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Third And Strongest Of 3 Storms Due Sunday

KVTA News Saturday January 21, 2017


A soggy Ventura County will see the strongest storm in several years arrive Sunday with 2-4 inches of rain forecast for the coastal and valley areas and 3-6 inches in the foothills and mountains.

It'll be a warm storm with an 8000 foot snow level.

Here is what the National Weather Service is saying...

"FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOS ANGELES/OXNARD HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR VENTURA COUNTY.

* FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON

* PERIODS OF INTENSE RAIN WITH RAINFALL RATES AS HIGH AS 1 TO 1.5 INCHES PER HOUR COULD GENERATE FLASH FLOODING AND OR MUD AND DEBRIS FLOWS...ESPECIALLY IN AND AROUND RECENT BURN SCARS.

* LANDSLIDES AND ROCKSLIDES ARE VERY COMMON DURING INTENSE RAIN EVENTS AND COULD LEAD TO ROAD CLOSURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FLASH FLOODING AND DEBRIS FLOWS WILL BE A PARTICULAR THREAT IN AND BELOW THE RECENTLY BURNED AREAS. 

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION."

Santa Paula Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Saturday January 21, 2017

Santa Paula police are investigating a shooting that happened early Saturday morning but they say they're getting no help from the victim or his family.

They say officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Sheppard Road around 1:20 AM Saturday and found a 27-year-old Santa Paula man wounded by a single gunshot to his left back.

Police say he and his family refused to cooperate or provide any information about what happened or why.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for what police say was a non-life threatening injury.

Despite getting no help from victim or family, police believe this was a gang related incident.

Anyone who has information should call Detective Randy Haumann at (805) 525-4474 ext 211 or email him at rhaumann@spcity.org

6 Rescued After Boat Overturns At CI Harbor

KVTA News Saturday January 21, 2017

UPDATED--Six people were rescued after they were tossed into the ocean when their outrigger overturned near the south jetty to Channel Islands Harbor.

It was reported around 7:40 AM Saturday in the south entrance to the harbor.

Firefighters and rescue swimmers from Oxnard City and Ventura County responded along with lifeguards, Air Squad 8 and the Harbor Patrol.

The first rescue personnel who arrived on scene were able to rescue the six people in the water within a few minutes.

They appeared to be OK and were being taken to the Harbor Patrol office to be checked out by medical personnel.

Some of the highest and strongest surf in some time is pounding the Ventura County coast today and the authorities have warned boaters, swimmers and surfers to stay out of the ocean.

They've also warned people to stay off jetties and groins due to the high surf.

Friday Storm Drenches Ventura County

KVTA News Friday January 20, 2017 

(Photo courtesy of Cynthia Tapia shows toppled tree at 7th & Main in Santa Paula)

Updated--Street flooding, toppled trees, mudslides, rock slides and snow all part of the latest storm that rolled through Ventura County Friday.

Storm number two Friday dumped between 1-2 inches of rain in most of the coastal and valley areas and 2-3 inches on some of the foothills and mountains (see numbers at the bottom of this post).

There was also snow in the mountains.

A Flash Flood Warning was issued for most of Ventura County at 10:30 AM Friday but was allowed to expire at 1:30 PM after the main part of the storm had moved east into LA County.

In Ventura County, the main impact from this storm was on traffic and roads with some road and street flooding reports.

There was also a noticeable uptick on traffic crashes.

Snow and landslides closed Highway 33 through the Los Padres National Forest.

PCH between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard was closed due to flooding.

There was also some property flood due to clogged drains, including the Oak View Post Office parking lot.

There were also a number of incidents involving toppled trees around Ventura County.

Scattered showers still possible through Friday night with high surf and low snow.

Saturday should see a break in the action although high surf is expected to batter the Ventura County coastline Friday night through Saturday.

Also strong winds will fill the gap between storms.

But storm number three, due in Sunday into Monday, is shaping up to be the strongest storm in years with 2-4 inches of rain forecast for the coastal and valley areas and 3-6 inches in the foothills and mountains.

Here are the latest rainfall totals from storm number two Friday through 5 PM Friday from the automated rain gauges of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District...

Ventura City Hall   1.14

Oxnard Civic Center   1.19

Camarillo  .83

Port Hueneme   .84

Ojai   2.22

Santa Paula   1.98

Fillmore   2.08

Thousand Oaks   1.63

Moorpark   1.10

Simi Valley   1.07

CSUCI   1.24

Camarillo Springs   1.01

Red Mountain above the Solimar Burn area  1.92

Matilija Dam   2,81

White Ledge Peak above Lake Casitas   2.93 

Santa Paula Man Sentenced For Killing

KVTA News Friday January 20, 2017


A Santa Paula man was sentenced Friday in connection with the stabbing death of an Oxnard man in June of 2016.

