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Oxnard Man Arrested for Burglary/Sexual Battery

KVTA News Saturday July 30, 2016


A man who had just been released from the Ventura County Jail for violating his probation on a lewd conduct conviction is back in jail for allegedly committing a burglary and sexual battery early Saturday morning in Oxnard.

Police say that shortly after 4 AM Saturday a man removed the screen from an open window at a residence in the 2000 block of Langley and entered the residence.

Officers were told by one of the residents of the home that the suspect then sexually battered his sister.

The brother called police and followed the suspect until police arrived and arrested 24-year-old Garrett Smith of Oxnard.

Police say when they told Smith he was being arrested for sexual battery, Smith resisted their attempted to handcuff him but he was ultimately taken into custody and booked into the Ventura County Jail for sexual battery and burglary.

According to jail and court records Smith was released from jail on Tuesday of last week after serving time for violating his probation on a lewd conduct conviction in January of this year.

Court records show that Smith has a long history of petty crimes including being drunk in public, petty theft and intimidating business owners.

He was also the suspect in a 50 acre brush fire that burned above east Ventura in September of 2014.

That case was ultimately dismissed when the DA's office declined to file charges.

Arrest In Vandalism Of Thousand Oaks Gateway Sign

KVTA News Saturday July 30, 2016


Deputies in Thousand Oaks says they've arrested a suspect in the vandalism of the city's gateway sign.

During the early morning hours of July 21st vandals spray-painted the letters WUC over the entire 10 foot by 40 foot Thousand Oaks gateway sign located north of the 101 Freeway near the Westlake Boulevard off ramp.

An investigation into the city was launched that involved several different agencies.

They determined that the letters WUC had two possible meanings, "Wreckin Ur City" or "Wake Up Crew."

Deputies say that during their investigation 24-year-old Nicolas Yescas of Palmdale became a suspect in the vandalism.

Friday morning a search warrant was served on Yescas's residence and deputies say that evidence linking him to the vandalism was located.

He was arrested for felony vandalism and booked into the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $10,000.

OPD Investigates 9th Homicide Of 2016

KVTA News Friday July 29, 2016

The Oxnard Police Department's Major Crimes Unit is investigating that city's 9th homicide of the year.

They say that around 5:30 AM Friday morning police received a call reporting an unresponsive person in the Colonia section of town.

Officers responded to the north alley in the 800 block of Cooper Road and found a male in his mid 20's on the ground.

It appeared that the victim had been assaulted.

Emergency medical personnel also responded but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and conducted what they determined was a homicide investigation into the man's death.

His name has not been released yet.

At last report, police were searching for suspects and a motive for the killing.

Oxnard Gang Member Sentenced To Prison

KVTA News Friday July 29, 2016

The Oxnard Police Department's Major Crimes Unit is investigating that city's 9th homicide of the year.

They say that around 5:30 AM Friday morning police received a call reporting an unresponsive person in the Colonia section of town.

Officers responded to the north alley in the 800 block of Cooper Road and found a male in his mid 20's on the ground.

It appeared that the victim had been assaulted.

Emergency medical personnel also responded but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Detectives and crime scene investigators were called to the scene and conducted what they determined was a homicide investigation into the man's death.

His name has not been released yet.

At last report, police were searching for suspects and a motive for the killing.

Motorcyclist Killed In Upper Ojai Crash

KVTA News Thursday July 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Air Unit)

The CHP says a motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was critically injured in a crash with a pickup truck late Thursday morning.

It happened around 11:30 AM on Highway 150 at Chumash Road.

The CHP says the pickup truck, a white 2003 Chevrolet 1500 was being driven by a 23-year-old Long Beach man eastbound on the 150 approaching Chumash Road.

Meanwhile, a 67-year-old Fillmore man was riding his black 2000 Harley Davidson motorcycle also eastbound on the 150 behind the pickup truck.

The CHP says for reasons that are still under investigation, the pickup attempted to make a turn onto Chumash Road and the motorcycle veered to the right and collided with the right rear corner of the pickup.

The motorcycle rider and a 66-year-old Fillmore woman who was his passenger were ejected from the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist was airlifted by Air Squad 8 to VCMC where he died.

He was identified as 67-year-old Jack Moodhard of Fillmore.

The female passenger was taken to VCMC by ambulance with major injuries.

The driver of the pickup was not injured.

Crews Work For Full Containment Of Sand Fire

KVTA News Thursday July 28, 2016

(Photo courtesy US Forest Service)

Updated--The 38,000 acre Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley is now 85% contained as crews continue to work toward full containment and control.

The fire has been burning for almost a week and at least one life and 18 structures have been lost to the flames.

