On Saturday, April 9th 11:30am, in the alley next to the Fillmore Police/Sheriff Station, the City of Fillmore will honor of Max Pina, Fillmore Police SGT., VCSO Deputy and City of Fillmore Resource Officer, for his decades of service with the citizens and youth of Fillmore. Thank you to Fillmore City Manager Dave Rowlands and Fillmore Police Chief Capt. Garo Kuredjian for their support and suggestions that helped with the location and décor of the sign. The Mayor
and Fillmore City Council Members, along with Ventura County Sheriff and Undersheriff, will be attending. Please join Max’s family and friends at the celebration!

 


 
On Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, at 10:15am, the Ventura County Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 3500 block of Guiberson Road. Arriving fire crews reported a travel trailer fully engulfed, with flames spreading to nearby brush. Firefighters made a brush fire response with VCFD/VCSO Copter making water drops. The fire was reported at least a tenth of an acre; no injuries. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Wednesday, March 16th, 2022, at 10:15am, the Ventura County Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 3500 block of Guiberson Road. Arriving fire crews reported a travel trailer fully engulfed, with flames spreading to nearby brush. Firefighters made a brush fire response with VCFD/VCSO Copter making water drops. The fire was reported at least a tenth of an acre; no injuries. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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On Monday, March 21st, 2022, at 11:51am, Ventura County Fire and Fillmore City Fire dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of South Mountain Road and Sespe Street, Bardsdale. Arriving fire crews found an abandoned building with a small fire inside. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly; no injuries were reported. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Monday, March 21st, 2022, at 11:51am, Ventura County Fire and Fillmore City Fire dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of South Mountain Road and Sespe Street, Bardsdale. Arriving fire crews found an abandoned building with a small fire inside. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly; no injuries were reported. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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The Fillmore Police Department is proud to announce “Coffee with a Cop” day. Coffee with a Cop brings deputies and community members together, over coffee, to discuss issues and learn more about resources, services, and needs of the community. On Thursday, March 17th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Fillmore deputies, along with the Fillmore Police Chief were at La Michoacana, 511 Sespe Avenue in the city of Fillmore, sharing a cup of coffee with neighbors. Community trust is one of the key elements to the success of the Fillmore Police Department. By sitting down and having a simple conversation, deputies, and the community members they serve, can continue building and growing together.
The Fillmore Police Department is proud to announce “Coffee with a Cop” day. Coffee with a Cop brings deputies and community members together, over coffee, to discuss issues and learn more about resources, services, and needs of the community. On Thursday, March 17th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Fillmore deputies, along with the Fillmore Police Chief were at La Michoacana, 511 Sespe Avenue in the city of Fillmore, sharing a cup of coffee with neighbors. Community trust is one of the key elements to the success of the Fillmore Police Department. By sitting down and having a simple conversation, deputies, and the community members they serve, can continue building and growing together.
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(l-r) 9-year-old Jack Russell Crackers and his owner Dave Anderson, who many may have seen driving around Fillmore in/on their convertible Mercedes. All photos credit Carina Monica Montoya.
(l-r) 9-year-old Jack Russell Crackers and his owner Dave Anderson, who many may have seen driving around Fillmore in/on their convertible Mercedes. All photos credit Carina Monica Montoya.
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Dave and Crackers ready to hit the road for their cruise.
Dave and Crackers ready to hit the road for their cruise.
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By Carina Monica Montoya

It’s anything but a dog’s life for this pooch. His name is Crackers, known around town as “the dog riding in the back of a convertible Mercedes”. Crackers is a 9-year-old Jack Russell terrier that literally knocked on Dave Andersen’s door one night in 2014. He was hungry, thirsty, and alone. Dave and his wife fed him and gave him a comfortable bed to sleep before taking him to the Fillmore Animal Hospital the next morning to find out if he was microchipped. Although he was microchipped in Oklahoma and the information listed his birth date as November 2012, he was not registered and there was no one to contact. Days passed and no one claimed to be missing a dog. The rest is history.

Standing at about 15 inches tall and weighing 14 pounds with a broken coat, which means his coat is a combination of a rough double coat and wiry fur, he is built for sports such as surfing. Crackers’s skills are as good as the likes of Duke Kahanamoku, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, who is known for his incredible balance and coordination on a surfboard, except Crackers’s incredible balance and coordination skills are riding on top of a convertible roof cover. It really is not as easy as it looks. With his little hip-width ratio distributing weight equally between both legs, gravity’s pull is what keeps Crackers in position while he rides on the vehicle in motion. It’s all science. Newton’s law of motion describes movement of matter which contributes to maneuverings and the ability to stay atop something without falling, not to mention the fact that Crackers is always securely tethered down.

