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Tragedy hit the South Coast, when an apartment fire left a father and his young son dead.

The blaze was discovered just after four a.m. Friday in a two story apartment complex on the 200 block of East C Street in Port Hueneme. A mother and daughter were able to flee the apartment, but a father and his young son were trapped inside. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Ventura County firefighters were able to contain the fire in about 15 minutes, before it could spread to neighboring units. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire, or the identity of the victims.

Police say they are still trying to figure out what led to two teenagers being shot in Ventura.

Officers were called to a motel on the 2100 block of East Harbor Boulevard just before midnight Wednesday night, by reports of a shooting. They found a 17 year old boy, and an 18 year old each with gunshot wounds to their legs.

The two had apparently been fleeing a gunman when they were shot. Officers were unable to find the gunman, but are hoping the surveillance video from the motel might help identify him.

An incident that began with a reported reckless driver turned into a major chase Wednesday.

Police in Santa Barbara said the driver had pulled over at about 5:30, but then took off.

The car was went south on the freeway at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, both on the shoulder and in and out of traffic.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was hit by a train at a South Coast train station.

Witnesses told police that a man appeared to be trying to cross railroad tracks just as a passenger train was arriving at Santa Barbara’s train station last night.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released yet.

A pair of small earthquakes rocked parts of the South Coast.

A magnitude 2.4 quake, followed by a magnitude 3.3 quake occurred Wednesday night off the Southern Santa Barbara County coastline. The first quake occurred at 8:18 p.m., and the second at 8:49.

Both were centered in the Pacific Ocean about 17 miles west of Isla Vista. Hundreds of people reported feeling the larger of the quakes, the magnitude 3.3 temblor. There were no reports of injuries, or damage.

The persecution and murder of Jews during World War II is a difficult, but well documented part of history. But, what isn’t as well known is what happened to some other minority groups.

Professor Samuel Torvend, with Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, is studying Nazi Germany’s persecution of sexual minorities, especially gay men. The researcher, who’s speaking on the South Coast Thursday night, says it’s a largely forgotten part of history.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County officials say last week’s storm caused more than seven million dollars in damage in the county, prompting them to declare a local emergency.

The move, which County Supervisors will be asked to formally ratify next Tuesday, could open the door to state and federal aid. County officials say the new damage comes on top of seven million dollars in damage from storms in January.

Roads and highways were damaged, trees were knocked down, and the Goleta Pier was hit hard, and is closed pending repairs.

Ventura County prosecutors ruled the fatal shooting by a Sheriff’s deputy of a man armed with a knife was justified, because the officer was in clear danger.

It happened in December of 201, in Camarillo.  Bryant Duncan called 911 from a Camarillo convenience story, saying that he was going to rob it, and that he needed deputies to come and kill him.

Five year old Naya Bowers is creating some art, by pushing some brightly colored plastic pegs into a giant illuminated wall.

It’s a giant, bigger than life version of the popular 60’s and 70’s children’s toy called “Lite Brite,” which makes creating art fun for kids. This is one of more than 70 exhibits at MOXI. The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation, which officially opens its doors to the public for the first time this Saturday. It’s a children’s museum intended to make learning about science and technology fun.

(Photo courtesy CHP)

CHP investigators say a man with dementia apparently wandered onto Highway 101 in Ventura County, where he was struck and killed.

The body of the 68 year old man was discovered just after 7 a.m. Tuesday on the center divider of the northbound 101 near Rancho Road in Thousand Oaks. His name hasn’t been released yet, and an autopsy is still pending.

Officers say evidence at the scene indicates the man might have been struck by a Toyota which didn’t stop, so they are looking with a vehicle with front end damage.

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