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Motorcyclist Killed In Ventura Crash

KVTA News Tuesday September 2, 2014

Updated--Ventura police say a motorcyclist was killed Tuesday afternoon following a crash on the east side of town.

The crash happened shortly before 1:30 PM on Foothill Road east of Victoria Avenue.

Police say the motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Foothill when a car made a left turn from eastbound Foothill at Via Plaza.

The two vehicles collided.

The motorcyclist, an 18-year-old male, was taken to VCMC when he died.

His name has not been released yet pending notification of his family.

The driver of the car, an 83-year-old female, was apparently not injured.

Police say alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the crash.

They're asking anyone with information that could help in their investigation to call (805) 339-4323

Foothill Road east of Victoria was shut down until 4:15 PM for crash investigation.

Few New Details On Thousand Oaks Death

KVTA News Tuesday September 2, 2014

Few new details are being released regarding the death of a person in Thousand Oaks Friday who was found burned.

The authorities are saying the person was a male found dead at a house under construction in the 3100 block of Foothill Drive Friday afternoon.

The body was discovered when firefighters were called to the scene to a report of a fire.

The structure was not burned.

Tuesday the Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy but indicated they will say nothing about the cause or manner of death until toxicology tests are completed, a process which usually takes several weeks.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has indicated that they believe it was a suicide, but they're not releasing any other information at this time.

Teens Rescued From Oak Park Storm Drain

KVTA News Monday September 1, 2014

Updated-Two teens have been found safe after getting lost in the storm drain system in the Oak Park community near Thousand Oaks.

The two victims used their cell phones to call for help around 3:40 PM Monday.

Search and rescue personnel from Ventura and Los Angeles counties responded to the area of Maplegrove Street and Pinewood Avenue.

The teens were in contact with Ventura County Fire Department dispatch and were trying to help rescue personnel find them.

They were finally located around 4:55 PM, apparently safe and unhurt.

Thousand Oaks "Shoulder Tap" Nets One Arrest

KVTA News Monday September 1, 2014

Deputies in Thousand Oaks say they conducted a "shoulder tap" operation Sunday from Noon to 8 PM.

Two underage minor decoys under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers tried to solicit adults outside an ABC licensed store to buy alcohol for them.

The decoys solicited 35 adults during the operation.

Deputies say only one adult purchased alcohol for the decoy and that man was arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Citizens Assist In Arrest Of Oxnard Burglary Suspect

KVTA News Monday September 1, 2014

Oxnard police say that with a valuable assist from the public, they caught a vehicle burglary suspect early Monday morning.

Shortly before 2 AM, officers responded to the 1700 block of San Marino Street to a report of an auto burglary.

Police say an alert neighbor had called to report the crime while several residents prevented the suspect from fleeing.

They say the suspect had forced entry into the vehicle and had removed property before the residents had stopped him and called police.

Police say the suspect initially gave them a false name and city of residence.

They say the suspect's true name is Jorge Cruz, a 20-year-old from Port Hueneme.

No DUI Arrests In Ojai Valley Checkpoints

KVTA News Monday September 1, 2014

Deputies say that two DUI/DL checkpoints held over the weekend in the Ojai Valley did not yield any arrests for DUI, but a number of citations were issued for various reasons.

The checkpoints were held between 8 PM Saturday and 2 AM Sunday.

The first was set up on eastbound Ojai Avenue at El Paseo and the other was on northbound Creek Road at Kiowa Court.

In addition to the checkpoints, motorcycle officers were also patrolling the streets in and around the checkpoints.

Deputies say they contacted a total of 476 drivers and conducted three DUI investigations but there were no arrests made for DUI.

There were 15 citations issued.

Twelve of those were for drivers license violations, two were for possession of marijuana and one was for possession of an open container of alcohol.

The checkpoints were funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Man Arrested For Attacking Vehicles In Ventura

KVTA News Sunday August 31, 2014

Ventura police say they arrested a man for vandalism after he allegedly started attacking vehicles at a local shopping center.

Officers were called to the Ventura Gateway shopping center in the 4800 block of Telephone Road shortly after 1 PM Sunday to a report of a man stepping out in front of moving vehicles.

As the officers were en route to the scene, the police received another report from a panicked driver who said a man had just jumped onto the hood of his vehicle while it was moving and began punching the good and windshield.

At that point more calls starting coming in to 911 reporting a man who was out of control and was hitting vehicles as they traveled throughout the shopping center.

When police arrived they found the suspect challenging people to fight and officers took him into custody.

Police say 35-year-old Christian Mesch of Ventura was being booked into the Ventura County Jail for vandalism.

