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Low Snow On The Way To Ventura County

KVTA News Sunday February 18, 2018


Cold weather on the way for Ventura County.

Here's the latest from the National Weather Service...

"A very cold low pressure system originating from Western Canada will dive southward through California today into Monday.

At this time, it appears that the system will take a mostly over-land trajectory with the best moisture and upslope flow focused on the north facing slopes.

This system has the potential to bring the coldest air we have seen so far this winter season, with snow levels potentially falling as low as 1500 feet on Monday.

With this storm falling over the holiday weekend, there could be significant travel impacts with possible road closures and delays.

Low elevation mountain roadways that could be impacted by snow showers, icy roads, and strong winds include Interstate 5 near the Grapevine, Highway 14 through Soledad Canyon, Highway 33 above Ojai, Highway 154 through the Santa Barbara County mountains, and Highway 166 through Cuyama Valley.

With such low snow levels expected, there is also a slight chance of snow showers on Monday across the valleys and foothills down to 1500 feet which could impact Cuesta Pass and San Marcos Pass.

The strongest winds will occur in the mountains with gusts between 50 and 60 mph."

...And Freezing Temperatures Too

KVTA News Sunday February 18, 2018


In additional to the low snow, some areas of Ventura County could see freezing temperatures.

Here's the latest on that from the National Weather Service...

"The coldest air mass so far this season will likely bring the potential for widespread frost and freeze conditions across Southwest California Monday night and again Tuesday night.

Extremely cold temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees will be possible across the Antelope Valley and San Luis Obispo Interior Valleys during this cold snap, however those locations have already had 2 or more hard freeze episodes this season.

A hard freeze will be likely across the Cuyama Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, and Ojai Valley where temperatures could fall into the mid 20s in coldest locations.

Wind sheltered portions of Los Angeles and Ventura county valleys and Ventura county coast could see temperatures in the 28 to 32 degree range.

A hard freeze can cause kill plants and crops. People and pets can suffer from hypothermia due to prolonged exposure."

Falcon 9 Launch From Vandenberg Delayed Again

KVTA News Saturday February 17, 2018


From Vandenberg AFB...

"VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a

PAZ payload from Space Launch Complex-4, is delayed to allow for additional

time to perform final checkouts of the upgraded fairing. The Falcon 9 and

payload remain healthy. 

The launch is rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6:17 a.m. PST."

6-Hour Port Hueneme Standoff Leads To Arrests

KVTA News Saturday February 17, 2018

(Photo courtesy OPD)

Five people were arrested following a six-hour standoff at a Port Hueneme Motel.

Around 12:30 AM Saturday Oxnard police recognized a wanted subject walking with another man in the 300 block of West Channel Islands Boulevard in Port Hueneme.

When officers approached the men ran into room in the nearby Casa Via Mar Inn and for hours refused to talk with police who kept trying to get them to come out.

About six hours later, the SWAT team and a K-9 forced their way into the room and took the subject and four other people in the room into custody without further incident.

The focus of the incident, 36-year-old Gary Meza of Oxnard, was arrested on outstanding warrants and violation on probation. 

The four others in the room were also arrested on various charges. 

No injuries were reported.

Santa Paula Man In Middle Of Russia Probe

KVTA News Friday February 16, 2018

A Ventura County man finds himself in the middle of the Russia election meddling probe.

Richard Pinedo of Santa Paula operated an Online service called “Auction Essistance.”

He admits that his service was designed to circumvent the security features of large Online digital payment companies.

Federal prosecutors say the Russians indicted this week for using social media to influence the 2016 Presidential election used Pinedo’s service to set up accounts under false identities provided by Pinedo.

Pinedo, 28, admitted to helping them set up those accounts using false identities but reportedly did not know he was helping foreign agents from Russia meddle in the election.

He pleaded guilty to one count of identity fraud and could still spend time in prison and pay a hefty fine even though he is cooperating with the authorities.

Swatting Incident In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Friday February 16, 2018

Detectives in Thousand Oaks are investigating a "swatting" incident in that city Thursday night.

They say the authorities received two 911 calls reporting that a man had made threats on social media he had a gun and a pipe bomb and was going to blow up a gym on Lakeview Canyon Road.

Deputies say the threats were specific with details and the name of the man in question.

Deputies responded to the gym and to a residence on Calle Yucca that was connected to the report.

