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Man Involved In 4-Hour Standoff With VPD Did Not Have Gun

KVTA News Friday October 24, 2014

Ventura police say the man involved in a nearly four hour standoff with them Friday morning claimed to have a gun, but he did not.

They say police were looking for 41-year-old Dimas Diaz of Ventura in connection with a domestic violence incident that happened Thursday when they received a 9-1-1 call Friday morning around 9:06 AM saying Diaz was at the home of his ex-wife's mother win the 200 block of Comstock Drive making threats.

His ex-wife told police her mother and three kids were in the house and that Diaz was disturbing and threatening and claiming to have a gun.

Officers responded and found Diaz in the middle of the street, pacing and claiming he had a gun in his waistband.

He kept a hand concealed in the waistband but officers did not see a weapon.

Police secured the area, brought in their armored vehicle, K-9 units, the SWAT Team, and sheriff's helicopters and they tried to talk with Diaz.

During that time, Diaz made suicidal statements and threat to others, continually claiming he had a gun.

Officers spent hours talking with Diaz, trying to get him to give up.

Finally, about 1 PM after almost four hours, Diaz surrendered without further incident and officers determined he did not have a gun.

He was taken into custody.

No one was injured during the incident.

Oxnard Teacher To Face Trial For Child Molestations

KVTA News Thursday October 23, 2014

A Ventura County judge Thursday ruled there is sufficient evidence for an Oxnard teacher to stand trial on child molestation charges.

46-year-old Juan Aguilar of Oxnard was a teacher at Fred Williams Elementary School which is in the Hueneme School District. 

The judge's ruling came after a closed-door preliminary hearing Thursday.

The judge threw out one count against Aguilar but held him to answer on nine others.

Aguilar is accused of molesting at least eight young boys over an extensive period of time.

He faces what amounts to a life prison term if convicted.

Aguilar remains in jail on $1.4 million bail.

He is due back in court on November 6th.

OPD Arrests Suspect In "Hot Prowl" Burglaries

KVTA News Thursday October 23, 2014

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Oxnard police say they've made an arrest in connection with two "hot prowl" burglaries.

They say 18-year-old Dennis Coleman of Oxnard was arrested early Thursday morning, not long after a "hot prowl" burglary that happened overnight in the 400 block of N. "G" Street.

He is also accused of a similar crime on September 19th in the 300 block of N. "G" Street.

Police say Coleman was arrested after someone called and said he was in possession of some of the stolen property, including a heart monitor.

He is being held on $500,000 bail.

A "hot prowl" burglary means the suspect breaks into a home while the victims are there and usually asleep, a crime which is inherently dangerous.

Police believe Coleman might have committed other similar crimes and they're asking anyone who might think they are a victim to give them a call at (805) 385-3921.

They also provide these tips to reduce the chance you might become a victim of these types of crimes...

Lock all windows and doors at night when you leave your residence or vehicle unattended.

Close all of your windows-thieves can open vehicles and access homes through the smallest of openings.

Don’t forget to set your residential alarm if you have one.

To avoid obstruction, keep your landscaping trimmed.

The best crime prevention tool ever invented is a GOOD NEIGHBOR! One of the best crime fighting teams are neighbors working in conjunction with the police department, and reporting all suspicious activity.

Report any suspicious activity or persons to the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7740.

Oxnard Man Shot By Robbery Suspect

KVTA News Thursday October 23, 2014

An Oxnard man was critically wounded outside his home Wednesday night after he was shot when he refused to hand over property to robbers.

Police say that around 9:45 PM the victim was standing outside his home in the area of Charles Street and Campbell Way talking on his phone when two men came up and tried to rob him.

They demanded he give them his personal belongings.

Police say the victim refused their demands and at some point one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the victim.

The suspects ran off and the victim managed to go inside his home to get help.

Police say he was taken to the hospital by ambulance and underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

Meanwhile, police are looking for two male Hispanics in their mid 20's with a medium build.

Ebola Rules At Ventura County Health Care Facilities

KVTA News Wednesday October 22, 2014

The Ventura County Health Care Agency has imposed rules at its various facilities aimed at dealing with any concern about Ebola.

The entrance to VCMC that faces Loma Vista has been closed and people will only be able to enter the hospital through the "back" entrance, which is actually the new main entrance to the hospital located off the parking lot behind the hospital that is accessed using Hillmont Avenue.

People will still be able to use the emergency room entrance.

Starting yesterday, anyone entering any County Health Care facility like VCMC, Santa Paula Hospital, the various clinics around the county, behavioral health and public health, are being asked a series of questions about their health and whether they've visited West Africa during the past 21 days.

The county conducted an Ebola response drill last week and is making sure that staff will be continually trained and updated on the proper procedures in spotting potential Ebola patients and treating them.

However, Ventura County officials say there is no evidence of any Ebola case locally and they think the risk of Ebola in this area remains very low.

