VENTURA, CA - District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Alex Compian, Jr., (DOB 5/3/88), of Oxnard, was convicted by a jury on June 7, 2012, of first degree murder. The jury also found true a special allegation that Compian personally used a firearm during the commission of the murder.

The crime took place on December 24, 2009, in the city of Oxnard. The victim and Compian lived on the same street at the time of the murder. Following a verbal argument, Compain chased after the victim as the victim sought refuge behind a wooden gate to his own property. Compian approached the victim and fired three times, piercing through the wooden gate and striking the victim three times in the back. The victim was pronounced deceased at the crime scene.

Sentencing on this matter is set for July 31, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 45. Compian faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison.

 

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

Camarillo patrol deputies were dispatched to a reported theft in progress in the area of Golden Pond Drive and Picket Avenue, Camarillo. Witnesses watched as three male suspects entered unlocked vehicles, removed property and placed the property inside a vehicle the suspects had stolen from a nearby residence. Deputies arrived on scene just as the suspects were fleeing the area in the stolen vehicle. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but were led on a short pursuit through local residential streets. In an attempt to elude pursuing deputies, the driver of the stolen vehicle left the roadway and drove through a local park and eventually through a metal gate that guarded the entrance to a vehicle storage yard. While in the storage yard, the driver of the stolen vehicle collided with a tree, which disabled the vehicle. Two of the male suspects fled over a brick wall into a wash area while the third suspect was unable to extricate himself from the damaged vehicle. The suspect in the vehicle was taken into custody immediately and a short time later a second suspect was located in the wash. The second suspect sustained moderate injuries from the collision and was admitted to a local hospital. Stolen property from several victims was found inside the stolen vehicle. Also recovered was a handgun which had been possessed by one of the suspects and discarded in the wash. None of the deputies involved in the pursuit were injured. The investigation continues. If you witnessed something or are the victim of a crime related to this incident, please call Detective Norris.

Nature of Incident: Pursuit of stolen vehicle and recovery of stolen property
12-12895
Report Number: [RB#]1
Location: Village at the Park Camarillo, Ca.
Date & Time: 06/07/2012 @ 0230 AM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Daniel Eugene Senters, Ventura, 39
Ivo Medic Patar, Oxnard, 23
Unknown Caucasian Male
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Senior Deputy Scott Norris, Detective
Media Release Date: June 7, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Scott Norris, Detective Office # 805-388-5120
Approved by: Bruce Macedo, Captain
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).

 


 
"Lives on Fire" to Premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Cal Fire
Cal Fire

Sacramento, CA - Firefighters are part of the communities they serve, but rarely does the public get to see what they do on a day-to-day basis, or what happens after an emergency call. That will change Friday evening. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, will premiere the show “Lives on Fire”, showcasing four CAL FIRE firefighters and their crews as they respond to some of California’s most dangerous emergencies. The show also gives viewers a behind the scenes look at their personal lives at the end of their shifts. The four firefighters featured are from San Luis Obispo, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

The first airing of the series is tonight, Friday, June 8, at 9/8c on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

“I am very proud our firefighters, and all the hard work they do to serve the citizens of California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “This show gives the public the chance to see what a firefighter really goes through every day, and the impact it can have on their lives outside of work.”

Tune in this evening to get a glimpse of CAL FIRE as they serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of California.

For more information on the “Lives on Fire” Show visit http://www.oprah.com/own-lives-on-fire/lives-on-fire.html or contact OWN at Domenic_Morea@own.tv or to find out more about CAL FIRE’s participation contact: Julie.Hutchinson@fire.ca.gov or at 951-377-8380.

 


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

On June 7, 2012, a Nissan pick-up truck traveling northbound in the 2300 block of Moorpark Road struck another vehicle at the intersection of Moorpark Road and Avenida De Los Flores. After the initial collision, the pick-up truck continued up the dirt embankment on the east side of Moorpark Road. It came to rest after shearing off a power pole. The two occupants sustained serious injuries and were transported to Los Robles Hospital for treatment. The driver was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival. Although it appears that speed is a contributing factor, the cause of the collision is under investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau.

