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An effort to get some guns out of the community on the Central and South Coasts is being called a big success, with more than 250 weapons collected.

Santa Barbara Police and the Coalition Against Gun Violence held an anonymous gun buyback over the weekend.

The nation’s largest professional cycling event comes to the South Coast Monday.

It’s Day Two of the Amgen Tour of California.

For nearly six weeks people around the world and around the country saw, and heard reports about the threat, and destruction caused by the Thomas Fire, and southern Santa Barbara County flooding.

While cleanup and recovery efforts continue, those images have stuck in some people’s minds, not a good thing for a region which relies on tourism.   The tourism industry effort is working to counter those perceptions, with a major marketing campaign.

Photo by Ventura County Fire Department

While professional cyclists are competing throughout California, some amateur bicyclists in Ventura County will be on their own bike ride. 

As part of Bike to Work Week, the Ventura County Fire Department is partnering with the Ventura County Transportation Commission to host a free 14-mile bike ride from Newbury Park to Camarillo on Thursday morning. Fire Captain Stan Ziegler says members of the community will join firefighters for the ride.

A South Coast law enforcement agency is responding to a federal lawsuit that claims a Muslim woman was forced to remove her religious head covering when she was taken into custody.

Jennifer Hyatt filed a suit against the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office claiming she was not allowed to wear her hijab after she was arrested on a domestic dispute charge in Thousand Oaks in 2017. The charge was later dropped.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office photo)

18 men were arrested, and 120 bales of marijuana were seized after a panga boat landed on the Santa Barbara County coastline.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the boat on a beach just east of Gaviota early Saturday morning.

The deputies stopped four vehicles in the area, arresting the 18 men, and seizing about 3,000 pounds worth of marijuana.

Detectives now believe a murder they’ve been investigating on the South Coast is gang related, and they’ve made an arrest in the case.

On April 22nd, Oxnard Police were called to the 2900 block of Ocean Drive by reports of a shooting. They say they found Jose Luis Lopez on the ground with fatal gunshot wounds.

Local, state, and federal officials say there’s been significant progress made in debris removal efforts connected with the Thomas Fire, and flood.

At a Friday afternoon briefing in Ventura, officials said crews have literally moved mountains of debris.

District Attorneys from four California counties met in Santa Barbara Friday to look at how they want to handle the trial of the man authorities think is a serial killer who terrorized parts of the state for more than a decade.

Joseph James DeAngelo is suspected of being the “Golden State Killer,” responsible for 12 murders, including four in Goleta and two in Ventura, plus more than 50 rapes.

(Moorpark CHP photo)

Authorities are now identifying a teen they say went on a rampage with a SUV in Ventura County, intentionally hitting several vehicles and injuring two people, including a CHP officer.

A coalition of groups on the South Coast is trying a unique approach to dealing with the region’s lack of quality preschool care.

It’s helped open a series of new preschools, including the latest on a Boys and Girls Club campus.

Narcotics detectives say they’ve broken up an operation run out of Mexico which was literally delivering heroin to the doors of homes in Ventura County.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they found out about a drug delivery service called “The Boys.” It was delivering heroin to homes in the Ventura, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, and the Ojai Valley areas.

(Moorpark CHP photo)

Investigators are still trying to unravel what led to a man hitting several vehicles, and a CHP officer in Ventura County.

The incident started at about seven Thursday night, when a car hit some vehicles in a Camarillo neighborhood. CHP officers say the 18 year old driver left the scene and then returned, and apparently then tried to hit his parents.

The man accused of being a serial killer responsible for 12 slayings statewide is now facing four first degree murder charges in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County’s District Attorney Joyce Dudley Thursday afternoon announced the new counts against the man believed to the “Golden State Killer.”

The State Assembly passed a bill by a legislator from Ventura County intended to help keep people who sexually harass co-workers out of the workplace.

AB 2770 allows employers who fired a worker because of sexual harassment to release the information to prospective new employers.

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