A Central Coast college student has been diagnosed with a dangerous form of meningitis.

The Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student has been treated, and is recovering from bacterial meningitis.

The university and San Luis Obispo County Health Department officials have been working to identify people who may have been in close contact with the victim, and may need preventive medical treatment.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

Authorities identified the two people who died in a weekend plane crash in Ventura County.

James Harlan and his 15 year old son, Dylan were killed when the light plane they were in crashed in the eastern end of the Santa Rosa Valley Sunday afternoon.

The plane plummeted into a horse corral on the 2700 block of Marvella Court. The two Calabasas residents were pronounced dead at the scene.

National Transportation Safety Board and FAA investigators are trying to determine what led to the crash.

High brush fire season has arrived.

Thousands of Central and South Coast residents have done brush clearance to decrease brush fire danger on their property, but some are still scrambling to complete the work.

Even with the deadline to complete the work passed, firefighters are urging people to plan work carefully to avoid accidentally starting a blaze in the process.

Photo by VCAAA

Free screenings are now being offered on the South Coast to people who may be having memory issues.

The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging is providing 15-minute memory screenings as part of an initiative by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Monica Neece, who conducts memory screenings for the County, says residents who are at least 18-years-old may get tested.

(Ventura County Fire Department Photo)

Federal investigators are trying to figure out what led to a weekend plane crash in Ventura County which left two people dead.

A light plane plummeted out of the sky in eastern Ventura County, barely missing a house. The accident happened at about 3:30 Sunday afternoon, on the 2700 block of Marvella Court in the Santa Rosa Valley.

A shooting on the South Coast has left three people injured.

Santa Paula Police say officers responded just before 3 a.m. Saturday to a trailer park in the 200 block of South Beckwith Road. An investigation determined that three people were confronted by two suspects before the shooting occurred.

Health officials are warning the public not to come into contact with water in part of a South Coast city due to a sewage spill.

Ventura County’s Environmental Health Division says around 7 a.m. Friday, about 500 gallons of raw sewage was discharged in Simi Valley in the 1100 block of Waltham Circle. It was the result of a blockage in the city’s main line, which was later cleared and the discharge stopped.

The fields of science and engineering are dominated by men. So, there’s an effort across the nation to encourage young women to become scientists and engineers. Some girls on the South Coast are learning about those fields in an unusual way. 

A Ventura County man is being identified as the victim of a plane crash outside of Ventura.

Michael Brannigan died just before noon Thursday,  when the single engine plane he was flying crashed between Ventura and Santa Barbara, on the north side of Highway 101 near Solimar Beach.

A bill by a South Coast legislator intended to raise money for women’s health services has passed a key milestone in Sacramento.

The State Senate passed SB 309, which would establish pro-choice license plates in California, with profits going to reproductive health care services in the state. Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara proposed the legislation after the federal government threatened to cut funding for women’s health services.