Nature of Incident: Vehicle Into a Power Pole
Report Number: RB#12-12964
Location: 2300 blk of Moorpark Road
Date & Time: June 7, 2012 7:35 pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
D - Adult Male, Thousand Oaks, 45
Adult Female, Agoura Hills, 35
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. B. Payton
Media Release Date: June 8, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Mike Berg
805.494.8271
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

 


 

LOS ANGELES, CA - California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of two individuals in a $1.3 million Ponzi scheme that targeted Latino investors, many of whom were seniors.

Edwin G. Salazar, 34, of Downey, CA and Michael Z. Zuniga, 41, of Fullerton, CA were arrested on 57 counts of elder abuse, grand theft and securities fraud. Salazar's bail was set at $100,000 and Zuniga's at $50,000.

"The defendants defrauded investors with promises of guaranteed returns and even convinced some victims to re-finance their own homes in order to participate in the scheme," said Attorney General Harris. "What victims thought was a resourceful real estate investment only brought them losses and heartbreak."

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VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Joe Fidel Flores (DOB 4/23/80), of Santa Paula, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole plus 30 years for the 2003 murder of Samuel Travis Reeves, age 15. A jury found Flores guilty on March 13, 2012, of first-degree murder and also found true the special circumstance allegation and other special allegations regarding the use of a gun, and that the murder was committed to further the activities of the “Bad Boyz” criminal street gang.

Samuel Reeves had no association with any gang. On October 11, 2003, he and two of his brothers attended a party near Santa Paula. Flores was also at the party with a gun and several of his fellow gang members. A fight broke out and Flores joined the fight, shooting at near-contact range and killing the unarmed 15-year-old.

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

At about 11:35 p.m. on June 3, 2012, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received a call of a disturbance in the 600 block of Paseo Esmeralda. Upon the officers’ arrival, they discovered one man that had been severely beaten and another that had sustained a gunshot wound to his foot. Both victims were transported by ambulance to Los Robles Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. At this point, no suspects have been identified.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in this case. Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Dillan Alvarez (Spanish: 805-371-8338) or Detective Todd Welty (805-494-8224).

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: Shooting Victim
Report Number: 12-12594
Location: 600 block of Paseo Esmeralda, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: June 3, 2012 @ 11:35 p.m.

Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Unit
Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(V-1) Hispanic male
(V-2) Hispanic male
Thousand Oaks, CA
Thousand Oaks, CA
26
20
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Todd Welty
Media Release Date: June 4, 2012
Follow-Up Contacts: Detective Dillan Alvarez / 805-371-8338 (Spanish)
Detective Todd Welty / 805-494-8224
Approved by: Captain Steve Wade

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

On 6-2-12, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office conducted 58 compliance checks of registered sex offenders as part of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) grant. Section 290 of the California Penal Code requires persons convicted of specified sexual assault crimes to register with the agency where they reside.

45 of the 58 registered sex offenders were in compliance with their registration requirement. 13 of the registrants were not home or were at work and detectives will follow-up to determine if the registrants have moved or are out-of-compliance. During the compliance checks, no one was arrested.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting similar sweeps randomly throughout the county to verify registered sex offenders are living at their reported residence along with conducting probation and/or parole searches of registered sex offenders who are on probation and/or parole.

Residents of Ventura County can visit the Megan’s Law website (www.meganslaw.ca.gov/) to familiarize themselves with the sex registrants in their neighborhood.

Nature of Incident: 290 Compliance Checks
Report Number:
Location: City of Ojai, Meiner’s Oaks, Casitas Springs and other unincorporated areas of Ojai
Date & Time: June 2, 2012
Unit Responsible: Ojai Police Department and Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Ian Laughlin
Media Release Date: 6-5-12
Follow-Up Contact: Investigator Jim Botting, Sheriff’s Office (805) 384-4743
Approved by: Captain Dave Kenney

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

At 9 pm last night, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team arrested a barricaded subject at his residence after he had brandished a weapon at a female victim earlier in the evening. No one was injured as a result of the arrest. At one point during the event, the subject is believed to have fired a round inside the residence.
At around 5:30 pm, Thousand Oaks Deputies responded to a disturbance call of a subject brandishing a weapon in the 2800 block of Instone Court. When deputies arrived on scene, 46 year old Jason McLaren retreated into his residence. No one else was in the house. From previous calls, McLaren is known to have weapons inside his home.

