The Rotary Speaker last week was Roger Horne from the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. They have many Programs and Departments to help older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers. Anyone can call them, and they can connect clients to County-wide resources specific to their needs. Project Lifesaver is a new project here in Fillmore. They provide a free tracking bracelet to individuals that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia and may be prone to wandering. If a person goes missing, the bracelet can be activated and can assist law enforcement in finding the person more quickly. For more information: vcaaa.org; 805-477-7300. Pictured (l – r) guest speaker Roger Horne with Club President Scott Beylik presenting him with a mug. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Speaker last week was Roger Horne from the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging. They have many Programs and Departments to help older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers. Anyone can call them, and they can connect clients to County-wide resources specific to their needs. Project Lifesaver is a new project here in Fillmore. They provide a free tracking bracelet to individuals that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related dementia and may be prone to wandering. If a person goes missing, the bracelet can be activated and can assist law enforcement in finding the person more quickly. For more information: vcaaa.org; 805-477-7300. Pictured (l – r) guest speaker Roger Horne with Club President Scott Beylik presenting him with a mug. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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On October 2nd, 2023, Lions Club District Governor Rich Cervantes came to the Fillmore Lions Club meeting to give a presentation. It was a great turnout and dinner. Cervantes, an avid Dodgers fan, had lots of knowledge to bestow to the club. His first order of business was to swear in Fillmore’s newest member, Brandy Hollis, who is sponsored by Josh Overton. New and continued membership is vital to keep clubs like this in the community. If you would like information on becoming a Lions Club member or all the services Lions Club offers you can text Steve at 805-904-5424.
On October 2nd, 2023, Lions Club District Governor Rich Cervantes came to the Fillmore Lions Club meeting to give a presentation. It was a great turnout and dinner. Cervantes, an avid Dodgers fan, had lots of knowledge to bestow to the club. His first order of business was to swear in Fillmore’s newest member, Brandy Hollis, who is sponsored by Josh Overton. New and continued membership is vital to keep clubs like this in the community. If you would like information on becoming a Lions Club member or all the services Lions Club offers you can text Steve at 805-904-5424.
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The Sespe Players Club brings you “Death and Nicotine” which promises a night to remember, bringing the intrigue and allure of the 1930s back to life. Above is this year’s cast. Opening night will be October 20th, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., at the Sespe Auditorium, 627 Sespe Ave. Fillmore. Read story for details and show times.
The Sespe Players Club brings you “Death and Nicotine” which promises a night to remember, bringing the intrigue and allure of the 1930s back to life. Above is this year’s cast. Opening night will be October 20th, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., at the Sespe Auditorium, 627 Sespe Ave. Fillmore. Read story for details and show times.
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Written by Lisa Givan

In the sultry heart of Georgia, amid the whispers of Spanish moss-laden trees and abundant fields of tobacco, a murder mystery play like no other is set to unfold. "Death and Nicotine," set in the 1930s.
This tantalizing production, conceived by local playwright Josh Overton, is a thrilling tale of secrets, deceit, and, of course, murder. The plot revolves around a mysterious death at the home of the elite Herrington family. The twist? The victim lies dead from nicotine poisoning without a cigarette in sight.

Overton, who drew inspiration from the tobacco plantations of the south and classic literary masterpieces, skillfully weaves together a plot where each character harbors dark secrets, and motives lie hidden in the shadowy corners of the Herrington Mansion. The actors bring their characters to life with finesse and flair.
The genteel hypochondriac Constance Herrington, portrayed by the captivating Jo Becerra, is the show's matriarch. The investigation into the poisoning death is led by a sharp-witted detective, Celine Winslet, portrayed masterfully by Brandy Lengning. Winslet's relentless pursuit of the truth keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. Lengning's charisma and wit add depth to this unforgettable character.

Vincent, portrayed by newcomer Layne Allen takes center stage as the enigmatic victim who ignites the web of intrigue, secrecy, and suspicion that weaves throughout the plot.
Supporting characters played by Diana Martinez, Adriana Limon, David Becerra, Isabella Liu, Fidel Escoto, Alex Becerra and Mable Lengning round out a phenomenally talented cast of suspects.

Audiences are not mere spectators but part of the experience, invited to deduce the identity of the murderer. As the play progresses, it becomes a race against time to solve the perplexing crime.

