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

Camarillo Special Enforcement detectives received information that Thomas Long and Melody Knoblauch were using and possessing Methamphetamine at their residence in the upscale-gated community of Sterling Hills in the 2800 block of Diamond Drive in the City of Camarillo. After a three-month investigation, a search warrant was obtained for Long, Knoblauch and their residence.

On 02/07/2013, detectives conducted a search of Long and Knoblauch’s residence where a quantity of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and prescription narcotics were found. Investigators also located a shotgun inside the residence. Long was a prohibited felon in possession of a firearm under California state law.

Long was subsequently booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail, bail set at $55,000, for the following charges:

• Possession of Controlled Substance
• Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
• Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia
• Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Knoblauch was subsequently booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail, bail set at $20, 000, for the following charges:
• Possession of Controlled Substance
• Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
• Possession of Narcotic Paraphernalia

Floyd was subsequently booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail, bail set at $5,000, for the following charge:
• Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrests
Report Number: 13-2915
Location: 2800 block Diamond Drive, Camarillo
Date & Time: 02/07/2013, 2:55 PM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Thomas Long Camarillo 55
Melody Knoblauch Camarillo 52
Tom Floyd Camarillo 52
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Paul Krueger
Media Release Date: 02/08/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Paul Krueger 805-388-5100
Approved by: Captain M. Smith 805-654-9511

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

Detectives concluded a two-month investigation into an attempted robbery that occurred on December 20, 2012. Two male suspects attempted to take two bicycles from two victims at the North Oaks Coin Laundry. During the robbery, one of the suspects brandished a knife. The victims struggled with the suspects, with the suspects eventually leaving without the victims’ bicycles. The incident was captured on surveillance video.

The investigation led the detectives to the two suspects. On February 6, 2013, detectives from the Thousand Oaks Special Enforcement Gang Unit served search warrants at both suspects’ residences. Detectives located property linking both suspects to the crime.

Both suspects were arrested for 664/211 PC – Attempted Robbery and lodged into the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Facility.

Nature of Incident: Attempted Robbery Search Warrant / Arrest
Report Number: 12-28282
Location: 900 Block of Camino La Maida Thousand Oaks, Ca.
1400 Block of Calle Tulipan Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Date & Time: 02/06/13 @ 07:00 AM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department – Special Enforcement Gang Unit.
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date: 02/06/13
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Richard LaSecla (805) 371-8335
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

 


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

On 2/5/2013, the Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit concluded a two month investigation of a Moorpark resident who was selling marijuana from his residence. The investigation led to the arrest of Alexander Marvin, age 19. Information was received from the Moorpark Police investigative unit that Marvin was illegally selling marijuana from his residence and possibly to high school students. Sheriff narcotic detectives initiated an investigation which led to the arrest.

At 5:45 p.m., narcotics detectives detained Marvin after observing him conduct several illegal drug transactions within the city of Moorpark. Detectives searched Marvin’s person and discovered marijuana packaged for sale and proceeds they suspect were from the illegal transactions.

A search warrant was served at Marvin’s residence located at the 12000 block of London Grove Court. During the search of the residence, detectives located additional marijuana, a small amount of cocaine, a large sum of currency determined to be proceeds from the illegal sales, and evidence that Marvin was actively involved in the illegal sales of marijuana.

Marvin was arrested and booked into the East County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale. Additional charges are pending as this investigation is continuing. Marvin’s bail is set at $50,000 and he is scheduled for arraignment on 2/7/2013 at 1:30 p.m.

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 13-2758
Location: 12000 Block of London Grove Court, Moorpark
Date & Time: 2/5/2013, 5:45 p.m.
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, East County Street Team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Alexander Marvin Moorpark 19
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sgt. Jose Rivera
Media Release Date: 2/6/2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Jose Rivera, (805) 383-8700
Approved by: Captain Stephen Wade

 


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

On 02/04/13, the Camarillo Police Department received numerous calls of shots being fired in the area of Barry and Fulton Streets. Deputies responded to the area and learned a 22 year old male victim had been injured as a result of the shooting. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injury and released. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Bureau and Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene as well.

The Camarillo Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is asking that anyone who may have witnessed or has information related to this crime, to please contact Sergeant John Gleason @ 805-384-4727.

