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Windy Weather Forecast For Friday

KVTA News Friday March 6, 2015

The National Weather Service is forecasting windy weather for Friday.

Here's what they are saying...

"Surface high pressure will build into the Great Basin Today and bring gusty offshore winds. The peak of the strongest winds will begin to affect the area this morning. Winds will begin to diminish some through the afternoon hours. Motorists operating high-profile vehicles, especially on Interstates 5 and 405 and Highways 1, 14, 23, 101, 118 and 126, are advised to use caution due to the potential for gusty cross winds. Gusty Santa Ana winds combining with very low humidity could bring elevated fire weather danger to the area."

Oxnard PD Investigates Shooting

KVTA News Friday March 6, 2015

Oxnard police are investigating the latest shooting incident in that city.

It happened shortly after 8:30 PM Thursday in the area of Wolff and G streets.

Police say a 33-year-old Oxnard man was shot in his right arm.

He was taken to VCMC and was listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. 

Police say they do not know who shot the man or why.

Ventura Motorcyclist Dies From Crash Injuries

KVTA News Thursday March 5, 2015

Ventura police say the motorcyclist critically injured in a crash on the west side of the city last month has died from his injuries.

The incident happened around 9:30 PM on February 20th at Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue.

Police say that 58-year-old Paul Everton was riding his motorcycle eastbound on Kellogg when he struck a 15-year-old female pedestrian who was crossing the street.

They say Everton was then ejected from his motorcycle and crashed into the side of a parked semi-trailer.

Police say Everton was apparently not wearing a helmet and suffered major head injuries.

He was taken to VCMC where he died this week.

The female pedestrian suffered serious injuries in the collision. 

Police say their investigation into what happened is continuing and they say they do not know if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.

Spring Forward This Weekend

KVTA News Thursday March 5, 2015

Just a reminder that we switch to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday morning at 2 AM.
That means moving the clocks ahead one hour (Spring forward).
Most modern electronic devices like computers, tablets, and smart phones do it automatically.
Ventura County firefighters also want to remind everyone that you should take this opportunity to check your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly.
Daylight Savings Time will last until November 1st.

Just a reminder that we switch to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday morning at 2 AM.

That means moving the clocks ahead one hour (Spring forward).

Most modern electronic devices like computers, tablets, and smart phones do it automatically.

Ventura County firefighters also want to remind everyone that you should take this opportunity to check your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly. 

Daylight Savings Time will last until November 1st.

Oxnard Man Wounded By Gunfire

KVTA News Wednesday March 4, 2015

(Photo courtesy Yanny Love)

Updated--An Oxnard man was reported in stable condition after being shot multiple times Wednesday night.

Oxnard police say that shortly before 8:30 PM officers responded to the 5300 block of S. J Street to a report of numerous shots being fired.

When they arrived, they found a 26-year-old Oxnard man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

He was rushed to VCMC in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery.

Police were told by the medical staff that his wounds were NOT life threatening.

Meanwhile, officers set up a perimeter and searched the area for suspects and crime scene evidence.

They say the suspects remain at large. 

Police say they motive for the shooting remains unknown.

Simi Man Arrested For Taking Son On Minibike Ride

KVTA News Wednesday March 4, 2015

Simi Valley police say they arrested a man for riding an off-road dirt bike while holding his baby boy.

They say the 25-year-old Simi Valley resident was riding a 50cc minibike down Easy Street holding his 13-month-old son in his arms.

Police say neither were wearing DOT approved safety gear or proper helmets and the man did not have a validly endorsed motorcycle license.

Because of all this, police arrested him for Child Endangerment and he was cited and released.

Police say they gave his son to what they said was a "more responsible adult." 

Police say they found out about all this from a citizen who called them and reported what was happening.

Metrolink Engineer Involved In Oxnard Crash Dies

KVTA News Tuesday March 3, 2015

(Photo by Benjamin Paredes)

The engineer of the Metrolink train involved in the crash and derailment in Oxnard last week died Tuesday morning.

62-year-old Glen Steele died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He is the only fatality from the crash.

Steele was in the front cab of the lead passenger car of the train which was being pushed by an engine at the rear when the train crashed into a pickup truck and trailer on the tracks just west of Rice Avenue around 5:40 AM on February 24th.

The train derailed just east of Rice Avenue with three of its passenger cars, including the one containing the engineers, tumbling off the tracks.

Steele, who was the most experienced engineer in the Metrolink system, was with another engineer who was also injured.

In all, some 30 passengers and crew on board the train were injured in the crash and derailment with Steele being the most seriously injured.

He was initially taken to VCMC where his heart reportedly stopped twice and he had to be revived.

He was later transferred to Cedars Sinai.

Meanwhile, the driver of the pickup, 54-year-old Jose Sanchez-Ramirez of Arizona, was arrested for felony hit and run after he was found wandering some distance from the crash.

But the DA did not file charges, deciding to wait until the investigation into the incident was completed.

Sanchez-Ramirez is free on his own recognizance while the DA considers what, if any, charges will be filed against him.

He is due back in court in May.

Woman Admits Incident That Killed Oxnard Pedestrian

KVTA News Tuesday March 3, 2015

Updated--A Port Hueneme woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a hit and run incident in Oxnard that left a pedestrian dead.

27-year-old Tiffany Helling could face up to a year in the Ventura County Jail when she is sentenced on May 26th.

She has admitted to a felony charge of fleeing the scene of an accident involving death and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter not involving alcohol or gross negligence in connection with an incident in September 2013 that left 20-year-old Aida Reyes of Oxnard dead.

Oxnard police say that around 10:50 PM on the night of September 20, 2013, Reyes was walking across the street at the intersection of Hemlock Street and Capstan Drive when she was struck by a vehicle that then fled the scene.

Reyes died later at the hospital.

Police later found the vehicle involved, abandoned, not too far from the accident scene.

Following a three week investigation, Helling was arrested and charged.

Prosecutors had a difficult time with the case and at one point the charges were dropped.

One issue concerned whether Helling was texting while driving and whether that had anything to do with the incident or the charges against her. 

Her guilty pleas came in an agreement with prosecutors that she serve no more than a year in jail.  Her attorney, Ron Bamieh, told KVTA News his client is very remorseful about what happened.

OPD Says Man Killed Was Innocent Victim Of Gang Violence

KVTA News Tuesday March 3, 2015

Oxnard homicide detectives tell KVTA News the man who was shot to death Saturday night was the innocent victim of what appears to have been gang violence.

They say that 22-year-old Michael Andrade was not a gang member and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when suspected gang members fired on a group of people in the 100 block of Eliza Court.

Another member of the group, also a 22-year-old Oxnard man, was seriously wounded by the gunfire.

Police say Andrade and the other man were trying to flee from the gunfire when they were struck. 

Police are investigating whether the shooting was in retaliation for a shooting earlier in the day in south Oxnard.


KVTA News Monday March 2, 2015

(Photo courtesy Caltrans)

Caltrans reopened PCH from Point Mugu to Malibu Monday morning around 8:50 AM.

It had been closed early Sunday morning because of some damage caused by the storm that moved through late Saturday into Sunday morning just north of Mugu Rock.

That was fixed by Caltrans crews before nightfall Sunday but they decided to wait until Monday morning to reopen it and now they have.

The Sunday morning closure happened less than two days after they had reopened PCH following and two and a half month closure because of December storms and January surf.