Throughout the play, the characters are forced to confront their own connections to Vincent, unearthing long-buried secrets, hidden agendas, and potential motives for his untimely demise. As the audience is drawn deeper into the intrigue, it becomes apparent that everyone at "Herrington Mansion" has a reason to want Vincent silenced.

If you're looking for a night of intrigue, passion, and a dash of danger, be sure to secure your seat at the Sespe Auditorium.

Brought to you by director team Jessica and Lisa Givan and assisted by Hannah Faith, "Death and Nicotine" promises a night to remember, bringing the intrigue and allure of the 1930s back to life.

Opening on October 20 at 7:00 p.m., "Death and Nicotine" runs for two weekends. October 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 7:00p.m. Sunday matinee on October 22 at 2:00 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. The theatre is located at the Sespe Auditorium, 627 Sespe Ave. Fillmore.

Tickets $10 adult, $7 senior/student. Tickets are available online at www.sespeplayers.org

 
Last week’s Fillmore Rotary program was presented by Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simons from Three Angels Orphanage in Haiti. Education is key and they have a Christian School that extends from Preschool through 8th grade with 9th grade coming soon. There are 299 children at the school. The site has medical and dental healthcare for children and families, a garden for fresh produce, a library and media center. They are always looking for families to adopt the orphans. If you want to know more or make a donation, go to ThreeAngelsHaiti.org. Pictured are Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simons from Three Angels Orphanage in Haiti along with Former Rotary Club President Dave Andersen. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Last week’s Fillmore Rotary program was presented by Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simons from Three Angels Orphanage in Haiti. Education is key and they have a Christian School that extends from Preschool through 8th grade with 9th grade coming soon. There are 299 children at the school. The site has medical and dental healthcare for children and families, a garden for fresh produce, a library and media center. They are always looking for families to adopt the orphans. If you want to know more or make a donation, go to ThreeAngelsHaiti.org. Pictured are Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simons from Three Angels Orphanage in Haiti along with Former Rotary Club President Dave Andersen. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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On Saturday, September 30th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Rio Vista Elementary School, Fillmore Police Citizens Patrol and Ventura County Sheriffs Office held a Bicycle Rodeo. They offered a bicycle course, free helmets, raffles prizes, and more. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Saturday, September 30th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Rio Vista Elementary School, Fillmore Police Citizens Patrol and Ventura County Sheriffs Office held a Bicycle Rodeo. They offered a bicycle course, free helmets, raffles prizes, and more. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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On Saturday, September 30th, the Fillmore Citizen’s Patrol hosted their Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo at Rio Vista Elementary School along with help from the Fillmore & Ventura County Fire Department, and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The overall goal was to educate parents and children about the safety aspects of riding a bicycle, skateboard, or scooter on streets. A Bicycle Safety Rodeo is a safety clinic where young riders can learn about proper safety and the rules of the road. There was a bicycle safety course chalked out for basic riding skills and more. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Saturday, September 30th, the Fillmore Citizen’s Patrol hosted their Annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo at Rio Vista Elementary School along with help from the Fillmore & Ventura County Fire Department, and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The overall goal was to educate parents and children about the safety aspects of riding a bicycle, skateboard, or scooter on streets. A Bicycle Safety Rodeo is a safety clinic where young riders can learn about proper safety and the rules of the road. There was a bicycle safety course chalked out for basic riding skills and more. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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Pictured above is the Fairbanks family. Back row: Richard and Helen Murphey Fairbanks holding William, with Elizabeth. Front row: Constance and Fergus “Ted” Fairbanks holding John, with Helen, Katherine and Robert, c. 1920. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
Pictured above is the Fairbanks family. Back row: Richard and Helen Murphey Fairbanks holding William, with Elizabeth. Front row: Constance and Fergus “Ted” Fairbanks holding John, with Helen, Katherine and Robert, c. 1920. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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- Above is Ted Fairbanks with his siblings: standing is Winifred Fairbanks. Left to right: Fergus Fairbanks, Ellen Nellie Fairbanks, Charles Fairbanks and Louis Fairbanks, c. 1885. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
- Above is Ted Fairbanks with his siblings: standing is Winifred Fairbanks. Left to right: Fergus Fairbanks, Ellen Nellie Fairbanks, Charles Fairbanks and Louis Fairbanks, c. 1885. Photo courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

