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Truck Fire Starts Brushfire Near Ventura

KVTA News Saturday October 21, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Firefighters are at the scene of a brushfire in the Santa Clara River that was started by a truck fire along the north bank of the river near Ventura.

The initial vehicle fire report came in around 2:19 PM Saturday in the area west of Victoria Avenue and south of Olivas Park Drive.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a truck on fire with the flames spreading into the brush along the north bank of the river.

The wind picked up embers from the flames and started spot fires.

As crews were knocking down the vehicle fire, other firefighters were making access to the river bottom to deal with the spot fires.

No structures are threatened.

Several engine companies from Ventura City, Ventura County and Oxnard City are assigned to the incident along with hand crews and Copter 7.

Hot And Windy Weather On The Way...Again

KVTA News Friday October 20, 2017


Ventura County and the rest of Southern California is getting ready for hot and windy weather.

By Sunday, and lasting through Wednesday, gusty northeast or Santa Ana winds will scour the region, pushing temperatures into the 90's to 100-plus just about everywhere Monday and Tuesday.

Wind gusts will top 50 mph at times. 

When the Dodgers take the field late Tuesday afternoon at the stadium for the first game of the World Series, catching a pop up could get interesting.

Unlicensed Contractor Sentenced In Worker Death

KVTA News Friday October 20, 2017

A Ventura County judge Friday sentenced an unlicensed contractor to six months in jail for the workplace death of an employee.

In July, a Ventura County jury convicted 57-year-old Abraham Zafrani of Encino of involuntary manslaughter and felony labor law violations for the incident that happened in September of 2011.

Prosecutors say Antonio De Jesus Mejia was killed when a retaining wall fell on him while working for Zefrani at a construction site on private property in Ventura County near Malibu.

Prosecutors wanted Zefrani to get four years in state prison but the judge sentenced him to two years and then reduced that to six months in jail. 

Zefrani, who had been out on bail, was taken into custody following his sentencing hearing Friday.

Details Released On Santa Paula Stabbing

KVTA News Friday October 20, 2017

Santa Paula police on Friday released details about a stabbing that happened in that city Tuesday night.

They say at 8:21 PM Tuesday officers responded to the 700 block of W. Harvard Boulevard to a reported stabbing.

Police say they found a 17-year-old female suffering from multiple stab wounds.

She was taken to VCMC where police say she was listed in stable condition and is expected to recover.

Police say she's been uncooperative with investigators but witnesses told them there was a group of subjects involved in a fight when the stabbing occurred.

Everyone but the victim had fled the area by the time officers arrived.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information that could help police identify suspects and determine a motive is being asked to call Detective Shane Norwood at (805) 525-4474 extention 287 or email snorwood@spcity.org

Crackdown On Homeless At Oxnard Halaco Site

KVTA News Thursday October 19, 2017

(Photo courtesy City of Oxnard)

Oxnard started Thursday to clear out the homeless who've taken over a toxic waste site at the south end of town.

Law enforcement and social service agencies moved in, serving notices on the scores of homeless who took over a portion of what used to be the Halaco metal recycling facility at the ocean end of Perkins Road.

It's an EPA Superfund toxic waste site.

The location where most of the homeless have set up camp is owned by the Halaco Family Trust and leased to another company that has given Oxnard the authority to clear it out.

City officials told those who set up camp there to be out by December 5th or face arrested.

They contacted 85 of the estimated 120 people living there and served notices to get out.

They also directed them to several social service agencies that will try to find them a new place to live and also help them with other issues and needs.

However, in the process of serving those notices, they arrested 17 people who were wanted on outstanding warrants and they recovered a stolen camper.

Oxnard officials say problems with the homeless at the Halaco site have grown with the population there.

One Dead, One Injured, In 126 Crash In Ventura

KVTA News Thursday October 19, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

One person was killed, another critically injured, in a three vehicle crash on the eastbound 126 Freeway in Ventura Thursday morning.

The crash happened shortly before 7 AM on eastbound 126 east of Kimball Road.

It involved a semi-truck and trailer, a full sized pickup truck and a sedan.

The semi truck ended up going through the perimeter fence onto Henderson Road, the pickup was wrapped around a tree on the right shoulder of the freeway and the sedan was in the center divider.

The Ventura City Fire Department says the drivers of the pickup truck and big rig were trapped in the wreckage and had to be extricated by firefighters.

They say the driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the big rig went to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

The person in the sedan was not injured.

The freeway was shut down eastbound for more than six hours but was fully reopened shortly after 2 PM.

OPD Releases Names Of Weekend Homicide Victims

KVTA News Thursday October 19, 2017

Oxnard police have released the names of the two men killed in last weekend's shootings.

