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Memorial Day Weekend Events In Ventura County

KVTA News Saturday May 23, 2015


Below is a list of Memorial Day Weekend events in Ventura County provided by the county's Veterans Services Office.

Memorial Day Events in Ventura County

MONDAY

Westlake Village, Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park will present its 25th annual Memorial Day ceremony, “Lest We Forget,” in the Garden of Valor, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road. The free event will begin with a 10:30 a.m. concert performed by the Air National Guard Band of the Southwest and the Patriots in Blue Big Band. Highlights will include a virtual carpet of red, white and blue formed by more than 1,400 flags placed by scouts at the graves of veterans buried in the Garden of Valor and throughout the memorial park. Live entertainment will include singers from the Village Voices Chorale, the United Methodist Church of Westlake Village, the Valley Harmony Singers, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church and Temple Judea. Attendees are encouraged to bring their old cellphones to donate to the Cell Phones for Soldiers campaign. Call 818-889-0902 for more information.

Camarillo, Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory will host Ventura County’s 50th annual “Lest We Forget” Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. The free event at 2052 Howard Road will feature keynote speaker Steven A. Williams, a Marine Corps veteran, as well as a skydiving flag presentation, live music, a memorial wreath tribute and free refreshments. Call 482-1959 or visit http://www.conejomountain.com for more information.

Santa Paula, Veterans of Foreign Wars Mercer-Prieto Post 2043 will have its annual Memorial Day ceremony starting at 10:15 a.m. with a musical prelude, followed by the program at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Paula Cemetery, 380 Cemetery Road. This year’s ceremony will be in memory of all American prisoners of wars and troops missing in action. The program will include music, prayers, a flag-folding ceremony, a three-volley rifle salute and taps. Call Cmdr. Jerry Olivas at 525-3173 or Quartermaster Rey Frutos at 525-1424 for more information.

Simi Valley, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10049 will host a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Pioneer Cemetery, 1461 Thompson Lane. Representatives of Simi Valley veterans groups, armed forces, and police, fire, fraternal and community organizations will be in attendance along with elected officials. A military ceremony and ritual will honor American heroes who died while serving their country. The event is open to the public and parking is free. Limited seating is available and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Call 285-8844 or email vfwso10049@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Simi Valley, from noon to 3 p.m., Salute to Arms will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Persian Gulf War era — including operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom and Desert Sabre and other missions around the world. A luncheon reserved for veterans and active military members from Simi Valley will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 480 Sinaloa Road. Call 584-1222 or email salutetoarms@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Ventura, Mayor Cheryl Heitmann will be the keynote speaker of a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 5400 Valentine Road. Event highlights will include live music and a wreath-laying ceremony. Call 642-1055 or visit http://www.ivylawn.org for more information.

Ventura, Elks Lodge 1430 will host a buffet lunch at 2126 Knoll Drive. This annual event, co-sponsored by the Ventura Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ventura American Legion, will start immediately after the 10 a.m. memorial services at the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home. The public is invited to attend. Call 639-0303 for more information.

Oxnard, the Mighty Cash Cats, a Ventura-based Johnny Cash tribute band, will perform at a benefit for the Ventura County chapter of Disabled American Veterans at the Oxnard Moose Lodge, 1935 S. Oxnard Blvd. A flag-raising is planned at 1 p.m. with an honor guard. The Mighty Cash Cats will perform from 2-4 p.m., with a full rib dinner from 4-5 p.m., Los Amigos performing from 5-7 p.m., and a DJ taking the stage after that. Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple. Call 901-7295 or 562-713-2679 for more information.

New Details On SB Oil Spill Impact On Wildlife

KVTA News Saturday May 23, 2015


(Photo courtesy of Coast Guard--Animal care experts at Sea World attend to an oiled sea lion from the Refugio spill)

Officials have released updated information regarding the impact of the Santa Barbara County oil spill in wildlife.
There are nine brown pelicans and one Western Grebe that have been recovered and are being treated by wildlife specialists.
Five pelicans have died.
One sea lion impacted by the oil was recovered and is being treated, a second died.
Two dolphins have died but what caused their deaths is undetermined.
A large number of invertebrates have been affected by the oil spill.
The amount of oily water recovered remains at just under 9500 gallons but the amount of oily soil collected has grown from 800 to 1250 cubic yards.
A combined total of 3,720 feet of absorbent and hard boom has been deployed.
They are trying to remove oil from kelp beds using high pressure water to create an artificial current that agitates the oil from the kelp and then the oil is gathered up.
Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches remain closed and the Canada de Alegria to Coal Oil Point fisheries remain closed.
(Photo courtesy of Coast Guard--Animal care experts at Sea World attend to an oiled sea lion from the Refugio spill)

Officials have released updated information regarding the impact of the Santa Barbara County oil spill in wildlife.

