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Annual Sale Of Fireworks In Fillmore Underway

KVTA News Monday June 29, 2015

Fireworks went on sale in Fillmore on Sunday.

It's the only city in Ventura County where it's legal to buy and light them.

County Fire Department Captain Mike Lindbery tells KVTA News that he recommends against letting kids handle fireworks.

"If adults are buying Safe & Sane fireworks so that their children can use them, that's their first big mistake," Lindbery said.

"Children would be much better served by seeing a professional show.  They're bigger, better, louder; all the things that children like.  We don't want to see children burned."

The fireworks sales benefit Fillmore charities and for many it's the biggest fundraiser of the year.

Driver Busted For DUI After Crashing Into House

KVTA News Sunday June 28, 2015


(Photos by Johnny Corona)---Oxnard police say the driver whose car smashed into an occupied house Sunday afternoon has been arrested for DUI.
The incident happened shortly before 2 PM at the intersection of L Street and Wooley Road.
Police say a 2000 Plymouth Neon crashed into the house through the living room wall.
A mother and her children were in the house at the time.
The mother, a 47-year-old Oxnard woman, was taken to VCMC with moderate injuries, her two 3-year-old children were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Brian Sanchez of Oxnard, was taken to VCMC with minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.
His female passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

(Photos courtesy Johnny Corona)

Oxnard police say the driver whose car smashed into an occupied house Sunday afternoon has been arrested for DUI.

The incident happened shortly before 2 PM at the intersection of L Street and Wooley Road.

Police say a 2000 Plymouth Neon crashed into the house through the living room wall.

A mother and her children were in the house at the time.

The mother, a 47-year-old Oxnard woman, was taken to VCMC with moderate injuries, her two 3-year-old children were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Brian Sanchez of Oxnard, was taken to VCMC with minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.

His female passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Pedestrian Killed In Oxnard

KVTA News Sunday June 28, 2015

Oxnard police say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed early Sunday morning.

It happened around 2:25 AM in the 300 block of south Oxnard Boulevard.

Police say a 1999 black Acura RL was northbound north of Fourth Street when, according to witnesses, a the unidentified male pedestrian was crossing the street in mid block.

They say that as the pedestrian reached the center median he suddenly stepped back into the street and into the path of the northbound Acura.

The car hit the pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Acura containing the 21-year-old male driver from Oxnard and his two male passengers ages 19 and 16 stopped at the scene.

The three, who were not hurt, were questioned by police and then released from the scene. 

The investigation into what happened continues but police say excessive speed does not appear to be a factor in the incident.

Four Rescued From Ocean Off Ventura

KVTA News Sunday June 28, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

Update-Four people were rescued from the ocean off Ventura Sunday afternoon.

The Ventura City Fire Department says that around 4:11 PM they received a report of multiple children caught in a rip current in the Pierpont Beach area.

When the first crews arrived on the beach at Weymouth Lane they found three victims in the ocean in distress.

One rescue swimmer was deployed from a Ventura Harbor Patrol vessel, two from State Lifeguard vehicle, and one from a fire department engine company.

The three victims, an adult female and two juveniles, were rescued without incident and did not require any medical attention.

At the same time, down the beach in the area of Greenock Lane, a fourth victim was rescued by State Lifeguard personnel.

This victim was an adult male who was evaluated by medical personnel but refused transport to the hospital. 

There was a report of another victim in the water but emergency personnel believe it was a sea lion.

Motorcyclist Seriously Hurt In Oxnard Crash

KVTA News Saturday June 27, 2015

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Oxnard police say a motorcyclist was seriously injured in an early morning crash Saturday.

It happened around 6:10 AM on Vineyard Avenue at Walnut Drive.

Police say a Lexus RX300 was southbound on Vineyard making a left turn onto Walnut Drive when it collided with a motorcycle that was traveling northbound on Vineyard.

The motorcyclist, a 42-year-old Oxnard man, was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries including a broken leg.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

He was taken to VCMC where police say he is listed in serious condition.

The driver of the Lexus, a 53-year-old Fillmore resident, was not injured.

Police say alcohol, drugs or speed do not appear to be a factor in the collision.

Oxnard DUI/DL Checkpoint Nets 2 Arrests

KVTA News Saturday June 27, 2015

Oxnard police say a DUI/DL checkpoint conducted in that city Friday night resulted in two drivers being arrested.

The checkpoint ran from 8 PM to 2:30 AM on southbound Victoria Avenue south of Gonzales Road.

Police say 985 vehicles went through the checkpoint and 878 drivers were screened.

Four of those drivers were investigated for DUI and two of them were arrested.

Police say the two arrested had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.

Five drivers were cited for being unlicensed, three received citations of driving on a suspended or revoked license. 

There were a total of 15 citations issued for various reasons and four vehicles were towed.

Oxnard Detective Stops Carjackings

KVTA News Saturday June 27, 2015

Oxnard police say one of their detectives stopped a would-be carjacker Friday at "The Collection" stores in Oxnard.

The incidents happened outside of the 24 Hour Fitness at 500 Town Center Drive around 5:15 PM.

