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Update---The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says the two passengers killed in a crash near Santa Barbara Monday night were from Ventura as was the driver arrested for DUI and two other injured passengers.
They say 17-year-old Lily Afton Brennan of Ventura and 19-year-old Lesli Michael Sandoval Nunez of Ventura died in the crash on Gibraltar Road.
Meanwhile, the CHP says a Ventura resident has been arrested in connection with the crash.
The CHP says a 2005 Volkswagon Passat driven by 19-year-old Brandon Woodward of Ventura was southbound on Gibraltar Road when he lost control and the vehicle plunged over the side of the road and traveled some 300 feet down a steep embankment rolling over several times..
Brennan and Nunez were killed while Woodward and a 16-year-old female from Ventura received major injuries.
The CHP says another passenger, a 19-year-old male from Ventura received minor injuries.
The CHP says that Woodward was arrested for DUI-alcohol.
What started out as a "suspicious subjects" call in Camarillo turned into a high speed chase that ended in Compton with the arrest of one of the suspects.
It began around 3:25 AM Tuesday when a patrol deputy in Camarillo tried to pull over a vehicle that had been seen in the parking lot of Cronies Sports Grill.
The deputy felt the people in the vehicle might have been casing the business for a break-in.
When the deputy tried to stop the vehicle it failed to yield and that started a high speed pursuit that went southbound on the 101 from Camarillo to Thousand Oaks and then into Los Angeles County.
The CHP took over and the chase traveled from the 101 to the 405 and then southbound on the 405.
It ultimately ended in Compton where the two individuals in the vehicle got out and ran.
One was caught, the other got away.
Ventura police say they arrested a man for allegedly having a concentrate cannabis or "honey oil" lab in his home.
They say 55-year-old Robert Schlichter of Ventura was arrested after officers conducted a probation search of the residence in the 300 block of Rodgers Street Monday night.
Police say they "located several items consistent with those used to convert marijuana to honey oil."
They say the residence was evacuated and detectives were called in.
Police say Schlichter was arrested for manufacturing a controlled substance, manufacturing concentrated cannabis and child endangerment because there were three male juveniles in the residence.
All the charges are felonies.
Schlichter was released on $50,000 bail.
Oxnard police were searching for a suspected teenage car thief early Tuesday morning.
Shortly before 3 AM a patrol unit tried to pull over a stolen vehicle in the area of C Street and Guava.
The vehicle failed to yield and a slow speed pursuit began that traveled from C to Hill Street to Saviers Road to Oxnard Boulevard and then Colonia Road.
The vehicle went eastbound on Colonia Road to the area of Felicia Court where the suspects got out and ran.
The passenger was caught but the driver, described as a teenage male, managed to get away and was still at large at last report.
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Guilty pleas Monday from a man who walked into a Simi Valley dental office almost eight years ago with a rifle and opened fire, killing his wife and wounding three of her co-workers.
38-year-old Jaime Paredes will face 71-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced on August 11th for the murder of his wife Mariella and the attempted murder of her three co-workers on July 1, 2009.
The case took this long to be resolved because at one point along the way Paredes was declared by a jury to be incompetent to stand trial and was sent to Patton State Hospital.
The jury heard testimony that Paredes had a hearing problem and mental issues that made him unable to face trial on the charges.
But last year he was found competent and sent back to Ventura County to face the charges.
A juror in a Ventura County murder trial could face a possible criminal charge for alleged misconduct that resulted in a mistrial.
According to court records, 12 jurors had been selected in the Oxnard murder trial of 28-year-old Nicholas Delgado of Camarillo and selection of alternates was underway when one of the selected jurors sent an email to the court about something another juror said.
The judge spent Monday questioning all 12 jurors about the issue and in the end granted a defense motion for a mistrial.
Jury selection will have to start all over next month.
But the judge did not stop there.
According to the court records, he called the juror in question back into court, accused her of "willful misconduct" by "disobeying the court's order" that jurors not discuss the case.
He then advised her of her rights and ordered a July 26th hearing to determine if she should be held in criminal contempt of court.
The judge said her that her actions had wasted two weeks of everybody's time and the taxpayers' money.
(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department and Medical Examiner's Office are investigating the death of a man in a barranca in Newbury Park.
It was reported shortly before 8 PM Monday in the area of the Ventu Barranca Trailhead near the play fields.
A male was in the area with other males when he collapsed.
