(Top photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)
(Photo courtesy Lilia Saiby)
UPDATED AS OF 2:30 AM SUNDAY...A wind driven fire burned three-acres of large trees and brush Saturday night and shut down the 101/126 interchange in Ventura for a time.
The blaze was actually several fires that started shortly after 10 PM along the transition road from the northbound 101 to eastbound 126.
Firefighters were told initially that the fires were threatening the nearby La Posada Mobile Home Park.
But firefighters arriving on scene discovered the mobile home park was OK.
The wind had taken embers from the initial fires and spread them all along the 126 freeway, finally merging them into a single three-acre blaze.
Fire crews from throughout Ventura County responded to the blaze and they had the main body of the fire knocked down around 11:45 PM and it was fully contained and controlled by 2 AM Sunday.
There were no structures damaged and no injuries reported.
Cause of the fire was under investigation, but there were reports of several people seen running from the area after the fire broke out and they found a homeless camp in that area.
At one point, both north and southbound 101 and the eastbound 126 were closed.
One lane of southbound 101 was reopened but the northbound 101, eastbound 126 and the transition roads from NB and SB 101 to EB 126 remained closed for some time.
Everything was reopened by 2:15 AM Sunday.
(Photo courtesy Jayme Laber)
The California Highway Patrol was investigating the crash of a travel trailer that blocked both eastbound lanes of the 126 Freeway in east Ventura for more than one hour Friday afternoon.
The crash was reported around 3:30 PM eastbound 126 east of Kimball Road.
There were no injuries in the crash.
The travel trailer ended up on its side blocking both eastbound lanes for about 80 minutes.
The CHP used the center divider to detour eastbound traffic around the crash, but at one point eve that was closed while the tow truck worked to get the trailer back on its wheels.
As of 4:55 PM, CRASH CLEARED, BOTH EB LANES OPEN
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Ventura police say they arrested a transient Friday morning for allegedly trying to break into several vehicles in the Walmart parking lot and for being in possession of a concealed dagger.
Shortly before 8 AM, officers responded to a report of a man trying the door handles on several vehicles at the Walmart at 1739 S. Victoria Avenue.
The person who called also said they saw the man get into one vehicle before walking away from the parking lot.
Officers arrived and located 42-year-old Alton Kearse nearby and a witness identified him as the suspect.
They say Kearse also admitted trying to steal from vehicles.
As police were arresting him, they found a dagger in his pocket.
Kearse was booked into the Ventura County jail for misdemeanor malicious mischief to a vehicle and felony possession of a concealed dagger.
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The Ventura City Fire Department says an unattended candle started a fire in a house early Friday morning, but preparation and quick action by the homeowner minimized the damage.
They say shortly before 5:30 AM Friday, the residents of a single family home in the 700 block of Montgomery Avenue woke up to the smell of smoke and the sound of fire alarms.
The home owner went to the living room and saw the TV screen and items on top of an adjacent hutch on fire.
He quickly evacuated his wife and child and grabbed an extinguisher and fought the fire.
Firefighters arrived about three minutes later and made sure the fire was completely out.
They say the damage was confined to the entertainment center.
Fire investigators say it could have been much worse but modern fire code construction made sure the heat and smoke damage was contained in the wall.
They say the working alarm system and quick access to a fire extinguisher also reduced the potential for significant damage.
No one was injured.
Firefighters say candles,or any heat source, should never be close to combustibles and should never be left unattended.
They also say with the colder weather, make sure heaters are working property and are not near combustibles.
The Ventura City Fire Department says around 12:41 AM Friday they started receiving calls from early Black Friday shoppers at the Pacific View Mall reporting smoke pouring from the roof of the Lowe's Home Improvement store across the street at 500 S. Mills Road.
Active alarms were ringing and the store was empty.
Firefighters responded and found a rooftop heating and air conditioning unit engulfed in flames that were threatening to spread to the roofing material.
However, firefighters were able to knock the fire down in 13 minutes and keep it confined to the one air conditioning unit and some roofing material immediately surrounding the unit.
There was NO smoke in the building.
The initial damage estimate was placed at $20,000.
Fire officials say the fire did NOT impact the rest of the building and Lowe's WILL be open for business Friday.
(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
The Ventura County Fire Department is helping the public prepare for projected El Niño storms by offering free sandbags and readiness tips at an event held in two locations on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Hosted at Mission Bell Plaza and the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Sandbag Saturday will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature a storm readiness fair and drive-through area where first responders will load 10 pre-filled sandbags into each car.
Supplies are limited so plan to arrive early.
Both events will also feature a readiness fair with important information and tools on how to create an emergency kit and evacuation plan, register for emergency notifications, prepare homes for heavy rainfall and much more.
The two Sandbag Saturday event locations include Mission Bell Plaza, located at 301-593 W. Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark, and the Ventura County Fair, located at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura.
For more information on the County’s efforts to prepare for El Nino or other emergency preparedness information, visit www.ReadyVenturaCounty.org. To download a “Ready, Set, Go!.” flood preparation guide, visit www.VCReadySetGo.org.
Updated--The authorities have identified the pedestrian who died after being struck by a vehicle in Moorpark Tuesday evening.
