(Photos courtesy John Reed)
Updated---A wanted felon in a stolen vehicle was arrested Tuesday night after leading Ventura police on a high speed vehicle pursuit and foot chase through a good portion of east Ventura.
They say it began around 7 PM in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box on Citrus Drive when an off duty officer spotted a black Ford Raptor pickup that he knew to be stolen out of Santa Paula.
He also identified the driver as 33-year-old Nick Wilson of Santa Paula, a known felon wanted for violation of his Post Release Offender Status on a gun charge.
The officer notified Ventura police who responded and tried to stop the pickup near Citrus and Wells Road.
But police say that Wilson took off and that started a pursuit westbound on the 126 at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
They say Wilson exited the 126 at Kimball and proceeded south on Kimball, west on Telephone and south on Antelope, running red lights and stops signs along the way.
Police say he threw a rifle out the window of the vehicle before heading east on Bristol to North Bank and Potomac where he crashed into several parked vehicles and then fled on foot.
A foot pursuit traveled east through backyards, finally ending when officers found Wilson hiding in a tree at Potomac and Sabina where he was taken into custody at gunpoint.
Wilson was booked into the Ventura County Jail on the outstanding warrant plus felony evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm, drug possession and DUI.
Governor Brown has elevated a Ventura County Court Commissioner to Ventura County Superior Court Judge to replace a retiring judge.
Comissioner Michele Castillo of Camarillo has served as a Court Commissioner since 2014.
Before that, the 47-year-old Castillo served as a Deputy Public Defender and Ventura and Fresno counties.
She also served as a private defense attorney.
Castillo earned her law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and her bachelors degree from UCLA.
Castillo will replace Judge Rebecca Riley who is retiring.
Castillo is a Democrat.
The salary for the judgeship is $189,041.
Oxnard police say they arrested two people on various charges following a brief pursuit that ended with a crash Tuesday afternoon.
They say around 12:40 PM, officers from their Special Enforcement Gang Unit were conducting uniform gang enforcement in the 1300 block of Azalea Street, not far from Saturday's fatal shooting on Ventura Road.
They spotted a large group of people at a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the street blocking both lanes near Azalea and Lantana streets.
When officers approached, they say the vehicle sped off and there was a short pursuit that ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked car.
During the chase officers say they saw a loaded gun tossed out of the vehicle.
Police say that the two individuals in the vehicle tried to flee on foot but were caught.
They say that 27-year-old Nastasha Sattiewhite of Oxnard was arrested for possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, and narcotics violations.
Meanwhile, 47-year-old Lester Washington of Oxnard was arrested for the vehicle pursuit and resisting arrest.
Caltrans says the eastbound 126 Freeway in Ventura will be closed Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning.
The closure will be EB 126 from the 101 to Victoria Avenue and from Kimball Road to Wells Road from 9 PM to 6 AM each night.
The reason for the closure is pavement and guardrail repairs.
Your alternates are Telephone Road, Telegraph Road or Foothill Road.
Westbound will be open.
A Los Angeles County man has pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with a fatal DUI crash just west of Moorpark a year ago.
33-year-old Andres Dominguezramirez of Culver City entered guilty pleas to felony vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injury in a crash on Highway 118 near Hitch Boulevard on July 19, 2015.
The CHP says Dominguezramirez had a blood alcohol level of just over the .08 limit when he was driving westbound on the 118 and his vehicle spun out on the roadway left wet by intermittent rain.
He then crossed into the eastbound lanes where he crashed into an eastbound vehicle.
The passenger in his vehicle was killed and eight people in the other vehicle, including five children, were injured.
The maximum sentence that Dominguezramirez is facing when he is sentenced in August is seven years in prison but prosecutors say he'll received a four year sentence since he pleaded guilty before trial.
An Oxnard man convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of a young woman a year ago has failed a third time to show up for sentencing.
Earlier this year, 33-year-old Andres Ceja pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter where DUI was not involved.
The crash happened on July 17th of last year on Saviers Road at Wolff Street in Oxnard.
Police say Ceja, riding a small motorcycle, made an unsafe left turn in front of a pickup truck and there was a collision that injured him and killed his passenger, 24-year-old Desiree Mendez of Oxnard.
