(l-r) Jesurun Cyrus, 65 of Fillmore, Travis Collett, 59 of Fillmore, Dawn Allen, 55 of Fillmore.
(l-r) Jesurun Cyrus, 65 of Fillmore, Travis Collett, 59 of Fillmore, Dawn Allen, 55 of Fillmore.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

A dispute between roommates over food led to the arrest of three Fillmore residents Tuesday afternoon.

On June 18th, 2019, at 4:30 PM, Ventura County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from a resident at the location, Travis Collett, indicating that Jesurun Cyrus pointed a shotgun at Collett during a dispute at the home.

Deputies and detectives from the Fillmore Police Department responded quickly and set up a perimeter around the home. They made contact with two people from the home, Collett and Dawn Allen, and they safely removed both subjects from the home. Deputies contacted Cyrus by phone and convinced him to exit the home without the shotgun, and he was taken into custody without incident. Deputies conducted a search of the home and recovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun from Cyrus’ bedroom.

During their investigation, deputies discovered that Collett, Allen and Cyrus all live at the residence. Their relationship as roommates has deteriorated to the point where just prior to the call to 911, Cyrus confronted Collett and accused him of eating the last of Cyrus’ food. In an attempt to make peace with Cyrus, Collett and Allen decided to make dinner for Cyrus.

Unfortunately, the attempt to make peace was not received well by Cyrus, and while pointing a shotgun at Collett, he demanded Collett and Allen leave the home.

At the conclusion of their investigation, deputies determined Cyrus did, in fact, brandish a shotgun at Collett. Cyrus was arrested for violating Penal Code Section 417(a)(1) / Brandishing, and he was booked at the Main Jail in Ventura. His bail was set at $10,000. Deputies also determined Collett and Allen were both under the influence of a controlled substance and both were arrested and booked at the Main Jail in Ventura.

Nature of Incident: Three Arrested in Brandishing Incident
Report Number: 19-94601
Location: 700 Block of Fourth Street, Fillmore
Date & Time: 06-18-19 / 4:30 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Jesurun Cyrus, 65, Fillmore
(S) Travis Collett, 59, Fillmore
(S) Dawn Allen, 55, Fillmore
Prepared by: Detective Bill Meixner
Approved by: Captain Eric Tennessen

 


 

Publisher’s Opinion by Martin Farrell

The loss of wildlife in Ventura County’s forest areas has been attributed to toxic residue from illegal marijuana grows deep into the wilderness. “Sheep, foxes, bears found dead after marijuana raids in Los Padres, other state forests”. (Cheri Carlson, Ventura County Star). Criminal growers use many different pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, etc, and leave containers behind after harvesting the crop. These chemicals pollute the streams, poison the wildlife, and remain toxic for years. It’s the job of the U.S. Forrest Service to discover the illegal grow sites, make arrests if possible, and do what they can to find and remove the toxic chemicals, irrigation debris, and camp trash. Access to these remote forest grow sites can usually be achieved by helicopter. This destruction of our forests is another result of America’s newly professed love affair with marijuana and the billions of dollars, and crime, it produces. We can be sure that many of the drug dealers flowing through our now open borders will have no trouble finding work in the virtually defenseless great American wilderness.

 


