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Gang Member Pleads Guilty to First-Degree Murder for Newbury Park Killing

Gang Member Pleads Guilty to First-Degree Murder for Newbury Park Killing

Caden Crowell (DOB: 11/19/98), of Camarillo, pled guilty to the first-degree murder of David Smith, age 19, of Thousand Oaks. Crowell also admitted personally using a firearm in the commission of the murder. On the evening of November 30, 2017, Crowell fired one shot from a vehicle and killed Mr. Smith while he was riding […]

Wastewater as Virus Detection Tool

Wastewater as Virus Detection Tool

by Sheryl Hamlin Detecting virus breakouts currently depends on individual testing, preferencing those with symptoms or those who have been exposed to people with symptoms. Because of resource constraints, the asymptomatic population has been less targeted for testing. According to this article in the VCSTAR. “County health officials have said they wanted to increase testing […]

Medical Examiner identifies woman’s body found in Lake Piru

Medical Examiner identifies woman’s body found in Lake Piru

VENTURA, Calif. – The body of a woman found in Lake Piru on Monday July 13, 2020 has been confirmed as Naya Marie Rivera. The cause of death is drowning, and the manner of death is accident. Naya Marie Rivera Age 33 Date of Pronouncement: 7/13/2020 Cause of Death: Drowning Manner of Death: Accident On […]

State orders additional restrictions to slow transmission of COVID-19

State orders additional restrictions to slow transmission of COVID-19

Ventura, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health today expanded statewide its indoor closures for businesses that encourage mixing of individuals beyond immediate households and make physical distancing and wearing face coverings difficult. The state is similarly expanding statewide its order for brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs to close, both indoors and outdoors, unless they […]

Oxnard Man Sentenced for Participating in a Sweepstakes Scam

Oxnard Man Sentenced for Participating in a Sweepstakes Scam

On July 9, 2020, Dennis Dean Varadin (DOB 06/07/54), of Oxnard, was sentenced to 18 months in jail, immediately followed by 38 months of supervised release, and ordered to pay $133,766.88 to victims of his crimes. Varadin previously pled guilty on March 4, 2020, to multiple counts of felony grand theft, receiving stolen property, and […]

COVID-19 Rental Scam Warning

COVID-19 Rental Scam Warning

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten warned today that county residents should be vigilant when using online listing services to secure rental housing. Such services do not typically verify that the person listing a property for rent is actually authorized to do so. This creates an opportunity for criminals to prey upon unsuspecting […]

Suspects arrested for dealing large quantities of Narcotics including Deadly Fentanyl

Suspects arrested for dealing large quantities of Narcotics including Deadly Fentanyl

Ventura County Sheriff  – Incident Press Release On July 9, 2020, Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team concluded a narcotics sales investigation involving Tarcicio Gonzalez, who was involved in the sales of large quantities of narcotics to residents of Ventura County. In June 2020, detectives began an investigation involving Gonzalez in […]

Framework for Reopening Ventura County Schools is Released

Framework for Reopening Ventura County Schools is Released

The Ventura County Office of Education today released a document intended to help local public schools prepare for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The Framework for Reopening Ventura County Schools was prepared by the Ventura County Office of Education in consultation with Ventura County Public Health and the county’s school districts and charter […]

Ventura County: Your Action Is Needed NOW!

Ventura County: Your Action Is Needed NOW!

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors is planning to vote on an ordinance to make major changes to the city’s energy mix, including a ban on natural gas in new homes and buildings at their July 17th meeting. This could result in expensive energy costs, and elimination of customer choice. In the middle of a […]

Operation Rescues Victims of Sex Trafficking

Operation Rescues Victims of Sex Trafficking

Ventura County Sheriff  – Incident Press Release During the first week of July 2020, The Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force and the Thousand Oaks Directed Enforcement Unit conducted an operation to rescue victims of sex trafficking and arrest their traffickers working out of local hotels. During this operation, The Ventura County Human Trafficking Task […]

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