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A man taken to a hospital because of mental health concerns was shot by police in Ventura County, after officers say he threatened them with a board.

The 46 year old man had been taken to Simi Valley Hospital Wednesday. He apparently fled at around 3:30 p.m., and broke into a nearby clinic, where officers say he frightened staff and patients by breaking a window.

A Ventura County city has promoted a veteran member of its police department to become its new police chief.

David Livingstone is Simi Valley’s new top cop. Livingstone has spent his entire 26 year law enforcement career with the Simi Valley department, rising through its ranks. He was the department’s Deputy Chief, and has served as interim chief since Mitch McCann retired from the agency’s top post last December.

Livingstone will oversee a department with 178 uniformed and civilian personnel, and a nearly $33 million dollar annual budget.

A police officer is recovering from injuries suffered after a car smashed into a parked patrol unit in Simi Valley.

The accident happened just after 2 p.m. Sunday, at the intersection of Cochran Street and Bigelow Avenue in Simi Valley. The officer was stopped on Bigelow when a car headed eastbound on Cochran veered to the right, and hit the patrol unit.

Ventura County firefighters had to use special equipment to free both the officer and the other driver, a 72 year old man, from their vehicles.

A report of someone with a rifle on a Ventura County high school campus created a scare, and a school lockdown, but it turned out what looked like a weapon wasn’t a real one.

Students and staff members at Royal High School in Simi Valley were told to stay in classrooms just after eight Wednesday morning. Law enforcement officers conducted a large scale sweep of the campus.

It was determined to be a ceremonial rifle used by a drill team member, and not an actual weapon.

Authorities are now identifying a man police say was a drug dealer who led officers on a wild car chase in Ventura County, in which he smashed into a police vehicle.

Simi Valley Police detectives tried to arrest Jose Flores yesterday afternoon in a supermarket parking lot on the 3600 block of Cochran Street. The Pacoima man refused to surrender, and rammed into a police unit which was trying to block his car. It led to a chase through some nearby neighborhoods.

A man shot and killed in a confrontation with CHP officers in Santa Monica is now being identified as the person sought for the attempted murder of a Simi Valley man.

Gerardo Vasquez had been wanted for the Friday night stabbing of his roommate on the 200 block of Ulysses Street in Simi Valley. The 32 year old victim was serious injured.

Picture this: You’re on the phone with a relative, and they are talking gibberish. You suspect they are having a stroke. You’d call paramedics in their city for help, right? But, what if that relative was in a city halfway around the world?

That’s the situation Pam Shanahan of Simi Valley found herself facing on Christmas Day. Her mother, and her 93 year in father live in Oslo, Norway.

(Simi Valley Police Department photo)

Some members of a police department in Ventura County went way beyond the call of duty this holiday season to help a family whose Christmas decorations were vandalized.

Simi Valley Police were called to a home after someone spray-painted, and destroyed their inflatable yard decorations. After hearing about what happened, and how it upset a two year old girl in the family, Simi Valley Police Property Officer Kristen Mesa started a fundraising campaign to help.

One man is in custody, and a second is being sought after a stabbing outside of a mosque in Ventura County which authorities are calling a possible hate crime.

It happened just after 11 Saturday night, on the 1800 block of Erringer Road in Simi Valley. Officers say John Matteson and another man confronted people leaving a mosque, Investigators say Matteson stabbed a man in his 30’s in the abdomen, seriously injuring the victim. Fortunately, the wound was non-life threatening.

Police say they’ve arrested four people after a homeowner interrupted a burglary attempt in Ventura County.

A man returning to his home on the 2000 block of Ivory Avenue in Simi Valley around 1 p.m. Monday found four people inside. They fled the home through its garage, and sped away in a car.

The homeowner called Simi Valley Police, who spotted the vehicle moments later near the 188 Freeway, and Sycamore Drive. Officers converged on the area, and the car was safely stopped. Investigators say the four were arrested on burglary, and conspiracy to commit burglary charges.

Authorities have just released details about the arrest of three people for a 2009 murder in Ventura County.

Prosecutors say Janice Richardson had been smothered in her Simi Valley home. Simi Valley Police detectives say the three suspects had staged the home to make it look like the 52 year old woman died of a drug overdose.

Authorities say they’ve broken up a burglary ring based in Ventura County with the arrests of four people.

Simi Valley Police say they started investigating a series of daytime burglaries in July. The burglaries were so-called “knock-knock” burglaries, with the burglars knocking on the front door, and when no one would answer, they would enter the home through rear windows or sliding glass doors. Detectives identified four suspects, and started a surveillance operation.

Detectives say they’ve arrested a 75 year old woman for murder in Ventura County.

Simi Valley Police were called to the 6200 block of Anastasia Avenue Sunday afternoon by reports of an injured man in a home. They found the body of Salavatore Orefice, who had been shot. Detectives say while questioning Mary Karacas, she admitted shooting the 84 year old man.

She was arrested on a murder charge. Investigators say the two apparently had a long standing relationship, but there’s not talking about what they think prompted the fatal shooting.

The community is being asked to help a Simi Valley Police officer critically injured in a traffic accident last week.

Simi Valley Police officer Tom Carney has undergone multiple surgeries since he was involved in a traffic accident Wednesday night. Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the accident, buy the motorcycle officer and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of Tapo Canyon Road, and Los Angeles Avenues.

A Simi Valley Police officer was seriously injured when his motorcycle, and a pickup truck collided.

It happened just before 5 p.m. yesterday on Tapo Canyon Road. The officer was apparently southbound when the pickup either turned onto Tapo Canyon, or tried to make a U-turn at Tapo’s intersection with Los Angeles Avenue.

The officer’s name hasn’t been released. The pickup truck’s driver was uninjured.