A judge Friday sentenced an Oxnard man to 18-years-to-life in prison in connection with the death of another man in December of last year.
Prosecutors say that 21-year-old Alberto Govea pleaded guilty in June to second degree murder, criminal threats and auto theft in connection with the December 2013 crime spree.
Those crimes included the December 13th stabbing death of Govea's friend, 26-year-old Juan Carlos Garcia.
After the killing, Govea was arrested in the unrelated criminal threats case following a bizarre barricaded subject incident at his parent's home in the 2500 block of Timber Creek Trail in Oxnard.
The SWAT team found Govea hiding in a wall of the house and took him into custody after the fire department opened up the wall.
Govea was jailed and later charged with murder in connection with Garcia's stabbing death.
In June, as his preliminary hearing was about to get underway, Govea decided to plead guilty to murder and the other charges with a stipulated sentence of 18-years-to-life in prison.
At the sentencing hearing Friday, Garcia's family members made victim impact statements to the court.
Govea also made a statement to the court.
Ventura County Sheriff's Department believes a burned body found at a house under construction in Thousand Oaks Friday afternoon was a suicide.
Senior Deputy Tim Lohman told KVTA News from the scene that final determination must be made by the Medical Examiner's Office but at this time they believe the person took their own life.
The body was discovered around 1:30 PM Friday afternoon when firefighters were called to the 3100 block of Foothill Drive to a report of a small fire at the site of a house under construction.
They found the fire and the burned body.
The fire was quickly extinguished and the death was confirmed.
At that point firefighters and medical personnel backed off and secured the scene and called deputies who in turn notified Major Crimes.
No other details have been released yet.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says it will conduct several DUI/DL checkpoints at various locations around the Ojai Valley Saturday night.
They will begin at 8 PM Saturday night and end at 3 AM Sunday morning.
The locations are not made public until the checkpoints are set up.
Meanwhile, in addition to the Ojai checkpoints, there will be DUI saturation patrols in the city of Moorpark tonight that will involve officers from several law enforcement agencies throughout Ventura County.
The extra patrols will concentrate on finding DUI drivers.
It's part of an end of summer countywide anti DUI campaign known as Avoid the 14 that ends with the Labor Day Holiday weekend.
During the past two weeks, that campaign, which includes not only checkpoints but also the saturation patrols and other enforcement efforts, has resulted in 114 DUI arrests countywide.
That's actually down from the 180 DUI arrests made during the same 14 day period last summer.
Santa Paula police are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene.
It happened shortly before 1:30 AM Friday morning at the intersection of Peck Road and Harvard Boulevard.
Police say the driver struck a 36-year-old woman in the crosswalk.
She was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
The suspect vehicle was described as a dark blue Toyota Sequoia with tinted windows.
It should have damage to the right quarter panel.
It was last seen eastbound on Harvard Boulevard.
Anyone with information that could help police they should call (805) 525-4474, or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)
Two people suffered major injuries in a crash Thursday night in east Ventura.
It happened around 7:20 PM when a vehicle drove off the eastbound 126 Freeway near Kimball Road, crashed through some trees and landed in a culvert.
Firefighters had to use chainsaws to cut through the broken trees to get to the wreckage and then the Jaws of Life to get into the vehicle and the two adult males inside.
A paramedics went inside to assess the patients and render aid while fire crews completed the process of clearing the wreckage so they could extricate the two victims.
The victims were extricated and taken to VCMC in critical condition according to the Ventura City Fire Department.
The CHP was investigating the circumstances leading up to the crash.
Simi Valley police have released a composite sketch of one of at least two men who they say have been pulling off residential burglaries not only in Simi Valley but elsewhere in Ventura and LA counties.
Police say the suspects tend to strike during the daytime and usually on weekdays, but one incident was on a Sunday evening.
The suspects prefer homes where there are no vehicles in front and the home looks unoccupied.
They usually smash a glass window and door at the rear of the residence to get inside.
So far most of the break-ins in Simi Valley have been in the northeast portion of the city.
Both suspects are described as African-American males, 20-25 years of age.
Police remind residents to always keep your home as secure as possible, especially when gone, and report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to poiice.
Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Detective Steve Philbrook at (805) 583-6959.
Ventura police say they've cited four former Ventura High School football players for an alleged incident involving another player earlier this month.
