Chadwick Hope, 21, Fillmore
Chadwick Hope, 21, Fillmore

At about 12:20 PM, on October 10th, 2018, deputies with the Fillmore Police Department responded to a residential burglary that had occurred in an apartment in the 300 block of “A” Street in Fillmore. The victim of the burglary reported that two handguns and other property had been stolen from his apartment while he was away that morning.

The investigation quickly identified a suspect and with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Gang Unit, (S) Chadwick Hope was arrested as he walked away from his residence later that afternoon. At the time of his arrest, Hope was in possession of one of the stolen handguns, which was loaded and hidden in his waistband. Hope also had a set of metal knuckles in his possession when arrested.

A search warrant was served at Hope’s residence later that evening and the second firearm, additional stolen property, and other evidence connecting him to the burglary was seized. Hope was booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility for the charges listed below and remains in custody with bail set at $50,000.00:
- Penal Code §459 – Burglary
- Penal Code §21710 – Possession of composite knuckles
- Penal Code §487(d)(2) – Grant theft of a firearm (2 counts)
- Penal Code §25400(a)(2) – Carrying a concealed and loaded firearm

Prepared by: Sergeant Kevin Vaden
Approved by: Captain Todd Inglis

 


 
On Thursday, October 11th a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on the 700 block of Ventura Street (SR126). Traffic going westbound out of Fillmore was blocked for hours as crews tried to investigate the accident scene.
On Thursday, October 11th a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on the 700 block of Ventura Street (SR126). Traffic going westbound out of Fillmore was blocked for hours as crews tried to investigate the accident scene.
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At approximately 6:08 AM, October 11, 2018, deputies along with emergency personnel with the Fillmore Fire Department and American Medical Response, responded to a call of a vehicle versus-pedestrian traffic collision in the 700 block of Ventura Street (State Route 126) in Fillmore.

A 66-year-old male resident of Fillmore had been struck by a pickup truck in the westbound #2 lane (the lane closest to the curb). He suffered traumatic injuries and was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver, a 62-year-old male resident of Castaic, was uninjured, and the preliminarily investigation did not indicate drug or alcohol impairment by the driver.

Anyone with information about the collision, which remains under investigation, is asked to contact Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger at 805-388-5146.

Prepared by: Sergeant Kevin Vaden
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian

 

The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us


 

On the evening on Friday, October 12, 2018, eastern Ventura County experienced thunderstorm(s) and intermittent heavy rain for several hours. At approximately 10:35 PM, Ms. Lisa Kinsey (Party # 1 above), a 46 year old Moorpark resident was driving her black, 2003, Ford, F-350 pick-up truck eastbound on the Broadway Road portion of State Route 23, between Moorpark and Fillmore, approaching a right curve in the roadway as it changes to Walnut Canyon Road. Ms. Kinsey was reportedly the only occupant of her vehicle. Moises Paniagua, reportedly a resident of Fillmore, was driving his green, 2000, Honda, Accord sedan northbound on Walnut Canyon Road, approaching a left curve in the roadway ahead (at Broadway Road) and Ms. Kinsey’s vehicle (Vehicle 1 above). It is believed it was raining at this time and location, roadways were wet. In curve there was a head-on, or near head-collision. The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Ventura Communications Center began receiving 9-1-1 calls and dispatched personnel from the CHP’s Moorpark Area office and Ventura County Fire Department. Once emergency personnel arrived on scene it was determined the driver of the Honda (Vehicle 2 above) was badly injured and trapped by wreckage. The Ventura County Fire Department expanded their response with additional specialized equipment and personnel. It took approximately 25 minutes to cut away the damaged Honda from its driver in order to remove him from the car. All four occupants of the Honda were transported by multiple ground ambulances to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks for a variety of major and moderate injuries. Ms. Kinsey was examined and treated at the scene, declined further care and elected to seek further aid at a later time. Both vehicles were towed from the collision scene. State Route 23 was completely closed for approximately one hours to accommodate rescuers.
Unfortunately and despite aggressive medical care at the hospital, the driver of the Honda died overnight and his remains have been transferred to the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office for the investigation into the medial cause of this death. The Medical Examiner’s Office will release his name once all family members have been notified. There is no indication at this time that impaired driving from alcohol, drugs or medication was a factor in this this collision. As of Saturday afternoon the collision investigation is continuing. Further information regarding the cause of the collision will likely be available not later than the afternoon of Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Anyone who witnessed the collision or either vehicle in the minutes before the collision, or has information they believe helpful regarding the collision is encouraged the telephone the CHP at (805) 553-0800 or (805) 477-4174.
Submitted by: Officer Johannesen, ID 21306 / Lt. / Commander R. Cohan

 

