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A Santa Paula Dog Who Has Survived A Tough Life Needs A Home

KVTA News Tuesday January 27, 2015

(Photo courtesy SPARC)

Buddha, a gentle 10-year-old pit bull found lying by the side of the road by a Santa Paula police officer, has faced a life of challenges.

He is unable to use his hind legs due to a degenerative myelopathy/neuropathy that could get worse.

The officer took Buddha to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue 

Center (SPARC) and they took him to a pet emergency hospital where his condition was diagnosed.

It appears that the dog was either dumped where the officer found him, or he dragged himself to that location, since his legs were scraped raw.

Buddha recovered from his scrapes and bruises but he still needed help because of the condition which has paralyzed his hind legs.

That's where a Massachusetts company, Eddie's Wheels, stepped in with a donated $600 custom-made cart for dogs who cannot use their hind legs.

Staff members at SPARC have given Buddha a lot of time and treats to get him used to his new wheels and they say he's becoming more confident and enjoys going out for a spin several times a day.

But Buddha will be leaving SPARC for a rescue sanctuary that provides more specialized care as he continues his recovery.

Ultimately they hope Buddha will find a loving home.

For more information go to SPARC at

PCH Will Remain Closed Through March 2nd

KVTA News Tuesday January 27, 2015

(Photo courtesy Caltrans)

(Tuesday 01-27-15 at 11:30 AM)
Caltrans Tuesday said that the 9 mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County that was shut down in December due to storm damaged will remain closed until March 2nd.
Caltrans had indicated February 2nd as a target date for reopening the stretch trom Las Posas Road, but they now say it'll be another month.
Here's the news release from Caltrans...

Caltrans Tuesday said that the 9 mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County that was shut down in December due to storm damaged will remain closed until March 2nd.

Caltrans had indicated February 2nd as a target date for reopening the stretch trom Las Posas Road, but they now say it'll be another month.

Here's the news release from Caltrans...

Ventura Man Found Dead In Vacant Lot

KVTA News Tuesday January 27, 2015

Ventura police and the Ventura County Medical Examiner are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a vacant lot in the city's industrial park.

The discovery was made around 3 PM Tuesday afternoon in the 4200 block of Transport Street.

Police say the 45-year-old white male from Ventura was found among overgrown weeds in the empty lot.

They say there was no outward or obvious indication as to how the man died or any other indication as to what might have happened.

Major Crimes and the coroner are investigating.

The man's name is not being released at this time.

Anyone with information that might help in the investigation is being asked to call VPD at (805) 339-4467 and ask for Detective Sutherland.

Suspect In Ojai/Camarillo Coin Laundry Burglaries

KVTA News Tuesday January 27, 2015

Deputies are looking for the suspect in three recent self-serve laundry burglaries, two in the Ojai Valley, one in Camarillo.

The Ojai Valley burglaries took place in the early morning hours of December 1, 2014 at Mira Monte Quick Clean and Coin House Laundry.

While investigating those burglaries, detectives learned that Camarillo had a similar burglary at a self serve laundry on November 5, 2014.

The suspect in the security video in Camarillo appears to be the same person as the suspect in the Ojai break-ins.

They say that after breaking into the businesses, he pried open the coin boxes on several washing machines and stole the money inside.

Anyone who can help identify the suspect in the photos is asked to call Detective Mulrooney at (805) 646-1414.

DUI Courthouse Sting In Ventura

KVTA News Monday January 26, 2015

Traffic officers from the Oxnard Police Department Monday conducted a courthouse sting operation of people under court orders not to drive.

The officers were in court between 8 AM and 11 AM when drivers with prior DUI arrests were told by the judge that their driving privilege had been suspended.

The officers then followed six individuals to the parking lot where two of the individuals got into vehicles as passengers and were driven away and one got on a bus.

But police say the three others got into their vehicles and drove away form the courthouse.

The officers stopped those three and arrested them on misdemeanor charges of driving on a suspended license.

Other law enforcement agencies in the county have conducted the same kind of sting in the past and they say there will be more in the future.

Simi Transient Arrested For Carjacking Gas Company Truck

KVTA News Monday January 26, 2015

Simi Valley police say they've arrested a transient Monday after he allegedly carjacked a Gas Company truck and then crashed it during a pursuit with police. 

They say the incident started in the area of Deodora Street and School Street when the suspect, 22-year-old Anthony Ramirez of Simi Valley is alleged to have threatened a Gas Company employee with bodily harm unless he gave him the utility truck.

The employee complied with the demand and Ramirez took off in the vehicle.

