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Camarillo Shoplifting Suspect Sought

KVTA News Tuesday November 20, 2017


Deputies in Camarillo are seeking public help in identifying a shoplifting suspect.

The incident happened last Friday afternoon at 3:10 PM at the Kmart store at 940 Arneill Road.

Deputies say the woman in her mid to late 20's was stopped by store security as she tried to leave with unpaid merchandise but the managed to run away.

They've released photos of the woman and are asking anyone with information about her identity to call the Camarillo Police Department.

DA/Simi PD Chief Say Convicted Killer Innocent

KVTA News Monday November 20, 2017


Ventura County's District Attorney and the Simi Valley Police Chief say a man who spent almost 40 years in prison for the murder of a woman and child is innocent and should go free.

They are supporting a clemency petition for 70-year-old Craig Richard Coley.

Coley was convicted of the November 1978 murders of 24-year-old Rhonda Wicht and her four-year-old son Donald in their Simi Valley Apartment.

She had been strangled and her son suffocated.

Coley had been her boyfriend and they had just broken up.

The jury at his first trial deadlocked 10-2 for guilt but the jury at his second trial convicted Coley and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In recent years a Simi Valley police detective expressed concern about the conviction and a new investigation was started.

That new investigation uncovered a key piece of DNA evidence that was thought to be lost and it was tested again using new scientific methods not available at the time of the crime and trial.

Those new tests showed that the DNA did not belong to Coley but rather to other individuals.

The DA and Police Chief say that plus a complete review of the case that lasted until recently has led them to believe that the evidence would now support a finding of factual innocence.

That is why they are supporting the effort to free Coley.

As for who did kill Wicht and her son, they are continuing to investigate to find the real killer or killers.

Wild Incident Along Ventura County Southcoast

KVTA News Monday November 20, 2017

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is trying to sort out a wild overnight incident while they search for the suspect who caused it all.

They say it began around 1:45 AM in the 12000 block of Yerba Buena Road with a burglary-in-progress.

The property owner confronted the suspect and fired a warning shot.

The suspect then disarmed the property owner and shot at him but the property owner was not injured and was able to get a shotgun and chase after the suspect.

The two met up again on Pacific Coast Highway near the Ventura-LA County line where the suspect shot at the property owner and crashed into his vehicle.

The property owner's vehicle was disabled by the crash but he was not hurt.

The suspect continued south on PCH until his pickup crashed into a motorhome a short distance away at Zuma Beach. 

When deputies arrived on scene the pickup truck was abandoned and an ATV that had been in the back was gone along with the suspect.

Harrison Ford Helps Santa Paula Crash Victim

KVTA News Monday November 20. 2017

(Photo is courtesy of El Bomba Aquilera)

Update--Hans Solo came to the rescue in Santa Paula Sunday.

Around noon a woman traveling eastbound on the 126 Freeway crashed over the side of the road and down the embankment near 8th Street which is near Santa Paula Airport.

Actor Harrison Ford, who happened to be in the area, joined other Good Samaritans who saw what happened and came to the woman's aid until emergency personnel arrived.

The woman was checked out at the hospital for minor injuries suffered int he crash.

Ventura Vagrant Arrested For Killing Dog, Vandalism

KVTA News Monday November 20, 2017


Ventura police say they've arrested a man for invading mother's home, vandalizing it and apparently killing the family dog.

The family member of 33-year-old Daniel Neimeier called police around 3:30 PM Sunday to report that despite a court order, Neimeier had entered the home in the 3800 block of Paloma Drive through an open rear door.

His mother told police that Neimeier had started vandalizing property in the home causing her to flee out the front.

Officers responded and contacted Neimeier as he walked out the front of the home carrying a dead dog.

His mother told police the dog was alive when Neimeier entered the house.

Police say they've been to this residence several times in the past two weeks regarding Neimeier violating the criminal protective order that required him to stay away.

They placed him in custody and he was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony animal cruelty, elder abuse, residential burglary and violation of a court order.