In 1907, Judge Felix Ewing, president of the two-year-old Fillmore State Bank, offered the job of cashier to a man from Hueneme (pronounced Wy-neh-meh). The bank’s cashier would be in charge of most of the day-to-day operation of the bank. Ewing told the prospective cashier that, “We want you to go out there and take charge of the bank and wake that town up because it's absolutely dead." Fergus “Ted” Fairbanks, who had been cashier at the Bank of Hueneme, was not so sure he wanted the job. “I told him that I wouldn't go and undertake to do anything with the place unless they would back me up in getting a newspaper. Because a place of that size was really not in shape to grow [without a newspaper].” Judge Ewing agreed and on August 1, 1907, Fergus Fairbanks began work at the bank. Significantly, by December of 1907, the Fillmore Herald began under the management of H. G. Comfort. The town was beginning to be woken up.

Fergus Fairbanks was born in Table Rock Nebraska in 1876 to Elijah and Martha Linn Fairbanks. At the age of four months, he moved with his parents and older brother, Charles, to Ventura where some Linn relatives had already settled. His father held many jobs in the first few years including driving a wagon to Newhall to pick up supplies for the residents of Ventura. For about a year he worked for the More brothers on Santa Rosa Island overseeing a crew of men building a wharf on the island.
In 1881, Elijah Fairbanks was hired by A. J. Salisbury to manage the wharf at Hueneme, a position he held for 25 years. A year later, young Fergus, or Ted as he was known, started school in Hueneme. In 1891, he entered Ventura High School, living with his grandmother during the school year, graduating in 1894. Much to his surprise he received a scholarship to Occidental College and was able to attend for one year. He then received a letter offering him a position with the Bank of Hueneme which had been founded in 1889. In 1901 he was promoted to cashier who in those days oversaw much of the day-to-day operation of the bank.

In 1898, Fairbanks married Lula Hooper, a high school classmate. Unfortunately, in 1901, Lula died while giving birth to their daughter, Constance. In 1903 Ted Fairbanks and Helen Murphey were married. This marriage would have seven children, six of whom grew to adulthood.

Fifty years later, Fairbanks described what Fillmore was like when he first settled there, “You can judge the size of Fillmore, when I tell you that there were two teachers in the elementary school and no High School. The only cement sidewalk was on the two streets adjoining the bank and on the bank property. From the present location of the Bank of America (Central and Main St.) to the intersection of Sespe and Central Streets, the sidewalk, when there was one, was of boards. There were three stores, two which had general merchandise as well as groceries. The town site proper was one block wide on each side of the railroad. Other than that, there were not two dozen houses in town, most of them the residences of the owners of the orchards which surrounded them.”

One of the first initiatives Fairbanks became involved in was the formation of the Board of Trade, the forerunner of the Chamber of Commerce. Fairbanks was president of the Board of Trade when late in 1908; the Board decided Fillmore should have its own high school. At that time, any student wishing to go past grammar school had to travel to Santa Paula to go to high school. After some legal issue were resolved Fillmore could secede from the Santa Paula Unified High School, and then a bond election was held. The bond passed with only three votes opposed. The first High School board consisted of George King as President, Ted Fairbanks as secretary, William Shiells and E. A. Case. While with the Bank of Hueneme, Fairbanks had been appointed Chair of the Oxnard Union High School for three years, so he was familiar with running a high school. George King and Fairbanks collaborated with an architect on the plans for a high school building. When the plans were submitted to the County Superintendent of Schools, James E. Reynolds, he refused to approve them saying it was too large and wouldn’t be filled in twenty years. Finding the Fillmore board to be very determined he allowed the building to be built as first proposed. By 1924 a larger building was needed. The first class consisting of 4 students, three women and one man, graduated in 1911.

By 1912 incorporation had been a point of dissension in the community for more than 2 years. Letters had been sent to the cities of San Fernando and Bishop asking about their experiences with incorporation. Those cities hailed the positive results.

The biggest issues were taxes! Taxes were being assessed by the county in the unincorporated areas. But the benefits were not being returned to those areas. The representatives of San Fernando presented the benefits of incorporation which included improved fire protection. That city now had an organized fire dept with “two high class chemical engines” and a hook and ladder company with five ladders. It gave that community a “feeling of security never before felt.” Fillmore still had a volunteer fire extinguisher and bucket brigade.

