Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Beginning Thursday, September 1st, 2022, the Fillmore Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a 12-week Public Safety Academy for the community. Designed to provide community members with an inside look at law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and other public safety agencies, the program will allow participants to meet with members of the Fillmore Police Department, Sheriff’s Office, Fillmore Fire Department, Ventura County Superior Court, District Attorney’s Office, and Probation Agency. Classes will be held Thursday nights, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the Fillmore Police Station, 524 Sespe Ave.

In 2023 we plan to have another Public Safety Academy which will be held in Spanish. For an application, requirements, and additional information, contact the Fillmore Police Department.

Community: Fillmore Public Safety Academy
Nature of Incident: Fillmore Public Safety Academy
Report Number:
Location: City of Fillmore
Date & Time: Begins 09-01-22 at 6:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Police Department
Prepared by: Deputy Eric Tumbleson
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian

 


 

Fillmore Little League Baseball posted the following on their Facebook page, dated Monday, July 18th, 2022. “Unfortunately, our Fillmore Little League snack bar was broken into this weekend. We are deeply saddened that this has occurred. We are still investigating the damages and loss and will be making repairs as soon as possible. The costs to repair these damages will ultimately mean we have less money to put into our 2023 season. The individual(s) who are responsible for this have taken not just from the FLL, but from our community and our kids. If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact
the Sheriffs Department.” On Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, they posted the following, “And as quick as it was broken… it was fixed!!! The Fillmore Little League would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to Rob Lemons of Lemon Tree Embroidery, Juan
Sanchez of @electricremedy and Mr. Sandoval of Sandoval Handyman for their quick response to help our league!! They covered all
costs and repairs to get our snack bar fixed today!! Thank you for everything you do!!!! BIG round of applause for these upstanding community members!!!!”

 


 
On July 12th, 2022, at 6:24pm California Highway Patrol, Ventura County Fire, AMR Paramedics, and Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department were dispatched to a reported traffic collision in the area of Chambersburg Road and West Guiberson Road near Fillmore. Arriving Firefighters reported a single vehicle that had crashed into the concrete bridge of a ditch, on-scene paramedics advised one occupant was declared deceased, later determined to be Larry Cassidy of Fillmore. Fillmore Police Patrol Services were on scene assisting with traffic control. At 6:40pm, CHP had requested Ventura Coroner. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Anyone, with information about the crash, is asked to call the Moorpark-area CHP Office at (805) 553-0800. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On July 12th, 2022, at 6:24pm California Highway Patrol, Ventura County Fire, AMR Paramedics, and Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department were dispatched to a reported traffic collision in the area of Chambersburg Road and West Guiberson Road near Fillmore. Arriving Firefighters reported a single vehicle that had crashed into the concrete bridge of a ditch, on-scene paramedics advised one occupant was declared deceased, later determined to be Larry Cassidy of Fillmore. Fillmore Police Patrol Services were on scene assisting with traffic control. At 6:40pm, CHP had requested Ventura Coroner. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Anyone, with information about the crash, is asked to call the Moorpark-area CHP Office at (805) 553-0800. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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Hi, my name is Mary, and I’m a close family friend of the Cassidy’s. I’m raising money for Larry Cassidy and his family. Larry passed away in a fatal car crash on 7/12/2022. We all remember Larry as one of the sweetest, kindest, most giving people on this planet. Let’s come together and help support Larry’s family as they plan, grieve and celebrate his life. Anything helps and is much appreciated. Use this link to donate: https://www.gofund.me/e2918991

 


 
(l-r) New Rotary President Dave Andersen, Diego Ramirez, Kim Tafoya, Kobe Lizarraga and Swim Coach Cindy Blatt. Kim Tafoya, FHS Athletics Director and coach for Cross Country, Girls Basketball and Track &Field was the speaker at Fillmore Rotary’s meeting last week. She has been teaching for 18 years and coaching for 17 of those years. Kim is very dedicated to the students not only in athletics, but in academics as well. Two of the athletes were present also, Diego Ramirez and Kobe Lizarraga. Photo credit Martha Richardson.
(l-r) New Rotary President Dave Andersen, Diego Ramirez, Kim Tafoya, Kobe Lizarraga and Swim Coach Cindy Blatt. Kim Tafoya, FHS Athletics Director and coach for Cross Country, Girls Basketball and Track &Field was the speaker at Fillmore Rotary’s meeting last week. She has been teaching for 18 years and coaching for 17 of those years. Kim is very dedicated to the students not only in athletics, but in academics as well. Two of the athletes were present also, Diego Ramirez and Kobe Lizarraga. Photo credit Martha Richardson.
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Randy Garcia, an educator for 15 years, happily returns to the Fillmore Unified School District. Mr. Garcia most recently served as an Assistant Principal in Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD) for the past 4 years. He has previously served as a middle-school Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, a middle school teacher, and elementary teacher.

Mr. Garcia began his career in education with the Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) as a middle school teacher and spent years teaching at both Piru and Mountain Vista Elementary Schools. He also spent a handful of years serving as an assistant coach with the FHS Varsity football and JV baseball programs. In 2012, Mr. Garcia left FUSD to seek an administrative position with the Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD). After six years in PVSD, Mr. Garcia accepted a position as an Assistant Principal with OUHSD, where he served in this role at both Pacifica High School and lastly at Hueneme High School.

Mr. Garcia is a proud resident of Fillmore and product of the Fillmore Unified School District. He is married to Mary-Allyn Garcia, also an employee of FUSD. They have four children, two that are FHS Alumni, and two daughters, who are currently attending FHS.

