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Oxnard Woman To Face Trial In Daughter's Death

KVTA News Thursday April 19, 2018


A judge says there is enough evidence for an Oxnard woman to stand trial for murder in the death of her three-year-old daughter.

26-year-old Mayra Chavez is charged with second degree murder, assault on a child causing death and torture.

The body of 3-year-old Kimberly Chavez Lopez has never been found, but the authorities are certain she is dead and was probably killed in June of 2015.

It took months before the authorities realized the little girl was missing and before her mother, Chavez, and her father, 33-year-old Omar Lopez, were arrested.

Initially they were charged with perjury regarding their daughter's disappearance but earlier this year they were charged with murder in their daughter's death.

Earlier this week, Lopez agreed to plead guilty to a lessor charge and testify against Chavez who the authorities believe was more culpable for the girl's death.

Prosecutors say if Lopez sticks to his end of the plea agreement, he will receive 14 years in state prison.

If Chavez is convicted, she would face life in prison.

Both remain in the Ventura County Jail on $6 million bail each.

Chavez will return to court on May 3rd to have a trial date set.

Ventura Police Say Promenade Stabbing Victim Had Daugther On His Lap When He Was Attacked

KVTA News Thursday April 19, 2018


Updated--Ventura police say the man who was stabbed while having dinner with his family at a beachfront restaurant Wednesday night was attacked while his five-year-old daughter sat on his lap.

Police say the 35-year-old victim had just finished dinner with his family in the Aloha Steakhouse when he was attacked.

Ventura police say a man they described as a vagrant, 49-year-old Jamal Jackson, was outside the restaurant when for some unexplained reason he went inside and stabbed the victim in the neck.

The victim was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, but family members posted on social media Thursday that he died.

His wife and daughter were not physically injured.

After the attack, Jackson fled but was chased and detained by restaurant employees and patrons until Ventura police arrived and took him into custody.

Jackson was booked into the Ventura County Jail for attempted murder and child endangerment.

Police say they are still trying to determine why Jackson, who did not know the victim, did what he did, but there was an indication the Jackson thought the victim did something that angered him.

Man Attacks Officer In VCMC Emergency Room

KVTA News Thursday April 19, 2018


Ventura police say one of their officers was injured Wednesday when he was attacked by a patient in the VCMC emergency room.

About 7 PM the ER staff became concerned that a patient might have a weapon.

They say the patient is on active PROS (Post Release Offender Supervision) so a patrol officer tried to search the patient based on the terms of his probation.

Police say that's when the patient struck the officer causing an injury that required treatment that did not allow the officer to return to work.

Meanwhile, with the help of Ventura County Probation Officers, 54-year-old Henri Brother, described as a Ventura vagrant, was taken into custody and found to be in possession of what they described as an instrument that could be used as a weapon.

Brother was booked into the Ventura County Jail for battery on peace officer causing injury and felony resisting arrest and because of his PROS status, was placed on a no bail probation hold.

Man Arrested In Ventura Child Annoyance Case

KVTA News Wednesday April 18, 2018

A Thousand Oaks package courier was arrested Tuesday afternoon for child annoyance.

Ventura police say that around 1:30 PM a 16-year-old girl was walking alone in the area of Arapaho Street and Cameron Street when a man drove up next to her and asked if she needed a ride.

He also asked her for a cigarette.

Police say the girl continued walking and the suspect stopped his vehicle, got out and approached her on foot.

The say the suspect placed his hand on the girl's arm and asked her to get into his vehicle.

Police say the girl told the man to leave her alone and continued to walk home where she told her parents what happened and they called police.

Officers responded and located the suspect and his vehicle at Aztec Avenue and Seneca Street and he was taken into custody.

Police say they arrested 37-year-old Brandon Valdies of Thousand Oaks for Child Annoyance.

He later bailed out of jail.

Police say Valdies works as a courier delivering packages.

Judge Says Thomas Fire Lawsuits Should Be Heard In LA

KVTA News Wednesday April 18, 2018

A Ventura County judge is recommending to the State Judicial Council that the dozens of lawsuit stemming from the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudflow disasters be heard in Los Angeles County.

Judge Vince O'Neill made that ruling Monday saying given the size, scope and complexity of the legal actions against Southern California Edison, the Los Angeles court system is better equipped to handle the cases.

There have been some three dozen lawsuits filed against the utility in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties claiming their equipment started the December 4th Thomas Fire near Santa Paula that killed two people and destroyed over a thousand structures and set up the conditions that led to the debris flows that happened during a January 9th storm that killed more than 20 people in Montecito.

Several law firms are involved in the cases and there was not unanimous agreement about where the lawsuits should be heard, but most appear to be OK with the judge's ruling.

All of the pretrial preparations, including depositions will be able to be conducted in the counties where the victims live, but the coordination of cases and actual legal proceedings would take place in Los Angeles and presided over by a judge in that county.

The State Judicial Council has final authority as to the venue but it's likely Judge O'Neill's ruling would be followed.

