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New Details About Deadly Ventura Shooting

KVTA News Thursday June 30, 2016

(Top photo Richard Hernandez)

(Bottom photo Alex Ramirez)

Ventura police released more details and new information about Wednesday afternoon's deadly shooting on East Main Street.

They say the incident began with three verbal altercations between suspects and victims, one at Del Taco in the 4300 block of East Main Street, the second in the parking lot of Lassen's in the 4000 block of East Main Street and finally nearby west of Sizzler in the same parking lot.

Police say it was there at about 4:15 PM that one of the suspects fired three shots, striking 25-year-old Cameron Miller of Oxnard twice and the second victim, a 21-year-old Oxnard male, once.

The suspects then got into a waiting vehicle driven by a 16-year-old female and they fled onto the nearby eastbound 126 Freeway.

The victim Miller stumbled across Main Street and collapsed in the eastbound lanes where he died.

The other victim, the 21-year-old male from Oxnard, was taken to VCMC and was expected to recover.

Meanwhile, about a half hour after the shootings a Ventura patrol officer spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of Victoria Avenue and Telegraph Road and tried to pull it over but the suspects fled and there was a pursuit that ended on Telegraph Road when the suspect vehicle crashed into an orchard.

Three occupants of the vehicle, 20-year-old Alex Ramirez of Ventura, 19-year-old Luis Aguilar of Oxnard and the 16-year-old female, were taken into custody at gunpoint.

But police say that 20-year-old Richard Hernandez of Oxnard, who by then was driving the vehicle, fled into the orchard and was captured later after an extensive search by officers on the ground, including a K-9 and the sheriff's helicopter.

He was found in the orchard near Blackburn, some distance from the crash.

Hernandez and Ramirez were treated at VCMC for injuries sustained in the crash and then booked into the Ventura County Jail for murder, attempted murder and various street gang enhancements.

Aguilar and the female juvenile were admitted to VCMC to be treated for accident injuries and police say when they are released they will be booked into jail and juvenile hall respectively on the same charges.

Brushfire Burning In Los Padres National Forest

KVTA News Thursday June 30, 2016

(Top photo courtesy the US Forest Service)

(Bottom photo courtesy Ventura County Aviation Unit)

Firefighters from the US Forest Service, Ventura County Fire Department and other agencies are battling a fast growing brushfire burning in very rugged terrain deep in the Los Padres National Forest.

The "Pine Fire" was reported around 7:30 AM Thursday in a remote and inaccessible area north of Pine Mountain.

By 5 PM Thursday it had burned at least 100 acres and was spotting ahead of itself.

Getting hand crews and ground personnel into the area has been difficult and a lot of the firefighting effort has been with water dropping helicopters and fire retardant fixed wing aircraft including a DC 10 jumbo jet.

No word on how it started.

No reports of injuries or structures threatened.

Smoke from the fire can been seen over a wide area.

Oxnard Man Killed In Camarillo Area Crash

KVTA News Thursday June 30, 2016

UPDATED--The CHP is investigating a fatal crash near Camarillo.

It happened Wednesday afternoon around 3:15 PM on 5th Street near Wood Road.

The CHP says 65-year-old David Bejar of Oxnard was traveling eastbound on 5th approaching Wood Road in a silver 1998 Honda Civic when for unknown reasons he crossed into the westbound lanes where he collided with a westbound 2016 gray Chevy Silverado.

Bejar was taken to VCMC where he died.

The driver of the Silverado was not hurt.

One Dead, One Wounded, In Ventura Shooting, All Suspects In Custody

KVTA News Wednesday June 29, 2016

(Top photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

(Bottom photo by Ryan Thelen)

Updated--One person is dead, another wounded, in a double shooting on a busy Ventura street Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting was reported around 4:15 PM in the parking lot between Pep Boys and the Sizzler on east Main Street east of Callens Road.

One victim, a male, stumbled across Main Street and collapsed in the eastbound lanes. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other victim, also a male, was found in the parking lot where the shooting happened and was taken to VCMC with non-life threatening wounds.

Meanwhile, police spotted the suspect vehicle in the area of Telegraph Road and Victoria Avenue and there was a chase that traveled eastbound on Telegraph to the Edison Facility between Petit Avenue and Saticoy Avenue.

