Image courtesy Gareth J. Funning and Scott T. Marshall.

An earthquake fault in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties may be much more dangerous than thought.

A team of researchers has just completed a study about the makeup of what’s called the Ventura-Pitas Point fault. They say it’s closer to the surface than previously believed, which means stronger shaking and more damage during a major quake.

Authorities are asking for the public help in identifying some young men who are suspects in a hate crime in Ventura County.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say four young men distributed anti-Semitic notes at a half dozen homes and a synagogue in Oak Park. Investigators think there are at least four young men involved, and they may be teens or young adults.

They are looking at surveillance video from some of the homes where the notes were distributed last week, to see if they can identify the men.

What’s being called the biggest storm of the season is heading toward the Central and South Coasts.

The heaviest rainfall is forecast for south of Point Conception, with two to six inches of rain possible on the coast, and inland. Rainfall amounts of six to ten inches of rain are possible in the foothills and mountains from now until the storm clears on Saturday.

The former head of a foundation in Ventura County has been arrested on grand theft, and forgery charges.

Ventura County prosecutors say Joanne Abruzzese stole more than $50,000 from the Simi Valley Community Foundation.

The Simi Valley woman worked for the foundation for four years, including two as Executive Director. Prosecutors say she wrote checks from the foundation’s bank account to her home mortgage company. Foundation officials say they found evidence of fraud last year, which sparked an investigation leading to the arrest.

The CEO of a Santa Barbara County based fast food giant has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Trump’s new Labor Secretary.

In a prepared statement, Andrew Puzder says after further consideration of the idea, and consulting with his family, he decided to drop out of consideration for the post.

Puzder heads the Carpinteria based Carl’s Junior and Hardee’s fast food restaurant chains.

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A naval aerial reconnaissance unit based on the South Coast had an unusual change of command ceremony, taking place in the air over the Pacific Ocean.

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 113 is based at Naval Base Ventura County. The squadron is currently deployed in the Western Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Rather than do the change of command ceremony at the base, or on the carrier, it actually took place in the air over the carrier.

A report of someone with a rifle on a Ventura County high school campus created a scare, and a school lockdown, but it turned out what looked like a weapon wasn’t a real one.

Students and staff members at Royal High School in Simi Valley were told to stay in classrooms just after eight Wednesday morning. Law enforcement officers conducted a large scale sweep of the campus.

It was determined to be a ceremonial rifle used by a drill team member, and not an actual weapon.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors ruled a tanker truck crash which claimed the life of an on-duty Ventura County firefighter was an accident, and there was no evidence to support the filing of criminal charges.

Ryan Osler was a passenger in the truck which overturned near Lompoc last September 21st, en route to the Canyon Brush Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Ventura County Fire Department vehicle was eastbound on Highway 246 when it came to a roundabout at Purisima Road, and crashed.

It's Valentine’s Day, when many of us share our love and affection for people in our lives in different ways.

One man is using a sweet part of his family’s history to put smiles on a lot of faces in Ventura County on this special day.

Santa Barbara County is now wrangling with a question that cities and counties around the state are facing, in the wake of voters approving the limited recreational use of marijuana.

County Supervisors are set to consider an urgency ordinance to prohibit marijuana cultivation and sales while the county comes up with a plan on how it wants to handle the implementation of Proposition 64.