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Governor Issues Historic Order To Deal With Drought

KVTA News Wednesday April 1, 2015

California's drought prompted Governor Brown today to issue historic mandatory water reductions.

Here's the latest from Metrosource...

Governor Brown wants Californians to do more to reduce their water usage in the state.

Brown was in the Sierra Nevada area this morning to discuss the record low snowpack amount.

Brown has ordered cities and towns across California to implement mandatory restrictions that will help reduce water usage by 25-percent.

The snowpack is a major source of water for California but has been reduced greatly because of the ongoing drought and was recently measured at less than ten-percent of normal.

Here's a link to the Governor's entire news release...

http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18910

Hazardous Materials Incident In Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday April 1, 2015

(FYI-ALL ROADS REOPENED AS OF 8:30 PM)

Updated--Pleasant Valley Road between Oxnard Boulevard east to Fifth Street was shut down while firefighters conducted a hazardous materials operation regarding several very small leaks of 50% solution hydrogen peroxide from a box truck in the area of Pleasant Valley and Dodge and Hailes roads Wednesday afternoon.

Around 4 PM, 911 starting getting calls about a box truck owned by Green Compass, leaking an unknown substance on the ground at several locations along Dodge Road, Pleasant Valley Road and Hailes Road.

The box truck was parked in the area and firefighters conducted a hamat operation to check it out.

What they found was one of two large containers that had been filled with the solution apparently lost its plug and it emptied out as the truck traveled down those roads.

When the substance leaked onto the pavement, it interacted with the ground, bubbling up and giving off a small amount of vapor.

Susan Duenas, Disaster Services Coordinator for the City of Oxnard, told KVTA News, they told residents of the mobile home park along Dodge Road south of Pleasant Road to "shelter in place" during the incident which was over by about 8:30 PM.

There were no reports of anyone becoming ill and the leaks are described as being very small, maybe a foot square on the ground. There are maybe 3-4 of them. 

The area involved is both in the city of Oxnard and the unincorporated area so both Oxnard City Fire and County Fire are involved in the city with help from The Federal Fire Department, Ventura City Fire, the CHP, sheriff, OPD, and Environmental Health.

Fuel Prices Push Below $3 Again In Ventura County

KVTA News Wednesday April 1, 2015

After shooting up a dollar in a month, fuel prices in Ventura County have fought their way back down below three dollars a gallon.

According to Gas Buddy, there are now several locations around Ventura County where the price of gasoline is now $2.99 a gallon.

But the Triple A Fuel Gauge Survey as of this morning still puts the average price for gasoline in Ventura County at $3.23.

That's down about a nickel in a week and almost a quarter lower than a month ago.

It's still much higher than it was before prices spiked in February.

Meanwhile, diesel prices remain lower than gasoline.

According to the Triple A Survey, the average price for diesel in Ventura County is now $3.05 a gallon. 

That's about four cents below a week ago and about 20 cents less than a month ago.

Saturday's Shooting Was Oxnard Officer's Second

KVTA News Tuesday March 31, 2015

The veteran Oxnard police officer who fatally shot a woman early Saturday morning had been involved in another officer involved shooting about a year ago.

Police say that Officer Roger Garcia shot and killed 26-year-old Meagan Hockaday around 1 AM Saturday after she advanced on him with a knife.

The incident happened less than 20 seconds after Garcia had arrived at the apartment in the 500 block of Vineyard Avenue to a report of a domestic dispute.

Police say Garcia was talking to Hockaday's boyfriend who had called police in the first place when Hockaday came towards them with the knife.

Hockaday died at the scene, no one else was injured.

In February of last year, Garcia and another officer shot and wounded a woman in Del Sol Park after she brandished what turned out to be a replica gun at them. 

She survived her wounds.

Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested On 101 Near Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday March 31, 2015

Two bank robbery suspects were captured in Ventura County Tuesday morning.

The bank robbery happened around 9 AM at the Chase Bank in the 5400 block of Carpinteria Avenue in Carpinteria.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's responded and one of them spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car on the southbound 101 heading from Carpinteria into Ventura County.

The deputy followed the vehicle until backup from the CHP and Ventura County Sheriff arrived and what's known as a "high risk" stop was made on the southbound 101 near the 33 in Ventura County about 15 minutes after the bank robbery had been reported.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says there was no pursuit.

A middle aged man and woman from Los Angeles were arrested without incident and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail. 

Evidence of the bank robbery was found in their vehicle.

Ventura Man Sentenced For Sexual Assault

KVTA News Tuesday March 31, 2015

A judge Monday sentenced a Ventura man for the sexual battery of a woman on the west side of town last year.

