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Santa Barbara Woman Killed By Wrong Way Driver

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

UPDATED--The CHP says a Santa Barbara woman was killed when her vehicle was hit head on by a wrong way driver Friday night on the 101 Freeway near Ventura.

It happened around 11:23 PM on the northbound 101 just south of the State Beaches exit.

The CHP says that a Mazda5 minivan driven by a 58-year-old Lakewood woman was traveling the wrong way, southbound in the northbound lanes, when she crashed head on into a Hyundai Sonata driven by a 46-year-old Santa Barbara woman.

The Santa Barbara woman in the Hyundai was killed.

Meanwhile, the wrong way driver in the Mazda continued on after the impact and smashed into a guardrail.

She was pulled from the wreckage by passing motorists before her vehicle was engulfed in flames.

She was injured in the crash.

The CHP says they do not know if alcohol or drugs played a part in the crash and the investigation is continuing.

The name of the Santa Barbara woman who died has not been released yet.

Man Arrested For Arson Near Ventura River

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

Ventura police say that they've arrested a suspect for allegedly starting several small fires that broke out near a larger fire in the Ventura River bottom near west Main Street Saturday afternoon.

They say the fire department was dealing with a fire in the river bottom around 1:40 PM when witnesses told them a man was running around setting other small fires near the entrance to the Emma Wood Group Campground.

The man was seen walking from the area to the northbound lanes of the 101 Freeway where he was detained by police and State Parks Rangers as he tried to run away.

Meanwhile, the original fire burned less than an acre before being put out by firefighters from Ventura City, Ventura County, CalFire and the county's water dropping helicopter.

Ventura police say they arrested 55-year-old Timothy Bowman, who they described as a vagrant, for arson.

Police say they're not sure if he was responsible for the larger original fire in the river bottom.

Saviers Road Closure To Repair Sinkhole

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

The Oxnard Public Works Department says they will be closing lanes on Saviers Road during the nighttime hours for the next week in order to make emergency repairs to an aging storm drain that's causing a sink hole in that area.

They will be closing two northbound lanes of Saviers Road between Thomas Avenue and Lark Street each night from 9 PM to 5 AM starting Monday September 26th through Friday September 30th.

They need to replace an aging storm drain that has caused a sink hole at 3042 Saviers Road in the northbound lanes.

Last week crews placed a one-inch steel plate (see photo) on top of the sink hole until the emergency repairs could begin.

Four Displaced By Thouand Oaks House Fire

KVTA News Saturday September 24, 2016

UPDATE--Ventura County firefighters have put out a house fire in Thousand Oaks.

It was reported around 11 AM Saturday morning at a house located at 1477 Calle Abeto.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke pouring from the single story, single family home located on a cul-de-sac.

Crews began an aggressive attack on what turned out to be primarily an attic fire while also dealing with protecting neighboring homes and power lines.

They also had to deal with some nearby vegetation that caught fire.

They had the attic fire knocked down in about 20 minutes.

The entire fire area both inside and outside of the home was out about 10 minutes later.

Four residents were displaced by the fire and the Red Cross was being notified.

Two of those residents were being treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Cause of the fire was under investigation.

Calle Abeto is in a residential area located just north of Avenida De Los Arboles and just west of the off ramp from the southbound 23 Freeway at Avenida De Los Arboles.

Hot, Windy, Dry Weather For Ventura County

KVTA News Friday September 23, 2016

Hot, dry, and windy weather will dominate this weekend in Ventura County and linger into early next week.

By Sunday virtually everywhere in Ventura County will be in the 90's to around 100 degrees.

All of this comes courtesy of a high pressure system and significant Santa Ana wind condition that will bring northeast wind gusts between 40-55 miles per hour at times.

The hot, dry and windy weather will also increase concerns about wildfires and the county will be in a Red Flag Warning status through much of the weekend.

Memorial Planning For Ventura County Firefighter

KVTA News Thursday September 22, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

UPDATED--The Ventura County Fire Department says that planning is underway for the memorial service for Ventura County Fire Engineer Ryan Osler who died Wednesday morning in a vehicle crash while responding to the Canyon Fire is northern Santa Barbara County.

No details yet.

Meanwhile, the department has released information about how people can make donations to help the Osler family.

Osler family ONLINE donations may be made at

The site will open to a tribute page and there is a link to donate there.

Donations by check meanwhile...

Checks: Make payable to VCFD WOAF (Widows Orphans and Assistance Fund) with a memo stating Osler Family.

Send to VCPFA, 

3251 Corte Malpaso Suite 501

Camarillo, CA 93012

Memo: Osler Family

Ventura County Firefighter Killed In On Duty Crash

KVTA News Wednesday September 21, 2016

(Top photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

(Bottom photo courtesy CHP)

UPDATE--A procession carrying fallen Ventura County Fire Engineer Ryan Osler traveled with full escort from Santa Barbara County into Ventura County on the southbound 101 Wednesday afternoon.