Two Male Juvenile Hikers Rescued Above Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday April 17, 2018

(Photo is courtesy Air Squad 8 hovering over the scene)

Updated--Two male juvenile hikers were rescued in a canyon north of the city of Ventura.

One of the male juveniles was rescued quickly.

The other was stuck half way up a steep canyon wall and it took more than an hour to safely rescue him.

No injuries reported.

Air Squad 8, Search and Rescue personnel, and firefighters from Ventura City and County were involved in the rescue.

The area is north of Ventura High School and west of Hall Canyon and it's a very steep hillside.

Oxnard Police Look For Shooting Suspect

KVTA News Tuesday April 17, 2018


Oxnard police have gone public with their search for the suspect in a recent shooting that seriously wounded another man.

They say they want to talk with 45-year-old Benjamin Taitai of Oxnard in connection with the shooting on April 6th at 6 PM of a man in the 3000 block of Napa Street.

The victim was shot in the head and had to undergo emergency surgery at VCMC.

Police are asking anyone with information about Taitai's whereabouts or relevant information regarding the shooting, please contact Oxnard PD.

If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the violent crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspx to submit a tip via text or email.

Suspects In Oxnard Carjacking Identified

KVTA News Tuesday April 17, 2018


Oxnard police have identified the two suspects in the Monday morning carjacking that led to a televised pursuit in the San Fernando Valley.

They say 26-year-old Dionicio Salinas of Oxnard and 24-year-old Oscar Eulloque of Oxnard were captured after they crashed the carjacked pickup truck into a parked car in a Reseda neighborhood and tried to flee on foot.

Police say that the incident began around 2:15 AM Monday when a 27-year-old Oxnard man was approached by the two suspects in the area of Oxnard Boulevard and Commercial Avenue.

He later told police one suspect had a gun, the other a knife, and they demanded his property.

The victim was then roughed up by the two men who then took his property, including the pickup truck.

It was about two hours later that the vehicle was tracked to a location in Van Nuys and when the LAPD tried to stop it, the high-speed chase resulted.

Salinas is now in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $110,000 while Eulloque is in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $120,000, however, he is also being held on a "no bail" warrant for a prior felony conviction involving a vehicle theft.

Both are due in court Wednesday to face carjacking and second degree robbery charges in the Monday crime.

Sprinklers Helped Stop Fire At Oxnard Senior Building

KVTA News Tuesday April 17, 2018

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Update--Firefighters are crediting the fire sprinkler system with keeping a fire in check at an Oxnard senior living facility until they could knock it down.

The fire was reported around 8:30 AM Tuesday morning at the Sycamore Senior Village at 333 N. F Street.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a fire in a first floor apartment in the massive complex.

They were able to knock it down within a few minutes because the sprinkler system had helped keep it in check and prevented it from spreading.

Still, there was smoke and water damage beyond that one unit and it was estimated at one point that up to two dozen people might be displaced.

Some 65 people were evacuated during the fire in the five story complex of more than 200 apartments.

The rest just sheltered in place.

There were six people with minor injuries, mainy smoke inhalation and burns.

Cause of the fire was under investigation.

This was the former Saint John's Hospital that was replaced by the current facility on Rose Avenue a quarter century ago.

The old building was refurished into the senior living facility several years later.

Santa Paula Officer Cleared In Fatal Shooting

KVTA News Monday April 16, 2018

(Contributed photo)

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says a Santa Paula Police Officer was justified in using deadly force on a knife-wielding man.

The incident happened in the early morning hours of April 9, 2017.

The DA's report says Jose Romero Gonzalez-Rendon had been involved in a conflict with his roommates and had left their apartment armed with at least one large kitchen knife.

They say police then received two anonymous 911 calls from a female who said a man had rushed at her car as they were leaving for work at a location near the apartment where Gonzalez-Rendon had been involved in the roommate dispute.

The report says that Senior Officer Matt Alonzo arrived at the scene and saw Gonzalez-Rendon in a driveway north of East Ventura Street.

The DA says as the officer got out of his patrol car, Gonzalez-Rendon started running directly at him with the knife held upward and pointed at Officer Alonzo.

The report says that the officer directed him to stop but Gonzalez-Rendon continued to run at Officer Alonzo who then fired six shots when Gonzalez-Rendon was about 15-20 feet away.

Gonzalez-Rendon was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DA's report concludes, "While the events which unfolded on April 9, 2017 were tragic, the unfortunate killing of Jose Romero Gonzalez-Rendon was a justifiable homicide.

https://www.vcdistrictattorney.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/OIS-Gonzalez-Rendon-April-16-2018-Final.pdf

Vegetation Fire In Santa Paula Stopped

KVTA News Monday April 16, 2018

Update: Firefighters are at the scene of a vegetation fire in Santa Paula.

It was reported shortly before 5 PM Monday in the area west of Santa Paula Hospital off Montclair Drive.

The first firefighters at the scene said it was a "small spot" fire and units were on scene with more responding to deal with it.

