Sacramento – CAL FIRE firefighters are on high alert as gusty winds will increase the fire danger across much of Southern California. The National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag Warning” starting Thursday morning through Friday afternoon due to a moderate Santa Ana wind event. Gusty winds up to 50 mph are expected across many parts of Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. On Monday, April 15, CAL FIRE increased its firefighting staffing in Southern California and now those crews are prepared to respond to any new wildfires. CAL FIRE’s Southern California airtankers were scheduled to be staffed on April 22, but due to the elevated fire danger, they will be staffed today.

“Fire Season may only be beginning, but the potential for damaging wildfires exists this year due to our dry winter,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “Everyone should be extra careful during this Red Flag Warning and ensure they are ready for a wildfire.”

CAL FIRE is asking everyone to be extra cautious during this Red Flag Warning and help prevent wildfires.

Here are some fire prevention tips:

· Don’t mow or trim grass on windy days

Ensure campfires are completely extinguished
Never pull your vehicle over in dry grass
Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.

CAL FIRE also encourages the public to prepare for wildfires by reviewing the “Ready, Set, Go!” procedures at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

For more ways to help prevent and prepare for wildfires: fire.ca.gov.

 


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

Major Crimes detectives and Jail personnel are investigating a Todd Road Jail inmate death that occurred at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. The death appears to be from natural causes. There was no indication of violence or suspicious circumstances.

On April 17, 2013, at approximately 3:15 a.m., Bucciarelle became ill in her cell at the Todd Road Jail. Deputies and jail medical staff responded immediately and rendered aid. Ventura County Fire personnel and paramedics were summoned and Bucciarelle was transported to Community Memorial Hospital by ambulance. She was pronounced dead at about 6:00 a.m. by hospital staff.

The cause of death is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, pending an autopsy by the Medical Examiner.

Location: Todd Road Jail Facility, Ventura / Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura
Unit Responsible: Major Crimes Unit and Detention Services Legal Unit
Decedent: Address Age
Pamela Bucciarelle Simi Valley 56
Officer Preparing Release: Sergeant Dave Lareva
Follow-up Contact: Senior Deputy Bill Therrien
Date of Release: April 18, 2013
Approved by: Captain Eric Dowd

 


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

Deputies from the Ventura Co Sheriff’s Office Camarillo Station responded to a call of an illegal cockfight in the rental stables of a ranch in the 1900 Block of S. Lewis Rd. They found the cockfighting arena, several injured fighting roosters, sharp metal spurs used to tie onto the roosters’ feet, and veterinary supplies used to boost the roosters’ performance. 20-30 owners/spectators fled upon the deputies’ arrival and were not arrested. Several of the birds had been groomed or trimmed to enhance their fighting ability. Ventura County Animal Services staff responded and removed 7 injured or endangered roosters.

Investigators from Patrol and Major Crimes/Agricultural Crimes will be following up to seek those responsible for the arena in the rented stable.

It is illegal in California to participate for amusement or gain in the fighting of animals including roosters, or to spectate, or permit cockfighting on his/her property.

Nature of Incident: Illegal Cockfighting Arena Located
Report Number: 13-8770
Location: 1700 Block of S. Lewis Rd, Camarillo
Date & Time: 4-21-13 at 8:15 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Patrol Station
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
unknown
Prepared by: Sgt. Gregg Willson
Media Release Date: 4-21-13
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Ray Dominguez (805)384-4726
Approved by: Capt. J. Hernandez

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).

 


 

It took only minutes after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon for people to register hundreds of domain names in an effort to use the Internet to collect money from the public on behalf of the victims of tragedy.

Some of those registered domain names will use this as an opportunity to take advantage of people’s good will by committing fraud.

Multiple fake charities have already been created, and thieves will use a variety of methods, including social networking sites, fake websites, and direct e-mails to commit fraud.

Many of the fraudulent websites contain viruses or spyware that can damage the user’s computer or their network.

The following guidelines should be adhered to when accessing information about the bombings or participating with any charities associated with this tragedy:

• Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events.

• Don’t give out personal or financial information, including your credit card or bank account number, unless you know the charity is reputable.

• Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch, or Guide Star.

