Oxnard police say a man found unconscious at the scene of a reported fight in January has died and his death has been ruled a homicide.
The fight was reported around 5:30 PM on January 26th of this year in the 100 block of S. C Street. When officers arrived, they found 66-year-old Alexander Ysidro Flores Ramirez of Oxnard unconscious. He was rushed to VCMC where he was stabilized but remained unconscious.
On Tuesday of this week, Ramirez's condition deteriorated and he died. Today, the medical examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that Ramirez's death was a homicide.
Police say they're following up on several leads and motives in what is Oxnard's 4th homicide of this year.
A $10,000 reward is offered by the city for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of suspect in any homicide. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Currie at (805) 200-5682. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The son of Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy was sentenced Friday to 6 years in state prison after earlier pleading guilty in a major drug case.
35-year-old Peter Foy II was arrested last August for using the U-S mail to send large amounts of prescription drugs like Oxycodone pills to Lexington Kentucky and then accepting packages of money through the mail. He was charged with multiple counts of drug dealing and money laundering. The authorities say this was going on for at least a year while Foy was on probation for an earlier conviction for making and selling human growth hormones and steroids.
Foy's father made a statement in court on his behalf during the sentencing hearing as did other family members and friends. Some also wrote letters of support to the court prior to the sentencing hearing.
Ventura County's unemployment rate for January was 7.5 percent. That's a half point higher than December 2013 but much lower than January 2013 when it stood at 8.9 percent. It was lower than the statewide average of 8.5 percent but higher than the national average of 7 percent.
Month to month, between December 2013 and January 2014, the county lost 6400 jobs with almost every sector showing a decline in jobs or no change. Only construction showed an increase of 100 jobs.
During the past 12 months however, the county gained 2500 new jobs with every sector but two showing an increase or no change in jobs. The two sectors that showed declines over the past 12 months were manufacturing (-300) and financial services (-500).
Here's a link to the data from the EDD:
(Adalberto Deloa-photo courtesy OPD)
Oxnard police are asking for public help in identifying the two drivers who struck and critically injured a pedestrian last month. On Friday February 21st around 6:15 PM, 66-year-old Adalberto Deloa was walking across Channels Islands Boulevard at Circle Drive when he was struck by a light colored truck that was eastbound on Channel Islands Blvd. The impact caused Deloa to be thrown several feet and he landed in the roadway. According to witnesses, a second vehicle, described only as a light colored sedan, also struck Deloa while he was still on the ground. Both vehicles fled the scene without stopping or notifying emergency personnel. Deloa remains in critical condition. Oxnard police spent Thursday evening at the scene of the incident talking with drivers and neighbors about whether they saw anything related to the incident in February. Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call Senior Officer Maria Pena or Traffic Officer Manuel Perez at (805) 385-7750. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go to their website at www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org
Safeway, which owns the Von's supermarkets in Ventura County*, has agreed to settle a civil consumer lawsuit brought by DA's in 9 counties, including Ventura County.
The $2.25 million statewide settlement will mean $222,000 for Ventura County according to Senior Deputy Ventura County DA Mitch Disney. The money is a civil penalty and covers the costs of investigation and restitution to other investigating agencies.
Disney says Safeway was accused of false advertising and unfair competition. The lawsuit alleged that Safeway stores, including Von's stores in Ventura County, unlawfully charged consumers prices higher than the chains lowest advertised price, misrepresented the weight of Safeway brand products, and made statements on the in-store signage that conveyed that certain Safeway produce items were "locally grown" when in fact they came from other countries. Safeway was also accused of violating a 2008 injunction in another consumer protection lawsuit.
The latest lawsuit accused Safeway of violating a policy requiring them to give consumers an item free if overcharged for a $5 or less item, and, to correct the mistake if the item was more than $5 and give the consumer a $5 gift card.
Safeway must retain and independent third-party audit to conduct annual audits to make sure Safeway is complying with court orders. They must also make sure customers are well aware of the price accuracy policy and train employees to comply with the policy.
*Today the parent company of Albertson's and other markets bought Safeway (and so Von's too) for almost $7.7 billion. So Albertsons, Safeway, Von's and several other supermarket chains across the nation will be owned by the same parent company.
The the 28-year-old Moorpark parolee who was the subject of a massive search near two Moorpark schools is in custody. Venttura County Sheriff's Captain Don Aguilar told KVTA News the incident ended around 1:50 PM when deputies found the man, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, in the area near the schools and took him into custody without further incident. No one was hurt. They did not find a gun on him. The incident began at 10:45 AM Thursday when deputies received a report of a man brandishing a handgun near Peach Hill Academy on Christian Barrett Drive. Dozens of deputies poured into the area, plus two K-9's and the sheriff's helicopter. Peach Hill and later Moorpark High were placed on lockdown while the surrounding areas were searched for more than two hours. Peach Hills' campus was searched classroom by classroom but there was no evidence the man ever came on campus. By1 PM Peach Hil wasl declared safe and parents started picking up their children. The search continued towards the Moorpark campus which went on lockdown but that was lifted when the suspect was finally located and taken into custody without further incident. They did not find a gun in his possession but they are sure this is the suspect. He was located and taken into custody in the general vicinity of the school. No one was hurt.
(Photo by Manny Vega)
Oxnard police say a 22-year-old Oxnard man upset over family issues climbed an Edison power pole Thursday morning around 11 AM and stayed there for more than three hours before finally agreeing to come down. It happened in the 3400 block of S. C Street. Police blocked off streets and Edison de-energized the lines while officers trained in crisis intervention tried to talk to the young man from Edison buckets raised 40 feet to where the young man was perched. During that time he danced, sat, and stood, but refused to talk. Finally, around 2 PM, the young man agreed to get into another Edison lift bucket and was lowered safely to the ground without further incident. He was not injured. He was taken to Ventura County Mental Health for evaluation.