The victim called police and an officer spotted the stolen vehicle and tried to pull it over, but there was a pursuit which ended when the truck crashed into a fence at the north end of King Palm Drive in a neighborhood south of the Arroyo Simi wash and west of Sequoia Avenue. 

Police say Ramirez got out and ran into the open space area along the arroyo and then into a neighborhood off of Corto Street at Royal Avenue. 

A resident then called police to say there was a man hiding in her yard on Forest Avenue and officers responded, found Ramirez and took him into custody without further incident.

Police say Ramirez was arrested for carjacking, felony evading, reckless driving and auto theft.

Sexual Battery In Ventura's Grant Park

KVTA News Sunday January 25, 2015

Ventura police say that an adult female called 911 around 3:40 PM Sunday afternoon to report that while she was jogging on the Botanical Garden trails in Grant Park near Brakey Road she ran past a male seated next to the path.

She told officers that as she passed the male he reached out and slapped her on the buttocks.

The woman told police she quickly turned and confronted the suspect and he grabbed her wrists and wouldn't let go until she tried to kick him and then he ran off towards the Cross area.

As officers talked to the woman, she told them that three months ago the same male had followed her while she was jogging in the same area making vulgar comments about her until she yelled at him and he ran off.

She never reported that incident to police.

The woman also told officers that the same male had been in the park three weeks ago but she managed to avoid him.

The woman described the suspect as an adult Hispanic male, 18-19 years old, 6 foot and 160 pounds. 

Police say the suspect had black hair in a short buzz cut and was clean shaven and wearing rectangular reading glasses.

He was wearing a light blue shirt and black basketball shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD at (805) 339-4309.

Damaging Winds In Ventura County Saturday Expected To Die Down By Sunday Night

KVTA News Sunday January 25, 2015

The gusty northeast and east winds that ripped through Ventura County Saturday are expected to diminish Sunday afternoon.

On Saturday, the winds created problems and damage from one end of the county to the other.

The main problem seemed to be toppled trees and downed utility lines.

In Oxnard, a large tree came down in the 700 block of Oxnard Boulevard forcing closure of Oxnard Boulevard north of Five Points for several hours.

The tree crashed down into Magic Auto Sales causing $25,000 in damage according to the Oxnard Police Department.

Fortunately, the four employees and two customers in the business at the same were not hurt.

It was just one of dozens of wind-blown, fallen trees that came down.

Meanwhile, about 500 residents near Buena High in Ventura were without power for more than 12 hours because of wind blown power lines Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.

There were several incidents of power and other utility lines being ripped down by the winds.

In west Ventura, the wind tore off a metal carport structure and tossed it onto the roof of the building in the 600 block of Ventura Avenue.

Here's what the NWS Service says about the Sunday forecast...

"Gusty north to northeast winds will continue across portions of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties through this afternoon. 

The strongest winds will occur across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties with gusts to 55 mph and locally to 65 mph. 

Potential impacts include elevated fire weather conditions, downed power lines and trees, gusty strong cross winds, power outages, and blowing dust and debris on area roadways. 

Potential actions include securing outdoor furniture and plants, removing loose tree branches, and preparing for gusty cross winds and for blowing dust and debris on area roadways."

Here are some recorded wind gusts from the NWS...


MALIBU HILLS (1575 FT) 82 MPH 0156 PM 01/24 

TOPANGA (1600 FT) 58 MPH 1157 AM 01/24 


CAMARILLO APT. (77 FT) 51 MPH 1220 PM 01/24 

OXNARD APT. (66 FT) 47 MPH 0823 AM 01/24 

POINT MUGU NAS (13 FT) 46 MPH 0225 PM 01/24 

2 W VENTURA (32 FT) 44 MPH 1245 PM 01/24 

OXNARD (5 NE) (130 FT) 36 MPH 0200 PM 01/24 


CHEESEBORO (1707 FT) 66 MPH 0938 AM 01/24 

WILEY RIDGE (1645 FT) 57 MPH 0849 AM 01/24 

AGOURA HILLS (2 N) (1201 FT) 42 MPH 0834 AM 01/24

High Speed Chase From LA To Ventura To Oxnard

KVTA News Sunday January 25, 2015

(Photo of end of pursuit in Oxnard courtesy Erica Kennedy)

Updated--A high speed pursuit that began in the city of Los Angeles early Sunday morning with a felony hit and run in a stolen vehicle traveled all the way into Ventura County to the city of Ventura and then into Oxnard where it ended with the arrest of the driver and a passenger.

