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5 Injured, 2 Critically, When Tree Branch Falls At School

KVTA News Monday September 25, 2017

Five people were injured, two critically, when a tree branch fell on a group of students and a teacher at a school in the Ojai Valley.

It was reported shortly after 1 PM at Topa Topa Elementary School in the 900 block of Mountain View in Ojai.

One of the critically injured was taken by ground ambulance to the hospital while the other was airlifted by Air Squad 9 to VCMC.

The victim with moderate injuries was taken to the hospital by ground ambulance and the two with minor injuries were treated at the scene.

The teacher and students were reportedly walking toward the back of the school when the tree came down.

No other details right now.

Ventura Asked To Be Host City For Amgen Tour

KVTA News Monday September 25, 2017

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News of 2016 Amgen race through Ventura)

Amgen wants Ventura to be a host city for one stage of its Tour of California cycling event next year.

It's now up to the City Council to seal the deal.

In 2016 a portion of one stage of The Amgen traveled through Ventura, but host city status is much more significant.

Riders and crews, plus others involved in the event, or following it, usually stay the night in a host city and the next stage starts in the host city.

Ventura would be host city on May 14, 2018.

That stage would start at the Ventura Pier and travel through downtown before heading back down to Harbor Boulevard and south into Oxnard.

City costs would be about $70,000, primarily for police services, traffic control and other host city services.

But city officials believe it would be worth it given the number of visitors it would attract and the international recognition it would garner for Ventura.

Crews Make Quick Work Of Newbury Park Brushfire

KVTA News Monday September 25, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department PIO)

UPDATE--Ventura County firefighters have put out a small brushfire in Newbury Park.

It burned about a half acre before being knocked down.

The fire was reported around 11:45 AM Monday morning in the 400 block of Via Del Lago.

When the first fire units arrived on scene, they found a half acre in light brush being pushed towards some homes by an east wind.

A second alarm was called that not only included Copters 6 and 7 that were already en route, but also a fixed wing air tanker and several engine companies for structure protection.

But with the help of good weed abatement in the area, the first crews on scene were able to protect the homes and put the fire out in about a half hour.

No structures were damaged.

No injuries reported.

The second alarm was cancelled and much of the first alarm, including the copters, air tanker, bulldozer and hand crew were sent back.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Camarillo Man Pleads Guilty To Fatal DUI Crash

KVTA News Sunday September 24, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

A Camarillo man has pleaded guilty in connection with a fatal DUI crash last year that killed a man sleeping in the back bedroom of a Thousand Oaks home.

The incident happened shortly before 2 AM on December 22, 2016 in the 2600 block of Briarwood.

The authorities say 20-year-old Justin Stalberg of Camarillo was driving under the influence when he drove past the end of a cul-de-sac, through a park and a fence, down a steep embankment and into the back bedroom of the home.

The crash killed 74-year-old Igor Lirtsman of New York as he slept.

Lirtsman was visiting family for the holidays.

Stalberg tried to flee but was detained and arrested for Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated and other charges.

His blood alcohol level was .12 percent. 

Friday he pleaded guilty to all charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18th.

A Windy & Warm Weather Week For Ventura County

KVTA News Sunday September 24, 2017


The National Weather Service in Oxnard is forecasting a windy and warm weather week for Ventura County.

It starts today (Sunday) and will last through much of the week ahead.

Expect daytime gusty northeast winds.

Temperatures will rise into the 80's and 90's pretty much everywhere.

With higher temperatures, lower humidity and wind, the concern about wildfires will rise.

Spy Satellite Launched From Vandenberg AFB

KVTA News Sunday September 24, 2017

(Photos by Senior Airman Ian Dudley USAF)

From Metro News...

(Vandenberg AFB, CA) -- The Air Forces says a spy satellite was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Saturday night.

An Atlas V [[ five ]] rocket went skyward a little before 11 p.m., carrying satellite into orbit for the National Reconnaissance Office.

A statement by the 30th Space Wing says the launch was rescheduled from Thursday night. 

The NRO is one of the "big five" U.S. intelligence agencies and provides satellite intelligence to other agencies.

Ventura Woman Arrested For Drug Sales/Slot Machines

KVTA News Friday September 22, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura Police Department)

Ventura police say that following an investigation prompted by neighbor complaints they served a search warrant late Friday morning at a residence in east Ventura and arrested a woman on drug charges.

