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Woman Whose Body Was Found In Oxnard Alley ID'd

KVTA News Thursday May 5, 2016

Oxnard police say the autopsy today on the woman whose body was found Wednesday morning in an alley off the 1700 block of S. Oxnard Boulevard was inconclusive.

They say there were no obvious signs of trauma on 32-year-old Angela Carrillo of Oxnard and while they have not ruled out homicide, police say her death may have been an accident.

Police say lab tests, which could take weeks, will be needed to determine her cause of death.

Carrillo was found by a passerby Wednesday morning who called police.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police conducted an extensive investigation of the scene and will continue to conduct an investigation into her death while they wait for a conclusive determination of how she died.

Robbery Suspect Arrested By VPD

KVTA News Thursday May 5, 2016

Ventura police say they've arrested the suspect in a strong arm robbery from last week.

Shortly after 3 PM on April 27th, a 15-year-old male from Ventura was robbed of his cell phone while walking with a 16-year-old friend on Petit Avenue and Halifax Street on the east end of town.

Police say the two teens had encountered the suspect at a nearby Circle K and unbeknownst to them the suspect had followed them on his bicycle and then confronted them.

The victim told police the suspect threatened to harm him with a gun, although no weapon was ever seen.

The suspect then demanded the victim's backpack and the victim complied.

The suspect took the victim's cell phone from the backpack and then fled on his bicycle.

Major Crimes detectives working the case later identified the suspect as 21-year-old Christopher Czechoroski of Ventura.

Police say that Czechoroski, who is on parole for robbery, was tracked down to the Motel 6 on Johnson Drive where he was arrsted without incident today and booked into the Ventura County Jail for robbery and also placed on a parole hold.

OPD Investigates "Suspicious" Death Of Female

KVTA News Wednesday May 4, 2016

(Courtesy photo via Gus Rico)

Oxnard Major Crimes detectives continue to investigate what they are terming the "suspicious" death of a "young female" whose body was found Wednesday morning in the south alley off the 1700 block of Oxnard Boulevard.

Police were called to the scene around 7:45 AM.

Lead Detective Crystal Walker tells KVTA News they are still trying to determine who the female is and how she died.

Walker would not confirm reports that the victim was found wrapped in plastic.

She says they should have more information following an autopsy Thursday.

Police are not calling it a homicide, but they are investigating it like one with crime scene personnel at the location most of Wednesday and detectives canvassing the neighborhood looking for possible witnesses.

OPD Honors Officers Who Died In Line Of Duty

KVTA News Wednesday May 4, 2016

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

The Oxnard Police Department held their 17th annual Memorial event Wednesday morning to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of the seven Oxnard officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

Among the hundreds of people who attended Wednesday morning's event along C Street in front of police headquarters were the family members, friends and fellow officers of those who died in the line of duty. 

Those seven officers are:

Deputy Constable Andrew McNaughton ..EOW March 23, 1906
Constable William E. Kelley…………….. EOW August 20, 1921 
Officer Albert Gasperetti………………….EOW April 15, 1956
Officer Frederick J. Clark…………………EOW October 12, 1971
Senior Officer John Adair………………...EOW October 7, 1980
Officer James E. O’Brien…………………EOW December 2, 1993
Officer James R. Jensen, Jr…………..…EOW March 13, 1996

Among those attending today's ceremony was Fred Jackson, a former Oxnard officer who was the partner of Officer Fredrick Clark who was killed in the line of duty in October 1971.

Jackson, who now lives in Idaho, attended the annual ceremony for the first time this year.

He told KVTA's Alex Wilson the death of his partner at that domestic violence call was very rough for him and for years he blamed himself for what happened.

We'll have parts of Alex's interview with him in the KVTA morning show news Thursday morning from 5 AM to 9 AM on AM 1590

Channel Islands Air Guard Shows Firefighting Ability

KVTA News Wednesday May 4, 2016

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

The California Air National Guard 146th Airlift Wing based at the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station near Point Mugu demonstrated their aerial wildfire capabilities Wednesday.

