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Supects At Large Following Violent Armed Robbery At Ventura Store

KVTA News Friday February 12, 2016

Ventura police are looking for two suspects in a violent armed robbery at a store at Telegraph Road and Victoria Avenue.

It was reported around 3:30 AM Friday morning.

Police say the suspects entered the CVS in the 5900 block of Telegraph Road armed with a handgun and a baseball bat.

They say the suspects attacked one of the female employees, throwing her to the ground so hard she suffered significant head trauma.

The suspects then forced another employee to open the cash registers.

The suspects then fled the store.

Police say an additional employee was also injured in the robbery and that employee and the employee with the serious head injury were taken to the hospital and both are listed in stable condition.

Police searched the area but did not find the suspects.

The suspects were wearing masks during the incident.

Police described them as a black male adult, 38-40 years old, 5'9", 180 pounds wearing a gray baseball cap, black sweatshirt and black pants...and... a Hispanic male adult in his 20's, 5'7", 180 pounds wearing a gray sweatshirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information is urged to call Ventura police at (805) 339-4488.

Oxnard Man Exposes Himself In Front Of Ventura School Bus

KVTA News Thursday February 11, 2016

Ventura police say they arrested a man for allegedly exposing himself in front of a school bus Thursday afternoon.

They say witnesses reported that the suspect was waiting at the bus stop at Victoria Avenue and Telephone Road around 3:20 PM when a school bus with children on board pulled up.

Witnesses told police the suspect then pulled his pants down and exposed himself.

The witnesses apparently got into a verbal altercation with the man and called police.

The school bus continued on and the man got onto a Gold Coast Transit bus.

Police caught up with the Gold Coast bus at Victoria Avenue and Avocet.

They detained the suspect and police say the witnesses identified him.

Arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure was 24-year-old Kirsten Cain of Oxnard.

Deputies Wrestle Knife-Wielding Moorpark Man Into Custody

KVTA News Thursday February 11, 2016

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says their deputies wrestled a knife-wielding man into custody in Moorpark Thursday afternoon after he had threatened a relative with the knife and punched an elderly neighbor.

The incident began shortly before 3 PM in the 14000 block of Avenida Colonia.

Deputies were called to a report of a disturbance involving a 48-year-old Moorpark man who had threatened a relative with a knife and then went across the street and punched an elderly neighbor.

The man fled from deputies and there was a short foot pursuit that ended when the man stopped on the nearby railroad tracks.

Deputies say the man refused to get off the tracks even as a Metrolink train was approaching in the distance.

Deputies were able to stop the train in time.

Meanwhile deputies used a Taser on the man but he continued to resist and deputies had to wrestle the man into custody while he was still armed with the knives.

He was finally taken into custody and taken to the hospital to be checked out for some cuts and also because of the Taser deployment.

He's facing assault, battery, brandishing and resisting arrest charges. 

Sheriff's officials say they've had a number of prior contacts with this man.

Oxnard Man Arrested After Rooftop Foot Pursuit

KVTA News Thursday February 11, 2016

Oxnard police say they’ve arrested a man on a number of charges following an early morning incident today that ended with a rooftop foot pursuit.

They say it began around 5:30 AM in the 4700 block of Reeder Avenue when officers responded to a report of a family disturbance involving 23-year-old Anthony Meza of Oxnard.

Police say Meza is alleged to have gotten into a family disturbance during which is had brandished a knife and threatened family members.

When officers tried to take Meza into custody he fled onto a rooftop, going roof-to-roof and breaking windows of several houses.

He was finally cornered on the roof of a house Vanetta Street and was taken into custody with the help of an Oxnard Fire Department ladder truck company.

Trial Ordered For Santa Paula Man Accused Of Killing Pregnant Girlfriend

KVTA News Wednesday February 10, 2016

Updated---A judge Wednesday ordered a Santa Paula man to stand trial for murder in the deaths of his pregnant girlfriend and her unborn child.

20-year-old Antonio Magana is not only facing two first degree murder charges, but also several special circumstance allegations.

If found true of those special circumstance allegations, Magana would face life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in this case.

