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Uber Driver Arrested For DUI In Simi Valley

KVTA News Monday February 8, 2016

Simi Valley police say they arrested an Uber driver for driving drunk on Super Bowl Sunday.

They allege that 47-year-old Robert Wing of Simi Valley had a blood alcohol level of .25 after he was arrested for DUI.

Police say a patrol officer spotted Wing after Super Bowl 50 slowing down for a green light and without a front license plate.

The officer pulled Wing over and Wing said he was on his way to pick up a new fare and had already handled 2 or 3 earlier fares.

The officer suspected Wing might be under the influence and conducted an investigation.

Police say that Wing told the officer he didn't know where he was and was using his GPS to find his way around.

Wing was arrested for DUI and booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Crews Fully Contain Camarillo Brushfire

KVTA News Sunday February 7, 2016

(UPDATE)--Ventura County firefighters have fully contained a two alarm brush fire that was threatening homes just north of the Spanish Hills Country Club in Camarillo.

The fire burned 2.15 acres, the threat to homes is over, and most equipment, including the helicopter, has been released.

Still, some crews will be out there for several hours working on full control.

Called the "Crestview Fire" it was reported around 8:17 PM Sunday in the area of Crestview Avenue and Avenida De Aprisa.

When they arrived on scene, they found the fire burning in trees and a barranca and threatening at least three homes in the 1500 block of Avenida De Aprisa.

Firefighters immediately set up structure protection on those homes as other firefighters worked to stop the spread of the flames.

By 8:40 PM, the fire was reported to have burned three acres of medium brush with winds out of the east gusting to 20-30 MPH.

By 9 PM the threat to the homes had been "mitigated" and crews were able to concentrate on putting the fire out.

By 10 PM, the fire was fully contained and most equipment had been released.

Santa Ana Winds Increase Wildfire Concern

KVTA News Sunday February 7, 2016


The National Weather Service says Santa Ana wind conditions Sunday through Monday night will increase concerns about wildfires.
Here is what they are saying...
"Santa Ana Conditions are expected to strengthen this evening into Monday, bringing extreme fire danger to most of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through Monday evening.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for both counties, excepting the Antelope Valley, during this time.
Northeast winds are expected to gust up to 70 mph across the mountains, Ventura Valleys and Santa Clarita Valley, and up to 50 mph for the coastal and remaining L.A. County valleys.
Locally higher gusts will be possible.
Daytime relative humidities will fall into the teens with isolated single digits, with poor overnight recoveries.
These conditions could bring the potential for rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior if ignition occurs.
The gusty northeast winds may also result in downed tree limbs and localized power outages in areas prone to Santa Ana winds, as well as hazardous cross-winds for motorists."

 

The National Weather Service says Santa Ana wind conditions Sunday through Monday night will increase concerns about wildfires.

Here is what they are saying...

"Santa Ana Conditions are expected to strengthen this evening into Monday, bringing extreme fire danger to most of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through Monday evening.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for both counties, excepting the Antelope Valley, during this time.

Northeast winds are expected to gust up to 70 mph across the mountains, Ventura Valleys and Santa Clarita Valley, and up to 50 mph for the coastal and remaining L.A. County valleys.

Locally higher gusts will be possible.

Daytime relative humidities will fall into the teens with isolated single digits, with poor overnight recoveries.

These conditions could bring the potential for rapid fire growth and extreme fire behavior if ignition occurs.

The gusty northeast winds may also result in downed tree limbs and localized power outages in areas prone to Santa Ana winds, as well as hazardous cross-winds for motorists."

Recorded wind gusts between 10 AM and 1 PM Sunday from the NWS... 

 ...VENTURA COUNTY COAST...

