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SB Teen Wrong Way Driver Killed In 101 Crash

KVTA News Thursday August 28, 2014

Updated--The California Highway Patrol has identified a Santa Barbara teenager as the wrong way driver killed in a crash that shut down the Northbound 101 Freeway near Carpinteria for more than six hours overnight.

The CHP says that shortly after 10:30 PM Wednesday a 2003 white Ford Mustang driven by 16-year-old Daniel James Perez of Santa Barbara got on the northbound 101 the wrong way by using the Highway 150 off ramp.

The vehicle traveled southbound in the northbound lanes before it collided with a northbound big rig just north of Bates Road.

The male driver of the Mustang, Perez, was killed, the 56-year-old Pearl Mississippi truck driver was not injured.

There were no other vehicles or people involved.

The crash shut down all northbound lanes of the 101 north of Bates Road until 5:45 AM Thursday creating a miles-long backup that lasted even hours after the lanes were cleared.

The CHP says they've not determined yet if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash. 

No other details were available.

5 Injured In Crash That Shut Down NB 101 In Camarillo

KVTA News Wednesday August 27, 2014

(ALL LANES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS OPENED AS OF 8 PM)

Updated as of 7:40 PM-A patrol car transporting two prisoners from Thousand Oaks to the Pretrial Detention Facility in Ventura was rear ended on the northbound 101 in Camarillo Wednesday afternoon.
It happened shortly before 6 PM on the NB 101 near the Santa Rosa Road/Pleasant Valley Road exit.
The marked patrol car was from the Thousand Oaks Police Department and there were two Ventura County Sheriff's deputies assigned to Thousand Oaks PD in the vehicle.
In the back seat there were two arrestees being taken to the jail in Ventura from Thousand Oaks.
The deputies and two prisoners were taken to hospitals to be checked out, but it's believed that none of the injuries were serious.
One other person was injured in the crash.
Three of the injured were taken to VCMC while two were taken to Los Robles.
The crash shut down all northbound lanes of the freeway and the CHP was allowing vehicles to get through using the center divider.
As of 7:30 PM the closure was still in effect.
The left lane on southbound 101 was closed for a time to allow emergency personnel to extricate the two male prisoners who were trapped in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.
That SB lane was reopened by 7:30 PM.
The CHP is investigating the crash.

Updated as of 8 PM-A patrol car transporting two prisoners from Thousand Oaks to the Pretrial Detention Facility in Ventura was rear ended on the northbound 101 in Camarillo Wednesday afternoon.

It happened shortly before 6 PM on the NB 101 near the Santa Rosa Road/Pleasant Valley Road exit.

The marked patrol car was from the Thousand Oaks Police Department and there were two Ventura County Sheriff's deputies assigned to Thousand Oaks PD in the vehicle.

The sheriff's department contracts for police services in several local cities, including Thousand Oaks.

In the back seat of the patrol car there were two arrestees being taken to the jail in Ventura from Thousand Oaks.

The deputies and two prisoners were taken to hospitals to be checked out, but it's believed that none of the injuries were serious.

One other person was injured in the crash.

Three of the injured were taken to VCMC while two were taken to Los Robles.

The crash shut down all northbound lanes of the freeway and the CHP was allowing vehicles to get through using the center divider.

As of 8 PM ALL NB LANES WERE REOPENED.

The left lane on southbound 101 was closed for a time to allow emergency personnel to extricate the two male prisoners who were trapped in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.

That SB lane was reopened by 7:30 PM.

The CHP is investigating the crash.

High Surf Along Ventura County Coast Causes Damage, Rescues

KVTA News Wednesday August 27, 2014

(Photo of "red tdagged" Sycamore Cove State Beach Admin building courtesy State Beach employee Lindsey Templeton)

The high surf pounding portions of the Ventura County coast has spawned a rash of ocean rescues and caused some damage, especially to the administration building at the Sycamore Cove State Beach along Ventura County's south coast.