About 2700 personnel are assigned to the fire from local, state, and federal agencies, including units from Ventura County.

They've been involved in building containment lines, dealing with hot spots and protecting structures.

The cause is under investigation.

Trial Ordered In Hit & Run Death Of Ventura Teen

KVTA News Wednesday July 27, 2016

A judge Wednesday ordered the owner and operator of a Ventura tow company to stand trial in connection with the hit and run traffic collision that left a Ventura teen dead.

51-year-old Hermin Martin Henderson of Ventura is charged with a felony, leaving the scene of an accident that involved death, and, a misdemeanor, destroying evidence.

Prosecutors allege that Henderson was driving eastbound on Telegraph Road in a tow truck approaching Saticoy Avenue late on the night of February 18th when he struck and killed 14-year-old Jonathan Hernandez of Ventura as the teen crossed the road southbound on Saticoy Avenue on his bicycle.

The DA's office accuses Henderson of leaving the scene and later destroying evidence, in this case his license plate.

Henderson is due back in court on August 10th to have a trial date set.

He remains free on his own recognizance.

If convicted of the charges against him, the maximum sentence would be five years in prison.

No Murder Charge In Death Of Ventura Motorcyclist

KVTA News Tuesday July 26, 2016


Prosecutors decided not to file a murder charge in the Friday crash that killed a motorcyclist on Kimball Road in east Ventura.

Police had arrested 24-year-old Victor Martinez of Santa Paula for second degree murder in connection with the hit and run death of 80-year-old Richard Lunsford of Ventura.

Prosecutors instead filed felony vehicular manslaughter, felony hit and run causing death, felony evading an officer causing death and a felony count of carrying a loaded, unregistered, firearm in a vehicle, among other charges and a special allegation.

Martinez, who had been in jail on more than $1 million bail, had his bail reduced to $500,000.

He is still in custody and will be in court Wednesday to be arraigned.

The authorities say the fatal crash occurred after Martinez, who had been out on bail pending an unrelated criminal case, was involved in a hit and run crash with an unmarked Ventura detective vehicle on the westbound 126 and then failed to stop when a marked patrol vehicle attempted to pull him over as he exited the 126 at Kimball.

They say Martinez traveled through a red light and collided with three vehicles, including the fatal collision with Lunsford's motorcycle.

Police say he then continued south of Kimball, abandoned his vehicle while it was still moving and fled on foot, dropping the gun along the way before convincing an unsuspecting motorist to give him a ride.

That vehicle was spotted later and Martinez was finally taken into custody. 

The charges filed against Martinez Tuesday by the DA would mean a maximum possible sentence of 16 years in prison if Martinez were convicted.

Public Help Sought In Thousand Oaks Pharmacy Burglaries

KVTA News Tuesday July 26, 2016


Deputies in Thousand Oaks are seeking public help in identifying the suspect in at least two pharmacy burglaries in that city.

They both happened on July 1st and involved a lone male suspect who was captured on security video (see photo).

Deputies say the suspect forced entry into the two pharmacies, removed prescription drugs from locked cabinets and then fled.

He was dressed differently in each burglary, dark colored Docker style pants and windbreaker jacket in one and a jumpsuit with a nylon stocking over his face in the other.

He is believed to be between 6' to 6'5", 170-200 pounds in his late 40's to early 50's and hunched over with a distinctive gait.

Deputies say the illegal prescription drug problem has spawned more than 100 pharmacy burglaries in Southern California during the past six months with more than 20 of those in Ventura County.

If you have any information on this crime, please contact Thousand Oaks Detective Laura Natoli at (805) 494-8226 or at Laura.natoli@ventura.org.

Ex County Government Employee Sentenced For Worker's Comp Fraud

KVTA News Tuesday July 26, 2016

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says a former employee for the County of Ventura was sentenced to five years formal probation, 109 days in jail and ordered to pay $14,007 in restitution for workers compensation fraud.

Prosecutors say that a jury convicted 49-year-old Linda Boggess of Ventura on four felony counts.

They say in March of 2007 Boggess, who worked for the Ventura County Human Services Agency, filed a workers comp claim saying she experienced "paralyzing pain".

She received medical treatment and temporary disability payments until November 2011 when she was cleared to return to work without restrictions.

The DA says shortly after that, Boggess provided new work restrictions from a separate doctor that limited her to lifting no more than five pounds.

The county, which is self insured, investigated her claim in January of 2012 and they say captured Boggess on video lifting car tires mounted on wheels each weighting 45 pounds and then carrying them for about 50 feet.

Prosecutors say that in March of 2012 Boggess testified at a deposition that she couldn't lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk.