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Arrest Made In Shooting Of Girl, Man, In West Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday July 28, 2015

Ventura police say they've made an arrest in connection with a shooting in June.

Shortly before 4 PM on June 23rd, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of west Ramona Street in west Ventura.

They found a 9-year-old girl suffering from a grazing gunshot wound to her leg.

A short time later police discovered a second shooting victim, a man in his mid 30's in the 300 block of W. Park Row.

Police believed he was shot near where the girl was shot and then he fled on foot to the Park Row address.

Both victims were taken to the hospital to be treated for their wounds and both recovered.

On July 1, 2015, VPD served a search warrant at a residence in Fillmore and arrested 20-year-old Mauricio Chavez of Fillmore on unrelated charges of possession of a gun by a prohibited person and possession of a billy club.

Then, last week, while Chavez was still in jail, police arrested him for attempted murder and street terrorism in connection with the June 23rd shootings.

Police say they're working to identify additional suspects and make more arrests.

OPD Arrests Wanted Felon For Stealing Car

KVTA News Tuesday July 28, 2015

Oxnard police say they arrested a suspected car thief and wanted felon but not before he tried to flee and crashed the stolen vehicle he was driving.

They say detectives from the OPD Auto Theft Task Force were investigating a stolen 1991 Honda Accord in the 500 block of Maple Street around 7:20 AM Tuesday when they observed someone get into the vehicle and drive off.

Police say officers tried to pull the vehicle over but the suspect sped off an intentionally crashed into a parked vehicle and a brick wall.

They say the suspect jumped out and ran but was caught a short time later and taken into custody for various charges relating to the vehicle theft.

Police also say that the suspect, 23-year-old Lorenzo Gutierrez of Oxnard had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for a previous burglary. 

Gutierrez was also charged with resisting arrest, possession of narcotics and burglary tools and two counts of felony vandalism for the $3500 damage to the vehicles and the brick wall.

Arrests Made In Brandishing/Disturbance At Surfer's Point

KVTA News Tuesday July 28, 2015

Ventura police say they made several arrests related to a brandishing and disturbance at Surfer's Point.

They say that around 9:30 PM Monday they received a call from a bicyclist who said he was confronted by two males at Surfer's Point and one of them brandished a gun and made threats.

Officers responded to the area and stopped a vehicle with two individuals who were suspected to be the subjects involved in the brandishing.

Police say at that point, a large number of friends of the two individuals approached from the beach and confronted the officers who ended up detaining ten people.

They wound up making two arrests in connection with the brandishing including the 17-year-old male juvenile from Ventura who they say was the person who brandished the gun.

The also found two guns in the suspects' car.

Several other people, including two females, were arrested for obstructing the officers and one person was arrested for being drunk in public.

Hot And Humid Weather To Return To Ventura County

KVTA News Monday July 27, 2015

Here's what the National Weather Service has to say... 

A strong ridge of high pressure over Texas will expand westward over the Southwestern U.S., causing rising pressure over Southern California. High pressure over the area will drive temperatures into the upper 90s to lower 100s Wednesday and Thursday, subsiding by just a degree or two Friday through Sunday. At the same time, southeast flow around the large high centered over the desert southwest will bring a deep layer of monsoonal moisture into the area. The combination of high temperatures and increasing humidities may cause some areas to approach excessive heat levels, especially Wednesday and Thursday. There will be a chance of thunderstorms over the area Wednesday through Thursday evening, followed by thunderstorm chances each afternoon and evening period through Sunday. The thunderstorms will be most likely to develop over the mountains and deserts east of the mountains. Any storms that develop will be capable of producing heavy downpours, dangerous cloud to ground lightning, strong gusty winds, and flash flooding. The flash flood risk will be highest over recent burn scars, but any steep, loose soils and/or dry washes will have a risk of producing flash floods and debris flows.

Woman Found Dead In Simi Park Committed Suicide

KVTA News Monday July 27, 2015

Ventura County authorities said today that they believe the woman found dead in a car in a Simi park under unusual circumstances Saturday committed suicide.

