KVTA Local News

Guilty Verdict In Gang Related Murder Trial

KVTA News Monday March 19, 2018

A Ventura County jury has convicted a man in connection with a gang related killing in a Saticoy park more than five years ago.

It took less than a day of deliberations to find 23-year-old Justin Patino of Oxnard guilty of murder in the June 2012 shooting death of 14-year-old Joshua Burciaga of Ventura.

They also found true a special allegation of street terrorism related to a gang.

Patino was 17 at the time of the killing but a judge ruled he would be tried as an adult.

His co-defendant has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

Patino is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16th.

NWS: Major Storm Due In Tuesday Night-Thursday

KVTA News Sunday March 18, 2018

The National Weather Service a major storm is due to arrive in our area late Tuesday night through Thursday with significant rainfall and rainfall rates that could cause problems in the Thomas Fire burn areas.

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

"A significant storm system will be develop off the California Coast early this week, tapping into abundant subtropical moisture.

As a result, there is the potential for a very wet and long duration storm for Southwest California from Tuesday through Thursday night.

While there is still some uncertainty in where the axis of heaviest rainfall will impact our forecast area, there is increasing confidence that portions of our forecast area will receive significant rainfall with moderate to high rainfall intensities.

Rainfall rates will likely exceed USGS thresholds, with peak 1 hour intensities expected to range between 0.50-0.75 inches, with a 20 percent chance of rates up to 1.00 inch per hour.

Many areas could see the most significant rainfall totals of the season, with coastal/valley areas generally expected to range between 1.50 to 4.00 inches, while south and southwest facing foothills and coastal slopes could see between 3 and 6 inches.

There will be the potential for significant flash flooding and debris flows in and around recent burn areas, with the highest probability of higher intensity rainfall sometime between late Tuesday night and early Thursday.

In addition, there will likely be a threat of widespread urban roadway flooding as well as flooding of small creeks and rockslides."

Oaks Mall Shooting Victim/Suspect Identified

KVTA News Sunday March 18, 2018

Update--The victim and suspect in Saturday afternoon's deadly shooting at the Oak Mall in Thousand Oaks have been identified.

Deputies say that 33-year-old Kevin Crane of Thousand Oaks went into the Paper Source store around 2:15 PM and argued with his ex-wife, 29-year-old Parisa Siddiqi of Thousand Oaks.

They say Crane then shot Siddiqi and then turned the gun on himself.

She died at the scene.

Crane was taken to the hospital where deputies say he remains in critical condition.

Oxnard Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Sunday March 18, 2018

Oxnard police are looking for the suspects in a shooting that wounded a teenager Sunday afternoon.

They say around 1:39 PM, officers responded to the 200 block of Anita Avenue where they found a 17-year-old male who had sustained a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest.

He was taken to VCMC and police say is listed in stable condition.

Police say the suspects are 3-4 Hispanic males in their early to late teens.

They were last seen in the alley of Anita Avenue.

If anyone has further information, they are encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7796.  If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the violent crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site to submit a tip via text or email.

Major Injury Hit & Run Crash On 118 In Somis

KVTA News Saturday March 17, 2018

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

One person was reported to be in critical condition in a hit and run crash on Highway 118 in Somis.

It was reported at around 6:30 PM Saturday on the 118 (LA Avenue) at Walnut.

Two vehicles were involved, one ended up off the highway with a person trapped who had to be extricated by firefighters.

The suspect driver fled on foot into the agricultural area north of the 118.

The sheriff's helicopter and a K-9 were being dispatched to helpi deputies and the CHP officers conduct the search.

The roadway was blocked in that area.

Woman Dead, Man Gravely Wound, In Shooting At Oaks Mall In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Saturday March 17, 2018

UPDATE FROM SGT BUSCHOW..."Shooting at Oaks Mall appears to be case of domestic violence. The man entered the store and shot his ex-wife, then shot himself. Investigation is ongoing. The woman, who died at the scene is a 30-yr-old TO resident. The man is a 33-yr-old LA area resident."


