The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and wounded three others is being released from a mental health facility to live with his parents, a move which is drawing strong protests from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

A federal judge granted John Hinckley Junior full time convalescent leave from a hospital. He can live in Williamsburg, Virginia, but must follow certain conditions.

In 1981, Hinckley tried to assassinate President Reagan, seriously wounding him and three others.

Ventura County is getting a new court commissioner.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Derek Malan will become the county’s newest court commissioner August 8th, after being selected for the post by the county’s Superior Court judges. He’s been a prosecutor with the county for 16 years. Most recently, he’s been working with the DA’s Major Crimes Unity, working with a multi-agency task force targeting domestic, and international drug trafficking.

Ventura County has cleared the last big hurdle towards making critical repairs to a levee which federal officials say might not be able to handle a massive storm.

Ventura County Supervisors approved studies aimed at upgrading the earth and rock levee on parts of the Santa Clara River in the Oxnard area.

The Santa Barbara bicycle master plan has been supported by city leaders to make the streets safer for bike riders and drivers.

Transportation officials have been a topic of widespread debates community meetings and redesigns for months.

They have been especially concerned about the way the roads have been shared during the heavy commute hours, and also the high rate of injury accidents in recent years between cars and bikes.

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It sounds like the deal of a lifetime. How would you like a two story, 2200 square foot house on the South Coast for free?

There are some catches. First, you have to come get the house. And second, it’s what real estate agents would call a fixer upper.

A Ventura conservancy group is working with the owners of the historic 140 year old house to find someone willing to move, and restore it.

A two-year-old boy that apparently was able to get out of sight of his parents was found nearly drowned Sunday night.

Paramedics and the harbor patrol arrived quickly at the scene near Stearn's Wharf in Santa Barbara.

A South Coast university has received a million dollar plus grant to help at risk middle and high school students have a better chance of success in high school, and college.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks is getting a $1.2 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand its TRIO program. 500 students at five middle schools and two high schools in western Ventura County will be served during the five year long effort.

It was called a suspicious device when it was found in the aisle of a South Coast Walmart a month ago, and investigators now say it was a chemical weapon created with instructions found on the internet.   Now, there's been an arrest in the case.

The latest research on autism shows that one in 68 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum.

Now a Ventura County-based university is establishing a new center to initially provide information, and eventually perhaps services, to those living with autism in the region.

Santa Barbara's Old Spanish Days Fiesta is known for horses, dancing, food, culture and the famous cascarones - confetti-filled eggs that are smashed all over town.

In recent years, the paper confetti isn't the only filler.

The colorful shiny plastic mylar has also been added in some of the eggs or small bags of confetti.

The once-blue-roofed Miramar Hotel and Convention Hall in Montecito is finally making a comeback.

Ownership and design changes on the project have gone on for 16 years.

A Conejo Valley woman embarks on a six-day horseback ride on Monday through the Santa Monica Mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Ruth Gerson, who’s 81-years young and full of adventure, says she’s excited to ride the 67-mile Backbone Trail -- from Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County to Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles -- with four of her female friends.  

“This is not just for young people," she said. "This is for anyone who wants to do it.”

A Ventura County woman who spearheaded a program to train search dogs and their handlers for disasters has recently been recognized for her efforts.

Eighty-two-year-old Wilma Melville of Santa Paula founded the Ojai-based National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in 1996 and recently received the Award of Achievement for Humanitarian Efforts from the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots.

An elderly man is hit and killed on a morning walk and the search is on for the person responsible. 

Family members in a Goleta Valley neighborhood have confirmed 88 year old Miguel Gutierrez Vargas has died from his injuries sustained in a hit and run accident Thursday morning.


Two traffic accidents are disrupting travel in northern Santa Barbara County this afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol reopened the #2 lane of southbound US 101 south of Buellton at 12:30.

The #1 lane will remain closed until further notice.

All lanes were closed at Santa Rosa Rd around 9:45 Thursday morning after a pickup truck and trailer went through a railing at Three Bridges.



A vegetation fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in the Lake Sherwood area of Ventura County.

The Sherwood Fire has now grown to between 30 and 45 acres.

It was first reported at 3:45 this afternoon, close to the 100 block of China Flats Road, an area of light-to-moderate brush.

Authorities are now identifying a motorcyclist killed in a three vehicle collision on Highway 101 which snarled traffic for hours during the afternoon commute in Santa Barbara Monday.

David Joseph Irwin died at a hospital shortly after the crash on the southbound 101 near Cabrillo Boulevard.

The CHP is still trying to determine what happened, but investigators say the accident involved two trucks and the motorcycle. The 27 year old victim was from the Riverside County community of Norco.

On a tight two lane section of Highway 101 south of Santa Barbara, a fatal accident significantly backed up traffic for miles Monday afternoon.

It happened about 3:30.

A large candlelight vigil was held last night at the Santa Barbara County courthouse, to remember police officers recently killed in Dallas, and those people of color killed in confrontations with police.

Over a thousand new rooms are going in around the intersection of Storke Road and El Colegio in Isla Vista where more student housing is going up in the form of high rise buildings.

It's right across the street from adult student housing and the Isla Vista Elementary school, and because many people walk in that area, residents are concerned about pedestrian safety around the busy intersection.

The State Water Resources Control Board is going to improve old, worn-out sewer systems at several state parks with a $10 million project.

The funds are coming from the Clean Beaches Initiative program.

A safer 4th of July weekend could be the result of a very aggressive effort to stop and catch those using illegal fireworks in Santa Barbara county.

The Santa Barbara waterfront area on State Street from the railroad tracks to Stearns Wharf has for weeks been under construction, for the La Entrada Hotel and retail project, which has just concluded.

Santa Barbara is working to improve 41 intersections, mainly in the downtown area, to have better signals, more synchronization and other safety elements.

Busload after busload of kids arrives at the Music Academy of the West, in Montecito.

Hundreds of kids are taking part in the United Way of Santa Barbara County’s “Fun In The Sun” program.

It’s a program for at-risk kids which mixes education and fun activities to not only keep kids occupied for part of the summer, but to help them improve academically.

Drivers on Sunday in the South Coast couldn't get far without hitting a jam, not just because of the first full weekend of summer traffic, but also because of an unusual confluence of rollover accidents.

There’s a new place to play on the South Coast for you and your four-legged friends. 

For many years, pet owners have been bringing their dogs to Campus Park in Oxnard for some outdoor playtime. The park located at the corner of fifth and H streets has been an unofficial dog park. But, this week it’s becoming official.

“We’re really excited about offering this improved space to pets and their owners,” said Oxnard Public Relations Manager Delana Gbenekama.

One of Santa Barbara County’s largest annual community events takes place this weekend.

Santa Barbara’s Summer Solstice Celebration is underway, with more than 100,000 people expected to attend its parade and festival. It’s music, costumes, and performance art all wrapped up in one weekend, in a creative ode to the start of summer.

Highway 154, San Marcos Pass, has had another noticeable rise in accidents.

An all-out effort is underway to make the drive in the Santa Ynez valley safer.

A historic house that’s been a landmark next to Highway 101 on the Central Coast since the highway was built is going to literally disappear from its familiar hillside spot this week.

But, it’s not going to be torn down. It’s being moved to make room from a new commercial shopping development.