The surrounding residences were temporarily evacuated. After McLaren was taken into custody, residents were allowed to return to their homes. A variety of Sheriff’s Office resources were utilized to resolve the situation, including the SWAT Team, Tactical Negotiations Unit, Air Unit, Bomb Team, K-9 and Patrol Services.

Nature of Incident: Arrest of Barricaded Subject
Report Number: RB#12-12677
Location: 2800 Block of Instone Court, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: June 4, 2012 5:30 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Jason McLaren Thousand Oaks 46
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. B. Payton
Media Release Date: June 4, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Mark Fullerton, Public information Officer
805.947.8086
Approved by: Captain F. O’Hanlon

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 May 29, 2012, an adult female was walking in the area of Walnut Creek and Arbor Hill Street, in Moorpark. She was approached from behind and pushed to the ground by an unknown male. The suspect sexually battered the victim by touching an intimate part of her body over her clothing. The suspect then fled the area. The victim described the suspect as a White or Hispanic Male, about 6 feet tall, between 25 and 35 years old, with a muscular build and brown hair. The suspect was wearing a blue shirt, blue shorts and white shoes. The suspect was possibly associated with a small off-white SUV with the first digit being 6.

The public is reminded to be aware of their surroundings while walking or jogging. If possible, walk or jog with another person and never walk or jog with earphones.

Anyone with information about this incident is requested to call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Nature of Incident: Sexual Battery by Restraint
Report Number: 12-12131
Location: Walnut Creek and Arbor Hill Street, Moorpark
Date & Time: 05/29/2012 @ 8:54 P.M.
Unit Responsible: Moorpark Investigations
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Unknown 25-35
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Victor Fazio
Media Release Date: 6/4/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Det. McCollum (805) 532-2645
Approved by: Capt. 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).

 

At about 5:38 p.m. on June, 2, 2012, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received a 911 call regarding a robbery in progress at a local CVS Pharmacy. The caller advised that the suspect was armed with a weapon as he demanded prescription medication. Fearing for their safety, the employees submitted to the suspect’s demands and provided him the medication.

Nearby patrol officers responded to the scene and captured the suspect, Trey Weber, as he exited the store. Weber was in possession of a knife that was later identified as the weapon used in the crime. He was also still in possession of the stolen medication.

Weber was arrested for one felony count of robbery. He was booked at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $500,000.00 bail. He is scheduled for arraignment in Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

In addition to this crime, there was a similar unsuccessful attempted robbery that occurred earlier today at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in the City of Ventura. The Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Ventura Police Department are working together to investigate whether Weber may also be responsible for that crime.

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 these types of crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Robbery Suspect Arrested
Report Number: 12-12494
Location: CVS Pharmacy, 1822 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA
Date & Time: June 2, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Investigations Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Weber, Trey Patrick, Thousand Oaks, CA, 18
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Jeff Miller
Media Release Date: June 2, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Mike Ferguson / 805-494-8222
Approved by: Captain Steve Wade

 
Are You Doing the Right Thing, the Wrong Way?

Sacramento, CA – Clearing dead grass and brush 100 feet from homes is a critical step in preparing for fire season. As the fire danger increases, the unsafe use of power equipment can actually start new fires. Every spring, CAL FIRE and other fire agencies remind homeowners of the importance of cutting down overgrown vegetation, but stress that how they clear their Defensible Space is just as important.

“The spark from the metal blade of a lawn mower against a rock can easily ignite a wildfire,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “While it’s important to clear dead grass and brush, we don’t want homeowners doing the right thing the wrong way.

Two weeks ago, a wildfire known as the Banner Fire was sparked by unsafe equipment use, charring 5,321 acres just east of Julian in San Diego County. CAL FIRE officials say the fire serves as a reminder of how dry conditions are and how extra vigilance is needed to prevent wildfires. Homeowners are urged to take advantage of this week’s cooler weather to ensure they have cleared all dead or dying vegetation before increasing temperatures return.

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

Over the past 6 months, officers from the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit conducted numerous “Trap Door” operations at various restaurant establishments licensed through the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) within the City of Thousand Oaks. During the operations, Thousand Oaks law enforcement officers worked undercover as employees of the establishments. The Thousand Oaks officers were assisted by officers from the ABC and were targeting minors who were attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages by presenting false identification. The owners/employees of the establishments cooperated fully with the police department.