(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Updated at 4 PM---A woman is dead, a man in grave condition, following a shooting at the Oaks Mall complex in Thousand Oaks.

The shooting was reported around 2:15 PM Saturday afternoon at a business called the Paper Source which is in an area outside of the main mall at the south end.

When deputies arrived on scene they found the female adult who was declared dead at the scene and a male adult who was taken to Los Robles in grave condition.

A gun was recovered at the scene and Ventura County Sergeant Eric Buschow told KVTA News from the scene that there are no outstanding suspects.

The old portion of the mall has been reopened, only the area around the shooting remains closed.

Investigators have not confirmed this yet, but this appears to be a murder-attempted suicide incident involving only the two people who were shot at the Paper Source store in the relatively new open-air portion of the mall at the south end.

Camarillo Tree Trimmer Dies After Apparent Electrocution

KVTA News Friday March 16, 2018

Updated--Cal Osha has been called in to investigate the death of a tree trimmer from an apparent electrocution in Camarillo.

It was reported around 2:30 PM Friday in the 500 block of Leonard Street, a residential neighborhood east of Temple Avenue and south of Ponderosa Drive.

The man was trimming palm trees when he apparently came in contact with Edison power lines.

Paramedics are on scene, but they had to wait until Edison de-energized the lines to make a medical assessment on the victim.

They did that and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pawn Shop Robbery In Simi Valley

KVTA News Friday March 16, 2018

Simi Valley police are seeking public help in identifying the two suspects who robbed a pawn shop in that city Friday afternoon.

Here's the info from Simi PD...

"On 03-16-18, at approximately 1:09p.m., several officers responded to a report of a Robbery at the Reliable Pawn Shop located at 4370 E. Cochran St. Upon arrival, officers determined that two unidentified male suspects wearing dark clothing, hats, and gloves entered the location carrying hammers. The suspects smashed glass jewelry displays and took numerous pieces of jewelry. The suspects fled the pawn shop prior to the officers at the scene.

Suspect Descriptions:

Suspect #1: male, Hispanic, 20-30 years old, approximately 5’6” and 180 pounds, brown short hair

Suspect #2: male, Hispanic, 20-30 years old, approximately 6’0” and 215 pounds, and long hair. The suspects hair is possibly braided.

Simi Valley Police Detectives are investigating this incident and request that anyone having information on this crime contact the Department at (805) 583-6950."

Big Rig Crash Going Up Conejo Grade

KVTA News Friday March 16, 2018

(Photo courtesy CHP)


CHP says delays going up the Conejo Grade for much of today following a big rig crash this morning on the southbound 101 Freeway...

"“BIg-Rig” crash. The “good news,” nobody was hurt, both trailers are empty, its off the freeway.  The “bad news,” we are working with @CaltransDist7 to close the right 2 (of 4) lanes until 3:00 PM in order to recover all 3 vehicles (truck & 2 trailers). DELAYS US 101, S/B"

Major Ventura County Heroin Delivery Crew Busted

KVTA News Friday March 16, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

Ventura County authorities say they've "dismantled" a major heroin delivery service plaguing the east county that delivered heroin like you do a pizza

Deputies say 30 people have been arrested including four Los Angeles residents who controlled the business and Ventura County residents who worked and delivered at the street level.

They say people could literally order heroin over the phone and have it delivered to their door.

In addition to the more than 30 arrests, deputies also seized a pound of heroin, $80,000, three vehicles and 10 guns during the two month investigation.

Officials say with opioid abuse a growing problem it's critical to stop an operation designed to feed the epidemic. 

Teens Use Skateboard As Weapon In Robbery/Assault

KVTA News Friday March 16, 2018

(Photo courtesy of Caressa Cowan)

Updated--Deputies in Ojai arrested three juveniles who used a skateboard as a weapon to commit robbery, assault and vandalism Thursday night.

The teens entered the convenience store at the Chevron station at 360 east Ojai Avenue around 7 PM and allegedly started stealing items.

The clerk tried to stop them and was assaulted with a skateboard.

A female customer tried to intervene, and she was assaulted with the skateboard.

