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Massive Search For Shooting Suspects In Oxnard

KVTA News Saturday November 22, 2014

(Photo courtesy of Zahay Tapia)

Updated-Oxnard police say they arrested four suspects in a shooting that injured a teenager Saturday night.

One suspect remains at large.

The incident happened around 8:20 PM Saturday when officers saw two people confront another group of people outside Gino's Italian Pizzeria at Cooper Road and McKinley Avenue.

During the confrontation, the officers witnessed one of the two suspects start shooting at the other group with a handgun.

Both subjects fled to a waiting vehicle and the vehicle fled the area with officers in pursuit.

The brief pursuit went south towards the Five Points area where the occupants got out of the vehicle at Donlon Avenue and Driffill Boulevard and started to run.

Officers captured four individuals, 19-year-old Carlos Guzman, 22-year-old Enrique Castellanos, 20-year-old German Librado, and 27-year-old Diego Guerrero, all of Oxnard.

Police believed a 5th suspect was still at large so they launched a major ground and air search for that individual that included the sheriff's helicopter, but they did not find that suspect.

They did recover the handgun used in the shooting.

Meanwhile, during the search, a 16-year-old male form Oxnard showed up at VCMC in Ventura suffering from two gunshot wounds to the upper body that police say were NOT life threatening.

Cleanup Begins At Santa Paula Hazmat, Evacuations Lifted

KVTA News Saturday November 22, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

The remaining half mile evacuation zone around Tuesday's hazardous material explosion, spill, and fire near Santa Paula was lifted at 4 PM Saturday.

At the same time, they have transitioned to the clean-up phase at the site of the incident at Santa Clara Waste Water company on Mission Rock Road.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division and Environmental Protection Agency now have oversight over the activity at the site.

The owner has contracted with Patriot Environmental Services to conduct the clean-up operation.

There is no time frame for completing the clean-up.

Tuesday's explosion, spill, and fire sent 52 people to local hospitals, including 10 firefighters.

All but two of the victims were treated and released.

With the lifting of the evacuation order, all businesses in that area, with the exception of Santa Clara Waste Water, will now be able to reopen.

More information and updates will be available at vcemergency.com

Major Injury Crash In Ventura County Backcountry

KVTA News Saturday November 22, 2014

The CHP is investigating a major injury crash in the Ventura County backcountry.

It was reported shortly after midnight Saturday morning in the Chief's Peak area of the Los Padres National Forest.

Initial reports indicated a green Toyota 4-Runner had plunged some 30-40 feet over the side of a road.

It's unclear if the vehicle was on a roadway at the time or was off road.

The sheriff's helicopter transported 4-5 individuals to VCMC to various injuries including at least one person with major trauma injuries.

The Ventura County Fire Department was involved in the rescue operation.

No other details were available.

Deputies Reveal Arrests In Fatal El Rio Shooting

KVTA News Saturday November 22, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department revealed Friday that they have arrested three individuals in connection with what they say was a gang related killing in El Rio more than 20 months ago.

On March 6, 2013, 16-year-old Josue Lopez of Oxnard was shot to death as he walked in the 800 block of Stroube Street in El Rio.

The Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit investigated and during that investigation they determined the Lopez was killed by three gang members from Oxnard.

Friday, detectives revealed that at various times during the past 20 months they arrested three people, 19-year-old Christian Rodriguez, 20-year-old Jesus Morales, and 24-year-old Alejandro Cabrera, all from Oxnard, in connection with Lopez's death.

All are in the Ventura County Jail charged with murder.

The arrests were made at various times since the killing but detectives waited until now to reveal it.

All three have pleaded not guilty.

All three defendants are due back in court December 9th for what is known as an Early Disposition Conference.

Rodriguez is being held without bail while Morales's bail is set at $750,000 and Cabrera's bail was set at almost $1 million.

Pair Arrested In Oxnard Shooting

KVTA News Saturday November 22, 2014

Oxnard police say they've made two arrests in connection with a shooting earlier this month that left a man injured.

It happened just after midnight on the morning of November 7th in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 2000 block of E. Pleasant Valley Road.

A 36-year-old Oxnard man was sitting in his car with his girlfriend.

He got out of his vehicle and got into an argument with a man who had just gotten out of his pickup truck in the same parking lot.

Police say during the argument, a second man got out of the pickup and shot the victim with a handgun.

The victim's girlfriend drove him to the hospital where police found them.

The victim was later transferred to VCMC in critical condition but is reportedly recovering.

Police say that on November 13th their SWAT team served search warrants at the homes of the two men they identified as being in that pickup truck.

At one residence, 21-year-old Cesar Sanchez of Oxnard of Oxnard was arrested for being an accessory to a crime.

At the other residence, the suspected shooter, 22-year-old Andrew Juarez Cortez of Oxnard, was not home.

Police say Cortez turned himself in to police Friday and was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

DA Serves Search Warrants In Santa Paula Hazmat Case

KVTA News Friday November 21, 2014

The investigation continues into Tuesday morning's explosion and hazardous material spill and fire near Santa Paula with the Ventura Count District Attorney's office now involved.

The DA's office sent investigators to a location on Palm Avenue in Santa Paula Friday to serve a search warrant in connection with the investigation.

The DA's would not comment on any other details of the warrant service or their investigation.

Meanwhile, hazardous materials crews and other specialists were still at the site of the incident on Mission Rock Road, just outside the city.

A Ventura County Fire Department spokesman told KVTA News that they continue to take samples of the volatile and flammable substance that spilled Tuesday morning in a continuing effort to identify what it is.

And on Friday afternoon, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said that residents and business owners in the area that is still off limits for a half mile around the site could go onto the property from 2 PM to 5 PM.

Tuesday's incident began with an explosion of a vacuum truck at the Santa Clara Waste Water facility and that led to the spill of the unknown substance or substances that spontaneously combusted.

VPD Involved In Pursuit Of Stolen Vehicle

KVTA News Friday November 21, 2014

Ventura police were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle Friday through a portion of the city, but they say the suspects managed to escape on foot.
The incident began around 11:24 AM when police received a call from the Sheriff's Department saying they had received notice of a LoJack hit on Victoria Avenue near the Ventura County Government Center.
Police responded and spotted the stolen vehicle traveling south on Victoria Avenue, towards the 101 Freeway.
When they tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off, turning westbound on Valentine Road.
Police say the suspect was driving recklessly, speeding and failing to stop at several red lights.
The vehicle then went south on Eastman Street from Market Street where it collided with the west curb, rendering the vehicle inoperable.
The driver and at least 2-3 passengers fled on foot into the industrial park.
Police searched the area but they say they did not catch the suspects.

Ventura police were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle Friday through a portion of the city, but they say the suspects managed to escape on foot.

The incident began around 11:24 AM when police received a call from the Sheriff's Department saying they had received notice of a LoJack hit on Victoria Avenue near the Ventura County Government Center.

Police responded and spotted the stolen vehicle traveling south on Victoria Avenue, towards the 101 Freeway.

When they tried to stop the vehicle, the driver sped off, turning westbound on Valentine Road.

Police say the suspect was driving recklessly, speeding and failing to stop at several red lights.

The vehicle then went south on Eastman Street from Market Street where it collided with the west curb, rendering the vehicle inoperable.

The driver and at least 2-3 passengers fled on foot into the industrial park.

Police searched the area but they say they did not catch the suspects.

Ventura County Adds Jobs During The Past Year

KVTA News Friday November 21, 2014

The State Employment Development Department says 6,800 new non-farm jobs were created in Ventura County during the previous 12 months.

Every sector showed job growth during that period except for manufacturing which lost 100 jobs, financial activities which lost 100 jobs, and other services which lost 100 jobs.

The largest gains were construction which grew by 1,000 jobs between October 2013 and October 2014, trade, transportation and utilities which gained 1400 jobs, professional and business services which grew by 2800 jobs, and leisure and hospitality which gained 1500 jobs.

Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Ventura County last month stood at 6.3 percent, down from 7.6 percent in October of last year but still higher than the national average of 5.5 percent.

