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OPD Investigates 9th Homicide Of 2016

KVTA News Friday July 29, 2016

The Oxnard Police Department's Major Crimes Unit is investigating that city's 9th homicide of the year.

They say that around 5:30 AM Friday morning police received a call reporting an unresponsive person in the Colonia section of town.

Officers responded to the north alley in the 800 block of Cooper Road and found a male in his mid 20's on the ground.

It appeared that the victim had been assaulted.

Emergency medical personnel also responded but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and conducted what they determined was a homicide investigation into the man's death.

His name has not been released yet.

At last report, police were searching for suspects and a motive for the killing.

Oxnard Gang Member Sentenced To Prison

KVTA News Friday July 29, 2016

The Oxnard Police Department's Major Crimes Unit is investigating that city's 9th homicide of the year.

They say that around 5:30 AM Friday morning police received a call reporting an unresponsive person in the Colonia section of town.

Officers responded to the north alley in the 800 block of Cooper Road and found a male in his mid 20's on the ground.

It appeared that the victim had been assaulted.

Emergency medical personnel also responded but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and conducted what they determined was a homicide investigation into the man's death.

His name has not been released yet.

At last report, police were searching for suspects and a motive for the killing.

Motorcyclist Killed In Upper Ojai Crash

KVTA News Thursday July 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Air Unit)

The CHP says a motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was critically injured in a crash with a pickup truck late Thursday morning.

It happened around 11:30 AM on Highway 150 at Chumash Road.

The CHP says the pickup truck, a white 2003 Chevrolet 1500 was being driven by a 23-year-old Long Beach man eastbound on the 150 approaching Chumash Road.

Meanwhile, a 67-year-old Fillmore man was riding his black 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle also eastbound on the 150 behind the pickup truck.

The CHP says for reasons that are still under investigation, the pickup attempted to make a turn onto Chumash Road and the motorcycle veered to the right and collided with the right rear corner of the pickup.

The motorcycle rider and a 66-year-old Fillmore woman who was his passenger were ejected from the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was airlifted by Air Squad 8 to VCMC where he died.

He was identified as 67-year-old Jack Moodhard of Fillmore.

The female passenger was taken to VCMC by ambulance with major injuries.

The driver of the pickup was not injured.

Crews Work For Full Containment Of Sand Fire

KVTA News Thursday July 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy US Forest Service)

Updated--The 38,000 acre Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley is now 85% contained as crews continue to work toward full containment and control.

The fire has been burning for almost a week and at least one life and 18 structures have been lost to the flames.

About 2700 personnel are assigned to the fire from local, state, and federal agencies, including units from Ventura County.

They've been involved in building containment lines, dealing with hot spots and protecting structures.

The cause is under investigation.

Trial Ordered In Hit & Run Death Of Ventura Teen

KVTA News Wednesday July 27, 2016

A judge Wednesday ordered the owner and operator of a Ventura tow company to stand trial in connection with the hit and run traffic collision that left a Ventura teen dead.

51-year-old Hermin Martin Henderson of Ventura is charged with a felony, leaving the scene of an accident that involved death, and, a misdemeanor, destroying evidence.

Prosecutors allege that Henderson was driving eastbound on Telegraph Road in a tow truck approaching Saticoy Avenue late on the night of February 18th when he struck and killed 14-year-old Jonathan Hernandez of Ventura as the teen crossed the road southbound on Saticoy Avenue on his bicycle.

The DA's office accuses Henderson of leaving the scene and later destroying evidence, in this case his license plate.

Henderson is due back in court on August 10th to have a trial date set.

He remains free on his own recognizance.

If convicted of the charges against him, the maximum sentence would be five years in prison.

No Murder Charge In Death Of Ventura Motorcyclist

KVTA News Tuesday July 26, 2016


Prosecutors decided not to file a murder charge in the Friday crash that killed a motorcyclist on Kimball Road in east Ventura.

Police had arrested 24-year-old Victor Martinez of Santa Paula for second degree murder in connection with the hit and run death of 80-year-old Richard Lunsford of Ventura.

Prosecutors instead filed felony vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run causing death, felony evading an officer causing death and a felony count of carrying a loaded, unregistered, firearm in a vehicle, among other charges and a special allegation.

Martinez, who had been in jail on more than $1 million bail, had his bail reduced to $500,000.

He is still in custody and will be in court Wednesday to be arraigned.

The authorities say the fatal crash occurred after Martinez, who had been out on bail pending an unrelated criminal case, was involved in a hit and run crash with an unmarked Ventura detective vehicle on the westbound 126 and then failed to stop when a marked patrol vehicle attempted to pull him over as he exited the 126 at Kimball.

They say Martinez traveled through a red light and collided with three vehicles, including the fatal collision with Lunsford's motorcycle.

Police say he then continued south of Kimball, abandoned his vehicle while it was still moving and fled on foot, dropping the gun along the way before convincing an unsuspecting motorist to give him a ride.

That vehicle was spotted later and Martinez was finally taken into custody. 

The charges filed against Martinez Tuesday by the DA would mean a maximum possible sentence of 16 years in prison if Martinez were convicted.

Public Help Sought In Thousand Oaks Pharmacy Burglaries

KVTA News Tuesday July 26, 2016


Deputies in Thousand Oaks are seeking public help in identifying the suspect in at least two pharmacy burglaries in that city.

They both happened on July 1st and involved a lone male suspect who was captured on security video (see photo).

Deputies say the suspect forced entry into the two pharmacies, removed prescription drugs from locked cabinets and then fled.

He was dressed differently in each burglary, dark colored Docker style pants and windbreaker jacket in one and a jumpsuit with a nylon stocking over his face in the other.