The C-130J aircraft can be equipped with what's known as MAFFS for Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems.

The MAFFS system slides into the cargo bay of the C-130's and can drop up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant on a fire in a matter of seconds through a nozzle on the rear left side.

More than 400 personnel have gathered at the base for a week-long training session sponsored by the U-S Forest Service. 

The Air Guard MAFFS with their specially trained crews support state and federal firefighting agencies during periods of high wildfire activity throughout the United States.

New Superintendent For Oxnard Union HS District

KVTA News Wednesday May 4, 2016

The Oxnard Union High School District has selected a new Superintendent.

Trustees say they picked Dr. Penelope DeLeon to take over May 27th.

DeLeon is currently the Chief of Secondary Schools for the Fontana Unified School District.

DeLeon has been an educator for almost two dozen years, primarily at the secondary level.

She has been a high school teacher, assistant principal, principal, Secondary Instructional Specialist and Director of Professional Development, Assessment and Evaluation.

DeLeon earned her doctorate from the University of La Verne.

She replaces the former Oxnard Union High School District Superintendent Gabe Soumakian who left last year.

CG Helos Will Permanently Relocate To Pt. Mugu

KVTA News Tuesday May 3, 2016

Ventura County officials tell KVTA News that the plan to temporarily relocate a forward operating base for a U-S Coast Guard helicopters has been made permanent.

The squadron is currently at LAX but it is being forced to move because of airport expansion plans.

Last year it was decided that until it found a permanent home it would temporarily relocate to Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu although Point Mugu was in the running for that permanent home.

Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long tells KVTA News local officials learned recently that the decision has been made to make Point Mugu the permanent base for the Coast Guard helicopter squadron.

It is actually more centrally located for their area of responsibility which ranges from Dana Point to Morro Bay.

The Coast Guard helicopters will initially be housed in a refurbished Navy hanger at Point Mugu, but $31 million has already been approved to build a new hanger at Point Mugu for the Coast Guard copters by 2020.

Up to four helicopters will be based at Point Mugu along with 80 personnel.

Suit Threatened Over Landfill Pollution

KVTA News Tuesday May 3, 2016

The Environmental Defense Center has threatened to sue the Ventura Regional Sanitation District over what it says is the illegal discharge of pollutants from the district's Toland Road landfill near Santa Paula.

The EDC claims that the district's own records show illegal levels of arsenic, zinc and other pollutants in storm water runoff from the 161-acre site north of Highway 126 and east of Santa Paula.

They say those and other pollutants are making it into O'Leary Creek and then down to the Santa Clara River and into the Pacific Ocean.

The EDC says the pollution is threatening public health and the health of numerous endangered species.

In addition to arsenic and zinc, the EDC says VRSD's own records show unacceptable levels of phosphorous, iron, ammonia, copper, lead, cadmium, chromium and nickel coming from the landfill in stormwater runoff. 

They say the district has not done enough to properly monitor or develop prevention plans to stop the pollution from getting into critical waterways.

VPD Arrests Man For Indecent Exposure

KVTA News Tuesday May 3, 2016

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for felony indecent exposure outside an ice cream store.

They say around 10:20 AM Tuesday morning officers responded to a report of a man engaging in lewd acts in the patio area of the Baskin Robbins at 2853 E. Main Street.

When they arrived they were told by an employee that the man had exposed himself in front of an employee and then left.

While officers were at the scene, police received a second call from a citizen reporting a man had exposed himself in the area of Telegraph Road and Joanne Street.

An officer responded to that location and also witnessed the man exposing himself.

That man, identified by police as 52-year-old Kenneth Rodabaugh, was taken into custody for felony indecent exposure and a parole violation.

Police described Rodabaugh as a vagrant and a registered sex offender.

Slight Increase In Ventura County Population In 2015

KVTA News Monday May 2, 2016

The latest estimates from the California Department of Finance indicate that Ventura County's Population grow by less than one percent last year.

It rose by .7 percent in 2015 to an estimated 856,508.

The fastest growing city was Moorpark with a 1.8 percent increase to 36,715.

