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An autopsy is pending for a man who died in a South Coast jail.

Russell Fries was arrested on a public intoxication charge early Saturday morning in Simi Valley. The 55 year old man was taken to a hospital for evaluation for a pre-existing medical condition, and then booked at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention facility.

An autopsy is pending for a man who died in a South Coast jail.

Russell Fries was arrested on a public intoxication charge early Saturday morning in Simi Valley. The 55 year old man was taken to a hospital for evaluation for a pre-existing medical condition, and then booked at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention facility.

An autopsy is pending on a man who died in a South Coast jail.

Russell Fries was arrested on a public intoxication charge early Saturday morning in Simi Valley. The 55 year old man was taken to a hospital for evaluation for a pre-existing medical condition, and then booked at the county’s Pre-Trial Detention facility.

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

Investigators say a massive fire which swept through a 30,000 square foot building on the South Coast which included a Islamic prayer facility was accidental.

The blaze was discovered just after 9 Sunday night at a two story commercial building on the 600 block of Ward Drive, in Goleta. Dozens of Santa Barbara County firefighters battle the fire for more than three hours before fully controlling it.

Students are being allowed into a Central Coast college residence hall in small groups to retrieve key possessions, after an unstable hillside forced its evacuation over the weekend.

Cal Poly ordered the evacuation of Fremont Hall Saturday over concerns of a potential mudslide. There were also concerns than two large trees might fall onto the building, but those trees have since been removed. The hillside movement damaged a retaining wall, but crews have done work to reinforce it.

Photo by David Hubbard

Last season’s El Nino didn’t bring a lot of rain to Southern California. But, a UC Santa Barbara researcher says it may a have actually been one of the most powerful climate events in the last 150 years.

Ecologist David Hubbard with UCSB’s Marine Science Institute is among a team of researchers who examined the 2015/2016 El Nino and its impact on beach erosion of the Pacific Coast. The results were astonishing.

“The erosion was 76% higher than normal. Most of the beaches in California eroded beyond their historic extremes.”

Scientists collected data from 29 beaches along more than 1,200 miles of coastline.

Residents who live near an old nuclear testing and rocket lab facility in Ventura County displayed mixed views at a hearing over the weekend on proposals for a cleanup.

The U.S. Department of Energy released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement that included several plans to remove pollution from nearly 500 acres of land east and northeast of the Santa Susana Field Lab, and the public was invited to weigh-in on Saturday in Simi Valley.

While some residents say they’re pleased with cleanup efforts, others used the hearing to voice their opposition.

Photo by Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Rescue crews have located the body of a man who may have been swept away by heavy flooding in the Conejo Valley.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say around 8:45 Saturday morning, officials in a sheriff’s helicopter and swift water rescuers found the body in a remote area of the Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks. The man has not yet been identified.

Crews have been searching for a man in his 20s who was swept away Friday afternoon by fast-moving water when heavy rainfall flooded the barranca area near the 1200 block of Camino Dos Rios in Thousand Oaks. Just after 2 p.m., they rescued three people who were stranded within the barranca, and they told authorities that a fourth man had been swept away by the water.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

A South Coast airport and a major highway reopens, but some flooding issues persist as the storm tapers off on Saturday.

The Santa Barbara Airport -- that had to shut down Saturday afternoon because part of its main runway flooded -- has reopened. Officials say runways were reopened to all aircraft at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, but travelers are warned that standing water is still an issue on roads leading to the airport.

A portion of Highway 101 on the South Coast, which was closed for more than six hours by storm flooding on Friday afternoon, is finally open.

Three people were rescued, but the search is continuing for a fourth person who was swept away when heavy rainfall quickly flooded a barranca area in the Conejo Valley.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, a Search and Rescue team and a helicopter responded to a call of some people stranded by high water on the 1200 block of Camino Dos Rios in Thousand Oaks just after 2 p.m. Friday.

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