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It’s a mystery which has a growing number of people upset. Something is turning the ocean around parts of Oxnard mud brown, and the problem doesn’t seem to be going away on its own. Officials say they simply don’t know at this point what’s behind it.

The Santa Barbara ordinance comittee is looking at tougher rules on styrofoam and plastics, such as straws and utensils.

That issue has been brought up in other coastal cities in California because of the impact on the ocean environment and on landfills when the products are not made of compostable materials.

A man authorities say was a serial child predator in Ventura County nearly two decades ago has been found and arrested in Maryland. Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Julio Anaya was arrested in 1999 after an investigation showed he had molested five different girls under the age of 11.   While awaiting trial in March of 2000, he fled the country for his homeland of El Salvador.

In the wake of the deadly Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, one South Coast city is expanding efforts to crack down on illegal fireworks.

The Ventura City Council approved what’s known as a Fireworks Social Host ordinance. It means that not only can someone who uses illegal fireworks be prosecuted, but someone who hosts or organizes a gathering on property where fireworks are used can be held responsible.

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Plans by at least one company to provide pay-as-you-go scooters could come with an expensive price tag to get the wheels in motion.

Recently the Lime company placed scooters in key areas of Santa Barbara for people to use with the swipe of a credit card at the rate of 15 cents a minute.

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Researchers discovered a litter of four mountain lion kittens in eastern Ventura County.

The kittens were discovered in the Simi Hills, a critical habitat area for mountain lions between the Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountain ranges.

Summer school is in session at a Ventura County school. But, what makes this class so unusual is that some teachers are the students, and some middle and high school students are the teachers. The students are showing a half dozen teachers how to use some custom made carts which are at the center of this unique educational effort.

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He wasn’t moonwalking like Michael Jackson, but an elephant which once lived at the late pop singer’s ranch in Santa Barbara County was definitely putting on some moves over the weekend.

“Ali” the bull elephant took advantage of a gate which was accidently left open in his enclosure at the Jacksonville, Florida zoo Sunday.

Santa Barbara County is considering taking action over a growing number of false burglar alarm responses.

County officials say 911 dispatchers and Sheriff’s deputies are spending an increasing amount of time dealing with false calls.

Imagine you suddenly find out you have a house full of people coming over for dinner, but in order to get what you need to feed everyone, you have to go to three different stores. It’s not very efficient. But, a non-profit based on the South Coast which provides medicine and medical supplies to those in need around the world has been in that situation for decades.

Shark sightings along the Carpinteria-Summerland coastline have calmed down in recent weeks.

For most of the spring, there had been numerous sightings of both leopard sharks and great white sharks.

Many of those spotted near the shores were likely juveniles, while the adults were spotted further out.

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Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies called to an apartment complex for a disturbance say they turned up something much more unexpected, in the form of a drug lab.

It happened on the 100 block of Avenida de Los Arboles in Thousand Oaks. Deputies found what appeared to be a fentanyl manufacturing lab.

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A highway in Ventura County was shut down for hours by a tractor-trailer rig fire, causing some big traffic tieups.

A big rig carrying roofing materials caught fire on Highway 118 near Somis just before one Friday afternoon. The highway had to be closed near Mesa School Road. Firefighters knocked down the fire in about a half hour.

No one was hurt. There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire. It led to some big traffic backups in the area. The highway finally reopened at about 5 p.m.

Detectives with three South Coast police departments and the FBI think they’ve broken up a gang related crime ring responsible for nearly a dozen robberies in Ventura County since the first of the year.

Oxnard Police detectives say the investigation linked four men they’ve arrested to crimes in Oxnard, Ventura, Camarillo, and Santa Paula. The crimes include the armed robberies of some fast food restaurants.

Investigators got a break in March, when they arrested two men following the robbery of a Ventura fast food restaurant.

The latest statistics show unemployment statewide, and on the Central and South Coasts is at its lowest levels in decades.

California’s unemployment remained at 4.2% on May, unchanged from April. But, it continued to drop on the Central and South Coasts.

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