Turkey Won't Be The Only Thing Roasting In The Oven On Thanksgiving

KVTA News Sunday November 19, 2017


From the National Weather Service in Oxnard...

"An upper level ridge of high pressure and light offshore flow will bring sunny and warm conditions to southwestern California for much of the coming week, including Thanksgiving day.

Record breaking heat is expected Tuesday through Thursday, with highs over the interior portions of the coastal plain and valleys in the 90s.

At the same time, offshore flow will bring continued very dry conditions, with elevated fire danger through much of the coming week.

Be sure to stay hydrated during this time, provide water and shade for pets and other domestic animals, and use extra caution with any source of fire."

Minor Injuries In Ultralight Crash Near Point Mugu

KVTA News Sunday November 19, 2017

An ultralight pilot flying out of Camarillo Airport suffered minor injuries Sunday afternooon when his aircraft went down near Point Mugu.

The incident was reported around 2:45 PM off Las Posas Road in the area of Calleguas Creek about a half mile north of Pacific Coast Highway.

According to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, two ultralights were flying in that area when one of them clipped a power line and went down.

The other ultralight landed and called for help.

The 60-year-old male pilot of the ultralight that went down was taken to the hospital with minor facial injuries.

He was the only person on board his aircraft.

The NTSB is investigating.

NASA/NOAA Satellite Launched From Vandenberg

KVTA News Saturday November 18, 2017

(Photos of launch by USAF Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

After several scrubbed launches, that NASA/NOAA scientific and weather satellite was finally launched atop a Delta-2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County early Saturday morning.

It lifted off from Space Complex-2 at 1:47 AM Saturday morning.

The JPSS-1 satellite was successfully placed into a polar orbit 512 miles above the earth where its next generation equipment will provide information, data and photos for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring.

The launch had been delayed several times because of technical and weather issues.

For more information on the satellite here's a link...

https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1

Eight Arrested At Oxnard DUI/DL Checkpoints

KVTA News Saturday November 18, 2017

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Oxnard police say they arrested eight people at two DUI/Driver's License checkpoints Friday night through Saturday morning.

The checkpoints operated between 8 PM and 3 AM.

The first was southbound Ventura Road south of Devonshire Street.

The second was westbound Wooley Road west of A Street.

Police say the locations were chosen to provide increased DUI deterrence and in response to alcohol-related arrests and/or DUI collisions.

Almost 900 drivers were screened between the two checkpoints and there were 11 DUI investigations that resulted in eight people being arrested for DUI-alcohol.

There were 18 total citations issued, 11 to unlicensed drivers.

Three vehicles were towed.

One person was arrested on a felony warrant.

Fallen Firefighters Memorial In Ventura County

KVTA News Friday November 17, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

The 13th annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony was held at the County Government Center in Ventura Friday morning.

This year two names were added to the memorial.

Reguberto "Rigo" Landeros had a childhood dream to become a firefighter and in 1982 he became a reserve firefighter with the County Fire Protection District.

In 1994 he moved to the all volunteer Fillmore Fire Department and worked his way up to Captain and ultimately Fillmore Fire Chief in 2009.

Patrick Campbell spent more than 33 years in the fire service, at first with the Air Force and ultimately as member of the Federal Fire Department with Naval Base Ventura County.

They were both honored at Friday's ceremony as family and friends and fellow firefighters from throughout the county took part in the ceremony.

16 Displaced By Ventura Apartment House Fire

KVTA News Friday November 17, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Updated--Sixteen people were displaced by a fire in a Ventura apartment building Friday.

The fire was reported at 11:19 AM in the 4700 block of Sullivan Avenue.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found smoke and flames coming from one unit of the two story, 16 unit building.

They attacked the fire and confined it to the unit of origin, but there was also smoke and water damage to two other units.

They say thirteen adults and three children were displaced by the fire and the Red Cross was helping out.

No injuries were reported.

The cause was under investigation.

