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Arrest Made In Ventura Killing

KVTA News Thursday September 29, 2016

Ventura police say an arrest has been made in connection with a killing that happened in Ventura in August.

They say that 24-year-old Marco Antonio Vences of Ventura was arrested Wednesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico in connection with the death of 25-year-old Martin Fierros of Ventura.

On August 13th, Fierros was found stabbed to death in the alley to the rear of 6300 Whippoorwill Street in Ventura.

Ventura Major Crimes detectives investigated the killing and identified Vences as the suspect.

A murder warrant was issued for his arrest and with the help of the FBI Safe Streets Taskforce and Albuquerque PD they located Vences in that New Mexico City and placed him under arrest. 

He was booked into the Bernalillo County Metro Detention Center to await extradition back to Ventura County.

New Law Allows Alcohol In Salons, Barbershops

KVTA News Thursday September 29, 2016

Governor Brown this week signed legislation by Ventura County Assemblyman Scott Wilk that will allow alcoholic beverages to be served in beauty salons and barbershops within certain limitations and requirements.

AB 1322 by the Republican Assemblyman would permit such businesses to serve a single complimentary alcoholic beverage to customers who are 21 or older without requiring the business owner to have a license or permit provided no extra fees are charged for the beverage.

Wilk says many such businesses offer customers a glass of wine or beer without realizing that up to now they've been violating the law.

AB 1322 changes that.

But to comply under the new law only one serving may be offered (12 ounces of beer, six ounces of wine per customer), the customer must be 21 years old or older and only before 10 PM. 

The law will take effect on January 1, 2017.

Man Struck By Train In Ventura

KVTA News Thursday September 29, 2016

Updated--A man suffered a moderate injury after being struck by a passing train in Ventura Thursday afternoon.

The incident was reported shortly before 5:30 PM on the tracks where they cross over Seaward Avenue.

Ventura police say the 31-year-old Oxnard resident was trying to cross the tracks on his bicycle when he saw the Amtrak train approaching.

Police say the man picked up his bike and starting walking along the side of the tracks.

As the train passed it struck the man's arm knocking him to the ground.

The engineer stopped the train and notified his dispatch center and fire, ambulance and police responded.

The man was taken to VCMC with what were described as moderate, but not life threatening, injuries.

Oxnard Robbery Suspect Caught After Search

KVTA News Wednesday September 28, 2016


(Photos courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Oxnard police say the suspect, who they identified as 25-year-old Steven Perez of Oxnard, entered the Dollar Tree Store in the 800 block of Ventura Road around 9:30 AM.

Police say he was armed with a hammer.

Following the robbery, police set up a perimeter and searched the area, yard to yard, using a K-9 and the helicopter.

Three hours later, they found the suspect hiding in a garage in the 1600 block of Oneida Place.

Police say Perez was arrested for armed robbery and two outstanding warrants.

A Truck + Tree = Traffic Problem In Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday September 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy City of Oxnard)

A big rig truck struck a city tree in Oxnard Wednesday afternoon.

It forced closure of southbound Oxnard Boulevard between Fourth and Fifth streets for much of the afternoon and evening.

No injuries were reported.

The tree ended up between the cab and the trailer.

No injuries were reported.

The incident cause traffic problems on Oxnard's main street for hours as crews had to clear the tree, debris and the truck.

Underground Vault Rescue In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Wednesday September 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Ventura County firefighters rescued a worker who had fallen some 20 feet down into an underground vault in the 100 block of Promenade Way in Thousand Oaks Wednesday.

The incident was reported at 11:24 AM.

The worker was working on equipment in the vault that powers a fountain.

The Urban Search and Rescue Unit along with other equipment was dispatched to the scene.

The fire department's ladder truck was used as a hoist to bring the worker out of the vault.

The worker was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

House Fire Near Santa Paula

KVTA News Wednesday September 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy Santa Paula City Fire)

UPDATED--Firefighters from Santa Paula City, Fillmore City and the county have knocked down a house fire near Santa Paula.

It was reported shortly after 4 AM Wednesday morning at 15200 West Telegraph Road near Country View on the western edge of Santa Paula about a half mile east of Briggs Road.

It was an abandoned single story, single family home well involved in flames.

They also had power lines down on the property.

Santa Paula PD was providing traffic control as firefighters battled the fire.

They had the fire knocked down in about 20 minutes.

No reports of injuries and the house was unoccupied.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ventura Man Found Guilty Of Murder

KVTA News Tuesday September 27, 2016

A jury Tuesday afternoon found a Ventura man guilty of murder.

The panel deciding the fate of 38-year-old Cornell Allen found him guilty of second degree murder.

He had been facing a first degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of 41-year-old Stefan Johnson in a residence in the 300 block of Hurst Street in Ventura on June 6, 2013.

Johnson was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene.

Allen was immediately considered a suspect in the killing and he turned himself in later that same day.

Allen testified in his own defense during the three week trial.

The jury deliberated for about a day before returning their verdict that also included a special allegation regarding use of a firearm to cause great bodily injury.

Allen faces sentencing on November 7th and faces 40 years to life in prison.

Would-Be Robber Sketch Released By PHPD

KVTA News Tuesday September 27, 2016

Port Hueneme police have released a sketch of the suspect in an attempted armed robbery last month in that city.

They say that around 10:38 PM on the night of August 15th officers responded to the 100 block of east "C" Street in Port Hueneme regarding an attempted robbery.

The female victim told police that she was parking her vehicle in the rear carport of her residence when the suspect opened the rear passenger door and sat down in the back seat behind the victim.

She told police the suspect put a gun to her head and demanded money.

Police say the victim then opened her door and started screaming for help and honking the horn.