They say 22-year-old Daniel Arciga of Oxnard was killed in the shooting that took place around 10:11 PM Saturday night in the 3300 block of Merced Place.

And 27-year-old Guillermo Garcia of Oxnard was shot to death and found by police in the south alley of the 1300 block of Azalea Street almost five hours later.

Police say they do NOT believe the deaths of the two men are related other than they were the 13th and 14th homicides this year in Oxnard.

Police earlier told KVTA News they do believe that Arciga's killing and the non-fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Oxnard man at the Arco station at Rose Avenue and Channel islands Boulevard at 9:25 PM Saturday night are connected and are gang related.

Armed Robbery At Camarillo AT&T Store

KVTA News Thursday October 19, 2017

Deputies in Camarillo are investigating an armed robbery.

It was reported shortly after 9 PM Wednesday at the AT&T store at 1955 E. Daily Drive.

Initial reports are that three black males wearing bandannas over their faces robbed the store.

There were two handguns used.

They herded the employees and customers into a back room.

They got away with an undisclosed number of cell phones.

They are still at large.

There was apparently a minor injury to one person who fell during the holdup.

No other details right now.

Ventura River Death Accidental Drowning

KVTA News Wednesday October 18, 2017

Updated--Ventura police and the Medical Examiner's Office say the man found dead in the Ventura River Wednesday was the victim of an accidental drowning.

Around 2:35 PM Wednesday, police received a 911 call from someone who spotted a body submerged in the water in the Ventura River near the 101 Freeway overpass.

Officers and medical personnel responded and the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ventura County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team responded and recovered the body.

They believe the man was homeless and lived in the river bottom.

They must still confirm his identity and notify family before releasing his name.

Murder Conviction In DUI Death Of Pedestrian

KVTA News Wednesday October 18, 2017


A Ventura County jury Wednesday convicted a Camarillo man of murder in the DUI traffic death of a pedestrian more than two years ago.

Prosecutors say 30-year-old Joseph Cantrell faces 20-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced on December 12th.

The jury found him guilty of second degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the August 23, 2015 death of 54-year-old Randel Fillmore of Camarillo.

Fillmore was southbound on Mobil Avenue crossing Ponderosa Drive in the crosswalk and on a green light when he was struck

Prosecutors say Cantrell ran the red light when he hit Fillmore and then kept going.

He crashed a short distance away and was tackled by residents who held him until deputies arrived.

Cantrell had a .17 blood alcohol level.

The jury also found Cantrell guilty of fleeing the scene of a fatal accident and guilty of driving on a license that had been suspended because of a prior DUI conviction.

Ventura Man Arrested For Attack On Woman

KVTA News Wednesday October 18, 2017

Ventura police say they've arrested a man they describe as a vagrant for throwing a woman to the ground and beating her into unconsciousness.

It happened shortly after 10 AM Wednesday on the bike path near Harbor Boulevard and San Jon Road.

Police say the suspect, 24-year-old Garrett Sexton, was walking with the woman on the bike path when for some unknown reason he became enraged and attacked her without provocation.

They say he repeatedly punched the woman in the head before throwing her to the ground where he continued to beat her.

Police say the woman was unconscious and was taken to the hospital where she was being treated for what police say was a non-life threatening head injury.

Officers found Sexton in the nearby San Buenaventura State Beach and he was arrested for assault with great bodily injury.

His bail was set at $30,000.

According to jail and court records, Sexton had just been released from jail Wednesday morning.

Ventura Count court records indicate he has 47 prior convictions in the last five years, primarily for public intoxication and drug abuse but also petty theft, assault, vandalism, shoplifting and resisting arrest.

Simi Man Pleads Guilty In Sextortion Case

KVTA News Wednesday October 18, 2017


A Simi Valley man has pleaded guilty in connection in a sextortion case.

Prosectors say 22-year-old Alex Roberts pleaded guilty to six felony charges, including sexual battery by restraint and five counts of attempted extortion.

They say between March 2017 and May 2017, Roberts unsuccessfully attempted to extort nude photos from at least 11 known victims.

He used an app that disguised the device he was using and he falsely told the victims he had nude photos of them and he threatened to publish them if they did not meet his demands.

Prosecutors say Roberts was on felony probation for the same thing when he committed these new crimes.

He is facing six years and four months in state prison when he is sentenced in December. 

Roberts remains in jail on no bail.

Three Arrested In Camarillo Pharmacy Burglary

KVTA News Wednesday October 18, 2017

Deputies in Camarillo have three suspects in custody following a burglary at a pharmacy early Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 4 AM deputies responded to an alarm call at VU Pharmacy in the 400 block of Arneill Road.