The four ex-players, two 17-year-olds males and two 16-year-old males, had already been thrown off the team and suspended from school following the August 15th incident in which they allegedly held a 17-year-old teammate against his will in the locker room on campus.
Police say the victim was handcuffed to a locker for more than an hour.
Now Ventura police say following their investigation into the incident, the four male suspects have been cited for false imprisonment and conspiracy.
They were released to the custody of their parents.
Camarillo Mayor Kevin Kildee tells KVTA News a majority of the council does not support the controversial Conejo Creek development proposal.
The public packed the city council chambers Wednesday night to express opposition to a proposal to develop several hundred acres of farmland along the south side of the 101 Freeway east of Pleasant Valley Road near the bottom of the Conejo Grade.
The proposal is for 2500 homes, hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial, industrial and office space along with parks and open space.
But the proposal has attracted strong opposition from the community over concerns about traffic and the loss of agricultural land.
Att Wednesday night's meeting on the draft EIR a majority of council members indicated they cannot support the project.
They plan to meet next month to take a formal action essentially stopping the project before it ever gets started.
Updated--The California Highway Patrol has identified a Santa Barbara teenager as the wrong way driver killed in a crash that shut down the Northbound 101 Freeway near Carpinteria for more than six hours overnight.
The CHP says that shortly after 10:30 PM Wednesday a 2003 white Ford Mustang driven by 16-year-old Daniel James Perez of Santa Barbara got on the northbound 101 the wrong way by using the Highway 150 off ramp.
The vehicle traveled southbound in the northbound lanes before it collided with a northbound big rig just north of Bates Road.
The male driver of the Mustang, Perez, was killed, the 56-year-old Pearl Mississippi truck driver was not injured.
There were no other vehicles or people involved.
The crash shut down all northbound lanes of the 101 north of Bates Road until 5:45 AM Thursday creating a miles-long backup that lasted even hours after the lanes were cleared.
The CHP says they've not determined yet if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
No other details were available.
(ALL LANES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS OPENED AS OF 8 PM)
Updated as of 8 PM-A patrol car transporting two prisoners from Thousand Oaks to the Pretrial Detention Facility in Ventura was rear ended on the northbound 101 in Camarillo Wednesday afternoon.
It happened shortly before 6 PM on the NB 101 near the Santa Rosa Road/Pleasant Valley Road exit.
The marked patrol car was from the Thousand Oaks Police Department and there were two Ventura County Sheriff's deputies assigned to Thousand Oaks PD in the vehicle.
The sheriff's department contracts for police services in several local cities, including Thousand Oaks.
In the back seat of the patrol car there were two arrestees being taken to the jail in Ventura from Thousand Oaks.
The deputies and two prisoners were taken to hospitals to be checked out, but it's believed that none of the injuries were serious.
One other person was injured in the crash.
Three of the injured were taken to VCMC while two were taken to Los Robles.
The crash shut down all northbound lanes of the freeway and the CHP was allowing vehicles to get through using the center divider.
As of 8 PM ALL NB LANES WERE REOPENED.
The left lane on southbound 101 was closed for a time to allow emergency personnel to extricate the two male prisoners who were trapped in the back seat of the patrol vehicle.
That SB lane was reopened by 7:30 PM.
The CHP is investigating the crash.
(Photo of "red tdagged" Sycamore Cove State Beach Admin building courtesy State Beach employee Lindsey Templeton)
The high surf pounding portions of the Ventura County coast has spawned a rash of ocean rescues and caused some damage, especially to the administration building at the Sycamore Cove State Beach along Ventura County's south coast.
State Beach Park Officials say the building was "red tagged" Wednesday after the heavy waves undermined the structure.
They say the building had to be evacuated and they removed as much equipment as possible.
By Thursday morning the building was destroyed.
At the same time the Thornhill Broom State Beach Park just up the coast from Sycamore Cove was evacuated because of flooding from the heavy surf.
More than 20 campsites had to be evacuated.
The Hueneme Pier, already damaged and closed from previous high surf events, lost at least another piling in t his latest event.
Meanwhile, lifeguards up and down the Ventura County coast have been plucking thrill-seeking swimmers from the high surf and dangerous rip currents.
The heavy surf and dangerous ocean conditions will be with us through Friday.
Ventura police say they've arrested a woman in connection with an incident last month in which a purse with about $14 in quarters in it was stolen from an 8-year-old girl at an east Ventura laundromat.
