Ventura

A South Coast community that has long been waiting for open space finally has a park of their own. 

Kellogg Park located at Kellogg Street and Ventura Avenue on the Westside of Ventura is now open to the public. 

An investigation is underway after a man suffered life threatening injuries at a school on the South Coast.

Ventura Police say the department received a 911 call about an injured person found on the grounds of Holy Cross School on Main Street.

Photo by Skyler Bennett​, MyWorld Productions​; Art by Claire Frandsen​ and Iris Kelly​

Thousands of people across the country and right here on the South Coast marched over the weekend to demand action on climate change. The People’s Climate Marches took place on Saturday, which coincided with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Katie Davis, the chair of Santa Barbara Sierra Club, was one of the organizers of the march from La Playa Stadium at Santa Barbara City College to Shoreline Park.

Three men from Fresno have been arrested on the South Coast on human trafficking charges.

Ventura Police say they received a call from the National Human Trafficking Center hotline on Saturday evening about a 17-year-old girl who claimed she fled from a human trafficking situation and was hiding near Victoria Avenue and Valentine Road. Officers found the teenage girl, and she told them that she was with three men for the last three days and was forced to commit acts of prostitution in San Diego County until they arrived at a motel in Ventura. She claims that she was not free to leave and was threatened with physical harm.

Hundreds of teenagers and their hand-made robots from across California, the western U.S., Hawaii and as far as Chile converged on the South Coast, and some local teams were among the winners.  

It’s the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, which was a three-day event that ended Saturday at Ventura College. Forty-two high schools with about 2,000 students took part.

An arrest has been made in connection to a series of arson fires in Ventura.

Police said 37-year-old Elisabeth Hurtadovera started at least six fires on Saturday between midnight and 3:30 in the morning. Firefighters responded and knocked the fires down.

Authorities said the first fire was spotted in the area of Shenandoah Street and Portola Road at about 12:20 am. Then, just before 2 am, four additional fires were found burning between the 2400 and 2600 blocks of Main Street. At just before 3:30 in the morning, a witness reported that a woman set fire to a trash can and shopping cart near Ventura Avenue and Prospect Road. 

A South Coast teenager has been arrested after being accused of robbing middle school students and threatening to harm a student, a police officer and his grandfather.

Ventura Police said it started just before 5 p.m. Friday when 18-year-old Skylar Martin’s grandmother reported that her grandson was attempting to break down the door to their home and threatening to harm his grandfather. Authorities said Martin fled and then called his grandmother and threatened to harm an investigating officer.

As police began searching for him, dispatch received a call from Anacapa Middle School reporting that Martin stole a skateboard from students, placed a 12-year-old victim into a choke hold and threatened a 14-year-old student with a weapon.

Thousands of protestors for and against Planned Parenthood took to the streets across the nation, throughout California and even right here on the South Coast.

In Ventura on Saturday, demonstrators were part of a De-Fund PP Nationwide rally that called on Congress and President Trump to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding. The group of pro-life supporters say they want to reallocate those funds to health centers that help disadvantaged women without resorting to abortion.

Meanwhile, a counter-protest of pro-choice supporters was held outside the Ventura County Government Center where protestors advocated for continued funding for Planned Parenthood and in favor of women’s reproductive rights.

A man police are describing as a vagrant has been arrested on a hate crime charge in Ventura, after investigators say he threatened someone in a store’s parking because of their race.

Ventura Police received multiple reports around six Wednesday night that Nathan Augustine was harassing people on the 4600 block of Telephone Road. Officers say Augustine then focused on a man in the parking lot, shouting racial slurs and holding a knife in his hand.

A Ventura mother accused of child endangerment and attacking officers is finally in custody. 

Police officers responded to the Bayshore Inn on Main Street Friday afternoon for a welfare check of a 29-year-old woman and her six-month-old baby.

Ventura Police Sergeant William Dolan said the woman – identified as Allison Silva – ran from officers holding onto her child.

Authorities on the South Coast are investigating a deadly crash that left an elderly woman and her dog dead.

It happened around 6:30 Saturday evening in Ventura at Telephone Road and Ramelli Avenue. Police say the woman was walking her dog along a crosswalk when a vehicle, driven by a 25-year-old man, plowed into them. Investigators say the man was traveling northbound on Ramelli and made a left turn onto westbound Telephone when he struck them.

About 150 men and women -- who served our country but are now living on the streets -- have been getting a little bit of help on the South Coast. 

