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Oxnard Teen Hit By 2 Vehicles, Critically Injured

KVTA News Tuesday September 16, 2014

Updated---Oxnard police say a teenager was struck by two vehicles and critically injured Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened shortly before 4 PM on Vineyard Avenue near Edelweiss Street.

Police say the 15-year-old male juvenile from Oxnard was crossing Vineyard when he was struck by a red 2002 VW Jetta which was traveling eastbound on Vineyard.

They say that the impact caused the teen to be thrown several feet.

Witnesses told police that as the teen was down in the roadway, a second vehicle, a blue Ford F-150 pickup, struck him a second time.

The drivers of both vehicles stopped at the scene.

He was taken to VCMC and underwent emergency surgery for his injuries and was listed in critical condition.

Because of his age, his name was not released by OPD.

The incident remains under investigation and police say at this time they don't know whether alcohol or drugs were a factor.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Senior Officer Jamie Brown at (805) 385-7749.

Oxnard Man Ordered To Stand Trial In Child Sex Case

KVTA News Tuesday September 16, 2014

A judge determined Tuesday there is sufficient evidence for an Oxnard man to stand trial for molesting two girls at a Ventura bowling alley.

54-year-old Adolfo "AC" Cortez is accused of three felony counts of lewd acts with a child in separate incidents when he worked at Buena Lanes.

Prosecutors say the alleged victims were 10-year-old girls, one from Ventura, the other from Santa Paula.

A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday after which Cortez the judge determined there was enough evidence for Cortez to face trial.

Cortez remains in jail on $250,000 bail pending a trial.

Oxnard Street Gang Leader Convicted by Federal Jury

KVTA News Monday September 15, 2014

(Photo courtesy United States Attorney's Office)

A federal court jury has convicted an Ojai man in connection with what prosecutors say was a criminal conspiracy between the Oxnard-based Colonia Chiques street gang and the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

The jury found 37-year-old Luis Manuel Tapia of Ojai guilty on 26 charges including the illegal sale of drugs and firearms and operating a continuing criminal enterprise with ties to the Mexican Mafia.

Federal authorities say Tapia was the leader of the Chiques and a validated associate of the Mexican Mafia.

The US Attorney's Office say during a series of secretly recorded meetings, Tapia described himself as the "CEO" of his enterprise, comparing it to Walmart.

During one video they say Tapia brags that his heroin was so strong that it had killed six people.

Tapia's arrest, trial, and conviction were part of an ongoing federal investigation into the connection between criminal street gangs in Ventura County and the Mexican Mafia dubbed operation "Supernova."

Tapia will be sentenced on December 15th and faces a mandatory life prison term plus an additional 55 years.

Piru Man Sentenced For Trying To Kill Romantic Rival

KVTA News Monday September 15, 2014

A judge Monday sentenced a Piru man to eight years in state prison for attempted murder of a man he believed to be his romantic rival.

32-year-old Rosario Palmerin and the victim were involved in an argument in the parking lot of a store in the 3900 block of Telegraph Road in Piru in December of 2013.

According to prosecutors, Palmerin got into his vehicle and began to back away and then suddenly drove forward into the victim, fracturing both of the victim's legs.

Palmerin fled the scene but three days later he turned himself in.

The victim suffered major injuries and is still going through a painful recovery and rehabilitation.

Palmerin ultimately pleaded guilty to attempt murder and admitted he caused great bodily injury to the victim.

He remains in jail on $1 million bail pending a restitution hearing next month before he is sent to state prison to begin serving his sentence.

Teens Rescued From Ventura Barranca

KVTA News Monday September 15, 2014

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire Department)

Updated--Ventura city firefighters had to rescue two male juveniles from a barranca Monday afternoon.

Shortly after 2 PM, the authorities received a call about the two who were in the Arundell Barranca south of Ventura College.

Initial reports that juveniles were having seizures.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found the juveniles incapacitated due to an apparent altered level of consciousness, and suffering from exposure.

Firefighters removed a chain link roadside fence and cleared away thick brush to make access to the victims.

Firefighters then used stokes baskets on a low angle rope system to carry the pair to safety.

They were taken to local hospital via ambulance.

No other details were available.

Man Arrested For Attempted Rape In West Ventura

KVTA News Sunday September 14, 2014

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for allegedly attempting to rape a woman in west Ventura Sunday.

They say that around 11 AM they received a call about an unknown disturbance in the area of Shoshone Street near Cameron Street.

When officers arrived on scene, the victim told them she had been walking her dogs in the area when she noticed that a man had been following her on several streets.

The victim said confronted the man and he attacked her by pushing her to the ground and attempting to remove her clothing.

That's when she screamed and neighbors called 911.

Police searched the area and found a possible suspect several blocks away who was later identified by the victim as her assailant.

Police arrested 24-year-old Anthony Morales of Ventura and booked him into the Ventura County Jail for felony assault with intent to commit rape.

His bail was set at $100,000.

Teens Robbed In Ventura Park

KVTA News Sunday September 14, 2014

Ventura police are looking for a man who robbed two teenagers in a park Sunday afternoon.

