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Ventura County Based Turtle Rehabilitation Facility Helps Population Devastated By Drought, Fire

A tiny, scarce type of turtle almost wiped out of a Southern California lake by a combination of the drought and fire is getting a second chance thanks to researchers and turtle rehabilitation facilities in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

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Police arrested three people they believe are behind a large string of check fraud incidents on the Central Coast.

A number of businesses reported receiving bad checks in San Luis Obispo County this week. An employee at a drug store was able to get the vehicle license number for two of the suspects.

San Luis Obispo Police spotted the car, and arrested a man and a woman after finding checking making equipment in the vehicle.

Police are investigating the fifth murder in a South Coast City since the first of the year.

Oxnard Police officers were called to the intersection of San Gorgonio Avenue and Featherstone Streets at about 11 Wednesday night by reports of a shooting. They found a 22 year old man with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

The name of the man hasn’t been released, but investigators say he was from Oxnard.

Detectives are trying to establish the motive for the killing, and say it’s possible it was gang related.

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A tiny, scarce type of turtle almost wiped out of a Southern California lake by a combination of the drought and fire is getting a second chance thanks to researchers and turtle rehabilitation facilities in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

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A South Coast businessman, and real estate developer who was one of the region’s leading philanthropists has died.

Michael Towbes had been battling pancreatic cancer.

Towbes was Chairman of the Board of The Towbes Group, a real estate investment, development, construction, and property management company. He was also until just recently chairman of Montecito Bank and Trust, which he founded.

One of the South Coast’s oldest arts organization has announced it will bring some of the nation’s best known symphony orchestras to the region for its coming season.

The Community Arts Music Association of Santa Barbara, better known as CAMA, will host more than a half dozen events at the Granada and Lobero theaters.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic with acclaimed conductor Gustavo Dudamel are all set to appear in Santa Barbara.

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