All types of fireworks are illegal everywhere in Ventura County except in the city of Fillmore where just the "Safe and Sane" variety are legal.
With the exception of the "Safe and Sane" fireworks in Fillmore, anyone found in possession of fireworks or caught using them could be fined up to $1,000 and/or receive a jail term of up to a year, under International Fire Code Section 3301.1.3.
Many cities will have professional fireworks shows starting at about dusk...
Friday July 3rd
• Moorpark- Arroyo Vista Park at 9 p.m.
Saturday July 4th
• Camarillo- Camarillo High School at 9 p.m.
• City of Ventura- Ventura College Athletic Field at 9 p.m.
• Ojai- Nordhoff High School Stadium at 9:15 am.
• Thousand Oaks- Hillcrest Center of the Arts at 9 p.m.
• Simi Valley- 9:20 p.m.
• Oxnard/ Channel Islands- Channel Islands Harbor at 9 p.m.
• Fillmore- Fillmore Middle School at 9:15 p.m.
• Agoura Hills- Chumash Park at 9 p.m.
• Westlake- Westlake Village Golf Course Driving Range at 9:10 p.m.
• Calabasas- Calabasas High School at 9 p.m.
Oxnard police say Thursday they arrested a suspect in a kidnap-rape that happened in April.
55-year-old Jose Guadalupe Langarcia of Oxnard was taken into custody at 8:40 AM in the 1200 block of Holly Avenue in Oxnard.
They say that in the early morning hours of April 18th a 23-year-old woman was walking alone in the 600 block of South Harbor Boulevard when she was approached by a man in a truck.
Police say the man followed the woman and tried to persuade her to get into his truck but she declined his advances and continued to walk along Harbor Boulevard.
They say the man got out of the truck and followed the woman on foot to Oxnard Beach Park where he grabbed her, took her to a secluded area and sexually assaulted her.
Police say the suspect then fled and the woman immediately called police.
After a two month investigation by OPD's sexual assault unit with the help of the Ventura County Crime Lab, a suspect was ID'd through DNA.
They say that suspect is Langarcia.
He was booked into the Ventura County Jail for kidnap, rape and other charges with bail set at $750,000.
Oxnard Man Arrested For Sexual Abuse Of Teen
KVTA News Thursday July 2, 2015
An Oxnard man has been arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of a 15-year-old Ventura boy he met over a social networking application.
Police say 24-year-old Heriberto Rivas-Avila convinced the boy to meet him during April.
The boy says he was sexually assaulted in the suspect's vehicle.
Police were not notified at that time, but the suspect tried to convince the boy to meet him again in June.
The boy then became afraid and reported the earlier incident to his parents and Ventura police.
The suspect was arrested on numerous charges including Luring a Minor for the purpose of Lewd Conduct and Extortion.
Police are asking for help from anyone else who may have been victimized.
Large Judgement In Oxnard Wrongful Death Case
KVTA News Wednesday July 1, 2015
A federal jury today awarded $2,925,000 to the family of an Oxnard man who died while being arrested by police during June of 2012.
The civil rights lawsuit accused seven officers of using excessive and unreasonable force against Robert Ramirez.
The jury found all seven officers liable after deliberating for about three days.
Ramirez was at a friend's house and said he had swallowed a large amount of methamphetamine.
Rescuers were then called, but paramedics waited for clearance from officers before administering treatment.
An autopsy showed that he died from restraint asphyxia and not a drug overdose.
Four Gang Members Arrested In Oxnard
KVTA News Wednesday July 1, 2015
Oxnard police arrested a car load of documented gang members after responding to a shots fired call on Tuesday.
Around 5:19 PM, officers received a call regarding gunfire in the area of the 400 block of Cuesta Del Mar.
The suspects were seen fleeing the area in a dark-colored SUV.
Officers spotted the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the area of Ventura Road and Channel Islands Boulevard.
Inside were four subjects ages 17-23 who were found to be documented gang members.
A loaded shotgun was found inside the vehicle.
All four subjects were arrested without incident for assault with a deadly weapon.
Police told KVTA News that apparently there was no victim.
