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Wildfire Burns 250 Acres In Los Padres North Of Ojai

KVTA News Monday August 3, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff Aviation Unit)

The "Chorro" wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest has burned mote than 250 acres of rugged terrain in an area about half way between the Ojai Valley and Pine Mountain.

The fire was reported around 1:20 PM Sunday just off Highway 33 near the Chorro Grande trailhead.

By Sunday night a thousand firefighters were battling the fire on the ground with the help of fixed wing air tankers dropping fire retardant and water dropping helicopters.

No structures were threatened.

No word on containment.

The CHP was reporting that arson was suspected as the cause. 

Highway 33 was closed between Wheeler Gorge on the south and Lockwood Valley Road on the north.

Ventura Man Attacked By Woman With Knife

KVTA News Sunday August 2, 2015

Ventura police say a man told them a knife-wielding woman tried to stab him and he hit her.

The incident was reported shortly after noon Sunday in the 200 block of N. Ventura Avenue.

Police received a number of 911 calls about two subjects fighting on the sidewalk.

Officers found a 33-year-old Ventura man who told them he was riding his bicycle when a female got out of a parked car and confronted him about a verbal altercation they had earlier.

The man told officers the woman pulled a folding knife and came at him.

The man said he defended himself by hitting the woman and she dropped the knife, got back in the vehicle, and drove off.

Officers recovered a knife.

The man was not injured, the woman, believed to be around 40 years old, is still at large.

Wildfire Burning In Los Padres North Of Ojai

KVTA News Sunday August 2, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

UPDATE--A wildfire burning in the Los Padres National Forest north of Ojai has burned more than 200 acres of heavy fuels and timber.

It was reported around 1:20 PM Sunday in the Chorro Grande trailhead area just off Highway 33.

Firefighters from the US Forest Service and Ventura County Fire Department are involved in battling the fire.

They say it's growing fast.

No structures are threatened.

The CHP was closing Highway 33 from Wheeler Gorge on the south to Lockwood Valley Road on the north.

Pilot Found Dead In Santa Paula Crash Identified

KVTA News Sunday August 2, 2015

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of the pilot who was found dead in the wreckage of his plane near Santa Paula Saturday.

They say 82-year-old James Breeding lived in the Santa Paula area.

The Medical Examiner's Office also says they believe that Breeding's Cessna 337 crashed not long before it was discovered by a passerby Saturday in an oil field on South Mountain, across the Santa Clara River from the Santa Paula Airport where Breeding was based.

Early reports from the FAA and others indicated it had been there for at least a couple of days, but the Medical Examiner says the crash was on Saturday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday. 

The Cessna 337 is a twin engine plane with one engine in front the other at the rear.

One Wounded In Oxnard Shooting

KVTA News Sunday August 2, 2015

Oxnard police are looking for suspects and a motive for a shooting Saturday night that left one person wounded by gunfire.

It happened around 9:20 PM in the 1300 block of Saviers Road.

Police say that an 18-year-old male from Oxnard was shot several times.

He was taken to the hospital where police say he is in serious, but stable condition.

Witnesses told police there were at least two male suspects involved.

Police released no other information about the shooting. 

Anyone with additional information is being asked to call the OPD Violent Crimes Hotline at 982-7070 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

14-Year-Old Arrested For Stabbing 8-Year-Old In Santa Paula

KVTA News Saturday August 1, 2015

Updated--Santa Paula police say they've arrested a 14-year-old for stabbing an 8-year-old boy in a park Saturday.

The incident happened around 3:50 PM in Teague Park in the 500 block of W. Harvard Boulevard.

Police say the victim was taken to VCMC and is expected to recover.

Santa Paula PD detectives are investigating the incident.

Because of the ages of both the suspect and victim, no names will be released.

One Dead After Santa Paula Plane Crash

KVTA News Saturday August 1, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff Aviation Unit)

Updated--One person is dead in a plane crash near Santa Paula.

It is believed to have actually happened several days ago, but was not discovered until Saturday afternoon.

According to the FAA a passerby spotted the wreckage about 2:30 PM on South Mountain on the other side of the Santa Clara River from Santa Paula Airport.

According to the FAA it was all that was left of a Cessna 337.

One person was found dead in the wreckage.

Arrest Made Following Indecent Exposure At Ventura Mall

KVTA News Saturday August 1, 2015


Ventura police say they've arrested a young man in connection with an indecent exposure incident outside the Pacific View Mall.

They say that Thursday around 1 PM officers were called to an area near the JC Penney's in the 300 block of Mills Road to a report of a young man engaged in lewd acts.

During their investigation, police learned that the victim was sitting on a bench outside of the store when the suspect approached her and asked what time it was.

The victim told police the suspect then sat down next to her and after several minutes he got up...but his pants were down.

