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$1.2M Powerball Ticket Sold In Ventura County

KVTA News Sunday August 30, 2015

(Photo courtesy California Lottery)

One of the winning tickets in Saturday night’s Powerball drawing was purchased in Ventura County.

It was NOT the big jackpot, but rather a ticket with five of six numbers right.

The ticket matched the numbers 25,18, 29, 21, and 28.

It did NOT have the Powerball number of 16.

The ticket is worth more than $1.2 million.

It was purchased in Thousand Oaks at the 7-Eleven located at 609 Rancho Conejo Boulevard.

The retailer will receive a bonus of $6,095 for selling the ticket. 

There was NO big Powerball winner Saturday night so the jackpot is estimated at $120 million.

Arson Fires, Vandalism At Oxnard Auto Center

KVTA News Sunday August 30, 2015

Oxnard fire investigators and police are investigating arson fires and vandalism at two dealerships in the Oxnard Auto Center early Sunday morning.

Battalion Chief Gary Sugich tells KVTA News that a cleaning crew at DCH Toyota on Auto Center Drive in Oxnard called 911 at 2:24 AM to report a vehicle fire in the service area.

When firefighters arrived, they found one vehicle fully involved in flames with two adjacent vehicles suffering fire damage.

After they extinguished those fires, they discovered that five other vehicles in another area of DCH Toyota and the neighboring Mercedes dealership had their windows smashed.

Santa Paula Dog Stabbed

KVTA News Saturday August 29, 2015

(Photo courtesy Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC FB)

Santa Paula police are looking for the person who stabbed a dog found late Friday afternoon.

Police say that an American Staffordshire Terrier called “T-Rex” was found with five stab wounds in the area of 14th Street and Saticoy Street in Santa Paula around 5 PM Friday.

Police believe the person who stabbed “T-Rex” may have intentionally let him and a second dog out of the backyard of the residence before stabbing “T-Rex”.

Residents in the area found the injured dog and rushed him to SPARC, the city’s “no kill” animal rescue shelter.

They were able to provide emergency aid to the dog and then rush him to the Pet Emergency Hospital in Ventura.

“T-Rex” is reported in good condition with a positive prognosis.

The other dog was found shaking but uninjured near the fence to the residence. 

If anyone has information on who may have committed this crime they are encouraged to contact the Santa Paula Police Department at 805-525-4474 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).  

Stolen Vehicle Chase Through Ventura & Oxnard

KVTA News Saturday August 29, 2015

(Photo courtesy Jennifer Murgula)

Updated--An Oxnard man with a long criminal history was arrested following a pursuit in a stolen vehicle Saturday evening through Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and back into Oxnard.

It began around Ralston and Saratoga when a Ventura PD officer spotted a pickup stolen out of Santa Barbara.

The chase traveled through east Ventura and then through the Ventura Auto Center and onto the south bound 101 at Victoria to Rice Avenue in Oxnard at 90 miles per hour.

The pursuit continued on surface streets east to west through Oxnard with OPD taking over.

Around Ventura Road and Channel Islands Boulevard they deployed a spike strip that flattened 2 tires.

But the pursuit continued eastbound through residential areas of Port Hueneme and then back into Oxnard to Las Tunas at Yucca Street where the suspect stopped and was taken into custody.

He's been identified as 28-year-old Terrance Trout of Oxnard.

He was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, felon in possession of ammunition and possession of a controlled substance.

Court records show Trout had 11 prior convictions, mostly for drug and theft related crimes, including vehicle theft.  

No one was injured in the incident.

Two females in the truck with Trout got out in the Ventura Auto Center and were detained and then released.

UPDATED--Oxnard police have arrested a stolen vehicle suspect following a pursuit Saturday evening through Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme and back into Oxnard.
The pursuit began shortly after 6 PM on Telephone Road near the County Government Center when a Ventura PD patrol officer spotted a stolen pickup truck.
The chase, which reached speeds up to 90 MPH continued eastbound on Telephone to Johnson Drive and then southbound on Johnson Drive through the Auto Center in Ventura.
At that point two females jumped out of the vehicle and were taken into custody while other officers continued the pursuit of the driver through the Auto Center and onto SB 101 at Victoria Avenue.
The chase continued SB on the 101 into Oxnard where the suspect got off at Rice Avenue.
The pursuit continued through Oxnard with OPD taking over as the vehicle went westbound on Gonzales Road.
OPD decided to call it off after the vehicle apparently was involved in a minor traffic collision near Gonzales and Snow.
But OPD continued to look for the suspect vehicle and spotted it again traveling on Patterson Road north of Oxnard Airport.
The pursuit was started again as the suspect went SB on Victoria and then into Port Hueneme on Channel Islands Boulevard.
Around Ventura Road south of Channel Islands Boulevard OPD deployed a spike strip which flattened the rear tires of the vehicle.
But the pursuit continued eastbound through residential areas of Port Hueneme and then back into Oxnard to an area east of Saviers Road and south of Channel Islands Boulevard where the suspect finally stopped around Yucca and Fournier.
He was taken into custody without further incident.
No reports of injuries.
The suspect, who was apparently known to the authorities, was apparently driving a pickup stolen out of Santa Barbara.
During the pursuit he ran several red lights and was talking on the phone with someone.