The suspect vehicle, a black Honda with tinted windows, crashed off the side of the road.

Police arrested the three passengers almost immediately but the driver fled on foot into the orchards south of Telegraph Road.

He was captured later hiding in the orchard near Blackburn. All four suspects are in custody.

A gun was apparently found alongside the road back where the pursuit began.

Meanwhile, back at the crime scene, Main Street was shut down between Telephone Road and the 101/126 interchange, as were the off ramps from the WB 126/NB 101 near the Lowes and the off ramp from SB 101 at the Telephone Road/Main Street exit.

Telegraph Road where the chase ended between Petit and Saticoy Avenue was also closed off.

The closures are expected to last well into the night.

Ventura Mother Arrested For Son's Death

KVTA News Wednesday June 29, 2016

Ventura police have arrested a mother for the death of her 22-month-old son.

27-year-old Jessica Navarro of Ventura is being accused of assault on a child causing death.

The incident began Wednesday morning around 8:14 AM when Ventura City firefighters were called to Bell Way to a report of a child who was injured as a result of a fall from a crib.

Firefighters found the child unresponsive and rushed him to VCMC where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Due to the circumstances of the call, Ventura PD's Major Crimes Unit was called in to investigate. 

They determined that Navarro had allegedly physically assaulted the boy and caused his death.

Woman Sentenced For Santa Paula Library Theft

KVTA News Wednesday June 29, 2016

The former financial officer for the Blanchard Community Library in Santa Paula was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison after she admitted stealing almost half a million dollars.

55-year-old Tammy Jean Ferguson of Thousand Oaks worked at the library from 1993 until May of 2013.

During her last ten years with the library she served as its sole financial officer and it is during that time prosecutors say she embezzled $499,254 from the library.

They say she used the library's credit card for personal purchases, transferred library funds to her personal credit cards, and withdrew cash using an ATM and debit card on the library account.

Although the library has recovered about $435,000 of its losses from insurance, officials say the impact of what happened to the small taxpayer supported library was significant.

Ferguson had earlier pleaded guilty to a felony count of misappropriation of public funds and falsifying public accounts.

In addition to the four years in prison, Ferguson was ordered to pay full restitution and is banned from holding any public office in California.

Wanted Felon Captured By Ventura PD After Chase

KVTA News Tuesday June 28, 2016

(Photos courtesy John Reed)

Updated---A wanted felon in a stolen vehicle was arrested Tuesday night after leading Ventura police on a high speed vehicle pursuit and foot chase through a good portion of east Ventura.

They say it began around 7 PM in the parking lot of the Jack in the Box on Citrus Drive when an off duty officer spotted a black Ford Raptor pickup that he knew to be stolen out of Santa Paula.

He also identified the driver as 33-year-old Nick Wilson of Santa Paula, a known felon wanted for violation of his Post Release Offender Status on a gun charge.

The officer notified Ventura police who responded and tried to stop the pickup near Citrus and Wells Road.

But police say that Wilson took off and that started a pursuit westbound on the 126 at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

They say Wilson exited the 126 at Kimball and proceeded south on Kimball, west on Telephone and south on Antelope, running red lights and stops signs along the way.

Police say he threw a rifle out the window of the vehicle before heading east on Bristol to North Bank and Potomac where he crashed into several parked vehicles and then fled on foot.

A foot pursuit traveled east through backyards, finally ending when officers found Wilson hiding in a tree at Potomac and Sabina where he was taken into custody at gunpoint.

Wilson was booked into the Ventura County Jail on the outstanding warrant plus felony evading, being a felon in possession of a firearm, drug possession and DUI.

Governor Appoints New Judge In Ventura County

KVTA News Tuesday June 28, 2016

Governor Brown has elevated a Ventura County Court Commissioner to Ventura County Superior Court Judge to replace a retiring judge.

Comissioner Michele Castillo of Camarillo has served as a Court Commissioner since 2014.

Before that, the 47-year-old Castillo served as a Deputy Public Defender and Ventura and Fresno counties.

She also served as a private defense attorney.

