Deputies in the Ojai Valley say they've arrested a woman for allegedly embezzling $60,000 from the Ojai Valley Unified School District.
They say that last week, 47-year-old Ladonna Fulcher was taken into custody and booked into the Ventura County Jail for grand theft by embezzlement.
She was released on $10,000 bail the same day and is due on court later this month.
Investigators say that Fulcher worked as the district's accountant and the embezzlements took place over two years.
They say she confessed and said she took the money to pay the rent.
Ventura police say they continue to search for suspects in connection with a robbery Sunday night at the Walmart on Victoria Avenue.
The suspects, described as three African American males, did not have weapons, but rather used force to take three iPads from the store and then flee in a vehicle that witnesses said was driven by an African American woman.
Police say one of their officers spotted the vehicle parked in a gas station at Mills and Main after the robbery but when he approached it, the female driver sped off and got onto the northbound 101.
The officer got into his patrol vehicle and gave chase but called off the pursuit for safety reasons on the northbound 101 near California Street.
The vehicle, which police say was a rental, was last seen northbound on the 101 past the 33.
Deputies say they've arrested two Thousand Oaks men in connection with a series of robberies at gas stations and liquor stores in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Investigators from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Ventura Police Department, Simi Valley PD and LAPD started to connect a series of robberies in five cities.
They say that through crime lab analysis, they identified two possible suspects from Thousand Oaks, 20-year-old Lenny Vanhorenbeeck and 26-year-old Ernesto Magana.
Deputies say last week both men were arrested as they left their residence in the 300 block of Rolling Oaks Drive, search warrants were served and evidence related to the crimes was collected..
Investigators believe the pair are responsible for as many as seven robberies in both Ventura and LA counties.
They remain in the Ventura County Jail with Vanhorenbeeck's bail set at $2.5 million and Magana's bail set at $1 million.
(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Aviation Unit)
Updated from earlier post--Firefighters controlled a three acre vegetation fire between Santa Paula and Fillmore.
The fire was reported around 2:20 PM Sunday afternoon south of Highway 126, between the highway and the Santa Clara River.
It started in some eucalyptus trees but embers spotted into some light grass about 300 yards away.
Crews responded from the county, Santa Paula City and Ventura City along with the Sheriff's helicopter and a bulldozer.
No structures were threatened.
The highway was not affected.
Cause was under investigation.
Santa Paula police say they arrested two Oxnard gang members Saturday night for walking through Santa Paula firing a shotgun.
Shortly before midnight on July 4th officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of Palm Avenue and Harvard Boulevard.
Police say they had a report that at least one of the two subjects had fired a shotgun into the air.
Police say that after talking with witnesses and searching the area they found two subjects in front of a gas station who matched the description of the suspects.
They say one of the subjects, 21-year-old Alfonzo Islas of Oxnard, was found in possession of a concealed, loaded, shotgun.
Police claim a second subject, 19-year-old Jose Viveros of Oxnard, was found to be in possession of evidence that linked him to the shots fired incident.
They say both were determined to be Oxnard gang members and were taken into custody on charges that included the willful negligent discharge of a firearm, participating in a criminal street gang, and conspiracy.
Police say Islas was also charged with possession of a concealed and loaded weapon and being a person on probation in possession of a firearm.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says two men were arrested for allegedly selling drugs out of a Camarillo barber shop.
Following an investigation by Camarillo Police Special Enforcement Bureau, Ventura County Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau-West County Street Team, and Oxnard PD, 54-year-old Ralph Reyes and 54-year-old Gabriel Robles were arrested on July 2nd on various drug related charges.
Narcotics detectives say they had received information that Reyes was allegedly selling heroin from Gabe's Boulevard Barbershop in the 2600 block of E. Ventura Boulevard.
They obtained a search warrant for Reyes, his residence and the barbershop and served them Thursday.
Deputies say while executing the search warrants they contacted Reyes outside the barbershop, searched him and found heroin packaged for sale and a significant amount of cash.
They say in the barbershop they found marijuana, additional cash and a firearm.
Reyes was arrested for conspiracy and possession for sale of a controlled substance.
Robles was arrested for conspiracy, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a place for selling or finishing controlled substances.
Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies say a Taser was used on a man causing a disturbance in Newbury Park Friday evening after he grabbed a knife during a confrontation with deputies.
The incident began around 6:50 PM when deputies were called to a restaurant in the 1700 block of Newbury Road to check the well being of a man causing a disturbance.
They say the man appeared to be under the influence and was yelling at people at the entrance to the restaurant.
Deputies say when they arrived, the man fled into another nearby restaurant and continued to cause a disturbance.
They say at one point he grabbed a knife off a table in the restaurant and confronted the deputies.
