The Ventura County District Attorney's Office Wednesday arrested the former President of the Camarillo Fiesta Association for stealing from the organization.
Prosecutors say 63-year-old Robert Capellini of Camarillo was arrested on two counts of felony grand theft by embezzlement.
They say that between April 2014 and February 2015, while serving as President of the Fiesta Association, Capellini stole more than $25,000 in association funds.
The association is funded in part by public money including during that period an $11,000 check from the city of Camarillo.
The DA says that Camarillo's Police Chief Monica McGrath had requested that the association provide her with information regarding the thefts, but the association declined to do so, opting instead to seek restitution directly from Capellini.
He did repay $21,000 of the stolen funds and agreed to repay an additional $3,000.
But the District Attorney's Office says only they can make the decision to institute and prosecute criminal cases and neither the victim nor any private citizen has the right to make that decision.
They say just because someone agrees to pay restitution does not free them from criminal responsibility.
The DA also says that in investigating this matter, the DA's Office determined that City Councilman Mike Morgan's service as a member of the Fiesta Board and also as Mayor at the same time did not constitute a financial conflict of interest.
Updated--Ventura police say there was a lunchtime incident at Buena High School Wednesday that resulted in a student shoving a teacher in what police called a battery.
They say it started with the student, a 14-year-old male, getting involved in a verbal altercation with other students.
A teacher came over to deal with the situation and police say that's when the student shoved the female teacher which police consider a battery.
The school's Ventura Police School Resource Officer arrived moments later and detained the student.
Police say fire and ambulance responded because the student suffered some scrapes in the incident.
They also believe the student was under the influence of alcohol.
Police say the teacher did not require medical attention.
There's been yet again a burglary at a pharmacy in Ventura County.
This time it was early this morning at College Pharmacy in the 100 block of N. Ashwood in Ventura.
Ventura police say they received a report of an alarm activation at the pharmacy around 4:11 AM.
When officers arrived they found the front door had been forced open and the suspects were gone.
Further investigation determined that two male suspects wearing hoodies and dark pants had forced the door open, gathered medications and fled the scene.
Police believe this is just the latest in a series of pharmacy burglaries in Ventura and LA counties over the past several weeks.
It's part of a trend connected to the black market surrounding the burgeoning abuse of prescription drugs.
Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to call the Ventura Police Department Street Crimes Unit at 339-4325, or make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. If your information leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Ventura College Thursday and Ventura police have released details about street closures, parking and security surrounding the event.
Date: May 26, 2016, Entrance Opens at 10:00 a.m.
On Thursday, May 26, 2016 the Bernie Sanders Campaign is holding a rally that is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Admission is first come first served. The Ventura Police Department and partnering agencies would like to remind motorists of street closures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Traffic & Parking
Please obey all traffic laws and direction from officers and police personnel as directed. In addition to heavy vehicular traffic, there will be a significant amount of pedestrian traffic in the areas surrounding Ventura Community College. The VPD Traffic Unit would like to remind motorists to be cognizant of pedestrians crossing the roadways and to yield to their right-of-way.
Loma Vista Road will be closed from Central Campus Way to Ashwood Avenue beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Event parking will be available at Ventura College on Central Campus, East Campus and North Campus Lots open at 7:00 a.m. Parking is also available on public streets, carpooling is always encouraged.
There will be only one entrance to the event; participants should enter from Loma Vista and West Campus Way (pedestrian traffic will be blocked from Telegraph onto West Campus Way). Attendees will be screened at the entrance. For security reasons, please do not bring bags and limit what you bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, coolers and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed through security.
Participants are encouraged to RSVP to this event at go.berniesanders.com.
Ventura police are looking for the suspects in a shooting incident Tuesday night.
They say the incident began with a brief encounter between the victims and suspects at the McDonald's restaurant on Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.
When the victims drove away, they noticed that the suspects were following them in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck.
In the area of Oyster Street and Seaview Avenue in the Ventura Keys, the suspects drove by the victims and fired one shot that struck the victim's vehicle.
There were four people inside the victim's vehicle and no one was hurt.
The victims fled into Oxnard where they contacted Oxnard PD at Ventura and Gonzales roads around 10:25 PM to report what happened.
The suspects in the pickup were described as a male and female Hispanic, 18-20 years old.
The male had a shaved head, the female had red/orange streaked hair.
The Ventura County District Attorney's Office today filed a murder charge against a man accused of fatally shooting his father at their ranch between Santa Paula and the Upper Ojai Sunday morning.
In addition to the murder charge, 23-year-old Peter Owen is also facing a special allegation of use of a firearm causing great bodily injury.
Deputies were called to the ranch in the 14600 block of Santa Paula-Ojai Road (Highway 150) late Sunday morning where they found Owen's father, 50-year-old Aleric Owen, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators with the Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit spent all day Sunday at the ranch, gathering evidence, conducting interviews and trying to sort out what happened.
By the end of the day they had arrested Peter Owen for his father's death and he was booked into the Ventura County Jail early Monday morning.
Detectives did not indicate a motive for the killing.
Meanwhile, Peter Owen was in court Tuesday afternoon to be arraigned on the charge but his arraignment was postponed until June 22nd.
