The CHP says a woman apparently trying to avoid a law enforcement officer was injured after a car went sailing off of a road in the Gaviota area, and plunged down an embankment to the edge of the main coastal rail line.

A state park ranger noticed a vehicle stopped near Calle Real and Refugio Road Thursday afternoon. When the ranger stopped to talk to the female driver, she sped away from the scene.

Moments later, the car plunged off the road and hit a utility pole, before ending up just yards from the rail line. It shut down rail traffic for hours.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

Storm number one is in the history books, but there are still two more in the forecast for the Central and South Coast between now and the end of the weekend.

Rainfall totals ranged between a half inch and an inch and a half in the region. On the South Coast, Santa Barbara had .07” of an inch of rainfall, Ventura one inch, and Oxnard 1.5.” On the Central Coast, totals included 1.1” of rain in Pismo Beach and Lompoc, and .06” in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Ruby Princess cruise ship parked off Stearns Wharf Wednesday was the first cruise ship of the year to visit Santa Barbara.

This week's weather, however, has had a negative impact on the cruise ship business.

In a hangar at Naval Base Ventura County’s Point Mugu facilities, there are a half-dozen craft which look like strange little helicopters. They almost look like sharks, with rotors attached, and the biggest thing you notice is there’s no cockpit for a pilot.  

They are the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopters, with the technology of these unmanned ship based craft so cutting edge access to this hangar is restricted, and we can’t even identify the man giving us the tour of the facility.

A South Coast music academy has announced ambitions plans to celebrate its 70th anniversary this year.

Music Academy of the West in Montecito will present 10 World and West Coast premieres, and more than 200 events overall during its 2017 Summer Festival.

A man entered a guilty plea to charges he offered to help some Ventura County residents save their homes from foreclosure, but then stole their money, leading to the loss of the houses.

Ventura County prosecutors say Jose Armando Rodriguez owned and operated a company known as Global Home Investments. Investigators say five victims received promises of help from the Fontana man and gave him money, but didn’t get any assistance. Prosecutors say the 57 year old man entered guilty pleas to grand theft, foreclosure consultant fraud, and recording a false instrument charges.

The first in a trio of storms appears to be on track to arrive on the Central and South Coasts Wednesday night.

We could see between three quarters of an inch, to an inch and a quarter of rain overnight, with possibly more than two inches in some foothill and mountain areas. The storm is now expected to move south of our area Thursday morning.

A Ventura County community is pursuing a plan to dissolve its fire department, and sign a contract with the county to provide fire protection services.

The Santa Paula City Council looked at a proposal Tuesday night to shut down its more than 100 year old department. Officials with the Department, as well as Ventura County Fire Department say the city could benefit from enhanced services with potential savings because of the economies of being part of a larger agency.

After 5 years of drought,  the residents of La Conchita are seeing more rain than the area has soaked up in a long time.

La Conchita, which is off of Highway 101 south of Carpinteria, had major landslides in 1995 and 2005.

Ten people died in the 2005 slide.

From threats of massive deportations, to claims he will build a massive wall between the U.S. and Mexico, candidate, and now President-elect Donald Trump’s positions on immigration have created concern, and fear among undocumented U.S. residents.

The questions about what will happen with the immigration issue after Donald Trump has elected has filtered down to the region’s schools. Dr. Christine Walker is Superintendent of the Hueneme Elementary School District. Walker says many kids have had fears that they, or their families will be deported.

A number of school districts on the Central and South Coasts have taken stands on the issue, to try to provide some reassurance to students, and parents.