Search For Simi Valley Man Continues

KVTA News Saturday August 29, 2015

(Photos courtesy Simi Valley PD)

Simi Valley police have released more photos of a Simi Valley man who has been missing since August 12th as they continue their effort to try to find him.

They have said the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 63-year-old Steve Voegtli are suspicious and they're seeking public help in finding him.

Police say Voegtli is a retired LA County firefighter and avid walked who has been known to use trails in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura, and Malibu.

He has memory problems and could appear disoriented.

Voegtli has no car, no phone, or ID.

Family and friends have conducted searches for him since his disappearance from his home in the area of Madera Road in Wood Ranch around 4 PM on August 12th.

His friends call him Dude and he likes to talk about his experiences as a firefighter, surfer and various sports.

If you have information about his location, please contact SVPD Detective Swanson at (805) 583-6969, or the Simi Valley Police Department at (805)-583-6950.

Ventura Vehicles Vandalized

KVTA News Saturday August 29, 2015

(Photos courtesy VPD)

Ventura police are investigating a rash of vehicle vandalism in the downtown area Friday night and early Saturday morning.

At least nine vehicles were "keyed" with various words carved into the paint.

Some of the vehicles had their tires slashed.

Police say the vandalism appears to be random with no specific victims targeted.

The area involved was north of Main Street between Palm and Catalina streets.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information should call VPD at 339-4325.

Pedestrian Injured In Ventura Hit & Run

KVTA News Saturday August 29, 2015

Ventura police are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian on downtown street and then fled the scene.

It happened Friday around 6:44 PM at Thompson Boulevard and Figueroa Street.

The pedestrian suffered moderate injuries to the head, shoulders, and extremities.

Police described them as not being life threatening.

The pedestrian was taken to VCMC for treatment.

Meanwhile, police are looking for a red Dodge Dakota 4-door pickup with a tarp and painting equipment in the truck bed.

The vehicle sustained front end damage and a shattered windshield as a result of the crash.

It was last seen southbound on Figueroa towards Harbor Boulevard.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.  Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to call the Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit at (805) 339-4323.  

Ventura Pier To Close 3 Nights A Week

KVTA News Friday August 28, 2015

Ventura City officials say the Ventura Pier will be closed three nights a week because of problems with people camping out there.

The closure will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 PM to 6:30 AM.

City officials say they would close it every night but they don't have enough staff.

The reason for closing the pier is to give the city a chance to clean up the debris left there by people who have been setting up tents and camping on the pier.

City officials stopped short of saying they have a homeless problem on the pier and the three-day-a-week nighttime closure is meant to deal with that.

No Charges For Man Shot By Officers At Fairgrounds

KVTA News Thursday August 27, 2015

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says the man who was paralyzed by a police bullet after he reportedly drove his truck into a police sergeant at the Ventura Fairgrounds more than a year ago will not be prosecuted.

The DA's Office believes that 27-year-old Clemente Zamarippa-Mata of Ventura did commit several crimes during the August 2, 2014 incident at the fairgrounds including Assault with a Deadly Weapon Upon a Peace Officer.

Prosecutors say Ventura police were justified in shooting him as he accelerated his pickup into one of their sergeants, injuring him.

But prosecutors decided that under the circumstances Zamarippa-Mata, who was paralyzed by a police bullet to the neck, would not face prosecution.

Zamarippa-Mata continues to require medical assistance for ongoing complications from his injury.

The DA's Office says some factors considered when deciding not to prosecute someone include the future safety of the community, the need for justice of the victim, the need for penalty and deterrence.

They say that after careful consideration they have "determined that the costs and resources associated with prosecuting a person in Zamarippa-Mata's condition will not best serve the community's needs."

The Ventura PD Sergeant who was injured in the incident made a full recovery.

The DA says that during the incident at the fairgrounds Zamarippa-Mata, who was never arrested, drove his pickup truck recklessly, hitting a security gate, a parked bus and several parked police motorcycles as he attempted to evade officers before he struck the Sergeant.