They say the forward progress of the fire has been stopped and units on scene can handle.

There are no reports of any structures being threatened.

Oxnard Carjacking Suspects Chased In Los Angeles

KVTA News Monday April 16, 2018

Updated--Two Oxnard carjacking suspects were chased in through the San Fernando Valley Monday morning with one being captured quickly and the other tracked down and arrested following an extensive search of the area.

The carjacking was reported around 2:15 AM Monday in the area of Oxnard Boulevard and Commercial Avenue.

The victim told police that two Hispanic males in their early to mid 20's, one armed with an assault style rifle (AK-47) and the other with a knife, carjacked a Ford F 150 pickup truck.

No injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, the vehicle was spotted in the Reseda section of the San Fernando Valley and there was a pursuit of the carjacked vehicle.

The high speed chase ended when the suspects ditched the stolen vehicle and fled on foot.

The second suspect was arrested following an extensive ground and air search of that Reseda neighborhood.

Major Injury Crash In Ventura County Backcountry

KVTA News Sunday April 15, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Air Unit)

One person suffered major injuries in a crash in the Ventura County backcountry.

The CHP reported it shortly before noon Sunday on Highway 33 at Apache Canyon Road just south of the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line in extreme northern Ventura County.

It involved a pickup truck that slammed into a utility pole, trapped the driver inside.

Rescue crews freed the driver and then Air Squad 8 airlifted the driver to the hospital with major injuries.

The CHP is investigating.

73-Year-Old Arrested For Ventura Burlgary

KVTA News Sunday April 15, 2018


Ventura police say they arrested a 73-year-old man in connection with a commercial burglary.

About 8:40 PM Saturday night they received a call that someone had broken the front window to Atara Salon at 2833 E. Main Street and was inside the business.

The caller said they confronted the suspect and the suspect fled into the neighborhood as the caller chased after, but lost sight of him running to the rear of a residence on Dos Caminos Street.

Officers responded and began to search for the suspect and found him hiding in the crawlspace of a backyard patio on Dos Caminos.

He was taken into custody with the help of VPD K9 Rover.

Police say 73-year-old Raymond Vasquez, who they describe as a vagrant, was found to have three felony burglary warrants out of Santa Clara, Claremont and Santa Barbara and is what's known as a PRCS (Post Release Community Supervision) offender.

Major Injury Motorcycle Crash On 33 North Of Ojai

KVTA News Saturday April 14, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Air Unit)

Updated--Firefighters, US Forest rangers, and the CHP are at the scene of a motorcycle crash on Highway 33 north of the Ojai Valley in the Los Padres National Forest.

It was reported shortly before 11 AM Saturday.

A male motorcyclist in his 60's was reportedly 70 feet over the side of the highway with "multiple traumatic injuries."

Air Squad 8 was sent to the scene.

They hoisted the man up to the hovering copter and then airlifted him to Ventura and ultimately the trauma center at VCMC.

Equipment Stolen From Ventura Girls' Softball Team Found, Suspect Arrested

KVTA News Saturday April 14, 2018


Simi Valley police say they've solved the case of the equipment stolen from a girls' softball team in Ventura.

Last month more than $6,000 worth of equipment belonging to the girls' softball team at Foothill Technology High School in Ventura was taken from a storage facility at nearby Ventura College.

On April Friday 13th, Simi Valley police received information the stolen equipment was pawned at a second hand business in Simi Valley.

Detectives recovered the equipment and also arrested a suspect, 38-year-old David Youell of Ventura.

They also served a search warrant at Youell's residence in Ventura and recovered additional items they say were stolen from the team.

Police say Youell was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony receiving stolen property with bail set at $10,000.

Ventura Police Look For Stabbing Suspects

KVTA News Saturday April 14, 2018

Ventura police are looking for suspects in connection with an incident early Saturday morning that left a man with several stab wounds.

About 12:40 AM officers responded to a stabbing at 6328 Bristol Road.

They found a 30-year-old Ventura man who told them he had gotten into a physical altercation with one subject when three other subjects joined in and stabbed him and the fled the area.

The victim was taken to VCMC for treatment of several non-life threatening stab wounds.

The only description of the suspects was four Hispanic males ages 20-30 years.

Oxnard Police Look For Shooting Suspect

KVTA News Saturday April 14, 2018

Oxnard police are looking for a suspect and motive for a shooting late Friday night that wounded a man in the leg.

About 10:46 PM a man showed up at VCMC with a gunshot wound to his leg.

The 23-year-old Oxnard man said it happened in the area of Cooper Road and Garfield Avenue in Oxnard.

Police say the man was in stable condition.

Fatal Ventura Hit & Run Suspect Bails Out Of Jail

KVTA News Friday April 13, 2018


The woman accused in the fatal hit and run of a pedestrian at the County Government Center in Ventura a year ago was released from jail early Friday morning on $115,600 bond.

