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Salmonella Outbreak Includes 4 Ventura County Cases

KVTA News Monday April 20, 2015

Updated--The Ventura County Public Health Department says a recent Salmonella outbreak that they say probably is linked to raw fish includes four confirmed cases in Ventura County.

The outbreak was reported on April 9th and as of Monday April 20th there have been 25 confirmed cases, including 18 in California and that includes the four in Ventura County.

The patients who have been able to complete detailed food questionnaires stated that they had consumed sushi and over 80% report eating raw tuna.

But Ventura County's Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Levin told KVTA News they are saying it's probably linked to raw fish it's not definite yet.

He also says they believe the Salmonella contamination did not occur at the point where the product was sold to the public, but rather at a supplier or someplace closer to the source, but they've not identified a source or sources yet.

The strain of Salmonella identified in the cases so far had never been seen in animals or humans before March 2015.

Members of the public who become ill after eating sushi or any other foods can report concerns to Ventura County Environmental Health at

The phone number for Environmental Health is 805-654-2813. 

If you have nausea, diarrhea (with or without blood), abdominal cramping and fever, especially if you have recently eaten raw fish, please seek medical attention and diagnostic testing.

PH Man Arrested For Series Of Home Burglaries

KVTA News Monday April 20, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department say they've arrested a gang member from Port Hueneme in connection with a series of residential burglaries in the unincorporated community of Nyeland Acres near Oxnard.

They say there have been more than a dozen burglaries, including one in which the suspect threatened the victim with a knife when he tried to stop him from leaving.

Detectives say that with the help of the Ventura PD's Street Crimes Unit, they able to identify a suspect, 20-year-old Ivan Ruiz Reyes of Port Hueneme.

On April 18th, the Sheriff's Gang Unit contact Reyes and observed that his white 4-door Honda Civic matched the description of a vehicle seen at some of the Nyeland Acres burglaries.

Deputies say property found in the vehicle, at his residence and at his family's Oak View residence, is believed to from the burglaries.

He was booked into the Ventura County Jail for multiple counts of felony residential burglary, receiving stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of making criminal threats.

His bail was set at $250,000. 

Detectives believe there may be other suspects and other residential burglaries in other areas that might be connected to this case and they're asking anyone with information to contact Detective Foote at (805) 654-2856.

Deputies Arrest Suspect In Moorpark Carjacking

KVTA News Monday April 20, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

Deputies say a suspect has been arrested in connection with a carjacking in Moorpark last month.

They say that on March 21st around 11:30 PM deputies responded to the Alliance Gas Station at Los Angeles Avenue and Moorpark Avenue to a report of a carjacking.

During the subsequent investigation, detectives say they were able to identify a possible suspect, 25-year-old Jose Nunez of Moorpark.

On April 18th members of the Special Enforcement Unit and deputies assigned to the Moorpark station located Nunez in the area of Millard and Second Street in Moorpark.

They conducted a high risk traffic stop and took Nunez into custody without incident.

He was booked into the Ventura County Jail for carjacking with bail set at $100,000 and is due in court Tuesday to be arraigned.

VPD Looks For Gunman In Store Robbery

KVTA News Monday April 20, 2015

Ventura police are looking for the gunman who robbed a convenience store Sunday night.

It happened around 9:30 PM at the Arco AM/PM located at 5669 Valentine Road.

Police say the suspect was wearing a black ski mask and was armed with a handgun when he entered the store and confronted the clerk.

The suspect brandished the gun and demand money from the register.

The clerk complied and the suspect took the cash and ran from the store, last seen heading west on Valentine Road.

The clerk was not injured.

Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid 20's wearing a black hooded jacket and tan pants.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to call Ventura police at (805) 339-4309.

Oxnard House Surrounded After BB Gun Incident

KVTA News Sunday April 19, 2015

A house in Oxnard was surrounded by police Sunday morning following an incident with a BB gun.

It began around 10:20 AM when an officer on routine patrol in the area of Juniper and "C" streets spotted a male in possession of what looked like a rifle.

They say the subject appeared to be brandishing it.

Police say the young man fled into a nearby house.

Officers responded to the area, closed "C" Street, and set up a perimeter.

They even dispatched the armored vehicle.

Officers made repeated attempts using a PA system and the phone to try to get the subject, a 19-year-old male, to come out of the house.