At that point deputies deployed the Taser and took him into custody without further incident.
Deputies say 41-year-old Jason Legere was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer, and a misdemeanor drug related charge.
He was also wanted on a misdemeanor warrant after pleading guilty in a elder abuse case.
Legere is in jail on $60,000 bail.
Ventura County Sheriff's deputies are still looking for a man who led them on a chase through El Rio early Saturday morning.
They say that around 12:30 AM they attempted to pull over a vehicle registered to a known felon on parole.
They say the individual driving the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit began through a number of surface streets in El Rio.
The subject managed to elude deputies during the pursuit.
Deputies say they went to his residence and received permission from the individual's mother to search it, but they did not find him there.
While the active search for the individual ended, they are still attempting to locate him.
No other details about the incident were available.
Santa Paula police say they've arrested a man for attempted murder in the stabbing of his brother.
On Friday morning shortly after 7:30 AM, officers responded to a reported stabbing in the 100 block of Sheppard Road.
They found a 32-year-old Santa Paula man with a stab wound to his left abdomen.
He was taken to VCMC and is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, officers were told that the man had become involved in an argument with his brother that escalated into a fight and then the stabbing.
They say the suspect then fled the scene.
Police say about five hours later, they received a report of a man hiding in a dumpster in the industrial area of 100 Calavo Street.
Officers responded and they found their stabbing suspect, 48-year-old Sammy Ruiz Sr. of Santa Paula under a large amount of trash.
He was taken into custody without further incident and later booked into the Ventura County Jail for attempted murder with bail set at half a million dollars.
UPDATE--A male was taken into custody after leading the CHP on a high speed pursuit from Camarillo to the Fairfax area of Los Angeles.
The incident began shortly after 5:30 PM Friday after the CHP started getting a number of calls about a reckless driver in a black Isuzu Rodeo SUV that was registered out of Guadalupe in northern Santa Barbara County.
The CHP found the vehicle southbound on the 101 at Las Posas Road in Camarillo and tried to pull it over.
But the driver continued traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on the 101.
The chase continued on the southbound 101 to the southbound 405 in the San Fernando Valley and then southbound on the 405 to the 10 Freeway and then eastbound on the 10 to La Cienega Boulevard.
The pursuit reached speeds of more than 100 mph with the suspect using all lanes plus the center divider and right shoulder of the freeways.
After getting off at La Cienega, the suspect used several surface streets, finally driving into a private, gated parking lot.
He parked his vehicle, got out, wearing no shirt, and ultimately surrendered to CHP officers at gunpoint without further incident.
All types of fireworks are illegal everywhere in Ventura County except in the city of Fillmore where just the "Safe and Sane" variety are legal.
With the exception of the "Safe and Sane" fireworks in Fillmore, anyone found in possession of fireworks or caught using them could be fined up to $1,000 and/or receive a jail term of up to a year, under International Fire Code Section 3301.1.3.
Many cities will have professional fireworks shows starting at about dusk...
Friday July 3rd
• Moorpark- Arroyo Vista Park at 9 p.m.
Saturday July 4th
• Camarillo- Camarillo High School at 9 p.m.
• City of Ventura- Ventura College Athletic Field at 9 p.m.
• Ojai- Nordhoff High School Stadium at 9:15 am.
• Thousand Oaks- Hillcrest Center of the Arts at 9 p.m.
• Simi Valley- 9:20 p.m.
• Oxnard/ Channel Islands- Channel Islands Harbor at 9 p.m.
• Fillmore- Fillmore Middle School at 9:15 p.m.
• Agoura Hills- Chumash Park at 9 p.m.
• Westlake- Westlake Village Golf Course Driving Range at 9:10 p.m.
• Calabasas- Calabasas High School at 9 p.m.
Oxnard police say Thursday they arrested a suspect in a kidnap-rape that happened in April.
55-year-old Jose Guadalupe Langarcia of Oxnard was taken into custody at 8:40 AM in the 1200 block of Holly Avenue in Oxnard.
They say that in the early morning hours of April 18th a 23-year-old woman was walking alone in the 600 block of South Harbor Boulevard when she was approached by a man in a truck.
Police say the man followed the woman and tried to persuade her to get into his truck but she declined his advances and continued to walk along Harbor Boulevard.
They say the man got out of the truck and followed the woman on foot to Oxnard Beach Park where he grabbed her, took her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her.
Police say the suspect then fled and the woman immediately called police.
After a two month investigation by OPD's sexual assault unit with the help of the Ventura County Crime Lab, a suspect was ID'd through DNA.
They say that suspect is Langarcia.
He was booked into the Ventura County Jail for kidnap, rape and other charges with bail set at $750,000.