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Oxnard Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Friday October 21, 2016

Oxnard police are looking for suspects and a motive for a shooting Thursday night that sent one person to the hospital.

It was reported at 9:10 PM in the 5500 block of Cypress Road.

When officers and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene they found a 20-year-old Oxnard man suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery, his condition is unknown.

Officers were unable to find out any information about what led to the shooting, they found no witnesses.

The investigation by Major Crimes is continuing.

Hazardous Materials Incident At VCMC

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

(Photo courtesy Michelle Garcia Pentis)

Updated--A small spill of what was described as a "non-radiological chemotherapy solution" at a cancer treatment facility in the Ventura County Medical Center complex led to the evacuation of an entire building Thursday.

It was on the 5th floor of the five story outpatient services building north of the hospital.

The spill was about two feet by two feet and contained to that one area, but reports of a chemical odor on more than the 5th floor led to the evacuation of the whole building.

Hazmat crews and other fire personnel from several agencies were called in to deal with the situation.

52 people were checked out because they might have been exposed to the vapors but it was determined that no one was contaminated by the product or its vapors.

Three patients having minor medical complaints were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Once the situation was under control, the scene was turned over to Environmental Health and a private contractor to conduct cleanup of the spill.

Santa Paula Man Guilty Of Child Molestation...Again

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

(Photo courtesy Santa Paula PD)

A Ventura County jury Wednesday convicted a registered sex offender from Santa Paula in a new child molestation case.

The panel took two days to find 61-year-old Alfonso Gonzalez guilty of three counts of lewd acts on a child, one count of oral copulation of a person under 14 and 16 special allegations, including that Gonzalez is an habitual sex offender.

Prosecutors say Gonzalez molested the girl in 2012 and 2013 starting when she was 10 years old.

The defense argued the girl made up the allegations but the jury rejected that and convicted Gonzalez on charges that could bring a sentence of 50-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced on November 17th.

He is being held without bail.

Gonzalez spent time in prison before following a conviction on similar charges in 1995.

Female Juvenile Attacked By Man In Ventura

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for sexual battery and child annoyance following an attack on a female juvenile.

Around 6:42 PM Thursday officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man disturbing in the 4300 block of E. Main Street.

When they arrived they were contacted by a female juvenile who told them she had just been assaulted by a man who grabbed her and then followed her into a nearby business.

Police found the man and the victim identified him as her assailant and they determined he was also the same person who was reported to be drunk and disorderly..

They say 26-year-old Cory Mackenzie, a vagrant from San Bernardino, was taken into custody for sexual battery and child annoyance.

He was taken to VCMC because of the level of his intoxication and once medically cleared he'll be booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Public Help Sought In Camarillo Outlets Robbery

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

Deputies in Camarillo are asking for public help in identifying the suspects in what turned into a robbery at the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

It happened shortly before 2 PM Monday in one of the outlet stores.

The two suspects stole several items and then got into an altercation with the loss prevention officers who stopped them outside of the store.

One of the suspects was detained and started resisting and fighting the loss prevention officer.

Deputies say the second suspect went to a vehicle, retrieved a pair of bolt cutters, returned and began to swing the bolt cutters at the loss prevention officer, telling the officer in Spanish to release the first suspect.

The loss prevention officer complied and the two suspects fled in a silver Suzuki Forenza.

Anyone with information is asked to call Camarillo Detective Brent Miller at (805) 388-5116.

Oxnard Man Pleads Guilty In Cousin's Heroin Death

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

An Oxnard man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the heroin death of his cousin two years ago.

Prosecutors say that in October of 2014, 28-year-old Allen Rosales purchased heroin from an unknown third party and gave it to his cousin, 23-year-old Michael Mendez.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit said at the time of Rosales's arrest that Mendez had a prior addiction to opiates, but was naive about heroin and used it while drinking.

They said that Mendez started overdosing but Rosales failed to provide medical care or notify family members about what was happening.

Mendez was ultimately taken to the hospital where he died the next day.

Rosales will be sentenced on November 17th and faces a maximum possible sentence of four years in prison.

Santa Paula PD Investigates Child Annoyance Cases

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

Santa Paula police say they're trying to get more information about a man involved in one child annoyance incident who may have been involved in other similar incidents.

They say last week they began an investigation into an incident involving a 14-year-old girl who had been touched in an inappropriate way by what they described as a dark skinned white man.

Police say it happened on the VCTC bus that runs between Santa Paula and Ventura.

During the investigation, they realized the same suspect had been identified in connection with other incidents but they never had enough evidence to arrest him.

The Santa Paula Police Department believes there may be other people, both adults and juveniles, who have been victimized by this individual. 

If you are one of those victims please contact Detective Walter Harper at (805) 525-4474 x 221 or

Ventura Police Arrest Man For Indecent Exposure

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

Ventura police say they arrested a man for indecent exposure following an incident at a school Wednesday afternoon.