Most people are delighted to watch Crackers surf the streets of Fillmore. With approximately 300 million olfactory receptors in his nose, he can catch all the smells in the air, and he enjoys the feel of being outdoors with the wind running through his fur, and clocking miles without having to actually run them.

The Scottish believe that if a stray dog follows you or enters your home, it is a sign of new friendship to come, one that will be faithful, sincere, and caring. This is what Crackers has been to the Andersens and what the Andersens have been to Crackers. He shares the Andersen’s home with Sophie, a rather large 35-pound Yorkie mix. Together they patrol the property, but Crackers has proven to be more of a guard dog so Dave promoted him as director of security.

Dave, a longtime farmer originally from Monterey, first moved to Los Angeles where he met his wife. After his son was born, the Andersens relocated to Fillmore in 1998 because of its wide-open space, country-feel, country-hospitality, and friendly people. It was the perfect place to raise a child and build a business in agriculture marketing, buying and selling fruits and vegetables from the farm to buyers around the country.

Fillmore has been a wonderful place for the Andersens to settle and call home, and Crackers couldn’t have picked a better house to choose for his new forever home.

 


 
Above is an entry from a past flower show which took first place and is called a Dutch Iris. Photo courtesy Jan Lee.
Above is an entry from a past flower show which took first place and is called a Dutch Iris. Photo courtesy Jan Lee.
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By Jan Lee

“Farie Tales and Flowers” is the 2022 theme for the Fillmore Flower Show. It will be held at the Active Adult Center at 533 Santa Clara Street in Fillmore. If you want to enter single stem flowers, arrangement, bouquet, potted plant or dish garden, bring it to the Adult Center Saturday morning, April 9th, between the hours 7:30a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Judging begins at 10a.m. so don’t be late! It costs only $5 for unlimited entries. All youth entries are FREE. If you want to come to see all the lovely entries, viewing hours are 1:00p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

During the viewing hours, there will be live music. The plant sale will also be open during the afternoon hours. In addition, there will again be the cafe with coffee and sweets. For children there will be a table where they can plant something to take home. Viewing is free. Don’t miss the Fillmore Flower show. Even if you stop by for a few minutes on you way from a game, on your way to the store or on your way home from church, you will be glad you came.

For those of you thinking about entering something in the flower show, the following are comments from the judges you may find helpful:
• rose blooms, when looking from the top, should be perfectly round holding their point triangular in shape (the point is the very center of the bloom)
• some buds were too tight, should be open some
• blooms should be fresh, not wilted
• roses need to be de-budded (remove buds that are not the main flower)
• single stem flower should have a leaf
• check entries for bugs!
• in arrangements, blooms shouldn’t touch each other, filler can touch blooms
• bouquets and arrangements should be proportionate to container

Join the fun. Come to the Fillmore Flower Show April 9th and 10th.

 


 
The Fillmore High Alumni Association has awarded thousands of dollars to graduating seniors for decades.
The Fillmore High Alumni Association has awarded thousands of dollars to graduating seniors for decades.
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The Alumni Dinner
The Alumni Dinner
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CALLING ALL FILLMORE HIGH ALUMNI!! The applications are in. The grading and scoring starts next week. Come on out to this year's Alumni Dinner Event on SATURDAY JUNE 11TH, 2022, and meet our 2022 Alumni Scholars. The FHS Alumni Association has awarded out thousands of dollars to Graduating Seniors for decades. This year will be no different. We hope you make plans to come to this year's Dinner and welcome this years recipients to our Alumni Family. In the past recent years, the Alumni Association has served well over 600 Alumni annually and their guests, and expect to do the same this year. The Award winning Caterer, DJ's California Catering (Ventura) will be serving up their delicious dinner along with their special hors d'oeuvres (for the early arrivals). Included with dinner is Coffee, Tea, and Water. Also included this year is a live Band, and two DJ's for your dancing and listening pleasure. Your paid dinner reservation guarantees your entry to the event. Social hour starts at 3:00pm, and Dinner starts at 6:00pm. Dancing and listening to music starts at 7:30pm. THIS EVENT TENDS TO SELL OUT so we encourage you to confirm your reservations online by going to www.fillmorehighalumni.com/events

 


 
Adrian Beserra, 18, Piru, Ca.
Adrian Beserra, 18, Piru, Ca.

