KVTA Local News

Arrests In Thousand Oaks Home Invasion Robbery

KVTA News Thursday August 17, 2017

Two men have been arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Thousand Oaks.

It happened on June 7th in the 400 block of Serento Circle.

The victim told deputies that three suspects forced their way into his home, battered him and then took $1200.

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the East County Major Crimes Unit say they discovered that both the victim and the suspects were allegedly involved in the illegal sales of prescription drugs.

They say the victim and suspects were visiting doctors throughout Southern California obtaining prescription drugs in a practice that's known as "pill farming."

Detectives say they determined that the motive for the home invasion robbery was that the victim owed the suspects a large sum of money based on that illegal activity.

Two of the suspects were arrested.

Detectives identified them as 33-year-old Brandon Jefferson and 29-year-old Daniel Rogers, both of Thousand Oaks.

Theft/Burglary Suspects Caught In Camarillo

KVTA News Thursday August 17, 2017

Deputies in Camarillo have arrested three teens they believe have been involved in several thefts from homes and especially unlocked vehicles at homes.

Around 2:40 AM Wednesday morning an alert homeowner in the 100 block of Encino Avenue noticed two suspects outside her residence.

She yelled at them and then called 911.

The suspects, who were juveniles, ran, but were caught by a responding deputy.

A review of surveillance video revealed a third suspect who had managed to get away.

However, police knew who it was and later that same morning they spotted 18-year-old transient Jose Gonzalez at Las Posas Road and Earl Joseph Avenue and took him into custody without incident.

Gonzalez was treated for an ankle injury suffered when he fled from the Encino Avenue location earlier.

He was booked into the Ventura County Jail and the two juveniles were taken to Juvenile Hall.

Deputies say they located and recovered property stolen in thefts and burglaries they believe were committed by the suspects a week ago.

Wandering Cow Killed On Freeway in Newbury Park

KVTA News Thursday August 17, 2017

(Photo courtesy Jose Mendoza)

A cow that was running around on the 101 Freeway in Newbury Park early Thursday morning was killed when it was struck by at least one vehicle.

The incident began around 4 AM when the cow was spotted on the southbound lanes of the 101 around Borchard Road.

The CHP and Sheriff's Deputies chased the cow off the freeway and onto several surface streets through Newbury Park.

At one point they thought they had the cow captured but it got away.

Then, shortly after 5 AM the cow tried to get back on the southbound 101 using the Wendy Drive off ramp and was struck by at least one vehicle and killed.

The Wendy off ramp was closed while they waited for Animal Services or Caltrans to show up and remove the cow but its owner arrived first and took it away.

This is the latest in a series of loose cows running around the Conejo Valley recently.

Stolen Car Suspect Flees Holding Child In Ojai

KVTA News Wednesday August 16, 2017

Update--Deputies in Ojai have released new details about the arrest of a man who got involved in a crash in a stolen vehicle and then fled holding his girlfriend's 3-year-old child.

The non-injury crash happened around 7 PM Wednesday at Signal and Aliso streets in Ojai.

While deputies were taking a report on the crash they discovered the vehicle had been stolen in Santa Paula.

Deputies say the driver, 24-year-old Jesse Rivera of Santa Paula, grabbed his girlfriend's 3-year-old child and fled on foot.

They chased him and during the foot pursuit deputies say Rivera would toss the child over 6 foot high fences, climb over, grab the child and continue running.

At one point he managed to elude deputies.

Deputies say he then convinced an unsuspecting motorist to drive him over to the Von's in Ojai where deputies later found him and arrested him.

The child was not injured and returned to a family member.

Child Protective Services was notified of the incident.

Meanwhile, Rivera was booked into the Ventura County Jail for felony vehicle theft, felony child endangerment, being an unlicensed driver and resisting arrest.

His bail was seet at $110,000.

6 Small Brushfires Alongside SB 23 Fwy In T.O.

KVTA News Wednesday August 16, 2017

(Photo courtesy CHP)

Updated--Six small brushfires broke out Wednesday afternoon alongside the southbound 23 Freeway in Thousand Oaks Wednesday afternoon.

The fires were reported around 4 PM and covered a half mile stretch north of Sunset Hills Boulevard near the golf course.

They covered .6 acres total.

Crews were able to knock down the fires in a short period of time but they had to close the right lane of the southbound 23 in that area.

No structures were threatened and no injuries reported.

The cause is under investigation.

Four Displaced By Port Hueneme House Fire

KVTA News Wednesday August 16, 2017

(Photo courtesy Federal Fire Department at NBVC Port Hueneme)

Four people, including one child, were displaced by a house fire in Port Hueneme.

The fire was reported around 12:30 PM Wednesday in the 600 block of Bryce Canyon Avenue.

