KVTA News Friday Briefs

Friday November 18, 2022

     Ventura police were looking for the suspect in what appears to have been a violent road rage incident last Thursday night.
     Shortly after 11:30 PM in the parking lot of the Starbucks at 6120 Telegraph Road there was a confrontation between two vehicles.
     One of the vehicles had been driving erratically and another driver had followed that vehicle to the parking lot.
     Police say the driver of the erratic vehicle then rammed the vehicle that had been following him and then he stabbed that driver in the arm and vandalized the victim's vehicle.
     The suspect then fled and was last scene getting on the eastbound 126 near Kimball Road.
     Around the same time, the CHP responded to a solo vehicle crash on the eastbound 126 in that area involving a vehicle that went off the roadway and into a tree, trapping the driver inside.
     The driver was extricated with minor injuries.
     There had been a question as to whether that vehicle was involved in the stabbing incident, but it was not.

     The latest update on COVID in Ventura County shows that has worsened a bit.

     There were 459 new cases reported with 439 currently active cases in the county as of yesterday.

     Those are both significant increases over the week before.

     The latest metrics show the 7-day average case rate per 100,000 increasing from 5.9 to 6.9 and the 7-day positivity rate going from 4.8 to 4.9 percent.

     Hospitalizations continue to rise, going from 34 to 40 this week.

     The number of those patients in Intensive care did drop slightly from 3 to 2 as of yesterday.

     The number of new deaths increased from one each of the past couple of weeks to 3 this week.




     Two Ventura County law enforcement agencies plan to work on roadway safety this weekend.

     The Ventura Police Department has a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint set for tonight (Friday) from 7 PM to 2 AM somewhere in the city.

     They will be looking for impaired drivers under the new expanded definition.

     That is any driver under the influence of not only alcohol but also marijuana, plus any prescription medications, legal or not, that impair your ability to drive.

     Meanwhile, Oxnard police plan to deal with another roadway safety concern and that’s making sure that drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians “play nice” with each other.

     Oxnard PD plans a safety operation Sunday from 7 AM to 3 PM aimed making sure people know the rules of the road whether it’s behind the wheel of a car, on a bicycle, or on foot.