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ventura county wildfire rages over 45,500 acres, destroys more than 150 structur


a fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of ventura early tuesday, burning 45,500 acres, destroying homes and forcing more than 27,000 people to evacuate. gov. jerry brown declared a state of emergency in ventura county on tuesday morning because of the thomas fire. “this fire is...






off-duty lapd officer shoots dog attacking woman


ventura, calif. (ap) — an off-duty los angeles police officer shot and killed a dog that attacked a woman and her dog.the incident occurred wednesday afternoon in the city of ventura.ventura police cpl. tank sears tells the ventura county star the lapd officer was driving by and stopped to help as the woman and her dog were being attacked by a pit bull terrier.sears says the woman had already been injured and when the pit bull tried to attack her again, the officer fired.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the los angeles police department is conducting a use-of-force investigation. detective meghan aguilar says that is standard for any employee who discharges a firearm.___information from: ventura county star, http://venturacountystar.com






ventura county wildfire rages over 50,000 acres, destroys more than 150 structur


a fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of ventura early tuesday, burning 50,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing more than 27,000 people to evacuate.about 3,000 homes were evacuated, a firefighter was injured and gov. jerry brown declared a state of emergency in ventura county on tuesday morning, as some 1,000 personnel continued to battle the thomas fire.firefighters had not achieved any containment on the fire as of 2 p.m. tuesday, as authorities expanded mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas and opened new shelters throughout the county.“this fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got,” brown said. “it's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”the state sent resources to help wi






gov. jerry brown requests a major disaster declaration for socal wildfires


captiona group of ventura county residents has filed suit, claiming ventura utilities are responsible for damage caused by the thomas fire. a group of ventura county residents has filed suit, claiming ventura utilities are responsible for damage caused by the thomas fire.






more than 400 structures destroyed in 115,000-acre ventura county wildfire


gusty santa ana winds and bone-dry conditions continued to stoke major wildfires in southern california on thursday as ventura county fire officials said the battle there could last well over a week.by thursday evening, the thomas fire had consumed 115,000 acres, destroyed 427 structures in ventura and damaged at least 85 more, authorities said. an additional 12 structures were destroyed in unincorporated areas of ventura county.as the blaze intruded on santa barbara county, residents living in carpinteria, summerland and other coastal communities nearby were told to prepare to evacuate, even in areas under voluntary evacuation orders.the thomas fire has been burning fast, santa barbara county sheriff bill brown said.“we’re trying to get the word out to everybody that lives along the coast






a fast-moving wildfire engulfs homes in ventura county


(marcus yam / los angeles times)embers are blown down a street by the fast-moving fire in ventura county. (marcus yam / los angeles times)a family packs their belongings before evacuating from a neighborhood in ventura.(marcus yam / los angeles times)a man waters the front of a building in ventura and takes a picture of approaching flames.(marcus yam / los angeles times)john bain and brandon baker take cover from the embers as they try to help stop a fire from burning a home in ventura. (michael owen baker / for the times)firefighters hose burning apartments on kalorama street in ventura. (marcus yam / los angeles times)a chimney is all that stands after a fast-moving fire burned down a home in ventura.(marcus yam / los angeles times)olivia jacobson, 16, wipes her tears as she looks at her






today: a dream deferred, again


captiona group of ventura county residents has filed suit, claiming ventura utilities are responsible for damage caused by the thomas fire. a group of ventura county residents has filed suit, claiming ventura utilities are responsible for damage caused by the thomas fire.