Here is a link to the entire EDD news release:

http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/vent$pds.pdf

Santa Paula Hazmat Remains Unresolved

KVTA News Thursday November 20, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

The effort continues to deal with the aftermath of Tuesday morning's explosion and hazardous materials fire at the Santa Clara Waste Water facility on Mission Rock Road near Santa Paula.

Several government agencies are working with experts to determine the safest of most efficient way to clean up the spill, including exactly what chemicals are involved.

That process is proving to be much more difficult that first believed.

At the same time, the people who have businesses near the facility were being let in for a brief periods of time Thursday to check on their property.

Edison was called in to help restore power to that area.

There is still a 1/2 mile radius evacuation area still in effect. Red Cross (805) 504-5263 is working with residents displaced by the Haz-Mat incident. 

Road closures: Mission Rock Rd., Pinkerton Rd., and Shell Ln.. 

Business owners who have been displaced as a result of the evacuation can call Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services for more information at (805) 947-8054 

Visit www.vcemergency.com for the latest updates on road closures, evacuation, and other information.

Below is a link to phone numbers and other information related to the incidents:

http://vcemergency.com/

Oxnard Officials Warn Of Deadly Dog Virus

KVTA News Thursday November 20, 2014

Oxnard officials are warning of an outbreak of Canine Parvovirus in their city.

They say during the past 2-3 weeks several dogs infected with the virus have been picked up by Animal Safety Officers or surrendered by their owners in Oxnard.

The Oxnard Animal Safety Unit says the virus is NOT contagious to humans, but it can potentially be fatal for dogs.

The symptoms include refusal of food and water, weight loss, abdominal pain, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea.

If your pet exhibits any of the above symptoms seek immediate veterinary medical care.

Oxnard Animal Services officials say that while Canine Parvovirus (also called Parvo), can be expensive to treat, it is usually preventable with a simple vaccination.

They say puppies and young dogs are especially susceptible to this disease.

Anyone who finds a stray dog that appears ill in Oxnard is encouraged to call Oxnard Animal Safety at (805) 385-7786.

For all other cities, contact Ventura County Animal Services at (805) 388-4341.

Arrest Made In Online Sex Case Involving Oxnard Girl

KVTA News Thursday November 20, 2014


Oxnard police say they've arrested a Santa Barbara County man for allegedly engaging in an online sexual conversation with an Oxnard girl.

They accuse 23-year-old Oscar Mora of Carpinteria of Child Luring, Child Annoying and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.

Police say that almost three months ago the OPD Family Protection Unit began an investigation after a resident in the 700 block of Forest Park Boulevard in Oxnard reported that after checking her 12-year-old daughter's mobile device, she discovered the girl had been involved in an online sexual conversation with an adult male.

Following an extensive investigation, police say they identified and arrested Mora as the suspect.

They say in additional to child luring and annoying, Mora is also accused of traveling for the purpose of engaging in sex with a minor.

He was booked into the Ventura County Jail Wednesday with bail set at a quarter million dollars.

Police believe the 12-year-old may not be the only victim and they're asking anyone who has information about possible additional victims to call Detective Terrance Dobrosky at (805) 385-7609.

Search For Thousand Oaks Bank Robber

KVTA News Thursday November 20, 2014


Updated--Ventura County Sheriff's deputies were searching for the bank robbery suspect in Thousand Oaks.

It was reported around 12:48 PM at the Bank of the West at 180 N. Moorpark Road at the Janss Marketplace.

The sheriff's helicopter was involved in the search.

Deputies say the suspect entered the bank, approached the teller, claimed to have a gun and demanded money.

The teller complied with the demand and the suspect fled with a cash.

The suspect is a black male in his late 20's to early 30's, about 5'10" and 180 pounds wearing a white shirt with the number 19 on it, black pants and a beanie.

He claimed to have a gun, but no weapon was seen.

No injuries.

Sewage Spill In Oxnard

KVTA News Thursday November 20, 2014

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division says that almost 1400 gallons of sewage spilled in Oxnard Thursday morning.

It was reported around 9:25 AM at Victoria Avenue and Monaco Drive.

The spill came from a sewage line backup caused by the failure of a pump station downstream.

The discharge was stopped about 40 minutes later but not before 95% of the sewage spilled into Mandalay Bay.