As the chase involving the LADP wound its way north into Ventura County, the CHP chased the suspect vehicle northbound on the 101 into downtown Ventura where the suspects got off the freeway at California Street and then went southbound on Harbor Boulevard through Ventura into Oxnard.

During that time the suspects ran red lights and traveled at high speeds with the CHP, Ventura PD and an LAPD helicopter involved.

At one point the CHP reportedly used a spike strip to flatten the tires on the suspect vehicle in the area of the 101 and 126 in Ventura.

The pursuit continued down Harbor Boulevard through Oxnard and then eastbound on Channel Islands Boulevard past Savers Road with Oxnard PD involved.

The chase continued on several residential streets east of Saviers Road before the suspects stopped and jumped out of the vehicle in the area of Cloyne and Channel Islands Boulevard.

There was a brief foot pursuit before the two people who were in the vehicle were captured around 2:20 AM Sunday morning with the help of a police K-9.

Taken into custody were two Santa Barbara residents, the driver 20-year-old Carlos Orozco and the passenger, 27-year-old Hector Vergara Flores.

The vehicle involved was a 2013 Chevy Silverado that had been stolen out of Santa Barbara.

The agencies involved in the pursuit included LAPD, the CHP, Ventura PD and Oxnard PD.

Gusty Winds Topple Trees, Rip Down Utility Lines, Cause Other Damage Around Ventura County

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

(Above photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Updated--Gusty northeast and east winds are rolling through Ventura County, toppling trees, ripping utility lines down and tossing around anything that isn't tied down.

The CHP issued a wind advisory for pretty much the entire county as they chased tumbling tumbleweed across freeways and highways.

Winds gusts ranging between 40-70 miles per hour have raced across the county.

As the sun rose Saturday morning, the hardest hit area was the Conejo Valley where wind speeds reached above 60 miles per hour.

Fire crews were kept busy handling a number of calls involving downed trees or utility lines, but as the day progressed, those problems started cropping up across the entire county.

In Ventura, in the 600 block of Ventura Avenue shortly before 1 PM, a metal carport was ripped off by the wind and flipped over onto the roof of a home (see top photo).

Firefighters made quick work of a small grass fire in Thousand Oaks around 8:20 AM on Roadrunner Avenue.

They contained it at less than an acre and had it under control in about an hour.

Here are some peak wind gusts between 4:30 AM and 11 AM Saturday...

OXNARD.................................EAST   47 MPH.

CAMARILLO..............................NORTHEAST  47 MPH.

POINT MUGU.............................NORTHEAST  41 MPH.

CHEESEBORO.............................NORTH   66 MPH.

WILEY RIDGE (North of Moorpark)................EAST   57 MPH.

BONEY MOUNTAIN (Between Newbury Park & PCH)........NORTHEAST   71 MPH. 

Here's what the NWS has to say...

"Strong surface high pressure, over the Great Basin, will continue to bring strong and damaging Santa Ana winds to portions of Southern California through this evening.

The strongest north to northeast winds (gusts 60-75 MPH) will occur across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties as well as the Santa Clarita Valley.

Elsewhere across most of the coastal and valley areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, wind gusts between 40 and 55 MPH are expected.

Gusty northeast winds will also impact the coastal waters south of Ventura as well as Catalina Island (including Avalon Harbor).

The gusty offshore winds will continue late tonight and Sunday, but the winds are expected to be somewhat weaker.

Potential impacts from the gusty Santa Ana winds will include downed power lines/trees, strong cross winds, power outages, and blowing dust and debris on area roadways.

Additionally, elevated fire weather conditions will prevail through Sunday due to the gusty winds and low relative humidity."

Arrests In Home Loan Scam Uncovered By VC Sheriff's Detectives

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department in Moorpark are being credited with uncovering an alleged home loan modification scam that targeted primarily Spanish speaking homeowners in Ventura County and throughout the rest of Southern California.

Five suspects, three men and two women, are accused by the authorities of stealing money from desperate homeowners by offering to help resolve their home loan problems for up front fees and then doing nothing to help the homeowners.

Those accused of the scam ran two businesses, Debt Settlers of America in Orange, and, Foreclosure Prevention Department in Irvine.

The Orange County DA filed 120 felony charges against the five suspects.

Three of the suspects are family members.

The investigation into the alleged scam began in Ventura County where deputies received complaints in October 2012 from homeowners who reported being victimized.

Ultimately the case was handed over to the Orange County DA for prosecution because the suspects and their businesses were based in Orange County.

Prosecutors alleged that almost two dozen homeowners, many in Ventura County and most Spanish speaking, were victimized.