 CAMARILLO APT.               51 MPH    1203 PM 02/07   77 FT                

 OXNARD APT.                  45 MPH    1137 AM 02/07   66 FT                

 POINT MUGU NAS               40 MPH    1054 AM 02/07   13 FT                

 VENTURA HARBOR               36 MPH    1248 PM 02/07   42 FT                

 CAMARILLO                    35 MPH    1230 PM 02/07   173 FT               

 CAMARILLO (1 SE)             31 MPH    1205 PM 02/07   102 FT               

 CAMARILLO                    29 MPH    0103 PM 02/07   124 FT               

 OXNARD (5 NE)                27 MPH    1100 AM 02/07   130 FT               

 CAMARILLO                    26 MPH    1046 AM 02/07   495 FT               

 EAST VENTURA                 25 MPH    1145 AM 02/07   269 FT               

 

 ...VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL VALLEYS...

 SOUTH MOUNTAIN               56 MPH    1053 AM 02/07   2350 FT              

 BONEY MOUNTAIN               55 MPH    1047 AM 02/07   1714 FT              

 1 NNE SIMI VALLEY            43 MPH    1237 PM 02/07   1035 FT              

 1 NNE SIMI VALLEY            36 MPH    1148 AM 02/07   987 FT               

 SIMI VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL      36 MPH    1200 PM 02/07   1037 FT              

 5 ESE CAMARILLO              34 MPH    1245 PM 02/07   728 FT               

 THOUSAND OAKS HS RAWS        29 MPH    1100 AM 02/07   810 FT               

 SIMI VALLEY RAWS             27 MPH    0100 PM 02/07   914 FT               

 4 ESE CAMARILLO              25 MPH    1115 AM 02/07   725 FT               

 

 ...VENTURA COUNTY INTERIOR VALLEYS...

 PIRU APCD                    39 MPH    1200 PM 02/07   700 FT               

 PIRU                         39 MPH    1200 PM 02/07   636 FT               

 3 WSW PIRU                   34 MPH    1113 AM 02/07   456 FT               

 PIRU                         30 MPH    1200 PM 02/07   1040 FT              

 

Woman's Body Found In Ocean Off Mugu Rock

KVTA News Sunday February 7, 2016

(Photo courtesy Copter 9)

The body of a woman was found in the ocean off Mugu Rock Sunday morning and her vehicle was found crashed a half mile south of that location.

Firefighters and rescue personnel from several different agencies responded around 8:30 AM to a water rescue incident.

They found the woman's body in the ocean off Mugu Rock and it was retrieved by rescue swimmers from the fire department.

During that operation a vehicle was found about a half mile south.

It had apparently plunged off Pacific Coast Highway and crashed onto the rocks about 20 feet below.

They believe the vehicle belonged to the woman.

No one was found in the vehicle and a sea and air search turned up no sign of any other victims in the ocean.

The CHP was investigating it as a fatal traffic collision.

The woman's name and other information about the crash have not been released yet.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash North Of Ojai Valley

KVTA News Sunday February 7, 2016

The CHP was investigating a fatal motorcycle crash north of the Ojai Valley.

It was reported around 11:30 AM Sunday on Highway 33 between Pine Mountain and Lockwood Valley.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene they found the motorcyclist down in the roadway.

CPR was administered but the individual was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jewelry Store Robbery In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Sunday February 7, 2016

Ventura County authorities are looking for suspects in a robbery at a jewelry store robbery in Thousand Oaks Sunday.

It was reported around 11:50 AM at Ben Bridge Jewelers in the Oaks Mall.

Deputies say two men wearing masks and gloves were involved.

They smashed a display case, grabbed an undisclosed amount of jewelry and then fled.

They were last seen in a black SUV at Lynn Road and the 101 Freeway.

That vehicle was later found abandoned in another part of the Conejo Valley.

It's believed the suspects had a second getaway vehicle.

There were initial reports of shots fired, but deputies say what people heard was the breaking glass when the display case was smashed.

There were no shots fired and no reports of injuries.

House Fire In Santa Paula

KVTA News Sunday February 7, 2016

Fire damaged a house in Santa Paul Sunday.

