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VC Humane Society Caring For Neglected Horses

KVTA News Thursday September 18, 2014

(Photo of "Sadie May" courtesy Ventura County Humane Society)

The Humane Society of Ventura County is asking for public help so they can care for and feed six neglected horses.

Four of those horses were brought into protective custody in the past two weeks.

They say Wednesday they brought in a horse, a mare, from a Fillmore ranch that, according to the vet, was close to 400 pounds underweight (see photo).

Humane Society Shelter Director Jolene Hoffman says the condition of that horse is extremely poor and it will take weeks before they know if "Sadie May", as they call her, will survive.

She says this is one of the worst cases of neglect she's seen in 33 years as shelter director.

Hoffman said caring for all of the horses will take months and will cost a lot of money, especially for hay, which is very costly these days because of the drought.

The Humane Society is a non-profit and will accept gift cards to feed stores, alfalfa grade 1 and 2, fly masks of all sizes and fly repellent.

Donations may be brought to the Humane Society shelter at 402 Bryant Street in Ojai or sent to PO Box 297, Ojai, CA. 93024.

You can also call them at (805) 656-5031 or visit them on line at

Pedestrian Struck And Killed By Car In Oxnard

KVTA News Thursday September 18, 2014

Updated--A pedestrian was fatally struck by a car in Oxnard Thursday morning.

It happened shortly after 7 AM on Wooley Road near Novato Drive.

Police say the 79-year-old Oxnard man was crossing Wooley Road when he was struck by a gray 2004 Toyota Corolla driven by a 38-year-old Oxnard man.

Police say drugs and alcohol were not involved in the collision.

The name of the victim has not been released yet.

The incident closed Wooley Road between Patterson and Ventura roads for some four hours.

Oxnard police say there have been 11 fatal traffic collisions so far this year in that city that have claimed the lives of 12 people.

Rash Of Stabbings In Ventura County Tuesday Night

KVTA News Wednesday September 17, 2014

Authorities in Ojai and Oxnard are investigating three separate stabbing incidents Tuesday night that sent three people to the hospital.

The first was reported around 9:30 PM in the 300 block of Montgomery Street in Ojai.

Deputies say there was a group of males at a residence when one of them was stabbed.

The 40-year-old male from Ojai was taken to VCMC with a single stab wound to the chest and was expected to recover.

Deputies arrested 23-year-old Cesar Espinoza of Ojai for assault with a deadly weapon and an outstanding warrant.

Then, less than 15 minutes later, a stabbing was reported in the 2400 block of Grapevine Drive in Oxnard.

Oxnard police say 56-year-old Scott Carlson of Oxnard was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 59-year-old Oxnard man in a house at that location following an argument.

The victim is listed in serious but stable condition at the hospital.

Finally, around 11:15 Tuesday night, a stabbing victim walked into the lobby of the Oxnard Police Department and told officers he had been attacked in the 400 block of S. C Street by a man named Jose.

The victim, a 67-year-old Oxnard man, went to VCMC with serious but non life threatening wounds.

Police later located and arrested 58-year-old Jose Nunez Andrade of Oxnard in connection with that stabbing.

Oxnard Teen Hit By 2 Vehicles, Critically Injured

KVTA News Tuesday September 16, 2014

Updated---Oxnard police say a teenager was struck by two vehicles and critically injured Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened shortly before 4 PM on Vineyard Avenue near Edelweiss Street.

Police say the 15-year-old male juvenile from Oxnard was crossing Vineyard when he was struck by a red 2002 VW Jetta which was traveling eastbound on Vineyard.

They say that the impact caused the teen to be thrown several feet.

Witnesses told police that as the teen was down in the roadway, a second vehicle, a blue Ford F-150 pickup, struck him a second time.

The drivers of both vehicles stopped at the scene.

He was taken to VCMC and underwent emergency surgery for his injuries and was listed in critical condition.

Because of his age, his name was not released by OPD.

The incident remains under investigation and police say at this time they don't know whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Senior Officer Jamie Brown at (805) 385-7749.

Oxnard Man Ordered To Stand Trial In Child Sex Case

KVTA News Tuesday September 16, 2014

A judge determined Tuesday there is sufficient evidence for an Oxnard man to stand trial for molesting two girls at a Ventura bowling alley.

54-year-old Adolfo "AC" Cortez is accused of three felony counts of lewd acts with a child in separate incidents when he worked at Buena Lanes.

Prosecutors say the alleged victims were 10-year-old girls, one from Ventura, the other from Santa Paula.

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday after which Cortez the judge determined there was enough evidence for Cortez to face trial.

Cortez remains in jail on $250,000 bail pending a trial.

