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Family Involved In Boating Accident Near Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday October 26, 2016

UPDATED---What appears to be a family of four was involved in a boating accident near Oxnard early Wednesday morning.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department received a call around 12:18 AM from a resident of the unincorporated Hollywood Beach community north of Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard.

That person reported that a five-year-old and ten-year-old came to their back door and said they had been involved in a boating accident with their parents.

Sheriff's deputies and fire personnel from Oxnard City and Ventura County responded and found a 15 foot outboard motorboat capsized on the beach.

They also found a female adult nearby unconscious and not breathing.

CPR was administered and she was taken by ambulance to Saint John's Medical Center in Oxnard.

Her condition is unknown.

Meanwhile a male adult and the two children were not injured however they were also reported transported to the hospital to be checked out.

No other details right now.

Simi Man Sentenced For Grandmother's Murder

KVTA News Tuesday October 25, 2016

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

A Simi Valley man was sentenced Tuesday for the murder of his grandmother.

28-year-old Gustavo Rios was sentenced to 26-years-to-life in prison for the death of 75-year-old Isabel Hernandez at her Simi Valley home on July 1, 2012.

She was stabbed 18 times.

A jury found Rios guilty of first degree murder and found true that he used a deadly weapon to kill his grandmother.

The defense claimed that Rios suffered from mental illness and heard voices that told him to kill her.

But the prosecution said Rios killed his grandmother because she refused to give him money to buy drugs.

There was emotional testimony from family members at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.

Simi Child Molester Gets 40-To-Life In Prison

KVTA News Tuesday October 25, 2016

(Photo courtesy Simi PD)

A former Simi Valley resident has been sentenced to 40-years-to-life in prison for molesting a child, recording it, and then sharing it with various people throughout the United States via emails.

The investigation into 43-year-old Phillip Schwarz began in March of 2014 when Simi Valley Police Major Crimes Detectives received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that one image of child pornography had been uploaded to a Facebook account.

Search warrants were served including one for the email account of Schwarz who was then living in Winnetka.

Detectives say that led to evidence that Schwarz had been molesting a little girl while living in Simi Valley and had recorded it and then shared it with others across the United States.

Schwarz was immediately arrested and further investigation through 2015 indicated that he had created over 50 images of child pornography that he shared with others via email accounts.

Those subjects were identified and prosecuted in their respective jurisdictions.

Simi police say that Schwarz's wife, 36-year-old Brenda Horstmanshof, was also investigated and it was determined that she was the one who emailed the original image that he uploaded to his Facebook page that started the investigation. 

She pleaded guilty to distribution and possession of child pornography.

Simi PD Looking For Man Who Grabbed Girl

KVTA News Tuesday October 25, 2016

(Photo courtesy Simi Valley PD)

Simi Valley police is seeking public help in identifying a man who grabbed a teenage girl as she walked home Monday afternoon.

They say it happened around 3:45 PM Monday as the 13-year-old girl and the suspect both got off a bus at Stearns Street and Cochran Street.

Police say as she walked home, the suspect grabbed her and tried to force her to come with him but let go when a concerned citizen honked their vehicle horn when they witnessed what happened.

The girl fled home and told her dad who called police and officers searched the area but did not find the suspect.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30-40 years old, 5'5", 160 pounds with black hair.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect should call Simi PD.

Water Main Break Shuts Down Oxnard Roadway

KVTA News Tuesday October 25, 2016

(Photo courtesy City of Oxnard)

A water main break has shut down a stretch of Hueneme Road in the Oxnard area.

The break happened Tuesday afternoon around 1 PM.

Hueneme Road between Olds and Casper is shut down until further notice.

Crews are working to repair it, but it may take well into the night.

A detour was set up using Olds Road to Pleasant Valley Road to Rice Avenue and then back down to Hueneme Road (the reverse if you're traveling westbound on Hueneme Road).

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes because even with the detour, traffic has been backing up in the area.

Three Injured, One Critically, In Oxnard Crash

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Updated--Three people were injured, one critically, in a three vehicle traffic collision on a busy Oxnard road Monday evening.

Oxnard police say it happened around 6:07 PM on Ventura Road at Wagon Wheel Road.

