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Moorpark Rape Suspect Sketch Released

KVTA News Wednesday April 23, 2014

Deputies are now saying that the Moorpark woman who came home and interrupted two burglary suspects last week was sexually assaulted during the incident.

The initial report concerning the April 16th incident on the 4700 block of Elderberry Avenue indicated the 24-year-old victim had been battered by one of the men she caught in the act of burglarizing her home around 11:15 AM.

But detectives now say that during the investigation the victim reported she had been sexually assaulted after being confronted by the two suspects who had gained entry through an unlocked door.

The suspects were described as two white males, both between 24 and 35 years of age, dressed in all black clothing. The first suspect was 6'2" to 6'4" tall.

Deputies have now released a sketch of the second suspect who was the shorter of the two, about 5'10" to six feet tall.

They're asking anyone who might have seen something that morning or who knows the suspects to call Moorpark Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Woman Injured After Being Pinned Between Vehicles

KVTA News Wednesday April 23, 2014

Ventura police say a woman was seriously hurt when her leg was pinned between two vehicles while she was getting gasoline at a gas station Wednesday morning.

They say it happened around 10 AM Wednesday at the Valero Gas at 11005 Citrus Drive.

Police say the 43-year-old woman from Camarillo was the driver of a vehicle parked at the pump when a second vehicle driven by an 89-year-old woman was maneuvering her vehicle into position at the pumps.

Police say the older woman collided into the back of the younger woman's vehicle pinning the younger woman between the two bumpers.

The younger woman was taken to the hospital in stable condition. The older woman was not injured.

Oxnard Man Arrested After Chase In Stolen Vehicle

KVTA News Wednesday April 23, 2014

The CHP says they arrested an Oxnard man in a stolen vehicle following a brief but wild incident in east Ventura.

They say around 1 PM Wednesday afternoon a CHP officer was working speed enforcement on the eastbound 126 at Kimball Road when he saw a green Chevrolet Silverado pickup pass him going 93 miles per hour.

The officer caught up and pulled in behind the vehicle and activated his emergency lights but the suspect kept going. The CHP says the suspect got off at Wells Road and ran a red light as he turned right onto Wells Road and then turned right again onto the frontage road, Henderson Road, going westbound in the eastbound lane.

The suspect vehicle then turned into the parking lot at the Sacred Heart Church where the driver hit the brakes and jumped out of the vehicle which kept going until it was stopped by a curb in the parking lot.

The two passengers in the vehicle were detained immediately, but the suspect ran off into the neighborhood where a witness spotted him hiding in the backyard of a home on Nopalito Street and he was taken into custody.

The CHP says that 20-year-old Johnny Jacob Lopez of Oxnard was arrested for vehicle theft, DUI drugs, and providing false information to an officer.

The male juvenile passenger in the stolen vehicle was booked into juvenile hall on an outstanding warrant while the female juvenile passenger was not charged and was released to a family member.

Former Oxnard Teacher Accused Of Child Annoying

KVTA News Wednesday April 23, 2014

Oxnard police say that following a six month criminal investigation they arrested a man Wednesday afternoon at his home for misdemeanor child annoying.

Police say they began an investigation in October 2013 into an allegation of alleged misconduct with a student at Oxnard High School against 41-year-old Jorge Arellano of Oxnard. They say at the time, Arellano was a teacher with the Oxnard Union High School District.

They say that investigation led to Arellano's arrest Wednesday.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this case to call Detective Erica Escalante at (805) 385-7661. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Oxnard Man Pleads No Contest In Woman's Death

KVTA News Wednesday April 23, 2014

More than 4 years ago, 45-year-old Francisca Herrera of Oxnard was found stabbed to death in an alley in the 1800 block of Valley Park Drive in Oxnard by police who had responded to a report of a woman screaming.

Standing near her was Eduardo Enrique Ventura, a man who had been dating Herrera. At the time, police said Ventura admitted he killed her during an argument over what was later said to have been her involvement with another man. Ventura was arrested for murder.

Last week Ventura, who is now 50 years old, pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter and was found guilty by the court. He faces 12 years in prison when he is sentenced May 12th.

