An Agoura Hills man is accused of making terrorist threats against an Islamic center in Los Angeles.

LAPD investigators say the center in LA’s Koreatown has received threats in the past, but they say they started investigating Mark Feign when he made specific threats to kill people. Detectives got a warrant to search the 40 year old man’s home, and say they found nine guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

State prosecutors charged the man with making criminal threats with a hate crime enhancement.

A key east-west highway in Santa Barbara County is open again, after being closed for more than five hours by a head on crash involving a van, and a big rig.

The accident happened at around 6:30 Tuesday morning on Highway 166 between Santa Maria and Cuyama. CHP officers say a westbound van was trying to pass a vehicle on a curve near Tepusquet Road, when it slammed head on into an eastbound big rig.

Santa Barbara's planned desalination plant has moved into the final phase of construction, which will involve offshore work.

On the beach, long stretches of green fence encircle the work areas and block off the heavy equipment.

A long time city and planning leader on the south coast has passed away.

KCLU's John Palminteri reports on the remembrance of Dr. Dan Secord.

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Authorities have recovered what’s believed to be an abandoned drug smuggling boat on an isolated section of the Santa Barbara County coastline.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office helicopter on routine patrol spotted the 25 foot long boat on a beach near Gaviota Sunday morning. Local state, and federal law enforcement officers arriving on the scene found 18 mostly empty fuel containers on the abandoned boat.

There were no signs of people who might have been on the boat, or its cargo.

Groundwater availability has become a major concern in a remote area of northeastern Santa Barbara County which borders three other counties.

The issue is future groundwater supplies for the Cuyama Valley.

On Thursday night, officials with Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Kern Counties will join with the Cuyama Community Services District to hold a workshop looking at the concern. There’s a proposal calling for the four counties and the district to form what’s known as a Groundwater Sustainability Agency to develop and implement a groundwater management plan.

Technology like smart phones, personal computers, and streaming video is part of our everyday lives. But, in the 1980’s, we were using answering machines, word processors, and getting videos from Blockbuster.

A new 10,000 square foot museum exhibition which just opened in Ventura County looks at how pop culture has inspired, and advanced our technology.


Kids in the Tri-Counties who are curious about anything science-related can get their answers from real-life scientists.

It’s called ScienceLine. It’s a website in which students and teachers from local elementary, middle and high schools submit science questions, and UC Santa Barbara scientists answer them.

“It’s a good way to encourage kids not only to learn science but to develop curiosity and think about how to do science,” UCSB Emeritus bio-physics professor Helen Hansma said. 

Sexual predators who use social media and other online portals to target their victims have increased dramatically in recent years. That has prompted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department to work with a university in hopes of better targeting these criminals.

The Department has partnered with Purdue University professor Dr. Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, who specializes in behavioral sciences and cyber crime.

"We're working with her to try and identify patterns of online predators in an attempt to see which predators might actually lure victims to come and meet with them," Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Eric Tennessen said.

Authorities aren’t saying much about a body discovered in the mountains north of Santa Barbara.

The body of a woman was found near East Camino Cielo Road and Arroyo Burro Road by someone passing by just before 10 a.m. Saturday. The name of the woman and the cause of death haven’t been released yet.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives haven’t called it a homicide, and aren’t releasing any other details about what they say is an active investigation.