It was followed in the rate of growth by Camarillo (1.5% to 69,924) and Oxnard (1% to 206,997).

All the other Ventura County cities grew by less than one percent with Santa Paula having the slowest growth rate of .2 percent to 30,752.

Oxnard remains the largest city in Ventura County followed by Thousand Oaks with 132,365, Simi Valley with 127,167 and Ventura at 108,557.

The smallest city in Ventura County is Ojai with 7,477.

Port Hueneme has 22,702 and Fillmore 15,529.

There are 98,323 people living in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

Meanwhile, California's total population grew by .9 percent to an estimated 39.256,000 as of January 1st of this year.

Los Angeles remains the biggest city with more than 4 million residents with San Diego second with almost 1.4 million and San Jose with just over one million. 

Craigslist Ad Leads To Suspected Drug Dealer

KVTA News Monday May 2, 2016

Investigators with the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit just followed the advertisement to arrest a suspected drug dealer.

They say last week they noticed an ad on offering Roxicodone for sale.

Roxicodone is a prescription drug which contains the powerful opioid oxycodone.

Investigators went undercover and made contact with the seller who agreed to meet them to sell the drug at a location in Simi Valley.

Detectives were able to identify the seller as Cody Harvey of Los Angeles and they followed him to the meeting place, a parking lot on Tapo Canyon Road, north of the 118 Freeway.

They arrested Harvey and found approximately 200 oxycodone pills, worth about $5000 in his possession.

Harvey was booked into the Ventura County Jail for drug dealing, drug possession and for driving under the influence of drugs. 

His bail was set at $50,000 and he is due in court tomorrow for arraignment.

K9 Tracks Down Robbery Suspect In Newbury Park

KVTA News Monday May 2, 2016

Deputies in Thousand Oaks say one of their K-9's, "Dano," tracked down a robbery suspect Sunday night in Newbury Park.

Around 10:42 PM deputies responded to a robbery in progress call at a shopping center in the 500 block of N. Ventu Park Road.

When they arrived on scene they found two males who told deputies that a man had robbed one of them and tried to rob the other.

The suspect did not use a weapon but he did assault the victims before walking away with the stolen property.

The deputies requested help from Deputy Flores and his K-9 partner "Dano" who responded to the scene and tracked the scent of the suspect to the townhouses located in the 600 block of Paseo La Perla.

Deputies say they found a man who was identified by the victims as the suspect.

23-year-old Juan Guzman of Newbury Park was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for robbery and attempted robbery.

Deputies say Guzman is also on active parole so a parole hold was placed on him and bail was set at $120,000 pending arraignment.

Five Hour Standoff Ends In Santa Paula

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

(Photos courtesy Alex Marinos)

A man is in custody after a more than five hour standoff with Santa Paula police Sunday.

The incident began at 11:55 AM when officers responded to the 300 block of S. Steckel Drive to a report of a man with a gun.

When officers arrived they spotted a man matching the description and later identified as 48-year-old Manuel Rivas of Santa Paula.

Police say Rivas refused to comply with officers demands and ran into an apartment at that location.

Mutual aid was requested and the Ventura County Sheriff's helicopter and some deputies responded but later released.

Meanwhile, Santa Paula police secured the area, called in the SWAT team and began trying to contact Rivas and get him to come out.

They say over the next five hours Rivas refused to even talk with police let alone surrender so police shot OC pepper gas into the apartment.

Shortly after that, around 5:30 PM, Rivas came out and surrendered without further incident.

Police say a search of the apartment did not turn up a gun, but they say Rivas is a documented gang member on active parole and a Post Release Offender for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Rivas was checked out at the hospital and than booked into the Ventura County Jail for a parole violation, obstruction of a peace officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a smoking device. He is being held without bail.

Ventura Police Arrest Carjacking Suspect

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

Ventura police say they've arrested a suspect in a carjacking.

Around 4:20 AM Sunday morning officers responded to the 3300 block of Armada in Ventura to a reported carjacking.

When they arrived on scene the victim told them he was sitting in his vehicle when a man approached, pointed what looked like a gun at him and demanded that he turn over the car keys and get out of the vehicle.