It took place around 11:50 AM in the 900 block of Sapphire Circle.

Police accuse 47-year-old Melissa Gosaynie of Ventura of felony possession of illegal drugs for sale.

Officers say evidence was seized at the house relating to that accusation including a small amount of what they believe is methamphetamine and other items.

Meanwhile, detectives also located two working Las Vegas style slot machines in the residence.

They say that's a misdemeanor in California.

Police say Gosaynie was booked into the Ventura County Jail on charges relating to alleged drug sales and the illegal slot machines.

Murder Defendant Sent To State Mental Hospital

KVTA News Friday September 22, 2017


The Santa Paula transient accused of burning a man to death has been ordered to spend up to three years in a locked state mental hospital.

36-year-old Jorge Chavez Jr. was found incompetent to stand trial for murder in the death of 56-year-old Antonio Fuentes.

Police say Fuentes was asleep on a park bench in Santa Paula May 13th when Chavez is alleged to have poured a flammable liquid on him and set it on fire.

Fuentes died several days later at the USC Burn Center in Los Angeles.

Chavez was found unable to understand the charges against him and unable to aid in his defense.

The judge ordered that he be placed at Atascadero State Hospital for up to three years or until doctors restore his sanity.

At that point he could be returned to Ventura County face trial.

The question of whether Chavez was sane at the time of the incident is a separate matter that would be determined at a later date.

Crash During Oxnard Pursuit Injures Two People

KVTA News Thursday September 21, 2017


Oxnard police say two people suffered minor injuries during a pursuit late Wednesday night.

Around 10:45 PM, an Oxnard police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black 2007 BMW at Saviers Road and Channel Islands Boulevard.

Police say the BMW driver failed to yield and there was a pursuit with the suspect traveling through residential neighborhoods at 50 miles an hour.

At the intersection of Date Street and Oxnard Boulevard, the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked Dodge van.

Police say the suspect tried to drive away from the scene but his vehicle broke down a short distance away in the 1700 block of South Oxnard Boulevard.

Police say they took 28-year-old Leopoldo Gutierrez of Oxnard into custody for felony evading and felony hit and run.

Gutierrez was not injured in the crash but a 21-year-old female passenger in his vehicle, and an 11-year-old boy in the parked van did suffer minor injuries.

It's unclear why Leopoldo fled from police in the first place.

Altercation Between 2 Construction Workers Sends One To Hospital

KVTA News Thursday September 21, 2017

Deputies in Camarillo are looking for a construction worker wanted for assaulting another construction worker.

It was reported around 2:20 PM Thursday afternoon.

Deputies say the two individuals were working at a construction site on Antonio Avenue near Saint John's Pleasant Valley Hospital when they got into an altercation that led to one of them assaulting the other.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The other construction worker fled the scene and was being sought by deputies.

No other details right now.

Search For Hit & Run Suspect Who Injured Boy

KVTA News Thursday September 21, 2017

Deputies in Camarillo are looking for the driver who struck a boy and then fled the scene.

It happened shortly after 3 PM Wednesday in the 1000 block of Rowland Avenue.

The vehicle was southbound on Rowland when it hit the boy.

Deputies say the boy was taken to Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks with what they described as non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect vehicle was described as a gray 4-door sedan with right front end damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Luke Riordan at (805) 388-5191.

   heavy rain falling across the warned area. Flash flooding is
   expected to begin shortly if not already occuring. Flash flooding,
   mud, and debris flows are likely below the Solimar and Camarillo
   Springs burn areas. 
 
 * Some locations that will experience flooding include...
   Solimar Burn Area...
   Springs Burn Area...
   Oxnard...
   Ventura...
   Camarillo...
   Fillmore...
   Ojai...
   Santa Paula...
   La Conchita...
   and Highway 33 between Wheeler Springs and Rose Valley Road.
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
 Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
 deaths occur in vehicles.
 
 Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
 creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
 well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
 
 Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you
 can do so safely.
 
 A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
 If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
 Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
 precautions to protect life and property.
 
 A Flash Flood Warning for a recent burn area means that flooding and
 debris flows are imminent or occurring. Residents living in or
 immediately below the burn area should take immediate precautions 
 to protect life and property. Quickly move away from the burn area 
 only if it is safe to do so, otherwise shelter in place and move 
 to a second storyor the highest location in your home to stay out 
 of the path of fast-moving water and debris flows.