That caused the suspect to flee and he was last seen running eastbound on "C" Street.

Police described as the suspect as a Hispanic male with light complexion, 20-30 years of age, thin build, brown hair, green or hazel eyes, clean cut in appearance.

Anyone who might recognize the sketch of the suspect or have any other information that could help in the investigation is asked to contact the Port Hueneme Police Department at (805) 986-6530 or Detective Rocque Lopez Sr. at (805) 986-6578.

(Eds note: faded image of suspect's right eye was caused by a problem with transfer of image)

Monday Another 100-Plus Day In Ventura County

KVTA News Monday September 26, 2016

For the second day in a row, temperatures Monday throughout Ventura County were at or above 100 degrees.

The National Weather Service says it was 105 degrees in Ventura, Ojai, Fillmore and the National Weather Service Office in Oxnard.

Camarillo checked in with 104 degrees while it was 101 in Thousand Oaks and 100 in Simi Valley.

All other valley areas of the county topped 100 degrees.

Tuesday we'll pick up a few clouds with the northeast winds diminishing and an ocean breeze starting to fight its way back in.

Highs will still be in the 80's and 90's throughout much of Ventura County to near 100 again in some of the valleys.

Simi Man Convicted Of Murdering Grandmother

KVTA News Monday September 26, 2016

A Ventura County jury Monday found a Simi Valley man guilty of first degree murder in the stabbing death of his grandmother at her home more than four years ago.

It took the panel less than a day to convict 27-year-old Gustavo Rios in the death of 75-year-old Isabel Hernandez on July 1, 2012.

The defense had argued that mental health issues drove Rios to kill his grandmother but prosecutors argued it was more likely anger over his grandmother's refusal to give him more money for drugs. 

Rios remains in jail and is facing 26-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Ventura County DA Needs More Info On Incident Involving Football Player

KVTA News Monday September 26, 2016

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says it needs more information from Ventura College Police before deciding whether to file charges against a football player accused of hitting a referee during a game earlier this month.

Bernard Schirmer of Mt. San Antonio Community College was arrested following the incident at the game at Ventura College on September 10th.

He claims it was an accident when he moved his arm and it inadvertently struck the official.

The referee had been escorting Schimer back to the huddle following an altercation among players when it happened.

Prosecutors say they need more information from college police and more time for their investigative unit to look into what happened before making a filing decision.

Schirmer has been free on bail since the incident.

Ventura Man Arrested For Domestic Violence Involving Children

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

Ventura police say they arrested a man early Sunday morning for a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend and two young girls.

They say it happened around 12:50 AM in the 6700 block of Telephone Road.

Officers had responded to a 911 call from an adult woman who said she was involved in a physical domestic with her boyfriend.

When officers arrived, they determined that the woman had been injured and the suspect had also punched her 7-year-old daughter.

They also found the suspect holding his 3-year-old daughter and refusing to release her to police.

Police say the man was also threatening to fight officers.

For about an hour they talked with the man and finally got him to release the child, but he continued to threaten to fight the officers.

A Taser was deployed and the man was taken into custody.

Police say that 38-year-old Richard Avalos of Ventura was arrested for domestic violence, child endangerment and felony resisting arrest.

He was also wanted on an outstand felony warrant.

The two child were released to Child Protective Services.

The adult female had a minor injury to her face and refused treatment.

Woman Killed By Wrong Way Driver Near Ventura Identified

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of the woman killed by a wrong way driver on the 101 Freeway near Ventura Friday night.

46-year-old Danielle Chackel of Santa Barbara died when her Hyundai Sonata was hit head on by a Mazda5 minivan driven by a 58-year-old Lakewood woman around 11:23 PM Friday.

The CHP says the Lakewood woman in the Mazda5 was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the 101 when she collided with Chackel's vehicle just south of the State Beaches exit.

After the collision, the Lakewood woman's Mazda5 continued on and crashed into a guardrail.

She was pulled from the wreckage just before it burst into flames and was taken to the hospital with injuries.

The incident shut down the northbound 101 for several hours Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Bicyclist Attacked, Robbed At Ventura Beach Park

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

Ventura police say a bicyclist was attacked and robbed on the bike path at the San Buenaventura State Beach Park Saturday night.

It was reported around 9 PM.

The 31-year-old Ventura man told police that three males confronted him and started attacking him, punching him several times.

He said that he tried to use his Taser to defend himself but before he could, one of the suspects used pepper spray on him.

Police say the suspects got away with the man's mountain bike, cell phone, and the Taser.

The victim was treated at CMH for exposure to the pepper spray.

Officers searched the area afer the incident but did not find the suspects or the stolen property.

Oxnard Man Wounded By Gunfire

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

Oxnard police say a man is recovering after being wounded by gunfire early Sunday morning.

They say the incident happened around midnight at the intersection of Bryce Canyon Avenue and "J" Street.

Officers found a 24-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds.

He was taken to the hospital and police say he is expected to survive his wounds.

They say right now they do not know who did it or why.

Vegetation Fire Southeast of Santa Paula

KVTA News Sunday September 25, 2016

(Photo courtesy Patrick Maynard, Emergency Manager VC Sheriff Dept)

Updated--Firefighters from Ventura County and Santa Paula have knocked down a vegetation fire southeast of Santa Paula.

The fire in the 20200 block of South Mountain Road was reported around 12:40 PM Sunday.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a shed fire that had spread to some eucalyptus trees and was threatening an orchard.

A second fire was reported to the southwest.

The fires had burned less than an acre before being contained.

Engine companies, hand crews, helicopters and other equipment responded to the fire with some being cancelled after fire officials determined they could handle with the equipment on scene.