They were suspicious at the outset that this might be a hoax so the SWAT team was not activated.

Instead, deputies checked out the locations and determined there was no threat.

They also determined the man in question was a former Thousand Oaks resident but is actually in Texas and had no idea about what was going on.

Detectives are now in the process of tracking down the people who called in the fake reports.

If they can find them, they will be prosecuted.

Thomas Fire-Damaged Ventura Park Reopening

KVTA News Thursday February 15, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura City)

A Ventura park significantly damaged in the December 4th Thomas Fire and January 9th storm is reopening.

Arroyo Verde Park reopens Friday (tomorrow).

But not all of the park will be accessible.

The Interpretive Center, pump house, playground and burnt slopes on both sides of the park will remain off limits until further repair work can be completed.

Signs will be up telling you where you can and cannot go.

The park, located at Foothill and Day roads, will be open from daily from daybreak to 5:30 PM until further notice with the off leash hours for dogs 6 AM to 9 AM.

There is still no water or electricity, but there will be restrooms.

The park has been closed for ten weeks since the Thomas Fire roared through that area along with much of the hillsides and canyons on the east side of Ventura.

Another Ventura Park that suffered significant damage in the Thomas Fire, Grant Park, remains closed with an estimated reopening in April. 

FEMA Disaster Center In Ventura To Close

KVTA News Thursday February 15, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County)

Ventura County officials say the FEMA disaster center in Ventura will close at the end of business February 28th.

They say since it opened almost a month ago, 1,000 victims of the Thomas Fire have been served.

The center is located at:

Ventura County Credit Union

6026 Telephone Rd, Ventura, CA 93003

Monday through Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Closed on Sunday

After February 28, residents can still obtain federal assistance by applying online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.

The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Applicants should have the following information at hand:

· Social Security number.

· Address of the damaged primary residence.

· Description of the damage.

· Information about insurance coverage.

· A current contact telephone number.

· An address where they can receive mail.

· Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds. 

The deadline for residents affected by the Thomas Fire to apply for individual assistance through FEMA is March 16, 2018.

Oxnard Parents Charged With Daughter's Death

KVTA News Wednesday February 14, 2018


Updated--Oxnard parents long suspected of being involved in their 3-year-old daughter's disappearance are now charged with her death.

Prosecutors have filed second degree murder charges against 26-year-old Mayra Alejandra Chavez and 33-year-old Omar Misael Lopez in the June 2015 death of their daughter Kimberly Chavez Lopez.

They believe she was killed in June 2015 although her body has never been found.

The authorities did not start investigating her disappearance until a year later and they ultimately locked up the parents for felony perjury in connection with the case.

Chavez and Lopez have been in the Ventura County Jail since 2016 and the authorities finally arrested them for murder after prosecutors and police say they were able to gather enough evidence to support the charges.

In addition to second degree murder for both of them, Chavez is charged with assault on a child causing death and torture and Lopez is facing child endangerment charges and special allegations regarding prior felony convictions. 

Both remain in jail with bail now raised to $6 million each and they are due in court Thursday for arraignment.

Simi Man Dies In Motorcycle Crash

KVTA News Wednesday February 14, 2018

Simi Valley police say a man was killed Tuesday night when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a garage.

They say shortly before 9 PM 38-year-old Carlos Guzman of Simi Valley rode the motorcycle down the alley of an apartment complex at 4508 Apricot Road.

Police say Guzman was an inexperienced motorcyclist with no M1 endorsement, traveling at an unsafe speed with no helmet when he lost control and crashed into the side pillar of a garage door.

He suffered significant head injuries and died at the scene. 

Police say the incident remains under investigation.

VPD Wants You To Identify Theft Suspect

KVTA News Wednesday February 14, 2018


From VPD--Can You ID Me?

On 2/10/18 the suspect stole items from Walmart at 1739 S. Victoria Ave. and drove away in a BMW 323i sedan. Vehicle had been reported stolen out of Oxnard on 2/9/18. 

Please contact Officer Kofman with any information at 805-477-3714 or at kkofman@ci.ventura.ca.us.

Compliance Check On Thomas Fire Contractors

KVTA News Wednesday February 14, 2018

The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says investigators from their office and the State of California swept through 44 Thomas Fire disaster sites to make sure the people doing clean up and repair work are in compliance with the law.

The compliance sweep happened a week ago and they contacted 55 business entities working at the 44 sites.