3 men plead not guilty to charges in fatal robbery spree


oxnard, calif. (ap) — three men pleaded not guilty to offenses stemming from a fatal 2017 robbery spree in oxnard.the ventura county star reports joseph martinez entered the plea monday in ventura county superior court. court records say his co-defendants, joel montijo and david flores, pleaded not guilty on thursday.the men are accused of committing a series of robberies in less than an hour on may 16, with two of the alleged crimes ending in the fatal shootings of aaron austin and eduardo leon.the ventura county district attorney’s office says the men were arrested in february and each was charged with two counts of murder and three counts of second-degree robbery.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksa decision has not yet been made about whether or not






amtrak train evacuated after man locks himself in bathroom


moorpark, calif. (ap) — authorities say an amtrak train was briefly evacuated in southern california when a man locked himself in a bathroom after putting on what appeared to be a military tactical vest.ventura county sheriff’s office sgt. eric buschow says deputies met the northbound pacific surfliner in moorpark saturday after passengers reported the man who boarded a stop earlier in simi valley.buschow says the crew and all 93 passengers evacuated as authorities detained the man. the ventura county star reports no weapons were found. buschow says the vest, which looked like a military garment, turned out to be more like one used in paintball games.the 21-year-old suspect, who did not make any threats, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.most






republicans stroke trump's ego and get the tax bill they want


to the editor: the shameless spectacle that took place on the white house steps as republican lawmakers schmoozed with president trump while gloating about the passing of the awful tax bill was both disgusting and nauseating. (“trump notches first big legislative win with tax cut bill — but it’s far from his populist promises,” dec. 20)praising trump as possibly the finest president in u.s. history fooled no one other than trump himself. however, the republicans were simply mimicking russian president vladimir putin’s proven strategy for handling, leading and motivating trump.by stroking the president’s huge ego with outrageous claims, his fawners are rewarded with complete cooperation. cooperation on what? possibly firing special counsel robert s. mueller iii over the holidays?merry chris






rape suspect drinks poison and dies during freeway chase in ventura county, chp


the suspect, who was not identified, was pronounced dead shortly before 8 a.m. after his vehicle veered into the center divider of the freeway and came to a stop near the seaward avenue exit, according to officer kevin denharder, public information officer for the california highway patrol in ventura county.






150 structures destroyed, 27,000 people evacuated in raging southern california


a fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of ventura early tuesday, burning 50,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing more than 27,000 people to evacuate.about 3,000 homes were evacuated, a firefighter was injured and gov. jerry brown declared a state of emergency in ventura county on tuesday morning, as some 1,000 personnel continued to battle the thomas fire.firefighters had not achieved any containment on the fire as of 2 p.m. pacific standard time on tuesday, as authorities expanded mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas and opened new shelters throughout the county.“this fire is very dangerous and spreading rapidly, but we'll continue to attack it with all we've got,” brown said. “it's critical residents stay ready and evacuate immediately if told to do so.”the state






ventura county wildfire rages over 50,000 acres, destroys more than 150 structur


a fast-moving, wind-fueled wildfire swept into the city of ventura early tuesday, burning 50,000 acres, destroying homes and forcing more than 27,000 people to evacuate.about 3,000 homes were threatened by flames, a firefighter was injured and gov. jerry brown declared a state of emergency in ventura county on tuesday morning, as some 1,000 personnel continued to battle the thomas fire.at least 150 structures — including at least one large apartment complex and the vistadel mar hospital, a psychiatric facility — were consumed by flames. but cal fire suspects the true number is hundreds more; firefighters just haven’t been able to get into areas to know for sure.the fall weather sequence helped spark the thomas fire, which as of 5 p.m. tuesday was 0% contained and moving west, fire official






how you can help fire victims in southern california


for a while, southern california was lush and green thanks to a wet winter that spurred a growth in vegetation.but the hottest summer ever recorded in california history dried out much of that new greenery, turning the landscape into fuel for whatever fire needed abetting. then came the santa ana winds. joan didion once described the air before a gust as an “unnatural stillness.” no one is ever fully prepared for what comes after.in this instance, multiple fires have raged throughout southern california for the past several days. in total, more than 116,000 acres have burned and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated. one body has been discovered, several animals have lost their lives and a growing number of structures have been destroyed.below is a list of ways you can help, virtual