The fire was reported around 1 PM in the 100 block of S. Olive Street.

When firefighters arrived on scene they reported the structure engulfed in flames.

It took about a half hour to knock the fire down.

The cause was under investigation.

No word on any injuries.

Missing Father And Son Found Safe

KVTA News Sunday February 7, 2016

UPDATED)--A father and son missing since Saturday in the Santa Monica Mountains along Ventura County's south coast turned up safe Sunday.

Deputies say 36-year-old Patrick Gardner and his five-year-old son Matthew were hiking in Sycamore Canyon Saturday when they became disoriented and were forced to stay overnight.

They were reported overdue Saturday and a ground and air search was launched that included the Sheriff's Aviation Unit and later a K-9, Fillmore Search and Rescue team, and Sheriff's Mounted Posse.

The search effort lasted more of the night.

Then, around 9 AM Sunday, father and son turned up turned up safe with some minor cuts and scratches but in good health and spirits. 

They told deputies after they became disoriented and it started getting dark, they found an unoccupied dwelling east of the Sycamore Canyon Campground and stayed the night.

Barricaded Oxnard Man Found Under Pile Of Clothes

KVTA News Saturday Feburary 6, 2016

Oxnard police say a man who barricaded himself in his home Saturday night was ultimately found by the SWAT team hiding under a pile of clothes.

The incident began around 5:09 PM when officers spotted 37-year-old Salvador Lopez of Oxnard in the south alley of the 1400 block of West Guava.

The officers knew Lopez and knew that he was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Police say when he spotted the officers Lopez fled into his residence and refused to come out despite repeated announcements by police telling him to come out.

Finally, the SWAT team went into the house and found Lopez hiding under a large pile of clothes in one of the bedrooms. 

He was taken into custody without incident and arrested on that outstanding warrant.

Motorcycle Safety Enforcement In Oxnard Sunday

KVTA News Friday February 5, 2016

The Oxnard Police Department will be conducting a motorcycle safety enforcement this Sunday (February 7th).

They say between noon and 4 PM extra officers will be patrolling the city looking for violations by both drivers and motorcyclists alike.

Police say that in the city of Oxnard during the past three years motorcycle-involved collisions have resulted in five fatal collisions and 102 injury collisions.

The Oxnard Police Department wants to make everyone aware of precautions that can be taken to reduce the number and severity of collisions involving motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists and drivers are reminded to be safe and follow these safety tips:

Safety tips for riders – See and Be Seen:

· Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room

· Match your speed to surrounding traffic

· Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing

· Ride with lights on during daylight hours

Safety tips for drivers – Share the Road:

· Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes

· Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage 

Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/ or 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).

Blood Bank Takes Steps To Deal With Zika Virus

KVTA News Friday February 5, 2016

Ventura County’s blood bank is asking people to take certain precautions before donating blood in light of the concern over the Zika virus.

United Blood Services said today that it is asking people who have traveled to the Caribbean, Mexico or Central or South America not to donate blood for at least 28 days after returning to the U-S from those areas.

A growing number of Zika virus cases have been identified among people who have been in those areas.

United says the restriction is expected to reduce the number of eligible donors nationwide by two percent.

They are hoping that people who are eligible donors and are not affected by this restriction will step up their blood donations in the coming weeks.

Those wishing to make an appointment to donate can call United at 1-877-827-4376 or go online to www.UnitedBloodServices.org

There is concern about the virus being transmitted by transfusion and there is no test to screen blood for the Zika virus.

United is calling this a cautionary step until the FDA comes up with official guidance.

The main concern with the Zika has to with pregnant women being infected with the virus and the potential for birth defects in the unborn child.

Fillmore Teen Arrested For Santa Paula Robbery

KVTA News Friday February 5, 2016


Santa Paula police say they arrested a Fillmore teen Friday in connection with an armed robbery last month in Santa Paula.

