KVTA Local News

Camarillo Credit/Debit Card Skimmer Probe Continues

KVTA News Monday May 22, 2017

Deputies in Camarillo say they're continuing to investigate reports that citizens have been victimized by credit/debit card skimming thieves.

The authorities say they've received "several" reports from people who believe their credit or debit cards have been compromised.

They've not released information on suspected locations.

Detectives say they are investigating the reports and are working with the financial institutions that are involved.

They also say they are regularly checking the credit/debit card machines in Camarillo and they are asking anyone who believes they've been a victim to call (805) 654-9511.

Skimmers are devices that thieves place on ATM's or other credit/debit card readers, like at gasoline stations or check out stands, that can record the information contained on the card.

The thieves then retrieve the skimmer and download the information.

In some cases thieves also watch or devise ways to monitor the person as they enter a PIN number.

These crimes are not new and have happened all over Ventura County in the past.

There have been arrests in the past, sometimes involving organized crime groups.

The authorities say always make it difficult for people to see you enter a PIN number and keep a close eye on credit/debit card and bank statements for any unauthorized activity.

Five Injured In Ojai Valley Crash

KVTA News Monday May 22, 2017

Update---Five people were sent to three hospitals following a three vehicle crash in the Ojai Valley Monday evening.

It was reported around 8:20 PM on Highway 33 just north of Creek Road in Oak View.

Ambulances transported one person to VCMC, two to CMH and another two were taken to Ojai Valley Hospital.

The extent of injuries was not known.

The incident had Highway 33 shut down in both directions for a couple of hours Monday night. 

The CHP is investigating the crash.

Wayward Whale Finds Way Out Of Ventura Harbor

KVTA News Sunday May 21, 2017

(Photos by Katie Gee)

Update--The wayward whale that caused a stir Saturday at Ventura Harbor is back out to sea.

Harbormaster John Higgins told KVTA News they conducted a thorough search of the harbor Sunday morning and confirmed the 30-foot humpback was gone.

He says it likely found its way out sometime overnight.

Dr. Rachel Cartwright, a biologist and lecturer at Cal State Channel Islands, told KVTA News the juvenile humpback looked to be in good health and probably just wandered into Ventura Harbor Saturday while looking for food on its northward migration.

She said the decision by the Coast Guard and wildlife experts to use a hydrophone to play whale feeding sounds was a good idea and those in charge handled the situation very well.

Higgins says that Saturday night they decided to reposition the hydrophone away from the whale near the harbor entrance to see if it might help the humpback find its way back out to sea.

Cartwright says that was a good idea although she thinks the whale simply figured out on its own how to get out of the harbor.

The incident brought hundreds of human onlookers to the harbor.

Higgins says people acted very responsibly.

Cartwright says whales love people and the humpback was probably not bothered by the crowd.

Ventura Police Investigate Stabbing

KVTA News Sunday May 21, 2017

Ventura police are looking for the suspect in a stabbing.

It was reported shortly after midnight Sunday morning at 450 W. Harrison Avenue on the west side of town.

They say the victim, an adult male, was with some friends at Westpark when they were approached by other individuals.

Police say that two males began to fight and the victim tried to intervene and was stabbed multiple times.

The suspect and others fled the scene.

The victim was taken to the hospital where police say he was in serious but stable condition.

Oxnard Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Sunday May 21, 2017

Oxnard police are investigating a shooting that left one person wounded early Sunday morning.

They say around 2:35 AM Sunday, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Dodge Road and Maulhardt Road which is near a mobile home park southeast of Pleasant Valley Road and Rice Avenue.

Police say they found a male from Simi Valley suffering from what police say was a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

That person was taken to the hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.

Meanwhile, police are looking for a suspect and motive for the shooting.

Man W/Rifle Arrested After Chase/Search In Oxnard

KVTA News Saturday May 20, 2017

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Oxnard police were involved in an extensive foot pursuit and search for a man armed with what turned out to be a stolen rifle.

Around 9 PM Saturday night officers responded to the area of the 1400 block of Halesia Lane in a residential area just east of Saint John's Medical Center.

They had received a report of a man with a rifle.

When they approached the man, he fled on foot and officers set up a perimeter and began an extensive search that was helped by a number of calls from residents reporting the various locations of the suspect.

After about a half hour, an officer spotted the subject in the 1100 block of Paseo Las Nubes and he was taken into custody.

A short distance away they found the rifle.

It was not loaded.