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Pictured is the Fillmore Flashes Girls Golf Team, which claimed the title of Citrus Coast League Championship on Tuesday, October 16th. Pictured (l-r) are Destiny Menjuga, Brianna Jimeniz, Daisy Santa Rosa, Alyssa Ibarra, Sami Ibarra, April Lizarraga. Not pictured are Coach Dave MacDonald and Bob Hammond.
Pictured is the Fillmore Flashes Girls Golf Team, which claimed the title of Citrus Coast League Championship on Tuesday, October 16th. Pictured (l-r) are Destiny Menjuga, Brianna Jimeniz, Daisy Santa Rosa, Alyssa Ibarra, Sami Ibarra, April Lizarraga. Not pictured are Coach Dave MacDonald and Bob Hammond.
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Submitted by Dave MacDonald

Fillmore Lady Flashes began the week with one goal in mind, to become the first ever Citrus Coast Girl's Golf League Champions. Fillmore came into the week involved in a tight battle with Nordhoff high school with two matches to play. Play opened on Tuesday, October 16th at Mountain View Golf course for league match #4 and Fillmore was again led by Alyssa and Sami Ibarra as well as the rest of the team and posted it's 3rd straight league victory with a low score of 232. This gave Fillmore some breathing room headed into Thursday's final league showdown. FHS needed only a 3rd place finish to clinch the title but as had happened in the three previous matches, the Flashes beat all other teams and finished with a 4 match wining streak to clinch the title of league champs.

The Flashes also placed three girls in the 1st team all league category not including having the league MVP, Alyssa Ibarra. She was joined by Sami Ibarra, Destiny Menjuga and April Lizarraga on 1st team. Rounding out the second team was 3 year senior Daisy Santa Rosa and Brianna Jimeniz was named an Honorable mention winner.

FHS had a great season and special thanks goes out to Elkins Ranch Golf Course who provided countless contributions to support our students. We could not have done it without their efforts and we are thankful for all they did for our team.

 

Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us for more information.


 
Ventura County Department of Public Health
Ventura County Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges Californians to get the influenza (flu) vaccine to protect your health during the upcoming flu season.

In California, flu usually begins to increase in late November or December. It takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity, so now is the time to get vaccinated to have the best protection now the flu season has started.

“Getting vaccinated is the best line of defense against flu,” said Dr. Karen Smith, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer. “You can prevent missing work or school, visits to the doctor or hospitalization, and protect others from coming down with the flu.”

A person with the flu may be contagious and infect others before they even feel sick.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), during the 2016–2017 season, flu immunization prevented an estimated 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations in the United States.

Flu vaccines are administered as a shot or nasal spray. For the 2018-19 flu season, the CDC recommends vaccination with no preference for any one vaccine over another.

CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. While anyone can get flu, pregnant women, children under five, adults 65 years of age and older, and people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and asthma are particularly at risk for flu-related complications. Flu vaccinations are needed every year to maintain the greatest protection because the vaccine changes each year to match circulating viruses and annual vaccination boosts immunity.

For pregnant women, flu complications can include premature birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth of the baby. Besides helping prevent flu complications, flu vaccine given during pregnancy also helps protect babies from flu infection for several months after birth, before the baby can be immunized, which is a time that babies are at high risk for flu complications.

Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, you should also:
• Stay home while sick and limit contact with others.
• Cover coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or disposable tissue.
• Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

CDPH encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician’s office or clinic about getting the flu vaccine. When flu vaccine is in stock, adults with Medi-Cal can also get immunized at the pharmacy where they generally pick up their prescriptions. Some local health departments may also offer low- or no-cost flu immunizations.

For more information about the flu, visit CDPH’s website. For the flu vaccine location nearest you, visit www.flu.gov.

www.cdph.ca.gov

 


 
Photo of the week "Brown pelican passing by in the Ventura Harbor" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII, manual mode, ISO 1600, Tamron 16-300mm @100mm, aperture f/8.0, shutter speed 1/1000 of a second.
Photo of the week "Brown pelican passing by in the Ventura Harbor" by Bob Crum. Photo data: Canon 7D MKII, manual mode, ISO 1600, Tamron 16-300mm @100mm, aperture f/8.0, shutter speed 1/1000 of a second.
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Pixel painting
Bob Crum
Bob Crum

As much as I might find the reality perplexing, it's evident that for many people, smartphones have become the de facto device for taking photos. (sigh) Will smartphones make cameras go the way of dinosaurs? Not yet!

Visiting from San Luis Obispo, my friend Jed and I met for lunch. He shoots weddings and teaches workshops. As we pondered the photographic state of discombobulation, a few things came to mind. First, a little history.

Back in the days of film, most cameras included an exposure meter which worked reasonably well. Load the film, select Auto or Program mode, frame the shot and mash the shutter button. Then pray! Afterward, the photographer took the film to wherever to develop. Return some time later for the prints. Sometimes prayers worked, sometimes they didn't. Delightful or lousy, you got what you got.

Sure, film cameras were OK because most people were not enthusiastic photo makers. Most were no more interested in 'creating' a photo than today's... ahem... phonetographers. Most needed merely to record an event, or an activity or a particular subject such as a stunning flower or glorious sunset. Only two considerations: Exposure and composition. Same as a smartphone. Exposure basically automatic, and composition was rarely, if ever, considered.

