Dorothy Keefe Crosby, 76 of Santa Maria, was killed April 29th in a solo rollover accident. The crash took place near the eastern border of Ventura County, between Piru and the Los Angeles county line. Crosby died of multiple blunt-force trauma. She was driving eastbound at 11:18am, when she lost control of her car. The car landed on its roof (pictured far left parallel to fire engine). Crosby was pronounced dead at the scene. A rescue copter was called in, pictured center. Photo courtesy Henry Negrete.
Dorothy Keefe Crosby, 76 of Santa Maria, was killed April 29th in a solo rollover accident. The crash took place near the eastern border of Ventura County, between Piru and the Los Angeles county line. Crosby died of multiple blunt-force trauma. She was driving eastbound at 11:18am, when she lost control of her car. The car landed on its roof (pictured far left parallel to fire engine). Crosby was pronounced dead at the scene. A rescue copter was called in, pictured center. Photo courtesy Henry Negrete.
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Owner Cheryl Mattley (and daughter Sarah Butler) is closing Joanna’s Ice Cream Shop after 10 years in Fillmore (two on Central Avenue and eight on Main Street, in Central Park).
Owner Cheryl Mattley (and daughter Sarah Butler) is closing Joanna’s Ice Cream Shop after 10 years in Fillmore (two on Central Avenue and eight on Main Street, in Central Park).
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Enrique (Erick) Boelcke (DOB 08/17/44), formerly of Santa Monica, was sentenced to serve five years and four months in state prison for embezzling from his former employer, Santa Clara Organics.
An internet search shows a Fillmore PO Box for Boelcke.
On March 6, 2009, Boelcke pleaded guilty to three counts of felony grand theft. The matter was investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department.
Boelcke worked for Santa Clara Organics in Santa Paula for approximately ten years. Eventually, the company entrusted him to run the day-to-day operations of the business, including bookkeeping tasks. In 2007, it was discovered that Boelcke had been stealing from the company since 2003. Boelcke stole cash and company checks. He also used company credit cards for personal gain and paid large amounts of company money to his ex-wife and his ex-wife's business. In total, Boelcke stole $556,995.
In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Bruce Clark ordered Boelcke to pay $556,995 in restitution to the victim. Property seized from the defendant's home, including cash, computers, electronics and cameras, was also ordered returned to the victim. Since Boelcke took full responsibility for the thefts and exonerated his ex-wife, Diana DeCastro, charges against DeCastro were dismissed.

 


 

Ventura, CA. - The Ventura County Public Health Department announced the fifth probable case of swine flu on Monday. This new case is the first case in the east county, identified as a high school student from Newbury Park High School. Due to the contagious nature of this virus, the Public Health Officer, Dr. Robert Levin, has decided to close the high school, for an undetermined amount of time, as well as call for the cancellation of the school's annual prom, set for this Saturday.
Additionally, the Public Health Department announces that the state lab has tested two of the first four cases and has confirmed that they are swine flu. Over the weekend the CDC referred all probable cases to the state lab for confirmation.
The remaining three cases will be tested for confirmation in the next few days.
The Public Health Department wants to remind the community that the virulence of this flu has not clearly been established and the best way to keep yourself healthy is to heed the following guidelines:
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever possible.
• Businesses can increase safety for employees by wiping down commonly used devices such as telephones, daily.
• If you're sick stay home from work or school.

For more information please call Sheila Murphy at 805-677-5274 or 805-637-4955.

 


 

Ventura, CA. - The Ventura County Public Health Department today identified a fourth probable case of swine flu. This new case is the third school-aged child, and the second identified as a student at Art Haycox Elementary School. “This is the second student from this school to be diagnosed as having this virus,” said Dr. Robert Levin, Public Health Officer for Ventura County. Dr. Levin called for the closure of Art Haycox Elementary school last Thursday, April 30th, as well as Blackstock Junior High, where a third student attends school. Another case, an adult who resides in Ventura, was identified late Thursday afternoon.
The Public Health Department will conduct an on-site visit to Haycox Elementary School prior to it re-opening next week.
While it has been reported in the media that two nurses who had contact with two of the Ventura County probable cases were hospitalized, an investigation by the Public Health Department found this to be false.
One nurse was hospitalized but was tested twice for swine flu and was negative both times. The second nurse was seen in an emergency room for symptoms unrelated to swine flu and was discharged and sent home.
“Both nurses’ health conditions appear to be unrelated to the swine flu,” assured Dr. Levin. He added, “It is important to correct the perception that contact with individuals with swine flu in Ventura County sickened two nurses and led to their hospitalization. This is not borne out by the facts.”
For more information please call Sheila Murphy at 805-677-5274 or 805-637-4955.

 


 

Ventura, CA. - The Ventura County Health Care Agency and the Public Health Department announced late today that it has identified two probable cases of swine flu in Ventura County. The Public Health Laboratory identified the two positive results early Wednesday evening. These are the first cases of swine flu to be identified in this county. Elsewhere in California, 14 cases have been confirmed as well as another 28 probable cases. Swine flu has now affected 91 people in the United States.

According to Dr. Robert Levin, Public Health Officer for Ventura County, these cases are not entirely unexpected, as the Public Health Department has been aggressively seeking out potential cases since the swine flu outbreak was first made public last week. The Public Health Department has been diligently practicing surveillance on patients treated throughout the county with flu-like symptoms, especially those who have had recent travel to or from Mexico.

“This is not a surprise that we would identify swine flu in our county,” said Dr. Levin. “We’ve been expecting it. But it’s not a time for panic, either. We have an adequate supply of Tamiflu available for these patients and are well-prepared to care for them as well as any potential patients who may be in our community.”
This is what is known about the cases identified today in Ventura County:
• An elementary school child from Oxnard became ill at school and was brought to a local emergency room. He has not been hospitalized and is recovering without treatment.
• A middle school child from Oxnard as well, who was seen in a local clinic, was treated with Tamiflu and is also recovering.