The DA says all but five companies were in compliance.

They say those five were ordered to stop work as a result of violations of contractor license laws or worker's comp laws.

DA Greg Totten says they're pleased that the vast majority of companies are operating properly but they will be continually checking to make that the companies are in compliance.

New Details About The "Panty Bandits"

KVTA News Tuesday February 13, 2018



Detectives in Thousand Oaks say the prolific shoplifting crew they dubbed the "panty bandits" are a mother and daughter team out of Los Angeles that has hit Victoria's Secret stores throughout California for more than $250,000 in merchandise since 2016.

They say the mother and daughter and a 15-year-old female juvenile arrested with them last weekend got away with almost $15,000 from the Victoria's Secret stores in Oxnard and Thousand Oaks in just the past four months.

The mother and daughter were identified as 38-year-old Maria Karina Perez and 19-year-old Melissa Susana Partida of Los Angeles.

The name of the 15-year-old and her relationship to the other two was not released.

Detectives say the crew would go into a clothing store, mainly Victoria's Secret, and stuff merchandise into a baby stroller.

Then, one of them would distract the sales staff while the othe two walked out of the store with the stroller.

Ventura County authorities finally caught up to them Sunday in Los Angeles County and they were arrested on burglary and other charges.

Motorcyclist Killed In Thousand Oaks Crash

KVTA News Tuesday February 13, 2018

Updated--Traffic investigators are looking into a fatal crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle in Thousand Oaks Monday afternoon.

It happened at 4:59 PM on Thousand Oaks Boulevard at Marmon Avenue.

Detective Tim Lohman told KVTA News from the scene that the SUV was eastbound on Thousand Oaks Boulevard making a left turn into the shopping center when it collided with a motorcycle traveling westbound on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

The male motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital were he died.

His name has not been released yet.

The driver of the SUV stayed at the scene and was not injured.

A portion of the roadway was blocked off while the incident was investigated.

Oxnard Teen To Be Tried For Murder As Adult

KVTA News Monday February 12, 2018

(Photo of crime scene courtesy Oxnard PD)

Over defense objections, a judge has ordered an Oxnard teenager to be tried in adult court for a murder he is accused of committing when he was 15-years-old.

Jesus Troncoso is now 17 but he was 15 when 31-year-old Steven Magallon was gunned down in the 300 block of Cuesta Del Mar in Oxnard in March of 2016.

Police labeled Troncoso as a gang member and in addition to the murder charge, he is facing a special allegation that he committed the killing for the benefit of a street gang.

If convicted of first degree murder with a use of a gun allegation in adult court, Troncoso could face 50-years-to-life in prison.

Punishment in juvenile court is far less severe.

But because of his age prosecutors cannot seek life without parole or the death penalty.

Under a new voter-approved state law, a juvenile court judge had to decide whether Troncoso should be tried as a juvenile or adult.

In making that decision, the judge weighs the crime, the defendant's background and whether there's a good chance for rehabilitation.

In the case of Troncoso, the judge reportedly indicated it was not a close call and he ordered him to be tried as an adult. 

Even though Troncoso's case is now in adult court, he will remain in Juvenile Hall until he turns 18 and then be transferred to the Ventura County Jail.

Oxnard Homicide Victim Homeless Man

KVTA News Monday February 12, 2018

The victim of Oxnard's latest homicide was a homeless man who was shot in the head.

The body of 26-year-old Kirsten Cain was found on the sidewalk next to the park at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center at Hobson Way and 7th Street early Sunday morning.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office told KVTA News that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

Oxnard police tell KVTA News Cain was a homeless man with ties to the Oxnard area.

They say he was a murder victim but they are still trying to determine who killed him and why.

Deputies Bust "Panty Bandits" In Thousand Oaks

KVTA News Monday February 12, 2018

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff)

Detectives in Thousand Oaks have arrested several suspects who are allegedly part of an organized crime group dubbed the "Panty Bandits".

Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis says the group got the name because they are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of panties from Victoria Secret stores throughout Southern California.

Oxnard Police Investigate Latest Homicide

KVTA News Sunday February 11, 2018

Oxnard police say a man was murdered late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

They say around midnight officers responded to a report of shots fired at Community Center Park at 801 Hobson Way.

Police say they found a 26-year-old African American Oxnard man on the sidewalk near the northern parking lot.