• Be cautious of e-mails or websites that claim to provide information because they may contain viruses.

• Do not open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, or click on links/attachments contained in those messages.

• Never reveal personal or financial information in any e-mail or to a telephone solicitor.

• Do not go to untrusted or unfamiliar websites to view information about the bombings.

• Never send sensitive information over the Internet. Always check a website’s security and confirm its legitimacy. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).

Additional information can be found at the website of the Federal Trade Commission, which provides a variety of resources aimed at protecting consumers from fraud.

Go to www.ftc.gov for more information.

Source material: Federal Trade Commission

Nature of Incident: Beware of Internet Scams Related to Boston Marathon Bombing
Location: Nationwide
Date & Time: Apr. 19, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Apr. 19, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
Approved by: Capt. Jerry Hernandez

 


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

On 04-18-13, the East County Major Crimes Unit, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, and Sheriff’s Gang Unit, arrested Byron Alexander and Davion McDaughtery near their residences in the Cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim for robbing Conejo Check Cashing back on 01-10-13.

The arrests are the result of an extensive investigation that has been ongoing for several months and involved the assistance of specialized units within the Sheriff’s Office and neighboring law enforcement agencies.

Both subjects are currently in custody in Ventura County Jail pending their arraignments in Superior Court with bail set at one million dollars.

Nature of Incident: Robbery Arrests
Report Number: 13-672
Location: Cities of Los Angeles and Anaheim
Date & Time: 04/18/13 @ 10:00 AM
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes, Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit, Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Byron Alexander, Anaheim, 37
(S) Davion McDaughtery, Los Angeles, 28
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Alan Hartkop
Media Release Date: April 18, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mike Ferguson @ (805) 494-8222
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

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).

 


 
The Fillmore Fire Department responded to a flare-up of the Goodenough incident above Teitsort Dr. Wednesday of last week.
The Fillmore Fire Department responded to a flare-up of the Goodenough incident above Teitsort Dr. Wednesday of last week.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Today, at approximately 9:30 am, a head on collision occurred, killing a passenger in one of the involved vehicles. Alejandro Pope was driving an Audi A4, and traveling northbound on Reino Road, north of Borchard Road. Amy Stewart, driving a Volvo Sport Utility Vehicle, was stopped in the southbound left turn lane, waiting to enter Borchard Park. Pope’s vehicle then inexplicably crossed into the southbound lanes and collided with Stewart’s vehicle, pushing the Volvo SUV backwards into the hedged landscape of the shopping center on the west side of Reino Road.

The collision caused major damage to the front end of both vehicles, and sent all occupants to Los Robles Hospital for treatment. A passenger in Pope’s vehicle, Nicholas Cwayna, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. All other occupants were treated and released. The infant was not injured as he was secured in his car seat.

Alejandro Pope was arrested after an investigation revealed he was driving while under the influence of drugs. He was charged with 191.5(a) PC / Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated, and 23153(a) VC / Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Causing Injury. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail.

No students at Newbury Park High School were involved in the collision. The investigation is continuing, and the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau is asking for anyone with information concerning the collision to call the Traffic Bureau at 805.494.8271.

Nature of Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision
Report Number: RB#13-7798
Location: 500 Block of Reino Road, Newbury Park
Date and Time: April 9, 2013 9:30 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(P) Alejandro Pope, Newbury Park, 19
(P) Alexa Strausser, Newbury Park, 19
(D) Nicholas Cwayna, Newbury Park, 23
(P) Amy Stewart, Camarillo, 38
(P) Infant, Camarillo, 2 months
Prepared by: Sergeant B. Payton
Media Release Date: April 9, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant B. Payton
805.494.8246
Approved by: Captain C. Rubright

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

Search and rescue volunteers have had a very busy week assisting in the search for two lost hikers in the Cleveland National Forest in Orange County, searching for two at-risk missing teens in Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks, and assisting with evacuations of residents in the path of a fast-moving brush fire in Fillmore.

Ventura County Sheriff’s SAR volunteers were on their way to assist personnel in Orange County late Wednesday in response to a mutual aid request by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Ventura County SAR members assigned to a mixed search team were among the first to hear Kendall Jack’s cries for help and locate her in the rugged area of Trabuco Canyon.