The judge sentenced 23-year-old Modesto Guevara to 12 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for killing 44-year-old Ricardo Garcia.

Guevara must serve 85% of the sentence, or ten years, two months in prison.

Guevara had initially been charged with murder but prosecutors decided that voluntary manslaughter was the more appropriate charge.

The incident happened in the 100 block of E. Ventura Street in Santa Paula on June 11, 2016 during an altercation between the two men.

An Angry Ocean Along Ventura County Coast

KVTA News Thursday January 19, 2017


High surf will batter the Ventura County coastline over the next couple of days and authorities are urging people to use caution.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for now.

It will be upgraded to a High Surf Warning Friday night through Saturday night.

They’re predicting waves up to 16 feet, the highest in several years.

The highest tides will be Friday and Saturday morning between 5 AM and 7 AM.

Minor coastal flooding and damage to piers and other coastal structures is possible.

Swimming in the ocean and walking on rock jetties will be extremely dangerous.

Public Help Sought In Identifying Camarillo Burglar

KVTA News Thursday January 19, 2017


Deputies in Camarillo are seeking public help in identifying the suspect in a burglary.

They say that on January 5th around 9:20 AM a female suspect was caught on video entering a residential courtyard.

She gained access to the home through a rear sliding door.

The suspect was carrying a camouflaged or brown/green backpack with white straps.

She stolen items from the home and then fled through a side gate.

The suspect was a female, 20-30 years old, 5’8”, 150-175 lbs. in weight, light skinned, brown braided hair, oval face.

She was wearing a gray long sleeve shirt with white writing over her chest, black yoga pants, and cream colored “Uggs” style boots.

Camarillo Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance identifying the suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Camarillo Detective Nora Soler @ 805-388-5115.

First Of 3 Storms Arrives In Ventura County

KVTA News Thursday January 19, 2017


The first of three storms arrived in Ventura County Wednesday evening and is living up to expectations.

By 3 AM Thursday, the storm had brought between a half inch and an inch of rain to the county with more expected before it begins to move out Thursday afternoon.

There had been no reports of any significant problems just some minor street flooding and rock slides.

Snow was falling in the Los Padres National Forest above 6,000 feet and the CHP says chain control is in effect for Highway 33 from Pine Mountain Summit to Lockwood Valley.

The rain will taper off Thursday afternoon but the chance of scattered showers will continue until the second storm arrives Friday and brings even more rain.

Saturday is expected to be a break in the action before the third and strongest storm arrives on Sunday into Monday.

The combined total of rain from all three systems is expected to be 3-6 inches of rain in the coastal and valley areas with up to 9 inches possible in the mountains and foothills.

High surf and coastal flooding is expected Friday and Saturday.

Here are some rainfall totals from the Ventura County Watershed Protection Districts as of 3 AM Thursday morning (we will update by 6 am)

Ventura County Government Center in Ventura .96

Oxnard Civic Center 1.33

Camarillo 1.04

Port Hueneme .74

Ojai .90

Santa Paula .95

Fillmore 1.01

Thousand Oaks .74

Moorpark .81

Simi Valley .56

Oxnard Man Sentenced For Fatal DUI Crash

KVTA News Wednesday January 18, 2017


An Oxnard man convicted of murder for a fatal DUI crash near Ventura more than three years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 16-years-to-life in prison.

Prosecutors say that 29-year-old Jose Rodriguez was already on probation for DUI when he crashed his car on southbound Victoria Avenue south of Olivas Park Drive shortly after 2 AM on June 14, 2013.

The CHP said that Rodriquez was speeding when he failed to make a curve and lost control.

The vehicle ran off the roadway and rolled over several times killing a rear seat passenger, 21-year-old Esmeralda Bello of Oxnard.

Rodriguez and a front seat passenger were injured.

After a two week trial last year, a jury convicted Rodriguez of second degree murder, driving with a blood alcohol level above .15 and driving on a suspened or revoked license.

Rodriquez has expressed remorse about what happened. 

Bello's mother wrote a letter to the court saying she forgives Rodriguez.

OPD Warns Of Door-To-Door Tutor Scam

KVTA News Wednesday January 18, 2017


Oxnard police are warning of a door-to-door scam that targets the families of school-age children.

They have at least three confirmed cases in Oxnard and others reported in Cerritos.