Nature of Incident: Attempt Homicide
Report Number: 13-2683
Location: Barry Street and Fulton Street, Camarillo, Ca
Date & Time: 02/04/13 @ 10:27 PM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Patrol / Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
V – Male Camarillo 22
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant John M. Franchi
Media Release Date: 02/05/13
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant John Gleason / 805-384-4727
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).

 

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

On February 11, 2013, family members and friends of inmates currently incarcerated in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Jail facilities will have the ability to correspond with the inmate electronically. The Sheriff, in partnership with Ventura County Information Technology Services Department (ITSD) will launch the “email an inmate” program.

This fee-based service, developed by Ventura County ITSD staff, will provide another option for communication between inmates and members of the community. Inmates currently receive postcards from family and friends, in addition to magazines and books directly from the publisher. There is no restriction on legal or governmental correspondence.

The email program was designed to provide a contemporary and efficient means for information to be shared with an inmate. The email will be printed and delivered to the inmate; however the inmate will not be able to respond electronically. Inmates are able to contact members of the community via US Mail in the form of postcards, letters, greeting cards, or by telephone, or weekly visits.

In the initial phase of this program, only text will be allowed. Each email has a maximum of 4500 characters (equivalent to one page). The emails are available in quantities of :
10 ($10.00 + 1.50 processing fee),
25 ($23.75 + 1.50 processing fee), and
50 ($45.00 + 1.50 processing fee).

Each inmate may receive 5 emails per day, per sender.

The revenue generated from this program offsets the operational costs and credit card processing fee associated with program delivery. All revenue exceeding the operational costs is deposited into the Inmate Welfare Fund (IWF) Trust account. By law, the IWF Trust exists for the sole purpose of funding education, vocation, recreation and reentry programs for the inmate population.

Members of the community who are interested in sending an email to an inmate may do so via the Sheriff’s website, www.vcsd.org. Click on the “VCSD Jail - Inmate Information” icon and complete the form to locate the inmate. Once the inmate’s record has been located, the community member will be able to click on the button “email” and register their billing and contact information and send the email.

Nature of Incident: New Program – Email an Inmate
Location: www.VCSD.org VCSD Jail - Inmate Information Icon
Date & Time: February 11, 2013
Unit Responsible: Detention Services Division
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Commander Linda Oksner
Media Release Date: February 5, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Commander Linda Oksner, (805) 933-8505

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).

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed a lawsuit against one of the nation’s major credit rating companies for inflating its ratings of structured finance investments, which caused California’s public pension funds and other investors to lose billions of dollars.

The complaint, filed today in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC violated the False Claims Act and other state laws by using a ratings process based on what senior executives described as “magic numbers” and “guesses.”

“For years, S&P placed its priority on maintaining its market share, instead of the investors who trusted in its supposedly objective ratings,” said Attorney General Harris. “When the housing bubble burst, S&P’s house of cards collapsed and California paid the price—in billions. S&P must be held accountable for its conduct that contributed to one of our country’s worst financial crises.”

Investors relied on S&P and its competitors to rate these securities because they had access to only general descriptions of the assets backing their investments, which often included mortgages. California’s public pension funds also relied on S&P because they are often required to buy securities that received a coveted “AAA” rating, signaling that the investment was top-tier and bore minimal risk.

The complaint alleges that CONTINUED »

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

On 01/11/2013, Deputies from the Camarillo police station conducted a traffic enforcement stop on an Acura sedan in the city of Camarillo and identified the driver as Baldomero Alamillo. While talking to Alamillo, the deputies smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, a loaded semi-automatic handgun and additional ammunition was located. A records check on the handgun revealed Alamillo was not the registered owner. The deputies attempted to locate the registered owner of the handgun, with negative results.

During the investigation, Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail detectives located and contacted the registered owner of the handgun. The owner of the handgun told investigators that the handgun that was recovered from Alamillo’s vehicle, along with three other firearms and property were stolen sometime in 2008; the other three firearms were not recovered by our investigators.

On 02/01/2013, deputies from the Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail (SED) and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Gang Unit (SGU) served a search warrant at Alamillo’s residence in the city of Santa Paula. A search of Alamillo’s vehicle and residence revealed Alamillo was in possession of marijuana and cocaine, along with corresponding evidence indicating he is involved in narcotic sales. Two additional firearms and ammunition were also located and seized as evidence.

Alamillo was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for PC 496(a)-Possession of Stolen Property and H&S 11351-Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale.

