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Authorities say they are looking for a man who tried to kidnap a teenager on the Central Coast.

A 15 year old boy was walking to school near Foster Road, and Cedarhurst Drive in Orcutt at about eight a.m. Wednesday when a man grabbed him from behind in a bear hug. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detective say the man dragged the boy backwards for about 15 feet, until the teen was able to kick his way free, and flee.

Road crews have started emergency work along a Ventura County highway to deal with potential debris from a mountainside strapped bare by a brush fire last month.

The Vista fire burned nearly 90 acres of land off of Highway 33, northwest of Ventura. The concern is that rainfall could send debris onto the roadway.

Authorities conducted a gang sweep in Ventura County early Wednesday morning in connection with a pair of shootings which left one person dead, and a second wounded.

Search warrants were served by Oxnard Police, and other law enforcement agencies at five different locations in Oxnard.

An accomplished musician who’s performed at some of the world’s leading classical music venues is now a faculty member at a South Coast university.

This Friday, the cellist is being featured in a free concert in Ventura County.

While many people were enjoying Halloween or the Dodger game Tuesday night, Santa Barbara police raced to a Verizon store on upper State Street after a takeover holdup.

Employees were herded into the back room, and reports are that two bags of phones were taken along with cash.

The first in a new generation of high tech Navy drones is set to be delivered to Naval Base Ventura County this month for testing.

(Orbital ATK photo)

A rocket carrying ten small satellites has been successfully launched from Santa Barbara County.

A Minotaur C rocket lifted off as planned from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 2:37 Tuesday afternoon.

A longtime Ventura County Supervisor Court judge who created some of the county’s specialty court programs has retired.

Judge Colleen Toy White has stepped down after 23 years on the bench.

Santa Barbara Police used two shots from a beanbag rifle on a man running from a stolen vehicle Monday.

The vehicle was spotted near Las Positas and the driver took off at a high speed southbound on the freeway.

He’s an actor with a more than half century long career, which spans everything from movies like “El Dorado,” where he co-starred with John Wayne, to the comedy “Elf,” in which we played Santa in the film headlined by Will Ferrell.

But, actor Ed Asner is perhaps best known as the gruff TV news director who was boss to producer Mary Richards in the classic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Asner is being honored this weekend with the Ojai Film Festival’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

The Central and South Coasts are getting a huge boost in funding to repair deteriorating highways, and streets.  While it’s good news about efforts to deal with aging infrastructure, you will pay for it with new taxes and fees.

The top golfer on the PGA seniors tour once again showed over the weekend why he is number one, winning a major tournament in Thousand Oaks which was one of the last events of the season.

Bernard Langer won the Powershares QQQ Championship at the Sherwood Country Club, but it wasn’t easy. Langer made a 25 foot birdie putt in the second playoff hole to defeat Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the tourney.

Researchers find that students on the South and Central Coasts are losing tens of thousands of days of instruction due to suspensions. 

A study by UCLA’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies shows that suspensions in school districts across Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties accounted for nearly 28,000 days of lost instruction during the 2014-2015 academic year.

A city on the South Coast has become smoke-free.

The city of Santa Barbara adopted a new law prohibiting smoking in outdoor public areas including beaches, parks, sidewalks, outdoor recreational areas and sports facilities, Stearns Wharf and outdoor restaurant patios before 10 pm.

Whooping cough is a dangerous disease that can be fatal, especially for infants. The concern is that the number of cases has dramatically increased over the last few decades. A scientist on the South Coast is doing groundbreaking research on whooping cough in hopes that it leads to stopping the spread of this harmful disease.

Zombies, or what look like zombies are gearing up to celebrate what becoming a Halloween tradition, which is people in costume around the world dancing at the same time to Michael Jackson’s hit song “Thriller.”

Groups throughout the Central and South Coasts are gearing up to take part in the global dance Saturday afternoon. But, some groups are busy doing flashmob versions early.

A Ventura County congresswoman has introduced a bill intended to protect more victims of serious crimes from deportation.

Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village authored the “Protect Victims of Crime Act.” Brownley says without protection, undocumented residents are afraid to report things like domestic violence over fear they will end up being deported.

The legislation would expand the number of what are known as “U” visas for victims of serious crimes issued annually from 10,000 to 40,000.

Composer John Biggs has created everything from choral works to symphonies, taught music, and was a Fulbright scholar.

So, this weekend, the Ojai man is celebrating his 85th birthday with a concert, and the premieres of three new works.

(Photo by John Palminteri)

Law enforcement officers hope it will be a quiet weekend in Isla Vista, but they are gearing up just in case big crowds show up hunting for parties. For decades, teens and young adults from around the state would converge on the community during Halloween weekend for huge unsanctioned, unsponsored Halloween parties.

The parties overwhelmed resources like restrooms, and led to hundreds of arrests for public intoxication.

The golf world is focused on Ventura County this weekend, with the world’s top senior players on hand for one of the key final tournaments of their season.

(Photo courtesy Amgen Tour of California)

The nation’s largest cycling race is going to return to the South Coast in 2018, but will bypass the Central Coast.

The Amgen Tour of California has announced its 11 host cities, and the seven stages of the race. Stage Two of the race will begin in Ventura, and end in Santa Barbara County, and include scenic Gibraltar Road. The exact details of the route haven’t been announced yet. It’s the first time Ventura has been a host city.

A magnitude 4.3 quake off the Santa Barbara County coastline rocked parts of the Central and South Coasts Thursday afternoon.

The quake occurred at 1:38 p.m., and was centered off the coast of Point Conception. The epicenter was in the ocean about 16 miles southwest of Lompoc.

There are no reports of injury or damage, but hundreds of people throughout the region reported feeling the temblor.

The California Highway Patrol has used phone video to identify, track down and arrest a man involved in a freeway shooting in Santa Barbara. 

The shooting took place Monday afternoon.

A new forecast from a Ventura County university today projects more rough economic times for the county.

The California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research And Forecasting is predicting growth of only about a third of a percent for 2018 and 2019.

The report says the county has been hurt by a decline in the biotechnology field in the county, as well as in manufacturing. The research notes the number of jobs is up above pre-recession levels for the first time in a decade. But, the report says the jobs are of a lower caliber.

Some new technology at UC Santa Barbara inspired by nature may soon mean fewer trips to the dentist.

UC Santa Barbara researchers say the way ocean mussels bond to rocks, and other coastal surfaces to survive has shown them ways of creating longer lasting dental restoration work like crowns and implants.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Containment is now up to 82% on a brush fire which at one point closed a major highway in Ventura County.

The Vista Fire northwest of Ventura has burned just under 90 acres of land. No structures were damaged by the blaze, which was discovered just before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the hills near Foster Park.

(NRG Image)

A California Energy Commission committee is expected to hear a request by a company next week to suspend work on the firm’s application to build a controversial new power plant in Ventura County.

NRG Energy’s proposed Puente Power Project in Oxnard created a firestorm of opposition over environmental and social justice issues.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are continuing their efforts to fully contain a brush fire in Ventura County.

The acreage burned by the Vista Fire northwest of Ventura has been downsized to just under 90 acres, as a result of more precise mapping. No structures were damaged by the blaze, which was discovered just before 3 p.m. Tuesday in the hills near Foster Park.

(Orbital ATK image)

Final preparations are getting underway for the launch of a cluster of high tech imaging satellites from the Central Coast.

A private launch provider is preparing to boost six Skybox communication satellites into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Orbital ATK’s Minotar-C rocket is set to take off next week from the base.

The satellites will join seven Skybox satellites which are already in orbit. They capture medium and high resolution images for governments, businesses, and non-governmental agencies around the world.

A major financial gift will help insure that the show will literally go on for decades at a South Coast university’s theater department.

John and Jody Arnhold have given UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Theater and Dance $1.25 million dollars to establish a production fund for the department’s programs. The Arnholds have made major contributions to UCSB in the past, funding residencies by some noted dance performers, and for some dance students to study in New York.

The department produces more than a half dozen plays and dance events annually.

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