The CHP says they arrested two men Tuesday afternoon following a road rage incident on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara County. It started around 1 PM on the southbound 101 in Montecito when the driver of one pickup truck was upset because the driver of the pickup in front of him was not going fast enough and would not move out of the way.
The CHP says the upset driver pulled up next to the slower pickup and there was a verbal exchange that escalated to the point where the upset driver threw a large soda into the passenger side window of the other truck, hitting the passenger in the face.
The CHP says the driver of the pickup that had been hit by the soda retaliated by crashing the right side of his pickup into the left side of the other vehicle causing it to go off the freeway at the Carpinteria Avenue exit, almost hitting a sign. The driver of the other pickup continued on.
By then, the CHP got 911 calls by other motorists who witnessed what happened and provided information. Also, unbeknownst to the CHP dispatchers and everyone else, the Chief of the CHP's Coastal Division had witnessed the whole incident from a unmarked CHP unit. He ultimately stopped one of the drivers in Mussel Shoals. Both drivers were ultimately arrested. One of the drivers is from Santa Barbara, the other from Simi Valley.
Santa Paula police say shortly before 9 PM Monday night one of their officers stopped at the AM/PM gas station in the 800 block of W. Harvard Boulevard to buy a drink when he saw a teenage male rushing out the front door. The teen had an 18 pack of beer in each hand with the station attendant chasing after him. The officer chased the teen to to a waiting vehicle on Felkins Road. The driver of the vehicle was about to drive off until he spotted the officer and then he put the vehicle back into park. Both suspects were taken into custody and arrested for commercial burglary and conspiracy in what police believe was a planned attempt to steal beer. The driver, 23-year-old Jose Hernandez of Santa Paula, was booked into the Ventura County Jail. The 16-year-old male juvenile from Santa Paula who was running with the beer, was taken to Juvenile Hall.
One person was arrested Tuesday night following a pursuit from Moorpark to the San Fernando Valley. The incident began before 6:30 PM on the northbound 23 Freeway near Tierra Rejada Road in Moorpark with a non injury hit and run crash. A CHP unit spotted the suspect vehicle going eastbound on the 118 in Moorpark and tried to pull it over. But the driver did not stop. Instead the driver, reported to be a female, continued to drive wildly using all lanes and even the center divider and right shoulder of the 118 Freeway as the pursuit continued eastbound on the 118 through Simi Valley and into the San Fernando Valley. The driver crashed into the center divider several times and traveled at speeds ranging from 20 miles per hour to more than 70 miles per hour. The CHP used the pit maneuver three times before finally spinning the suspect vehicle to a stop on the eastbound 118 east of Reseda Boulevard. The driver was finally taken into custody without further incident. There were no reports of injuries. The suspect vehicle was registered to an address in Thousand Oaks.
Santa Paula police are reporting several mountain lion sightings in that city during the past week. The latest was around 2 AM Tuesday morning. They have been in the middle of the night in the area of 6th Street and Virginia Terrace, near Santa Paula High School. They think it's the same mountain lion. Police have some tips for the public regarding mountain lions...
Confine and secure any pets (especially at night) indoors. Don’t approach a cougar. Most cougars want to avoid humans. Give a cougar the time and space to steer clear of you. Never run past or from a cougar. This may trigger their instinct to chase. Make eye contact. Stand your ground. Pick up small children without, if possible, turning away or bending over. If you encounter a cougar, make yourself appear larger, more aggressive. Open your jacket, raise your arms, throw stones, branches, etc., without turning away. Wave raised arms slowly, and speak slowly, firmly, loudly to disrupt and discourage predatory behavior.
If you observe a mountain lion please contact the police department at 525-4474.
The Ventura school bus driver who struck and killed a pedestrian in 2012 was sentenced Monday to three years formal probation. 55-year-old Joanne Madaule of Ventura was also ordered to spend 90 days in the county jail. She will actually serve that time in the county's work furlough program beginning Friday. Madaule had earlier pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in connection with the incident that happened in September of 2012 at the intersection of Woodland Street and Brookshire Avenue in Ventura. Madaule was driving a school bus with 11 students on board when she struck 75-year-old Marguerita McIntosh of Ventura as McIntosh walked across the street. McIntosh died later at VCMC from injuries sustained in the incident. Initially, the CHP had said that Madaule was under the influence of what were believed to be prescription drugs at the time of the collision, but she was never charged with that. It was determined she had approval to take the medication and drive and the DA's office determined she was not DUI. Instead, she was charged and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.
(Photo by Joey Bruno)
Work crews finished fixing a large hole in the intersection of Ventura Road and Hemlock Street in Oxnard late Monday afternoon and the intersection and roadways were reopened. The intersection had been closed early Sunday morning after a water main break created a 20 foot by 10 foot sized hole in the northeast corner of the intersection. Crews worked all Sunday night and Monday making repairs so the roads could reopen.
(Photo by KVTA's Perry Van Houten)
(Photo by Craig Carey)
After five days of rain, Ventura County will begin to dry out starting today. The storms that moved through the area starting last Wednesday didn't end the drought, but they did provide a partial recovery from the rain deficit the area was facing a week ago. Ventura County had some of the highest rainfall amounts of anywhere in Southern California with more than 14 inches of rain and several inches of snow in the mountains surrounding the Ojai Valley (see chart from NWS). Even areas likes Ventura, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks did well with totals from the storms approaching five inches. Percent of normal rainfall in Ventura County had been in the teens and single digits before the storms. It's now ranging between 40-50 percent. The question will be whether more storms will be on the way as well approach Spring, and also what next Fall and Winter will be like.