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Pedestrian Critically Injured In Ventura Collision

KVTA News Tuesday October 21, 2014

Ventura police are investigating a vehicle collision Tuesday morning that left a pedestrian in critical condition.

It happened on westbound Main Street and Lemon Grove Avenue in front of the Pacific View Mall.

Police say that around 6:09 AM, Ventura police received one 9-1-1 call reporting that a newer model red Corvette being driven by an elderly man was traveling erratically in the area of Main Street west of Mills Road, stopping at green lights in the area.

Then, about ten minutes later, police received a 9-1-1 call saying that same vehicle had just been involved in a serious traffic collision in that area.

Officers arrived to find a male pedestrian down in the roadway suffering from serious injuries and the red Corvette stopped with its 74-year-old male driver out of the vehicle checking on the pedestrian.

Police say their preliminary investigation indicates that the male pedestrian was crossing Main Street northbound at Lemon Grove Avenue in the west crosswalk when he was struck by the westbound Corvette traveling westbound on Main on a green light.

The pedestrian was taken to VCMC in critical condition, the driver of the Corvette, a 74-year-old Camarillo resident, was not injured and released at the scene.

Large Sewage Spill In Moorpark

KVTA News Tuesday October 21, 2014

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division disclosed Tuesday that they were told Monday of a large sewage spill that had been going on for days in Moorpark.
They said that over the course of several days 68,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in the area between North Isle Royale Drive and East Vistapark Drive.
The spill was caused by a blocked sewage line.
They say about 18,400 gallons of the raw sewage made it into a storm drain and wound up in the Arroyo Simi.
Environment Health says the discharge began October 17th but was not reported to the Ventura County Water and Sanitation Department until October 20th.
The discharge into the storm drain was finally stopped with sandbags while the sewer line was cleared and the ground around the spill was cleaned up.
Monday, warning signs were put up where the public has access to the Arroyo Simi for about two miles in that area and the public was told to stay away for at least 72 hours.
The signs will be taken down next Monday.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division disclosed Tuesday that they were told Monday of a large sewage spill that had been going on for days in Moorpark.

They said that over the course of several days 68,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled in the area between North Isle Royale Drive and East Vistapark Drive.

The spill was caused by a blocked sewage line.

They say about 18,400 gallons of the raw sewage made it into a storm drain and wound up in the Arroyo Simi.

Environment Health says the discharge began October 17th but was not reported to the Ventura County Water and Sanitation Department until October 20th.

The discharge into the storm drain was finally stopped with sandbags while the sewer line was cleared and the ground around the spill was cleaned up.

Monday, warning signs were put up where the public has access to the Arroyo Simi for about two miles in that area and the public was told to stay away for at least 72 hours.

The signs will be taken down next Monday.

Reckless Driver Chased Into The Ocean Near Ventura Harbor

KVTA News Monday October 20, 2014

Updated-What started out as a vehicle pursuit of a reckless driving suspect ended up with the suspect being captured in the ocean near the entrance to Ventura Harbor.

The incident began at 7:20 PM Monday when Ventura police tried to stop a vehicle that was driving recklessly on the northbound 101 Freeway.

Police decided to terminate the pursuit but continued to follow the suspect vehicle as he exited the freeway at Seaward, ran a red light, hit two other vehicles, and then continued down Seaward into the Pierpont Beach community.

They lost sight of the suspect at the east end of Pierpont near Marina Park.

Police then received a call from a resident in the area who reported the suspect had abandoned his vehicle on Hanover Lane and was now on the beach heading towards Marina Park.

Police began a search of the area and one officer spotted the suspect and there was a foot pursuit that ended when the suspect jumped into the ocean and started swimming towards the jetty near the harbor entrance.

The Harbor Patrol responded and they spotted the suspect in the water near the jetty.

Police say that 43-year-old Robert Salazar of Oxnard was finally taken into custody in the ocean near the jetty.

He was arrested for DUI, driving a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, hit and run, and fleeing police.

Police Look For Suspect And Motive In Oxnard Shooting

KVTA News Monday October 20, 2014

Oxnard police are looking for a suspect and a motive in a shooting that left one person wounded Sunday night.

Police believe it happened around 8:30 PM in the area of Greenbrook Drive in the Lemonwood neighborhood.

The victim was taken to VCMC where he underwent surgery and was listed in stable condition.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20's, 5 foot 4 inches tall with a thin build.

Police searched the area looking for the suspect and evidence following the shooting.

No arrests have been made and police say they don't know if this was a gang related incident.

They're asking anyone who might have information that could help in the investigation to call Detective Cody Collet at (805) 486-6228.