However, the DA has not indicated yet if they will seek the death penalty in this case.

Prosecutors allege that Magana killed 21-year-old Ashley Moran of Santa Paula.

Her body was found in Obregon Park in the 300 block of San Clemente Street in Santa Paula on the morning of March 15, 2014.

She died from puncture wounds to her neck.

The special circumstance allegations against Magana include commission of more than one murder and murder while lying in wait.

He remains in jail without bail and is due back in court in two weeks to have a trial date set.

Leaking Truck Causes Traffic Trouble In Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday February 10, 2016

UPDATED--A truck that leaked what turned out to be 20-40 gallons of a mild or diluted fertilizer caused traffic problems on two major streets in Oxnard Wednesday afternoon.

Oxnard Fire Battalion Chief Gary Sugich tells KVTA News the incident was reported shortly before noon.

They discovered that a truck traveling northbound on Rice Avenue and then westbound on Gonzales Road had been leaking a substance onto the roadway.

He says the substance would trail along and then pool up where the truck stopped for signal lights.

Crews using an absorbent much like kitty litter were able to soak up the substance and it was then gathered up into bags that will be properly disposed of at a later date.

Sugich says they believe the driver of the truck realized what was happening somewhere around westbound Gonzales and Williams and stopped the leak.

But the driver then left the scene without reporting what happened.

They're trying to track down and ID the truck using security video in the area.

Sugich says while the clean up was underway some northbound lanes of Rice Avenue were closed between Camino Del Sol and Gonzales and then westbound Gonzales was closed between Rice and Williams.

The cleanup was completed around 3 PM and the lanes reopened.

Sugich says the substance, a mild fertilizer, did not cause any health problems for people in the area.

Ventura County Judge Publicly Admonished

KVTA News Wednesday February 10, 2016

Updated--The Commission on Judicial Performance has publicly admonished a Ventura County judge regarding disclosure of campaign contributions.

They say the public admonishment concerns Judge Henry Walsh "engaging in a pattern of failing to disclose campaign contributions of attorneys who appeared before him after his reelection in 2012."

The commission says that during his campaign for reelection and after he was reelected, "Judge Walsh received contributions of $100 of more from more than 150 attorneys."

They say that after the election, "Judge Walsh failed to disclose the campaign contributions of attorneys when they appeared before him."

The commission says failure to disclose can give rise to public distrust in the independence and impartiality of the judiciary.

Judge Walsh told KVTA News that although he feels the commission's action is a bit of overkill, he admits he made a mistake.

He says that the issue arose because of a case he decided about three weeks after the election in 2012.

The lawyers on both sides had contributed to his campaign.

He said that the lawyer who lost the case was also unsuccessful on appeal.

That lawyer then complained to the Council on Judicial Performance that Walsh had not disclosed the contributions. 

Walsh says he was careful to disclose his campaign contributions and posted them in his courtroom before the election, but did not believe he was required to keep doing that after the election.

Ventura Police Investigate "Suspicious Death"

KVTA News Wednesday February 10, 2016

Ventura police say they're investigating what they term "a suspicious death."

They say that around 2 AM Tuesday morning the body of 64-year-old Robert Hill of Ventura was found in a vehicle in the area of Transport Street and Morse Avenue in Ventura's industrial park.

Police say Hill had injuries consistent with having been in a physical altercation.

VPD Major Crimes took over the investigation and the Ventura County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy.

At this time the cause of death is undetermined. 

Anyone with information about Hill or the incident itself should call Detective Cameron Goettsche at (805) 339-4462.

Westlake High Wins Aca Deca 5th Year In A Row

KVTA News Tuesday February 9, 2016

(Photo of Westlake High Team courtesy VC Academic Decathlon)

Westlake High School was the overall winner of this year's Ventura County Academic Decathlon.

They've now won the competition five years in a row.

Oak Park High School, the winner's of the Super Quiz, came in second with Moorpark High School finishing in third place.

The competition was held Saturday at Pacifica High School in Oxnard.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony Tuesday night.

Westlake High will now go on to the statewide competition in March.

