Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire which heavily damaged a furniture store, and some neighboring businesses in a South Coast shopping center.

The blaze was discovered just after eight last night at the corner of A, and Ninth Streets in Oxnard. It appears the fire started in the furniture store and spread to three adjacent businesses. It took firefighters about an hour to control the fire.

No one was hurt.

A damaged pier on the most visited of the Channel Islands has been replaced, making it easier for visitors to get on and offshore.

A flatbed railcar installed in 2000 on Santa Cruz Island as a temporary pier had become so damaged due to waves, and corrosion it was closed last December. Last week, the Scorpion Pier was removed and an aluminum gangway was installed.

It’s still a temporary fix, with plans for installation of a new pier in about two years. An estimated 65,000 people a year visit Santa Cruz Island.

One of the most charitable holiday fitness events in Ventura County is happening this coming weekend.

Mike Barber decorates trees surrounding a giant Santa Claus that sits next to Highway 101 in the Oxnard community of Neyland Acres. He’s the race director for the annual Santa to the Sea that kicks off on Sunday at this very spot.

Barber said the race -- which includes a half marathon, a 5K, a two-person relay and a kids fun run -- is not just about fitness.

"We ask all our runners to also bring a toy to the start line," he said.

Detectives are trying to figure out what led to a brutal attack on an elderly Ventura County man with a hammer which left his seriously injured.

Santa Paula Police say the attack occurred just before 11 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Wakeford Street. A 70 year old man was unloading the trunk of his car when he was attacked from behind. Officers arrested a man identified as a transient a few blocks from the scene.

Luis Montalvo was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Investigators say they also recovered a hammer they believe was used in the attack.

Disadvantaged children in Ventura County got a little bit of holiday cheer from law enforcement officers over the weekend.  

On Saturday, 125 kids each received a $100 Target gift card, and each was paired with a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy in Camarillo for this 5th Annual Shop with a Cop event.

"Awesome because I like police officers, and they're very awesome," Eight-year-old Matthew Gutierrez, who shopped for toys with his deputy, said.

Photo by Santa Barbara Police Department

Authorities are searching for the driver responsible for a felony hit-and-run on the South Coast that left a pedestrian with life-threatening injuries.

Santa Barbara Police say it happened at 4:15 Saturday morning on the 300 block of West Cabrillo Boulevard. Officers arrived on scene and found an unresponsive man face down on the roadway. He was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he is being treated for serious injuries.

Travelers on a South Coast highway are going to encounter delays for the next few months.

Traffic is only being allowed to flow one direction at a time on some sections of Highway 150 between Ojai and Santa Paula. Crews are building barriers along two sections of the highway between Steckel Park and Thomas Aquinas College to try to stabilize the adjacent slopes.

The vote counting is now officially over in Ventura County, and turnout is reported to be the highest in the county’s history. Just over 363,000 ballots were cast in the county in the November 8th election, with the final voter turnout 82%.

Ventura County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn says 60% of the ballots were cast by mail, and 40% at the county’s 366 polling places.

Ventura County prosecutors say a man who claimed he would help financially troubled homeowners save their homes, but instead took their money and did little or nothing to help has entered guilty pleas to grand theft and foreclosure consultant fraud charges.

Patrick Iturra operated a business called Mercury Business Group. Prosecutors say almost every one of the 46 year old man’s clients lost their homes. He’ll be sentenced in February, but is expected to face a year in jail, and an order to compensate his victims for their losses.

Santa Barbara Police say in November 37 vehicles were stolen, and 24 of them were motorcycles or scooters.

This spike has lead to a call to action for motorcycle and scooter owners to keep their vehicles more secure.