Several other people did come out of the house, but not the person they were looking for.

Meanwhile, while all this was going on, police learned that the individual had allegedly shot another man with what the officer had believed was a rifle, but that it was apparently a BB gun.

The man who was shot suffered only a minor wound and said he did not want to pursue prosecution. 

At that point, officers decided to back off and they left the scene, however an investigation into what they say was a misdemeanor incident is continuing.

Teen Cited For Starting Brush Fire Near Santa Paula

KVTA News Saturday April 18, 2015

(Top photo from VC Copter 6 shows spot fire that jumped containment line)

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Copter 6)

Update---The brush fire that burned a total of more than five-and-a-half acres at two locations in the Wheeler Canyon area near Santa Paula was human caused, started by a teenager who was cited by sheriff's deputies.

It was reported around 9:50 AM Saturday in the 7700 block of Wheeler Canyon Road, north of Foothill Road between Ventura and Santa Paula.

Responding firefighters could see smoke a mile away and when they arrived on scene they found a quarter acre of brush burning east to west upslope.

Initially, more than 85 personnel from county fire, the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura, Cal Fire, and the sheriff's department, responded to the incident.

Hand crews and engine companies worked on the ground while the sheriff's helicopters made water drops.

The fire was contained at almost four acres by noon, but it later jumped the containment line and burned another 1.7 acres before that was contained.

In addition to water dropping helicopters, fixed wing air tankers dropped fire retardant on that spot fire. 

Winds were relatively light Saturday which helped firefighters.

Explosion And Fire At East Ventura Apartment

KVTA News Saturday April 18, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Ventura City firefighters responded to an apartment in the 6600 block of Telephone Road shortly after 5:30 AM Saturday morning to a report of an explosion and fire.

When they arrived they found one of the apartments with the front door and windows blown out and a dissipating light smoke inside the apartment.

It was clear that there had been an explosion and fire and that the occupant of the apartment had used a dry chemical extinguisher to put out the fire.

That person, who they think might have been injured in the explosion, had fled the scene before they arrived and they say is still unaccounted for. 

What caused the explosion is still under investigation.

Body Found On San Miguel Island Is Missing Boater

KVTA News Friday April 17, 2015

(Photos courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department)

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department say the body found on San Miguel Island last August has been identified as that of a missing boater last seen leaving Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard in May of 2014.

The skeletal remains of 63-year-old Richard Martin Smith of Sacramento were found by a Channel Islands National Park Ranger on the beach at San Miguel on August 4, 2014.

DNA submitted to the Department of Justice lead to the identification.

Smith and his traveling companion, 57-year-old Monique Krewedl were reported missing in June of last year after they left Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard and were reportedly going to sail to Northern California.

Both were from the Sacramento area.

They left the harbor in a recently purchased 34 foot dark blue and white sailboat, the XIAO XIANG.

Despite an extensive search by the Coast Guard at the time, Smith, Krewedl, and the boat, were never found.

Krewedl and the boat are still missing.

Santa Barbara County officials say given the state of the remains of Smith they were unable to establish a cause of death but an evaluation of the physical evidence that was available showed nothing that would indicate his death was the result of violence. 

The missing persons case filed with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is still open and they area asking anyone who might have information to call them at 1-916-874-5115.

VPD Arrests Man In Ventura Stabbing Attack

KVTA News Friday April 17, 2015

Ventura police say they arrested a man after they saw him stab another man at a westside church Friday morning.

It happened around 9:40 AM in the 600 block of North Ventura Avenue.

Police had received a call of a man disturbing at the Total Life Christian Church.

As patrol officers arrived at the scene, they witnessed the suspect charge at the victim and stab him multiple times.

The officers immediately intervened and took the suspect, 26-year-old Camron Johnson, into custody.

The victim, a 58-year-old Ventura man, was taken to VCMC to be treated for what police say were not life threatening injuries.

Johnson, who police described as a vagrant, was booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Man And His Dog Stabbed In Santa Paula

KVTA News Friday April 17, 2015

Santa Paula police are investigating an incident Thursday night in which a man and his dog were stabbed.

It happened around 8:22 PM in the parking lot of a church in the 500 block of W. Harvard Boulevard west of Steckel Drive near Teague Park.