[At press time, according to Sergeant Hollowell of the Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department, “Charges remain subject to reinvestigation.”]

An 18-year-old Piru resident was arrested for attempting to rob an elderly victim.

On March 12, 2022, at approximately 9:30 pm, deputies responded to a 911 call of an attempted carjacking in the Piru area. An elderly resident reported to have been battered by a known suspect who entered his home and attempted to steal his vehicle. The suspect was unsuccessful at stealing the vehicle and fled the area on foot prior to police arriving.

Members of the Fillmore Detective Bureau, Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, and Sheriff’s Gang Unit responded and took over the investigation. The suspect was positively identified as a Piru resident named Adrian Beserra.

On March 13, 2022, at about 1:30 pm detectives located and arrested Beserra in the Piru area. Beserra was booked at the Ventura County Main Jail for violations of Attempted Robbery, Burglary, Elder Abuse, and Conspiracy to commit a crime. Beserra remains in custody with his bail set at $105,000. His court date is set for 03/15/2022.

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime or any other crimes are urged to contact the Fillmore Police Department at (805) 524-2233 or the below-listed detective. The reporting party may remain anonymous.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has established a secure database to log information about who has security systems. If you would like to register your system and allow authorities to contact you, should a crime occur in/or near where your cameras are installed we ask that you email the Fillmore Police Department at fillmorePD.CameraShare@ventura.org.

Join us in the fight on crime by following us on Twitter @fillmoresheriff, Facebook, Instagram @VCSHERIFF, and with Nixle by texting your zip code to 888777 to receive local law enforcement and public safety alerts and advisories.

Community: News Story - Suspect Arrested for Attempted Robbery, Burglary, and Elder Abuse
Nature of Incident: Suspect Arrested for Attempted Robbery, Burglary, and Elder Abuse
Report Number: RB# 22-32545
Location: Highway 126 @ Main Street, Piru
Date & Time: March 14, 2022 @ 4:30 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Fillmore Detective Bureau, Fillmore Patrol Services, Sheriff’s Gang Unit, Sheriff’s Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age
(A) Adrian Beserra, 18, Piru, Ca.
Prepared by: Detective John Lemar
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian, Fillmore Police Chief

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).

 


 
On Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, at approximately noon, Ventura County Fire, Fillmore City Fire, and California Highway Patrol (CHP) were dispatched to several spot fires along Highway 126 between Fillmore and Piru. According to CHP, the first fire was reported at noon by the shoulder of Highway 126 and Pacific Avenue, Piru. The second fire was reported eastbound 126 Highway and Fish Hatchery Road, Fillmore. The third fire was reported westbound 126 Highway just west of Sycamore Road. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fires quickly. The incidents are being investigated as arson with a possible suspect vehicle described as a white four-door Toyota, according to CHP. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Paula Police were also notified. No additional formation was provided at the scene. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, at approximately noon, Ventura County Fire, Fillmore City Fire, and California Highway Patrol (CHP) were dispatched to several spot fires along Highway 126 between Fillmore and Piru. According to CHP, the first fire was reported at noon by the shoulder of Highway 126 and Pacific Avenue, Piru. The second fire was reported eastbound 126 Highway and Fish Hatchery Road, Fillmore. The third fire was reported westbound 126 Highway just west of Sycamore Road. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fires quickly. The incidents are being investigated as arson with a possible suspect vehicle described as a white four-door Toyota, according to CHP. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Santa Paula Police were also notified. No additional formation was provided at the scene. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office leads the effort to collect supplies to provide humanitarian aid to the citizens of Ukraine.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the Ventura County Fire Department is assembling a surplus of ballistic vest, helmets, and medical supplies that have reached their recommended life span. Although the collected items can no longer be used by the agencies, they will provide a layer of protection to those providing medical care to the citizens of Ukraine.

“Our hope for this equipment, which has helped to keep first responders safe right here in our own community, is that it will help to save lives in the struggle for Ukraine’s future,” said Sheriff Bill Ayub.

The items will be collected countywide and shipped to Ukraine where they will be distributed.

Prepared by: Sergeant Timothy Lohman