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The staff at a Ventura County pharmacy is being credited with catching a bogus prescription for painkillers which led to an investigation which led to four arrests.

In May, workers at a CVS pharmacy in Thousand Oaks determined they had received a fraudulent prescription. They contacted the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, which led to an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

A man wanted in Ventura County for a murder nearly five years ago has been arrested in the Midwest.

Oxnard Police Detectives say they developed information that Gustavo Cuevas was involved in a July, 2012 shooting which left one man dead, and a second wounded. They tracked him down to Menasha, Wisconsin this week, where FBI agents and local police arrested the 23 year old Oxnard man for killing Jose Gonzales. He’ll be extradited back to California.

Ventura County prosecutors say a doctor has lost his ability to prescribe controlled substances, and could face jail time after pleading guilty to a charge of illegal prescribing a controlled substance.

Dr. William Matzner’s medical license is also under review. Prosecutors say the Simi Valley based physician was selling oxycodone from his office.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit.

The 58 year old doctor could face up to a year in jail when he’s sentenced in August.

Trouble at the Lompoc Federal Penitentiary last night resulted in injuries and a medical response

It was an alarming report of a major earthquake on the South Coast. It would have been a huge quake, one causing widespread damage.

Caltech sent out a report just before five last night of a magnitude 6.8 earthquake off the coast of Santa Barbara. But, there was no quake.

A new economic forecast for the state and nation from a South Coast university is predicting more slow growth, and says California's numbers  could actually dip below national numbers.

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting says the state is being hurt by too many experimental policies which are prompting businesses, and residents to leave the state. The state has been doing slightly better than the nation as a whole, but the CERF economists say that may be changing.

It’s art and a parade all rolled up in one. Santa Barbara’s annual Summer Solstice Parade is this weekend, with 100,000 people expected for Saturday’s noon event in downtown Santa Barbara.

A new Santa Barbara County Grand Jury report says there are major problems with the radio system used by the County Sheriff’s Department, ones which could create public safety issues.

The report says there are a number of dead spots in both the North and South County, and a special trouble area is the Cuyama Valley.

A former South Coast city official who eventually moved to the Central Coast has died.

Dan del Campo was a former Thousand Oaks City Councilman, and Mayor in the late 1990’s, and early 2000’s. He and his wife moved to San Luis Obispo County, where he worked at a Paso Robles radio station for six years, hosting a popular midday talk show.

In January, he was appointed as a San Luis Obispo County Planning Commissioner.

Details of his death weren’t released. Del Campo was 69 years old.

They were among those who put their lives on the line for American more than seven decades ago.

Now, a historian from the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans is in Ventura County this week to document their stories.

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