You can also remain anonymous by calling the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Woman Jailed After Being Rescued From Chimney At Thousand Oaks Home

KVTA News Sunday October 19, 2014


(Photo courtesy VCSD)

(Photos courtesy Ventura County Fire Department and VCSO)

This updates our earlier stories-Deputies say a woman is in the Ventura County Jail charged with misdemeanor illegal entry and giving false information to law enforcement officers after trying to get into a Thousand Oaks home through the chimney early Sunday morning.

Ventura County firefighters went through an extensive operation to remove the woman after she was found around 5:45 AM, stuck in the chimney of the two story home in the 1900 block of Woodside Drive, a residential neighborhood near the interaction of Pederson and Erbes roads.

Ventura County firefighters, including Urban Search and Rescue team, responded to the scene and spent more than two hours extricating the woman.

Firefighters had to remove the chimney bricks in order to get to the flue where the woman was stuck.

They then cut away a portion of the flue to remove the woman.

They lubricated the flue using dish soap before removing her.

She was removed around 8:15 AM and taken to a local hospital to be checked out and then jailed.

She was identified as 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa of Thousand Oaks. 

Deputies say that there had been prior incidents involving the woman and a person who lives at the home.

Winning $13 Million Lotto Ticket Purchased In Simi Valley

KVTA News Sunday October 19, 2014

California Lottery officials say the winning $13 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot ticket from Saturday night's drawing was purchased in Ventura County.

The winning numbers were 23,12,15,40,9 and the Mega number 16.

The winning ticket was purchased at Simi Valley Circle K at 510 East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley.

The lucky retailer will receive their own bonus check of $65,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Robbery Suspect Returns To The Scene Of The Crime

KVTA News Sunday October 19, 2014

Oxnard police say they arrested a robbery suspect early Sunday morning after he returned to the scene of the crime.

Around 1 AM officers were called to the 3300 block of Merced Place where they found a person who told them he'd been robbed by a man with a gun.

The victim said the suspect got away with his beer and cell phone.

Police say that while the officers were conducting their investigation the suspect returned to the area.

They say when he spotted the police he ran but was captured a short distance away.

They say that as the suspect fled he discarded what turned out to be a BB gun.

The officers recovered it and they say it looked like a real gun.

The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Eduardo Montiel of Oxnard.

Oxnard Shooting Was Domestic Violence

KVTA News Saturday October 18, 2014

(Photos courtesy Oxnard Police Department)

Updated--Oxnard police say the married couple they were looking for following what they believe was a "shots-fired" domestic violence incident Friday has been located.

They say that 24-year-old Anthony Carbajal and his 24-year-old wife Valarie were found walking in Albuquerque, New Mexico Saturday afternoon.

Police there say Valarie was safe and unharmed, and Anthony was arrested.

Oxnard police had been looking for the couple since responding to a "shots-fired" call Friday around 12:30 PM in the 2000 block of N. Ventura Road.

Officers found evidence of a shooting, but no victim and no suspect.

Further investigation determined that the shooting might have been the outgrowth of a domestic violence incident and they were worried about Valarie's welfare.

They said Anthony was on probation for a prior incident of domestic violence.

Police continued to investigate through the night and determined that the couple might be driving through California and Arizona and could be in New Mexico.

That's when they put the word out to the authorities in Albuquerque.

It was around 1:15 PM Saturday that police there found the couple walking and took them in for questioning.

They determined that Valarie was safe and unharmed and Anthony was arrested.

Driver Arrested For DUI After Hitting Little Girl In Oxnard

KVTA News Saturday October 18, 2014

Oxnard police say they arrested the driver of a pickup truck for DUI after it struck a little girl Friday night.

The incident happened around 8:48 PM Friday at "C" and 4th streets.

Police say a 3-year-old girl had wandered away from her father and ran into the street.

The child was hit by a pickup truck traveling at a slow to moderate speed.

The little girl sustained only minor injuries.

But officers who arrived at the scene said the driver of the pickup displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol.

Police say it was later determined that the driver had a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit and he was arrested for DUI.

Moorpark High Graduate On Life Support

KVTA News Friday October 17, 2014

Updated-Officials at San Diego State University said Friday that they had released incorrect information about the Moorpark High School graduate who had contracted meningitis.

They had told the media that 18-year-old Sara Stelzer had died when in fact she was on life support at a San Diego hospital while it was determined if she could be an organ donor.

Before becoming ill with meningitis, Stelzer had returned to her hometown of Moorpark to attend the Moorpark High homecoming game and to visit friends and family.

Health officials are telling people who had contact with her either in Moorpark or San Diego to be checked out to make sure they were OK and possibly to take antibiotics as a preventative measure.