Police say the suspect had stopped four occupied vehicles and had tried to take the vehicles from their drivers.

They say one of the vehicles was being driven by an Oxnard police detective who confronted the suspect and took him into custody.

Police say 30-year-old David Garcia of Oxnard was arrested on four counts of attempted carjacking.

Tests Confirm Tar Balls On VC Beaches Came From SB Spill

KVTA News Friday June 26, 2015


Officials say the latest tests confirm that the large amount of tar balls that started washing up on Ventura County beaches in the weeks after the Santa Barbara County oil spill came from that ruptured pipeline.

According to the tests, at least some of the tar balls that washed up on beaches from Santa Barbara County through Los Angeles County were from the spill, while some were from other sources, likely natural seeps.

However, a chart released by Plains along with the information regarding the tests appears to show that all of the samples taken from Ventura County beaches matched the pipeline oil. 

The tests and analysis to determine if the "fingerprint" of the tar ball samples matched the spilled oil from Plains All American pipeline 901 near Refugio State Beach on May 19th were conducted at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, U-C Santa Barbara, and Zymax Forensics Laboratory.

El Rio Shooting Victim Dies

KVTA News Thursday June 25, 2015

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says one of two young men who were wounded by gunfire in El Rio Tuesday night has died.

They say that 18-year-old Mark Perez of Oxnard died at VCMC from his wounds.

The other victim, also an 18-year-old male from Oxnard, remains hospitalized in stable condition.

The two were shot in the 400 block of Lemar Avenue in El Rio Tuesday night.

They had been taken to Saint John's Medical Center by private ambulance and later transferred to VCMC.

The initial investigation indicated the two young men were outside of a residence and were involved in a verbal argument before the shooting.

Detectives are still investigating the shooting and are asking anyone who might have information to call Detective Marco at (805) 384-4739.

You can also leave information anonymously at the GANG TIP HOTLINE at 1-888-58GANGS or email it to gang unit@ventura.org

Oak View Man Accused Of Child Molestations

KVTA News Thursday June 25, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they've arrested a man in connection with the alleged molestations of three girls.

They accuse 45-year-old Steven Wayne Bower of Oak View of molesting the three girls, ages 6, 8, and 9 on separate occasions while they were in his care.

Bower is in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $500,000 and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He is due back in court on July 7th. 

Deputies are asking anyone who might have information about this case to contact Sheriff's Major Crimes Detective Randy Skaggs at (805) 384-4725.

Six Juveniles Rescued In Ocean Off Ventura

KVTA News Thursday June 25, 2015

The Ventura City Fire Department says that six juveniles were rescued from the ocean Thursday morning.

They say that around 11:45 AM, they received a report of several swimmers in distress near the jetty at Marina Park which is just north of Ventura Harbor.

When firefighters arrived, they found six juveniles, four males and two females, who had been rescued by State Beach lifeguards.

Firefighters were told it began when two of the juveniles got caught in a rip current and four other juveniles went in to rescue them and they got caught in the rip current.

Finally the lifeguards went into the ocean and got all six safely to the beach.

One of the juveniles, a female, was experiencing breathing problems and was transported to the hospital to be checked out.

The others were treated at the scene and released.

Simi PD Seizes Large Amount Of Drugs/Money

KVTA News Thursday June 25, 2015

(Photo courtesy Simi PD)

On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Simi Valley Police Narcotics Detectives served a search warrant at a residence in the city of Los Angeles related to an ongoing investigation into methamphetamine and cocaine trafficking. 

During the service of the search warrant, a large quantity of narcotics and narcotics proceeds were seized from the property owner. The following was seized from the residence: 

Approximately 32 lbs of methamphetamine 

Approximately 37 lbs of cocaine 

Over $100,000.00 in US Currency 

Further identifying information is being withheld at this time based on the ongoing investigation.

Fire Uncovers Pot Grow, Honey Oil Lab

KVTA News Thursday June 25, 2015

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says a structure fire in Newbury Park this week uncovered an indoor marijuana grow and the implements of what's known as a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) lab.

The fire was reported Tuesday around 6:40 PM in a commercial building in the 800 block of Mitchell Road.

When firefighters made the discovery while putting out the fire they called deputies who then called the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit and arson investigators for both departments.

Deputies says during the initial investigation detectives were able to quickly identity a possible suspect.

They say that 25-year-old Jared Sullada of Moorpark was located at his residence and stopped by a patrol deputy as he drove away with two other people.

Detectives say they questioned Sullada and a passenger, 33-year-old Jason Mulhall of Westlake regarding the fire on Mitchell Road and determined they were allegedly involved and arrested them.

Deputies say a search of both men's residences turned up evidence, "linking them to the Mitchell Road fire.

The were arrested on suspicion of Cultivation of Marijuana and Manufacturing Concentrated Cannabis.

Deputies say the men posted bail and are due in court in July.

Little Boy Struck By Car In Oxnard

KVTA News Thursday June 25, 2015

Oxnard police say a little boy is in critical but stable condition after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday.

It happened just before 6 PM on First Street at Delores Court.