They say that a white 2016 Nissan Altima was northbound on Ventura Road approaching Wagon Wheel Road in the number two lane when it collided with a white 2016 Hyundai Sonata also going northbound in the number one lane and then a white 2014 Hyundai Elantra also going northbound in the right turn lane.

Police say after the collision, the Nissan lost control and started to spin and then slammed into a large concrete support pillar for the 101 Freeway overpass on Ventura Road just north of Wagon Wheel.

The Sonata continued northbound on Ventura Road, went up an embankment and collided with a water main, sheering off its base.

A passenger in the Nissan, a 19-year-old Oxnard man, suffered major injuries and was taken to VCMC where he is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Nissan, a 19-year-old Oxnard Resident, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from VCMC.

The driver of the Hyundai Sonata, a 19-year-old Oxnard resident was treated for minor injuries at VCMC and released.

The driver of the Hyundai Elantra, a 26-year-old Oxnard resident, was not injured.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the crash and do not know if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Ventura Road was closed for several hours Monday night because of the crash.

Naval Base Ventura County Holding Security Exercise

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

Naval Base Ventura County is holding a security exercise Tuesday at their facilities in Port Hueneme and Point Mugu.

The exercise is designed to enhance training and make sure they are ready to deal with any kind of security challenge.

The Navy says Tuesday's exercise is not in response to any specific threats.

They say they will try to minimize disruption to the surrounding communities and they say they do not expect an increase is traffic around the base or any delays in base access.

But people who live or work near the base may see or hear activity that is related to the exercise.

Man Arrested In Sex Trafficking Case

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

The Ventura County Human Trafficking Enforcement Team has arrested a man for sex trafficking.

They say that 47-year-old Turran Maurice Wyatt used the Internet to arrange meetings at a Ventura County Hotel between a female prostitute and men who paid for sex.

Prosecutors say Wyatt handled the money.

He was arrested for a single felony count of pimping.

Wyatt is in the Ventura County Jail with his arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.

His bail is $105,000 because he is facing a not only the pimping charge but also a separate felony charge of unlawfully driving or taking a vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of possession of burglar tools.

If convicted on the pimping charge, Wyatt could face a maximum possible sentence of six years in prison.

Missing Driver Found After Thousand Oaks Crash

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

Updated---Emergency personnel were faced with a strange situation Monday afternoon in Thousand Oaks.

Around 2:50 PM they responded to the Rancho Conejo Boulevard off ramp from the northbound 101 to a report of a vehicle over the side.

But when the arrived on scene they could not find the vehicle or the driver.

They searched for two hours using the Sheriff's Copter 3 plus deputies and CHP officers on the ground before they finally found the vehicle swallowed up by heavy brush in a ravine off the freeway.

The driver was injured but was able to walk out with the help of rescue personnel.

Such an extensive search for a vehicle following a crash off a rural road in the back country or other remote area of Ventura County is not unusual.

What made this incident strange was that it happened in the middle of a busy urban area right off a major freeway.

But the authorities say the heavy vegetation in the ravine and the way the vehicle crashed made it difficult to find.

Some Rain On The Way For Ventura County

KVTA News Saturday October 22, 2016

Ventura County could see a small amount of rain Sunday night into Monday, but a much stronger storm system is being forecast for later next week.

Here's what the National Weather Service is saying...

"A weak storm system will brush portions of eastern Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties late Sunday into Monday with the bulk of the rainfall mainly south of the area. After a break in the weather pattern during midweek there is potential for a much stronger storm system arriving later Thursday and Friday. This system could bring much higher rainfall totals with locally heavy rain and there will be a potential of thunderstorms. Any significant downpours on recent burn areas could be a problem for the first mud and debris flows of the season. Please stay aware of the forecasts and the potential for rainfall next week."

Oxnard Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Friday October 21, 2016

Oxnard police are looking for suspects and a motive for a shooting Thursday night that sent one person to the hospital.

It was reported at 9:10 PM in the 5500 block of Cypress Road.

When officers and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene they found a 20-year-old Oxnard man suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery, his condition is unknown.

Officers were unable to find out any information about what led to the shooting, they found no witnesses.

The investigation by Major Crimes is continuing.