Arrest made in heroin overdose death
Hunters from Ventura County and the rest of the state are forbidden from using lead bullets in more areas starting July 1.
Simi Valley Check Cashing Business Robbed
KVTA News Tuesday June 30, 2015
Simi Valley police say a check cashing business was robbed Monday afternoon.
Police say around 5 PM, a male subject entered the business in the 2900 block of Cochran Street, presented a demand note, and fled the location on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.
No weapon was displayed and no one was hurt during the incident.
The suspect was described as a man in his early 20's with dark skin, wearing a red, white and blue flannel shirt and dark blue jeans.
He was last seen fleeing westbound toward Walmart.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Simi Valley Police Department.
Structure Fire In Fillmore
KVTA News Tuesday June 30, 2015
Firefighters put out a structure fire in Fillmore early Tuesday morning.
The fire was reported around 3:35 AM in the 500 block of Kensington Drive.
Initial reports indicated a vacant single-family dwelling was well involved in flames when firefighters arrived on scene.
They quickly upgraded the incident to a working structure fire.
There was no word on the cause, but a fire investigator was called to the scene.
There was no further information available.
Ventura County airport officials are hoping a new survey will help lure an airline back to Oxnard Airport.
Commercial service ended about five years ago, but negotiations are now underway with several airlines.
The survey includes questions about the places people travel and how much they've recently paid for tickets.
It's hoped the results will convince an airline to resume service to locations such as Las Vegas, Seattle and Portland.
Travelers are encouraged to take the survey on the website of the Ventura County Department of Airports.
Annual Sale Of Fireworks In Fillmore Underway
KVTA News Monday June 29, 2015
Fireworks went on sale in Fillmore on Sunday.
It's the only city in Ventura County where it's legal to buy and light them.
County Fire Department Captain Mike Lindbery tells KVTA News that he recommends against letting kids handle fireworks.
"If adults are buying Safe & Sane fireworks so that their children can use them, that's their first big mistake," Lindbery said.
"Children would be much better served by seeing a professional show. They're bigger, better, louder; all the things that children like. We don't want to see children burned."
The fireworks sales benefit Fillmore charities and for many it's the biggest fundraiser of the year.
(Photos courtesy Johnny Corona)
Oxnard police say the driver whose car smashed into an occupied house Sunday afternoon has been arrested for DUI.
The incident happened shortly before 2 PM at the intersection of L Street and Wooley Road.
Police say a 2000 Plymouth Neon crashed into the house through the living room wall.
A mother and her children were in the house at the time.
The mother, a 47-year-old Oxnard woman, was taken to VCMC with moderate injuries, her two 3-year-old children were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Brian Sanchez of Oxnard, was taken to VCMC with minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and driving on a suspended license.
His female passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Oxnard police say a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed early Sunday morning.
It happened around 2:25 AM in the 300 block of south Oxnard Boulevard.
Police say a 1999 black Acura RL was northbound north of Fourth Street when, according to witnesses, a the unidentified male pedestrian was crossing the street in mid block.
They say that as the pedestrian reached the center median he suddenly stepped back into the street and into the path of the northbound Acura.
The car hit the pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Acura containing the 21-year-old male driver from Oxnard and his two male passengers ages 19 and 16 stopped at the scene.
The three, who were not hurt, were questioned by police and then released from the scene.
The investigation into what happened continues but police say excessive speed does not appear to be a factor in the incident.
(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)
Update-Four people were rescued from the ocean off Ventura Sunday afternoon.
The Ventura City Fire Department says that around 4:11 PM they received a report of multiple children caught in a rip current in the Pierpont Beach area.
When the first crews arrived on the beach at Weymouth Lane they found three victims in the ocean in distress.
One rescue swimmer was deployed from a Ventura Harbor Patrol vessel, two from State Lifeguard vehicle, and one from a fire department engine company.
The three victims, an adult female and two juveniles, were rescued without incident and did not require any medical attention.
At the same time, down the beach in the area of Greenock Lane, a fourth victim was rescued by State Lifeguard personnel.
This victim was an adult male who was evaluated by medical personnel but refused transport to the hospital.
There was a report of another victim in the water but emergency personnel believe it was a sea lion.