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2 Injured When Vehicle Crashes Into Simi Pizza Parlor

KVTA News Tuesday May 31, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

The Ventura County Fire Department is reporting two injuries Tuesday afternoon after a vehicle crashed into a pizza parlor at a strip mall in Simi Valley.

It happened around 4:50 PM at Ameci Pizza and Pasta in the 2700 block of Tapo Canyon Road.

Fire officials say one male employee suffered moderate injuries and the male driver suffered minor injuries.

Both were taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Simi PD is investigating the incident.

Defense Loses 2 Major Motions In Hogrefe Case

KVTA News Tuesday May 31, 2016


A Ventura County judge Tuesday rejected two major defense motions in the case of a Camarillo man charged with murder in the DUI related death of a Sheriff's Deputy.

Attorney's for 26-year-old Kevin Hogrefe had asked the judge to disqualify the District Attorney's Office from prosecuting the case because of what they claimed was a conflict of interest.

They had also asked the judge to dismiss the murder charge.

The judge denied both motions and set August 8th for pretrial hearings and set September 7th as the trial date.

The trial date is almost two years after Hogrefe is alleged to had struck and killed Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko as the deputy stood on the right shoulder of the Lewis Road on ramp to northbound 101 in Camarillo.

It was in the early morning hours of October 28, 2014 and the deputy had just completed an unrelated traffic stop and was preparing to return to his patrol car when he was struck.

He died at the scene.

Prosecutors say that after hitting Kostiuchenko, Hogrefe continued on before crashing at the Las Posas Road exit from northbound 101.

Hogrefe remains free on bail pending his next court appearance.

Fatal Crash Involving Car & Golf Cart In Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday May 31, 2016

Ventura police are investigating a fatal traffic collision Tuesday.

It happened around 8:30 AM on Darling Road near Poinsettia Garden Drive at the extreme eastern edge of Ventura.

Police say a 69-year-old man riding in a golf cart entered Darling Road from Poinsettia Garden Drive and was involved in a collision with a car going westbound on Darling Road.

The man in the golf cart was taken to VCMC where he later died.

VPD says the driver of the car stayed at the scene and she cooperated with police.

She was not cited, although the investigation is continuing.

Police say alcohol or drugs do not appear to be involved in the crash.

No other details were released by police.

Ojai Valley ID Theft Suspect Arrested Again

KVTA News Tuesday May 31, 2016


The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says a man already facing identity theft charges for allegedly stealing mail from an Ojai Valley neighborhood has been arrested again for allegedly doing the same thing in the same neighborhood.

They say back in January, 62-year-old Manuel Rosales of Oxnard allegedly stole mail from the 1100 block of Rancho Road in the Ojai area.

Detectives released video of a man leaving one of the several stores in Oxnard where an American Express Card that was stolen in that mail had been used.

Someone recognized Rosales based on that video and he was located, arrested and charged with ID theft.

He was released from jail pending his court case when last Friday an alert citizen on the same block where the earlier crime had occurred spotted Rosales stealing mail again and called the authorities.

Patrol deputies responded, located Rosales and arrested him.

Deputies say he confessed to stealing mail in order to commit ID theft again.

He's back in jail on $130,000 bail and is due in court Wednesday to be arraigned on the new charges and face another hearing on the charges in the first case.

Ventura Pursuit Suspect Tased During Arrest

KVTA News Tuesday May 31, 2016

Updated--The CHP says they've arrested the driver who gave them the slip on Saturday during a high speed pursuit from the Saticoy area to Oxnard.

The chase just before 10 AM Saturday involved a black Jeep Cherokee and it reached speeds over 100 miles per hour as it traveled on the eastbound 118 in Saticoy and then southbound on Vineyard Avenue into Oxnard.

CHP officers lost the vehicle after it traveled the wrong way on the 101 Freeway in Oxnard going southbound in the northbound lanes.

But today (Tuesday), a CHP officer spotted the vehicle in the area of Snapdragon Street in east Ventura which is near where the original pursuit began in Saticoy on Saturday.

The officer attempted to take the suspect into custody.

The CHP says there was a scuffle and the officer ultimately used his Taser to take the suspect into custody. 

Both the officer and suspect were take to VCMC to be checked out for any injuries and the suspect, whose name has not been released yet, was expected to be booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Porche Crashes Into Garage In Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday May 31, 2016

Ventura firefighters and police were called to the 5600 block of Loma Vista Road early Tuesday morning after a vehicle crashed into a garage.
Fortunately no one was injured in the 4:45 AM incident.
Fire officials say a Porche Panamera was traveling eastbound on Loma Vista at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and the vehicle slammed into the attached garage of a single family home.
The garage suffered heavy damage and needed emergency shoring until repairs are made.
Ventura police were investigating the crash.