31-year-old Georgia Mae Casey is due back in court April 26th to be arraigned on charged that include vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, fleeing the scene of the crime, driving while an addict, and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

According to court records, Casey has two prior DUI convictions in 2011 and 2015 plus open cases and convictions in other cases for such things as identity theft, petty theft and other crimes.

According to court records, Casey is due back in court on April 23rd regarding several other pending misdemeanor and felony cases that include drug possession, petty theft, identity theft, and several other charges not related to the fatal hit and run case.

According to court records, Casey has had to be in court dozens of times over the years for various offenses and has appeared the majority of the time.

But since November 2016, those records indicate she has failed to appear in court five times.

In this latest case, Ventura police and prosecutors allege that around 8 AM on the morning of April 25, 2017, Casey ran down 43-year-old Estela Tejeda-Camacho of Ventura as she walked to work through the County Government Center complex in Ventura.

They say Casey then allegedly fled the scene.

Camacho died later that day at the hospital from injuries sustained in the collision.

Ventura police investigated the case for months, seeking public help at one point.

They finally obtained an arrest warrant earlier this month and arrested Casey this week.

Ventura County Deputies Investigate Burglaries

KVTA News Friday April 13, 2018

Deputies in Thousand Oaks and Camarillo are investigating two overnight commercial burglaries that might be connected.

They say shortly before midnight Thursday night, suspects smashed the window of a bakery on Westlake Boulevard and tried, but failed, to take the cash register.

About an hour later, suspects cut through an iron gate to a storage yard on Dawson Drive and took a generator and some tools.

Detectives are looking into whether the same suspects were involved in both crimes.

They had no other information.

Woman Arrested For Running Pot Shop In Ventura

KVTA News Thursday April 12, 2018

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Update: Stabile appeared in court Friday morning, pleaded not guilty to all charges and the judge granted a motion that she be releassed from jail on her own recognizance.  She will return to court in May.

Despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in California for people over 21-years-old, it is still illegal within the Ventura city limits, and many other cities, to be involved in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana beyond the personal use guildelines under the voter-approved law.

So this week Ventura police served search and arrest warrants on what they say was a business that had been set up this year that they say was in violation of the law in the city.

"Canna Nuts" was set up in a nondescript office building at 5755 Valentine Road near Victoria Avenue.

Jail records indicate the business operator, 54-year-old Janice Stabile, was arrested for one felony, Maintaining a Place for Selling or Using a Controlled Substance, and two misdemeanors, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, and, Unlawful Transportation, importation, Sale of Gift or Marijuana.

Court records indicate those charges were filed against her by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.

The authorities say they warned Stabile several times that she was not allowed to operate such a business in the city, but she ignored their warnings so they filed the charges and arrested her.

Police say they seized four pounds of marijuana, two firearms and about $128,000 in cash.

Ventura Woman Accused Of Pizza Robbery

KVTA News Thursday April 12, 2018

A woman described by Ventura police as a transient is in jail, accused of using a lit cigarette to steal several slices of pizza from two female juveniles.

It happened around 5 PM Thursday in the 1100 block of South Victoria Avenue.

Police say the two femlal juvenile victims had just sat down to eat their pizza when a woman came up and asked them for a piece.

Before the victims could respond, the woman grabbed a slice of pizza out of the hands of one of the victims and put a lit cigarette up to the victim's face, almost touching it.

Police say the woman then put the cigarette back in her mouth, grabbed two more slices of pizza and walked away, turning to yell at the victims as she left.

Officers responded and they located and arrested 61-year-old Joan Triplett for robbery and child endangerment.

Not Guilty Plea From Heather Locklear

KVTA News Thursday April 12, 2018


Attorneys for Heather Locklear entered not guilty pleas for the actress in her misdemeanor case involving several counts of battery on a peace officer in Ventura County.

Since its a misdemeanor case, Locklear was not required to be in court Thursday to face arraignment.

At last report she was undergoing rehab for substance abuse.

Locklear was arrested on February 25th at her Thousand Oaks home.

Deputies had responded to a report of domestic violence where Locklear had been accused of striking her boyfriend during an argument.

When deputies arrested her, he is alleged to have threatened them, kicked them and pushed them as they attempted to take her into custody.

Prosecutors decided not to pursue the domestic violence allegation and instead filed only the charges related to her alleged actions regarding several deputies.

She remains free on bail and has a pretrial conference set for June 7th. 

Arrest In Year-Old Ventura Fatal Hit & Run Case

KVTA News Wednesday April 11, 2018


Ventura police say that after a year of investigation they have made an arrest in the fatal hit and run of a pedestrian at the County Government Center.

It was around 8 AM on April 25th of last year that 43-year-old Estela Tejeda-Camacho of Ventura was walking to work when she was struck by a car on the perimeter road of the government center.

She died from her injuries that night.

Ventura police today arrested 31-year-old Georgia Mae Casey, a Ventura County woman, and charged her with voluntary manslaughter, felony hit and run, driving while addicted to a drug and driving on a suspended license.

According to court records, Casey has a history of alcohol and drug abuse violations and DUI's, plus convictions and open cases involving theft and petty theft.