There are nine brown pelicans and one Western Grebe that have been recovered and are being treated by wildlife specialists.

Five pelicans have died.

One sea lion impacted by the oil was recovered and is being treated, a second died.

Two dolphins have died but what caused their deaths is undetermined.

A large number of invertebrates have been affected by the oil spill.

The amount of oily water recovered remains at just under 9500 gallons but the amount of oily soil collected has grown from 800 to 1250 cubic yards.

A combined total of 3,720 feet of absorbent and hard boom has been deployed.

They are trying to remove oil from kelp beds using high pressure water to create an artificial current that agitates the oil from the kelp and then the oil is gathered up.

Refugio and El Capitan State Beaches remain closed and the Canada de Alegria to Coal Oil Point fisheries remain closed.

Camarillo Man Admits Molesting Little Girl

KVTA News Friday May 22, 2015

A Camarillo man has pleaded guilty to committing an unlawful sex act with a child under 10 and is facing a life sentence.

71-year-old Donald Osborne Hatch of Camarillo entered the guilty plea Friday to one count of sexually molesting a girl.

Prosecutors say the molestation happened over a two year period starting when the girl was 2-years-old.

He committed the crime at his home.

Hatch was arrested in February of this year and has been in jail on $1 million bail. 

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15th and faces 25-years-to-life in prison.

Ventura County Jobless Rate Drops

KVTA News Friday May 22, 2015

The unemployment rate in Ventura County dropped last month to 5.1 percent from 5.4 percent in March, but a number of key sectors showed job losses.

The 5.1 jobless rate in April for Ventura County was a full point below April of last year and a full point below the current statewide average and equal to the national average for April.

But the county lost a 1,000 non farm jobs from March to April despite a net gain of 3,600 non farm jobs over the past 12 months.

And key sectors, like Manufacturing, Financial Activities, and Educational and Health Services, showed job losses both month to month and year to year.

Still, Construction showed job gains month to month and year to year, so did Leisure and Hospitality.

While the Farm sector showed gains between March and April, it showed a significant loss in jobs between April of last year and April of this year.

The other sectors were mixed.

Here's a link to the report today from the State Employment Development Department:

http://www.calmis.ca.gov/file/lfmonth/vent$pds.pdf

VPD Looking For Couple That Robbed Baby Shop

KVTA News Friday May 22, 2015

Ventura police are looking for a man and woman who robbed a business that sells baby items.

They say that around 5:17 PM Thursday, the couple walked into Lux Baby at 1790 East Main Street and began looking at items in the store.

When the clerk came over to ask them if they'd like some help, the man shoved the employee.

The male suspect then grabbed an Orbit stroller, a car seat, and a stroller seat and then ran out of the store.

The woman grabbed some additional items and also fled the store.

The suspects got into a pewter colored BMW which was parked nearby and the sped off with about $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise.

The clerk was not injured.

Police say the suspects are white and in their 20's.

The man is about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, wearing a dark T-shirt and blue jeans.

The woman is about 5-foot-3 and 140 pounds, wearing an unknown color T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD at (805) 339-4309.

Peace Officer's Memorial In Ventura County

KVTA News Thursday May 21, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff Aviation Unit)

The annual Peace Officer's Memorial ceremony was held at the County Government Center in Ventura Thursday morning.

Family members of fallen officers as well as law enforcement officers from throughout Ventura County were in attendance.

This year the name of Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko was added to the other names on the memorial, the 32nd peace officer in the county to die in the line of duty.

Kostiuchenko was killed last year when he was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver after completing an unrelated traffic stop on the Lewis Road on ramp to NB 101 in Camarillo.