how you can help fire victims in southern california


for a while, southern california was lush and green thanks to a wet winter that spurred a growth in vegetation.but the hottest summer ever recorded in california history dried out much of that new greenery, turning the landscape into fuel for whatever fire needed abetting. then came the santa ana winds. joan didion once described the air before a gust as an “unnatural stillness.” no one is ever fully prepared for what comes after.in this instance, multiple fires have raged throughout southern california for the past several days. in total, more than 116,000 acres have burned and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated. one body has been discovered, several animals have lost their lives and a growing number of structures have been destroyed.below is a list of ways you can help, virtual






southern california wildfires force thousands to flee homes, destroy 150 structu


ferocious santa ana winds raking southern california whipped explosive wildfires tuesday, prompting evacuation orders for thousands of homes.the biggest blaze broke out monday in ventura county and grew wildly to more than 48 square miles in the hours that followed, sheriff's sgt. eric buschow said.another fire erupted on the north edge of los angeles, threatening the sylmar and lakeview terrace neighborhoods, where residents scrambled to get out.at least 150 structures had burned so far in ventura county, officials said. officials did not immediately say what type of buildings burned, but tv reports showed homes in flames as well as vista del mar hospital, a facility that treats patients with mental problems, chemical dependency and veterans with post-traumatic stress syndrome.more than 2






california fires, moving north, force more evacuations


monster fires in southern california raged for a seventh day on sunday, edging into santa barbara county while leaving residents of neighboring ventura county to deal with the aftermath of a historic inferno.as hundreds fled for safety in santa barbara county as the fires spread north, residents in ventura county sifted through the rubble of what was once their homes. thousands of other evacuees remained unable to return to their neighborhoods, leaving them to wonder what became of them.despite the widespread loss and uncertainty, residents and officials expressed relief and solidarity sunday, with many saying the devastating fires have helped underscore what is most important in life."everyone has been — to even say 'amazing,' that doesn't even — the words cannot even come to mind about w






calif. man accused of giving cannabis-laced chocolate bar to co-worker


thousand oaks -- a man has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning after authorities say he knowingly gave a co-worker a cannabis-laced chocolate bar without her knowledge.duong che of rosemead was booked at the ventura county sheriff’s office east county jail, and subsequently posted bail, cbs los angeles reports.he is scheduled to appear in court later this month in connection with the charge which stems from the march 12 incident. it was then that authorities allege that 36-year-old che offered a female co-worker a chocolate bar.  “unknown to the victim, the chocolate bar was a cannabis edible with a dosage of thc,” the ventura county sheriff’s office said in a news release. after eating the bar, authorities said the woman began experiencing shortness of breath, confusion, and disorient






calif. man accused of giving cannabis-laced chocolate bar to co-worker


thousand oaks, calif. -- a man has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning after authorities say he knowingly gave a co-worker a cannabis-laced chocolate bar without her knowledge. duong che of rosemead was booked at the ventura county sheriff’s office east county jail, and subsequently posted bail, cbs los angeles reports. he is scheduled to appear in court later this month in connection with the charge which stems from the march 12 incident. it was then that authorities allege that 36-year-old che offered a female co-worker a chocolate bar.   “unknown to the victim, the chocolate bar was a cannabis edible with a dosage of thc,” the ventura county sheriff’s office said in a news release. after eating the bar, authorities said the woman began experiencing shortness of breath, confusion, an






ventura county fire claims 1 fatality in car accident; burns 10,000 acres


december 05, 2017, 5:21 am driven by fierce winds and dry conditions, the thomas fire has forced the evacuation of thousands of homes in the santa paula area as fast-moving flames spread in the ventura county foothills. •it’s burned up to 10,000 acres in the area of santa paula, which is about an hour north by car from woodland hills, in los angeles. •it’s being...






