River bottom.
The operation was conducted early Tuesday morning in areas of the river near Riverpark, Wagon Wheel and Southbank.
The four people arrested had outstanding warrants for various crimes.
Six additional people were warned about illegally camping in the river bottom.
Police say they also found several empty camps that showed signs of recent activity.
Police say the number of people living in the river bottom has grown significantly since the last time the camps were cleared out.
They say the situation has led to increased problems with theft and vandalism in nearby communities.
During the sweep information was provided about the various community programs aimed at helping the homeless.
(Photo courtesy Arleen Ayala)
UPDATE--Oxnard police say a motorcyclist crashed during a pursuit Wednesday afternoon.
They say 55-year-old Louie Reyes of Oxnard was listed in critical condition at VCMC.
Police say that around 4:40 PM an officer attempted to stop Reyes for speeding in the area of Ventura Road and Town Center Drive.
They say he failed to yield and continued southbound on Ventura Road.
Police say as Reyes approached Ventura Road and Bevra Avenue he sideswiped a vehicle and then collided with a parked pickup truck.