Anyone having information about this case should call Detective Francisco Jauregui at 805-388-5113, or if you wish to remain anonymous, the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Nature of Incident: Firearms and Narcotic Arrest
Report Number: 13-830 and 13-2351
Location: 400 Block Acacia Road, Santa Paula
Date & Time: February 1, 2013 at 9:05 a.m.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail and Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Baldomero Alamillo Santa Paula 28
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Deputy Francisco Jauregui
Media Release Date: February 1, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Francisco Jauregui
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo

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

The City of Thousand Oaks has experienced a recent increase in thefts of property from vehicles and open garages. The suspects in these cases have targeted both unlocked cars with items in plain view, and open garage doors that allow easy access.

On February 1, 2013, the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit received information from a reliable source that (S) Tommy Gonzales was in possession of numerous items that were stolen from vehicles and open garages during the past month. Information was also received that (S) Gonzales was receiving this stolen property in exchange for cash and/or drugs.

On February 2, 2013, the Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at (S) Gonzales’ residence with the assistance of the Thousand Oaks Police Department’s Investigative Bureau and Patrol Services.

Numerous items of stolen property were located at the residence and the investigation is continuing as to who the rightful owners are. It is believed the stolen property is primarily from the Newbury Park area within the City of Thousand Oaks. During the investigation (S) Gonzales and (S) Ramos admitted to receiving the stolen property from other persons.

While searching the residence detectives located evidence that indicated (S) Gonzales was in possession of marijuana for sale, and in possession of controlled substances for sale. The investigation revealed that (S) Gonzales and (S) Sevilla have two children together; a 4-year-old boy and a 6-month-old boy. Due to the children’s access to the contraband, the drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, and the exposure of the children to persons selling stolen property and/or purchasing drugs at the residence a DEC (Drug Endangered Children) investigation was initiated. Ventura County Child Protective Services Agency was requested to respond to the location. Child Protective Services conducted their own investigation and ultimately took the two children into protective custody.

(S) Gonzales was arrested for four felony counts: 273a(a) PC – Child Endangerment, 496(a) PC - Possession of stolen property, 11351 H&S – Possession for sale of a controlled substance, and 11359 H&S – Possession for sale of marijuana. He was booked at the East County Jail on $50,000.00 bail.

(S) Sevilla was arrested for one felony count: 273a(a) PC – Child Endangerment. She was booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $50,000.00 bail.

(S) Ramos was arrested for one felony count: 496(a) PC – Possession of stolen property. He was booked at the East County Jail on $10,000.00 bail.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would not have located these suspects without this crucial tip from the public. Citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious activity, as it may lead to the piece of the puzzle that can solve a crime. Citizens are also reminded to lock their cars, avoid leaving items of value in their cars, and assure they close their garage doors.

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: Receiving Stolen Property Search Warrant / Arrest
Report Number: 13-2506
Location: 100 block of Hope Road, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Date & Time: 02/02/13 @ 7:00 PM
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department - Special Enforcement Unit / Investigations Bureau / Ventura County Child Protective Services
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Gonzales, Tommy John
(S) Sevilla, Sonia
(S) Ramos, Michael
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Dan Hawes
Media Release Date: February 3, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Matt Theobald (805) 371-8396 for thefts from vehicles
Detective Jason Christmann (805) 371-8332 for the Child Endangerment and drug charges.
Approved by: Captain J. Hernandez

 

OAKLAND, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed a civil lawsuit on February 1 against BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America, Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Company for allegedly violating state laws governing hazardous materials and hazardous waste by failing to properly inspect and maintain underground tanks used to store gasoline for retail sale at more than 780 gas stations in California.

“Safe storage of gasoline is not only common sense, it is essential to protecting the integrity of California’s groundwater resources,” Attorney General Harris said. “California’s hazardous waste laws safeguard public health and this lawsuit ensures proper maintenance of the tanks that store fuel beneath California’s communities.”

Attorney General Harris was joined in this enforcement action by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, Glenn County District Attorney Robert Maloney, Merced County District Attorney Larry D. Morse II, Nevada County District Attorney Clifford Newell, Placer County District Attorney R. Scott Owens, San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager and Yuba County District Attorney Patrick McGrath.

The complaint filed CONTINUED »

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed lawsuits against two international apparel manufacturers for gaining an unfair competitive advantage over American companies by using pirated software in the production of clothing imported and sold in California.