They say they found a meth pipe in the truck and that Zamarippa-Mata tested positive for amphetamines.

Oxnard Woman Arrested For Ventura Elder Abuse

KVTA News Thursday August 27, 2015

Ventura police say they've arrested an Oxnard woman for elder abuse.

They say that two weeks ago a Ventura patrol officer responded to the 5000 block of Hollings Street reference a late reported fraud.

The victim, a 74-year-old Ventura man, told the officer he had discovered fraudulent activity on his checking account dating back to the first part of July involving several thousand dollars missing from the account and forged checks made out to a woman who had been working as his caregiver since April of this year and who had just been let go.

Major Crimes detectives began investigating and today arrested that caregiver, 22-year-old Saide Cruz of Oxnard.

They say a search of her residence turned up additional checks that did not belong to her.

They say Cruz over the past several years had worked for several different privately owned businesses in Ventura County that provide care to the elderly and was currently working at a care facility in the city of Oxnard.

She was booked at the Ventura County Jail for felony theft from an elder, felony residential burglary, forgery and receiving stolen property.

Her bail was set at $500,000.

Anyone with information related to this case or Cruz is being urged to call Detective Corporal Hixson at (805) 339-4478.

Moorpark "Stabbing" No Crime

KVTA News Thursday August 27, 2015

Deputies say the stabbing of a female teenager in Moorpark Tuesday night was no crime.

They had a report that the 16-year-old was found outside the Moorpark Presbyterian Church around 8:17 PM Tuesday suffering from a non-life threatening stab wound.

Deputies say she was treated at the scene for the injury and then taken to Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks for additional medical treatment.

They say now the incident was medical in nature, was NOT a crime, there were no suspects or threat to public safety.

Firefighters Control Moorpark Brushfire

KVTA News Thursday August 27, 2015

Ventura County firefighters have controlled a brush fire that broke out Thursday morning south of Moorpark.

The fire was reported at 10:20 AM in the area near Moorpark Road and Read Road and burned between 2.1 acres of light fuel before being stopped.

No structures were threatened.

The cause is under investigation although a utility pole seems to be the focus of the investigation.

KVTA's Perry Van Houten will have updates at the top and bottom of each hour on AM 1590, KVTA.

Arrest Made In Oak View Slashing

KVTA News Tuesday August 25, 2015

Updated--Ventura County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man in connection with a reported slashing in Oak View Tuesday afternoon.

It was reported shortly after 5 PM in the 100 block of Feliz Drive.

Initial reports indicate that the victim had gone to a trailer at that location and got involved in some sort of dispute, possibly a landlord tenant dispute.

That's when the man in the trailer allegedly used a box cutter to slash the other man.

The victim was treated at the scene by firefighters and paramedics.

He was taken to VCMC with what were described as non-life threatening wounds.

Deputies arrested the other man who they identified as 47-year-old Robert Miles of Oak View.

Miles was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon with bail set at $40,000.

Not Guilty Plea In Death Of Camarillo Pedestrian

KVTA News Tuesday August 25, 2015

(Photo of Joseph Cantrell courtesy of Ventura County Sheriff)

The driver arrested for killing a pedestrian in Camarillo while allegedly driving drunk has pleaded not guilty.

28-year-old Joseph Cantrell of Camarillo was arraigned Tuesday on charges of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated with several special enhancements including leaving the scene and driving on a suspended license.

According to the authorities, Cantrell was driving westbound on Ponderosa Drive Sunday night when he ran a red light and struck and killed 54-year-old Randel Fillmore of Camarillo as Fillmore started to cross Ponderosa at Mobil.

Deputies say Cantrell continued, crashed and then fled on foot before being caught by bystanders.

Cantrell has two prior DUI convictions.

He remains in jail with his bail now raised to $350,000.

2013 Oxnard Murder Suspect Arrested

KVTA News Tuesday August 25, 2015

(Photo of Jose Carlos Flores courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Oxnard police say they’ve arrested a suspect in a homicide.

They say 22-year-old Jose Carlos Flores of Watsonville was tracked down to that California city this week and taken into custody for the stabbing death of 26-year-old Pedro Gaspar of Oxnard.

Gaspar was found stabbed in the early morning hours of March 23, 2013 in the 600 block of Hueneme Road.

He died later at VCMC.

Detectives learned that Flores was their suspect but that he had fled the area to parts unknown.

Over the weekend, detectives learned that Flores was living and working in Watsonville.

Monday with the help of Watsonville authorities, Oxnard police arrested Flores on a murder warrant.

He was taken to the jail in Santa Cruz.