Ventura County Congresswoman Julia Brownley said today that Naval Base Ventura County at Point Mugu will be getting the Navy's Unmanned Helicopter Reconnaissance Squadron One effective immediately. The squadron is currently based in San Diego but they will move to Pt. Mugu where they will be providing training and support for littoral combat ship aviation detachments. The realignment will bring eight officers and 20 enlisted billets to Ventura County.
(Photo by Aaron Alvara)
Ventura police arrested a man armed with what they described as pruning shears following about an hour long standoff near a busy intersection. The incident began around 7:45 AM Tuesday morning at the Mobil station at the intersection of Mills Road and Main Street. Police had responded to a report of a man acting strangely in that area. Police secured the area around the man and stopped traffic from using eastbound Main Street. They tried talking to the man. Around 8:40 AM, police used a less than lethal device, the man dropped the shears and ran into the intersection where less than lethal was used again. The man fell to the ground and was finally taken into custody. Fire and ambulance had been standing by but police said they were not needed. (Photo by Aaron Alvara)
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting near Oxnard early Tuesday morning. It was reported shortly after 12:30 AM in the unincorporated area of Nyeland Acres. Deputies tell KVTA News that a male adult was transported to the hospital with a non life threatening wound. Also, no word on suspects or a motive for the shooting. The department said they will release more information later.
The United State Coast Guard says a tip from some recreational boaters lead to the seizure of a panga boat and two suspects off the Channel Islands late Monday morning.
Once the Coast Guard received the report, they sent several boats and aircraft from Channel Islands Harbor and Long Beach to Santa Rosa Island. They intercepted the panga boat near the island and arrested two suspects. They also recovered 50 bales of marijuana from the boat and nearby ocean waters.
The two suspects will be turned over to ICE and the U-S Attorney's Office will decide what charges will be filed against them.
Oxnard police say two teenagers were arrested in connection with graffiti vandalism at a local high school and other areas throughout the city. The two 15-year-old males are accused of $5,000 worth of graffiti vandalism at Pacifica High School on Gonzales Road on the night of February 24th. Investigators also say the teens were responsible for additional graffiti vandalism around the rest of the city estimated at $11,000.
Santa Paula police say someone smashed the glass in the entry door of a pharmacy early Monday morning and then stole an unknown amount of prescription drugs. It happened around 2:30 AM at The Medicine Shoppe at 431 Ojai Road. The suspect was gone with the drugs when police arrived. Police were unable to identify the suspect through security video. The suspect was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves. The suspect was also wearing a mask of some sort.
The dry weather will continue for at least the next week in Ventura County with another round of gusty wind and warm temperatures returning Tuesday.
Sunday's high temperatures in Ventura County were again in the 80's with the two hot spots in the county Ventura and Fillmore at 86. Camarillo, Ojai, and Santa Paula hit 85. Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Thousand Oaks recorded 84 while Oxnard and Port Hueneme were at 83.
We'll see slightly cooler temperatures Monday before the gusty wind and warmer temperatures return Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says the Tuesday-Wednesday Santa Ana event could be stronger than what we had over the weekend. Humidity will drop to between 10-15 percent.
The dry weather will continue for the entire week and next weekend at least.
(Photo by Elena Hendren)
The first sunrise of Daylight Saving 2014 as seen from Santa Paula.
Ventura police say a teenage pedestrian was seriously hurt when he was struck by a vehicle at the east end of town. It happened around 11:45 PM Saturday night at Wells Road and the railroad crossing. Ventura police say the 17-year-old male was walking with another male juvenile when he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Wells Road at the railroad tracks. The 17-year-old was taken to VCMC where was being treated for his injuries. His condition is unknown. The incident remains under investigation. VPD is urging any witnesses to call their traffic unit at (805) 339-4451.
One person was wounded in a shooting in Fillmore Saturday night. It was reported around 8:30 PM in the 800 block of 3rd Street. According to deputies, there was a gathering at a house when a male was shot in the leg. The wound was not life threatening. Deputies received conflicting reports about suspects but believe those responsible fled the scene in a white SUV. They did not reveal a motive for the shooting.
(Photo by Amanda Rose Hernandez)
Twenty people were displaced by an apartment house fire in Santa Paula Saturday night. One person also suffered a minor burn injury. The fire was reported shortly after 7 PM in the 500 block of Acacia Road near Wisteria Lane. When firefighters arrived on scene they found a two story apartment building with 20 percent of the structure well involved in flames. The fire was knocked down in less than 15 minutes. Firefighters from Santa Paula, Ventura County, and Fillmore, responded to the blaze along with an ambulance. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Eleven adults and nine children were displaced by the fire. The injured person was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Oxnard police say a man found unconscious at the scene of a reported fight in January has died and his death has been ruled a homicide.
The fight was reported around 5:30 PM on January 26th of this year in the 100 block of S. C Street. When officers arrived, they found 66-year-old Alexander Ysidro Flores Ramirez of Oxnard unconscious. He was rushed to VCMC where he was stabilized but remained unconscious.
On Tuesday of this week, Ramirez's condition deteriorated and he died. Today, the medical examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Ramirez's death was a homicide.
Police say they're following up on several leads and motives in what is Oxnard's 4th homicide of this year.