They spotted several suspects leaving the building and there was a brief pursuit but deputies lost sight of the suspects.

However, a search of the area located the suspects in the area of Lewis Road and the 101 Freeway and they were detained and later arrested.

The suspects are two males and a female in their 20's from the Los Angeles area.

Garage Destroyed By Fire In Ventura

KVTA News Wednesday October 18, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Fire destroyed a garage and threatened surrounding homes in Ventura Tuesday night.

It was reported around 7:24 PM in the 2100 block of Palomar Avenue in a neighborhood above the Ventura High School campus.

When Ventura City firefighters arrived on scene they found the detached garage fully involved in flames.

The fire was threatening to spread to the surrounding structures.

Firefighters were hampered in their initial attack by the fact that the flames had burned through overhead power lines and they had to isolate the live wires on the ground in order to gain access to the fire.

They were able to do that and they had the fire knocked down in about 22 minutes.

The fire was confined to the garage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Suspect Arrested In Port Hueneme Bomb Scare

KVTA News Tuesday October 17, 2017

(VCFD/FirePhotoVC)

Port Hueneme police say a Nevada man who said he was radicalized by his prison experience showed up at a restaurant near the Hueneme Pier Tuesday afternoon and claimed he had a bomb in his backpack and it was set to go off.

An employee of Surfside Seafood called 911 and police and fire personnel responded.

They found 46-year-old Manuel Maez of Nevada (see comments section for photo) in front of the restaurant and took him into custody.

The backpack and a suitcase were also with him outside the restaurant and when they looked into the backpack they saw what looked like an explosive device.

Maez told officers he had training and experience in bomb making.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called in and while they responded the restaurant, parking lot and beach area were evacuated.

The bomb squad arrived and x-rayed the device and determined it was a fake, made to look like an explosive device.

Maez was arrested for making a false bomb threat.

New Details About Weekend Violence In Oxnard

KVTA News Monday October 16, 2017

Oxnard police now say that both killings in that city over the weekend were the result of gun violence and two of the three shooting incidents are related.

They say the first two shootings Saturday night are gang related and related to each other.

The first was at 9:25 PM at the Arco station at Rose Avenue and Channel Islands Boulevard where a 20-year-old Oxnard man was shot in the leg and drove himself to the hospital with a non-life threatening wound.

Police say that was connected to the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old Oxnard man on Merced Place about 50 minutes later.

And now police are saying that the death of a 27-year-old man found dead in an alley near Azalea Street at 3 AM Sunday morning was also a fatal shooting.

Police had said they could not find any evidence the victim had been shot when they examined the body early Sunday morning at the scene but the autopsy Monday morning revealed the victim had been shot to death.

The two fatal shootings over the weekend are the 13th and 14th homicides of this year in Oxnard.

No suspects in any of the shooting incidents so far.

Woman Arrested For Fatal DUI Crash Near Fillmore

KVTA News Monday October 16, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

The CHP says they've arrested the driver of one of the vehicles involved in Friday night's fatal DUI crash on Highway 126 near Fillmore.

The say 20-year-old Maia Yasmine James of Palmdale was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the multi vehicle crash that killed her passenger, 20-year-old Ornella Liandra Jones, also from Palmdale.

The crash also injured four other people who are all recovering from their injuries.

The CHP says James was traveling westbound on the 126 west of Fillmore around 7:20 PM when she traveled into the eastbound lanes where she collided with another vehicle going eastbound.

One other vehicle was also involved in the crash.

The crash shut down the highway for several hours Friday night and Saturday morning.

James is in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $250,000 and she is due in court Tuesday to be arraigned.

   heavy rain falling across the warned area. Flash flooding is
   expected to begin shortly if not already occuring. Flash flooding,
   mud, and debris flows are likely below the Solimar and Camarillo
   Springs burn areas. 
 
 * Some locations that will experience flooding include...
   Solimar Burn Area...
   Springs Burn Area...
   Oxnard...
   Ventura...
   Camarillo...
   Fillmore...
   Ojai...
   Santa Paula...
   La Conchita...
   and Highway 33 between Wheeler Springs and Rose Valley Road.
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
 Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
 deaths occur in vehicles.
 
 Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
 creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
 well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
 
 Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you
 can do so safely.
 
 A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
 If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
 Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
 precautions to protect life and property.
 
 A Flash Flood Warning for a recent burn area means that flooding and
 debris flows are imminent or occurring. Residents living in or
 immediately below the burn area should take immediate precautions 
 to protect life and property. Quickly move away from the burn area 
 only if it is safe to do so, otherwise shelter in place and move 
 to a second storyor the highest location in your home to stay out 
 of the path of fast-moving water and debris flows.