The victim quickly left and called police to report what happened.

Officers checked the area and found 19-year-old Tyler White sitting near the bus depot at the north end of the mall.

Police say the victim identified him as the suspect and White was arrested for misdemeanor indecent exposure.

According to court records, White was convicted of the same crime in 2014 and received 30 days in jail and three years probation.

Police say that over the past two weeks, there have been similar type incidents reported to the Ventura Police Department, but White could not be identified.

The department is asking the public, if they recognize White (see attached photo) and were possibly a victim of indecent exposure by White, to please call the Ventura Police Department at 339-4441.

According to jail records, White was arrested and jailed Monday for an unspecified crime and then released Wednesday, a day before the mall incident.

According to court records, in addition to the 2014 indecent exposure conviction, White also had separate misdemeanor convictions for public drunkenness and taking a weapon on a school campus.

Man Critically Injured In Crash With Trash Truck

KVTA News Saturday August 1, 2015


(Photo is courtesy of Tom Harrison)

One person suffered serious injuries in a collision between a van and a trash truck in Ventura Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 1 PM at the intersection of Valentine Road and Sperry Avenue.

Preliminary indications are that the trash truck was making a left turn from westbound Valentine to southbound Sperry when it collided with the van going eastbound on Valentine.

The driver of the van was trapped in the wreckage and it required an extensive extrication by Ventura City firefighters to free the man from the wreckage.

He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

There were no other injuries.

The crash is under investigation by VPD's traffic division.

Ventura Crash Sends Driver To Hospital

KVTA News Friday July 31, 2015


(Photo courtesy of Lety Santoyo-Medina)

Updated--Ventura police were investigating an injury crash Friday morning that sent the driver to the hospital with serious injuries.

It happened around 6:40 AM on westbound Telephone Road at Partridge Drive, just a block east of the Ventura County Government Center.

It was a solo vehicle crash involving a pickup truck that crashed into some trees.

The driver, a male, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

VPD says DUI was NOT involved in this crash.

Telephone Road has been down to one lane westbound in that area for most of the morning.

Arsonist May Be At Work Again In West Ventura

KVTA News Thursday July 30, 2015

Ventura City firefighters say an arsonist may be at work again in west Ventura.
Thursday morning around 2 AM, firefighters received a call from a resident in the 500 block of North Ventura Avenue who said he smelled smoke.
Firefighters responded to find a large mattress on fire and propped up against a row of garages in an alley behind an apartment complex.
The flames were spreading to the garages.
Firefighters knocked the fire down but it damaged one garage unit with damage to the facades of two other units.
They say the fire is most likely arson and it is similar to several other arson fires that happened in west Ventura last year.
They all involved some sort of object that is propped up against a car or building and then set on fire.

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Ventura City firefighters say an arsonist may be at work again in west Ventura.

Thursday morning around 2 AM, firefighters received a call from a resident in the 500 block of North Ventura Avenue who said he smelled smoke.

Firefighters responded to find a large mattress on fire and propped up against a row of garages in an alley behind an apartment complex.

The flames were spreading to the garages.

Firefighters knocked the fire down but it damaged one garage unit with damage to the facades of two other units.

They say the fire is most likely arson and it is similar to several other arson fires that happened in west Ventura last year.

They all involved some sort of object that is propped up against a car or building and then set on fire.

Arrrest Made In Thousand Oaks Sexual Assault

KVTA News Wednesday July 29, 2015


Deputies in Thousand Oaks say they've arrested a man who they accuse of sexually assaulting a woman early Wednesday morning at a local shopping center.

They say the incident was reported around 2:10 AM at the Janss Market Place at 275 N. Moorpark Road.

Deputies say a 25-year-old woman was walking through the shopping center when the suspect knocked her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.

They say during the attack, the woman screamed for help and was able to fight off the man.

Deputies, who just happened to be in the area on an unrelated call, heard the woman's screams and responded to the scene.

They found the victim and a short distance away they caught the suspect running from the area.

Deputies say they arrested 25-year-old Erick Ancelmo Lopez Ramos of Thousand Oaks on suspicion of sexual assault.

His bail was set at $500,000.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack.

OPD Seeks Public Help In Homicide Investigation

KVTA News Wednesday July 29, 2015

Oxnard police have made a public appeal, along with a reward, for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting death of a young man in mid July.

The body of 19-year-old Robert Sarles was found in Lemonwood Park around 6:20 AM on the morning of July 16th.

They say Sarles was walking through the park on his way home when he was shot to death.

Police say they have yet to determine a motive for the crime or identify any suspects.

They are asking for public help and are reminding the public that Oxnard offers a $10,000 reward to people who provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for all homicides in the city.

Investigators are encouraging anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Bob Eckman (805) 385-7760.

If you wish to remain anonymous you can call the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

You can also visit www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.