Prosecutors decided to allow Ventura to plead no contest to the manslaughter charge rather than proceeding to trial on a murder charge which they determined would be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Oxnard Man Accused Of Stealing Dead Brother's Identity

KVTA News Wednesday April 23, 2014

Oxnard police say at noon Wednesday their narcotic street team conducted a probation search at a residence in the 900 block of Cheyenne Way and contacted several people inside.

They say one of those people is 46-year-old Jose Armando Navarro who is a renter at that location.

Detectives say after further investigation they determined that Navarro had allegedly been using his dead brother's identity. They say he had obtained a California ID card, credit cards, and state benefits cards in his brother's name.

Navarro, which is his true name, was arrested for fraudulent use of credit cards. Detectives say they're trying to determine how many accounts were opened and how much in state benefits Navarro had received under the stolen identity.

Two additional subjects at the residence were arrested for outstanding warrants.

Six Injured In Oxnard Crash

KVTA News Tuesday April 22, 2014

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

This updates an earlier post--Six people were injured when two vehicles collided in the area of Victoria Avenue and Doris Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was reported around 12:50 PM and it impacted the northbound lanes of Victoria. One vehicle ended up in a ditch along side the northbound lanes.

Fire officials say no one was trapped and the six injuries ranged from minor to moderate. Oxnard police investigated the crash which shut down the northbound lanes of Victoria for a couple of hours.

Simi PD Makes Arrests In Catalytic Converter Thefts

KVTA News Tuesday April 22, 2014

(Photo courtesy SVPD)

Simi Valley police say a three month investigation into the thefts of catalytic converters from Park 'n Ride lots resulted in two arrests Tuesday.

Detectives believe the arrest of 20-year-old Jose Gonzalez of San Fernando and 20-year-old Javier Montiel of Pacoima for allegedly being involved in the theft of a catalytic converter and other property from a vehicle at the Tapo Canyon Road Park 'n Ride at the 118 Freeway in early March is only the tip of the iceberg.

Police say the investigation revealed a group of people stealing catalytic converters from vehicles at Park 'n Ride facilities all over the state including Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Camarillo.

The thieves target primarily Honda and Toyota vehicles.

The investigation continues and police believe other arrests are possible. They're asking anyone with information about such thefts to call Detective Jeff Quartararo at (805) 583-6956.

Hit And Run Driver Seriously Injures Oxnard Pedestrian

KVTA News Tuesday April 22, 2014

Oxnard police are looking for the vehicle that struck and seriously injured a pedestrian late Monday night.

The hit and run collision was reported at midnight at Pleasant Valley Road and Saviers Road.

Police say a white Toyota Corolla was traveling northbound on Saviers as the pedestrian was crossing at Pleasant Valley Road. The car struck the pedestrian, the impact throwing the pedestrian several feet. The car kept going northbound on Saviers.

The pedestrian was taken to VCMC where he is currently listed in serious but stable condition.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7740.

Ski-Masked Gunman Robs Oxnard Pizza Parlor

KVTA News Monday April 21, 2014

Oxnard police are looking for a ski-masked gunman who robbed a pizza parlor Monday night.

They say the suspect entered the Little Caesar's Pizza in the 3600 block of Saviers Road shortly after 8:35 PM wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun.

He demanded money and after he received the cash from the register he fled the business.

A witness told police a possible suspect was seen jumping the fence to Blackstock School at 701 E. Bard Road. Officers searched that area with their SEU and K-9 units but did not find the suspect.

The suspect was described only as a man in his 40's.

No one was injured in the incident.

Victims Of Fatal Santa Barbara Crash Identified

KVTA News Monday April 21, 2014

Update--The CHP says the three people killed and one person critically injured in that overnight crash in Santa Barbara were all from the Los Angeles area.

Those killed were all passengers in the overturned Mazda. They included Danielle Nicole Murillo and Jessica Lee Leffew, both 17 and both from Torrance, and, 20-year-old Brian Adonay Lopez of Los Angeles.

The driver of the Mazda, 20-year-old Erick Hoel August of Los Angeles, suffered major injuries and was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the CHP says the crash happened around 12:45 AM Monday morning in the southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway at Castillo in Santa Barbara.

The CHP says it started when the 2005 red Mazda traveling southbound on the 101 approaching Castillo suddenly veered to the right for an unknown reason, struck the guardrail and flipped over, coming to rest on its top in the #2 lane with its front facing the center divider.