In December of 2011, two operations were conducted at two separate locations in Thousand Oaks, which resulted in 3 arrests for possession of false identification. In May of 2012 two additional operations were conducted at two locations in Thousand Oaks, resulting in 3 arrests for possession of false identification.

The primary goal of the operations was to reduce underage consumption of, and access to, alcohol by arresting minors who possess false or borrowed identification. Possession of false, borrowed or altered identification is a misdemeanor. Loaning identification to an underage person to facilitate access to alcohol is also a misdemeanor.

The operations were funded by a grant the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office recently received from ABC. The $65,000 grant is funding various enforcement efforts intended to reduce the underage consumption of alcoholic beverages in all of the Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions.

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Police Conduct “Trap Door” Operations
Report Number: 11-28635, 11-28641,11-28638, 12-11610, 12-11785, 12-11786
Location: Various Restaurant Establishments in Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 12/16/11, 05/23/12, 05/25/12
Unit Responsible: Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving Unit.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Romano Bassi
Media Release Date: 5/29/12
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Romano Bassi (805) 449-2760
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

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

On 5-26-12, Deputies from the Thousand Oaks Police Department, working in partnership with the United States Secret Service, discovered that (A) Jin Tae Kim and (A) Ho Rim Yoon were opening bank accounts and writing checks against the account, with the knowledge that there were insufficient funds in the accounts to cover the checks.

Kim and Yoon were arrested at a Chase Bank Branch in Thousand Oaks, after making several fraudulent transactions at three different banks. During the investigation, it was discovered that Kim and Yoon were conspiring with an unidentified third suspect, who was supplying them with information that was used to compete the crimes. Kim and Yoon were booked at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department’s East County Jail for Burglary, Fraud, and Conspiracy to commit a crime. Investigators are continuing to attempt to identify additional suspects involved in the crimes.

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 these type of crimes. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Bank Fraud Arrests
Report Number: 12-11841
Location: Chase Bank, 3900 Block of Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: 5-26-12 / 12:00 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Forgery / Fraud Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Kim, Jin Tae, Los Angeles, 32
Yoon, Ho Rim, Los Angeles, 31
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Darin Rich
Media Release Date: 5-29-12
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Darin Rich (805) 494-8201
Approved by: Captain Steve Wade

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

On June 25, at about 2:25 PM, enraged suspect Jae Lee entered victim’s home and demanded the residents leave. The victims barricaded themselves into a room in the residence while Lee rummaging through the residents’ property inside the home. Lee was eventually taken into custody and arrested for Residential Burglary, Resisting Arrest and Trespass.

Deputies responded to the scene and confronted Lee in the victims’ home. The officers made repeated attempts and demands for Lee to surrender, but he refused to comply to all demands for surrender. Lee struggled with deputies and armed himself with a heavy glass vase raising it in a threatening manner toward one of the deputies as if he was going to throw it at the deputy. The deputy used a Taser on Lee but Lee was able to remove the probes rendering the taser ineffective. The officer then used pepper spray on Lee to gain his compliance.

The combined use of the less lethal force assisted the officers in being able to safely take Lee into custody. No deputies were injured during the incident. Lee only experienced small puncture wounds at the site of the taser probe impacts and he suffered from the side affects of the pepper spray.

Lee was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for burglary, resisting arrest and trespassing, after treatment at the Ventura County Medical Center for an unrelated medical issue.

Nature of Incident: Burglary, Resisting a Peace Officer and Trespassing Arrest
Report Number: 12-11756
Location: 2600 block Marvella Court, Santa Rosa Valley, CA
Date & Time: May 25, 2012 at 2:33 PM
Unit Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s (Moorpark)
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
S- Lee, Jae New York 40
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Senior Deputy Bob Berger
Media Release Date: 05-29-2012
Follow-Up Contact: Kevin Lynch (805) 532-2714
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

 
California Highway Patrol
California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol is offering a free Start Smart traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents Thursday, June 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Moorpark CHP office (610 Spring Road, Moorpark).

The Start Smart program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions.

The program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions and DUI awareness.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Officer Miguel Duarte at (805) 553-0800.

Funding for this campaign is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

On Sunday May 27th, 2012, at approximately 1:34pm officers responded to the 800 block of E. Virginia Terrace for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival it was determined that an unknown subject had fired a handgun several times striking a vehicle and residence several times. However no one was injured. Through investigation it was determined that two vehicles and several subjects had fled the area. At this time the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Ken Clark at 805-525-4474 Ext 277.

