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VPD Looks For Woman Who Stole From Little Girl

KVTA News Wednesday August 20, 2014

(Security video photos courtesy Ventura Police Department)

Ventura police say on July 23rd around 10:50 AM, an eight year old girl was inside a coin laundry in the 9300 block of Telephone Road when a woman stole the little girl's coin purse full of quarters that was on the bench.

The crime was captured on security video but the woman and her male companion have not be found or ID'd yet.

The officer who responded to the crime was told by the little girl that there was about $12-14 in quarters in the coin purse.

Officer Frank Padilla talked to his family about what happened and his two young daughters wanted to help, so they offered to give the girl one of their own Hello Kitty purses.

Police say Officer Padilla and his wife are going to supply the amount of quarters taken when they meet the little girl and her family at soccer practice tonight.

Police are still investigating the crime and they've released photos of the woman suspect from the security video (see photos).

If anyone has information they should call Officer Padilla at (805) 339-4400 ext 1233.

Fatal Fire In Ojai Valley

KVTA News Wednesday August 20, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire)

Update--One person is dead following a mobile home fire in the Ojai Valley.

The fire was reported in the Lake Casitas Mobile Home Park at 25 Burnham Road near Oak View around 2:20 AM Wednesday morning.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a single wide mobile home well involved in flames.

The fire was knocked down in about a half hour.

The Sheriff's Department tells KVTA News that a male died in the fire and that the fire is considered suspicious, but the county fire department says the fire is not suspicious although they do not have a cause.

Casitas Imposes Water Use Restrictions

KVTA News Tuesday August 19, 2014

(Photo by Perry Van Houten, KVTA News)

The Casitas Municipal Water District has become the latest public entity in Ventura County to outline water use restrictions aimed at dealing with the drought.

The restrictions are meant to comply with state regulations recently imposed because of the state's water shortage.

They included restricting outdoor water use to certain hours and activities.

People in the Casitas district will receive details in a mailing but you can see them by going to the following link:

http://www.casitaswater.org/

Local cities and water agencies are all imposing water use restrictions based on the state guidelines.

Meanwhile, Lake Casitas is now at 55% of capacity (see photo by KVTA's Perry Van Houten).

MMA "War Machine" To Be Extradited To Nevada

KVTA News Tuesday August 19, 2014

(Photo courtesy Las Vegas MPD)

The Mixed Martial Arts fighter known as War Machine was in a Ventura courtroom Tuesday afternoon and paved the way for his return to Las Vegas to face a host of charges in connection with his alleged attack on his ex girlfriend.

32-year-old Jonathan Koppenhaver waved extradition and was ordered back to Nevada by the judge in a brief hearing attended by a large crowd of reporters.

Koppenhaver, who was considered a federal fugitive, was tracked down and captured at a hotel in his hometown of Simi Valley Friday.

He's been in jail on no bail since then.

His porn star ex-girlfriend had taken to Twitter earlier this month with photos and an account of what she said was his vicious attack on her in Las Vegas.

Koppenhaver's brother told a large crowd of reporters outside the courtroom Tuesday that his brother was not the monster people were making him out to be.

His attorney said his client is innocent and wants to prove that in court.

Three Arrested In Thousand Oaks "Shoulder Tap" Sting

KVTA News Tuesday August 19, 2014

Deputies in Thousand Oaks say a "shoulder tap" operation this past weekend netted three arrests.

Under the supervision of deputies, minor decoys were used to try to solicit adults outside liquor and other ABC licensed stores to get them to buy alcohol for them.

Thirty people were solicited on Sunday and of those thirty, three adult males reportedly bought liquor for the minors.

They were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor.

One of the three was also charged with a probation violation and violation of his ignition interlock device conditions.

CHP Finds Driver Who Started Chain Of Events On 101 In Ventura That Ended With Good Samaritan Critically Injured Early Sunday Morning

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

The CHP says it's found the driver who left the scene of a crash on the 101 in Ventura early Sunday morning that started a chain of events which led to a Good Samaritan being seriously injured and the freeway being closed.

They it all started around 1:10 AM Sunday morning when a black 2004 Chevy Avalanche drifted onto the right shoulder of the southbound 101 just south of the 126, took out a guardrail and a street light and then continued out of control and ended up crossing all lanes, coming to rest facing the wrong way in the center divider.

The CHP says the driver of the that vehicle fled the scene.

Meanwhile, a passing vehicle stopped on the right shoulder and a passenger, a 25-year-old Garden Grove man, got out and started across the traffic lanes to render aid to the driver of the Chevy Avalanche, not knowing that driver had already fled the scene.