 
Pictured above is the Fillmore Adult School Class of 2019. Following is a message from Tom Chan, Director Special Projects and Student Services, Fillmore Unified School District: “Fillmore Adult School is a place where people re-imagine a future of opportunities for themselves and their families. More than 40 students this year qualified to graduate, meaning they became a U.S. Citizen, earned a high school diploma, or passed the high school equivalency test. I’m beyond proud of our students! The energy, initiative, and commitment to their own learning inspires us to match that urgency and give them all we’ve got. I am beyond proud of my staff for their steadfast commitment to serve the needs of others. I am also deeply grateful for the District and Board of Trustees for their continued support - none of this would be possible without it! Congratulations to the 2019 Fillmore Adult School Graduates and their families!” Courtesy Fillmore Adult School website.
Pictured above is the Fillmore Adult School Class of 2019. Following is a message from Tom Chan, Director Special Projects and Student Services, Fillmore Unified School District: “Fillmore Adult School is a place where people re-imagine a future of opportunities for themselves and their families. More than 40 students this year qualified to graduate, meaning they became a U.S. Citizen, earned a high school diploma, or passed the high school equivalency test. I’m beyond proud of our students! The energy, initiative, and commitment to their own learning inspires us to match that urgency and give them all we’ve got. I am beyond proud of my staff for their steadfast commitment to serve the needs of others. I am also deeply grateful for the District and Board of Trustees for their continued support - none of this would be possible without it! Congratulations to the 2019 Fillmore Adult School Graduates and their families!” Courtesy Fillmore Adult School website.
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Nova Storage completed its construction and held a Grand (Re)Opening on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 12pm to 2pm the Fillmore community was invited to join Nova Storage for a Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by delicious food, fun photo booth and fabulous prizes, including gift cards, Dodger tickets, and FREE Storage was given away. Photos courtesy Bob Crum.
Nova Storage completed its construction and held a Grand (Re)Opening on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 12pm to 2pm the Fillmore community was invited to join Nova Storage for a Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by delicious food, fun photo booth and fabulous prizes, including gift cards, Dodger tickets, and FREE Storage was given away. Photos courtesy Bob Crum.
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The Fillmore Parks and Recreation Department put on a successful Great American Campout program to the delight of many young campers this past weekend. The weather was perfect with a slight breeze. Several food trucks were present to service the crowd and a campfire was enjoyed by everyone. This was a first-time event for Fillmore so the turnout was encouraging despite its relative smaller numbers. As knowledge of the campout increases from feedback, next year’s get-together is certain to be larger. Thanks to the City of Fillmore for its support, including the clean-up efforts afterwards. Photos courtesy Bob Crum.
The Fillmore Parks and Recreation Department put on a successful Great American Campout program to the delight of many young campers this past weekend. The weather was perfect with a slight breeze. Several food trucks were present to service the crowd and a campfire was enjoyed by everyone. This was a first-time event for Fillmore so the turnout was encouraging despite its relative smaller numbers. As knowledge of the campout increases from feedback, next year’s get-together is certain to be larger. Thanks to the City of Fillmore for its support, including the clean-up efforts afterwards. Photos courtesy Bob Crum.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The 4th of July holiday is a time to enjoy firework shows and show country pride, but is also traditionally one of the more dangerous times on the road.

To keep families safe this Independence Day, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will have extra patrol resources deployed. Their focus will be on impaired driving during the 4th of July holiday.

According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol, seven people were killed and 73 injured in alcohol-related crashes statewide on fourth of July last year. Every deadly crash involved a driver who had been drinking.

“Drinking and driving is a bad combination,” says Captain Shane Matthews. “There is no excuse for making such a reckless choice given all the other options available. Calling a friend or family member for a ride, calling a taxi, or using a ride share application…these options are available to everyone. Please be smart and make this 4th of July holiday a fun and memorable one.”

If you are headed to 4th of July parties, designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening. If you are hosting a party, offer nonalcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor who is drinking. See people leaving who have been drinking? Check how they are getting home. Offer to let them stay the night if a sober driver is not available to take them home.

The average cost of a DUI arrest is approximately $13,500, accounting for vehicle impound fees, fines, attorney fees, auto insurance hikes and other penalties. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office also reminds residents that prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can all be impairing and land you a DUI, especially in combination with alcohol and/or other drugs.

 
Fillmore Fire Department
Fillmore Fire Department

Courtesy of Fillmore Fire Chief Keith Gurrola & The Fillmore Fire Department

• Never allow young children to handle fireworks.

• Older Children should use fireworks only under close adult supervision.

• Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

• Do not hold lighted fireworks in your hand.

• Never light them indoors.

• Only use fireworks away from homes, vehicles, people and flammable material.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Do not ignite fireworks in containers.

• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks.

• Do not put hot fireworks into garbage receptacles.

• Keep a bucket of water nearby to soak spent fireworks for disposal or in case of fire.

• Report any unsafe acts or illegal fireworks activity.

