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Three Injured, One Critically, In Oxnard Crash

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Updated--Three people were injured, one critically, in a three vehicle traffic collision on a busy Oxnard road Monday evening.

Oxnard police say it happened around 6:07 PM on Ventura Road at Wagon Wheel Road.

They say that a white 2016 Nissan Altima was northbound on Ventura Road approaching Wagon Wheel Road in the number two lane when it collided with a white 2016 Hyundai Sonata also going northbound in the number one lane and then a white 2014 Hyundai Elantra also going northbound in the right turn lane.

Police say after the collision, the Nissan lost control and started to spin and then slammed into a large concrete support pillar for the 101 Freeway overpass on Ventura Road just north of Wagon Wheel.

The Sonata continued northbound on Ventura Road, went up an embankment and collided with a water main, sheering off its base.

A passenger in the Nissan, a 19-year-old Oxnard man, suffered major injuries and was taken to VCMC where he is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Nissan, a 19-year-old Oxnard Resident, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from VCMC.

The driver of the Hyundai Sonata, a 19-year-old Oxnard resident was treated for minor injuries at VCMC and released.

The driver of the Hyundai Elantra, a 26-year-old Oxnard resident, was not injured.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the crash and do not know if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Ventura Road was closed for several hours Monday night because of the crash.

Naval Base Ventura County Holding Security Exercise

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

Naval Base Ventura County is holding a security exercise Tuesday at their facilities in Port Hueneme and Point Mugu.

The exercise is designed to enhance training and make sure they are ready to deal with any kind of security challenge.

The Navy says Tuesday's exercise is not in response to any specific threats.

They say they will try to minimize disruption to the surrounding communities and they say they do not expect an increase is traffic around the base or any delays in base access.

But people who live or work near the base may see or hear activity that is related to the exercise.

Man Arrested In Sex Trafficking Case

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

The Ventura County Human Trafficking Enforcement Team has arrested a man for sex trafficking.

They say that 47-year-old Turran Maurice Wyatt used the Internet to arrange meetings at a Ventura County Hotel between a female prostitute and men who paid for sex.

Prosecutors say Wyatt handled the money.

He was arrested for a single felony count of pimping.

Wyatt is in the Ventura County Jail with his arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.

His bail is $105,000 because he is facing a not only the pimping charge but also a separate felony charge of unlawfully driving or taking a vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of possession of burglar tools.

If convicted on the pimping charge, Wyatt could face a maximum possible sentence of six years in prison.

Missing Driver Found After Thousand Oaks Crash

KVTA News Monday October 24, 2016

Updated---Emergency personnel were faced with a strange situation Monday afternoon in Thousand Oaks.

Around 2:50 PM they responded to the Rancho Conejo Boulevard off ramp from the northbound 101 to a report of a vehicle over the side.

But when the arrived on scene they could not find the vehicle or the driver.

They searched for two hours using the Sheriff's Copter 3 plus deputies and CHP officers on the ground before they finally found the vehicle swallowed up by heavy brush in a ravine off the freeway.

The driver was injured but was able to walk out with the help of rescue personnel.

Such an extensive search for a vehicle following a crash off a rural road in the back country or other remote area of Ventura County is not unusual.

What made this incident strange was that it happened in the middle of a busy urban area right off a major freeway.

But the authorities say the heavy vegetation in the ravine and the way the vehicle crashed made it difficult to find.

Some Rain On The Way For Ventura County

KVTA News Saturday October 22, 2016

Ventura County could see a small amount of rain Sunday night into Monday, but a much stronger storm system is being forecast for later next week.

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

"A weak storm system will brush portions of eastern Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties late Sunday into Monday with the bulk of the rainfall mainly south of the area. After a break in the weather pattern during midweek there is potential for a much stronger storm system arriving later Thursday and Friday. This system could bring much higher rainfall totals with locally heavy rain and there will be a potential of thunderstorms. Any significant downpours on recent burn areas could be a problem for the first mud and debris flows of the season. Please stay aware of the forecasts and the potential for rainfall next week."

Oxnard Police Investigate Shooting

KVTA News Friday October 21, 2016

Oxnard police are looking for suspects and a motive for a shooting Thursday night that sent one person to the hospital.

It was reported at 9:10 PM in the 5500 block of Cypress Road.

When officers and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene they found a 20-year-old Oxnard man suffering from a gunshot wound.

He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent surgery, his condition is unknown.

Officers were unable to find out any information about what led to the shooting, they found no witnesses.

The investigation by Major Crimes is continuing.

Hazardous Materials Incident At VCMC

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

(Photo courtesy Michelle Garcia Pentis)

Updated--A small spill of what was described as a "non-radiological chemotherapy solution" at a cancer treatment facility in the Ventura County Medical Center complex led to the evacuation of an entire building Thursday.

It was on the 5th floor of the five story outpatient services building north of the hospital.