As the Good Samaritan ran across the traffic lanes, a 2008 Infinity driven by a 35-year-old Oxnard woman came along, suddenly saw the Good Samaritan, tried to avoid hitting him, but was unable to avoid him.

After she struck him, he ended up down in the middle lane and her vehicle was stopped in the left lane.

Then, another vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Santa Cruz woman came along and tried to avoid hitting the Infinity in the left lane, but could not avoid it and there was another collision.

The CHP says she might also have hit the Good Samaritan a second time.

The CHP says the Good Samaritan was taken to VCMC where he is recovering from multiple fractures and other injuries.

The two women were not hurt and the CHP says they will not be cited.

The incident shut down the southbound 101 at the 126 for about two and a half hours early Sunday morning.

They say the driver of the Avalanche has not been cited yet for leaving the scene of the original crash.

The CHP says that while the Good Samaritan's actions were admirable, people should not try to do what he did.

Instead they should call 911 and report what happened and let emergency responders handle the incident.

OPD Chases Man With Child In His Vehicle

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

Update-Oxnard police arrested a man who led them on a vehicle pursuit with his child in his car following a domestic dispute.

They say that around 8 PM Monday officers responded to the 700 block of Nandina Place in Oxnard to a report of a domestic dispute with a handgun involved.

When they arrived, they were told that 24-year-old Anthony Carbajal of Oxnard had been involved in an argument with the mother of his 3-year-old son.

They learned he had just fled the residence with the child in the vehicle.

Police then spotted Carbajal driving north on Ventura Road and tried to conduct a traffic stop but he refused and a five minute vehicle pursuit began that went north of Ventura Road through the city that reached speeds of 60 miles per hour.

Police say that ultimately Carbajal led officers back to the home on Nandina Place where he stopped and was taken into custody

His 3-year-old was found in the vehicle, safe and unhurt.

Police say they found a small amount of narcotics in the vehicle along with ammunition and a handgun magazine.

Carbajal was booked into the Ventura County Jail for battery, child endangerment, evading police, violation of a domestic restraining order and firearms violations.

Santa Paula Murder Defendant In Court

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

Arraignment was postponed Monday for the Santa Paula man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend.

18-year-old Antonio Magana was in court to face a single count of murder in the March death of 21-year-old Ashley Moran.

Moran was found slain in Obregon Park in Santa Paula.

After an extensive investigation that involved the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, Santa Paula police arrested Magana last week.

The Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent Magana and his arraignment was rescheduled for September 8th.

His bail was also increased to $1 million and he remains in jail.

Countywide Crackdown On DUI Drivers

KVTA News Monday August 18, 2014

All Ventura County's law enforcement agencies are teaming up for a series of efforts to crack down on DUI drivers through the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

There will be DUI/DL Checkpoints in several cities, roving DUI Saturation Patrols, a DUI Warrant/Probation Sweep, and a DUI Court Sting targeting DUI convicted drivers who've been ordered not to drive.

There were already checkpoints in Oxnard last Friday night and Thousand Oaks last Saturday night.

Then, there will be a checkpoint in the city of Ventura sometime during the next two weeks and a checkpoint in Simi Valley this coming Saturday night.

The saturation patrols will happen in several areas of the county over several days and a multi agency DUI task force operation will be held on Friday August 29th from 9 PM to 3 AM in the county.

Good Samaritan Critically Injured On 101 In Ventura

KVTA News Sunday August 17, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

Updated---A young man who stopped to help some people involved in a crash that he witnessed was seriously injured early Sunday morning in Ventura when he was struck by two other vehicles.
Officials say the whole incident started when a black Chevy Avalanche crashed into the center divider on the southbound 101 south of the 126 around 1:10 AM.
The occupants of that vehicle fled on foot.
A 25-year-old man witnessed what happened and pulled his vehicle off to the right shoulder to stop and help, not knowing the people in the other vehicle had fled on foot.
The CHP says when the young man tried to cross the traffic lanes to get to the center divider, he was struck by two vehicles.
The drivers of those vehicles stopped and called for help.
The young man suffered major injuries and was taken to VCMC in critical condition.
The incident shut down the southbound 101 at the 126 for about two and a half hours, backing up traffic for a couple of miles.
During that time, southbound 101 traffic was forced to use the eastbound 126 to detour around the crash while the CHP investigated.
The initial hit and run driver was still at large.

Updated---A young man who stopped to help some people involved in a crash that he witnessed was seriously injured early Sunday morning in Ventura when he was struck by two other vehicles.