24-year-old Anthony Morales was placed on five years formal probation, sentenced to more than 200 days in the county jail, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

He also faces several fines, penalties and conditions as part of his probation.

Ventura police say that last September Morales followed a woman as she walked her dogs in the late morning hours.

They say that at Cameron and Shoshone streets he came up from behind, pushed her to the ground, and tried to remove her clothes.

The woman screamed for help and neighbors heard her screams and called police.

Morales fled the area but was spotted and arrested by responding officers. 

He was originally arrested for attempted rape but later pleaded guilty to felony sexual battery.

Ventura Council Gives Green Light To Red Light Cameras

KVTA News Monday March 30, 2015

The Ventura City Council Monday night voted to continue the red light camera program for at least another three years.

The new contract with Redflex Traffic Systems would allow the city to extend the contract up to four more years after that.

The only "no" vote came from Mayor Cheryl Heitmann.

While she agreed with the program in principle, she had concerns about certain aspects of the new contract, including a provision that could lead to more the doubling to 40 the number of "approaches" at intersections covered by the cameras.

There was discussion about whether the cameras have been effective in cutting down red light accidents, with city staff presenting statistics they claim show that they have.

There was also discussion about whether the aim of the program was to increase safety or just generate revenue.

City staff denied that revenue was the motivation.

City officials also insist the new contract will protect the city from losing money if the number of violations continue to decline.

The council also heard from a number of critics of the system.

They believe the system has problems that lead to innocent drivers being ticketed and some found red light cameras unconstitutional.

Here is a link to the city staff report on the issue: 

http://www.cityofventura.net/…/…/2015/03-30-15/item%2014.pdf

Court Sting For DUI Drivers With Suspended Licenses

KVTA News Monday March 30, 2015

The Oxnard Police Department carried out a sting operation at the County Courthouse in Ventura Monday aimed at making sure drivers with court-ordered suspended licenses do not drive.

Members of the Oxnard PD's traffic unit spent between 8 AM and Noon Monday watching drivers with suspended licenses appear before the judge.

The judge, as is standard procedure in DUI cases, reminded the defendants that their license was suspended and they were not allowed to drive.

The officers then followed eight individuals as they left the courthouse to see if they heeded the court's admonition.

Police say five of the eight drivers did the right thing and did not drive, but three of the individuals got in their vehicles and started to drive away.

They were stopped by the officers and cited for a misdemeanor violation of driving on a suspended license.

Police say one of those drivers, an 18-year-old male, also had an open container of alcohol and a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle when he was stopped driving away from the courthouse.

The three drivers who were cited had their vehicles towed and are facing a potential 30 day impound.

Oxnard is among several law enforcement agencies in Ventura County who now conduct these courthouse stings on a routine basis.

They are paid for by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Administration.

Suspect In Vehicle And Foot Pursuit, Search, Caught In Simi

KVTA News Monday March 30, 2015

The authorities have caught the suspect who was involved in a vehicle and foot pursuit in Simi Valley Monday.

The incident began shortly after 11:30 AM when sheriff's deputies tried to stop a vehicle in connection with a theft investigation and the suspect failed to yield.

The pursuit traveled into Simi Valley where the suspect abandoned his vehicle in the area of Madera Road and Bonita Street. 

That began a day long ground and air search for the suspect which ended around 6 PM when the suspect was spotted walking along Tierra Rejada Road just west of Simi Valley and was arrested.

Trial Could Begin This Week Into Olympic Medalist's Killing

KVTA News Sunday March 29, 2015

     A long-awaited, high profile, Ventura County murder trial could get underway this week.
     57-year-old Jane Laut is accused of murder in the August 2009 shooting death of her Olympic medalist husband Dave at their Oxnard home.
     Prosecutors call it murder, the defense maintains it was self-defense after years of spousal abuse.
     The trial has been delayed several times over the years by various issues. 
     The latest had to do with a defense request to remove the judge because of a statement she made in another case that the defense maintained showed an indifference and insensitivity to the victims of spousal abuse.
     But the defense request to remove the judge was rejected by a specially appointed Santa Barbara judge and the State Court of Appeal.
     Jury selection could begin later this week.

A long-awaited, high profile, Ventura County murder trial could get underway this week.

57-year-old Jane Laut is accused of murder in the August 2009 shooting death of her Olympic medalist husband Dave at their Oxnard home.

Prosecutors call it murder, the defense maintains it was self-defense after years of spousal abuse.

The trial has been delayed several times over the years by various issues. 

The latest had to do with a defense request to remove the judge because of a statement she made in another case that the defense maintained showed an indifference and insensitivity to the victims of spousal abuse.

But the defense request to remove the judge was rejected by a specially appointed Santa Barbara judge and the State Court of Appeal. 