At the same time, other SAR members were called to Wildwood Regional Park to search for two missing teenagers, who were possibly suicidal.

The Sheriff’s Office has seven SAR teams that respond to a variety of calls throughout the county and the region. Ventura County SAR consists of three mountain rescue teams, a dive team, a K-9 team, a medical team, and the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse.

They are kept busy with lost or injured hikers in the backcountry, which encompasses most of the geographic area of Ventura County. The SAR teams are made up of volunteers who participate in a variety of intensive training, including mountain rescue operations, emergency medicine, survival techniques, and swift water rescue.

“Without our search-and-rescue teams, our ability to save lives in remote areas would be seriously diminished,” said Sheriff Geoff Dean.

“The contribution of the SAR teams and all our volunteers cannot be overstated,” Dean said, “and they do it all for free.”

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, and all have career and family commitments. However, when the phone rings, they drop everything to save the life of a stranger.

For more information about the SAR program, visit our website at www.VCSD.org.

Nature of Incident: Search and Rescue Volunteers
Location: Trabuco Canyon, Orange County / Wildwood Regional Park, Thousand Oaks / City of Fillmore
Date & Time: Apr. 3, 2013 to Apr. 8, 2013
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Teams
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Apr. 9, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Sheriff Geoff Dean

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

Since November 2012, the Thousand Oaks Police Department has seen a series of thefts being committed from grocery stores. Women who place their purse in the child carrier portion of a shopping cart were being specifically targeted. The suspects, working in pairs of 2 would wait for the female shopper to become distracted and then one of the suspects would steal the wallet from the purse. A third suspect would impersonate the victims and use the stolen credit cards at various banks to withdraw cash advances from the victim’s account. Then the third suspect would use the stolen credit cards to purchase electronic devices from local retail stores.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Detective Bureau began investigating these cases and were able to identify 2 suspects in this wallet theft ring. On 3/27/13, Pillar Abalos was arrested at the San Fernando Courthouse by detectives for identity theft, misuse of an access card, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. On 4/3/13, S- Darryl Kilgore was arrested in Los Angeles by detectives for burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. This investigation is still ongoing and detectives are actively pursuing several leads in these cases.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind all Ventura County residents to be aware of valuables, including purses, when shopping. The criminals in this case took advantage of shoppers who were distracted for mere seconds. The following are some tips to prevent this type of crime from occurring.

• KEEP YOUR PURSE CLOSE: Never leave your purse unattended while shopping or dining out. Whatever purse you carry, make sure you keep a strap in your hand.
• BE VIGILANT: Stay alert to suspicious people or circumstances. Be mindful of distraction techniques, often done by pairs of thieves to take your eyes off your purse so they can take your wallet. Be especially cautious in busy stores, as noise and confusion increase the opportunity for thieves and pickpockets.
• SECURITY: If you can’t keep your (closed and secured) purse over your shoulder, lock it in the cart with the child strap, or a carabineer. While this will not prevent your purse from being taken, it might deter some thieves. You should still not let the purse out of your sight.

Nature of Incident: Wallet Thefts
Report Number: 13-714, 13-5570, 13-1921, 12-23323, 12-27206
Location: Communities of Thousand Oaks and Moorpark
Date & Time: April 3rd , 2013
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department – Detective Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Darryl Kilgore Los Angeles 51
S- Pillar Abalos Poway 42
S- Unknown Female 18-25
S- Unknown Female 30-35
S- Unknown Female 40
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Britt #3573
Media Release Date: April 4th, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Britt - 805-494-8232
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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

The Moorpark Police Department Special Enforcement Unit continued a three-month investigation into a vandalism crime spree in the City of Moorpark, with the service of a probation search and arrest of a juvenile. This is the fourth arrest in the past four weeks involving graffiti. Over the past three months, a suspect, using a moniker, spray painted several walls throughout the city causing thousands of dollars of damage. Investigators developed information, which led to a male juvenile as a suspect in the case.

