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Authorities are searching for a person of interest in a homicide case on the South Coast.

Oxnard Police say on Friday around 10:20 pm, 33-year-old Eduardo Banales was shot and killed in the parking lot of Wilson Park.

Authorities have arrested a man for a crime that caused a scare for residents of a South Coast community.

Simi Valley Police say on Friday they arrested 23-year-old Darnell McDuffie, a transient from Oxnard, on burglary and assault charges. It stems from an incident that happened on July 22nd. Police say around 5:30 that morning, they received a call from a resident who interrupted a burglary in her condo on the 1700 block of Sinaloa Road. Detectives say the suspect battered the woman and tried to restrain her using duct tape.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reserve deputy from Thousand Oaks died after suffering a medical emergency during a mountain bike competition among law enforcement officers.

Jacob Castroll was taking part in the World Police and Fire Games. The 67 year old man was riding on a bike course near Castaic when he collapsed yesterday morning. He was taken to a Valencia hospital, where he later died.  The exact cause of death hasn't been determined.

A man who murdered his wife and wounded three others at a Ventura County dentist’s office will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Jamie Paredes was sentenced to 71 years to life in prison for the July, 2009 attack in Simi Valley. The now 38 year old man shot to death Mariela Paredes, and wounded three of her co-workers.

Paredes had entered guilty pleas to one murder, and three attempted murder counts.

(Santa Barbara County Animal Services photo)

Authorities are investigating a shocking animal abuse case in Santa Barbara County.

Some 20 plus rabbits were abandoned near a dumpsite north of Los Olivos, in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Four men were arrested after detectives say they put credit card skimmers on pumps at a Ventura County gas station.

The station on the 4000 block of Adolfo Road in Camarillo was closed just before 12 a.m. Friday when the owner happened to check his remote surveillance cameras, and saw some men tampering with the fuel pumps.

A chase that lasted nearly an hour on the freeway, surface streets and on foot led to the arrest of two suspects in Santa Maria Thursday.

The pursuit flowed through both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

A financially troubled South Coast museum is getting some major support.

The Museum of Ventura County had been seeking some emergency funding to help in its turnaround efforts.

Ventura County pledged $125,000 last month, and the City of Ventura formally committed $125,000 this week. It’s a far cry from the ongoing commitment of millions of dollars in funding the museum had sought from both public agencies, but officials say they want to see how the museum does for the next six months.

The Museum has launched a major reorganization effort to stabilize its resources.

A new chief medical officer has been appointed for a healthcare agency which serves more than Medi-Cal recipients in Ventura County.

Dr. Nancy Wharfield is now overseeing the Gold Coast Health Plan’s medical programs. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. C. Albert Reeves, who retired last month. Wharfield has been serving as the plan’s Associate Chief Medical Officer.

Gold Coast manages health care services for more than 200,000 Medi-Cal recipients in Ventura County.

A couple from Los Angeles County has been arrested for a string of armed robberies in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara Police say Carlos Sosa Junior, and Ana Maria Espinosa of Lancaster were responsible for four armed robberies in the city since January. Sosa is facing more than two dozen charges, and Espinosa a half dozen counts stemming from the crimes.

A 70-year-old man was pulled from his truck Wednesday morning in Lompoc, and two suspects drove away with his vehicle.

The carjacking took place around 9 a.m.

Photo by UC Santa Barbara

A South Coast university student is using artificial intelligence to develop an app to help people determine whether they have a deadly skin cancer.

Currently, the only way to find out if you have melanoma is to get a biopsy. But, UC Santa Barbara undergrad Abhishek Bhattacharya is hoping to change that. He has been working with a UC San Francisco physician using computer science to create a neural network model that uses images gathered from the web.

It’s become a tradition at county fairs. When it comes to crazy combinations of foods, anything goes. At this year’s Ventura County Fair, it means everything from fried candy bars wrapped in bacon to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a stick.

Owners of a summer camp in the Santa Ynez Valley where a number of kids and staff members were trapped by last month’s massive Whittier brush fire say they will rebuild the damaged facility.

Two lodge buildings were destroyed, and the water system was heavily damaged as the blaze moved through the Circle V Ranch Camp. St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles had to cancel the remaining camps planned for this summer. All events through next May are being rescheduled.

It’s a preseason pro football game featuring Los Angeles versus Dallas.

But, you could also call it a game featuring pro teams from Thousand Oaks and Oxnard. The Los Angeles Rams are set to play the Dallas Cowboys in an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday. It’s a game with a lot of ties to our region.

The Cowboys are in the final two weeks of their training camp, which is currently taking place in Oxnard. The Cowboys have five more public workouts schedule in Oxnard, including one at 10:45 Thursday morning.

A South Coast university has announced it will become 100% smoke and tobacco free.

Cal State Channel Islands in Camarillo will take the step August 23rd.