The event included the reading of each officer's name, a 21 gun salute by the Sheriff's Honor Guard and a flyover by the Sheriff's helicopters.

Rescued Animals From The SB Oil Spill

KVTA News Thursday May 21, 2015

(Crews continue clean-up of the oil using boom operations off the coast of Goleta, Calif., May 21, 2015. The clean-up operation for the spill commenced the evening of Tuesday May 19, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson)

Updated--The unified command dealing with the oil spill along the coast of Santa Barbara County released some initial numbers regarding the impacts on wildlife in the area.

They say so far responders have rescued six "oiled" brown pelicans and several care facilities have been set up to deal with injured wildlife as those numbers increase.

They also say a juvenile sea lion was rescued with 35% coverage in oil and was taken to Sea World for treatment and rehab.

Meanwhile, they say more than 9500 gallons of crude oil mixed with water has been recovered.

It's believed that as much as 105,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the pipeline and at least 21,000 gallons of that made it to the beaches and coastal waters.

The company responsible for that pipeline, Plains All American, is not commenting on an LA Times report saying the company has been cited 175 times in the past for various violations.

Company officials admitted that in the hours before Tuesday's spill, they had problems with the pumps at two locations along that pipeline and had even shut it down before restarting it.

For individuals who want to file a claim for compensation please contact 1-(866)-753-3619.

For individuals who come across affected wildlife please contact the Oil Wildlife Care Network at 1-(877)-823-6926.

Anyone wishing to volunteer in the clean-up effort can find more information at Calspillwatch.com or contact 1-(800)-228-4544.

Ventura Man Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

KVTA News Thursday May 21, 2015

Ventura police say they've arrested a man for alleged child sexual abuse involving multiple female victims.

They say their investigation of 54-year-old William Charles Miller of Ventura began on April 29th when police received a report of lewd conduct with a child.

Police say they were told by the juvenile female victim that she had been touched in a sexual manner.

As detectives began a follow up investigation, they say they learned that Miller had been accused of child molest by another female juvenile in 2011 and a third female juvenile had made the same allegation in 1995.

Police say that Thursday, Miller was arrested in the 200 block of Regis Avenue and booked into the Ventura County Jail on several counts of child related sexual abuse.

Bail was set at $300,000.

The investigation into this crime is ongoing and the Ventura Police Department is seeking to identify other potential victims in this case. Anyone who believes they have been victimized by William Charles Miller should contact Det. Sgt. Cain of the Ventura Police Department at 339-4488.

CVS Pays $2.4 Million Judgement To Ventura, 2 Other Counties

KVTA News Thursday May 21, 2015

A judge has ordered CVS Pharmacy to pay $2.4 million as part of a settlement with three counties, including Ventura, of a lawsuit over allegations of misleading advertising.

Ventura County will get $675,000 for the DA's office and $14,310 for the County Weights and Measures Department.

The rest of the $2.4 million goes to Riverside and LA counties and a consumer protection trust fund.

The civil action brought by prosecutors in those three counties alleged that CVS was advertising one price for items and then charging more at the checkout stand.

They were also accused of failing to give cash back on gift cards under $10 which is required by law.

This is the second time CVS has faced a lawsuit over misleading advertising and the company agreed, without admitting liability or wrongdoing, to institute safeguards so this doesn't happen again.

Trouble Reported Before SB Pipeline Rupture

KVTA News Wednesday May 20, 2015

(Photo courtesy Christina Marie)

The CEO of the company whose pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara County Tuesday apologized for what happened and said they deeply regret the spill of what might be as much as 105,000 gallons of crude.

Greg Armstrong was one of several people who spoke during a new conference in Santa Barbara County Wednesday.

Company officials also revealed more information about events leading up to the rupture which happened at a point along the pipeline which is located on land well above the beach.

They say they were having problems with the pumps on that pipeline at two locations along the pipeline earlier Tuesday morning and had actually shut it down earlier Tuesday morning before restarting it.

Then they say it was at 11:30 AM Tuesday when the operator monitoring the pipeline in the control room noticed an abnormality and shut it down a second time.

A short time later they received a call from a first responder in Santa Barbara County reporting a strong smell coming from the area and that's when the company sent someone to check it out and discovered what had happened.