The CHP says seconds later a white 2013 Ford Mustang also traveling southbound on the 101 slammed into the overturned Mazda. Two people in the Mazda were ejected.

The driver of the Ford Mustang, 52-year-old Kimberly Ann Kreis of Santa Barbara, suffered minor injuries and was arrested for DUI.

The crash closed the SB 101 for more than 12 hours, until about 1:30 PM Monday afternoon.

Suspected Arrested In Attack On Ventura Homeless Couple

KVTA News Monday April 21, 2014

Ventura police say they've arrested a suspect in last week's incident in which a homeless couple were burned when some dumped hot coals on their tent.

Police say around 1:30 PM Monday afternoon one of their K-9 officers spotted the man they had been looking for in connection with the assault riding a bicycle in the area of Laurel Street and Thompson Boulevard.

The suspect, 47-year-old Ned Barron, tried to flee but was captured a short time later with the help of the police K-9. He was treated for non life threatening injuries and then booked into the Ventura County Jail for the April 16th assault and for resisting arrest.

Police allege that Barron, who they describe as a vagrant, is the man who dumped hot coals on the tent of a homeless couple, a 39-year-old woman and 42-year-old man, causing the couple to suffer moderate burns to their back 

Weed Abatement Notices Going Out To Property Owners

KVTA News Monday April 21, 2014

The Ventura County Fire Department says weed abatement notices are going out to property owners in wildfire danger areas under their jurisdiction.

The 15,000 notices go to the owners of parcels in what is known as Wildland Urban Interface areas where development meets natural vegetation.

The property owners are required to clear weeds and brush 100 feet from structures which provides firefighters with a defensible space when protecting those structures during a wildfire.

The property owners have until June 1st to complete the work. If the property owner fails to comply the county will have it done using their contractor and the property owner will face not only the cost of doing the work but also an administrative fee that is more than $1200 this year. But the compliance rate in Ventura County is almost 100%. 

During last year's Springs Fire in Newbury Park and along south coast more than 4,000 homes were threatened by the flames, yet not one of them was lost to the fire due in large part to weed abatement and the advantage it gave firefighters protecting those structures.

The County Fire Department's Weed Abatement program applies to the unincorporated areas plus cities that contract for fire services with the County Fire Protection District, like Camarillo, Ojai, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Simi Valley.

Local cities with their own fire departments, like Ventura, Santa Paula, and Fillmore, are responsible for their own weed abatement programs.

Fatal Traffic Victims Identified

KVTA News Sunday April 20, 2014

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has released the names of the victims of two separate fatal traffic incidents Saturday.

In Oxnard, 87-year-old Luis Avila Ruiz of Oxnard died Saturday at VCMC after being struck by a westbound vehicle while crossing 7th Street near F Street in Oxnard shortly before 5:30 AM Saturday morning.

Police say it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Police said nothing about whether any action was or would be taken against the 62-year-old Oxnard man who was driving the vehicle.

Meanwhile, the driver who was killed after his vehicle plunged 240 feet over the side of Piru Canyon Road at Lake Piru around 4 PM Saturday afternoon has also been identified.

The authorities say that 50-year-old Russell Steven Schwartz of Fillmore was ejected from his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schwartz was an employee of a company that is contracted for certain services at the lake and its campground. 

The CHP is investigating the crash.

Oxnard Man Arrested After Chase

KVTA News Sunday April 20, 2014

Oxnard police arrested a man after they say he led them on a brief pursuit Saturday night.

Officers of the department's Special Enforcement Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1700 block of N. Ventura Road around 11:40 PM.

They say the driver failed to yield and there was a brief pursuit that ended in the 900 block of S. Ventura Road when the driver finally pulled over and was taken into custody.

Police say the driver, 32-year-old Joseph Zuniga of Oxnard, is a Post Release Offender who has also been served with the Colonia Chiques gang injunction.

He was arrested for violating his Post Release Offender status, violating the gang injunction, and narcotics related offenses. 

According to court records, Zuniga has six convictions including both felonies and misdemeanors. They include a 2004 felony conviction for voluntary manslaughter, a 2011 misdemeanor conviction for graffiti vandalism, a 2000 misdemeanor conviction for violating a court order and a 2011 felony drug conviction.

