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Santa Paula Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Saturday March 25, 2017

Santa Paula police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

They say around 10:35 PM Friday night officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of E. Santa Anna Street to a report of a gunshot victim.

Police say a 20-year-old Santa Paula man had been attending a party when he was confronted by an unknown subject and shot.

The victim was taken to VCMC and his condition is unknown.

Police say they are still looking for the suspect and a motive for the shooting.

At this time the investigation is on-going. Anyone who witnessed this incident please contact Sgt. Cody Madison at (805) 525-4474 x 2220 or at You can remain anonymous.

Teenage Girl Arrested For Oxnard Carjacking

KVTA News Friday March 24, 2017

(Photo courtesy OPD SEU)

Oxnard police say that Friday they arrested a teenage girl in connection with a carjacking that took place Tuesday in that city.

The carjacking happened in the 1000 block of Isleton Place.

They say the 16-year-old female was armed with a knife and threatened the victim.

She had a teenage male accomplice.

The victim's vehicle was later found abandoned a short distance away.

Oxnard police say the investigation identified the 16-year-old female and Friday their Special Enforcement Unit and Violent Crimes Unit served a search warrant at the same location as the carjacking and took her into custody.

The male accomplice is still being sought.

Oxnard Murder Defendant Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter

KVTA News Friday March 24, 2017

An Oxnard man who might have been facing life in prison for a fatal shooting is actually going to face five years in prison.

21-year-old Antonio Carbajal was facing a murder charge for the December 1, 2015 shooting death of 20-year-old Joseph Santoyo of Oxnard.

It happened in the 100 block of East Rio Lindo Street.

But prosecutors say during the investigation and legal proceedings self defense became an issue in the case.

They say that Carbajal and Santoyo were involved in an altercation and Santoyo brandished and swung a knife at Carbajal.

That’s when Carbajal shot him.

Because of that, they dropped the murder charge and instead allowed Carbajal to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

He’ll face five years in prison when sentenced in June.

Victim Of Fatal Thousand Oaks Crash Identified

KVTA News Friday March 24, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

The Ventura County Medical Examiners Office has released the name of the driver who died in an early morning crash in Thousand Oaks Friday.

They say that 21-year-old Thomas Mudgett of Thousand Oaks died from blunt force injuries sustained in the crash and his death was ruled an accident.

Deputies say that Mudgett was traveling northbound on Pederson Road when his vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree north of Radcliffe Road shortly after 5:20 AM.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Senior Deputy Tim Lohman told KVTA News that speed might have played a role in the crash that involved no other vehicles or people.

Guilty Plea In Oxnard DUI Crash That Injured 3 Juveniles

KVTA News Friday March 24, 2017

An Oxnard man has pleaded guilty to DUI and other charges in connection with crashing his pickup into an apartment and injuring three juveniles who were living there.

Prosecutors say that 37-year-old Sonny Ramos was driving drunk and with a suspended license when the crash happened at Gisler Avenue and Elm Street last November 7th.

Prosecutor Taylor Waters tells KVTA News that Ramos was driving on a suspended license because of a prior DUI conviction.

Ramos faces a maximum 13-year prison term but the judge indicated a sentence of just over eight-years will be appropriate when he is sentenced on April 18th.

Arrest In Ventura Vehicle Burglaries

KVTA News Friday March 24, 2017

Ventura police say they arrested a man early Friday morning for allegedly burglarizing two vehicles, but it wasn't easy.

Around 6 AM officers responded to the 6900 block of Swan Street after an alert citizen called 911 to report seeing a man on a bicycle with a flashlight acting suspiciously around some parked vehicles.

En route, officers were told the citizen witnessed the bicyclist go into one vehicle and take something out.

When the first officer arrived, the suspect fled on the bicycle into a nearby barranca.

Other officers arrived and they set up a perimeter around the barranca and started searching for the suspect.

They found him but the suspect started running away and they had to chase him down.

When they caught him, police say the suspect struggled with officers before they were able to take him into custody.

Police say that 19-year-old Dakota Gonzalez of Ventura was taken to VCMC to be medically cleared for minor injuries suffered in the scuffle with officers.

He was going to be booked into the Ventura County Jail for burglarizing two vehicles, being in possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. 

No officers were injured during the making of this arrest.

