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A South Coast teenager has been arrested after being accused of robbing middle school students and threatening to harm a student, a police officer and his grandfather.

Ventura Police said it started just before 5 p.m. Friday when 18-year-old Skylar Martin’s grandmother reported that her grandson was attempting to break down the door to their home and threatening to harm his grandfather. Authorities said Martin fled and then called his grandmother and threatened to harm an investigating officer.

As police began searching for him, dispatch received a call from Anacapa Middle School reporting that Martin stole a skateboard from students, placed a 12-year-old victim into a choke hold and threatened a 14-year-old student with a weapon.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

A man saved his wife and daughter from a burning South Coast apartment, but died while trying to save his young son who was still inside.

The blaze was discovered just after four a.m. Friday at a two story apartment complex on the 200 block of East C Street in Port Hueneme.

Neighbors who witnessed what was happening told Ventura County firefighters the man got his wife, and daughter out safely, and went back in inside, The father and young boy were trapped inside, and died.

Governor Jerry Brown Friday announced a number of infrastructure projects which are being sent to President Trump for expedited review, and that list includes Santa Barbara County’s long sought Highway 101 expansion project.

The President asked states to prepare lists over their highest priority projects, so environmental and regulatory review could be expedited. The Governor’s top ten list included six highway projects, including the 101 expansion on the South Coast.

A man prosecutors say operated a plumbing service which swindled dozens of customers in Ventura County has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Albert Solano entered guilty pleas to 30 charges ranging from elder theft to insurance fraud. Investigators say the Camarillo man targeted seniors, offering deals to unclog drains. They say once Solano was in the victims homes, he would make up other problems, and scare people into signing contracts for thousands of dollars of work.

(Phillips 66 photo)

A date has been set for San Luis Obispo County Supervisors to hear an appeal of a decision denying expansion of a Central Coast oil refinery to handle massive trainloads of crude oil.

After eight public hearings last year, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission denied an application by Phillips 66 to expand its rail facilities in Nipomo. The company wants to be able to handle three 80 car trains a week, each carrying over two million gallons of crude oil.

It’s an incredible sight that attract crowds wherever it lands.

It’s a Ford Tri-Motor, a type of plane which was world’s first mass produced airliner. This plane visiting Camarillo Airport was built in 1928, and was one of the actual aircraft used to start the first coast to coast passenger airline service. As the name implies, it has three engines, and has a distinctive all silver corrugated steel finish.

Now, the plane is operated as a flying museum by the America’s Experimental Aircraft Association Foundation, not just educating people but giving them the chance to go on the flight of a lifetime.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

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.

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