The 58-year-old woman from Granada Hills was found early Saturday morning in Santa Susana Park in the 6500 block of Katherine Road.

The authorities tell KVTA News she mixed two chemicals together in a container in the car and they believe that is what killed her.

Toxicology tests are pending.

They would not say what two chemicals were involved.

The discovery of the woman in the vehicle Saturday prompted a hours-long hazardous materials operation.

The authorities say however that the chemicals did not pose a danger to anyone outside of the vehicle and there were never any evacuations.

The initial report indicated that the woman was wearing goggles and a surgical mask when she was found.

Because her face was covered in some way the authorities at first believed it was a man until the got into the vehicle and began to further investigate the scene.

Woman Sentenced For Deadly Ventura DUI Crash

KVTA News Monday July 27, 2015

A Ventura woman was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.

28-year-old Sara Roche had earlier pleaded guilty in connection with the incident that happened on the night of July 19, 2014.

Prosecutors say that Roche was speeding down southbound Seaward Avenue at San Marcos Street while under the influence of alcohol when she struck and killed a pedestrian, 53-year-old Matthew Alvarado of Ventura.

At the time Ventura police said that "Roche lost control of the vehicle and collided with the west curb and guardrail."

They said that Roche struck and killed Alvarado "who was walking northbound on the west curb."

They say Roche then continued southbound on Seaward for another two blocks until she crashed into a utility pole at Seaward and Alessandro Drive, injuring her passenger.

The authorities say she had a .19 blood alcohol level that night.

Roche, who has been out on bail, was taken into custody after Monday's sentencing to begin the four year term.

She will be eligible for parole after two years.

In addition to the prison term, Roche will have her license suspended for three years.

Alvarado's family and friends have said they do not believe the sentence was long enough.

Jury Selected For Fillmore Murder Trial

KVTA News Monday July 27, 2015

A jury was sworn in Monday to hear the murder trial of a Fillmore man accused of killing an Oxnard chiropractor almost three years ago.

33-year-old Daniel Nuno is charged with murder and use of a firearm in the August 2012 shooting death of 41-year-old Ricardo Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was in front of his mother's home in the 900 block of Lewis Lane in Fillmore that night when he was shot to death.

Gonzalez's mother had earlier testified that she was just a few feet away and witnessed what happened.

She knew who Nuno was and she said he had been at the house earlier in the day to see Gonzalez's brother.

The defense has raised issues about her ability to have clearly seen the shooter.

A motive for the killing is unclear. 

Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday.

Ventura County Sex Offender Arrested For Burglaries

KVTA News Sunday July 26, 2015

(Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff)

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says it has arrested a convicted sex offender from Ventura County in connection with dozens of recent vehicle burglaries.

They say that Saturday afternoon they received a call from a concerned citizen who reported a man trying to get into several cars along Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Highway near Leo Carrillo State Beach near Malibu.

The witness provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle.

Deputies responded and caught the suspect and took him into custody.

They identified him as 33-year-old Israel Padilla of Oxnard, a registered sex offender from a 2004 arrest in Ventura County and a parolee who was released from state prison in April after serving time for burglary.

Deputies say Padilla had over 100 cellphones, laptops, tablets, car keys and other items that appear to have come from dozens of recent vehicle burglaries.

He is currently in jail on a parole hold and facing a number of felony charges relating to the vehicle burglaries.

Suspect Arrested In Ventura Theft Case

KVTA News Sunday July 26, 2015

Ventura police arrested a suspect in connection with the theft of some property from a vehicle.

Shortly before 6 AM Sunday officers responded to a citizen's report of three individuals checking vehicle door handles in the area of Telephone Road and Cypress Point Lane.

When officers arrived on scene they spotted three individuals walking near the Von's shopping center who matched the description given by the caller.

When those individuals saw the officers, they scattered in several directions.

Officers caught one of the suspects as he ran into an apartment complex south of Telephone Road, but the other two got away.