On March 30, 2013, Investigators from the Moorpark Special Enforcement Detail and Patrol Deputies from the Moorpark Police Department conducted a probation search at the juvenile’s residence in the 400 block of Millard Street, in Moorpark. Investigatory discovered items of evidentiary value linking the juvenile to the multiple vandalisms.

While at the residence, several subjects were contacted. During the investigation, it was determined that several subjects (listed adult subjects above) were found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. In addition, Angel Cota was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

The juvenile was arrested for two felony counts of vandalism, one misdemeanor count of possession of vandalism tools, and violation of probation. The juvenile was released to an adult guardian. All of the adult subjects were booked into the Ventura County Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura.

Additional arrests, search warrants, and probation searches are expected to continue in this investigation.

Nature of Incident: Felony Graffiti Vandalism Arrests
Report Number: 13-3535, 13-6188, 13-6322, 13-7081
Location: Numerous locations throughout the City of Moorpark
Date & Time: February and March, 2013
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations Special Enforcement / Gang Detail
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V) City of Moorpark
(V) Walgreens
(V) Moorpark Family Care Center
(V) Sherwin Williams Paint Store
(S) Male Juvenile, Moorpark, 16
(S) Stephanie Hastin, Moorpark, 48
(S) Debra Rios, Moorpark, 44
(S) Angel Cota, Moorpark, 27
(S) Nichole Heumann, Moorpark, 38
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Adam Garnier
Media Release Date: 4/5/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Adam Garnier (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

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

Since November 2012, the Thousand Oaks Police Department has seen a series of thefts being committed from grocery stores. Women who place their purse in the child carrier portion of a shopping cart were being specifically targeted. The suspects, working in pairs of 2 would wait for the female shopper to become distracted and then one of the suspects would steal the wallet from the purse. A third suspect would impersonate the victims and use the stolen credit cards at various banks to withdraw cash advances from the victim’s account. Then the third suspect would use the stolen credit cards to purchase electronic devices from local retail stores.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Detective Bureau began investigating these cases and were able to identify 2 suspects in this wallet theft ring. On 3/27/13, Pillar Abalos was arrested at the San Fernando Courthouse by detectives for identity theft, misuse of an access card, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. On 4/3/13, S- Darryl Kilgore was arrested in Los Angeles by detectives for burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. This investigation is still ongoing and detectives are actively pursuing several leads in these cases.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind all Ventura County residents to be aware of valuables, including purses, when shopping. The criminals in this case took advantage of shoppers who were distracted for mere seconds. The following are some tips to prevent this type of crime from occurring.

• KEEP YOUR PURSE CLOSE: Never leave your purse unattended while shopping or dining out. Whatever purse you carry, make sure you keep a strap in your hand.
• BE VIGILANT: Stay alert to suspicious people or circumstances. Be mindful of distraction techniques, often done by pairs of thieves to take your eyes off your purse so they can take your wallet. Be especially cautious in busy stores, as noise and confusion increase the opportunity for thieves and pickpockets.
• SECURITY: If you can’t keep your (closed and secured) purse over your shoulder, lock it in the cart with the child strap, or a carabineer. While this will not prevent your purse from being taken, it might deter some thieves. You should still not let the purse out of your sight.

Nature of Incident: Wallet Thefts
Report Number: 13-714, 13-5570, 13-1921, 12-23323, 12-27206
Location: Communities of Thousand Oaks and Moorpark
Date & Time: April 3rd , 2013
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department – Detective Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Darryl Kilgore Los Angeles 51
S- Pillar Abalos Poway 42
S- Unknown Female 18-25
S- Unknown Female 30-35
S- Unknown Female 40
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Britt #3573
Media Release Date: April 4th, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Britt - 805-494-8232
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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

As part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Thousand Oaks Police Department will be actively ticketing those texting or operating hand-held cell phones during the month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings. The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $279. Last April, over 57,000 tickets were written statewide for texting and hand-held cell use. There were nearly 450,000 convictions in 2012. Whether it’s a ticket or a crash, as the campaign theme states, “It’s Not Worth It!”

Distracted driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. In recent years, hundreds have been killed and thousands seriously injured in California as a result of collisions that involved at least one driver who was distracted. Nationally, an estimated 3,331 died in 2011. As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Thousand Oaks Police Department, is increasingly cracking down on cell phone use and texting. This April will see over 225 local agencies plus the CHP conducting zero tolerance enforcements.