The DA says the alleged scammers used radio advertising on Spanish language stations to attract clients.

It's alleged the companies raked in hundreds of thousand of dollars then did nothing to help the homeowners, who, in some cases, ended up losing their homes to foreclosure.

This all allegedly happened between 2009 and 2012.

Four of the suspects are in custody, one remains at large.

Transient Arrested For Trying To Kill Woman In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

Deputies say they've arrested a man for attempted murder after he allegedly tried to strangle a woman with a cord in a Thousand Oaks motel.

Deputies say that Friday afternoon around 1 PM, deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at the Premier Inn at 2434 W. Hillcrest Drive in Thousand Oaks.

When they arrived, they found a 43-year-old female transient who had been strangled into unconsciousness by a man.

They say the suspect, 38-year-old Hans Abraham Goodlein, a transient, had allegedly wrapped a cord around the woman's neck and almost strangled her to death.

The victim is expected to recover.

Deputies say Goodlein had fled before they arrived but they were able to track him to the Venice area of Los Angeles where he was arrested for attempted murder.

Goodlein was booked into the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $520,000.

Oxnard Man Arrested After Ventura Chase

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

An Oxnard man awaiting trial next week for second degree burglary was arrested Friday night following a brief vehicle and foot pursuit in Ventura.

The pursuit began shortly before 10 PM after a patrol officer stopped a vehicle at Seaward Avenue and Thompson Boulevard for a speeding violation.

Police say when the officer got out of his patrol car and started approaching the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle sped off.

That started about a one minute long vehicle pursuit that wound its way eastbound on several city streets, ending when the suspect stopped and jumped out of his vehicle in the area of Hartman Drive and Main Street.

There was a brief foot pursuit that ended when the suspect gained access to a business at Borchard Drive and Thompson Boulevard.

Police say when officers caught up to the suspect and tried to take him into custody, he resisted and there was a struggle and a Taser was used to finally subdue him.

They say that 23-year-old Fernando Suarez of Oxnard was finally taken into custody for felony resisting arrest.

He was taken to VCMC to be checked out and then booked into the Ventura County Jail.

According to court records, Suarez was scheduled to go on trial next week for misdemeanor second degree burglary.

He also had a prior conviction for misdemeanor petty theft and several prior infractions for driving without a license.

During the brief vehicle pursuit speeds reached 65 miles per hour and police say Suarez ran several stop signs and red lights along the way.

Ventura Checkpoint Nets One DUI Arrest

KVTA News Saturday January 24, 2015

Ventura police say their DUI checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning netted one DUI arrest.

The checkpoint was set up on eastbound Thompson Boulevard near California Street from 9 PM to 2:30 AM.

The person arrested for DUI has a blood alcohol level of .14 which is almost twice the legal limit.

Their vehicle was also towed and impounded.

Meanwhile, they arrested one other driver who was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant related to a prior DUI case.

One driver was cited for driving without a license.

One driver was cited for having marijuana in the vehicle and another for having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Deputies Arrest 4 After Camarillo Robbery

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Updated--Four individuals are under arrest in connection with a robbery in the Camarillo area Friday night.

The robbery took place shortly before 8 PM at a residence in the 100 block of west Loop Drive.

Deputies say a teenager was pistol-whipped by another teenager he knew and his property was taken.

Deputies tracked the suspect to a residence not far away in the 700 block of Mission Drive.

Streets were blocked off and a K-9 was brought in and ultimately four individuals were taken into custody in connection with the robbery including the suspect who pistol whipped the victim.

The victim was treated for his injury at the hospital.

Deputies believe the four individuals who were taken into custody were all involved in some way in the robbery.

Cal State CI Student Confirmed Measles Case

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Cal State Channel Islands officials say that a student who does not live on campus has a confirmed case of measles.

They say the infected student was in the campus Bell Tower and in the Del Norte and Broome Library buildings on January 20th.

Public health officials have said that if you believe you might have been exposed to the measles, and you have not been immunized or are not immune to the measles, you should get immunized.

The Ventura County Public Health Department was offering free measles vaccines until 8 PM Friday night at their Oxnard facility at 2240 E. Gonzales Road.

If you develop a fever that is 101 degrees or more; cough; runny nose or red eyes; with or without rash; contact a local healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment, and remain at home until the doctor has cleared you.

Symptoms usually begin eight to 12 days after exposure, but can occur up to 21 days after exposure.

Measles begins with a mild to moderate fever accompanied by a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. 

Two or three days later, the fever spikes, often as high as 104 to 105 degrees.

