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More than 80 high school students from the South Coast were among those caught in a lockdown of some key Washington, D.C. buildings today after a man armed with a gun tried to enter the Capitol’s Visitors Center.

84 eighth grade students and seven teachers from La Colina, Goleta Valley, and Santa Barbara Junior High Schools were touring the Capitol complex when the confrontation occurred. The students were safe, but were confined to a secure area for about an hour. They were able to send messages to their parents letting them know they were safe.

A Ventura County community is asking for the public’s help in developing the future of its transit system.

This week, Thousand Oaks Transit will hold the first three of five planned public meetings on potential changes, and expansion of its service. The ideas range from adding service to Agoura Hills, to connecting with bus systems in Moorpark and Simi Valley. Another proposal calls for expanding the existing six days a week service to seven days a week, by running busses on Sunday.

Working over the Easter weekend, members of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office finalized papers for formal charges against South Coast resident Pierre Haobsh.

Haobsh allegedly killed Dr. Henry Han, his wife Jenny and daughter Emily.

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Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire which destroyed one home, and damaged two others in Ventura County.

The fire was discovered just after 2:30 Saturday afternoon, on the 100 block of Van Nuys Avenue in the Silver Strand Beach area.

Ventura County firefighters arrived to find one home filled with flames, and smoke. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from engulfing two neighboring homes, but they were heavily damaged. No one was hurt.

Hundreds of high school students from across California and China wrapped up a mega robotics competition in Ventura this weekend.

Inside a crowded arena at Ventura College, the focus was on the field. Robots -- controlled by students -- catapult balls, cross over obstacles and scale tower walls in this Medieval-themed competition organized by FIRST Robotics.

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Detectives say they are trying to determine why a man killed a business associate and his family in Santa Barbara County.

Dr. Weidong Han, his wife Huijie Wu, and their five year old daughter Emily were found dead in their Goleta home Wednesday night. The three had apparently been shot to death, possibly Tuesday night.

On Friday, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Pierre Haobsh in San Diego County. Investigators say Haobsh had a gun, and some property from the victims with him.

A man already in prison for the rest of his life is now being charged with a previously unsolved three decade old murder in Ventura County.

Oxnard Police detectives and prosecutors with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office say they used DNA evidence to link Vincent Mackey to the September, 1985 sexual assault and murder of Isabel Hernandez.

A doctor, his wife, and their five year old daughter have been identified as the victims of a triple murder in Goleta.

The bodies of Dr. Weidong Henry Han, his wife 29-year old Huijie Yu, and their five-year-old daughter Emily Han were found in their Greenhill Way home Wednesday night.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives haven’t released information on what they think led to the killings, or if they have any suspects at this time.

A Ventura County community’s police chief is retiring, after nearly four decades in law enforcement.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Captain Stephen Wade is stepping down this week after 37 years in law enforcement, and three years as Moorpark’s Police Chief.

Moorpark has a contract with the county to provide its law enforcement services.

He’ll be replaced by Captain John Reilly, who’s been with the Sheriff’s Office for more than two decades. Reilly most recently served as the agency’s Public Information Officer.

Detectives now say they don't think a triple murder in Santa Barbara County was a random attack.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the 4600 block of Greenhill Way in Goleta at around 5:30 last night when someone asked them to check up on the welfare of the residents. The bodies of three people were found.

The victims have been identified, but aren't being released yet.

Sheriff's Office officials say they have investigators working around the clock on what they are calling a "horrific" crime.

The number of cases of a mysterious heart ailment in Ventura County has grown from nine to 12, with a second confirmed death.

Ventura County Public Health officials say the impacted people have cardiomyopathy, which is a condition where the heart becomes weakened. Tests conducted by the County Health Department in conjunction with state and federal officials have failed to nail down the cause of the local cluster of cases.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives are at a Goleta home where three bodies have been found.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the 4600 block of Greenhill Way at around 5:30 last night when someone asked them to check up on the welfare of the residents.  They found evidence a crime had occurred.

Detectives obtained a search warrant, and early this morning the bodies of three people were found.  The names of the people haven't been released, and officials aren't talking about the cause of the deaths, or what they think happened.

A man in his 20's has died in the front country hills in Santa Barbara after a fall estimated to be 50-100 feet from the Gibraltar Rock area.

The Central and South Coasts are earthquake country.

Just this month, central Ventura County was rocked by a swarm of small quakes centered near Ojai. The major concern is about the so-called “Big One,” a large scale quake with the potential to cause serious damage.

Seismologists are developing an early warning network which could give us a few seconds warning if a major quake is on the way, and say if they get the final funding needed, it could be online in about a year.

A new forecast by economists in Ventura County predicts continued slow growth for California, but better than what will happen nationwide.