He remains in jail on $750,000 bail.
The Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent him.
(Photo courtesy Kevin Moseley)
The El Nino generated waves that damaged the Ventura Pier also stripped the sand from the beaches surrounding it, leaving only the rocks and cobblestones.
The city is now taking steps to try to replenish the sand.
They are taking 5000 cubic yards of sand that ended up down coast in the Pierpont Beach area and hauling it back up coast to cover as much of the rocky areas around the pier as they can.
It will cost about $115,000 and take eight days to complete.
City officials say it's an important effort needed to maintain the city's tourism industry especially as summer approaches.
Ventura County Sheriff's deputies are seeking public help in identifying the man who tried to rob a bank in the Oak Park section of the Conejo Valley.
They say the suspect entered the Bank of America at 1155 Lindero Canyon Road around 1:30 PM Monday, walked up to a teller and produced a note demanding cash.
The teller said no.
The suspect then turned around and left the bank.
They've released bank security photos of the suspect who is a white man, about 5'6" to 5"11, 140-160 pounds, with a slender build.
He was wearing a dark color long sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a cream colored fedora style hat.
He had a thick mustache and long goatee..
Anyone who has information about the suspect or the incident should call Detective Kelly Roark at (805) 494-8223.
Deputies fanned out in and around Camarillo this past Saturday making sure that registered sex offenders in the area were behaving themselves.
The Sex Registrant Compliance Checks are paid for with grant money that can only be used for this purpose, it's called a Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement or SAFE grant.
Anyway, deputies checked the residences of 80 registered sex offenders between 8 AM and 2 PM Saturday.
Sixty of the registered sex offenders were found in compliance, 18 were verified as living at their residence but were not contacted because they were not home.
Two registrants had moved and there will be follow up to see where they are and whether they are out of compliance.
These sweeps happen continually throughout all areas of Ventura County by all the law enforcement agencies in the county.
Information about sex registrants can be found through the Megan's Law website at www.meganslaw.ca.gov
(TOP PHOTO OF PETER OWEN COURTESY VCSD)
(Photo courtesy Robert Alamillo)
Updated---The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says they've arrested the son of a man who was found shot to death on his ranch in the unincorporated area between Santa Paula and the Upper Ojai.
Deputies received a 911 call around 10:50 AM Sunday regarding a shooting in the 14600 block of Santa Paula-Ojai Road (Highway 150) west of Thomas Aquinas College.
They found 50-year-old Aleric Owen dead from multiple gunshot wounds.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau spent Sunday at the scene gathering evidence and conducting interviews.
Monday they told KVTA News that they arrested his son, 23-year-old Peter Owen in connection with the fatal shooting.
Peter Owen is in the Ventura County Jail on a charge of felony murder with bail set at $750,000.
He is due in court Tuesday to be arraigned.
A judge has sentenced an Arizona man to 45-years-to-life in prison for molesting a little Ventura girl.
A jury had earlier convicted 41-year-old Richard Gonzales Junior on three felony counts of an unlawful act with a child under 10 and three felony counts of lewd act upon a child.
They also found true three special allegations of substantial sexual conduct.
Prosecutors say that Gonzales molested the girl for three years starting when she was five years old.
He had been in a relationship with the girl's mother at the time.
The case came to light after the little girl told her friend at school and the friend told the Principal who reported it to police.
If Gonzales ever gets out of prison, an it seems doubtful given his age and the sentence he received, he was ordered to register as a sex offender.
Ventura County Sheriff's deputies and the FBI were investigating an attempted bank robbery in Oak Park Monday.
It was reported at 1:50 PM at the Bank of America branch at 1155 Lindero Canyon Road.
Deputies say the suspect presented a demand note to the teller but apparently did not get away with any money.
No weapon was seen.
He fled the bank and a search by deputies failed to locate him.
The department described the suspect as a white male in his 50's with a mustache and goatee and he was wearing a fedora hat.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau and the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office are conducting a death investigation at a ranch in the unincorporated area between Santa Paula and the Upper Ojai area.
Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to a report around 10:50 AM Sunday of a possible gunshot victim on a ranch in the 14600 block of Santa Paula-Ojai Road (Highway 150), west of Thomas Aquinas College.
They found an adult male deceased in an outside area of the ranch.
Sheriff's officials are not ready to say how the man died or whether it was a suicide, homicide or accident of some kind.
There were gunshots heard in the area about an hour before the man was found.
The deputies and the sheriff's helicopter checked the area around the ranch but did not find anyone else.
They say they will have more information later.
Updated--Seven people were arrested, four injured, in a disturbance in Fillmore late Saturday night.
The incident, described as a fight, was reported shortly before 10:30 PM at the Fillmore May Festival, a weekend event going on at the park at Sespe and Central avenues.
Deputies say the four people who were injured were among the seven people arrested in the initial fight.
None of the injuries were serious.
They say no weapons were involved and it was not gang related.
Deputies say that following the initial fight there were several minor shoving matches, but no injuries or arrests were reported in those incidents.
Deputies from outside the city were called in to help deputies in the city quell the disturbance and restore order.