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Motorcycle Safety Enforcement In Oxnard Sunday

KVTA News Friday February 5, 2016

The Oxnard Police Department will be conducting a motorcycle safety enforcement this Sunday (February 7th).

They say between noon and 4 PM extra officers will be patrolling the city looking for violations by both drivers and motorcyclists alike.

Police say that in the city of Oxnard during the past three years motorcycle-involved collisions have resulted in five fatal collisions and 102 injury collisions.

The Oxnard Police Department wants to make everyone aware of precautions that can be taken to reduce the number and severity of collisions involving motorcyclists.

Motorcyclists and drivers are reminded to be safe and follow these safety tips:

Safety tips for riders – See and Be Seen:

· Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room

· Match your speed to surrounding traffic

· Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing

· Ride with lights on during daylight hours

Safety tips for drivers – Share the Road:

· Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes

· Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV lanes unless prohibited by signage 

Riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at http://www.californiamotorcyclist.com/ or 1-877 RIDE 411 (1-877-743-3411).

Blood Bank Takes Steps To Deal With Zika Virus

KVTA News Friday February 5, 2016

Ventura County’s blood bank is asking people to take certain precautions before donating blood in light of the concern over the Zika virus.

United Blood Services said today that it is asking people who have traveled to the Caribbean, Mexico or Central or South America not to donate blood for at least 28 days after returning to the U-S from those areas.

A growing number of Zika virus cases have been identified among people who have been in those areas.

United says the restriction is expected to reduce the number of eligible donors nationwide by two percent.

They are hoping that people who are eligible donors and are not affected by this restriction will step up their blood donations in the coming weeks.

Those wishing to make an appointment to donate can call United at 1-877-827-4376 or go online to www.UnitedBloodServices.org

There is concern about the virus being transmitted by transfusion and there is no test to screen blood for the Zika virus.

United is calling this a cautionary step until the FDA comes up with official guidance.

The main concern with the Zika has to with pregnant women being infected with the virus and the potential for birth defects in the unborn child.

Fillmore Teen Arrested For Santa Paula Robbery

KVTA News Friday February 5, 2016


Santa Paula police say they arrested a Fillmore teen Friday in connection with an armed robbery last month in Santa Paula.

They say the 17-year-old male was taken into custody while he was in juvenile court for another case involving a concealed weapon in a vehicle.

Police say the teen was arrested Friday for a robbery that happened on the night of January 16th in Santa Paula.

They say on that night the suspect entered the Circle K gas station at 765 Havard Boulevard, walked around for awhile and then covered his face with a bandana, brandished a large revolver at the clerk and demanded money.

After getting the money, the suspect fled.

No one was hurt.

Police say the 17-year-old Fillmore male arrested Friday for that January holdup is a document gang member. 

He was booked and then taken to Juvenile Hall.

High Surf Headed Our Way Again

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016


The National Weather Service says more high surf will be rolling into the Central and Southern California coast tomorrow and Friday.

Here's what the NWS is saying...

"Another long period west-northwest swell will bring a return of high surf conditions to the Central Coast and Ventura Harbor the next couple of days.

Surf will peak along the Central Coast Thursday into early Friday when breakers of 10 to 15 feet with max sets to 18 feet can be expected.

The highest surf for Ventura County is expected to be 6 to 8 foot breakers on west facing beaches Thursday afternoon into early Friday, with local sets up to 10 feet near Ventura Harbor.

For Los Angele county, surf will generally range between 4 and 6 feet with local sets to 8 feet.

The prolonged period of high surf will likely generate additional beach erosion.

In addition, there will once again be the threat of large breaking waves at Morro Bay and possibly Ventura Harbor entrances.

During this extended period of high surf, there will also be dangerous rip currents and sneaker waves. 

Inexperienced swimmers and surfers should stay out of the water, and everyone should stay off of rock walls and jetties."

Report Slams Ex-Ventura County Medical Examiner, But DA Won't Charge Him

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016


The Ventura County District Attorney's Office released a 50 page report Wednesday that raises some troubling questions about the actions of the county's former Medical Examiner.

But prosecutors also say they will not file criminal charges.

In a news release issued with the report, the DA says that while their investigation into Dr. Jon Smith "uncovered policies and procedures that will call into question the professionalism and integrity of the office, there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of criminal charges in this matter."

Prosecutors say part of the problem with determining whether Smith broke the law is the fact that the law is vague and unclear about critical aspects of a Medical Examiner's job and they say the legislature needs to clarity the law.

The DA's report says that Smith allowed unqualified personnel to conduct autopsies or partial autopsies and then signed off on them even though he was not there.

The report says that Smith made large sums of money doing work outside of Ventura County while being paid as the county's full-time Medical Examiner but there's insufficient evidence to indicate his actions in that regard were illegal.

The report says medical boards in other states had called into question Smith's activities in those states during the time he was working for Ventura County.

When the allegations against Smith first arose, Ventura County put him on leave and then later fired him.

Gang Raids Carried Out In Oxnard

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016

Oxnard police along with members of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Ventura County Probation and California State Parole conducted probation and parole searches at five locations in Oxnard early Wednesday morning.

The gang related search warrants were part of ongoing investigations into recent gang shooting and stabbing incidents in the city.

They say two adults were arrested, one on a weapons related charge the other for violating the Colonia Gang Injunction. 

Three more adults and a juvenile were not home at the time of the raids and area wanted on a variety of gang related crimes, firearms violations or violation of parole.

Ventura Man Dies In 101 Freeway Crash

KVTA News Wednesday February 3, 2016

UPDATED---The California Highway Patrol says one person died in an accident late Tuesday night on the 101 Freeway in Ventura.

It was reported shortly after 11:30 PM on the northbound 101 just north of the 126.

The initial report was that a vehicle struck a pedestrian but the CHP later said it was an individual who had been ejected from a vehicle.

They say the victim was traveling northbound on the 101 just north of the 126 when he lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a wall in the center divider.

The vehicle then swerved back to the right across all lanes and hit the guard rail on the right shoulder.

The victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

The 22-year-old Ventura man, identified as Christopher Charles Brown, was rushed to VCMC where he was pronounced dead.

The CHP shut down the northbound 101 for about 45 minutes while they tended to the victim and investigated the incident. 

Social Media Nabs Ojai ID Theft Suspect

KVTA News Monday February 1, 2016


Deputies say a video sent out to social media sites paid off with the arrest of a suspect in an Ojai Valley mail theft/ID theft case.

Last week they released store security video of a man leaving the Camarillo Target store after using a Costco American Express card stolen in the theft of mail from a residence on Rancho Drive in the Ojai Valley earlier in January.

Someone who saw that video recognized the man and called the authorities.

Based on that information, deputies identified and arrested 62-year-old Manuel Rosales of Oxnard.

Woman Arrested On Child Sex Charges In Ventura

KVTA News Monday February 1, 2016

Ventura police have arrested a Hesperia woman for allegedly sexually abusing a little boy over an extended period of time.

They say on January 15th they received a report of lewd conduct with a child.

The boy told a patrol officer that 19-year-old Savanah Hope Mayer had sexually assaulted him.

Police say Mayer was an acquaintance of the boy's family who was staying at their home at the time of the alleged crime.

Police conducted a follow up investigation and Mayer was arrested in Hesperia on January 27th.

According to court records, Mayer has pleaded not guilty to several felony charges including an Unlawful Act with a Child Under 10 and Lewd Act Upon A Child.

She is also facing special allegations of substantial sexual conduct.

Mayer is in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

Sex Offenders Arrested In Separate Ventura Incidents

KVTA News Monday February 1, 2016

(Sanchez)

(Munyon)

Ventura police say they have arrested two registered sex offenders in separate incidents in the city during the past week.

The first incident was last Tuesday afternoon January 26th in the Ventura Avenue Library at 606 N. Ventura Avenue.

Police say 21-year-old David Paul Sanchez of Ventura, who they say is a registered sex offender, is accused of exposing himself to a female juvenile.

A follow up investigation resulted in Sanchez's arrest Friday at his residence in the 200 block of Rosewood Street in Ventura.

Then, today, Monday February 1st, there was a separate incident in Ventura involving a second registered sex offender.

Police say it happened on a Gold Coast Transit bus around 1:25 PM in the area of Hemlock and Main streets.

They say they received a report of a man who acted in a lewd manner in front of a child on the bus.

When officers arrived, the suspect had left the bus but officers located him and after a brief foot pursuit he was taken into custody. 

They say that 72-year-old Raymond Munyon of Ventura was booked into the Ventura County Jail for child annoyance, violation of parole and resisting arrest.

Fire Displaces Oxnard Family

KVTA News Monday February 1, 2016

(Photo courtesy Oxnard Fire Department)

A house fire in Oxnard early Monday morning displaced a family of four but there were no injuries

The fire was reported around 3:50 AM in the 900 block of K Street.

When Oxnard firefighters arrived on scene, they found the garage engulfed in flames and impinging on one room of the living area of the house.

Crews had the fire knocked down in about a half hour.

There was extensive smoke damage throughout the house.

Three adults and an infant were displaced by the fire. 

Cause was under investigation.

Wind, Not Rain, Creates Most Trouble Sunday

KVTA News Monday February 1, 2016

(Photo above courtesy Alan Carson shows tree into car in Oxnard)

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire)

The rain that moved through Ventura County Sunday caused some problems but it was the wind that created most of the damage.

West to northwest wind gusts ranging between 30-60 mph toppled trees, downed power lines, and caused damage to structures from one end of the county to the other.

At one point Edison was dealing with more than two dozen wind-related power outages affecting almost 20,000 customers in Ventura County.

A number of roads and streets were either blocked by downed trees and debris or were jammed because the power outages impacted traffic signals.

The rain did cause some problems, mainly rock and mud flows across some roads and some street flooding.

The 101 Freeway and PCH northwest of Ventura was briefly impacted by the rain Sunday morning but was fully reopened by Sunday afternoon.

Rainfall amounts varied widely.

Most of the coastal areas and the valleys received between a quarter to one inch of rain while the foothills and mountains recorded between 1-3 inches.

Here are some rainfall totals from the Ventura County Watershed Protection District via the National Weather Service...

.VENTURA CO. (COASTAL)

LA CONCHITA....................... 0.80

SATICOY........................... 0.64

VENTURA........................... 0.53

OXNARD - NWS...................... 0.38

CAMARILLO (KCMA).................. 0.37

OXNARD CIVIC CENTER............... 0.35

CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS............... 0.31

LEO CARRILLO...................... 0.25

SILVERSTRAND BEACH................ 0.24

.VENTURA CO. (W. VLYS)

MATILIJA DAM...................... 3.16

OJAI SUMMIT FS.................... 2.22

SULPHUR MOUNTAIN.................. 2.20

STEWART CANYON.................... 1.84

MEINERS OAKS FS................... 1.54

LAKE CASITAS...................... 1.48

RED MOUNTAIN...................... 1.42

OAKVIEW FS........................ 1.42

OJAI.............................. 1.37

FAGAN CANYON...................... 1.10

SOUTH MOUNTAIN.................... 0.99

.VENTURA CO. (E. VLYS)

TEMESCAL.......................... 1.56

LAKE PIRU......................... 1.56

LAKE SHERWOOD..................... 1.29

WESTLAKE VILLAGE.................. 1.09

PIRU.............................. 1.06

CIRCLE X RANCH.................... 0.94

FILLMORE.......................... 0.86

SYCAMORE CANYON DAM............... 0.71

CHEESEBORO........................ 0.68

SIMI VALLEY....................... 0.46

MOORPARK.......................... 0.32

ROCKY PEAK........................ 0.28

THOUSAND OAKS..................... 0.15

.VENTURA CO. (MTNS)

NORDHOFF RIDGE.................... 3.98

ROSE VALLEY....................... 3.39

WHITE LEDGE PEAK.................. 2.72

NORTH FORK MATILIJA............... 2.68

SISAR PEAK........................ 2.68

WHEELER GORGE..................... 2.64

MATILIJA CANYON................... 2.62

OLD MAN MOUNTAIN.................. 1.77

ORTEGA HILL....................... 1.44

ALAMO MOUNTAIN.................... 0.90

CHUCHUPATE........................ 0.72

LOCKWOOD VALLEY................... 0.63

HUNGRY VALLEY..................... 0.55 

APACHE CANYON..................... 0.32

Ventura PD Makes Arrests In Train Trestle Fire

KVTA News Monday February 1, 2016

Ventura police and fire officials say they arrested a man in connection with a fire that damaged 40 feet of the train trestle that crosses the Ventura River.
The fire was reported around 3:30 PM Sunday and it severely damaged nearly 20 wooden supports under the trestle.
It also might have damaged fiber optic communication lines that run under the trestle.
Damage estimates were placed at $10,000.
Officials say a vagrant identified as 37-year-old Joseph Duran allegedly set up camp in the confined space under the trestle and started a warming fire that quickly got out of control because of the gusty winds Sunday.
They say a makeshift living area had been constructed in the catwalk under the bridge was consumed by the fire.
Duran was arrested for "recklessly causing the fire."
Union Pacific inspectors were assessing the damage to determine if train traffic could resume.

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Ventura police and fire officials say they arrested a man in connection with a fire that damaged 40 feet of the train trestle that crosses the Ventura River.

The fire was reported around 3:30 PM Sunday and it severely damaged nearly 20 wooden supports under the trestle.

It also might have damaged fiber optic communication lines that run under the trestle.

Damage estimates were placed at $10,000.

Officials say a vagrant identified as 37-year-old Joseph Duran allegedly set up camp in the confined space under the trestle and started a warming fire that quickly got out of control because of the gusty winds Sunday.

They say a makeshift living area had been constructed in the catwalk under the bridge was consumed by the fire.

Duran was arrested for "recklessly causing the fire."

Union Pacific inspectors were assessing the damage to determine if train traffic could resume.