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Ventura Man Admits Sexual Battery In Grant Park

KVTA News Thursday May 28, 2015

A Ventura man who was about to go on trial for misdemeanor sexual battery Thursday decided to change his plea to guilty.

20-year-old David Sanchez had been arrested four months ago in connection with an incident that happened on January 25th near Brakey Road in Grant Park.

Police said that a woman was jogging on the Botanical Garden trails and as she ran past Sanchez who was sitting on a bench he reached out and slapped her slapped her on the buttocks.

When the woman turned to face the suspect, he grabbed her wrists and held her and would not let her go until she tried to kick him.

The victim later told police that the same individual had followed her three months earlier while she jogged through the park and made several vulgar comments about her.

Following his guilty plea Thursday, Sanchez was sentenced to 180 days in jail but since he has already served 90 days and gets credit for another 90 days, the court deemed his jail sentence served.

Sanchez will have to register as a sex offender and is facing fines, penalties and possible restitution to the victim.

Ventura County Teacher Of The Year

KVTA News Wednesday May 27, 2015

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News showing Kathy Elliott finding out from Pacific High Prinicipal Kenny Loo that she's been named Ventura County Teacher of the Year)

A veteran educator who has spent the past 12 years of her 30 year career teaching "at-risk" students in Ventura was named Ventura County Teacher of the Year Wednesday.

Kathy Elliott teaches 9th through 12th grade English and art at Pacific High School, a continuation school in Ventura.

She was surprised by family, friends, and education officials Wednesday morning when Pacific High Principal Kenny Loo, County Superintendent Stan Mantooth, and Ventura Unified Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga presented her with the honor.

This year, Elliott created an interdisciplinary learning unit entitled “Elder Buddy and the Aging Brain,” in which students conducted first-hand historical research through weekly visits to their “Elder Buddy” at the Ventura Townehouse and Cypress Place senior communities.

Elliott also began a creative writing unit that empowered students to take the role of a child in the Holocaust.

Students were given a biography of a victim and they created video screenplays, newspaper articles, diaries, journals, or dramas to reflect that person’s experiences. 

Elliot now becomes eligible for the California Teacher of the Year Award in 2016.

Oxnard Woman Sentenced For Incident That Left Son Brain Damaged

KVTA News Wednesday May 27, 2015

An Oxnard woman was sentenced Wednesday for an incident that left her son permanently brain damaged.

The judge gave 29-year-old Silvia Serratos a nine year prison sentence and then suspended it and placed her on five years formal probation instead.

If she violates any provisions of that probation she would have to serve the prison sentence.

She also received a one year county jail sentence, which she has already served.

Serratos had earlier pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and admitted a special enhancement of causing great bodily injury.

The authorities say that in October of 2012, Serratos left her then two-year-old son locked in her car in Santa Paula while she was working.

The outside temperature that day was 86 degrees and the boy suffered what was described by Santa Paula police as "devastating permanent brain damage."

PCH Closures While Nets Placed Over Rocks

KVTA News Tuesday May 26, 2015


Caltrans says expect delays of up to a half hour at times on Pacific Coast Highway between Las Posas Road to La Jolla Canyon in Point Mugu State Park Wednesday and Thursday.

They're going to be out there using a helicopter and rock climbers to install 35 huge nets on steep slopes in an effort to keep rocks from coming down on the roadway.

They will be working between 6 AM to 8 PM both Wednesday and Thursday.

During that time, they will shut down PCH to both vehicles and bicycles for up to 30 minutes at a time.

They did this once before and it's all because of the damage done by the 2013 Springs wildfire that accelerated the natural erosion of vegetation on the cliffs that would normally help keep the rocks in place.

Port Hueneme Woman Sentenced In Pedestrian Death

KVTA News Tuesday May 26, 2015

A Port Hueneme woman was sentenced Tuesday to a year in the county jail in connection with a hit and run traffic incident that claimed the life of a pedestrian in Oxnard.

27-year-old Tiffany Helling had earlier pleaded guilty to a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and misdemeanor vehicle manslaughter.

On the night of September 20, 2013, Helling struck 20-year-old Aida Reyes of Oxnard as Reyes was walking across the intersection of Hemlock Street and Capstan Drive in Oxnard.

Reyes died the next morning at the hospital.

Helling left the scene and her vehicle was found abandoned not too far away.

There was an extensive investigation that led to Helling's arrest on October 9, 2013.

Prosecutors tried to sustain a charge of gross negligence and felony vehicular manslaughter based on their assertion that Helling had been texting at the time of the incident, but on three separate occasions, three separate judge's rejected the charge. 

Because Helling had served several months in jail following her arrest, she will get credit for that time and the year in jail she just received at her sentencing Tuesday will be more like two months which might be spent in the work furlough program.

Ventura Garage Fire Blamed On Electrical Outlet

KVTA News Tuesday May 26, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Updated--Ventura City firefighters say a problem with an electrical outlet caused a garage fire early Tuesday morning.

It was reported at 2:37 AM in the 4700 block of Foothill Road, north of the Ventura College campus.

Firefighters say when they arrived on scene they found fire in a garage that's attached to a two story home at the end of a 200 foot long driveway.

The residents of the house got out OK.

The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes and was confined to the garage.