Three Robbed At Gunpoint In Ventura

KVTA News Saturday August 30, 2014

Ventura police say three people were robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

They say that around 12:47 AM two males and a female were sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot in the 1100 block of S. Victoria Avenue.

The victims told police that a Hispanic male around 50 years of age approached their vehicle and pointed a handgun at the female.

The suspect then ordered all three to leave their valuables in the vehicle and immediately leave the vehicle.

Police say the victims complied and ran north on Victoria until they found a pay phone to call 911.

Police responded and found the vehicle still parked in the lot but the victims' property was gone.

Police searched the area but did not find the suspect or any potential witnesses to what happened.

They're asking anyone with information related to this incident to call Ventura PD at (805) 339-4309 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Oxnard Man Sentenced For Friend's Murder

KVTA News Friday August 29, 2014

A judge Friday sentenced an Oxnard man to 18-years-to-life in prison in connection with the death of another man in December of last year.

Prosecutors say that 21-year-old Alberto Govea pleaded guilty in June to second degree murder, criminal threats and auto theft in connection with the December 2013 crime spree.

Those crimes included the December 13th stabbing death of Govea's friend, 26-year-old Juan Carlos Garcia.

After the killing, Govea was arrested in the unrelated criminal threats case following a bizarre barricaded subject incident at his parent's home in the 2500 block of Timber Creek Trail in Oxnard.

The SWAT team found Govea hiding in a wall of the house and took him into custody after the fire department opened up the wall.

Govea was jailed and later charged with murder in connection with Garcia's stabbing death. 

In June, as his preliminary hearing was about to get underway, Govea decided to plead guilty to murder and the other charges with a stipulated sentence of 18-years-to-life in prison.

At the sentencing hearing Friday, Garcia's family members made victim impact statements to the court.

Govea also made a statement to the court.

Burned Body Found In Thousand Oaks Believed To Be Suicide

KVTA News Friday August 29, 2014

Ventura County Sheriff's Department believes a burned body found at a house under construction in Thousand Oaks Friday afternoon was a suicide.

Senior Deputy Tim Lohman told KVTA News from the scene that final determination must be made by the Medical Examiner's Office but at this time they believe the person took their own life.

The body was discovered around 1:30 PM Friday afternoon when firefighters were called to the 3100 block of Foothill Drive to a report of a small fire at the site of a house under construction.

They found the fire and the burned body.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the death was confirmed.

At that point firefighters and medical personnel backed off and secured the scene and called deputies who in turn notified Major Crimes.

No other details have been released yet.

Anti DUI Efforts Continue In Ventura County

KVTA News Friday August 29, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says it will conduct several DUI/DL checkpoints at various locations around the Ojai Valley Saturday night.

They will begin at 8 PM Saturday night and end at 3 AM Sunday morning.

The locations are not made public until the checkpoints are set up.

Meanwhile, in addition to the Ojai checkpoints, there will be DUI saturation patrols in the city of Moorpark tonight that will involve officers from several law enforcement agencies throughout Ventura County.

The extra patrols will concentrate on finding DUI drivers.

It's part of an end of summer countywide anti DUI campaign known as Avoid the 14 that ends with the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

During the past two weeks, that campaign, which includes not only checkpoints but also the saturation patrols and other enforcement efforts, has resulted in 114 DUI arrests countywide.

That's actually down from the 180 DUI arrests made during the same 14 day period last summer.

Santa Paula PD Looks For Hit And Run Driver

KVTA News Friday August 29, 2014

Santa Paula police are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene.

It happened shortly before 1:30 AM Friday morning at the intersection of Peck Road and Harvard Boulevard.

Police say the driver struck a 36-year-old woman in the crosswalk.

She was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

The suspect vehicle was described as a dark blue Toyota Sequoia with tinted windows.

It should have damage to the right quarter panel.

It was last seen eastbound on Harvard Boulevard.

Anyone with information that could help police they should call (805) 525-4474, or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Two Suffer Major Injuries In East Ventura Crash

KVTA News Friday August 29, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

Two people suffered major injuries in a crash Thursday night in east Ventura.

It happened around 7:20 PM when a vehicle drove off the eastbound 126 Freeway near Kimball Road, crashed through some trees and landed in a culvert.

Firefighters had to use chainsaws to cut through the broken trees to get to the wreckage and then the Jaws of Life to get into the vehicle and the two adult males inside.

A paramedics went inside to assess the patients and render aid while fire crews completed the process of clearing the wreckage so they could extricate the two victims.

The victims were extricated and taken to VCMC in critical condition according to the Ventura City Fire Department.

The CHP was investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash.