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Damaging Winds In Ventura County Saturday Expected To Die Down By Sunday Night

KVTA News Sunday January 25, 2015


The gusty northeast and east winds that ripped through Ventura County Saturday are expected to diminish Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday, the winds created problems and damage from one end of the county to the other.

The main problem seemed to be toppled trees and downed utility lines.

In Oxnard, a large tree came down in the 700 block of Oxnard Boulevard forcing closure of Oxnard Boulevard north of Five Points for several hours.

The tree crashed down into Magic Auto Sales causing $25,000 in damage according to the Oxnard Police Department.

Fortunately, the four employees and two customers in the business at the same were not hurt.

It was just one of dozens of wind-blown, fallen trees that came down.

Meanwhile, about 500 residents near Buena High in Ventura were without power for more than 12 hours because of wind blown power lines Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

There were several incidents of power and other utility lines being ripped down by the winds.

In west Ventura, the wind tore off a metal carport structure and tossed it onto the roof of the building in the 600 block of Ventura Avenue.

Here's what the NWS Service says about the Sunday forecast...

"Gusty north to northeast winds will continue across portions of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties through this afternoon. 

The strongest winds will occur across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties with gusts to 55 mph and locally to 65 mph. 

Potential impacts include elevated fire weather conditions, downed power lines and trees, gusty strong cross winds, power outages, and blowing dust and debris on area roadways. 

Potential actions include securing outdoor furniture and plants, removing loose tree branches, and preparing for gusty cross winds and for blowing dust and debris on area roadways."

Here are some recorded wind gusts from the NWS...

...SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATIONAL AREA...

MALIBU HILLS (1575 FT) 82 MPH 0156 PM 01/24 

TOPANGA (1600 FT) 58 MPH 1157 AM 01/24 

...VENTURA COUNTY COAST...

CAMARILLO APT. (77 FT) 51 MPH 1220 PM 01/24 

OXNARD APT. (66 FT) 47 MPH 0823 AM 01/24 

POINT MUGU NAS (13 FT) 46 MPH 0225 PM 01/24 

2 W VENTURA (32 FT) 44 MPH 1245 PM 01/24 

OXNARD (5 NE) (130 FT) 36 MPH 0200 PM 01/24 

...VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL VALLEYS...

CHEESEBORO (1707 FT) 66 MPH 0938 AM 01/24 

WILEY RIDGE (1645 FT) 57 MPH 0849 AM 01/24 

AGOURA HILLS (2 N) (1201 FT) 42 MPH 0834 AM 01/24

High Speed Chase From LA To Ventura To Oxnard

KVTA News Sunday January 25, 2015

(Photo of end of pursuit in Oxnard courtesy Erica Kennedy)

Updated--A high speed pursuit that began in the city of Los Angeles early Sunday morning with a felony hit and run in a stolen vehicle traveled all the way into Ventura County to the city of Ventura and then into Oxnard where it ended with the arrest of the driver and a passenger.

As the chase involving the LADP wound its way north into Ventura County, the CHP chased the suspect vehicle northbound on the 101 into downtown Ventura where the suspects got off the freeway at California Street and then went southbound on Harbor Boulevard through Ventura into Oxnard.

During that time the suspects ran red lights and traveled at high speeds with the CHP, Ventura PD and an LAPD helicopter involved.

At one point the CHP reportedly used a spike strip to flatten the tires on the suspect vehicle in the area of the 101 and 126 in Ventura.

The pursuit continued down Harbor Boulevard through Oxnard and then eastbound on Channel Islands Boulevard past Savers Road with Oxnard PD involved.

The chase continued on several residential streets east of Saviers Road before the suspects stopped and jumped out of the vehicle in the area of Cloyne and Channel Islands Boulevard.

There was a brief foot pursuit before the two people who were in the vehicle were captured around 2:20 AM Sunday morning with the help of a police K-9.

Taken into custody were two Santa Barbara residents, the driver 20-year-old Carlos Orozco and the passenger, 27-year-old Hector Vergara Flores.

The vehicle involved was a 2013 Chevy Silverado that had been stolen out of Santa Barbara.

The agencies involved in the pursuit included LAPD, the CHP, Ventura PD and Oxnard PD.

Gusty Winds Topple Trees, Rip Down Utility Lines, Cause Other Damage Around Ventura County

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

(Above photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Updated--Gusty northeast and east winds are rolling through Ventura County, toppling trees, ripping utility lines down and tossing around anything that isn't tied down.

The CHP issued a wind advisory for pretty much the entire county as they chased tumbling tumbleweed across freeways and highways.

Winds gusts ranging between 40-70 miles per hour have raced across the county.

As the sun rose Saturday morning, the hardest hit area was the Conejo Valley where wind speeds reached above 60 miles per hour.

Fire crews were kept busy handling a number of calls involving downed trees or utility lines, but as the day progressed, those problems started cropping up across the entire county.

In Ventura, in the 600 block of Ventura Avenue shortly before 1 PM, a metal carport was ripped off by the wind and flipped over onto the roof of a home (see top photo).

Firefighters made quick work of a small grass fire in Thousand Oaks around 8:20 AM on Roadrunner Avenue.

They contained it at less than an acre and had it under control in about an hour.

Here are some peak wind gusts between 4:30 AM and 11 AM Saturday...

OXNARD.................................EAST   47 MPH.

CAMARILLO..............................NORTHEAST  47 MPH.

POINT MUGU.............................NORTHEAST  41 MPH.

CHEESEBORO.............................NORTH   66 MPH.

WILEY RIDGE (North of Moorpark)................EAST   57 MPH.

BONEY MOUNTAIN (Between Newbury Park & PCH)........NORTHEAST   71 MPH. 

Here's what the NWS has to say...

"Strong surface high pressure, over the Great Basin, will continue to bring strong and damaging Santa Ana winds to portions of Southern California through this evening.

The strongest north to northeast winds (gusts 60-75 MPH) will occur across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties as well as the Santa Clarita Valley.

Elsewhere across most of the coastal and valley areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, wind gusts between 40 and 55 MPH are expected.

Gusty northeast winds will also impact the coastal waters south of Ventura as well as Catalina Island (including Avalon Harbor).

The gusty offshore winds will continue late tonight and Sunday, but the winds are expected to be somewhat weaker.

Potential impacts from the gusty Santa Ana winds will include downed power lines/trees, strong cross winds, power outages, and blowing dust and debris on area roadways.

Additionally, elevated fire weather conditions will prevail through Sunday due to the gusty winds and low relative humidity."

Arrests In Home Loan Scam Uncovered By VC Sheriff's Detectives

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department in Moorpark are being credited with uncovering an alleged home loan modification scam that targeted primarily Spanish speaking homeowners in Ventura County and throughout the rest of Southern California.

Five suspects, three men and two women, are accused by the authorities of stealing money from desperate homeowners by offering to help resolve their home loan problems for up front fees and then doing nothing to help the homeowners.

Those accused of the scam ran two businesses, Debt Settlers of America in Orange, and, Foreclosure Prevention Department in Irvine.

The Orange County DA filed 120 felony charges against the five suspects.

Three of the suspects are family members.

The investigation into the alleged scam began in Ventura County where deputies received complaints in October 2012 from homeowners who reported being victimized.

Ultimately the case was handed over to the Orange County DA for prosecution because the suspects and their businesses were based in Orange County.

Prosecutors alleged that almost two dozen homeowners, many in Ventura County and most Spanish speaking, were victimized.

The DA says the alleged scammers used radio advertising on Spanish language stations to attract clients.

It's alleged the companies raked in hundreds of thousand of dollars then did nothing to help the homeowners, who, in some cases, ended up losing their homes to foreclosure.

This all allegedly happened between 2009 and 2012.

Four of the suspects are in custody, one remains at large.

Transient Arrested For Trying To Kill Woman In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015


Deputies say they've arrested a man for attempted murder after he allegedly tried to strangle a woman with a cord in a Thousand Oaks motel.

Deputies say that Friday afternoon around 1 PM, deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at the Premier Inn at 2434 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

When they arrived, they found a 43-year-old female transient who had been strangled into unconsciousness by a man.

They say the suspect, 38-year-old Hans Abraham Goodlein, a transient, had allegedly wrapped a cord around the woman's neck and almost strangled her to death.

The victim is expected to recover.

Deputies say Goodlein had fled before they arrived but they were able to track him to the Venice area of Los Angeles where he was arrested for attempted murder.

Goodlein was booked into the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $520,000.

Oxnard Man Arrested After Ventura Chase

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

An Oxnard man awaiting trial next week for second degree burglary was arrested Friday night following a brief vehicle and foot pursuit in Ventura.

The pursuit began shortly before 10 PM after a patrol officer stopped a vehicle at Seaward Avenue and Thompson Boulevard for a speeding violation.

Police say when the officer got out of his patrol car and started approaching the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle sped off.

That started about a one minute long vehicle pursuit that wound its way eastbound on several city streets, ending when the suspect stopped and jumped out of his vehicle in the area of Hartman Drive and Main Street.

There was a brief foot pursuit that ended when the suspect gained access to a business at Borchard Drive and Thompson Boulevard.

Police say when officers caught up to the suspect and tried to take him into custody, he resisted and there was a struggle and a Taser was used to finally subdue him.

They say that 23-year-old Fernando Suarez of Oxnard was finally taken into custody for felony resisting arrest.

He was taken to VCMC to be checked out and then booked into the Ventura County Jail.

According to court records, Suarez was scheduled to go on trial next week for misdemeanor second degree burglary.

He also had a prior conviction for misdemeanor petty theft and several prior infractions for driving without a license.

During the brief vehicle pursuit speeds reached 65 miles per hour and police say Suarez ran several stop signs and red lights along the way.

Ventura Checkpoint Nets One DUI Arrest

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

Ventura police say their DUI checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning netted one DUI arrest.

The checkpoint was set up on eastbound Thompson Boulevard near California Street from 9 PM to 2:30 AM.

The person arrested for DUI has a blood alcohol level of .14 which is almost twice the legal limit.

Their vehicle was also towed and impounded.

Meanwhile, they arrested one other driver who was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant related to a prior DUI case.

One driver was cited for driving without a license.

One driver was cited for having marijuana in the vehicle and another for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Deputies Arrest 4 After Camarillo Robbery

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Updated--Four individuals are under arrest in connection with a robbery in the Camarillo area Friday night.

The robbery took place shortly before 8 PM at a residence in the 100 block of west Loop Drive.

Deputies say a teenager was pistol-whipped by another teenager he knew and his property was taken.

Deputies tracked the suspect to a residence not far away in the 700 block of Mission Drive.

Streets were blocked off and a K-9 was brought in and ultimately four individuals were taken into custody in connection with the robbery including the suspect who pistol whipped the victim.

The victim was treated for his injury at the hospital.

Deputies believe the four individuals who were taken into custody were all involved in some way in the robbery.

Cal State CI Student Confirmed Measles Case

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Cal State Channel Islands officials say that a student who does not live on campus has a confirmed case of measles.

They say the infected student was in the campus Bell Tower and in the Del Norte and Broome Library buildings on January 20th.

Public health officials have said that if you believe you might have been exposed to the measles, and you have not been immunized or are not immune to the measles, you should get immunized.

The Ventura County Public Health Department was offering free measles vaccines until 8 PM Friday night at their Oxnard facility at 2240 E. Gonzales Road.

If you develop a fever that is 101 degrees or more; cough; runny nose or red eyes; with or without rash; contact a local healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment, and remain at home until the doctor has cleared you.

Symptoms usually begin eight to 12 days after exposure, but can occur up to 21 days after exposure.

Measles begins with a mild to moderate fever accompanied by a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. 

Two or three days later, the fever spikes, often as high as 104 to 105 degrees.

A red blotchy rash will appear, usually first on the face, along the hairline and behind the ears. 

The rash spreads downward to the chest and back, and finally, to the thighs and feet.

One in every 20 people with measles develops pneumonia, but life-threatening complications are rare.

Updates will be provided on CSU Channel Islands’ emergency information hotline at 805-437-3911 or by visiting CI’s web site at www.csuci.edu.

VPD Looks For Possible Witnesses To Attack On Homeless Man

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015


Ventura police say the people in these photos are NOT suspects, but rather possible witnesses to the incident late on January 17th in which a homeless man was set on fire as he slept on the beach side of the retaining wall at the south end of Seaward Avenue.

Police say the two males and one female seen in these photos are NOT suspects but might have important information for police as to who carried out the attack on the 58-year-old man.

The victim remains in critical but stable condition at the burn center at LA County-USC and is expected to recover.

Police have described the suspects as three white males in their late teens or early 20's with shaved heads who were dressed in dark clothing. 

Detectives are asking if anyone with any information, or who may be able to help identify the people in the photos, to please contact Detective Espinosa at 805.339.4497. You can also contact our Command Center at 805.650.8010 (24 hr. non-emergency #).

Santa Paula Woman Convicted Of Murder

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015


A jury Friday convicted a Santa Paula woman of second degree murder in the shooting death of another woman in a park.

The panel deliberated for about a day before finding 32-year-old Yajarya Dominguez guilty on all counts in the death of 21-year-old Ashley Calanche of Santa Paula.

The killing happened on September 27, 2013 in Mill Park in Santa Paula.

Prosecutors say Dominguez put a small handgun to the head of Calanche and deliberately shot her.

The defense claimed the gun went off accidentally as the two women struggled.

According to prosecutors, the two women did not know each other but had been at odds over a Facebook post regarding a friend of Dominguez.

Dominguez will be sentenced on February 24th.

She faces 40-years-to-life in prison.

She remains in jail on no bail

Ventura Man Hit By Vehicle While Running From Police

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Ventura police say that Friday morning around 7:30 AM they were called by a citizen who reported a suspicious subject trying to enter several invalid number codes into a Chase Bank ATM in the 2400 block of Harbor Boulevard.

An officer responded to the location and contacted the subject who was identified as 29-year-old Armando Gabriel Mendoza of Ventura.

Police say the officer confirmed that Mendoza was trying withdraw money from the ATM using an inactive bank card that would normally be sent out as an advertisement from the bank.

When the officer attempted to conduct a probation search on Mendoza, Mendoza resisted and then ran from the officer.

The officer caught up to Mendoza, but Mendoza broke free again and continued to run, this time out of the parking lot and into traffic on Harbor Boulevard where he was struck by a vehicle and tossed 25-30 feet.

Mendoza got up and started running again, but the officer finally caught him and took him into custody.

Mendoza was taken to VCMC where he was admitted for treatment of moderate injuries.

At the hospital he was cited for narcotics violations.

Man Arrested For Attempted Murder With Car In Oxnard

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015


Oxnard police say they've arrested a suspect in an incident on January 9th in which someone intentionally ran down a man in the parking lot of a business.

The incident in the 600 block of South "A" Street left a 26-year-old Santa Barbara man in critical condition at VCMC.

Police say they had determined that a black BMW 4-door vehicle with paper plates was involved in the incident and they ultimately identified the suspect as 22-year-old Uriel Garcia Garcia of Oxnard.

Police say that late Thursday night they located Garcia driving the same vehicle and he was stopped and arrested for attempted murder.

A Windy And Warm Weekend For Ventura County

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015


Gusty northeast and east winds this weekend around Ventura County.

Here's what the NWS says...

"Strong surface high pressure, building into the Great Basin, will bring strong and potentially damaging Santa Ana winds to portions of Southern California tonight and Saturday. 

The strongest north to northeast winds (gusts 60-70 MPH) are expected across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties while the Santa Clarita Valley could experience gusts to 60 MPH.

Elsewhere across most of the coastal and valley areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, wind gusts between 35 and 50 MPH are expected. 

Gusty northeast winds will also impact the coastal waters south of Ventura as well as the Catalina Island (including Avalon Harbor). 

The gusty offshore winds will likely continue Saturday night and Sunday although the wind speeds will be somewhat weaker. 

Potential impacts from the gusty Santa Ana winds will include downed power lines/trees and strong cross winds. 

Additionally, critical fire weather conditions will be possible at times over much of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties."

Also, high surf through Saturday and once the winds move out there's a chance of a rain storm Monday night and Tuesday.

OPD To Ticket Drivers Who Leave Cars Unattended With Engine On

KVTA News Thursday January 22, 2015

Updated--Oxnard police say vehicle thefts in the city have gone up by 30% where you compare December of 2013 when there were 63 to December of 2014 when there were 82.

They say the increase appears due to colder weather this Winter which is prompting more people to leave their vehicles unattended with the engine running to allow them to warm up.

Police say one out of every four stolen vehicles were vehicles left parked, unattended, with the engine running.

The city has an ordinance that says you can't do that.

So, police in Oxnard will be spending some time over the next few weeks looking for vehicles that are left unattended with the engine running.

They will then issue a $65 citation which will be left on the windshield.

They will also turn off the motor and take the keys. 

Police say if you want the keys back you'll have to come down to the police station to pick them up.

Ventura Mental Hospital Worker Arrested On Sex Charges

KVTA News Thursday January 22, 2015

Ventura police say they've arrested a staff member at a local psychiatric hospital on allegations he sexually assaulted a patient.

Police say that 37-year-old Juan Pablo Valencia of Ventura was booked into the Ventura County Jail Wednesday on several charges including sexual contact with a confined person, sexual penetration of a mentally disturbed person, and rape when the victim is incapable of giving consent due to a mental disorder.

Police say that in October of last year, they received a report of a sexual assault by a staff member at Vista Del Mar Hospital at 801 Seneca Street in west Ventura.

An adult female patient who was confined to the facility for psychiatric reasons had reported that the staff member began to pursue her sexually while she was a patient and then continued a sexual relationship with her immediately following her release from the facility.

Police investigated, identified who she was referring to and examined both his personnel file and her medical records.

Wednesday, Valencia was arrested and jailed with bail set at $305,000.

He is due in court Friday for arraignment.

Measles Alert Issued For Camarillo Bank

KVTA News Thursday January 22, 2015

As Public Health officials track measles cases in Ventura County, they've issued an alert for one particular bank in Camarillo.

Apparently one of the five confirmed measles cases in Ventura County is an employee of the City Bank at 430 Arneill Road in Camarillo.

They say anyone who is not vaccinated against measles or immune to the measles virus who was in that particular bank on January 12th, 13th or 14th, might have some potential risk for acquiring measles.

They say symptoms of measles can include cough, runny nose, reddened eyes, fever, a rash and often, tiny sores in the mouth.

If someone was in that bank during those three days last week and they develop those symptoms, they should call their doctor and let them know.

Bedroom Fire In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Thursday January 22, 2015

(Photo courtesy Captain Mike Lindbery, Ventura County Fire Department)

Quick action by firefighters, and a good fire alarm system kept a potentially disastrous fire from causing major damage to a Thousand Oaks home Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the two story single family home in the 1800 block of Stonesgate around 2:10 PM.

When they arrived on scene they found smoke and flames pouring from an upstairs master bedroom.

Firefighters made quick entry and made an aggressive attack on the fire, containing it to that one bedroom.

However, there was some smoke damage around the rest of the home.

One person was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Cause of the fire was under investigation.

Firefighters say the house had a very loud alarm system that alerted everyone in the neighborhood that something was up and that led to firefighters responding much more quickly.

Port Hueneme PD Arrests Man For Child Molestation

KVTA News Thursday January 22, 2015

Port Hueneme police say they've arrested a Santa Paula man for child sexual assault.

66-year-old Victor Ricardo Ramirez is accused of multiple counts of lewd acts with a 14-year-old victim and ongoing sexual abuse.

The say that even though Ramirez lives in Santa Paula, the crime was reported to Port Hueneme police.

Ramirez is in custody on $1million bail.

Police believe there are other victims and they are urging anyone with information to call them.

Oxnard Pedestrian Hit By Pickup, Killed

KVTA News Thursday January 22, 2015

Updated--An Oxnard man has been identified as the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a pickup truck Thursday morning.

Oxnard police say that 67-year-old Laroy Frederick Magana was crossing "J" Street near the intersection of Juniper Street with a shopping cart around 6:30 AM when he was struck by a blue 1978 Chevy Custom 10 pickup truck traveling southbound on "J" Street.

Magana was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 57-year-old Oxnard man driving the pickup was not hurt and he stopped immediately and stayed at the scene.

Police say they are still investigating the incident but it did NOT involve excessive speed, alcohol or drugs.

Oxnard Man Fatally Shot Outside His Home

KVTA News Thursday January 22, 2015

Updated--Oxnard police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man outside his home Wednesday night.

It was reported at 6:50 PM in the 200 block of Balsam Street.

Initial reports are that 41-year-old Luis Amaro was in front of his home when he was confronted by an unknown subject and several shots rang out.

Mortally wounded, he apparently managed to go back into his home where he collapsed in front of his family members who took him to Saint John's Medical Center.

He was later transferred by ambulance to VCMC where he died.

Police were looking for a dark colored sedan, possibly a Honda, in connection with the shooting.

They say they do not have any suspects or a motive for what is Oxnard's second homicide of this year.

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Ken Tougas (805) 200-5669. 

If you wish to remain anonymous you can call the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

You can also visit www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.

Camarillo Man Challenges Murder Indictment In Deputy's Death

KVTA News Wednesday January 21, 2015


The Camarillo man charged with murder in the death of a Ventura County Sheriff's Deputy last October wants the Grand Jury Indictment against him thrown out.

25-year-old Kevin Hogrefe was in a Ventura courtroom this afternoon to be arraigned on the indictment which charges him with murder in the death of Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko.

Kostiuchenko was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Lewis Road on ramp to the northbound 101 in the early morning hours of October 28th.

He had just completed an unrelated traffic stop when, according to the authorities, Hogrefe's vehicle hit Kostiuchenko and then Hogrefe kept going until he crashed his vehicle on the Las Posas Road off ramp.

