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Casitas Imposes Water Use Restrictions

KVTA News Tuesday August 19, 2014

The Casitas Municipal Water District has become the latest public entity in Ventura County to outline water use restrictions aimed at dealing with the drought.


The restrictions are meant to comply with state regulations recently imposed because of the state's water shortage.


They included restricting outdoor water use to certain hours and activities.


People in the Casitas district will receive details in a mailing but you can see them by going to the following link:


http://www.casitaswater.org/


Local cities and water agencies are all imposing water use restrictions based on the state guidelines.


 

Meanwhile, Lake Casitas is now at 55% of capacity (see photo by KVTA's Perry Van Houten).

MMA "War Machine" To Be Extradited To Nevada

KVTA News Tuesday August 19, 2014

(Photo courtesy Las Vegas MPD)

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter known as War Machine was in a Ventura courtroom Tuesday afternoon and paved the way for his return to Las Vegas to face a host of charges in connection with his alleged attack on his ex girlfriend.

32-year-old Jonathan Koppenhaver waved extradition and was ordered back to Nevada by the judge in a brief hearing attended by a large crowd of reporters.

Koppenhaver, who was considered a federal fugitive, was tracked down and captured at a hotel in his hometown of Simi Valley Friday.

He's been in jail on no bail since then.

His porn star ex-girlfriend had taken to Twitter earlier this month with photos and an account of what she said was his vicious attack on her in Las Vegas.

Koppenhaver's brother told a large crowd of reporters outside the courtroom Tuesday that his brother was not the monster people were making him out to be.

His attorney said his client is innocent and wants to prove that in court.

Three Arrested In Thousand Oaks "Shoulder Tap" Sting

KVTA News Tuesday August 19, 2014

Deputies in Thousand Oaks say a "shoulder tap" operation this past weekend netted three arrests.

Under the supervision of deputies, minor decoys were used to try to solicit adults outside liquor and other ABC licensed stores to get them to buy alcohol for them.

Thirty people were solicited on Sunday and of those thirty, three adult males reportedly bought liquor for the minors.

They were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

One of the three was also charged with a probation violation and violation of his ignition interlock device conditions.

CHP Finds Driver Who Started Chain Of Events On 101 In Ventura That Ended With Good Samaritan Critically Injured Early Sunday Morning

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

The CHP says it's found the driver who left the scene of a crash on the 101 in Ventura early Sunday morning that started a chain of events which led to a Good Samaritan being seriously injured and the freeway being closed.

They it all started around 1:10 AM Sunday morning when a black 2004 Chevy Avalanche drifted onto the right shoulder of the southbound 101 just south of the 126, took out a guardrail and a street light and then continued out of control and ended up crossing all lanes, coming to rest facing the wrong way in the center divider.

The CHP says the driver of the that vehicle fled the scene.

Meanwhile, a passing vehicle stopped on the right shoulder and a passenger, a 25-year-old Garden Grove man, got out and started across the traffic lanes to render aid to the driver of the Chevy Avalanche, not knowing that driver had already fled the scene.

As the Good Samaritan ran across the traffic lanes, a 2008 Infinity driven by a 35-year-old Oxnard woman came along, suddenly saw the Good Samaritan, tried to avoid hitting him, but was unable to avoid him.

After she struck him, he ended up down in the middle lane and her vehicle was stopped in the left lane.

Then, another vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Santa Cruz woman came along and tried to avoid hitting the Infinity in the left lane, but could not avoid it and there was another collision.

The CHP says she might also have hit the Good Samaritan a second time.

The CHP says the Good Samaritan was taken to VCMC where he is recovering from multiple fractures and other injuries.

The two women were not hurt and the CHP says they will not be cited.

The incident shut down the southbound 101 at the 126 for about two and a half hours early Sunday morning.

They say the driver of the Avalanche has not been cited yet for leaving the scene of the original crash.

The CHP says that while the Good Samaritan's actions were admirable, people should not try to do what he did.

Instead they should call 911 and report what happened and let emergency responders handle the incident.

OPD Chases Man With Child In His Vehicle

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

Update-Oxnard police arrested a man who led them on a vehicle pursuit with his child in his car following a domestic dispute.

They say that around 8 PM Monday officers responded to the 700 block of Nandina Place in Oxnard to a report of a domestic dispute with a handgun involved.

When they arrived, they were told that 24-year-old Anthony Carbajal of Oxnard had been involved in an argument with the mother of his 3-year-old son.

They learned he had just fled the residence with the child in the vehicle.

Police then spotted Carbajal driving north on Ventura Road and tried to conduct a traffic stop but he refused and a five minute vehicle pursuit began that went north of Ventura Road through the city that reached speeds of 60 miles per hour.