Digital changed all of that. Whether a point-and-shoot or an interchangeable lens camera (ILC), there's still aperture and shutter speed controls and much more. The digital camera offers a photographer many creative possibilities. Today's digital cameras are so good that even in 'auto' mode, excellent photos are produced. Instead of dealing with a film canister, digital photos are transferred to a thumb drive and taken to a processor for prints. Costco, using real photo processing, produces fine prints. So why are those that previously used a film camera reluctant to transition to a digital camera?

Perhaps confusion is a factor. Pick up a digital camera and you'll see several buttons & dials. Menus operate the internal computer. One push of the menu button reveals dozens of options. Who has the time to learn what they all do? No wonder many a would-be digital photographer quickly puts the camera back on the counter and promptly exits the camera store.

Fear not! Those camera menus are like the various brushes an artist uses for creating a painting. It's a big part of creativity. But with a digital camera, you're painting with pixels. And the choices the camera menus give you are what you use to fulfill your vision!

I'd be remiss not to mention one other learning curve: The computer software programs essential to convert pixels into an image for the Internet or prints. But if one doesn't have a computer to run the software, well, there's always quilting.

We topped off our lunch with pumpkin pie and Jed departed to return to SLO with another wedding on the books. I seldom shoot weddings. Too many relatives have too much to say resulting in too much frustration. Much more tranquil shooting puppies and poppies.

Many times a photo can be anticipated like the photo of the week. As the boat approached the harbor, I saw the brown pelican. I predicted it would take flight as we came closer. I quickly dialed a fast shutter speed but didn't have time to select burst mode. As expected, it stretched out its long wings and quickly flew by in front of me. CLICK! Got it! In one shot! Love the challenge! Love the thrill! Love photography!!! Buy a camera and experience such thrills yourself. Warning: It's delightfully addictive!

Send your comments, questions or suggestions to: focusonphotography@earthlink.net

 


 
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Detective Bill Meixner at (805)524-2235 or at William.Meixner@ ventura.org.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Detective Bill Meixner at (805)524-2235 or at William.Meixner@ ventura.org.
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The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance to identify the suspect in the attached photographs. He is responsible for a vehicle burglary that occurred in Fillmore on September 15, 2018.

The owner of the vehicle had parked her car in the 3100-block of Telegraph Road in Fillmore, leaving her purse inside. When she returned to her vehicle several hours later, she discovered someone had smashed a window and removed her purse from the vehicle.

That same afternoon, one of the victim’s stolen debit/credit cards was used at a business in Oxnard to make unauthorized purchases. The suspect who made the purchases appears to be a Hispanic male, 35-45 years old, approximately 5’ 7” with a medium-to-heavy build, with a beard and mustache.

Residents are reminded to remove all valuable property from their vehicles and lock their car doors when they park.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Detective Bill Meixner at (805)524-2235 or at William.Meixner@ventura.org.

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).

Prepared by: Detective Bill Meixner
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian

 


 
Fillmore City Public Works Supervisor David Smallwood presented an update on the city’s 3-year water testing report. He said city water quality is very good and no lead was detected.
Fillmore City Public Works Supervisor David Smallwood presented an update on the city’s 3-year water testing report. He said city water quality is very good and no lead was detected.

The regular Tuesday City Council meeting opened with a presentation by Public Works Supervisor David Smallwood on the status of Fillmore’s water. He mentioned the 3-year testing of the city’s water quality was very good. All city wells and 30 testing points showed no trace of lead, though the water is “hard” due to elevated levels of normal minerals which affect the taste at various locations. Lynn Edmonds spoke on the importance of simplifying the city’s business permit policy. Maria Ventura spoke on the affordability of natural gas. Council discussed updating the city zoning ordinance. The city seeks to be increasingly business friendly and hopes to place business codes online in searchable form in the future.

 


 

In Fillmore, the first Ventura County location in the SONIC Drive-In chain is slated to open in summer 2019, according to Johnny Jones, its vice president of development and construction. The restaurant known for its drive-thru service model and specialty drinks (hello, Pickle Juice Slush) will be at what is now a vacant lot at 643 W. Ventura St., also known as Highway 126. Inspire Brands, the parent company of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, last month announced plans to buy the Oklahoma-based SONIC chain for $2.3 billion

 

The Falcon 9 launched into orbit at 7:21 p.m., Sunday, October 7, from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base about 158 miles (254 kilometers) north of Los Angeles to deliver the Earth-observation radar satellite SAOCOM-1A into orbit for Argentina’s national space agency. That mission was a success, and SpaceX also landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 at a new site (Landing Zone 4) near its Vandenberg launchpad in a historic first. But it was the spectacular views of the rocket streaking into the night sky, its two stages clearly visible after separation which wowed spectators across the region.