The companies, based in China and India, did not pay licensing fees for software, including products manufactured by Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec and others. The complaints allege that the foreign apparel manufacturers who have not paid software licensing fees have a significant cost advantage in the low-margin business of apparel manufacturing, shipment and sales.

“Companies across the globe should be on notice that they will be held accountable in California for stealing our intellectual property,” Attorney General Harris said. “This is an anticompetitive practice which harms our state’s economy and is illegal. These lawsuits go after overseas companies whose unlawful actions are eroding California’s garment industry and placing California companies who legally pay for computer software at a disadvantage.”

The lawsuits, filed!--break--> in Los Angeles County Superior Court, charge Pratibha Syntex Ltd. of India and Ningbo Beyond Home Textile Co. Ltd., and its sister companies, of China with violating California’s Unfair Competition Law. Since 2010, the Ningbo Companies shipped approximately 713,000 pounds of apparel products into California. Pratibha has shipped more than 19,000 pounds into the state.

Ningbo Beyond Group exports men’s suits, blazers, coats and jackets, as well as fleece cargo pants, fleece jackets and caps to California. Pratibha Syntex exports women’s cotton tops and other clothes for men, women, and children.

The complaints also allege that these companies obtain an unfair advantage because they can redirect money saved by using pirated software to hire employees and to expand their facilities and their research and development efforts. Furthermore, American companies that are developing software, particularly software that is used in the garment industry, are discouraged from investing in new technology and products if they know their software will be used illegally.

California’s apparel manufacturers, which are largely based in Los Angeles County, employed more than 580,000 people last year and generated more than $5 billion in annual revenues since 1990. In 2010, the industry employed 40,872 workers in Los Angeles County, which accounts for nearly 70 percent of the industry’s workforce in the state.

A study by the Orange County Business Council found that California has lost nearly 400,000 manufacturing and technology jobs over the past decade to countries where piracy rates are as high as 80 percent. This activity has resulted in a loss of $1.6 billion in economic activity and $700 million in tax revenue for California.

The complaints are attached to the online version of this release at http://oag.ca.gov/news.

 

SANTA ROSA, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of three suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners. Six websites allegedly used by the suspects to advertise their scheme have been intercepted and redirected to a resource page on the California Attorney General’s website.

The felony complaint alleges that Ronald Vernon Cupp, 58, of Santa Rosa, deceived homeowners by falsely advertising a way to “kill” their mortgage debt on six websites including www.wekillyourmortgage.com. Cupp was assisted by Randall Gilbert Heyden, 69, of San Rafael, and Angelle Wertz, 38, of Santa Rosa, a public notary who allegedly certified phony legal documents. Cupp allegedly recorded fraudulent documents, which would only delay a foreclosure, not actually satisfy the preexisting mortgage debt.

“Vulnerable California homeowners thought they were working to save their homes but were actually the victims of a fraudulent scheme,” Attorney General Harris said. "Today, it's not enough to dismantle the brick-and-mortar aspect of a criminal operation; we need to shut down criminal operations in cyberspace as well."

Cupp, Heyden and CONTINUED »

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

Over the past few months, Sheriff’s Ojai Patrol Deputies and Narcotics Investigators have received a steady stream of information of criminal activity surrounding a residence in the 4100 block of North Ventura Ave, in the unincorporated county area north of the City of Ventura. Patrol deputies had received several calls describing drug use, fights, and other incidents that disturbed the public peace.

On 1-25-2013, at about 0800 hours, Narcotics Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence and contacted Tina Rogers and Anthony Maxwell. Subsequent to this investigation, it was determined Rogers was selling heroin and methamphetamine from her residence. Detectives located approximately 2 grams of heroin, syringes filled with heroin, and approximately 1.5 grams of methamphetamine. Numerous used syringes, narcotics and other paraphernalia were found in Rogers’ bedroom that she shares with her nine year old child.

Rogers was arrested for possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sale, under the influence of a controlled substance, and felony child endangerment. Maxwell was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Both were booked into the Sheriff’s Main Jail.

The child was released to the Ventura County Child and Family Services.