Street lighting was also an issue. Fillmore had only a few lights which had been installed by local merchants. The question, of course, was whether the merchants on Central would pay for lighting on their own or whether the entire citizenry would pay through taxation to benefit the entire community.

The essence of the anti-incorporation argument was that matters of this import to the city should be left in the hands of the pioneer founders of the city and not in the hands of the “floaters who are here today and gone tomorrow.” The antis were primarily early pioneers such as C.C. Elkins and his son, John McNab, of Sespe Land and Water Co., George Tighe, J. W. Baldeschweiler, and A. C. Wilcox.

By 1914 Fillmore had been a township for 27 years and had a population of about 1000. On May 8, 1914, a delegation from Fillmore Township presented the Board of Supervisors with a petition to call for an election to vote on the question of incorporation. The petition appeared in the Herald with the names of signers; Fergus Fairbanks, J K L Schwartz, Louis Antonio Carillo, and 65 others including the publishers of the Herald.

The election was held on June 29, 1914, there were 417 votes cast (one ballot was not voted for or against and 15 were thrown out for irregularity – they had marked the box with a pencil instead of a pen. Of the 15 irregulars, 12 were for and 3 against). Fillmore became a city of the 6th class by just 15 votes - 208 for and 193 against. Fillmore had woken up.
Ted Fairbanks had not planned on a career in banking. He, with his childhood friend, Charles Blackstock, had always planned to open a law practice together. Blackstock was already a lawyer and encouraged his friend to go into law. Fairbanks resigned from the Fillmore State Bank in the fall of 1919 and began to prepare to take the bar examination. He rented a room upstairs in the Bank’s new building on the corner of Central and Main, adjoining the office of John A. Galvin, the city attorney, He was admitted to practice after taking the examination on the 20th day of September 1920.

For many years there were only three attorneys in Fillmore, John Galvin, Ted Fairbanks and Art Taylor, all of whom had offices in the same building. They often found themselves on opposite sides of cases, but generally had cordial relationships. All three of them were early members of the Fillmore Rotary Club with Fairbanks being its first president.
March of 1928 presented Fairbanks with one of the most complex cases he had yet to encounter. On the night of March 12/13, the St. Francis Dam failed killing more than 400 people and devastating the farmland of the Santa Clara River Valley. One of Fairbank’s clients was the Perry Ranch Company whose property was located at the mouth of the Sespe on the Santa Clara River. The Perry Ranch was owned by a group of Japanese and was named after Commodore Matthew Perry who had opened Japan to the west. They had formed the company and purchased the land in 1910 before the Alien Exclusion act had been enacted which banned Japanese from purchasing land. One worker from the ranch had been killed in the flood and much of the orchards had been destroyed with large holes being left. Because the owners of the Perry Ranch were Japanese, there were several hurdles to clear before payment was finally made, but eventually the owners did receive a cash settlement from the City of Los Angeles.

Fairbanks continued to represent the Perry Ranch through the 1930s and into the 1940s. After Pearl Harbor, all people of Japanese descent on the west coast were subject to relocation. Foreseeing this, the Perry Ranch Company gave Ted Fairbanks power of attorney to operate the ranch. With the assistance of Carlos Alamillo, who became the ranch manager, the Perry Ranch was not only maintained but actually prospered during the war years. After the war, the Perry Ranch stockholders returned to their ranch.

Fairbank’s connection with the ranch continued until his retirement in 1963 at which time his son, Robert, took over as the ranch’s attorney.

After retirement in 1963, Ted Fairbanks remained active in the Rotary as well as the Ventura County Historical society writing several articles. He had served on the school board for 27 years. He was dedicated to his adopted hometown of Fillmore and shaped it in many ways.

Ted Fairbanks passed away in 1971 at the age of 95. Judge Ewing picked the right man to “wake up” Fillmore.
Much of this article is based on over fifteen hours of interviews done by Carl Wolf with Ted Fairbanks in 1965 and 1966. The tapes of these interviews were given to the Museum by Anita Fairbanks Palmberg, granddaughter of Ted Fairbanks. The booklet, “Perry Ranch 1910 to 1995,” was another resource for this article.

