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What was described as a domestic dispute brought the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department to a condominium in Carpinteria twice on Sunday.

The second time, an elderly person had reportedly been assaulted.

The suspect was in the garage refusing to come out.

Photo by City of Santa Barbara

The South Coast is still dealing with problems created by the biggest storm of the season, but work will be done this week to ensure all boats can access the Santa Barbara Harbor.

The February 17th storm brought torrential rains, strong winds and large ocean swells to the harbor, which damaged sand berms and pilings and destroyed four anchored sailboats that were washed away.

“The biggest issue was that it deposited massive amounts of sand into the mouth of Santa Barbara Harbor,” said Dominique Samario with the Santa Barbara Waterfront.

It’s not the Oscars, but there’s a movie event happening on the South Coast to honor scholarship winners.

YCE, a Ventura-based engineering firm, is rolling out the "green" carpet on Sunday afternoon. Two female students pursuing degrees in engineering and agriculture will be receiving scholarships.

The company’s founder and president Marta Alvarez -- a civil engineer herself -- says she hopes to encourage young women to pursue engineering.

Authorities have released the names of the father and young son who were killed in an apartment fire on the South Coast.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office said 24-year-old Mario Rangel and his five-year-old son, Diego, died from smoke inhalation.

The fire happened around 4 a.m. on Friday in a two-story apartment complex on the 200 block of East C Street in Port Hueneme. Neighbors told firefighters that Mario got his wife and daughter out of the home safely and then went back inside to save his son. But both got trapped inside and died.

A South Coast teenager has been arrested after being accused of robbing middle school students and threatening to harm a student, a police officer and his grandfather.

Ventura Police said it started just before 5 p.m. Friday when 18-year-old Skylar Martin’s grandmother reported that her grandson was attempting to break down the door to their home and threatening to harm his grandfather. Authorities said Martin fled and then called his grandmother and threatened to harm an investigating officer.

As police began searching for him, dispatch received a call from Anacapa Middle School reporting that Martin stole a skateboard from students, placed a 12-year-old victim into a choke hold and threatened a 14-year-old student with a weapon.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

A man saved his wife and daughter from a burning South Coast apartment, but died while trying to save his young son who was still inside.

The blaze was discovered just after four a.m. Friday at a two story apartment complex on the 200 block of East C Street in Port Hueneme.

Neighbors who witnessed what was happening told Ventura County firefighters the man got his wife, and daughter out safely, and went back in inside, The father and young boy were trapped inside, and died.

Governor Jerry Brown Friday announced a number of infrastructure projects which are being sent to President Trump for expedited review, and that list includes Santa Barbara County’s long sought Highway 101 expansion project.

The President asked states to prepare lists over their highest priority projects, so environmental and regulatory review could be expedited. The Governor’s top ten list included six highway projects, including the 101 expansion on the South Coast.

A man prosecutors say operated a plumbing service which swindled dozens of customers in Ventura County has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Albert Solano entered guilty pleas to 30 charges ranging from elder theft to insurance fraud. Investigators say the Camarillo man targeted seniors, offering deals to unclog drains. They say once Solano was in the victims homes, he would make up other problems, and scare people into signing contracts for thousands of dollars of work.

(Phillips 66 photo)

A date has been set for San Luis Obispo County Supervisors to hear an appeal of a decision denying expansion of a Central Coast oil refinery to handle massive trainloads of crude oil.

After eight public hearings last year, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission denied an application by Phillips 66 to expand its rail facilities in Nipomo. The company wants to be able to handle three 80 car trains a week, each carrying over two million gallons of crude oil.

It’s an incredible sight that attract crowds wherever it lands.

It’s a Ford Tri-Motor, a type of plane which was world’s first mass produced airliner. This plane visiting Camarillo Airport was built in 1928, and was one of the actual aircraft used to start the first coast to coast passenger airline service. As the name implies, it has three engines, and has a distinctive all silver corrugated steel finish.

Now, the plane is operated as a flying museum by the America’s Experimental Aircraft Association Foundation, not just educating people but giving them the chance to go on the flight of a lifetime.

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