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Law enforcement is releasing more information about the homeless man accused of a random deadly stabbing at a South Coast restaurant.

The suspect, 49-year-old Jamal Jackson, was charged on Friday with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele at Aloha Steakhouse in 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.

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