Fatal Crash On SB 101 At Top Of Conejo Grade

KVTA News Thursday March 23, 2017

(Photo courtesy CHP)

UPDATED--The CHP says a man is dead after he crashed his SUV into the rear of a parked semi truck and trailer on the 101 at the top of the Conejo Grade.

The crash happened shortly after 4:30 PM Thursday on southbound 101 between the truck scales and Wendy Drive.

The CHP says the 31-year-old male driver of a 1998 Mitsubishi SUV was southbound in the right lane when for some unknown reason he went off the road, onto the right hand shoulder, and smashed into the rear of the big rig truck and trailer that was parked there because of mechanical problems.

The 31-year-old man driving the SUV died at the scene.

He was identified as Nathanael Wilson.

The CHP said he was from Moorpark but the Medical Examiner's Office said Thousand Oaks.

The Medical Examiner says cause of death is pending toxicology tests.

A 37-year-old Bakersfield woman was just exiting the passenger side of the big rig cab when the SUV impacted and she suffered minor injuries.

An investigation into what happened is continuing.

The crash shut down first the two right lanes and then just the right lane until about 7:30 PM resulting in southbound 101 traffic being backed up to Camarillo.

Oxnard Rapist-Killer Pleads No Contest

KVTA News Thursday March 23, 2017

An Oxnard man entered no contest pleas this week in connection with the rape and murder of a young woman more than 30 years ago.

The judge then found 54-year-old Vincent Mackey guilty of first degree murder with the special circumstance that he committed it during a rape and burglary.

Mackey will be sentenced on April 20th to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He is already serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a murder he committed in 1986 in El Rio, the year after he raped and murdered 19-year-old Isabel Hernandez during a burglary in her Oxnard apartment in 1985.

She was stabbed 11 times after being raped.

According to the DA's office, Mackey, then 22, was actually looked at as a suspect in the Hernandez slaying in 1985 after they caught him burglarizing her apartment several hours after the police had cleared the scene of her homicide.

But, according to the DA's office, "due to a lack of evidence and reliable witnesses, no charges were filed against Mackey, and the case went cold."

In 2014, Oxnard Police Detective Mike Young of the Ventura County Cold Case Task Force re-opened the Hernandez homicide investigation and that's when they were able to link Mackey via DNA evidence to her rape and murder.

He was arrested while in prison doing the life without parole sentence for the 1986 El Rio killing and finally charged with the Hernandez homicide.

The DA's office decide against seeking the death penalty in part because they say Mackey has been a model prisoner and also after Hernandez's family decided they did want to have to go through the emotional pain of a death penalty trial.

Trio Arrested For Series Of Ventura County Break-Ins

KVTA News Thursday March 23, 2017

Oxnard Police and the Ventura County Sheriff's Department have completed a five month investigation into a series of commercial burglaries in Newbury Park, Camarillo and Oxnard last year with three arrests.

Investigators say the first burglary was in the early morning hours of October 17, 2016 at the Kaiser Optometry Office in the 300 block of E. Hillcrest Drive in Newbury Park where $34,000 worth of prescription eyeglasses were stolen.

The second was during the same early morning hours at Verizon Wireless in the 2300 block of Las Posas Road in Camarillo, but the thieves were unable to take anything.

The third happened a short time later at the Kaiser Pharmacy in the 2200 block of E. Gonzales Road in Oxnard where the suspects got away with $51,000 worth of prescription medication.

The suspects forced entry into each business and all three burglaries happened within a short period of time.

Security camera video from the three businesses gave investigators several leads that resulted in the identification and this week the arrest of the suspects.

They were identified as 29-year-old Aaron Carter of Upland, 30-year-old Keitra Penn of Los Angeles and 29-year-old Teresita Trapp of Hawthorne.

All are in custody, Penn and Trapp at the Ventura County Jail, with Carter in custody in state prison in an unrelated case.

Gunman Sought In Attempted Port Hueneme Robbery

KVTA News Thursday March 23, 2017

Port Hueneme police are looking for the suspect in an attempted armed robbery that happened Wednesday night.

They say that around 7 PM the suspect entered the Tobacco Choice located in the 700 block of Channel Islands Boulevard.

He was armed with a black handgun.

The suspect pointed the weapon at the clerk and demanded money.

However, the suspect ended up leaving the business empty handed.