Warning signs have been posted inside the harbor at Monaco Drive and Victoria Avenue and at Channel Islands Boulevard where the bridge crosses Mandalay Bay.

It warns people to avoid contact with the water in the bay for the next 72 hours, but if contact happens, wash thoroughly with soap and water.

They say any items that come in contact with the ocean water in that area should also be avoided.

Any shellfish from the water in the impacted area should not be eaten.

The EHD reminds the public that all sports harvested shellfish are still under the annual quarantine anyway because of levels of domoic acid this time of year.

Information on ocean water sample results will be posted at the EHD Ocean Water Hotline at (805) 662-6555.

Serial Burglary Suspect Arrested In Simi Valley

KVTA News Thursday November 20, 2014


Simi Valley police say they've arrested a woman in connection with a string of burglaries in that city.

They say detectives began an investigation in June of this year into several residential burglaries in the 4500 block of Apricot Road.

They eventually identified a suspect and Thursday served a search warrant at her home in the 2600 block of Kadota Street.

Detectives say they found property taken in the Simi Valley burglaries and also $20,000 worth of jewelry taken in a burglary Wednesday night at a casino in Primm, Nevada.

They arrested 47-year-old Teresa Housley of Simi Valley and booked her into the Ventura County Jail for two counts of residential burglary and felony possession of stolen property.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call Simi PD Detective Steve Collett at (805) 583-6968.

Dogs Rescued From Shelter Near Santa Paula Hazmat

KVTA News Wednesday November 19, 2014

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Some 70 dogs were finally rescued from a shelter located near the site of Tuesday morning's explosion and hazardous materials incident near Santa Paula.

The C.A.R.L. (Canine Adoption and Rescue League) facility in on Mission Rock Road, just east of the Santa Clara Waste Water Company where a vacuum truck exploded early Tuesday morning, spilling a thousand gallons of various substances which the authorities say combined to create organic peroxide.  

The substance then spontaneously combusted into a fire which destroyed other structures and burned for most of Tuesday.

The one caretaker who was at the C.A.R.L. facility was forced to evacuate, leaving the dogs alone with no one to feed or care for them until Wednesday morning when fire officials allowed a dozen of the dogs who were boarding there to be rescued and turned over to their owners.  The rest of the dogs, who do not have owners, were rescued Wednesday afternoon and taken to another shelter to be washed, feed and checked out to make sure they were OK.

Meanwhile, fire officials say the danger from what was a still smouldering fire at the waste water facility seemed confined to that facility, but they are not ready to say when it will be turned over to the owners for clean-up.

The incident Tuesday sent dozens of people to local hospitals to be checked for any problems associated with the spill and fire.

The only person still hospitalized was the truck driver who suffered trauma injuries in the initial explosion.

Elderly Man Critically Injured In Oxnard Crash

KVTA News Wednesday November 19, 2014

(Photo courtesy Margaret Ann)

Oxnard police say that an elderly man was critically injured in a three car crash Wednesday morning.

It happened around 9:45 AM at Camino Del Sol and Kohala Street.

Police say that a green GMC pickup was westbound on Camino Del Sol when it ran a red light and collided with two other vehicles, a white Chevy Cobalt going northbound on Kohala and a bronze Nissan Altima traveling southbound on Kohala.

The green GMC pickup that police say ran the right light flipped onto its side after collided with the two other vehicles.

The driver of the green GMC pickup, an 82-year-old Oxnard man, was not wearing a seatbelt and he was partially ejected from the vehicle's passenger window and ended up pinned between his vehicle and the street.

He was taken to VCMC with major injuries and police say he's in critical condition.

The drivers of the other vehicles were not hurt.

Police say they don't know if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Pair Arrested After Chase In Stolen Vehicle

KVTA News Wednesday November 19, 2014

The CHP says they arrested two men in a stolen vehicle following a high speed chase through El Rio, Oxnard, Camarillo, and Nyeland Acres Wednesday afternoon.

It began shortly before 1 PM when a CHP patrol vehicle tried to pull a vehicle over at Vineyard Avenue and Central Avenue and the vehicle took off.

