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

On September 1 at about 8:30 p.m. a Camarillo Police Department patrol vehicle was involved in a non-injury traffic collision with another vehicle at the intersection of Las Posas Rd. and Arneill Rd. The deputy was responding in a black and white patrol car Code-3 (red lights and siren) to an in-progress disturbance call. As it entered the intersection on Las Posas Rd., it collided with another vehicle attempting to make a left turn on to Las Posas Rd. from Arneill Rd. None of the parties involved in the collision were injured.

After colliding with the vehicle driven by the other party, the patrol car rolled over and landed on its top. The deputy was removed from the vehicle with assistance by Ventura County Fire Department firefighters. The patrol vehicle sustained significant damage and the other involved vehicle sustained moderate damage.

The traffic collision is under the investigation.

Nature of Incident: Camarillo Police Department Patrol Vehicle Involved in Non-Injury Traffic Collision During Code-3 Response to Call
Report Number: 12-19816
Location: Las Posas Rd @ Arneill Rd
Date & Time: September 1, 2012 @ 8:30 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department - Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
N/A N/A N/A
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Captain Don Aguilar
Media Release Date: September 2, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349 or don.aguilar@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Derek West

 

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

On August 28, 2012, at about 7:30 p.m., a female minor was walking home from Thousand Oaks High School. A white adult male, driving a black truck, stopped and contacted the female, while remaining in his truck. The male offered the female money. The female, frightened by the male, declined his offer and hurried home. She reported the incident to police.

The following day, two other female minors were skateboarding near CVS Pharmacy located at 125 North Reino Road, when a white male driving a black truck approached them. The male subject offered them money, but the girls declined his offer and walked into the store. Approximately five minutes later, the girls walked out of the store. The male subject again approached them and proceeded to offer them money.

The incidents appear to be related.

Thousand Oaks Police Department is conducting an active investigation and is seeking information from the public regarding these two incidents or any similar incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Luna (805) 494-8229.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind the community to be aware of their surroundings and to continue to educate their children about personal safety. In both these events, the girls remained calm, sought shelter, and notified an adult immediately. Their actions clearly contributed to their safety. For information and prevention tips, please visit:

http://ci.thousandoaks.ca.us/government/depts/police/childlure.asp

Nature of Incident: Child Annoying
Report Number: 12-19493 & 12-19566
Location: Calle Nardo at East Avenida De Las Flores and 125 N. Reino Rd.,
Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time: August 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. and August 29, 2012, 5:20 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, East County Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
White Male, 30’s
Release Prepared by: Detective M. Luna
Media Release Date: August 30, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective M. Luna, 805 494-8229
Media Inquiries: Captain James Fryhoff, 805-797-6378

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


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

A woman was assaulted as she was jogging on a secluded dirt trail in the area of Bowfield Street and Rockfield Street. She was knocked to the ground and struck in the face. During the fight, she was able to strike her attacker and then run to safety and call the police.

Suspect concealed his face from victim. He also fled the scene in an unknown direction.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is seeking information from the public regarding this incident. We also want to remind citizens to exercise with others and stay away from secluded areas whenever possible.

Nature of Incident: Attempted Sexual Assault of Jogger
Report Number: RB#12-19626
Location: Lindero Creek Trail, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: August 30, 2012 1:05 pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Sexual Assault Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Unknown Unknown Unknown
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. B. Payton 1941
Media Release Date: August 30, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Greg Tougas
(805) 371-8397
Approved by: Captain Jim Fryhoff

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 


 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that the final parts of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights have passed out of both legislative houses and have been sent to the Governor’s desk.

“The entire Homeowner Bill of Rights legislative package will ensure fair lending and borrowing practices for California homeowners,” said Attorney General Harris. “California has been the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis and this package of legislation will help affected homeowners, tenants and neighborhoods.”

Senate Bill 1474 by Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, gives the Attorney General’s office the ability to use a statewide grand jury to investigate and indict the perpetrators of financial crimes involving victims in multiple counties.

Assembly Bill 1950, CONTINUED »

 


 

VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Kevin Richard Graehl (DOB 6/30/81), of Westlake, pled guilty on August 29, 2012, to one count of first-degree residential burglary and one count of false imprisonment. Each count included a special allegation that Graehl personally used a firearm in the commission of the offense.