She currently has a half dozen open cases pending, including this one, and was in jail as recently as last month.

Venturan Gets 15-To-Life For Kidnap/Rape

KVTA News Wednesday April 11, 2018


A Ventura man was sentenced Wednesday to 15-years-to-life in prison for a kidnapping and rape.

A jury convicted 19-year-old Gabriel Munoz-Hernandez in January for the February 20, 2017 kidnap and rape of a 17-year-old female he met on Facebook.

Prosecutors say Munoz-Hernandez took the victim to a friend's house where he got her drunk and she lost consciousness.

They say he then carried her to a dumpster enclosure where he raped her.

Prosecutors say an independent witness tried to intervene and was able to capture some of what happened on camera while a second witness called 9-1-1.

Ventura police responded and officers caught Munoz-Hernandez in the act.

Crash Causes Ventura Power Outage

KVTA News Wednesday April 11, 2018

Updated--A vehicle crash into an Edison power pole is believed responsible for a widespread power outage in Ventura.

It was reported shortly before 3:30 PM Wednesday on Bristol Road and Ermine Avenue which is just east of Johnson Drive.

According to Edison more than 4100 of its customers were impacted by the outage initially.

As of Thursday morning, there were still 195 customers without power are Edison crews worked to repair the damage to the lines and pole.

Meanwhile, Bristol Road was closed between Johnson Drive and Montgomery after the crash.

False Alarm Leads To Illegal Marijuana In Camarillo

KVTA News Wednesday April 11, 2018

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says a false fire alarm led to the discovery of an illegal marijuana cultivation in Camarillo.

Last month a faulty fire alarm brought the Ventura County Fire Department to a building in the 800 block of Calle Plano in a Camarillo industrial park.

When firefighters checked out the building to make sure there was no fire and it was a false alarm, they found 700 marijuana plants growing in a sophisticated cultivation operation.

West County Narcotics detectives were called in and confiscated the plants and equipment.

They say because of the alterations to the electrical panels and other changes to the structure, the building was deemed unsafe and red tagged.

Detectives say they've identified possible suspects and the investigation is continuing.

Oxnard Police Looking For Stabbing Suspect

KVTA News Wednesday April 11, 2018

Oxnard police are looking for a woman in connection with a stabbing.

It happened Tuesday night around 10:40 PM in the 3500 block of Saviers Road south of Bryce Canyon.

Police say the adult female approached a man and then stabbed him twice in the ribcage.

The 32-year-old victim was treated at Saint John's Medical Center for non-life threatening wounds.

Police say the man and woman knew each other but a motive for the stabbing was unclear.

Another Produce Stand Robbery In Ventura County

KVTA News Wednesday April 11, 2018

Ventura County authorities are looking into whether they have a robbery team starting to target roadside produce stands.

The latest holdup was at a produce stand in the 3200 block of Somis Road in Somis.

It happened around 6:45 PM Tuesday.

A male suspect armed with a handgun brandished the weapon at the employee, demanded cash and after the victim complied, fled with the money.

The getaway car, a dark colored sedan, was being driven by a second suspect and was last seen north on Somis Road heading to the 118.

No one was hurt.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says there are similarities between this holdup and one Monday evening around the same time at the J and R Fruit Stand on Telegraph Road east of Fillmore.

In both cases, the robberies were not immediately reported, making it difficult for deputies to try to find the suspects.

Simi Carjacking Suspect Caught After Chase

KVTA News Tuesday April 10, 2018

Simi Valley police say they caught a carjacking suspect following a pursuit that traveled betwen Ventura and Los Angeles counties early Tuesday morning.

They say around 12:24 AM officers responded to the 2000 block of Belmar Court regarding an assault in front of the victim's home.

Officers were told that the suspect had forcibly taken the victim's keys from her and had threatened to kill her.

The assault had turned into a carjacking and the search was on for the suspect and the stolen vehicle.

Officers spotted it on the 118 Freeway heading out of Simi Valley into the San Fernando Valley but when they tried to stop the vehicle at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, the suspect failed to yield and the chase began.

With the help of the LAPD Air Unit, Simi officers pursued the suspect through the western edge of the San Fernando Valley and then back into Ventura County where the suspect crashed the vehicle into a hillside at Box Canyon and Santa Susana Pass Road.

He tried to flee on foot, but was captured.

Police say 28-year-old Lester Moreira was taken into custody on a host of charges including carjacking, making criminal threats and felony evading.

According to Ventura County court records, Moreira has a history of drunk driving.

Monday's Santa Ana Winds Produce Record Heat In Ventura County

KVTA News Monday April 9, 2018


The Santa Ana winds that blew through Ventura County Monday produced record high temperatures.

Every city in Ventura County had high temperatures in the 90's with Camarillo's 95 degrees breaking the previous record for April 9th in that city of 87 in 1968.

And in Oxnard, Monday's high of 93 topped the previous record high for April 9th in that city of 85 in 1980.