Cody Madison
Sergeant

 
Significant Fire Increase Has CAL FIRE Officials Concerned

Sacramento, CA – Memorial Day Weekend is often the kick-off for summer vacations and outdoor activities. However, CAL FIRE is urging caution this holiday weekend due to the increasing fire danger throughout California.

“Recent fire activity including a 7,000 acre fire just over the border in Nevada, really serves as a reminder, that the conditions are ripe for wildfires,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE. “CAL FIRE crews have already responded to over twice as many fires this year compared to last year at the same time.”

The lack of rainfall across California has set the stage for an increased potential of major wildfires. Coupled with this weekend’s increase in outdoor activities, firefighters will be on high alert. CAL FIRE is asking Californians and visitors to the state to be extra vigilant while recreating in the outdoors.

CAL FIRE would like everyone to remember these important steps this holiday:

Camping:

Obtain necessary permits needed for campfires
Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any campfire
Have a responsible person in attendance at all times
Ensure all campfires are completely extinguished before leaving
When barbequing, never leave the grill unattended

Wildfires are not the only danger posed by the outdoors; drownings also dramatically increase during the Memorial Day weekend. In California, drowning is the leading cause of death among children under 14, and every year CAL FIRE responds to water rescues across the state, many of which tragically claim the lives of both adults and children.

In the Water:

Always wear a life jacket!
Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult
Never swim alone
Drinking and swimming is just as dangerous and drinking and driving.

For more ways to be safe during the Memorial Day Weekend visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

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

The Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau is continuing to investigate the collision that occurred yesterday on Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Live Oak Street. The driver of the GMC van has been identified as Carlos Miguel Serrano-Nino, 52 yrs., of Downey. He was located at the scene and interviewed. He was released pending further investigation.

The adult pedestrian, Griselda Castro, remains in critical condition at Los Robles Hospital. Her two daughters were air-lifted to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. The six-year-old is in critical condition and the four-year-old is in stable condition. The five-year-old female friend was released from Los Robles Hospital this morning.

At the time of the collision, many members of our community came forward offering help to those who were injured. The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to express its appreciation to the citizens of Thousand Oaks for their assistance during this tragic event.

Nature of Incident: UPDATE: Traffic Collision with Injuries-Vehicle / Pedestrians Involved
Report Number: RB#12-11489
Location: Thousand Oaks Boulevard At Live Oak Street
Date & Time: May 22, 2012 2:38 pm
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(P) Carlos Miguel Serrano-Nino, Downey, 52
(V) Griselda Castro, Thousand Oaks, 29
(V) Female, Thousand Oaks, 6
(V) Female, Thousand Oaks, 5
(V) Female, Thousand Oaks, 4
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Sergeant B. Payton
Media Release Date: May 23, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant B. Payton
805.494 8246
Approved by: Captain J. 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).

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

With Memorial Day Weekend starting off our summer, the Camarillo Police Department would like to remind Camarillo residents that children must wear helmets when riding, bicycles, scooters and skateboards. If not wearing a helmet and you are under the age of 18, you could be fined up to $120. Studies show that 74- 85% of bicycle related injuries could be prevented with the proper use of a helmet. Proper use means buying a good helmet, making sure it fits and making sure to buckle the chin strap, fitting the helmet strap securely under the chin.

Remember a bicycle is considered a "vehicle" and riders must follow the rules of the road. Obey all street signs, use hand signals and avoid hazards on the roadway. Wear reflective clothing. If you are riding at night or even at dusk, make yourself visible. You are also required to have a working headlight if you are biking at night.

Officers of the Camarillo Police Department will be enforcing violations of the helmet law and the rules of the road in school areas and on city streets, to assure the safety of the children.

The Camarillo Police Department does have a limited amount of helmets and safety gear available for free, provided to families dealing with financial hardships. For those needing assistance with safety equipment contact an officer at the Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit during regular business hours M-F 8 AM to 5PM, (805) 388-5155.

Nature of Incident: Helmet Safety
Location: City of Camarillo
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Community Resource Unit
Deputy Preparing Media Release:
Deputy Mario Molina # 3664
Media Release Date: 05/24/2012
Follow-Up Contact: Camarillo Police Department Community Resource Unit (805) 388-5155
Approved by: Commander DeCesari