By then, they estimate that as much as 105,000 gallons of crude might have spilled with at least 21,000 gallons making it way through a drainage system down to the beach below, just north of Refugio State Beach.

But officials still cannot say exactly why the pipeline ruptured.

And officials are still not releasing any details about the extent of the impact of the spill on wildlife, although they concede there have been impacts.

The spill covers at least nine miles of coastline with several hundred people now involved in the clean up effort.

Many volunteers have gone to the area to help but officials are asking them not to.

They say leave the clean up to professional crews brought in to conduct the cleanup.

Also, in addition to Refugio State Beach, El Capitan State Beach has now been closed.

Here's a link to an information sight for more official information about the incident... 

http://www.refugioresponse.com/go/doc/7258/2516914/

105K Gallons Might Have Spilled From SB Pipeline

KVTA News Wednesday May 20, 2015

(Photo courtesy Christina Marie)

Officials are now saying that the ruptured pipeline in Santa Barbara County might have spilled as much as 105,000 gallons of crude before the flow was stopped Tuesday afternoon.

They're still not sure how much made it to the beach through a culvert just north of Refugio State Beach and for now they're staying with an official figure of 21,000 gallons.

The company that operates the pipeline, Plains All American Pipeline, says an operator in the control room first spotted abnormalities in the pipeline around 11:30 AM Tuesday and shut it down.

They say it took a Plains employee about two hours to get to the site to confirm what happened.

They still don't know why the pipeline ruptured.

Meanwhile the spill now covers some nine miles of coastal waters and beaches as crews continue to conduct cleanup onshore and offshore.

And two experts from Ventura County are helping to assess the environmental and economic impacts of the spill.

Scientists from Cal State Channel Islands have been to the site of the spill and they both talked with KVTA's Alex Wilson today about their observations and assessments.

Biologist and whale expert Rachel Cartwright says migrating grey whales and dolphins frequent that area and contact with oil can lead to infections and pneumonia.

She says long term the oil can get into the food chain and accumulate in the blubber of marine mammals.

So far there has been no official assessment or estimate on the impact to wildfire in the area.

Environmental Science and Resource Management Professor Sean Anderson from CSUCI tells KVTA News that it's too early to gauge the ecological impact.

The immediate economic effect is from the closure of some state parks in the immediate area right before a busy holiday weekend.

Pedestrian Hit By Train In Ventura

KVTA News Wednesday May 20, 2015

A 37-year-old Ventura man was seriously injured after being struck by a train Wednesday night.

It happened shortly after 8 PM on the tracks near Arundel and Channel Drive.

Ventura police say the man was walking eastbound along the tracks when the train, also traveling eastbound, came up behind him.

The engineer saw the man and sounded the horn in an attempt to warn the man, but the victim did not get out of the way and was struck by the train and thrown 30 feet onto a small bridge that runs over a culvert.

The man was taken to VCMC, his condition unknown.

Ventura Woman Accused Of Theft/Elder Abuse

KVTA News Wednesday May 20, 2015

Ventura police say they've arrested a woman who they allege stole a large amount of cash from a 66-year-old relative.

Police say that in March of this year the victim called them to report that a large amount of cash was missing from his safe deposit box at his bank in Ventura.

Major Crimes detectives investigated and they say they determined that around the time of the theft a relative had illegally gained access to the victim's safe deposit box.

Search warrants were served in Oxnard and Camarillo and police say they recovered a large amount of the victim's money and evidence that allegedly linked the relative to the crime.

Police say that on May 11th they arrested 43-year-old Nancy Gordon of Ventura and booked her into the Ventura County Jail for Grand Theft and Elder Abuse. 

Her bail was set at $300,000.

Fillmore Stabbing Suspect Won't Face Attempt Murder Charge

KVTA News Wednesday May 20, 2015


The Fillmore man who was arrested for attempted murder in connection with a weekend stabbing is not being charged with that.

Instead, the DA's office has charged 25-year-old Daniel Torres with felony assault with a deadly weapon and two special allegations of causing great bodily injury and street terrorism.

Torres was in court Wednesday and pleaded not guilty and denied the allegations.

He remains in jail on $1 million bail.

Torres is alleged to have stabbed another young man Saturday evening in the 500 block of Santa Clara Street in Fillmore.