Police say that ultimately Carbajal led officers back to the home on Nandina Place where he stopped and was taken into custody

His 3-year-old was found in the vehicle, safe and unhurt.

Police say they found a small amount of narcotics in the vehicle along with ammunition and a handgun magazine.

Carbajal was booked into the Ventura County Jail for battery, child endangerment, evading police, violation of a domestic restraining order and firearms violations.

Santa Paula Murder Defendant In Court

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

Arraignment was postponed Monday for the Santa Paula man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend.

18-year-old Antonio Magana was in court to face a single count of murder in the March death of 21-year-old Ashley Moran.

Moran was found slain in Obregon Park in Santa Paula.

After an extensive investigation that involved the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, Santa Paula police arrested Magana last week.

The Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent Magana and his arraignment was rescheduled for September 8th.

His bail was also increased to $1 million and he remains in jail.

Countywide Crackdown On DUI Drivers

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

All Ventura County's law enforcement agencies are teaming up for a series of efforts to crack down on DUI drivers through the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

There will be DUI/DL Checkpoints in several cities, roving DUI Saturation Patrols, a DUI Warrant/Probation Sweep, and a DUI Court Sting targeting DUI convicted drivers who've been ordered not to drive.

There were already checkpoints in Oxnard last Friday night and Thousand Oaks last Saturday night.

Then, there will be a checkpoint in the city of Ventura sometime during the next two weeks and a checkpoint in Simi Valley this coming Saturday night.

The saturation patrols will happen in several areas of the county over several days and a multi agency DUI task force operation will be held on Friday August 29th from 9 PM to 3 AM in the county.

Good Samaritan Critically Injured On 101 In Ventura

KVTA News Sunday August 17, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

Updated---A young man who stopped to help some people involved in a crash that he witnessed was seriously injured early Sunday morning in Ventura when he was struck by two other vehicles.
Officials say the whole incident started when a black Chevy Avalanche crashed into the center divider on the southbound 101 south of the 126 around 1:10 AM.
The occupants of that vehicle fled on foot.
A 25-year-old man witnessed what happened and pulled his vehicle off to the right shoulder to stop and help, not knowing the people in the other vehicle had fled on foot.
The CHP says when the young man tried to cross the traffic lanes to get to the center divider, he was struck by two vehicles.
The drivers of those vehicles stopped and called for help.
The young man suffered major injuries and was taken to VCMC in critical condition.
The incident shut down the southbound 101 at the 126 for about two and a half hours, backing up traffic for a couple of miles.
During that time, southbound 101 traffic was forced to use the eastbound 126 to detour around the crash while the CHP investigated.
The initial hit and run driver was still at large.

Updated---A young man who stopped to help some people involved in a crash that he witnessed was seriously injured early Sunday morning in Ventura when he was struck by two other vehicles.

Officials say the whole incident started when a black Chevy Avalanche crashed into the center divider on the southbound 101 south of the 126 around 1:10 AM.

The occupants of that vehicle fled on foot.

A 25-year-old man witnessed what happened and stopped to help, not knowing the people in the other vehicle had fled on foot.

The CHP says when the young man tried to cross the traffic lanes to get to the center divider, he was struck by two vehicles.

The drivers of those vehicles stopped and called for help.

The young man suffered major injuries and was taken to VCMC in critical condition.

The incident shut down the southbound 101 at the 126 for about two and a half hours, backing up traffic for a couple of miles.

During that time, southbound 101 traffic was forced to use the eastbound 126 to detour around the crash while the CHP investigated. 

The initial hit and run driver was still at large.

Suspect Arrested After Pursuit In Stolen Vehicle

KVTA News Sunday August 17, 2014

Ventura police say a man was arrested following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

They say that around 8:20 AM Sunday morning patrol officers spotted a vehicle at Telephone Road and Petit Avenue that was confirmed stolen.

They say when they tried to stop the vehicle at Northbank Drive and Montgomery Avenue, the driver sped off, starting a chase that wound through a number of residential and commercial areas of Ventura before the suspect got onto Victoria Avenue and headed south towards Oxnard.

They say because the driver had been running red lights and stop signs and started traveling at more than 100 miles per hour as the vehicle reached Victoria and Olivas Park Drive, police terminated the pursuit for safety reasons.

Oxnard police later reported they spotted the vehicle in the 1600 block of Masthead Drive and found a witness who said that three subjects ran from the vehicle.

Oxnard police searched the area and found the three subjects.