 

District Attorney’s Office Awarded Grant to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

VENTURA, Calif. – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time that serves as a
crucial reminder of the pervasive issue of domestic violence and the urgent need to address it in
our community.

On October 10, 2023, at 9:00 a.m., the Ventura County Board of Supervisors will officially proclaim
October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” District Attorney Erik Nasarenko will join
Interface Children & Family Services, the Coalition for Family Harmony, and many other partnering
agencies in support of this important proclamation.

“Domestic Violence Awareness Month empowers survivors, educates the public, and advocates for
policies and resources that can help prevent and combat the vicious cycle of inter-personal
violence,” said District Attorney Erik Nasarenko. “By shedding light on this problem, we take a
significant step towards breaking the cycle of inter-generational abuse.”
As part of our ongoing commitment to serving victims of domestic violence, the Ventura County
District Attorney’s Office applied for and was selected to receive a Violence Against Women
Vertical Prosecution Grant from the California Office of Emergency Services. The $202,545 grant
will fund efforts to prosecute domestic violence cases. It will also help continue efforts to connect
victims with resources at the Ventura County Family Justice Center, located in Ventura and at a
future second site under development in Oxnard.

Vertical prosecution is when a prosecutor, investigator, and victim advocate are assigned to a case
from the initial filing of charges, often even before, and then through the penalty phase. It is shown
to improve conviction rates, reduce victim/survivor trauma, and provide more consistent and
appropriate penalties for defendants.

Contact: Joey Buttitta
Title: Communications Manager/PIO
Phone: (805) 767-3400
Email: Joey.Buttitta@ventura.org

Approved: SW

Date: October 2, 2023

Release No.: 23-116

If you or someone you know is a victim/survivor of domestic violence, we encourage you to
connect with a victim advocate at the Ventura County Family Justice Center located at
3170 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura. During business hours, Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m., requests for services and information are available in person, or by telephone (805) 652-
7655, by email vcfjc.coop@ventura.org or by text to (805) 947-7981

 

On September 30, 2023, at about 3:03 a.m., the Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Ventura County Fire Department responded to a solo vehicle traffic collision on Westlake Boulevard, south of Potrero Road between Potrero Road and Carlisle Road. Upon arrival, emergency personnel discovered a vehicle overturned on its roof. A rescue attempt was made by the Ventura County Fire Department. They discovered an unresponsive solo occupant in the vehicle, and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The initial investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling southbound on Westlake Boulevard when it left the road and collided with an embankment on the east side of the road. The collision with the embankment caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest in the northbound lane of Westlake Boulevard.

The cause of the collision is under investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Senior Deputy Marcos Moreno at (805) 494-8245.

Nature of Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision
Report Number: 23-126079
Location: South Westlake Boulevard, south of E. Potrero Road
Date & Time: September 30, 2023 @ 3:03 a.m.
Unit(s) Respondible: Thousand Oaks Police Department-Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects,(V)ictims,(P)arty,(D)ecedent
(D) Charles Diishong Tarzana 74

Prepared by: Deputy Chris Riggs
Approved by: Captain Dean Cook

 

On 9/29/2023, at approximately 2014 hours, Ojai Police Department patrol deputies responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call that occurred on the 200 block of Boardman Road in the City of Ojai. Deputies arrived on scene and located two male victims, who are father and son. Both victims were struck by a white truck, which was fleeing the scene after the occupants of the truck threw eggs at the victim’s residence and the victim’s vehicle. One of the victims had minor injuries and was evaluated at the scene but refused medical attention. The other victim did not sustain any injuries. As the truck fled the scene it collided with another vehicle that was being used in an attempt to block the truck’s path.

Deputies searched the area and located the suspect vehicle abandoned nearby in an orchard. A search of the area was conducted by members of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, Ventura County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Unmanned Aviation System (Drone). No suspects were located in the area.

During the investigation, deputies obtained information on the driver of the truck, identified as Brigham Maloney, and one of the passengers in the truck, identified as Conner Brooks. Deputies responded to Maloney’s residence, where they contacted Maloney and Brooks.

Maloney was arrested for PC 245(a)(1) – Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and VC 20002(a) – Hit and Run. Brooks was arrested for PC 242 – Battery. Maloney and Brooks were booked into custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Pre Trial Detention Facility.

Maloney was released on bail, and Brooks was later released on a promise to appear.