In order to minimize the spread of disease, the county health officer asked the superintendent of the two involved schools, Art Haycox Elementary School and Charles Blackstock Junior High School, to close down for approximately one week beginning the April 30. Health officials are asking that any children who attend these schools who develop a fever and flu-like symptoms should see their physician. Also, while these children are out of school, they should avoid group activities.

County health officials today activated the JIC (Joint Information Center) to coordinate information that will be sent to area school districts and community members. Residents are encouraged to use good health habits, such as frequent hand washing, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, coughing and sneezing into the crook of their arms or into their shoulders, using and then disposing of Kleenex, and staying home from school or work if they are ill.

The county’s Department of Public Health will continue to monitor reports of patients treated throughout the county and will make information available regarding any additional cases of swine flu.

People suffering from flu-like symptoms should seek medical care from their regular health care provider and should stay at home if they are feeling ill to prevent the spread of any illness. Those who feel ill but cannot afford to see a health care provider are encouraged to seek treatment at any county clinic for low, or no cost treatment.

The national Center for Disease Control has advised against any non-essential travel to Mexico, where the swine flu is believed to have originated. Anyone returning from recent travel to any county or country with reported cases of swine flu should monitor their health for 7 days and seek immediate medical attention if they develop a fever along with flu-like symptoms, including cough, sore throat, loss of appetite, fever and fatigue.

For more information about swine flu and the county’s response to this serious health threat, visit the public health website at www.vchca.org/ph. For additional information please call Sheila Murphy at 805-677-5274 or 805-637-4955.

 
Pictured above (center) are Miss Fillmore Kyla Hernandez, (left) 1st Princess Janelle Burningham, and (right) 2nd Princess Torey Perez.
Pictured above (center) are Miss Fillmore Kyla Hernandez, (left) 1st Princess Janelle Burningham, and (right) 2nd Princess Torey Perez.
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Pictured above are (center) 2009 Miss Teen Fillmore Roxy Neal, (right) 1st Princess Chloe Kelloer, and (left) 2nd Princess Julia Valenzuela.
Pictured above are (center) 2009 Miss Teen Fillmore Roxy Neal, (right) 1st Princess Chloe Kelloer, and (left) 2nd Princess Julia Valenzuela.
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Fire Chief Bill Herrera
Fire Chief Bill Herrera

“It is with mixed emotion that I announce to the Community of Fillmore, that on April 13th; I submitted a letter to Bill Bartels to step down as the Fire Chief for the City of Fillmore. I want to make it clear that my decision to step down has nothing to do with the city, the council or any one member of the council. I am stepping down for professional, personal and family reasons. I love the Fillmore Fire Department of which I will continue to be a member of and I love being part of this community. The City has treated me with great respect, they have been very flexible with my time and they have allowed me to lead the department in the best way I saw fit. I took leadership of the department at a very difficult time in its history. With the help of some of the most unselfish people I have ever met; our department members, I am proud of the accomplishments over the last year. The department is strong and providing first class service to the citizens of Fillmore. Mr. Pennell and I are working together to create a seamless transition plan for the next Fire Chief; this plan will also include my last official day. It has been an honor to lead the City of Fillmore Fire Department over the last 11 months. I want to thank all the members of the department and the community for all that they give to the citizens of The Last Best Small Town in Southern California. I want to also thank my wife Kathy and my two kids Megan and Joey who over the last year probably gave the most. I love you guys!”

 
Sheila Duckett, supported by the presence of four other Fillmore school employees, asked the City to fund the School Resource Officer (SRO) position. At recent School Board meetings, various Board members have said that they do not want to spend educational dollars on the SRO, but that having a police officer dedicated for school use is valuable. The District spends approximately $100,000 per year on the position. Duckett noted that the School District had reduced the positions of over 50 classified staff, and explained that most classified staff live in Fillmore, vote in Fillmore, shop in Fillmore, and many are raising families in Fillmore. Money saved on the SRO position could help school staff.
Sheila Duckett, supported by the presence of four other Fillmore school employees, asked the City to fund the School Resource Officer (SRO) position. At recent School Board meetings, various Board members have said that they do not want to spend educational dollars on the SRO, but that having a police officer dedicated for school use is valuable. The District spends approximately $100,000 per year on the position. Duckett noted that the School District had reduced the positions of over 50 classified staff, and explained that most classified staff live in Fillmore, vote in Fillmore, shop in Fillmore, and many are raising families in Fillmore. Money saved on the SRO position could help school staff.
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Skatepark Progress, Stimulus Funds Reviewed
Pictured (l-r) Jonathon Richmond and Mayor Patti Walker. Richmond named the new city park, Two Rivers Park and won $50.
Pictured (l-r) Jonathon Richmond and Mayor Patti Walker. Richmond named the new city park, Two Rivers Park and won $50.
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Fillmore City Council met Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall to cover a brief agenda. The Council congratulated Jonathan Richmond in person for winning the Park Naming Contest.

The Council made several appointments. It appointed Aude Barragan to fill the vacant seat on the Parks & Recreation Commission, and Elizabeth Wareham to serve as Student Advisor on that Commission. It appointed Todd Gernheuser to serve on the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Board. It appointed Nancy Bowlin and Catherine Frias to fill vacant seats on the Film Commission.

Norma Amaro spoke out against people-bashing in a short impassioned plea to the entire community of Fillmore. She asked that people support one another, disagree like polite adults when necessary, and refrain from nasty comments, negative asides, and casting blame, but give praise where it is due. CONTINUED »