Castillo earned her law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and her bachelors degree from UCLA.

Castillo will replace Judge Rebecca Riley who is retiring.

Castillo is a Democrat.

The salary for the judgeship is $189,041.

Pair Arrested In Oxnard After Pursuit/Crash

KVTA News Tuesday June 28, 2016

Oxnard police say they arrested two people on various charges following a brief pursuit that ended with a crash Tuesday afternoon.

They say around 12:40 PM, officers from their Special Enforcement Gang Unit were conducting uniform gang enforcement in the 1300 block of Azalea Street, not far from Saturday's fatal shooting on Ventura Road.

They spotted a large group of people at a vehicle that was stopped in the middle of the street blocking both lanes near Azalea and Lantana streets.

When officers approached, they say the vehicle sped off and there was a short pursuit that ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked car.

During the chase officers say they saw a loaded gun tossed out of the vehicle.

Police say that the two individuals in the vehicle tried to flee on foot but were caught.

They say that 27-year-old Nastasha Sattiewhite of Oxnard was arrested for possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, and narcotics violations. 

Meanwhile, 47-year-old Lester Washington of Oxnard was arrested for the vehicle pursuit and resisting arrest.

Overnight Closure 126 Freeway In Ventura

KVTA News Tuesday June 28, 2016

Caltrans says the eastbound 126 Freeway in Ventura will be closed Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, Wednesday night into Thursday morning and Thursday night into Friday morning.

The closure will be EB 126 from the 101 to Victoria Avenue and from Kimball Road to Wells Road from 9 PM to 6 AM each night.

The reason for the closure is pavement and guardrail repairs.

Your alternates are Telephone Road, Telegraph Road or Foothill Road.

Westbound will be open.

Guilty Plea In Fatal DUI Crash Near Moorpark

KVTA News Tuesday June 28, 2016

A Los Angeles County man has pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with a fatal DUI crash just west of Moorpark a year ago.

33-year-old Andres Dominguezramirez of Culver City entered guilty pleas to felony vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing injury in a crash on Highway 118 near Hitch Boulevard on July 19, 2015.

The CHP says Dominguezramirez had a blood alcohol level of just over the .08 limit when he was driving westbound on the 118 and his vehicle spun out on the roadway left wet by intermittent rain.

He then crossed into the eastbound lanes where he crashed into an eastbound vehicle.

The passenger in his vehicle was killed and eight people in the other vehicle, including five children, were injured.

The maximum sentence that Dominguezramirez is facing when he is sentenced in August is seven years in prison but prosecutors say he'll received a four year sentence since he pleaded guilty before trial.

Oxnard Manslaughter Defendant A "No Show" For Sentencing...Again

KVTA News Monday June 27, 2016

An Oxnard man convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of a young woman a year ago has failed a third time to show up for sentencing.

Earlier this year, 33-year-old Andres Ceja pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter where DUI was not involved.

The crash happened on July 17th of last year on Saviers Road at Wolff Street in Oxnard.

Police say Ceja, riding a small motorcycle, made an unsafe left turn in front of a pickup truck and there was a collision that injured him and killed his passenger, 24-year-old Desiree Mendez of Oxnard.

Ceja was scheduled to be sentenced on June 9th of this year but he failed to show up so a $50,000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Oxnard police found him a couple of days later and arrested him on the warrant and he was jailed again.

But he made bail before he was due in court that Monday morning and failed to show for that hearing.

Prosecutors tried but failed to get his bail raised so he would go back to jail, but the judge refused.

When Ceja failed to show up for sentencing again today, the judge issued yet another bench warrant raising the bail amount to $100,000.

Investigation Continues In Oxnard Homicides

KVTA News Monday June 27, 2016

Oxnard police continue to look for suspects and a motive for what they say were two unrelated killings in that city Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Officer said Monday that 32-year-old Christopher Camper of Oxnard died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say that Camper was shot at the sidewalk bus stop along the northbound lanes of Ventura Road just north of Gonzales Road shortly after 5 PM Saturday.

He was rushed to VCMC where he was pronounced dead.

The second shooting happened shortly before 11 PM Saturday in a parking lot on C Street near Hill Street.