They say the 17-year-old male was taken into custody while he was in juvenile court for another case involving a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Police say the teen was arrested Friday for a robbery that happened on the night of January 16th in Santa Paula.

They say on that night the suspect entered the Circle K gas station at 765 Havard Boulevard, walked around for awhile and then covered his face with a bandana, brandished a large revolver at the clerk and demanded money.

After getting the money, the suspect fled.

No one was hurt.

Police say the 17-year-old Fillmore male arrested Friday for that January holdup is a document gang member. 

He was booked and then taken to Juvenile Hall.

High Surf Headed Our Way Again

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016


The National Weather Service says more high surf will be rolling into the Central and Southern California coast tomorrow and Friday.

Here's what the NWS is saying...

"Another long period west-northwest swell will bring a return of high surf conditions to the Central Coast and Ventura Harbor the next couple of days.

Surf will peak along the Central Coast Thursday into early Friday when breakers of 10 to 15 feet with max sets to 18 feet can be expected.

The highest surf for Ventura County is expected to be 6 to 8 foot breakers on west facing beaches Thursday afternoon into early Friday, with local sets up to 10 feet near Ventura Harbor.

For Los Angele county, surf will generally range between 4 and 6 feet with local sets to 8 feet.

The prolonged period of high surf will likely generate additional beach erosion.

In addition, there will once again be the threat of large breaking waves at Morro Bay and possibly Ventura Harbor entrances.

During this extended period of high surf, there will also be dangerous rip currents and sneaker waves. 

Inexperienced swimmers and surfers should stay out of the water, and everyone should stay off of rock walls and jetties."

Report Slams Ex-Ventura County Medical Examiner, But DA Won't Charge Him

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016


The Ventura County District Attorney's Office released a 50 page report Wednesday that raises some troubling questions about the actions of the county's former Medical Examiner.

But prosecutors also say they will not file criminal charges.

In a news release issued with the report, the DA says that while their investigation into Dr. Jon Smith "uncovered policies and procedures that will call into question the professionalism and integrity of the office, there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of criminal charges in this matter."

Prosecutors say part of the problem with determining whether Smith broke the law is the fact that the law is vague and unclear about critical aspects of a Medical Examiner's job and they say the legislature needs to clarity the law.

The DA's report says that Smith allowed unqualified personnel to conduct autopsies or partial autopsies and then signed off on them even though he was not there.

The report says that Smith made large sums of money doing work outside of Ventura County while being paid as the county's full-time Medical Examiner but there's insufficient evidence to indicate his actions in that regard were illegal.

The report says medical boards in other states had called into question Smith's activities in those states during the time he was working for Ventura County.

When the allegations against Smith first arose, Ventura County put him on leave and then later fired him.

Gang Raids Carried Out In Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016

Oxnard police along with members of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Ventura County Probation and California State Parole conducted probation and parole searches at five locations in Oxnard early Wednesday morning.

The gang related search warrants were part of ongoing investigations into recent gang shooting and stabbing incidents in the city.

They say two adults were arrested, one on a weapons related charge the other for violating the Colonia Gang Injunction. 

Three more adults and a juvenile were not home at the time of the raids and area wanted on a variety of gang related crimes, firearms violations or violation of parole.

Ventura Man Dies In 101 Freeway Crash

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016

UPDATED---The California Highway Patrol says one person died in an accident late Tuesday night on the 101 Freeway in Ventura.

It was reported shortly after 11:30 PM on the northbound 101 just north of the 126.

The initial report was that a vehicle struck a pedestrian but the CHP later said it was an individual who had been ejected from a vehicle.

They say the victim was traveling northbound on the 101 just north of the 126 when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a wall in the center divider.

The vehicle then swerved back to the right across all lanes and hit the guard rail on the right shoulder.

The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

The 22-year-old Ventura man, identified as Christopher Charles Brown, was rushed to VCMC where he was pronounced dead.

The CHP shut down the northbound 101 for about 45 minutes while they tended to the victim and investigated the incident.