Nature of Incident: Narcotic Search Warrant and Arrests
Report Number: 13-1811
Location: 4100 Block N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, Ca.
Date & Time: 1-25-2013, 8:00 AM
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Ojai Patrol units and Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Tina Rogers, Ventura, 42
(S) Anthony Maxwell, Ventura, 23
(V) Unnamed Juvenile
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Mike Horne
Media Release Date: 1-25-2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Mike Horne (805) 383-8700
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

 
Charges include possession of a stolen gun, under the influence, possession of methamphetamine, conspiracy to illegally transfer/sell firearms
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

During the first two weeks of January 2013, detectives with the Sheriff’s Gang Unit began investigating the illegal transfer/sale of firearms by several individuals in Fillmore. Detectives obtained a search warrant for two residences in Fillmore, one in the 1300 block of Blue Jay and the second in the 700 block of 5th St.

On 1-17-13, at about 1000 hours, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, with assistance from the Fillmore Police Department detectives, served the search warrant. Detectives located several firearms, one of which had been reported stolen.

Four individuals were arrested at the scene and subsequently booked at the Main Jail. Arthur Escoto was booked for possession of a stolen gun, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and under the influence while in possession of a firearm. Martin Gaspar was booked for a felony warrant and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Daniel Cervantes was booked for being under the influence and for being in possession of drug paraphernalia. Jasmine Medina was booked for being in possession of methamphetamine and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Escoto and Cervantes were additionally booked for conspiracy to illegally transfer/sell firearms.

Nature of Incident: Search Warrants
Report Number: 13-1149
Location: 1300 block of Blue Jay / 700 block of 5th St. in Fillmore, CA

Date & Time: 01/17/2013 1000 Hours
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit / Fillmore Police Department Detectives
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Arthur Escoto, Fillmore, 27
(S) Martin Gaspar, Fillmore, 23
(S) Daniel Cervantes, Fillmore, 22
(S) Jasmine Medina, Fillmore, 18
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Jeremy Paris
Media Release Date: January 23, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Gabriel Gonzales 805-677-8772
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

Nature of Incident: “Hot Prowl” Burglary Suspect Arrested
Report Number: [RB#] RB# 13-1593
Location: 2100 Block of Farnworth Street, Camarillo, CA
Date & Time: January 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Detective Bureau and Camarillo Patrol
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
Ford, Demetrios K Camarillo 27
Narrative:

On January 22, 2012, Camarillo Patrol deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Farnworth Street, in the city of Camarillo for a burglary in progress. The victim reported hearing someone ring her doorbell, but did not answer it. The victim later saw the suspect attempting to open the rear sliding glass door to the home. When the suspect saw that someone was home, he fled the area. The victim was able to observe the suspect retreat into a nearby home.

Deputies arrived on scene and immediately searched the area. They located (S) Demetrius Ford in the residence the victim saw him run into. Ford lived at the home he was located in. The victim positively identified Ford as the suspect she saw attempting to open her back doors.

Ford was transported and interviewed at the Camarillo Police station. While at the police station, Ford was able to slip off his handcuffs and ran out of a rear door at the police station. Ford was immediately pursued by the arresting officer and apprehended outside of the police station.

Ford was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility for burglary, under the influence of a controlled substance and escape.

Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Pete O’Sullivan
Media Release Date: January 22, 2012
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Greg Gibson (805) 388-5116
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo

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

At 0528 hours, today’s date, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call involving a 58 year old male subject, who was threatening to commit suicide with a gun. The subject was inside a residence with his girlfriend. Camarillo deputies were dispatched to the residence, in the 1600 block of Pierside Lane. Deputies began to acquire additional information about the incident and requested the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Tactical Negotiations Unit to respond.

At approximately 0854 hours, the incident came to a successful conclusion, and the suicidal subject was taken into custody. Nobody was injured as a result of this incident, and the subject was taken for a Mental Health evaluation. Residents in the area were alerted to the incident through the use of the “VC Alert” system.

Nature of Incident: Suicidal / Barricaded Subject
Report Number: 13-1513
Location: 1600 Block of Pierside Lane, Camarillo
Date & Time: January 21, 2013 at 0530 hours.
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Police Department
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
V - Male Camarillo 58
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant John Franchi
Media Release Date: January 21, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant John Franchi / (388-5135)
Approved by: Captain Melissa Smith

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

John Strumpfler was arrested for residential burglary on 1-17-13. A Newbury Park resident returned home after running an errand and interrupted the burglary. Strumpfler fled the residence when he was discovered and the homeowner gave chase. The homeowner was able to detain Strumpfler in the 3500 block of Bear Creek Court and call 911. Strumpfler still had several items of the homeowner’s property in his possession when he was detained. Strumpfler was booked on one count of residential burglary, and his bail has been set at $50,000.00.