Police say the rifle was taken that evening in a residential burglary in the 2000 block of Rohdea Way.

They say the suspect, 25-year-old Joe Mukul of Oxnard, was also found in possession of property taken in another residential burglary in the 2000 block of Vinca Way.

Searches Carried Out In Wake Of Oxnard Homicides

KVTA News Saturday May 20, 2017

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

In the wake of three homicides in one week, Oxnard police with the help of Ventura police and the sheriff's department, served simultaneous search warrants Friday night at three locations in Oxnard.

They say a 14-year-old was arrested for attempting to flee from officers.

A gun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition was also seized during the operation.

Meanwhile, police say they plan to beef up patrol presence and have created a special investigative working group as they continue to look for suspects and a motive for the shooting deaths of 29-year-old Aaron Austin, 23-year-old Eduardo Viveros and 42-year-old Jorge Coria.

Austin and Viveros were killed Tuesday night at two locations in the city while Coria died Friday morning at a third location.

They are the 7th, 8th and 9th homicide victims in Oxnard this year.

Police are looking into whether the deaths of Austin and Viveros are connected but they said Friday they do not believe that Coria's killing is related to the other two.

In a statement Friday night, police said Coria "has affiliation with a known Oxnard gang. The motive for the murder is unknown, but gang motivation has not been ruled out."

They have said in the past that Austin and Viveros were not tried to gangs.

Police have said they also need the public's help, not only with information related to these three particular cases, but to immediately report any suspicious activity.

The City of Oxnard offers a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction in homicide cases.

If you have information about this homicide, or any of the recent homicides, please contact Sergeant Alex Arnett at (805) 385-7763, or Detective Edgar Fernandez at (805) 385-7645.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can still provide valuable information to detectives by texting the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 394-8370 or calling Ventura Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. 

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

Teens Arrested Trying To Flee From Oxnard Police

KVTA News Saturday May 20, 2017

Oxnard police say they arrested a teenage girl who led them on a vehicle pursuit Friday.

They also say they arrested a teenage male who tried to run with a gun from the vehicle.

The incident happened around 6 PM when officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a small red SUV at Rice Avenue and Hueneme Road.

Police say the driver, a 15-year-old girl from Oxnard, stopped briefly and then quickly accelerated and there was a short pursuit.

During the pursuit the vehicle slowed to allow a male passenger to run into a field where he was captured.

Police say that 19-year-old Rafael Alvarado of Oxnard discarded a gun during the foot pursuit and it was recovered.

Meanwhile the 15-year-old female driver of the vehicle sped off a second time but finally stopped a short distance away.

She was taken into custody and lodged into Juvenile Hall for felony evading.

Alvarado was booked into the Ventura County Jail for weapons violations. 

Police say there were eight other occupants in the SUV including four juvenile runaways who were returned to their parents.

Oxnard's Latest Homicide Victim Identified

KVTA News Friday May 19, 2017

UPDATE---The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of the latest homicide victim in Oxnard.

42-year-old Jorge Luis Coria of Oxnard was found shot around 3 AM Friday morning in a walkway in the 2700 block of El Dorado Avenue in the Lemonwood neighborhood.

He was rushed to VCMC where he died about an hour later.

Witnesses told police they saw a vehicle speed away from the scene after the shooting.

Major Crimes detectives spent all morning at the scene as they try to determine who did it and why.

Late Friday afternoon Oxnard Police released a statement saying that Coria "has affiliation with a known Oxnard gang. The motive for the murder is unknown but gang motivation has not been ruled out."

Police also said, "There are no indications that this incident is related to the two homicides earlier in the week."

Coria was the 9th victim of a homicide in Oxnard so far this year and the third homicide victim this week.

On Tuesday night 29-year-old Aaron Austin was gunned down in the 300 block of N. G Street shortly after 9 PM while 23-year-old Eduardo Viveros of Oxnard was shot a short time later in the 5400 block of Perkins Road although his body was not found until the next morning.

Police are looking to see if there is any possible connection between the Tuesday night shootings.

New Arrest In Santa Paula Drug Case

KVTA News Friday May 19, 2017

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says there has been an additional arrested made in connection with a alleged Santa Paula drug trafficking case.

Narcotics detectives arrested 32-year-old Ulysses Centeno of Oxnard on Thursday in connection with the case involving the Santa Paula Auto Center at 1055 Main Street in Santa Paula.

In that case, the owner of the business, a close business associate and two others, were arrested last week on charges they were supplying street level dealers with cocaine and methamphetamine.