They determined that one of the subjects, 21-year-old Michael Borjas of Ventura, had been the driver and he was taken into custody for vehicle theft and reckless driving.

Man Cut In Ventura Assault

KVTA News Sunday August 17, 2014

Ventura police say that around 2:15 AM Sunday morning a man and his girlfriend were walking along the 200 block of E. Main Street when a woman came up and began yelling at his girlfriend and threatening her.

Police say the man stepped between his girlfriend and the suspect to protect his girlfriend and that's when the suspect pulled out a pair of pliers and slashed the man above his left eye.

The suspect then ran off.

Police and fire were called and the man was treated at the scene for a non-life threatening injury.

Police searched the area for the suspect but did not find her.

The suspect was described as a white female, 50-55 years old, 120 pounds, wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.

Fugitive MMA Fighter Due In Ventura Court Tuesday

KVTA News Saturday August 16, 2014

(Courtesy Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

The fugitive mixed martial arts competitor captured in his hometown of Simi Valley Friday afternoon is due in court Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 PM for a hearing.

32-year-old Jonathan Koppenhaver, known as "War Machine", was tracked down at a Simi Valley hotel by Simi Valley police and U.S. Marshals.

He had been a fugitive after Las Vegas police issued a warrant Monday for his arrest in connection with an incident August 8th in which he is alleged to have severely beaten his ex-girlfriend and a friend in Las Vegas. 

Tuesday's hearing will concern his extradition from Ventura to Nevada to face charges in connection with the August 8th incident.

Simi police say his arrest in a room at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 2498 Stearns Street was "without incident."

Koppenhaver is currently being held in the Ventura County Jail without bail.

Koppenhaver grew up in Simi Valley and had been in trouble with the law in Ventura County a dozen years ago.

According to Ventura County court records, in April 2002, Koppenhaver was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery on an officer or medical professional, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and giving false information to a police officer.

He ultimately pleaded guilty to the resisting arrest charge and the other charges were dismissed.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, placed on three years probation, and paid a fine.

Probation/Parole Sweep Through Conejo Valley

KVTA News Saturday August 16, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says that Saturday morning around 7 AM 50 deputies fanned out through Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake, and Oak Park to check out people on probation or parole.

They went to 75 residences to make sure the individuals were obeying the conditions of their probation or parole.

Deputies say 22 people were arrested for a variety of drug related offenses, outstanding warrants, providing false information, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, trespassing, and other probation violations.

Deputies also seized a handgun, but no one was arrested for that.

Subjects were either cited and released or booked into the Ventura County Jail depending on the specific circumstances of their case.

The sheriff's department is conducting these types of probation or parole searches at various times in all of their jurisdictions, this time it happened to be the Conejo Valley.

The money to do this comes from a state grant for supervising post-release and serious habitual offenders due to the state prison realignment.

Ventura Man Arrested In Stalking Case

KVTA News Friday August 15, 2014

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for allegedly stalking a woman since at least January.

They say that's when the 28-year-old woman called Ventura police to report that a man had been harassing her at her place of business.

Police took a report in which the victim told them the man, who was a customer, frequently came to the business to talk with her, then began sending her repeated emails and calling her repeatedly at the business.

She told police the man began to express his feelings of affection toward her and she repeatedly refused his advances.

Police say the situation began to escalate to the point where the suspect would wait for the victim to arrive for work and chase her from her vehicle into the building where she worked.

They say he would then do the reverse when she left work.

Police say the victim repeatedly told the suspect to leave her alone and she had to have friends and fellow employees escort her to and from work.

Finally, she called police again to report what was happening and they began another investigation which led to the arrest Tuesday of the suspect as he was apparently was waiting to chase her from her vehicle into work.

Police say the suspect tried to flee but was caught.

They arrested 29-year-old John Brophy of Ventura for stalking and for possession of a stolen cell phone.

Police say Brophy has a prior conviction for stalking.

Brophy was booked into the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $110,000.

He was also served with a restraining order prohibiting any contact with the victim.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and will be back in court on August 22nd.

Camarillo Woman Pleads Not Guilty To DUI Crash That Killed Her Son

KVTA News Friday August 15, 2014

A Camarillo woman Friday pleaded not guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI, and other charges stemming from a crash Wednesday night the claimed the life of her 7-year-old son.

33-year-old Latoya Najar remains in jail on $80,000 bail.

The CHP says that shortly after 7 PM Wednesday Najar was driving her Ford Mustang northbound on Pacific Coast Highway approaching Las Posas Road near Point Mugu when she lost control and the vehicle hit a dirt berm, a tree, and a concrete wall, before flipping over and coming to rest on its roof.

There were five people in the vehicle which had only four seat belts.

