A 459 PC Burglary occurred some time between 3/16/09 at 6:30 p.m. hours, to 3/17/09 at 4:25 am hours. There were a total of six "Sea cans" (40 ft. steel storage containers) broken into at the Sewer Plant site. There are two victims, W.M. Lyles Co.(General contractor) who estimated a loss of construction tools approximately $25,000.00 and Cadri Co. Inc. (Electrician) who estimated a loss of construction tools approximately $20,000.00.

 


 

On March 1, 2009 at approximately 9:20 pm, officers from the Santa Paula Police department responded to the 700 block of W. Main Street for a call of a gunshot victim. Upon the arrival of the officers, Jesus Ramos was found to the rear yard of his residence suffering from a single gunshot wound to his upper body. After Ramos was given
immediate first aid; he was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center. As of today, Ramos-is still at VCMC listed in stable condition recovering from his injuries.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that during a family gathering Ramps became involved in a physical altercation with Anthony Robledo. During the altercation; was shot one time. Based on witness statements, Robledo was initially arrested for attempted homicide and was later released pending further investigation.

As the investigation continued, it was then discovered that 35 year old Leonard Olvera was primary suspect in the shooting involving Ramos. CONTINUED »

 


 
Public’s help sought by local police

Last night at 8:52 P.M in Piru:
Attempted Murder Drive By - Shots Fired / 3000 Block Citrus View Drive, Piru. Several Residents called 911 and reported hearing multiple gun shots and male subjects fleeing the area. This is a gang related incident and the Shooting investigation is continuing. The local police is seeking the public's help. If you have any leads please call the Fillmore Police Department at (805) 524-2233. All tips will be confidential.

Errant bullets ended up in innocent peoples walls, we have to catch these gang members.

 


 
The pool is open!
The pool is open!
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The young lady at far right is the first swimmer to enter the waters of Fillmore’s new swimming pool!
Congratulations.
The young lady at far right is the first swimmer to enter the waters of Fillmore’s new swimming pool! Congratulations.
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Motorcycle Deputy Tony Biter talks to the children at Mountain Vista School on Wednesday March 11, as part of the Adopt a Cop program.
Motorcycle Deputy Tony Biter talks to the children at Mountain Vista School on Wednesday March 11, as part of the Adopt a Cop program.
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When Mountain Vista Elementary School Principal, Chrissy Schieferle became aware of some of her fourth grade students exhibiting at-risk behaviors, she was concerned and determined to do something about it. Working with a fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Nutley, they began researching approaches to the problem on the Internet. They studied several prevention/intervention programs used by schools across the country, and were most impressed with a “prevention” method successfully employed on the East Coast, the “Adopt-A-Cop” program. Armed with information, Schieferle approached Captain Tim Hagel and Sergeant Dave Wareham of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department (Fillmore’s Police Department). Together, the trio brainstormed for ways to apply the program’s principles to children as young as nine years old, while battling with shrinking law enforcement and school budgets. Several planning sessions later, Schieferle, Hagel and Wareham presented the Adopt-A-Cop program to the School Board on January 6, 2009. The “pilot” program was scheduled to commence the following week and run through the end of the term. Fillmore’s Board of Education honored the Sheriff’s Department with a “Be the Change” commendation.

During the week of January 12, three deputies, “Motorcycle Cop” Tony Biter, Senior Field Training Officer Leo Vasquez, and Officer Danielle Delpit, each visited a fourth grade classroom for forty minutes, assisting as teachers’ aides. Building positive relationships with law enforcement officers in Fillmore is their goal. During the first weeks, the officers talked about “keeping a positive attitude”. They have moved on to responsibility, respect and character education with their primary focus on positive interaction between students and their law enforcement mentors. The “program” provides police presence on the elementary school’s campus on a flexible schedule, three out of four weeks per month, and strives to prevent the development of negative stereotyping of cops. There is no cost to the school or the Sheriff’s Department. CONTINUED »

 


 
Ed Wholenberg.
Ed Wholenberg.

Ed Wholenberg, a (non-political) volunteer from an organization called Range Riders, a branch of International City Managers Association (ICMA), addressed city council Monday evening. Mr. Wholenberg is a retired city manager with many years experience. He was asked by the council to explain how the City of Fillmore should go about finding a new, permanent city manager, following the early resignation of former City Manager Tom Ristau. According to Mr. Wholenberg, the city should hire a firm specializing in locating city managers and other top executives. The cost is expected to be between $15,000 and $25,000 and could take up to a year. The city would also have to pay living and relocation expenses for a professional interim (transitional) city manager, above and beyond his salary, until a permanent manager is hired. The city finds itself in a very awkward situation since its city manager, management analyst, and special projects specialists manager have all resigned during the past month.