Two Wounded In Oxnard Shooting

KVTA News Tuesday February 9, 2016

Updated--Oxnard police are investigating a shooting incident that left two people wounded.

The was reported shortly before 7 PM Tuesday in the 2700 block of El Dorado Avenue just north of Channel Islands Boulevard.

One victim was located in a nearby apartment, the other showed up at St. John's Hospital.

Both are expected to recover.

The shooting happened out on the street.

They closed down El Dorado north of Channels Islands as a crime scene.

The suspects reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle.

The second victim who showed up at the hospital with a bullet wound to the foot said he was shot in the area of Gisler and Poplar but police believe that is not true.

They believe he was shot on El Dorado with the other victim.

Five Injured In Crash Near Ventura's Grant Park

KVTA News Tuesday February 9, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

(UPDATED)--Five people were injured, three of them children, when a mini van crashed on a steep, winding road near Grant Park in Ventura.

The incident happened shortly before 6 PM Tuesday in the 300 block of Ferro Drive.

The mini-van left the roadway and collided with exterior portions of a residence and a concrete pillar, coming to rest with the front left portion of the vehicle hanging over a steep embankment with other residences below.

There were electrical wires tangled in the undercarriage.

The most seriously injured was a 10-year-old with a broken leg.

Four others were less seriously injured. 

All were taken to local hospitals by three ambulances.

Woman's Mental State Questioned In Child Sex Case

KVTA News Tuesday February 9, 2016

Criminal proceedings against a Hesperia woman accused of sexually abusing a little Ventura boy have been suspended after her defense attorney raised a doubt as to her mental competence.

That means the criminal case against 19-year-old Savanah Mayer is on hold until she can be examined by a psychologist to determine if she understands the charges against her and can aid in her defense.

Prosecutors had alleged that while staying with a Ventura family, Mayer sexually abused the male who is under 10 years of age.

They accuse her of having substantial sexual contact with the child who ultimately reported what happened.

Mayer had pleaded not guilty to all charges and denied the allegations and was in court Tuesday when her defense attorney raised the issue of her mental state. 

She will remain in custody while she is examined to determine if the criminal case can go forward and will be back in court on March 15th.

Former Oxnard Official Sentenced For Theft

KVTA News Tuesday February 9, 2016

A former Oxnard official who admitted to misappropriation of public money has been sentenced to four years formal probation.

The judge also ordered 48-year-old William Reed to spend a year in the Ventura County Jail and pay at least $5,800 in restitution to the city.

Prosecutors say that when Reed ran Oxnard’s program to help homeless people find shelter and housing he abused his position by misappropriating money that was supposed to go to qualified applicants.

They say Reed falsified documents so checks could be issued to three unqualified individuals and then conspired with at least two of them to get kickbacks.

Prosecutors say Reed then shredded the documents to conceal the fraud.

Reed pleaded guilty to the charges.

He could have faced almost ten years in prison.

Human Trafficking In Ventura County

KVTA News Tuesday February 9, 2016

Human trafficking is not a problem that exists only in some far flung corner of the world. It's also happening right here in Ventura County. On March 9th a group of citizens and law enforcement will be holding a walk and educational event for the public at the County Government Center in Ventura about the problem of human trafficking. We'll be talking to event organizers on the KVTA Morning Show at 8:40 AM this (Tuesday) morning on AM 1590, KVTA.

Uber Driver Arrested For DUI In Simi Valley

KVTA News Monday February 8, 2016

Simi Valley police say they arrested an Uber driver for driving drunk on Super Bowl Sunday.

They allege that 47-year-old Robert Wing of Simi Valley had a blood alcohol level of .25 after he was arrested for DUI.

Police say a patrol officer spotted Wing after Super Bowl 50 slowing down for a green light and without a front license plate.

The officer pulled Wing over and Wing said he was on his way to pick up a new fare and had already handled 2 or 3 earlier fares.

The officer suspected Wing might be under the influence and conducted an investigation.

Police say that Wing told the officer he didn't know where he was and was using his GPS to find his way around.

Wing was arrested for DUI and booked into the Ventura County Jail.