The Ventura County Stand Down was held over the weekend at the Army National Guard Armory in Ventura. Homeless veterans received free services including dental work; medical screenings; optometry exams; psychological, legal and employment counseling; clean clothes; hot meals and a place to sleep for three nights and two days.

A tow truck driver has entered not guilty pleas to charges stemming from a February accident which left a 14 year old Ventura teen dead.

Ventura Police say Jonathan Hernandez was riding his bicycle southbound on Saticoy Road at around midnight February 18th, when he tried to cross Telegraph Road against a red light.

Ventura County prosecutors say Hernandez was hit by a tow truck and another vehicle, but neither stopped. The teen died at the scene.

A man is dead following an early morning hit and run collision on the South Coast.

Ventura Police received a 911 call at around three this morning reporting someone had been hit at the intersection of Blackburn Road and Tracy Place. Officers and firefighters arriving at the scene found a man who had been apparently struck, and killed by a vehicle.

A section of Blackburn Road was closed for much of the day today for an investigation.

The name of the man hasn’t been released. An autopsy is pending.

Many people consider the YMCA as a place for families and children. But a South Coast branch will be dedicating one day this week to a different demographic.

It’s called Senior Day, and it’s at the Ventura Family YMCA where many seniors are already members.

“This is really all about making sure seniors have everything that they need,” said Executive Director Amy Bailey Jurewicz.

Renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle explores different species in the depths of the ocean at the Channel Islands this weekend. She conducted two live dives yesterday off Anacapa Island that was broadcast to the National Mall in Washington DC and to locals at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center at Ventura Harbor. 

Ken McAlpine of Ventura is reading an excerpt from his book, Islands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization. He describes what it was like for him to camp for a week in solitude on each of the five islands within Channel Islands National Park.

A historic pier on the South Coast has reopened to the public this weekend after it was closed for over four months following serious damage caused by high surf.

More than a hundred people gathered at the Ventura Pier on Saturday morning for a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Erik Nasarenko and other city officials. After it was officially reopen, residents took a walk along the landmark and some spent the day fishing and enjoying the views of the Ventura Coast.

Police say they found a rifle, ammunition, and other weapons in the car of a high school student who got into a confrontation with a teacher in.

It was a stunning discovery outside of Ventura’s Buena High School. It started at around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, when a 16 year old student got into a confrontation with a teacher. 

The teacher says the student wanted to go to the bathroom, the teacher said, but the 16 year old boy left anyway.  The teacher told police school he used the word gun as he left.

A couple thousand people have more reason to “smile” after a visit to the South Coast over the weekend. Many low-income people received free dental work at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

It was a dangerous afternoon for some swimmers in Ventura County, with seven people injured by rip currents.

Ventura firefighters and the Ventura Harbor Patrol were called to the Marina Park area at about 3 p.m. by reports of multiple people being caught by riptides. They rescued four swimmers. Then, rescuers discovered three kids who were also caught in the riptides had managed to make it to safety on the Greenock Lane jetty.

City of Ventura

Today is the 150th birthday of the city of Ventura. The city, then called San Buenaventura, was incorporated in 1866. That's more than 80 years after Father Junipero Serra founded California’s ninth mission there. The city’s century and a half anniversary calls for celebration today.

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.

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.

A Ventura County gang member has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison for a pair of shootings which wounded a nine year old girl, and a man.

Mauricio Chavez of Fillmore entered guilty pleas to nine charges stemming from the attacks last June on Ramona Street, in Ventura.

The nine year old girl, as well as adult male victim escaped with minor injuries.

An autopsy indicates a Ventura County Jail inmate who collapsed during a court appearance died as a result of a pre-existing medical condition.

Courtesy Port of Hueneme Photo

A South Coast city approved a unique proposal to host a college in part of its city hall complex.

The Ventura City Council last night approved a deal for Brooks Institute to lease more than 20,000 square feet of space in the City Hall North complex, as well as some space in the Eric Stanley Gardner Building.

Brooks is currently located outside of Ventura, off of Highway 33.

The college wanted to have a more urban campus.

Having a felony conviction for something like drug possession or shoplifting can be the difference between getting a job or not.

A state proposition intended to decrease jail overcrowding by releasing inmates for a half dozen non-violent offenses is also giving some people a chance to have their convictions reduced.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco talks with attorneys in the Ventura, and Santa Barbara County public defenders offices about the situation.