 


 
Billy Gabriel was announced as the new Fillmore Fire Department Captain at Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Billy Gabriel was announced as the new Fillmore Fire Department Captain at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Fillmore City Council held an extraordinarily brief meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11th, at City Hall. The Council passed an ordinance regulating push-cart vendors and door-to-door solicitation, announced its intention to promote and cooperate with the 2010 Census, discussed the changing Santa Paula/Fillmore Greenbelt Agreement, heard an update on the Draft Storm Water NPDES Permit, and conducted other City business.

The Council postponed a few agenda items. A special meeting will be held on March 17, 2009 to cover awarding a contract for the Fillmore High School Recycled Water project. If Council Member Steve Conaway is able to attend, the Council will also discuss implementation of Measure I (North Fillmore Area Initiative), including discussion of required General Plan amendments, zoning ordinance amendments, and costs. The Measure I item was postponed to allow Mayor Pro-tem Gayle Washburn, who had been on vacation, to finish reading the relevant staff report and background information. If Conaway cannot attend the March 17th meeting, then implementation of Measure I will be covered at the regular March 24th meeting. Police Captain Tim Hagel's report on 2008 crime rates was postponed until the March 24th meeting.

Mayor Patti Walker, on behalf of the Council, presented a proclamation to Dave Rodriguez, representing the US Census Bureau. The proclamation declared that the City is partnering with the Bureau, the City will support the census process, the City will cooperate with the Bureau, and explained the importance of the census. The 2010 Census will provide employment opportunities to local residents, will determine how some federal funds are allocated, and will determine how many representatives California has in the Congressional House of Representatives. Rodriguez explained that census employees will start verifying addresses within the next couple of months, surveys will be mailed out to those addresses, and census workers will visit addresses of those who do not return the surveys. Fillmore Citizen Gary Creagle said that he wanted the upcoming census to reflect the true economic demographics of Fillmore, and that he did not believe the usual census methods were adequate. CONTINUED »

 
Paramedics treat Helen Shannon 86, after she was struck by a truck moving in reverse.
Paramedics treat Helen Shannon 86, after she was struck by a truck moving in reverse.
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At 11:22 am, on March 4, 2009, Moorpark Traffic Units were called to an accident on Park Lane just south of Los Angeles Avenue. A flat bed truck driven by Juan Vasquez, 37, of Fillmore backed out of the Tuscany Square parking lot onto Park Lane hitting Helen Shannon, 86, of Moorpark who was walking by at that moment. The truck flatbed hit Shannon causing her to fall to the ground. Vasquez was unaware of hitting Shannon and continued to back over Shannon’s legs until a passerby waved him down at which time he stopped the truck.

Shannon suffered major injuries to both legs. She was taken by ambulance to Simi Valley Hospital for treatment where she was described as being in critical condition. Shannon died Saturday, March 7th.

There was no evidence of alcohol or medication being a factor in this incident.

The investigation is still in progress.

 
Citizen of the Year Judy Dressler with Mike McMahon.
Citizen of the Year Judy Dressler with Mike McMahon.
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Police Officer of the Year Beau Rodriguez and Mayor Patti Walker.
Police Officer of the Year Beau Rodriguez and Mayor Patti Walker.
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City Employee of the Year Angela Mumme and Supervisor Kathy Long.
City Employee of the Year Angela Mumme and Supervisor Kathy Long.
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Firefighter of the Year Abner Puebla and Mayor Patti Walker.
Firefighter of the Year Abner Puebla and Mayor Patti Walker.
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Business of the Year Kathy Vargas of Mail Stop and Micky Rubino.
Business of the Year Kathy Vargas of Mail Stop and Micky Rubino.
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Student of the Year Jillian Wilber and Conway Spitler.
Student of the Year Jillian Wilber and Conway Spitler.
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Boomerang was hand made by Fillmore City Council Member Steve Conaway
John King (screen names Centurion and Oceans11) in the Philippines with 2 recent editions of The Fillmore Gazette and a hand made boomerang from Fillmore's previous mayor and current City Council Member Steve Conaway.
John King (screen names Centurion and Oceans11) in the Philippines with 2 recent editions of The Fillmore Gazette and a hand made boomerang from Fillmore's previous mayor and current City Council Member Steve Conaway.
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Photo of John next to the Tumauini road sign.
Photo of John next to the Tumauini road sign.
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Another photo of John next to the Tumauini road sign with Ester.
Another photo of John next to the Tumauini road sign with Ester.
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Photo of John in front of the St. Mathias Church shown in the road sign. The church was built in the 1780s by the Dominicans.
Photo of John in front of the St. Mathias Church shown in the road sign. The church was built in the 1780s by the Dominicans.
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Photo of John at the Tumauini police station with 4 of his officer friends.
Photo of John at the Tumauini police station with 4 of his officer friends.
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John and Ester next to their swimming pool.
John and Ester next to their swimming pool.
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John at home in front of the computer.
John at home in front of the computer.
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