The victim, 21-year-old David Garcia of Oxnard, was pronouced dead at the scene.

Police do not believe the shootings were related.

They have not ruled out that the suspects in the killings were gang members.

They were the 7th and 8th homicides of the years in Oxnard.

Dead Wildlife Found At Site Of Ventura Oil Spill

KVTA News Monday June 27, 2016

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

As the cleanup of last week's Ventura oil spill continues, some dead wildlife found in the area are being examined to determine if they died because of the spill.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports two wood rats, one gopher snake, a raccoon and a rabbit were being processed by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to determine how they died.

Meanwhile CDFW says one scene crews include 98 responders who have recovered "a significant" amount of pooled oil using vacuum trucks.

They say cleanup operations are complex due to the steep terrain in Hall Canyon.

Air monitoring is being continually conducted to assure safety of residents and responders.

The spill happened early last Thursday morning when a valve on a pipeline under maintenance failed spilling 700 barrels of crude oil down the Prince Barranca.

An alert resident notified the authorities and the pipeline company and that played a critical role in stopping the spill before it reached the San Jon Drain behind Ventura High School where it would have traveled all the way to the beach.

Port Hueneme Structure Fire

KVTA News Monday June 27, 2016

Two people are being treated for smoke inhalation following a structure fire in Port Hueneme.

The fire was reported around 5:25 AM Monday morning in the 300 block of W. Channel Islands Boulevard.

When firefighters from both Oxnard City and Ventura County arrived on scene, they found one unit on the second floor of a two story hotel engulfed in flames.

Firefighters had the flames knocked down in less than 15 minutes.

The second floor of the building was evacuated and at least one person was displaced by the fire.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two Dead In Separate Oxnard Shootings

KVTA News Sunday June 26, 2016

(Photo of Ventura Road homicide from Eva N Chava Gonzalez)

Two people are dead in separate Oxnard shooting incidents Saturday.

Police say the 7th and 8th homicides in Oxnard this year appear to be unrelated.

They say the first happened around 5:15 PM Saturday at a bus stop on the sidewalk along the northbound lanes of Ventura Road north of Gonzales Road.

Police say a male in his early 30's was shot multiple times.

CPR was administered and the victim was rushed to the trauma center at VCMC where he was pronounced dead.

Police shut down northbound Ventura Road while they investigated the shooting.

They say right now they have no suspects or a motive but gang related violence has not been ruled out yet.

There were initial reports that they were looking for two black males who fled in a light colored Cadillac.

The second fatal shooting in Oxnard was reported shortly before 11 PM in the 1300 block of S. C Street near Hill Street.

Police say they received a call of a man down in a parking lot.

When they arrived they found a male in his early 20's suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say they have no suspects or motive in this shooting and cannot rule out gang violence.

Oxnard Major Crimes is investigating both shootings.

Seven Injured In Highway 126 Crash Near Piru

KVTA News Sunday June 26, 2016

Updated--Seven people were injured, including three children, in a crash on Highway 126 near Piru Sunday morning.

The crash was reported around 10:40 AM on the 126 near Center Street.

There were two vehicles involved, a gold Dodge Caravan and a grey Chevy El Camino.

The Caravan was on its roof and the El Camino had major front end damage.

The fire department indicated that injuries ranged from minor to moderate, but the CHP said that at least some of the injuries were major.

Three ambulances responded to the incident and transported the victims to several local hospitals.

The roadway was fully reopened around noon.

Police Look For Suspects In Ventura Shooting

KVTA News Sunday June 26, 2016

Ventura police were looking for two suspects in connection with a shooting that happened early Sunday morning.

Officers responded to the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue around 1 AM to several reports of shots fired.

When they arrived they found a 30-year-old Ventura man who had sustained a minor gunshot wound to his chin.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police say the victim had gotten into a verbal altercation with two suspects and one of the suspects was armed with a gun.

They say that suspect fired several shots at the victim and at a nearby apartment.

Both suspects then fled the scene and officers searched the area but did not find them.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic males.

One was 16-17 years old with a shaved head, black shirt and blue jeans.

The other was 17-19 years old with black hair, dark hat and blue pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD at 339-8870.