The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind citizens to secure their residences prior to leaving home, even if only leaving for a short period of time. We would also like to remind residents to report all suspicious activity or persons in residential neighborhoods. Thieves will often loiter in residential areas, looking for homes and cars to burglarize.

Nature of Incident: Residential Burglary Arrest
Report Number: 13-1199
Location: 3300 block of Daniel Street, Newbury Park
Date & Time: 1-17-13 @ 8:53 am
Unit Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department / East County Investigations
Suspect City of Residence Age
John Strumpfler Newbury Park 19
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Det. Roger Kelley
Media Release Date: 1-18-13
Follow-Up Contact: Det. Roger Kelley 805-494-8216 / Det. Pete Seery 805-494-8221
Approved by: Captain Mike Hartmann

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

The Moorpark Police Department and the Moorpark Unified School District will host a community drug forum on the evening of January 23, 2013 to discuss community trends and the impacts caused by the abuse of heroin, prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana and new designer drugs (i.e., Bath Salts, Spice).

Prescription pill and heroin abuse has increased in many communities throughout the United States, and the reason may surprise most people. Many of the young people who find their way down a path toward opium addiction began the treacherous journey in a medicine cabinet at home.

Most prescription pain medications derive their potency from opium. With pills being commonly prescribed for a variety of ailments, they are easily accessible both at home and on the street. The transition from pills to either smoking or injecting heroin is inevitable, given ample supplies and relatively cheap prices.

Learn the growing trends in substance abuse through our expert panel. Learn what signs and symptoms to look out for and get expert advice on how to overcome addiction. This drug forum offers a wealth of quality information and discussion of drug related topics, in addition to assistance for individuals struggling with addiction.

More than 60% of teens said that drugs were sold, used or kept at their schools! About 64% of teens (12-17) who have abused pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives, often without their knowledge. By the 8th grade, 52% of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 41% have smoked cigarettes, and 20% have used marijuana.
Teenagers whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t.

The communities in Ventura County are no exception to this growing problem. Officials from law enforcement and the medical field will host a forum that is free to attend and open to anyone interested in learning more about this disturbing trend in our community.

Please come join us on January 23, 2013, from 6 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at the Performing Arts Center located at Moorpark High School. The forum will feature Assistant Sheriff Gary Pentis, Sgt. Victor Fazio and Los Robles Emergency Room Doctor Matthew Beatty.

Nature of Incident: Moorpark Community Drug Forum
Report Number: N/A
Location: Moorpark High School Performing Arts Center,
4500 Tierra Rejada Road, Moorpark
Date & Time: January 23, 2013 / 6:00 PM
Unit Responsible: Community Resource Unit
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Deputy Chris Starks, Community Resource Officer
Media Release Date: January 17, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Chris Starks, (805) 532-2700
Approved by: Captain Ron Nelson

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

On January 15, 2013, at 5:00 PM, the Camarillo Detective Bureau and the Ventura County Sheriff’s SWAT team served a search warrant in the 600 block of Via Alondra, in the city of Camarillo.

The Camarillo Detective Bureau has been investigating multiple forgeries and identity theft cases throughout the county since October 2012. The investigation revealed that (S) Drew Dotts was operating a very large and sophisticated identity theft ring out of his business in the 600 block of Via Alondra. Detectives also had information that Dotts, a convicted felon, was in possession of multiple weapons, including an Uzi sub-machine gun.

Due to the nature of the possible weapons involved, the Ventura County Sheriff’s SWAT team was requested to serve a search warrant at the location. Once SWAT was on scene, negotiators attempted to contact Dotts numerous times prior to entry. Dotts initially refused to comply with their requests to exit the building, but ultimately he surrendered and was taken into custody.

Detectives searched the building and located a large quantity of items used in the commission of identity theft and fraud/forgery. Detectives also located several airsoft weapons to include one that appeared to be a simulated Uzi sub-machine gun.

Dotts was arrested for several counts of burglary, fraud/forgery and identity theft. He was booked at the Ventura County Jail and is due to appear in court on January 17, 2013. His bail is set at $500,000.00.