Prosecutors allege the Hogrefe's blood alcohol was nearly three times the legal limit.

Today, Hogrefe's defense attorney attacked the legal sufficiency of the indictment's murder charge and also said there was a technical error in the indictment.

Hogrefe's arraignment was postponed until February 4th when there will be a hearing on the defense motions toss out the indictment.

Prosecutors say they will fight the defense motions.

Hogrefe remains free on $500,000 bail.

Man Sentenced In Ventura County Cold Case Murder

KVTA News Wednesday January 21, 2015


The Bakersfield man convicted of the kidnap, rape and murder of an Oxnard woman more than 35 years ago was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

A jury last year convicted 65-year-old John Russell of the kidnap, rape and first degree murder of then 33-year-old Alma Zuniga.

Her body was found in a shallow grave in El Rio in 1979.

She was sexually assaulted, stabbed and shot to death.

The case went unsolved for three decades until advances in DNA testing, and a system that matches DNA with convicted criminals, led to Russell as a suspect three years ago.

After further investigation, he was arrested in July of 2012.

Tons Of PCH Storm Debris Burned Up

KVTA News Wednesday January 21, 2015

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

The Ventura County Fire Department helped Caltrans and the State Parks Department burn up about 100 tons of debris created by the December storm damage along still-closed Pacific Coast Highway.

The debris was collected into two large piles, one along PCH near Sycamore Canyon and the other near Thornhill Broome State Beach.

Firefighters then used what's called a Terra Torch to set them ablaze.

This is all part of the final stages of cleaning up and repairing the nine mile stretch of PCH between Las Posas Road and Yerba Buena that was severely damaged and closed several weeks ago.

Caltrans hopes to have the road reopened by February 2nd.

Fugitive Wanted In Ventura County Gang Drug Case Captured

KVTA News Wednesday January 21, 2015

One of the outstanding suspects in a federal drug probe involving the Mexican Mafia and Ventura County street gangs has been captured in Mexico.
U.S. Marshalls say that 27-year-old Librado Navarrette fled to Mexico in 2013 and faked his death using photos and a fraudulent Mexican death certificate.
Navarrette was one of 17 defendants named in a federal criminal complaint in connection with the third phase of Operation Super Nova, a multi-agency task force investigation that targeted the prison gang known as the Mexican Mafia and their relationship with criminal street gangs in Ventura County.
Federal authorities say the gangs were involved in multiple crimes including the distribution of methamphetamine in Ventura County.
The authorities knew that Navarrette had fled to Mexico after the complaint was issued and he was the subject of a manhunt.
While in Mexico he faked his death, but was ultimately located, captured, and today was returned to the United States.

One of the outstanding suspects in a federal drug probe involving the Mexican Mafia and Ventura County street gangs has been captured in Mexico.

U.S. Marshalls say that 27-year-old Librado Navarrette fled to Mexico in 2013 and faked his death using photos and a fraudulent Mexican death certificate.

Navarrette was one of 17 defendants named in a federal criminal complaint in connection with the third phase of Operation Super Nova, a multi-agency task force investigation that targeted the prison gang known as the Mexican Mafia and their relationship with criminal street gangs in Ventura County.

Federal authorities say the gangs were involved in multiple crimes including the distribution of methamphetamine in Ventura County.

The authorities knew that Navarrette had fled to Mexico after the complaint was issued and he was the subject of a manhunt.

While in Mexico he faked his death, but was ultimately located, captured, and today was returned to the United States.

Thousand Oaks Flasher Suspect Arrested

KVTA News Wednesday January 21, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

Deputies say they've caught the man they believe has been exposing himself to people in an eastside park and greenbelt area of Thousand Oaks.

Tuesday night deputies were conducting surveillance at Russell Park when the noticed a man walking eastbound on Medicine Bow Court.

As the man approached the greenbelt area he quickly walked northbound and continued to walk back and forth along the greenbelt as through he was looking for someone.

Deputies contacted him and the man claimed he was looking for recycling materials.

Deputies brought several victims of the flasher to the area for what's known as an "infield lineup" and they also determined he drove a vehicle similar to the one that was seen by a victim.

They say initially the suspect denied any wrongdoing but ultimately admitted to committing both of the recent indecent exposures.

Deputies arrested 49-year-old Antonio Cerna of Thousand Oaks.

They say while Cerna was being interviewed, he admitted to committing several other lewd acts around Thousand Oaks. 

Cerna was booked into the Ventura County Jail on one count of misdemeanor indecent exposure, his bail was set at $10,000.