He was pronounced dead at the scene and police say this was a homicide.

The victim's name has not been released yet.

Detectives from Major Crimes and Crime Scene Investigators spent the night at the scene.

As of Sunday morning they say they are still looking for a suspect and motive for the killing.

Collision Critically Injures Oxnard Pedestrian

KVTA News Sunday February 11, 2018

An Oxnard pedestrian was critically injured late Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle.

Police say around 11:50 PM they responded to Oxnard Boulevard over the 101 Freeway and found a man believed to be in his 40's in the street and unconcious.

He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Police say the man was crossing Oxnard Boulevard when he was struck by a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta traveling northbound.

The driver stopped and stayed at the scene and was interviewd by police and released.

Oxnard Home Invasion Nets Five Bucks

KVTA News Sunday February 11, 2018

Oxnard police say two suspects got away with a grand total of five dollars in a home invasion robbery Saturday night.

It was reported shortly before 8 PM in the 4000 block of Terrace Avenue.

Police say the suspects forced entry into the home and while one of them stayed outside as lookout, the other brandished a gun and demanded money from several family members.

He got five dollars and then struck another family member with his gun.

The female victim suffered a minor injury.

Police say as the suspects fled the lookout tried to rob a pizza delivery man but failed.

Police described the suspects as Hispanic males, one in his mid to late teens, about 5 foot six inches tall and thin, while the other was in his late teens to mid 20's, 5 foot 2 and heavy set.

Police Release Santa Paula Bank Robbery Photos

KVTA News Saturday February 10, 2018

(Photos courtesy Bank of America/SPPD)

The Santa Paula Police Department released security photos of the bank robbery at the Bank of America branch at Main and 7th streets in that city shortly before 4 PM Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

A massive ground and air search of a wide area north of the bank was launched using three K-9's and a helicopter from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and officers and deputies on the ground.

Police say they questioned what they termed "several persons of interest" but no arrests were announced.

If anyone has information and would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or Det. Shane Norwood at 805-525-4474 ext.287.

Two Arrests At Ventura DUI/DL Checkpoint

KVTA News Saturday February 10, 2018

(Photo courtesy VPD)

Ventura police say they made two arrests at at DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Friday night and Saturday morning.

The checkpoint was conducted from 9:30 PM to 2:45 AM on eastbound Main Street near Callens Road.

Police say approximately 654 vehicles were screened.

Two drivers were arrested for DUI, one for alcohol, the other for marijuana.

They conducted 19 field sobriety tests.

A total of 16 citations were issued, three of them to unlicensed drivers.

Wrong Way Driver Dies On 101 In Santa Barbara

KVTA News Saturday February 10, 2018

(Photo by KVTA News)

The CHP says the driver of a wrong way vehicle was killed early Saturday morning in a solo vehicle crash on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara.

The CHP says a 27-year-old male from Isla Vista was driving northbound in the southbound #1 or left lane shortly before 2 AM when the front of the 2012 Nissan Sentra collided with the concrete K-rail in the center divider just south of Hope Avenue.

The vehicle caught fire.

The fire was extinguished by the first CHP officers to arrive on scene.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

There were no reports of any other people or vehicles who were involved in the crash.

The crash closed the middle and left lanes of SB 101 in that area until about 5 AM Saturday as the CHP investigated the crash.


   heavy rain falling across the warned area. Flash flooding is
   expected to begin shortly if not already occuring. Flash flooding,
   mud, and debris flows are likely below the Solimar and Camarillo
   Springs burn areas. 
 
 * Some locations that will experience flooding include...
   Solimar Burn Area...
   Springs Burn Area...
   Oxnard...
   Ventura...
   Camarillo...
   Fillmore...
   Ojai...
   Santa Paula...
   La Conchita...
   and Highway 33 between Wheeler Springs and Rose Valley Road.
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
 Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
 deaths occur in vehicles.
 
 Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
 creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
 well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
 
 Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you
 can do so safely.
 
 A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
 If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately.
 Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
 precautions to protect life and property.
 
 A Flash Flood Warning for a recent burn area means that flooding and
 debris flows are imminent or occurring. Residents living in or
 immediately below the burn area should take immediate precautions 
 to protect life and property. Quickly move away from the burn area 
 only if it is safe to do so, otherwise shelter in place and move 
 to a second storyor the highest location in your home to stay out 
 of the path of fast-moving water and debris flows.