california wildfire: thousands evacuated in ventura county


image copyrightwcbsimage caption the blaze spread over thousands of acres within a matter of hours thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes north of los angeles as a fast-moving wildfire rips through the area.the blaze took hold in the early evening in southern california's ventura county and burned 10,000 acres (4,000 hectares) within a few hours.now it is threatening the cities of santa paula and ventura, officials say.one person was reported to have died in a road accident while trying to flee the fire.two buildings have been destroyed and thousands of homes are without power, according to reports."the fire growth is just absolutely exponential," ventura county fire chief mark lorenzen was quoted by abc news as saying. "all that firefighters can do when we have winds lik






authorities investigating explosion at hollywood restaurant


authorities are investigating an explosion at a restaurant in hollywood, officials said.the blast was reported about 7:30 p.m. on the first floor of a six-story apartment building at 1724 n. highland ave., according to the los angeles fire department.authorities were evacuating the second floor of the building. no injuries have been reported.hazmat crews are responding to the scene. further details about the name of the restaurant, nature and extent of the explosion were not immediately available.this post will be updated as more information becomes available. captiona group of ventura county residents has filed suit, claiming ventura utilities are responsible for damage caused by the thomas fire. a group of ventura county residents has filed suit, claiming ventura utilities are responsibl






residents sue utilities, city of ventura over damage caused by the thomas fire


a group of ventura county residents have filed suit against two utility companies and the city of ventura, claiming they are responsible for damage caused by the thomas fire.the lawsuit, filed friday in ventura county superior court, alleges in part that southern california edison crews working in the hills above the ventura ranch koa holiday campground in santa paula caused the fire.the residents believe southern california edison’s “construction activities caused the ignition of dry vegetation at this construction site, which set off this massive wildfire,” according to court papers.the official cause of the thomas fire, which began in the foothills above thomas aquinas college on dec. 4, has yet to be determined. the fire has destroyed more than 700 homes and contributed to deaths of tw






ventura glad legal battle against 'american sniper' is over


minneapolis — former minnesota gov. jesse ventura is denouncing the late "american sniper" author chris kyle as an "american liar" and says he's glad his five-year legal battle against the former navy seal and his estate is over.ventura on monday declined to say how much money he received for settling his defamation case, but it's "in the bank" and didn't come from kyle's estate.a jury awarded ventura $1.8 million in 2014, but an appeals court overturned the judgment. both sides were preparing for a new trial before the settlement was announced last week. ventura also dropped a related case against harpercollins publishers.ventura says kyle made up a story about punching him out at a california bar for making disparaging remarks about seals. he insists it never happened.






actress heather locklear arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, assault on


actress heather locklear was arrested at her thousand oaks home sunday night on suspicion of domestic battery and assault of a peace officer, according to the ventura county sheriff's department.deputies were called to locklear's house at 9:42 p.m. in response to a domestic incident involving the 56-year-old actress' boyfriend, said sheriff's sgt. eric buschow. authorities did not identify her boyfriend.advertisement"she was extremely hostile and uncooperative and at one point became combative with the deputies" and impeded their investigation, buschow said.additional deputies were called to the scene after locklear started trying to fight with the law enforcement officers, he said. she physically resisted arrest, and deputies struggled to get her into a patrol car.locklear was arrested at






settlement pending in ventura’s case against ‘sniper’ author


minneapolis (ap) — former minnesota gov. jesse ventura and the estate of “american sniper” author chris kyle are apparently working toward a settlement in a yearslong defamation case.a court docket entry on thursday says an upcoming conference and deadline for written statements were cancelled based on a “pending settlement.” attorneys for both sides didn’t comment when asked for details thursday by the associated press.ventura sued kyle in 2012 after kyle, a retired navy seal, wrote in an autobiography that he punched a man who made derogatory remarks about seals. kyle later said the man was ventura. ventura says the incident was fabricated.kyle was killed in 2013 but the case continued against his estate.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.ventura won a $1.8 million