Along the way, at freeway overpasses, his fellow firefighters from several departments paid their respects as they lined up with their equipment and American flags and saluted as the procession went by.

The escort included other firefighters, the CHP, Ventura County Sheriff's deputies and Ventura County Copter 7.

It exited around 3:40 PM at Santa Rosa/ Pleasant Valley roads in Camarillo on its way to the Conejo Mountain Memorial Park on Howard Road in Camarillo.

Osler died Wednesday morning after the water tender he was riding in overturned in Lompoc as he and another firefighter were helping with the battle against the Canyon Fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base in northern Santa Barbara County.

The CHP says the fire truck hit a curb at a roundabout at Highway 246 and Purisima Road and overturned killing Osler and injuring the driver.

The 38-year-old Osler was an 18-year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

“Our collective hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and brother Ryan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” commented Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen. “We are deeply moved by the outpouring of public support for Ryan and on behalf of all the men and women of the Ventura County Fire Department, thank you for your continued prayers.”

All flags are ordered to half-staff immediately and mourning bands will be worn until further notice. Funeral arrangements are pending and information will be made available as soon as detail are finalized.


Camarillo Woman Sentenced For Double Fatal Crash

KVTA News Tuesday September 20, 2016

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

The Camarillo woman found guilty of killing a bicyclist and motorcyclist in what the authorities say was a "distracted driving" double fatal crash one year ago was sentenced Tuesday to less than a year in the county jail.

27-year-old Rachael Hill received 300 days in jail to begin on November 4th.

She is also on three years formal probation.

Hill had earlier pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter that did not involve alcohol or gross negligence.

But the CHP and prosecutors did say it did involve distracted driving.

What distracted Hill around 5:19 PM on September 12, 2015 as she drove southbound on Moorpark Road south of Tierra Rejada near Moorpark is still in dispute.

The CHP said only it was a "portable electronic device" that the defense argued was a diabetic monitor but prosecutors said it was a cell phone.

Either way, Hill drifted onto the right shoulder where she struck and killed 53-year-old Maciek Malish of Simi Valley as he rode his bicycle.

The CHP says Hill then overcorrected and ended up traveling the wrong way in the northbound lane where she struck and killed 43-year-old Jesse Cushman of Fillmore as he rode his motorcycle.

The family and friends of the victims are angered by what they say is a slap on the wrist for a crash that killed two men and they've criticized the DA for not filing more serious charges.

But prosecutors say they would have filed more serious charges if the law in California would sustain it, but it does not.

They say distracted driving is not considered gross negligence under current law.

A group protested outside the courthouse over what they say was a lenient sentence and they want the law changed.

Data Breach At Ventura County Health Care Agency

KVTA News Tuesday September 20, 2016

The Ventura County Health Care Agency revealed on Tuesday a data breach that was discovered on July 11th of this year.

They say that an employee took home paperwork containing information on 777 patients.

An acquaintance of the employee recovered the paperwork and returned it to the agency.

All the files have been recovered.

In all but two cases, the only information involved was confined to patient name, date of birth and medical history.

In the two cases, financial information, including social security numbers were involved.

Officials say that on September 13th, letters were mailed to all the affected patients telling them about what happened.

While the agency believes the risk of identity theft in this case was extremely low, if non existent, those 777 patients were offered free credit monitoring services for 12 months.

Deputies Look For ID Of Camarillo Robbery Suspect

KVTA News Tuesday September 20, 2016

More than five months after it happened, deputies in Camarillo are seeking public help in identifying a woman in connection with a robbery at a supermarket pharmacy.

They say that around 4 PM on April 8th the adult female (see photo) entered the Ralph's Grocery Store in the 600 block of Las Posas Road.

Deputies say she loitered around for several minutes before going up to the pharmacy counter and handing the clerk a note that demanded Xanax and Oxycodone and threatened that if anyone tried to intervene they would be shot.

No weapon was seen.

The woman fled the store with an undisclosed amount of Xanax.

She was last seen in the parking lot, but no vehicle was ever seen.

Anyone with information about what this is should call Camarillo PD or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Bicyclists Accused Of Attacking Driver In Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday September 20, 2016

Ventura police are accusing two bicyclists of attacking a motorist following a traffic collision.

The incident happened around 10 AM Tuesday in the 100 block of Brookshire Avenue.

Police say a 32-year-old Oxnard man was driving southbound on Brookshire when two bicyclists suddenly exited the Von's parking lot and collided with the side of the vehicle.

They say the driver immediately pulled over to render aid to the bicyclists but by the time he got out of his vehicle one of the bicyclists had picked up his bike and started using it to attack the driver.

Police say the driver fell to the ground sustaining a moderate laceration to his arm and an injury to his head.

They say while the driver was on the ground, the other bicyclist kicked him.

Police say they arrested 30-year-old Christian Gutierrez for assault with a deadly weapon and cited 40-year-old Shane Hale for battery and released him.

Police described the two bicyclists as vagrants.

The driver was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel and then released.