 
The Fillmore City Fire Department will be burning standing grasses and light brush for Inter-Agency Fire Department live fire training. Agencies participating will be Fillmore Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service. We will be burning approximately 1/8 acre at a time over a two-day period with the total acreage being 15 acres. Based on the dry conditions we anticipate 90 to 100 percent consumption of the grasses when completed. The burning will be accomplished using hand firing devices to maintain a constant flank of fire to be extinguished through the coordination of Engine Companies and Handcrews. Live fire training allows firefighters to practice their wildland firefighting skills under a controlled environment while still experiencing realistic emergency conditions. The burning will take place on the west end of Fillmore between River and Ventura streets on Wednesday June 26 and again on Friday June 28 between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
The Fillmore City Fire Department will be burning standing grasses and light brush for Inter-Agency Fire Department live fire training. Agencies participating will be Fillmore Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service. We will be burning approximately 1/8 acre at a time over a two-day period with the total acreage being 15 acres. Based on the dry conditions we anticipate 90 to 100 percent consumption of the grasses when completed. The burning will be accomplished using hand firing devices to maintain a constant flank of fire to be extinguished through the coordination of Engine Companies and Handcrews. Live fire training allows firefighters to practice their wildland firefighting skills under a controlled environment while still experiencing realistic emergency conditions. The burning will take place on the west end of Fillmore between River and Ventura streets on Wednesday June 26 and again on Friday June 28 between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM.
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On Tuesday, June 25th in front of Fillmore High School, construction crews were removing and replacing windows outside the FHS Science Building. This is the start of the many projects that are planned for Fillmore High this summer.
On Tuesday, June 25th in front of Fillmore High School, construction crews were removing and replacing windows outside the FHS Science Building. This is the start of the many projects that are planned for Fillmore High this summer.
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Photo of the Week: "Beekeepers working at the hives. Little brown spots flying around are, ahem, bees! And lots of bees around the hives in the orange grove" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @50mm. Exposure; ISO 320, aperture f/10, shutter speed 1/500s. More Honey Festival Photos to come next week.
Photo of the Week: "Beekeepers working at the hives. Little brown spots flying around are, ahem, bees! And lots of bees around the hives in the orange grove" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7DMKII camera, manual mode, Tamron 16-300mm lens @50mm. Exposure; ISO 320, aperture f/10, shutter speed 1/500s. More Honey Festival Photos to come next week.
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Honey bees & the Sandman
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

On Saturday morning, June 22, I jumped out of bed excited and full of vim and vigor. It was day one of the Fillmore Honey Harvest Festival. I decided to ride the 11:05 a.m. train to Bennett's Honey Farm. Arriving downtown, I was surprised to find a parking space without having to drive around town for 30 minutes. Love miracles!

The Honey Harvest Express left right on time. Oh how I love fun-filled assignments. However, as a long-time photojournalist, I've learned to expect the unexpected so every shoot is a challenge. As expected, it was.

As in years past, there are beehives and workers somewhere on the route. A great photo op. The train usually slows down at the area of the hives, but it's still not as smooth as a drive down Central Avenue in my Rolls Royce Phantom. So, I set a shutter speed of 1/500 second to compensate for the rollicking ride and the aperture at f/10 for depth-of-field. I was ready! We arrived at the designated area and flew by at track speed. Arrrgh! I managed to capture only a couple of so-so photos. Bummer! Not to fret I was told. It was scheduled to run by slowly on the return trip to Fillmore. We'll see.

At Bennett's Honey Farm, we toured the facility. Lots of changes from years past. Starting in the warehouse, we saw worker bees (employees) make beeswax candles and honeycomb trays. Then on to the extractor and the honey filter. After filtering, honey is piped to the highly mechanized bottling room. Then on to the best part: Taste testing! Oh my, so many flavors - buckwheat, red clover, blackberry, avocado, orange blossom, sage, eucalyptus, wildflower and more! Buckwheat is my usual favorite. This year I bought blackberry honey. Soo yummy!

Back on the train, away we go, track speed to Fillmore. I reprogrammed my camera to be ready for the hives in the orchard. As we approached the area, the train began to slow down, slightly. Wait, going too fast! SLOW DOWN!, I yelled, as if the engineer could hear me. Again only a couple of so-so shots. Not happy!

Back in town, I stopped by the Rotary Club's BBQ for a late lunch. Made a few photos of the happy vendors and then back on the next train. But first I yelled up at the engineer to slow down at the beehives! He yelled back; it's up to the conductor. OK!

Off we go. Before long, the conductor came by. Ah, excuse me, but it would be much appreciated if you would have the engineer really slow down at the designated area. He smiled and nodded. At the designated area, the train passed the beekeepers slow enough for me to photograph them and the gazillion bees. A rare successful do over! Did you know that honey bees flutter their wings 200 times per second flying a speedy 15 mph? Harder to photograph than an F-14! The little brown spots in the photo of the week are honey bees!

Back in town, no time to rest. The Fillmore Recreation department's Great American Camp Out was taking place at Two Rivers Park. Oh what fun!!! Tents everywhere. At sundown, Fillmore firemen lit a campfire. With the fire roaring, out came the (flammable) marshmallows and hot dogs. Remember s'mores? Sooo good! Campfire, s'mores, tents, sleeping bags, now that's living. Wait, there's more. As the campfire dwindled, campers gathered to watch an outdoor movie on a giant blow-up screen. Afterward, everyone tucked in their sleeping bags, the Sandman made his rounds but, not until the cow jumped over the moon. Sweet dreams!

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