A red blotchy rash will appear, usually first on the face, along the hairline and behind the ears. 

The rash spreads downward to the chest and back, and finally, to the thighs and feet.

One in every 20 people with measles develops pneumonia, but life-threatening complications are rare.

Updates will be provided on CSU Channel Islands’ emergency information hotline at 805-437-3911 or by visiting CI’s web site at

VPD Looks For Possible Witnesses To Attack On Homeless Man

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Ventura police say the people in these photos are NOT suspects, but rather possible witnesses to the incident late on January 17th in which a homeless man was set on fire as he slept on the beach side of the retaining wall at the south end of Seaward Avenue.

Police say the two males and one female seen in these photos are NOT suspects but might have important information for police as to who carried out the attack on the 58-year-old man.

The victim remains in critical but stable condition at the burn center at LA County-USC and is expected to recover.

Police have described the suspects as three white males in their late teens or early 20's with shaved heads who were dressed in dark clothing. 

Detectives are asking if anyone with any information, or who may be able to help identify the people in the photos, to please contact Detective Espinosa at 805.339.4497. You can also contact our Command Center at 805.650.8010 (24 hr. non-emergency #).

Santa Paula Woman Convicted Of Murder

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

A jury Friday convicted a Santa Paula woman of second degree murder in the shooting death of another woman in a park.

The panel deliberated for about a day before finding 32-year-old Yajarya Dominguez guilty on all counts in the death of 21-year-old Ashley Calanche of Santa Paula.

The killing happened on September 27, 2013 in Mill Park in Santa Paula.

Prosecutors say Dominguez put a small handgun to the head of Calanche and deliberately shot her.

The defense claimed the gun went off accidentally as the two women struggled.

According to prosecutors, the two women did not know each other but had been at odds over a Facebook post regarding a friend of Dominguez.

Dominguez will be sentenced on February 24th.

She faces 40-years-to-life in prison.

She remains in jail on no bail

Ventura Man Hit By Vehicle While Running From Police

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Ventura police say that Friday morning around 7:30 AM they were called by a citizen who reported a suspicious subject trying to enter several invalid number codes into a Chase Bank ATM in the 2400 block of Harbor Boulevard.

An officer responded to the location and contacted the subject who was identified as 29-year-old Armando Gabriel Mendoza of Ventura.

Police say the officer confirmed that Mendoza was trying withdraw money from the ATM using an inactive bank card that would normally be sent out as an advertisement from the bank.

When the officer attempted to conduct a probation search on Mendoza, Mendoza resisted and then ran from the officer.

The officer caught up to Mendoza, but Mendoza broke free again and continued to run, this time out of the parking lot and into traffic on Harbor Boulevard where he was struck by a vehicle and tossed 25-30 feet.

Mendoza got up and started running again, but the officer finally caught him and took him into custody.

Mendoza was taken to VCMC where he was admitted for treatment of moderate injuries.

At the hospital he was cited for narcotics violations.

Man Arrested For Attempted Murder With Car In Oxnard

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Oxnard police say they've arrested a suspect in an incident on January 9th in which someone intentionally ran down a man in the parking lot of a business.

The incident in the 600 block of South "A" Street left a 26-year-old Santa Barbara man in critical condition at VCMC.

Police say they had determined that a black BMW 4-door vehicle with paper plates was involved in the incident and they ultimately identified the suspect as 22-year-old Uriel Garcia Garcia of Oxnard.

Police say that late Thursday night they located Garcia driving the same vehicle and he was stopped and arrested for attempted murder.

A Windy And Warm Weekend For Ventura County

KVTA News Friday January 23, 2015

Gusty northeast and east winds this weekend around Ventura County.

Here's what the NWS says...

"Strong surface high pressure, building into the Great Basin, will bring strong and potentially damaging Santa Ana winds to portions of Southern California tonight and Saturday. 

The strongest north to northeast winds (gusts 60-70 MPH) are expected across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties while the Santa Clarita Valley could experience gusts to 60 MPH.

Elsewhere across most of the coastal and valley areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, wind gusts between 35 and 50 MPH are expected. 

Gusty northeast winds will also impact the coastal waters south of Ventura as well as the Catalina Island (including Avalon Harbor). 

The gusty offshore winds will likely continue Saturday night and Sunday although the wind speeds will be somewhat weaker. 

Potential impacts from the gusty Santa Ana winds will include downed power lines/trees and strong cross winds. 

Additionally, critical fire weather conditions will be possible at times over much of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties."

Also, high surf through Saturday and once the winds move out there's a chance of a rain storm Monday night and Tuesday.