The charges stem from an incident which took place December 15, 2011. Graehl previously had a romantic relationship with one of the victims in the case. When their relationship became strained, Graehl tracked the victim to the home of an acquaintance. Graehl entered the occupied residence with a loaded rifle and falsely imprisoned two victims. Detectives with the Oxnard Police Department conducted a thorough investigation that ultimately led to Graehl’s capture and arrest.

Sentencing in this matter is set for September 28, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 37 of the Ventura County Superior Court.

 

VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Andrew Thomas Enriquez (DOB 4/25/1977), of Ventura, was sentenced to the maximum possible sentence of 14 years in prison for battering his girlfriend with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to her. Enriquez received 11 years stemming from the attack and an additional three years because he had previously been to prison in three prior cases.

The attack in this case occurred during the morning hours of November 3, 2011. During an argument, Enriquez struck his girlfriend in the head with a power tool fracturing her skull, rupturing her ear drum, and causing her to lose consciousness. The victim initially refused to identify Enriquez as her assailant and ultimately testified on his behalf at jury trial. Enriquez was on parole for a crime of domestic violence committed against a different victim at the time of the attack.

On July 24, 2012, a Ventura County jury found Enriquez guilty. On August 29, 2012, given the severity of the crime and his prior record, which includes multiple convictions for crimes of domestic violence, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ryan Wright imposed the maximum possible sentence allowed by law.

 

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the sentencing of the former hospital administrator of Kern Valley Health District, a rare case in which a hospital administrator is being held criminally responsible for conduct by a lower-ranked employee.

Pamela Ott, former hospital administrator of the Kern Valley Health District, pled no contest to one felony count of conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public health based on her failure to adequately supervise the Director of Nursing. During Ott’s tenure as administrator, Director of Nursing Gwen Hughes administered psychotropic medications to 23 elderly residents in order to chemically restrain them for staff convenience. Three patients died.

“Ott neglected her responsibility to monitor the practices of her employees and, in doing so, she endangered the health and well-being of vulnerable residents,” Attorney General Harris said. “California has strong laws to prevent elder abuse and we will enforce them so we can protect the most vulnerable among us.”

Ott was sentenced to three years formal probation, 300 hours of volunteer service, restitution pending conclusion of civil lawsuits. She is required to comply with all orders from the Registered Nursing Board, which is conducting its own investigation into the matter.

In July 2012, Dr. CONTINUED »

 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

As we head into the long Labor Day weekend over 8,100 firefighters remain on the firelines battling the 6 remaining large wildfires in northern California. Firefighters will be getting a break in the weather today in the north but significant fire activity is still possible on several of these well-established wildfires. Coordination continues between Federal, State and Local fire agencies to assist with existing fires and to respond to any new incidents.

The National Weather Service cancelled the Red Flag Warning for northern and central California. Dry conditions will remain as these regions recover from the low humidity and winds that occurred over the last few days. Temperatures will rise slightly as this weather system moves east. The weather should provide firefighters with favorable conditions in many areas as efforts continue to contain these major fires.

Southern California will see weather changes over the next few days as a high pressure system develops to the east and a monsoonal flow develops. This weather pattern could create thunder storms from the Southern Sierras all the way to San Diego. As Thunderstorms occur they create very gusty and erratic winds and often produce lightning. Firefighters will continue to monitor the weather and increased fire threat statewide.

The fire danger in California remains elevated. During periods of high fire danger, CAL FIRE asks that residents living or recreating in or near the wildlands use extreme caution to avoid starting a new fire. It’s important that everyone plan for a fire safe Labor Day Weekend. As a reminder, a statewide burn ban remains in effect for all state responsibility areas. For information on the burn ban please visit: http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/newsreleases/2012/BurnBa...

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama CONTINUED »

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

On 8/18/2012, deputies from the Moorpark Police Department were dispatched to a theft call in the 15300 block of Seitz Court in the City of Moorpark. When they arrived, deputies spoke with two neighbors who explained that about two weeks prior, they hired a contractor, claiming to be an owner of "Guardian Fence" to install a fence between their yards. The neighbors told deputies that the contractor accepted their money but never returned to complete the work. After several days of not showing up, the neighbors called Guardian Fence, and learned that the contractor who accepted their funds, was actually a sub-contractor with no authority to represent the company, make bids or accept funds. Deputies learned that the suspect, identified as Theodore "Ted" Diamond, requested and accepted personal checks from both neighbors made out directly in the name of "Ted Diamond.”

