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Plans have been announced for a memorial service for a Ventura County firefighter who died in a traffic accident while fighting a brush fire.

The service for Ryan Osler will take place Monday at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. Osler died September 21st, when a water tanker truck being used to help fight the Canyon Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base overturned near Lompoc.

The 38 year old firefighter leaves behind a wife and two children. He had been with the department for 18 years, and was a fire department engineer based in Moorpark.

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A Central Coast man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident which closed a section of Highway 101 on the South Coast for nearly two hours this morning.

The CHP says Jacob David Franks was riding a motorcycle northbound on the highway near Santa Monica Road, in Carpinteria when he hit the side of a northbound SUV. The motorcycle then veered into the rear of a northbound car. Franks was thrown from the motorcycle. The 29 year old Nipomo man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of the other two vehicles were unhurt.

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A Central Coast man has been identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident which closed a section of Highway 101 on the South Coast for nearly two hours this morning.

The CHP says Jacob David Franks was riding a motorcycle northbound on the highway near Santa Monica Road, in Carpinteria when he hit the side of a northbound SUV. The motorcycle then veered into the rear of a northbound car. Franks was thrown from the motorcycle. The 29 year old Nipomo man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of the other two vehicles were unhurt.

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to a charge he embezzled money from a non-profit community festival.

Prosecutors say Robert Capellini was President of the Camarillo Fiesta Association when he stole more than $25,000. The group, which hosts an annual community festival, receives some funding from the City of Camarillo. Capellini has already paid back more than $24,000 in restitution, with the rest of the money still pending.

The Los Angeles Lakers are at UC Santa Barbara for the week, to get ready for the season ahead.

This year they start without Kobe Bryant, who retired last season.

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A fatal traffic accident on Highway 101  closed a section of the highway on the South Coast, and caused a massive traffic backup.

The accident happened at around 7:40 a.m. on the northbound 101 at Santa Monica Road in Carpinteria. 

The northbound lanes of the freeway were completely closed, and traffic was routed around the scene of the accident.  The backup extends for miles.

Both northbound lanes reopened a little after 9 a.m.

A student is flying through the skies above Ventura County. Well, he’s not actually in a plane, but is experiencing flying through a new high tech classroom in Camarillo filled with flight simulators which is the latest tool to help those interested in careers in aviation, and aerospace. 

Ten cargo ship companies are taking part in a program to get cargo ships passing through the Santa Barbara Channel to slow down, with the dual incentives of reducing the chances of the ships striking whales and cutting air pollution.

The effort is building on a 2014 pilot program involving government agencies and foundations. The cargo ship companies receive financial compensation of $1500 to $2500 to slow their transits to 12 knots or less, with additional payments if they slow to 10 knots or less, and provide evidence they didn’t speed up elsewhere on their route.

The governor signed into law legislation authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara to help disabled veterans who get jobs in California’s public schools.

SB 1180 gives disabled veterans who are new school employees extra sick days during their first year on the job so they don’t lose their positions because they are getting needed medical care. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says her bill is a way of repaying those who served their country, and are now serving our students.

Authorities are looking for a federal prison inmate who apparently walked away from a minimum security facility in Santa Barbara County.

Vincente Ramirez Junior was discovered missing from the U.S. Penitentiary Lompoc’s Satellite Prison Camp at around four p.m. Monday.

The 27 year old Central California man was serving a 15 year sentence for drugs and weapons convictions. Federal, state, and local officials are looking for the man.

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