Port Hueneme Man Arrested On Gun Charges

KVTA News Wednesday October 22, 2014


Oxnard police investigators with help from their SWAT team served two search warrants simultaneously at locations in Oxnard and Port Hueneme early Wednesday morning.

They say it's part of a continuing criminal investigation.

At one location, 19-year-old Uriel Barrera of Port Hueneme was taken into custody for being a convicted felon in possession of a gun.

They say that Barrera is also a documented member of the Colonia Chiques gang and is on the gang injunction.

Police say that Wednesday's arrest is the fourth time in the latest four years that Barrera has been arrested while in possession of a firearm even though he is prohibited by law from possessing any firearms.

Ventura Man Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

KVTA News Wednesday October 22, 2014

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for child sexual abuse involving several alleged victims.

They say that back on September 22nd, they received a call of what they termed a "late reported" lewd conduct with a child.

Several girls reported that between the ages of 9-12 they were the victims of lewd conduct by a neighbor at a residence in the Imperial Mobile Home Park in the 300 block of Rodgers Street.

They told police the suspect was known as "Stan" and was later identified as 52-year-old Charles Stanley Reel of Ventura.

An investigation was launched during which police say additional victims reported similar circumstances.

Police say the victims told them the lewd acts were sexual in nature and did not always involve physical contact.

On October 1st, police conducted a search warrant on Reel's residence and they say they gathered additional evidence of a crime.

Yesterday, Reel was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for lewd conduct with a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child, both felonies.

His bail was set at $75,000 and he is due in court Thursday.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and anyone who believes they were a victim and have not talked with police should call Detective Sergeant Weeks at VPD at (805) 339-4309.

Burbank Man Sentenced In Ventura Stalking Case

KVTA News Wednesday October 22, 2014

A judge Wednesday sentenced a Burbank man in connection with a stalking case in Ventura.

40-year-old Edward Shahverdian was given three years probation and sentenced to 180 days in jail after pleading guilty to one count of felony stalking.

He was given 192 days credit for time already served in jail plus good time credits, so the judge determined he had already served his sentence.

But he will be facing several conditions under his three years probation including paying restitution, having no contact with the victim, and undergoing counseling.

Ventura police say that back in June, Shahverdian began sending numerous obscene and threatening texts and voicemails for the victim on her phone.

They also say he followed the 25-year-old woman to her job in Ventura and would stalk her at her place of business.

They say she repeatedly refused his advances and called police who caught Shahverdian as he tried to leave her business one day.

OPD Says Bicyclist Caused Crash That Killed Him

KVTA News Wednesday October 22, 2014

Following a lengthy investigation, Oxnard police have concluded that a bicyclist was at fault for the traffic collision that claimed his life.

The accident happened last May in Oxnard on "A" Street near Deodar Avenue.

They say that 62-year-old Jose Marin of Oxnard collided with a car driven by a 75-year-old Newbury Park woman.

Marin died at the scene.

Police say Marin caused the collision by making an illegal passing maneuver.

They say the driver of the car was NOT under the influence of drugs or alcohol and stayed at the scene after the collision.

Pedestrian Critically Injured In Ventura Collision

KVTA News Tuesday October 21, 2014

Ventura police are investigating a vehicle collision Tuesday morning that left a pedestrian in critical condition.

It happened on westbound Main Street and Lemon Grove Avenue in front of the Pacific View Mall.

Police say that around 6:09 AM, Ventura police received one 9-1-1 call reporting that a newer model red Corvette being driven by an elderly man was traveling erratically in the area of Main Street west of Mills Road, stopping at green lights in the area.

Then, about ten minutes later, police received a 9-1-1 call saying that same vehicle had just been involved in a serious traffic collision in that area.

Officers arrived to find a male pedestrian down in the roadway suffering from serious injuries and the red Corvette stopped with its 74-year-old male driver out of the vehicle checking on the pedestrian.

Police say their preliminary investigation indicates that the male pedestrian was crossing Main Street northbound at Lemon Grove Avenue in the west crosswalk when he was struck by the westbound Corvette traveling westbound on Main on a green light.

The pedestrian was taken to VCMC in critical condition, the driver of the Corvette, a 74-year-old Camarillo resident, was not injured and released at the scene.

Large Sewage Spill In Moorpark

KVTA News Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division disclosed Tuesday that they were told Monday of a large sewage spill that had been going on for days in Moorpark.
They said that over the course of several days 68,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in the area between North Isle Royale Drive and East Vistapark Drive.
The spill was caused by a blocked sewage line.
They say about 18,400 gallons of the raw sewage made it into a storm drain and wound up in the Arroyo Simi.
Environment Health says the discharge began October 17th but was not reported to the Ventura County Water and Sanitation Department until October 20th.
The discharge into the storm drain was finally stopped with sandbags while the sewer line was cleared and the ground around the spill was cleaned up.
Monday, warning signs were put up where the public has access to the Arroyo Simi for about two miles in that area and the public was told to stay away for at least 72 hours.
The signs will be taken down next Monday.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division disclosed Tuesday that they were told Monday of a large sewage spill that had been going on for days in Moorpark.