Ventura firefighters and police were called to the 5600 block of Loma Vista Road early Tuesday morning after a vehicle crashed into a garage.

Fortunately no one was injured in the 4:45 AM incident.

Fire officials say a Porche Panamera was traveling eastbound on Loma Vista at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and the vehicle slammed into the attached garage of a single family home.

The garage suffered heavy damage and needed emergency shoring until repairs are made.

Ventura police were investigating the crash.

Man Killed In Ventura Hit & Run Collision

KVTA News Monday May 30, 2016

Ventura police are investigating the death of a man in a hit and run traffic collision early Monday morning.

They say that around 3 AM, officers responded to a report of a traffic collision at the intersection of Blackburn Road and Tracy Place in east Ventura.

When they arrived on scene they found an adult male down in the roadway.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name has not been released yet.

The vehicle involved had left the scene but had reportedly left some evidence behind.

Blackburn between Wells Road and Saticoy Avenue was closed for several hours for accident investigation.

Anyone with information is being asked to call VPD at (805) 339-4323.

Fatal Stabbing In Oxnard

KVTA News Monday May 30, 2016

The Oxnard Police Department Major Crimes Unit was investigating the fatal stabbing of a man Sunday night.

They say around 7:45 PM officers were called to a report of a stabbing in the area of Gonzales Road and Lantana Street.

When they arrived they found the victim suffering from severe stab wounds.

He was rushed to VCMC where he died.

It was Oxnard's 4th homicide of 2016. 

No word on suspects or a motive for the killing.

Deputies Investigate El Rio Stabbing

KVTA News Sunday May 29, 2016

Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies and their Major Crimes and Gang Units are at the scene of a stabbing in El Rio.

Shortly before 7 PM Sunday deputies responded to a report of a fight in the 4800 block of Perry Way.

When they arrived they found an adult male suffering from what they described as a significant but not life threatening stab wound.

He was rushed to VCMC, his condition is unknown. 

Meanwhile, deputies are looking for suspects and trying to sort out exactly what led to the stabbing.

Arrest In Violent Incident At Mall Parking Structure

KVTA News Sunday May 29, 2016

Ventura police arrested a man who they say battered security guards and resisted officers.

They say that shortly before 6 PM Sunday officers responded to a report of man who was intoxicated and had been harrassing people in the Pacific View Mall parking structure and was now getting violent with mall security personnel.

Police were told the man had spit at the security personnel and had battered them.

Officers arrived and started talking to the man for several minutes in an attempt to calm him down.

Police say when the officers tried to take the man into custody he violently resisted arrest and they had to deploy their K-9 to help get him under control. 

They say that 54-year-old Mark Eichuold, who they describe as a vagrant, was taken to VCMC to be checked out and then booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Memorial Day Ceremonies In Ventura County

KVTA News Sunday May 29, 2016

The following are Memorial Day ceremonies in Ventura County on Monday May 30th...

Ventura...Ivy Law Memorial Park at 10 AM, 5400 Valentine Road, and, at Cemetery Park at 1 PM at 1347 Main Street.

Camarillo...Conejo Mountain Memorial Park at 11 AM at 2052 Howard Road

Ojai...Libbey Bowl at 11:30 AM

Santa Paula...Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery at 10:30 AM, 380 Cemetery Road.

Fillmore...Bardsdale Cemetery at 11 AM, 1698 S. Sespe Street.

Piru...Piru Cemetery at 9 AM, 3580 E. Center Street.

Moorpark...Veteran's Memorial at 10 AM, Spring Road and Flinn Avenue.

Simi Valley...Pioneer Cemetery at 10 AM, 1461 Thompson Lane.

2 Die In Plane Crash Between Ventura & Santa Paula

KVTA News Saturday May 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy VCSD Copter 7)

UPDATED AT 5 PM---Two people are dead following the fiery crash of a light plane in a canyon northeast of Ventura Saturday afternoon.

Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Kevin Donoghue told KVTA News from the scene that they received a report around 3:17 PM of a plane down in an orchard in the 1600 block of Aliso Canyon Road.

He says when emergency personnel arrived on scene they found the plane engulfed in flames and two adults on board were declared dead at the scene.

Donoghue says witnesses told them that the plane sounded like it was having engine problems and it became entangled in power lines in the area and then crashed to the ground and burst into flames.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told KVTA News in an email that the plane is a single engine Varieze.

The Varieze is a single engine rear propelled homebuilt experimental aircraft.

No information yet on those who were killed. 

The NTSB will investigate.

10 Injured In Crash On 118 In Somis

KVTA News Saturday May 28, 2016

Updated--Ten people were injured in a crash on Highway 118 and Balcom Canyon Road in Somis, west of Moorpark.

The crash involved three vehicles.

Ventura County Fire is reporting ten people injured with three taken to Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, two taken to Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and three taken to Saint John's Medical Center in Oxnard.