He was last seen heading west through the shopping center.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, around 16-years-old, 5'9" and 160 pounds wearing a brown and blue long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Detective Sergeant Torpey at (805) 986-6530.

Burglary Suspect Arrested In Port Hueneme

KVTA News Thursday March 23, 2017

Port Hueneme police have arrested the suspect in a commercial burglary Thursday morning.

They say that around 6 AM officers responded to a disturbance at the Denny's Restaurant in the 2500 block of N. Ventura Road.

They ended up arresting 23-year-old Jesus Vazquez-Zepeda of Oxnard for various misdemeanor narcotics violations and he was taken to the police station for booking and processing.

Around 7:05 AM officers were called to the same shopping center as the Denny's to a report of a burglary at Johana's Professional Hair Salon.

They discovered the front door had been pried open and $5,000 worth of hair products and equipment had been stolen.

Most of it was found hidden in some nearby bushes.

While that was investigated, Vazquez-Zepeda was released from custody on the earlier disturbance incident with a written promise to appear.

Police say at 10:40 AM officers were called back to the same shopping center to a report of a suspicious subject loitering and looking in the general direction of where the stolen hair salon items had been found earlier by police.

Police say that individual turned out to be Vazquez-Zepeda and they found two pieces of jewelry in his possession that belonged to the owner of the business.

He was arrested again, this time for burglary.

Police later found security video from another business in the area that they say showed Vazquez-Zepeda committing the burglary. 

He was booked into the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $50,000.

DA Declines To File Charges In Ventura Shooting

KVTA News Wednesday March 22, 2017

The Ventura man accused of the attempted murder of his girlfriend last week is free after prosecutors declined to file charges.

23-year-old Ryan Argabright was arrested last Friday morning at the La Quinta Inn in Newbury Park just hours after his girlfriend was found shot in an apartment they shared on Citrus Drive in east Ventura.

He was booked for attempted murder but his arraignment Tuesday never happened because the DA’s office refused to file charges.

Argabright was released from jail early Wednesday morning.

The authorities tell KVTA News that prosecutors declined to file a case because the girlfriend gave investigators varying accounts of what happened including that Argabright did not shoot her.

The incident remains under investigation.

Victims Of Double Fatal Crash In Oxnard Identified

KVTA News Tuesday March 21, 2017

Oxnard police have identified the two young men who died in the crash of their pickup truck Tuesday night on Pleasant Valley Road.

They say the driver, 22-year-old Mario Gurrola of Port Hueneme, and one of his passengers, 20-year-old Luis Fernando Hernandez of Oxnard, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say two other passengers, 20-year-old Felipe Coria and 18-year-old Carlos Pena, both of Oxnard, were taken to VCMC with moderate injuries and were listed in stable condition.

Oxnard Fire Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez told KVTA News from the scene that the crash happened shortly after 8 PM on Pleasant Valley Road east of Longfellow Way.

Police say Gurrola was driving a green 2002 Chevy 1500 pickup westbound at a high rate of speed when he lost control at the railroad grade crossing and crashed into a concrete street light pole and then a large palm tree.

The traffic investigators say that they do not know if alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.

The crash closed Pleasant Valley Road in that area until about 2:30 AM Wednesday.

A Wet Start To Spring In Ventura County

KVTA News Tuesday March 21, 2017

One day into spring and rain arrived in Ventura County.

It wasn't a deluge, more like a gentle shower.

Rainfall amounts varied widely around the county.

There were no major issues.

Another system is due in Wednesday with a chance of thunderstorms.

Here's a rundown of rainfall totals as of 5 PM Tuesday..


 CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS............... 0.35

 VENTURA........................... 0.25

 LA CONCHITA....................... 0.22

 SATICOY........................... 0.21

 CAMARILLO (KCMA).................. 0.19

 SILVERSTRAND BEACH................ 0.16

 OXNARD - NWS...................... 0.17

 OXNARD CIVIC CENTER............... 0.14

 LEO CARRILLO...................... 0.06



 MATILIJA DAM...................... 0.98

 LAKE CASITAS...................... 0.72

 STEWART CANYON.................... 0.70

 FAGAN CANYON...................... 0.39

 SOUTH MOUNTAIN.................... 0.18



 SIMI VALLEY....................... 0.38

 MOORPARK.......................... 0.33

 SYCAMORE CANYON DAM............... 0.31

 PIRU.............................. 0.22

 ROCKY PEAK........................ 0.20

 CIRCLE X RANCH.................... 0.20

 CHEESEBORO........................ 0.19

 LAKE PIRU......................... 0.19

 FILLMORE.......................... 0.16



 WHITE LEDGE PEAK.................. 1.50

 NORDHOFF RIDGE.................... 1.18

 NORTH FORK MATILIJA............... 1.04

 OLD MAN MOUNTAIN.................. 0.91

 ORTEGA HILL....................... 0.81

 ROSE VALLEY....................... 0.51

 ALAMO MOUNTAIN.................... 0.20

 LOCKWOOD VALLEY................... 0.08

 CHUCHUPATE........................ 0.08

 APACHE CANYON..................... 0.04

Ventura Wants To Save Hamburger History

KVTA News Tuesday March 21, 2017

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Development plans for a vacant Main Street lot in downtown Ventura could include putting the shuttered building that used to be the Top Hat Burger Palace inside the new structure.

The city's Historic Preservation Committee meets Wednesday to talk about the latest mixed-use development proposal for the corner of Main and Palm streets near Mission San Buenaventura.

Senior Planner Jared Rosengren tells KVTA News that the panel told developers at a previous meeting that they wanted the historic Top Hat building saved from demolition.

The proposed four-story building that could one day have the old Top Hat inside might also include about two dozen condos and ground floor retail uses.

The tiny hamburger stand was a fixture on Main and Palm for more than six decades before it shut down seven years ago and a new Top Hat opened up near Ventura High School.

Arrests In Santa Paula Vandalism And Shooting

KVTA News Tuesday March 21, 2017

Santa Paula police say two men were arresed Monday after an incident over a woman that led to vandalism and a shooting.

They say that around 1 PM an individual they identified as 19-year-old Xavier Servin of Santa Paula showed up at a business in the 600 block of E. Main Street.

Police say he was distraught over the break-up with his girlfriend and he allegedly vandalized her vehicle that was parked behind the business, breaking both the front and rear windshields as well as the digital display in the center dashboard, causing over $1,000 in damage.

Police say that her current boyfriend, who they identified as 21-year-old Emiliano Castillo of Santa Paula, confronted Servin and allegedly started shooting at him.

Police say Castillo was not hit by the gunfire.

Police say a after that, both men fled the scene.

They say Castillo was arrested after he was found hiding behind some houses near the incident and a gun was recovered.

Police say Servin was chased down and arrested following a brief vehicle pursuit.

Servin was the treated for some cuts on his arms that police say likely happened during the vandalism.

Police say Castillo was arrested for attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling and destruction of evidence.

Servin was arrested for felony vandalism and felony evading.

Guilty Plea In Shooting Death Of Oxnard Teen

KVTA News Monday March 20, 2017

The third of three defendants pleaded guilty today to manslaughter in connection with the gang-related shooting death of a 13-year-old boy in Oxnard almost eight years ago.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Victor Montejano is believed to have been the driver in the shooting that claimed the life of 13-year-old Joseph Jacquez of Oxnard in June of 2009.

Jacquez, who had no gang connections at all, was walking in the area of Roosevelt Avenue and First Street when two suspects walked up to him and he was shot multiple times.

He was pronounced dead at Saint John's Regional Medical Center.

Montejano and two other gang members, 26-year-old Pablo Cruz of Santa Paula and 27-year-old Juan Prado of Oxnard, were originally charged with murder but all three eventually were allowed to plead to manslaughter.

Prado has already been sentenced to ten years in prison.

Cruz is facing 15 years in prison.

Montejano is facing 11 years in prison when he is sentenced on April 18th.

Checking On Registered Sex Offenders

KVTA News Monday March 20, 2017

Deputies conducted what they call "compliance checks" on registered sex offenders Saturday in Thousand Oaks and Moorpark.

They visited the residences of 60 registered sex offenders in those two areas and determined that 46 of them were in compliance.

Fourteen were not home when the deputies checked and there will be a follow up to make sure those individuals are also in compliance.

If the individuals moved without letting the authorities know, they would be considered out of compliance.

These compliance checks are done all over Ventura County on a regular basis.

You can check on sex registrants in your community by going to the Megan's Law website at

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   Springs Burn Area...
   Santa Paula...
   La Conchita...
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