ex-governor, wrestler jesse ventura heads back to russian tv


minneapolis — former minnesota governor and professional wrestler jesse ventura says he hasn't been able to find work since his highly-publicized defamation lawsuit against "american sniper" author chris kyle, so he's returning to russian tv with a new commentary show.ventura told the associated press on thursday that he has personal assurances from russian president vladimir putin that "the world according to jesse" won't be censored by the government-funded rt network.ventura says he lost health insurance with the screen actors guild union last year because he wasn't doing enough work in the industry. he says the rt contract he signed provides health insurance. ventura says the first of 32 shows is expected to air in the next few weeks.ventura's 2015 show "off the grid" was carried by rt






over 30,000 urged to flee as 'strongest storm of the year' barrels toward southe


authorities ordered more than 30,000 santa barbara county residents and workers, and about 2,400 ventura county residents to flee their homes tuesday afternoon as a massive storm lumbered out of the eastern pacific ocean and plotted a collision course with southern california's fragile, fire-scarred coast.the storm — a bloated atmospheric river of tropical moisture known as a "pineapple express" — should make landfall tuesday night. by friday, the system is predicted to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain along the coast and up to 10 inches in the mountains and foothills above montecito, carpinteria and ojai.advertisement"right now … it's taking a bull's-eye shot at santa barbara county, the thomas fire and ventura county," said stuart seto of the national weather service.of the 30,000 people order






over 30,000 urged to flee as 'strongest storm of the year' barrels toward southe


authorities ordered more than 30,000 santa barbara county residents and workers, and about 2,400 ventura county residents to flee their homes tuesday afternoon as a massive storm lumbered out of the eastern pacific ocean and plotted a collision course with southern california's fragile, fire-scarred coast.the storm — a bloated atmospheric river of tropical moisture known as a "pineapple express" — should make landfall tuesday night. by friday, the system is predicted to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain along the coast and up to 10 inches in the mountains and foothills above montecito, carpinteria and ojai.advertisement"right now … it's taking a bull's-eye shot at santa barbara county, the thomas fire and ventura county," said stuart seto of the national weather service.of the 30,000 people order






why there are no confirmed fire-linked deaths or missing person reports in the t


fire officials said residents in ventura county who quickly obeyed evacuation orders were the main reason why confirmed deaths linked to the fires have been avoided.“it’s not easy to evacuate so many people, especially with a fire moving this fast,” said ventura county fire department spokesman scott quirarte.nearly 27,000 people obeyed the alerts that appeared on their phones and which they received from officials who ordered the evacuation at the start of the thomas fire, quirarte said. “people didn’t wait around. people followed the orders, and there wasn’t any delay.”as of friday, ventura county sheriff's sgt. kevin donoghue said that there are no missing persons reports linked to the fire and that all people initially thought missing have been accounted for.donoghue credits social med






california bank robbery suspect found inside couch at home


ventura, calif. (ap) — police say a bank robbery suspect was arrested after officers found him hiding inside a couch at his southern california home.investigators say francisco hernandez was caught on surveillance video june 30 entering a bank, pulling a semi-automatic handgun from a large envelope and demanding money.the 39-year-old was identified as a suspect and a search warrant was served wednesday at his home in ventura. swat officers entered the house and with the help of a police dog located hernandez, who was found inside a couch that had been modified.the ventura county star says (http://bit.ly/2umdl3e) hernandez was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery. it wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information fro






more than 260,000 customers lose power amid intense winds


more than 260,000 customers were without power in southern california late monday due to intense santa ana winds that spread a massive wildfire in ventura county.according to southern california edison, 180,000 customers in ventura county and 83,000 customers in santa barbara have lost power.blackouts were also reported in parts of the san fernando valley.firefighters were dealing with wind gusts that topped 50 mph as the thomas fire burned between santa paula and ventura. thousands of homes were evacuated and several were reported burned.officials said the wind gusts monday night forced them to ground two fire choppers. they hoped to get them back up when the winds calm down.authorities anticipate a high fire risk with a red flag warning in effect through thursday — los angeles and ventur






california governor to visit wildfire scene


fallbrook, calif. (ap) — the latest on wildfires burning in southern california (all times local):10:50 a.m.authorities say they’ve counted more than 1,000 homes and other buildings destroyed by wildfires ravaging southern california for the past week.six fires driven by gusty santa ana winds have torched neighborhoods and rural communities from ventura county north of los angeles all the way south to san diego county.one person died in a car crash wednesday trying to escape the largest fire in ventura county.authorities have called for new evacuations because of that fire, which is burning toward a sanctuary for the endangered california condors in los padres national forest.___8:45 a.m.california gov. jerry brown will visit the scene of a deadly wildfire in ventura as firefighters contin






what's the difference between a debris flow and a deep-seated landslide?