Officials say the whole incident started when a black Chevy Avalanche crashed into the center divider on the southbound 101 south of the 126 around 1:10 AM.

The occupants of that vehicle fled on foot.

A 25-year-old man witnessed what happened and stopped to help, not knowing the people in the other vehicle had fled on foot.

The CHP says when the young man tried to cross the traffic lanes to get to the center divider, he was struck by two vehicles.

The drivers of those vehicles stopped and called for help.

The young man suffered major injuries and was taken to VCMC in critical condition.

The incident shut down the southbound 101 at the 126 for about two and a half hours, backing up traffic for a couple of miles.

During that time, southbound 101 traffic was forced to use the eastbound 126 to detour around the crash while the CHP investigated. 

The initial hit and run driver was still at large.

Suspect Arrested After Pursuit In Stolen Vehicle

KVTA News Sunday August 17, 2014

Ventura police say a man was arrested following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle.

They say that around 8:20 AM Sunday morning patrol officers spotted a vehicle at Telephone Road and Petit Avenue that was confirmed stolen.

They say when they tried to stop the vehicle at Northbank Drive and Montgomery Avenue, the driver sped off, starting a chase that wound through a number of residential and commercial areas of Ventura before the suspect got onto Victoria Avenue and headed south towards Oxnard.

They say because the driver had been running red lights and stop signs and started traveling at more than 100 miles per hour as the vehicle reached Victoria and Olivas Park Drive, police terminated the pursuit for safety reasons.

Oxnard police later reported they spotted the vehicle in the 1600 block of Masthead Drive and found a witness who said that three subjects ran from the vehicle.

Oxnard police searched the area and found the three subjects.

They determined that one of the subjects, 21-year-old Michael Borjas of Ventura, had been the driver and he was taken into custody for vehicle theft and reckless driving.

Man Cut In Ventura Assault

KVTA News Sunday August 17, 2014

Ventura police say that around 2:15 AM Sunday morning a man and his girlfriend were walking along the 200 block of E. Main Street when a woman came up and began yelling at his girlfriend and threatening her.

Police say the man stepped between his girlfriend and the suspect to protect his girlfriend and that's when the suspect pulled out a pair of pliers and slashed the man above his left eye.

The suspect then ran off.

Police and fire were called and the man was treated at the scene for a non-life threatening injury.

Police searched the area for the suspect but did not find her.

The suspect was described as a white female, 50-55 years old, 120 pounds, wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.

Fugitive MMA Fighter Due In Ventura Court Tuesday

KVTA News Saturday August 16, 2014

(Courtesy Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

The fugitive mixed martial arts competitor captured in his hometown of Simi Valley Friday afternoon is due in court Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 PM for a hearing.

32-year-old Jonathan Koppenhaver, known as "War Machine", was tracked down at a Simi Valley hotel by Simi Valley police and U.S. Marshals.

He had been a fugitive after Las Vegas police issued a warrant Monday for his arrest in connection with an incident August 8th in which he is alleged to have severely beaten his ex-girlfriend and a friend in Las Vegas. 

Tuesday's hearing will concern his extradition from Ventura to Nevada to face charges in connection with the August 8th incident.

Simi police say his arrest in a room at the Extended Stay America Hotel at 2498 Stearns Street was "without incident."

Koppenhaver is currently being held in the Ventura County Jail without bail.

Koppenhaver grew up in Simi Valley and had been in trouble with the law in Ventura County a dozen years ago.

According to Ventura County court records, in April 2002, Koppenhaver was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery on an officer or medical professional, misdemeanor resisting arrest, and giving false information to a police officer.

He ultimately pleaded guilty to the resisting arrest charge and the other charges were dismissed.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, placed on three years probation, and paid a fine.

Probation/Parole Sweep Through Conejo Valley

KVTA News Saturday August 16, 2014

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says that Saturday morning around 7 AM 50 deputies fanned out through Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake, and Oak Park to check out people on probation or parole.

They went to 75 residences to make sure the individuals were obeying the conditions of their probation or parole.

Deputies say 22 people were arrested for a variety of drug related offenses, outstanding warrants, providing false information, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property, trespassing, and other probation violations.

Deputies also seized a handgun, but no one was arrested for that.

Subjects were either cited and released or booked into the Ventura County Jail depending on the specific circumstances of their case.

The sheriff's department is conducting these types of probation or parole searches at various times in all of their jurisdictions, this time it happened to be the Conejo Valley.

The money to do this comes from a state grant for supervising post-release and serious habitual offenders due to the state prison realignment.