Report Number: 23-125965
Location: 200 block of Boardman Road, Ojai
Date & Time: September 29, 2023 @8:14 p.m.
Units(s) Responsible: Ojai Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Aviation Unit, Ventura County Sheriff's K-9 Unit, Ventura County Sheriff's Unmanned Aviation System

(S)uspects,(V)ictims,(P)arty,(D)ecedent
(V) Male Ojai 44
(V) Male Ojai 19
(S) Brigham Rudolf Maloney Ventura 20
(S) Conner Jackson Brooks Ventura 20

Prepared by: Detective David Boynton
Approved by: Captain Trina Newman

 

On September 29, 2023, at approximately 0821 hours, deputies from the Camarillo Police Department were dispatched to a robbery that just occurred in the 5000 Block of Verdugo Way.

Multiple deputies and investigators responded to the scene and contacted the victim. The investigation revealed the victim was standing near her vehicle with her purse slung on her shoulder. The victim was approached by the suspect who grabbed the purse and attempted to pull it from her. The victim maintained her grip on the purse, and she was pulled to the ground, causing a minor injury. The suspect continued to pull the purse and dragged the victim along the ground. The suspect was able to pull the purse from the victim’s grip and then ran to a waiting vehicle. The suspect was driven away from the scene by a second suspect. Deputies also determined a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 5100 Block of Mariposa Place prior to the robbery call. The description of the suspect vehicle from the theft call matched the vehicle involved in the robbery.

While the investigation was underway, the robbery victim received a notification from her bank of a fraudulent transaction on her credit card at a Shell Gas Station in the City of Camarillo. Later, the victim received another notification of a fraudulent credit card transaction at Target in the city of Ventura.

This information, along with the suspect and vehicle description, was shared with the Ventura Police Department. Officers from the Ventura Police Department responded to Target and searched the area for the suspect vehicle. During the search, a Ventura Police Motor Officer located the suspect vehicle. The two occupants were detained in the 4400 Block of Copland Drive, Ventura.

Video surveillance from the Shell Gas Station and Target were reviewed and confirmed these were the suspects involved in the robbery and fraudulent use of the victim’s credit cards. The vehicle was searched, and further evidence was located connecting the suspects to the robbery and theft from a vehicle. It was also confirmed that the suspect vehicle was reported stolen out of Redondo Beach, CA. The two suspects were identified as Martin Reyes and Robert Jensen. At the time of arrest, Jensen was in possession of pepper spray. Jensen also had a felony warrant issued out of Kern County.

Martin Reyes was arrested and booked for PC 182(a)(1)- Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, PC 211 Robbery, VC 10851- Stolen Vehicle, three counts of PC 530.5(a)- Identify Theft, and PC 484(a)- Petty Theft from a Vehicle. His bail was set at $120k.

Robert Jensen was arrested and booked for PC 182(a)(1)- Conspiracy to Commit a Crime, PC 211 Robbery, VC 10851- Stolen Vehicle, three counts of PC 530.5(a)- Identify Theft, the felony warrant, PC 22810(a)- Possession of Tear Gas, and PC 484(a)- Petty Theft from a Vehicle. His bail was set at $290k.

Anyone with any information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Camarillo Investigations Bureau at 805-388-5100.

The Camarillo Police Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office encourage witnesses to notify the Sheriff’s Communication Center at 805-654-9511 or 911 of any suspected illegal activity they witness so deputies can investigate these matters as soon as they happen.

Nature of Incident: Two Subejcts Arrested for Robbery, Stolen Vehicle, and Identity Theft
Location: 5000 Block of Verdugo Way, Camarillo
Date & Time: 09/29/2023, at 8:21 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Patrol, Camarillo Investigations Bureau,Ventura County Aviation Unit, Ventura Police Department

(s)uspects,(V)ictims
(s)Robert Jensen Transient 23
(s) Martin Reyes Transient 31
(v) Female Victim Camarillo 61

Prepared by: Detective Kristopher Doepking
Approved by: Captain Jason Hendren

 

The Ventura County Garden Club celebrates its 100th Year Season in 2024. The Club is excited to offer our members a unique opportunity to tour a working coffee plantation in the hills of north/west Santa Paula known as the California Coffee Collective. The tour begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. Following the tour, we will enjoy an optional lunch at Rabalais Bistro, 861 E. Main St., Santa Paula. We welcome new members. For more information, visit our website at VenturaCountyGardenClub.com.