They say that around 3:18 PM the male and female, both 16 year olds from Ventura were sitting in the grass in Montalvo Hill Park in the 1700 block of Tanager Street when the suspect walked up and asked them if they had any marijuana.

The suspect then displayed a handgun and demanded the victims' property.

The suspect took the property and then fled the area on a skateboard.

The female victim walked to her house a distance away and called police.

Police searched the area but did not find the suspect.

They described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his 20's who was wearing a white shirt, khaki shorts, and he had a black backpack.

Anyone who has information for police is asked to call (805) 339-4309 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Ventura Council Asked To Continue Red Light Cameras

KVTA News Sunday September 14, 2014

The Ventura City Council will be asked Monday night to extend and possibly expand the red light camera program in the city.

The council is being asked to sign a new three year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems to operate the red light cameras in Ventura with an option for two additional years.

In exchange, Redflex will reduce the city's debt to the company from the current $2.7 million to $1 million and guarantee the city will received $1177 per approach, per month.

An "approach" is the specific direction a red light camera covers, like EB Telephone to NB Victoria.

There can be more than one approach at a single intersection.

There are currently 18 approaches in Ventura and under the new contract the city could increase that to 40.

City officials say in 2000, the year before the cameras were first installed in 2001, there were 132 collisions due to red light violations at city interactions. Last year, there were 36.

In addition, from 2008 to 2013, there has been a 49% reduction in red light violations in the city.

The council takes up the issue during their 6 PM meeting Monday at Ventura City Hall at 501 Poli Street.

Here's a link to the Council Administrative report for this item which is the last item on the agenda...

http://www.cityofventura.net/files/file/meetings/city_council/2014/09-15-14/item%2016.pdf

Heat Wave Continues For Ventura Valleys

KVTA News Sunday September 14, 2014

The heat wave continues in the valleys of Ventura County and should last through Tuesday with highs at or above 100.
The coastal areas will be warm highs in the 80's and 90's.
There is also a Red Flag Warning for the foothill and mountain areas of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties through at least Monday morning and more likely into Tuesday because of the hot weather and the drought conditions.
As far as today (Sunday) is concerned, by 11 AM, highs in the valleys were already in the 90's with coastal areas in the 70's.
Here is a list of Ventura County cities with the 11 AM temperature on Sunday, and expected high temps for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
Camarillo 82 (11 AM) 94 (Sun) 89 (Mon) 91 (Tues)
Fillmore 91 (11 AM) 105 (Sun) 100 (Mon) 101 (Tues)
Ojai 92 (11 AM) 107 (Sun) 104 (Mon) 104 (Tues)
Oxnard 72 (11 AM) 83 (Sun) 79 (Mon) 81 (Tues)
Santa Paula 80 (11 AM) 99 (Sun) 95 (Mon) 96 (Tues)
Simi Valley 91 (11 AM) 101 (Sun) 100 (Mon) 101 (Tues)
Thousand Oaks 90 (11 AM) 100 (Sun) 99 (Mon) 100 (Tues)
Ventura 77 (11 AM) 88 (Sun) 83 (Mon) 85 (Tues)

The heat wave continues in the valleys of Ventura County and should last through Tuesday with highs at or above 100.

The coastal areas will be warm highs in the 80's and 90's.

There is also a Red Flag Warning for the foothill and mountain areas of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles counties through at least Monday morning and more likely into Tuesday because of the hot weather and the drought conditions.

As far as today (Sunday) is concerned, by 11 AM, highs in the valleys were already in the 90's with coastal areas in the 70's.

Here is a list of Ventura County cities with the 11 AM temperature on Sunday, and expected high temps for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday...

Camarillo 82 (11 AM) 94 (Sun) 89 (Mon) 91 (Tues)

Fillmore 91 (11 AM) 105 (Sun) 100 (Mon) 101 (Tues)

Ojai 92 (11 AM) 107 (Sun) 104 (Mon) 104 (Tues)

Oxnard 72 (11 AM) 83 (Sun) 79 (Mon) 81 (Tues)

Santa Paula 80 (11 AM) 99 (Sun) 95 (Mon) 96 (Tues)

Simi Valley 91 (11 AM) 101 (Sun) 100 (Mon) 101 (Tues)

Thousand Oaks 90 (11 AM) 100 (Sun) 99 (Mon) 100 (Tues)

Ventura 77 (11 AM) 88 (Sun) 83 (Mon) 85 (Tues)

Man Critically Injured In Ventura Park Attack

KVTA News Saturday September 13, 2014

Ventura police say a man is in critical condition after being hit on the head during an argument in a Ventura park Saturday.

The incident happened around 3 PM in Ventura's downtown Plaza Park in the 600 block of E. Santa Clara Street.

Police say victim and suspect are both Ventura vagrants and were with a group of other people when they got into an argument.

During the argument the suspect produced what was described as a small bat and he struck the victim on the head, causing the victim to fall to the ground.

The suspect fled as witnesses called 9-1-1 and was located by police a few blocks away.

They say 37-year-old Armando Mendez was booked into the Ventura County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a billy club, and possession of a switchblade knife.