Deputies responded and caught two of the teens, males 15 and 16 years of age.

But a 17-year-old male got away before deputies arrived and they say he started smashing the windows of several vehicles in the area using the skateboard.

A concerned citizen saw that, followed the suspect and directed deputies to his location where the arrested the 17-year-old.

Deputies say all three teens were under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital due to his out of control behavior.

All three juveniles were medically cleared and lodged into Juvenile Hall in El Rio for conspiracy to commit a crime, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

The 17-year-old was also charged with felony vandalism.

There was information earlier from the Sheriff's Department that indicated there might have been a fourth juvenile involved, that it might be a female, but that's not been confirmed.

There was also earlier information that the juveniles smashed a window at the business, but again, that's not been included in the official news released from Ojai PD.

Suspect Arrested For Attack At Camarillo Hotel

KVTA News Friday March 16, 2018

Deputies in Camarillo say they've arrested the suspect in an attack that happened earlier this week at a hotel.

They say Monday night a man walked into the lobby of a hotel in the 2900 block of Petit Street in Camarillo.

Deputies ay the man asked the receptionist for a cup of coffee.

When the receptionist said she didn't have any, the man picked up an object from the counter and threw it at her, causing a minor injury.

Deputies say as the man left he threatened to come back and harm the receptionist.

The incident was captured on security cameras and detectives were able to identify the suspect as someone they had dealt with before.

Wednesday they located and arrested 40-year-old Justin Haggard, a transient, for assault and making criminal threats.

Three Camarillo Schools Placed On Lockdown

KVTA News Thursday March 15, 2018

Deputies in Camarillo say three schools were placed on lockdown Thursday after the staff at one of the schools reported a threat.

Staff at Phoenix School at Camarillo Airport received information about a possible threat to the school around 9:20 AM and reported it to law enforcement.

Deputies and investigators responded to the school and as a precaution Phoenix School, ACE Charter School and Frontier High School were placed on lockdown for a period of time.

Detectives conducted what they say was a "thorough investigation" and determined no threat had been made and no crime had occurred.

The lockdowns were then lifted.

Report Of Gunman Prompts School Lockdown

KVTA News Thursday March 15, 2018

Updated--A report from several students at the ATLAS school of a man with a gun in the area prompted the lockdown of that and two other east Ventura schools Thursday afternoon.

Police swarmed the area between Henderson and Darling roads and on both sides of Saticoy Avenue, shutting down streets and searching the campuses of the ATLAS, Pennfield and Sacred Heart schools as the sheriff's helicopter circled overhead.

The search went on for an hour and nothing was found.

There were reports of an individual that might match the description of the suspect moving east past the barranca towards Wells Road but that apparently was not the suspect.

Finally, around 2:15 PM, police lifted the lockdown but stayed in the area as students were being released from school for the day.

The helicopter was released from the incident.

Oxnard Man Arrested For Killing Brother-In-Law

KVTA News Thursday March 15, 2018

Updated--Oxnard police say they've captured the man wanted for killing his brother-in-law Wednesday night.

They say 21-year-old Jonathan Fuentes was tracked down and captured around mid morning Thursday in the area near the Motel 6 on Johnson Drive.

Police say Fuentes is accused in the shooting death of his brother-in-law, 33-year-old Ryan Switzer of Oxnard.

The fatal shooting happened around 9 PM Wednesday night at the house where they both lived in the 300 block of Deodar Avenue just east of C Street and north of Wilson Park.

Switzer died at the scene.

Detectives say the killing was the result of a family dispute.

Police spent all night searching for Fuentes at locations in Oxnard and then around 7 AM Thursday they received information from community members that led them to the area near the Motel 6 on Johnson Drive and when they searched the area they found Fuentes in the 6500 block of Ventura Boulevard, near the Toys R Us, and he was taken into custody around 9:30 AM Thursday without incident.

Fillmore Shooting Wounds Man

KVTA News Wednesday March 14, 2018

Deputies in Fillmore are looking for the suspect in a shooting that left one person with minor gunshot wounds.