They say that around 5:30 PM, 52-year-old Manuel Jimenez of Moorpark was walking northbound on the west side of Moorpark Avenue through the unmarked crosswalk at the driveway for the Moorpark Town Center.
The driver of a pickup truck, a 51-year-old Moorpark man, was northbound on Moorpark Avenue and made a left turn into that driveway..
The pickup hit Jimenez and he was knocked backwards to the ground and sustained life threatening injuries.
The pickup driver immediate stopped and called 9-1-1.
Emergency personnel responded and Jimenez was rushed to Los Robles Medical Center where he died early Wednesday morning from injuries sustained in the collision.
Traffic investigators say alcohol or drugs do NOT appear to be a factor in this incident but it remains under investigation.
Anyone who may have been in the area and/or witnessed this traffic collision is asked to contact Deputy William Schneekloth (805) 299-1507 at the Moorpark Police Station, 610 Spring Road, Moorpark CA. 93021.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris said Tuesday that her office will join the Ventura County District Attorney's Office in prosecuting those accused of causing the explosion and toxic fire at the Santa Clara Waste Water facility near Santa Paula a year ago.
Nine individuals and two corporations are being prosecuted for violating several environmental and hazardous waste laws.
Two of this individuals recently pleaded guilty to some of the charges.
The incident serious injured two employees and several firefighters who respond to the scene during the early morning hours of November 18, 2014.
Dozens of other people showed up at local hospitals suffering from what they said were the ill effects of the toxic incident.
Those accused of causing the incident are also accused of a cover-up.
The A-G and D-A will be involved in a joint prosecution that will involved all aspects of the criminal prosecution and continuing investigation.
A recent raid of the facility allegedly revealed toxic chemicals still being store there.
(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
UPDATED---Oxnard police say the parolee who they thought had barricaded himself a mobile home Tuesday had escaped but later turned himself in to the authorities.
Oxnard police spokesman Miguel Lopez told KVTA News from the scene that around 9:40 AM Tuesday officers arrived at the mobile home in the 100 block of Fontana, inside the Oxnard Pacific Mobile Estates on Dodge Road south of Pleasant Valley Road and PCH.
They were there to serve a felony search warrant on 23-year-old Armando Arias of Oxnard who was believed to be living there with other family members.
Lopez says Arias's mother answered the door and confirmed for officers that the subject was home, but when they went in, they did not find him.
They did find a firearm in a bedroom and based on what the man's mother told the, they believed the man might be hiding in a crawl space under the mobile home.
At that point they evacuated the house, set up a perimeter and began trying to make verbal contact with the man, to no avail.
They brought in an armored vehicle, the SWAT team, a K-9, a robot camera and other personnel and equipment.
At one point in the early afternoon, they deployed a chemical agent in the home and they believe that inadvertently started the mobile home on fire.
The fire department was already staging nearby and they were brought in to put the fire out.
By 3 PM, the fire was out and officers and a K-9 searched the mobile home, literally from top to bottom, and did not find the man.
They say that Arias had managed to escape but later turned himself in to deputies at the Camarillo Police Department..
(Photo courtesy VPD)
Ventura police say they've arrested a man for having sex with an underaged female.
They say that on November 18th police received a report of a man who had unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
A patrol officer was sent to talk with the female who said that 24-year-old Jonathan Burton of Ventura had allegedly used a social networking website to contact her and lure her into a sexual relationship.
She also told police that Burton had allegedly sent lewd photos to her and asked her to send lewd photos to him.
Detectives launched an investigation and Monday Burton was taken into custody in the area of Cedar Street and Shoshone Street.
Later they served a search warrant at his residence on Magnolia Street just outside of the city.
Detectives say they located further information that indicated there may be other alleged underaged victims.
Burton was booked into the Ventura County Jail on several sex charges relating to minors and also possession of child pornography.
The investigation into this crime is ongoing and the Ventura Police Department is seeking to identify other potential victims in this case.
Anyone who believes they have been victimized by Jonathan Raymond Burton should contact Det. Edwards of the Ventura Police Department at (805) 339-4328.
Updated--Oxnard police say a motorcyclist was killed early Tuesday morning.
They say it happened around 12:24 AM at Trinity Place at San Benito Street in southeast Oxnard.
Police say the motorcyclist, 41-year-old Claudia Sanchez of Oxnard, died at the scene.
Police say that Sanchez was riding her burgundy 1997 Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on Trinity Place approaching the "T" intersection with San Benito Street at a high rate of speed when for some unknown reason she failed to stop.
They say she traveled through the intersection and collided with the curb on the south side of San Benito.
Sanchez, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from her motorcycle and collided with the embankment and the wall that is the back of the strip mall that's on the 2100 block of Channel Islands Boulevard.
No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the crash.
Police say they're not sure if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
The investigation into the fatal crash continues and no other information was available.
(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)
A warming fire in a homeless camp is being blamed for a small brushfire Monday night in the Ventura River.
The 75 foot by 100 foot fire was reported around 9:25 PM in the river bottom next to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
Firefighters had it knocked down in about two hours.
No one was injured and no structures were threatened.