CRIME & SAFETY
Ventura Sheriff's Office warns against phone call scam from person posing as deputy
VENTURA, Calif. - The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a scam circulating in the area, in which a man is posing as a VCSO Captain. According to the department, residents receive phone calls from a person identifying themselves as Captain Greg Gibson from the Sheriff's Office. "Captain Gibson" then says that person owes a large sum of money to pay an outstanding warrant.
Details released about fatal hit-and-run in Ventura County
Police are hoping the public may help solve a grim crime on the South Coast. On November 19, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle near the intersection of Hueneme, and Perkins Roads in Oxnard. The victim has been identified as Marco Solano Vazquez of Oxnard. They think the 40-year-old man was trying to cross the street when he was hit.
Roundup: Dogs die in fires, man sentenced for threats, more news
Here's a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies: 2 dogs die in Simi Valley fire; other blazes reported Three structure fires of undetermined causes were reported...
Roundup: Simi woman robbed in residential driveway, more news
Here's a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies: Strong-arm robbery reported at Simi Valley home Police are investigating a strong-arm robbery against a 55-year-old woman Monday night...
World's largest firefighting helicopters now available in 3 SoCal counties to battle fires all year
The CH-47 Chinook is the largest firefighting helicopter on the planet, able to drop 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant, day or night, and can refill the tanks in under 90 seconds.
Weekly Safety Report: Attempted Murder, Guilty Plea, Mixed Verdicts, Investigation, and Gang Arrest in Ventura County
This week in Ventura County, California, several incidents occurred that raised concerns for public safety. These incidents include an attempted murder of parents by their 21-year-old son in Thousand Oaks, a guilty plea for second-degree murder in a shooting case in Oxnard, mixed verdicts in a Simi Valley murder trial, an attempted murder investigation in Port Hueneme, and the arrest of a gang member after a four-month shooting investigation in Oxnard.
Thousand Oaks Cannabis Killing Trial Close To End With Defendant Testimony
Updated--The Thousand Oaks cannabis killing trial gets close to an end with the defendant's testimony Tuesday. Now 32-year-old Bryn Spejcher is facing Involuntary Manslaughter by an Unlawful Act in the death of 26-year-old Chad O'Melia on Memorial Day 2018. She had been charged with murder but in September the Ventura...
Blaze Bites Simi Valley Home, Two Pooches Perish Despite VCFD's Valiant Efforts
In a blaze that torched a Simi Valley residence, tragedy struck as two dogs succumbed to the inferno. The Ventura County Fire Department swiftly battled the single-story house fire, diligently working to extinguish the flames that raged from the living quarters to the attic space, according to the department's account on X. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene, ensuring all human occupants were timely evacuated, a decision that potentially averted further catastrophe.
News Release: Police Seek Additional Information on Fatal Hit and Run Collision
SUBJECT: Police Seek Additional Information on Fatal Hit and Run Collision. VICTIM: Marco Solano Vazquez, 40-year-old, Oxnard Resident. (805) 200-5668 (Mon-Thu 7AM-5PM) | firstname.lastname@example.org. On November 19, 2023, at approximately 10:52 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to a fatal traffic collision in the area of Hueneme Road...
Guest commentary: Resources are available for survivors this holiday season
Coalition for Family Harmony, a Ventura County-based non-profit organization, has numerous programs and activities this Holiday Season that benefit victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. The holiday season can be difficult for victims of violence as leaving an abusive relationship and finding safety can be challenging. The Coalition offers many...
Ventura Man Convicted for Fentanyl and Methamphetamine Possession Amid Ongoing Overdose Crisis
Last Thursday, Ventura resident Shiloh Chenoweth was convicted on two felony charges: possession of fentanyl for sale and possession of methamphetamine for sale. Chenoweth was arrested on May 24, 2022, after a Ventura Police Department officer found him, a known parolee, carrying fentanyl and methamphetamine in his backpack. Other evidence of drug commercial activity included a digital scale, drug paraphernalia, and texts on Chenoweth's phone. Chenoweth admitted to the transactions but later rephrased his actions as "giving" away fentanyl, rather than selling it according to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.
Oxnard PD Seeks Public Help In Finding Driver Who Killed Pedestrian
Oxnard police are seeking public help as they look for the driver who killed a pedestrian and then fled the scene. The incident happened Sunday night November 19th around 10:52 PM at Perkins Road and Hueneme Road. Police say that 40-year-old Marco Solano Vazquez of Oxnard was crossing the road...
Weekly Safety Report: Convicted Murder, Bicyclist Fatality, and Police Shooting in Salinas, California
This week in Salinas, California, there were three notable incidents. A man from Oxnard was convicted of first-degree murder for killing a Salinas man. A bicyclist tragically died after being hit by two cars on Blanco Road and La Mesa Way. Lastly, a man who shot a police officer 13 times during a traffic stop was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Ventura County man convicted of killing girlfriend, badly injuring her mother
A Ventura County man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal killing of his girlfriend. Prosecutors say Uren Balbuna got into an argument with Zaria Patino-Trejo at their Simi Valley apartment. The victim’s mother arrived as the two were arguing, and tried to get her daughter to leave.
Fatal Hit and Run Collision
On Sunday, November 19, 2023, at approximately 10:52 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to a traffic collision involving a pedestrian in the area of Hueneme Road and Perkins Road. Witnesses directed officers to the eastbound lanes of Hueneme Road, where they located a 30-year-old deceased male. Investigators...
Man standing in 101 Fwy fatally struck by pickup in Ventura
An Oxnard man is dead after he was hit by a pickup truck while standing on the 101 Freeway in Ventura Sunday night, authorities said. The man, whose identity has not been released, was in the No. 1 lane of the southbound 101 Freeway north of Seaward Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. when he was […]
Oxnard Police turn to the public for help in October homicide investigation
ONARD, Calif. – Oxnard Police Department's Major Crimes Unit is still working on multiple leads in the investigation of the shooting death of Ronald Apodaca and is requesting additional help from the public. Apodaca was shot and killed while standing on the sidewalk in the 300 block of Cuesta...
Pedestrian killed on 101 Freeway near Toluca Lake
A person was struck and killed by a vehicle on the Ventura (101) Freeway near Toluca Lake on Thursday morning, authorities said. California Highway Patrol officers were called to the northbound freeway at the Vineland Avenue on-ramp at around 3:51 a.m., where they found the pedestrian, CHP Officer Elizabeth Kravig told City News Service.
Thousand Oaks man arrested for attempted murder of his parents on Sunday
Investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office arrested a 21-year-old man for assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder of his parents at their home on Sunday. The post Thousand Oaks man arrested for attempted murder of his parents on Sunday appeared first on News Channel 3-12.
Fillmore Man Arrested for Residential Burglary
A Fillmore man was arrested last week in connection to a residential burglary hours after he was released from jail, authorities with the Ventura Police Department announced Wednesday, November 15th. Oscar Ramos, 30, was taken into custody for “burglary and resisting, delaying, or obstructing police officers” on Tuesday, November 14th....