Police say a 25-year-old Oxnard man was driving eastbound on First Street near Delores Court when a two-year-old boy ran into the street and was struck by the car.

Police say the boy sustained several injuries including head trauma and was taken to VCMC in critical but stable condition. 

Police say alcohol, drugs, and speed do NOT appear to be factors in the incident.

Major Brushfire Burning In Newhall Pass

KVTA News Wednesday June 24, 2015

(Photo courtesy AC Ruiz)

The brushfire burning in the Newhall Pass is 45% contained at 350 acres and evacuation orders for residents in the area have been lifted.

It's dubbed the Calgrove Fire with more than 450 firefighters from a host of local, state, and federal fire agencies battling the blaze including crews from Ventura County.

The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon alongside Interstate Five and threatened a thousand homes before firefighters began to get the upper hand.

It shut down Interstate Five for a period of time and then continued to impact some of the northbound lanes until well into the night.

Traffic on I-5 was a mess for much of the afternoon and evening.

Brushfire Along SB 101 At Faria Beach Contained

KVTA News Wednesday June 24, 2015

(Photo courtesy James Grigsby)

A small brush fire that broke out alongside the southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway northwest of Ventura Wednesday afternoon was contained after burning less than an acre.

It did force closure of Pacific Coast Highway between State Beaches and Seacliff as well as the right lane of the southbound 101 for a couple of hours.

Ventura County firefighters with the help of water drops from the Sheriff's helicopter had most of the fire knocked down by 2 PM and the PCH closure was lifted.

Cause of the fire was under investigation but considered suspicious in nature.

The fire burned less than an acre and was fully contained by 2:30 PM.

Medical Examiner Investigated By VC DA

KVTA News Wednesday June 24, 2015

Updated--A top Ventura County official has been placed on paid leave while he is investigated by the District Attorney's Office.

Ventura County Medical Examiner Dr. Jon Smith was relieved of duty by his boss, Health Care Agency Director Barry Fisher.

Fisher tells KVTA News his agency and the DA are now investigating Smith regarding work he did in Louisiana while Ventura County's Medical Examiner.

Fisher says Smith had been given the OK after he was appointed to his post to do some work for Santa Barbara County, but Fisher says Smith apparently was consulting on cases in Louisiana even though he did not have permission from Ventura County and was not licensed in the State of Louisiana.

Oil "Spill" In Canyon Near Ventura Investigated

KVTA News Wednesday June 24, 2015

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

A host of local and state agencies spent Wednesday in a canyon northeast of Ventura trying to determine if an oil "spill" was caused by man or Mother Nature.

The oil was reported Wednesday morning at the extreme north end of Wheeler Canyon north of Foothill Road between Ventura and Santa Paula.

There was a stream of oil running down a dry creek bed alongside Wheeler Canyon Road for almost two miles.

Initially it was thought to be a natural seep which are very common in that area, but then officials starting thinking there was too much of it to be normal.

The fire department had initially responded to the scene, they called in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ventura County Environmental Health, and the Sheriff's Department helicopter.

At last report they were trying to determine the source of the oil.

Oxnard Man Arrested For Stealing Catering Truck

KVTA News Wednesday June 24, 2015

Oxnard police say they arrested a man in connection with the theft of a catering truck.

They say that around 2:35 AM Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress in the 1100 block of Yarnell Place.

When they arrived, they say a man and woman were loading and unloading items from a catering truck.

One of the officers recognized the catering truck as one that had been reported stolen the night before. 

They detained the two individuals and after questioning arrested the male, 26-year-old Randy Coronado of Oxnard, for vehicle theft.

Two Wounded In El Rio Shootings

KVTA News Wednesday June 24, 2015

The Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit spent much of the night investigating a shooting incident in El Rio Tuesday night.

It was reported around 9:30 PM in the 400 block of Lemar Avenue.

When deputies arrived the victims, two adult males, had already been taken to Saint John's Medical Center by private vehicle.

They were later taken to the trauma center at VCMC, their conditions unknown, however deputies say the wounds appear NOT to be life threatening.

Deputies say the young men had been shot multiple times.

No word on suspects or a motive for the shootings.

Pair Arrested For Running "Chop Shop" In Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday June 24, 2015

Oxnard police say they've arrested two men after discovering what officers say was a vehicle "chop shop" Tuesday night.

They say that around 8 PM an officer found a partially stripped 1993 Honda Civic abandoned in the 3300 block of Oxnard Boulevard.

Police say the license plates and vehicle registration number had been removed but they were able to determine the vehicle had been reported stolen June 17th in Oxnard.

Officers followed the vehicle tracks back to a garage at a residence in the 3300 block of Moss Landing.

While police were at the residence, two individuals arrived and were detained.

Police say a search of the garage turned up parts that belonged to the stolen vehicle.

They say a search of a residence in the 2200 block Reina Circle turned up the motor and transmission belonging to the stolen vehicle. 

Police say the two men, 35-year-old Steven Rodriguez and 26-year-old Michael Wooten, both of Oxnard, were arrested on felony charges relating to the "chop shop" and also drug-related charges.