Firefighters from Oxnard City, Ventura County and Naval Base Ventura County all responded to the blaze and they reported seeing a large column of smoke the minute they left their fire stations.

When they arrived on scene in the residential neighborhood that's located south of Teakwood Street and east of Ventura Road they found heavy smoke coming from a portion of a single story, single family home.

There were live Edison power lines down in the backyard.

Firefighters conducted an aggressive attack and had the fire knocked down about 15 minutes after arriving on scene.

There were no injuries.

The Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Ventura County Fair Attendance Down This Year

KVTA News Tuesday August 15, 2017

(Contributed file photo)

Attendance at this year's Ventura County Fair was down.

For the just-concluded 12-day event at Seaside Park in Ventura drew total of 305,746.

That was down from last year's record attendance of 332,262.

Fair spokesman James Lockwood told KVTA News the two biggest days were Thursday, August 10th when comedian Fluffy was the featured grandstand act.

Fair attendance that day was 31,433.

The second highest day was Monday, August 7th when country singer Billy Currington was there.

Attendance at the fair that day was 29,313.

Lockwood says this year's lower attendance could be chalked up to the negative publicity surrounding a fatal ride accident at the Ohio State Fair.

He doesn't think a malfunction with the bungee jump attraction on the first day of the Ventura County Fair impacted attendance.

Lockwood also believes the hot, humid weather at the start of the fair may have kept attendance down.

CHP Uses Plane To Catch Highway 126 Speeders

KVTA News Tuesday August 15, 2017

(Photo courtesy CHP)

It's something they've done in the past and Tuesday they did it again, the CHP airplane took to the skies over a portion of Ventura County in an effort to catch speeders.

The latest enforcement effort focused on Highway 126 east of Fillmore to the LA County line.

The plane marks the speed of a vehicle on the ground by clocking the time it takes to travel between one mile markers that can bee seen from the air and then relays the information to units on the ground who make the traffic stop and issue the tickets.

During Tuesday's enforcement, 25 drivers were stopped and 22 of them received tickets for traveling over the seed limit.

Their speeds ranged from 71 to 83 miles per hour.

CHP Officer/Sheriff's Cadet Bitten Trying To Rescue Dog

KVTA News Monday August 14, 2017

The CHP says that one of their officers and a Ventura County Sheriff's Cadet were bitten by a dog they were trying to rescue on the 101 Freeway in Ventura Monday morning.

The officer's wound was superficial, but the female cadet had to go to the hospital with a serious bite wound to her hand.

The dog, which apparently had no tags or collar, is still at large.

The effort to rescue the dog started just before 7 AM when the CHP started receiving multiple calls about the dog running around in the center divider of the 101 near Victoria Avenue.

CHP officers started looking for the dog, but could not find it.

The calls continued to come in from drivers reporting the dog in the center divider and on the right shoulder of the freeway all the way up to California Street.

The effort to locate and corral the medium sized mixed breed dog went on for two hours with the CHP at one point shutting down or slowing down traffic so they could catch the dog.

But the dog kept getting away, changing directions and locations constantly.

Animal Services also got involved, as well as the sheriff's cadet.

Around 9 AM the dog finally ran off the freeway at San Jon and ultimately escaped capture. 

It was after the dog ran off the freeway that the CHP officer and sheriff's cadet were bitten while trying to catch the dog.

Five Arrested In Ventura Burglary

KVTA News Sunday August 13, 2017

Ventura police say they've arrested five suspects in connection with a residential burglary.

Around 4:50 PM Sunday police started receiving several 911 calls about a burglary in progress in the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue.

The callers said several individuals had been prowling the area and had gotten into one of the residences through an unlocked rear door and were removing a large amount of property.

When officers arrived the suspects were leaving in a vehicle.

The vehicle was stopped and five people were taken into custody and the victim's stolen property was recovered and returned to the victim who was not home at the time of the burglary.

Police say the suspects had conspired to commit the burglary that three of them had carried out.

The three arrested for carrying out the burglary were identified by police as 23-year-old Luke Forehand, 20-year-old Austin Capelli and 19-year-old Alexis Keirn.

Police say 26-year-old Kendall Sanders and 38-year-old Tara Riley acted as lookouts. 

All of them are Ventura residents.

Fire Destroys Building At Old Oxnard HS Campus

KVTA News Sunday August 13, 2017

UPDATED---The investigation continues into a fire that destroyed a building on the old Oxnard High School campus late Saturday night.

The fire was reported at 11:25 PM at 250 S. K Street.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found the single story structure well involved in flames.

They went into defensive mode meaning their priority was not to save the structure but to make sure the flames did not spread to other buildings.

Firefighters were successful in that effort and had the flames knocked down in less than a half hour.

No one was hurt.

The cause is under investigation.

The building was used as storage for the Oxnard PD's PAL program.

The main PAL building was not damaged in the fire.

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