heavy rain overnight has triggered a series of road closures and mud flows in southern california. as of 5 a.m., at least 5 inches of rainfall had been collected in a gauge north of ojai in ventura county, in the burn area of the thomas fire. here’s what you need to know:santa barbara and ventura counties: evacuations: residents in burn zones in santa barbara and ventura counties were  ordered to leave.the 101 freeway was shut down in both directions in the thomas fire burn area as of 5 a.m. due to flooding and debris flow, according to the california highway patrol.route 33 has also been closed between fairview and rose valley roads north of ojai, according to the ventura county sheriff’s department.los angeles county:evacuations: residents in kagel canyon, lopez canyon, little tujunga an






ventura glad legal battle against 'american sniper' is over


minneapolis — former minnesota gov. jesse ventura is denouncing the late "american sniper" author chris kyle as an "american liar" and says he's glad his five-year legal battle against the former navy seal and his estate is over.ventura on monday declined to say how much money he received for settling his defamation case, but it's "in the bank" and didn't come from kyle's estate.a jury awarded ventura $1.8 million in 2014, but an appeals court overturned the judgment. the settlement was announced last week. ventura also dropped a related case against harpercollins publishers.ventura says kyle made up a story about punching him out at a california bar for making disparaging remarks about seals.representatives for the kyle estate and harpercollins did not immediately reply to requests for co






polluted air, health problems brought by southern california fires are expected


a week of major wind-whipped fires across southern california has caused significant air pollution and health problems.the air quality is worst in and around fires burning from ventura county to san diego county, but the smoke has traveled to places not threatened by the flames. and with the santa ana winds dying down, officials say the smoke could stick around for a while.phil moyer, air quality specialist with the ventura county air pollution control district, said a winter storm or new santa ana winds could lift the smoke out of ojai, which is heavily polluted. but there’s no rain in the forecast and winds would have to be very strong to reach the low-lying community, and would likely intensify the fires.“they’re going to see stacks of smoke for a while,” he said.more eastern parts of v






major california freeway closed by fires, severing route between ventura and san


authorities closed a major freeway thursday as flames from the largest and most destructive southern california wildfire jumped lanes and churned toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of los angeles as crews kept an eye on unpredictable winds.a more favorable wind forecast still called for potentially dangerous gusts, but ones not likely to approach historic levels forecasters had feared, according to the national weather service."this is good news for the fire crews as the winds will not be driven quite as vigorously," a weather service statement said.calmer overnight conditions helped crews protect the ventura county resort town of ojai, where most of the 7,000 residents were under new evacuation orders following a big burst of wind late wednesday. evacuations were also order






video shows man trying to save rabbit from ventura fire


this video is getting a lot of attention.it shows a man saving a wild rabbit that was running toward the flames of the thomas fire in ventura county.the man was not identified. but he has a lot of fans this morning.kabc-tv said the scene was captured on highway 1 near la conchita. on wednesday night.