Police say they also recovered some property that suspect had discarded while he ran which turned out to be property taken in a vehicle burglary in another apartment complex north of Telephone Road.

Police say they arrested 20-year-old Diego Santos of Ventura for prowling, vehicle tampering, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest. 

No one was injured in the incident.

Ventura Man Sentenced For Extensive Fraud

KVTA News Sunday July 26, 2015

A Ventura man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison in connection with an extensive fraud that preyed on Spanish speaking people with immigration problems.

Prosecutor Mickye Coyle tells KVTA News that 58-year-old Jorge Moreno pretended to be an immigration lawyer and consultant who promised clients he could prevent their deportation, help with their immigration and secure work visas, among other things.

He collected up-front cash payments from his victims and then provided no help or services.

Coyle says Moreno threatened victims with deportation if they complained to the authorities.

She says they were able to identify 44 victims who lost more than $204,000 to Moreno.

After his arrest, Moreno ultimately pleaded guilty to a host of charges including grand theft and extortion.

He also admitted a number of special allegations including what is known as “excessive taking.”

Because of that, Moreno must serve his time in state prison.

Because he gets credit for the roughly one year he’s been in jail since his arrest, the 10-year state prison term is actually nine.

Moreno could be eligible for parole after he has served 50% of his sentence. 

He was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims.

A Big Help In Battling Wildfires In Ventura County

KVTA News Sunday July 26, 2015

(Photos and story by KVTA's Perry Van Houten)

The Ventura County Fire Department is adding more muscle to its Wildland Fire Division.

It has purchased a fourth gigantic Caterpillar D6-T bulldozer.  

While at the controls of Dozer 3 on the Rodriguez Firebreak above the Ventura River, fire equipment operator Chris Beery told KVTA News the huge dozers stay busy during fire season, and all year round.

The D6-T weighs 30 tons, has a 14 ½-foot blade and costs about $850,000.  

It is equipped with an enclosed cab, custom-designed for the Ventura County Fire Department.  

For firefighting at night it has 10 HID lights, the type used for off-road racing.  

The new dozer is set to arrive in August.

The fire department’s Heavy Equipment Unit uses the dozers to maintain fire roads, cut and maintain fire breaks, and they’re also used during floods.  

Fire Damages Oxnard Mobile Home

KVTA News Sunday July 26, 2015

(Photos by Johnny Corona)

Fire caused major damage to a mobile home in Oxnard Saturday night.

The blaze was reported shortly after 9 PM at the Oxnard Mobile Home Lodge in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found the mobile home well involved in flames.

The fire was also threatening two other nearby structures.

Crews were able to knock the fire down in about a half hour.

Some power lines were also impacted by the flames.

There were no reports of injuries.

Cause of the fire was under investigation.

Woman Found Dead In Car With Chemicals Near Simi

KVTA News Saturday July 25, 2015

(Photo courtesty Ventura County Fire Department)

Updated--Hazardous materials crews have determined that the person found Saturday morning in a vehicle in a park near Simi Valley is dead.  

They also say that their initial belief that the person was an adult male was wrong, it was an adult female.

They say the mistake was due to the person's face being covered.

The incident started at 7:43 AM when the Ventura County Sheriff's Department received a report of suspicious circumstances.

They were told that a person wearing goggles and a surgical mask was in a vehicle in Santa Susana Park in the 6500 block of Katherine Road.

There was at least one container covered with a tarp in the vehicle and it was believed the container held some sort of chemical or chemicals.

The park was secured, a portion of Katherine Road was shut down and hazardous materials crews from the Ventura County Fire Department responded to the scene.

A few hours later, firefighters and a paramedic in hazardous materials suits approached the vehicle, opened it up and determine the person was deceased.

They initially said it was an adult male but later determined to be an adult female.

How she died and whether it was a suicide, an accident, or something else, is yet to be determined.

As of late morning, they were still working to confirm what kind of chemical was in the container.

The investigation into the incident will be conducted jointly by the fire department, the sheriff's department and the coroner.

Officials say that the incident posed no danger to anyone outside the immediate vicinity of the vehicle.