A $10,000 reward is offered by the city for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of suspect in any homicide. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Currie at (805) 200-5682. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The son of Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy was sentenced Friday to 6 years in state prison after earlier pleading guilty in a major drug case.
35-year-old Peter Foy II was arrested last August for using the U-S mail to send large amounts of prescription drugs like Oxycodone pills to Lexington Kentucky and then accepting packages of money through the mail. He was charged with multiple counts of drug dealing and money laundering. The authorities say this was going on for at least a year while Foy was on probation for an earlier conviction for making and selling human growth hormones and steroids.
Foy's father made a statement in court on his behalf during the sentencing hearing as did other family members and friends. Some also wrote letters of support to the court prior to the sentencing hearing.
Ventura County's unemployment rate for January was 7.5 percent. That's a half point higher than December 2013 but much lower than January 2013 when it stood at 8.9 percent. It was lower than the statewide average of 8.5 percent but higher than the national average of 7 percent.
Month to month, between December 2013 and January 2014, the county lost 6400 jobs with almost every sector showing a decline in jobs or no change. Only construction showed an increase of 100 jobs.
During the past 12 months however, the county gained 2500 new jobs with every sector but two showing an increase or no change in jobs. The two sectors that showed declines over the past 12 months were manufacturing (-300) and financial services (-500).
Here's a link to the data from the EDD:
(Adalberto Deloa-photo courtesy OPD)
Oxnard police are asking for public help in identifying the two drivers who struck and critically injured a pedestrian last month. On Friday February 21st around 6:15 PM, 66-year-old Adalberto Deloa was walking across Channels Islands Boulevard at Circle Drive when he was struck by a light colored truck that was eastbound on Channel Islands Blvd. The impact caused Deloa to be thrown several feet and he landed in the roadway. According to witnesses, a second vehicle, described only as a light colored sedan, also struck Deloa while he was still on the ground. Both vehicles fled the scene without stopping or notifying emergency personnel. Deloa remains in critical condition. Oxnard police spent Thursday evening at the scene of the incident talking with drivers and neighbors about whether they saw anything related to the incident in February. Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call Senior Officer Maria Pena or Traffic Officer Manuel Perez at (805) 385-7750. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to their website at www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org
Safeway, which owns the Von's supermarkets in Ventura County*, has agreed to settle a civil consumer lawsuit brought by DA's in 9 counties, including Ventura County.
The $2.25 million statewide settlement will mean $222,000 for Ventura County according to Senior Deputy Ventura County DA Mitch Disney. The money is a civil penalty and covers the costs of investigation and restitution to other investigating agencies.
Disney says Safeway was accused of false advertising and unfair competition. The lawsuit alleged that Safeway stores, including Von's stores in Ventura County, unlawfully charged consumers prices higher than the chains lowest advertised price, misrepresented the weight of Safeway brand products, and made statements on the in-store signage that conveyed that certain Safeway produce items were "locally grown" when in fact they came from other countries. Safeway was also accused of violating a 2008 injunction in another consumer protection lawsuit.
The latest lawsuit accused Safeway of violating a policy requiring them to give consumers an item free if overcharged for a $5 or less item, and, to correct the mistake if the item was more than $5 and give the consumer a $5 gift card.
Safeway must retain and independent third-party audit to conduct annual audits to make sure Safeway is complying with court orders. They must also make sure customers are well aware of the price accuracy policy and train employees to comply with the policy.
*Today the parent company of Albertson's and other markets bought Safeway (and so Von's too) for almost $7.7 billion. So Albertsons, Safeway, Von's and several other supermarket chains across the nation will be owned by the same parent company.
The the 28-year-old Moorpark parolee who was the subject of a massive search near two Moorpark schools is in custody. Venttura County Sheriff's Captain Don Aguilar told KVTA News the incident ended around 1:50 PM when deputies found the man, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, in the area near the schools and took him into custody without further incident. No one was hurt. They did not find a gun on him. The incident began at 10:45 AM Thursday when deputies received a report of a man brandishing a handgun near Peach Hill Academy on Christian Barrett Drive. Dozens of deputies poured into the area, plus two K-9's and the sheriff's helicopter. Peach Hill and later Moorpark High were placed on lockdown while the surrounding areas were searched for more than two hours. Peach Hills' campus was searched classroom by classroom but there was no evidence the man ever came on campus. By1 PM Peach Hil wasl declared safe and parents started picking up their children. The search continued towards the Moorpark campus which went on lockdown but that was lifted when the suspect was finally located and taken into custody without further incident. They did not find a gun in his possession but they are sure this is the suspect. He was located and taken into custody in the general vicinity of the school. No one was hurt.
(Photo by Manny Vega)
Oxnard police say a 22-year-old Oxnard man upset over family issues climbed an Edison power pole Thursday morning around 11 AM and stayed there for more than three hours before finally agreeing to come down. It happened in the 3400 block of S. C Street. Police blocked off streets and Edison de-energized the lines while officers trained in crisis intervention tried to talk to the young man from Edison buckets raised 40 feet to where the young man was perched. During that time he danced, sat, and stood, but refused to talk. Finally, around 2 PM, the young man agreed to get into another Edison lift bucket and was lowered safely to the ground without further incident. He was not injured. He was taken to Ventura County Mental Health for evaluation.