A report was generated and an investigation was initiated into the activities of Diamond. Detectives spoke with the actual owners of Guardian Fence, and learned that they had occasionally employed Diamond as a sub-contractor, off and on, for several months. They also learned that during the week of 8/20/2012, Diamond had misrepresented himself to at least 7 victims, as an employee of Guardian Fence. In each instance, Diamond made a bid to perform work and received cash or a personal check made out to him. In most of the instances, the work was never performed. The owners reiterated that Diamond had no authority to make bids, receive funds or act as an agent of the company.

The owners added that around May of 2012, they signed up, at the urging of Diamond, to subscribe with an internet marketing service that provided leads to contractors who were seeking potential customers. The internet service provided weekly messages to their subscribers of customers seeking contractors to perform construction work. The owners soon learned that Diamond had surreptitiously arranged to have his name and his girlfriend's name replaced as the points of contact, which was how he obtained many of the different customer/ victims.

On 8/21/2012, detectives located Diamond, with the assistance of the Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Unit and arrested him for theft by false pretenses while he was working as a construction laborer for a different construction company. Diamond was interviewed and booked into custody at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

After Diamond’s arrest, detectives continued to investigate his activities and learned of additional victims throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The total dollar loss was determined to be several thousand dollars. Detectives also learned Diamond was a wanted fugitive from the East Coast for the same type of activity. A case was prepared and filed with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office for nine felony and two misdemeanor counts of theft including identity theft with the owners of Guardian Fence identified as victims. Anyone who feels that they may be a victim of Diamond is invited to call the Moorpark Police Department.

Nature of Incident: Identity Theft Arrest
Report Number: 12-19067
Location: Numerous locations throughout Ventura County
Date & Time: July - August 2012
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Police Department Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Theodore Diamond
(V) Guardian Fence
(V) Numerous subjects throughout Ventura County Thousand Oaks 35
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: August 28, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Kevin Lynch (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today that two bills that will help victims by making it more difficult for human traffickers to hide their assets have passed the legislature and have been sent to the Governor’s desk.

Assembly Bill 2466, by Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley), ensures that criminal defendants involved in human trafficking will not dispose of assets that would otherwise be provided as restitution to victims. Senate Bill 1133, by Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), expands the list of assets that a human trafficker must forfeit and provides a formula for using those resources to help victims of human trafficking. Both bills passed unanimously with bipartisan support.

“Human trafficking is big business in California. It is a high profit criminal industry that is expanding rapidly across the globe, including here in California,” said Attorney General Harris. “This legislation will make sure those who perpetrate these crimes will not profit from them.”

Senate Bill 1133 ensures CONTINUED »

 
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Nearly 8,300 firefighters continue making steady progress containing the existing wildfires in northern California. There are still 7 uncontained large fires in California. Overnight the US Forest Service contained the 93,071 Barry Point Fire that was burning on the Oregon & California (Modoc County) border. Resources and personnel have been mobilized from throughout the state to assist with attacking new fires or if rapid growth occurs on existing fires due to the predicted weather. Coordination continues between Federal, State and Local fire agencies to assist with existing fires and to respond to any new incidents.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for northern and central California through tomorrow morning. Gusty winds of over 40 mph and very low relative humidity will combine creating critical fire weather conditions for a large portion of the state. Statewide the temperatures will increase today with a slight cool down predicted by the end of the week. The predicted weather conditions through Wednesday have the potential to significantly impact existing fires that are not 100% controlled or contained as well as any new fires that start.

The Fire danger in northern and central California will remain elevated over the next few days. During Red Flag Warnings and periods of high fire danger, CAL FIRE asks that residents living or recreating in or near the wildlands use extreme caution to avoid starting a new fire. As a reminder, a statewide burn ban remains in effect for all state responsibility areas. For information on the burn ban please visit: http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/newsreleases/2012/BurnBa...

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties (more info…)

Community of Manton & Shingletown

* 27,676 acres - 96% CONTINUED »

 

SACRAMENTO, CA Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a bill to combat blight was signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Assembly Bill 2314 by Assemblymember Wilmer Carter, D-Rialto, provides additional tools to local governments and receivers to fight neighborhood blight caused by vacant homes.

“The foreclosure crisis has had a devastating impact on many families and communities,” said Attorney General Harris. “This legislation will help victims of the crisis who remain in their homes, but have been forced to endure the negative economic, health and safety consequences of blight in their neighborhoods.”