The 45-year-old male victim is in critical and guard condition due to the severity of the head injury.

Police say a lot of potential witnesses left as they arrived and they'd like to talk with anyone who has information related to the incident. You can call VPD at (805) 339-4309 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Suspect Arrested In El Rio Shooting

KVTA News Saturday September 13, 2014


The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says a suspect was arrested in connection with a shooting that happened Thursday afternoon in El Rio.

The drive by shooting happened around 4:20 PM Thursday in the 1000 block of Collins Drive.

Deputies say shots were fired from a vehicle at a male victim who was seen running away holding his neck.

They say they later found the victim with superficial wounds to his face and neck that did not require medical attention.

Meanwhile, based on witness information, deputies identified the suspected shooter as 19-year-old Bobby Medina of El Rio.

Deputies arrested him at his home on a probation violation related to possession of a controlled substance and later developed evidence to also charge him with attempted murder, assault with a firearm and being a prohibited person with a firearm.

His bail was set at $525,000.

On Saturday, members of the sheriff's gang unit conducted search warrant and probation searches in El Rio in connection with the Thursday shooting and recovered what they believe was the gun used in that crime.

Suspect Arrested In Oxnard Stabbing

KVTA News Saturday September 13, 2014

Oxnard police say they've arrested a suspect in a stabbing incident Friday afternoon.

The stabbing happened around 4:44 PM in the 2700 block of S. Ventura Road.

Police say a 26-year-old Oxnard man was was washing his car when a red Cadillac pulled up and the suspect got out and stabbed the man with a screwdriver.

The suspect then dropped the screwdriver and fled on foot, leaving the red Cadillac behind.

Using the registered owner information from the Cadillac, police tracked down the suspect, 23-year-old Miguel Angel Aguilar of Oxnard, at a motel in Camarillo where he was arrested around 11:30 PM Friday with the help of deputies.

Aguilar was booked into the Ventura County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

The vicim is recovering after driving himself to Saint John's Hospital following the incident.

Four Arrests In Oxnard DUI Checkpoints

KVTA News Saturday September 13, 2014

Oxnard police say three drivers were arrested for alcohol related DUI during two checkpoints set up Friday night and early Saturday morning, including one with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit who crashed into another vehicle entering the checkpoint.

The checkpoints were held between 9 PM and 3 AM with the first set up in the southbound lanes of Oxnard Boulevard south of Vineyard Avenue and the second checkpoint was conducted in the westbound lanes of Channel Islands Boulevard at M Street.

More than a thousand vehicles went through the checkpoints and more than 800 drivers were screened.

Three were arrested for DUI alcohol, no DUI drug arrests.

One of the drivers arrested for DUI had a blood alcohol level more than double the .08 limit.

Another of the DUI arrests involved a driver who crashed into another vehicle when he entered the checkpoint.

He was found to have a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

A fourth driver was arrested for an outstanding misdemeanor criminal warrant.

Ten drivers were cited for not having licenses while two were cited for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Almost two dozen total citations issued for various reasons and five vehicles were towed and impounded.

Suspect Sought In "Disturbing" Camarillo Incident

KVTA News Friday September 12, 2014


Deputies are looking for a man in connection with a disturbing incident involving a woman and her children in their Camarillo apartment Thursday afternoon.

They say around 12:30 PM in the 700 block of Paseo Camarillo a woman was unloading groceries from her vehicle into her apartment when a man walked up, said he had a painting job in the area, and asked her for directions to an apartment in the complex.

The woman gave the man directions and then finished putting the groceries into her apartment.

Deputies say once she and her children were inside the apartment she turned around and saw the same man standing in her doorway.

They say that the man, who was now inside her apartment, looked around and then made what were described as "very disturbing" comments.

Deputies say when the man tired to close the door behind him, she shoved him back outside of the apartment and screamed for help.

The man was last seen running away from the apartment complex by other residents of the building.

Deputies were called and tried to find him, but he got away.

They've released a composite sketch of the man who is described as short (5'2"), and thin (130-135 pounds), and in his 20's.

He had what deputies described as a military style haircut and a bushy mustache.

He was wearing a white shirt, white pants and white shoes and his arms were covered with paint.

Anyone with information that could help deputies is asked to call Detectives Harold Orr at (805) 388-5119.

Ventura Teen Pleads Guilty In Death Of Woman

KVTA News Friday September 12, 2014

A Ventura teen charged with running over and killing a woman in east Ventura last year decided Friday not to fight the charges against him.

19-year-old Erik Lopez pleaded no contest to felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the July 2013 incident in the 1200 block of Halifax Court.

Police say Lopez had just been involved in a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend when he ran over and killed 65-year-old Verdena Owens as she stood in the front yard of her home across the street.

Lopez also entered no contest pleas to two felonies and a misdemeanor relating to the domestic violence incident against his girlfriend and her child.

No contest pleas are the same as pleading guilty as far as the court is concerned and the judge found Lopez guilty of all those charges.

He is due to be sentenced on October 29th and he faces anywhere from probation and some county jail time to more than 11 years in state prison.

He remains free on bail until then.