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A Ventura County man wanted for the murder of his wife in October has been found dead near the U.S.- Mexico border.

Jose Guzman’s body was discovered December 4th on a ranch in Imperial County. Imperial County officials say he died from a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Guzman was wanted for the fatal beating of his wife, Stacey Richards-Guzman October 28th at the couple’s Walker Avenue home in Camarillo. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of a domestic disturbance found the badly beaten woman at the home. She later died at a hospital.

One person is dead, and a second seriously injured following a shooting in Ventura County.

It happened just after 10 a.m., on the 2000 block of Almanor Drive in Oxnard.

Oxnard Police say they received a 911 call from someone who said they were responsible for a shooting, and when officers arrived, the caller was waiting for them, and surrendered. One person was found dead at the home, and a second is now in critical condition at a hospital.

There’s no word yet on the names of the victims, or what police think may have led to the shootings.

This year’s elections once again raised big issues about campaign spending.

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report says while information on spending on local races was available in the county, it was sometimes difficult to find.

The Grand Jury started an investigation after receiving a complaint about the difficulty of accessing records. The panel says that in many cases, the only way to access required campaign spending filings at the county level, or in the county’s ten cities is in person. The report says it most cases, you can’t find the information online.

(Photo by John Palmintreri)

Authorities are now identifying the pilot of a small ultralight aircraft killed in a crash on the South Coast . Matthew Erwin Wilson of Santa Barbara died in the Tuesday morning accident.

The 45 year old man had just taken off from Santa Barbara airport when his craft went down next to an apartment complex on Willow Springs Road, in Goleta. He hit a carport, and then a parked car.

Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, to try to determine its cause.

The drought has prompted one South Coast City to adopt a total ban on lawn watering.

Santa Barbara residents will have to turn off their lawn sprinklers, and keep them off starting January first. There are some exceptions for things like trees, gardens, and shrubs, as well as for what are known as water-wise grasses. Fields used for recreation are exempted, as are golf greens.

City officials say even though they’ve obtained more state water, Santa Barbara no longer has reserves or a buffer next year, so further cuts in consumption are essential.

December 7th, 1941 marks the 75th anniversary of the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which plunged the United States into World War Two, a day which has double meaning for an 88 year old Ventura County woman.

The shock, and fear in the months following the attack also triggered a shameful, and increasingly forgotten event in the nation’s history. Concern was high that Japanese forces were planning to follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the West Coast. Some panicked military and civilian leaders called for Japanese immigrants, and Americans of Japanese ancestry to be rounded up, and moved to inland relocation camps out of fear they might aid an invasion.

Santa Barbara County is the latest jurisdiction to try to tackle the controversy over the use of homes for short term rentals.

Today, County Supervisors looked at a proposal which would ban the rentals in residential and industrial areas, and allow them in agricultural, and some mixed use areas.

The proposal brought out a big crowd of people. Some say short term rentals provide needed rooms for visitors, attract tourists, and provide the county with additional tax revenue. Others contend they create noise and traffic concerns, and are inappropriate in neighborhoods.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to the crash of an ultralight aircraft into a Santa Barbara County apartment complex, killing its pilot.

The small craft had just taken off from Santa Barbara Airport at around 10 a.m. Tuesday when it went down near Hollister Avenue and Los Carneros Road in Goleta.

It struck a carport and a parked vehicle. The pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released yet.

Legislation to name a post office in Santa Barbara County after a Navy Seal from the county who was killed in action in Afghanistan is now on President Obama’s desk, awaiting his action.

HR 3218 would rename the U.S. Post Office on the 1200 block of State Street in Santa Barbara the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer Lou Langlais Post Office Building.

Two environmental groups have filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service’s plans to create a major new fire break in Santa Barbara County, claiming that the project would threaten a rare type of plant.

In the wake of recent major brush fires on the South Coast, the Forest Service announced plans to create a six mile long fire break along the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains to try to prevent huge blazes which could threaten homes in the region.

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