Three others were treated and refused transport.

The roadway was shut down as emergency crews handled the crash.

Major Injury Crash On 101 In Ventura

KVTA News Saturday May 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

One person suffered major injuries in an early morning solo vehicle crash in Ventura.

It happened around 4:20 AM Saturday on the northbound 101 at E. Main Street.

The CHP says it involved only one vehicle, a small Honda SUV, that left the roadway at a high rate of speed and crashed into a eucalyptus tree.

The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was trapped in the mangled vehicle and it took Ventura City firefighters a half hour to free the victim using rescue tools to cut and pry away the wreckage.

While the rescue operation was underway, other firefighters cleared debris and made sure any leaking fluid from the vehicle did not ignite.

The victim was taken to VCMC with what the CHP says were major injuries.

Pursuit Suspects Elude CHP By Going Wrong Way

KVTA News Saturday May 28, 2016

UPDATED--The CHP is looking for the suspects in a high speed pursuit Saturday morning that started near east Ventura and ended when they lost sight of them on the 101 in Oxnard.

The pursuit began shortly before 10 AM when the CHP tried to pull over a black Jeep Cherokee with two males inside for reckless driving on the 118 in Saticoy.

The vehicle failed to yield and there was a pursuit that reach speeds of more than 100 mph eastbound on the 118 to Vineyard Avenue and then southbound on Vineyard into Oxnard.

The suspect vehicle ran a right light at Vineyard and Ventura Boulevard and then got on the southbound 101 Freeway.

A short time later the CHP reported the vehicle going the wrong way on the freeway and they lost sight of them.

They received reports that the vehicle was seen around Rose Avenue using the center divider to go northbound on the southbound side.

Sanders Rally Draws Thousands To Ventura College

KVTA News Thursday May 26, 2016

(Photos by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of several thousand people at Ventura College Thursday afternoon.

The speech began shortly before 1:30 PM and was wrapped up around 2:15 PM.

Sanders touched on his familiar themes of income inequality, global warming, women's rights and ending the war on drugs.

The crows that packed a good portion of the athletic fields on the west side of the college began gathering Thursday morning and grew as the time for Sanders arrival drew near.

Security was tight with both Ventura and campus police and the Secret Service involved.

Everyone who entered the athletic field was searched and a metal detector was used.

During the speech police spotted a drone flying overhead and were trying to track down who was operating it.

A handful of people in the crowd needed attention from EMS personnel for a variety of medical issues

Simi Boy Struck And Killed By Vehicle

KVTA News Thursday May 26, 2016

Updated--A Simi Valley boy is dead after being struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon.

Nine-year-old Angel Zevallos, a 4th Grader at Madera Elementary School, was walking on the sidewalk on Royal Avenue west of Sinaloa Road around 2:20 PM when it happened.

Police say he was involved in "a bit of horseplay along the sidewalk involving a game of pushing" when he fell into the roadway and was struck by a vehicle.

Police say the driver of the vehicle was traveling at a slow speed and did everything possible to avoid hitting the child but was unable to based on the way the event unfolded.

Emergency medical personnel rushed to the scene and the boy was taken to Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks with major head injuries where he died late Thursday afternoon after being taken off life support. 

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office tells KVTA News that Zevallos died from blunt force injuries and his death was ruled an accident.

Police had Royal shut down in that area for some four hours investigating what happened.

Gang Fight Leads To Stabbing/Shooting In Oxnard

KVTA News Thursday May 26, 2016

Oxnard police are investigating a shooting and stabbing that happened late Wednesday night that looks gang related.

Just before 11 PM officers were called to the 5300 block of Cypress Road to a report of a stabbing.

They found a 19-year-old male Oxnard resident suffering from a stab wound and he was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

While they were investigating that incident they were told that a 23-year-old male from Oxnard had showed up at VCMC suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was listed in stable condition with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Police believe the victims injuries are related to a gang fight but both victims were being uncooperative with investigators.

Attempted Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

KVTA News Thursday May 26, 2016


Deputies say a public tip has lead to he arrest of a suspect in Monday afternoon's attempted robbery at the Bank of America branch at 1155 Lindero Canyon Road in the Conejo Valley.

It that robbery, a white male wearing a fedora hat and sporting a large mustache and goatee walked into the bank around 1:30 PM Monday and handed the teller a demand note.

The teller though refused to comply and the suspect turned around a fled the bank.

Deputies released a bank security photo of the suspect on Tuesday and within a short period of time they received a tips from the public identifying the suspect as 46-year-old Jeffrey James Jones, a former Camarillo resident turned transient.

Jones was tracked down in Thousand Oaks and taken into custody Wednesday.

Deputies also say they recovered evidence related to the crime.

Jones was booked into the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $50,000.