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Teen Arrested For Fatal Hit & Run In Oxnard

KVTA News Friday June 24, 2016

Updated--A teenager is under arrest following a fatal hit and run incident in Oxnard.

The incident happened at 7:12 AM in the 1700 block of Lakehurst Street in a residential neighborhood southeast of the intersection of Ventura and Gonzales roads.

The 17-year-old male from Oxnard was driving a 2001 Ford Expedition that slammed into a bicyclist.

After striking the bicyclist, the SUV continued on and crashed into a tree.

The bicyclist, identified as 42-year-old Gregory Dominguez of Oxnard, was taken to VCMC where he later died.

After the collision, the teen fled on foot but was caught about a block away by responding officers.

His name has not been released because of his age.

Police say that alcohol and/or drugs may have been factors in the collision.

The collision is still under investigation.

If anyone has information about this collision, please contact Senior Officer Jamie Brown at 805-385-7749 or via email at jamie.brown@oxnardpd.org. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the violent crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

No Reports Yet Of Wildlife Impact From Ventura Spill

KVTA News Friday June 24, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says as of Friday afternoon they had received no reports of oiled wildlife because of the Ventura oil spill.

The 700 barrel spill happened early Thursday morning in Hall Canyon and was stopped before reaching the San Jon Drain which would have taken it to the beach.

The spill was caused by a valve that failed during maintenance on the line operated by Crimson Pipeline.

However, exactly why the valve failed remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, the cleanup effort continues and is expected to last well into next week.

The CDFW's Office of Spill Prevention and Response issued the following information Friday...

The public and media are advised to avoid the impacted area and keep pets on leashes. In addition, they should not attempt to rescue any observed oiled wildlife.

Untrained individuals who attempt to rescue wildlife may cause more harm than good and may injure themselves in the process.

The number to report oiled wildlife is 877 UCD-OWCN (823-6926).

Residents wishing to file a claim can do so via email at claims@crimsonpl.com or by calling 562-285-4128 

For more information, visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/OSPR/CalSpillWatch

Suspect Punches CHP Officer In West Ventura

KVTA News Friday June 24, 2016


Ventura police say they arrested a man in west Ventura Friday afternoon for robbery, ID theft and punching a CHP officer.

They say that 30-year-old Jesus Diaz of Ventura is alleged to have gone into the Bike Depot at 239 W. Main Street shortly before 3:30 PM and tried to buy bicycles using a stolen credit card.

Police say the store employees became suspicious and called the person whose name appeared on the credit card and were told the card was indeed stolen.

When the employees confronted Diaz, he is alleged to have gotten into a scuffle with one of the employees and tried forcefully to take the bike.

Police say Diaz then fled without the bike and the incident was reported to police.

They say a CHP officer who happened to be in the area and heard the report of the robbery and the description of the suspect spotted Diaz on Mission Avenue near Olive Street and stopped and detained him.

But police say that as the CHP officer was trying to handcuff him, Diaz allegedly punched the officer in the face and ran.

The CHP officer chased him on foot and was joined by VPD officers and they located and arrested Diaz a short distance away.

Crude Oil Spill In Ventura Stopped, Contained

KVTA News Thursday June 23, 2016



(The above photos courtesy Ventura County Fire)

(The photo below by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)


Updated--Crews have stopped and contained a crude oil spill in Ventura Thursday and cleanup operations have begun.

It was reported around 5:30 AM Thursday morning in Hall Canyon behind the city.

An estimated 700 barrels of crude oil spilled from a pipeline before the leak was secured.

The spill was stopped before it reached an underground channel just east of the Ventura High School campus.

Had it gotten into that underground channel, it could have flowed down to the beach east of the Ventura Pier.

The leak came from a failed valve on a pipeline undergoing maintenance.

The pipeline is operated by Crimson Pipeline.

Why the valve failed is under investigation. 

Cleanup will likely take several days.

The extent of environmental damage is still being assessed.

Son Arrested After Reporting Elder Abuse Of Father

KVTA News Thursday June 23, 2016


Deputies in Ojai say back in April they received a report from the son of an 85-year-old Ojai man who said his father's caregiver had been stealing from the father.

Detectives conducted a two month investigation and they say they determined the person stealing from the father was not the caregiver but rather the son and his ex-girlfriend.

Deputies ended up arresting the son, 56-year-old George Hallmark of Ojai and his 47-year-old ex-girlfriend, Michelle Fearing of Ojai for financial elder abuse and other charges.

Deputies say that Hallmark and Fearing had opened credit accounts in the victim’s name for their own personal use over the past three years.

The unauthorized use of the victim’s funds caused the victim’s debts to pile up and unnecessary fees and penalties were added to the victim’s accounts.

The misuse of funds also resulted in the lack of maintenance to the victim’s residence, which had deteriorated to an almost uninhabitable state.

Adult Protective Services and Ventura County Code Enforcement were brought in to assist in identifying necessary actions that needed to be taken by the victim’s family to provide a healthy and stable environment for the victim. 