Meanwhile, it was 95 in Fillmore, 93 in Simi Valley, 94 in Thousand Oaks and 91 in Ventura.

The northeast winds will be gone Tuesday and temperatures will be about ten degrees cooler in most places with another drop in temperatures expected Wednesday.

Fillmore Area Fruit Stand Robbed

KVTA News Monday April 9, 2018

Ventura County authorities are looking for two suspects in an armed robbery at a roadside produce store near Fillmore around 7 PM Monday.

A male and female held up the J and R Fruit Stand in the 2800 block of Telegraph Road east of Fillmore.

The male was armed with a gun.

The suspects demanded cash from the clerk, the clerk complied and the suspects fled.

The robbery was not immediately reported to the authorities so by the time deputies arrived, the suspects were long gone.

No one was hurt.

Man Jumps Off California Street Overpass

KVTA News Monday April 9, 2018

Updated--A 28-year-old man was injured after he jumped from the California Street overpass Monday morning in downtown Ventura.

Ventura police were responding to the Crown Plaza Hotel around 8:09 AM to a report of someone who had eaten a meal there and then left without paying for it.

As officers approached the hotel, they spotted the suspect walking on the California Street overpass and attempted to contact him.

But the man climbed over the security fencing of the freeway overpass and stood on the outside railing.

Police say the man started making suicidal statements and threatened to jump.

An officer trained in crisis management tried to talk with the man but the man almost immediately jumped, falling some 20 feet to the right shoulder of the southbound 101.

He suffered moderate injuries and was transported to VCMC and will ultimately be taken to Behavioral Health for evaluation.

During the incident the southbound lanes of the freeway were closed until 8:45 AM.

The northbound side was not directly affected.

Camarillo Robbery Suspect In Custody

KVTA News Monday April 9, 2018

Deputies in Camarillo have arrested a man who wanted more than a pizza-to-go at the Topper's on Arneill Road in Camarillo.

They say the man walked into the restaurant shortly before 8 PM Sunday, threatened the employee and demanded cash.

The employee complied with the demand and the suspect fled with the cash.

No weapon was used and no injuries were reported.

Deputies just happened to be in the area and almost immediately arrested 33-year-old Angel Rodriguez of Camarillo in connection with the robbery.

Rodriguez was booked into the Ventura County Jail for second degree robbery, vandalism and resisting arrest.

According to jail and court records, Rodriguez was just released from jail two weeks ago after serving a sentence for another crime.

Court records also show Rodriquez has at least 14 prior convictions for crimes such as petty theft, vandalism, battery, robbery, and, alcohol and drug abuse.

Suspect Arrested In Twice Stolen Vehicle

KVTA News Monday April 9, 2018

Ventura police say they arrested a suspect for stealing a vehicle that had been stolen and recovered less than a week before.

An alert citizen brought officers to the 11000 block of Snapdragon Street around 12:38 AM Monday morning to check on a suspicious vehicle.

One of the officers recognized the same vehicle was stolen on recovered from the same area on April 4th.

This time two males were detained and police say they found the keys to the vehicle and other victim's property in the possession of one of the two men.

Police say 22-year-old Jesus Alvarez of Ventura was arrested for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was returned to the owner...again.

Vehicle Arson In Oxnard

KVTA News Monday April 9, 2018

Oxnard police looking for an arsonist who torched a van.

About 1:50 AM Monday, police and firefighters responded to Richmond Avenue and east Fifth Street to a report of a vehicle fire.

When they arrived they found a parked white van engulfed in flames.

Firefighters put the fire out but the van was a total loss.

All investigators have to go on was a reeport of a white male seen leaving the area.

No one was hurt.

Waiting For Warmer Weather To Start The Work Week In Ventura County

KVTA News Saturday April 7, 2018


A mild Santa Ana wind condition should make Monday and Tuesday clear and warm with highs in the upper 70's to upper 80's.

Here is what the National Weather Service is saying...

"Unseasonably warm conditions across the coast and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

The combination of weak to moderate Santa Ana Winds and building high pressure aloft will allow for very warm temperatures to occur on Monday and continue across the valleys on Tuesday, although slightly cooler.

Temperatures will then return to near or slightly above normal in most places for the remainder of the week.

The hot conditions will result in an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, especially for the elderly, infants, outdoor workers and those participating in outdoor activities."

Shooting In Oxnard

KVTA News Friday April 6, 2018

Update--Oxnard police are looking for the suspect in a shooting.

It was reported around 6:10 PM in the 3100 block of Napa Street.

That's a residential neighborhood east of Ventura Road and south of Channel Islands Boulevard.

The victim, a 34-year-old male, was reportedly shot in the head and was rushed to the trauma center at VCMC in critical condition.

Police believe they know who the suspect is and at last report were looking for him.

Train Versus Pedestrian In Oxnard

KVTA News Friday April 6, 2018

Update--An 18-year-old male remains in critical condition after being struck by a train in Oxnard.

It happened at 4:48 PM Friday afternoon just east of Oxnard Boulevard south of Vineyard Avenue.