“We all know that talking on our cell phones while driving is distracting, but that doesn’t stop some people from continuing to do it,” said Chief of Police Randy Pentis, “This effort is intended to educate our community about the dangers of cell phone use while driving. We hope that once people see the statistics and realize the danger involved, they will change their driving habits to help protect themselves, their families, and others on the road.”

Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. In addition, studies show that texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver.

Studies also show that there is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations, both of which can result in “inattention blindness” which occurs when the brain isn’t seeing what is clearly visible because the drivers’ focus is on the phone conversation and not on the road. When over one third of your brain’s functioning that should be on your driving moves over to cell phone talking, you can become a cell phone “zombie.”

To avoid a distracted driving ticket or crash, The Thousand Oaks Police Department offers drivers the following tips:

• Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach while driving
• Include in your outgoing message that you can’t answer while you are driving
• Don’t call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving

Nature of Incident: Distracted Driver Awareness Month / April 2013
Report Number:
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
Date & Time: April 2013
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Prepared by: Sgt. R. Harwood
Media Release Date: April 3, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. R. Harwood (805) 494-8271
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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

A worker at the Village Hand Wash Car Wash was injured today after he drove a limousine onto the wash tracks, got out of the vehicle and inadvertently left the vehicle’s transmission in reverse. As the vehicle moved backward, the worker attempted to stop it by pushing it from behind. As he did this, he was trapped between the limousine and a Buick Sport Utility Vehicle that was behind it.

The worker, Gus Carranza, 22 yrs., was treated by AMR and transported to Los Robles ER for medical treatment for a possible broken leg. No others were injured. The incident is under investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Traffic Bureau.

Nature of Incident: Injured worker at Village Hand Wash Car Wash
Report Number: RB#13-7253
Location: Village Handwash Car Wash
3369 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: April 2, 2013 1 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(P) Gus Carranza Moorpark 22
Prepared by: Sergeant B. Payton
Media Release Date: April 2, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant B. Payton
805.494.8246
Approved by: Captain Luis Obregon

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

On March 30, 2013, deputies from the Camarillo Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office conducted compliance checks at the residences of 78 registered sex offenders in communities of Camarillo and Somis. The compliance checks were part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant. California state law requires persons convicted of specific sexual assault crimes to register with the agency where they reside.

65 of the 78 registered sex offenders were in compliance with their registration requirements. 13 of the registrants were not contacted because they were not home or had moved. Detectives will follow-up to determine if those registrants are out-of-compliance. There were no arrests made during any of these contacts.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting similar sweeps randomly throughout the county. The purpose is to verify registered sex offenders are living at their reported residences and within the terms of any probation or parole that may apply.

Camarillo residents can visit the Megan’s Law website (www.meganslaw.ca.gov/) to familiarize themselves with the sex registrants in their community.

Nature of Incident: Sex Registrant Compliance Checks
Report Number: N/A
Location: Communities of Camarillo and Somis
Date & Time: March 30, 2013 @ 3:30 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department
Ventura County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit
Prepared by: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: March 30, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Jeff Miller / 805-384-4721
Investigator Jim Botting / 805-384-4743
Approved by: Captain Chris Dunn

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

Monday morning, a male suspect armed with a handgun, robbed the Citibank branch, at 430 Arneill Road, Camarillo. The suspect fled the area with an undisclosed sum of money. The suspect exited through the south entrance of the bank, ran through the parking lot, and scaled a block wall. The suspect was last seen running in the direction of the Good Shepard Church parking lot. No one was injured during the robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or anyone observing suspicious subjects in or around the general area, is asked to contact Sgt. John Gleason at 805-384-4727.

Nature of Incident: Bank Robbery
Report Number: 13-7159
Location: CitiBank, 430 Arneill Road, Camarillo, Ca
Date & Time: 04/01/2013 - 10:23 AM
Unit Responsible: Special Services, Major Crimes Bureau / Federal Bureau of Investigation
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) – Black Male, 5’10, medium build Unk
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant John M. Franchi
Media Release Date: 04/01/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant John J. Gleason, 805-384-4727
Approved by: Capt. 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).