Camarillo Bank Robbery Suspect In Custody

KVTA News Saturday April 19, 2014

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they've arrested a suspect in a bank robbery in Camarillo earlier this month.

They say a transient, 32-year-old Colin Taylor Volpe, is accused of robbing the Chase Bank in the 2300 block of East Ponderosa Drive on the afternoon of April 8th. He is alleged to have handed the teller a demand note and also claimed to have a gun, although no gun was ever seen.

They say Volpe turned himself in to Las Vegas Police on April 12th and later confessed to Ventura County Major Crimes detectives.

He waived extradition and was brought back to Ventura County today and booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony second degree robbery and his bail was set at $100,000.

Driver Comes Up A Dollar Short In Fillmore

KVTA News Saturday April 19, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

Deputies in Fillmore are investigating a crash involving a vehicle that crashed into a store Saturday afternoon.

They say that shortly after 12:30 PM a vehicle smashed through the plate glass window at the Dollar Tree store at 745 Ventura Street.

No one in the store was hurt and the driver sustained only minor injuries.

Deputies say alcohol and drugs were not a contributing factor in the collision.

They say several people saw what happened and deputies want to talk with anyone who witnessed the incident that they did not contact. Call (805) 524-2233.

Fatal Crash At Lake Piru

KVTA News Saturday April 19, 2014

One person is dead following a crash at Lake Piru Saturday afternoon.

It was reported shortly after 4 PM in the 5000 block of Piru Canyon Road.

Initial reports from the CHP indicate that the vehicle plunged some 250 feet over the side of the road and ended up on the lake shore.

They say the lone occupant of the vehicle was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

The CHP is investigating why the vehicle went off the roadway. They were looking for witnesses to the crash.

No other details are available right now.

Oxnard Man Killed, Daughter Injured, In Crash

KVTA News Saturday April 19, 2014

An Oxnard man was killed and his daughter injured when their motorcycle was hit by a car late Friday night.

It happened around 11:12 PM at the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Esplanade Drive in Oxnard.

Police say that according to witnesses, a 22-year-old Santa Paula woman was driving northbound on Vineyard Avenue when she failed to stop for a red light and broadsided a motorcycle traveling westbound on Esplanade Drive through the intersection.

The driver of the motorcycle, 51-year-old Francisco Ayala of Oxnard, was killed. His 19-year-old daughter, who was his passenger, was taken to VCMC with serious injuries and is listed in stable condition. The driver of the car was not hurt.

Police say that Ayala and his daughter were wearing motorcycle helmets.

The crash closed the intersection for several hours.

Police say it is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash and they did not say if any arrests were made. They are asking anyone with information about the crash to call Senior Officer Maria Pena at (805) 385-7750.

Pedestrian Killed In Oxnard Collision

KVTA News Saturday April 19, 2014

Updated--Oxnard police say a pedestrian who was critically injured after being struck by a car early Saturday morning died later at the hospital.

The incident was reported around 5:30 AM at Seventh and F Streets in Oxnard.

Police say a 62-year-old Oxnard man was driving his car westbound on Seventh as the pedestrian was crossing Seventh near F Street. The car hit the pedestrian, the impact throwing the pedestrian several feet.

The pedestrian, a male who was not identified, was taken to VCMC to undergo surgery for critical injuries. He died later at the hospital.  His name has not been released yet pending notification of his family.

The driver of the car was not hurt.

Oxnard police say it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision. No arrests were made.

If anyone has information about the incident they should call Oxnard Senior Officer Maria Pena at (805) 385-7750.

According to Ventura County Jail records, the man arrested for the shooting death of an innocent bystander in Santa Paula last weekend has been released from jail.
32-year-old Mark Martinez of Santa Paula was arrested earlier this week in connection with the Saturday shooting death of 39-year-old Norma Elizalde. She was killed by a stray bullet as she stood in the carport of her home in the 1200 block of High Street in Santa Paula. The bullet was fired during an altercation between suspected gang members out on the street nearby.
Santa Paula police said Martinez was a documented gang member. They did not identify him as the shooter but claimed he was involved in the incident. The other three suspects were not arrested.
According to jail records, Martinez was released Thursday. His bail had been set at $1 million, but it's uncertain if he made bail or was released without having to post bail. According to court records, the DA's office never filed charges against him and his arraignment which was scheduled for Thursday never happened.