Witnesses told police the pedestrian was walking southbound on the tracks and the train, Amtrak 777, had just left Oxnard station and was traveling northbound.

The witnesses told police the pedestrian tried to jump out of the way but was struck by the train.

He was taken to VCMC with life threatening injuries and police say was listed in critical condition.

The incident shut down train traffic in that area for a couple of hours.

Plane That Crashed Near Santa Paula Was On Approach To Airport

KVTA News Friday April 6, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire)

Updated--The National Transportation Safety Board is out with its preliminary report on the crash of a small plane near Santa Paula Airport March 31st that killed two men and they say it happened as the single engine aircraft was on approach to the airport.

The NTSB report says witnesses who saw what happened leading up to and including the crash indicated the plane was ln its "downwind leg for runway 22", meaning it was flying parallel to the airport over the south side of the Santa Clara River heading east.

The report says, "As the airplane neared an area where a turn to the base leg would be performed, the airplane entered a steep left turn, followed by a subsequent spin and descent to the ground."

It crashed into a storage container, wall and then trees on private property along South Mountain Road about seven tenths of a mile southeast of the airport, starting a small fire.

A "turn to the base leg" means the plane was about to turn left to cross the river south to north before turning left again for final approach to runway 22 at the airport.

But on the first left turn from "downwind" to "base leg", something went wrong and the aircraft crashed, killing the two men on board, 60-year-old Ted Dopler of Palmdale, the registered owner, and, 58-year-old Jody Smith of Lancaster.

Both men were licensed pilots.

The NTSB report does not say what might have gone wrong on that left turn from "downwind" to "base leg" that caused the plane to fall out of the sky.

The plane had taken off earlier in the day from the airport in Rosamond, California in the Antelope Valley where both men lived.

They did not file a flight plan but it was believed they were headed for Santa Paula Airport, according to the report.

The investigation into crash will continue.

Getaway Driver Bails On Accomplice In Ventura

KVTA News Friday April 6, 2018

Ventura police say they arrested a would-be vehicle burglar due in large part to an alert citizen and the the "every man for himself" attitude on the part of the criminal's accomplice.

The citizen spotted two men hanging around his vehicle in the 3000 block of Foothill Road about 12:40 AM Friday morning.

The citizen watched as one of the suspects got into his unlocked vehicle and started rummaging around as the second suspect stood by.

That's when the citizen shouted at the suspects and the suspect who was standing around ran to a nearby vehicle and drove off, leaving his accomplice behind.

The criminal who was left behind started to flee on foot with the vehicle owner following him and reporting it to 911.

Responding officers spotted the suspect running south on Dos Caminos Avenue, and he spotted them, and started running through yards to Estrella Street as officers gave chase.

Police say the suspect tried to hide but was ultimately tracked down to an alley and caught.

The suspect, 48-year-old Richard Hunt, a vagrant, was arrested for attempted theft from a vehicle, resisting arrest and active warrants.

The other suspect who drove off leaving Hunt behind was described as a white male around 20 years old.

Child Hit By Vehicle On PCH South Of Mugu Rock

KVTA News Thursday April 5, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire)

Update--A male child suffered major injuries Thursday after being struck by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway south of Mugu Rock.

It happened around 6:30 PM on PCH near the sand dune that rises above the northbound lanes of the Highway near Thornhill Broome Beach.

The child reportedly ran onto the roadway.

The child suffered a broken leg and head contusions and was taken by ambulance to Air Squad 8 staged nearby and then taken to the trauma center at Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks.

The CHP reported the driver of the vehicle involved stayed at the scene.

Earthquake!

KVTA News Thursday April 5, 2018


Updated--Ventura County has experienced a moderate earthquake registering 5.3 and centered in the ocean just outside the Channel Islands.  It struck at 12:29 PM Thursday.  Epicenter 17 miles southwest of Santa Cruz Island.  Checked with Ventura County Fire, Sheriff and Channel Islands National Park officials and so far no reports of damage or injuries.  The quake was felt as a rolling and swaying motion in two phases that lasted for almost a full minute overall. No tsunami threat.

Motel Clerk Accused Of Aiding Sex Trafficking

KVTA News Thursday April 5, 2018


Detectives in Camarillo are accusing a motel clerk of aiding human sex trafficking at the establishment.

They say 27-year-old Ratan Raj Anandeshi of Camarillo was cited and released on charges that he allegedly knew of, and aided in, the illegal prostitution activities occurring at the motel.

His arrest came after detectives investigated reports of human sex trafficking at the motel and discovered a 51-year-old female in one of the rooms "being sexually exploited."

The authorities say she "immediately provided with several county resources" that "inform victims of their rights and options for safely leaving their trafficking situation."

Meanwhile, Anandeshi is free and due in court on May 30th.

Oxnard Pursuit Of Wanted Suspect In Stolen Vehicle

KVTA News Wednesday April 4, 2018


Oxnard police say they arrested a wanted suspect in a stolen vehicle who was armed with two guns following a pursuit Wednesday night.