The fire department responded to the scene and CPR was administered but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Air Squad responded but was not needed.
Foul play has been ruled out but the cause of the man's death remains under investigation.
(Photos courtesy OPD)
Four people were arrested for driving drunk at an Oxnard DUI/DL checkpoint this weekend, including one driver police say almost crashed into the checkpoint.
The checkpoint was located on southbound Rose Avenue south of Tiesa Lane which is south of Gonzales Road near Saint John's Hospital.
It was conducted from 8 PM Saturday to 3 AM Sunday.
Police say 884 vehicles were screened and four drivers were arrested for DUI-Alcohol including that driver who was northbound on Rose and almost veered into the southbound lanes but collided into a light pole and tree in the center divider just a few feet south of the checkpoint.
A dozen drivers were cited for not having a license or driving on a suspended license.
A total of 18 citations were issued and four vehicles were towed.
Police say that while drunken driving remains a serious problem there is growing concern and attention now to people who drive while impaired by prescription medication or illegal drugs or a combination of alcohol and drugs.
They say in California almost a third of the drivers in fatal crashes have one of more drugs in their system.
In fact they say a study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving than alcohol.
One person was wounded in an early morning shooting in south Oxnard Sunday.
It happened shortly after 1 AM in the 3600 block of S. B Street.
Police say a 25-year-old Oxnard man was standing in front of his home when he was shot.
The bullet struck his left arm.
The man was taken to the hospital and treated for what police say was a non-life threatening wound.
There is no information on who did it or why and police continue to investigate the incident.
Ventura police say they arrested a suspected prowler but not before he led them on a chase through a neighborhood early Sunday morning.
They say shortly before 12:30 AM officers responded to the 700 block of Saratoga Avenue regarding a suspicious man in a backyard.
At first they were unable to find him but the finally spotted a man running down Vernon Street.
Officers ordered him to stop but he kept going and ran into another backyard.
More officers responded and set up a perimeter as they searched for the man.
Police say the suspect ran through several backyards and then opened the back door to a home where the resident confronted him.
The man then ran through the house to the front door where officers confronted him and took him into custody.
Police say 43-year-old Ryan Burchell was arrested for prowling, resisting arrest, unlawful entry and a parole violation.
(Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff's Department)
Updated---The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says three people have been arrested after they found what Undersheriff Gary Pentis described in a tweet as "the largest and most professionally organized narcotics lab in Ventura County history."
It was a fully operational concentrated cannabis lab in Somis.
The department says that around 4:30 PM Friday narcotics detectives went to a residence in the 5500 block of Heatherton Drive to serve a felony theft arrest warrant for 30-year-old Kooshawn Shokraei of Somis who was living in that home.
When they entered the home to serve the warrant they immediately realized it contained what they described as "a very elaborate Butane Honey Oil Lab. That was in various stages of processing."
Detectives arrested Kooshawn Shokraei on the warrant and detained two other people, 38-year-old Keyan Shokraei of Somis and 23-year-old Brian Sommers of Camarillo, who they say were working in the lab.
The home was secured and a warrant was obtained.
Because of the extent of the operation and the amount of chemicals involved, hazmat teams along with narcotics detectives, spent all night and Saturday morning processing the lab and rendering the home safe.
Detectives say that they seized about 209 pounds of marijuana, 26 pounds of concentrated cannabis, evidence of sales of concentrated cannabis and a sum of U-S currency believed to be the proceeds of cannabis sales.
Pentis also tweeted that there were 55 gallon drums of butane and ethanol at the location.
All three men were reportedly released on bail.
(Photos by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
A new greenhouse went up this past week at Camarillo Airport and the construction crew was made up of teenage girls.
It was a program sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction and the aim was for young women to learn the trade whether it leads to a career or just makes them more self-sufficient and confident in their personal lives.
Around 20 teenage girls took part in the program to build the greenhouse that will be used by the Ventura County Office of Education's Agricultural Program.
The girls learned several construction skills during the five-day camp including how to properly use a table saw and how to operate a bulldozer.
Port Hueneme police say two suspects shot at a vehicle as it drove by them Friday night.
It happened around 8:30 PM in the 2700 block of Bolker Drive.
The people in the vehicle told police that they were driving southbound when they saw two males standing on the curb.
As the vehicle passed, the suspects who were standing on the curb yelled at the people in the vehicle.