The victim was taken to VCMC with serious wounds to his upper and lower body.

Torres was identified as a suspect and tracked down to a residence in San Bernardino where he was arrested Monday.

SB Oil Spill Containment & Cleanup On Hold

KVTA News Tuesday May 19, 2015

(Coast Guard photo where spill made it to beach thought drain pipe)

Updated---The effort to contain and clean up that oil spill along the Santa Barbara County coastline is on hold for the night.

The US Coast Guard is overseeing the effort.

It said the spill was reported late Tuesday morning after a pipeline on land north of Highway 101 ruptured, spilling oil into a culvert and then under the freeway and out to the beach just north of Refugio State Beach which is 24 miles northwest of the city of Santa Barbara.

The Coast Guard says an initial estimate is that 21,000 gallons of crude spilled before the leak was stopped but that estimate could change.

The crude fouled beaches and coastal waters for four miles south of there.

Boats were called in to place booms in the ocean to contain the oil but nightfall put that operation on hold.

Officials could not confirm any wildlife that had been harmed,l but there were reports of at least a handful of seabirds covered in oil.

The Coast Guard says the pipeline that ruptured belongs to Plains All America Pipeline.

Refugio State Beach was shut down and evacuated. 

The effort to contain the spill and start cleaning it up will resume at first light Wednesday.

Suspect Arrested In Gang Related Fillmore Stabbing

KVTA News Tuesday May 19, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Sheriff)

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department says it's made an arrest in a gang related stabbing that happened in Fillmore last weekend.

The victim was stabbed Saturday evening in the 500 block of Santa Clara Street in Fillmore.

He was taken to VCMC with serious stab wounds to his upper and lower body.

Detectives from the Sheriff's Gang Unit and Major Crimes identified a suspect and tracked him to a residence in San Bernardino where they arrested him Monday evening.

They say 25-year-old Daniel Torres of Fillmore was taken into custody and booked into the Ventura County Jail for Attempted Murder and Committing a Crime For the Benefit of a Criminal Street Gang.

His bail was set at $1 million.

Fire Causes Heavy Damage To Simi Condo Building

KVTA News Tuesday May 19, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire)

Updated---A two alarm structure fire in Simi Valley Tuesday morning significantly damaged three units of a condo building, displacing a number of residents.

The fire was reported shortly after 10 AM in the 3400 block of Highwood Court.

Firefighters could see smoke even before they arrived on scene.

When they got there, they found one two story unit well involved in flames with the fire spreading into the attic and threatening two units that share a wall with that unit.

Smoke from the fire drifted across the 118 Freeway between Sycamore Avenue and Tapo Canyon Road.

Firefighters worked to put the fire out and also check to make sure everyone in the building had evacuated safely.

There were no reports of injuries.

It took about an hour to knock down the flames but they were still checking to see if there was residual fire in the walls and attic.

The main fire unit suffered major fire damage and the two adjacent units were damaged by smoke and heat.

The Red Cross was called in to deal with at least three residents and they expected that number to rise if the residents of all the units in the building are displaced.

Cause of the fire was under investigation.

Oxnard Condo Garages/Contents Damaged By Fire

KVTA News Tuesday May 19, 2015

Oxnard firefighters say a fire in four garages in a condo complex caused $145,000 damage to the structure and its contents Tuesday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 1:15 PM on Holly Avenue and firefighters had it knocked down in about ten minutes after arrival.

They say it caused $100,000 to the structure and $45,000 damage to a car and several motorcycles that were in the garages.

No one was hurt.

Cause under investigation.

Battery Charger Blamed For Ventura Bedroom Fire

KVTA News Tuesday May 19, 2015

(Photo courtesy Ventura City Fire)

Ventura City firefighters say a battery charger started a fire that caused extensive damage at a house on the east side of town.

The fire was reported at 8:20 PM in the 6000 block of Loma Vista Road east of Victoria Avenue.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found a bedroom in the house fully involved in fire with heavy smoke throughout the rest of the structure.

Firefighters from Ventura City and Santa Paula Fire responded to the blaze confined the fire damage to the bedroom but there was significant smoke damage throughout the rest of the house.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was started by an electric battery charger that was charging a battered in that bedroom.