The Cal State Chancellor’s Office has ordered all 23 campuses in the system to ban smoking. The new restrictions include traditional smoking as well as chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, and vaping devices.

Cal State Channel Islands officials say they never had formal smoking areas, but they cropped up over the years.  Ashtrays will be removed from CSUCI, and no smoking signs posted around campus.

Ventura County’s agricultural industry is at war with a tiny little insect, smaller than a grain of rice, which has the potential to devastate the county’s citrus crops.

Normally not known for fast-tracking development, the city of Santa Barbara is dealing with a backlog.

Staff members say housing projects and downtown business plans are stacking up.

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to three years behind bars for involuntary manslaughter as the result of a fatal heroin overdose.

Prosecutors say Ryan Tepezano supplied Christopher Ariaz of Oxnard with the heroin which led to Ariaz’ death in 2015.

Oxnard Police detectives identified Tepezano as a suspect, and after getting search warrants raided two Oxnard homes. It led to the now 36 year old man’s arrest, and later guilty pleas to a number of drug related charges.

Prosecutors then pursued a manslaughter charge, setting the stage for Tepezano’s guilty plea.

A Santa Barbara based environmental group is among a half dozen non-profits suing the state, claiming that two agencies have failed to adequately enforce clean water regulations.

Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is among the organizations involved in the suit against the State Water Resources Board, and the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Six teens are in big trouble after investigators say they vandalized some vehicles at a Ventura County business, then stole a truck and fled to the San Fernando Valley.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say the teens broke into the business on the 600 block of Temple Avenue in Camarillo early Monday morning. Officers say after damaging several vehicles, they got a truck started and used it to ram a locked gate to leave the facility. The teens headed into the San Fernando Valley, where they were stopped and arrested just off of Highway 101 in Woodland Hills.

A repair plan is underway for the landmark Victor the Florist neon sign in downtown Santa Barbara.

A driver lost control of their car Monday morning and hit a signal light. The pole then hit a building, and damaged the neon lettering.

The governor has signed into law a bill from a state senator from Santa Barbara intended to help some veterans in trouble with the law over substance abuse.

SB 725 by Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara clarifies language in state law which will now allow veterans with misdemeanor DUI’s to qualify for pretrial diversion programs.

Jackson says the change will get veterans dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues the help they need much more quickly.

(National Park Service photo)

Biologists say a mountain lion has been making an unusual trek in eastern Ventura County, crossing three major highways.

Researchers have a radio tracking collar on P-55, a young male mountain lion. P-55 came down out of the Santa Monica Mountains, and was caught on video in the backyard of a Newbury Park home last week.  It nearly took a dip in a hot tub, when it walking across the covered spa and broke through it.

A man is dead after his car plunged off a South Coast freeway.

The car was apparently headed eastbound on Highway 118 in Simi Valley when it plunged off the roadway, and into a wash near the freeway’s Tapo Canyon exit. The wreckage was spotted Sunday afternoon by a woman who could see it from her backyard.

The man, who was from Long Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name hasn’t been released yet.

A crackdown on the sale of alcohol to minors led to 13 clerks being cited at stores in a South Coast city.

Oxnard Police conducted three simultaneous minor decoy operations targeting stores in the city. Underage decoys under the supervision of officers attempted to buy alcohol at nearly 60 stores.

The clerks cited face a fine and a potential community service requirement, while the business could face fines, and suspension or even revocation of their liquor license.

Low-income children who are deaf or hard of hearing are getting help this summer on the South Coast.

Eleven-year-old Natalie Juarez, who has extreme hearing loss, wears implants that allow her to hear.

“Without my implants, I feel deaf. Like you can’t hear nothing,” she said.

But even with the implants, she still needs speech and language therapy, which is hard to come by in the summer when school is out. That’s why she and other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are in a free eight-week program held at the nonprofit, No Limits, in Oxnard.

A five year old girl is recovering from injuries she suffered when she ran out into a street, and was hit by a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s patrol car.

The accident happened just before six Friday night, on the 5900 block of Birch Street in Carpinteria. Deputies say the little girl ran into the street from between two parked cars. The patrol car was only moving at about ten miles an hour when the accident happened. The officers stopped, and started providing first aid until firefighters could reach the scene.

It’s going to be a quiet weekend at the Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, with no practices scheduled.

The team kicked of pro football’s preseason Thursday night when they played the Arizona Cardinals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game last night in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys won 20-18, in a game which largely featured rookie players.

The team’s next scheduled public practice is at 3:45 p.m. Monday at their facility in Oxnard. After holding eight practices in Oxnard, they have eight more schedule before breaking camp on August 17th.

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

It dropped from the headlines weeks ago, but some firefighters are still mopping up the Whittier brush fire in Santa Barbara County.

The 18,000 acre fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains south of Lake Cachuma started nearly a month ago, on July 8th. The fire destroyed 16 homes, and a number of other structures as it raged out of control during its first few days. Containment remains at 87%.

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