They say around 4:30 PM a school administrator at Holy Cross School at 211 E. Main Street reported that she was supervising a number of children on the playground when she heard a man standing outside the fence to the school yelling at the children.

She immediately told the children to leave the playground and then approached the man to see what he needed.

She told police at that point the man pulled down his pants, exposed his genitals and made obscene gestures at her.

He then ran away.

Police were called, officers responded and found the suspect in a nearby park.

They say he was taken into custody, positively identified by the school administrator and then arrested.

Police say 35-year-old Landon Rice was booked into the Ventura County Jail for indecent exposure.

They say Rice is already on probation on a drug charge and is a registered narcotics offender.

Camarillo Man Who Killed Wife Also Dies

KVTA News Wednesday October 19, 2016

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says that the Camarillo man who shot and killed his wife at their home Monday night has also died.

The 37-year-old man was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon less than a day after being taken to the hospital where he had been listed in grave condition.

Deputies say he fatally shot his 38-year-old wife at their home in the 5900 block of Fremont Circle around 8:30 PM Monday and then turned the gun on himself.

He was still alive when deputies arrived and was rushed to the hospital where he died the next day.

The couple's young children were home at the time of the shootings but were not physically harmed.

They are reportedly being cared for by family.

Deputies say the shootings were the result of a domestic dispute but they are still trying to determine why.

They say deputies had responded to the couple's home about a year ago to a report of a domestic disturbance but no one was arrested.

Driver Arrested For DUI With Child In Car Near Simi School

KVTA News Wednesday October 19, 2016

(Photo courtesy SVPD)

Simi Valley police say they arrested a woman for driving under the influence with a child in the vehicle in a school zone Wednesday afternoon.

It happened shortly after 3 PM in front of Hillside Middle School.

Officers were conducting a special enforcement operation aimed at making sure drivers do not speed through school zones when one officer used laser technology to record an SUV traveling at 35 miles per hour in the 25 mile per hour zone with children in the area.

The vehicle was pulled over for speeding and also for driving erratically.

Police say further investigation determined that the driver, a 47-year-old Simi Valley woman, had a blood alcohol level over .08% and she also had a seven-year-old child in a car seat in the vehicle.

Police say she had picked up the child at one local school and then drove by Hillside on her way home when she was stopped.

The woman, who was not identified by police, was arrested for DUI and child endangerment and the vehicle was impounded.

Groundbreaking For New County Fire Station

KVTA News Wednesday October 19, 2016

(Photo of artist's rendering of new station courtesy Ventura County Fire. Photo of groundbreaking ceremony by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Officials broke ground Wednesday on a new Ventura County Fire station in Fillmore.

The new station will replace the old County Station 27 that is 64 years old.

It’s being built on Highway 126 and “C” Street and that should improve response times to traffic incidents on the busy highway.

The new station also will serve as a command center for major incidents in that part of the Santa Clara River Valley like wildfires and will have space for a bulldozer used for such incidents.

The architecture will be “Craftsman” style and that will help it blend in with the Fillmore community.

The new station will cost more than $8 million and will be completed in about 18 months.

Fillmore City has its own fire department and fire station.

Ventura County Station 27 is primarily involved in incidents outside the city limits although both the city and county respond to each other’s incidents as needed as part of the mutual aid system that involves fire agencies throughout the county and state.

Once the county moves into their new station the U-S Forest Service will use the county’s old Station 27 on Old Telegraph Road east of “C” Street.

Suspicious Device Closes Oxnard Street

KVTA News Wednesday October 19, 2016

(Photo courtesy Michael Throop)

The discovery of what was described as a suspicious looking device Wednesday morning prompted the closure of a street in Oxnard.

The device, described as a pipe with some wires sticking out of it, was found around 9 AM on a sidewalk in the area of Wankel Way and Graves Avenue.

Police responded and believed it looked like something that needed to be examined by the Ventura County Sheriff's Bomb Squad.

So the bomb squad was called in and they removed it and determine it was not an explosive device.

However, they're not sure if it was something that just coincidentally could be mistaken for a pipe bomb, or it was someone's idea of a prank. 

In any event, people in the surrounding businesses were told to shelter in place since the buildings were far enough away to be safe and streets in the area were closed for about an hour.

Students Learn Fire Safety & Value Of Education

KVTA News Tuesday October 18, 2016

(Photos by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

More than 1300 fourth grade students from the Ventura Unified School District are learning from Ventura City firefighters this week about fire safety and the importance of education.

The two-day event began Tuesday at the Ventura City Fire Department's training facility near Seaward Avenue and the 101 Freeway.

Students, parents and school staff observe live demonstrations by Ventura City firefighters from fighting fires to paramedic medicine.

The students travel in groups around the training facility to several teaching stations that focus on engine company operations, fire safety. ladder and power tool demonstrations and hazardous materials operations.

The grand finale involves the department's "hook and ladder" truck.