“We need solutions to the problem of blight which threatens the health and safety of California communities hit hardest by the mortgage crisis,” said Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto. “AB 2314 will ensure that local jurisdictions continue to have the tools to prevent and fight neighborhood blight due to foreclosures.”

The new law is CONTINUED »

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

On August 25th, 2012 the Thousand Oaks Police Department held a DUI / Drivers License checkpoint in support of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. Initially the checkpoint was set up for eastbound traffic on Hillcrest Drive at Avenida del Platino. At around midnight the checkpoint was moved and set up for northbound traffic on Moorpark Road south of Janss Road. In addition to the deputies working the checkpoint, motorcycle deputies were assigned to the streets in and around the checkpoint for additional enforcement.

Deputies contacted 643 drivers, conducted 16 DUI investigations and issued 24 tickets for various vehicle code violations. Two drivers were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and were arrested at the checkpoint. Five drivers were issued citations for not having a valid driver’s license and three drivers were issued citations for driving while their license was suspended. A total of seven cars were towed for license violations or DUI.

This operation was funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

For any questions related to DUI and traffic enforcement, please contact Senior Deputy Kelly Roark at (805) 494-8245.

Nature of Incident: Report Number:
Location: Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: August 25-26, 2012, 7 pm to 3 am
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant R. Harwood
Media Release Date: August 26, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy K. Roark
805 494-8245
Approved by: Captain B. Flannigan

 
Monday, August 27, 2012
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Despite gusty winds Sunday afternoon in Northern California, firefighters
continued to make steady progress containing wildfires. Nearly 8,300
firefighters are working on the 8 major wildfires still burning in northern
California. Additional resources and personnel have been mobilized from
throughout the state to assist with new fires or rapid growth on existing
fires, due to the predicted weather conditions. Coordination continues
between Federal, State and Local fire agencies to respond to existing fires
and any new incidents.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for northeastern
California and northwest Nevada from noon through 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Gusty winds of over 35 mph and very low relative humidity have created
critical fire weather conditions in these areas. Portions of Northern
California will see slightly lower temperatures today with lighter winds.
However, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Tuesday in most of
northwest California. This Fire Weather Watch could be upgraded to a Red
Flag Warning as the weather system develops into northern California later
today. These predicted weather conditions have the potential to
significantly impact existing fires that are not 100% controlled as well as
any new fires that start.

The Fire danger in CONTINUED »

 

SACRAMENTO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced a $323.67 million settlement with a Los Angeles-based health maintenance organization over excess Medi-Cal and Medicare payments.

The settlement with SCAN Health Plan, Senior Care Action Network, and Scan Group (collectively known as SCAN), which provides health care and support services in Southern California to the elderly and disabled, constitutes the largest Medi-Cal recovery in the state’s history.

“Californians have lost millions of dollars that should have been going toward the health care of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Attorney General Harris. “This settlement will bring a significant amount of those funds back to the state when it is dearly needed, and I commend all of those involved in this action.”

The matter was initially investigated by the State Controller's Office. The state Attorney General’s Bureau

of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse then commenced its own investigation in cooperation with the United

States Attorney’s Office in CONTINUED »

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

On July 15, 2012, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Camarillo patrol deputies responded to a report of a stabbing that had just occurred in the 2700 block of Barry Street in the city of Camarillo. Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, 20 year old Andres Juache. Deputies determined Juache sustained several stab wounds during a gang related physical altercation with an unidentified male suspect.

Investigators assigned to the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail were summoned to the scene and took over the remainder of the investigation. As this lengthy investigation progressed, 30 year old Rene Ray Cervantez was identified as the suspect in this case. On August 23, 2012, the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail followed up with a search warrant service in the 1000 block of Simon Way, El Rio.

Based on the evidence obtained throughout this investigation, Cervantez was arrested in the city of Camarillo on August 25, 2012. He was booked into the Ventura County Main Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and street terrorism. Cervantez’ bail was set at $150,000.

Nature of Incident: Gang Related Assault with a Deadly Weapon Investigation / Arrest
Report Number: 1221221212 12-15961
Location: 2700 block of Barry Street, Camarillo, CA
Date & Time: July 15, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department - Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Cervantez, Rene Ray, El Rio, CA, 30
(V) Juache, Andres, Camarillo, Ca., 20
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Paul Krueger
Media Release Date: August 25, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective James Sullivan (805) 388-5114
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Nearly 7,700 firefighters continue to battle the 8 major wildfires still burning in northern California. Last night firefighters contained the 650 acre Antelope Fire on the Modoc National Forest, while firefighters on the Ponderosa Fire are expecting full containment Monday morning.