Oxnard Street Gang Leader Convicted by Federal Jury

KVTA News Monday September 15, 2014

(Photo courtesy United States Attorney's Office)

A federal court jury has convicted an Ojai man in connection with what prosecutors say was a criminal conspiracy between the Oxnard-based Colonia Chiques street gang and the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

The jury found 37-year-old Luis Manuel Tapia of Ojai guilty on 26 charges including the illegal sale of drugs and firearms and operating a continuing criminal enterprise with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

Federal authorities say Tapia was the leader of the Chiques and a validated associate of the Mexican Mafia.

The US Attorney's Office say during a series of secretly recorded meetings, Tapia described himself as the "CEO" of his enterprise, comparing it to Walmart.

During one video they say Tapia brags that his heroin was so strong that it had killed six people.

Tapia's arrest, trial, and conviction were part of an ongoing federal investigation into the connection between criminal street gangs in Ventura County and the Mexican Mafia dubbed operation "Supernova."

Tapia will be sentenced on December 15th and faces a mandatory life prison term plus an additional 55 years.

Piru Man Sentenced For Trying To Kill Romantic Rival

KVTA News Monday September 15, 2014

A judge Monday sentenced a Piru man to eight years in state prison for attempted murder of a man he believed to be his romantic rival.

32-year-old Rosario Palmerin and the victim were involved in an argument in the parking lot of a store in the 3900 block of Telegraph Road in Piru in December of 2013.

According to prosecutors, Palmerin got into his vehicle and began to back away and then suddenly drove forward into the victim, fracturing both of the victim's legs.

Palmerin fled the scene but three days later he turned himself in.

The victim suffered major injuries and is still going through a painful recovery and rehabilitation.

Palmerin ultimately pleaded guilty to attempt murder and admitted he caused great bodily injury to the victim.

He remains in jail on $1 million bail pending a restitution hearing next month before he is sent to state prison to begin serving his sentence.

Teens Rescued From Ventura Barranca

KVTA News Monday September 15, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

Updated--Ventura city firefighters had to rescue two male juveniles from a barranca Monday afternoon.

Shortly after 2 PM, the authorities received a call about the two who were in the Arundell Barranca south of Ventura College.

Initial reports that juveniles were having seizures.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found the juveniles incapacitated due to an apparent altered level of consciousness, and suffering from exposure.

Firefighters removed a chain link roadside fence and cleared away thick brush to make access to the victims.

Firefighters then used stokes baskets on a low angle rope system to carry the pair to safety.

They were taken to local hospital via ambulance.

No other details were available.

Man Arrested For Attempted Rape In West Ventura

KVTA News Sunday September 14, 2014

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for allegedly attempting to rape a woman in west Ventura Sunday.

They say that around 11 AM they received a call about an unknown disturbance in the area of Shoshone Street near Cameron Street.

When officers arrived on scene, the victim told them she had been walking her dogs in the area when she noticed that a man had been following her on several streets.

The victim said confronted the man and he attacked her by pushing her to the ground and attempting to remove her clothing.

That's when she screamed and neighbors called 911.

Police searched the area and found a possible suspect several blocks away who was later identified by the victim as her assailant.

Police arrested 24-year-old Anthony Morales of Ventura and booked him into the Ventura County Jail for felony assault with intent to commit rape.

His bail was set at $100,000.

Teens Robbed In Ventura Park

KVTA News Sunday September 14, 2014

Ventura police are looking for a man who robbed two teenagers in a park Sunday afternoon.

They say that around 3:18 PM the male and female, both 16 year olds from Ventura were sitting in the grass in Montalvo Hill Park in the 1700 block of Tanager Street when the suspect walked up and asked them if they had any marijuana.

The suspect then displayed a handgun and demanded the victims' property.

The suspect took the property and then fled the area on a skateboard.

The female victim walked to her house a distance away and called police.

Police searched the area but did not find the suspect.

They described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 20's who was wearing a white shirt, khaki shorts, and he had a black backpack.

Anyone who has information for police is asked to call (805) 339-4309 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Ventura Council Asked To Continue Red Light Cameras

KVTA News Sunday September 14, 2014


(Update-the council delayed renewal of the contract and will stay on a month-to-month basis until they can see if they can get a better deal)

The Ventura City Council will be asked Monday night to extend and possibly expand the red light camera program in the city.

The council is being asked to sign a new three year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems to operate the red light cameras in Ventura with an option for two additional years.

In exchange, Redflex will reduce the city's debt to the company from the current $2.7 million to $1 million and guarantee the city will received $1177 per approach, per month.

An "approach" is the specific direction a red light camera covers, like EB Telephone to NB Victoria.

There can be more than one approach at a single intersection.

There are currently 18 approaches in Ventura and under the new contract the city could increase that to 40.

City officials say in 2000, the year before the cameras were first installed in 2001, there were 132 collisions due to red light violations at city interactions. Last year, there were 36.

In addition, from 2008 to 2013, there has been a 49% reduction in red light violations in the city.

The council takes up the issue during their 6 PM meeting Monday at Ventura City Hall at 501 Poli Street.

Here's a link to the Council Administrative report for this item which is the last item on the agenda...