Deputies say that Hallmark and Fearing confessed and said they had spent the money for personal use including large amounts of spending at Southern California gambling casinos.

Simi Valley Man Arrested For Home Invasion Robbery

KVTA News Thursday June 23, 2016


Ventura County Sheriff's detectives say they've arrested a suspect in a home invasion robbery that happened last year in the Santa Rosa Valley.

They say that in the early morning hours of September 9, 2015 suspects entered a residence in the 3300 block of Cajon Circle.

Deputies say the suspects tied up the victim and stole cash and personal property.

An investigation into the incident lead them to several addresses in Ventura and Los Angeles counties where search warrants were served and evidence of criminal activity was seized.

During the investigation evidence linked to the home invasion robbery in the Santa Rosa Valley was uncovered and led to the arrest on June 21st of this month of 29-year-old William Hansen of Simi Valley. 

The DA's office filed one count of first degree robbery and Hansen remains in custody in the Ventura County Jail on $200,00 bail.

Lawsuit Filed In Traffic Death Of Ventura Teen

KVTA News Wednesday June 22, 2016

(Photo by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

The attorney representing the family of a Ventura teen killed in what police called a hit and run collision in February has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The suit was filed against the city, the county and the tow truck driver identified by police as being involved in the collision that claimed the life of 14-year-old Jonathan Hernandez.

The Ventura teen was killed in the early morning hours of February 19th while riding his bicycle home from a family gathering.

Police have said their investigation and surveillance video showed that Jonathan was southbound on Saticoy Avenue just after midnight when he crossed Telegraph Road against a red light and was struck by the tow truck traveling eastbound on Telegraph Road.

The video showed the tow truck kept going.

Ventura police say the driver of the tow truck, who they identified as 50-year-old Martin Henderson the owner and operator of Double R Towing in Ventura, contacted them Friday evening.

Police impounded the vehicle and since then have conducted further investigation into the incident but they have not made an arrest in the case. 

The family's attorney says that while they hope the DA will file charges in the case, "inaction" by the authorities and Henderson's "close business relationships" with those authorities has prompted them to move forward with a wrongful death suit against the city, county and Henderson.

Upper Ojai Man Arraigned In Father's Death

KVTA News Wednesday June 22, 2016


The Upper Ojai man accused of killing his father pleaded not guilty today.

23-year-old Peter Owen was in court and entered a not guilty plea to felony murder and also denied a special allegation that he used a firearm.

50-year-old Aleric Owen was found shot to death on his ranch in the 14000 block of Santa Paula-Ojai Road (Highway 150) on the morning of May 22nd of this year.

Peter Owen was arrested later that day and charged in connection with his father's death.

The authorities have not indicated a motive for the slaying.

Peter Owen remains in jail with bail set at $750,000. 

He is due back in court in August.

Arizona Man Struck By Train In Ventura

KVTA News Wednesday June 22, 2016

Updated--A man was injured Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a train in Ventura.

It happened around 2:30 PM on a trestle near the mouth of the Ventura River.

Ventura police say the 46-year-old Arizona man was on the trestle taking pictures with his niece and nephew, both 16, when a northbound Amtrak train approached at about 50-55 mph.

The juveniles were able to make it off the trestle in time but the man suffered a glancing blow by the train.

He was taken to VCMC with what police described as non life threatening injuries, including a broken arm. 

The two juveniles were not injured.

PHPD Seeks Public Help In Robbery Case

KVTA News Wednesday June 22, 2016


The Port Hueneme Police Department is seeking public help in identifying the suspects in a violent robbery that took place earlier this month.

There were two suspects, a male and female, but today they released a composite sketch of the male.

Both the male and female were armed with black semi automatic handguns, possibly .45 calibre pistols, when they confronted several victims in the Port Hueneme Beach Parking lot B at 12:50 AM on June 9th.

Police say the suspects ordered the victims to hand over their property and one of the victims was pistol whipped by the female suspect.

After collecting the victims' property, the suspects told them they knew where they lived and if they called police they would shoot up their homes.

The suspects then fled in a light colored (possible gold or yellow) four day sedan with an unknown type red colored emblem on the back of the trunk lid.

Scherpa Fire Almost Fully Contained

KVTA News Wednesday June 22, 2016

(Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County OEM)

The Scherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County was 89% contained as of Wednesday morning with full containment expected by Thursday morning.

The fire burned almost 8,000 acres since it began a week ago.

Some 1600 fire personnel are still on scene and they will be transitioning from containment to control operations.

Cause of the fire was under investigation.

Vehicle Crashes Into Parked Cars/Hotel

KVTA News Wednesday June 22, 2016

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

The CHP is investigating a crash in the Mussel Shoals community just south of La Conchita along Ventura County's north coast.

They say that shortly before 5:30 AM Wednesday morning a vehicle came off Highway 101, crashed into four parked vehicles and pushed one of the vehicles into the Cliff House.