The Ventura County Garden celebrates its 100th Year Season in 2024. The Club is excited to offer our members a unique opportunity to tour Ambritz Kingdom of Plants, in Carpinteria. The tour begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Following the tour, we will enjoy an optional lunch at Garden Cafe, 3811 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria. This event was organized by VP, Kathleen Cressy. We welcome new members. For more information, visit our website at VenturaCountyGardenClub.com.

 
Last week the Fillmore Rotary program speakers were Andrea McNeill and Chris Cline from the FUSD. Because of Measures A & B they have had the funds to begin making improvements and modernizations at each school. Several projects are in progress, and more are coming. Some of the projects are shade structures at the elementary schools, new air conditioning at the FHS Arts Building, and the School Farm will receive improvements to the driveway and parking area because if rain damage. Pictured (l-r) is President Scott Beylik presenting Andrea McNeill and Chris Cline with a Rotary Mug as a thank you. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Last week the Fillmore Rotary program speakers were Andrea McNeill and Chris Cline from the FUSD. Because of Measures A & B they have had the funds to begin making improvements and modernizations at each school. Several projects are in progress, and more are coming. Some of the projects are shade structures at the elementary schools, new air conditioning at the FHS Arts Building, and the School Farm will receive improvements to the driveway and parking area because if rain damage. Pictured (l-r) is President Scott Beylik presenting Andrea McNeill and Chris Cline with a Rotary Mug as a thank you. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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You are cordially invited to join us at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church annual FIESTA this Sunday, October 1, 2023 which will take place in the church parking lot at the southwest corner of Hwy. 126 and C Street in the beautiful city of Fillmore, CA, 93015. Come have lunch and dinner--tamales, enchiladas, asada tacos, sugar churros, nachos and hot cheetos, ice cream, shaved ice, fruit cocktails, sodas, fresh waters, bake sale and more!
Beginning at 10 am Sunday morning and ending at 5:30 pm after the Grand Drawing of the First Place Winner who will win $1,000 cash, it will include The Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 am, entertainment, music, Bingo, Loteria, Kids' Games with great prizes, Car Show, Raffle and a Silent Auction. Those Lottery tickets are only $2 each, so buy a dozen and be a winner! Second Prize $500 cash, Third Prize $250 cash in your pocket! The address is 1048 West Ventura St., Fillmore, CA 9305. Come one, come all!

 
Pictured right is Rotary President Scott Beylik inducting new member Brad Briggs. He and his family are new to Fillmore coming from Camarillo. His company is Steammaster Carpet cleaning. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured right is Rotary President Scott Beylik inducting new member Brad Briggs. He and his family are new to Fillmore coming from Camarillo. His company is Steammaster Carpet cleaning. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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AYSO Epic Program celebrates major success in its 2nd year in Fillmore. AYSO EPIC, (Everyone Plays in our Community Program, formerly known as VIP) provides athletes with disabilities the additional support they need to fully participate in a quality soccer experience with the help of buddy volunteers. The program has more than doubled in its second year in the Fillmore community and continues to grow with the help of EPIC Coordinator, Nancy Rodriguez Hernandez, the AYSO board, led by Regional Commissioner Arnold Muñoz, and our buddy volunteers. AYSO EPIC is always looking for Buddy Volunteers; if you’re interested, please contact coach Nancy at (323) 385-1106, or aysovipfillmore@gmail.com. Photo credit Tatiana Tsybulevsky Burgos; inset photo credit Nancy Rodriguez Hernandez.
AYSO Epic Program celebrates major success in its 2nd year in Fillmore. AYSO EPIC, (Everyone Plays in our Community Program, formerly known as VIP) provides athletes with disabilities the additional support they need to fully participate in a quality soccer experience with the help of buddy volunteers. The program has more than doubled in its second year in the Fillmore community and continues to grow with the help of EPIC Coordinator, Nancy Rodriguez Hernandez, the AYSO board, led by Regional Commissioner Arnold Muñoz, and our buddy volunteers. AYSO EPIC is always looking for Buddy Volunteers; if you’re interested, please contact coach Nancy at (323) 385-1106, or aysovipfillmore@gmail.com. Photo credit Tatiana Tsybulevsky Burgos; inset photo credit Nancy Rodriguez Hernandez.
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Fall with its cooler weather and ripening fruit has arrived! Civic Pride Volunteers have decided to present a Fall/Harvest/Halloween award for the best decorated yard! The yard will be chosen on October 15th, so you have a few weekends to decorate, and Linda Nunes will write up the winner, so people can take a tour around town to see the winner and the honorable mention yards. The winner will be given a $50 gift card to Otto & Sons Nursery, so get your creative skills in motion! Courtesy Linda Nunes.
Fall with its cooler weather and ripening fruit has arrived! Civic Pride Volunteers have decided to present a Fall/Harvest/Halloween award for the best decorated yard! The yard will be chosen on October 15th, so you have a few weekends to decorate, and Linda Nunes will write up the winner, so people can take a tour around town to see the winner and the honorable mention yards. The winner will be given a $50 gift card to Otto & Sons Nursery, so get your creative skills in motion! Courtesy Linda Nunes.
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Decision Comes on Eve of Appeals Court Hearing; County, Groups Work Together to Defend Ordinance from Legal Challenge