The CHP says the suspect vehicle went eastbound on Central Avenue, through the parking lot at Rio Mesa High School and then back onto Central Avenue to the 101 Freeway.

The suspects then went northbound on the 101 to the Rice-Santa Clara Avenue exit in Oxnard where they crashed on the off ramp.

The two suspects, both 24-year-old males from Santa Paula and Ventura, were taken into custody without further incident.

During the pursuit, speeds reach 95 miles per hour.

The vehicle turned out to be a vehicle stolen out of Ventura Tuesday.

No other details were available.

Santa Paula Hazmat Sends Dozens To Local Hospitals, Closes Roads And Prompts Evacuations

KVTA News Tuesday November 18, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Update--Fire officials say the hazardous liquid that spilled at the private waste water handling facility near Santa Paula early Tuesday morning has been completely consumed by the fire it started and hazmat crews are now working to make sure it is safe enough to be cleaned up.

They say dozens of people were treated at emergency rooms in several local hospitals with only two people admitted.

Those two people were the workers who were injured in the initial explosion of the vacuum truck during the transfer of the materials at 3:45 AM Tuesday morning at the Santa Clara Waste Water facility on Mission Rock Road.

One of the workers was admitted to VCMC with traumatic injuries from the explosion, the other was admitted to VCMC with injuries from exposure to the chemicals.

Fire officials say whatever chemicals were working with combined to create an organic peroxide which exploded and spilled and caused the fires.

Fire officials say the workers initially told firefighters the liquids they were working with were sewage waste not anything toxic or dangerous.

That proved to be wrong as firefighters started seeing the liquid spontaneously combust causing fires in a large portion of the facility.

The incident shut down the 126 Freeway for several hours but it was reopened by 2 PM.

However the on and off ramps at Briggs Road remained closed along with other surface streets south of the freeway in the immediate area of the hazmat spill and fires.

By late afternoon, the hazmat crews went into the area and determined all of the spilled material had been consumed by the flames.

The evacuation zone, which had been for a mile around the facility was expected to be reduced to a half mile.

Seven people went to a Red Shelter that had been set up following the evacuation orders but they were able to return home and the shelter was closed.

A facility along Mission Rock Road that housed some 71 dogs was cut off from volunteers who wanted to rescue the dogs and bring them out.

They were finally allowed to take one "stressed dog" out around 4 PM with the assistance of Animal Services and the Sheriff's Department but the rest were left there for the night.

A criminal investigation is now underway into what happened and why to cause the explosion and fires

For official info go to http://vcemergency.com/

Ventura County Murder Conviction/Sentence Thrown Out

KVTA News Tuesday November 18, 2014

A Ventura County judge has thrown out the conviction and sentence of a man sentenced to life in prison without parole for a Ventura County murder.

The action was taken after prosecutors agreed they are now not sure if Michael Ray Hanline is guilty or if he received a fair trial.

Hanline was convicted by a jury and sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 1978 murder of J.T. McGarry, also known as Mike Mathers.

Mathers disappeared from his Ventura home and his body was found along Highway 33 two days later.

Hanline was convicted of first degree murder and burglary and sentenced to life without parole.

But the DA's office says that their investigation, and one by the California Innocence Project now "cast doubts" upon "the correctness of the jury's verdict."

The DA also says they concluded that reports that would have helped the defense were not given to the defense at the time of trial.

Hanline is now due in court Monday to set the case for retrial and establish bail.

The DA says Hanline should be freed on bail until they can determine if there should even be a retrial.

Here is the full release and court document filed by the DA's office in this case...

http://www.vcdistrictattorney.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/14-063-Hanline-Schwartz.pdf

Motorcyclist Killed In Crash In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Tuesday November 18, 2014

The "Norwegian Grade" in Thousand Oaks was shut down early Tuesday morning following a fatal crash.

The crash was reported around 3:48 AM on what is actually Moorpark Road as it runs between Santa Rosa Road and Olsen Road in Thousand Oaks.

The crash involves a solo motorcycle and the motorcyclist, a 28-year-old Daniel Sherwood from Moorpark, was pronounced dead at the scene They say he was headed northbound from Thousand Oaks to Moorpark when he ran off the road.  The roadway was reopened by 8 AM.