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A forecast of high winds and low relative humidity on Wednesday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red-flag fire warning for much of the county. The warning will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m Wednesday in the inland valley and mountain areas of Ventura County, according to authorities.

Crews knocked down a fire in Ventura early Tuesday that was growing within the walls of a residence. Residents of a home in the 2000 block of Vista Del Mar Drive were awoken by smoke detectors at approximately 1:38 a.m., Ventura fire officials said. The residents evacuated the home, which was filled ...
An 18-year-old garden Grove resident who died in a rollover accident on Highway 101 north of Ventura Saturday evening was identified Monday by the Ventura County Medical Examiner's office. Lucille Lu sustained fatal injuries as a passenger in a 2004 Ford SUV that flipped and rolled after the driver lost ...
One victim was not discovered until the morning of May 17. Sometime before 9:15 p.m. May 16, Aaron Austin, 29, of Oxnard, was shot while he was in the 300 block of North G Street in Oxnard, authorities said. Austin was taken to Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, where he was pronounced dead.
Ventura County escaped the worst of that storm, but February typically is one of the rainiest months of the year. "We're in what is traditionally our wettest part of the season," said Kevin McGowan, who manages the Ventura County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services. Even one storm could cause major ...

Calabasas high school's decathlon team took home the top prize from the Ventura County Academic Decathlon. This marks the second win for the high school, following its win last year with the school's first-ever team in the competition. "We're very excited, we worked so hard and this was a great finish for ...
Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Special to Ventura County Star Published 5:22 p.m. PT Feb. 4, 2018 | Updated 12:56 p.m. PT Feb. 5, 2018. CLOSE. The crowd enjoys the show as Kevin Costner and Modern West, Olivia Newton John, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and others perform during the Thomas Fire Benefit Festival to raise money ...
One person died in a rollover crash along the highway north of Ventura on Saturday afternoon, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. The crash was reported at 5:28 p.m. along northbound Highway 101 just north of Padre Juan Canyon Road. One person was pronounced dead by emergency ...
The project is Ventura County's first veterans' housing development in Oxnard. It has received full funding for construction by Thousand Oaks-based nonprofit Many Mansions, as a joint venture with Los Angeles Family Housing. The project, located on Saviers Road in Oxnard, will also get funding from the ...
"We want to stand here and say: Pay attention. Pay attention. These are our neighbors." This year, organizers counted at least 63 homeless people who died in Ventura County over the past year. That's up from 53 people in 2016 and is higher than any previous year since the services began, Worsnop said.
An inmate in the process of being booked into Ventura County jail was pronounced dead early Saturday after he was found unresponsive in a cell, authorities said. In a news release issued Saturday night, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said Keith Brian Welbourne, 31, of Moorpark, was not breathing ...
Gusty, dry winds expected to blow into Ventura County on Saturday night will set the stage for dangerous fire conditions as well as warmer temperatures Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. "We have a red-flag warning in effect for much of Ventura County beginning at 10 ...
Before arriving in Ventura County, he had assignments throughout the state with CHP, including in Los Angeles County and most recently Sacramento in a special assignment with the California State Lottery. In Ventura, Goulding will oversee a staff of 90. During his tenure as a CHP officer, Goulding ...
He also cited programs at Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula hospital where everyone given a blood test in the emergency room is tested for HIV. People can opt out. Ornelas also worried that social networking online sites that target gay and bisexual people contribute to high-risk sexual ...
Two people were arrested in Ojai after the Ventura County Sheriff's Office received reports of a male seen with an assault rifle, authorities said. Deputies responded at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday to the 1200 block of Tico Road, where they found a female allegedly holding an AR-15. The woman reportedly ...
A Ventura man was convicted in a case involving the kidnapping and rape of an unconscious 17-year-old, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office said Friday. Gabriel Munoz-Hernandez, 19, of Ventura, was convicted of one charge of rape of an unconscious person and one charge of kidnapping to ...