Nature of Incident: SWAT Activation / Search Warrant / Arrest
Report Number: [RB#] RB#: 12-24835 / 12-26947
Location: 600 Block of Via Alondra, Camarillo, CA
Date & Time: January 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM
Unit Responsible: Camarillo Detective Bureau, Ventura County Sheriff’s SWAT team
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Dotts, Drew Alan Camarillo 45
Deputy Preparing Media Release: Sergeant Pete O’Sullivan
Media Release Date: January 16, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Scott Norris (805) 388-5120
Approved by: Captain Bruce Macedo

 

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the sentencing of the former Director of Nursing of a Kern Valley Healthcare District hospital with a skilled nursing facility, a rare case in which a medical professional has been criminally charged and sentenced under elder abuse laws for the illegal chemical restraint of patients.

Gwen D. Hughes, 59, the former Director of Nursing, was sentenced to three years in state prison Wednesday in Kern County Superior Court. Hughes pled no contest on October 11, 2012 to one felony count of elder abuse with a special allegation that the abuse contributed to the victim’s death.

Hughes ordered the administration of psychotropic medications to 23 elderly residents of the skilled nursing facility not for therapeutic reasons, but instead to control and quiet them for the convenience of staff. The drugs were given to patients who were noisy, prone to wandering, who complained about conditions or were argumentative. The drugs hastened three patients’ deaths, according to the investigation, and all 23 suffered some form of adverse physical reaction as a result. Many of the patients were under care for Alzheimer’s or dementia.

“Elder abuse in skilled nursing facilities is a particularly heinous crime because vulnerable victims and their families have placed their trust in the facilities to provide quality care, preserve their dignity and enjoy a better quality of life,” Attorney General Harris said. “This defendant maliciously and dangerously drugged patients for her own personal convenience. This is clearly outrageous conduct that justifies a state prison sentence.”

This case was investigated and charged by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Medical Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA). Reflecting Attorney General Harris’ career-long commitment to elder abuse prosecutions, BMFEA has created specialized teams in Sacramento and Los Angeles composed of legal and medical professionals to investigate cases involving systemic elder abuse.

The California Department of Public Health began an initial investigation in 2007, following complaints from an ombudsman that a patient in the skilled nursing facility had been held down and injected with psychotropic medicine by force. They found evidence of patient harm, and issued a Certificate of Immediate Jeopardy against the facility, before turning the case over to the Justice Department.

Evidence indicated that Hughes directed the hospital’s director of pharmacy to write doctor’s orders for the unnecessary psychotropic medications.

The orders were signed at a later time by the medical director. Pamela Ott, former chief executive officer 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. 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. Hoshang Pormir, the Medical Director, was also sentenced to 300 hours of volunteer service, restitution pending conclusion of civil lawsuits, and a requirement to comply with all orders from the Medical Board. Pormir failed to conduct examinations of patients or monitor their reactions to medications.

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

On November 2, 2012, patrol deputies from the Headquarters station were dispatched to a subject with a gun call at a residence in the 2500 block of Eucalyptus Drive in Oxnard. Upon their arrival, deputies contacted two adult victims and discovered they had been assaulted. During the incident, one of the victims was injured when two suspects forced their way into the residence. The two suspects displayed firearms and stole property from the victim.

While the suspects attempted to leave the location, a second victim exited an adjoining residence and attempted to intervene. One of the suspects pointed a firearm at that victim and a physical confrontation ensued, resulting in minor injuries to the second victim. Ultimately the suspects were able to flee the area with the stolen property. Both victims received medical treatment for their injuries.

Following the home invasion robbery, the Sheriff’s Gang Unit conducted a criminal investigation. Through numerous interviews and investigative techniques, detectives identified the two suspects as William Arthur and Thomas Hartley. Detectives also identified Crystal Cabral as the driver of the suspects’ get away vehicle. The three suspects were subsequently booked at the Main Jail for various charges including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment by violence.

Nature of Incident: Home Invasion Robbery/Assault With a Deadly Weapon
Report Number: 12-24670
Location: 2500 Block of Eucalyptus Drive, Nyeland Acres, Oxnard
Date & Time: November 2, 2012 at 9:30pm
Unit Responsible: Sheriff’s Gang Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(S) Thomas Hartley, Oxnard, 32
(S) William Arthur, Oxnard, 30
(S) Crystal Cabral, Oxnard, 34

Deputy Preparing Media Release: Detective Eduardo Malagon
Media Release Date: January 5, 2013
Follow-Up Contact: Detective Eduardo Malagon 805-677-8734
Detective Jeremy Bramlette 805-654-3548
Approved by: Captain Patti Salas #2420

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).