The parked vehicle that was pushed into the Cliff House caught fire.

Damage to the cliff house was reported as minor and the vehicle did not actually go inside the building.

The CHP called it a minor injury crash but the fire department said the two females involved were not hurt.

Dispute Ends Over Church's Homeless Program

KVTA News Tuesday June 21, 2016


The long running dispute between the city of Ventura and a church's homeless program is over.

Harbor Community Church had sued the city in federal court after the city stopped the church from conducting the homeless outreach at its Preble Avenue location.

The city's action had come after complaints from people in the surrounding residential neighborhood over what they said were problems caused by large numbers of homeless people traveling through their community every day.

Under the terms of the legal settlement, the city will buy the church's property for $2.3 million and the church will have to relocated to another city.

The city would then recoup at least some of the cost of buying the property by selling it to a developer for a housing project. 

The church is being allowed to stay on the property for a period of time to allow them to find a new location outside of Ventura but they will not be allow to conduct the homeless program during that time.

NB Park Man Sentenced For Bilking Elderly Clients

KVTA News Tuesday June 21, 2016

A Newbury Park man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in state prison for an investment scheme that stole money from senior citizens.

Last month 59-year-old Rod Hormell pleaded guilty to felony violations of theft from an elder and the fraudulent sale of securities.

He also admitted stealing more than $100,000 and violating his felony probation.

Prosecutors say Hormell was a financial advisor and in December of 2013 was placed on felony probation for stealing from an elderly woman between 2008 and 2012.

They say he had taken her money by saying he was going to invest it in what turned out to be a non-existent business venture and also by using her ATM card and bank account for his personal use.

Prosecutors say that in December of 2014, the daughter of a second elderly victim discovered that Hormell had done the same thing to her mother.

In addition to the prison sentence, Hormell was ordered to pay $228,383 in restitution to the second victim's daughter.

He'd already been ordered to pay restitution to the estate of the first victim. 

His securities license was already revoked after his first conviction and he has also been banned for life from the insurance industry.

Oxnard Youth Coach Admits To Child Sex Charges

KVTA News Tuesday June 21, 2016


An Oxnard man who coached youth sports has pleaded guilty to child sex abuse charges.

23-year-old William Matau pleaded guilty Monday to one count of felony lewd act upon a child and one misdemeanor count of child molesting.

The victims were two 13-year-old girls that Matau met while coaching after school sports for the city of Oxnard.

Prosecutors say he touched the girls inappropriately.

Matau, who is free on bail, is expected to get jail time and probation when he is sentenced on August 4th.

He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Fillmore Man Admits Dealing Drugs To Fellow Seniors

KVTA News Tuesday June 21, 2016

A 72-year-old Fillmore man has admitted drug dealing at his senior citizen's complex.

Prosecutors say Alfred Johnson was arrested five years ago for selling marijuana and illegally obtained prescription drugs like painkillers and anti anxiety medications.

They say he has maintained a clean record since then.

Prosecutors say because of that and the fact that Johnson has been in poor health, he will probably receive no jail time and will get probation when he is sentenced in August.

Hot, Hot, Hot!!!

KVTA News Monday June 20, 2016

(Photos from water park at Lake Casitas by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)

Updated--Today (Monday) was supposed to be the hottest day of the mini heat wave in Ventura County and it lived up to expectations.

The National Weather Service in Oxnard reported that Ojai was the hot spot at 112 degrees, Fillmore was 109, Thousand Oaks at 108 and Simi Valley at 106.

The National Weather Service says the high in Camarillo was 94, their office in Oxnard was 91 and Ventura was 86.

The California ISO issued a flex alert through 9 PM Monday urging power customers to reduce their use of power as much as possible until after 9 PM saying rolling power outages were possible if demand reaches a certain point.

Even Metrolink advised its passengers to expect delays since their trains would keep speeds under 50 mph because of the impact of the extreme heat on the tracks.

Worker Injured In Oxnard Crane Accident

KVTA News Monday June 20, 2016

(Photo courtesy Martha Guzman)

A worker was seriously injured Monday after a crane toppled over in Oxnard.

The incident was reported around 11 AM in the 2100 block of Mariposa Street.

Oxnard City Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Sugich told KVTA News from the scene that a subcontractor for Southern California Edison was using a crane to lower an Edison pole into place in the backyard of a house when the vehicle containing the crane toppled over.

The crane struck a boom truck in the driveway of the home.

It caused the bucket on the boom truck that was holding a worker to come down violently towards the ground.

The bucket did not hit the ground and the worker was strapped into the bucket and did not hit the ground but he was tossed out of the bucket in a violent manner and was taken to the hospital with serious head and other injuries.

Meanwhile, the pole that was being put into place crashed through a block wall and also hit another house on Elder Street causing what Sugich said was minor damage.

Sugich says Cal Osha will be investigating the incident including why the crane truck toppled over.