Mr. Garcia believes in enjoying life by being of service to others. He lives by the quote, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." – Muhammad Ali

 
At the Alumni Dinner back in June, the Fillmore High Alumni Association awarded $50,000 in Scholarships to FHS Students. Pictured above are some of the recipients from this year’s event.
At the Alumni Dinner back in June, the Fillmore High Alumni Association awarded $50,000 in Scholarships to FHS Students. Pictured above are some of the recipients from this year’s event.
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(above) Fillmore High Class of ’82, one of many classes who came out the Alumni Dinner. A big Thank You to Bob Cox Class of ’63! Bob always takes great photos of this event year after year. The next Alumni Event will be Blue & White Night,
Thursday, September 22nd 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
(above) Fillmore High Class of ’82, one of many classes who came out the Alumni Dinner. A big Thank You to Bob Cox Class of ’63! Bob always takes great photos of this event year after year. The next Alumni Event will be Blue & White Night, Thursday, September 22nd 4:00pm to 9:00pm.
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Congratulations to Fillmore’s Vita Jolie Vazquez, 12-years old of Fillmore Middle School who won this year’s Ventura County Fair Poster Contest earning the grand prize of $500. You can see her poster in color on page 10. Photo credit Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center.
Congratulations to Fillmore’s Vita Jolie Vazquez, 12-years old of Fillmore Middle School who won this year’s Ventura County Fair Poster Contest earning the grand prize of $500. You can see her poster in color on page 10. Photo credit Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center.
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The Ventura County Fair has announced that Fillmore’s own 12 year old Vita Jolie Vazquez ha won the first prize in the 2022 VC Fair poster contest. Vita Jolie rendered her exciting illustration in colored pencil and included a quartet of animee-styled screaming kids on the roller coaster. We think she captured the essence of the theme.

“I've always been interested in art and the different forms of it, including the process and stages. That includes drawing and painting, video games, fashion and style. My immediate goals are to get my name and art out there to hopefully find people interested in my art. My ultimate goal would be to make a living out of my work when I'm an adult. I've been drawing ever since I could hold a pen, which was before I could walk, and draw almost daily. This year, however, I have had the best experience and achievements with art. I have had two of my drawings published; one as the official VC Fair poster of 2022 and the other as the back cover of the 2021-2022 Fillmore Middle School yearbook. I will be starting 7th grade at FMS this Fall.” –Vita Jolie Vazquez, 2022 Ventura County Fair Poster Artist.

 
On July 8th, 2022 Police arrested two Fillmore residents Cary Roberts and Billy Howard, during their search detectives seized approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine, over 300 grams of marijuana and several thousands of dollars believed to be derived from illegal drug sales. Photo credit Ventura County Sheriffs Department.
On July 8th, 2022 Police arrested two Fillmore residents Cary Roberts and Billy Howard, during their search detectives seized approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine, over 300 grams of marijuana and several thousands of dollars believed to be derived from illegal drug sales. Photo credit Ventura County Sheriffs Department.
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On July 8, 2022, detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team concluded a narcotics sales investigation into Fillmore resident Cary Roberts who was involved in the sales of illegal narcotics to residents of Ventura County.

During the course of this investigation, detectives developed information regarding the drug trafficking activities of Cary Roberts. Information obtained indicated Roberts was involved in the distribution of bulk quantities of methamphetamine to street level drug dealers in Ventura County. These street level drug dealers would in-turn distribute the narcotics obtained from Roberts to local drug users.

On July 08, 2022, detectives took Roberts into custody without incident. After his arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at Roberts’ residence located in the 700 Block of Fourth Street, in the City of Fillmore California, a wood shop and a Public Storage Unit located in the 700 Block of Santa Maria Street in the City of Santa Paula. Billy Howard was contacted at the wood shop and was found to be in possession of a usable quantity of Methamphetamine.

During the search, detectives seized approximately 30 pounds of methamphetamine, over 300 grams of marijuana and several thousands of dollars believed to be derived from illegal drug sales. The total street value of the methamphetamine seized is estimated at approximately $408,600.00.

At the conclusion of this investigation, Howard was cited and released for violation of HS 11377(a). Roberts was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for violation of HS 11378- Possession For Sales of A Controlled Substance. Roberts’ bail was set at $250,000.00 and is awaiting court proceedings.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Sales Arrest
Report Number: 22-90371
Location: 700 Block of Fourth Street, Fillmore CA
700 Block of Santa Maria Street, Santa Paula CA
Date & Time: 7/08/2022 @ 1:00 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team
Ventura County Combined Agency Team (VCAT)
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Cary Roberts Fillmore 53
Billy Howard Fillmore 61
Prepared by: Sergeant Odilon Malagon
Approved by: Captain Brian Slominski

 
On Sunday, July 17th, 2022, at 1:41am, Fillmore Police Department, Fillmore City Fire, and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported traffic collision near the 1400 Block of Ventura Street in Fillmore. Arriving deputies reported a black SUV collided with a parked Semi near El Pescador. One occupant was reported in the vehicle with a broken arm and was transported by AMR paramedics and taken to a local hospital. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Sunday, July 17th, 2022, at 1:41am, Fillmore Police Department, Fillmore City Fire, and AMR Paramedics were dispatched to a reported traffic collision near the 1400 Block of Ventura Street in Fillmore. Arriving deputies reported a black SUV collided with a parked Semi near El Pescador. One occupant was reported in the vehicle with a broken arm and was transported by AMR paramedics and taken to a local hospital. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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