In this latest arrest of Centeno, the authorities are allegeding that he was the one who supplied the methamphetamine to the business.

Detectives say that the conducted a search Thursday at a residence in the 300 block of West Vineyard Avenue in Oxnard and found two pounds of methamphetamine, cash, scales and packaging materials.

Centeno was arrested the same day in the 1300 block of East Gonzales Road in Oxnard and booked into the Ventura County Jail for possession of narcotics for sale and conspiracy with bail set at $500,000.

Port Hueneme Couple Accused Of Child Endangerment

KVTA News Friday May 19, 2017

Port Hueneme police say they've arrested the parents of a child they say was found crawling around on the floor near drug paraphernalia as the couple sleep.

They say Thursday morning police conducted a probation search at a residence in the 1500 block of North 7th Place in Port Hueneme.

Officers were allowed into the home by another resident and made contact with 29-year-old Noe Moreira and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Nichole De La Cerda.

Police say the couple were asleep in bed with their two-year-old son crawling on the floor next to the bed near a methamphetamine glass pipe.

Officers say they also saw a wide open lower dresser drawer not far from the child that contained some used heroin syringes, a couple without safety caps.

Police say the couple, who were already on probation for narcotics and theft convictions, were arrested for being under the influence of narcotics, possession of narcotics and felony child endangerment.

The little boy was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Security Guard Stabbed By Homeless Man In Ventura

KVTA News Friday May 19, 2017

Ventura police say a security guard is recovering after being stabbed by a homeless man early Friday morning.

The incident happened around 1:50 AM at 250 S. Mills Road at the edge of a property under construction.

Police say the security guard at the construction site heard noises from the perimeter fence on the property where it borders the Wells Fargo Bank.

When he went to investigate he found a homeless camp where the suspect, a male 25-35 years of age, stabbed him in the abdomen and then fled.

The 27-year-old security guard was taken to VCMC where he was being treated for what police say was a non-life threatening wound.

Meanwhile, police and CHP officers set up a perimeter and searched for the suspect using a K-9 but did not find him.

Moorpark Woman Facing Eviction Involved In Standoff

KVTA News Thursday May 18, 2017

Updated--The Ventura County Sheriff's Department was involved in a five-hour standoff with a woman in a mobile home park in Moorpark.

It began around 10 AM Thursday when the Sheriff's Civil Unit attempted to serve an eviction notice to the resident of a the Villa Del Arroyo Mobile Home Park in the area of Arroyo Drive and Los Angeles Avenue.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy David Coffey told KVTA News from the scene that the woman opened a window next to the door and showed the deputies two large kitchen knives and said she wasn't going to come out.

Coffey says the deputies backed off, called in more deputies to set up a perimeter and secure the area.

He says they made contact with her tried to talk her into surrendering peacefully.

The residences on either side of her mobile home were evacuated the the cul-de-sac where she lives was shut down impacting about 20-30 residents.

Coffey says around 3 PM they made a decision.

They decided the woman was not a danger to herself or others so they decided to back off and leave and follow up later.

The incident did not impact Arroyo Drive or LA Avenue.

Amgen Tour Of California In Ventura County

KVTA News Wednesday May 17, 2017

(Photos by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Stage 4 of this year's Amgen Tour of California raced through Ventura County Wednesday as the world class cyclists traveled almost 100 miles from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita.

The photos show the cyclists traveling up the Dennison Grade in the Ojai Valley towards the Upper Ojai and Santa Paula.

 * At 110 PM PST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated
   heavy rain falling across the warned area. Flash flooding is
   expected to begin shortly if not already occuring. Flash flooding,
   mud, and debris flows are likely below the Solimar and Camarillo
   Springs burn areas. 
 * Some locations that will experience flooding include...
   Solimar Burn Area...
   Springs Burn Area...
   Santa Paula...
   La Conchita...
   and Highway 33 between Wheeler Springs and Rose Valley Road.
 Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
 deaths occur in vehicles.
 Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
 creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
 well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
 Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you
 can do so safely.
 A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
 If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
 Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
 precautions to protect life and property.
 A Flash Flood Warning for a recent burn area means that flooding and
 debris flows are imminent or occurring. Residents living in or
 immediately below the burn area should take immediate precautions 
 to protect life and property. Quickly move away from the burn area 
 only if it is safe to do so, otherwise shelter in place and move 
 to a second storyor the highest location in your home to stay out 
 of the path of fast-moving water and debris flows.