Officials with the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting say the state can expect a 3% annual growth rate. The new report says growth will be strongest in Northern California and the Central Valley, and will be weaker in Southern California. Center Executive Director Bill Watkins also says while there will be continued job growth, it will be in low paying sectors of the economy.

A battle over wastewater rates in one South Coast city is headed to court.

The City of Oxnard moved to increase its wastewater rates as part of an effort to make upgrades to its outdated and crumbling wastewater treatment plant. A 35% hike took effect this month, with annual increases through 2020. But, some residents objected to the hikes, and took out paperwork for a ballot initiative to try to repeal the hike.

Ventura County prosecutors say two companies, and four individuals are the focus of a new indictment stemming from a 2014 toxic chemical explosion, and fire at a wastewater disposal facility outside of Santa Paula.

The indictment names the Santa Clara Waste Water Company, Green Compass Environmental Solutions, as well as four others. The Grand Jury indictment includes more than a half dozen charges ranging from handling hazardous waste causing unreasonable risk to submission of false statements. The indictment process by passes a preliminary hearing, and sets the stage for a trial.

Federal DEA agents and Simi Valley Police say a joint investigation led to the seizure of more than 30 pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Investigators conducted a pair of raids, one in El Monte, and the second in the community of San Fernando. Two men were arrested during the raids, which were the result of undercover operations.

Most mental illnesses start at an early age, with three quarters of all lifetime cases beginning by the age of 24. Yet young adults are among the most reluctant people to seek help.

Santa Barbara County and Santa Barbara City College are teaming up in an effort to tackle mental health issues among students.

On the road for his wife former President Bill Clinton made a quick stop in Santa Barbara Tuesday to talk about his wife - Hillary's Campaign and world issues.

A Central Coast man could face up to ten years in federal prison after admitting selling counterfeit software via the internet.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles say as part of a plea deal, Jeffrey Scott Patterson of Lompoc admitted in court that he was selling phony versions of Adobe software at below market prices.

They say the 52 year old man sold pirated versions of Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Creative Suite for several years. Patterson was arrested after federal investigators made undercover purchases from Patterson’s websites.

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Former President Bill Clinton is visiting the South Coast today, as part of a campaign swing supporting his wife’s presidential bid.

Mr. Clinton flew into Santa Barbara this morning. He gave a lunchtime speech to an invited group of guests at a downtown Santa Barbara Hotel. It was closed to the media.

A team of volunteers from the Central and South Coasts is taking part in a very unique census effort.

For nearly 100 days a year, for eight hours a day, volunteers are camped out on a scenic bluff near U-C Santa Barbara, scanning the ocean for gray whales. It’s an important part of efforts to assess the state of the gray whale population.

Many new buildings on the Central and South Coast are getting high marks for being environmentally friendly.

But, a historic old building in Santa Barbara is now celebrating being certified as a “green” business.

The Lobero Theater’s multi-million dollar facelift included low flow toilets and eco-friendly lighting and landscaping. The theater also uses biodegradable products for food services, and has a composting program for scraps.

The Lobero will be honored for its efforts at a Green Business event in Buellton tomorrow.

A more than two decade old theater company on the South Coast announced the curtain will come down on it for the final time at the end of this season.

Thousand Oaks based Cabrillo Music Theater will present the final two shows of the current season, “Children of Eden” and “The Little Mermaid,” and then close. The non-profit organization presented everything from musical classics to more contemporary fare during its 22 year long history.

There’s a new sign that the Los Angeles Rams could be spending more time in Ventura County.

The team already has a deal to hold spring workouts in Oxnard, at the longtime home of the Dallas Cowboys summer training camps. Now, a developer has filed an application with the City of Thousand Oaks to put up to 50,000 square feet of modular buildings on the north campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

California's drought is prompting all kinds of approaches to conserving water on the Central and South Coasts.

One of the most high-tech is a plant in Ventura County.

The plant saves millions of gallons of drinking water a day by purifying wastewater into water so clean it can be used for agriculture.

Women winemakers of the Central Coast were featured at a natural history museum event in Santa Barbara intended to honor

Guests tasted their wines and asked about their part in the winemaking process.

Volunteers spent part of the weekend building homes for low-income families in Santa Paula.

They sawed wood to lay down the foundation of a four-bedroom house; that home will soon belong to a struggling family.

Authorities are investigating the death of a Ventura man who died from a gunshot wound.

Ventura Police were called to a home on the 400 block of South Evergreen Street around 11 a.m. today by reports by a man who had been shot. Officers and firefighters arriving at the house found a dead 37 year old man.

Detectives are investigating the death as suspicious, but aren’t speculating on what occurred.

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