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Car Erupts In Flames In Ventura Garage

KVTA News Saturday September 20, 2014

Updated--Ventura City firefighters were able to contain a vehicle fire in a garage Saturday night.

It was reported shortly before 9 PM in the 6000 block of Woodland Street in the residential area east of Buena High School.

When they arrived on scene, they found smoke pouring from a detached garage.

It was coming from a fire in one of two vehicles in the garage.

They were able to stop the flames before they spread to the structure of the other vehicle in the garage.

Fire investigators say the fire was started by an electrical problem in the vehicle that was burned.

Damage estimates from the fire were put at $10,000.

Vehicle Set On Fire In Santa Clara Riverbed

KVTA News Saturday September 20, 2014

Updated-firefighters from the city of Ventura, city of Oxnard, and the county have extinguished what turned out to be a vehicle fire that spread to the brush in the Santa Clara River near Oxnard.

It was initially reported around 7 PM Saturday night on the Ventura side, not far from Cabrillo Village.

But when Ventura firefighters responded, they said the fire was actually on the Oxnard side of the river and then they saw an explosion.

The Ventura city fire units responded over to the Oxnard side of the river and they along with firefighters from the county and the city of Oxnard made access to the levee through the gate at the extreme west end of Central Avenue.

They then went along the levee towards the 118 and found the vehicle down in the river bottom fully engulfed in flames with the flames spreading to a small area of brush. 

The firefighters first on scene said they could handle it and most of the responding units were returned.

The fire was knocked down around 7:45 PM

Unemployment Down In Ventura County

KVTA News Friday September 19, 2014

The unemployment rate in Ventura County in August was 6.8 percent, down from the 7 percent recorded in July.
That was also lower than the 8.1 percent in August of last year, below the 7.4 percent statewide average, but higher than the 6.3 percent national average.
From July to August, Ventura County lost 700 farm jobs but gained 300 non farm jobs.
From August of last year to August of this year, agriculture lost 200 jobs while the non agriculture sectors gained a net total of 3700 jobs.
The manufacturing sector is still showing job losses, month to month (200), and, year to year (100).
Month to month, the only other sectors showing job losses beyond manufacturing and agriculture were trade, transportation, and utilities (300), and, education and health services (200).
From year to year, the job losses beyond agriculture and manufacturing were financial services (300) and government (200).
From year to year, the biggest job gains were in professional and business services (+1700) and leisure and hospitality (+1300).
Here's a link to the jobs report from the California Employment Development Department...
http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/vent$pds.pdf

The unemployment rate in Ventura County in August was 6.8 percent, down from the 7 percent recorded in July.

That was also lower than the 8.1 percent in August of last year, below the 7.4 percent statewide average, but higher than the 6.3 percent national average.

From July to August, Ventura County lost 700 farm jobs but gained 300 non farm jobs.

From August of last year to August of this year, agriculture lost 200 jobs while the non agriculture sectors gained a net total of 3700 jobs.

The manufacturing sector is still showing job losses, month to month (200), and, year to year (100).

Month to month, the only other sectors showing job losses beyond manufacturing and agriculture were trade, transportation, and utilities (300), and, education and health services (200).

From year to year, the job losses beyond agriculture and manufacturing were financial services (300) and government (200).

From year to year, the biggest job gains were in professional and business services (+1700) and leisure and hospitality (+1300).

Here's a link to the jobs report from the California Employment Development Department...

http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/vent$pds.pdf

VC Humane Society Caring For Neglected Horses

KVTA News Thursday September 18, 2014

(Photo of "Sadie May" courtesy Ventura County Humane Society)

The Humane Society of Ventura County is asking for public help so they can care for and feed six neglected horses.

Four of those horses were brought into protective custody in the past two weeks.

They say Wednesday they brought in a horse, a mare, from a Fillmore ranch that, according to the vet, was close to 400 pounds underweight (see photo).

Humane Society Shelter Director Jolene Hoffman says the condition of that horse is extremely poor and it will take weeks before they know if "Sadie May", as they call her, will survive.