Police received a call from someone who said they could hear a man screaming for help.

When officers arrived, they found the 40-year-old man and the dog, both suffering from stab wounds.

The victim told police he was approached by two suspects, words were exchanged, a fight ensued between the victim and one of the suspects which led to the stabbing.

Because it was dark, the victim was unable to provide a description of the suspects.

The man was taken to VCMC and was treated for two minor stab wounds to his chest and abdomen.

Both the man, and his dog, are expected to make full recoveries.

VPD Finds Missing Elderly Man

KVTA News Friday April 17, 2015

(Update-he was found safe around 7:20 AM)

Ventura police Friday morning spent three hours looking for a missing elderly man and they finally found him safe and sound.

They say that 80-year-old Milton Olson possibly suffers from dementia and was being called a critical missing adult.

His family called VPD around 4 AM Friday to report him missing and police searched an area south of the County Government Center.

The sheriff's helicopter joined the search around 7 AM and Olson was located about 20 minutes later and reunited with his family.

Serial Oxnard Robbery Suspect Surrenders After Standoff

KVTA News Thursday April 16, 2015

Updated--Oxnard police arrested a man suspected in several armed robberies but not until he barricaded himself in his house for three and a half hours.

Police say officers from their violent crimes unit were looking for 25-year-old Douglas Rayvon Lovings in connection with at least three armed robberies in Oxnard.

They learned he was at his home in the 400 block of N. G Street and around 10:30 AM Thursday they went there to serve a felony warrant for his arrest.

Police say when Lovings came to the front door and saw the officers he fled into the rear of the house and refused to come out.

Police set up a perimeter, closed G Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, called in the armored vehicle, brought in SWAT teams from Oxnard and Ventura, and a robot, all the while urging Lovings to come out and surrender.

He continued to ignore the requests to come out until shortly after 2 PM when he finally came out and surrendered without incident.

Police say they suspect him in at least three armed robberies and there may be more. 

He was arrested on the felony warrant and a host of other charges related to the Thursday incident and will be booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Massive Force Goes After Santa Paula Gang Members

KVTA News Thursday April 16, 2015

Santa Paula police say with the assistance of more than 130 law enforcement officers from several local, state, and federal agencies, they conducted probation and parole compliance checks on known documented gang members and their associates.

The raids were conducted around 7 AM Thursday morning all over the city and resulted in the arrests of eight adults and one juvenile.

Police say the juvenile was released to school officials, the adults were hauled off to jail for a variety of offenses that violated either their probation or parole.

Police say the Thursday morning operation is part of an ongoing effort to reduce or eliminate gang violence and other gang related crimes in the city.

Assembly OK's Bill To Require Drivers To Show Face

KVTA News Thursday April 16, 2015

The California Assembly has approved a bill by a state legislator who represents a portion of Ventura County that would require drivers to show their full face when they are pulled over by a law enforcement officer.

The bill, by Republican Assemblyman Scott Wilk, was approved by a vote of 76-1 and now goes to the State Senate for consideration.

Wilk, whose district includes Simi Valley, says the legislation was suggested by a Simi Valley police officer after a motorcyclist refused to take off his helmet after being pulled over for a traffic violation.

Wilk says the officer needs to be able to match the driver's license photo with the person operating the vehicle but a loophole in the law did not require the person to show the officer a full, unobstructed view of their face.

AB 346, called the Identity Confirmation Act, would close that loophole.

Wilk says it's a safety issue because the officer needs to be sure the person who is operating the vehicle is indeed the person whose license was presented to the officer.

Stolen Car Suspect Arrested In Ventura

KVTA News Thursday April 16, 2015

Ventura police say they arrested a man Wednesday night in connection with a stolen vehicle he was driving.

They say that around 10:30 PM a patrol officer attempted to pull over a vehicle for a traffic violation.

As the officer waited for backup the license plate of the vehicle indicated it had been stolen out of Oxnard earlier in the day.

The vehicle stopped in the area of Chalmette Avenue and Telephone Road and police say the occupant got out and ran across Telephone Road into residential area.

More officers arrived, a perimeter was set up, and a search was conducted.

Police say they found 35-year-old Scott Hernandez in the 5000 block of Basie Street hiding in some bushes and he was taken into custody for possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.

The vehicle was undamaged and returned to its owner.