It was reported around 10:20 PM Wednesday night.

The victim, a male in his late 20's, told deputies he was walking near La Unica Market on Telegraph Road when a car drove up, shots were fired, and then the car took off.

The victim suffered a leg wound and another bullet grazed his head.

He managed to get to a residence a couple of blocks away at 4th Street east of Goodenough Road where the authorities were contacted.

The victim was taken to VCMC with what were described as non-life threatening wounds.

The suspects remain at large.

Gunman Robs Oxnard Restaurant

KVTA News Wednesday March 14, 2018

Oxnard police are looking for the gunman who robbed a restaurant Wednesday night.

The suspect entered the Mariachi Grill in the 4200 block of Saviers Road shortly after 8 PM.

He pointed a gun at the employee and demanded cash.

The employee complied and the suspect fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect was wearing a black bandanna over his face and a black hoodie.

He was described as a male in his early to mid 20's, 140 pounds.

No one was hurt.

Oxnard Standoff Ends With Suspect In Custody

KVTA News Wednesday March 14, 2018

(Photo of scene on E Strreet courtesy Vanessa Solano)

Update---A standoff between a wanted man and Oxnard police has ended with the suspect in custody.

Oxnard police say that around 2:36 PM Wednesday detectives spotted a motorcyclist they knew was wanted on a felony warrant for possession of a loaded gun.

When they tried to stop the man, they say he fled to a house in the 3600 block of south E Street just north of west Yucca Street and went inside.

The man refused to come out so the SWAT team was called in along with the armored vehicle and a K-9.

Officers were able to get the man's family members safely out of the house as they tried to talk the man into giving up. 

Police say the man refused to come out, so, they deployed tear gas and around 5:15 PM the man came out the front door but still refused to follow their commands to surrender, so they deployed the K-9 and the man was finally taken into custody.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Mario Sanchez of Oxnard and he was arrested on that outstanding warrant, plus possession of a stolen motorcycle and resisting arrest.

Tuesday's Storm A Bust For Parched Ventura County

KVTA News Wednesday March 14, 2018

     The good news and bad news about yesterday's weather is that the rain caused no problems, but it also brought very little much-needed moisture to a parched Ventura County.

     In fact, in meteorological terms, the storm was a big bust.

     Most areas of the county received less than a quarter inch and even the favored foothills and mountains surrounding the Ojai Valley and above Ventura, Santa Paula and Fillmore, recorded only a third to an inch of rain.

     Some rainfall amounts from yesterday as of 4 AM Wednesday morning...

VC Gov’t Ctr     .26

Oxnard CC       .26

Sta Pla              .32

Ojai CC             .48

Fillmore             .22

Port Hueneme   .18

Camarillo           .11

Thousand Oaks .20

Moorpark           .20

Simi Valley         .11

     By late morning the flash flood watch for the Thomas burn area had been cancelled and the evacuation notices lifted.

     Again, the good news was that no problems were reported in the Thomas burn area or elsewhere.

     There's a chance of some rain later today and tonight with a break in the action during the day tomorrow and then a chance of more rain tomorrow night into Friday.

     But it's expected that rainfall amounts will also be low.

Heather Locklear A No Show In Court

KVTA News Wednesday March 14, 2018

     Actress Heather Locklear was a no show for her arraignment yesterday in Ventura on charges stemming from a domestic violence incident at her Thousand Oaks home last month.

     Her attorney, William Haney, did appear on her behalf and he asked for an received a one month continuance.

     Meanwhile, the judge granted a prosecution request to order Locklear not to possess any firearms.

     Last week deputies searched her home looking for a gun that's registered in her name but they did not find one.

     The authorities say the reason for concern is that Locklear is alleged to have threatened to shoot deputies when they arrested her.

     She is charged with misdemeanor battery on the deputies who say she kicked and pushed them as they took her into custody.

     Prosecutors declined to file a felony domestic violence charge against her and despite all the talk about threats she made, no criminal threats charge was filed either.

     Locklear remains free on bail pending her April 13th arraignment and the judge ordered that she show up for that court proceeding.

   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.