State Beach Park Officials say the building was "red tagged" Wednesday after the heavy waves undermined the structure.

They say the building had to be evacuated and they removed as much equipment as possible.

At the same time the Thornhill Broom State Beach Park just up the coast from Sycamore Cove was evacuated because of flooding from the heavy surf.

More than 20 campsites had to be evacuated.

The Hueneme Pier, already damaged and closed from previous high surf events, lost at least another piling in t his latest event.

Meanwhile, lifeguards up and down the Ventura County coast have been plucking thrill-seeking swimmers from the high surf and dangerous rip currents.

The heavy surf and dangerous ocean conditions will be with us through Friday.

Woman Arrested For Theft Of Little Girl's Change Purse

KVTA News Wednesday August 27, 2014


Ventura police say they've arrested a woman in connection with an incident last month in which a purse with about $14 in quarters in it was stolen from an 8-year-old girl at an east Ventura laundromat.

They say that information from the public who saw the security picture of the suspect released via the department's social media led to the arrest of 36-year-old Alondra Robbs of Ventura.

She was cited and released on a charge of petty theft.

The family of the officer who responded to the original incident was so touched by what happened to the little girl that they made sure she received money to make up for what was stolen.

The little girl was in the laundry with family members when the incident happened.

It happened so fast and subtly that it took the security video to confirm what had happened.

Pair Arrested After Chase Through Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday August 27, 2014

Update--Two people are in custody following a pursuit through Oxnard early Wednesday morning.

It began shortly before 4 AM when a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not have its light on in south Oxnard.

The driver of the vehicle sped off and that began a pursuit that wound its way along Saviers Road and several side streets for several minutes.

In the area around Hill and C streets, the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked car and the suspect driver jumped out and ran.

By then, Oxnard police had responded to help the sheriff's deputy and there was a foot pursuit that ended when the suspect was caught on Wolf Street between C and Saviers.

The sheriff's department tells KVTA News that the suspect is a parolee who is wanted on felony warrants.

His female passenger, who was taken into custody where the suspect vehicle crash into a parked car, was arrested for drug possession.

An ambulance was called to the scene to transport the suspects to VCMC to be medically cleared for jail because both were allegedly under the influence of drugs.

There were no injuries.

The Sheriff's Department identified the suspects as the driver, 23-year-old Ricardo Moreno of Oxnard, and his passenger, 25-year-old Monique Rodriguez.

Deputies say both were under the influence at the time of their arrests.

Ex-CHS Administrator Admits Sex Charges

KVTA News Tuesday August 26, 2014

A former Associate Principal at Camarillo High School pleaded guilty Tuesday to allegations that he inappropriately touched a female student and an adult female staff member on campus.

42-year-old Felix "David" Gallegos pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child annoyance regarding the female student and misdemeanor sexual battery regarding the female adult staff member.

He could face up to a year in the county jail when he is sentenced next month and he will have to register as a sex offender.

The allegations against Gallegos arose in May of 2013 and he was arrested in June of 2013 following an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department's Major Crimes Unit.

Gallegos was immediately placed on administrative leave after the allegations first surfaced.

He's been out on bail since his arrest and remains free on bail pending sentencing.

Saticoy Woman Arrested For Allegedly Killing Dog

KVTA News Tuesday August 26, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says a Saticoy woman was arrested Monday in connection with the death of a puppy dog.

Deputies say they that around 8:20 AM Monday morning, they were called to the 11000 block of Azahar Street to a report that a woman had thrown a puppy against a wall, killing it.

They arrested 19-year-old Alicia Lemus for felony animal cruelty in connection with the death of the dog.

She was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony animal cruelty with bail set at $15,000.

She is due in court Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies say the Humane Society is handling the investigation.

They say that Lemus has a history of psychological issues.

Simi Man Accused Of Attack On Fireman To Stand Trial

KVTA News Monday August 25, 2014

A judge ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence for a Simi Valley man to stand trial for an alleged attack on an off duty firefighter that initially resulted in serious brain injuries.