(TNS) -- information technology chief Mike Pettit has been promoted to assistant executive officer in the top office overseeing the Ventura County government. County Executive Officer Mike Powers announced Thursday that he had selected Pettit after a nationwide search that drew almost 200 applicants.
School districts throughout Ventura County are saving tens of thousands of dollars a year by switching to solar power -- a trend mirrored across the United States. The switch to solar is happening at a rapid pace and by switching, schools and districts are able to reduce electricity bills and free up resources ...
A hazardous materials team determined that a gallon of a strong acid had been spilled onto the roadway. Authorities were attempting to neutralize the substance, according to the Ventura County Fire Department. Investigators closed the off-ramp, as well as Wagon wheel Road and northbound lanes of ...
One person died and two more were taken to local hospitals after a crash Wednesday on Highway 126 near Piru. The collision between a pickup and a sedan was reported at 4:30 p.m. on Highway 126 or Telegraph Road and Sharp ranch, said Capt. Stan Ziegler, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire ...
Do you use facebook to stay informed about Ventura County news and to read or watch interesting stories? You're not alone -- the Pew Research Center says about two-thirds of adults get their news from social media. But there are changes coming to Facebook that could mean fewer news stories from ...
Ventura County supervisors are opposing new oil drilling off California's coast, calling for the same type of exemption Florida may get from a federal proposal to dramatically expand exploration offshore. Supervisors Linda Parks, Steve Bennett and John Zaragoza passed a resolution opposing the ...
The jury deliberated for about a day after three days of hearing arguments and testimony, according to Ventura County Superior Court records. The victim was walking through Oxnard when Navarro, whom she did not know, began making unwanted sexual advances, prosecutors claimed. "After being ...
Ventura police arrested a woman after an alleged assault in a local liquor store on Wednesday. police said the incident occurred around 5:22 p.m. at Red Barn Liquor, 1285 N. Ventura Ave. According to police, a woman, later identified as Elisabeth Vera, 37, of Ventura, was reported to have caused a ...
Franzblau and about 80 other volunteers teach English as a second language to adults as members of Laubach Literacy of Ventura County. The nonprofit began as an international organization founded by a missionary, Frank Laubach, in 1955. Today, the local branch is affiliated with ProLiteracy, an adult ...
A flu season that has packed emergency rooms and caused ambulances to be sent to less-congested hospitals has contributed to at least 30 deaths in Ventura County. The fatalities are by the far the most in at least a decade for Ventura County. They are double the 15 deaths during the swine flu outbreak ...
Ventura County's agricultural industry sustained more than $170 million in damages from the Thomas Fire, according to data presented to county supervisors Tuesday morning. Henry Gonzales, the county's agricultural commissioner, presented his office's preliminary Thomas Fire disaster report, which ...
On Monday, Ventura County's 32nd annual King Day celebration will take place in Oxnard, beginning with a Freedom March at 8 a.m. from Plaza Park at 5th and C streets to the Oxnard Performing arts Center, 800 Hobson Way. An observance program will take place at the center beginning at 9 a.m. The ...
The Ventura County District Attorney's Office announced the sentencing Friday of a 27-year-old Ventura man convicted of killing a recent high school graduate during a DUI crash last June. Mario Adan Arjon, 27, of Ventura, was sentenced to seven years and eight months in state prison for one count of ...
You had two New Year's Resolutions: #GoOutside and help make the world a better place. We've rounded up five weekend events to help you tackle both at the same time. From beach cleanups and lemon tree picking to Thomas Fire recovery work and a Martin Luther King Day March, here are some ...
At least 16 people in Ventura County have died in flu-related deaths this season, public health officials said Thursday as they urged vaccinations. The county's death total continues to rise, with 11 deaths reported this week by public health officials. The actual dates of the deaths were not available. Ventura ...
A chief issue for Ventura County renters and homeowners is that wage growth is generally outpaced by the region's high cost of living, according to Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. Blomquist noted that although the area's affordability issues are not new, they are worsening ...
As a California Department of public health official said the flu season could become among the state's worst in a decade if it maintains its early pace, Ventura County officials reported two more flu deaths Tuesday. The new deaths linked to the flu bring the county's total to 11, all reported by public health ...