Today, gusty winds will surface across northern California and are expected to continue to be strong through Tuesday. The strongest winds today will be in far northeastern part of the state, where gusts could reach 25-30 mph. The winds have the potential to continue to spread the current fires or cause spot fires to occur over perimeter lines.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to the gusty winds and dry conditions. Fire danger in northern California will be elevated even high over the next couple day. During Red Flag Warnings CAL FIRE asks that residents avoid using powered equipment for mowing or weed eating on dry grass since a simple spark from a mower blade can spark a wildfire. For more fire safety tips during Red Flag Warnings: http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_redflagw....

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties (more info…)

Community of Manton & Shingletown

*27,676 acres - CONTINUED »

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

An on duty Camarillo Police Detective and a 49 year old Somis resident, were victims of a hit and run accident early this morning. Detective Julie Novak was travelling westbound through the intersection of Adolfo and Flynn Roads in an unmarked police vehicle, when her vehicle was struck by a gold Honda Odyssey van. The van was travelling southbound through the intersection when the collision occurred. After colliding with Detective Novak’s vehicle, the van then struck a vehicle driven by Thomas Cogswell. Cogswell was in the eastbound lane of Adolfo Road when his vehicle was struck. The van fled the scene and was later located to the rear of 743 Flynn Road. The Camarillo Police Traffic Bureau is investigating the possibility that the driver of the van may have failed to stop for a red signal. Detective Novak suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Mr. Cogswell was not injured as a result of the collision. The driver of the van, Mariel Recendiz, was arrested for Felony hit and run driving, and driving on a suspended license. Recendiz, who suffered no injuries, was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility, in Ventura.

Nature of Incident: Hit and Run Injury Accident
Report Number: 12-018877 [RB#]
Location: Adolfo / Flynn Road, City of Camarillo
Date & Time: 08/21/2012 / 0700
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims,
V – Julie Novak
V- Thomas Cogswell
S- Mariel Recendiz
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant John Franchi
Media Release Date: 08/21/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sr. Deputy John Popp @ 388-5146
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Yesterday’s winds in northern California added to the challenges firefighters have been facing in containing the current fires. Gusts of 25 miles per hour were experienced in many areas. As of this morning nearly 8,000 firefighters continue to battle the dozen fires that are being fueled by the dry conditions.

While northern California has seen most of the fire activity this week, the potential for lightning today is high in parts of Southern California. A Red Flag Warning is in effect today for dry lightning in the Mountains, Valleys and Deserts of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as well as the Kern County mountains. CAL FIRE remains on high alert in Southern California for the potential of lightning-sparked wildfires.

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties (more info…)

Community of Manton & Shingletown

*24,323 acres - 50% contained
* Evacuation orders in effect

* Over 200 of residences threatened

SHU Lightning Fires, Shasta County (more info…)

East of Redding

* 204 acres - CONTINUED »

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

Jerry Bohannon was reported missing by Sheriff’s detectives in February 2012. There were few leads to work with during the initial missing person report. During the subsequent 7-month investigation, detectives from the Ventura Police Department assisted Sheriff’s detectives interviewing numerous people living in and working around the Ventura River area. On August 9, Bohannon’s body was found in the riverbed during a search. Based on their investigation, detectives believed it was likely Bohannon met with foul play.

The search of the Ventura River area was conducted utilizing Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue cadaver dogs, Homicide detectives, and Sheriff’s patrol deputies. Bohannon’s body was located in a shallow grave by Search and Rescue team members. The body was exhumed with the assistance of Forensic Scientists from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Crime Lab. Ventura County Medical Examiners also responded and determined, after an autopsy, that Bohannon was the victim of a homicide.

Sheriff’s Homicide is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to call Sergeant Joe Evans at (805) 384-4721.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Missing Person’s Body Found and Investigated as a Homicide
Report Number: 12-4307
Location: Ventura Riverbed, north of Highway 101
Date & Time: August 9, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes / Homicide Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) Bohannon, Jerry Dean Ventura 50
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant Joe Evans
Media Release Date:
August 21, 2012
Follow-Up Contact:
Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349
Approved by:
Captain Chris Dunn