The spill was about two feet by two feet and contained to that one area, but reports of a chemical odor on more than the 5th floor led to the evacuation of the whole building.

Hazmat crews and other fire personnel from several agencies were called in to deal with the situation.

52 people were checked out because they might have been exposed to the vapors but it was determined that no one was contaminated by the product or its vapors.

Three patients having minor medical complaints were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Once the situation was under control, the scene was turned over to Environmental Health and a private contractor to conduct cleanup of the spill.

Santa Paula Man Guilty Of Child Molestation...Again

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

(Photo courtesy Santa Paula PD)

A Ventura County jury Wednesday convicted a registered sex offender from Santa Paula in a new child molestation case.

The panel took two days to find 61-year-old Alfonso Gonzalez guilty of three counts of lewd acts on a child, one count of oral copulation of a person under 14 and 16 special allegations, including that Gonzalez is an habitual sex offender.

Prosecutors say Gonzalez molested the girl in 2012 and 2013 starting when she was 10 years old.

The defense argued the girl made up the allegations but the jury rejected that and convicted Gonzalez on charges that could bring a sentence of 50-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced on November 17th.

He is being held without bail.

Gonzalez spent time in prison before following a conviction on similar charges in 1995.

Female Juvenile Attacked By Man In Ventura

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for sexual battery and child annoyance following an attack on a female juvenile.

Around 6:42 PM Thursday officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man disturbing in the 4300 block of E. Main Street.

When they arrived they were contacted by a female juvenile who told them she had just been assaulted by a man who grabbed her and then followed her into a nearby business.

Police found the man and the victim identified him as her assailant and they determined he was also the same person who was reported to be drunk and disorderly..

They say 26-year-old Cory Mackenzie, a vagrant from San Bernardino, was taken into custody for sexual battery and child annoyance.

He was taken to VCMC because of the level of his intoxication and once medically cleared he'll be booked into the Ventura County Jail.

Public Help Sought In Camarillo Outlets Robbery

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

Deputies in Camarillo are asking for public help in identifying the suspects in what turned into a robbery at the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

It happened shortly before 2 PM Monday in one of the outlet stores.

The two suspects stole several items and then got into an altercation with the loss prevention officers who stopped them outside of the store.

One of the suspects was detained and started resisting and fighting the loss prevention officer.

Deputies say the second suspect went to a vehicle, retrieved a pair of bolt cutters, returned and began to swing the bolt cutters at the loss prevention officer, telling the officer in Spanish to release the first suspect.

The loss prevention officer complied and the two suspects fled in a silver Suzuki Forenza.

Anyone with information is asked to call Camarillo Detective Brent Miller at (805) 388-5116.

Oxnard Man Pleads Guilty In Cousin's Heroin Death

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

An Oxnard man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the heroin death of his cousin two years ago.

Prosecutors say that in October of 2014, 28-year-old Allen Rosales purchased heroin from an unknown third party and gave it to his cousin, 23-year-old Michael Mendez.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit said at the time of Rosales's arrest that Mendez had a prior addiction to opiates, but was naive about heroin and used it while drinking.

They said that Mendez started overdosing but Rosales failed to provide medical care or notify family members about what was happening.

Mendez was ultimately taken to the hospital where he died the next day.

Rosales will be sentenced on November 17th and faces a maximum possible sentence of four years in prison.

Santa Paula PD Investigates Child Annoyance Cases

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

Santa Paula police say they're trying to get more information about a man involved in one child annoyance incident who may have been involved in other similar incidents.

They say last week they began an investigation into an incident involving a 14-year-old girl who had been touched in an inappropriate way by what they described as a dark skinned white man.

Police say it happened on the VCTC bus that runs between Santa Paula and Ventura.

During the investigation, they realized the same suspect had been identified in connection with other incidents but they never had enough evidence to arrest him.

The Santa Paula Police Department believes there may be other people, both adults and juveniles, who have been victimized by this individual. 

If you are one of those victims please contact Detective Walter Harper at (805) 525-4474 x 221 or

Ventura Police Arrest Man For Indecent Exposure

KVTA News Thursday October 20, 2016

Ventura police say they arrested a man for indecent exposure following an incident at a school Wednesday afternoon.

They say around 4:30 PM a school administrator at Holy Cross School at 211 E. Main Street reported that she was supervising a number of children on the playground when she heard a man standing outside the fence to the school yelling at the children.

She immediately told the children to leave the playground and then approached the man to see what he needed.

She told police at that point the man pulled down his pants, exposed his genitals and made obscene gestures at her.

He then ran away.

Police were called, officers responded and found the suspect in a nearby park.

They say he was taken into custody, positively identified by the school administrator and then arrested.

Police say 35-year-old Landon Rice was booked into the Ventura County Jail for indecent exposure.

They say Rice is already on probation on a drug charge and is a registered narcotics offender.