Cory Iverson, the Cal Fire engineer killed during the historic Thomas Fire in Ventura County last month, died after a rapidly spreading fire cut off his escape route, forcing him to run for his life through head-high vegetation before becoming trapped in a dead-end gulch. Cal Fire's preliminary report on the Dec ...
His district pumps water diverted from the Ventura River into Lake Casitas and relies on a 100-mile network of pipes with pumps, tributaries and creeks to supply water to 60,000 to 70,000 western Ventura County residents from upper Ojai to the beach. When that rain sweeps clean the hillsides, it's going to ...
Heavy rain expected to hit Ventura County starting Monday night has an unsettling bull's-eye: the Thomas Fire burn area. Charred hillsides marking the massive wildfire's path now pose another threat. flash floods, mudflows and debris flows are possible if expected downpours inundate the burn scar.
Deputies arrested a Ventura man after a suspicious vehicle crash near Santa Paula, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday. Around 8 p.m. Dec. 30, deputies responded to reports of shots heard from a moving vehicle near North Briggs Road and Santa Paula Street outside Santa Paula, ...
Witnesses said the victim and suspect were engaged in a verbal altercation immediately before the shooting, according to police. Authorities said the 25-year-old male victim was shot in the stomach and suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Ventura County Medical Center, where he was in stable ...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating reports of E. coli illnesses in 13 states possibly linked to romaine lettuce or other leafy greens, crops that are grown in Ventura County. Although no suspicion has been raised about any tainted ...
The crop reports issued every year by Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales are arriving behind the historical curve. For the past three years, Gonzales has issued the reports no earlier than November for the agricultural production from the previous year. That's raising questions about ...
artists gathered at the Museum of Ventura County earlier this week for a twice-monthly figure-drawing session put on by the museum's resident artist, Ryan Carr. These free sessions allow artists to practice their craft by drawing live, clothed models using charcoal, pencils, pens, pastels -- any medium that ...
That conflict has arisen with local bicycling in Ventura County, where farming interests stopped the construction of a bike trail in a field east of Piru. Nor do people who have built trails for mountain biking want them to get crowded with tourists. "When you build a really great asset like a mountain bike trail, ...
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has determined the backpack believed to have contained possible explosives did not pose a threat. The individual was cited and released to local law enforcement, base officials said Friday afternoon. The evacuation order issued for the Port Hueneme Pleasant Valley ...
The repairs were made possible through a grant that included $186,000 from the Ventura County government and $100,000 from the city of Camarillo Community Development Block Grant program. It allows Habitat to do repair work and to install ramps, walk-in showers, smoke detectors and grab bars so ...
Months of withering weather could be coming to an end in Southern California, but it could bring problems to areas burned in the Thomas Fire. The National Weather Service says widespread rain is expected Monday into Wednesday, with possible downpours and debris flows in recent wildfire burn areas.
Waves of flu are rolling through Ventura County, bringing record-breaking visits to a Simi Valley hospital emergency room and surging patient admissions at a Thousand Oaks hospital. Across the county, flu appears to have contributed to at least five deaths, all reported since Christmas, according to public ...
Many policymakers in Ventura County have expressed unwillingness or interest in being a trailblazer when it comes to marijuana. Several have said they want to wait and see what happens in areas that are allowing activity. Port Hueneme's interest is largely financial. The built-out city has spent more than ...
Those who live in the Thomas Fire burn areas are being evacuated once again. Now, mudslides and flash flooding threaten the area. With no vegetation to hold back the rainwater, hillsides that were set ablaze can shed twice as much runoff for the same amount of rain. Crews are clearing debris basins in ...
... Wildlife euthanized a black bear cub who was badly burned during the Thomas Fire. The injured bear was reported to authorities on Wednesday, said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the agency. Officials located the bear on Friday near the Cisor Trail in Los Padres National Forest, in Ventura County.


 

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