Firefighters from Ventura City, Ventura County and Oxnard City responded to the fire in part because they happened to be attending the annual Firefighters Memorial ceremony just a few blocks to the east at the County Government Center.

Arrests In Newbury Park Armed Robbery Attempt

KVTA News Friday November 17, 2017

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff)

Updated--Deputies in Newbury Park have arrested two suspects in an attempted armed robbery that happened Friday morning at the CVS store in the 400 block of Reino Road.

Shortly after 8:30 AM, a white male wearing a clown mask walked into the store armed with a handgun and was in the process of robbing the store when a customer came in a spooked him.

He fled empty-handed on a skateboard.

Deputies, including K-9's and the sheriff's helicopter, searched the area and detained two individuals that they say is the suspect and his accomplice.

One is an adult male and the other is a juvenile male but they would not say which is which.

The gun and clown mask were recovered.

Schools in the area went on lockdown as a precaution but the lockdowns were lifted by 10:30 AM and the neighborhood was declared safe.

They say someone noticed that under the clown mask the suspect appeared to have a red beard.

No injuries were reported.

Public Help Leads To Camarillo Forgery Suspect

KVTA News Friday November 17, 2017


Deputies in Camarillo say tips from the public have led to the arrest of a forgery suspect.

In October, they released ATM security camera photos of a woman depositing what turned out to be stolen and forged checks.

Those news stories led to a number of tips from the public including one that named the suspect.

Those tips and other information and evidence gathered by detectives during their investigation led them to identify 35-year-old Corrina Navarro of Camarillo as the suspect. 

Deputies located her Thursday at a local motel and she was arrested for possession of stolen property and identity theft.

Ventura County Supervisor Won't Run For Reelection

KVTA News Thursday November 16, 2017


Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy has announced he will not seek a fourth term on the board in the 2018 election.

Foy, who has been a conservative voice on the five member Board of Supervisors, represents the Simi Valley and Moorpark areas in the 4th District.

Foy stated, “I have been honored to serve the citizens of Ventura County for the last 11 years, and I am proud to make this announcement with the county in excellent fiscal shape- which includes a balanced budget and reserves at 13.5 percent.”

Foy turned down his county pension and medical benefits since the day he was sworn into office.

Under the term limits law Foy backed as a board member, he could have run for one more four year term but he says he wanted to limit himself to three terms.

Foy, who has lived in Simi Valley since 1984, was the founder, President and CEO of an insurance brokerage and consulting firm.

He says he now plans to return to the private sector after his term is up at the end of next year. 

Foy's departure will set up a rare open seat on the board.

Pair Sentenced For $800K Oxnard Avocado Theft

KVTA News Thursday November 16, 2017


Two Ventura County men have been sentenced for stealing what prosecutors say was $800,000 worth of avocados from their employer.

29-year-old Carlos Chavez of Oxnard and 38-year-old Joseph Valenzuela of Santa Paula each received a sentence of five years in the Ventura County Jail.

They will service two of those years behind bars and three more under supervised release.

They had earlier pleaded guilty to grand theft and conspiracy.

Prosecutors say the two worked for Mission Produce and illegally sold avocados out the back door of the facility near Oxnard and kept the cash for themselves.

A third defendant in the case had the charges against him dropped.

Defense Attorneys have claimed the actual amount of stolen avocados was far less than $800,000, more like $200,000.

Oxnard Burglary Suspects Caught-In-The-Act

KVTA News Thursday November 16, 2017


Oxnard police have arrested two people who were allegedly caught-in-the-act of breaking into a business early this morning.

Officers responded to a burglary-in-progress call shortly after midnight at the Power Auto Dealership at 950 S. Oxnard Boulevard.

When they arrived they found evidence of a break-in so they set up a perimeter and started searching the building.

That’s when they found the two suspects and took them into custody.

Arrested for commercial burglary were 29-year-old Alice Mathews and 35-year-old Ignacio Balderama, both of Oxnard.

   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.