They said that over the course of several days 68,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in the area between North Isle Royale Drive and East Vistapark Drive.

The spill was caused by a blocked sewage line.

They say about 18,400 gallons of the raw sewage made it into a storm drain and wound up in the Arroyo Simi.

Environment Health says the discharge began October 17th but was not reported to the Ventura County Water and Sanitation Department until October 20th.

The discharge into the storm drain was finally stopped with sandbags while the sewer line was cleared and the ground around the spill was cleaned up.

Monday, warning signs were put up where the public has access to the Arroyo Simi for about two miles in that area and the public was told to stay away for at least 72 hours.

The signs will be taken down next Monday.

Reckless Driver Chased Into The Ocean Near Ventura Harbor

KVTA News Monday October 20, 2014

Updated-What started out as a vehicle pursuit of a reckless driving suspect ended up with the suspect being captured in the ocean near the entrance to Ventura Harbor.

The incident began at 7:20 PM Monday when Ventura police tried to stop a vehicle that was driving recklessly on the northbound 101 Freeway.

Police decided to terminate the pursuit but continued to follow the suspect vehicle as he exited the freeway at Seaward, ran a red light, hit two other vehicles, and then continued down Seaward into the Pierpont Beach community.

They lost sight of the suspect at the east end of Pierpont near Marina Park.

Police then received a call from a resident in the area who reported the suspect had abandoned his vehicle on Hanover Lane and was now on the beach heading towards Marina Park.

Police began a search of the area and one officer spotted the suspect and there was a foot pursuit that ended when the suspect jumped into the ocean and started swimming towards the jetty near the harbor entrance.

The Harbor Patrol responded and they spotted the suspect in the water near the jetty.

Police say that 43-year-old Robert Salazar of Oxnard was finally taken into custody in the ocean near the jetty.

He was arrested for DUI, driving a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, hit and run, and fleeing police.

Police Look For Suspect And Motive In Oxnard Shooting

KVTA News Monday October 20, 2014

Oxnard police are looking for a suspect and a motive in a shooting that left one person wounded Sunday night.

Police believe it happened around 8:30 PM in the area of Greenbrook Drive in the Lemonwood neighborhood.

The victim was taken to VCMC where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20's, 5 foot 4 inches tall with a thin build.

Police searched the area looking for the suspect and evidence following the shooting.

No arrests have been made and police say they don't know if this was a gang related incident.

They're asking anyone who might have information that could help in the investigation to call Detective Cody Collet at (805) 486-6228.

You can also remain anonymous by calling the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Woman Jailed After Being Rescued From Chimney At Thousand Oaks Home

KVTA News Sunday October 19, 2014


(Photo courtesy VCSD)

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department and VCSO)

This updates our earlier stories-Deputies say a woman is in the Ventura County Jail charged with misdemeanor illegal entry and giving false information to law enforcement officers after trying to get into a Thousand Oaks home through the chimney early Sunday morning.

Ventura County firefighters went through an extensive operation to remove the woman after she was found around 5:45 AM, stuck in the chimney of the two story home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive, a residential neighborhood near the interaction of Pederson and Erbes roads.

Ventura County firefighters, including Urban Search and Rescue team, responded to the scene and spent more than two hours extricating the woman.

Firefighters had to remove the chimney bricks in order to get to the flue where the woman was stuck.

They then cut away a portion of the flue to remove the woman.

They lubricated the flue using dish soap before removing her.

She was removed around 8:15 AM and taken to a local hospital to be checked out and then jailed.

She was identified as 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa of Thousand Oaks. 

Deputies say that there had been prior incidents involving the woman and a person who lives at the home.

Winning $13 Million Lotto Ticket Purchased In Simi Valley

KVTA News Sunday October 19, 2014

California Lottery officials say the winning $13 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot ticket from Saturday night's drawing was purchased in Ventura County.

The winning numbers were 23,12,15,40,9 and the Mega number 16.

The winning ticket was purchased at Simi Valley Circle K at 510 East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley.

The lucky retailer will receive their own bonus check of $65,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Robbery Suspect Returns To The Scene Of The Crime

KVTA News Sunday October 19, 2014

Oxnard police say they arrested a robbery suspect early Sunday morning after he returned to the scene of the crime.

Around 1 AM officers were called to the 3300 block of Merced Place where they found a person who told them he'd been robbed by a man with a gun.

The victim said the suspect got away with his beer and cell phone.

Police say that while the officers were conducting their investigation the suspect returned to the area.

They say when he spotted the police he ran but was captured a short distance away.

They say that as the suspect fled he discarded what turned out to be a BB gun.

The officers recovered it and they say it looked like a real gun.

The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Eduardo Montiel of Oxnard.