He is believed to be between 6' to 6'5", 170-200 pounds in his late 40's to early 50's and hunched over with a distinctive gait.

Deputies say the illegal prescription drug problem has spawned more than 100 pharmacy burglaries in Southern California during the past six months with more than 20 of those in Ventura County.

If you have any information on this crime, please contact Thousand Oaks Detective Laura Natoli at (805) 494-8226 or at Laura.natoli@ventura.org.

Ex County Government Employee Sentenced For Worker's Comp Fraud

KVTA News Tuesday July 26, 2016

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says a former employee for the County of Ventura was sentenced to five years formal probation, 109 days in jail and ordered to pay $14,007 in restitution for workers compensation fraud.

Prosecutors say that a jury convicted 49-year-old Linda Boggess of Ventura on four felony counts.

They say in March of 2007 Boggess, who worked for the Ventura County Human Services Agency, filed a workers comp claim saying she experienced "paralyzing pain".

She received medical treatment and temporary disability payments until November 2011 when she was cleared to return to work without restrictions.

The DA says shortly after that, Boggess provided new work restrictions from a separate doctor that limited her to lifting no more than five pounds.

The county, which is self insured, investigated her claim in January of 2012 and they say captured Boggess on video lifting car tires mounted on wheels each weighting 45 pounds and then carrying them for about 50 feet.

Prosecutors say that in March of 2012 Boggess testified at a deposition that she couldn't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk.

Driver Arrested In Fatal Newbury Park Crash

KVTA News Monday July 25, 2016


Deputies say they've arrested the driver of a vehicle that crashed in Newbury Park Sunday night, killing his passenger.

They say that 19-year-old Josue Arturo Hernandez of Mission Hills was driving southbound on Rancho Dos Vientos south of Via Bonito around 7:13 PM in a Porsche Boxster when he failed to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and hit a small tree.

Deputies say the vehicle continued southbound and slammed into a second, larger tree.

His passenger, 30-year-old Zachary Allen Crook of Thousand Oaks, was trapped in the wreckage and was extricated by firefighters and taken to Los Robles Medical Center where he died.

Hernandez was helped out of the vehicle by citizens before firefighters arrived and was taken to Los Robles for observation.

Deputies say when Hernandez was released from the hospital Monday he was arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter and Felony DUI-Alcohol.

Investigators say that alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the crash.

Local Fire Crews Helping Battle Against Sand Fire

KVTA News Monday July 25, 2016

(Ventura County Fire Engine 26 providing structure protection in Placerita Canyon)

A number of firefighters and equipment from fire departments in Ventura County are among the 3,000 local, state and federal personnel battling the massive Sand Fire burning along the east side of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The fire has burned more than 33,000 acres, destroyed at least 18 homes and is threatening thousands of others. It's only 10% contained.

The LA County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of one man found in his home on Iron Canyon Road Saturday that is believed to be fire related. 

The 14 Freeway through that area remains open, barely, and several ramps in the fire area are closed.

Woman Killed In Ojai Valley Crash Identified

KVTA News Monday July 25, 2016

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the woman killed in a head on crash in the Ojai Valley Friday.

They say that 29-year-old Kiera Boyd died after her 2003 Volkswagon Passat veered to the right on westbound 150 west of Old Baldwin Road, hit the guardrail on the right shoulder and then traveled back across the westbound lane and into the eastbound lane where she collided head on with a 2015 Tesla Model S.

Boyd was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 54-year-old Ojai man driving the Tesla received moderate injuries.

The CHP says they're still trying to determine why Boyd veered off the the right in the first place. 

The CHP said that Boyd was from Ventura, but the Medical Examiner's Office listed her home as Camarillo.

Oxnard Gang Member Gets 24 Years For Crime Spree

KVTA News Monday July 25, 2016


A judge Monday sentenced an Oxnard teen in connection with a crime spree in Oxnard during February of 2015.

Prosecutors say that on February 11, 2015, Salvador Maldonado, who was 17 at the time, robbed two people at gunpoint.

They say he took the keys to one victim's vehicle and drove it away.

It was found abandoned three days later.

Prosecutors say that on February 15, 2015, Maldonado brandished a shotgun at a 16-year-old male who was walking in Oxnard and robbed him of his cell phone, watch and cash.

They say a half hour later, Maldonado carjacked two people at gunpoint and forced them to drive him to another location in Oxnard where he robbed them of cash and their cell phones and then stole their vehicle.

The next day Maldonado was captured after a high speed pursuit in that stolen vehicle that ended when he crashed into a power pole.

Even thought Maldonado was a juvenile at the time of his crimes, the DA prosecuted him as an adult.

He ultimately pleaded guilty to several charges including several counts of carjacking and robbery with gang enhancements.

Monday Maldonado, who prosecutors say is a member of the Colonia Chiques Gang, was sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison.

His defense attorney says he'll be eligible for parole in 20 years.

Woman Accused Of DUI Hit & Run With Son In Car

KVTA News Monday July 25, 2016


Oxnard police say they arrested a woman after she was allegedly involved in a hit and run injury traffic collision while under the influence of alcohol and with her child in the vehicle.

They say the incident happened around 8:22 PM Sunday on Danvers River Street at Seaglass Way in Oxnard.

Police say they responded to a hit and run traffic collision that left a 23-year-old female Santa Paula resident with minor injuries.

They found the suspect vehicle in the 2500 block of Detroit Avenue.

Police say based on witness information they identified the driver of the hit and run vehicle as 23-year-old Christina Sotelo of Port Hueneme.

They say Sotelo was arrested for felony hit and run, DUI and for child endangerment since her five-year-old son was in her vehicle at the time of the incident.

He was not injured.