fast-moving brush fire explodes to at least 10,000 acres in ventura county, trig


a fast-moving, wind-fueled brush fire exploded to at least 10,000 acres monday night in the foothills near thomas aquinas college in santa paula and triggered mandatory evacuations of hundreds of homes, officials said.one person was reported killed in a traffic accident on a road closed due to the fire.advertisementstrong winds were pushing the blaze in a southwest direction toward the cities of santa paula and ventura, leading to new evacuations of homes north of foothill road in ventura and reports of power outages.shortly after 10 p.m., richard macklin, a ventura county fire engineer, was on the phone with a news outlet when his fire station in santa paula went dark."we have power now," macklin said about 10:20 p.m. "i got lights, i don't know how they're providing it."other residents i






ventura glad legal battle against ‘american sniper’ is over


minneapolis (ap) — former minnesota gov. jesse ventura is denouncing “american sniper” author chris kyle as an “american liar” and says he’s glad his five-year legal battle against the former navy seal and his estate is now over.at a news conference monday, ventura declined to say how much money he received for settling his defamation case, but it’s “in the bank” and didn’t come from kyle’s estate.a jury awarded ventura $1.8 million in 2014, but an appeals court overturned the judgment. both sides were preparing for a new trial before the settlement was announced last week. ventura also dropped a related case against harpercollins publishers.ventura says kyle made up a story about punching him out at a california bar for making disparaging remarks about seals. he insists it never happened.






a mansion on fire on island view drive in ventura.


two major fires are raging in southern california this morning. the first, the thomas fire in ventura county, started last night and exploded overnight. the second, the creek fire, started at 4 a.m. near sylmar. what you need to know about the ventura fire:what you need to know about the sylmar fire:the 4,000-acre creek fire has prompted evacuations in parts of sylmar and lake view terracethe fire broke out off little tujunga canyon road around 4 a.m. and was threatening homes north of the 210 freewayevacuation centers have been set up at the sylmar recreation center, 13109 borden ave., and sunland senior center, 8640 fenwick st.






heavy rain prompts freeway and road closures throughout region


heavy rain overnight has triggered a series of road closures and mud flows in southern california. as of 5 a.m., at least 5 inches of rainfall had been collected in a gauge north of ojai in ventura county, in the burn area of the thomas fire. here’s what you need to know:santa barbara and ventura counties: evacuations: residents in burn zones in santa barbara and ventura counties were  ordered to leave.the 101 freeway was shut down in both directions in the thomas fire burn area as of 5 a.m. due to flooding and debris flow, according to the california highway patrol.route 33 has also been closed between fairview and rose valley roads north of ojai, according to the ventura county sheriff’s department.los angeles county:evacuations: residents in kagel canyon, lopez canyon, little tujunga an






northern california norteño gang member takes 27 years in antioch homicide


ñmartinez — a murder suspect described by authorities as the leader of an east contra costa norteño gang was sentenced to 27 years in a plea deal wednesday.carlos gabriel ventura, 25, will be eligible for release in 25 years, assuming he has no discipline problems in prison. as part of the deal he admitted to killing 30-year-old deon anderson, an antioch resident who was relaxing in his home when ventura broke down the door and fatally shot him in august 2014.authorities say ventura wanted to kill anderson because anderson had been talking to ventura’s ex-girlfriend. two of anderson’s family members spoke in court, one admonishing ventura for killing anderson “over nothing.”“i want to pray hard for you, but you have to pray for yourself. you have to ask god to forgive you for your sins,” a






police id woman shot dead by ex-husband at california mall


thousand oaks, calif. — authorities have released the names of the woman and the ex-husband who shot her to death at a busy southern california mall.the ventura county sheriff's office identified the victim in saturday's shooting as 29-year-old parisa siddiqi and the suspect as 33-year-old kevin crane.officials say she was working at a retail store at the oaks mall in the city of thousand oaks, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of los angeles, when crane shot her after an argument.investigators say crane then shot himself, but survived and remained in critical condition sunday at a hospital.ventura county sheriff's sgt. eric buschow said saturday that the divorced couple has children, who were found safe.the shooting prompted shoppers to scurry into stores and out exit doors and an hour-