They say that information from the public who saw the security picture of the suspect released via the department's social media led to the arrest of 36-year-old Alondra Robbs of Ventura.
She was cited and released on a charge of petty theft.
The family of the officer who responded to the original incident was so touched by what happened to the little girl that they made sure she received money to make up for what was stolen.
The little girl was in the laundry with family members when the incident happened.
It happened so fast and subtly that it took the security video to confirm what had happened.
Update--Two people are in custody following a pursuit through Oxnard early Wednesday morning.
It began shortly before 4 AM when a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not have its light on in south Oxnard.
The driver of the vehicle sped off and that began a pursuit that wound its way along Saviers Road and several side streets for several minutes.
In the area around Hill and C streets, the suspect vehicle crashed into a parked car and the suspect driver jumped out and ran.
By then, Oxnard police had responded to help the sheriff's deputy and there was a foot pursuit that ended when the suspect was caught on Wolf Street between C and Saviers.
The sheriff's department tells KVTA News that the suspect is a parolee who is wanted on felony warrants.
His female passenger, who was taken into custody where the suspect vehicle crash into a parked car, was arrested for drug possession.
An ambulance was called to the scene to transport the suspects to VCMC to be medically cleared for jail because both were allegedly under the influence of drugs.
There were no injuries.
The Sheriff's Department identified the suspects as the driver, 23-year-old Ricardo Moreno of Oxnard, and his passenger, 25-year-old Monique Rodriguez.
Deputies say both were under the influence at the time of their arrests.
A former Associate Principal at Camarillo High School pleaded guilty Tuesday to allegations that he inappropriately touched a female student and an adult female staff member on campus.
42-year-old Felix "David" Gallegos pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child annoyance regarding the female student and misdemeanor sexual battery regarding the female adult staff member.
He could face up to a year in the county jail when he is sentenced next month and he will have to register as a sex offender.
The allegations against Gallegos arose in May of 2013 and he was arrested in June of 2013 following an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department's Major Crimes Unit.
Gallegos was immediately placed on administrative leave after the allegations first surfaced.
He's been out on bail since his arrest and remains free on bail pending sentencing.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says a Saticoy woman was arrested Monday in connection with the death of a puppy dog.
Deputies say they that around 8:20 AM Monday morning, they were called to the 11000 block of Azahar Street to a report that a woman had thrown a puppy against a wall, killing it.
They arrested 19-year-old Alicia Lemus for felony animal cruelty in connection with the death of the dog.
She was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony animal cruelty with bail set at $15,000.
She is due in court Wednesday afternoon.
Deputies say the Humane Society is handling the investigation.
They say that Lemus has a history of psychological issues.
A judge ruled Monday there is sufficient evidence for a Simi Valley man to stand trial for an alleged attack on an off duty firefighter that initially resulted in serious brain injuries.
27-year-old Devin Kelley is charged with felony assault likely to produce great bodily injury with a special allegation of causing a brain injury in connection with the incident which left 35-year-old Jason May unconscious.
May reportedly has since recovered and is back to work.
Kelly is also charged with dissuading a witness by force of threat when he allegedly chased two witnesses who tried to call 911 and help May.
This happened at a party last October in the 500 block of Valley Gate Road in Simi Valley.
Kelley, who is a decorated Army veteran and a former football star at Simi Valley High School, is being held on $170,000 bail.
He is due back in court on September 9th.
A Santa Paula woman who has been a leading advocate in connection with unpasteurized dairy products has pleaded guilty to grand theft, conspiracy, and money laundering charges.
54-year-old Sharon Palmer quietly entered guilty pleas to 14 felony counts and admitted to an equal number of related special allegations earlier this month.
The charges stem from a real estate transaction regarding financing for her dairy along Wheeler Canyon Road near Santa Paula.
Her case is controversial because of her activism in the movement for unpasteurized dairy products.
She faced some minor charges in Ventura County related to that before the grand theft case arose.
They were resolved some time ago.
Palmer was facing more serious charges in Los Angeles County relating to the sale of such products there.
Her supporters contend that all the criminal actions against her have been nothing more than an attempt to destroy a prominent advocate in the unpasteurized dairy product movement.
Meanwhile, she is due in court in October for a hearing on whether the sale of her property will help with restitution of the victims in the grand theft case.
She will face sentencing after that.
Palmer remains free on bail.