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Ventura Man Arrested For Domestic Violence Involving Children

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

Ventura police say they arrested a man early Sunday morning for a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend and two young girls.

They say it happened around 12:50 AM in the 6700 block of Telephone Road.

Officers had responded to a 911 call from an adult woman who said she was involved in a physical domestic with her boyfriend.

When officers arrived, they determined that the woman had been injured and the suspect had also punched her 7-year-old daughter.

They also found the suspect holding his 3-year-old daughter and refusing to release her to police.

Police say the man was also threatening to fight officers.

For about an hour they talked with the man and finally got him to release the child, but he continued to threaten to fight the officers.

A Taser was deployed and the man was taken into custody.

Police say that 38-year-old Richard Avalos of Ventura was arrested for domestic violence, child endangerment and felony resisting arrest.

He was also wanted on an outstand felony warrant.

The two child were released to Child Protective Services.

The adult female had a minor injury to her face and refused treatment.

Woman Killed By Wrong Way Driver Near Ventura Identified

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of the woman killed by a wrong way driver on the 101 Freeway near Ventura Friday night.

46-year-old Danielle Chackel of Santa Barbara died when her Hyundai Sonata was hit head on by a Mazda5 minivan driven by a 58-year-old Lakewood woman around 11:23 PM Friday.

The CHP says the Lakewood woman in the Mazda5 was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the 101 when she collided with Chackel's vehicle just south of the State Beaches exit.

After the collision, the Lakewood woman's Mazda5 continued on and crashed into a guardrail.

She was pulled from the wreckage just before it burst into flames and was taken to the hospital with injuries.

The incident shut down the northbound 101 for several hours Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Bicyclist Attacked, Robbed At Ventura Beach Park

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

Ventura police say a bicyclist was attacked and robbed on the bike path at the San Buenaventura State Beach Park Saturday night.

It was reported around 9 PM.

The 31-year-old Ventura man told police that three males confronted him and started attacking him, punching him several times.

He said that he tried to use his Taser to defend himself but before he could, one of the suspects used pepper spray on him.

Police say the suspects got away with the man's mountain bike, cell phone, and the Taser.

The victim was treated at CMH for exposure to the pepper spray.

Officers searched the area afer the incident but did not find the suspects or the stolen property.

Oxnard Man Wounded By Gunfire

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

Oxnard police say a man is recovering after being wounded by gunfire early Sunday morning.

They say the incident happened around midnight at the intersection of Bryce Canyon Avenue and "J" Street.

Officers found a 24-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was taken to the hospital and police say he is expected to survive his wounds.

They say right now they do not know who did it or why.

Vegetation Fire Southeast of Santa Paula

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

(Photo courtesy Patrick Maynard, Emergency Manager VC Sheriff Dept)

Updated--Firefighters from Ventura County and Santa Paula have knocked down a vegetation fire southeast of Santa Paula.

The fire in the 20200 block of South Mountain Road was reported around 12:40 PM Sunday.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a shed fire that had spread to some eucalyptus trees and was threatening an orchard.

A second fire was reported to the southwest.

The fires had burned less than an acre before being contained.

Engine companies, hand crews, helicopters and other equipment responded to the fire with some being cancelled after fire officials determined they could handle with the equipment on scene.

Santa Barbara Woman Killed By Wrong Way Driver

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

UPDATED--The CHP says a Santa Barbara woman was killed when her vehicle was hit head on by a wrong way driver Friday night on the 101 Freeway near Ventura.

It happened around 11:23 PM on the northbound 101 just south of the State Beaches exit.

The CHP says that a Mazda5 minivan driven by a 58-year-old Lakewood woman was traveling the wrong way, southbound in the northbound lanes, when she crashed head on into a Hyundai Sonata driven by a 46-year-old Santa Barbara woman.

The Santa Barbara woman, identified as 46-year-old Danielle Chackel, in the Hyundai was killed.

Meanwhile, the wrong way driver in the Mazda continued on after the impact and smashed into a guardrail.

She was pulled from the wreckage by passing motorists before her vehicle was engulfed in flames.

She was injured in the crash.

The CHP says they do not know if alcohol or drugs played a part in the crash and the investigation is continuing.

The name of the Santa Barbara woman who died has not been released yet.

Man Arrested For Arson Near Ventura River

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

Ventura police say that they've arrested a suspect for allegedly starting several small fires that broke out near a larger fire in the Ventura River bottom near west Main Street Saturday afternoon.

They say the fire department was dealing with a fire in the river bottom around 1:40 PM when witnesses told them a man was running around setting other small fires near the entrance to the Emma Wood Group Campground.