heavy winds and dry air could prolong ventura county wildfire for weeks, officia


gusty santa ana winds and bone-dry conditions continued to stoke major wildfires in southern california on thursday as ventura county fire officials said the battle there could last well over a week.“until the wind stops blowing, there’s really not a lot we can do as far as controlling the perimeter,” ventura county fire chief mark lorenzen said as crews battled the 96,000-acre thomas fire. “this is a fight we’re going to be fighting probably for a couple of weeks.”that grim outlook came just hours after authorities said they discovered the body of a woman in a burn area, and after heavy winds prompted residents to flee the coastal community of faria beach. as smoke billowed overhead and palm trees burned, a police officer drove through the settlement with a megaphone blaring: “mandatory e






brush fire burning near downtown riverside blankets neighborhood in smoke


firefighters, air tankers and helicopters were fighting a brush fire burning in the santa ana river bottom near downtown riverside thursday afternoon.the fire began about noon thursday and began burning within dense vegetation in the riverbed. nearby hillsides and homes were at risk, fire officials said.silvio lanzas, a division chief for the california department of forestry and fire protection in riverside county, told abc 7 the fire had grown to about 35 acres.a plume of smoke could be seen over riverside but it had started to dissipate as helicopters and airplanes made water and fire retardant drops early in the afternoon.some homes near indian hill road were being evacuated. the fire is near mount rubidoux park, officials said.firefighting efforts will be complicated later in the afte






7,700 homes evacuated as fire rages; traffic jams as residents flee


the fast-moving wildfire above ventura forced thousands to evacuate their homes early tuesday.authorities said more than 7,700 homes were under the evacuation order. some homes have burned in the city of ventura.marcus yam / los angeles timesresidents evacuate in ventura.residents evacuate in ventura. (marcus yam / los angeles times)an army of firefighters set up strike teams along foothill communities in ventura and santa paula as the flames, pushed by 50 mph winds, inched close to homes.the evacuations caused traffic jams on several streets as residents fled. at the same time, firefighters were rushing into the hills to set up defenses.here are the evacuation orders for the ventura county fire:mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the following areas:· residents east of dickenson r






after fire and mudslides, montecito struggles; ventura and santa barbara countie


after december’s fires and early january’s floods, any visit to santa barbara county will require homework.caltrans said friday that the 101 freeway, from the ventura-santa barbara county line to south milpas street in santa barbara, would remain closed indefinitely. for updates, check the agency’s website at lat.ms/roadinformation or call (800) 427-7623.amtrak (lat.ms/amtrakservice) on jan. 11 resumed train service between oxnard and santa barbara. while the freeway closure lasts, island packers (islandpackers.com), which usually runs boat trips to the channel islands, is running shuttle service between ventura and santa barbara harbors.though most visitor attractions in ventura and santa barbara counties avoided the fires and floods and have reopened, several are closed. in montecito, wh






probe begins into young woman’s death at monterey's lightning in a bottle festiv


south monterey county – a 20-year-old ventura county woman’s death early sunday morning, the first involving the lightning in a bottle festival at lake san antonio, is under investigation by the monterey county sheriff’s department.baylee ybarra gatlin was pronounced dead at about 3:40 a.m. sunday at twin cities community hospital in templeton, san luis obispo county after being transported there by ambulance following a medical emergency at the art and music festival. an autopsy to determine manner and cause of death is set to be conducted wednesday by the san luis obispo county sheriff’s department coroner’s unit, according to public information officer tony cipolla.sheriff’s cmdr. john thornburg said a detective was being assigned tuesday to conduct an investigation into the woman’s dea






rams punter johnny hekker delivers supplies to ventura county shelter


rams punter johnny hekker woke up, saw the devastation caused by the thomas fire in ventura county, and wanted to help.hekker and his wife, makayla, spent part of tuesday — the rams’ day off from practice — at a target store in newbury park buying supplies to deliver to a shelter at the ventura county fairgrounds.“we are all in it together,” hekker said wednesday at the rams’ practice facility in thousand oaks. “it’s a real situation where we can kind of all rally around one another and try to lift the spirits of these people who have lost everything that they knew.”hekker moved to ventura county when the rams re-located from st. louis to los angeles before the 2016 season. neither hekker’s home, nor those of rams teammates or staff members, have been affected by the fire.by wednesday, the