Jury selection could begin later this week.

Investigation Continues Into Deadly Officer-Involved Shooting In Oxnard

KVTA News Sunday March 29, 2015

The investigation continues into this weekend’s deadly officer involved shooting in Oxnard.

Police say that around 1 AM Saturday morning a man called 911 to report a domestic dispute at his apartment in the 500 block of west Vineyard Avenue.

The first officer arrived on scene and police say he was talking with the man at the front door to the apartment when a woman advanced on them with a knife.

That’s when the officer shot and killed her.

She was identified as 26-year-old Meagan Hockaday, the live-in girlfriend of the man who called police.

The officer and the man were not injured.

There were three children in the apartment when it happened and they were not harmed.

The officer, an 8-year-veteran of the department, is on administrative leave which is standard policy. 

As the department conducts an administrative investigation to determine if the shooting was within department policy, a parallel investigation is conducted to determine if the shooting was legally justified.

Family Fight Leads To ADW, Arrest In Oxnard

KVTA News Sunday March 29, 2015

Oxnard police say a fight at a family gathering Saturday night ended with an assault with a deadly weapon and an arrest.

They say it happened around 10:50 PM inside a business located in the 2700 block of Seaglass Way in the Collection in Oxnard.

Police say several subjects from the family gathering became involved in a fight and during that fight one of the subjects produced a knife and cut another individual.

Police say they arrested 25-year-old Daniel Barbere of Oxnard for assault with a deadly weapon. 

They say the victim, a 33-year-old Oxnard man, suffered a moderate laceration to the face and was taken to VCMC for treatment.

Small Vegetation Fire Impacts 101 In Ventura

KVTA News Sunday March 29, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

Ventura City firefighters say a small vegetation fire impacted the 101 Freeway near the 126 interchange early Sunday morning.

It happened around 1:48 AM in the area of Arundell Avenue at the west end of Market Street next to the southbound 101 Freeway.

They say the fire was burning in a half acre of trees and medium to large vegetation when they arrived.

The fire also impinged on a utility pole and a downed Edison stabilization wire was draped over a charged high voltage component which complicated firefighting efforts.

Flames and smoke from the fire also impacted traffic on the 101 and the CHP helped out with traffic control.

Firefighters were able to knock the fire down within a short period of time.

They say no natural cause for the fire could be found and the investigation continues into what started the fire. 

No injuries were reported.

Woman Killed By Oxnard Police Identified

KVTA News Saturday March 28, 2015

Update--Oxnard police have released more information about Saturday morning's deadly officer involved shooting that left a woman dead.

They say the incident began around 1 AM when a man called 911 to request officers respond to his apartment in the 500 block of W. Vineyard Avenue because of a domestic dispute between him and his live in girlfriend.

Police say the first officer to arrive on scene was trained in Crisis Intervention.

He heard screaming coming from the apartment.

Police say as he approached the front door of the apartment he was met by the man who had called 911 to report the domestic dispute.

Police say within 20 seconds the live in girlfriend, 26-year-old Meagan Hockaday, advanced on them with a knife and the officer involved shooting took place.

Emergency medical personnel responded and pronounced her dead at the scene.

Three young children were inside the apartment at the time of the incident and they were taken to the police department to be evaluated by Children Protective Services.

The officer involved, an 8-year-veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure in such incidents. 

There are two investigations underway, one to determine if the use of deadly force was within department policy and the other, which involves a review by the DA's office, to determine if the shooting was legally justified.

Man Wounded By Gunfire In Santa Paula

KVTA News Saturday March 28, 2015

Updated--Santa Paula police are looking for two suspects involved in a fight which led to a shooting Friday night.

It happened around 10:30 PM in the 200 block of W. Harvard Boulevard.

Police say two men, a 29-year-old Santa Paula resident and a 23-year-old Los Angeles resident, were walking through the area of Harvard Boulevard and Craig Drive when they were confronted by two other men in their mid 20's.

The suspects asked the victims where they were from.

There was a verbal altercation which turned into a fight and during the fight one of the suspects shot one of the victims twice in the left leg.

The suspects then fled the scene.

The shooting victim was taken to VCMC to be treated for what police say were not life threatening wounds.

Police say they do not have a motive for the incident and that the victims do not appear to be gang members, but they're not sure about the suspects.

Police described the suspects as male Hispanics in their mid 20's.

They say the shooter was thin with tattoos on both arms, short hair, clean shaven, with a black shirt and blue jeans.

The other suspect was short in stature with tattoos on both arms, short hair, clean shaven with a black shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Cody Madison at (805) 525-4474 or cmadison@spcity.org