The victim complied and the suspect got into the vehicle and drove away.

As officers were talking to the victim on Armada, other officers spotted a possible suspect in the parking lot at Borchard Drive and Thompson Boulevard.

The suspect was taken into custody and police say that property taken from the victim was found on the suspect.

But the stolen vehicle was not there.

A search of the area between where they found the suspect and where the carjacking occurred turned up the stolen vehicle, abandoned, at the intersection of Joanne Avenue and Porter Lane.

Police say they also recovered an "Airsoft" gun that was used in the carjacking.

No one was injured in the incident.

Coast Guard Rescues Ill Man From Fishing Boat

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

The Coast Guard says a 45-foot response boat from Channel Islands Harbor rescued a man suffering medical issues in the ocean off the harbor Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard received a report at 8:10 AM of a 47-year-old man suffering from dehydration and other health issues on the 60-foot sport fishing vessel the Pacific Eagle.

The Coast Guard boat with a Ventura County Fire Department paramedic on board was dispatched to rescue the man and take him back to shore.

Two Arrested In Wild Port Hueneme Incident

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

Port Hueneme police say they've made two arrests in connection with a wild and violent incident last Monday that involved gunfire and a machete attack.

It began with two men arguing in a garage in the 700 block of Hemlock in Marina Village.

Police say one of the men left, came back with a gun and started shooting as the other man fled on foot.

The man with the gun returned to his car and left.

The man he was chasing came back and got his car and the two of them became involved in a vehicle confrontation at Anchor Avenue and Marina Village

The man with the gun fired more shots, but this time the other man grabbed a machete from his vehicle and attacked the man with a gun.

Injured, the man with the gun fled but was found later a few blocks away in Oxnard and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The man with the machete was never hit by gunfire.

Police arrested 33-year-old Gregory Ivory of Port Hueneme for assault with a deadly weapon, the machete.

The man with the gun, 33-year-old Robbie McNary of Oxnard, was also arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and also for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Five Rescued From Rip Currents In Port Hueneme

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Lifeguards and fire personnel were kept busy throughout Southern California Sunday rescusing people from strong rip currents.

At Port Hueneme beach, the Ventura County Fire Department responded to a rescue operation involving five people caught in rip currents.

Three of them ultimately were taken to local hospitals to be checked out.

The National Weather Service has been warning about strong rip currents along the coast this weekend.

Two Motorcycle Crashes In Los Padres Sunday

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

Emergency responders were kept busy Sunday morning responding to two separate motorcycle crashes in less than an hour on Highway 33 in the Ventura County portion of the Los Padres National Forest.

The first was reported around 8:30 AM on the 33 about a mile north of Rose Valley Road.

The sheriff's air squad helicopter was dispatched to that crash but canelled before it got there because paramedics on scene decided the victim could be taken by ground ambulance to the hospital in Ojai.

The second crash happened around 9:15 AM also on Highway 33 but a few miles south of the first crash.

That crash was described as a minor injury incident.

The CHP was investigating both crashes.

Oxnard Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

Oxnard police say they're investigating a shooting incident early Sunday morning but they're not getting much help from the victim.

Police were called to the area of Hill Street and Benton Way around 12:20 AM to a report of a shooting victim.

The found a man in his mid 20's suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his lower leg.

He was treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital.

Police say the man was uncooperative as far as providing any information about where the shooting took place or any other details about the incident.

Annual Mussels Quarantine Begins In California

KVTA News Sunday May 1, 2016

The annual quarantine on all sports-havested mussels in California began Sunday.

The quarantine is due to increased levels of the toxin demoic acid in filter-feeding animals such as bivalve shellfish like olysters, clams and mussels from the Spring to Fall.

The quarantine involves all sports-harvested shellfish from the ocean, all bays and estuaries.

The California Department of Public Health says the toxins cannot be reliably destroyed by cooking.

They say the quarantine does not apply to commercially harvested shellfish because they are subject to strict testing requirements to make sure all shelfish that make it to market are free of toxins.