Police say the scammer goes door-to-door as an in-home tutor and presents the parents with a card from a legitimate tutoring company.

He says this is a government assistance program and he even provides forms to "start the registration process."

The suspect is invited into the home and during the visit he obtains tax returns and social security numbers of everyone in the residence.

He also asks for a subscription fee and an appointment is set for the first tutoring session.

Police say that day comes and goes and no tutor shows up.

Police say that while not all door-to-door solicitors are there to commit a crime, it is important to be very careful about who you let into your home and what information you provide them.

They say as in the above cases, the information can be used to commit identity theft or file false income tax returns.

Here are some tips to help prevent your becoming a victim:

• No government agency will solicit door to door. 

• Do not give your personal identifying information to anyone that you do not know or did not solicit their services. 

• Ask for photo identification. If you are suspicious, call to verify employment.

• Don’t be pressured into signing any agreements or contracts. 

As always, your Oxnard Police Department is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or you can remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477.

Ventura Hotel Arson Suspect Mental State Questioned

KVTA News Wednesday January 18, 2017


The resident of a Ventura hotel accused of setting his room on fire may not be mentally competent to face an arson charge.

The defense attorney for 34-year-old Juan Turner II raised that issue in court today.

At that point the judge suspended the criminal proceeding and appointed a psychologist to exam Turner to determine if he understands the charges against him and can aid in his defense.

A hearing on that issue is set for February 22nd.

Turner was arrested earlier this month after the fire broke out in his second floor apartment of the Leewood Hotel in the 700 block of E. Santa Clara Street.

He and one other person suffered minor injuries.

The fire displaced dozens of residents who are still displaced because the hotel has not reopened.

According to court records, Turner has had prior contacts with the criminal justice system where his mental state has been at issue.

Three-In-A-Row Heading For Ventura County

KVTA News Tuesday January 17, 2017


The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of three storms over the next five days beginning late Wednesday night in Ventura County.

Several inches of rain is possible over the next five days.

Here is what the NWS is saying...

"A series of storms will bring rain and mountain snow to southwest California Wednesday night through Monday.

The first storm will move through the region late Wednesday through Thursday.

This storm will likely produce 0.50-1.00” of rain for most coastal and valley areas, with up to 2.00” in the foothills.

Snow levels with the first storm will be 5000-6000 ft, with 4-8” of snow possible above 6000 ft.

The second storm is expected late Thursday night through Friday evening, followed by a third storm for Sunday and Monday.

The second and third storms will have the potential to produce greater rainfall totals, with the Sunday-Monday storm possibly being the largest of the three.

The combined rainfall totals for all three storms could be 3.00-6.00” for coastal and valley areas, with up to 9.00” possible in some foothill and mountain areas.

Storm #2 for late Thursday night into Friday evening, will be the coldest of the three, with snow levels possibly lowering to around 4000 ft.

All three storms will be capable of producing periods of moderate to heavy rain, isolated thunderstorms, and moderate to strong south to southwest winds, especially across the higher terrain.

Potential impacts include flash flooding and debris flows for recent burn areas, rock and mudslides along canyon roads, urban and small stream flooding, significant travel delays, downed trees and isolated power outages, and dangerous winter driving conditions, especially late Thursday night through Friday evening when snow levels could lower to the Grapevine."

Cold Case Killer Pleads Guilty to Oxnard Rape-Murder

KVTA News Tuesday January 17, 2017


The defendant in a cold case rape murder in the Oxnard-area 25 years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to all charges.

51-year-old Silverio Ambriz will face life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced on February 27th.

Ambriz pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of 22-year-old Angela Fisher of Oxnard.

Her body was found next to her burning car on the morning of October 5, 1991 in the 3800 block of Stugis Road just outside the Oxnard city limits.

She had been sexually assaulted and then beaten to death with a piece of concrete.

The killing became a cold case with no known suspect until 2002 when DNA from the crime scene was entered into the CODIS DNA database and Ambriz was identified as a possible suspect.

When the DNA match was made in 2002, Ambriz, who used to live in Oxnard, was in state prison serving a 47-year-to-life sentence for rape and sexual assaults that happened in 1996 in Ventura County.

That DNA hit launched a fresh investigation that led to the arrest in March of 2015 of Ambriz for the rape and murder of Fisher.

Tuesday Ambriz not only pleaded guilty to murder but also to forcible rape, sodomy, and arson.

He also admitted two Special Circumstance allegations that the murder was committed during a rape and sodomy.

The DA's office decided early on not to seek the death penalty in this case so Ambriz will get life in prison without parole.