Ceja was scheduled to be sentenced on June 9th of this year but he failed to show up so a $50,000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
Oxnard police found him a couple of days later and arrested him on the warrant and he was jailed again.
But he made bail before he was due in court that Monday morning and failed to show for that hearing.
Prosecutors tried but failed to get his bail raised so he would go back to jail, but the judge refused.
When Ceja failed to show up for sentencing again today, the judge issued yet another bench warrant raising the bail amount to $100,000.
Oxnard police continue to look for suspects and a motive for what they say were two unrelated killings in that city Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Officer said Monday that 32-year-old Christopher Camper of Oxnard died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police say that Camper was shot at the sidewalk bus stop along the northbound lanes of Ventura Road just north of Gonzales Road shortly after 5 PM Saturday.
He was rushed to VCMC where he was pronounced dead.
The second shooting happened shortly before 11 PM Saturday in a parking lot on C Street near Hill Street.
The victim, 21-year-old David Garcia of Oxnard, was pronouced dead at the scene.
Police do not believe the shootings were related.
They have not ruled out that the suspects in the killings were gang members.
They were the 7th and 8th homicides of the years in Oxnard.
(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
As the cleanup of last week's Ventura oil spill continues, some dead wildlife found in the area are being examined to determine if they died because of the spill.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports two wood rats, one gopher snake, a raccoon and a rabbit were being processed by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to determine how they died.
Meanwhile CDFW says one scene crews include 98 responders who have recovered "a significant" amount of pooled oil using vacuum trucks.
They say cleanup operations are complex due to the steep terrain in Hall Canyon.
Air monitoring is being continually conducted to assure safety of residents and responders.
The spill happened early last Thursday morning when a valve on a pipeline under maintenance failed spilling 700 barrels of crude oil down the Prince Barranca.
An alert resident notified the authorities and the pipeline company and that played a critical role in stopping the spill before it reached the San Jon Drain behind Ventura High School where it would have traveled all the way to the beach.
Two people are being treated for smoke inhalation following a structure fire in Port Hueneme.
The fire was reported around 5:25 AM Monday morning in the 300 block of W. Channel Islands Boulevard.
When firefighters from both Oxnard City and Ventura County arrived on scene, they found one unit on the second floor of a two story hotel engulfed in flames.
Firefighters had the flames knocked down in less than 15 minutes.
The second floor of the building was evacuated and at least one person was displaced by the fire.
Cause of the fire is under investigation.
(Photo of Ventura Road homicide from Eva N Chava Gonzalez)
Two people are dead in separate Oxnard shooting incidents Saturday.
Police say the 7th and 8th homicides in Oxnard this year appear to be unrelated.
They say the first happened around 5:15 PM Saturday at a bus stop on the sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Ventura Road north of Gonzales Road.
Police say a male in his early 30's was shot multiple times.
CPR was administered and the victim was rushed to the trauma center at VCMC where he was pronounced dead.
Police shut down northbound Ventura Road while they investigated the shooting.
They say right now they have no suspects or a motive but gang related violence has not been ruled out yet.
There were initial reports that they were looking for two black males who fled in a light colored Cadillac.
The second fatal shooting in Oxnard was reported shortly before 11 PM in the 1300 block of S. C Street near Hill Street.
Police say they received a call of a man down in a parking lot.
When they arrived they found a male in his early 20's suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say they have no suspects or motive in this shooting and cannot rule out gang violence.
Oxnard Major Crimes is investigating both shootings.
Updated--Seven people were injured, including three children, in a crash on Highway 126 near Piru Sunday morning.
The crash was reported around 10:40 AM on the 126 near Center Street.
There were two vehicles involved, a gold Dodge Caravan and a grey Chevy El Camino.
The Caravan was on its roof and the El Camino had major front end damage.
The fire department indicated that injuries ranged from minor to moderate, but the CHP said that at least some of the injuries were major.
Three ambulances responded to the incident and transported the victims to several local hospitals.
The roadway was fully reopened around noon.
Ventura police were looking for two suspects in connection with a shooting that happened early Sunday morning.
Officers responded to the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue around 1 AM to several reports of shots fired.
When they arrived they found a 30-year-old Ventura man who had sustained a minor gunshot wound to his chin.
He was treated at the scene by paramedics.