The CHP says Najar's 7-year-old son, who was the only one without a seatbelt, died at the scene.

The CHP says her 12-year-old son suffered a broken arm, her 9-year-old son was not hurt, and a 33-year-woman passenger suffered major injuries.

Najar was not injured and was taken into custody for DUI and booked into the Ventura County Jail.

The CHP says that Najar, her sons, and the other woman, had spent the day at the beach and were on their way home when they crashed.

Witnesses told police at the scene that Najar was speeding before the crash.

Court records show that she had been cited twice before for speeding.

Najar is due back in court on August 26th.

Fugitive Mixed Martial Artist Captured In Simi Valley

KVTA News Friday August 15, 2014

Simi Valley police say the fugitive Mixed Martial Arts competitor Jonthan "War Machine" Koppenhaver was captured at a Simi Valley motel Friday afternoon.

Police say they assisted the United State's Marshal's Service in taking Koppenhaver into custody at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 2498 Stearns Street around 1:45 PM.

He was booked at Simi PD and taken to the Ventura County Jail on an arrest warrant from Nevada where Las Vegas police want him in connection with the beating of his porn-star ex-girlfriend and her friend.

The 32-year-old Koppenahaver, who has been involved in mixed martial arts and the porn industry, is originally from Simi Valley.

Simi Valley police say all they found in his hotel room was some money and a pizza.

Simi police say his arrest was "without incident" but KTLA says a witness says they used a Taser on him.

Koppenhaver is being held without bail in the Ventura County Jail on a federal fugitive warrant and he is scheduled to be in court Tuesday for a hearing.

According to Ventura County court documents, Koppenhaver was charged in April 2002 with battery on a peace officer, but he ended up pleading guilty to misdemeanor resisting arrest and the other charges were dropped.

Unemployment Jumps Up In Ventura County

KVTA News Friday August 15, 2014

The latest figures show Ventura County's unemployment rate went up last month to 7% compared to 6.2% in June.

That was lower than the statewide average of 7.8% but above the national average for July which was 6.5 percent.

July's 7 percent unemployment in Ventura County was below what it was in July of last year when it was 8.3 percent.

Last month there were job declines in several sectors compared to the month before with a overall loss of 6600 jobs from June to July.

However, during the past 12 months, Ventura County has gained 5200 jobs with job increases in virtually all sectors.

http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/vent$pds.pdf

Santa Paula Police Arrest Suspect In Death of Pregnant Woman

KVTA News Thursday August 14, 2014

Santa Paula police say they've arrested a known gang member in connection with the death of a pregnant woman found dead in a park on March 15th of this year.

They say that 18-year-old Antonio Magana of Santa Paula was taken into custody Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of Palm Avenue in Santa Paula by detectives who had been looking for him.

He is accused of killing 21-year-old Ashley Moran of Santa Paula who was found dead by a passerby on the morning of March 15th in Obregon Park in the 300 block of San Clemente.

She died from blunt force trauma and stab wounds to the upper body.

She was pregnant when she was killed.

Police say the arrest of Magana culminates and extensive investigation that involved the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.

Illegal Pot Plantation Seized, Arrest Made In Los Padres

KVTA News Thursday August 14, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they've seized some marijuana plant and made one arrest in connection with pot plantation in the Los Padres National Forest.

The "grow" was actually spotted last month by the Sheriff's helicopter in the Rose Valley area, but they did not return to check it out until this past Tuesday and discovered 75% had been harvested.

Detectives were dropped off at the site and the helicopter then spotted two men running through the area.

The detectives chased the suspects on the ground and while one got away, they caught the second suspect with the help of the helicopter.

Deputies say 23-year-old Josue Cardenas of Kerman was taken into custody.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, deputies sent in a team to seized what was left of the crop, about 847 marijuana plants, 5-6 feet tall, plus about 12 pounds of processed marijuana.

They also cleaned out the campsite being used by the people tending to the illegal cultivation.

That involved removing hundreds of feet of irrigation tubing, fertilizers, and trash.

Deputies Investigate Suspicious Death In Camarillo

KVTA News Thursday August 14, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives are investigating the discovery of a dead body at the west end of Camarillo Thursday morning.

The deceased adult male was found by a deputy on patrol near the businesses in the 1300 block of Del Norte Road and the 101 Freeway around 9:50 AM.

There were signs of injuries on the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene and the authorities are treating his death as "suspicious" for now.

They are not releasing the man's name yet and no other details have been released.

The discovery and investigation shut down that stretch of Del Norte Road which is a frontage road along the northbound lanes of the 101 Freeway north of Central Avenue for much of the day.