She says this is one of the worst cases of neglect she's seen in 33 years as shelter director.

Hoffman said caring for all of the horses will take months and will cost a lot of money, especially for hay, which is very costly these days because of the drought.

The Humane Society is a non-profit and will accept gift cards to feed stores, alfalfa grade 1 and 2, fly masks of all sizes and fly repellent.

Donations may be brought to the Humane Society shelter at 402 Bryant Street in Ojai or sent to PO Box 297, Ojai, CA. 93024.

You can also call them at (805) 656-5031 or visit them on line at http://www.humanesocietyvc.org

Pedestrian Struck And Killed By Car In Oxnard

KVTA News Thursday September 18, 2014

Updated--A pedestrian was fatally struck by a car in Oxnard Thursday morning.

It happened shortly after 7 AM on Wooley Road near Novato Drive.

Police say the 79-year-old Oxnard man was crossing Wooley Road when he was struck by a gray 2004 Toyota Corolla driven by a 38-year-old Oxnard man.

Police say drugs and alcohol were not involved in the collision.

The name of the victim has not been released yet.

The incident closed Wooley Road between Patterson and Ventura roads for some four hours.

Oxnard police say there have been 11 fatal traffic collisions so far this year in that city that have claimed the lives of 12 people.

Rash Of Stabbings In Ventura County Tuesday Night

KVTA News Wednesday September 17, 2014

Authorities in Ojai and Oxnard are investigating three separate stabbing incidents Tuesday night that sent three people to the hospital.

The first was reported around 9:30 PM in the 300 block of Montgomery Street in Ojai.

Deputies say there was a group of males at a residence when one of them was stabbed.

The 40-year-old male from Ojai was taken to VCMC with a single stab wound to the chest and was expected to recover.

Deputies arrested 23-year-old Cesar Espinoza of Ojai for assault with a deadly weapon and an outstanding warrant.

Then, less than 15 minutes later, a stabbing was reported in the 2400 block of Grapevine Drive in Oxnard.

Oxnard police say 56-year-old Scott Carlson of Oxnard was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 59-year-old Oxnard man in a house at that location following an argument.

The victim is listed in serious but stable condition at the hospital.

Finally, around 11:15 Tuesday night, a stabbing victim walked into the lobby of the Oxnard Police Department and told officers he had been attacked in the 400 block of S. C Street by a man named Jose.

The victim, a 67-year-old Oxnard man, went to VCMC with serious but non life threatening wounds.

Police later located and arrested 58-year-old Jose Nunez Andrade of Oxnard in connection with that stabbing.

Oxnard Teen Hit By 2 Vehicles, Critically Injured

KVTA News Tuesday September 16, 2014

Updated---Oxnard police say a teenager was struck by two vehicles and critically injured Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened shortly before 4 PM on Vineyard Avenue near Edelweiss Street.

Police say the 15-year-old male juvenile from Oxnard was crossing Vineyard when he was struck by a red 2002 VW Jetta which was traveling eastbound on Vineyard.

They say that the impact caused the teen to be thrown several feet.

Witnesses told police that as the teen was down in the roadway, a second vehicle, a blue Ford F-150 pickup, struck him a second time.

The drivers of both vehicles stopped at the scene.

He was taken to VCMC and underwent emergency surgery for his injuries and was listed in critical condition.

Because of his age, his name was not released by OPD.

The incident remains under investigation and police say at this time they don't know whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Senior Officer Jamie Brown at (805) 385-7749.

Oxnard Man Ordered To Stand Trial In Child Sex Case

KVTA News Tuesday September 16, 2014

A judge determined Tuesday there is sufficient evidence for an Oxnard man to stand trial for molesting two girls at a Ventura bowling alley.

54-year-old Adolfo "AC" Cortez is accused of three felony counts of lewd acts with a child in separate incidents when he worked at Buena Lanes.

Prosecutors say the alleged victims were 10-year-old girls, one from Ventura, the other from Santa Paula.

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday after which Cortez the judge determined there was enough evidence for Cortez to face trial.

Cortez remains in jail on $250,000 bail pending a trial.