The idea is to not only teach fire safety but to show that firefighters must learn disciplines like math, science, engineering and technology to do their jobs.

The students then write essays about their experience and what they've learned.

The winning school receives the "Fire Hydrant Award" that stays on their campus until next year's event.

New Details About Deadly Camarillo Domestic Dispute

KVTA News Tuesday October 18, 2016

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says the husband who they believe shot and killed his wife Monday night in Camarillo was in grave condition at the hospital.

They say the unidentified man killed his 38-year-old wife at their home in the 5900 block of Fremont Circle around 8:30 PM and then turned the gun on himself.

Deputies say the couple's young children were home at the time, but were not physically harmed.

They are reportedly with family members.

They also say that deputies responded to that house about a year ago on a domestic dispute call, but no arrest was made.

Meanwhile, the Major Crimes continues to investigate in an attempt to determine why it happened and also because if the man survives he will likely face a murder charge.

Moorpark Pedestrian/Train Fatal May Be Suicide

KVTA News Tuesday October 18, 2016

Ventura County authorities suspect that a fatal incident involving a woman and a train in Moorpark Tuesday morning may be a suicide.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner must still make a final determination, but it appears the 72-year-old Moorpark woman intentionally walked in front of the Amtrak Surfliner around 8:10 AM as it crossed Moorpark Avenue south of High Street.

The woman was pronounced dead a the scene.

No one on the train was hurt.

The incident closed Moorpark Avenue for a couple of hours.

Domestic Dispute Leads To Deadly Camarillo Shooting

KVTA News Monday October 17, 2016

An investigation is underway after a man allegedly shot and killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself in Camarillo.

Deputies were called to the 5900 block of Fremont Circle shortly after 8:30 PM Monday night to a report of a domestic disturbance and shooting.

When they arrived they found the wife dead and her husband alive but suffering from what deputies say was a self inflicted gunshot wound.

The husband was taken to the hospital, his condition is unknown.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau is investigating.

No names or other details have been released yet.

Camarillo Child Death Suspect Appears In Court

KVTA News Monday October 17, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

The man arrested in Colorado in connection with the death of a child in Camarillo more than two years ago has been returned to Ventura County and made his first court appearance Monday.

38-year-old Caleb Burrett was arrested on October 3rd of this month in Evergreen Colorado in connection with the death of his then live-in girlfriend's 3-and-a-half year old son in Camarillo in September of 2014.

Burrett was returned to Ventura County Saturday and booked into the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $1.2 million.

He appeared in court Monday to face arraignment on one felony count of assault on a child causing death.

If convicted he could face 25-years-to-life in prison.

His arraignment was postponed until November 15th.

The little boy was found injured on September 2, 2014 at a residence in the 100 block of Calle Vista in Camarillo.

The boy died two days later at Northridge Hospital.

Oxnard Man's Death Confirmed Homicide

KVTA News Monday Octrober 17, 2016

Oxnard Major Crimes detectives say the death of a man found in an apartment earlier this year has been determined to be a homicide.

On July 3, 2016 at around 9 AM, officers responded to a trespassing call at the Timbers Apartments at 301 W. Vineyard Avenue.

When they searched an apartment at that location they found a deceased male later identified as 24-year-old Billy Navarro of Oxnard.

Navarro, who was a former resident of that apartment, died from a gunshot wound and an investigation was launched into his death which was considered suspicious.

Detectives ultimately gathered enough evidence to confirm that Navarro's death was a homicide, the city's 10th of this year, and now they are trying to determine who killed him and why.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jaime Miranda at (805) 385-7680.

You can also provide information anonymously by calling the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070, or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

You can also leave a tip by going to

Motorcyclist Killed Sunday In Ventura Identified

KVTA News Monday October 17, 2016

(Photo courtesy Rolando Camarena)

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of the motorcyclist who died following a traffic collision in Ventura Sunday afternoon.

They say that 31-year-old Christopher McClester of Ventura was killed after he crashed his motorcycle on the eastbound 126 Freeway west of Victoria Avenue around 1:40 PM Sunday.

The CHP says McClester was splitting lanes and was between two vehicles when for some unknown reason he veered into one of the vehicles and then lost control and crashed.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident shut down the eastbound 126 just east of the 101 for about two hours.

The CHP says they're still investigating the crash.

Camarillo Woman Pleads Guilty To Juvenile Sex Charges

KVTA News Monday October 17, 2016

A Camarillo woman pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from having sex with a male beginning when he was 15-years-old.

48-year-old Tracey Marsh entered guilty pleas to three felonies including lewd act upon a child and unlawful sexual intercourse.

Marsh was arrested in February of 2015 following an investigation that was launched after the juvenile male disclosed to family members that Marsh had engaged in sexual acts with him over several months.

Marsh remains free on bail pending her sentencing on November 22nd.

She faces jail time, probation and will have to register as a sex offender.