Ventura, Calif. – The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a new ordinance providing safe passage for wildlife and vehicles at 14 existing wildlife crossing structures (e.g. bridges and road culverts). The ordinance limits certain types of development and land uses within 200 feet of the crossings, which are located near the Ojai Valley and more remote areas within the Los Padres National Forest.

This action aims to help wildlife such as mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, foxes, deer, and even fish continue to use the structures to safely cross busy roads like Scenic Route 33. They also improve driver safety by allowing animals to move under roads rather than across them.

“Ventura County has taken another important step to secure a safer future for our region’s wildlife,” said Los Padres ForestWatch executive director Jeff Kuyper. “This action will ensure that animals can safely roam—and drivers can safely travel—across the vast landscapes of Los Padres National Forest.”

“Establishing setbacks is a simple way to encourage wildlife to use bridges and culverts to navigate the urban wild,” said Tiffany Yap, D.Env/Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “I hope other communities take Ventura County's lead and consider improving wildlife connectivity for mountain lions, bears, deer and other wildlife victims of our dangerous roads.”

The proposed ordinance received overwhelming support from the public. Over 770 letters of support were submitted to the County from individuals and 18 conservation organizations. Representatives from state and federal agencies including Caltrans, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority also commented favorably.

“We applaud Ventura County’s commitment to protecting our region's important wildlife corridors, from the Los Padres National Forest to the Santa Monica Mountains,” said Dennis Arguelles, Southern California Director for the National Parks Conservation Association. “Ventura County’s leadership is a model for all jurisdictions in taking a proactive stance to address our catastrophic loss of biodiversity. Their dedication is instrumental in building resilient local ecosystems – for the safety of wildlife to live and roam.”

The adoption marks the culmination of a multi-year effort by the Ventura County Planning Division to establish a county-wide balance between private property interests and the need to protect Ventura County wildlife from vehicle-related mortality. The action is also a major victory for conservation groups that continue to defend these wildlife protections in court.

In 2019, Ventura County approved a new program requiring environmental reviews for projects that may hinder wildlife connectivity between areas of the Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills. The northern Ventura County unincorporated area, however, was not included during the process at the time. Instead, the Board directed the Ventura County Planning Commission to further examine the need for protections in that area.

The 2019 ordinances were challenged in court by the Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business, and the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association. Four conservation groups, including Los Padres ForestWatch, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and the National Parks Conservation Association formally intervened in the case to support the County’s position.

In April, 2022, a Ventura County Superior Court Judge ruled on the side of county leaders and conservationists and upheld the ordinances. Industry groups later appealed that ruling. The California Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case this week, and a decision is expected later this year.

In the meantime, this week’s decision by the Board of Supervisors completed the picture by establishing protections for 14 wildlife crossing structures in the northern Ventura County unincorporated area, including within the Los Padres National Forest.

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2023

Contact: Jeff Kuyper, Los Padres ForestWatch, 805-770-3401, jeff@LPFW.org
Dr. Tiffany Yap, Center for Biological Diversity, 510-847-5838 tyap@biologicaldiversity.org
Caitlyn Burford, National Parks Conservation Assocation, 541-371-6452, cburford@npca.org