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

Sheriff Geoff Dean is pleased to announce the graduation of the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center’s Academy Class #2012-2. The graduation ceremony will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, California. The guest speaker for the graduation ceremony will be Julia Brownley, the United States Representative for California’s 26th Congressional District.

The recruits have completed 23 weeks of instruction provided through the combined efforts of local law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice entities. The intense training and education prepares these officers for the responsibilities of serving their communities.

Please see below for the names of the graduating recruits and their respective agencies.

ACADEMY ROSTER
Basic Academy Class #2012-2
Graduating Recruits

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
Maribel Ambriz
Ivan Garcia
Alexandria Nunez
Heather M. van Hemert

SANTA BARBARA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Ryan Patrick Aijian
John V. Barriga
Cynthia Elizabeth Carter
Michael Junmok Chung
Dominic Novelli Flores
Kaitlyn Renee Heinz
Kendal Russell

VENTURA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Devon Einer Anderson
Michael Bowman Barnes
Nicholas Robert Davy
Brian Thomas Gregory
Jesus Nunez
Daniel Vincent Strautman
Brent Allen Underwood

VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Timothy M. Behrend
Jonathan R. Bentrup
Oliver Neil Camales
Nikolai Castaneda-Diffenderfer
Guillermo Cazares
Henry Contreras
Scott R. Duncan
Brian V. Elmer
Preston H. Furukawa
Dustin Heersche
Brian D. Heiser
Matthew David Hirsh
Gerardo Lemus
Christopher D. MacIntyre
Jose L. Martinez
Tyler J. McMahon
Myles Muriedas
William C. Olson
Candace L. Peterson
Niki P. Phongpitag
Andrew Powell
David Rodriguez Jr.
David Sanchez
Meagan E. Smiley
Sarah M. Smith
Schaum H. Song
Mackenzie Kenneth Warren Spears
Eric W. Stolworthy
Daniel Joseph Stradling
David A. Valencia
James J. Walcott
Joshua Lee White

Nature of Incident: Academy Class 2012-2 Graduation
Location: Oxnard Performing Arts and Convention Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, California.
Date & Time: Thursday, April 4, 2013 / 1:00 PM
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center
Media Release Date: April 2, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Captain Paul Higgason (805) 797-6407
Approved by: Captain Paul Higgason

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

During the night of 03/29/2013, members of the Sheriff’s Gang Unit were working gang enforcement and observed a suspicious subject driving a black sedan in the unincorporated area of Oxnard known as El Rio. The Sheriff’s Gang Unit quickly learned that the sedan was associated with (S) Timothy Knight. Knight currently has an active felony warrant for his arrest. Knight is also a known El Rio gang member with a violent criminal history. The Sheriff’s Gang Unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle. After failing to yield, a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended with Knight colliding with a parked vehicle. Knight fled on foot and was quickly taken into custody by the Sheriff’s Gang Unit. A search of the vehicle led to the recovery of a large quantity of methamphetamine. Knight was arrested for being in possession of a controlled substance for sales, evading, and the warrant. He was booked into Ventura County Jail with a bail of $500,000.

Nature of Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Arrest of Wanted Felon
Report Number: 13-7003
Location: Unincorporated area known as El Rio
Date & Time: 03/29/2013 @ 8:25 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Timothy Knight El Rio 31
Prepared by: Detective Jarrod Foote
Media Release Date: 03/30/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jarrod Foote (805) 654-2856
Approved by: Captain Patti Salas

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

On March 30, 2013 at approximately 7:15 PM, City of Thousand Oaks Patrol Deputies responded to the Janss Mall parking structure and contacted a female victim who was reporting an attempted robbery. The female victim stated she was sitting in her vehicle in the Janss Mall parking structure when a male suspect, S-Banuelos, attempted to open the victim’s car door. Upon finding the door locked, the suspect, S-Banuelos, then reached into the open drivers side window and grabbed the victim by her hair. S-Banuelos then released his hold of the victim’s hair and began reaching into the vehicle with both arms. S-Banuelos grabbed the victim in the upper torso and abdomen area. The victim screamed, and the suspect fled the area on a red mountain bike.