Damage estimates to structure and contents was $40,000.

Foothill Road was shut down by Ventura police so fire equipment could stage in the area.

Sprinklers Help Suppress Ventura Arson Fire

KVTA News Tuesday May 26, 2015

Ventura City fire investigators say fire sprinklers helped suppress what turned out to be an arson fire on the exterior of an east end business.

They say the fire in the 9200 block of Telephone Road was reported shortly before 2:30 AM Tuesday.

Fire investigators say someone deliberately set fire to the exterior sign of a commercial business, but the fire sprinkler system helped keep the fire confined to the sign and a portion of the adjacent exterior wall of the building.

Most of the fire was out by the time firefighters arrived.

VPD Investigates Commercial Burglaries

KVTA News Tuesday May 26, 2015


Ventura police say that over the past several nights they've seen an increase in commercial burglaries during the late night and early morning hours.

They say the suspect or suspects usually force entry into the business and target the cash drawers.

Four businesses in the 300 block of S. Borchard Drive and two businesses in the 5000 block of Telegraph Road were burglarized early Sunday morning.

Police have released a photo of a suspect from one of the businesses on Telegraph Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact VPD at 339-4325 or you can make an anonymous tip at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Oxnard Man Wounded By Gunfire

KVTA News Tuesday May 26, 2015

Oxnard police are looking for suspects and a motive for a shooting late Monday night that left a young man wounded.

They say that shortly after 10 PM, the 24-year-old Oxnard man was walking with friends along the sidewalk in the are of Fushcia and Mariposa streets when a vehicle drove up and someone in the vehicle opened fire.

The victim was shot in the lower torso and underwent surgery at VCMC where he is recovering.

Police released no information about the description of the suspect vehicle or suspects.

Man Rescued After Fall Off Rocks Near Pt. Mugu

KVTA News Monday May 25, 2015


(Photo courtesy Becky Glenn)

Updated--Two people we're rescued off the rocks along Pacific Coast Highway a couple of miles south of Mugu Rock Monday afternoon.

The incident was reported around 4:47 PM on PCH north of Deer Creek Road.

Firefighters say two men were fishing off the rocks when a wave knocked one of them into the ocean.

He was rescued by the other fisherman.

The first man suffered a significant head injury while his rescuer suffered a minor injury.

The patient with the minor injury was treated at the scene but the patient with the head injury was airlifted by the Sheriff's Air Squad 8 helicopter to the trauma center at Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, condition unknown.

The right lane of SB PCH was closed initially and then the entire highway in both directions was closed.

They then started alternating traffic control.

The entire roadway was reopened by 6:30 PM.

Near Drowning Off Oxnard Beach

KVTA News Monday May 25, 2015

The Oxnard Fire Department says a young man almost drowned Monday afternoon at a local beach.

They say that around 3 PM, there was a report of a 22-year-old man struggling in the surf off Oxnard State Beach.

Family members said he was face down in the water but a Good Samaritan pulled him out.

The department says as their Water Rescue Team responded to the scene, a pre-deployed Holiday Beach Patrol got to he victim within three minutes and found him on shore, breathing and conscious.

The man was taken to the hospital in stable condition to be checked out.

The Department says a high beach traffic weekends like this one, the Beach Patrol is using deployed with rescue swimmers to deal with such incidents.

New Details On SB Oil Spill Impact On Wildlife

KVTA News Saturday May 23, 2015


(Photo courtesy of Coast Guard--Animal care experts at Sea World attend to an oiled sea lion from the Refugio spill)

Officials have released updated information regarding the impact of the Santa Barbara County oil spill in wildlife.
There are nine brown pelicans and one Western Grebe that have been recovered and are being treated by wildlife specialists.
Five pelicans have died.
One sea lion impacted by the oil was recovered and is being treated, a second died.
Two dolphins have died but what caused their deaths is undetermined.
A large number of invertebrates have been affected by the oil spill.
The amount of oily water recovered remains at just under 9500 gallons but the amount of oily soil collected has grown from 800 to 1250 cubic yards.
A combined total of 3,720 feet of absorbent and hard boom has been deployed.
They are trying to remove oil from kelp beds using high pressure water to create an artificial current that agitates the oil from the kelp and then the oil is gathered up.
Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches remain closed and the Canada de Alegria to Coal Oil Point fisheries remain closed.
(Photo courtesy of Coast Guard--Animal care experts at Sea World attend to an oiled sea lion from the Refugio spill)

Officials have released updated information regarding the impact of the Santa Barbara County oil spill in wildlife.

There are nine brown pelicans and one Western Grebe that have been recovered and are being treated by wildlife specialists.

Five pelicans have died.

One sea lion impacted by the oil was recovered and is being treated, a second died.

Two dolphins have died but what caused their deaths is undetermined.

A large number of invertebrates have been affected by the oil spill.

The amount of oily water recovered remains at just under 9500 gallons but the amount of oily soil collected has grown from 800 to 1250 cubic yards.

A combined total of 3,720 feet of absorbent and hard boom has been deployed.

They are trying to remove oil from kelp beds using high pressure water to create an artificial current that agitates the oil from the kelp and then the oil is gathered up.

Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches remain closed and the Canada de Alegria to Coal Oil Point fisheries remain closed.