The man was seen walking from the area to the northbound lanes of the 101 Freeway where he was detained by police and State Parks Rangers as he tried to run away.

Meanwhile, the original fire burned less than an acre before being put out by firefighters from Ventura City, Ventura County, CalFire and the county's water dropping helicopter.

Ventura police say they arrested 55-year-old Timothy Bowman, who they described as a vagrant, for arson.

Police say they're not sure if he was responsible for the larger original fire in the river bottom.

Saviers Road Closure To Repair Sinkhole

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

The Oxnard Public Works Department says they will be closing lanes on Saviers Road during the nighttime hours for the next week in order to make emergency repairs to an aging storm drain that's causing a sink hole in that area.

They will be closing two northbound lanes of Saviers Road between Thomas Avenue and Lark Street each night from 9 PM to 5 AM starting Monday September 26th through Friday September 30th.

They need to replace an aging storm drain that has caused a sink hole at 3042 Saviers Road in the northbound lanes.

Last week crews placed a one-inch steel plate (see photo) on top of the sink hole until the emergency repairs could begin.

Four Displaced By Thouand Oaks House Fire

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

UPDATE--Ventura County firefighters have put out a house fire in Thousand Oaks.

It was reported around 11 AM Saturday morning at a house located at 1477 Calle Abeto.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke pouring from the single story, single family home located on a cul-de-sac.

Crews began an aggressive attack on what turned out to be primarily an attic fire while also dealing with protecting neighboring homes and power lines.

They also had to deal with some nearby vegetation that caught fire.

They had the attic fire knocked down in about 20 minutes.

The entire fire area both inside and outside of the home was out about 10 minutes later.

Four residents were displaced by the fire and the Red Cross was being notified.

Two of those residents were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Cause of the fire was under investigation.

Calle Abeto is in a residential area located just north of Avenida De Los Arboles and just west of the off ramp from the southbound 23 Freeway at Avenida De Los Arboles.

Hot, Windy, Dry Weather For Ventura County

KVTA News Friday September 23, 2016

Hot, dry, and windy weather will dominate this weekend in Ventura County and linger into early next week.

By Sunday virtually everywhere in Ventura County will be in the 90's to around 100 degrees.

All of this comes courtesy of a high pressure system and significant Santa Ana wind condition that will bring northeast wind gusts between 40-55 miles per hour at times.

The hot, dry and windy weather will also increase concerns about wildfires and the county will be in a Red Flag Warning status through much of the weekend.

Memorial Planning For Ventura County Firefighter

KVTA News Thursday September 22, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

UPDATED--The Ventura County Fire Department says that planning is underway for the memorial service for Ventura County Fire Engineer Ryan Osler who died Wednesday morning in a vehicle crash while responding to the Canyon Fire is northern Santa Barbara County.

No details yet.

Meanwhile, the department has released information about how people can make donations to help the Osler family.

Osler family ONLINE donations may be made at

The site will open to a tribute page and there is a link to donate there.

Donations by check meanwhile...

Checks: Make payable to VCFD WOAF (Widows Orphans and Assistance Fund) with a memo stating Osler Family.

Send to VCPFA, 

3251 Corte Malpaso Suite 501

Camarillo, CA 93012

Memo: Osler Family

Ventura County Firefighter Killed In On Duty Crash

KVTA News Wednesday September 21, 2016

(Top photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

(Bottom photo courtesy CHP)

UPDATE--A procession carrying fallen Ventura County Fire Engineer Ryan Osler traveled with full escort from Santa Barbara County into Ventura County on the southbound 101 Wednesday afternoon.

Along the way, at freeway overpasses, his fellow firefighters from several departments paid their respects as they lined up with their equipment and American flags and saluted as the procession went by.

The escort included other firefighters, the CHP, Ventura County Sheriff's deputies and Ventura County Copter 7.

It exited around 3:40 PM at Santa Rosa/ Pleasant Valley roads in Camarillo on its way to the Conejo Mountain Memorial Park on Howard Road in Camarillo.

Osler died Wednesday morning after the water tender he was riding in overturned in Lompoc as he and another firefighter were helping with the battle against the Canyon Fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base in northern Santa Barbara County.

The CHP says the fire truck hit a curb at a roundabout at Highway 246 and Purisima Road and overturned killing Osler and injuring the driver.

The 38-year-old Osler was an 18-year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

“Our collective hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and brother Ryan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” commented Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “We are deeply moved by the outpouring of public support for Ryan and on behalf of all the men and women of the Ventura County Fire Department, thank you for your continued prayers.”

All flags are ordered to half-staff immediately and mourning bands will be worn until further notice. Funeral arrangements are pending and information will be made available as soon as detail are finalized.