On March 30, 2013, at approximately 8:00 PM, City of Thousand Oaks Patrol Deputies responded to the Thousand Oaks Mall parking structure and contacted a female victim who was reporting a battery. The female victim stated she was walking to her vehicle that was parked in the parking structure when a male suspect, S-Banuelos, grabbed the victim from behind. The victim was walking up a set of stairs when S-Banuelos approached her from behind, grabbed the victim around the waist, and pulled the victim backwards toward him. The victim screamed, struggled with the suspect, and broke free. The suspect fled the area on a red mountain bike.

After hearing the suspect description from the first crime, the City of Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Unit began assisting the Patrol units by searching the surrounding areas for the suspect. At approximately 10:20 PM, members of the Special Enforcement Unit located the suspect bicycle and then the suspect in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 800 block of Warwick Avenue. The suspect was detained. Patrol deputies responded to the apartment complex with the two victims. Both victims positively identified the suspect.

Both the Janss Mall and Oaks Mall parking structures have video surveillance monitoring the parking structures. The suspect was captured on both video surveillance systems.

During the investigation, a third victim approached the Oaks Malls Security to report a possible theft from her vehicle. The Oaks Mall Security personnel reviewed the video surveillance where the victim’s vehicle was parked and observed Banuelos in the area where the victim’s vehicle was parked.

Banuelos was arrested for attempted robbery, attempted carjacking, and kidnapping. Banuelos was booked into the East County Jail and is being held on $100,000 bail.

Nature of Incident: Attempted Car Jacking / Attempted Robbery / Kidnapping
Report Number: 13-7075 & 13-7082
Location: Janss Mall Parking Structure & Thousand Oaks Mall Parking Structure
Date & Time: 03/30/13 @ 6:30 PM & 7:10 PM
Unit Responsible: City of Thousand Oaks Patrol Services, Special Enforcement / Gang Unit, and the Detective Bureau.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
V – Female, Thousand Oaks, 19
V – Female, Thousand Oaks, 24
S- Banuelos, Sergio, Thousand Oaks, 19
Prepared by: Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date: 03/31/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Bob Fleming, 805-371-8392
Approved by: Captain J. Hernandez

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

Recent articles posted on social media networks and Internet blogs suggest people in the United States can call 1-1-2 for a more efficient connection to emergency dispatchers than with 9-1-1.

That information is incorrect. The 9-1-1 system is the established method for contacting emergency dispatchers within the United States, while 1-1-2 is the emergency number used throughout Europe. Some wireless service providers have their phone systems programmed to recognize both as emergency numbers and route them appropriately. However, that is not the case with all phone systems.

People should dial 9-1-1 to report an emergency in the United States. Dialing 1-1-2 may not connect to an emergency dispatcher, and could waste valuable time during an emergency.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people to utilize 9-1-1 only during emergencies, and to call (805)654-9511 when requesting a deputy for a report or other routine requests.

Nature of Incident: Dialing 9-1-1, Not 1-1-2
Location: Countywide
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Communications Center
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Eric Buschow
Media Release Date: Mar. 28, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129 eric.buschow@ventura.org
Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar

 
Santa Paula Police Department
Santa Paula Police Department

On Monday, March 25, 2013, at approximately 8:46pm, Santa Paula Police officers responded to the 1300 block of E. Main St. for a report of a dumpster fire. Upon officers arrival a small fire was found inside a dumpster. The fire was found to be small enough to be extinguished with a fire extinguisher. When officers checked the interior of the dumpster they found approximately 20 partially burned counterfeit $20 bills. The counterfeit bills were collected as evidence and will be forwarded to the Secret Service, as they investigate crimes involving counterfeiting money. There was only one subject in the area who moved the dumpster away from a nearby building to stop the further spreading of the fire.

Anyone with information involving this crime is urged to contact Senior Detective Ken Clark at 525-4474 x 277. The Santa Paula Police Department would ask that local businesses pay special attention to the currency they receive within the next several weeks ensuring that it is not counterfeit.

Cody Madison
Sergeant