27-year-old Devin Kelley is charged with felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury with a special allegation of causing a brain injury in connection with the incident which left 35-year-old Jason May unconscious.

May reportedly has since recovered and is back to work.

Kelly is also charged with dissuading a witness by force of threat when he allegedly chased two witnesses who tried to call 911 and help May.

This happened at a party last October in the 500 block of Valley Gate Road in Simi Valley.

Kelley, who is a decorated Army veteran and a former football star at Simi Valley High School, is being held on $170,000 bail.

He is due back in court on September 9th.

Raw Milk Advocate Pleads Guilty In Grand Theft Case

KVTA News Monday August 25, 2014

A Santa Paula woman who has been a leading advocate in connection with unpasteurized dairy products has pleaded guilty to grand theft, conspiracy, and money laundering charges.

54-year-old Sharon Palmer quietly entered guilty pleas to 14 felony counts and admitted to an equal number of related special allegations earlier this month.

The charges stem from a real estate transaction regarding financing for her dairy along Wheeler Canyon Road near Santa Paula.

Her case is controversial because of her activism in the movement for unpasteurized dairy products.

She faced some minor charges in Ventura County related to that before the grand theft case arose.

They were resolved some time ago.

Palmer was facing more serious charges in Los Angeles County relating to the sale of such products there.

Her supporters contend that all the criminal actions against her have been nothing more than an attempt to destroy a prominent advocate in the unpasteurized dairy product movement.

Meanwhile, she is due in court in October for a hearing on whether the sale of her property will help with restitution of the victims in the grand theft case.

She will face sentencing after that.

Palmer remains free on bail.

Old Boarded Up Simi Ranch House Gutted By Fire

KVTA News Saturday August 23, 2014

Updated--An old boarded up two story ranch house owned by the Simi Valley Unified School District was destroyed by fire Saturday.

The fire was reported shortly before 11 AM in the Wood Ranch area of Simi Valley.

When firefighters arrived on scene at Mahogany Lane and Country Club Drive, they found the structure well involved in flames.

There was no chance of saving the structure so firefighters went into defensive mode which means to contain the fire to the building of origin and make sure it did not spread.

The ranch house was gutted by the flames and there was some damage to an overhang over a walkway that connected the house to another structure.

It took fire crews a couple of hours to knock the fire down.

There were no injuries.

The cause was under investigation.

This old vacant ranch house and the almost five acres it sits on was given to the district by a developer in lieu of fees.

The district never used it, instead it was boarded up and considered surplus property.

Earlier this year, the district put the property up for sale with an asking price of $3 million.

Motorcyclist Killed In Simi Crash Identified

KVTA News Saturday August 23, 2014

Updates our earlier post--The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of the motorcyclist killed in a crash on the 118 Freeway in Simi Valley Friday afternoon.

They say that 25-year-old Randy Lopez of Chatsworth was eastbound on the 118 past 1st Street when it happened around 5 PM.

The CHP says it happened when two vehicles ahead of the motorcycle stopped because of heavy traffic and one of those vehicles collided with the other.

They say that Lopez tried to avoid the vehicles and ended up crashing into one of them, sustaining fatal injuries.

The CHP says that Lopez and the driver of one of the other vehicles were traveling too fast for traffic conditions at the time.

The crash shut down the eastbound 118 east of 1st Street for two and a half hours.

Woman Stabbed, Man Arrested, In Ojai

KVTA News Saturday August 23, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says that a woman was stabbed and a man was arrested in Ojai early Saturday morning.

The incident was reported around 2 AM in Libbey Park in the area of Ojai Avenue and Signal Street.

Deputies say the 38-year-old Ojai woman received significant but not life threatening stab wounds to her legs.

She was taken to VCMC, her condition is unknown.

The man, identified as 34-year-old Chad Terry of Bakersfield, was arrested.  He was booked into the Ventura County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and his bail was set at $20,000.

The incident remains under investigation but it appears this was not a random attack.