Non-Profit Making A Big Difference For Homeless In Ventura County

Life was good for Colleen Abbinanti of Simi Valley. The single mom had a good job, a nice place to live, and was involved with her son’s school. Then, suddenly, it all fell apart. In 2007, as the recession hit, she lost her job with a construction company, and couldn’t find a new one. She was afraid to ask her family for help, even though she knew she was going to lose her home. Before she knew it, she was homeless. Abbinanti says it’s a position no one thinks will happen to them.

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A South Coast motel was red tagged, and its residents displaced as part of a sweep by building inspectors of more than 160 motel, and home units owned by a Santa Barbara County property owner. City of Santa Barbara building inspectors say they launched the effort after hearing about issues with some properties owned by Dario Pini. Pini has been in legal trouble in the past over the condition of some of his housing units. One 22 unit motel was red tagged, and its residents displaced because of...

Authorities are now identifying a man found shot to death on the South Coast. The body of Giovanni Vegas was found by a passerby at around six a.m. Friday on the 200 block of Vineyard Avenue in Oxnard. While an autopsy is still pending on the 25 year old Oxnard man, police say it appears he died from a gunshot wound. Police had been called to the area by a report of shots fired at around midnight, but they were unable to find any evidence of a shooting at the time. There are no suspects, and...

Detectives have arrested a South Coast couple they say was dealing everything from cocaine to heroin. Robert Pilbin and Leslie Brooks were arrested at their Cota Street home in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's investigators say they seized cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine from the couple's home, as well as more than $5,000 in cash they believe was linked to drug sales. They think the duo had been working as dealers in the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas.

Two men accused of the brutal attack on a Santa Barbara County woman which led to her death won’t be facing the death penalty. Prosecutors announced they will seek life in prison without the possibility of parole for Victor Ramirez and Jose Villagomez for the July, 2015 murder of Marilyn Pharis of Santa Maria. After the men were arrested, the case attracted national attention because Ramirez is in the country illegally, and had prior arrests on criminal charges. The two men are accused of...

It took extra police officers and a canine unit to convince a man to surrender in a Santa Barbara home Thursday morning. Police say the incident occurred in the 300 block of La Cumbra road near State street

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A South Coast motel was red tagged, and its residents displaced as part of a sweep by building inspectors of more than 160 motel, and home units owned by a Santa Barbara County property owner. City of Santa Barbara building inspectors say they launched the effort after hearing about issues with some properties owned by Dario Pini. Pini has been in legal trouble in the past over the condition of some of his housing units. One 22 unit motel was red tagged, and its residents displaced because of...

Authorities are now identifying a man found shot to death on the South Coast. The body of Giovanni Vegas was found by a passerby at around six a.m. Friday on the 200 block of Vineyard Avenue in Oxnard. While an autopsy is still pending on the 25 year old Oxnard man, police say it appears he died from a gunshot wound. Police had been called to the area by a report of shots fired at around midnight, but they were unable to find any evidence of a shooting at the time. There are no suspects, and...

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