KVTA News Briefs

Monday November 20, 2023

     It was a deadly Sunday night for pedestrians in Ventura County.

     Two were killed in separate incidents, one in Oxnard and the other in Ventura within an hour of each other.

     In Oxnard, police say a 30-year-old Oxnard male pedestrian was found dead around 10:52 PM in the eastbound lanes of Hueneme Road near Perkins Road.

     He was apparently struck by a vehicle while trying to cross the road.

     The driver fled the scene and is still at large.    

     Meanwhile, the CHP was investigating a fatal traffic collision on the 101 in Ventura late Sunday night.

     They say around 9:50 PM there was a report of a vehicle versus a pedestrian on the southbound 101 north of Seaward Avenue.

     According to the CHP, a 53-year-old Oxnard man was standing in the left lane wearing dark clothing and was struck by a 2019 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by a 25-year-old Camarillo man.

     The pedestrian was then stuck by two other vehicles.

     The driver of the Ford Ranger pickup stayed at the scene and cooperated with the officers but the drivers of the two other vehicles did not stay at the scene.

      The name of the pedestrian who was killed was not released pending notification of family members.




     The Ventura County Sheriff's Office says that a 63-year-old woman was in critical condition after being beaten by a 21-year-old male family member Sunday night in Newbury Park.

     It happened at a home in the 200 block of Mayfield Court.

     The woman was taken to Los Robles Medical Center.

     Her current condition is unknown.

     The male suspect was taken into custody without incident.

     Sheriff's Major Crimes detectives are investigating.




     There was a rally Sunday for the Thousand Oaks man who died from injuries during what the authorities say was an altercation between dueling demonstrations November 5th involving pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian supporters in Thousand Oaks.

     69-year-old Paul Kessler of Thousand Oaks died from head trauma suffered when he fell to the ground.

     The Moorpark College professor who the authorities allege was involved in the altercation that led to Kessler’s death, 50-year-old Loay Alnaji, pleaded not guilty last Friday to involuntary manslaughter and battery.

     He was released from the Ventura County Jail Friday night after posting $50,000 bond and is due back in court next week.




   The unemployment rate in Ventura County was almost a full percent higher than it was a year ago.

     October’s rate was 4.5 percent compared to 3.6 percent in October of 2022.

      It was also slightly higher than it was the month before at 4.4 percent.

     It was lower than the statewide average in California, which was 4.8 percent but almost a full percent more than the national average last month, which was 3.6 percent.

     Still, the number of jobs in Ventura County grew by 4,000 from September to October with 3700 of them in non-farm sectors.

     Year to year the county saw an increase in jobs of 8300, with 7200 of them in non-farm sectors.

     Month to month every sector showed an increase in jobs except for Mining and Logging and Manufacturing, which were unchanged.

     Year to year, every sector showed an increase except for Mining, Logging, Manufacturing, and Information which were unchanged.

     The only sector to lose jobs was Professional and Business Services, which lost 800 jobs year to year.




     Oxnard police say a teenager was arrested over the weekend in part because of the teen’s parents reported the teen was in possession of a gun.

     Officers were in the 1200 block of East First Street and Juanita Avenue Saturday afternoon when they spotted the 14-year-old who they suspected had been in some recent fights in the area.

     While they were contacting the juvenile one of the juvenile’s parents came out and told them the juvenile may have been in possession of a gun.

     They recovered a modified shotgun from the location and the juvenile was arrested and booked into juvenile hall.