One of the males then stepped into the street and began shooting at the vehicle.
He and the other suspect then ran off westbound into the neighborhood.
None of the five people in the vehicle were injured, but the trunk of the vehicle was struck by the gunfire.
The suspects were described only as two Hispanic males somewhere between 15-18 years of age with one wearing a grey shirt or sweatshirt and one with "slicked back hair."
Ventura police are investigating a stabbing at the train station at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
It was reported shortly after 10 PM Friday night at 39 Harbor Boulevard.
They say two men got into an altercation and one of them used an unknown type weapon to stab the other several times in the head.
About a half hour later a friend of the victim called 911.
Police found the victim, a 43-year-old transient, suffering from multiple wounds to his head.
He was taken to VCMC to be treated for serious, but not life threatening, injuries.
The suspect had fled the scene before police arrived.
The incident is still under investigation as police try to determine exactly what happened and try to find the suspect.
No other details were available.
UPDATE--A body believed to be that of a missing Thousand Oaks man was found Friday afternoon, a week after he was last seen.
65-year-old Clyde Miller had been the subject of an extensive ground and air search in the mountains and canyons near Thousand Oaks.
He had been reported missing earlier in the week and was last seen on Saturday June 17th.
Miller's vehicle was found Thursday parked at the Pentachaeta trailhead in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy located near Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village.
Search and rescue teams, trained search dogs, drones, helicopters and mounted horse units conducted an extensive search of the area.
Late Friday afternoon a private citizen provided information that led search teams to focus on a particular area.
At about 5:30 PM, a Sheriff's helicopter crew located an adult male in a ravine just inside Los Angeles County.
Paramedics were hoisted down into the ravine where they determined the man was deceased.
It's believed the body is that of Miller although a positive identification is pending from the Los Angeles County Coroner.
Currently, there is no indication of foul play.
Miller was known to be an avid hiker who was familiar with that area.
A Ventura County Jury Thursday convicted a Camarillo man of molesting four young girls over many years.
68-year-old Thomas Bork was convicted on all counts.
Two of the four victims were his foster children.
Prosecutor Erik Nasarenko told KVTA News the sexual abuse happened over four decades and actually involved at least six girls but they could only charge in four cases because of the statute of limitations.
At the time they were molested, the girls ranged in age from 3-10 years old.
The crimes happened in Ventura County and other counties.
The trial took one week.
Three of the four victims testified.
The fourth victim had died and her mother testified on her behalf.
The jury returned its guilty verdicts after less than a day of deliberations.
Bork is facing 50-years-to-life in prison when sentenced in September.
A restaurant in Camarillo has been shut down as public health officials investigate an unusually high number of cases of Shigella in Ventura County.
Eight people who dined at the Souplantation in Camarillo have shown laboratory evidence of the disease that is a bacteria and highly contagious.
It is usually marked with diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps but some people who have it can be symptom free and still pass it on.
Public health officials say Souplantation officials have been very cooperative and acted quickly to shut the restaurant down.
It will undergo a complete cleaning over the weekend and all of the food is being thrown out although no one food item has been indicated.
Top corporate officials are in town and all 40 employees are being tested and are being put through a sanitary training refresher course.
When the restaurant reopens, no employee will be allowed back to work until they clear the test and have taken the course.
The spread of Shigella can be stopped by frequent and careful hand washing.
People who come down with Shigella usually show symptoms within a day or two after being exposed to the bacteria.
It usually resolves in five to seven days.
That period of time can be shortened with an antibiotic treatment.
The people most at risk of serious illness are those with underlying immunosuppressive conditions.
Anyone who is exposed and showing symptoms should consult with their doctor.
(Photos courtesy OPD)
Oxnard police say they arrested two armed robbery suspects in the act Thursday night.
Around 10:16 PM there was a 911 call of two subjects walking with guns-in-hand toward the Circle K Market at 1954 N. Ventura Road.
Officers responded and encountered the two suspects as they were leaving the market carrying the cash and items taken during the robbery.
With guns drawn, officers stopped and detained and disarmed the suspects and took them into custody.
Police say during the robbery the two suspects had threatened to shoot the three store employees if they said anything.
One of the firearms was later determined to be a pellet gun.
Police arrested 19-year-old Eber Jeho Lopez Olguin of Oxnard and a male juvenile from Oxnard.
Olguin was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for robbery and kidnapping and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center.
There were no injuries.