There were no evacuations and none planned.

The identify of the woman, which is known to the authorities, is not being released until family is notified.

Two Arrested In Ventura Stabbing

KVTA News Friday July 24, 2015

Ventura police say that Friday morning they arrested two suspects in connection with a stabbing that took place outside Scandia's Liquor in the east end of town on July 12th.

They say that following an investigation that involved reviewing security video, evidence gathered at the scene and interviews, Major Crimes detectives identified two suspects in the stabbing incident.

In that incident a 30-year-old Ventura man had left the liquor store in the 10200 block of Telephone Road and saw two men vandalizing his vehicle in the parking lot.

He got involved in an altercation and one of the men stabbed him.

Police said at the time that the victim's wounds were serious but not life threatening.

Friday morning police served search warrants at the homes of the suspects and took them into custody without incident.

Ventura police say arrested for attempted murder, gang crimes, and vandalism were 25-year-old Sergio Alvarez of Ventura and 23-year-old Raymond Aceves of Santa Paula.

They say Alvarez was also booked on a parole revocation charge.

Fire Damages Thousand Oaks Home

KVTA News Friday July 24, 2015

Updated--Ventura County firefighters have knocked down a house fire in Thousand Oaks.
It was reported around 3:20 AM Friday in the 300 block of Houston Drive.
The first responding firefighters could see smoke and flames before they arrived on scene.
Access to the house by the fire equipment was difficult because of a long curving driveway up to the property.
When they arrived on scene they found fire on the second floor of the two story single family home.
Crews has the fire knocked down in less than 20 minutes.
No reports of injuries.
The cause is under investigation.

Updated--Ventura County firefighters have knocked down a house fire in Thousand Oaks.

It was reported around 3:20 AM Friday in the 300 block of Houston Drive.

The first responding firefighters could see smoke and flames before they arrived on scene.

Access to the house by the fire equipment was difficult because of a long curving driveway up to the property.

When they arrived on scene they found fire on the second floor of the two story single family home.

Crews has the fire knocked down in less than 20 minutes.

No reports of injuries.

The cause is under investigation.

Horse Rescued After Night In Simi Canyon

KVTA News Thursday July 23, 2015

(Top photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

(Botton photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff Aviation Unit)

A horse spent the night trapped in a canyon in Simi Valley before being rescued Thursday afternoon.

The horse actually went missing Wednesday after it threw its rider and ran off.

It was located by private citizens but they could not get it out of the canyon, so they notified the fire department Thursday seeking help.

When firefighrters found the horse it was trapped in brush and they had to call in a hand crew to clear the brush before they could rescue the horse.

The horse did suffer some injuries but apparently not serious injuries because once they had cleared a path the horse was able to walk out on its own.

The area involved is located in the hills and canyons in the southwest section of Simi Valley near Montegomery Fire Road and Edison Access.

Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested In Oxnard

KVTA News Thursday July 23, 2015

Oxnard police say that with the help of good descriptions provided by witnesses they caught a suspected bank robber a short time after the robbery.

They say that around 2 PM Thursday the suspect entered the Bank of the West at 371 West Esplanade Drive and demanded money from the teller.

No weapon was seen and the suspect fled on foot with the money.

Police responded and based on descriptions from several witnesses they spotted the suspect still in the area and took him into custody.

Police say bank employees identified him as the robbery suspect.

Police say they also recovered a significant amount of money and other evidence related to the bank robbery.

They arrested 34-year-old Jimmy Lopez of Oxnard for robbery.

Oxnard PD Looks For Suspects In Shooting

KVTA News Thursday July 23, 2015

Oxnard police were looking for suspects in a shooting that happened Thursday evening.

Around 6:35 PM, officers responded to a report of a shooting on Pleasant Valley Road near Perkins.

When they arrived they found a male juvenile who had been shot and also possibly stabbed.

The victim was taken to the hospital where police say he is expected to recover.

Police say they were looking for four males in connection with the shooting.

They were last seen fleeing the area in a small white car.