They say shortly before 9 PM an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a silver Mercedes C30 in the 2300 block of Maulhardt Avenue.

Police say the vehicle failed to yield and that started a pursuit that traveled out of the city to the nearby unincorporated area of Nyeland Acres where passengers in the vehicle got out and ran.

The suspect driver then continued north on Santa Clara Aveue where officers successfully deployed a spoke strip which deflated the tires.

The suspect vehicle traveled slowly for a short distance until stopping at Santa Clara Avenue and Wright Road where the driver, 27-year-old Victor Lopez of Gilroy, was taken into custody.

Police say Lopez was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

They say in the vehicle, which turned out to be stolen out of Santa Clara County, officers found two handguns, one of them stolen.

Lopez was booked into the Ventura County Jail on a host of charges.

Ventura Police Investigate Stabbing

KVTA News Wednesday April 4, 2018

Ventura police are investigating a stabbing that left a man with life threatening wounds.

It was reported around 9:15 AM Wednesday outside the Von's in the 2700 block of E. Thompson Boulevard.

Police say the victim, a 56-year-old man, was rushed to VCMC with several life threatening wounds to his torso.

The suspect, described only as a Hispanic male in his 30's, was last seen getting into a dark colored sedan being driven by a second suspect.

The vehicle then sped away from the scene and they are still at large.

Major Injury Crash In Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday April 3, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Two people suffered injuries in a three vehicle crash in Ventura Tuesday evening.

It happened around 7:30 PM at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Victoria Avenue.

Two pickup trucks and an SUV were involved in the crash.

The driver of one of the pickups had to be extricated by Ventura City firefighters using the Jaws of Life.

One driver had major injuries, one moderate injuries and the third driver was treated at the scene.

Ventura Police are investigating.

Youth Soccer Coach Sentenced For Sex With Minor

KVTA News Tuesday April 3, 2018


A judge Tuesday sentenced a Thousand Oaks youth soccer coach for having sex with a 14-year-old female player when he was 37-years-old.

Vincent Thomas is now 47-years-old and the victim said they were involved in a sexual relationship from 2007-2009.

Thomas pleaded guilty to Lewd Acts Upon a Child and other charges and special allegations.

The judge suspended his prison sentence and instead sentenced Thomas to a year in the Ventura County Jail and five years formal probation.

He must also register as a sex offender.

The victim made a statement at the sentencing hearing, saying she's still trying to recover from what happened.

Santa Paula Plane Crash Victims Identified

KVTA News Monday April 2, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

Ventura County authorities have identified the two men who died in Saturday afternoon's plane crash near Santa Paula.

They say 60-year-old Ted Dopler of Palmdale and 58-year-old Jody Smith of Lancaster were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the 17800 block of South Mountain Road shortly after 2 PM Saturday.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office says both men died from blunt force injuries suffered in the crash.

No one on the ground was injured but the plane came down near several homes.

The airplane had taken off from Rosamond Skypark Airport in the Antelope Valley but the authorities are not sure where they were headed, whether it was Santa Paula Airport or someplace else.

According to the FAA, the RV6A homebuilt single engine airplane was registered to Dopler.

The NTSB is continuing to investigate the crash.

Motorcyclist Killed In Oxnard Crash Identified

KVTA News Monday April 2, 2018

Updated--The motorcyclist killed Monday afternoon in a two vehicle collision in Oxnard has been identified.

49-year-old Marvin Weeks of Thousand Oaks died at the scene of the crash.

It happened around 12:30 PM Monday on Rose Avenue at Mountain View.

Oxnard police say Weeks was southbound on Rose on his 2005 Harley Davidson when a large truck made a left turn from northbound Rose to westbound Mountain View and the two vehicles collided in the intersection.

The truck was a 2011 Ford F650 Flatbed truck driven by a 36-year-old Oxnard man who was not injured.

It's unknown if drugs or alcohol was involved in the crash and Oxnard police were still investigating.

The incident forced Rose Avenue between Fifth Street and Wooley Road, and Mountain View at Rose Avenue, to be closed for several hours.

Dead Hiker Found In Ventura County Backcountry

KVTA News Monday April 2, 2018

(Photos of Air Squad 8 at scene courtesy Ventura County Air Unit)

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department Major Crimes Unit is investigating the death of a hiker found Sunday afternoon in the Rose Valley-Sespe Creek area.

Another hiker found the body of the 60-year-old male and reported it to the authorities.

At this time officials do not suspect foul play and believe the man may have died from natural causes.

Still, Major Crimes detectives, the coroner and crime scene investigators were airlifted by sheriff's helicopter to the remote scene to investigate the death.

No other details have been released yet.

New Commuter Train Between Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties

KVTA News Sunday April 1, 2018


Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner is offering a additional early morning commuter rail service between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties starting Monday morning.

The trains will have early morning stops in Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Apply for a FREE 10-ride trial passes here http://bit.ly/2pwQF5F   


   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.