Police say the victim had gotten into a verbal altercation with two suspects and one of the suspects was armed with a gun.
They say that suspect fired several shots at the victim and at a nearby apartment.
Both suspects then fled the scene and officers searched the area but did not find them.
Police described the suspects as Hispanic males.
One was 16-17 years old with a shaved head, black shirt and blue jeans.
The other was 17-19 years old with black hair, dark hat and blue pants.
Anyone with information is asked to call VPD at 339-8870.
(Photo courtesy Eva N Chava Gonzalez)
Updated--Oxnard police say an adult male was fatally shot Saturday.
It happened around 5:15 PM at the bus stop in front of the Chicago Deli on Ventura Road just north of Gonzales Road.
The victim was taken to VCMC where he was pronounced dead.
No one else was injured.
Oxnard police shut down the northbound lanes of Ventura Road at Gonzales Road.
Major Crimes is at the scene collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses.
Police say they have no suspects or a motive for the killing.
They were initially looking for two black males in a light colored Cadillac in connection with what happened.
The victim's name has not been released.
Ventura police say they arrested a woman Saturday for allegedly stabbing her sister during an argument over makeup.
The 47-year-old victim showed up at the VCMC emergency room around 7:11 PM Saturday and told the VPD officer assigned to the ER that her sister had stabbed her in the arm with a screwdriver.
Police responded to the 3000 block of Seahorse Avenue where they found the 46-year-old sister and arrested her for assault with a deadly weapon.
Police say the sisters were at the family home when one confronted the other about using her makeup.
They say there was an argument and that led to the stabbing.
Updated--A teenager is under arrest following a fatal hit and run incident in Oxnard.
The incident happened at 7:12 AM in the 1700 block of Lakehurst Street in a residential neighborhood southeast of the intersection of Ventura and Gonzales roads.
The 17-year-old male from Oxnard was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition that slammed into a bicyclist.
After striking the bicyclist, the SUV continued on and crashed into a tree.
The bicyclist, identified as 42-year-old Gregory Dominguez of Oxnard, was taken to VCMC where he later died.
After the collision, the teen fled on foot but was caught about a block away by responding officers.
His name has not been released because of his age.
Police say that alcohol and/or drugs may have been factors in the collision.
The collision is still under investigation.
If anyone has information about this collision, please contact Senior Officer Jamie Brown at 805-385-7749 or via email at email@example.com. 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.
(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire)
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says as of Friday afternoon they had received no reports of oiled wildlife because of the Ventura oil spill.
The 700 barrel spill happened early Thursday morning in Hall Canyon and was stopped before reaching the San Jon Drain which would have taken it to the beach.
The spill was caused by a valve that failed during maintenance on the line operated by Crimson Pipeline.
However, exactly why the valve failed remains under investigation.
Meanwhile, the cleanup effort continues and is expected to last well into next week.
The CDFW's Office of Spill Prevention and Response issued the following information Friday...
The public and media are advised to avoid the impacted area and keep pets on leashes. In addition, they should not attempt to rescue any observed oiled wildlife.
Untrained individuals who attempt to rescue wildlife may cause more harm than good and may injure themselves in the process.
The number to report oiled wildlife is 877 UCD-OWCN (823-6926).
Residents wishing to file a claim can do so via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 562-285-4128
For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/CalSpillWatch
Ventura police say they arrested a man in west Ventura Friday afternoon for robbery, ID theft and punching a CHP officer.
They say that 30-year-old Jesus Diaz of Ventura is alleged to have gone into the Bike Depot at 239 W. Main Street shortly before 3:30 PM and tried to buy bicycles using a stolen credit card.
Police say the store employees became suspicious and called the person whose name appeared on the credit card and were told the card was indeed stolen.
When the employees confronted Diaz, he is alleged to have gotten into a scuffle with one of the employees and tried forcefully to take the bike.
Police say Diaz then fled without the bike and the incident was reported to police.
They say a CHP officer who happened to be in the area and heard the report of the robbery and the description of the suspect spotted Diaz on Mission Avenue near Olive Street and stopped and detained him.
But police say that as the CHP officer was trying to handcuff him, Diaz allegedly punched the officer in the face and ran.
The CHP officer chased him on foot and was joined by VPD officers and they located and arrested Diaz a short distance away.